9 December 2011

Daring Card Makers go Nordic this Christmas!


Here's my go at this weeks Daring Cardmakers dare set by Fran to make a Nordic themed/inspired card.
I started off with the red and white colour scheme collecting bits and pieces to use then set about laying them out on my card base. I started with all the embellishments at the bottom then decided just before I stuck them all down to flip it around and have them at the top kinda like they're hanging I guess but I'm not sure it's worked because my eye keeps thinking there's something missing? Once they're stuck down, (and stitched down in this instance) there's really no going back!
I made the little felt heart adding some stitches with embroidery thread but the crochet snowflake I cheated and bought from Paperchase. The red dotty paper is Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas and the kraft dotty paper is MME Kraft Funday. The greeting is ribbon but it's all stitched so it's got that lovely Nordic/stitched kind of look.
Pop on over to Daring Cardmakers to have a go at this weeks challenge, we can't wait to see what you come up with! www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
xx Leo

19 November 2011

Merry Christmas Card

Well I've been getting on with some Christmas cards again this week. I made another following the challenge on Shimelle's Christmas crop to cut out an image from patterned paper to use as a motif. I used some lovely Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas papers to cut out the baubles from then stitched them together with my sewing machine to make a little garland. All the other papers are the Holly Jolly ones too, really lovely collection pack I'll be using all of it for cards this year! The greeting is a stamp from  Kaisercraft pack of mini clear Christmas greeting stamps.

xx Leo

18 November 2011

Water Water Everywhere - it's another dare...ing cardmakers!

Sorry I missed posting up last weeks dare I did manage to finish a card for the DT I just didn't get a chance to post it up on my blog but go an check out all the yummy jewellery cards from last week, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com/2011/11/bejewelled.html

This week the theme is 'water' and here's what I came up with....

This weekend just gone I had a peek at some of the challenges on Shimelle's Christmas crop and made this card based on this challenge, http://www.shimelle.com/paper/1289/woven-christmas-card-tutorial-by-melissa-mann/ picking up on the paper weaving idea. Any excuse to get the sewing machine out works for me :) The watery bit is the snowy/ice theme that's still water it's just frozen, right? I used a real mix up of papers, the pink dot is Kesi'art the grey is 4heures37 and the blue is Lily Bee. The little embellishments are Pink Paislee from the Snow Day ephemera pack. I added them with 3D foam pads to help them stand out from the background a bit. I added the crochet doily because I was trying to give it a more cozy feeling but I guess it could've worked without it?
Anyway pop on over to Daring Cardmakers to check out this weeks dare and all the stunning cards from the DT to inspire you and have a go at a watery project! www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
xx Leo

8 November 2011

December Daily in progress

This weekend I got to dig in to my December Daily project. I've tried to get a few photos but between being without my regular camera and the dark evenings we've got now it's proving a difficult task!I tried my best anyway. Here's what I've got so far.
I decided ages ago on a 6x4 inch format because I had lots of blank postcards I wanted to use as pages. I've supplimented the postcard pages with pieces of cardstock, (doubled up to make them thicker) and acetate pieces.
The cover is made with a Hambly transparancy as the base the piece of kraft cardstock is a blank page I've left behind it. The full pile of goodies I used is on an earlier post bellow. I've mixed up supplies I already had with a few new purchases.

I'm keeping most of the pages quite simple because I've got a small format so I need to leave plenty of room for a photo and some journalling or maybe just one or the other.

Here's one of the postcard pages. I'm going to use the space on the left for a photo then the lines on the right for the journalling. The little postmark stamps worked out just right for the stamp space in the top corner. I've used my date stamp, (it's just one of those from the office supply stores) alongside it to date the pages.

I dug out my Smash book stash, some of the things like the note pages make fun little journalling prompts to fill in.

I'm adding some little kind of divider pages in between each of the daily pages. Some with little reminder like the one above, (time to make cards) then there's the little 'days to go' pages like the one below.
xx Leo

5 November 2011

Daring Cardmakers November Flowers

First off a big massive happy birthday to Daring Cardmakers! I can't believe it's been so long well done guys.
This week it's all about the flowers as we work our way through the flowers of the month in the first week of every month. This week it's the Chrysanthemum. Here's what I came up with this week....

