Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Gorjuss Girl 18th Birthday Faux Book Card

It was recently my nieces 18th Birthday and this is the card that I made her. It's a little faux book card and yes I cheated a little - I used that Gorjuss Girl decoupage set again - but do you know what I don't care, I'm still in love with it!



The front cover has lots of heat embossed and shrink plastic embellishments. I added Glossy Accents to the hearts and some Stickles to edge of her dress and the number 18.


Here's the inside of the "book". I used a foliage and star stamp with embossing powder and then filled the star with ultra-fine glitter. To finish I popped on some die cuts, pearls and glitter.


Thanks for stopping by today

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Fancy Folds
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes
Unstampabelles - Significant Birthday
The Squirrel and the Fox - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Birthdays

Friday, 8 August 2014

Graph'It Marker Challenge - Fur 'n' Feathers!


Yep this week over on the Graph'It marker blog we want to see Fur 'n' Feathers! I opted for feathers as I was desperate to use this gorgeous little guy from Polka Doodles! Isn't he just the cutest thing ever??


Anyway, I tried something a little different this week with my colouring and I have to say I'm really pleased with the end result! I coloured the robin with my Graph'It markers and then added a few light strokes with my Prismacolor Pencils. I think the result is awesome as the pens add real depth to the image whilst the pencils help to add even more texture.

I made a little box card to sit him in and used a range of the new stamps that Polka Doodles have launched to embellish the card with.

I hope you like my project this week and that you'll come and join us.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Ingredients:
Graph'It Markers - 2110, 2150, 5220, 3245, 3255, 1180, 9500, 9503, 9909, White Shake Marker
Backing Paper - Rose Budd CD
Prismacolor Pencils
Distress Inks
Snowflake Embossing Folder
Stickles Glitter Glue
Pinflair Glue

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Eclectic Paperie - Embossing
It's All About The Vintage - Photo Inspiration (The chandeliers reminded me of icicles)
Addicted to Stamps - Make a mark
Crafting for All Seasons - Feature a creature
Little Red Wagon - embossing
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Saturday, 2 August 2014

New England Patriots Pop Up Box Card

Just a quickie from me today. I thought I'd show you the 18th birthday card I made for my daughter's boyfriend. He's a massive American Football fan and supports the New England Patriots, so it seemed only right that I make his card in this theme. Anyway, here it is:


Patriots stuff is almost impossible to find here in the UK, but I managed to find a seller on ETSY that sold a digi pack and sports fan forum that had various fonts and images for non-commercial use. I chucked in few die cut stars, some glossy accents and glitter and ended up with this.


Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Graph'It Marker Challenge - Hot Colours With An Optional Extra Of Airbrushing With A Straw!!!

Good morning. It's challenge time again over on the Graph'It marker blog and we want to see your hot colours. In addition this week we've had a go at airbrushing with a straw! I have to be honest and say that I almost didn't join the airbrushing part of this challenge as it made me go "Eeekk". However, I'm glad I did, as it has given me lots of inspiration for future projects. I'm not thrilled with this one but I literally ran out of puff not to mention time! I really hope that you'll give this a try and enter the challenge - remember we have a fabulous Graph'It Marker prize and you don't even need to use GI's to enter!


Anyway, onto my offering for this week. I decided after much panicking that I'd try my hand at graffitti but on a small scale. So I created some simple stencils using a graffiti font from Dafont and a very basic bomb. I then taped them in position and started airbrushing with a straw........EPIC fail!!! Nothing, not one single drop of ink landed on my page. So I dug out my aerosol air dusting cannister which proved a little too powerful and sent ink everywhere. Finally I found a solution when one of my fellow GI teamies Claire C suggested using an empty biro case - thanks Claire :)




When I removed the masks the images didn't really pop and I was more than a little disappointed. So after a bit of a sulk I decided I'd see what would happen once I outlined them with black ink - best move ever, the images came to life and popped right off of the page. Once I was completely happy with the background I ran it through an embossing folder to give the appearance of a wall.


I was going to use a printed backing paper, but again it toned the graffiti down too much, so I decided to create a random spray painted effect background using the straw technique again.

Finally I coloured the boy image from the Pretty Tuff CD added some dimensional glue and mounted him onto the card.

Ingredients:
Graph'It Markers
Airbrushing: 8150, 5245, 1180, 7155, 9909
Skin: 4115, 4155, 4135, 4170
Trousers/Hat: 9100, 9103, 9909
T-Shirt/Shoes: 5210, 5245, 9501
Pretty Tuff CD

If you do decided to give this a go, please let me know, I'd love to see what you come up with.

