Friday, 30 July 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge 29

The challenge at Bah! Humbug! this week is definitely not for the faint-hearted!  If you have an aversion to ripping or tearing your precious papers, then this may be a challenge too far - because we're asking you to feature 
Paper Tearing
As someone who rarely rips paper, (except in frustration!), I decided to opt for the 'controlled tear' by using a ruler specifically designed for the purpose of creating a torn edge.   Here are some examples of the different patterns available.
Having cut a piece of decorative paper, slightly smaller than the panel of silver mirri card I wanted to use, I then set to 'doing the dirty deed'.
Placing the ruler at an angle on top ... I lifted a corner of the paper between thumb and forefinger ... gritted my teeth ... squeezed my eyes shut ... and slowly pulled it towards myself.  I then altered the angle of the ruler and did it again ... and then again!
I have to say it was surprisingly good fun and nowhere near as traumatic as I'd imagined!
The edges were inked with Brilliance Dew Drop Ink - Pearl Orchid and then glued to the silver mirri mat, which was in turn, adhered to the front of an 8" x 8" white card blank.  The surplus card front was removed to create a cut-away card.
Using the new Swirly Tree embossing folder from Papermania with some silver mirri card, I ran it through the Cuttlebug and then added some sparkle by spreading 'Aqua', 'Cotton Candy' and 'Star Dust' Stickles onto the stars.  After cutting around it with decorative scissors, silicon glue was used to attach it to the card front and a pretty pink bow fills the gap at the bottom.
Inside I glued a narrow strip of snowflake paper to some silver mirri card leaving a narrow border and added a greeting with a brad to punched circles before placing it in the middle of the panel.  
A leftover square of snowflake embossed card from another project was torn along the diagonal and inked up to provide a touch of interest to the corners. 
Across at In 2 Crafting, the monthly challenge is Christmas In July so this will be my entry and if you'd also like to play along, the closing date isn't until 14th August.
The other Bah! Humbug! DT members have been busy ripping and tearing their papers too ... some with more enthusiasm than others it must be said! ... but all have achieved super results.  Pop over and have a look for yourself and if you're feeling brave enough, please join in with our challenge. While you're there, please don't forget to say 'Goodbye and Thank You' to Debs, who has been our amazing Guest Designer for July, providing us all with a Santa Sackload of fabulous inspiration throughout her stay.  We will all miss her dearly but hopefully she will continue to join us regularly for our remaing 2010 challenges.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

** Blog Candy Alert **

Rach's Blog Candy
Rach is offering some really sweet candy on her blog ... in actual fact there are 2 separate ones up for grabs! ... both are open until 4th August so hop over there and leave your link.  You know you want to.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Birthday Books

A possible way to ensure the Bind-It-All I recently bought earns it's keep, is to make and sell Birthday Books or JournalsObviously there would need to be careful selection of any images used so as to comply with individual artist's Terms of Use but that's something that has to be considered for any product you intend to sell.

A birthday book, in particular, is a very handy item to have sitting on your desk as a reminder of all the special annual celebrations you would hate to miss ... or maybe that should say daren't miss ... AND unlike a diary or calendar, it doesn't need to be replaced or rewritten every year.
You simply update it whenever there's a new birthday or anniversary to remember ... much simpler don't you think?
Obviously, the nicest thing of all is that they can be personalised to an individual's taste so would make a perfect gift with a practical use.
It's definitely something I will be considering as a possible way of funding my little hobby.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

A Movie Star?

Do you think this dapper chap looks like a movie star from the 50's or 60's?  He reminds me of Cary Grant or Rock Hudson or another of the big movie legends of that era.
His name is Raymond, (apparently), and he's a Kanban decoupage design, (part of a QVC Art Deco card kit bought a while ago), and I'm absolutely convinced the 'Stars of the Silver Screen' had an influence on these designs.
I needed a birthday card for a lovely gentleman who celebrates his 78th birthday next week, so thought this image might make him smile. 
The inside panel is stamped with a simple greeting and decorated with the extra decoupage elements from the sheet.

In complete contrast this rather vibrant card was made for my daughter's friend who celebrated her 15th birthday last week.    
Doesn't need much explaining really does it?
... it's very pink 
... has a gorgeous dramatic black flocked velvet design 
... adhesive gems add a lorra' lorra' bling 
... and a handbag charm is held in place with a gorgeous jewelled brad given to me by my good friend Ann.
What more does a young girl need I ask you?

