Tuesday 29 May 2012

Never Too Old For a Cupcake ...

Hello blogger friends.

Hope the weather is still lovely where you are. It's been glorious here today.

I have a card  to show you today that I've made for my Sister-in-Law. I picked the papers first and then coloured the image to match.  I initially coloured the image with the greens and yellows swapped the other way around. I just didn't like it. Don't know whether it was having green icing that did it - but it went in the bin. I still wasn't sure when I'd finished it , but it's growing on me. I've never done a green/yellow scheme before so maybe it's a little out of my comfort zone.

Anyway enough of my waffle. Have a look and see what you think...

The papers are One Fine Day by Raspberry Road and the image is 'Never too old for a cupcake' by LOTV. I've coloured this cute image in with copics.

The sentiment stamps are also by LOTV. Recipe sentiments and Circular sentiments - For You. Thought the Birthday Recipe went well with the cupcake.
Just talking about cupcakes is making me hungry. lol.

The edges of the leaves and tag have been distressed with 'peeled paint' ink and the flowers are WOC

Card Recipe.

Image : LOTV - Never too old for a cupcake
Sentiments : LOTV - Recipe Sentiments & Circular Sentiments For You

Papers : Raspberry Road - One fine day

Copics :
Skin : E00, E000, E0000, R20
Hair : E25, E23, E50
Yellows : Y13, Y11, Y00, Y000
Greens : YG63, YG61, G20
Greys : W0, W1
Blender pen

Outline : Chalks

Tools : Nesties - Standard Circle & Classic Scalloped Circles, Doo-Hickey - Vintage Tag, EK Success - Rock Fern.

I am entering my card into the following challenges :
Sketch n Stash - #88 Jen's Sketch
Sundays With Crissy - #29 Things with Wings
{PIN}spirational Challenges - #9

Thanks for dropping by and any comments you may leave.

We're switching broadband providers soon so if I'm missing it's because I don't have access. As soon as it gets sorted I'll be back and I won't be competing on a slow broadband with 3 teenagers playing games and watching youtube. :-)

Until next time..

Janine xx

Thursday 24 May 2012

Computer Guy ...

Good evening bloggers...

Well isn't the weather just fabulous. Hope it holds out for the weekend so we can make the most of it :-)

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments. I do look forward to reading them when I log on.

My card for today is a male card so no flowers again. I think I might be getting withdrawal symptoms.

I've used a digital stamp from Mo Manning for my brother-in-law's card. If you knew him you'd think he'd posed for it :-)  He's a bit of a computer whizz so this is right up his street.

My sister will have a good chuckle when she sees this.

I've used First Edition Up, Up & Away papers. The blues and greens in this pad are perfect for masculine cards. The edges have been distressed in Walnut Stain ink.

The Birthday sentiment is from the new LOTV Vintage Labels - Occasions and is mounted on a sign cut with the Marianne Creatable sign and lamp die.
The tag is shrink plastic with a phrase from an old stamp I had from Clarity Stamps. Just love this saying for men. Mind you who are we to talk with all our craft goodies :-)
I tried twice to get the text clearer but to no avail - oh well.

The card has been finished with matching papers inside.

Card Ingredients.

Image : Mo Manning - Computer Guy
Sentiments : LOTV - Vintage Labels, Occasions & Clarity Stamp
Dies : Marianne Creatables - Lamp and Sign & Go Kreate - Concentric Tags #1

Copics :

Skin : E0000, E000, E00
Greys : C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, C0, C00, W7, W5, W3
Yellow : Y11
Jeans : B21, B97, B95
Browns : E44, E43, E42, E40, E79, E74, E70
T shirt : YG63, YG61, G20
Blue Screen : BG70, B00, BG000
Paper Tray : YG61,YG93, YG95, YG97

I am entering my card into the following challenges :
Mojo Monday - Sketch #242
SJ Crafts - Monthly Challenge #5 'All about the Boy'
Simon Says Stamp - Father's Days / Special Male (Thanks Mandy)

Ok. I'm off to bed now so that I can take my son Swimming training at 4.45am tomorrow. It's a tough sport - 4 early mornings (5 - 7.30am) and 3 nights (5 - 7.30pm). The things you do as a Mum :-)

I haven't been able to get around all your blogs recently, but I shall be paying a visit after work tomorrow.
Until next time. Enjoy the sun.