I made the flower from scallop circles cut out with my trusty Nestablities dies. I just snipped into the scallops at a slight angle then layered them all up gluing them in the center and then modeled it into the flower shape bending the paper with my fingers. Really simple thing to do but I was really cuffed with how it turned out. All the papers are leftover bits I've got hanging around from my Quirky Kits. It's a mix of Studio Calico and Lily Bee I think and the greeting is a Pebbles duplicate rub on.

Head on over to Daring Cardmakers HQ to check out the details of this weeks dare and have a go yourself.
xx Leo

28 October 2011

Fantastic Felties


It's Nat that has set the challenge this week over on DCM HQ and this week Nat would like us to make a feature of felt on our cards.
Now I've already admitted in my last post I've totally caught the Christmas bug early so yes I'm breaking out of my habit of rushing doing cards at the last minute and I've actually made a Christmas card, in October!
It's the stupid shops that have set me off with all the decorations, I'm a total kid in a candy store. In Paperchase they had some really cute kawaii decorations so when I grabbed my felt bag and set about making a card all I could think about were kawaii Christmas puddings! I think I'll have to do a set of them, maybe a bauble and a gift box and a stocking and a cracker?
I cut out all the bits of felt by hand and then glued them together. The eyes and mouth are just stitched on using french knots for the eyes. The dotty card is Kesi-art, the kraft card is Papermania and the alphabets are Thickers and October Afternoon minis.
Grab your felt and have a go! www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

27 October 2011

Holidays are coming around again!

Wow it doesn't feel so long ago I was pondering the starting of my December Daily last year and here it is coming around again already! Ok so I know I'm way early and I usually don't start still November but this year I've got so much on I figure I need as much of a head start this year as I can get.
I've been having a play putting my goodies together for my journal base. I started off picking the colour scheme, red and kraft, then I picked out the papers, {American Crafts Hollyday Cherry Nose and Santa Claus, Crate Paper Peppermint Ski Lodge and St Nick, October Afternoon Sidewalks Hide&Seek and Red Rover} along with some red, kraft and white cardstock.

I picked out all the embellishment bits and pieces from my stash just rooting out colours that would work.

I've got some postcard blanks that I'm going to use as my base pages and some pages I'm planning to make just from cardstock and maybe some envelopes. To go with the postcard idea I treated myself to some cute little postmark stamps - these are from Whimsy Stamps. I'm going to make them do double, {or triple I guess it would be} duty though too because I'll use them for gift tags and cards.
For the cover I've picked out a Hambly overlay then I've got some large book rings for the binding.
Can't wait to start putting it together! It's sat on my desk now looking all expectant. :)
Have you caught the Christmas bug yet?

21 October 2011

DCM - Sketch Challenge

This week Kathy has set a sketch dare for us over on Daring Cardmakers, www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

I'm in the process of sorting out my kit scraps so I decided to make another card from leftover kit bits and pieces.

It's  a real big mix up of stuff from Cosmo Cricket, Pink Paislee, Kesi-art, Sassafras, American Crafts and Elle's Studio.
I like using up leftover bits for cards because I'm not bothered too much about what gets covered over because the goal is to use up what I have in front of me so it's a nice simple process. Kathys' sketch made it really easy to work up a design too and there's loads more sketches to play with on the Sketch File Blog Kathy has here, http://kathyswafflesketchfile.blogspot.com/

Don't forget to have a go at this weeks dare, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

xx Leo

P.S I've got a giveaway going on to win the latest Quirky Kit, you've got till 25th Oct 2011. to enter it's on the CT blog, http://craftytemplates.blogspot.com/2011/10/win-hazelnut-coffee-quirky-kit.html

18 October 2011

A Little Bird Told Us...................

Over on The Daring Cardmakers it's Rein who has set the dare this week and has told us to make a card with a bird on it. So here's my got this week, better late than never right?
I had all these lovely papers from mixed up Quirky Kits sat on my desk to use so I set out to make a card just from patterned paper, so no card blank I just used the patterned paper chopped up. The base is a lovely Pebbles one so it's really thick and clunky just right for a card blank. I had to decorate the inside though too so there was somewhere to write on it. For the bird part I used a vintage postage stamp.
There's still time to make a card for this weeks dare and check out this week because there's a lovely ribbony prize up for grabs! www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

xx Leo

7 October 2011

Daring Cardmakers October Flowers of the month

Hey there! I'm back with another Daring Cardmakers card this week.This week we're being inspired by the flowers of the month again which for October are 'Calendula or Cosmos'.
As a starting point I used my own inspiration for this month - I've decided to make October 'the month of collecting'. I've planned another Create 10 class called 'The Collectors Diary' so all this stuff is swirling around in my inspiration consciousness and it's come out in this card. I used a vintage botanical drawing image printed onto patterned paper then just layered it together with a collection of different bits and pieces. The papers are Crate Paper and Kesi-art papers and the little rose trim is Maya Road.

