Saturday, June 23, 2012

All about Edwin

Well I  certainly have had my mojo back with three posts within a week, a new record. I have found that colouring has really relaxed me over the last couple of weeks and I find myself just sitting and colouring. I then go to my coloured images grab out the DPs and then just sit and look. I then leave them on my desk and then go in later and play. I have found this method has worked best for me. Anyway I have recently aquired the suitcase stamp and Edwin with his toy aeroplane. I was hoping to get two cards made one for my sister and her husband who are off on a trip and a dear friend from work who was going away too. Ironically they were both going to the sane country anyway I didn't get any cards made in time but I am now prepared in case anyone else I know goes away. I went through my stash and found that I had these DP's. I colored all the images with my Copics and added some twine. Anyway here is Edwin ready for a trip.

I am entering this card in the Tilda's Town Challenge Blog All about Edwin

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Flower Tilda

Well two posts in one night, I know it's either all or nothing!!!! Anyway I picked this stamp up on Saturday and have been anxiously awaiting her arrival. Instead of choosing DP's I just coloured her how I wanted. I then found all this paper in my scraps and it all came together. I have coloured Tilda with my Copics and have added lots of stickles to her wings. I then used the Stampin' Up bunting punch except I couldn't work out how to attach it. I then got out my flowers to have a play and one of them fell and landed near the bunting and I decided to go with that. I really love the flowers and I am getting better at arranging them on my cards. At first I couldn't get it right but just like my Copics I persisted and I am extremely glad I did. Anyway here is the card and I am entering it in the Bunting/Pennants challenge at Totally Tilda.

Row Your Boat

Wow it has been so long since I have done a post. I have been so busy as I always am this time of year. Anyway I finally got a chance to sit down and colour.I managed to pick up some Magnolia papers from the latest collection. I adore the Row your boat paper and decided I wanted to use it with the Captain Edwin stamp that I had coloured up a while ago. I then coloured the Port Hole Background to use with Edwin. I was so pleased with the way this turned out, then I found the background map stamp that I picked up as a make and take at a craft show I attended a while ago and it all seemed to come together. The next day the MDUC announced their Bingo challenge and all I needed to do was add some cheesecloth and my card was complete. My card also qualifies for the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge, Water, Water, Everywhere I didn't use the paper but I can guarantee you that it won't be long before you see it in a project. Anyway here is Captain Edwin, I apologise for the photos my iPhone no longer syncs with my computer.
So I have used the middle line for my card, Edwin, Cheesecloth and Pearls. I have used Captain Edwin as my image, cheesecloth behind the porthole and pearls on the waves. Here he is

I have used my Copics to colour all my images, now for a close up.
I am so happy with the waves. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and I doodled around the outside so it would look like a map.
 Until next time happy crafting!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Edwin for a change

My dear friend Alethea recently mentioned that she was after Lilly Rose from the Prince and Princess Collection. So for her birthday I managed to track her down at Tildas Town which is a long way from here (Australia) so I decided I didn't want her to travel so far on her own and she needed some company. I decided to purchase Edwin with lizard to make a card for my son's birthday. Tom loves lizards and it is his job at school to look after and care for the two Blue Tongue Lizards that are school pets, or Lizzy and Bluey as they are better known. I thought this would be a perfect image for his birthday card and tried to co-ordinate it with some real boy colours. I coloured Edwin with my Copics and I added some stickles to the lizard to make him stand out, if you look closely he even has a blue tongue! Tom can also be seen walking around school with a lizard draped around his neck. The background stamp behind Edwin is from Kazass and I embossed using clear powder and then used Forrest Moss Distress Ink. The other papers were from my stash and I finished it off with some twine. I am so happy with this card and I am entering it in the Just Magnolia challenge which is to follow a sketch. The Mad for Markers challenge which is to use masculine colours and the Tilda's Town challenge which is anything goes.

Yellow Princess Tilda

I just adore the  Prince and Princess range from Magnolia, in particular I love the "Lilly of the Valley Princess" she is super cute and I have decided to use her for both the TOMIC challenge (sketch and inspiration photo) and the first ever challenge at Tildas Town (anything goes). I  masked her using the swing from many collections ago and I am thrilled with the way this card has turned out. All the papers are from my stash. The butterfly was fussy cut from a DP by Graphic 45 ( Butterfly Species) and the flowers are from both Hooked on Craft and Kaiser. I coloured Tilda with Copics and added liquid pearls, glossy accents and Stickles. Anyway here she is.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Criss-Cross Card

I had fantastic intentions of getting this card finished for a challenge I saw a couple of weeks ago during the school holidays. Well of course I missed the deadline, the only thing that I had done during this time was colour the image. So while my husband has been working late this week I have taken the opportunity to finish the card while the kids have been in bed. I am thrilled with how it has turned out and because I didn't have a deadline I found that I enjoyed the process more and found that I could actually add the extra details. Normally I just try to get it done in time and it's the little things I think that make this card so special. Well here she is and the best news is that there are now some challenges whose requirements I meet so I can enter them too. Well here she is the outside and the insert.
Now for a close up, sorry about the quality of the first photo it wasn't the best light in my craft room. These are much better.

