Monday 27 February 2012

Diamonds and Flourishes

Good morning everyone and Monday is here again! The weekend seemed to disappear really fast although I did fit in some crafting along with all the other things happening.
Today sees the last of Suzanne's February theme of Romance over at Make My Monday and this week we would like to see your romantic creations with Diamonds and Flourishes - diamonds are a girl's best friend, right?

I was a bit short of time so I raided my experimental box of bits and challenged myself to make a card from some bits in there. This is what I came up with and the bits you see were made as follows:
The deep red paper is Vaseline resist technique using Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress inks and a Viva Decor large corner stamp.
The flourish paper is simply a Viva Decor flourish stamped all over buff card with Victorian Velvet Distress ink.
The ivory paper mat was made by embossing a Chocolate Baroque damask background on parchment paper with peach embossing powder for the resist and was then rubbed with Victorian Velvet DI.

The lovely lady is a Rubber Stampede stamp I've had for many years and I stamped her with Imperial Purple VersaFine ink and trimmed to leave a white border. I assembled the card as you see adding flourishes and flowers die cut with Marianne Design dies and clear gems to accent.

Our sponsor for February has been Marianne Design and there's still a chance to win the fabulous prize of Marianne goodies. You'll find all the details over on the Challenge blog together with an array of fabulous samples from the Design Team. We've had to say goodbye to Cath too due to various problems she's had over the last few months and I'd like to wish her well here.

Some challenges for my card:
Patties Creations - Vintage
Moving Along With The Times - Lots Of Layers

Thanks for looking and have a good week.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Sunday 26 February 2012

A Bit Of Alice

Good morning folks, hope you're all having a great weekend so far. Mine has been quite crafty as we have a new challenge for you today over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this fortnight the theme is Make It For A Child.
This one was a bit tricky for me as most of the children in the family are now grown and I don't have much stuff that isn't digital. Then I remembered my Alice stamps and this is the result!

Lots of pics here as my wall hanging is around 30cm square in size and as you can see it's quite bright!

Ingredients used:
Stamps - Polka Doodles Wonderland rubber stamp set
               The Artistic Stamper  steampunk butterfly and snail
               Anita's distressed stripe stamp
Inks - Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Worn Lipstick and Ripe Persimmon.
          VersaColor Lilac
          Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers from Polka Doodles Wonderland CD
Fuchsia  Pink Acrylic Paint
Matte Clear Embossing Powder
Embossing Folders - Cuttlebug polka dots and textile , Papermania floral and triboss squares
Die Cutting Sets -  Papermania hearts, squares and flowers, Nestabilities circles and scalloped circles

I used the black and white option papers from the CD and coloured them with Distress inks and the lilac. I then embossed the squares for texture.
I stamped the images and coloured with Promarkers then cut them out and assembled them using selected die cut shapes, also cut from black and white papers then inked and embossed.
I made embellishments by stamping white card with the checks and stripes stamps and black ink and die cut flower shapes from this. The butterflies were stamped on striped paper and the cute snail on white and then cut out.
The frame is painted with the pink paint and embossed in places with the checks stamp and clear matte powder for added texture.

The Design Team have again excelled themselves with an amazing array of very different projects so do pop over for a stroll down the catwalk, you will be so inspired!

A few challenges I found for my wall hanging:
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Dies To Die For - Anything Goes (with a die cut)
Our Creative Corner - Over The Edge
Crafty Ann's - Bold and Bright

Have a great day and thanks for looking.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Thursday 23 February 2012

Hello Cupcake!

Hello folks, hope you're having a great week and have the sunshine that we have down south today. I have a card to share with you that was quite a challenge for me and came about because vintage challenge blog Sugar Creek Hollow has a sketch challenge this week with the added extra that really did challenge me - to use a cute image - eek! As you know, that's not something I do that often so a lot of thought went into this card.

I've used the cute Molly Bloom stamp and the cake and I stamped them with Memento Rich Cocoa and coloured them with Promarkers. I set the images on a mat of green check paper (Polka Doodles Pretty Sweet CD) cut out with a Papermania die and inked with umber VersaColor.
I added this to a mat I made by scanning one of my precious collection of vintage lace doilies, printing this out on parchment paper, cutting it out and embossing it in parts to bring out the beautiful raised lace flowers.
I covered the kraft card blank with Magnolia red cherries paper then added a central border of Nitwits Collection red swirl stitched paper with crochet lace along the bottom edge.
I added 2 little panels of green cross stitch fabric, trimmed with pinking shears and embroidered with large crosses using red floss. I finished off with a ticket sentiment from the new Candy Doodles Collectors Edition CD.

