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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Wild roses

Hello there my friends. Time is just flying and it is time for another TTCRD anything goes challenge. This is a scheduled post so I hope it will work.

Our sponsor this week is Sheepski Designs. She has some gorgeous designs in her shop so be sure to visit.
The lucky winner will get 3 digi images.

I chose to work with the image wild roses which you can find here. I must say I love this image and to me it says Christmas. So I decided to make a Christmas card and get the list moving.

So it is printed on coconut white card and then I added drawing gum to it to mask it so I could work on background. I overstamped with watering can archival ink (I don't know where the stamp is from, somewhere in China, but I love it).

I brushed distress inks all over the background and added shadow with a damp brush and brushed corduroy. I rubbed off the drawing gum and then added some highlights with Victorian velvet to flowers. The leaves I coloured with peeled paint and forest moss. 
I then tore all around it and inked it with distress inks. I matted on torn black card and stuck to the base card.
Finally, I added a bow in matching ribbons and a flower from my stash. I added a bit of sparkle with the Crafter's Companion clear sparkle pen.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

teal christmas card

Hi there. I have started on the Christmas card list and some challenges are really inspiring me to go after the Christmas cards.

This week's challenge over at LIM is the one layer card with a coloured base card. I know that teal is not a colour associated with Christmas but I felt that this colour combo worked well. Obviously, I am open to your suggestions.

So I basically die cut the baubles into the base card. They are from the Sara's Scandinavian collection by Crafter's Companion. I then stamped the string in versamark and embossed in gold. Then I went over the baubles with a versamark pen and gold embossed as well. The sentiment is from Claritystamp Word chains and I gold embossed it too.

I thought I had finished when I realised I had smudges across the sentiment. So I had to hide it or else bin the card. So I got out an Imagination Crafts stencil and sparkle paste and added some sparkly snowflakes all around for balance. So now I'm keeping everything crossed that I won't get told that it is too busy!

Hugs, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Simply less is more - one layer: colour base card
AAA cards - collaboration with LIM

Sunday, 2 July 2017

red and white

Hello there. It has been a while since my last post. However this weekend I found a bit of time to create 3 Christmas cards.

They were inspired by the challenge on LIM challenge blog. This week they asked for cards created in the colours of the flags.

Now since I'm Maltese, this gave me a limited palette of red and white. So I thought that this would work for Christmas.

So I got out a Claritystamp stencil with snowflakes and used it to make all 3 cards. For the first one, I used sparkle gel from Imagination crafts. The sentiment is from the word chains by claritystamp. I used red geranium archival ink and clear embossed.

For the second one, i used red geranium ink and dabbed it through stencil with a stencil brush. I heat set it and then 'foiled' it with the sparkle medium. it gives a beautiful effect as you can see from the pics below. The sentiment is one that came as a freebie with a magazine. 

 The last one is using polar Cosmic Shimmer white sparkle paste. It is then finished in the same way as above. So 3 more done, hugs Theresa xx.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

hawaii flower

Hello there. I am very late on parade with my post, as I should have posted this yesterday. It is time for another TTCRD anything goes challenge.

This week we are being sponsored by Little Blue Button. they are offering a $10 voucher from their store.

I chose to work with this image called Hawaii flower. I found it to be a beautiful image to colour and in fact, I have used it again since. I used spectrum noir illustrator pens to colour it in and also added detail with spectrum noir pencils.
The sentiment is from a Sheena Douglass set that features similar images.
I finished it off with some sequins.

So now it is over to you to come and play. Don't forget to hop over to the main TTCRD blog for further inspiration. See you there, hugs, Theresa xx

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

chocolate, strawberry and vanilla...

Hello, my friends. I thought I'd drop by for a quick post. This is my first Christmas card for 2017 and was inspired by the theme on the Less is More challenge blog.

As soon as I saw the picture below I knew what I wanted to do with it. So I went on a hunt for the Stampendous stamp that I have had for a while and never used.

I cut a piece of Sheena stamping card to size and inked the stamp with tree branch and potting soil archival ink (chocolate). I then brushed it with antique linen distress ink (vanilla), and old paper around the edges. I darkened the edges with brushed corduroy and gathered twigs (chocolate) and then distressed the edges. 

To finish it off I matted it onto pearlised brown card (chocolate) and coloured in the holly leaves and berries with sage green and fired brick distress inks (strawberry). As a last touch, I added a tiny bit of sparkle with a clear sparkle pen on the roofs, snowy edges and on holly leaves.
Finally, I tied a piece of red organza ribbon (strawberry) around an A5 ivory tent card (vanilla), before attaching the topper. And voila' one finished Christmas card!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Simply less is more - colour challenge: Neapolitan
Happy little stampers June Christmas challenge - anything goes: twist - tree

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Flower Power

Hello my friends. It is time for another Through the Craft Room Door Challenge. This week we are sponsored by Lisa Decosse' of Decosses Dynamite Doodles.

As a Design team, we worked with a group of digi prints called Flower Power. Now those of you that know me well will be aware that I struggle with pink. This set of papers had a lot of pink in it. So I asked Lisa if I could use some other sheets from her grunge range. 
Luckily for me, she agreed and so I could use some dark greys and black

I used the frames in the set to make the flowers. The dies are from Crafter's companion as is the black glitter card that I used for the flourishes and sentiment.

For further inspiration go over to the main blog at TTCRD to check out what my team mates have created.
And now it is over to you. See you on the other side, hugs, Theresa xx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Day dreaming ...

Hello my friends. It's time for another TTCRD anything goes challenge and so I tried to steal some time to be able to blog my contribution to this week's inspiration.

Our sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiment Designs.

As a prize she is offering 3 digi images from her shop. 
I chose to work with this sweet image called day dreaming which you can find here.

I coloured him in with spectrum noir illustrator pens. then I added detail with polychromos pencils.
Then began hunt for a suitable background. As I was rummaging in my stash I came across this card from Kanban which I had bought from QVC. It is from the Patchwork Pals collection. I thought the boy fitted perfectly with this background.

So I fussy cut him out and also removed the step he was sitting on so I could place him on the wooden plank. I also found some extra bits in the box so I added the ball and bird as well.

I also added some details with glossy accents on the shoes and eyes and then added some birds in the sky as I felt it was too bare. The sentiment came off another of the sheets in the pack and I matted it on gold mirri card.

So now it is over to you. Remember it is always anything goes. see you on the other side, hugs, Theresa xx