Monday 20 January 2014

CCM #108 Black & White

This fortnights challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers is hosted by Kim , she has chosen the theme of Black and White.

Black and White will be the only colours allowed, apart from flesh colours for skin and normal hair colours, but no other colours should be visible.

I was lucky enough to get a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and couldn't wait to use it to create a card for this challenge.

I used the 'Autumn Card Wrap' by Samantha Walker from the Silhouette store, which I cut in textured white card.

Then I did a trace and cut around the lovely 'Fairy Tenderhearted' by Tiddly Inks (This took several attempts and a couple of You tube videos, but I was so excited when it worked - lol)

I used all the shades of Cool Grey Pro-markers to colour her and a little black for depth and added some stickles to the flowers in her hair and glossy accents to the egg (not sure you can actually tell in the pic though!)

Finally I mounted her on black card and added a couple of flourishes to finish it off.

Then I had to figure out how to tie it all up without tearing it - lets just say it took a few attempts, still not entirely happy with the bow, but overall I think I have fulfilled the brief.

Don't forget to visit me teamies for some more inspiration and of course there are some lovely prizes on offer from our sponsors this week.

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Challenges I would like to enter are:-

Great Impressions Stamps - use something new (My Cameo)
The Squirrel & the fox - Show off your new stuff (My Cameo)
Digi Galore - Monochrome
My Sheri Crafts - Use a Digi
Crafts 4 Eternity - Fancy Folds
Fussy & Fancy - Monochromatic
Milkcoffeechallenge - Monochromatic

Sunday 19 January 2014

One Year Blogaversary

Blimey, is it really a year since I posted my first blog post!

I was lucky enough to join the fabulous Design Team at Crafty Cardmakers after my first blog and would like to say a massive thank you to Lin for having enough faith to invite me on board, I have loved every minute of it and I have learnt so many new techniques through creating for their challenges.

Also I big thank you to all my lovely team mates too, it is an honour to craft among you.

I decided to share something a little bit different with you today.  Just after Christmas I traded in my Cricut Create for a Cameo Silhouette which I have been lusting after for a while.  After checking out a few Facebook groups I kept seeing all these lovely photo traces and really wanted to give it a go.   Now I am completely hooked and obsessed with Vinyl, everything is getting 'THE VINYL TREATMENT' - lol

I used the cut and trace feature to create an image of my son Dexter, very time consuming being a newbie at it.   I really had to darken his hair otherwise it was just picking up very fine strands which would have been impossible to weed out, also there was quite a bit of erasing to clear up all the tiny marks, as this feature picks up every tiny speck.

Here is the photo that I used:

and here is the finished project:

I used a 20 x 25cm white tile from Wickes (76p) and black and silver matt vinyl

Also just noticed he is missing an eyebrow as the software just could not pick it up, but all in all I am really pleased with the result and can't wait to try some more.

I saw the lovely sentiment a couple of days ago on a Facebook site, but I can't remember which one!

Challenges I would like to enter are:-

Country View Challenges - Monochromatic
Dream Time Designs - A new Technique
Seemacrafts - Anything Goes
Silhouette Challenges - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Out with the old In with the new

Sunday 12 January 2014

Glitter & Sparkle

Wow, just realised I haven't posted since before Xmas, so here is a quick post with a present I made my niece for Christmas.

Unfortunately I didn't realise I had the 'S' upside down, when I took the photo - lol

I took some Mache letters and covered them with acrylic paint.

I then used my favourite Lavinia stamps to decorate and finally covered them in sparkle Modge Podge.

Hopefully you can see the glitter a little better here.

Challenges I would like to enter are:

Lavinia Stamps - Add some Glitter