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Monday 31 October 2011

Challenge #55 Colour Combo

Afternoon all!  Thank You sooooo much for your cute with a dark twist entries, wow spooktacular!  Lin will be along with the winners shortly.  We're back with another challenge and this fortnight we'd love you to use the colour combo of PINK, BROWN & CREAM. 

You could be quite inventive with this one and maybe have a go at a Christmas card in that combo like Kim and Doreen have ;)  Look forward to seeing your entries!

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For this I used an image by Teddy Bo coloured with promarkers, flexmarkers and ultra fine promarker nibs.  The swirls are sizzix I've just got (and broke my C plate trying to work out the sandwich doh!)  Flowers are papermania and papers are My minds eye and unknown!


I used a template to cut this card on my Craft Robo, the papers I have had in my stash forever so I don't know who made them but I felt they fitted this challenge perfectly. I added some Prima flowers and a piece of spotty ribbon as embellishments. I had my friends birthday card in mind when I was making this and she seemed to really like it.

This colour combination just suggested sepia-toned photographs to me, so I had a look through the images on my computer and came up with this one! It's from the Crafty Image Emporium CD from Crafty Computer Paper. I kept everything else fairly simple - some Coredinations (Chocolate Box) which I embossed and sanded, a ribbon punch, some ribbon and lace!

I decided to go for a bit of Oooh La La with my card and used a stamp from Paper Artsy Vintage Nudes Plate 1.  She is stamped in Stampin' Up Early Expresso, as is the sentiment.  The paper is from K&Co Classic K Bailey pad and the punch is Martha Stewart Garden Trellis.

I was really really stumped with this challenge! Being not a very pink girl this was not my sort of Challenge! So being ready to take this on I dug out my new First Edition papers and my wee Magnolia with Tulips stamp. Coloured her with promarkers made a simple layout and added some flowers to finish! Looks ok even for a pinky card!

For this challenge I used a selection of papers and an adorable image from the wonderful Polka Doodles A Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD which I printed out onto the lovely Ultimate Graphic Paper again from Polka Doodles. Before anyone says anything, no, I'm not employed by them, I just love their products! I chose to make an easel card as I adore them. The main image has been decoupaged although you can't see that from this photo.  I have also used a very pale cream coloured cardstock, but for some reason it looks as though it's white.  I guess photography ain't my strong point LOL!

My card is one for those who have their birthdays around Christmas, so although it is in the required colours,  it also has some of the festive imagery too (check out the cute robin!).  The image is a Sarah Kay stamp coloured in promarkers. 


I loved this challenge, because it meant I could just play with textures and patterns. It's for my friend's 40th, and is a total nestability and edgeability fest, with handmade flowers and plenty of organza ribbon. Most of the card is Bazzil - and came from my off cut box!! So quite an economical card too!!

I enjoyed this challenge because I love the colour combo. I used a LOTV pre coloured image & just added a touch of pink here & there with Whispers pens. My fave Doodlebug dotty papers, MS scallop dot punch, pink card candi & brown & pink ribbon from my stash.

For my card I have used a LOTV stamp which I have coloured with PMs. I used my oval nesties to layer it and added lots of little pink pearls around the frame. The papers I have used are from an old Papermania stack. To finish I added the pink lace,gems,sentiment and some stickles to the balloon and on some of the hearts in the dp.

Who says Christmas has to be red and green?
My card for the challenge uses a lovely Christmas Decoupage stamp from Imagination. I have stamped the image onto several different pieces of paper from my stash and them mounted them as illustrated.
I added some ribbon, vellum, a ribbon slider and some micro beads. I just loved this colour combo.

For my card I used the great Digi Stamp from Kenny K. I love the Kenny K Collection and the color combo of this challenge ;-)
I colored the image with my new copics. The paper is from MME Lost and Found Collection. The Flowers are from Prima.


For my challenge card I have used a LOTV stamp, coloured with PM's. The papers are from my stash and edged with antique linen distress ink. The filigree corner was a rather bright gold, so I coloured it with expresso alcohol ink and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I added a touch of pink stickles to the fairy wings and flowers, although they aren't showing too well on the photo.