Janine xx

Sunday 20 May 2012

Chequered Flag Tilda

Good evening bloggers...

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend.

I want to say a warm welcome to all my new followers and a big thanks for all the lovely comments that have been left. I really do appreciate it :)

I've been making a card for my Niece's 21st Birthday which is in June. She's not a girly girl so I didn't want to have lots of pink and flowers. She's a big fan of Formula 1 car racing and is off to see the British Grand Prix later this summer as her birthday treat.  I've chosen Chequered flag Tilda because I thought she would be perfect for the F1 theme.

I've coloured her with copics and edged around the oval with fired brick using an old Clartity stamp.
I've been seeing lots of lovely cards using the new distress markers. Love the soft effect they create. So tempted to get them for my Birthday later this month :) Not sure how much longer the will power can hold out.

I found the '1991' brad at a local craft shop - just right for a 21st card. The little keys are from The Hobby House.

The papers are Portobello Road from Papermania and have been distressed with walnut stain.

I hope I've got the right balance - it does seem odd not putting flowers on.


Skin : E0000, E000, E00, R20
Hair : E57, E53, E51, E50
Reds : R39, R37, R35, R32
Blues : B95, B93, B41

Dies : Nesties, Tim Holtz - Vintage Market, Memory Box - Catalina, Doo Hickey - Flags

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :
CLP Challenge - Sketch #47 (really fun to do)
Tilda's Town - 1st challenge 'Anything Goes'

That's all from me for now. Hope you have a lovely week.

Janine xx

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Good evening bloggers...

I just wanted to tell you some lovely news...I've been nominated by the lovely Andrea for the Leibster Blog award. At first I have to confess I thought it was the blog equivalent of a chain letter - Shame on me.
It was only when I started seeing it on other blogs that I realised this was a hugh compliment and I feel honoured - Thank You Andrea.

The idea of the Leibster Blog Award is to spread the love from one small blog (under 200 followers) to other small blogs. This helps to spread knowledge and readership.

To accept the award, you must:
  1. Link back to the person who gave it and thank them for thinking of you.
  2. Post the award on your blog.
  3. Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) that you appreciate and value.
  4. Leave a comment on the blogs of the 5 people you have chosen to let them know.

"Liebster" in German means "dearest", so to carry on the liebster tradition, I am going to pass the award on to 5 people who's blogs have been an inspiration to me and my crafting.

There are so many wonderful blogs that it is hard to chose just 5. I'm nominating people who haven't already received the award, so this has helped me in my choice.

My nominations are :

Andie from Andie's Space
Mae from Ink'd Paper
Sarah from Created by Sarah
Eileen from Star's Cards

Please go and check out their blogs. There are some fantastic creations.

Thanks for dropping by.

Janine xx

Monday 14 May 2012

Tilda with 3 Flowers

Good evening bloggers....

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. The weather was kinder to us here in Yorkshire. Well a least it wasn't raining all weekend.

Bought some lovely digi papers from Raspberry Road last week and spent ages trying to get them resized and printed to the correct scale. Have been using GIMP (it's free) for cropping and watermarks but this just wouldn't print out the same size as I had resized it.  After some long conversations over the phone with my Dad we finally got it to work in Scribus (that's free too) - thanks Dad.

I've used some of those lovely papers on today's card and another Tilda stamp.

The flowers are made from Magnolia dies rather than my usual WOC ones and I've also used the lovely heart tag too. I can see this becoming a firm favourite :)

The image is coloured as usual with copics and I've edged the flowers with vintage photo.

Here's a close up of the image.

I'm really pleased how the image has turned out. I saw this Tilda sat on the fence on a card that Kim had made ages ago and loved it. I've been wanting to colour this since then.

Here's a close up. I've followed the sketch over at Sketch n Stash. I really enjoyed following this although it did take me a while to choose the papers. I'm a bit slow, but hopefully I'll get faster.

Sorry the photos aren't as clear as I'd like them. I'll keep trying. There's just so much to learn. At least it keeps me out of mischief and from doing the housework too :)

Card Ingredients.