Friday, 23 July 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge 28

Are you are losing track of the days because of the holidays?  Then let me tell you today is Friday ... which can mean only one thing!  
That is that Bah Humbuggers everywhere are already up to their ears in glue and paper products, joining in this week's challenge. 

Our theme this week is 
It was a 'no brainer' for me to head straight to last year's Christmas Patchwork Pals kit, safe in the knowledge that all the components would be readily available for me to make another easy card as I haven't got time, or the inclination, for complicated projects at the moment.
The most difficult and time-consuming decision to make was choosing which of the many super-cute die cut characters to use, eventually settling for this cute bear dragging his sled up the hill. 
Then it was a simple case of cutting a section from the background design cardstock, adding some snowflake embossed mirri card strips and an acetate front panel before positioning the various character elements ... taking care to match up the front and back views either side of the acetate to hide the adhesive.  Couldn't decide whether to add a bow or a snowflake embellishment in the top corner or not, so will leave that for now but may add something at a later date.
Nothing complicated ... a really quick result ... pain and mess free ... and another addition to the Christmas Cutie section of my 2010 card collection.
You must pop over to Bah! Humbug! yourself and have a look at the super cards Ann, Irene and our July Guest Designer Debs have created in the hope of  inspiring you.  If you feel like joining in we would love to see your results so remember to leave a link in our comment box and we will do our best to pop by and leave you a message.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge 26

Another week has flown past in a blur but "Thank Crunchie It's Friday!" and time for another Bah! Humbug! Challenge.   This week the theme is to make something for A Special Friend - hmmmm tricky huh? 
I chose to make a cute card for my daughter to give to one of her best friends as my own Special Friends are prone to popping in here for a looksee and I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.
The patterned papers are from last year's Daisy and Dandelion Christmas pad and are matted onto a combination of red cardstock and gold mirri card.  The image is another cutie from Tubes by Amanda which was printed onto smooth white cardstock and cut around.  I deliberately chose the penguin image as I wanted to check out the new Black Stickles bought last week.  Guess what?  I love them and I have a feeling they will be popular so had best stock up pretty darn quick I think.  
I found them a little tricky to get flowing at first but persistent poking with a safety pin down the nozzle worked, along with a good shake to get the contents to the top.   I used them on the sign lettering too which demonstrates how fine the tip is ... perfect for detailed areas.   
Icicle Stickles were used on the fur trims and the snow which give a lovely pinkish sparkle which is a little hard to see in the photos.  I finished with a lovely red and green double-sided sparkly ribbon tied around the fold and knotted near the top along with some letters matted onto oval nesties to spell 'FRIEND' for the inside panel.
The other Bah! Humbug! DT members including Debs from Pink Dandelion's Craft Space have some super cards to show you and we have also announced the winner of our Monthly Prize Draw so you'd better go and see if it's you.

I'm going away this weekend for a few days fun and frolicking with my family before hubby goes back to work, so won't be around blogland.  I know you'll miss me ... bwhahahahaha ... but will do my best to fit in a few visits when I get back, although I may not get to everyone, so apologies in advance.
Hope you all enjoy a fabulous week, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Tea Party

I rediscovered this cute Sugar Nellie stamp, showing Lola having a tea party with her teddy, when I was hunting for something else, so decided to ink her up and make a card using more of the DCWV Glitter papers as they were still lying on my desk.   The Sugar Bowl Sketch Challenge 38 was used for the layout and I managed to include scallops which was an optional extra.  The theme at Totally Stampalicious is 'Food' so I'll be entering there too.
She is coloured with Promarkers and then matted onto coordinating cardstock leaving a narrow border each time.   A scalloped circle was punched from pale pink card and then embossed with dots whilst a smaller punch was used for the peel off greeting.  
A couple of turquoise gem stars provide the accents in the corners and Diampnd Stickles add a hint of sparkle to her hair, the cupcakes and teddy's tummy.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Happy Wee Mousey

