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Friday, 5 December 2014

Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog...Christmas Time

CHRISTMAS TIME at Dragons Lair Designs..

How on Earth can it be December already, this year has flown by and suddenly Christmas is upon us and it doesn't seem that long ago that I was getting ready for LAST Christmas...

The challenge blog over at Dragon's Lair Designs this month is Christmas Time and I had a play with with the brand new 

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS COLLECTION




I started with a gift box template on Craft Artist 2 and then used one of the papers from the collection...I used some of the embellishments from the collection, the wreath for the door, holly leaves and berries on the front and back gables and the strings of gems on the two sides...



For the front I coloured the digital stamp Gingerbread Christmas using promarkers and then for the back I used Oh Christmas Tree again coloured with promarkers.

I used a 3D glaze on the holly berries and some glitter on the Christmas tree and then removed the windows, lined them with tissue paper and went around the windows with some peel off borders.




I then made a bit of a booboo and thought I had white glitter for the snow on the roof  but it was more translucent...oh well...it still looks icy..
I finished the roof with a Happy Christmas peel off in red on each side...

I cut 'doors' in the base so that I could add an led tea light....


So there it is, my little tea light holder...

It would be great if you would visit our challenge blog...





Friday, 7 November 2014

Dragons Lair Design Challenge.....Autumn Colours


Oh, it has been too long since I last faced an empty page here, I keep meaning to Blog more but what with health, a temperamental pc, intermittent internet and life in general....I don't seem to get near here until it is time for a DT post.
So...guess what....it is DT time again for Dragons Lair Designs...
AUTUMN COLOURS


If you go to the Dragons Lair STORE and look at the digi stamps...there is a small section called 
Advanced Colouring,
I have always been put off by the advanced bit because there is no way my colouring could use such adjectives....but....I have always liked the look of this one..Woodland Path...it does come with a coloured image but that is very green and not Autumnal enough for this challenge. Anyway I decided to give it a go and set to with my promarkers....how easily it all came together, I loved doing it....


I wanted to make it look like a framed picture and went to one of my old Dragons Lair Design collections, I think it is Rustic Culture which unfortunately is no longer available and printed off a frame, paper and some embellishments...

I backed the frame with some acetate and stuck the image to the backing paper before adding the frame which I slightly raised using acetate glue...



I then made some flowers by cutting out four whole flowers and four of just the inners, then I cut into the petals so that I could curl them. The two layers were put together, I use silicone on the petals but wet glue on the centres as I find this gives more dimension....


Finally I used a button and ribbon from the collection, cut them out and threaded the ribbon through the button. I then stuck these at the bottom of the frame and arranged the flowers in two corners...

So here it is....my Autumnal Woodland Path...

This image  and many other goodies can be found in the STORE
You can find more Dragons Lair Inspiration HERE
You will find this Challenge at the DRAGONS LAIR DESIGN CHALLENGE BLOG
Last but not least you can join our group on Facebook, full of inspiration, freebies, friendliness and fun, you will find us HERE

Thank you for dropping by, I really appreciate it.....love and hugs x

Friday, 3 October 2014

Anything goes at the Dragons Lair Challenge...

I am so excited.....so  I need to share it...

Before I get to my latest card, I have some news. Those that know me will remember that I used to be a member of the Stamping Dragon  design team, due to changes in the company the design team had to be downsized and so I had to go.

Stamping Dragon in all its forms has now been taken under the umbrella of the name Dragons Lair Designs...and I was asked to come back on board with the Challenge Blog to help the new design team leader....then she had to step down due to ill health...and I was asked to step in.

With much trepidation I had to agree, the Dragons have always had a special part of my heart and I had missed them....

I have managed to write my first Challenge Blog and am so looking forward to what lies ahead.....I only have a couple of DTs and only tried for one other. I have only applied for DTs for designers that I already use their designs and who I respect and I am quite happy with my two special DTs  


So, on with the card,


I almost forgot about my own card but soon managed to have a play, 


I coloured the image with promarkers and gave it a subdued background by using cream and grey ranges of promarker all over and then using a blender pen over the top of it all. I find that, not only are the colours lightened, but it also gives almost a sponged look...


I had a pack of papers and card that I found in Lidl years ago, one of the pieces was Autumn leaves with some of them glittered and glazed. I mounted the image onto orange card and then cut the leaf card to size, rather than losing the leaves behind the image I decided to cut around some of the leaves and use them like photo corners...


I really liked the way that the leaves had the glitter but the glaze over them stopped it being too rough and bright....


So that is it, a new role and a new card...

Please stop by to the DRAGONS LAIR DESIGN CHALLENGE

There is also an INSPIRATION BLOG

You can get more inspiration and fun over at the DRAGONS LAIR FAN GROUP on Facebook

This and many other images, papers and elements can be found in the DRAGONS LAIR DESIGNS SHOP

I really hope you will join in this month's challenge,
the prize is £5 to spend in store

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon...love and hugs xx






Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Include an animal at Hobbybook Designer Challenge

I'm here....slightly late....but here...

It is that time again, new challenge time over at Hobbybook and this time it is to 'Include and Animal'. There are loads of animals in the Hobbybook store, all shapes and sizes...so what to choose ????

