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Saturday, 26 June 2010


Here is my entry for the Three Muses Challenge #56 "eyes."  I have been playing with Adobe Photoshop again and this is the result.  The owl image is from Karen's Whimsy and the words are a Helen Keller quote.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Sea Voyage Postcard

Here is my creation for this week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge.  The theme is sea voyages and it made me think of explorers in general and Sir Francis Drake in particular.  This is the first time I have taken part in this particular challenge but I was inspired to have a go by this week's host, Sandy, who always has some wonderful art on her blog.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Stamp Something Summer Bear

Here is my card for the latest Stamp Something challenge.  The theme is summer and I decided to use summer colours rather than a summery image.  I have had the little teddy bear stamp for ages, not sure of the make but it always stamps perfectly.  I just added a little shading.  The flowers are coloured with stickles and the centres are liquid pearls gold.  The base card is made from Coredinations and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the sentiment.  The smaller flower layers are Coredinations and a scrap of card I stamped ages ago using the faux batik method.  The ribbon is Doodelbug...I think. 

Thursday, 17 June 2010

My Time To Craft - Xtra Special

Here is my latest card which I am entering into the My Time To Craft Xtra Special challenge (make a card for a special occasion.  This card is for a baby girl's naming day and it's the first time I have made a card for that particular ceremony.  The only stamp I used is on the back, very unusual for me!  The bear was cut with a Sizzix die in the Cuttlebug and coloured with Promarkers.  I used a rose punch for the corners and a lattice punch for the mat.....really cross now as the punch has broken!!!!  I also used Nestabilities and Cuttlebug embossing folders.  There are a few gems on the front too, though it's difficult to tell from this pretty awful photograph.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Crafty Creations Challenge #70

Here is my entry (talk about last minute!) for the Crafty Creations black, white and a splash of red challenge.  The ladybird and frame image is something I made myself on the PC.  It is coloured with Promakers.  I can't remember where the black and white dotty paper is from but, as you can see, I have been Cuttlebugging again to make the sentiment.  Not the best picture of the front as it's a scan but probably better than my attempts with the camera!

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Stamp Something - Digi Day Challenge

Here is my entry for the latest Stamp Something challenge which is a digital challenge.  The door image on the front of the card (top picture) is from the wonderful Itkupilli Shop (the same place I got my blog background).  The herald rabbit is also Itkupilli and both Alice images are by Tartx.  I used Adobe Photoshop to put the three images together.  The white rabbit backing paper on the front of my card is another Tartx image tiled in My Craft Studio.  The book text is from Mayang's Textue Library and all the embellishments are from Computer Scrapbook.  I printed my finished card onto white linen cardstock and rounded the corners.   This really was a challenge....very different!

Friday, 4 June 2010

CD Sunday Feathered Friends Challenge

This is my card for the CD Sunday Feathered Friends Challenge.  The CD element comes in the form of the gorgeous backing paper from Joanna Sheen's Eastern Treasures CD Rom which is rather lovely.  The swan and cygnet image is a photo I took, appropriately enough, last Sunday during a dog walk to a local lake.  Those cygnets are adorable, it was a beautiful sight. 

I have also used stamps from an American Crafts set on my card.  The tiny birds were stamped onto blue plastic, the flowers stamped in black onto blue and red cardstock.  The tassel behind the stamped sentiment is also from Joanna Sheen's store.  I used my Nestabilities label dies on the image and mat and placed white feathers behind.  This was a good opportunity to dig out my craft CDs and actually use them as opposed to oohing and aahing over the lovely images and never getting round to actually printing and using them! 

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Stamp Something with a Birthday Recipe

I have just made this birthday card for a friend and am entering it into the latest Stamp Something Challenge (birthday recipe with designer paper, a tag, ribbon and a bow).  I used this cute House Mouse stamp with the bunny eating a carrot, coloured with Promarkers.  I used Nestabilities dies in the Cuttlebug for the mats and the papers are My Mind's Eye.  I added some green ricrac ribbon and a green bow, plus a button, small flowers and a couple of gems to finish off my card.