Sunday, 29 May 2011

Molly At The Beach

Summer is fast approaching, even though the weather is still a bit changeable here in the UK, so I thought I would make a quick Holiday card. I love Molly Blooms and adore this Rubber Stamp called 'Molly At The Beach." I thought as she's on holiday then why not add these gorgeous 'Beach Huts' from Squidgi Digi. I have to say they look quite cool together, especially in the 'Miami Vice' colours!

The papers are downloaded from Pink Petticoat. The Sentiment was made on computer. I nearly always add embellishments to the corners but when I tried this it looked wrong so have left it be. I think maybe it would ruin the papers and the effect of sky and sea? Or should I have gone overboard? I don't know? LOL

I have finally treated myself to some Prismacolor Pencils. They take some getting used to but I think they look quite nice when you blend them and combine them with pens. I just watched Bev Rochester's fab video on colouring with Copics and Prisma Pencils and so picked up some good hints!

Skin: Satin
Hair: Tan and Cinnamon
Dress and Hat: Pastel Blue, Duck Egg Blue, Pastel Green, Cool Aqua, Soft Green
Ball: Ruby and Yellow
Sand: Prismacolor Pencils
Beach Huts: Pastel Blue, Blossom, Pastel Green, Primrose, Yellow and Prismacolor Pencils

I would like to enter this into the following Challenges:

Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge 35 - 'Use Two or More Stamps' (ends 30th May 2011) 
Papertake Weekly - 'Pale, Pretty Pastels'(ends 30th May 2011) 
Divas by Design - Challenge 2 - 'One For The Girls' (ends 31st May 2011) 
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge 100 - 'Holidays' (ends 1st June 2011) 
Truly Scrumptious - Challenge 57 - 'Anything Goes' (ends 31st May 2011)  
Digi Doodle - Challenge 60 - 'Anything Goes' (ends 1st June 2011) 
Paper Crafting Journey - Challenge 11 - 'Anything Goes/Your Favourite ...' (ends 8th June 2011)
*Favourite Stamp Molly Blooms 
Crazy 4 Challenges - Challenge 89 - 'Favourite Vacation, Spot or Activity' (ends 03rd June 2011) 

My Followers are back at last! They kept disappearing and reappearing over last few days. I found that if I changed between Browsers, then it let me Log In. So if I was on Google Chrome, I changed to Safari or Firefox. It seemed to work so that I could at least comment. I hope Blogger gets sorted out over Bank Holiday, it must be a nightmare if you are trying to run Challenges!

Thanks for visiting!
Hope you are all having a lovely Bank Holiday!
Love Sue xx

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

By The Light of the Ivory Moon

Well the sun is struggling to get through here today but is just managing! Thanks for all your lovely comments and a warm welcome to new Followers. I wanted to do a magical, fairy card and so chose this digital image called 'Twilight Lily Fae' from Crafts and Me Stamps. I love orange/pinky tones and also pastel blue. Hope they work ok together? Please zoom in and have a look. I found it difficult to photograph but chose this one because it's caught the lovely glitter on the dress and wings!!!

The colouring is Promarkers:

Dress: Pastel Blue, Cornflower, Sakura Glitter pen for tassels
Hair: Tan, Cinnamon and Copic E33/E35
Skin: Almond, Blush
Wings: Blossom, Rose Pink, Stardust Stickle
Moon: Ivory and Primrose
Lamp: Coloured digitally on Seashore Software

The gorgeous paper is from my DCWV Once Upon a Time Stack and it has taken me a while to start using it. It's SO beautiful ... I didn't want to break into it.

Gorgeous Gardenia flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Ribbons, hearts and charms are from stash. Lovely sentiment is from the 'dreamy sentiments' set at Lili of The Valley

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-

Crafts & Me - Challenge 35 - 'Anything Goes' (ends 24th May 2011)
One Stop Craft - Challenge 132 - 'Fairy Tales' (ends 27th May 2011)
Sir Stampalot - 'Magical Worlds' (ends 27th May 2011)
Creative Stamping Friends - Challenge 25 - 'My Favourite Colours' (ends 29th May 2011)
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 153 'Things with Wings' (ends 30th May 2011) 

Thank you for looking!

Love 'n' Hugs
Sue xxx

Monday, 16 May 2011

Glastonbury Rocks!

I had a lot of fun making this card! I put on some Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell for inspiration! I've combined two main stamps. "Dusty the Camper Van" is a digi stamp from Squidgi Digi. And the rocker digi stamp is called "Groove Dude" from Kenny K. I still can't get it fixed in my head that it's Kenny K!! I keep googling a certain well-known saxaphone player by mistake, duh!

I distressed the edges of papers. The background flower paper is from Trimcraft Smirk Love and Friendship stack.  Not sure if it shows up in photo but it is lovely and glittery!! I drew the backdrop hill and tree on computer digitally. Hand drew some apples, coloured with Crayola Pencils (blush!!!) I don't have any Prismacolour ones yet !!! then put some glossy accents on to make them shiny.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and coloured with Pastel Blue Promarker and Stardust Stickled. The bee, frog, bow and gems are from stash. The butterflies are cut out from another paper in the same stack. The Blue Tit is a digital image from Stitchy Bear Stamps which is a gorgeous image and so I am not completely happy with it being so small as it is not shown off to it's full advantage! But I didn't want a massive three foot Blue Tit sat in the apple tree !!!! rofl.....  I will have to do another card with the poor little thing as centre stage!!!

