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Friday, 5 February 2016

Taking Flight

Hello all
Well, it is the 5th February and I have completed my Clarity Calendar Challenge for this month!!
Woohoo, get me eh??
I decided that because this one was more complex I would definitely have to start it earlier.
So here it is:

I decided my boy was flying past a waterfall - rather than the Sussex Downs like Barbara's.
I am not sure if I'm 100% happy with it but hey, you gotta practice haven't you?

Oh yes, remember last month's calendar challenge?
Well, I did a new version of it just to prove to myself that I could get better if I practiced.
Want to see it??
Ok then, here you go.

I also made a matching card!

Now I'm just showing off aren't I?
Lol.
Right, now I'm off to look at this month's main challenge project.
See you soon.
xxx

Sunday, 31 January 2016

By the skin of my teeth!!

Do you know what?
I really must learn to manage my time better!!
Now if my Say it with Flowers entry was late then this one is only just going to make it.
Funny isn't it when you think you have plenty of time and all of a sudden it is the end of the month!
Hey ho. Time Management Dawn!!
So here is my entry for the Clarity Calendar Challenge.
Each month a new challenge is set to see if you can follow the fabulous instructions on the back of each month's image on the Clarity calendar.
There are some fabulous entries already so I don't think mine is going to cut the mustard somehow but as I said before, if you don't practice you don't get better.
So here you go then:
Please be kind!!
I just have to layer it up on some contrasting card and Bob's your Uncle as they say.
I know my trees aren't straight and they look like they are floating above the water but I haven't got time to redo it so unfortunately it will have to do.
Will be much more organised next month!!
See ya!
xxx

Better late than never!

Oh my good gosh.
Is that the time? Is it really the last day of January already?
Mind you looking at how many fabulous people have died this month I think I am glad it is February tomorrow - what about you?
Anyhoo, I digress.
I had this card made a while ago now.
It was for my Mum's birthday on 23rd but forgot to post it on the Clarity Challenge which is Flowers.
What a numpty!!
Anyway, here is my entry.
I used three plates on this one.
First off, I placed my flowers using the Blooming Peonies plate.
Next I added the Woven Background
and lastly for the plates I used one of the line sentiment border plates:
.... to add the sentiment.
Then I did all the whitework and coloured in the woven background with my Distress Ink Pens.
I added a bit of colour to the flowers, although looking at the photos it doesn't really show up very well but it is there, honest.
I promised myself I would try and enter as many challenges over at Clarity as I possibly could this year.  After all, the more you practice the better you get right??
Oh yes, and if you are interested in any or all of the items I have used you can find them all over on the Clarity Website by clicking on any of the links I have added.
Don't worry either if you want just one of the items that are advertised in say a pack of two - just give them a ring and they can sort you out - such a helpful bunch of staff they are, every single one of them.
So, off to do a bit more crafting now.
TTFN
xxxx

Friday, 29 January 2016

Things with wings - TTPH

Hello lovely peeps
Oooh me bad!! Forgot to post my DT card yesterday.
So without further ado, for this latest challenge over at TTPH we are sponsored by the fabulous;
The winner will receive two digis from the shop.
Here are some useful links:
So, the theme for this fortnight's challenge is:
THINGS WITH WINGS
We were given a couple of fabulous All Dressed Up images to work with and I used:
Flyaway Butterfly
Isn't she cute?
So here is what I did with her.

I am really pleased with how this turned out.  Not least the fact that it actually looks like the flowers in her headband are casting a shadow on her face!! Yay.
The image is coloured with a mix of Copics and Spectrum Noir Pencils.
The background is done using a Clarity Stencil and brushing through some TH distress Ink. I wasn't sure it would work but I think it looks ok! What do you think?
That lovely piece of lace you can just about see is from a huge pile of lace and bits and bobs I won on Brenda's Lace and Ribbon specials facebook page.  You really should ask to join - mind you - you might need a bank loan. lol 
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts
So there you have it.  I love how this turned out and I can't wait to see what you all come up with for this challenge.
Challenges:

Friday, 15 January 2016

Snowflakes at Creatalicious

Hello lovely blogging buddies.
If I haven't already then let me wish you a very 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I hope 2016 is good to you all.
So it is time for our new challenge at Creatalicious.
You will notice that we have had a little change this year and our challenges are now every two weeks, one starting on the 15th of the month and one on the 31st (or 29th for February).
So more chances of winning some lovely prizes for you all.
So on to the first challenge of 2016 and Team A are hosting.
The challenge is:
SNOWFLAKES
Our wonderful sponsor is:
Prize  -  $15 gift cert.

