Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Aqua, White and Glitter - Lovely

Oh my word, just as I thought we were getting all autumnal the weather goes and finds summer.
It was really misty here yesterday morning, lovely during the day and then the mist rolled in again last night, but today is a beautiful, sunny, glorious day here on the South East Coast.

Well I crafted again and thought I'd use the LOTV Challenge of Aqua, white and Glitter.  Love the colour aqua and it works so well for so many occasions.  I was tempted to do a Christmas design but with the weather so glorious I just had to sneak another summer inspired feel.  Also, I know several folks, who have birthdays late in the year and feel cheated when their cards are always wintery or frosty.
So casting the 'Daddy Long Leg' (crane fly) aside that has decided to join me  this is the card I came up with. 

(Please see last photo as this has the sentiment on which I realised I'd missed off)!!!!!!!!!

The card is white pearlescent and the backing paper, mounted on mirri card is 'Pink Petticoat', from the Wild Blossoms collection, paper stack.  My little fairy friend is coloured with copics and her wings and the dandelion heads are glittered with crystal glamour dust.

I hope you can see this better in the piccie above.  The flowers are from my stash and 'Wild Orchid Crafts' including the pearlised brad.  The buttons are Papermania.  The paper ribbon and crystal hat pins are from my stash and the leaves are cut from white pearlised cardstock with a with a Marianne Creatable die.

Hope you love her as I do :)

Whoops; just realised I'd missed the sentiment off when I saw it on my craft table, so here is the 'finished' card with sentiment!!!!!!

I am entering her into the following challenges:

LOTV Challenge 113 - Aqua, white and Glitter
Birthday Sundaes Challenge 28 - Who's got the Button

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Autumn/Fall - it's that time of year

Well even though the weather isn't quite sure what it should be doing (although I don't mind this last summer rush of sun) it should really be the start of that season full of golds, browns and oranges, so here's my take on Autumn.

I love this Magnolia image and could just picture her on a lovely, windy autumn day, flying her kite over the fields, with the leaves just beginning to fall from the trees - are you getting the scene? :)

I coloured the image with a mixture of Promarkers and Copics and used a basic form of 'pointillism' to create the background.  The base card is made from a cocoa cardstock that I had in my stash and the green layer is from a paper stack called 'Spring Feast' by First Edition Papers, (lovin' these papers), this was layered onto gold mirri card.  The next layer is 'Rusty Hinge' from Tim Holtz and Rangers Distress Collection.  This was run through my GC in an embossing folder and then distressed with sandpaper.  All the layers were 'hand' stitched (yep - hand stitched).  The leaves were coloured with 'Pumpkin' Promarker and cut using a Woodware embossing punch.  The ticket is from a Tim Holtz range which I stressed I think, rather than distressed!!!!!!! and this is sitting in a Magnolia 'Doo Hickey' die, which I just love, cut from 'Dried Marigold' from the Distress Collection Core'dinations stack. There are three little yellow gems to the top right of the image too - just to add a little pazazz :)

Hope you like this fun little card, setting me up for those Autumn days to come.  if you click on the lower piccie, it will take you to a close-up; hope you enjoy.


Kaz Bee

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe  Monthly Challenge 16 - A Sketch by Debbie

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Christmas is Coming!

My first Christmas card this year!!!!!!  I love this LOTV stamp and had been thinking of a different way of using it, rather than just colouring or embossing the image. 

I stamped the image on Neenah card stock with Tim Holtz, antique linen ink pad.  I blended the edges with the same antique linen to keep the colours toned; I liked the subtleness of these colours which show the stamp off and keeps the simplicity of the bunnies. The card based is a white pearlised card stock and the red and green panels are taken from a HOTP card stack for Christmas.  

The sentiment is from the HOTP paper stack and the flowers, leaves and seam binding are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, where I've just put my next order in for some of their beautiful poinsettas and lot's of other lovely goodies. I made the bow with my little bow maker tool, which gives me a lovely even bow to attach to my cards.

Well this is a close up of the image stamped in the Antique Linen and then highlighted with glitter (think you can see this in some of the photos), which I also added to the flowers and spiral stems.

Hope you like it.  I'm still recovering from my heart bypass surgery so let me know what you think.
Kaz Bee x
I am entering this card in to the following Challenges:
Wild Orchid Challenge; Wk 32 - A Christmas Sketch
LOTV Challenge 112 - Red, Green and White 

Friday, 16 September 2011

Rachel's 17 - Happy Birthday Rachel

Oh my stars, how time flies.  My youngest daughter was 17 on the 14th of this month.  Rachel is starting at a new performing Arts Academy on 19th September in Hove, called the MGA Academy; so it will be a very exciting time for her.  Rachel loves her music, dancing and acting; it's going to be a lot of hard work but I know she's going to love it. She'll be able to start her driving lessons too - oh my word, my little girl all grown up; and I'm very proud of her :) 

And here's the card I made for her

Now why did I pick that image???? 

well this is my Rachel a couple of years ago with her Red Guitar and below is my Rachel performing at Pevfest 2011 with her band, as you can see I think the image was made for my Rachel !

If you want to see and hear what Rachel's up to 
please follow this link: Rachel Brett

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Aaaagggghhhhh Blogger!

Apologies to my followers - for some reason if you are using Firefox the piccies of my followers do not appear; however, if you're using Safari they do!  This problem occurred today, but reading the Google Blogger Help Forum there seems to be a lot of similar issues to this, all without any solution so far.  If you know the answer please leave me a comment.  Otherwise, apologies to my followers who view through Firefox for your piccies not appearing!

Other than that, hope you all had a good day today :)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Wild Orchid Challenge - Tags, Tags, Tags

I love all the wonderful embellishments that are on offer at The Wild Orchid Craft store and knew that I wanted to do something Autumnal, matching the weather a treat,  for their weekly challenge - Tags, Tags, Tags.   With the change in the weather and the nights drawing in, here is a close up of my design reflecting the change in the seasons:

  White Centura Cardstock was cut into an oblong and Martha Stewart punched.  I then blended, Tim Holtz's 'Wild Honey' ink over the card to give a gold lustered look.    Double sided tape was applied to form a pocket.  Vintage Seam Binding from WOC was also inked with the same colour and attached around the pocket and to the inside before it was joined as a pocket, thereby appearing seamless.  I stamped the image onto Neenah cardstock and coloured her with promarkers and copics.  The image was layered onto a autumnal coloured cardstock layered on to gold mirri card.  This was then applied to the pocket at an angle and a bow, made out of the inked seam binding tied around the ribbon band.  The flowers, from WOC, and some of which I coloured with promarkers were added along with leaves and the coiled stems from WOC.  The insert is a traditional Pumpkin Pie recipe, printed onto card with the colour.   A rich brown satin ribbon from my stash to made the pull for the tag.

And here's the finished result!


Wild Orchid Challenge: week 31 - Tags, Tags, Tags

Monday, 5 September 2011

Curlybearcrafts 100 Follower Candy

Curlybearcrafts 100 Follower Candy: click on the piccie below to be taken to the fabulous site with lots of inspirational projects using lovely tones and colours. Enjoy the journey of crafting through Blogland.

Downrightcrafty Blog Candy

Celebrating 400 followers, Downrightcrafty are offering some fabulously themed candy.
Click on the piccie below or side bar to go to the site and see the fantastic projects.

Scallywags - You Want Candy?

For inspirational projects and designs pop over to Scallywags Blog
Click on the piccie below of the candy on offer or the link on the side bar - enjoy and good luck

Ali's Sharing the Passion

Ali's sharing the Passion: Molly Blooms Birthday Candy

Go have a look at Ali's Blog and her candy.  Very inspirational great designs and projects.

Click on the piccie to go!

The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog

There is some great candy on offer at 'The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog' who also launch their first challenge on 19th September 2011.  Click on the piccie below to be taken to their site.  Have fun and enjoy :)

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Kylies Kraft Room Blogaversary

For those of you haven't visited, take a trip to Kylie's Kraft Room.  There are fantastic projects and designs to be found, which are absolutely delightful and gorgeous.  
Kylie's celebrating her 2nd Blogaversary very soon and is offering some fantastic candy.  Click on the link below or on the side bar to take a visit - you'll be glad you did.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Sail Away!

Back to crafting after a hubby's holiday.  Didn't go away as I'm still recovering from my heart op. but we managed a few days out together, which was lovely and I left the crafting alone for a few days - oh no - withdrawal symptoms.  Still back to routine - kind of - and as I love this stamp, I couldn't wait to create a card with it, saw Pop's Sketch on the LOTV Challenge and here it is.

I loved creating this card.  I used matting and layering on the backing papers with silver mirri card; the papers are from a Heritage stash set.  The blue band is watercolour paper which I inked with Tim Holtz, Faded Jeans and I then wrapped Bakers Twine (from wild Orchid Crafts) around the card in diagonals.

The image was coloured using promarkers, which worked really well on the watercolour card, even though they draw the ink quite strongly.  I edge the image with Tim Holtz, Antique Linen, to bring the design out.  The sentiment, LOTV stamp, is also on watercolour card and has been stamped using Tim Holtz, Faded Jeans too, to keep the colour theme running through.  I added the buttons as I felt these kept the feel of the design.

Stamps: LOTV, Main Image (Sailing Boat)  and Sentiment (Dreamy Days Collection)
Papers: Heritage (Paper Pizazz),  Silver Mirri Card, Watercolour Card
Markers:  Promarkers: China Blue, Cornflower, Musard, Buttercup, Poppy, Cinnamon, Caramel and Sandstone
Embellishments: Buttons and Bakers twine from Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities - fancy circles

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

LOTV Challenge 110 - Sketch by Pops
I Love Promarkers Challenge 81 - Anything Goes 
Crafty Purple Frog Sep 1 - Birthdays
Passion for Promarkers Challenge 115 - Theme - Anything Goes

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Pixie Dust Paperie September Kit ~ Tecolota Preview

Pixie Dust have some fantastic candy that they are giving as a gift.  The kit includes lots of embellishments that would be brilliant for card making, scrap booking and all sorts of other projects too.

Just click on the picture which will take you too the link, or on the side bar link too :)

Happy September!

Hi all, just wishing everyone a Happy September.  It's that back to school and usual routine month, for some of us, which we either love or hate.  
Lot's of new things in my family - 

Kim starts her new job at a local school and starts her Degree course 
to hopefully become a teacher one day

Rachel will be going to a new Performing Arts Academy in Hove, England and will be studying for a HND in performing arts. She'd love to be treading the boards of a West End stage one day as a leading lady.

Hubby's just started with a new division with his job and continues with his own charity 'Starcards' where he raises funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital in London that looks after children from all over the world.

And I will be returning to my place of work, following my heart surgery!
Oh boy, what a month!!!!!!!