The fab "Flower Power" Bottle Capz are by Dovecraft, and are Retro Selection. I tried different sentiments and they all seemed to ruin the scene, man! so I have left it open so you could maybe write inside - You Rock My World! or something similar. When I was cutting out Dusty the Camper Van I had a slight mishap with the wing mirror!! So you will have to imagine that a Ford Fiesta clipped it while overtaking en route to festival !!

I have also decorated the inside with papers from the Smirk stack:

I apologise for drawing on the Smirk faces. They are probably not supposed to be drawn on! but I might give this card to my daughter for one of her friends and she insists on all faces having eyes, nose and mouth!!! No Tildas or Edwins for her then! tee hee.

Colouring for Dusty The Camper Van and Groove Dude:
Forest Green, Pastel Blue, Cornflower, Cool Grey 5, Yellow Promarkers and Copic R46
Stardust Stickle

Moving Along With The Times has a Challenge for a card with at least 'Two B's' on it. So here goes with the B List - bee, butterflies, bottle capz, blue tit/bird, buttons, bow, blooms.

Craft Us Crazy has a Challenge 'Use Your Favourite Embellishment(s) and/or Something New' - I have used my favourite Stardust Stickle and gems and the new things are the digi images, backing paper and bottle capz.

Dream Valley has a Challenge 'Dig out the Old to Use with the New' - I have dug out the Frog Button and the Bee Topper from stash and used three new digi images.

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:

Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge 33 - 'Flower Frenzy' (ends 16th May 2011)
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 111 - 'Decorate the Inside of Your Card' (ends 17th May 2011)
Crafty Creations - Challenge 118 - 'Anything Goes' (ends 17th May 2011)
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge 98 - 'Two B's' (ends 18th May 2011)
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 164 - 'It's So Distressing' (ends 18th May 2011)
Delightful Challenges - 'Flowers' (ends 18th May 2011)
Dutch Dare - Challenge 112 - 'Winged Things' (ends 18th May 2011)
PaperPlay - Challenge 19 - 'Celebrating Summer' / 'Anything Goes' (ends 18th May 2011)
Stamp Something - 'Anything Goes' (ends 19th May 2011)
One Stitch At a Time - Challenge 62 - 'Anything Goes' (ends 21st May 2011)
Pollycraft - Challenge 93 - 'Music' (ends 22nd May 2011)     
Craft Us Crazy - Challenge 8 - 'Use Your Favourite Embellishments and/or Something New' (ends 25th May 2011)
Dream Valley - Challenge 7 - 'Dig out the Old to Use with the New' (ends 27th May 2011)
Stamps R Us - 'Going Digital' (ends 29th May 2011)
Thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments, oh and thanks for all your good wishes re my recent illness. The family and I (ooh sound like the Queen!! LOL) are now feeling a lot better thanks!

Take care
Hugs Sue xx

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Piece of Cake!

Hello all, glad to be back in the land of blog! The family and I have all had awful virus which has laid us really low for last couple of weeks. It's awful when you all get ill at once. All I can say is thank goodness for Tesco Home Delivery service which brought in emergency supplies of Tissues, Sudafed, Throat Pastels, Paracetemol etc. LOL. Ah well, getting back into the swing of things and thought I'd start with a fun card. Moving Along With The Times has a Challenge this week called "Have Some Cake!"

This gorgeous Cupcake Stamp is from a set called 'Piece of Cake' by Dovecraft. It was part of the fab Candy I won last week in the 'Name the Camper Van' competition held by Lisa Jane. I chose the name Dusty for the Camper Van as it had long lashes like Dusty Springfield and it just seemed to suit her. It was a lovely surprise to win anyway. The gorgeous camper van digital image was drawn by Lisa Jane's very talented daughter, Bethany Jane and you can see it and other fabulous digital images for sale at her new website Squidgi Digi, so be sure to check them out!!

I've coloured the cupcake with Promarker Pastel Blue, Rose Pink and Blossom. Used Stardust Stickles and made some sprinkles to match. The image is mounted on Scalloped Nestabilities. As Hanna & Friends have a Challenge for Card without Design Paper, I have made paper myself on Corel Painter 11 Software, it's my new toy while I have been ill !!! very satisfying to spray paint a blank sheet of paper with the different brush effects - for these I used Fur Effect with Dark Pink and on the other I used Pink Fairy Dust and then Shattered Effect over top. On top is embossed white card with Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Folder.

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:

Creative Inspirations - Challenge No. 110 - 'Embossing' ends 10th May 2011
Hanna & Friends - Challenge No. 93 - 'Card Without Design Paper' ends 11th May 2011
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge No. 97 - 'Have Some Cake' ends 11th May 2011
Totally PaperCrafts - Challenge No.  65 - 'One image, 2 papers, 3 embellies' ends 12th May 2011
My Time To Craft - Challenge 140 - 'Scallops' ends 16th May 2011
Divas by Design - Challenge No. 1 - 'Anything Goes'  ends 17th May 2011
CES - Challenge No. 35 - 'Favourite Colour Combo' ends 13th May 2011
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 59  - 'Glitzy & Bling' ends 14th May 2011
By the Cute & Girly - 'Anything Goes' - until end of May 2011

I went to see the stage show Mamma Mia on Saturday and it was fabulous - all the audience were on their feet clapping and singing along, so was great atmosphere! But I have all the Abba tunes on my brain now !!! LOL - I was surprised that I remembered all the lyrics, but they all came flooding back! Happy Memories!!!

P.S. I think I may have completely misunderstood the 'Card Without Design Paper' Challenge!!! Now I'm thinking they wanted alternatives to backing papers!!!

Take Care
Hugs Sue xx