Well I don't even know where to start there are so many elements. All the DP's are from Magnolia and the pink and white cardstock was in my stash. I have coloured Tilda in with my Copics and she is from the Prince and Princess Collection. The background behind Tilda has been made using the Shooting Star Magnolia stamp and a pink Tombow Pen on the cardstock. The stars have then been filled with Pink Stickles. I cut out the white and pink cardstock using the Top Note die from Stampin' Up. I also used their eyelet punch for the edging and the sentiment and the punch are also Stampin' Up. I made the bow myself, I can never get them to sit right so I actually made it with the hot glue gun and cut and stuck until it was just how I wanted. I then inserted the pin and added the button to finish it off. But the part I am most proud of is the flowers. These flowers are a mixture of Kaiser Craft Blooms and flowers from Hooked On Craft. I have tried flowers so many times and they just don't look right but last night when I was constructing my card they just seemed to work. Anyway I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anything but a card

Yay, I have finally got a project finished in time for a challenge deadline. I have been flat out since returning to work, Easter holidays were spent on a wonderful family holiday and I have been trying to finish a quilt for the impending birth of our friend's first child. Hence card making has taken a back seat. I have still been colouring and stamping but actually haven't put anything together. Anyway we visited Kaiser Craft the other day and the boys spied door hangers the wanted to make. As they were making them I decided that I wanted to make a door hanger too. I am entering this into the MDUC which is anything but a card. Well here she is I have used Cooking Tilda and coloured her in with my Copic Markers.

For the template I just cut a strip of card stock 5" wide and cut a circle in the top. The background paper fitted this stamp perfectly and I just loved the colours, so retro. The cherry paper and the script are from Kaiser Craft and are part of the Nana's Favourites. The script is actually a hand written recipe that looks very similar to my own Nana's writing. The whisks are actually on the back of where Kaiser has put the name of the collection so I hope I have got it right. I should have written it down before I stuck it. The cherry paper is also part of this collection. I used the cherry paper to try and tie it into the concept of Tilda making Strawberry Jam. I still haven't decided what to put on the board. I was thinking either 'Welcome to my kitchen' or 'Sam's Kitchen' what do you think?

Here it is!

Can you see that I first put Stickles on the jar and then when this dried I added Crystal Effects over the top so that it looked like a jar filled with delicious home made strawberry jam. I also added blue Stickles to the bottom of Tilda's dress and the ribbon was from my stash. I am going to try really hard not to wait so long until my next post. It has been so long I forgot how to add my watermark to my photos!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tilda as Ladybug or Ladybird?

 I actually googled this before my post and it basically comes down to preference, however ladybird is usually English and ladybug is American. What ever you like to call it I adore Tilda as Ladybird.I have combined two challenges the first  I am entering is TOMIC, 3,2, 1 which was to use 3 DPs, 2  (or more) embellishments and 1 main stamped image. The next challenge is over at MDUC which was to follow  a sketch. I really enjoy working with sketches as the cards always turn out well. I suppose its like following a recipe and I always have great suceess following recipes, its when I try my own things that it ends up a disaster. I am also entering the challenge over at PCJ which is to 'Make it Cute'.  Anyway here she is
sorry but I am having trouble with my camera focussing. I coloured Tilda with my copic markers and mounted her on some black cardstock. The flower paper and the red paper are both from Kaiser and were in my stash. The black circle at the back is flocked paper and I got it in a pack that I purchsed from Oh my crafts. The ribbon with the ladybirds and flowers is from my stash. The flowers are from Hooked on craft and  I picked up the wooden ladybird from the $2 shop. I then added black photo corners and some black rhinestones. Here are some close ups

I also added red stickles to Tildas hearts and glossy accents to her spotted jacket. I love how the glossy accents has made them 'pop'.
 I was also happy to hear the fantastic news that a lady whose blog I  follow has been asked to become a member of the Magnolia design team. Congratulations Pearl what amazing news. Her blog is fantastic as is her talent. If you haven't seen it already go check out Magnolia Experiment.
Until next time, happy crafting!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Endless Summer Fun

Boy, have we been spoilt with the weather here these school holidays. It's been hot here again today, too hot for a day at the beach so we went down early this morning and we will go down again later this afternoon. I have tried to capture the essence of summer in my card that I have made for the Hooked On Craft Challenge which is to create 'Something Bright'. I have used a Tilda that I have had for a while (swimming Tilda) and have matched her up with some Kaiser and My Mind's Eye DP's. I often look at my paper rack and feel a bit guilty about my abundance of DP's but when I am crafting late at night I normally can find something that I need which is exactly what happened with this card. Well here she is
I have coloured Tilda in with my Copics. I then added Dimensional Magic to the mask and water bubbles. The ribbon was already in my stash I think I got it from Spotlight. I then coloured arond Tilda with B000 to make it look like she was in the water. I even decorated the inside and I am super happy with the way that it turned out.
The stamp is from Whimsy Stamps and seemed to suit the card perfectly. I also wanted to share some photos from the beach with my boys when we went exploring the rockpools.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tilda with her Koala

Hello everyone this is my first post for 2012. I have been really enjoying the holidays here in Australia and we don't go back to school until February so I still have a couple of weeks left. The weather here has been beautiful and we have spent many balmy nights down at the beach. We are very lucky to live 5 minutes away by car so we still feel refreshed when we get home. Anyway I have been doing a variety of crafts my block of the month quilt is nearly done, I have started a new quilt for friends who are expecting their first baby and have been making a couple of cards. Anyway when I saw this challenge over at Totally Tilda which was to use Tilda with a non domesticated animal I knew I had to enter. I had coloured up Tilda with a koala (which I purchased from Bron at ShopBron) while my friend Alethea from Lilo Designs was over for a craft session. Yes I know koalas aren't brown but it went with the colour scheme so please forgive me. I am really pleased with how this card has turned out. The papers are from my stash and I used my Cricut to cut out the leaves. Anyway here she is

Until next time Happy Crafting