9 January 2015

Daring Cardmakers - Elemental Inspiration for January

This week it's Kathy's turn to set the dare over on Daring Cardmakers and as it's a new year there's a brand new first of the month project. Last year we had colour board to inspire you and this year it's images you can use to take inspiration from. Here's what Kathy says...

"Elemental Inspiration"

Here's how it works;
The DT will take turns to choose and post a picture - it could be a photo, a piece of artwork, or maybe a little montage of  bits and pieces we like.  
Each of these pictures will have a variety of "elements" that we hope will inspire you to get crafting - and we'd like you to use a minimum of THREE.of the elements you see to make a card  
 For instance  the colour combo could be one element, the LO another, and then there may be a landscape, items in the picture, a quote, stitching lines, the media used to create the picture - all sorts of things.  
We will add a little list of suggested elements each month, but you're bound to see more things you can use

So here is my Elemental Inspiration Picture for January, a beautiful piece of artwork from a fabulous blog: Victoria's Art Visions.

Victoria's Art Visions
For my card I immediately felt drawn to the quote with the 'keeping colours inside the lines' bit. I got a new set of stamps out that I'd been using on an arty online class and I had a go at over stamping, (stamping over stamped image to make double lines in different colours ,some are pastel pink and some are black) and using paints paint it on the card first and stamping over it and then painting it over the stamped image on the other card ignoring any lines! I also borrowed the layout of the image on the second card and stamped the image in lines like the stamping, (?) on the background of the image.

I used the colour combination of the red and green in the image for both cards but gave it a spin and swapped it for mint and pink. 

Pop on oevr to Daring Cardmakers and check out what the rest of the design team have been using as inspiration in the image, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
x Leo

26 November 2014

Something New and lots of old!


I'm doing another round up post of the last few Daring Cardmakers cards from the last few weeks.
The dare this week it's Lythan's 'Something Old, Something New', here's my card:

I used three new things and three old things. The new were a Kaisercraft stamp which I stamped in grey and then over stamped the flower bits with silver, the background I made with a Hero Arts ink dauber in pastel mint which I'm currently addicted to and the last something new is the paper at the bottom which is from Pink Paislee Merry and Bright collection and was an off cut from my Christmas mini book making. The old are the sequins, the dove is a sequin too they've been in my stash forever because there were like 400 in a packet and the little holly die cut I think came from a craft swap a long time ago.

This next card was Kathy's candle dare and I made my candles with washi tape and little bits of thread at the tops for the 'wick' bits. I went with the neutral colours as I figured it was a good keep in card because you can give that to anybody.

Last one is from my November colour dare which was to use a mix of metallic. I made the rose gold using a red metallic rub on wax over the top of a gold paper die cut, ( Docrafts Xcut feather dies). The circle is from the Silhouette store, it was one of the free shapes of the week ones. I cut it out in white and then gilded it with faux gold leaf. The holly bits are hand cut out and I added some Prima Say it in Crystals as the berries, the top ones I painted over with some Nails Inc nail polish which is a rose gold glitter and you can't really tell from this photo but the leaves are covered with silver leaf at the top and the bottom ones are gold glitter.

x Leo

31 October 2014

Eye Boggling Adventure


This week on Daring Cardmakers Nat has challenged us to create a card with googly eyes. Check out the dare and all the cards this week here, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/its-eye-boggling.html

Here's my card for this week:

I didn't have any googly stick on eyes to use and Nat said to do something with any kind of wacky eyes so I thought about what I could do and after a bit of thinking I got to Minions and how they're eyes are all buggy and goggled so my card has goggly eyes instead of googly!

I cut out the Minions from a .png image and used the Trace feature in Silhouette Studio. I had to select and cut out the pieces on the inside, like the eyes, goggles, hands feet and clothes and save them as individual images to add to Silhouette Studio to Trace and cut out. I decided to make them into Christmas Minions so they have Christmas outfits and they're busy putting up decorations and being a  bit mischeivous as Minons tend to be. :)
The stickers, (lights and baubles) are all old Echo Park ones and the papers are Kesi-Art, (background) and American Crafts, (clothes).

