Sunday, 30 August 2009

Anyone For Anya? Challenge #2


With Love Dahlia
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
Anyone For Anya? is a new challenge blog for fans of The Greeting Farm's stamp especially Anya and her friends. I didn't manage to take part in their challenge last week, so i made the time for their second challenge this week.

This weeks challenge was a sketch challenge, and i do love sketches, gives you a wonderful starting point for your card, takes some of the thinking out of the equation, which is a very good thing some days!

I chose to use Wild Sprout Dahlia, as i haven't had her long, and wanted to have a play with her again, i love her quirky style, very me. I stamped her with Memento Ink, and coloured her with my letraset promarkers.

The choice of background paper was very easy, as the sketch lent itself to using up scraps and i had some scraps leftover from my Geisha Anya card.

To embellish the card, i decided to make a paper flower, i die cut some circles, cut into them to form petals, then embossed them to give them some shape, layered them altogether and added a white brad for the centre piece. I also die cut two little tags, which i attached to the back of the paper flower, i added a handwritten 'with love' sentiment to the top tag. Not sure if my handwriting is really pretty enough to go on cards, but i think it worked on this card.

Farm Fresh Friday Sketch #6

This weeks Farm Fresh Friday Challenge over at The Greeting Farm is another brilliant sketch designed by DT Coordinator Jessica Diedrich.

I'm trying to be a good girl at the moment and us up some of the many papers i have in my collection, so i chose these papers from the DCWV Retro Stack, along with this lovely brown card i got from my local paper mill. I'd printed a few digistamps out the other day, so i decided to use the Dorothy Anya Digistamp for this card. I coloured Dorothy with my letraset promarkers to coordinate with the colours of the paper, and I'm quite pleased at how she turned out :) I cut Dorothy and Toto out with a craft knife as I'm find that alot easier to use than scissors, especially in tight spots.

I wrapped some red twine around the dp before sticking it to the card base I'd created, then i used my circle nesties to die cut the circles, these were mounted on the card with foam pads, to give it some dimension, then i did the same with Dorothy and Toto.

To finish the card i added the Enjoy sentiment from the Happy Chef set.

This colour combination is a little out of my comfort zone, not sure if i overdid the dark background paper, might have looked better with something a bit lighter and brighter. I'm really pleased with how Dorothy turned out, my colouring is definitely improving, so I'm a happy bunny :)

Time to go find another challenge to do :)
Suzi
xxx

I wanna be like...Challenge at Club Anya


I wanna be like...
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
They really do like to give us plenty of challenges over at Club Anya, one of the things i really love about it, always such wonderful inspiration and fun.

The current challenge is a 'I wanna be like' Challenge, where we have to case a certain card by a chosen gifted TGF Fan, this time we are casing Pam Varnell, you really should check out her blog she has some wonderful creations.

So onto my card, looking at Pam's card i noticed that layers of background papers were essential, so this gave me an opportunity to use some of the paper i keep hoarding in my stash (lol, can never have too much pretty paper) ; These papers came from DCWV - Matchmakers 2 Paper Stack, i love the papers in this stack a wonderful mix of polka dots, stripes, floral and paisley designs. I layered these beautiful papers onto some lovely iridescent lilac card stock that i get from my local paper mill.

Another detail of Pam's card i noticed was how she had attached her ribbon to the card, layering it below the first layer of background paper, then tying it over the second layer; a really pretty effect, which i know I'll be utilising again. Onto this I added my final layer, and then the beautiful Geisha Anya that I'd coloured to co ordinate with the papers. I stamped a sentiment onto some lilac card stock, and then die cut it.

On Pam's card she has some beautiful butterfly punchies in the top left hand corner, something i actually don't have in my stash!!! So i decided to create a flower motif to go into that space. Using my cuttlebug dies in my sizzix sidekick I cut out various sized flower shapes, i then cut into them and embossed them to give them some shape and dimension, finally i layered them together and attached with a small gold brad.

I really like how this card turned out, i love the combination of patterned papers and the colours are beautiful, but not my usual choice, this card has a subtle elegance which i don't usually manage to achieve, so I'm happy with it :)

Suzi
xxx

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Wedding Anniversary Card

Yesterday was our 5th wedding anniversary, so i thought i'd show you the card i made for Stewart. When i saw this digistamp at The Greeting Farm i knew it would be perfect for our anniversary card, as Ian looks so like Stewart :)

I wanted it to be a special card, so i decided to make a spring card, as Stewart has always liked the previous spring cards i've made, i thought it was time to make him one. I love spring cards, because it's a really easy shape to make, a few scores on my scor-pal and a couple of folds and you have a lovely 3d card.

