Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Creative Card Crew #71 - Twine

Welcome back to another CCC challenge! I hope we didn't scare you too much with our last challenge? ;)

This fortnights challenge is twine, and we have just the one sponsor for this challenge

Prize: $10 Gift Voucher
Here is my card for the challenge
This card was made for my father in law. It's my first half-decent crack at watercolouring with Distress Inks! It is true when they say that the paper maketh the image, because this time I used Arches 300gsm hot press paper, and it was so easy to colour with! I am far from perfect, but I was really happy with how this card came out. My car-mad hubby gave it his official stamp of approval, so I must have done okay ;)
The stamped image is Darkroom Door Old Car, inks used are Distress Ink markers. Cardstock is just Bazzill black cardstock, and Kraft cardstock. Sentiment and punches are Stampin Up! and I have finished it off with some basic twine.
Thanks for stopping by, I can't wait to check out your projects featuring twine!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Creative Card Crew - #70 Steampunk/Urban

Welcome back! This fortnight we have another exciting challenge for you at Creative Card Crew; we want to see your steampunk/urban themed projects!

We have two fab sponsors for this challenge
Prize: Surprise! Dies and/or Acrylic Stamps

Here is my project; I went with steampunk
I used the super funky Brianna Blaster, and I have to admit when I first saw her, my eyes watered a little bit, but she was so much fun to colour! I have used Tim Holtz paper, and inked some chipboard cogs with Copic BV 25, BV 29, and topped with glossy accents.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I can't wait to pop around to your entries and see your take on steampunk/urban!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Oh, she of many hats

While my internet is playing nice ("get NBN" they said! "It's fantastic" they said. Fibbers.), I thought I would post some pics of other crafty projects I have been doing this year.

Yep, I started quilting. I have never been good with a sewing machine, but I got given one for my birthday earlier this year (at my request). I'm attempting the Sampler Quilt from the Art Of Quilting magazine, that I spent approximately a year collecting before I dared to start sewing. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoy quilting, except for the pressing. Why does ironing have to suck the fun out of everything?! I have been buying up a storm this year, and have already acquired a large pile of fabric, so expect quite a few sewing posts this year :)

Now here is a craft I am a little better versed in; crochet. Check out Bella Coco, her fab You Tube clips break it all down so that even the most elementary of crocheters can master a granny square ad create a beautiful blanket. I am in the process of crocheting a granny square blanket as well as a family snuggle blanket. Stay tuned, but don't wait with abated breath for pics of the finished products, I am the master of the UFOs! I have partially completed projects dating back 20 years or so!

This scarf was so quick and easy to knock up! It's called the Everybody Scarf and you can find the You Tube link here. I managed to whip up this bad boy in only a few days, and it is around 5 feet long. Such a beautiful stitch, and so simple to do
My original craft! I first learned to knit when I was 4, my great grandmother taught me. I still remember the first little dusky pink patch I knitted with her. This particular scarf was the bane of my life while I knitted it. Compared to crochet, knitting seems to take so long! Mind you, this scarf was approximately 40 stitches wide, and longer than my 4 year old is tall :) My two older daughers were putting in orders for winter gear, so I was knitting scarves and beanies like there was no tomorrow.

Well, there you have it! A few projects I have been working on this year. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Creative Card Crew - Chalenge #69 Chalkboard

I am unfortunately a little late posting my card for this challenge, thanks to a roll of frustrating internet troubles, grrr... but fortunately I managed to get my card up in time with the team for this fortnights challenge at Creative Card Crew.

This fortnights theme is Chalkboard, and our sponsor is

Dies R Us
Prize $10 Gift Voucher

Honestly, I could kick myself for not trying this amazing ink any sooner. I was worried it would be very shmooshy (hey, it's a real word ;) ) and unfit for a card. Boy was I wrong! The result is chalky, yet so crisp! After I stamped my sentiment, I swiped my little pad across the cardstock to give it a real "chalkboard" feel. I have to admit, finding the ink pad for AUS $1 at my local craft fair recently definitely helped my enthusiasm for giving this technique a go :)

I have made a little easel card (not unlike the card in my blog header), using the Spellbinders Lacy Ovals die, and Large Ovals die. I have distressed all the edges with my distressing tool and Black Soot DI (plus the chalkboard ink for the black cardstock).

The papers and cardstock are Stampin'  Up! Coastal Cabana (one of the new In Colour colours)

The little banner has been cut using the La La Lands Heart Banners die - wow that die was a hard find, but so worth it!

The sentiment is a Stamp It stamp - I love stamps with interesting and unique quotes :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can't wait to pop around and check out all the lovely chalkboard-inspired projects.