Friday, 26 June 2015

CASE-ing Christmas #26: Donna

Welcome to CASE-ing Christmas! This is a weekly challenge devoted to the holiday season all year 'round and today we're starting Challenge #26.

Here's how you play along. Each week you'll be given you a card to CASE and ... you CASE it! It's as easy as that. If you've never CASEd a card before, here's how you do it:
  • Look at the photo of the card to CASE; 
  • Be inspired by some elements of the card - the colours, layout, image, embellishments, etc 
  • Make a card based on that inspiration and link it up at CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog by Noon (Central) / 6pm (UK) on Thursday,  2nd July 2015

And that's all there is to it. Our CASE card this week is this gorgeous creation by Donna Nuce - the Crafty Colonel. Lots of ideas here and I can't wait to see how this project inspires you.

I was inspired by the colours, snowflakes and the bold greeting. And just so I would look like a copy cat, I gave it my own spin and came up with this simple number:




I've used Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Holiday Knit and Ranger Texture Paste to create the background. For colour, I tinted the Texture Paste with Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean. The greeting is from Clearly Besotted's Ornamental Style, stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black onto a piece of vellum. To finish, a few bling... it would have been wrong not to!



Challenges:
Jingle Belles: 12 Days Of Cardstock
Less Is More #229: Stencilling
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
CHNC #234: Merry and Bright
Crafting By Design: Get Ready For Christmas
Fab & Funky #265: Christmas

Supplies:



Now it's your turn to make a Christmas card by CASE-ing Donna's creation. You'll find more ideas over at the challenge blog.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy CASE-ing. I'm looking forward to seeing your take on Donna's card. Have a fabulous Friday, friends.

Beijinhos!


Polka Doodles #26: Frame It

Good morning, friends! Time for a for a little inspiration for this fortnight's challenge: Frame It. Here's my offering... a sweet little Princess from the Serenity Fairy Collection. The digi image is called Serenity Princess and is also available separately to download.

For my card, I place the Serenity Princess on the inside and made a window on the card front to frame her. I've used Spellbinder Circle Dies to cut and frame the window. Very few embellies were needed - some ribbon and blobs of Baby Blue Liquid Pearls. The patterned paper and tag are from the Serenity Fairy Collection.



I coloured her with Faber Castell Polychromos. This was a learning experience for me in how to colour blonde hair! When in doubt, divert attention with some glitter - Stardust Sticckles on her wings.


Ta-da! Here she is in a striking full frontal! I added some grass around her feet to ground the little Serenity Princess.

Challenges:
Crafty Ribbon #122: AG With Ribbon
Moving Along With The Times: Sewing & Stitching
Sassy Studio Designs #287: Tic Tac Toe ... Die Cut - Circle /Dots - Glitter & Shine
Sister Act Challenge #112: AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Wonderful Wednesday #24: AG


Supplies:



Now it's over to you, my friends. Create any project - card, tag, lay-out, box, bag, etc - as long as you Frame It. You have until Noon (UK Time) on Friday, 3 July 2015, to link up your entries over at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog. You don't have to use Polka Doodles products to enter, but if you have it, by all means, flaunt it! One randomly selected winner will receive a generous gift of downloads from the Polka Doodles Store worth $10. In order to qualify you must follow our Rules. Remember, you are only allowed TWO entries per challenge.

And before I sign off.... don't forget to check out this fabulous new release: Serenity Fairy - a magical collection of digis, papers and so much more. I think you'll be sorely tempted to get it.


That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comments.  See you in a bit with a festive post!  Have a fabulous Friday, friends.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Tuesday Throwdown #250: Stencilling

Good morning, friends! Welcome to another Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Our theme this week is "Stencilling" and we sponsored by All Dressed Up. That means we get to play with their gorgeous digis. If you don't have anything by All Dressed Up, you can still play along, as long as you follow our challenge theme.

And since our challenge theme is all about Stencilling I've used two stencils by The Crafters Workshop on my card. The leafy background  on the card base is called Four Ferns, inked up with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. To create a soft breezy feel around the All Dressed Up image I inked up Halftone Circles also by The Crafters Workshop with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I'm keeping this card super simple (by my standards!) and finished it off with some green ribbon.



Here's a close up of the adorable image All Dressed Up. She's called Girl On A Bike and is available for download from their Etsy Store. I coloured her, simply, with Graph'It alcohol markers.

