Thursday, 29 July 2010
The froggy has chosen and has picked...
128 - Sue C! Well Done Sue, please email me to claim your £10 voucher for The Stampman.
Our Top 5 DT choice for this challenge in no order was..
Monday, 26 July 2010
Our spotlight on easels challenge is still open for another week which you will find here. Don't forget both challenges run for 2 weeks each so if you make an easel for this challenge you can also enter it into the spotlight one too!
Joy has set us a challenge this fortnight which is a recipe and she would like us to use the following...
- 1. Use stickers or punches
- 2. Use the colour orange or yellow
- 3. Include and animal or fish
Gurlee Girl Craft Store has expanded to include the latest Magnolia Stamps, Prima Flowers, and of course my Gurlee Girl Stamps for your crafting needs. I look forward to adding more wonderful craft products we all love to use to on our projects. Please make sure to stop by and check out the latest items available now. I only stock a limited number of inventories for each item, they will not be re-stocked. Thanks for visiting my shop. ~Chelsea~
Lets have a look at what the DT have been up to for this challenge!
I used a pale yellow card which has an oval shape in the middle of it which can be taken out, but as I'm not sure how to use this type of card I left it in place and put on it 4 dolphin Peeloffs which I coloured using Acetate & Peel off pens, according to the colours on their pen lid they were yellow & orange although when I used the latter on the card it looks more like brown doesn't it? I then added a frame using watercolour pencils, at the top I used a blue one with a green at the bottom, I then added some yellow iridescent stars in the top two corners & a Gold Happy Birthday at the bottom. Finally I stuck a piece of white hand made paper on the inside so that the shape didn't come off!
I've used an image by Pollycraft coloured with promarkers and coloured the hearts on the dress with an orange sakura stardust pen. The ribbon has been dyed wth a yellow promarker and the faux stitching is a sakura souffle pen. I used a martha stewart punch (my one and only one!) and sprayed the whole card with diamond dazzles glimmer mist.
White scalloped card to start, with a piece of Kanban Edwardian Orange card for the background. The fish are digi's from Bee Crafty printed out in different sizes, coloured with Pumpkin & Bright Orange ProMarkers & mounted with foam pads. I've run them through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder for a bit of texture and added orange Stickles Glitter to their fins. The underwater foliage is punched out from Doodlebug Sugarcoated cardstock using a Nellie Snellen branch punch and the bubbles were punched using a household hole punch!
I have used a digi stamp from Meljens designs, coloured the image with Promarkers and mounted it on to orange then yellow card, the edges have been punched with a Stampin Up scalloped border punch then trimmed with some gingham ribbon. The sentiment was also punched with a Stampin Up punch and edged with ink. My backing papers are both K&Co.
I have used a digi stamp from PollyCraft for my image and the sentiment is from Tiddly Inks. For the borders I used one of my X-Cut border punches. I have coloured the image with ProMarkers and added some stickles glitter glue to the flowers and grass. The ribbon, paper and card are from my stash.
For my recipe card I have used various papers in yellows and oranges (my Happy Colours), Fiskars punch for the edge of the card and an EK Success punch for the corners. The Butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch and a Papermania white felt one coloured with a yellow Promarker. I little bit of twinkle courtesy of gems and Stickles glitter glue and a lovely summery card is born :)
Please add a link to your creation into the froggy below. The challenge will close at 12am midnight GMT on 9th August. Good Luck!
Monday, 19 July 2010
On the spotlight challenge we will look at a style of card, technique or product with the team making various wonderful samples which should give you loads of ideas. They are just for fun, no pressure challenges so no Top 5 but we will offer candy from time to time.
You will notice that the team also do the challenge from last week (which is still open for another week which you will find HERE) It is so that we all get a chance to play it but you may choose to also do that in which case pop your entry in both or you may just play the spotlight challenge, its no different than combining challenges :)
For our spotlight this time we are looking at EASEL CARDS so we would like to see your easel cards. If you've never made one before there is a good clear tutorial over at Dewdrop Craftz you will find here. Perhaps you're feeling more adventurous so have a peek at the heart shaped easel tutorial here. Once you understand how they work then you'll see by the examples you can make any shape you like :)
I'm offering a little candy for this challenge which includes some wild orchid flowers, prima wildflowers, sticky gems and stamped images.
Lets have a look at the teams marvellous creations!
The colors were my inspiration. The card was cut with the Cricut Expression using Life's A Beach. The fish is cut from felt and then coated with stickles. The fish bowel is cut from acetate and pop doted, and I added blue/green beads as the gravel.
Here's my Easel Card. As with last week's effort, I've used the love-hearts colours but cut out a butterfly shape from an A3 card folded in 3. The lovely blue paper is, I think, DCWV. Inside is lined with teal glitter paper and the iridescent material is Fantasy Film.
For this challenge I've taken the colours as inspiration and used starburst stains to make the backgrounds which have been cuttlebug embossed (Jules Jewells folder) The flowers were white and I've sprayed them with starburst stains to match. I made a gatefold card and mounted that on my easel base and the stopper is a recycled clock from a travel clock which I've attached by cutting a hole in the base and slotting it through so you can change the batteries!
I picked the colouring from the photo and used the Go Kreate Concentrics Frame Pointy #1, to cut the card shape. If you want I can come back and post some pics showing the various stages, or indeed come back and edit this wording! the card and toppers are all from the Kanban Free As a Bird range.
I used my largest nestie label die to make the top half of the card but kept the bottom a recangular shape and just rounded the corners - this worked quite well as I was able to use the smaller labels horizontally on the base. I used papers from a K&Co matt stack and a Dimension Fourth image which I coloured with Promarkers cut then out and mounted on a nestie circle.
Monday, 12 July 2010
Before we move onto the challenge I'd like to explain the huge changes taking place as of today. We have doubled the team size and will now be WEEKLY! Well as we're Crafty Cardmakers and tend to be a bit off road sometimes that will be weekly with a difference!
Here's how it will work!
We will post our regular challenge every other Monday as normal, you will still have 2 weeks to enter. Some of the team will show examples of their work for the challenge.
The following Monday the team will be doing a SPOTLIGHT. We may cover a style, technique, product, something specific. Now we will also be following the challenge previously posted but you may choose to do that too or have a go at just the spotlight.
For example next weeks spotlight will be on easel cards, the team have based their easels on the photo inspiraton challenge. You may choose to do this too in which case you can enter your easel into both weeks or you can enter any other easel into the spotlight only. You will also have 2 weeks to enter this until the next spotlight.
We can squarely blame Judie for this one!! I sent her off on a mission to find or photograph something to use for this challenge and this is what her crazy mind came up with lol!
If you've never done a photo inspiraton challenge before have a look through the DT examples. You can choose to have the colours as inspiration or perhaps the hearts or all of it. Choose one or two colours to focus on or all of them.
Joanna Sheen who is offering a £10 voucher to use in her onlne shop which is full to the brim of lots of lovely stash including all the promarkers for us addicts! Thank You Joanna x
Lets have a look how the team have interpreted the photo! Some of the girls are having their first run out so lots of loves for them!
When I saw the photo I loved the colours and knew I wanted to include actual Love Hearts somehow. It’s my 21st in about a week and I’ve been given a Craft Robo as an early birthday present so thought it would be the perfect opportunity to put it through its paces. I did a quick sketch of what I wanted to create then drew the shapes in Inkscape and cut them on the Robo. After assembling the pieces using a Treat Cup from Stampin’ Up I decorated with glitter,ribbon and tiny sequin hearts.
The text (US Artquest) was stamped on glossy card with Versamark ink to get a resist effect, then heat set, followed by sponging Adirondack Meadow and Pool inks all over, then stamping the text randomly with each colour. The flourish and flowers are part of the stamp, so the little girl (Lost Coast Designs) was stamped in Permanent ink, then again on white matte card, cut out, coloured with Promarkers and the two inks, then glued her over the top of the stamped image. The flowers were coloured with Gel pens and embossed, the wings glitter glazed. The words (Paper Inspirations) were stamped on white card, cut out, layered onto black card, then attached randomly, with heart brads and gems to complete the theme.
Following instructions, I've taken my inspiration from Judie's photo and used all the duck-egg Love-Hearts from five packs (...someone ate all the others...!), a piece of Laura Ashley drawer-liner punched with a Martha Stewart border punch, topped with some Victorian wallpaper (the design, not the actual wallpaper...!) and Nestabilities Pendant die-cut. I finished it off with a MS Filigree heart punchie over a scrap of darker duck-egg paper and a small ribbon bow and silvertone heart charm.
I immediately knew I wanted to use some mega cute Quickutz dies I have had for a VERY long time and I am ashamed to admit I have until now NEVER USED THEM!!
Papers are the new Papermania Summer Blooms. I used my ever faithful Martha Stewart Doily punch to cut the 'ribbon' and used a small magenta ink pad to distress the edges of all the papers and elements. The Forever Friends bear is a clear sticker. Last but not least I added some FF message stickers from Papermania which I coloured with a pink Promarker to the inside of the card.
I took inspiration from both the colours and the hearts from the photo. The image is a stamp from Victoria Case,I have coloured it with ProMarkers.I have used digital paper from Pink Petticoat for my background.To make sure it matched perfectly I opened the Inspiration photo in Paint and used the colour picker tool and picked the colour from the photo.I then used this colour to paint my Paper.The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the pearls,ribbon and charm are from my stash.
SPECIAL GUEST DESIGNER - LORI ARAGON - MY COMFORT COTTAGE
I spotted Lori's work through her entering challenges here and thought I'd ask her to be a special guest because her work is simply stunning. It has such a beautful feel to it, well planned, well coloured and with helpful write ups and ingredients lists. She is on several design teams including CLP which have some of the best designers on the planet. Pop over to Lori's blog for a real treat of such beautiful designs and pick up some helpful tips on how she makes them along the way :) Thank You Lori xRemember you still have 2 weeks to enter but pop back to join in the spotlight next week too!
We'll be back at 12 with our new challenge and details of our brand new changes starting today!