Hazel - Girl Spy

Hazel - Girl Spy
Hazel - Girl Spy

Friday, 21 January 2011

Pink. pink, pink!

I am seeing pink but not in a 'slightly miffed at something way'; no, I'm not describing emotions, it's just that all my cards seem to have huge amounts of pink in them lately. My few pink Promarkers have been stretched to their limits. It's all about the challenges!

The first card is for the 'Baby,baby' challenge at Totally Tilda.

The brief was to use a Tilda baby stamp to make a card. I used Tilda in bunny slippers. The card blank is 15cm square white card with a mat of pink paper from the Paper Cellars Wedding pad. Tilda was matted onto a paper doily coloured with a Pastel Green Promarker and framed with a pink velvet frame from the Making Memories pitterpatter range. The seam binding, pin and lace are from the Ribbon Girl and the Magnolia die flowers are topped with leaves, flowers, stems and pearls from Hobbycrafts. I could blame the light quality but the card is so much more vivid IRL.(in real life)

Promarkers Used: Cool Gery 2, Ginger, Spice, Dusky Pink, Ivory, Blush, Antique Pink, Cocktail Pink, Satin, and Pastel Green.

The second card is for the 'Pink and Girly' challenge on  Do It With Digis.

Kiki is a lovely digi from Mo Manning, coloured with Promarkers. I made the 15cm square card blank and matted a slightly smaller square of  pink cardstock topped with two pieces of paper from the 'In my mind's eye' range. I made faux photograph corner mounts from the pink cardstock and a wee white pearl from Hobbycraft. The pink organza ribbon is from Crafts 4 U 2 Do, St Helens and the ribbon roses are from Hobbycraft. The sentiment is a glitter peel off from Papermania and the beads on the ribbon were recycled from our Christmas crackers.

Promarkers used: Ivory, Almond, Blush, Antique Pink, Rose Pink, Pastel Pink, Pear Green & Blender pen.

Once again I spent ages photographing this card but was unable to capture the full impact of the colours; they look too muted compared to those IRL.

It's Friday so I am off to Fir Tree Farm with Mum at lunchtime and then will stay with her while her central heating is seen to again.

Cheerio and have a great day,

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Cars and cards.

Did not manage to get out of car shopping; well, he tempted me by offering me a meatball sub sandwich after we'd had a look. The 'look' lasted over an hour and I had to hop in and out of several cars; after all, I will, apparently, be doing most of the driving! The sandwich was gorgeous!

I just had to make cards when we got back; both for the same challenge over on Docrafts. The Club Challenge was to use a sketch download and it offered two alternatves, so I did both.
One for a girl............
The other for a boy..........

I made two cards because good friends of my daughter, Lizzie and Edmond, are expecting and I wanted to cover any contingency. We skyped Morgan last night and I showed her my efforts. Then she told me a boy is expected! Seeing my consternation, Mr H said I should just have done the one, in yellow,  to which my daughter responded "Dad, you are awful, Edmond is Albanian not Chinese!" I swear she couldn't understand why we were laughing - she is so vigilant about not being racist or biased that she often misses the point! Never mind...... I used a stamp that I had my eye on from the SWALK range and adapted it to be a boy image too by altering the bow with my fineliner. All the papers and cardstock used were from my stash and were magazine freebies for the most part. I used bits of ribbon from my stash too.

Promarkers used: Powder & Pastel Blues, Pastel Beige, Rose and Pastel Pinks, Ivory, Almond , Blush, Cinnamon and the Blender.

I have plans to slope off to Hobbycraft today for a mooch and the sun is shining, albeit weakly, so it looks good for a good day. Hope you are all as fortunate, cheerio,

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

More Challenges

The postie has been and I have some lovely goodies; My PomPom rubber stamp from Lili of the Valley (rush to find my easi-mount); ribbon, lace and pins from the Ribbon Girl and a replacement for a faulty clear stamp set from Simply Cards and Papercraft. This set was a covermount freebie and I was looking forward to using it but only one of the original stamps clung properly despite my attempts to clean and air dry them. I emailed the publishers and they have very decently sent a replacement set. I buy three of the craft magazines that these publishers issue because they are good quality mags and I am delighted to find they are publishers of quality too.