Challenges for my card:
Sugar Creek Hollow - Sketch and Cute

Papercraft Star - Photo Inspiration and Something From The Kitchen (cakes are frequently found in mine as I love baking!)

Simon Says Stamp - Use 3 Different Papers

Thanks for looking.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Monday 20 February 2012

Victorian Romance At Make My Monday

Morning folks, Monday is here again so we have a new challenge for you over at Make My Monday. We're continuing with Suzanne's February theme of Romance and this week would like to see your creations inspired by Victorian Romance.
My card for this challenge was inspired by Victorian Valentine cards which quite often involved flowers and bright colours.

As you can see, my card is quite bright and the colours I chose came from the gorgeous cherub image which came from the wonderful Graphics Fairy.
I made my own background paper by partially embossing a square of pale lilac parchment card with a Papermania embossing folder and then swiping blue ink over the raised areas. I sponged the same ink on the flat side panel and stamped on a tiny Anna Griffin flourish with a darker blue ink.
I cut a large heart shape out of red card and embossed this with the same folder. I added the cut out cherub image and some roses from the Dezinaworld flower set. I inked the edges of the roses with dark purple ink.
I made a greeting panel with a Marianne Design die cut heart, adding a further rose and a computer generated sentiment which I cut out round the letters and then inked to soften the colour.

Don't forget that we have a wonderful sponsor this month in Marianne Design and here's a reminder of the gorgeous prize on offer.

Challenges for my card:
One Stop Craft - Create Your Own Background
C.R.A.F.T. - No Designer Papers (I made my own background)
Ruby's Rainbow - Vintage
Sisterhood Of Crafters - Valentine

Thanks for looking and have a great week.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Friday 17 February 2012

1-2-3-A Recipe

Good morning folks, it's Friday again (where did the last week go?) so we have another challenge for you over at Polka Doodles which has a theme this week chosen by Anne.
The theme is a Recipe Challenge - 1 Image, 2 Papers and 3 Embellishments so that should give you plenty of scope for your creations.
I was slightly naughty with my embellishments which ended up being lace, pearls and braid as nothing else would work. I know the lace and braid are a little similar but I like them!

The pretty papers and image on my card are from the A Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD which I love for the vintage style papers.
I printed the little girl out on white card and coloured her with Crayola Blendables which I love at the moment for their very textured look. Her dress has quite a denim look I think.
I covered a scalloped edge card blank with the flowery and striped papers and added crochet lace, pearls and braid to make a central border.
I die cut the image panel and then made a die cut scalloped mat from the same striped paper which I turned round to make a contrast. A scallop matted sentiment finishes off the card.

We have some wonderful candy this week from Marianne Design so do pop over for a look as well as inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Here are some challenges I found for my card:
Incy Wincy Designs - A Recipe - 3 Embellishments, 2 Papers, 1 Image
Paper Creations Ink - A Recipe - 1 Image, 2 Papers, 3 Embellishments
Little Darlings - Favourite Embellishments

Have a lovely weekend everyone,
Fliss xx

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Hearts Galore

Hello everyone, hope you're having a good week so far. First up are apologies from me for my lack of visiting the last week or so. I'm up to my eyes in work again and have struggled to find time for my DT commitments, let alone doing any blogging. Hopefully this won't continue for too long and I'll pop over as soon as I can so catch up with you all.
I did find a little time to do some all important crafting though - my hubby's Valentine card! He doesn't like anything too fussy, frilly or pink so here's what I came up with and I'm very happy to say that he loves it.

I used a favourite Tim Holtz texture fades embossing folder and inked the panel with Barn Door, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves and Vintage Photo Distress inks.
I made a second panel with kraft card embossed with the Papermania squared pattern Triboss folder. I added both panels to the buff card blank, overlapping them.
I then die cut a heart shape from kraft card using the Papermania hearts set and stamped on this with Gathered Twigs and Fired Brick DIs and a Viva Decor flourish stamp. I added this to the card with foam tape.
I embossed a scrap of card with the Cuttlebug polka dot folder then inked this with Fired Brick and Seedless Preserves DI and swiped Gathered Twigs over the raised areas. I then used the smallest heart die to cut out the tiny hearts which I set on the raised squares.
I finished off with computer generated text, printed on kraft card and lightly stamped with the flourish and brown ink.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Sugar Creek Hollow - Masculine Valentine
Simon Says Stamp And Show - Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - Be My Valentine
The Sunday Stamper - I Will Always Love You (in tribute to Whitney Houston -such sad news)

Happy Valentine's Day everyone and hope you've had a lovely day.
Fliss xx

Monday 13 February 2012

Hearts and Flowers

Good morning folks, hope that you all had a good weekend and are managing to keep warm in this rather chilly spell of weather.
Monday is here again so we have a new challenge for you over at Make My Monday. We're continuing with Suzanne's lovely theme for the month of February which is (what else??!) Romance and this week it's all about Hearts and Flowers.

I've been playing yet again with my Vintage Blue set of stamps by Glitz Design which I think you'll agree is just perfect for romantic cards.
I made the background paper by inking it up with Tattered Rose and a little Victorian Velvet Distress inks then stamped the lovely rose design on with the Victorian Velvet. This stamp is quite large so it makes a background really quickly which is just as well here as my card base is 8x8.
I next made a central border by stamping Hampton Arts distressed stripes with first Victorian Velvet and then VersaFine Crimson Red. When this was dry, I sponged on some Tattered Rose to deepen the colour.
I hand cut the heart from white card and stamped on the rose with the crimson ink. I then masked off part of the text image from set set with masking tape as I wanted just the text. I inked the stamp up with crimson ink, peeled off the masking tape and then stamped the text on the heart. I inked the edges with the Tattered Rose DI.
I stamped the little birds from the set with crimson ink and cut these out. I then assembled the card as you see adding a lace border cut with a Marianne Designs lace border die.

A quick reminder that our February sponsor is Marianne Design and here's the lovely prize on offer this month.

We can't wait to see what you come up with this week as the entries for the last challenge were amazing and we had such difficulty choosing a top 3.

Challenges for my card:
Addicted To Stamps - Valentine's Day/Love
Creative Inspirations Paint - Hearts
Dream Valley Challenges - Valentine
The Squirrel & the Fox - Valentine's Day
Rogue Redhead Designs - Use A Stamped Background (everything on my card is stamped)
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Red, White, Pink

Have a great week and thanks for looking.
Fliss xx

Sunday 12 February 2012

Monochromatic With One Other Colour

Good morning folks, hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I'm here today with details of a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this fortnight the strut down the catwalk is all about Monochrome with the addition of a splash of Contrast Colour.
For my inspiration, I chose shades of purple with a splash of green as I really love this particular combination.

It's not that easy to see in the photo but for my background paper and also the main heart shape, I used pale lilac parchment card. For the background paper, I stamped on a Prima flourish with lilac ink.
The heart was cut out with a Papermania die and I embossed the top right corner with a Papermania embossing folder and sponged on lilac and green ink.
I stamped the vintage couple image (I've had this for years and have no idea of the make) with Imperial Purple VersaFine ink on lilac parchment card and stuck this to the heart with foam tape, trimming off the excess to keep the heart shape. I added this to a purple hand cut mat and added a further partial mat of green dotty paper which was from my scraps box.
I added a panel of purple card embossed with the same folder and a further scrap of the green paper trimmed with an X Cut border die. The sentiment is by Penny Black and I finished off by adding some tiny green pearls to the heart.

The Design Team have made some stunning creations in many different colour combinations to inspire you, so do hop over for real treat.

Challenges for my card:
Crafting For All Seasons - Love Is In The Air
4 Crafty Chicks - Valentines/Love
Do You Stack Up? - Love
Rainbow Lady's - Have A Heart
Card Crafters Circle - Valentine
Card Makin' Mamas - Valentine
Crafty Catz - Valentine
Simon Says Stamp - Love Is In The Air
Fussy and Fancy - With All My Heart
Glitter Geeks - To The One I Love

Happy Sunday and thanks for looking
Fliss xx

Friday 10 February 2012

February Madness At Polka Doodles

Hello everyone, a really quick post from me today with no card as I'm up to my eyes in DT work at the moment.
I just thought I should let you all know about the Polka Doodles CD Madness weekend offer in case you aren't on the mailing list. From today until Sunday, all CDs are an amazing £10 so now is the time to add to your collection!!!

So what are you waiting for - hop on over if you're interested as there's sure to be a bit of a mad rush to grab a bargain.

Also, Nikky will be on Create and Craft in just over a week so don't forget to save the date.

That's all for now except to wish you all a lovely weekend with hopefully no more of the white stuff.
Fliss xx

Monday 6 February 2012

Love Letters

Good morning everyone, hoping you all had a good weekend and are surviving the white stuff - not that we have any here as being right down on the South coast, we often get missed out.
We have a new challenge for you over at Make My Monday and as it's the start of a new month, we also have a new theme which is of course Romance. This week we would like to see your creations with the theme of Love Letters - script or verse.
We have a fabulous sponsor for this month too so read on for all the details.

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making my card which is my favourite vintage collage style.

I used my Easy Inking Technique to make the patchwork style background and made it extra grungy by adding a darker ink round the edges. I used Victorian Velvet with Fired Brick on the edges and Tattered Rose with Aged Mahogany. I then stamped on a rose (masking the edges as the stamp is bigger than the squares) with VersaFine Imperial Purple and a heart with VersaFine Crimson Red. The stamps are from a clear set by Glitz called Vintage Blue. I tore all the edges.
I then made my own heart shape and partially embossed this with the Cuttlebug Roses folder. I inked the raised area with Tattered Rose and partially stamped on the rose design with the crimson ink. I inked round the edge with violet ink.
I stamped the adorable little boy (Lost Coast Designs) with Imperial Purple and cut him out. I die cut some flourish style leaf fronds (Marianne Design) and inked these with Fired Brick.
I made a faux love letter by stamping the postmark from the Glitz set and Hero Arts Old French Writing with purple ink, tearing the edges and inking with lilac ink.
I assembled the card as you see.

Now for the exciting news on our February sponsor which I'm thrilled to say is Marianne Design and I really wish I could win the fabulous prize.

All you have to do for a chance to win this gorgeous set is to enter some of our challenges this month and as the theme is such a great one, that shouldn't be to difficult!

Challenges for my card:
The Artistic Stamper February Challenge - Hearts
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Romance Is In The Air
Truly Scrumptious - Love and Hearts
The Sunday Stamper - Heart On My Sleeve

Thanks for looking and have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday 3 February 2012

Show A Little Love

Good morning folk from a very chilly South coast, the coldest morning yet as it's a brrrrr -5 here today. It is sunny though so it might yet warm up past freezing!
This week's challenge over at Polka Doodles is all about love as we'd like to see a creation with Hearts on it. Although Valentine's Day is looming really fast, you don't have to make a Valentine, just something love themed which is what I have done for my inspiration.

I've gone for a favourite pink and green colour combination and chose a cute digital stamp together with some of the gorgeous rosebud papers from the Pretty Sweet CD. I used a scalloped card blank which I covered with some green dotty paper from the Pretty Tuff CD.
I coloured the sweet image with a selection of Promarkers, cut the panel out with a Papermania scalloped rectangle die and inked the edges pink. I cut out 2 hearts with a Papermania heart die and inked the edges of these.
I used the Marianne round doily die to cut a doily shape from a scrap of kraft textured paper (A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD). I assembled the card as you see, tearing the edges of the pink rosebud paper for a shabby effect and finishing off with a pink bow recycled from my daughter's birthday cake.

You have until 12 noon on Sunday 12 February to show us some love and this week there is a great prize so click HERE for all the details.

Challenges for my card:
Crafty Sentiments - Punches &/Or Dies
My Craft Spot - Anything Goes
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Hearts

Thanks for looking.
Fliss xx

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Candy Winner!!!

Hello folks, it's now time for me to announce the winner of my blog candy. I would like to thank everyone who left a comment and especially those of you that chose to become followers. It's so lovely to see you all and to have read the kind comments that some of you have left on my artwork.

 The winner is Warna Warni

 I did try to get the random number thingy on here but it wouldn't stay at the same number so I had to remove it - sorry!

Many congratulations and if you will email me your address, I'll pop the candy in the post.
Commiserations to everyone else but unfortunately there can only be one winner. Keep an eye out for more candy which might be happening very soon.
Hugs, Fliss xx