Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge # 21

 Hi everyone. I've been a really bad blogger again. I've not posted anything on here for a whole week!
I have been busy and pre-occupied since I was last on, but hopefully, I am getting back on track. I thought I was last week, but everything I tried, didn't look right, wouldn't work or I was interrupted with stuff needing doing concerning mum's affairs or visits from family and taking hubby to all his GP appointments. (He had loads this week)! January is usually quiet and boring!!!
Hopefully, from now on, I can now spend some quality time with my favourite past time and what a way to start as I mean to go on...the latest Peachy Keen challenge! Whoo Hoo!
This week's challenge is to use something 'vintage' on your card or project.
Here's all the details......
  • Project can be in any format (with the exception of digital art, hybrid projects are totally ok!)
  • Must contain a vintage item or be inspired by something vintage. 
  • The vintage item(s) can be a postcard, old love letter, an old button, an aged photo – whatever peaks your interest!
  • Must contain at least one stamped image
Here is my card........

I used MME DP adhered across the lower half of my Bazzil base card. (It reminds me of vintage wallpaper).
As usual, I can't get the flippin' colours true to life. It's a lot more vibrant IRL.
I thought the image, PK-240, 'Say It With Flowers' was ideal for this challenge.
I used the little stamp in the set as a background pattern and glittered the centres of all the flowers with Glamour Dust, including the flowers in the bouquet.
(Although it's a contemporary stamp, it lends itself beautifully to the more vintage kind of card too).
I framed the image with a strip of lace before placing it on a Nestability oval frame.
I wanted it to have the look of a cameo. Did I succeed? Let me know.
I placed a metal flower brad/charm on the bow of the satin ribbon to look like a brooch.

I hope you like my card, but I know you're going to LOVE what the other awesome DT members have in store for you.  Pop on over to the Peachy Keen blog and take a peek at their fabulous work?
Why not take the challenge while you're there. You would be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize.

It's lovely to 'see' again.
Thanks for calling by
Viv xxx

Monday, 18 January 2010

Blog Candy alert!

 Want a chance to win a Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page set?
Well then, get on over to ABC Toys and Crafts for details on how to get yourself a set.
I'd love this particular one. There are THREE up for grabs.

I desperately want the MS Eyelet lace punch, but can't get one ANYWHERE!! ARGHH!...so I've just GOT to try for this set haven't I?

 You've got to be in to win it, so I'm in it! LOL
Thanks for calling by
Viv xxx

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge #20 and it's a project!

This week's challenge over at Peachy Keen is to make a purse or a tote.
It must have a 'winter' theme, (that can include Valentine's) and have a stamped image. EASY!!
Well guess wot! It wasn't easy for me. I'm a died in the wool card maker not a paper engineer....or so I thought!
I looked all over the web for a template and I finally came across this bag on Becky Robert's blog.
How gorgeous is THAT! Thank you Becky!

. I was SO pleased with my little purse, I made those four little 3" x 3" Christmas cards to match. All the stamped images are from various Peachy Keen sets. LOVE 'em!
Here's a closer view of the purse......

The outside of the purse is made from the SU Top Note die, but I reckon most Nestability labels dies would work just as well.  I used Bazzil base card and a sheet of paper from the totally megatastic MME pad, 'Wonderful Winter'.
(The pad was part of a Christmas gift from a dear and kind friend). Just the ticket to get me playing again!

I am going to make a lot more of these and try some other 'paper engineering' projects too, now I've got one under my belt.
Pop on over to the Peachy Keen blog for the details and to have a look at the stunning samples from the other 'TOTE'ally talented DT girls. You will NOT be disappointed and as usual, Kathy and Angelica will have a smashing prize on offer for one lucky winner! If you want to be in with a chance of winning, please have your entry in by 25th January.

Thanks for stopping by and for being so patient over the last few weeks.
(I will try to visit you more often now).
 Viv xx

Saturday, 9 January 2010

New Baby

Thankfully, I got the urge to make a card yesterday evening! I thought I'd lost the plot with card-making after losing Mum, but I'm pleased to report, I just might have found it again!

I got this gorgeous WOJ image from my lovely and oh so talented friend Barbara, 'Hunnybunny' a few weeks ago, but events stopped me using her until now. (She would've been Ideal for when Alfie came along on my birthday).
I used an old SCS sketch..SC68.

I only used one colour oc Copic for this image, BV02. The base card is white linen and the frame is Nestabilities Labels 4. Apart from the pearls, which a slightly more on the pink side, all the colours are the same believe it or not! It's my stupid camera!! It seems incapable of getting true colours. The background paper and the ribbon are identical lavender colours but will my camera pick it up? NO! It turns the ribbon blue no matter WHAT setting I put it on. I've adjusted the settings in Windows to try and get it looking the right colours, but it's not quite right, even now.
I get so annoyed when I can't get true colours. Anyone got any suggestions?
Well, I think I'll get back to playing while I'm in the swing of it. 

Thanks for calling by
Viv xxx

Friday, 1 January 2010

A New Year..... a new challenge.... at Cards For Men!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope it will be one of peace and happiness for all of you.
Today, I have for you a new challenge to start the 'new' year off. The clue is in the 'new'.
Yes, the challenge over on Cards For Men is 'NEW'. It can mean anything. You interpret 'New'.

I decided on 'New Job'...........

I've been racking my one brain cell for days trying to get the idea into shape.
I have millions of PC Hug Club images that have gathered dust since discovering stamping and colouring.
So, I decided to dust them off and use them. This one is from the Honeyville set. I wish I could take credit for the colouring, but alas no, it's already coloured, all I had to do was print it out. 
I printed it onto an A5 card, then folded it to make an A6 card, (10.5cm x 15cm) (4"x6").
I printed it twice. Once with the image and once with the sentiment. I adhered one inside the other after cutting around the image. I then sponged all round the cards in Adirondack Latte ink.
The polka dots were produced using my Peachy Keen background stamp, PK-100, Large Polka Dots, inked with the Latte ink.

I hope it's given you one or two ideas. Pop on over to the Cards For Men Blog to get all the details and see what the other amazing DT members have in store for you.
You won't be disappointed. There's a super prize to be won too!

Thanks for stopping by.
Viv xx