Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Michelle Perkett Challenge #14

Here is my DT card for the Michelle Perkett Challenge #14. This is my first DT card...ever...for anywhere :) I was soooo excited when Michelle asked me to be on one of her DT teams...and a little daunted! (Actually, that's a bit of an understatement...I was a LOT daunted!!!) At that stage I hadn't even entered a challenge, let alone been on the business end of one!! Our challenge this week is the sketch above.

I used Michelle's Posie for my card. I printed her on Neenah Classic Crest and coloured her with Copics. The base card, DP panel mounts and scallop circle mount are SU Choc Chip. The background mount is from Color Core Vintage 12 x 12 paper pad. I embossed this with a Cuttlebug border folder and lightly sanded the embossing back. I love this paper pad...the colours are gorgeous :) The DP is Kaiser Imagine. I cut the scallop circle and inner circle with my KNK Maxx and mounted them on dimensional dots. I also mounted Posie with dimensional dots. Posie has been highlighted with glitter pens on her hair, wings and flower centres. The white area of her wings has been glittered. I finished the card with flower embellishments, with rhinestone centres and a metal "believe" tag.

This is the first card I've used flowers on! I am really challenged in the embellishment department!! I think I must be a "less is more" person lol! I really struggle when it comes to adding the 'bits' to my cards :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Frog Prince

As soon as I saw this image from Squigglefly I knew I had to have it to colour! It's sooo cute.

I started off thinking I would do a card for the Inkspirations challenge on Makeesha's site but just couldn't bring myself to use Cameo Coral on it :( I started with Cameo Coral for the flowers on her dress but when it came to using some cardstock, I couldn't go there! It's one of my least favourite colours in the SU range...along with a number of the bold brights...they're just not me! So I gave up and made this card to add to the others in my box :)

The image is printed on Saxton 200 and coloured with Copics. The card base, mount for the image and scallop oval mount are SU Choc Chip. The heart border mount is SU So Saffron and the DP is from a 12 x 12 glitter paper pad. I've glittered the edges of the image and sentiment and mounted them on dimensional dots.

Inside the card says: "You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your Prince"

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Under the Sea

This is my entry for the Michelle Perkett Weekend Challenge at PCP titled 'Under the Sea'.

I wanted to make a tri-fold card and try out a few ideas I had running around in my head :) I'm happy with some of the experiments...but not all! Overall, I'm not that happy with this card. It has actually photo'd better than it looks in real life, so I guess that's a bonus lol! took forever to get started because I spent I don't know how long fighting with my computer!!!! Technology is great when it does what you want it to do!

Anyhow...I used aquamarine CS for the base card, cut to 12 x 8 and scored at 4" & 8". I cut the window in the front and the frame for the window with my CM circle cutting system. For the window I embossed some light weight acetate with the spots & dots Cuttlebug folder and cut it to fit the window opening. I Kindy Glitzed some of the circles to look like sparkly bubbles. The frame was cut from CS & JAC paper and coated with AED glitter. The DP is the same Kaiser paper I used on my Soulmates Journal. The caption is a Kaiser rub-on.

I printed Michelle's image Song of the Sea onto Splendorgel 190 and coloured with Copics. The water & sky background is printed on the computer and I have added some Copic colour for depth. The little fish are printed and coloured also. The fish and mermaid tail are coated with dimensional glaze and I've used Kindy Glitz on the fonds of her tail. Her hair has been highlighted with glitter pen and the harp has been coloured with gold glitter pen, with silver glitter pen for the strings.

My idea when making this card was for it to appear that you were looking through a port hole into the ocean, with bubbles floating by. I like the front of the card but I'm not so happy with the inside :( Some experiments just don't go how you want them!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Alchemist Mirror

This is my entry in the Michelle Perkette challenge #13. The theme for this challenge is "Be Inspired". I decided to make a mirror for this challenge and use the Alchemist, which I won from one of Michelle's earlier challenges. I've had lots of ideas on how to use him but haven't had the time until now :)

I knew when I decided to go with this idea that it was going to be a cow of a thing to photograph!!!! I wasn't wrong! Do you like the reflection of the blinds in the top photo :( I needed this one to show the glitter detail as it didn't show up as well in the other photo. After a lot of frustration, I ended up laying the mirror on the coffee table so that it would reflect the plain ceiling!!

I really enjoyed making this. It's a Kaiser wood product and they are great to work with. I don't know what brand the DP is but it was perfect for this project, with its wand and swirls!

I printed the Alchemist on Splendorgel 190 and coloured with Copics. He has been highlighted with glitter pens and a feather for his cap. The handle of the wand is coated with Kindy Glitz and I've used gold and silver glitter pens on the star. The wand's swirls are glittered. The alchemist's swirls are rhinestone and the words are Kaiser rub-ons.

And's purple...again!! I AM trying to get into other colours more...really! Just that purple was the perfect colour for him :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lily Calendar

This is my entry in the Michelle Perkett challenge #12 on PCP. The brief was a sketch this week and I decided to make a calendar for a birthday present.

