Thursday, 22 April 2010

"Two Ewe"

Well, what a beautiful afternoon. Hope you are all enjoying this glorious weather. I know I am even though I'm stuck indoors it's lovely to look out and see the sun, even if it does show up the fact I really ought to go and clean the windows....

So to today's offering and it's the turn of Wild Rose stamp "Two Ewe". Coloured using Derwent Coloursoft pencils and blended with Sansodor. the nice thing with sheep is a bit of grey pencil just around the edges, a quick blend out and theyre done.

The green background paper is Basic Grey Oh Baby Ivy and the red one is Fancy Pants Wildheart Wild Iris. The border strip is an off cut from making the card blank of green stamped with several small flower stamps all over to create a contrasting pattern. Then the image layer was inked around the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Shabby Shutters and the punched out quote inked with Distress Ink Worn Lipstick. Finally finishing off with some paper roses and Bee Crafty Blooms.

Thanks for looking.


p.s. Dont forget to pop over to Sams blog and check out her projects. I think she is currently on 1-a-day

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Polka Doodles - Animal Magic

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Special Day......

I've been having another go with my ProMarkers and I'm not to unhappy with this one.

The stamp used is Wild Rose "Special Day"

I've just used Red for the dress, going over the edges a couple of times to get some shading and Black and Ice Grey 5 for the bag and hair. The base card is white with Kanban Rouge Flabellum layered on top. This has that lovely black and red satin effect border which I have just added a strip of red satin ribbon to. Next layer is a piece of white that I've put through the Big Shot inside a Sizzix embossing folder called Dots and Diamonds Large from the Hello Kitty range. Then comes a strip of red satin card with a layer of white that I've stamped a floral design onto. The stamped image was layered onto red card and stuck into position.
Finally some faux stitching and acouple of strategically placed Jewelled brads and Bee Crafty Blossoms and the card is finished.

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Friday, 16 April 2010

Fairy Wings .....

Here we go, I appear to be on a roll as here is another card made using Bo Bunny papers.

The one's used on this card are "Sophie Bouquet" and "Sophie Silhouette". Matted and layered onto pale blue and buff cardstock. Again I have used Bee Crafty Blossoms and some lace and satin ribbons.
The punch is Martha Stewart "Daisy Dot".

The fairy is coloured with Coloursoft pencils and Sakura Stardust "Clear" for that little bit of twinkle.

Thanks for looking.

Julie-Ann xxx

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Sweet Stampin  = Colour Combo
Stamp Something = Layers
Flutter By Wednesday = Use a fairy, butterfly or angel
Tuesday Morning Sketches = Soft hues, flower, ribbon

Dont forget to pop over and say "hi" to Sammy on the Bee Crafty Blog. She has been creating like a mad thing and with some really odd material.

Bloomin' Cat....

Hello again,

Well I've been playing again and have come up with this lovely card using anothe one of the Wild Rose stamps "Cat in a Tree".

Again I've coloured using my Coloursoft pencils. Used Nestabilities to cut out the two matted layers. The papers are Bo Bunny "Sophie", "Sophie Dot" and "Bouquet".
The blooms are from Bee Crafty and are centered with Card Candy dots. The little charm is one of the Card Charms range of embellishments, fixed with a jump ring and a small organza bow.

Hope you like it....

Have a good weekend

Julie-Ann xxx

Stampin' For The Weekend

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

He Was a Skaterboy......

So here is the second of today's creations. Blimey that sound's arty....hahaha
Anyway here he is, JN Skateboard Boy. Coloured with Coloursoft pencils and blended with Sansodor using paper stumps. I'm really loving these pencils at the moment and am looking to expand my collection, I do hope DH doesn't read this...

For this one I've used a cream scalloped edge 6" x 6" card. Added a layer of Bo Bunny Sophie Dot (the reverse side)slightly smaller than the card and sanded the edges first. Then I've cut three panels of the same paper and sanded the edges (using these on the front side) matted them onto cream card stock leaving a 2mm border all of the way round. Take one of the panels and wrap a piece of burgundy ribbon around top to bottom and tie a knot. Stick these at different levels across the front of the card and using 3D foam adhere the stamped image on the center panel. I then added a cluster of Bee Crafty Blooms to one corner and three Card Candy dots along the bottom edge opposite.

Thanks for looking.....

Julie-Ann xxx

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Stamptacular Sunday Challenge
Cupcake Craft Challenge

Puppy Love.......

This is the first of today's offerings. I managed to skive a bit of time at work today and had a fabby time creating what I think are a couple of lovely cards.

