Friday, 26 November 2010

Red, gold and green...

Sorry for the late post, for some reason blogger wasn't letting me upload photos... Anyway seems to be fixed now!

So onto this weeks Creative Inspirations card! The theme is red, green and gold, so this is what I came up with....................

There's a lot of gold snowflakes around Tilda which are more clear in the photo below...

I've used stickles stardust under her feet, and lots of sakura gelly roll in clear star. The mistletoe is added to with perfect pearls ice white, and the gingerbread in her pockets has clear gloss on some bits, and crackle glaze on others (again, not too clear on here!). I've gone around the whole card with viva decor pearl pen in bronze, it's really more of a metallic red as you can see. All edges are edged with walnut stain and then stickled with diamond stickles. The tilda piece has been distressed with tea dye distress ink.

Stamps: Tilda with Mistletoe (Magnolia), snowflakes (molly blooms)
Doohicky lace die
Embellishments: stickles (diamond and stardust); ribbon (Boyes); viva decor pearl pen (bronze)
colouring: distrss inks (peeled paint, worn brick, walnut stain, weathered wood; skin copics, hair brushstrokes pens

Thank you so much for looking, and as you know, any comments are greatly appreciated! Enjoy the snow if you have it and be careful when driving! Hugs and happy crafting!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative Belli: R for ribbon
Dotties world: Anything goes - RED

Thursday, 18 November 2010

A surprise found - such an honour!

Hi ladies and gents! I received an email from my good bloggy friend and fellow Creative Inspirations DT member Caroline saying she had a little surprise for me, and lo and behold, she has kindly presented me with this lovely award! Thank you so much! Her comment on why she nominated me also made me chuckle (check out her blog and have a nosey!). Caroline has the most wonderful cards on her blog, so if you aren't already familiar with her work, please pop over and share the love (she too adores Magnolia... don't we all?!)

So a little bit more...
As part of the rules of my award I MUST tell you 3 things you may not know about me:
* I can play a tune on the didgeridoo (yes really... I have my own although most of the time it is filled with cobwebs... a dusting nightmare!!!)
* I have the most odd crush on...wait for it...Johnathan Creek star Alan Davies... oh and also have a thing for Jack Dee... must be a comedy link here!
*When I was 14, a girl in my year won a magazine competition for Peter Andre to perform at our school, so I (along with many others) paid 50p to see him in the days of plastic pecs to perform Mysterious Girl and other songs in our school gym! (YES, bizarre as this sounds this really happened!)
Ok so I also have to nominate 5 people to recieve this award.........
1) Teresa: always manages to create THE most beautiful magnolia cards, her layouts are amazing, you seriously need to check her out if you haven't already. She has been VERY helpful with queries and probs I've had in the past!
2) Coops: I first found her on the DOCRAFTS website, her images are superbly coloured every time and she is a constant source of inspiration for me
3) Maddy Hill: Not only makes the funkiest of card toppers, but also designs fimo models to match - STUNNING every one of them!
4) Mona Evy: Mona is a Creative Inspirations DT member and every time she posts something I always think "why didn't I think of that?!" She's very creative with her cards and uses embellishements perfectly - not too many, not too few... Something I've not quite got the hang of yet! Ha ha!
5) Carlyanne: Very supportive lady! Not only are her cards AMAZING she also took the time to support me from pretty much day 1 on here, even though I didn't know what I was doing! (Thank you honey!). Again, her blog is FULL of wnderful ideas, with a good mix of images from LOTV, Belles and Whistles and of course Magnolia, and more besides!
Have fun with your awards ladies, & if you follow all the directions & visit HERE first you can qualify for a $5 Gift Voucher from Digi's With Attitude!!!
So that's it, I really urge you to check these out and a HUGE thank you to Caroline again - I'll be grinning like a fool all night! Haha! xxx

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Surprise Pop-up Sledging Edwin!

Hi everyone! I've been busy trying to create a card for the Creative Inspirations challenge of "Winter Woodland". I didn't have any woodland stamps so raided my stamp collection and found a Christmas tree stamp in one of my papermania stamp sets. It had text underneath so I've simply not added any ink to that bit, and layered the stamp up using less ink for the background. Here's the result...
I've covered the ground and parts of the trees in 2 layers of white flock and have gone over this with stardust stickles. I thought sledging Edwin was perfect to sit in front of this background! I wanted to do something a bit different with this, so instead of a classic card, I've gone for a surprise pop up, here's the card closed...

