Friday, 10 April 2020

Accordion Card with Janet Klein's Cuties


Hello!

Today I am delighted to be invited as Guest Designer on the Craft Stamper blog. Way back in February I made a watercolour floral card for their Take It, Make It challenge, and was chosen as winner. Being GDT is one of the prizes.

I decided make an accordion card using quirky, cute character stamps designed by Janet Klein and available through AALL & Create.  Each stamp set features a whimsical character, a beautiful sentiment and ephemera elements that are fabulous for mixing and matching with other characters.

Here is the front and back cover:



and here is the accordion centre:


Aren't these characters adorable!
The accordion is the easiest to make. It is two square cards. One simply has the front and the back folded in half to make four sections. The first and fourth section are glued to the front and back of the second card.

I coloured the characters and all the elements with Copic markers, adding highlight details with a white Posca pen. The images were fussy cut up to the black line.
The backgrounds were made by smooshing Distress Oxides and water (Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw and Fossilised Amber). Once dry, I added some background stamping using Heartfelt #304  and Bubble Block #310, both AALL & Create products. The edges of each background are inked in black archival ink to add a frame. The sentiments were cut into strips, inked and added to the backgrounds. Each background was matted onto black card and adhered to the white card base.

The front and back also has crackle paste through the Lotsa Dotz #39 stencil.

Here are close ups of the pages.

The front uses The Giving Heart #298:



and the back uses Simple but Significant #297:



The inside features two of Janet's boys. 
Here is All Good Things #296:



and here is Oh Boy! #316:



Janet Klein, the designer of these stamps, is also the owner of Vera Lane Studio.

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo

                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:


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

xoxo

Monday, 6 April 2020

Path of Positivity: Mucha's Reverie


Hello!

Happy Monday!
Hoping you are staying safe and well.

Today is the start of a new Path of Positivity challenge.

This month the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Style.

**We all have our own unique way of doing things.** 
This month create a project that reflects your own unique style or one that connects to style in general.

Prizes this month include:
  • $10 gift certificate from Lunagirl Images our guest sponsor for this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants. 
  • ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

Please remember in order to be eligible for the prizes your project must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some way. 

I was lucky to receive an image from our guest sponsor, Lunagirl Images. 
I chose the lovely collage sheet called Mucha #1 because the beautiful girls in the swirly, floral, art nouveau style frames really appeal to my sense of style. I also love the colours - corals and greens go beautifully together.
Mucha was a Czech painter and illustrator. His work features beautiful women with long hair and flowing garments often surrounded by botanical motifs in delicate shades of peach, gold and ochre. His work was often used in advertising.
This particular illustration appeals to me as the elegant lady is relaxing, surrounded by flowers and is reading a book. This is my idea of heaven!

Here is the card I created:



I decided to make a gatefold card to showcase this beautiful image. I chose papers that echoed the colours in the image, choosing the green paper from Gecko Galz's Gatsby paper pack and the peach paper from Yani. I edged the cut papers with coordinating inks and matted onto black paper. I made die cut paper flowers and foliage as embellishments.



Many thanks to Lunagirl Images, this month's guest sponsor,



and to Scribbles Designs as the ongoing sponsor of the challenge


We would love to see your creations! 
Just make sure that your entry is positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some way!
The link up is here: Challenge #79 Path of Positivity.


 

That's all for today! 

I'll be back with a Path of Positivity mid-month project in two weeks time.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo

                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge AG 12/04
Penny's Challenges #468 AG 14/04
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #129 AG 17/04
Creative Fingers #183 AG 17/04
A Perfect Time To Craft #4 27/04
Dragonfly Dreams (2/3) Add Flowers 28/04
613 Avenue Create #232 (3) AG 30/04
Corrosive Challenges #4 (3/3)AG 30/04
Through the Purple Haze (3/3) #166 AG 30/04
Crafty Creations #408 (3/3) AG 30/04
Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges April AG (1/3) 03/05

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

xoxo

Vera Lane Studio: Cat and Canary


Hello!

It's my DT day once again at Vera Lane Studio. Today's new release is Cat and Canary which consists of two quirky cats, a bird and two sentiments.


I coloured the images with Copic markers, using tiny dots to give the impression of textured fur. The background is smooshed Distress Oxides - Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber and Twisted Citron were used on acetate to allow some control of the colour placement. Water was sprinkled over the oxides once dry, to bleach out some colour. Next I stamped around the edges and added some crackle paste through a stencil.
Torn washi tape is used to ground my cats - I wish I had chosen a different colour, then you could see the adorable claws on the sitting cat! The sentiment is from Tim's Small talk sticker pad.



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:

Angies Digital Stamps #41 AG/Spring 25/04
Cutie Pie Challenge 25/04
A Perfect Time To Craft #4 27/04
Love 2 Create #4 AG MM 27/04
Classic Design Challenge #4 AG 29/04
Craft Rocket Challenges #69 Furry Friends 30/04
613 Avenue Create #232 AG 30/04
Corrosive Challenges #4 (2/3)AG 30/04
Through the Purple Haze #166 (2/3) AG 30/04
Crafty Creations #408 AG  (2/3) 30/04


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ArtsyStamper: Little Sparrow


Hello!

Today sees the start of a new challenge at the Artsystamper Challenge Blog
Each challenge runs for two weeks and starts on the first and third Monday of the month. 
The theme for this challenge is Things with Wings
I hope that you can find time to join in the fun!

The winner will receive the stamp set of their choice from TheArtsystamperShop. The Top 3 will also receive an image of Beverly's choice!
Beverly Cole’s selections offer stamps and sentiments in each set as well as pre-coloured images for easy, last minute cards. Why not take a moment and check out what she has in store!

I decided to make a spinner card using the sweet sparrow stamp from Nesting Sparrows and one of the papers from Aster Garden Paper Pack.



I used the coloured sparrow and printed him twice, reversing one of the stamps, so that I could place them back to back with a piece of silicone elastic thread through the centre to suspend him.


I printed the Green Gelli Aster Paper three times. One was printed as it comes and the other two were made more transparent, so that the colours are more subtle. The paler papers were used for the inside of the card. The original paper was inked around the edges and I added some stamping - a border of tiny leaves using second generation stamping with Versafine Shady Lane ink. I also added some script in Versafine Misty Morning. I matted the background on to black paper and attached it to the front of the card.
Next I die cut a circle from the front of the card and inked around the edge. On the back of the front piece, I attached the thread, making sure the bird could spin, and placed the paler paper (now with a die cut circle) over the fastenings.


The inside of the card also has Aster Garden paper and a die cut sentiment from Beverley's Rose Stamp Set.
To finish the front of the card I printed and cut two asters from the Aster Garden set and adhered them on foam pads, for some dimension, in the bottom left corner. The 'Let Your Spirit Soar' sentiment is from the Nesting Sparrows Stamp Set.


Nesting Sparrows Aster Garden Paper Pack


That's all for today! 
I hope you will hop on over to Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog and enter! You will also see more inspiring designs from the Artsystamper Addicts Design Team ... so much fun.

I'll be back with another Artsystamper project in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, please check out:
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by today!


I'd like to support the following challenges:

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge AG 12/04
Penny's Challenges #468 AG 14/04
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #129 AG 17/04
Creative Fingers #183 AG 17/04
A Perfect Time To Craft #4 27/04
Dragonfly Dreams Add Flowers 28/04
613 Avenue Create #232 AG 30/04
Corrosive Challenges #4 AG 30/04
Through the Purple Haze #166 AG 30/04
Crafty Creations #408 AG 30/04



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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Crafts Galore Encore: Daffodil


Hello!

April brings another Anything Goes challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

The sponsor this month is the fabulous Vera Lane Studio who are offering 2 digi sets for the winner. 

Janet kindly gave the DT some digital stamps to work with and here is the card I made:


Spring is definitely in the air now and so I decided to use the Vera Lane Studio Daffodil set to make my card.
I coloured the images with Copic markers and made a watercolour background with Distress Oxides. I applied the Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers inks to a stencil, spritzed it with water, then stamped the ink onto card. I love the effect this gives! I used the stencil technique to added more patches of ink where I thought it was needed. I added some stamping and some texture paste followed by paint splatters. The edges of the background were inked with green and the very edges with black for definition and framing. The patch of daffodils were glued directly onto the background whilst the girl was popped on foam pads. The lovely sentiment come in the set. I cut it into tiny strips and adhered it to the background.



Many thanks to Janet Klein at Vera Lane Studio for generously sponsoring and supporting this challenge. We hope you'll pop over to the shop to see the many lovely products on sale. Janet has designed stamp sets which are available through AALL & Create.

Please pop over to Crafts Galore Encore to see the DTs 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 and you can enter up to 3 times.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo

                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Crafty Gals Corner #205 Flowers 07/04
Cardz TV #11 AG 09/04
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge AG 12/04
Crafters Cafe #239 AG 13/04
A Bit More Time To Craft #113 AG 13/04
A Perfect Time To Craft #4 27/04
Love to Scrap #132 For The Girls 29/04
Love to Craft #45 AG 29/04
Crafty Creations #408 AG 29/04
Creative Inspirations April Showers & Flowers 29/04

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

Gecko Galz: Spring's Muse


Hello!