This is made using one of my bargain stamps from a swap-shop we had at work, it's Daisy from DO. I've coloured her with my Brushables pens that I used with the watercolour technique by scribbling them onto an acrylic block and then picking up the colour with a waterbrush to apply to the stamped image.

Using Nestabilies labels die I then cut the image out and inked the edges. With the next size up die I cut a layer out of chocolate brown cardstock then stuck them both together.
Taking a 6" x 6" cream blank card I added a layer of Bo Bunny Sophie Bouquet just slightly smaller than the card. Then cut a 3" x 4.5" piece of Bo Bunny Sophie's Notebook and placed it with the backside showing just in from the left side. then cut another rectangle 2" x 5" from the same and place it over the last piece. now punch a border from the green card (I used a Woodware punch) to go width ways across the card just below the center line and wrap with a length of pink grosgrain ribbon. Fix the layered image in position and add a sentiment. Just to the bottom corner I've added three of my current favourite embellishments, Card Candy. These little dots of card come in many many colourways of assorted packs and are available from Bee Crafty.

I would like to thank Sam for letting me play away today while she got on doing her job which is creating beautiful projects for Bee Crafty. Her latest being an altered jigsaw which is available to see here on the blog.

Please pop over and see what she has been up too.

Thanks for dropping by....

Julie-Ann xxx

A Spoon Full of Sugar
Pollycraft Monday Challenge
Pink Elephant

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Easel Card.......

Good morning,

Blimey that weather out there is decieving. Only put a light top on and it's flaming freezing. How does that work then, bright sunshine, blue skies, bit of a breeze and it's icy cold.......bonkers!!!!

Anyway today I've done an easel card using Coredinations cardstock for the base card and all of the layers.

I've coloured the image (ARS Country Girl) with Coloursoft pencils and layered using Nestabilities dies.
The flower embellishments are Bee Crafty Blooms attached with brads . The "Thanks" and the ribbon slide are Cuttlebug die's and the "Sweet Pea" is a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

A couple of lengths of ginham and mini flower ribbon, along with a few pearl stems finish it off.

Hope you like it.....

Julie-Ann xxx

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Friday, 9 April 2010

Louis in the Rain

Here he is, Louis in the Rain. Coloured with my fabby new Derwent Coloursoft pencils. They are lovely to work with and I have blended them with Sansodor spirit for that seamless colour.


The papers used are from the TPC Celebration range (Bee Crafty), the plain colour's being the reverse of the patterns. Woodware border punch - wave. Length of wide blue ricrac ribbon and some Bee Crafty Blooms mounted on a die cut layer scalloped circle Nestabilities all held together with a large spotty brad from Dovecraft. Attach 3 comlimentary buttons to the left hand side and thats it.

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Sophisticat Challenge Blog

Hope you like it...

and thanks for looking

Julie-Ann xx

p.s. tomorrow I'm off to a Derwent demonstration so hopefully when I come back I will have picked up a few tips to improve my technique.

Flower Soft Card.....

Hello again,

Today I'm showing you my Flower Soft card. I feel even I can say this is beautiful.

Created by folding an A4 sheet of pink card stock in half and adding a layer of pink patterned paper (Kelly Panacci Maroon Daisies)then added a layer of cream that I embossed with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder (my favourite still) and inked the edges with a random pink ink pad in my box, then wrapped a strip of pink grossgrain ribbon that I threaded a lovely diamonte buckle (Bee Crafty) onto. This is topped with the Flower Soft image layer of a little girl holding flowers that I have added the Flower Soft medium to.

I used 3 colours, Poppy Red, Vintage Christmas and Citrus Crush from the new Ultra Fine range (Bee Crafty) also adding some to the grass level. Inked the eges of this layer before sticking it down with 3D foam pads for dimension. Finally adding 3 buttons sitting on upturned Card Candy dots and some Bee Crafty Blooms with a paper rose.

Cute Card Thursday Challenge

Thank you so much for looking at my blog...

Julie-Ann xx

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Pink and Brown .......

Two of my favourite colours, so when a challenge came up from Moving Along With The Times to use them it wasn't to difficult. The sketch was good and with the opportunity to put your own slant on it I did just that.


I've cut and folded a 6 x 6 from brown card stock then punched the edges with EK Success border punch Scalloped Diamond (Bee Crafty). Added a piece of pink card that I embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. Using the offcuts of both I made a small matted layer to go across the bottom finishing it off with a narrow strip of two tone brown ribbon. Taking a die cut "S" and covering it with a piece odd patterned paper from the scraps drawer, sanded and inked the edges with Distress Ink then added a couple of stamped images. Then to complete the sketch a layered square put behind the "S" and a couple or 3 flowers added to represent the circles on the sketch..............Voila...

