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Saturday, April 17, 2010


I made a flower using the SU Scallop Punch and some SU DP a few weeks ago and when I saw the Mojo Monday Challenge, I thought it would suit. Here is the sketch:

Here is my attempt:

Recycling of Wine Bottle Labels

Have you ever noticed the lovely labels on wine bottles?  Some of them are real works of art.  Thursday night we had dinner with friends at the local yacht club and shared a bottle or two of wine. Those who drank red drank a Shiraz Grenache from the Barossa (not me unfortunately, I love red wine but it does not like me). One of the girls peeled the label of a bottle and handed it to me and I then tried to peel another one off but not quite as successfully.  However, I then had to start up the mojo and try and come up with a card created from the label.  Here it is - plus a tag to go with it.  I will enter the tag in Just Scraps challenge for this week.  I used my cuttlebug and a variety of embossing folders before I decided to use the metal baroque swirls and the red bubbles. I also use a clip art image, changed slightly, for the inside of the card.  Some ribbons and a quote from a site on www printed up by the computer and hey presto!

The card that goes with it!

Inside the card.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Copic cards again

Well, I have put together a few cards using my copic coloured images and changing the flower one, by removing the flower and adding a bow and butterfly. I have with trepidation entered a Challenge at Mad for Markers, knowing that everyone there is so much better than me.  It is the second card down that has the colors near the challenge. The top card I have entered into a Challenge at a website I discovered this afternoon called Friends Having Fun.  They have a current Sketch Challenge running - their first one. "

I do not have anyone in mind for this card yet, but am sure to find some princess who loves pink and glitter! I used SU card, and a cuttlebug folder to emboss the background, and to cut out the frames.  I used the cuttlebug also to cut dies for the sentiment. The glitter was added onto the wings and crown and heart to make them pop. At this stage there is no wording inside the card but I thought something about Birthday wishes would be suitable.

I am sending this to a relative who has not been well and the wording inside the card relates to operations and feeling below par. I thought it suited the sad face on the girl. The card is SU card and the ribbon is a crossgrain red.  The background paper is from Deja Views Alpha Blocks - Big Dots. I do not have all the correct colours, but do have R02 Flesh (for E00 ), RV02 Blush (for R20) and BG15.

I now notice that one side of the ribbon bow is inside out and will need to sort that out!  Not happy with it at all.  Perhaps I will give up on this one.  The butterfly was purchased from a craft stall and is made from acetate and glued together, with gold and glitter added later. It looks pretty and I bought a few of these for $1 each in different colours - too fiddly for me to make for the cost!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Using Copic pens

I have been hearing about Copic pens for some time now, and decided to invest in a few and see what everyone was buzzing about.  I used them on SU Whisper White paper and decided that they bled and were not that different than SU Markers, then someone on one of the sites I visit said that you should use a whiter, heavier, smoother paper and so I tried using them on the SU Glossy.  What a difference!  I have also been gathering together a few digi images and so I printed some of them out on the glossy paper and coloured them in using the Copics. Wow! So now, I guess I am hooked a bit on Copics - I looked up a few tutorials on how to use them also and that made a difference as well.  Here are a few tries to date. Don'tknow what I will do with them yet!

I used SU inks sponged over the images after I put a mask over the actual digi image. I photocopied the finished coloured image and cut out the mask.  Some I wiped the ink over and others I dabbed it - different looks were achieved.  In the one below I then tried to cut a circle out and stuffed it up - there is a straight edge on the left hand side of the image being covered up with the ribbon -  so the resulting card is a way of trying to save the image.  I put the flower in it but don't like that, so may change it  - perhaps some leaves? Any other suggestions? A bird perhaps? Or a butterfly?


Little Paper Shop Challenge LPSC63

I have decided to enter the Challenge over at LPS for a 3-D project.  As well I have added it to the Friends Having Fun Colour Challenge. I created a box for cards using a template obtained from my friend and SU Demonstrator, Lynda. I gave this to my 96 year old mother-in-law, along with some cards and she loved it.  It took me about an hour and that included stamping for the front and cutting out the circles, and frames on the Cuttlebug. I used Tombow glue and this seems to be strong enough and clean enough for the project. All materials are SU including the DP in Pacific Blue and the cardboard was just scrap pieces I have saved for just this type of thing. The 'for you' stamp (from SU One of a Kind) is insert into a stamp from the Waltzing Mouse set Faux Circles (so celtic). The flowers are from SU Pocket Silhouette.

The template for this can be found here.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Dream Time

Well, it has been a busy time lately but I have put together a quick card for the Little Paper Shop weekly challenge.  This time it is a colour challenge LSPC61.

I was playing around with a technique that shows reflections, but the card I was casing had used a flat surface stamp and I didn't have anything similar or suitable.  I did have a fairy stamp, so used that and then coloured it in to make it solid.  My reflection was not well thought out and I then tried to fix it several times - it has sat on my desk and gets more layers of colours and stamps and sponging everytime I spend an hour at my desk.  Thought I should stop so layered it up in yellow and brown and attached it to a craft card.  I used a sentiment stamp from My Stamps and brown ink. I added some bling in the corners.  It looks good at a distance but not too good close up.

I have also been busy watching my granddaughter in the Australian National Band Championships which are currently being held in Hobart.  She is playing cornet in the Glenorchy City Community Band and a Junior Band from the same group.  She was so nervous in the junior band as she was first trumpet and they were all following her lead. They came second in their division.  In the community band it is not as bad as she is one of quite a few trumpets. Anyway, this group had their marching test today, and so had to march through the city one after another and be scored on it. The junior bands don't march.  Many brass bands from inter-state had smart uniforms but Glenorchy is just a small band and has a limited amount of money for such things. They wore their tops and grey pants, but the grey ranged over a variety of shades!  Anyway, here are some piccies - getting ready for inspection, inspection and beginning to march. Hettie is the second row from the left - third player back. The little one!