Monday, 28 September 2009

Spooky SOS


Spooky SOS
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
Here's the card i made at the weekend for the latest Limited Supplies Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and for the current Crazy 4 Challenges Sketch Challenge.

This was such a fun card to make. For the limited supplies challenge we had to have something for each letter of SOS. So my choices were
S - Spooktacular Stamp set from The Greeting Farm
O - Orange background paper
S - Spotty Ribbon.
I used the haunted house embossing folder for my background, embossed the orange paper and then swiped my black inkpad over the embossed image, i also added some shading with a red prismacolour pencil just to add a little more depth tho the image.
The cute little trick or treaters were stamped in memento ink and then coloured with my promarkers, i also coloured the pearl ribbon slide with my black promarker, as it was orginally white. As a finishing touch i added three orange pearls to the top of the card.

The layout for this card was the sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges, and what a great sketch, as soon as i saw the sketch, i saw the largest area as being a background image, and the small area at the front being the main focal point of the card.

I love how this card came together, it's funny really as we don't really celebrate halloween over here, but i love making halloween cards.

Thanks for looking
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 25 September 2009

FFF Sketch by Cindy


FFF Sketch by Cindy
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
It's Friday so that means it's time for another Farm Fresh Friday Challenge over at The Greeting Farm, and this week it's a great sketch designed by Cindy Haffner.

I'm loving my new 'My Guy Ian' set of stamps, and have been having great fun playing around with them, however i came across one problem, i don't have any Miss Anya's in my collection yet, and i've been dying to make a card with them as a couple on. So i improvised, and decided to see what would happen if i altered Ian, it's amazing what a pair of eyes, and longer hair will do. I'm really please how 'Anya' turned out.

I stamped both images with memento ink and coloured them with my prismacolour pencils, and blended the colour with some ordourless thinners. I added the eyes and details to the hair and faces using my letraset fineliner. The background papers are from DCWV Retro Stack, i really like this paper and find it's great for masculine cards, or cards to suit both genders. The sentiment is from K&Co, i found a box of quotes in my stash and decided it was a good time to start using them. Ian and Anya and the sentiment are both raised on foam pads to add some dimension to the card.

I do love how easy it is to alter TGF stamps, amazing how a few pen marks can make each stamp looks so different, makes them so versatile, and such fun to play with. I'm loving my new 'Miss Anya' but i know i'll have to get my hands on the real sets soon :)

Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 24 September 2009

My Guy Ian does the Diedrich Dare!!!


My Guy Ian
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
So hands up, Who loves My Guy Ian? I know i do, isn't he the cutest, so i had to get him, i couldn't resist, so you can imagine my delight when mr postman delivered him yesterday.

So i had to ink Ian up and get creating. What is the best way to get your crafting mojo flowing? A Challenge, that's my answer to the question, and what's better than one challenge, but two. So i decided to have a go at the Diedrich Dare, which this week is a colour challenge, the chosen colours being green, orange and blue. I also decided to use this weeks sketch from Splitcoaststampers.

I stamped Ian with memento black ink and coloured him with my prismacolour pencils. The papers are DCWV, from the retro and teen stacks. The white card is from my local paper mill, and has a wonderful pearlescent sheen in real life. I followed the sketch pretty closely, altho i added and extra panel of background paper to the final layer, as i felt it needed a little more of the orangey/red pattern. I stuck my layers down and then decided to add some green staples as an extra touch, it needed something and i wanted something that wasn't going to look girly lol. The two main layers are mounted on foam pads to give the card some dimension.

I'm quite pleased with how this has worked out, as i usually struggle to get light into my cards, and i think i've got the balance between the white cardstock and patterned papers right on this card.

I had fun with both of these challenges, definately not my normal colour choice, but it was great fun and gave me a chance to make a masculine card, and to use up some more paper from my stash. I like this layout too, so i'm sure i'll use this sketch again. All in all a fun way to spend my afternoon :)

Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Mystery Monday @ Club Anya - Joni's Rule of 3s

Over at Club Anya they have come up with a wonderful new challenge for us, every Monday a TGF Customer will get to set a challenge for us all to have a go at; a brilliant idea.

