Friday, 13 July 2012

Another competition entry

I enjoyed designing my entry for Emmas crafty challenge that I have decided to be cheeky and enter a card for the sketch competition too!  Heres the link

I decided to move away from stamping and instead used rub ons and peel offs for my entry.
I used two of my trusty Kanban mats - using the plain back of the card (why didnt I think of that before!) I used an american craft rubons for the main image and the 3 dots in the corner of the card
I used 3 peel off borders (they are actually from a christmas set) across the middle of the card and 2 peel off circles to tie it all together.  Finished off with a peel off sentiment.
I am loving the inspiration that a challenge sets - I find that rather than limiting me when the initial idea is taken out my hands its actually easier to be creative!
I am so grateful to Emmas Cards for providing me with the creative kick up the bottom Ive been needing!  A lovely website which I can highly recommend and I hope to get a lot more inspiration from it in the future,

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Competition card - The snow goose

I have been inspired to enter a competition on a blog - something I have never done before but what a great way to use up my stash!

I followed a tweet to the wonderful Emmas Cards UK - where there is a monthly crafty challenge -

This months challenge is "the Sea" - this made me think of one my favourite childhood books The Snow Goose by the wonderful author Paul Gallico.  It inspired me to create the card below
I used Hobby art scene it stamps for the main image and background on my Kanban mats.  I coloured this using a pale green copic marker and made the image 3d by using glossy accents and diamond sparkles.  I embossed silver mirri card using a sizzix embosssing folder.
I then wanted the idea of the choppy sea underneath the image so used some lovely American crafts felt green ribbon with a Do Hickey die cut on top - I tried leaving this white for the top of the waves but wasn't happy with it so coloured it again with the same copic marker.
I feel the almost monochrome nature of the card suits the theme of the book that inspired it - I was hoping to post some pictures of the illustrations but my camera has died on me!  I absolutely loved making the card and am very grateful to Emmas cards for the inspiration and opportunity.

edit - This is one of the illustrations in the Snow Goose which inspired my card (sorry it hasnt come out too well) - a lovely book with the theme of love overcoming all,  I tried to recreate the feel of the the lonely little boat and its captain with only the bird for company in my card.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Fathers Day Card

Not been blogging for a wee while but I am continuing my quest to use up all my crafty stash.

Im working my way through my huge stack of Kanban matts so used a 3 for my Fathers day card.

I stamped the background using Kanban stamps and coloured over them all using a Distress ink - walnut stain.  I stamped the main image in the same ink and used the same colour to watercolour it.  I think it gives it a nice vintage feel.  My dad is a talented watercolour painter so I think he appreciated me using the same medium in a crafty way for his card. I matted them on a matching mirri card which is unfortunately showing me photographing the card! I finished the card of with some card candi.

I have been doing a lot of colouring with promarkers and other alcohol pens - plenty of images done but very few cards to show for it! I am determined to dedicate a little time every evening this week after my wee boy has gone to bed to crafting so hopefully I will have more to show for my next blog post!