I hope that the start of the new month sees you all safe and well. These are difficult and testing times that we're going through and we must all play our part in staying at home to avoid the spread of the virus.
If you need a distraction, then why not take a look at the Gecko Galz daily challenges. Just use one GG product to be in with a chance of winning a daily prize and everyone who plays along gets a collage sheet.

The new month sees the start of a new customer challenge at the Gecko Galz blog. The theme for April is Spring's Muse. We would love for you to join the challenge using one or more products from Gecko Galz.

Here is what I made:



It is a kraft tag/hanging. I chose a beautiful image from the Vintage Beauties collage set. This lovely lady depicts springtime for me. She looks so fresh and serene with pretty flowers in her hair. 
I distressed and inked the edges of the image and then went along with the shabby chic theme adding die cut kraft borders, which I lightly gessoed, lace and trims along with some burlap trim, twine and pink organza style ribbon trims. White paint splatters and Nuvo clear drops add to the shabbiness.



I added some paper roses and pink stamen to the bottom corner of the image. The sentiment is from the Charming Words collage set.



Vintage Beauties                                  Charming Words
 

I hope you'll join our Spring's Muse Challenge where the Winner will get a 
$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 monthly $1 deals!

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

We also have a friendly Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize
Do come and join us!



I'll be back on the 20th 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:
A Bit More Time To Craft #113 AG 13/04
A Perfect Time To Craft #4 27/04
Love to Scrap #132 For The Girls 29/04
Love to Craft #45 AG 29/04

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

Monday, 30 March 2020

Vera Lane Studio: Lil' Queen of Hearts


Hello!

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Here in the UK we are on Day 7 of the lockdown. These are scary times and being physically isolated from family and friends doesn't half make you miss them. I truly believe when we come through this, the world will be a better place.

Today is my DT day at Vera Lane Studio. Janet has a new release out - Lil' Queen of Hearts, and she is such a cutie! Here is what I made using just one of the five digis from the set:


I coloured the queen with Copic markers and fussy cut her. Her mixed media background was made by smooshing greys and red Distress Oxides onto card, then stencilling the diamonds with inks and adding texture paste through Lotsa Dotz. I added some white stamping and some red flourishes and inked the edges with black archival. White paint splatters  finished off the background.
I popped the Queen of Hearts onto foam pads and placed her gave her on torn washi. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's 'Snarky Impertinent' Sticker Pad.



Lil' Queen of Hearts


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:

Sweet Stampin' Make Your Own Background 03/04
Cafty Cardmakers #253 Spring 05/04
Crafting Happiness #42 AG 05/04
A Gem Of A Challenge #7 AG 07/04
Polkadoodles #13 AG 07/04
Cardz TV #111 AG 09/04
World Wide Open DT Challenge March AG 12/04
MMM Challenge #119 Make Your Own Background 12/04


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Monday, 23 March 2020

Vera Lane Studio: Home Sweet Home


Hello!

I hope this Monday finds everyone safe and well. If you are self isolating I hope you are finding things to while away the hours and if you are social distancing - keep up the good work! I hope and pray that no-one has contracted the virus. These are scary times. Like many of you, I am keeping busy and crafting when I can.

It's my DT day at Vera Lane Studio and today I have used  my Customised VLS Digi Set. If you send Janet a photo of yourself, she will make a VLS-style girl or boy in your likeness. The set will also include a house, a cloud and a sentiment. 



I made a 4.5 inch square layout and popped it in a frame. I'm going to hang it in my hallway.



I made the background with distress oxides and water on acetate, using various shades of blue and green and smooshing the colour from the acetate onto my card.  I used a stencil to apply some crackle texture paste and splattered some white paint over the background as well as some watered down Distress Oxides. 
I coloured the images with Copic markers and fussy cut them. The house and cloud were adhered directly onto the background whilst myself and my cat were popped on foam pads. I stamped a stone path from the house for us to stand upon. I made my Home Sweet Home sentiment using Vera Lane Studio's Baby Powder Font. The edges of the background are inked with black archival ink.
 Here is a close up:



The brick work was made by Copic colouring the house in solid colour, then using the thick nib end of the blender pen to bleach out some of the colour.


Customised Set              Baby Powder Font
   

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:

Cardz TV #110 (3/3)AG 26/03
A Perfect Time to Craft #3 AG 27/03
Crafty Sentiments #24 AG 30/03
Classic Design Challenge  AG 28/03
Moving Along With The Times #116 (3/3) Anything, but a card 29/03
Love to Scrap #131 AG 30/03
Crafters Castle #27 (3/3) AG 30/03
A Bit More Tme To Craft #112 AG 30/03
Cafty Cardmakers #253 Spring 05/04
World Wide Open DT Challenge March AG 12/04


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