This weeks challenge has been set by Joni Wilson,

For Joni's challenge, we are calling it "JONI's RULE OF THREE'S". Here are the details:

1.) You must use these three colors: Pink, Black, and White
2.) You must use THREE different embellishments

A nice simple challenge i think, i was so pleased to see the colour theme we had to use, because it's one of my all time favourite combinations.

For this card i decided to use Flutterby Anya, i'd stamped and coloured this image a while ago with my promarkers, but i hadn't come up with an idea for a card until today. I made a black card blank with some textured black card, i then found a gorgeous piece of cerise pink card in my stash which i decided to use, i used my swiss dot embossing folder to emboss it, i then trimmed it and using my martha stewart punch, i created the lovely decorative punched border. I cut a black scalloped circle as a matt for my image, which i decided to offset to the right of my card.

Flutterby Anya looked a little pale against the cerise background, so i got my prismacolour pencils out and added some dark cerise pink to her wings and dress to tie her in with the background a little more. I added some pink to the white background, including a faux stitched edge. I worked some white and black pencil into the image to get some more depth and dimension. I decided to add a handwritten sentiment on a tag cut using my nesties.

Finally i needed to add my three embellishments to complete the challenge, so i add a lovely big black silk flower, a black button for the centre and a beautiful cerise pink pearl as the finishing touch.

I think this card meets all the challenge criteria, it's definitely a bright shade of pink, but to anyone that knows me, the brighter the pink the better, tehe.

I love how this card all came together, i knew i'd come up with some idea to use this lovely image, i just had to wait for inspiration to strike, i guess that's the way it goes sometimes :)

Suzi
xxx

FFF Emboss It Skater Boy

This weeks Fresh Farm Friday Challenge over at The Greeting Farm, it to make a card with some form of embossing on it.

I'd stamped and coloured this cute Skater boy Ian over the weekend, so thought he'd be perfect for this challenge. I created a white card blank using my scorpal, i used my scorpal to create a framed border effect on the front of the card, i then created this same effect on a piece of silver pearlescent paper which i had cut to fit within the border of the card front. I then took a piece of green cardstock from my stash and using a fiskar texture plate i created a fine grid effect on the card, i stapled this to the front of the card at a jaunty angle. I then added an embossed border effect to the stamped image and added a pricked border.

As a finishing touch i added small silver brads to the four corners of the silver pearlescent paper.

Suzi
xxx

Anyone for Anya? - Funky Floral Geisha


Funky Floral Geisha
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
This weeks challenge over at Anyone for Anya is Funky Flowers. It was my favourite cousins 25th birthday yesterday, so i decided to kill two birds with one stone, and make a card my cousin would love, and include some funky flowers on it.

My stamp of choice for this card was Geisha Anya, who always looks serene and beautiful. The colour scheme for this card was an easy choice by cousin loves midnight blue, and i thought that would look perfect with silver, so my decision was made.

I created the large flower using my Dahlia Nestie Dies, i cut a petal out of each flower and then used my embossing tool to mould each petal, and almost like magic the gap from the missing petal disappeared as i embossed the remaining petals.

I found the gorgeous background paper in my stash, it was almost like a fabric, very thick metallic and a wonderful crinkly texture. I wasn't sure how well my adhesive would stick this paper, so i decided to sew it to the card. I used my crop a dile to punch a border around the three open sides of the card, and i then threaded some thin blue ribbon through the hole using a back stitch to create a nice ribbon border. I finished it in the bottom left corner, by tying a couple of bows and snipping the ends off, look quite pretty I think!

As a final touch i added three dark blue satin flowers to the bottom of the card, i added pearls to the centre of the paper flower and the fabric flowers.

I'm pleased with how this turned out, as i don't tend to use such a dark blue that often, so this was a little out of my comfort zone. I really like the ribbon border, and i'm loving pearls at the moment :)

Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 10 September 2009

And Now For Something Completely Different .......Teddy Anniversary Card

No Blue Parrots here, just a couple of cute Teddy Bears. It was my parents wedding anniversary yesterday, this is the card I made for my Dad to give to Mum, isn't it cute! Mum loves Teddy Bears and Lilac so I thought i'd combine the two to make this card for her.

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, but to be honest it's not my cuppa tea; decoupage really does leave me underwhelmed; however i know mum will love it, and that's the important thing.