Pop onto the Daring Cardmakers blog and have a go at this weeks challenge, www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
xx Leo

30 September 2011


Or hello! I'm back with another Daring Cardmakers card. This week Lythan has set the dare 'Ooh la la and wunderbar!' The dare is:'As it is the European Day of Languages today I would like your card to feature a foreign language.'

I got this idea in my head right away to make the background with all different ways to say 'hello'. I just used alphabet stamps to make the words all over the card front then added the stickers and the tag to finish. One of those really simple cards to think of but in practice it took about half an hour to stamp out all the words and resulted in very inky fingers but lots of fun :)
The stickers, paper heart and tag are all from American Crafts. The stamps are Banana Frog Tiny Teen and the twine is Pink Paislee.
Pop on over to http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com to have a go at this weeks challenge!
xx Leo

16 September 2011

Daring Cardmakers 'How Many Candles?'

This week Kathy has set the dare and we have to make a card using at least one candle. Myself and the rest of the team also got to try out some Funky Hand papers from the new 'Happy Happy Birthday' cd. Funky Hand are giving away one of the very same cd's this week if you take part in this dare so head on over to The Daring Cardmakers to check out the details and have a go!
Here's what I came up with this week:
When I set about to make the card I found out I only had small scraps of white card left in my stash eek! So I had a look around for some other things I could print the papers onto. I have a packet of white paper doilies and I do love a bit of an experiment so I thought I'll have a go at printing the papers on the doilies. I used small dabs of Pritt Stick to temporarily glue the doilies to a sheet of printer paper and then popped the sheet in my printer and printed the papers over the top. Once the sheet had printed I peeled them off the sheet.

 I got some really cool patterned paper doilies but I also got the pattern left on the paper too as a bonus!

I printed the other papers, (pink and orange stripe) on one of the scraps of white card I had left and used dies and hand cutting to cut out the shapes from them. The flowers are Sassafras Foldies and all the alphabet stickers are American Crafts. The little doily sticker under the candles and the heart sticker are American Crafts too from the Amy Tangerine remarks sticker book. I used real birthday candles tied up with twine and glued on.
Head on over to have a peek at what the rest of the Daring Cardmakers team came up with as we all had different paper to use, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

9 September 2011

Daring Cardmakers 'Flutterby'

Here's my card for the first Daring Cardmakers dare from Keilly who has set the challenge of creating a card inspired by this image on Pinterest. The card also had to include butterflies.

I had the idea to go for the botanical style. I started off with the scrap of paper with the roses(?) on it's a Websters Pages one. I then added the newsprint paper in the background and the card is from a Jenni Bowlin memo block. I thought it kind of looked like a collection of butterflies, like those old Victorian ones. The butterflies are from Etsy; I got lots for Quirky Kits in bright colours and the lady who makes them sent me some more samples, some of them I guess are moths as well as butterflies but I think they're pretty all the same :). The label stickers that make up the greeting are October Afternoon I cut out the shape with my pinked circles Nestabilities from a scrap of Crate Paper, (Portrait I think?). I just added a bit of stitching underneath.

Ready to have a go at this weeks dare? You've got from now until next Friday to have a go check out all the details here.

26 August 2011

Daring Cardmakers 'Feeling Krafty'

This week it's the turn of Fran to set the dare. If you've not checked out Fran's blog yet it's a real treat - full of gorgeous pretty cards!
Fran has set us the challenge of creating a card with 3 'natural' elements. I'm already a huge kraft card fan, (great colour as a base and these ones I used are made from 100% recycled paper so that is another fab plus) so I began with a kraft card base then had a look around for other 'natural' items to use. I love these guinea fowl feathers they're so pretty with their natural little dotty pattern so I decided to use one of those. I also had some new stash to play with; some of the lovely 'Happy Days' from Echo Park. It's bright and fun with a 50's kitschy twist - my favorite kind of twist! I also got a little bit of the Amy Tangerine American Crafts - just the stickers. I'll be getting some more for the next Quirky Kits so I'm being good and waiting to use more of it then.

I don't know if the woodgrain sticker counts as 'natural' enough so I also added a little wooden heart embellishment and some wool felt making a matt with it for the sticker.

