Crafting With An Attitude!!

Today is my very first as part of the Design Team at Crafting With An Attitude Challenges.  Don’t you just love that name? :)
Our sponsor for this month’s challenge is Sassy Studios Designs:

And here is my card, using the Masquerade Ball Sassy image.

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I have coloured my Sassy lady using Copic Markers, before fussy cutting the image out with some paper snips.  The background image is the Grand Stairway from Make It Crafty, which has been very lightly coloured before Sassy lady was layered over the top using some dimensional tape.
Why not join us in April at Crafting With An Attitude, for your chance to win some gorgeous Sassy Studio Design images.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Creative Ladybirds Challenge 2

We have two wonderful sponsors this month for the Creative Ladybirds Creations Challenge number 2, they are Oddball Art and Stitchy Bears.

My first card features a Duet image from Stitchy Bears, which is just so cute!

I kept the rest of the card simple so that the image is very much the focal point of the card, just using some music note papers from my stash.
And my second card features another gorgeous image, this sweet fairy with her dragonfly from Oddball Art.

Again, I have used some patterned papers from my stash in the background, coloured the image and then fussy cut it and layered it onto the card.
I do hope you will join in with our month challenge at Creative Ladybirds Creations, we love to see all of your wonderful projects.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Easter is nearly here…

This week’s Crafty Boots challenge is, of course, Easter.  I wonder what special things you will do for Easter?  Do you have family traditions?
Here in Australia, it is Autumn and the days are getting shorter and cooler, and we are getting prepared for the cold months ahead.  So for us, Easter is not a time when the flowers are emerging and spring is in the air, and we often celebrate Easter with fires lit and warmer clothes starting to appear.  I think I will get my knitting out!
In any case, it is a good excuse to stay cosily inside stamping and crafting! :)

My Easter card today uses a beautiful image from Angels Landing, which I have coloured with Copics. I have combined it with some pretty papers from my stash, and the words from the Stampin’ Up! Hello You Thinlits Dies and Crazy About You stamp set.

Wishing all of you a Happy Easter!  And I hope you will share your Easter projects with us at Crafty Boots Challenges – we love to see what you have been making!
Happy stamping!
Chris

An Old Classic

A quick and easy masculine card today, using up some bits and pieces from my stash, for the current challenge at Cardz 4 Guys Challenge Blog.

I had fun with this card! The Old Classic car stamp came from a magazine which had a free stamp set with it, with a heap of Retro images, many of which are fantastic for making masculine cards.  Everything else came from my (large) stash! :)
So I will keep this post short, and come back later with something completely different!
In the meantime, happy stamping!
Chris

Message In The Bottle

Another “Under Water” card today, for the challenge at The Male Room.
I like this challenge, this one had me thinking of all sorts of things to try out!  For my card today, I have used a Digital image from Make It Crafty, of a message in a bottle.

The image has been coloured using Copic markers, and then to make it look more like it was underwater, I have layered over the top, an Acetate Photo Filter Frame from the Project Life “Let’s Get Away” Accessory Pack. The photo filter adds that blue, green, yellow colour over the colouring and gives it a little more depth and interest.
Behind the main image, I have stamped some tiny fish and starfish (which are a little difficult to see in the photo), using the Stampin’ Up! Sea Street stamp set.

Happy stamping!
Chris

 

 

Spring Challenge Reminder

A quick post today with a reminder about the Crafty Boots “Spring” Challenge.

My card features the beautiful stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue called Indescribable Gift.  It is a beautiful stamp for colouring, I think I might have to try it in some different colours too :)  The circle with the coloured image has been layered over some of the Irresistibly Yours Specialty papers from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.  The photo hasn’t shown the background paper up very well, this is one card that is definitely better in real life than in the photo!!

Hoping you will share some of your spring projects with us, at Crafty Boots Challenges – we love to see what you have come up with.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Clean and Simple Cards

I have two cards to share with you today, along with some instructions on how to go about making them.  Both cards use some of the gorgeous images from Make It Crafty.

The first card features the adorable “Penny Sitting with Rose” digital stamp which I have sized to fit into the bottom corner of a piece of white blending cardstock.  I have then cut the cardstock to 9.5 x 13.8cm.
The image has been coloured using the following Copic markers: Hair: 100, N2, N4, Skin: E21, E11, E00, E000, R20, Clothing and Rose: V09, V06, V04, V01, V000, Leaves: G94, G21.

The words “thinking of you” have then been stamped using black Memento Ink in the left-hand corner.


I have then coloured three flat-backed pearls using the V04 Copic Marker,  (You could use a darker shade if you wanted a darker pearl), and allowed them to dry.

 

 

Next step is to adhere the dried pearls onto the left-hand corner.

Then I have taken a black marker and drawn some random lines around the edge of the card, linking the pearls, and the words along the way.  There doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason to this, just draw freehand and add a couple of swirls to make it interesting.

Then, just adhere your coloured panel onto a coloured panel – I have used a very dark purple, then onto a white card base.  Or you could leave out the middle layer and just put it straight onto the card base.  And here is the finished card:

Lots of nice open white spaces! I have to admit to being really unhappy with her hair, but it is something I am practicing, so hoping it gets a lot better over time!!

The second card I want to share with you today, uses the new Dandelion Digital Stamp, which of course can be used combined with heaps of other images and ideas, however I decided to use it on it’s own today.

Again, I have started off by printing the digi stamp onto some blending cardstock, and then cutting the cardstock at the same dimensions as the card above. (Please excuse the slightly shadowy photos, of course it decided to cloud over just when I was in the middle of doing this!!)

Next, I started on the grass.  I have used the brush end of Copics G94 marker to flick in some darker shading on the larger leaves.

 

And then come over the top of this with a lighter green, in this case I have used G21, but you can choose which ever green you like! :)

I haven’t been too fussy with my grass, since grass can be quite, well, messy sometimes! :)
Next step is to colour the Dandelion flowers.  I have used a Y13 marker, however you could go a little darker.  For shading I have just come back over the first layer of yellow and added some more colour.

Next come the Dandelion seed heads (fluffy things, as we call them!).  You could leave them blank, and not add anything to them and it would still look fine.  However, I wanted to add a little texture and depth to mine, so I have used a broad tip Uniball Signo White pen, coloured the centres with it, and then placed dots of white all over.

Next comes a sentiment.  I have used a bright yellow ink for mine, and I do hope that you are able to be a bit more accurate than me, and manage to get yours straight! (It will teach me a lesson for not using a stamp positioner!!)

Then I have added a few embellishments for some added interest.  Firstly, some lines of paper piercing along the bottom.

Then some flags using some scraps of patterned paper, with a cute little birdy clip.  But you could use a button with some twine, or even some stitching along the top.

And last but not least, layer it over some bright yellow cardstock, and there you have it!  If you are a bit of a perfectionist, you could always re-stamp your sentiment onto a piece of scrap white cardstock, punch it out and adhere.


These cards have been made as an entry for the Make It Crafty CAS Design Team call:

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I hope you will have a go at making some Clean and Simple (CAS) cards, they can be scary with all that wide open space, but actually they are lots of fun!
Happy stamping!
Chris