Challenges:
Fan-tastic Tuesday #91: AG + Twist of Summer
Craft Your Passion #267: AG
Crafting From The Heart #65: AG
Dream Valley Challenge #109: Girly
Path Of Positivity #27: Happiness is a bike ride with flowers in your hair
Stamp & Create June: Summer Fun
Without Words June: Summer Holidays

Supplies:




Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Stencilling". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK Monday, 29th June.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Beijinhos!

Friday, 19 June 2015

CASE-ing Christmas #25: Ellen

Welcome to CASE-ing Christmas! This is a weekly challenge devoted to the holiday season all year 'round and today we're starting Challenge #6.

Here's how you play along. Each week you'll be given you a card to CASE and ... you CASE it! It's as easy as that. If you've never CASEd a card before, here's how you do it:
  • Look at the photo of the card to CASE; 
  • Be inspired by some elements of the card - the colours, layout, image, embellishments, etc 
  • Make a card based on that inspiration and link it up at CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog by Noon (Central) / 6pm (UK) on Thursday,  25th June 2015
And that's all there is to it. Our CASE card this week is this gorgeous creation by Ellen Parker. Lots of ideas here and I can't wait to see how this project inspires you.

As you can see, I practically plagiarised Ellen's card. It's all there - the tree, the black background, bling, sparkly snow, heat embossing ... oh yes, I went all out with this one! :) The stamps are by Chocolate Baroque. The tree is from Turtle Doves A5 sheet and the greeting is from Christmas Magic clear set. I added Crystal Stickles to the black background for my sparkly snowfall. The greeting is heat embossed with WOW Silver EP.

I also heat embossed the tree using Ranger Specialty Embossing Powder Verdigris. Then I threw in a bunch bling and stuck a silver star on top... and ho ho ho the tree is done!

Challenges:
Sister Act Challenge #111: AG
ABC Christmas: L is for Lyrics - O Christmas Tree
CHNC #223: Snow In June
CHNC Extra June: AG Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #188: AG Family Friendly


Supplies:



Now it's your turn to make a Christmas card by CASE-ing Ellen's creation. Winners of Challenge #24 will be announced on Wednesday, 24th June 2015.

You'll find more ideas over at the DT's blogs: Mynn ... Donna ... Ellen ... Pat ... Steph.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy CASE-ing. I'm looking forward to seeing your take on Ellen's card. Have a lovely day, friends.

Beijinhos!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Chocolate Baroque: Fragments For Autumn

Hello there, friends! I'm back with another Chocolate Baroque make. Today, I'm showcasing the June release Seasonal Fragments sheet. This sheet has 12 fragments which take through every month and every season of the year. In my previous posts I've played with spring - summer themes fragments and today we move on to Autumn.

I'm playing with 2 stamps from the Seasonal Fragments sheet with a late summer - autumn feel. To be honest, I'm not sure if these are meant to be autumnal but just roll with me here! :)

First I created a rich, spicy background by blending various shades of orange, yellow and brown Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed,  Brushed Corduroy, Vinatge Photo and Walnut Stain. Then I stamped the fragments from the Seasonal Fragments sheet. I masked off the moon... in hindsight, I'm not sure I should have. But it's done! :)


The mushrooms are from the Autumn Poppy A4 sheet, coloured with Graph'It alcohol markers, fussy cut and adhered to the card.


Then I applied flicks of shine with a Silver Sharpie to make it look like its catching the moonlight.


Challenges:
Moving Along With The Times: Inspired by Song - Harvest Moon by Neil Young
Word Art Wednesday #188: AG Family Friendly
Seize The Birthday: Birthdays + Optional Twist Nothing But Neutrals
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Fave Technique / Product - Distress Inks
Wonderful Wednesday: AG


Supplies:



And there you have it - a card for an Autumn birthday. I dare you not to Fall in love with these Seasonal Fragments! (Sorry, I just had to say it! LOL).

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see y'all tomorrow for a Christmas project!

Beijinhos!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #12

A new Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge has started and we're kicking off this monthly meet-up with another collection of gorgeous colours. If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so. These colours are gorgeous and will work for any occasion.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch. You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display winner's badge on their blog.

When I made my card, I did not have anyone in mind. But these soft breezy summery colours would suit anyone. Throw in an encouraging message and I knew this card wouldn't be unemployed for long. True enough, it's on its way across the waters to someone who truly deserves it.

