Thursday, 30 September 2010

Another day another challenge!

Well good morning, peeps and I hope the sun is shining wherever you are! It's really trying its best to shine on the Pennines here, although the painters are working outside, all the windows are open and I'm sitting here in two woollen sweaters! Hey ho, better get this typed before my fingers freeze up.

Today's card, as you can see, is fairly seriously PINK! but I think it suits Sweet Tilda. She's coloured with Copics but she's been coloured for a long time and I'm sorry to say I don't have the numbers....oops! I think that when I'm colouring, I'll have to note the colours on a Post-it note and attach it to the image so that I can be more helpful to you. So I promise that, when I've used up the current lot of pre-coloured images, I'll do better - honest!

All the distressing has been done with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and I thought I'd give my new Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punch an outing. It's not yet available here I don't think but was posted to me from the US by the lovely Claudia Rosa, so thanks so much for that, hun! I believe it's called 'Laurel Leaf' and I'm absolutely delighted with it and it's the only PATP that I the moment!! I also used the Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch with some DP from my scrap box for the butterflies. The background DPs are from the Prima 'Annalee' pad, which I'm absolutely loving (and stroking frequestly!). The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp.

I punched the leaves from some really ancient DP with my McGill Leaves punch and the pearl brad, spacer and pearls are from The Hobby House who have such a wonderful selection and a very efficient postal service. The flowers are, of course, from Wild Orchid Crafts (link in my sidebar) and the ribbon is from Fantastic Ribbons.

Well I hope you like this card and I'm entering it in the following challenges:
An Oldie but a Goodie Pink and Girlie (I think it's certainly thet!)
Just Magnolia Challenge Dawny's Sketch which was great fun to work with.

Have fun, peeps, I'll see you again soon and thanks so much for looking today.

Diane x

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The first this year

Christmas card, that is!

Well, good afternoon, peeps and I hope that the week's being good to you so far. I thought I'd share this card with you - I do love this tri-fold shutter design and it's perfect for showing off DPs. These are from the Papermania 'Classic Christmas' collection and I chose them because it just felt right to make a card in traditional Christmas colours.

Tilda is coloured with Copics and if I ever find the piece of paper I noted down the numbers on, I'll edit this post later to tell you! I cut the ovals from Nesties and all the ditressing is with Forest Moss Distress Ink. The pointsettia is from Prima and the rose buds from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I may well make another of these cards, it was great fun and I hope you like it. I'm entering it in the following challenges:

Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge - Ribbons and bows
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - Christmas Colours
Christmas Card Challenges - Distressed Cards

Sorry about the photography, which looks a little blurry!

See you again soon!
Diane x

Friday, 17 September 2010

Have I seen you somewhere before?...

...well, the answer is 'Yes you have'! because this is the same image I used for my other grandaughter's 'Back to School' card but doesn't she look different in these colours and in this setting? This card is for number one granddaughter, Holly who is starting senior school this month - another new beginning for her!

Go here to see her in a different setting and to pick up the image details.

I'm afraid I didn't keep a note of the Copics I used for you - sorry!...but I can tell you that the edges of the image are distressed with Chipped Sapphire DI. (Don't know what I'd do without these inks!!) The blue spotted paper is a digital download from Bearly Mine Crafts and this one is just the perfect colour for the image. I used Bev's wonderful tutorial on Resizing Digi Papers, so thanks so much for that hun - it worked perfectly! The pink stripey paper was from my stash and just a scrap, so I can't tell you whose it is. Also from my stash is the butterfly ribbon, which I picked up at a craft show somewhere - I have a habit of picking up things at craft shows, that's why I have to keep working! LOL

The wonderful flowers and stamens are from Wild Orchid Crafts (link in my sidebar) and the sentiment was computer generated.

I believe this qualifies for the Oldie but a Goodie Challenge, which is New Beginnings. I think this image has been around long enough to fit the bill.

You'll no doubt be relieved to hear that you've seen the last of Back to School cards...well, at least for another year, so now we can get on with something different.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you enjoyed looking at this project.

Diane x

Friday, 10 September 2010

Here we are again!

Good morning peeps and TGIF!

This is another image from the truly talented Mo Manning, which is called 'Paul Texting' but in my mind it's Martin Texting! Martin is number 2 grandson and that's who this card is for - we had a family trip to Chester Zoo and when he wasn't looking at the animals, he was texting his friends! So you can imagine how I couldn't resist using this image - it so reminds me of him. As you can see, it's to celebrate the return to school (well at least I think his Mum is celebrating!).

The DPs are from Diane's Daughters, 7 Gypsies and the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby pad, which is so gorgeous I thought I was very brave to cut into it LOL! The image is coloured with Copics (numbers below) and I deepened the shadows with my Faber Castell pencils, all the distressing is with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and the buttons are a mixture from my stash.

Skin: E000, E00, E21, R11, R20
Hair: E53, YR21
Clothing: E43, E44, E47, E49, BG000, BG10, BG11, BG13
Bag: BG15, BG23, BG18, BG75
Phone: C9, C7, C5
Shoes: E41, E43
Shadow: W1, W3, W5

I do hope you like this one and be brave, there's only one more to go in the 'Back to School' series!

By for now,
Diane x

Monday, 6 September 2010

Air guitar

Good morning, peeps and I hope you're all having a great start to the week this fine and sunny Monday morning! Well, the series continues and all the cards are now delivered! This one is for my number one grandson, Matt who is off to sixth form college this week to start a BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology - I won't pretend to know exactly what that means because just the name of it makes me feel like an old fogey! All I know is that he has aspirations to be a radio DJ in the future and I just think it's great that he has a dream!

The image is another from the wonderful Mo Manning and is called 'Air Guitar'- I just thought it was very appropriate as I did with the music printed paper in the layout. All the papers are from 7 gypsies, by the way.

I coloured the image with my Copics (of course!) and I'll list them at the end of this post for you but I did add to the shading with my Faber Castell pencils. The little stars are punched with a Carla Craft punch and covered in Distress Stickles in Walnut Stain. I've also used the endlessly useful Stampin' Up Word Window punch for the sentiment, which was computer generated. All of the ditressing on all layers was done with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and the brads are from my stash.

I hope you like it - I always find cards for the boys more of a challenge.

I'll be back soon with yet another in the 'Back to School' series.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, R11, R20
Hair: E31, E25, E29
Vest: R35, R37, R59
Jeans and boots: W7, W5, W3, W1, E43, E41
Shadow: B000 + chalk

Bye for now, Diane x

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Back to school again!

Good morning peeps and a fine and sunny morning it is here in Yorkshire although, you can probably tell from the picture above that it wasn't quite so fine and sunny when the photo was taken!

Anyhoo, this is the second in the 'Back to school' series and you'll probably be sick of them by the time I've been through all my grandchildren! This is for number three grandson, James and I've used another lovely Mo Manning image, Yale. These images from Mo are so expressive and an absolute delight to colour. I coloured him with my Copics and carefully kept a note of which colours I used on the reverse of the image. I got up early this morning to work on this card because it needs to be delivered today and, guess what? I stuck the image down without transferring the Copic numbers so they now cannot be seen! What am I like?

The DPs are mainly from 7 Gypsies but also from the Girls' Paperie and Stampington. I created the star from a Papermania stamped image and then cut it out. I'm entering this for the Truly Scrumptious Challenge, which is a sketch with an optional extra to include a knot somewhere on your card. Of course, I had to fiddle a bit with the layout but I think the sketch is still recognisable!

I hope you like the card and I should be back soon with number three in the series - are you bored yet?

Bye for now.

Diane x