Happy Little Stampers was created in 2015. Kylie wanted to bring out a line of stamps that were useful for every day crafters. From cute to whimsical images, from everyday to funky sentiments there is something for everyone!

So for this challenge I have used an image from one of my favourite artsists: Ching Chou Kuik
This image is called Snowflake - appropriately. 
She is coloured with Copics and Spectrum Noir Pencils.
I am particularly happy with how the skin came out on this one.
I think I have actually learned something from Alyce Keegan's colouring classes at Kit and Clowder.
If you need help or just want to improve your colouring techniques then you really should pop over and have a look at Alyce's classes - they are amazing. Why not join the Kit and Clowder Facebook group too - you will pick up so many hints and tips.
I was so pleased with how this turned out I decided not to add too much in the way of embellishments and I think I made the right choice. What do you think?
The paper rose is from Samaflora on Facebook - Sam does make the most fabulous flowers. Why not pop over and have a look?
The other bits and bobs are from my stash.
The backing paper is from an LOTV pad called Frosty Christmas.
So, it is January and I have made my first Christmas Card for 2016! Yay!!  
I really hope you like her as much as I do.
Can't wait to see all your beautiful creations.
TTFN 
xxx

Challenges:

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Something Old, Something New

Hi folks,
Oh my, I can't actually believe Christmas is only two weeks away!! Eeeeeeekkkk.
Are you all ready? Presents bought and wrapped?
Dinner all planned?
No - me neither. Hey ho!!
So what better way to chill and forget the Christmas stress than with the last challenge for this year from Creatlicious.
This month our theme is:
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW!
Our fabulous sponsors are:
and

So for this challenge I used a NEW image from Sparkle & Sprinkle called:
Brighten the Holidays - Digital Stamp Set 663
As you can see, it comes with that two part sentiment too.
So here is my card:
I do love this fun image - reminds me of hubby when we reach our lights out of the loft! Lol
A close up of the image which is coloured with my Spectrum Noir pencils.

And a close up of the two part sentiment.
I actually added glitter to their mitten cuffs but I don't really think it shows up does it?
Never mind, it is there, honest it is! lol
So, I know you are all busy but I really hope you can find five minutes to enter the last challenge of 2016.
There are some changes coming next year so please remember to stop by and see what they are.
Have a lovely Christmas, and a Happy Health New Year.
Challenges:

Monday, 14 December 2015

A Christmas Story.

Hi all,
Just popping in to show you my entry into the Clarity Stamp Challenge.
The challenge this month is:
Now, when I saw it I thought, pffft, another challenge I shan't be entering.
I don't know about you but sometimes I struggle to get the initial idea and then when I do it doesn't always work out exactly as I had seen it in my mind's eye!
Such was the case with this challenge.
I racked my brains to come up with something fitting.
No luck! So I decided to give my craft room a bit of a tidy.
During the chaos I came across a pack of 4 mini canvases I had bought ages ago.
Then it hit me!! Light bulb moment!!
So off I went to look through my Clarity stamps (and there are a few to go through I can tell you!) and found what I was looking for.
Some time ago Barbara produced a set of stamps depicting the poem,
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Perfect!
So, here is what I made with them.
I think you will agree that this is a Christmas Story alright!
I stamped them all in Black Archival ink and then coloured them in with my Distress Ink Pens.
Added a bit of glitter here and there.
A fancy sparkly ribbon and
Bob's your Uncle!
I have used Blue's on these as I am giving them to my daughter to hang in her house for my two gorgeous, adorable grandsons, Carter and Leighton.
I hope she likes it!
I shall also enter this into the following challenges: