Sunday, 30 March 2014

Mothers day Cards

Sorry the light is a bit dodgy on this photos but I really wanted to show up the sparkle so had to use the lamp. I LOVE the Doodlebug glitter used on her tail. It is made up of tiny little discs so is perfect for scales! The image is from Tiddly Inks -This is the first time I've coloured her up but will defo be using her much more often! I've also been using my Silhouette Cameo... the background is a digital cut wave pattern and so is the seaweed boarder. I've added a load of gems and some foam Thickers letters.

This is SOG Super Mae - I made this for a young teenage boy to give to his mum for Mothers Day. I used die-namics City scape and the hearts background. Both images were coloured with Promarkers and the greeting was created with letters from Doodlebug.

This card uses my latest Stamping Bella Uptown girl stamp coloured (as always ) with my Promarkers. I added a couple of Prima flowers but kept it fairly simple as the background is so busy. I cut the frame and letters using the Silhouette - I'm getting the hang of the machine now.

This was the card I made for my Mum - we have a pooch like this called Bertie. 
I used the Silhouette to cut this silhouette of the dog and used the letters I had cut from the other card to add on this one. I then just added a couple of gems. 

 I had to put a picture of him in too! This is him peering through some stair railings. He is a Cairn Terrier and has a lovely gentle nature. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Design Team call entries.

I entered some cards into a Design Team submission call for Some Odd Girl! I kind of slipped onto the send button! I didn't get picked and doubt I was even a consideration as some of the creations posted on the facebook page and blog are amazing... but got to be in it to win it - right?! I have lost nothing by trying as I am making cards with the Some Odd Girl images all the time anyway.
The cards below are two that  I submitted... What do you think? 

This one is a commission for a joint 30th birthday. They were having a Great Gatsby Themed party so I had lovely time researching on Pinterest. (Have you visited my Pinterest board?? I'm addicted to the whole site!)
I kept the colours to black, gold and pearls with an Art Deco feel. Once again the Die-namincs city scape was used. I used warm greys for the suit and natural colours like Satin and cappuccino to give Flapper Mae's dress a bit of shading. I then covered it entirely with glitter so it sparkles. I added some pearls for her necklace and headband and added a touch of soft green to the feather and eyes. Some swirly pearls and art deco corners finished the card. 
I'm going to enter this into the monthly challenge on SOG blog which is all about the gold. I'm getting a bit gung-ho now with entering contests!

This was the second entry using SOG Coy Kaylee. Happy was cut with a Die-namics die and Simple stories paper. I love these colours. 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Promarker Colour combo.

Just a quick post so I can attached this to Pinterest.... I've been practising colouring combos with my promarkers to try and perfect my hair! I printed off a sheets of blank heads from Some Odd Girl and started to colour.... Got a few schemes I like ... Now to put them to use in creating some cards.

I've also been distracted playing with my new gadget this week... I am the proud owner of a Silhouette Cameo... I have been watching lots of tutorials on You Tube and got loads of inspiration and ideas. I love it already and I only know a small percentage of the cool things it can do!!

This week I also got a new stash of crafty paper and embellishments from the new range at Doodlebug. I love all the stuff they produce but as soon as I saw these I HAD to have them! And I NEEDED one of every colour!!

And these below are what I created with them.... I entered them into the Some odd Girl challenges but didn't win... oh well - just have to keep trying!
I thought of the AHA video which was half Black and white cartoon when I was making this card (Not sure why?) but tried to recreate it.All the materials are Doodlebug - with the exception of the "You Rock" which is from Studio Calico. The images are both from Some Odd Girl and coloured with Promarkers.

The papers on this one are from Teresa Collins -Family collection with so Bazzill Black base card. I love these round base cards but don't use them as often as I should. I just added a few sequins and the die cut creating from My Favourite Things - Die-namics.

Right all for now - Speak soon Monkey Mates (:(|)x

Friday, 7 March 2014

Cheeky Bingo.

I've recently been using Die cut tickets and Bingo cards a lot! They are great for Birthdays by highlighting the age. So I thought I'd post a couple of examples here for you guys to see -

The images are from The Greeting Farm. This one is called Cheeky Rockabilly. 
The papers are from Echo Park - This and That Grateful range.
I used Spellbinders to cut the small die that highlights the 30 with some gems. I made some paper bunting and also added some natural coloured lace. The image is coloured with Promarkers as always! 

This Greeting Farm image is called Cheeky mate. I love this image - I think they are all fun and live up to the name. I love the retro look of them. This card I kept to a naval colour scheme of red , white and blue. The paper is from Doodlebug and the scalloped circle from Spellbinders. I used a red and white stripey ribbon and some Peel offs - including the greeting which I coloured with Promarkers. I think my peel off collection gets neglected these day and we need to start a campaign to bring them back!! 

I actually made this card a while ago but forgot to post it and as its also uses TGF Cheeky Rockabilly - I thought I'd be a bit cheeky and stick it in here to show it off! I really like the colours and tried to keep it bright and funky but a bit different with the grey background. I added some gem swirls and a resin bird. The Happy Birthday is from Craftwork Cards. The mirror frame is from Sizzix and the paper flowers are finished with some colourful resin flowers. 

Sunday, 2 March 2014

It's a Chicken or Egg situation!

What comes first when creating a card? Should you pick and colour an image  - then find papers and embellishments to fit the colours & theme? Or is it the other way around... pick a paper and theme then colour the image to match... Its a chicken or egg situation!! 

This card was easy... I had the image and then found these papers (in TK Maxx of all places!?) The phone theme was perfect and the image was coloured to match the colours in the paper. I added some glitter to her fluffy slippers and glossy accents to the retro phone. Its a SOG girl image - Phone call Mae and the papers are from Pebbles - From Me to You range. The greeting was a rub on that was just right for this card. So the design process for this one really sorted itself... Its not always so easy...!

First time I've coloured this image - yep you guessed it -from SOG and She is called Rani. I really wanted her hair to have that blue tinted shine and look really rich. The papers are from Dear Lizzy - Lucky Charm and the darker blue paper has been die cut with a Die-namics falling hearts die. I stuck with rich colours when colouring with my Promarkers and added the yellow gem swirls and glitter along the gold trim of her clothes. Beautiful isn't she! 

I saw this paper and instantly knew what I would do with it - very rare for me as usually I sit and ponder for ages getting inspiration (Or as the other half says - I sit stroking my stash!) ANNOYINGLY I can't remember where this paper is from and Ive searched the web high and low. Ive cut the label off as it didn't fit in my paper cutter with that little extra trim and now I don't know what range its from and I want more of it!! Anyone know .... Answers on a postcard!! The image is Library Mae from SOG. I used a Die-namics die to create the top of the library card and stamped dates from a Dear Lizzy (American Crafts) roller punch. The hardest thing was to pick the dates so I went for memorable date to me... my last birthday (May) and the date we moved into our new house (March - can't believe we've been in it nearly a year already!!) The "JUST A NOTE" is a Paper Smooches stamp. They are my latest favourite greetings!! Coloured as always with Promakers and added a few enamel dots from My Minds Eye. 

I loved colouring this image - Its Mae Antoinette from Some Odd Girl - Fab isn't it. I found this paper in my stash which compliments the french theme perfectly - Its from Crate Paper - Fourteen range. I added loads of glitter to her dress, the large Gem swirls and some Papermania navy lace. I actually sent this to my Mum for her Birthday as she loves chocolate and baking.