Tuesday 29 January 2013

Anything Goes Challenge #85 - 'Monochrome'...

Good morning everyone...

Wooooow....I'm so excited. This is my first post for Anything Goes Challenge. This fortnight our theme is 'Monochrome'.

I was planning on going for black & white, but decided on browns instead.

She's been coloured with Copics using all the E Nos.

Copics Used :-

Skin: E11, E00, E000, E0000, E93, E40
Tights & Leotard: E43, E42, E41, E40
'Tutu': E57, E55, E53, E51, E50
Shoes: E59, E57, E23
Hair: E59,E37, E35, E33, E21

I've embellished the card with ribbons and pearls from my stash, along with punched butterflies.
The flowers are rolled roses cut using a Marianne Creatables English Rose die. I've still not mastered making these and it took a number of goes and a little huffing and puffing too!

All the papers and embellishments have been distressed using Walnut Stain ink and the inside has been decorated to compliment the front.

Why not pop over to the Anything Goes Challenge Blog where you can see some lovely cards from my teamies for inspiration. Also don't forget to have a look in The Craft Den to see what lovely goodies Lynne has to offer.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

My Time to Craft #206 - Things with Wings
Polka Doodles - Monochromatic
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Copic Marker Europe #13 - Anything Goes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Anything Goes

Hope you can join us. Happy Crafting.

Janine x

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Some Really Exciting News...

Good Evening ...

I've no card to share with you today, but I do have some really exciting news to tell you.

I've been invited to join the Design Team over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog.

I'm so excited!!

I've not been on a design team before, but am really looking forward to the challenge and working alongside some very talented ladies.

The Anything Challenge Blog is a fortnightly challenge blog held on alternate Tuesdays and has a theme to play along with. The blog is owned by Lynne who runs The Craft Den in Sheffield, UK and is coordinated by Tamara.

Craft Den

Why not pop along and have a look at this fortnight's creations by the DT for challenge #84 'Buttons and Bows'. Perhaps they'll inspire you to join us. My first post will be for challenge #85

That's all for now. See you soon.

Janine xx

Saturday 12 January 2013

Checking FB...

Hi Everyone...

Hope you're having a lovely weekend, so far.

Well,  it was back to work for me this week. I had a lovely Christmas break but I have to admit I'm kind of enjoying be back in my usual, all be it hectic, routine.

The second coat of paint on the top landing has done the job. It doesn't look anywhere near as bad as with just one coat. It's not perfect, but the thought of having to put lining paper up and then paint was giving me shivers. Onto the middle landing now!

I've not made any New Year Resolutions as such but I've set some goals. I'm working on 3 at a time.

My first is to de-clutter my house. Which is no mean feat. I've given myself till the end of the year to complete it. Yes it's that big a job!

My second is to exercise 3 times a week. I've set myself till June to be in a regular routine of 30 minutes 3 times a week. So far so good - Monday 30 mins on an exercise bike. Tuesday 1 hour swimming and Thurs 30 mins Run/Walk and yesterday 45 minutes swimming
The third is to be more organised. I've put everything into a diary on my phone. That way it's always with me. I've blocked out chunks of time for blogging, housework, exercise etc. I want to plan meals too so that I don't open the fridge and think what on earth can I make for tea tonight! Hopefully, if I'm super organised I'll get more time to play in my craft room. Yay!!

Enough of my waffle's today's card.


My card is made using a fabulous Mo Manning image 'Checking FB' which really reminds me of my very good friend Janice. She is so organised - she's a real whiz with spreadsheets. I've not coloured this image before, but when I saw it I thought of her immediately.

I've followed this great sketch from over at Addicted to Stamps.

She's been coloured with my usual Copics.

Copics Used :

Skin: E11, E00, E000, E0000, R30, R21, BV31
Nightie: YG63, YG61, G20
Purple: BV13, BV02, BV01, BV00, BV000
Peach: E97, E95, E93
Hair: E39, E37, E35, E33, E21
Background: W00, W0, W1, BV0000

The tag was cut using Vintage Tag from Doo Hickey and its sentiment is from LOTV A5 Verses.
The sentiment on the card is also from LOTV (Vintage Sentiments Occasions).
I've just added a few little flowers, from Live and love crafts and Wild Orchid Crafts) to the bottom left corner. It just looked bare without them. The leaves are cut using Marianne Creatables die LR0156.
Lastly the papers are by First Edition from their 'Daydream' 6x6 pad.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Mo's Digital Challenge - Something New (new digi)
Avenue 613 Challenge - Anything Goes
ATCs With Attitude #31 - Add a tag or sentiment/Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Make It Monday #122 - Anything Goes

Friday 4 January 2013

Saturated Canary - Jules

Good evening blogger friends ....

Well I'm well and truly fed up with this decorating. It's one of those jobs that the more you do.....the more needs doing. When I steamed off the 30 year old paper it brought off bits of paint from underneath too. However, it was just in patches. I've tried sanding by hand and with all sorts of hubbies electric gadgets. The first coat of paint has gone on and it looks awful. I'm going to try another coat over the weekend and if it still looks naff it looks like I'll have to line it or paper it before painting. The drops down the stairs are enormous because it's a Victorian house with high ceilings! Fingers crossed the second coat evens it out.

Today I have a card for you that I've made for a friends daughter. She'll be 17, but is still made about Marie the cat from Disney's Aristocats. I've chosen Saturated Canary 'Jules'. These images are just so fun to colour and Krista has so many to choose from.

The papers are from First Edition - 'Sweet Owl' collection. 
The ribbon was made after following a tutorial on youtube ( I'm really pleased with the outcome.

I've coloured her with copics. Oh, my new copics came today so that cheered me up. He he.

This is the first time that I've tried a dotted outline. I really like the effect so I think you'll be seeing it a lot more on my cards.

Copics Used:

Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20, R30
Pinks: R85, R83, R81, RV000
Browns: E44, E43, E42, E41, E40
Greys: C00, C0, C1
Hair: E35, E43, E44, E50, E51, E53
Background: W00, W0, W1

The LOTV sentiment has been stamped onto a Doo Hickey die cut cloud and the flower ribbon is from The Hobby House. I've decorated the inside to compliment the front.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Saturated Canary Challenge #34 - Song Inspiration (Everybody Wants to be a Cat - Aristocats film)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by - Hope to see you again soon.

Janine x