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Friday, 18 July 2014

Graph'It Marker Challenge - Altered Kraft Bag

Morning. Sorry for the lack of posts recently but life has got the in way of my creating.

There's another challenge this week over on the Graph'It marker blog and this week it's Christmas (I know, I know it's far too early but as I've been making Christmas cards since mid June then the least you can do is keep me company!). Remember, you don't need to use Graph'It markers to enter (although obviously we'd love it if you did) and you can win a fabulous Graph'It prize.

This was sample that I made for the launch of the Tatty Twinkles Christmas Collection by Tattered Lace. Sadly she never got sent off as I just ran out of time before the post deadline. It seems a shame to not show her off, so I thought as she was coloured up and ready to be made into a project I'd use her for this weeks inspiration piece.


I stamped the image onto some Ultimate Graphic Paper and then coloured her in with my Graph'It makers. Initially I used a circular die to cut around her, but then decided she needed something prettier, so I fussy cut her out and mounted her onto a doily. Now the fab thing is, if you're not a stamper you can buy her in the form of a collection on a MCS CD which is packed with not only Tatty Twinkles but loads of papers and Stationery (in fact that's where the lush papers are from).


I was then a case of cutting the papers, lace, ribbon and bead trim to fit on the Kraft bag. The whole thing is pulled together with the addition of a wooden snowflake, kraft snowflakes, gems, buttons and oodles of glitter glue.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Recipe:
Ultimate Graphic Paper
Graph'It Markers
Skin: 4115, 4135, 4155, 4170
Hair: 1270, 1250, 1110
Dress: 7109, 7125, 7119, 9502
Wings: 9502
Buttons
Tatty Twinkle Stamps/CD

I'd like to enter this bag into the following challenges:

Friday, 4 July 2014

There's somebody at the door!

Morning! It's time for another challenge over on the Graph'It Marker Blog and this time it's a nice easy one - Anything Goes - so I really hope that you'll come and join us. Remember you don't need to use Graph'It Markers to enter and we have some fabulous Graph'It prizes for the winner.


I've been really lazy this week and used another one of the cards I made for the Create & Craft release of the Rose Budd Collection CD. As is always the way with these samples turnaround is very tight and this was a last minute make but took forever due to the fact that everything was hand cut.


I started out by making another of those flat base cards. I then printed out the door and frame several times to cut and layer up to make a 3D door and surround. The image is of course coloured with my Graph'It markers. I used the following colours:

Skin: 4115, 4120, 4135, 4155
Hair: 1270, 3245, 3255
Clothes: 4135, 4145, 4150, 8280, 8290, 0000


I covered the base with papers from the CD and then layered the cut out door pieces onto the card. The card was then embellished with diecut leaves, punched flowers and some more images from the CD.


My only regret with this card is that I would've liked to add some pretty rose buds but couldn't find my stash of them and didn't have time to cut and roll some from the CD, so ended up with these daisies!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Ingredients:
Rose Budd Collection Papercrafting CD
Graph'It Markers
Ultimate Graphic Paper

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Monday, 30 June 2014

Roll Up, Roll Up.....

For all the fun of the fair!! That's right the fair is in town! This is of course another one of the stunning images from Tattered Lace which I was lucky enough to get to play with, to make some samples for their show on Create and Craft.



As soon as I saw this Tatty Twinkles I knew I wanted to make some form of fairground stall my only problem was what to put on it as there were so many lovely elements to choose from!


The base card is a simple concertina card which of course means that the card can be folded flat for posting. I've covered the base with papers from the collection. The stall hoarding has been made using some die cuts from Tattered Lace, the text has been covered with my Shake It Glitter Marker which gives it a cool embossed effect.


The images have been coloured with Graph'It Markers as detailed below:

Bears: 1250, 2110, 3255
Skin: 4135, 4150, 4155, 4170
Hair: ,1250, 1270, 3245
Dress & Pink Bows: 5130, 5260,5280, spots added with Shake It White Marker
Shoes: 9504, 9506, 9909
Goldfish Bowl: 9501,
Ducks: 1180
Coconuts: 3255, 3245,3280

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire xxx

Ingredients:
Tattered Lace Dies
Tatty Twinkle Stamps or CD
Graph'It Markers
Glossy Accents

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges: