Monday, 18 February 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Matryoshka


Hello!

It's Monday again and I'm back at home after a wonderful week in Cyprus to celebrate my husband's birthday. We've got to the stage where we don't need any more 'stuff', so instead of exchanging presents, we go on a little break or sometimes a holiday.

Back in my craft room this weekend I've been making a card for my DT day at Vera Lane Studio. Today sees the release of a new digi set called Matryoshka and here is the card I made:


There are two different Matryoshka in the set and a sentiment the says Happy Birthday. I resized one of the Matryoshka so that I had a set of three. I coloured them with Copic markers and used a white Posca paint pen for highlights and a Gold Posca pen to add some details. I fussy cut them, leaving a thin white border.  The background was made using Distress Oxides in Fossilised Amber, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans on a gelli plate. I spritzed the inks and placed a stencil over one corner. The print that I used was actually the clean off print from the back of the stencil. I blended some Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans inks around the edges of the print and placed a torn strip of black and white washi tape along the bottom to ground my set of matryoshka. The Matryoshka were glued directly onto the background, starting with the smallest, so that the bigger ones would be in front. The sentiment was cut into strips, inked and glued directly onto the background.


I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. 
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Jo's Scrapshack #269 AG 22/02
Crafting with Friends #80 AG 28/02
A Gem of a Challenge #3 AG 28/02
Cardz TV #83 AG 28/02
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #100 AG 02/03
Pile it On #151 Pink or Blue 02/03



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Monday, 11 February 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Love Is


Hello!

Welcome to a new week! 

It's my DT day at Vera Lane Studio once again and today I have a Love page to share. Love Is is a 5 digi set which was released in January. It is perfect for any occasion, but with the hugs and kisses sentiment it makes a beautiful Valentine!

I made a 5 x 5 inch page which can be used as a card topper when needed.


The quirky girl comes with a flower, a heart and a sentiment and she also comes holding the flower. 
I coloured my girl and flower with Copic markers and fussy cut them. White Posca pen highlights were added and some glitter applied to her eyelids and hair.
The background was made with Distress Oxides applied with a piece of folded acetate to control the placement of colours. I left some white space. Vintage Photo text is stamped along both side edges along with a stamp that says 'Daydream'. Then in Black Soot I stamped some textured circles from a PaperArtsy stamp set. I splattered diluted black, white and gold paint with a fan brush and finally I blended Vintage Photo ink around the  edges of the card and finished with Black Archival inked edges to add more definition. A strip of gold XOXO washi tape acts as grounding for my girl and flower.



Love Is



I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. 
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Crafting by Designs AG 12/02 (#2)
A Gem of a Challenge #2 AG 14/02 (#3)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #99 AG 17/02 (#3)
Digi Choosday #6 AG 19/02 (#3)
Creative Fingers #157 AG 22/02 
Crafty Friends #103 AG 23/02
Angie's Digital Stamps #28 AG/ Love 27/02
613 Avenue Create #218 AG/Critter 28/02 (#4)
Corrosive Challenges #2 AG 02/03
Creative inspirations With Love 06/03 (#2)


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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Bunny and Fox


Hello!

Today I'm sharing a cute notecard I made using Vera Lane Studio's Bunny and Fox digi set.


I adore these two whimsical characters and I've always had a thing for dressed animals (not so much in real life though!). 
Fox and Bunny were coloured with Copics and fussy cut. I made a simple background by adding Distress Oxides to an acrylic stamping block, lightly spritzing with water then using it as a stamp. I love the compact edges you get from block stamping and the white border.  Once the ink was dry I stamped some bare tree branches in one corner, first in Vintage Photo and then offset slightly in black to give the illusion of depth. I popped a little bird on one of the branches. The stamp set is from one of my favourite, local manufacturers here in the UK - Inkilicious
Some torn striped wash tape grounds Fox and Bunny and they are popped on foam pads for dimension. The sentiment 'Hello' is from the Hello Spring digi set (not available in the shop right now, but available on request).



I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. 
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Crafty Friends #102 Animal/Bird 08/02
Crafty Sentiments AG 11/02
TTCRD wb 5 Feb AG 12/02
A Gem of a Challenge #2 AG 14/02 (#2)
Crafters Cafe #212 Something beginning with 'F' 14/02 (#2)
(Fox & Furry)
International Art and Soul #51 JFF Make Own Background 16/02 (#2)
Digi Choosday #6 AG 19/02
613 Avenue Create #218 AG/Critter 28/02 (#2)
The Cat's Pyjamas #354 Furry Friends 28/02


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Monday, 4 February 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Birthdays Look Good On You


Hello!

The weeks are flying by again - already it's Monday and my DT day at Vera Lane Studio.  
This month Sharon is hosting our ATC swap and the theme is Celebrations. In line with the Celebration theme, Janet has released a new Birthdays digi set today. It's a 3 digi set  and includes a girl and a boy image and a sentiment.

Here is  my card:


I love this cute little birthday boy! He is coloured with Copics and fussy cut. He has a few white Posca pen highlights and his candles have glitter for some sparkle.
His background started as a Brusho background - a mix of Ultramarine, Prussian Blue and Turquoise. When this was dry, I dry brushed Gesso, in sweeping strokes, across it to mute the colours slightly. I added some random number stamping in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide and some diamonds in black around the edges. I next added splatters of watered down white paint. I cut some blue and white design paper into border scallops and inked around the edges to make them stand out from the background. Finally, I inked around the edge of the background with black ink.
I popped the Birthday Boy on foam pads and sat him on washi and design paper, gluing his feet and candles directly onto the background. I cut the sentiment into strips, inked the edges and glued them down.

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. 
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Jo's Scrapshack #267 AG 08/02
World Wide Open DT Challenge #1 AG 11/02 (#2)
A Gem of a Challenge #2 AG 14/02
A Bit More Time To Craft #85 AG 14/02 (#2)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #99 AG 15/02 (#2)
International Art and Soul #51 JFF Make Own Background 16/02
Crafting from the Heart #236 AG 16/02
Artistic Inspirations #212 AG 02/03
Ike's World #117 B for Blue 04/03


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Friday, 1 February 2019

Crafts Galore Encore: Fae 3


Hello!

We have a new challenge for February at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog. The theme is always Anything Goes.

Our sponsor for February is Morgan's Art World who are generously offering 3 digi stamps to the challenge winner.

I was given a digi stamp to work with and I chose the beautiful Fae 3. Here is my card:


Fae is coloured with Copics and die cut with a stitched rectangle die. I added some white Posca pen highlights to the flower centres. I mounted the image onto pink card and set aside whilst I made the background.
The background is made from white card, swiped over with a mini Distress ink pad in Spun Sugar. I then lightly added some Memento Rose Bud ink through a stencil to created a 'faded' pattern.  I inked the edges of the background card, first with Rose Bud and then with Ranger Black ink.
I found some pretty laced and attached it to the card and topped it with some pink ribbon. The background was then matted onto pink card which was edged lightly with black ink.
The image and mat were attached on foam pads at a slight angle and I added a die cut butterfly border to the top right hand side. I made some die cut paper flowers and inked the edges of the petals. Once shaped and assembled I added some golden Prills to the centres, attached them to the card and finished them off with some die cut leaves.


The sentiment was die cut three times from pink card and glued together for some dimension. Finally 3 pearls were placed in the top left corner.



Many thanks to our sponsor
Morgan's Art World



I hope you'll take a look at their Facebook store and enter our challenge with the chance to win a these lovely digi stamps:



Please pop to over to Crafts Galore Encore to see the DT's wonderful designs.

We'd love to see your creations. 

Remember the challenge is always 'Anything Goes' and so you can create any type of project - it doesn't have to be a card.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo


I'd like to play along in these challenges:

TTCRD wb 29 Jan AG 05/02 (#2)
Creative Crafters #12 AG 08/02
Love to Craft #31 AG 08/02 (3/5) 
World Wide Open DT Challenge #1 AG 11/02
A Bit More Time To Craft #85 AG 14/02
Crafters Cafe #212 Something beginning with 'F' 14/02
(Fae/Fairy)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #99 AG 15/02
Classic Design Team Challenge #2 AG 26/02 
Morgans Art World #2 AG 27/02
Crafters Castle #14 AH 28/02

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

Colour Crazy: Alice the Alpaca


Hello!

I am delighted to be back for my final time as a Guest DT on the Colour Crazy Challenge blog. 

The challenge is always Anything Goes, but of course your card must feature some colouring: use any medium you wish. This week the super cool Dr. Digi is the sponsor.