For my card I created a distressed background using Tattered Rose and Old Paper Distress Inks that were mixed with Blush Perfect Pearls and water. I then used Indigo Blu's Music Hall stamps  inked with Espresso Adirondack Pigment ink. I added some frosted glass gems and backed the finished project onto brown card then onto a cream card.


For my card I used a digital image from Paper Make Up I won in a recent challenge which I used my Promarkers to colour - sticking to the Pink, brown & cream colour combo. I used pink cardstock as my base then took some cream card and used a stencil and distress inks to create a patterned backing. I mounted that and my image onto brown cardstock, rounding all the corners with a corner punch. I added some pink cord and some felt 'buttons' to embellish. The sentiment is from a Whimsy Stamps set and I used a rub down to create the rounded box for it.


You may think I'm Obsessed and you'll be right!!! I Just LOVE LOVE LOVE Pink Petticoat!!
I've printed off one sheet of Gingham, one each of Mocha and  Bubblegum. Cut a Card base of 12 x 24 cm and folded in half. Cut squares of 11 x 11 cm and 9 x 9 cm and distressed the edges. Before layering I used DST to stick down some cream lace. Layered the stitched round the edges of each layer. I then I used my Copic pens and coloured the image and layered onto a piece of the pink gingham and again stitched, then layer into the middle of the card. I trimmed the sentiment to fit and layer onto card.
 Then I  added perfect pearls in swirls to finish off the card.

Monday 17 October 2011

Challenge #54 Cute, With a Dark Twist

Wow, what can I say apart from we are absolutely overwhelmed at the support you have given us with 543 entries to our relaunch challenge; and as I was hosting I have opened up every last one of them! I wasn’t, unfortunately, able to comment on every entry I opened because I would frankly still be here at Christmas, but I have studied and come up with some Winners and Top 5s. Yes I did say Winners plural. There was only the one prize on offer but because we have had such an amazing response and because you guys just made it impossible to choose just one I have come up with a couple of stamp sheets from Kanban to give away as an extra prize. I am also having a Top 10 instead of just a Top 5! Just because I can ….. Sadly a few entries had to be discounted for either the prizes or from the two Top 5s because they didn’t follow the rules. Please check the rules carefully before entering.
Original prize
Extra Prize - Claimed
So for my winners:-
120 Tine - Extra Prize
290 Esther - Original Prize

And my Top 5 x 2 are
Please feel free to display your winners or Top 5 badges. 
Now onto the new challenge for the next two weeks. Quelle Suprise! as it’s nearly Halloween– Cute, with a Dark Twist! Hosted by Sarah. As you can see below the team didn’t all go for halloween, but you can clearly see that they teamed cute with a dark element and we would love to see the same from you.
We're sponsored by the lovely image who is offering a £10 voucher for her online shop which is crammed full of goodies with new stock arriving all the time! Thanks once again Joanna!

