Wednesday 16 March 2011

Balloon birthday wishes

I got sidetracked (once again!) into making a card for today's 365 cards (day 16): abstract art.

I tapped some squares of stormy sky and worn lipstick DIs on to my craft sheet and spritzed with water. Then I dabbed my piece of card randomly on it, repeating the process till I was happy with it, then spraying the card with water to blend the colours - so this is my attempt at 'abstract art'. Just for fun this week's challenge is ' try out a new tecnique' - I've done similar things with DIs before, but not quite like this.

As I've used the FF stamp (coloured with copic) this another entry for Forever Friends monthly challenge 3: no design papers.

I used the sketch for Teddy stampers 31:

I used cuttlebug embossing folders for the embossed pink strip and for the blue panel, which I then sanded and swiped with worn lipstick DI. The embossing is for Stamping royalty 63: texturise - dry embossing.

Just the addition of a few Poundland bling gems, a pink foiled sentiment and the glittery 3, all of which are more 'blingy' irl. The base card is stardream, so that too has a sparkle to it.

This is also for:

Cupcake 133: up in the air (no optional green this time)
Fun with shapes and more 78: happy birthday
Simon says: happy birthday
Cute card Thursday 155: happy 3rd birthday - card for 3 year old
Stampin' B 101: bling
One stitch at a time 53: glitter & gems
Fairytale 10: children - something for a child
Aly's: anything goes

Some bunny loves you

The Forever Friends monthly challenge 3 is 'no dessign papers'. I embossed down the side of the card with Docrafts 'woodland folk' embossing folder and scribbled with Caran d'ache pastels swiped with a baby wipe for the sky and the grass. The tree etc was coloured with copics as was the bear which is a stamp from Forever Friends spring time collection - and so are the two sentiments.

The butterflies look stranger here than irl because of the gold foiling.

I'm not that happy with the card, but it's done now - I'm aware of some bits that I could have done better, but, hey ho.

This is also for:

Crafty purple frog: fly away with us
Cupcake 133: up in the air with optional green
Delightful: delightful butteflies
Flourish timeless 109: butterflies
Crop stop 10: spring is in the air - butterflies and flowers
Flutter by Wednesday 146: green and/or sketch - I've included butterflies
Lexi 35: Easter
Cooking it up with Katie 53: it's a cute green Easter
Stampavie 133: spring or Easter
Pink elephant 95: spring time
Woodware USA 18: spring is coming
Stamp and create 19: spring break
Crafty calendar 18: spring
Stamp, scrap & doodle: spring has sprung
Crafty Ann 36: spring
Beary sweet 22: spring
Stamping royalty 63: texturise - dry embossing
Aly's: anything goes

Now I must get on with some quicker cards - asking myself why I've just spent far too long on this card?!


It's Wednesday again and time to show our workdesks and have a good snoop at others. If you don't know what I'm on about then hop over to Julia's blog and have a look at WOYWW 93 - and join in.

As I'm selling cards at our WEF at church Friday evening (and out most of the day tomorrow) I need to concentrate today on making as many cards as possible - that was the plan, until I remembered last night that I haven't done my Salt LO yet for tomorrow's challenge, which is my topic this time - two members of the team have theirs on the blog already and I haven't and I'm the one who chose the theme. So that's got to be first priority when I've finished this.

My workspace is organised, ready for doing as much as possible today. On the left you can see boxes of cards all ready (I did manage to bag up the piles I showed last Wednesday - such a boring, but necessary, job). Beside that you can see a box that includes lots of Easter stuff and then there's a pile of offcuts and bits that haven't yet found their way to my offcuts box - hoping to reduce this pile a bit today.

Looking to the right of me, I have a box of inserts and a couple of boxes of envies at the ready so I have no excuse not to complete the cards I make today.

And there are some stamps lurking up the corner - they need cleaning, but they will have to wait. And you can see some cards that need finishing off.

And today I'm also showing the windowill that is housing boxes that have stuff at the ready - including the purple box that contains all the cello bags - so no excuse for not finishing off bagging up what I make today. In the bottom corner you can just see the top of my paper bag that's sellotaped to the top of my trolley - it's handy for all those little bits of paper that need to go into the recycling bin.

So now I need to get on first with my Salt LO and then with more cards. So, if anyone sees me in blogland, please kick me off - gently though because my back is playing up atm.

Thanks for any comments that you leave me - I feel I am a bad WOYWWer because I just can't spend time atm getting round the blogs - hope you understand.

And when Friday evening's over, I have an 'at home' sale day for Tearfund on Saturday 26 March - which reminds me that's another job that needs doing today - to make and print the invites and send out a block email to friends. I'd better get on ....