Don't forget to add your card to the Daring Cardmakers blog if you have a go this week. Big welcome too to Dawn who's joined us as a full time Daring Cardmaker design team member!

26 September 2014

First Christmas cards!


For the last couple of Daring Cardmakers weeks I've started to make Christmas cards. This week the dare is to create a card inspired by an 'autumnal forest'. When I jotted down the dare on my to do list last week I wrote down 'forest inspired' and I just got into my head the idea of creating some silver Silver Birch trees in a forest so the card's ended up a bit more wintry but hey ho.

I made all the cuts with my Silhouette using a mixture of clipart and hand drawn images and it's just regular old silver mirror card. I wanted to keep the look fairly minimal with the silver and white so I added the greeting on with acetate. The greeting was just printed on and then I've wrapped it around the card front panel so it's slightly popping up away from the card front too. If I was to do the card again I think I'd maybe emboss the white background too just to add something extra to it. 

Here's the card for last weeks stencil challenge. I used some Silhouette cuts again from my own drawings and used the negative bit as the stencil. I used some of those metallic wax rub ons both to do the stenciling and to colour the cut outs.

Don't forget to check out the Daring Cardmakers challenges every Friday, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

x Leo

16 August 2014

A whole bunch of Daring Cardmakers cards!

I've not updated here in a while so I've got quite a few cards to add! 
I'll start with newest first and work down. This one is for this week's Daring Cardmakers,  http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/ which is Jo's challenge to create a card with elastic bands. Jo's suggested using loom bands but I didn't have any of those to use so went around to see if I could scrounge together some regular elastic bands. I ended up with a couple of different widths, mainly the chunky red ones you get on the post. On Pinterest there are a few ideas for stamping with elastic bands and so I decided to use them that way rather than using it directly on a card. I fixed the bands around a clear block in various different patterns and tried it out first on scrap paper. One of the patterns looked like candles so that triggered the idea to just make them into candles. I inked each band on the block in different colour inks, (chalk inks worked the best) and then stamped on the card twice to make the line of 'candles'. The top flame part I used a home made eraser stamp, just carving a bit of an eraser into a flame shape and then stamping it. The greeting stamp is a Lawn Fawn called 'Grand Greetings'. 

This one is from the week before and Kathy's Beach hut dare. I've got a brand new Quirky Kit bundle to use and these are all beachy papers so I went right to those to create a simple beach hut design all made with my paper trimmer. This could easily be translated to a new home or Christmas card, (gingerbread houses?) too.

This one was the colour combo dare for August which you can see here was all blues and purples.
Going through all my scraps purple is not a colour that I could find a lot of. I did find a little bit of cardstock so decided to make kind of double layer greeting. It's just a word die cut, (Memory Box) then that was cut with a circle die, (Xcut) and then another circle of the same size in the turquoise cardstock was cut out. These were then layered together with foam pads. The background is all stamped with two different stamps I found out in mys clear stamp stash. They're from different sets but I mixed the lead and the flower/swirly bit together. I don't know what they are because they're not in the original packets.

This last one was from Lythan's dare which was to create a 'Kathy style' card, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/creating-kathy-style.html
I went with a 'classic Kathy' flower. It's a die which is my first purchased Sizzix Bigz die, (Camellia). I did see a YouTube of someone using one in a Cuttlebug who made it look easy but it's not you need a bit of muscle power! I used the middle bit of the die to make a kind of pom pom flower and different combination of the sizes to create the other two. I love how Kathy write to 'just scrunch up the paper' to make the 'Kathy' flowers and when I did that mine just looked screwed up!
The background was stamped, clear embossed then watercoloured over the top with an extra swirly bit, (like Kathy's die cut swirls!) handpainted and cut out.

x Leo