My first card today is for a Docraft challenge set by Loretta who gave us a sketch and asked us to use pink.

The lovely digi stamp is Clara and she was a generous freebie at McMahon5; the sentiment is from Meljen. The papers were also a freebie and were distressed with Memento Dewdrop Rhubarb Stalk ink. I discovered that my Martha Stewart punch was not happy punching paper and the edges came out distressed, unintentionally. Maybe it was the quality of the paper as it was happy to punch 250gms card! The buttons and the ribbon were from my stash.

Promarkers used: Ivory, Almond, Blush, Burnt Umber, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Caramel, Tan, Pink Carnation, Rose Pink, Cocktail Pink, Antique Pink and Cool Grey 2.

This card is for Lisa's Digi Challenge (my first & favourite challenge) and Lisa asked us to use 3 main colours, 2 flowers, ribbon and 2 other embellishments and a dusting of glitter. I used  this TPS dragon digi and used green, purple and orange shades to colour up. The orange card blank was matted with purple ginham cardstock, Lasting Impressions Limeade cardstock and purple floral paper. The purple flowers, the two green pearls and the green ribbon were from my stash and the ribbon was stapled. I saw this done on Docrafts and it saved me from getting into the whole glue and ribbon fiasco! I finished of with a bit of gold glitter.

Promarkers used: Cool Grey 2, Pastel Beige, Lavender, Orchid, Amethyst, Orange, Bright Orange, Burnt Orange, Lime Green, Leaf Green and Grass.

Mr H is taking me out to look at cars today.... oh joy!

Cheerio and if you have any reasonable excuses you think I could offer, send me them urgently, Hazel x

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Paper Romance Challenge #33

Two days in a row I have slept in and me with a sore back since I did that big shop on Thursday. They must be putting something in the water! Either that or I am spending too much time on the computer and my eyes need an especially long rest. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who leaves comments for me too and to Alice, I craft on a folding table and am just trying to organise a more permanent spot and will take a photo for you when I achieve it - it does however depend on Mr H organising his 'Stuff', so I could be waiting for ages!

 I have two very similar cards to share; I wanted to enter a challenge and was not sure about colours and layout so did two with the same stamp.

This is the one I have chosen and only because it's more masculine looking than the second one. I used the same Popcorn the Bear image and sentiment for both cards and embossed them both with Stampendous Black. This is a blue 15cm square card blank with smaller mats of blue paper which were magazine freebies. I used Dewdrops and butchers twine from the Ribbon Girl and the blue ribbon was from Crafts 4U2 Do while the buttons and brown eyelets were from a set from Caroles Crafts.

Promarkers used: Burnt Umber,Cocoa, Cinnamon, Caramel, Putty, Sky & Royal Blues, Tulip Yellow, Magenta, Cocktail Pink & Bright Orange.

This version used a 15cm square white card blank and a mat of Lasting Impressions Smooth Sailing cardstock. The image and sentiment were matted onto blue coredinations cardstock. I punched an oblong from blue floral paper from Caroles Crafts with Debbie Moores Punch Anywhere Honour Punch and placed this under the image mat just to alleviate the 'plainess'; I used a vellum based saying mounted on Smooth Sailing cardstock and tied with a knot that I saw in Creative Cardmaking Issue 24, using  the same blue ribbon as before. I decorated the card with flat-backed pearls and PM Aqua dew drops.

Promarkers Used: Slate, Warm Greys 5,4 & 2, Violet, Purple. Caramel, Cocoa, Tulip Yellow & Bright Orange

I would like to enter the first card into the Paper Romance Challenge #33 which was to make a masculine card.

Cheerio and have a great Sunday,