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Sunday, 25 January 2009

GRAPHICUS JANUARY CHALLENGE



Well I have finally had some time to relax and craft as the pressure is off a little since the job offer on Thursday. Hopefully I will get written confirmation soon. Here are the items I have made for the new Graphicus monthly challenge, using inks, stamps and embellishments from the Graphicus online store.

The colour scheme challenge is plum and gold and my entry is a pendant and bracelet set made from stampbord. I have used various inks in shades of plum and gold (Black Cherry Glimmer Mist, Pearlescent Purple & Galaxy Gold Brilliance, Colorbox Cats Eye, Royal Purple Stazon) with stamps from the new Elusive Images Harlequin Rose themeplate, plus ribbon, wire and beads from my stash.

For the Celebrate challenge I decided to make a new baby card in vibrant colours as a change from the traditional pastels. The mother and child is from the Elusive Images Madonna & Trees themeplate (minus the halos!) stamped onto white card using a Kaleidacolor Baby Powder inkpad. I then rubbed Glimmer Chalks over the stamped image and mounted it onto a piece of card, which also started off white before I spritzed it with Black Cherry, Sunflower and Candy Apple Glimmer Mists, and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the D'Vine Swirl embossing folder. The stamped image and mats are fixed to the base card with foam tape to add dimension.

To make the flowers I again took white card and used Versamark ink to stamp patterns from the Elusive Images Texture Blocks themeplate and heat embossed them with clear powder. I sprayed the stamped patterns with Glimmer Mists (previously mentioned colours plus Jazz Blue and Meadow Green) and when dry I removed the clear powder with an iron to leave a flat surface on the cardstock. I then used my Cuttlebug to die cut the flowers on the right side of my card. These are layered and differ in height but it's difficult to tell from my photo.

To finish off my card I added a Creative Acrylics new baby sentiment coloured with Glimmer Chalk, threaded onto Maya Road Soho Candy ribbon together with a Candy Paisley slide.

16 comments:

Loopy said...

Wow absoloutley stunning, I adore the necklace, your so clever to be able to make such stunning jewelry.
ps/ I had to get a new blog so my url has changed.

Ann Whitfield said...

Wonderful work Denise - congratulations and good luck with the new job
Ann x

Aquarius said...

great jewellery!

Val

InkyArtitude said...

Good luck with the job application! I too, haven't been at the pc very often (back problems, sciatica and the dreaded knees) but I had to take a moment to say WOW! what fab work you are doing. Very Inspirational. I love the Stampbord and the great work you're doing with the Harlequin Rose... beautiful

Ann Whitfield said...

I'm back again Denise, just to let you know there's an award on my blog for you
Ann x

Chrissie said...

These are just fabulous Denise! I love the jewellery, such gorgeous colours.
Congratulations on your new job, I hope it works out really well for you.

Sue said...

That is incredibly beautiful Denise! I love it and I would love to know how to make it so will study in detail cos i have dabbled a wee bit in making jewelry

lovely jewelry

xxx Sue

alcoholinky said...

what a gorgeous card. love the colours and layout you've used. something to treasure.

Artyjen said...

Love your stampboard pieces must have a go soon, had some for ages and still not used it. How sad.

Stempelchaotin said...

OMG so wonderful artwork.
Fantastic. I love it.

Beryl (bik59) said...

Fabulous card and the jewelry is gorgeous
Beryl x

stamp and scrape said...

the plums are so rich - what a lovely jewellery set!
Ros

Chris F said...

Denise these are lovely - particularly love the card. Glad to read about job offer, hope it all works out well for you. Thanks for your comments on my blog, hope to see you at Paddy's again some time.
Chris F
http://Chriscraftroom.blogspot.com

Beryl said...

What a great idea to use the Madoona for a new baby card. Well done for thinking of that. It's a lovely card and the jewelry too. Congrats. on getting the job offer. I hope it all works out and you enjoy your new post.
Beryl xx

Phree said...

Gorgeous jewellery. Love the way you used the madonna stamp for a baby card.

Shirley said...

I love your card and your jewelry too! You are so talented!!

Honey

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