This cute little mouse always makes me smile.  She looks like she's received some wonderful news and is jumping for joy.  Maybe it's a lottery win LOL?
She was coloured with Promarkers before being cut out and layered onto blue pearlised cardstock cut with Nestabilities.  This was then popped, with silicon glue for added dimension, onto a card decorated with papers from DCWV Glitter Stack which was one of the half price purchases I bought online last week in a closing down sale at WhoopsaDaisy.  I'm unable to post a link as sadly it doesn't exist any more - I hope it wasn't another casualty of the recession.
I also bought some black Stickles which I have tested out on the pebbles but  I may need to be more generous next time for the proper effect.
I'll be submitting this card to the following challenges.
Crafter's Companion 2 - Sketch
Simon Says - Check It Out
Craftalicious 3 - Cute 
Totally Papercrafts 23 - One For The Girlies
A Pocketful of Posies - One For The Girls
A Spoonful of Sugar 110 - Animal Crackers
Going to go and plant up the window boxes while the rain holds off but before I do just want to let you see the flowers that have bloomed on the Yucca in the garden.  Aren't they amazing?! 
Wishing you all enjoy a wonderful weekend, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge 25 - Less Is More

The 'Less Is More' theme at Bah! Humbug! was a piece of perfect timing as I had left it to the last minute and could only manage a simple card this week.
Out came the Cuttlebug and a few seconds later I had embossed this wonderful silver holographic mirri card with a line of trees, ready to trim and mat onto blue card.  A long strip of the same holographic card was embossed with swiss dots, wrapped with blue ribbon and placed onto a DL card blank before adding a siver peel off greeting and the embossed trees.  
That's it!  Nothing else to it.  Job Done!
Don't you just love how this card changes colour with the light?  Reminds me of the Northern Lights.
Debs from Pink Dandelion's Craft Space is joining us as Guest Designer for July so you must drop by and see her debut card, as well as Ann and Irene's DT samples.  Also, as it is the first challenge of the month, there is our usual Prize Draw this week, so be sure to get your entries in and give yourself a chance of being selected as our random winner.  Looking forward to seeing you there.
I'm slipping this card in at the last minute for Die Cut Dreams Challenge 24 - Arctic Winter before the deadline of noon and also submitting it to ABC Christmas Challenges - 'N' is for Noel as they are looking for any card with a Christmas theme.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Butterfly Beauty

Just a quick post to show the card I sent to my Bah! Humbugger buddy Ann for her birthday yesterday.  The stamp is a really pretty Butterfly Fairy from a set by the well known artist Ruth Morehead, whose cutesy images are instantly recognisable worldwide.  I had no idea that any of her images were available as stamps so I just had to snap up this set and couldn't wait to get home to have a play.
She was coloured with Promarkers and sprayed with Crafter's Companion Iridescent Spray and Sparkle, before being cut with the largest size Nestablilties Labels One die.  This spray glitter gives the most gorgeous sparkle effect I have seen for minimum effort - just make sure you either go outside or spray it into an old shoebox as it is a little bit whiffy at first and would probably go everywhere if not contained.  If you click the image below for an enlarged view you will see how sparkly she really is.
I had to draw an outline onto textured blue and pink card, around the outside edge of the label one die shape,  to get the larger shapes I needed for matting and these were cut with scissors.   As you see I used scalloped scissors for the pink layer and turned it 90 degrees before adding some adhesive pearls for decoration.
The beautiful pink silk damask background card was placed onto an 8" square card blank and I matched it with some pretty blue floral paper from My Mind's Eye Pretty Please pad.  A couple of clusters of paper roses in diagonally opposite corners, along with a strip of pretty pink ribbon and a stamped sentiment, provide the finishing touches.
The decoration inside uses the last remnants of the silk cardstock matted onto blue textured card and pink ribbon conceals the joins.   
I went on to use my Bind-It-All to make a slim Birthday Book from textured cardstock in similar colours for Ann to keep a track of those all-important dates that come around so quickly.  
I did add a friendship sentiment below the ribbon before posting it as it looked a little bare but unfortunately, I didn't have time to take more photo's.
Now ... I wonder if they are eligible for any challenges.  Had a look at Challenge Mania and they seem to fit the bill for these challenges. 
Flutterby Wednesday - Fluttery Creations 
(just a taster before the official return on 7th July) 
Crafts and Me 7 - Birthdays 
Pollycraft - Pinkalicious

Tomorrow is Bah! Humbug! Challenge Day ... and we have a brand new Guest Designer for you, as well as our Monthly Prize Draw ... so make sure you don't miss it.

Like many other parents of school age children, my posts may be rather infrequent during the School Summer Holidays, especially if the weather is kind, when we will hopefully be out and about having fun and spending time together as a family.   I will keep up with things at Bah! Humbug! if nothing else so I'm not disappearing completely and will be popping by to leave comments as much as possible but everything else will be 'hit'n'miss.
Hope you all understand and thank you in advance for your patience.