And then when you pull the ribbon tag that you can see poking out at the top you get this...

Here's a view straight on with the card open...

The sentiment is from the small sentiment set at papermakeup stamps (I got mine from Quixotic Paperie) and I've used a quickutz label die with some eyelets to hang the charm off. The sentiment in the window is from the papermania Christmas stamp set.

Stamps: Sledging Edwin (Magnolia); let it snow (papermakeup stamps); Wishing you..., and tree (Papermania)
Colouring: copics and distress inks
Dies/punches: MS lace doily pounch; quickutz labels
Ebellishments: (charm, ribbon, lace, staples, eyelets - all stash), flock (Paperlane), stickles stardust, crackle glaze (on sledge) and Sukura gelly (stardust) on edwins jacket.

Thank you so much for looking and any comments, each one is greatly appreciated.
Happy Crafting!
Hugs. KatyBoo. xxx

I would like to enter this card into the folowing challenges:
One stop challenge: Pop-ups
Sir Stampalot: Christmas Traditions (sledging!)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Think Pink for Christmas!

Hi Guys and Gals, firstly I'd like to say another huge thank you to some more recent followers (you know who you are!) and also for the lovely messages I have received over the last few weeks, I LOVE reading them and I really appreciate it. Now onto this weeks Creative Inspirations Wednesday Challenge! The theme is pink Christmas, so I thought this lovely Tilda would be perfect...

I had to take a few photos, as you know photography = not my strong point!

I used white embossing powder around the edges, and punched out several sized snowflakes adorning them with pink gems. The greeting is from papermania. I used Martha Stewarts heart doily punch and snipped the edges to allow me to curl it around a circle, this shows up better below...

I've added some viva decor pearl pen in white to cover the snips up a little, and also on the brackets. The charm on one bracket is from craftsulove and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I've also added some startdust stickles around Tildas feet and under her dress at the bottom.

Stamps: Tilda with Vintage Roses; Papermania
Dies/punches: MS optic dot, MS doily hearts; Magnolia Tag; snowflakes (unknown)
Colouring: distress inks and copics (skin)
Sparkles/pearls: stickles startdust; viva decor pearl pen (white), gems (stash)
Flowers (wild orchid crafts)
Charm (craftsulove), cord (the bead shop in Brighton - a holiday purchase!!)

Thank you so much for looking and I appreciate any comments.
Have a fantastic week, and Happy Crafting!
Hugs, Katy. xxx

I wish to enter this card into the following challenges:
Magnolia-licious - pink and yellow
Cute card Thursday: Anything goes
I did it Creations Challenge: Holiday colour mix up (Easter pastels)
Crafty Anne's Challenge: Non-traditional colours
ABC Challenge: H is for Holidays!
Creative Belli: Something old (paper and punch) something new (stamp)
Sarah Hurley Challenge: Easel Cards

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Shaker Card

Well it's another week, another theme from Creative Inspirations! This week it's "Shaker Cards" - I don't mind telling you I was a little nervous about this one as I've not made one before, so here's my first attempt.......

I must apologise for the faded effect of the image, it is much bolder in real life but the acetate kept reflecting the light away! I have definately learned some things along the way: firstly I have used too much "shake"! I think half the amount of beads and sequins would have been more effective. Secondly I need to be a bit more delicate when securing to avoid slight buckling of the card, it's not noticeable to anyone else but me apparently but I know it's there and it bugs me! 
To make up for the poor quality photo here's a closer view of Edwin and Tilda

Again the light has reflected off the image but at least you can see the shading and sparkles a bit more clearly!


Papers: bobunny, GCMD; acetate
Colouring: Distress inks (clothes - peeled paint, fired brick, weathered wood, old paper, aged mahogony); copics (skin)
Sparkle: stickles - diamond (edging); stardust (Tildas clothes)
Embellishments: ribbon (East of India); leaves and flowers(stash); pearls (viva decor in salmon);
gold staples, cord, beads and sequins (stash)
Die cuts: magnolia doohicky tag; spellbinders fancy tags

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
One stop craft challenge: Anything goes
Paper Pretties: Square cards
Wee Memories: Anything goes
Magnolia-licious: Shaker card
Wild Orchid Challenge: Classic Christmas (red green and gold)