Head on over to Daring Cardmakers to get cracking with your own card and remember to add a link to your blog so we can come and see what you've made! www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

19 August 2011

DCM - Inspired by Banksy

This week on the Daring Cardmakers it's the turn of Samm and here's what shes's cooked up for us!

It's my turn to set the dare this week and my challenge is

'Inspired by Banksy'

If you're not aware of who he is, then pop on by Banksy.co.uk and take a look at some of his amazing street art across the world - you could also try a Google Image search on "Banksy" to find lots of fabulous ideas for your card.

So now is your chance to dig out those stencils, use that paint, throw in a few ironic sayings and give your card some 'street life' and show us what you've created.
So here's the card I came up with after lots of head scratching!
I started off with the idea of taking apiece of existing art work and doodling on it just like Banksy does adding his artwork as kind of like a comment on his surroundings..... but I couldn't get it to work in practice it just looked too random. I had to get my head out of literal Banksy style and get back to focusing on how I'd normally make a card but just adding a little bit of Banksy inspiration. I started off with the graffiti idea and used a Tim Holtz texture folder to give the white card a brick pattern. I then made a heart stencil and sprayed through some black ink and then added some water spray on top to make it run a little bit. I then added a bit of washi tape and the greeting then went about distressing it a bit more. I used the edge of a piece of card and scraped over some white paint to give it a bit more texture and sprayed over some white ink. I also rubbed some of the black ink back with a baby wipe. As a last touch I added the resin flower just to give it a focal point and I love the contrast of the bright red against the black too.
Have a go this week, it's a real challenge, maybe it'll help you break out of your comfort zone a bit, it did me! Check out all the details, www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

12 August 2011

Daring Cardmakers So Kawaii!

This week it's my first turn at setting the dare over at The Daring Cardmakers.
I had a think and wanted to come up with something that was a little different and as I love anything kawaii I've set the dare to make a card using kawaii as inspiration.
Here's the cards I made this week:

I used some Kawaii Fruit cuts outs from Kitschy Digitals, funky foam cut out with a Nestabilities die and little bit of Sassafras Me Likey paper and some Paperchase stickers for the first card. The pink polka dot paper I've used on both cards is actually a Christmas one - the Echo Park everybody loves Christmas. It's not really Christmassy on this side but it's a fab bright colour! The little ice cream on the bottom card is a stamp from My Cute Stamps and the badge is from Paperchase. I fixed it on with a little bit of foam pad so it can be taken off the card. The embossing on the card is a Cuttlebug Folder.

Are you ready to create a card that's so kawaii? Head on over to Daring Cardmakers to see what the rest of the design team cooked up and join in yourself, www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

6 August 2011

Daring Cardmakers 'Flowers of August'

Wow, how weird is it to be in August already? It's weird to me anyway. Looking out of the window this morning it looks more like October, brrrr.

Anyway it's daring cardmakers time again and this week the challenge or prompt or dare (however you want to think of it) is to to use the flowers of the month as inspiration and the flowers of August are poppies and gladiolas.

I have a big love of poppies so I was instantly drawn into wanting to use them on my card. I also wanted to have a play with my new goodies I've just treated myself to and it just so happened that in one of the goodies I found a poppy! I got some of the cute Sassafras Foldies embellishments. The Sunshine Broadcast papers are super lush I got some for the August Quirky Kits so I've been having a play and wanted more so I treated myself to some of the Foldies and some other bits and pieces. I grabbed a couple of sheets of a new paper range from My Little Shoe Box 'Audrey' at the same time that caught my eye (and I thought) worked well with the whole pretty girly look of the flowery Foldies.

I added some glossy accents to the poppy and the cameo to make them stand out a bit against everything going on. It started off simple but I had a load of scrap paper pieces out on my desk so I just kept grabbing them and sticking them down, I can't bare to throw away cute patterned paper no matter how small the pieces are!

Pop on over to see what the rest of the design team have been up to & to get busy yourself with this weeks dare, daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

Have fun!
xx Leo

29 July 2011

Daring Card Makers - Cute as a Button!

It's Sharon who has set the challenge for us this week and the challenge is to make a card using buttons as a main design element. I also had a double challenge this week as I needed to make a Christening card for my cousins three little ones. I've not got a massive supply of pastel pretty baby kind of colours in my supplies and the card needed to work for both girls and boys so I decided to go for yellow and blue. For the button element I decided to make some trim with buttons on. I used some calico and tore a strip then just stitched the buttons on. I made a big long length of it so I'm thinking of making a box for the card and wrapping some more of the button trim around it.