Once i'd decided on my card shape, i chose my cardstock, i used a 12 x 12 doublesided card i had bought a few years ago (i loved it so much i bought a few sheets, i made our first anniversary card using a sheet of this cardstock lol). I cut it to 12" x 6" then scored at 3", 6", and put a tiny score mark on either edge at 9", i then scored diagonally from the 3" to the 9" marks to create the folds for the spring action. I then folded all the scored lines to create my base card.

Next i printed off 2 copies of the digistamp onto white cardstock, using a scrapbooking template i drew the heart shape around one of the digistamps, and cut this out. I then used this as a guide for cutting the top edge of my spring card. The template also had a border of dots around the edge of the heart so i marked every second dot with a pencil, then used my crop-a-dile to punch out the holes for me to weave the ribon through. I coloured the digistamp on this background piece, so that when the next layer was added any bits you could see of this layer would be coloured and look alot more professional. I then coloured the other digistamp with my promarkers, and added some sakura stardust clear to the hair bow and the heart. I then cut this out ready to layer on the base. Before layering the image i created the ribbon border, simply threading the ribbon through the holes i'd already punched, and then tied it in a nice bow at the bottom. I then layered the image onto this base layer, so that the ribbon border is underneath the main image.

Before putting the card together, i decided to use my threading water punch and create a nice edge along the bottom of the card base, i punch this edge and then threaded somemore ribbon through it to match the ribbon frame, i then secured the ribbon on the base.

Finally i added the heart shaped base to the main card base with some foam pads to give it a bit more dimension, and i glued the bottom of the card so that it would stand up.

I didn't bother with a sentiment, as i figured it looked lovely without it, an the image said everything a sentiment could. I did write on the back a nice personal message to Stewart.

I'm pleased to say he loves the card as much as i do, and has now added it to the display of cards he's creating above the main computer in our living room :)

Thanks for looking
Have a wonderful weekend
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 21 August 2009

Two Challenges in One Card

Here's the card i made today for the Fresh Farm Friday Challenge over at The Greetings Farm and for this weeks Passion for Promarkers colour challenge.

The Fresh Farm Friday Challenge was to create a card based on the Sketch designed and provided by Jessica DT Coordinator for Club Anya/The Greetings Farm. The only minor change i made to the layout of my card was i angled the centre panel, other than that i followed the sketch pretty closely :)

This weeks Passion for Promarkers colour challenge was to use Pumpkin and Prussian Blue and we had to make a halloween themed card. This was a fun challenge, as it gave me another opportunity to use my Spooktacular stamps from TGF, i just love these cute little Anyas & Ians.

I tried a slightly different colouring technique on this card, using Cool Grey 5 to create the darker areas, then i went over them with either Prussian Blue, or Pumpkin depending on which character i was colouring. I also used a different paper, i used the letraset bleedproof paper pad i bought a while ago; i bought the draft quality pad which is 70gsm. I was surprised at how much colour this paper can deal with, as i tend to do quite a lot of blending with the different pens. This paper is quite thin, and slightly transparent, so the finished coloured image looked a bit like vellum, an effect i quite like. For this card i mounted my coloured image onto a plain white cardstock to really let the colours shine, but for future projects i plan on experimenting with layering the letraset paper with pattern papers to make the most of the translucent qualities it possess's.

I added staples and ribbon to the card for interest, and added the dotty borders to take away some of the white, as it was a bit too bright. I think the dotty borders work quite well, especially as the top background paper is dotty. The background papers where actually blue and white when i started the project, but i went over them with my pumpkin promarker to make them work for this project.

Quite a bright cheery card, i quite like the depth of colour i've acheived with my ammended colouring technique, i think i will play around with technique a little more.

Thanks for looking
Suzi
xxx

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Card for Baby Erin


Card for Baby Erin
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
As you might have read a couple of weeks ago, my best friend Kerri and her husband Glen have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of their first child, baby was due 2nd August, but didn't make an appearance until Monday 17th August. at 2:52pm.

Kerri and Glen are over the moon at the arrival of their daughter Erin Megan, and i'm so pleased for them. I can't wait to see what she looks like.

