Saturday, 3 January 2009

The quickest card ever!

I wanted to do the challenge on Dottie's World this week - get well wishes - but time ran out. So this is the easiest, quickest card on record - a download of Dottie at work, ready coloured picture of nurse and words added - and still in time for the deadline of the challenge (I sort of promise that I'll spend more time on the next challenge!):



Dottie's downloads are terrific - if you haven't seen them yet, why not follow the link and try some for yourself - but be warned: you'll want more!

Sunday Stamper 41 + Mixed Media Monday

Following on from the last post, I used the same background and stamp for this card for Sunday Stamper and Mixed Media Monday (links as below) - both of which challenged to make something using favourite things - in this case, using alcohol inks. I used some stickles on the trees:



As is often the case, I'm not happy with the scan (and a photo looked worse) - the sky doesn't look as good as it does irl (looks somehow softer and more blended).

Sunday Postcard art

I found Sunday Postcard art today and thought I'd combine this with some stamping challenges - I ended up making one postcard and one square card, using the same background and stamp - which I'll submit for Sunday Stamper and Mixed Media Monday.

I used alcohol inks for the sky background. a mixture of denim, silver, slate and red pepper. And, of course, I've used the trees stamp again that I used earlier today, seen in a post below.

Becuase the trees were stamped on to shiny card I must have moved the stamp slightly and it became a bit blurred, but I thought that it gives a more shadowy look which might even suggest a hint of frost or snow, so I decided to keep it as it is.



Joanna Sheen January challenge: stamped background + Lots to do 1: Time

The January challenge on Joanna Sheen is to use a stamped background on a card and the new challenge on Lots to do (kindly taken over now by Hilda) is 1: Time.

I've used a couple of Debbi Moore text stamps randomly to make the background and the two images are from Miniatures 'People & Places' from craftyindividuals.



The background card is from pda.

I thought this card could be used for someone going away, either on holiday or for another reason, adding a 'bon voyage' on the insert if appropriate.

Four challenges in one!

There are so many lovely challenge blogs out there now - so much to inspire us and get the creative juices flowing - thank goodness, because today I don't really feel like doing much at all (my back is feeling as if I've ridden a horse for hours and hours and got off it and can't move - not that I've ever ridden a horse in my life!!).

Anyway, to get back to the reason for this post. I was very taken with the background provided on Art Creations Friday (found this lovely challenge site via a link from somebody else - as you do!). The brief is: 'Every friday we post a new challenge, a picture or a background. You must use that picture or background and make a atc or card, or something els you like.'

A few days ago I said I would do something for the 'trees or leaves' challenge 41 on Lots to do, so it was a lovely opportunity to use one of my favourite tree stamps, simply stamped with black versafine on to the background provided on Art Creations. This was then mounted on to a black card blank (it has an iridescent sheen to it that you can't see on the scan) and added a couple of pieces of black and gold sticky ribbon.

If you follow the link to Lots to do, you'll see that this is the last challenge, but the good news is that Hilda is taking over the challenges, so there will still be lots to do!

The other challenges I'm linking to are Wednesday stamper open theme, using at least one rubber stamp, and TGIF 66: winter time.



(As often is the case, the top of the card looks crooked, but not irl!)

Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog

I've just come across a new challenge blog - a sketch one with a twist - 'Every 2 weeks there will be a sketch to follow. You can rotate the sketch, resize the elements and add extra elements if needed.
The second part of the challenge is to use your newest stash on your card. You can use a new paper, new stamp, new embellishments etc. They can all be new or just one thing which is new, that's up to you!
When you're posting your card on your blog please let everyone know what your new item is, the make or manufacturer and a link to where you bought it from if possible!
But most importantly, HAVE FUN!!'

'To celebrate the launch of the Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog we are offering some blog candy! One lucky person will win a Willow with Umbrella stamp from Whiff of Joy. We are offering some blog candy! One lucky person will win a Willow with Umbrella stamp from Whiff of Joy.'

The first challenge is going to be on Monday 5 January, but there is an opportunity until today to win some candy by leaving a comment and linking.

Looks interesting! Why not take a look here