I went with one of the new designs.. AW KITTY


For this image I went back to my promarkers, I am not sure if I accidentally used the wrong card or it was a bit of an iffy sheet but it didn't blend as well as it should...




The only thing I didn't use the markers for was the flowers on the hair band, for the petals I used a glittery Sakura pen...


There was one special detail on the image that I actually only noticed when I did my usual Sakura glaze on the eyes etc. and that was the little hearts...so very very cute...


I then cut out the image and found a backing paper, not the one I was looking for but still...what I did find however were a few hundred sheets I really want to play with !!!
I found a frame with cats on in Free Craft Downloads, it was a bit bright and so I took it into a graphics programme and gave it a transparency of 50%. Naturally this also diluted the colour of the cats but I didn't want to recolour them or it would draw away from the image...and so I just went over them with a clear Sakura glaze..


I added a gem in each corner and made a bow from some organza/chiffon material strips I have had around for ages...



So here is another look at the card, I hope you like it and will come and join in with us in the challenge...

You can find this and many other images and papers in the STORE here

The Challenge can be found HERE

Last but not least...there is a brand new Facebook group for Hobbybook fans, here you will find freebies, inspiration, fun and chat....not to mention seeing all the brand new images as they are released in store...we would love you to come and join us HERE...Hobbybook Chat and Craft

Thank you for popping by and it would make my day if you would say 'Hi'

Love and hugs and be back soon... xx

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Swing high with another Whoopsi Daisy

Hello my friends, I hope you are going to be gentle with me today,
I have taken a brave step or two, 
enjoyed the experience,
BUT
definitely need more practice....

Firstly let me show you the card using a lovely Linnie Pink image from Whoopsi Daisy...


Hopefully you will notice straight off that this is NOT coloured with promarkers, it is actually the second step out of my marker comfort zone (the first being the inside that I will get to in a while). Having started out with watercolour pencils, with this image I actually got brush and paint out to use proper watercolours...


Unfortunately it was a decision after printing out the image for promarkers and the perfect card for promarkers is definitely not the best card for paint.
I used a pearlescent watercolour set on the leaves and the little bird who tried to hide from my old eyes...


So that was the front image....now for the inside...which I did actually colour first, this time with watercolour pencils. I decided to do something a bit different and create a shadow box effect (I think that is what they are called)...


I cut around the coloured image...I would normally fussy cut the inner bits too but my hands were having one of their disobedient days and so I thought it was safer to leave it...


This I suspended in the aperture with a bit of acetate, I actually used a small strip from the packaging for some cards. I made the card blank and the inner shadow box using the Autumn paper set from Hobbybook.

An angle to show the layers of the card...

.... and the spine of the card, I gave it this so that it would close easier and the inside would be more of a surprise...


I then finished the front with a couple of die cut swirls and some Lillibet roses....and here it is again, the finished card... 


You can get the papers HERE
and the image HERE

and....if I can work out how...I will be entering it in the Whoopsi Daisy Challenge-Colours of Autumn... HERE

Thank you for stopping by, please say hi so I know you have been...love and hugs xx


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Embossed Cards at Hobbybook

Hello again and happy Wednesday, it is challenge day again over at the Hobbybook Designer Challenge and the theme for this fortnight is embossing.
Dry or heat embossing it really does not matter.

I decided to use one of the newer designs that I hadn't played with yet 'Chocolate'...


Firstly I would like to point out that this does actually look much better in the flesh, I just couldn't get a good photo and the black material I photograph on had wrinkled in the wrong places without me realising...

OK...where shall we start...as per usual the image was coloured in promarkers before cutting out, I will master black hair one of these days...


I then tried something a bit different for me....I used a clear embossing pen and clear embossing powder to heat emboss the cup and (as an experiment) her eyes...


It is hard to show it properly in a photo but I hope this gives you some idea.

Then it was time to work on the background...first I used a darice embossing folder on some printed card..


Then, using a mug themed backing paper download from Free Craft Downloads, I cut an aperture which I edged with blue glitter. When dry I used foam pads to layer it onto a card base over the blue embossing and added the image to sit on the edge.

Finally, I added some square oojits (I have no idea what they are called but came joined into a sheet of sorts) and finally a bow to finish things off...

So, here she is again... 'Chocolate'..


You can get the image from the Hobbybook Shop HERE

The challenge can be found on the Hobbybook Designer Challenge HERE

Could I also please invite you to the Hobbybook Chat and Craft group on facebook.....I am not saying anything but there might...just might...be an extra freebie image over there at the moment ;)
You can find us HERE It is a new group but great for inspiration, offers and of course some crafty chat xxx

We would really love you to join in the challenge with us.

Thank you to everyone who has dropped by to visit, love and hugs xxx




Thursday, 4 September 2014

Whoopsi Daisy Christmas...

I really wasn't sure about blogging this one,
I adore the image,
Love the concept,
just not sure about how I put it together...
still two out of three aint bad 
(hmmmm...that would make a good song title..)