I've just added the finishing touches to my card for them, i had started a couple of baby card a couple of weeks ago, one in blue and one in pink as we didn't know what they were having. However i just wasn't happy with how the cards were working, so i decided to start over; i recently bought the Happy Chef set of stamps from The Greeting Farm, and thought it would be a fun idea to use the Chef along with a couple of stamps from the Oh Baby set.

I kept the colouring of this card very simple, pretty shades of pink, i found the background paper in my stash and thought it would create the perfect backdrop for this card. After stamping and colouring the images and sentiment, i die cut them with my circle nesties, and added holes around the edge with my cropodile, i then threaded a pretty pink organza ribbon threw the holes to create a pretty ribbon frame. I used a border punch to punch the row of holes at the bottom of the card which i then also threaded ribbon through, i finished this off with a bow. After mounting the image and sentiment, i decided the card needed a little something else; that's when i raided my stash for my alphabet beads, to spell out baby erin's name (found the beads straight away, took ages to find the right letters in pink tho, lol) they are threaded onto a left over bit of ribbon and secured on the inside of the card. I then added an insert with our message to complete the card.

I'm really happy with how this turned out, all the colours work lovely, and it's very girlie without being too OTT. I think it's quite a cute funny card, hopefully Kerri and Glen will like it too!

Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Farm Fresh Friday: Sew Simple So Pink!

Now i think this might just be my favourite card i've ever created, lol. I absolute adore the combination of shocking pink and black, so when i saw this damask pattern wrapping paper, i had to get some to use as a background. I've been looking at this paper lovingly for months,wondering what to do with it, then i saw this weeks FFF Sew Simple challenge.


It's going to sound mental but this card came to be in a dream, i know i'm mad, lol. I saw this paper on a black card with eyelets and ribbon laced to give the effect of a laced bodice. Then on the other side of it Angel Anya, minus her halo, so she looks more like a fairy now; but a rather naughty fairy lol. I used some of the same background paper to paper piece her outfit and bow. Then came the sewing, i decided to create a stitch ribbon border around her, once i'd done this i added some black to the edge of the white cardstock and stuck it down with foam pads.


A really simple card, but the sewing took a while,and lacing that bodice, oh my that was fun, lol.

If i ever had to show people just one card i'd made to sum me up, this would definately be it, this is the essential 'Suzi' card!!

Thanks for looking
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 17 August 2009

Shiny Lime Mermaid


Shiny Lime Mermaid
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
Say Hello to Shiny Lime Mermaid Anya, my last challenge card for this week, this card is for Rosette's Challenge over at TGF/Club Anya, the challenge was to make a shiny, smily card; i think i've acheived it.

I had such fun with this, i used my favourite Anya stamp, and went wild with the lime. Anya is coloured in different shades of lime, with some stardust pen on her fish tail, and pearls in her hair (originally white, coloured with lime promarker).

I then went about creating a background for her; i found this gorgeous prism card, but it was silver! not for long, as i coloured it lime with my promarkers, lol. I then added some vellum to represent underwater plants, and added black card to give a silhouette of more plants and rocks.

Then i added ribbon, green organza to the centre panel and yellow organza to the background sheet of green foiled card. I then layered it all together, and as a finishing touch added 3 round lime gems.

Voila, a very shiny smily mermaid card.

Looks even shinier in real life!

Suzi
xxx

Back to School Challenge at TGF

The Challenge this time was to create a card along the theme of Back to School; so Annika was the perfect stamp for this as she's busy carrying her little pile of textbooks, but i didn't want her to get lonely, so i thought Edward better join her, and being a true gentleman that he is, Edward had to say 'Can I Carry Your Books?'

This is a really simple card, i stamped Annika, Edward and the tree with memento ink onto my cardstock, then i coloured in the scene with my letraset promarkers; i added a little sakura stardust pen to Annika's hairclip, eyeshadow and shoes, gave Edward a beauty spot and added the sentiment.

I then matted it onto black and green card to coordinate, and finally added it onto a black card blank. I did think about adding extra embellishments, but decided against it, as i didn't want to detract from the scene i'd created, What do you think?