I might also add on the names onto each of the bears I'm not certain yet but it would be nice to incorporate the names somewhere I think?

Well hope you join in with the challenge this week. Pop onto the Daring Cardmakers blog to see what the rest of the design team have been cooking up! http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
xx Leo

22 July 2011

Daring Cardmakers - Wish you were here?

It's Daring Cardmakers time again and this week Lynda has set the challenge to come up with a summer holiday inspired card. Lynda mention caravans and it just so happens I had caravans on the brain this month! I pinned a really cute one on my pintrest board for my July inspiration so that also settled my caravan choice. I set about carving a caravan stamp from an eraser. It's something I've done before so I've had a little practice at it, (also like making lino stamps) but it is a really easy thing to have a go at and very addictive! You just need a lino cutting tool and an eraser. I sketched the design on the eraser first and then carved along the details and then carved out the shape from the edge. To test it you have to ink it then if any bits show you don't want you can carve them off.

I loved the simple naive kind of design so I kept the card design simple too. I enjoyed stamping them so much I ended up doing two cards and the caravan stamps carry on around the backs of the cards too!

I just added a little bit of washi tape and a heart stitched on with my sewing machine.

Are you playing along with us this week? Check out the Daring Cardmakers blog and play along, www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
xx Leo

15 July 2011

Daring Cardmakers - Pintrest Inspired

Time for another Daring Cardmakers challenge! This week the design team were set the challenge by Nat to make a card inspired by the image of our own choosing from the Pintrest site. Well this one was pretty simple for me as I love Pintrest but when I came to pick my image I was totally overwhelmed for choice! I went all around pintrest typing in the search box things I loved then ended up on some pretty blogs I found via some of the images then pinned a few bits then went back onto pintrest and eventually.... I ended up with this image:

It's got a lovely fresh and clean feel while still being fun and colourful plus it's got a little bit of vintage in there so all together perfect to me!
So here's the card I've made inspired by the image above......
I used scraps of patterned paper and cut out the circle shapes using a Nestabilities pinked circles die then stitched them into garlands with my sewing machine. The greeting bit I've hand-stitched on to card with some Pink Paislee twine. I was umming and arring whether or not to put anything else on there but I decided to hold back and just keep it simple.
Pop along to The Daring Cardmakers blog and have a go at this weeks very 'pin tresting' dare!
xx Leo

11 July 2011

Inspiration Monday

Wow, can't believe it's Monday again already that seems to have come around very quickly this week! eek! Well I've had a look around Pintrest for a image to inspire this week and I've settled on one from my own board this week:

Original image from www.marthastewartweddings.com

I just loved this idea initially of using the vintage brooches as a bouquet - (that's why I pinned it!) but when you look more into this image there's loads more to gleam from it - the colours - mixing up lots of different types of flowers and materials - just lovely! I love the idea of mixing in daisies with roses so I defo think that is going to inspire a project some time this week.

If you make anything inspired by the image this week show me show me! lol
xx Leo

8 July 2011

Daring Cardmakers - 'Suitcase'

It's Friday! It's time for another Daring Cardmakers card. It was the turn of Rein this week who has set the following dare:

it's Rein here this week and my dare is
I'd like you to use a suitcase in any way you like on your card.
It could be what you put in your suitcase when you're off travelling, or you could incorporate any sort of suitcase; old, new, shiny or battered into your design.

And this is what I've come up with this week...........

Funny story actually I made this card this morning about 15mins ago because I've been so busy this week with so many things rushing through my head I forgot it was Friday! Who forgets it's Friday?! I think I need a holiday! lol I grabbed my leftovers of For The Record by Echo Park because I knew I had a suitcase sticker on there so that was good to go. There's a scrap of October Afternoon paper on there too ( the crossword one). I wanted it to look more grungy so I went for a spattering of white ink, (Mr Huey Calico White). The camera is a stamp - I thought it went well with the whole travely themed birthday card. The happy bit is Thickers - got some bargain ones in the Sarahs Cards sale, these little size ones are fab for cards.
Well if you'd like to play along with this weeks dare get yourself over to Daring Cardmakers and give it a go! www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

4 July 2011

Inspiration Monday #5

Here's this weeks inspiration Monday image I've picked out from Pintrest.........

