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31 March 2008

Life is an Adventure

I have combined two weeks challenges in one for Inching Artists; last week's challenge Words & this week's Wire.

I have used papers from the Shabby Princess Moody Blues range & made a wire clip with the help of my quilling tool.

30 March 2008

Quick Thanks

This Thank You card was made using photographs I took during the week.

The photos were mounted on lilac brazzil card & finally lilac ribbon was tied around the inside of the card.

29 March 2008

Shall I compare thee ...

The challenge this week on Make a Moo or Two is

The mountboard base was covered in text paper.

Then who else would be my inspiration for words
than the wordsmith himself, Shakespeare.

The pen nib is from one of Tim Holtz distressable cardstock sheets
& covered in Glossy Accents.

I do realise that he would have used a quill to write,
but there were no quills to be found.

28 March 2008

Just doing what needs to be done

The Skinny Saturday challenge this week is Women at Work.

The mountboard base was covered in a copyright free image. Vellum, Glossy Accents, clear stardust, a couple of brads & some 3d foam were added. It was edged with Distress Ink (tattered rose).

27 March 2008

For a Dear Friend

This Artist Trading Card was made for a wonderful friend.

The mountboard base was covered in elements from the Shabby Princess Vintage Florals range. The larger flowers were decoupaged, the smaller ones made using a small flower punch. A touch of clear stardust & edged with Distress Ink (peeled paint) to finish.

26 March 2008


This altered domino was coloured using Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Eggplant). A purple flower was added from the Craft Individuals Miniatures 'People & Places' collection together with a word from Tim's Doo Dads & a single clear gem.

25 March 2008

Take a little Time

Leonie's Artist Trading Card challenge this week is Time.

The mountboard base was covered in Tim Holtz distressables time cardstock (0733). The clock & watch faces were from Crafty Individuals 'People & Places' Miniatures paper pack. The large fob image was from the Tim Holtz cardstock.

I added acetate, a small brass brad & edged it with a Krylon 18ct gold leafing pen.

23 March 2008

A Touch of Spring

The challenge this week on Make a Moo or Two is

The mountboard base was covered in elements from the Shabby Princess Promise range.

Edged with blue ink.

Three small flower shapes were punched from the paper
& added together with a touch of Glossy Accents,
some 3D foam
& some sparkle from a clear stardust pen by Sakura.

15 March 2008

Celebrate Life

The challenge this week on Make a Moo or Two is

The mountboard bases were covered using papers from the Shabby Princess Celebrate range.

I then took a vintage image of the front cover
of an edition of Life magazine
(from a CDROM of copyright free images)
& after a little bit of resizing, cutting & snipping,
I added the image details to the moos.

A final swipe around the edges with black ink & they were finished.

Can you spot all the references to Numbers?
The detail is quite small so to save straining your eyes,
the script at the bottom of the first moo says

1776 1926 One Hundred and Forty-three Years of LIBERTY
and Seven Years of PROHIBITION

The side words say HUNDRED PER CENT
The wording at the top of the second moo says

The wording at the bottom says AMERICAN NUMBER
And of course, both musicians are playing a musical number.

14 March 2008

Fab Friday

Leonie Pujol has started a new weekly artist trading card challenge
on her blog called Fab Friday.

The first theme is
Bright & Beautiful.

The mountboard base was covered in patterned paper
designed by Vanessa Arbuthnott for The English Paper Company.

The butterfly stamp, by Elusive Images from Graphicus,
was stamped using Distress Ink (broken china).

It was highlighted using a clear stardust Sakura pen.

A few pale blue gems, ribbon
& an ickle doodle were the finishing touches.


The challenge theme on Inching Artists this week is Numbers.

Using a miniature tape measure (from a Christmas cracker) to frame the blackboard, I have used a real white 3D glaze pen by Sakura as the chalk writing. A word from one of Tim’s Doo Dad sheets was the final touch.

13 March 2008

Thanks … you’re a star

The challenge theme on Arty Girlz this week is Stars.

I have made a Thank You card, using HOTP paper as the background & decorative elements from Crafts Beautiful. With final touches of brown ribbon & a silver star brad.

The wording inside says … you’re a star

12 March 2008

My Friend

The theme for this week’s Artist Trading Card challenge is Furry Friends.

The mountboard base was covered using paper from the Shabby Princess Dinner Party range. A black stardust pen by Sukura was used to doddle over the cat. Glossy Accents were used to highlight the eyes. Black ribbon & eyelets were added. Finally, the ATC was edged with black ink.

11 March 2008

Jolly Fairy Wishes

This week's theme at My Time to Craft is Tickled Pink.

I have made a birthday card made using Jolly Nation decoupage.

The background was a free download from Funky Fairy.

The crown & wand were highlighted with a clear stardust pen by Sukura.

A final touch of pale pink organza ribbon was added.

10 March 2008

Work Hard

The challenge at Skinny Saturday this week is to draw inspiration from the children’s rhyme of Monday’s Child.

Monday's child is fair of face
Tuesday's child is full of grace
Wednesday's child is full of woe
Thursday's child has far to go
Friday's child is loving and giving
Saturday's child works hard for a living
But the child born on a Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay

As the skinny challenges are set on a Saturday, I decided to base mine on Saturday’s child.

The mountboard base was coloured with Distress Ink (antique linen). The PaperArtsy image was stamped on HOTP paper using Archival Ink (Sepia). Additional papers are by 7 gypsies. Four brads & a touch of ribbon were added. The skinny was edged in black ink.

With thanks to Land of Nursery Rhymes.

09 March 2008


This altered domino has been coloured lightly with butterscotch Alcohol Ink. The rubber stamp is from Clarity Stamps & stamped using Archival Ink (Jet Black).

Some blossom was coloured using a blue 3D glaze pen by Sakura, others had pale blue gem stones added. It was edged with an 18ct gold leafing Krylon pen.

08 March 2008

Thinking of You

The challenge this week at Arty Girlz is Spring. I have used elements from the Shabby Princess Sweet Serenity range to make a Thinking of You greetings card.

07 March 2008

The Best Things in Life are Free

This week's challenge on Make a Moo or Two is

The mountboard bases are covered in Ranger's Adirondack Acrylic Paint
(Cranberry & Lettuce).

I have stamped over using a clear stamp by Anna Griffin
with Ranger's Distress Inks
(aged mahogany & peel paint).

The two girls picking wild flowers are from a CDROM of copyright free images.

06 March 2008

Flower Power

The challenge theme on My Time to Craft is Flower Power. Using elements from the Shabby Princess Festival range, I have made a Birthday Card.

05 March 2008

Just One Kiss

The inchie challenge theme over on Inching Artists this week is Green & Silver.

The Anna Griffin frog clear stamp was inked with Perfect Medium by Ranger & stamped onto photographic paper. The image was coloured with green chalk & then covered in Glossy Accents. A small crown was cut & coloured using a Krylon Silver Leafing Pen.

The inchie was edged in Distress Ink (peeled paint) & finished with a silver eyelet with silver metallic embroidery thread.

04 March 2008

Jolly Birthday

Time to make some birthday cards using Jolly Nation decoupage images.

I have added paper designed by Vanessa Arbuthnott for The English Paper Company, as background to the images & a touch of pale blue organza ribbon.

03 March 2008

Mistaken Identity

The Artist Trading Card challenge this week is Black & White.

I decided to use my new Anna Griffin clear stamps to make a picture frame with a butterfly landing on the flowers.

The floral background is stamped in black ink. I cut a frame from black textured card & added a black brad. The butterfly was stamped with white ink on black card & heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

02 March 2008

Happy Birthday

This is a birthday card made for my Great Aunt who will be 97 this month.

I have used three photographs that I took during the last month to make her a bright & cheerful card.

01 March 2008

Make a Skinny or Two

The Saturday Skinny Challenge themes this week are Sisters & Vintage Bride.

Using mountboard as the base, I have added papers from K&Company, a touch of lace & my own wording. The images are from my family archive.