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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