With new stamps to play with we often neglect out older ones. This week I went back in time and brought out Chocolate Baroque's Summer Fairy Collection from last year. This kneeling fairy is from the August Fairy DL sheet. I stamped the image with Memento Espresso Truffle - its softer than Tuxedo Black - and just for the leafy bits a little Memento Bamboo Leaves. I inked up the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. For a magic in the sky I stamped the dandelion fluff (at least I think that's what it is) from the current release, Seasonal Fragments with VersaMagic Sea Breeze. The sentiment is from the Words Of Comfort and Cheer A5 sheet, stamped with Memento Morocco. To finish the card, a few tiny bling in the sky.


Here's a close up of the fairy. I coloured her with Graph'It Alcohol Markers and and slapped on lots of Stardust Stickles for her wings.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #188: AG Family Friendly
Through The Craft Room Door: AG
Papertake Weekly: Oh So Pretty
Crafty Sentiments: AG
Retarte #52: AG
Penny Black & More June: Wings

Supplies:



Challenge #12 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 14th July 2015, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 22nd July 2015. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Well, it's 8 weeks today since Rosie left. It's a slow process but I'll get there. She was larger than life and always will be.

Thank you for stopping by today. The weather man says it will be a scorcher. Hah! We'll see. He usually gets it wrong. Maybe today is his day :) Enjoy the sun, friends!

Beijinhos

Friday, 12 June 2015

CASE-ing Christmas #24: Rocky

Welcome  to another lap of CASE-ing Christmas - a weekly challenge devoted to the holiday season all year 'round. Today we're starting Challenge #24.

Here's how you play along. Each week you'll be given you a card to CASE and ... you CASE it! It's as easy as that. If you've never CASEd a card before, here's how you do it:
  • Look at the photo of the card to CASE; 
  • Be inspired by some elements of the card - the colours, layout, image, embellishments, etc 
  • Make a card based on that inspiration and link it up at CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog by Noon (Central) / 6pm (UK) on Thursday,  18th June 2015
And that's all there is to it. Our CASE card this week is this gorgeous creation by Rocky. Lots of ideas here and I can't wait to see how this project inspires you.

For my card, I was inspired by the snowman, the soft blue hues and the snowy background. The bg paper is from very first Christmas paper pad that I purchased in 2010 called Festive Frolic by Papermania. The silver flourish edge stickers, also by Papermania, adds to the festive sparkle.


The snowman is from Chocolate Baroque's Snowy Penguins clear stamp set, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, coloured with Graph'It alcohol markers, fussy cut and mounted on some foam tape. For his eyes and buttons: blobs of Onyx Liquid Pearls. And lashings of Startdust Stickles! Don't judge - it's Christmas!

Challenges:
The Glory of Christmas #60: Snowman / woman
Addicted To Stamps & More #148: Holiday
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #315: Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge: L for Lyrics (Frosty the Snowman)
Christmas Card Challenges #27: Colour / AG Christmas


Supplies:



Now it's your turn to make a Christmas card by CASE-ing Rocky's creation. And if you played along last week, the Winners of Challenge #23 will be announced on Wednesday, 17th June 2015.

That's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous Friday!

Beijinhos!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Chocolate Baroque: A Little Summer Rain

Good morning, crafty cohorts. We're well into summer and so far the weather has been just fine. For a couple of weeks now the weather man has been threatening buckets of rain but as always, he's consistently (and persistently) wrong. Still, a little summer rain may not be such a bad idea!

Here's a card inspired by my meteorological musings and a couple of stamps from the Seasonal Fragments A4 sheet by Chocolate Baroque.

I started by heat embossing the water droplets with WOW Bright White EP, followed by blending Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create the background. For the sky: Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass. For the ground: Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive and Scattered Straw. Next came the sentiment from Loving Sentiments A5 sheet, stamped with VersaFine Deep Lagoon. I added blobs of Ranger Glossy Accents on the rain drops for some dimension.


To fill the bottom half of the card, I stamped the little flowers from  Seasonal Fragments with VersaFine Crimson Red and coloured it with Faber-Castell Polychromos. I added the flower to hide a smudge. (Not ink but half eaten Kit-Kat. Urgh! Hate it when that happens! Such a waste of good chocolate!)  Final touch: a few tiny pink bling on the flowers.

Challenges:
Wonderful Wednesday #10: AG
Word Art Wednesday #187: AG Family Friendly
Crafty Creations #291: Embossing
FanTastic Tuesday June10: AG & Twist - Let's See Bling
Through The Craft Room Door: AG
Addicted To Stamps #106: Summer Colours


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Thanks for stopping by today, friends. Have a beautiful day and I'll see y'all tomorrow!

Beijinhos

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