Suzi
xxx

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Trick or Treat


Trick or Treat
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
Spooky eh!! This is the card i made for Jessica's Sketch Challenge over at Club Anya/TGF, it was a very simple challenge, making a card using your favourite sketch. I don't use sketches that often, but when i do, i like to use ones that are quite different to layouts i create myself. I used this sketch on my Dotty Pets card (see earlier post), the sketch comes from www.splitcoaststampers.com (sc235) and was one of there weekly sketch challenges.

For this card i used the new Spooktacular set of stamps from TGF, this is the first time i've inked them up, and i love them. so cute and spooky, what more could you ask for? I used circle nesties as a template to tear the paper circles, and then i embossed them with the spiderweb cuttlebug embossing folder. I coloured all the images with my promarkers, cut them out and mounted on foam pads to give some added depth.

A really simple sketch, simple card, and was simply fun to create :)

Suzi
xxxx

p.s i apologise for any spelling mistakes, but cleo (my cat) is actually lying on my hands & laptop as i type this blog, she hates to miss anything, lol....

Brown & Blue Dahlia for The Greetings Farm Challenge


Brown & Blue Dahlia
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
Here's my card for the Blue and Brown Challenge over at The Greetings Farm. Not my usual colour scheme, so was an interesting challenge for me.

I decided to use Wild Sprouts - Dahlia, as she's so cute and funky :). I coloured her in with my letraset promarkers, then i coloured the background around her brown to give some contrast. I trimmed the paper and added an eyelet border of blue and brown eyelets, i then mounted this onto an aqua blue glitter card blank, added the blue and brown flowers and finally die cut the flourishes and coloured them brown to match.

I wasn't too sure about this colour scheme to start off with, but the more i look at the finished card, the more i like it, so i may use this scheme again soon.

Watch out for my next Spooky post, lol

Suzi
xxx

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Crazy Hair Challenge at The Greetings Farm

Here's my card for Traci's Crazy Hair Challenge. I think Edwards hair is crazy enough?? tehe.


I only got Edward this week, and i love him, so when i saw the crazy hair challenge, i though it would be fun to give him some different dos lol. I stamped Edward and masked off the top of his head, and then i just doodled, i started off with Firey Edward, then along came Ice Cold Edward, so i decided to continue the theme with Air Edward and Earth Edward.


I decided i like the idea of a planet for each element, so i used my circle nesties as templates to tear four planets out, i used 3 different sized circles to get some depth. I then coloured the circles with my letraset promarkers to coordinate with their corresponding Edward.


I played around with the placement a little, i think it works quite well, Earth, Air, Fire & Ice. Hopefully Air Edward looks like he's floatin in mid air, cos that was the impression i wanted.


I folded a piece of black A4 textured card for my background, stuck the planets down flat; Earth and Ice Edward are raised on foam pads.


I was really tempted to add some bling for stars in the background, but i was worried that would over do it. What do you think?


I had a real buzz with this challenge, off to see if i can get a couple more done before the end of the weekend Smile


Thanks for looking
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 14 August 2009

Passion for Promarkers Week 12 - Rose Pink and Cocoa


TGFEdward
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
It seems ages since i took part in any of the challenges over at Passion for Promarkers, so i was determined to have a go at this weeks colour challenge. I love Rose Pink and Cocoa, such a scrummy combination, so for a scrummy colour combination i decided to use a scrummy stamp, Edward one of the gorgeous Wild Sprouts stamps available from The Greetings Farm; He arrived a couple of days ago and i couldn't wait to ink him up.

I experimented a bit with this card, first when colouring the background circle, i love the blended effect i managed to get on the horizon, simple by using the 2 colours together when still wet.

I then used a doodle template to add the circle pattern, i quite like the effect but wish i'd used a different colour pen to draw them in, the black outline just looks a little harsh!

I decided to use the outer circle of circles as a guide for punching holes and then i threaded ribbon through them to create a frame effect.

Ah the ribbon, i nearly forgot, Doesn't it go perfectly with the colour scheme? I was checking my ribbon stash and couldn't find anything that went, so out came the white ribbon and my promarkers, i used cocoa and henna on the ribbon, so it has a two tone effect in real life.

The main background papers came from a Making Memories Paper pad (Cosmopolitan Collection). I used a couple of different sheets. I went over some areas of the paper with the rose pink promarker as the pink of the paper wasn't quite the right colour, works much better now i think. I used the fiskars threading water punch on a piece of the paper and mounted it up on foam pads to add a bit of depth.

