Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Blooming June ...

... and it's tipping down!  Typical!
Have got loads'a' birthdays and other celebrations, including Father's Day, this month which means loads'a' cards to make so here are a couple of today's efforts to kick things off.
The first is for a special friend whose birthday is in a couple of weeks time.
An 'Elegant Ladies' Kanban kit  from QVC provided everything needed for this large A4 card except for the inside decoration, where I used some K. and Co. papers matted onto gold mirri card for the decoration and a FunStamps Happy Birthday Wish greeting.  
The smaller ... and much cuter ... card below was inspired by Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 22 which requires entrants to combine our least and most favourite colours.  Hmmmmm ... might be some unusual colour combinations for this one!
Actually, there aren't really any colours I don't like but I chose ORANGE as my least favourite option simply because I very rarely use it.  Obviously BLACK was my most favourite choice.  YES ... I know it is a contrast not a colour, but the challenge rules say it can be included ... PHEW!
The cute little characters are from Penny Black 'Hugs' set and are coloured with Promarkers ... as are the roses which started life a bland cream colour until I attacked them with vanilla and bright orange.  
The zingy orange/yellowy papers are Papermania Sunshine Collection which have been cut with Spellbinder Nestabilities and matted onto black card.  You'll just have to trust me that they are much brighter in real life as the photo doesn't show how vibrant they are - it is really dull and rainy here today and my camera skills leave a lot to be desired so probably that explains that.
The layout follows the Pixie Cottage Challenge 20 - Sketch and using buttons and flowers allows me to enter Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 85 - Buttons and Blooms too.  Hopefully the weather will improve as the month progresses and we will experience some 'Summer Delights', which is the theme at Cupcake Craft Challenges 93 this week so am going to sneak in there too. 
So ... 'til the next time, take care and hope you have all enjoy a Terrific Tuesday, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.


Katie said...

Two great cards and I love the mat on the second!
Thanks for playing in The Pixie Cottage this week :)

Ann said...

wow Max you have been busy - both great cards.
Can't believe how wet and dismal the weather is. Rubbish!!!
Ann xxx

Catherine said...

Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft with such a sweet card ! Love the image : too cute ! Good luck ! :)from Catherine

Susan.... said...

Hi Max,
They are lovely creations ! Good luck in the challenges too...
Hope you and the family are well !
susan x

Cheryl said...

2 great cards hun love them both,
many thanks for playing along at the pixie cottage this week,hope to see you again hugs cheryl xxxxx

Jane said...

Despite orange being your least fav' colour, this card is quite stunning...love the PB stamp you have used...sooo cute! Good luck at Crafty cardmakers challenge XX

Irene said...

Hello Max

Oh you have been busy, your cards are gorgeous, I love the litle meece. Fabulous colours they so vibrant and alive. Just perfect.


artish said...

love how you branched out from the circles an the sketch and use unique scalloped shapes! thank you for playing at the pixie cottage!

Biscuitlid said...

gorgeous cards Max - I love the warm orange tones you've used and the cute image too

Thanks so much for joining in our Summer theme at Cupcake