If you are in need of inspiration here is what the team came up with 
When it came to be my turn to choose the challenge, I knew straightaway what I was wanting to pick! Any visitors to my blog will know I love playing about with darker stuff and I have a phobia of Tilda, but I have been working on that! So what better to use for my challenge than a Tilda, usually a cute range of stamps (if you find faceless children cute) but give more features... So here she is. I think she certainly has a little more character now! Bwahahahahaha! I hope you enjoy playing along! 
I have used a digi called Priscilla, from Crafts and Me, which I coloured with Flexmarkers. The background paper is from my digital stash, the bats and bat corner are cut on my Robo. The other bits are black peel offs. 
For this challenge I have made an Easel card. This is definitely a favourite of mine if the card needs to be a little bit special. I have used stamps from Penny Black Spooky and Trick or Treat T for Transparent sets. The background has been created using Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky distress inks, some glimmer mist, and the trees and birds are by Clarity. Time to celebrate is from Lili of the Valley
For my card I have used a Tickled Pink digi stamp called Lil Lolita Lylah (coloured with PMs as usual) The papers that I have used are from Pink Paislee, My Minds Eye and Prima. I have used my Deckled rectangle spellbinders die to cut the mat for the image and the border.Flowers ,sentiment,lace and gems all from my stash. 
For my card I used the cute stamp from Belles 'n Whistles called "little witch with a broom", which I colored with Distress Ink. The Background paper is from Stampin Up as well as from Creative Memories. I distressed and inked it as usual. The fabric is from my christmas decoration.I used the metal die "picket fence" from Whiff of Joy and the flowers are from Prima. 
I'm not usually keen on halloween, but I have a friend whose birthday is on 31st October, so I usually send her a "witchy" card each year. This year's card was made on black base cardstock and is using a background from Serif craft artist (it was one of their kits) which I overlaid with a paper lace strip. The small girl dressing up was a clear stamp (origin not known, but it may have been a freebie with a magazine) and I coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens. I'm not totally happy with the outcome - I think after all that I do prefer my promarkers!! The Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped with versamark and embossed with silver, and the three small black gems came from my stash. 
What could be cuter than Little Miss Muffet. For my Dark Twist I rewrote the Nursery Rhyme and had her put the spider in a box. Such a cute spider too, all made out of crystal and silver beads. 
I found this challenge quite hard, and finally decided to look at it from a different direction. So, I hunted through my image stash looking for something with a dark twist, and realised that most traditional children's tales have a dark element. I came across this image which is one of Dover Books Freebies, which represents a scene from The Pied Piper of Hamelin, so there's definitely a dark twist to a picture of innocent fun. 
This one was a real challenge for me too, as I don't really do cute - and to then add a dark twist!! Well, I was in a quandry!! But, I came across this "Too Cute to Spook" digi stamp from Pink Gem Designs, and felt that the Halloween theme of this cute pumpkin would give me my dark twist. I have used watercolours on the image - another challenge, as I rarely colour things in! 
For my first ever challenge for the design team I chose to make a large 8" x 8" card. The main characters are digital stamps from Polka Doodles "Sundae of Seasons" CD which I edited in my graphics program so I could print them out on top of the backing paper which I found as a freebie on the web somewhere. I coloured the characters with promarkers and added some glitter to the spider's web, cat, sentiment and bat's wings for a little bit of bling. 
For my first DT challenge card I used a Meljens freebie Cute Corner Spider & gave him two gems for eyes, Doodlebug papers & Papermania Sunshine Collection card. I printed the sentiment on my pc, added a couple of hand drawn spiders & a pumpkin sticker. A strip of orange ribbon & three orange gems to finish. 
For this card I used two digi stamps from Make It Crafy, Mini Gothilia and Spooky Graveyard. I coloured the images with a combination of Promakers and Coloursoft pencils, the sky was created using chalks. I stamped out the sentiment using a combination of Hero Arts and The Greeting Farm stamps, then added some sparkle to the dress and sentiment using Rock Candy Distress Stickles. 
My card is pure Pink Petticoat with a little American Crafts Thickers thrown in.The designer papers are from the Spooky Doodlies Collection with does girlie so well! The back ground is printed onto good quality card strong enough to use as a card base.Then I just layered and stitched! 
Here's my own Eiglas 'Count Catula' who I think may come into the 'cute' category, but has a slightly dark aspect as he's a vampire kitty! All elements (apart from Catula) digitally created by various artists. 
I used a Stitchybear Stamps image called Edward and Bella (from Twilight) which I thought was quite cute and used it to make a Halloween card - as I've said before I don't generally do much for Halloween but as I have a couple of craft fairs before the 31st I thought it might be useful to have a couple of cards to display. I have used Promarkers to colour the image, distressed all the edges of the patterned papers and doodled a little cobweb which is perhaps a little small for the spider crawling out from behind the sentiment (it's half hidden because one of my cats had chewed off one of it's legs!)

I always find this theme a wee but hard but once I started looking for things to create, was easy!
I made this wee card using Mini Headless Horseman from Make it Crafty coloured with my promarkers! The papers are a real oldie from my stash, K& Company I think! I added a wee Halloween tag from Sarah Hurleys digi range, some ribbon, pin and beads and some candi to finish

I coloured in a digi stamp with Prismacolor Colored Pencils and laid it upon cardstock from Bazzill.  I decided to use an acrylic stamp on the side for the sentiment and used emboss ink for the base and on top brushed perfect pearls.  I also used stickers from my stash.  I used these stickers because the design resembled the creases or veins/muscles in the wings of the digi stamp.

So there you go folks, please add your link below, and don’t forget to PLEASE CHECK THE RULES before entering.
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