As a finishing touch i decided to add a sentiment, this cute little 'fangtastic' came from the new Spooktacular set of stamps from The Greetings Farm; can't wait to have a play with the rest of them.

Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Blog Candy at The Crafty Cuttings of Wiccababe

You definately need to visit The Crafty Cuttings of Wiccababe as Debbi has some gorgeous blog candy available to celebrate the 1st anniversary of her blog.

Debbi's blog is one of my favourites, i love all her cards and the tutorials she has for Promarkers have been very useful, i've learnt alot. One of the things i really love about her blog is her family pics, i feel really priviledge to be able enjoy her family photos, she has such a beautiful family full of character and fun, you can't help but smile when you see some of the fun they have.

So head over to her blog and take a peek into the World of Wiccababe and her babes :)
Suzi
xxx

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Happy BIrthday to a Cool Dude!!


glenbirthday2009
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
It's my best friend Kerri's lovely hubby's birthday today, so here's a pic of the card i made for him last week. Don't you just love Skater Boy Ian, such a cute stamps and perfect for any male you has a sporty fun side :).

Papers are from a dovecraft masucline set, and Ian is coloured with my letraset promarkers to co ordinate with the papers. I used the ribbon tag dies from spellbinders to create this cute little tag for the sentiment, and added it to the card with a nice bit of ribbon. I love how the stars on the background paper match the star on Ian's tshirt, so cute.

Hopefully Glen will like his card, and have a great birthday. Kerri and Glen are two of my best friends and i'm thinking about them alot at the moment, as Kerri is due to give birth to their first child any day now. Maybe Glen will get an extra special birthday pressie today, who can tell. Sending them both lots of love and best wishes at this exciting time.

Suzi
xxx

Double Trouble

I made this card a few days ago for a challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, the challenge was to duplicate something on your card, hence the double trouble title. As soon as i saw the challenge i thought of using this super cute digistamp image i'd got from CCDesigns, i couldn't get hold of the rubber stamp, so i bought the digitstamp instead (instant gratification :) )

The wonderful thing about digistamps is you can print them at whatever size you want, and you can also flip and rotate the images. Therefore you can get more than one cute image from your digistamp.

I coloured this gorgeous little pixie with my Letraset Promarkers, the sentiment is from the 'NeverEver' set from TGF. As for the layout of the card, i just decided to have a play around with some things from my craft stash. The card blank is from a box of Papermania card which have wonderful designs printed on them, so no need for a backing paper, i then punched a border on some green card with one of my favourite border punches, and stuck it to the bottom of some purple card to form a little background scenery for the pixies. The final touch was a few green butterfly gems to add a little bling and sparkle to this card.

I quite like how this card evolved as i was making it, the paper strips give it a modern art ish feel, sort of remeniscent of mondrian, which gives me more inspiration for card layouts and backgrounds.

Suzi
xxx

Birthday Boy from The Greetings Farm


Birthday Boy
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
Here is the card i made on Saturday during the Anyaversary Blog Hop, we were lucky enough to get given this adorable Birthday Boy Ian Digistamp as a pressie, and our challenge was to make a card with him and post to the gallery Saturday night.

I had such fun with this card, i decided to use my 'Happy Birthday' cuttlebug folder to emboss a massive birthday pressie for Ian, and i added some lovely lime organza ribbon, and a bow. I coloured Ian in using my precious Letraset Promarkers, i matted him up on some coordinating blue and green card, i decided to leave the bottom of the green matt deeper than the rest, as it reminded me of a polaroid photo, so i added the date and a little bling to it. To finish the card i added some ribbon to the main image, and hand drew some dotty swirly doodles to decorate the plain green card base.

I really love this digistamp, and it's going to be brilliant for Christmas cards, really looking forward to playing with him more.

Suzi
xxx

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Happy Birthday Anya


Happy Birthday Anya
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
Today is a very special day, it's time to wish Anya and Ian and all the other wonderful characters over at The Greetings Farm a Very Happy 1st Birthday. It's going to be such a wonderful celebration, a brilliant blog hop, and gorgeous new releases, i can't wait.

So to celebrate here is my card for Maria and the Crew over at The Greetings Farm and Club Anya, thank you so much for creating all these wonderful characters; I can't wait to see what wonderful creations you'll have for us this forthcoming year.

Happy Birthday Anya :) :)
Let the Partying Begin
Suzi
xxx

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