I used sheet 608 from Whoopsi Daisy which you can find HERE and coloured it in using promarkers before cutting it out (thanks to having a bad day with eyes and hands...she did get a bit of a haircut. Sorry Linnie).



I then prepared the background...


 Using DoCraft Digital Designer I firstly chose a snow scene that I had on another card making cd and layered a 'Made by Marie' Christmas window dressing from cUp on top, then I mounted the whole lot onto a backing paper..

Now the fun part...

I love playing with acetate and for this I cut a piece the same height as the card but a bit wider to allow for a couple of folds at the edges and to make it bow at the centre...

I fixed the acetate behind either side of the background and then fixed the whole thing onto a card blank covered with black card. Then I fixed the image on the outside of the acetate, a die cut poinsettia by the window on the inside ( using foam pads for depth) and then a die cut wreath to the outside with a peel off sentiment. I do hope you like the finished effect.

Thank you for visiting...hugs, Sarah xx




Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Girlie at Hobbybook Designer Challenge

Zipadee doo dah, Zipadee Ay.....it is Hobbybook Designer Challenge day....

If there is one thing that Hobbybook excels at...I know there are many things...
but girlie over there is the bee's knees.

This does however pose a problem when you have to do a girlie DT project..
what on earth does one use.

I went with Lil Minx


I decided to go with purple hair for a change,
there is something very fairy like about purple,
or is that just me?
For those that know me, you won't be surprised to find out that I used promarkers to colour her...


At this point I would like to apologise for my photos, the sun just wouldn't play ball for them.
The grey surrounding the image had only recently been done when I took the photos too,
it is a bit lighter in the flesh.

OK, image coloured, now what....well...I have some lush purple mirri style card I haven't used before,
I also have some embossing folders that I haven't played with...
Put the two together and we have one lovely embossed frame which worked beautifully...

Then it is just a couple of die cut sizzix flourishes, a few flowers and a bow...


And then a sentiment from my stash which just happened to match beautifully...


All mounted on a card blank which I had covered with a pretty matching paper...

And Voila....there she is, my girlie Hobbybook card...

I hope that you will get all girlie and come and join us in the challenge that you will find HERE

You will find this image and many more in the shop HERE.

Thank you for dropping by, love and hugs x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Whoopsi Daisy number 2

I am so enjoying colouring these cuties I decided to show another. It is another Whoopsi Daisy image and gave me as much fun to colour and embellish as only a fairy can...


I still haven't torn myself away from my promarkers and having had my colour palette increased by the generosity of a special friend, I am being able to experiment more and more with combinations.

Having done the colouring, I then cut the image with a die cut and used the same shape for a matting layer...for this I used some textured paper with amazing brown colours (I was feeling a bit Autumnal) that I have had for years, loving it but never using it.

Then it was embellishment time...let's start from the top...  


...firstly a few pearls for the flowers in her hair.


Then some Diamond Stickles for her wings.


I used some skeleton leaves that I also stickled...realising that the nature of 'skeleton' leaves means that glue goes straight through them. So I started holding them and waving them about hoping they would dry quicker...they didn't !!! So then I placed them on acetate and kept lifting and moving them to stop them sticking too much...

Whilst writing this...I have just realised that sticking them in a bit of oasis would have made much more sense.... derrrrrrrr.


Finally, before mounting it all on a card blank covered with an Autumnal green paper...I made my very first flowers with a die.  This is my one and only flower die and is a Marianne Collectible design, I used green vellum and after shaping and putting together I added a pearl to the centres and stuck them in the corner with the leaves....

I hope you like seeing this as much as I liked making it.

Love and hugs and thank you for visiting...

ps....you can find this and loads of equally gorgeous cuties HERE



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

2 or more designer papers at Hobbybook Designer Challenge

Well it is that time again...a new challenge over at the Hobbybook blog. This time it is using 2 or more designer papers, so what better than using some of the lovely papers over at Hobbybook. I decided to use Scrappy Strawberry Scraps papers and then cheated a bit and used some elements from a freebie I got from Hobbybook when I first discovered them many moons ago. What better to go with the papers than the new improved version of Strawberry Swirls (I must admit I loved the original too...).



Firstly I coloured the image using promarkers, I keep meaning to give my watercolour pencils an airing but I need all the practice I can get with the promarkers...


Earlier in the year I got myself the trolley dash from Card Making World and included in the mega bundle were some templates for card shapes, I keep forgetting I have them but I really wanted to do a stepper card and the template saves all the bother of measuring etc. I printed it with two of the papers from the set, a plain cream and a spotty one. I used the same spotty one and one with strawberries on to make a topper.


The final touches were some strawberries from the freebie sheet, my original idea was to use my new decoupage glaze I had treated myself to. Plan B came into effect when I realised I had no idea what safe place I had put it in....so they were glittered with stickles instead...


So there we go, the sweet smell of strawberries can almost be sniffed in the air and Strawberry Swirls is in her element. 
I hope you like it and will join in over at the Hobbybook Designer Challenge Blog....

ps....watch out for something new and exciting coming to Hobbybook fans really soon... xx

You will find the papers and images HERE
and
the Hobbybook Designer Challenge Blog is HERE


Love and hugs and thank you for visiting :)