Images : Magnolia Tilda with 3 flowers & Spring Fence
Papers : Raspberry Road Nantucket

Medium : Copics
Face : E0000, E000, E00, R20
Dress and head scarf : R85, R83, R81 + E40, E41, E42
Daffs : Y11, YR21, YR23
Grass : G20, YG67, YG63, YG61
Leaves : YG67, YG63, YG61
Hair : E50, E23, E25, E29
Shoes : E40, E41, E42, E43
Fence : E44, E43, E42, E41
Socks : W0

Doo-Hickey - Hellebores, Dragonfly, Vintage Daisies, SO Wrapped Lovely Heart
Marianne Creatables - LR0156, LR0205

Ribbon and 'Hand Made' Heart from stash.

I am entering my card into the following challenges :
Sketch n Stash - Sketch #87
Magnolia-licious - Pink, Green & Light Yellow
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - #24 Anything Goes

Thank you so much for dropping by and any comments you may leave.

Hugs, Janine xx

Thursday 10 May 2012

Chinese Tilda

Good afternoon bloggers....

Hope the weather is better where you are. It's not stopped raining here since 2pm yesterday!!

I had a great day out last Saturday at the LOTV Open Weekend. I had only intended to buy 4 stamps and possibly some of the new sentiments. Well their cuteness along with the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team's cards got the better of me!! I bought 12 (or was it 13?) stamps and 3 of the new A5 sentiment sheets. Oops! :)

Was also lucky enough to have got a place on Bev's fantastic advanced colouring workshop. Really enjoyed this and hope to put the techniques into practice over the coming weeks.

Enough of my waffle and onto the card.

Today I have a card made using a couple of Magnolia stamps that I've had for a while, but have never seen ink.

I've masked them together to create a mini scene. In doing this the overall image came out quite large so I've kept the layering quite simple.

The image is coloured with copics as usual. Here's a close up.

I've embellished it with some dies, punches,  WOC flowers and a little fan charm I got from Mei Flower

 Card Ingredients

Image : Magnolia - Chinese Tilda and Magnolia Tree
Papers : Dovecraft 'Eastern Promise'

Colouring Medium : Copics
Skin : E0000, E000, E00, R20
Tree : E44, E43, E42, E41, R32, R30
Dress : C00, C0, C1 & blender pen
Outer Robe : R59, R85, R83, R81, RV000
Grass : G20, YG67, YG63, YG61

Dies & Punches : Doo Hickey 'Heart Swirl Branch' & Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly
Fan Charm - Mei Flower
Flowers - WOC.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Thanks for dropping by and any comments you may leave. 
Thanks also to those who have left comments on my previous posts. I really do appreciate it.

Hugs, Janine xx

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Video Boy

Good evening bloggers...

First of all I would like to give a big warm welcome to my new followers and say  "Thank you" to everyone who has left me such lovely comments, I really do appreciate it.

I am coming to the conclusion that I am not going to be a blogger who is able to post a card every day. There just don't seem to be enough hours in my day to be able to make cards and meet all my other commitments. My long term aim is 2 per week, but I think 1 a week is a good goal for now :)

I seem to spend ages trying to decide on a layout, the design papers and then all the embellies. Perhaps I'll  get quicker and more confident the more I do.

Should you colour your image first and have a vague idea of colour combo or should you choose your papers first? I think I spend so much time trying to decide what to do and looking at all the lovely blogs out there for ideas that I never get started! 

Anyway here's a card I have actually managed to finish. It's a Mo Manning image called video boy. It's great for those boys cards, especially teenage boys (which are even harder to do)

I have used some Nitwit papers. I treated myself to some as they were on offer, but sadly I have just looked and the offer has finished.
The colours are much brighter once printed than they appear on my PC screen. Does anyone know if I need to do something special to get the muted shades I see on my screen?

I have distressed the edges of my papers using a Tim Holtz distress tool and  the clock face and ticket were distressed with Walnut Stain ink

I'm going to enter it into the following challenges :
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - Distressing and Dies
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Birthday

Card Ingredients.

Skin : E0000, E000, E00
Jeans : B95, B93, B91, B00
Top : E40, E42, E43, E44
Hair : E29, E25, E23
Reds : R39, R37, R35, R32

Tim Holtz Weathered Clock, Vintage Market Alphabet & Ticket Strip
Die-namics : Stacking Stars
Doo-Hickey : Flag
EK Success Binding Edge Punch

Image : Mo Manning digi - Video Boy

Papers: Nitwits - Bear Boys too & Crab Apple too

Thank you so much for dropping by and for any comments you leave.

Janine xx