I used Michelle's image called Lily. Printed her on SU Whisper White and coloured with Copics. The calendar is a Kaiser wood product and came with 2009 calendar notes...I bought it last year and didn't get around to making it up so had to create the calendar notes for 2010 :( That's what happens when you leave things in the drawer to do later!!!! I think it took me longer to do the notes than it did to make the rest of the calendar!

The DP is also Kaiser from the Lilac Avenue range. The background behind Lily is from the 6 x 6 paper pad and the background on the bottom is from the 12 x 12 range as the bottom board is nearly 8" long. It's a bit hard to tell in the photo but the swirls on the top DP are glazed. Some of the papers in the 6" pad are textured and this is one of them.

The circle behind Lily is cut from JAC paper and glittered with AED Ocean Depths. Lily and the circle are mounted on dimensional dots.

It's hard to stay away from this paper...I love green & purple :) I have to make myself look at different colours and use them more! That's why I love the challenges...makes me think outside my box LOL!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


This is my card for the Michelle Perkett challenge this week...#11. The instructions are to make a card in a monochromatic theme. It certainly was a challenge for me. I've never done one before!

There is sooo much talent in Michelle's group. This week's entries are amazing!!

This is a 5 x 7 landscape card. I printed Ariana onto SU Whisper White and coloured her with Copics. The base card is Grant textured CS and the DP is CM from my stash. I've kept it fairly simple and finished it off with some Kaiser pearls and ribbon, also from my stash :)

I don't think I will ever get tired of colouring Michelle's images. I keep repeating myself....but they are just so nice to colour :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Well...been away for a rest and re-energize holiday, arriving home last night....had withdrawals so had to do some colouring today! :) This is my entry in the Michelle Perkett weekend Puppy Love challenge at PCP.

I found these colours really challenging as I don't use them much...too much of a green & purple girl!!! And the card didn't turn out anything like I imagined it was going to :( Very frustrating!! It nearly got binned a couple of times during the process. I had a couple of minor disasters in the process of making it! It does have some saving's one of Michelle's images and they are pretty hard to completely mess up...and the caption is lovely :) Thanks Michelle!

Supplies: SU Whisper White for image (coloured with Copics) and caption & Choc Chip for card base and panel mounts. Kaiser 'Flutterby' DP, ribbon & rhinestones. Glitter pens for hair, flowers and clothes & hair trim. Superfine glitter for flames and swirls. Novelty sun button with edge glittered.

I wanted to make this easel card 5 1/2" square, so I adjusted the design slightly as I didn't want so much sticking out in front of the card when it was standing open. I cut the base to 4" instead of the full 5 1/2". This means when the card is closed, the back is slightly shorter than the front. I wasn't sure how this would work...but I'm happy with the result and will make more like this as it means I can have the images a bit larger to work with.

I cut the base card 5 1/2" x 9" and scored at 2 1/2" & 5" The 'art board' is cut to 5 1/2" square

Friday, January 1, 2010

Bookabella Bookmark Card

For my 50th birthday, one of my friends gave me a bookmark card, which I thought was a fabulous idea, and I've been going to case the idea ever since!

I bought this cute Bookabella stamp by Stampingbella with the intention of giving it a go and today was the day to try it out :)

I used navy blue CS for the base card and SU DSP for the front panel and backing on the bookmark. The finished size of the card is approx 8" x 4"

For the bookmark I stamped onto SU Whisper White and coloured with Copics. The Best Wishes is a rub-on sentiment from Kaiser.

Before adhering the front panel to the base card I marked where the slits needed to be cut, to hold the bookmark in place, and then cut them with a scalpel. I was careful to use narrow d/s tape around the edges so that it didn't block getting the bookmark corners completely into the slits :) (The bookmark tucks into the front panel only so that the corners sit between the card base and the front panel)

This was a really quick and easy card once the colouring was done and what I like about it is that it won't be put away in a drawer and forgotten...the bulk of the work in the card, the bookmark, will hopefully be put to good use and used for a long time :)

A girl can never have too many bookmarks!

Michelle Perkett Challenge #10

This is my entry in this week's challenge at Michelle Perkett's group on Paper Craft Planet. This is Michelle's image called "Summer". The challenge this week was to make an interesting fold card rather than a flat card. A few of us chose to make tri-shutters...they are so much fun to decorate and really easy to make.

I kept her simple because I wanted her to be very elegant...and elegant and me don't usually figure in the same sentence lol :)

I coloured the image with Copics and then cut her out as I wanted the background paper to show through...a bit tricky on the inside bits!! I like to leave the inside centre panel plain for a handwritten sentiment when I make tri-shutter cards.

The papers are from a CM pack called Inspiration, which I've had in my stash for a while. I decided that since I'm not scrapbooking (and not likely to for some time!) I'd make use of some of the stash I've accumulated :) I think I'm guilty of having an addiction to paper!


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