It did however give me chance to try out my Dahlia Nestibiliities, so that was fun :) I did make a card for my parent from Stewart and I, but i forgot to take a picture, so i'll add a pic of that one, when i get hold of one.

Suzi
xxx

Sunday, 6 September 2009

I Wanna Be Just Like... Lisa & Passion for Promarkers Challenge #15

It's challenge time again, and over at Club Anya this weeks challenge is another 'I Wanna Be Just Like...' Challenge, where we have to case a card created by one of Club Anya's very talented fans. This weeks very talented lady is Lisa Hjulberg, and what a gorgeous card we've been given. I love the layout and the beautiful colouring.

This weeks challenge at Passion for Promarkers is a 'Girly & Glittery' theme, you can use any colours you like this week, your card just needs to be girly and glittery. I think the card i've made should qualify, as it features the beautifully cute and girly Birthday Anya, and i added plenty of glittery sparkle to her with my Sakura Stardust pen. The papers came from a Dovecraft Birthday Paper pack, and i used my new Martha Stewart border punch too. Anya is coloured with my promarkers, i think this is the first blonde Anya i've created using my promarkers, and i'm really pleased with how she turned out, i have to give credit for my colour choice to the wonderful weekend tutorial over at Passion for Promarkers, where i followed Debbi's Honey Blonde Tutorial.

I really like this card, especially the Blonde hair, was real fun. Time to find another challenge :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Suzi
xxx

Hippy Anya


Hippy Anya
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
Here is another little cutie i received this week, the limited edition Hippy Anya from The Greeting Farm. I had great fun with this card, i picked out some bright cheerful papers from my stash, these were both from DCWV pads, I cut around some of the flowers with a scapel, as i thought they would create a lovely framed effect around Anya.

Anya is stamped with memento ink and coloured with prismacolour pencils, i cut her out with my nesties, and then created a graduated yellow and orange background behind her. I covered my card base with the first sheet of dp, then added Anya, and added the cut out flower paper, so that the flowers overlapped Anya a little. To finish the card off, i added some colour with my prismacolour pencils to the petals of the flowers, just to give them a bit more definition.

I love how bright and summery this card looks.

Suzi
xxx

Happy Birthday Anya


Happy Birthday Anya
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
I had some lovely post this week, my recent order from The Greeting Farm, and the first stamp i inked up was Birthday Anya, isn't she the cutest, happiest girl you've seen!

I was lucky enough to already have the coordinating Anyaversary Paper Pack in my Stash, so i thought for my first card with this Anya, i would colour her to coordinate with the paper pack.

Anya was stamped with Memento Ink and then coloured with Prismacolour Pencils, to go with Anya i stamped a cake from the Fancy Cakes set which i'd also received this week, and coloured that to match Anya.

I also used my new set of nesties on this card, i couldn't resist getting the labels 8 set, i was really pleased when they arrived and i found that the largest die was bigger than i anticipated. I think this is going to be a very useful set of dies.

The construction of this card is pretty simple, cut and layered a sheet of dp from the Anyaversary Paper Pack, then cut a section from the sheet featuring Birthday Anya. I added some brown organza ribbon and then my stamped images.

This was a really fun card to make, and i'm really pleased with how it turned out :)

Suzi
xxx

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Club Anya Design Team

Now unless you live under a rock, you will know that The Greeting Farm and Club Anya have been calling for new recruits for their amazing Design Teams. After much thought i decided i really really had to try out for Club Anya; I love all TGF stamps, but Anya and Ian just speak to me, they are perfect for so many cards.

I thought I'd share with you the 3 cards i made for my submission, as they are 3 of my favourites













Can you imagine how excited i was to received an email from Club Anya? I really could hardly contain my emotion, would i be in the Team or Cheering from the sidelines?

I made the Team, yiphee, I can't believe I'm been chosen to be a Guest Designer for the last 3 months of this year, I am so excited and honoured to be included in a group of such talented ladies. So here is the full team line up....

Pam Varnell

And the lucky guest designers are...

Suzi McKenzie (October, Nov, Dec) - That's me :)
and
Lysa Rohrer (Jan, Feb, March)

I just want to say a massive congratulations to my fellow team members, I'm sure we are going to have an amazing season. I before i go, i must say a very big thank you to Marie and Jessica for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

Have a wonderful day all
Suzi
xxx

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