Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gerda Steiner Designs Monthly Challenge

When Life Gives You Lemons

I can't believe the month has just about gone. Time flies bye so fast and I never seem to get all the things I want to do done. Being a short month doesn't help but I did get this months challenge finished. 
The freebie is this adorable piggy  (still time to play) making a real mess of himself. I coloured him with my copics,cut the image out with a die from Simon says Stamps and then had fun adding the chocolate bars around him. I found the bar on google, made it the size I wanted then printed and cut them out. The sentiment is an old freebie from Paulaposts.blogspot.com I thought was perfect for this as I don't do Valentines day cards. 
My hubby and I have never celebrated just one day as we felt it should be something that you do anytime. It seems to have worked for us as we have managed to last the last 48 Yrs. He still surprises me often and I love doing the same. Makes it a lot more fun.

Piggy: R000,20,22,W1,E71,77,79.
Chocolate: E71,77,79.
Wrapper: YR21,23,24,R02,05,08.
Shadow: BG10.
Ground: W1,3,5.

Less is More Alphabet 316

G'day from Sydney

There is a new challenge up at Less is More and it's all about the alphabet. I have had a small background stamp from Hampton Art by 7gypsies that I have never used and thought this challenge would be the perfect time to ink it up.  First I stamped the Sydney Opera House from Darkroom Door onto a piece of white cardstock, stamped it again on masking paper and cut it out. Placed the mask over the image, stamped the cities of the world background using my Misti to make sure I had a good impression. I then stamped the g'day from the same Darkroom Door set and attached it to a black card base. Was going to just have it all white but I think I like the contrast of the black.
This must be the first card in months I have not coloured  my image and I glad I tried something different.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Actsa MonthlyTrading Card Swap

One Wild Ride.

It's our monthly stamp group meeting and the ATC challenge is wood/ metal  etc. As I had just finished a card for the crazy4challenges this week using a motorbike I decided to use the same theme for my ATC. A Harley is a large mass of metal and I placed it on a wooden backdrop so really covered all the bases. The stamp, sentiment and tyre tread are from SU's one wild ride set and I stamped them onto the Kaiser wood patterned background. I lightly stamped a Kaiser wood grain stamp over the PP for some more texture. Added two metal brads to the sentiment and sponged some black ink around it and the image then adhered it to the ATC with dimensional tape.

Crazy4Challenges - C4C373

Born to be Wild

This week the challenge is a sketch and for me it's not something I use very often. I usually stamp or print my image, colour it and then just wing it. Most times it works but I confess it makes for some chopping and changing that takes time. This was for me a fast card and I maybe should do them more often. The image is from Just Inked Lined and as my DH has a Harley I make lots of bikie cards. I coloured it with copics and then fussy cut it, adhered it to a piece of Kaiser PP from their Base Coat range. The sentiment I heard of years ago and use it often as my Hubby
says that sums up what it feels like to ride. Born to be wild is from the same set. Adhered it all to a red card base.

Bike: R17,22,27,29,N1,3,5,C0,1,5,7,9.
Blinkers: YR00,02.
Lights: B01,C0.
Shadow: W0.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Less is More Challenge 315

Opposites Attract

This challenge had me using my thinking cap as I wanted to make a card that was suitable for a few options. I don't make valentine day cards as we try to send that message through out the year. I guess it works for us as we have been married 48 years and he still surprises me with his little poems and gifts. The card will be a great one for our youngest daughter who is a cat lover. The images are from Angies Stamps called Kitty in Flowers  and Mouse eating Cheese that I played with in photoshop to create this scene. The sentiment was computer generated and the hearts from a set by Gerda Steiner Designs that I think is no longer available. I used copics to colour it up and love the result. It is definately a one layer card. My daughter set up the blog and when I insert the photo it looks fine but when I publish it, it adds a white border. Have no idea how to fix it as I am not the greatest with computers.

Cat: E01,11,13,15,19,G40,R20,W9.
Mouse: W1,3,5,9,R20.
Bow: B21,23,29.
Cheese: Yo8,13.
Flowers: R24,29,E09, Copic black multiliner.
Leaves G24,28.
Grass: YG11,13,17.
Shadow: W000.
Hearts: R17.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Less is More Challenge 314

The Tree of Life

Some-one ask me what is your style the other day and I really had no idea. I tend to make cards of different styles for specific people or a request from some-one. Lately they have been more CAS and I am enjoying the results.  I still struggle a bit doing these cards but the challenges are helping . My first card uses a stamp from Darkroom Door called Trees and the sentiment is from the same set. Used distress inks in blue, green and yellow and stamped the tree over it when it was dry. Used the heat gun as I like the way it moves the colour around and it gives it some nice patterns. Mounted it on a blue card base and one down. The second card is similar but I used green , yellow and orange. The stamp is another Darkroom Door set called Wildflowers Vol 1. They have some lovely sets that are great for this type of card. I adhered the card front to a green piece of cardstock then to a white card base. The cards do look white in real life.

I am entering the Trees into the challenge 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Friend

Poker Face

I saw this stamp at our monthly ACTSA  (ACT Stamp Association) meeting and just had to buy it. One of our members has on-line store and she finds the most amazing stamps for all over the world. We are very limited in Australia compared to US and UK  so I tend to buy online from a few sites that actually get stamps from overseas. I find that the postage some US sites charge stop me from purchasing their products but there are still plenty that are reasonable. My favourites are digis but  I love to buy stamps as well. Some people would say I'm addicted (hubby would be one) but life's to short to worry and I love making cards. The stamp is from Crafter Companion and designed by Kathleen Francour called Poker Face. It is for a dear friends birthday this week. I coloured her with copics and kept it CAS, just stamping the sentiment from the set in the top right corner. Adhered it to a pale yellow card base as I really wanted the image to star.

Skin: E50,51,53,55,R08,20.
Dress: Y04,13,18,19,YR02,04.
Hair: E07,08,19.
Cards: W0,R08,YR21,26.
Shoes; $79.
Seat: E70,74,77.
Shadow: BG0000.
Ground: W1,3.