Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Graphicus March Challenge - Yellow

Hi, Well I've been racking my brains about what to do for the Graphicus March Challenge and eventually I got it...hopefully just in time too! Well that's if I manage to link back to here from the graphicus blog...haven't managed it so far though so this just might be academic!

The card is made using Tim Holtz Pattern Pieces from Stampers Anonymous. The stamped images have been coloured with inktense pencils. The flowers were white, but I sprayed them with buttercup ink and the whole card has been sprayed with irridescent gold glimmer mist. I didn't like the brad in the centre of my flower so I covered it with glossy accent and spilt gold accent beads all over it to make a more interesting centre.

Well I think I've managed to suss moving pictures about, just need to work out how the text fits itself around the pictures! All I have to do now to enter the competition is to get the link right!


Monday, 30 March 2009

More Gorjussness!

This weekend brought some sad news. I was already planning to make a sympathy card for a friend on the Tanda forum, but I ended up having to make two cards. I decided that the "sent with love" would convey the right sort of sentiment and chose backing papers in shades of black, white and cream. With the last Gorjuss card I'd used the faber castel oil pastels with sansodour, but I wasn't totally happy with the shading so this time I used my trusty old watercolours....(I've had them since I was a little girl, when they were passed onto me by our nextdoor neighbour's children, and I just keep topping the pans up from tubes as and when I need to. The pallets have seen better days, but they still function perfectly well!

The card layout is again based on the Craft Stamper sketch challenge, just a little different, and this time I remembered to stitch round my gorjuss girl...luckily the sewing machine was already threaded up with black cotton from making a tutu for dd1! I think I quite like the sketches, and might have to keep some sort of record of them for future reference!

To answer Sue's question about Brusho Inks, they are made by a company called Colourcraft (Colours and Adhesies) Ltd...their website is http://www.colourcraftltd.com/. They come in powder form and you can mix up as much or as little as you want...(I suggest you start saving the tiny jam jars you get in hotels to keep them in). The inks will stain if you're not careful, but they are wonderful to use...and they mix brilliantly. The green on my Apple atc was a mixture of lemon and leaf green.

Well I'd best be off now to carry on making the weekly batch of date and sultana bread!




Saturday, 28 March 2009

Gorjuss Craft Stamper Sketch Challenge

Twice in one day! I just finished my first Gorjuss card which I decided to combine with the craft stamper sketch challenge....I've changed it a tiny bit...added a flower instead of the greeting, but I'm pleased with it even if no one else is!

Well I think that's enough crafting for one day...got to tidy everything up before hubby gets home, else I'm for it!!!
Bye for now

A is for Apple

Hi guys,

I've managed to get two for one with this A is for Apple atc....firstly I made it for Chrissy Rollins swap which is to do with the alphabet and then I saw that Linda Luckin has started a weekly alphabet challenge, was I glad I'd chosen to do an A!

I found some chip board letters in the Range, the whole alphabet and numbers 0 to 9 for a pound...although I didn't like the design I though that they would make good templates...so the A is cut out of cerial box weight card which I then gessoed and coloured with brusho inks, this was then embossed with utee. The background is a psx stamp that I have stamped repeatedly and then coloured with the same brusho inks as the A.

I've done a B atc too, but I think I shall wait until Linda's challenge next week before I post that one!

I'm currently playing with the gorjuss girls, my fingers have been seriously itching since I saw them so hopefully I will be posting one or two soon!

have a good day everyone

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Another One Bites the Dust!

Another week gone and no posts!!! So much for my good intentions! Well I do have a couple of excuses....The week before last I was busy making samples for Andrew...I have designed two new stamp sets for Tanda which we hope to launch soon (obviously I cannot share them until they go live, but watch this space!) and last week I had my mum and dad to stay so the crafting things had to stay put away! But hopefully normal service has been resumed...I need to pull my finger out and do some letter ATC's for Chrissy afterall! DH is going to see Metallica tonight so I might just have a little session while he's out!

Well it's Wednesday so it's the Tanda Teaser challenge again. This week I've decided to give everyone a colour challenge with a theme...so basically the colour challenge part is to use complementary colours and the theme is daisies. Hence the rather zinggy card you see above!

For my card I used Tanda Flourishes set 1 and brusho inks. I love these brusho inks...firstly because they are cheap! but also because the colours are so clean and they blend and mix beautifully.

Well I've got to dash...I've got tons to do today and anyone on the Tanda forum will know Wednesdays are totally manic so I'll say bye for now...maybe catch you later with some ATC's...

Sue x

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Where did the week go?!

Where has this week gone? I did mean to blog between tanda teasers but it just didn't happen!

Oh well, Wendy has set us a challenge to make a card for mothers day so hopefully my two will make up for my lack of blogging during the last week!

The first is for my mother in law, the second is for my mum, using watercolours. The forma hasn't got a computer and the latter hasn't found my blog yet so I think I'm safe posting them!

Have a good evening
Sue x

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

In Print Again!

Linda Luckin emailed me the other day to ask me if I was in craft stamper this month...I had to say I didn't know because I hadn't managed to track down a copy....it seems a shame that such a good stamping magazine is not more widely distributed! I have since found a copy, and yes, my Paris ATC is in the trade it section. Shame you can't see it properly in the photo though. It is made using a stair card constrution and stamps from graphicus. The pyramid was stamped onto acetate in the back layer.

This atc also won the Graphicus December challenge...I had no idea that it had been entered into the challenge, but I was thrilled that it won!

Well I think I need a lesson on positoning pictures in the blog...I just don't seem to be able to get these photos to appear where I want them to! Will have to do a lot more blogging before I get the hang of it!!

Night all
Sue x

It's Wednesday so it's Tanda Teaser Day

Hello, well today was my turn to set the tanda teaser. One of my daughter's good friends loves horses so it seemed natural to send her a horsey themed card and Linda Luckins Horse plate 2 fitted the bill nicely! Linda's small fir trees also made a perfect background. Hence the theme for this weeks challenge became "All creatures large and small"


Sue x

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Another Up in the Air Card

Hi thanks for your comments and encouragement! Still got tons to learn....anyway as I seem to have made a good start and as I have just made another card that fits in with Wendy's challenge I thought that I would share this one with you too! Actually, I had to make two...one for DD2's friend who loves cats and one for MIL's partner who is a bee keeper. I wanted to get this Penny Black stamp for ages and this was the perfect excuse...I used DD2's watercolour pencils to colour the image
Sue x

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Hello and welcome to my first post on my Blog!

Hello and welcome, as anyone on the Tanda forum will know, I am very new to blogging having only posted on the Tanda Blog every other week to set the Tanda Teaser with the wonderful Wendy. Well I finally decided to take the plunge when I saw these lovely templates and, with the help of Debs, I couldn't resist jumping in! Just need to do a bit more tweaking but I'll get there eventually!

As Wendy has set the challenge "Up in the Air!" this week I thought that I would share my take on this challenge for all you bloggers out there...so here goes....

I took my inspiration from the victorian butterfly collectors and used tanda stamps to make a card looking like a butterfly display case...luckily I didn't have to harm any butterflies in the process as I used Tanda Stamps butterfly stamps and butterfly background stamp for this.

Sue x