Sunday, 28 June 2009

Just Magnolia Monthly Challenge

The first monthly challenge from Just Magnolia is to alter a container - ANY container - for example a recycled paper bag, a empty box of chocolates, a custom made box, a canvas bag, a tin, a plastic tub.

I have used a box that had a soft toy in that I had been saving as I knew it would be useful some day!! I covered it with paper then added the fibres with lots of glue dots, twisting them as I turned the box and weaving the ends back through to finish. I have highlighted the design in the paper with crystals.

I have used Tilda in Spring Rain coloured with watercolour pencils, BG Sultry papers and fibres, nestibilitlies, medium retro flower punch, Craftwork cards candy, stickles stardust glitter glue, glossy accents, ultra fine glitter sprinkled on wellies, crystals, sakura stardust pen for the zip, charm.

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela x

Just Magnolia Challenge 11

This week the challenge at Just Magnolia is a sketch designed by Bev. I found it is a lovely sketch to work with and easy to put together. My choice of colours this week caused problems as I didnt seem to have enough of the dark red, but never mind I managed in the end.

I have used my lovely new Tilda with Birdcage stamp from the pets collection, coloured with watercolour pencils, I used glossy accents on the shoes and the birdcage, adding a little ultra fine glitter for that extra sparkle. BG Euphoria papers, nestibilities, sizzix decorative strip, Lace Edging, sentiment Craftwork Cards, ribbon, flowers and gems from stash.

Angela x

Thursday, 25 June 2009

The Next Level Challenge 4

This is my entry for the Next Level challenge, this week there are two options you can make either a free standing pop-up card or a Stair step fold card which is the one I have chosen to do. Excellent templates are included on the challenge page, with clear instructions and photgraphs to make both cards.

I have used DCWV card stock, K &Co Hopscotch papers, Woodware Playtime clear stamp set, Glossy Accents, Ultra Fine Glitter, Sizzix sizzlits Smart Guy alphabet, I coloured the image with water colour pencils. On my card I have added a larger pannel with foam pads for the "Thank You" on the back fold, I used the glossy accents here and sprinkled them with fine glitter whist still wet.

I have made this card especially to send to the charity that has just awarded some funding to help provide an adapted trike for my little boy and thought the stamps were perfect, they sit just right in the folds. I have not made a card like this but it was simple to do and looks very effective.

I think I will have to try and make the free standing pop-up card as the DT cards are beautiful. Thank You.

Angela x

Monday, 22 June 2009

Sugar Bowl Challenge 13

This is my first entry in the Sugar Bowl Challenge. This is a really lovely sketch to work with, thank you Lillian, along with the sketch is the option of using "kraft" in the design or brown and cream. If you go for the added colour challenge -the 'please include' option you have the chance to win all 6 of the new Gorjuss Girls set 3!! That would be so good!! I have gone with the "please include" option, you never know??

I have used sugar nellie Daisy and coloured her with water colour pencils, she is such a pretty summer stamp. The papers are craftwork cards foiled kraft and have a lovely metallic finish, brown card stock, sizzix sizzlits decorative strip lace edging, ribbon, paper roses, pearls and charm from stash.

I have had a really lucky day today, not only did I find some absolute bargins whilst shopping, I also recieved the good news that a local charity will provide some funding for a specially adapted trike for my little boy. Hope you have had a lucky day, too!!

Angela x

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge 10

This weeks challenge over at just magnolia is "SUMMER". Well yesterday was nothing like summer, it was so cold and wet, I dont think the lawn will ever dry out!! A summer card was just what was needed to bring some brightness to the day.

I knew exactly what I wanted to use with this card, the papers have been neglected for some time now, so its good to get them out and use them, after the all the rain I thought the umberella was a fitting symbol for the challenge too.

I have used K & Co Hopscotch papers, Tilda with bow, Tilda's ice lollies, stardust stickles glue, 3d glaze and ribbon and button form stash!! I used my watercolour pencils to colour Tilda.

Today the weather is lovely and sunny too, maybe this will be the start of a long hot summer???

Angela x

Friday, 19 June 2009

The Next Level Challenge 3

This is my first entry for the sketch challenge. It is a really lovely sketch to work with and I enjoyed making this card.

It is my mum's birthday next week and I am thinking of sending this one if I dont get around to making another, I have a busy weekend, so dont think I will get much time for crafting?!! :(

The papers are all PM Blueberry Hill, Tilda picking lilacs, craftwork cards card candy, stickles stardust glitter, ribbon from stash.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Just Magnolia Week 9 Challenge

This weeks challenge over at is paper piecing, I have seen this technique before but had never got around to trying it out myself. It is very easy to do and produces a lovely image quickly. I really enjoyed trying paperpiecing, to get the best from the patterned paper I stamped Tilda onto tracing paper so I could place it on the paper first to check the papaer would be suitable, (dont want to waste those gourgeous papers), then I stamped and cut out he pieces I wanted.

Its pink again!! Sorry, I will have to change my colours, it all gets a bit boring!!!

I have used sweetheart Tilda, and basic grey Eva papers, nestibilities and cuttlebug embossing folder, ribbon and buttons from stash.
Angela x

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Just Magnolia Week 8 Challenge

This is my very first challenge that I have joined in with, Just Magnolia, using a sketch by the talented Rach.

I have used basic grey sulty papers, oval sentiment from craftwork cards, nestabilities, and of course Tilda wearing floral headress.

This was a lovely sketch to work with I think it suits my style, clean lines and not too fussy.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Second Holy Communion Card

This is the second Holy Communion card that I was asked to make, this time I used a Stampavie Sarah Kay stamp. I used the same water colour pencils, brush markers and shimmer powders to colour the image, keeping the dress white. The image was mounted onto pink mirrior card, using the same embossed vellum and pink glitter card stock, the flowers are punched and have glittered card candy for the centres, the swirls are a sizzix sizzlit die. I used a tag punch to cut one of the spare images I had coloured and fixed it on to a foil wrapped lolly and decorated it with ribbons, so the person sending this card also had a small gift to give.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Tilda Holy Communion Card and Bookmark

I was asked to make a Holy Communion card after giving it alot of thought I decided to keep the colour scheme simple and decided on white and silver.

I stamped several images and tried out various ways of colouring and finding the shading within the white, I used a mixture of brush pens, watercolour pencils (a favourite of mine) stickles stardust glitter glue and shimmering powders that can be mixed with the watercolour. Having spare girls in the same colours I made a matching bookmark that I laminated cut around and added ribbons. I used some embossed velum that was lurking in my stash, the words were created with safmat, this was the first time I had used it and found it was easy to use and looked very effective.

This was so well recieved that I was asked to make another for the same little girl, which I will add later.


I have been planning to get started with my blog its just taken me a while to come back and start this off. I have been spending the past few months looking at so many wonderful bloggs that have inspired me to have the confidence to start my own and share some of my creations with others.

This will be a learning curve for me, and hopefully my blog will develop with time and look as good as some of those I have been reading.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by to look at my blog,

Angela xx