I was lucky to receive a digi stamp to work with and I chose  Alice the Alpaca

Here is the tag I made:



Isn't Alice sweet! I decided to give her some sleek fur, as she's all spruced up for a party. I did this by layering strokes of Copic markers. I added a few white highlights to her hooves and eyes with a white Posca paint pen. I fussy cut her leaving a thin white border and popped her on foam pads. 
Her background was coloured with Distress Oxides in Spiced Pumpkin and Fired Brick applied with a piece of folded acetate. Water was dripped to bleach out some colour and white, black and gold paint splatters were applied. I added a little stamped text and inked all around the tag edges with Vintage Photo. Next I stamped a scalloped border using an Inkylicious stamp and heat embossed it in Bronze metallic. I swiped the Versamark pad along the all the other tag edges to heat emboss them in bronze also. 
Next I added modelling paste through a freebie stencil I received with a papercraft magazine. Once this was dry I went over the modelling paste with my white Posca pen to revert it back to white, a technique I learned from a bloggy friend, Bonnie. 
Some hessian trim was adhered to the bottom of the tag; I frayed the ends and I applied some gold metallic paint to this with my finger. Alice was popped on top of the hessian. 
I used alpha stamps to stamp out the sentiment, then cut it into strips and inked the edges in Spiced Pumpkin. It is glued directly onto the background and outlined with a black fine liner pen. I die cut some tiny stars and heat embossed them with bronze powder and attached them around the sentiment. 
Finally, some orange raffia strings were looped through the top of the tag and the ends threaded with wooden beads.



 Here are the Copic markers I used:



Many thanks to Dr. Digi for sponsoring this challenge.



I hope you'll find time to share your projects at the Colour Crazy Challenge



That's all from me for today!

xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Creative Moments #161 AG 05/02
Crafting by Designs Animals 05/02
Crafty Friends #102 Animal/Bird 08/02
Love to Craft #31 AG 08/02 (2/5)
Not Just Cards Jan AG 10/02
Crafty Creations #383 AG 11/02
Digi Choosday #5 AG 12/02
Crafty Animals #23 AG with an animal 26/02
Classic Design Team Challenge #2 AG 26/02
613 Avenue Create #218 AG/Critter 28/02
Love 2 Create #2 AG Mixed Media 28/02


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Gecko Galz: Moonlight and Magic


Hello!

It's cold and snowy here in the NW of England. I hope that wherever you are, you are warm and safe! It's perfect crafting weather, though, isn't it?

It's time for a new challenges at the Gecko Galz blog.  Our February Customer Challenge theme is Moonlight and Magic. All you have to do to enter is to make a project which follows the theme and features at least one Gecko Galz product.

For this challenge I decided to make a shaker card.
Here it is:


It's very sparkly in real life!
I used an image from the Moonbeams collage sheet. Once printed, I fussy cut the moon and the couple, adding a little extra to the moon to finish it off. I inked the moon with Mustard Seed Distress ink to give it a little more colour. I made a galaxy background using various blue and purple Distress Oxides using the smoosh, dab, dry technique. Once I was happy with how it looked I inked around the edges in Black Soot. Next I added splatters of white, black and gold paint. The image was then glued onto the background and glitter sticker strips were used to replicate swing chains. I also added some die cut gold stars and tiny dot stickers as stars.
The shaker element top was made from embossed white card, die cut to make an aperture window. Acetate film was sandwiched between the card frame and double foam tape which makes the sidewall of the shaker element. This was set aside to dry completely.
The background to the shaker is gold textured card, matted onto black card and attached to a blank white card base.
A selection of sequins and beads were chosen, placed onto the image and the shaker top was glued into place.
I decided to add some gold, wavy line stickers around the shaker top. The sentiment is from the Simply Sentimental set and was die cut and placed onto a slightly larger gold star and attached to the acetate.



Moonbeams                                      Simply Sentimental
  

That's all from me for now!

I hope you'll join our  Moonlight and Magic Challenge where the Winner will get 
$25 shopping spree 
at the Gecko Galz shop.



The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product ...
(this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) 
Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the $1 Wednesday deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a Private Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize. Come and join us!

I'll be back on the  22nd with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:

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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in the following challenges: 

Die Cuttin Divas #405 AG 04/02
Tuesday Throwdown #424 AG 05/02
Paper Craft Crew #324 Tic-Tac-Toe 05/02
(Middle row across)
Love to Craft #31 AG 08/02
Creatalicious Challenges #156 Love/Hearts 14/02
Papercraft Challenge #15 Love 25/02
A Perfect Time to Craft #2 AG 26/02
Classic Design Team Challenge #2 AG 26/02
Pearly Sparkles #37 It's a Love Thibg 27/02
Die Cut Divas Feb Love is in the Air 28/02

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments.