Friday, September 19, 2014

Sparkle & Shine!

Hello all!
              it's time for the Friday colouring challenge over at The Outlawz once more and our challenge this week is to take your inspiration from this colour palette - 

         Our sponsor this month is the delightful Vera Lane Studio so get your colouring pens/pencils/inks and paints out and come join us.  We don't mind what colouring medium you use but you must colour a lined image as we really want to check out those amazing colouring skills!

                              I used an image from our sponsor this week and concentrated on using the blues and greys from the photo.  If I'm totally honest, I thought the pale yellow/cream colour was more of a beigey tone so I thought my skin tone would be a good match but now I see it in daylight........... hmmm not so sure.  Still we do allow some artistic licence on the colours, just make sure you use the majority of what's there please :)

       Please take some time to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the DT  - you won't be disappointed!  By sheer coincidence, we all used Vera Lane Studio images and you should be able to see them on the Facebook page (if we all remember to link up!!).

         Entering this into the challenges at Crafty Catz ,  Alphabet Challenge and A Creative Romance.

                                 Thanks for stopping by today :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Double trouble!

Hello all!
        It's not often I post on a Monday but there's been a very special event recently for one of the DT members from the fabulous Time Out DT.   The lovely Bev has two new additions to her family and is the very proud mum of twin baby boys!   In honour of this momentous occasion, the Time Out DT is having a special (surprise) challenge with a theme of "Double the Joy". and a prize from Uniko Studio  up for grabs.

                         For my card I wanted to keep CAS and fired up my Silhouette Cameo once more.  I typed some text for the main sentiment and added the mathematical sum down the side, framing the whole thing with some jagged edge detailing and adding two little baby blue stick on pearls.

            A big congrats to Bev and family - I'm sure they'll be very busy for the foreseeable future!

      Entering this into the challenges at Crafting from the heart , The Crafty Bloggers network , Creative Cutting Challenge .

                                   Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cock your hat - angles are attitude.

Hello all!
         Starting off with a quote from Frank Sinatra as our new challenge from the colouring DT at The Outlawz is taking inspiration from the upcoming "Make a Hat" day - who knew there was such a day???
      Anyway I thought the Frankie quote was very apt for the image I used for my card as you shall see.  Before we get there though, I just want to mention that we are being sponsored by the fabulous Vera Lane Studio this month so find some time to join our challenge and you could be the lucky winner!

      I tied in my card with the current challenge from Make It Colourful which is 'Two tone monochromatic with abstract background' - what a title!!  Their challenges always encourage you to stretch your colouring skills and I've missed entering them for a few months as it took a while to get settled back into things after returning to the UK and becoming gainfully employed again!  Anyway I made some time to think about my card design before printing the images and decided I wanted to use MIC tap dancing man in 3 different poses, using grey for the shadowy figures, blending it into a sepia type brown for the front man.

             I achieved this threesome by using Photoshop Elements and opening 3 layers with a different figure on each and then overlaying them - the digis are PNG files so this makes it a whole lot easier. Sorry if I'm speaking gobbledegook for some of you but there are plenty of great tutorials explaining how to do this a lot better than I can.   The abstract background was created by masking all the images (I printed them onto cheap paper and fussy cut around them) and then stamping with a patterned rubber stamp from my stash.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut 2 cardstock frames and added some tickets for an extra bit of bada-bing!

      Here's a close up of the fancy footwork dudes!

   This was fun to do and although not quite as dramatic as the fabulous two tone creations from the Make It Colourful DT, it still follows the guidelines and I'm pretty happy with the end result :)

        I would also like to enter this for the challenges at Chocolate, Coffee & cards, Creative Corner, Left of Centre.

                     Thanks for stopping by - it would be great if you could check out the fab creations from the rest of The Outlawz Colour DT, especially as we have a new member joining us.  You can find Laine's blog here and just click on their names for the rest of the team - Carla , Penny and Kathi.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another Time Out challenge

Hello all!
We're having another challenge over at Time Out but before we get into the new theme, I should mention that we have some new DT members joining the Time Out team which means some more fabulous blogs for you to check out!  You can find links to all the DT members here so please do grab a cup of tea or coffee, put your feet up and spend some time browsing:)
      You should also check out the wonderful creativeness of our Guest designer this week - Christine.
                  So onto the challenge which is a photo inspiration this fortnight -

    I used my Silhouette Cameo for my card and cut out the white thin tags after printing the words and then designed the background by adding a sentiment to be cut out and 2 thin white lines for balance.  A digitally designed CAS card!

Entering this into the challenges at Cardz 4 Guyz, Through the Craftroom Door and Divas by Design.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A day for the bears.

Hello all!
              Time for another challenge from the colouring DT over at The Outlawz - the first one for September and we are very lucky to have yet another sponsor for this month.  For September we are being sponsored by the fabulous Vera Lane Studio who has some delightfully quirky and fun designs to choose from.

     I will be using a Vera Lane image later in the month but for this challenge, the theme of which is Teddy Bears to mark 'Teddy Bear Day' on September 9th, I used a Cuddly Buddly freebie that I have had stored in my files for ages!

          I used Kraft cardstock for a change and coloured the image mainly with Copics, just using a white Prismacolour pencil for the daisies.   Colouring on Kraft card really makes the colours seems more muted and almost gives a vintage feel to the image.  I added a stamped sentiment and some washi tape strips to finish off yet another CAS card - it's the only design style I have time for at the moment!

    Entering this into the challenges at Fairy Tale Challenge , Creative Corner , Crafts 4 Eternity , 

Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

My favourite seat.

Hello all!
It's been a very long time since I blogged about any of the refurbished/repainted bits of furniture that I do so here's one of my very favourite pieces that I'm absolutely not going to put up for sale, ever!!!
       We came across this  - I'm gong to call it a vintage draughtsman's chair - on one of our last junking trips around Eastern Pennsylvania before we moved back to the UK.  I loved it and almost ran to the counter with it to put it aside while we carried on browsing.  Here's a before shot -

   I had a plan to make this a statement piece for our kitchen/diner in our English house so I set about spray painting it bright red - this was definitely going to stand out!  The seat was freshened up with a light coat of brown acrylic paint as I wanted it to still resemble wood.  I then created a graphic design in permanent vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo and applied that to the seat.
         It now stands proudly at our kitchen counter and I love it even more!  The 'after' photos are from our American house but you can still see the chair in all its's glory.  I will get around to photographing it in it's present home very soon.

And here's a close up of the seat design - 

Yay- I was featured :)

Elizabeth and Co.
                                         Thanks for stopping by!

Anything goes at The Outlawz

Hello all!
the end of August has got here far too quickly for my liking and that means another 'anything goes with the optional twist of Christmas' challenge from the DT colouring group at The Outlawz - what a mouthful!
       We have been sponsored this month by the wonderful Bombshell Stamps so I decided I really should use one of their fab digi stamps to make a card!  Time for a guy card, using one of the great hot rod images - I coloured it (and the printed sentiment) with Copics and then matted the whole thing onto some black cardstock.  Super simple and hopefully, simply super!

         If you join in with our challenge, you could be the lucky winner who gets to pick a set of digis from Bombshell Stamps so why not give it a go?  You can use any colouring medium but just make sure you are colouring in an image please!