Love this pretty garland, how lovely would this be to hang greetings cards from! I also love the fact it's been made with washi tapes - I have a major cute tape addiction!

1 July 2011

Daring Cardmakers - July Flowers

As it's the first week of a new month we have the birthday flowers of the month to take inspiration from this week. The flowers for July are the Larkspur and Water Lily.
Here's my card this week:

I used the Larkspur as inspiration, it has long lupin like flowers so I had a go at making that kind of shape as a branch but I wasn't getting anywhere with that so instead I focused on just one of the flowers from a close up picture and used it as inspiration to make a paper flower from handmade white paper. I used a smaller green flower to make the middle bit and squished it up then covered it in Glossy Accents and popped a couple of seed beads on top.  The bird image is a vintage book page I found on the internet and printed off. The bow I made from calico misted with Cosmic Shimmer mist. The background is a Making Memories journalling note thingy and the sticker is Crate Paper with some Adornit alphabet stickers on top.

Pop onto Daring Cardmakers to have a go at this weeks challenge, there's a prize giveaway this week too! http://www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

27 June 2011

Inspiration Monday #4

Here's the Inspiration Monday image I've picked out from Pintrest to take inspiration from this week....

original image source
Love this image, the colours, the summer feel, everything!
If you make anything inspired by this weeks image let me know & leave a comment so I can come and see.
xx Leo 

24 June 2011

Something Old, Something New

The theme for this weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge has been set by Lythan and it's to create a card featuring something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Here's what I've come up with this week......
I love collecting vintage bits and pieces to use in my crafting so that was the first part of my stash I raided and picked out a vintage doily and a book page. I also had an old IKEA pillow case in my fabrics pile so I picked that out then decided to go for a kind of shabby chic kind of thing. For my new bit I picked out the last stash I invested in some K&Co Smash tape and paper tabs. The borrowed bit was tricky I was going to use one of my grandmas vintage photos, (well a copy obviously) but I couldn't get my printer to play so I had to think of something else. It's rather tenuous but the paper at the back of the card is one piece of Sassafras Mix & Mend and I cut out or 'borrowed' a scallop piece from the middle to use as a layer. I did the same with the doily cutting out the middle bit to use as one of the layers. The pillowcase fabric I used as a little banner. For the blue I added a blue rose brad, (American Crafts) and a blue pearl in the felt flower.
Play along with this weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge, leave a link so we can come and see what you've been creating! http://www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

22 June 2011

Work Desk Wednesday

Just got in front of my desk for a little crafty play so thought I'd take a quick snap for workdesk Wednesday........

I'm working on my card ready for Friday's Daring Cardmakers Dare Gallery. Here's a close up, can you guess what the theme is from this? Bet you can't :p

I'm really enjoying being part of the team over there it's defo keeping my creative juices flowing because it's a fab push to make something every week. Pop on over to Julia's blog to carry on your magical mystery tour of work desks!

20 June 2011

Inspiration Monday #3

Another Monday so here's another image to get inspiration from this week. I've had a rummage through Pintrest and picked out this image:

What's not to love? Great colour and texture and pattern. I love how the colours are bright but also subtle in the image. I'm feeling painty this week too so I'm defo going to take inspiration from the messy painty layers, yum!
Let me know if you make anything inspired by this image this week...

17 June 2011

Let's Rock with the Daring Cardmakers

This week Kathy has set us this dare:

It's Kathy here with this week's new challenge:
Rocking All Over the World
This week I'd like you to make a Wobble Card - these are cards which have a curved base so that when you tap them they rock, or wobble from side to side.
Now what you put on your card is up to you, BUT if you're up for a bit more of a challenge, how about adding something of a pun, and giving your card a "rocking" theme too?
And this is the card I've come up with this week,

I wanted to make a little rocking boat on the ocean. I started making the base card with the rounded base and then cut out the wave bits from card and then covered them with felt and glued them on top of the card. I then thought it needed more texture to get across more feeling of movement so I added more pieces of fabric and papers and then stitched with the sewing machine all over the top. I had to cut my card up and make another base card though so I could cover over the stitching at the back, I just used more of the same colour card glued it over the back and then re-cut it out. The little boat I made with washi tapes and deco tapes and used fabric for the sails. The pirate flag is just a bit of deco tape wrapped around a pin that I popped down the middle.
Are you ready to rock? Join in with this weeks challenge and we'll come over to your blog and take a peek! http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com/2011/06/lets-rock.html

xx Leo