Saturday, 3 April 2010

ColourSoft Part Deux

Ok so I might just be getting a little obsessive with my new pencils but they say practice makes perfect, so I'm gonna keep on practicing.

I've taken this lovely stamp by Wild Rose Studio called Louis in the Rain from Bee Crafty and stamped him onto some extra smooth card with Memento Ink.

Then taken two different shades of brown and gone around each bear. Also going into some of the areas where shadow is needed.

Now take a paper stump, dip it into Sansodor (a low odour solvent) and use to blend the colour. I used small circular movements gently thinning the colour until it was smooth and seamless

Finally I have taken my chosen colours for the umbrella and done the same as I did to the bears, coloured the edges of each panel then blended with Sansodor. Also added a spot of blue to each of the rain drops and blended down.

Oooops forgot to say that I had used a soft grey to create a path for the bears to be standing on. Cant have floating Bear's now can we........

Thanks for looking

Julie-Ann xx

New Pencils.....

How lucky am I? Very.......

Today we had to go to Warwick as DH had a hospital appointment and while out he said that we would go and get my Easter pressie. He had already asked what I'd like and with no hesitation I replied "pencils, I'd like some pencils"

To explain how I'd got to this, yesterday at work I had the lovely Mandy Fox come in and we talked for ages about my efforts with ProMarkers and how it was taking me a bit of getting used to them. It was so nice of her to give me her time and show me where I'd been going wrong, mainly putting down too much ink. We then got on to the subject of alternative colouring mediums and she told me how much she like's pencils. We did a bit of blog hopping and I saw some fabulous work by her and some other designers that I fell in love with the idea of using pencils. So last night when I got home I checked out a few websites and You Tube on how best to use them. That did it, I needed pencils straight away - poor Bill.......

So after the hospital we trawled a few different art and craft shops finally finding what I needed much nearer to home. PSW in Studley in fact, a fabby art shop with loads of different drawing and painting mediums and on a shelf sitting there waiting for me was a boxed set of Derwent Coloursoft Pencils with storage wrap. Then after a brief search found paper stumps, Sansodor and extra smooth card stock. That was me sorted, we headed home and they were soon out on my desk.

So pencils out, pc on and You Tube there for me to follow........

I had a quick sort through my stamp drawer (still not sorted out from the other night) and found this lovely lily stamp. Thought being a couple of colours should be ok and with a bit of luck should be to difficult not to muck it up.

Well I did the leaves first. Just put the colour down around the edges of the leaves and a bit extra where the darker shadows would be, then out with the paper stumps and the Sansodor. A quick dip and rubbed away like a good-un, small circular motion I could remember them saying on the video. Not to bad I thought so moved on to the flowers themselves. Feeling a little cocky I decided to put down two colours, Deep Fushia C140 and Bright Lilac C260. Again, but using a new paper stump, into the Sansodor and with more gentle vigour I blended away with a bit more direction following the curves and folds of each petal and I think it shows. The petals, to me at least, look far more natural than the leaves.

Anyway here is a picture of my first attempt and I would really appreciate your comments as I would really like to get better as I love the effect.......

Happy Crafting

julie-Ann xx

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Tidying is not my strongpoint........

I'm a grass widow tonight so after a bit of a bloghop and a chat on Facebook I thought I should start and have a proper tidy up. You know the sort, do out the drawers and cupboards, sort out old magazines and all those bits of card and paper you put in a box saying "that'll come in useful for something" but never actually look in the box when you need a smaller bit. So tonight is it.......
This lovely wire cake stand was a pressie and was supposed to help me keep my tools tidy and to hand, well that worked didn't it. Looks pretty though even when it's untidy so that can wait......

I found a few bit's that can go into a charity box at work or be swapped with one of the crop ladies, but then I thought I should take photographic evidence of how bad it is and blog about it.......... that's as far as I got - Nowhere really, I'm just too easily distracted, I even had a go with some pencils I found in a drawer that I wasn't even sorting at the time. Just had a look in it to see if it actually needed sorted, and yes, it does.....

Now is it really worth tidying the stamp drawer? I'm only going to rifle through it when I'm looking for something to do a corner or verse, a little swirly thing on the side of a box - so no we'll leave that one for now.....

.....and then we come to the fibre drawer. Definitely not to be touched. Well you can see at a glance the colours and you'll only want to cut of a few inches, so you can just pull out the one you want and snip away.....

Phew, I'm exhausted from all this tidying - think it's time for a cuppa, take care see ya soonly..

bye bye

Julie-Ann xx