Sunday, 28 February 2016

Deep Purple

I may have mentioned before but I'm so loving the Sketch Challenge at from 'From the Heart Stamps'. I think it may have something to do with the fact that they appear to be liking my cards, yippee!  Anyway, I was pleased with this weeks sketch but I didn't have any of their stamps that would cover what I had in mind.  Shame! I would just have to go and find one in their store.  Shh, Do Not Tell the Hubby!

Once I had what I wanted it seemed to take me ages to colour them in and even longer to cut them out and layer them up and this is what I came up with.

This is the original sketch

I have to admit, now I've made the card it looks totally different from the original sketch.  I will admit to using a rectangle instead of a square and I did use the cut out butterfly instead of the circle (well it is me, it wouldn't be one of mine without some fussy cutting) but I think I spaced my flowers too far apart.  As the backing paper has stitching on already I didn't add any string or ribbon.
Oh well, I like it and I hope you do too.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Friday, 26 February 2016

A New Challenge

After my recent success with a couple of my challenge cards (believe me, I've not stopped grinning yet), I decided to branch out and try a different blog challenge.  I've been a big fan of Tiddly Inks for years and I have been following the blog challenges on Bloglovin - as I do.  But, as yet, I haven't dipped my toe in the water.  I noticed this particular challenge about a week ago and I even found a stamp in my collection (I think it was a freebie from years ago - not sure if it's available still).  However, I've been up to my neck in it this week and thought I'd missed the boat.  Well, I've just checked and the challenge is still open so, here goes.

The challenge was to create a 'Thinking of You' card and, having trawled through my collection of Tiddly Inks stamps, this one stood out to me as the obvious choice.  I hope you like what I've done with it.

I wish I had a better camera.  It's so much clearer in real life and I love how it's turned out (oh, good grief, that's two cards I'm pleased with in two weeks!)

Thanks for reading

Love Dawn x

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Don't you dare mention my age!

Well, I have to admit I've had lots of fun with this sketch this week.  I bought a couple of new digis at From the heart Stamps this week as I am loving their sketch challenge.  I wasn't even bothered that it was another 'off centre' design.  I just wanted to colour my new favourite stamp and enter it.  So here is the sketch

And here is what I've done with it

Yes, I know, I fussy cut the image again but I'm really happy with how this looks (believe me, that doesn't happen often).  I did originally use numbered backing paper to try and fit in with the twist but it didn't look anywhere near as good as the oriental writing.  I particularly like the sentiment as I'm having a rather big birthday myself this year and I could do with my own ninja to keep a lid on it.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Valentine for my Valentine

Well, I'm still grinning from having my lighthouse card picked as a Top 3 Pick at From the Heart Stamps. I'm so chuffed I've been telling anyone who'll listen.  However, it does kind of pile on the pressure to come up with something for this week's sketch.
He is this week's sketch and I have to admit to being a bit daunted.  I'm very much a symmetrical kind of card maker and the fact that the blue bit was bigger than the striped bit was sending me a bit OCD.  I kept looking at it and thinking it's really not my week but, hay ho, I did need to send a valentine to my husband and the love of my life (just one card, they are the same person!) So here's what I came up with.
I promise that there are two black panels and they are embossed with different folders but you can't really see 'cause I covered the edge with red and black hearts - mainly so I couldn't really dwell on the top panel being smaller than the bottom one.  I suppose, technically, I should have left the cute little mouse as a square panel but I am just one of life's fussy cutters so I cut him out and covered the balloon part with more hearts.  Now all I have to do is hope the hubby doesn't read my blog until after I've given him my card.  I hope I haven't deviated too far from the sketch.  All the elements are there, they are just covered up with glittery hearts.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

New Look and a New Sketch

Well, as I seem to be blogging a little more often these days I decided yesterday to revamp the old look.  It's fairly easy to do as I used a new background from 'the cutest blog on the block'.  I hope you like it.  I do.

I also managed, with a little spare time I didn't expect to have (long story but my colleague had been making me tea with skimmed milk instead of soya and a really grotty stomach ensued) I managed to do a card for this week's sketch challenge at From the Heart blog.  I will admit to bottling out of the twist as what I had in mind didn't fit that bill.  I was also in two minds as to whether to enter or not as my card looked different in my mind than it turned out in real life.

When I saw the sketch I had an instant plan for the lighthouse stamp I bought last week (you can find it here).  My plan was to create the diagonal element of the sketch with string and tie a nautical knot to compliment the lighthouse theme.  Unfortunately, the string was too thin for what I had in mine and para cord was too thick.  That only really left me with ribbon to go with.  You should be able to see the two layers of ribbon within the knot but it sort of got lost and left me with a different looking knot.  Although I'm happy with how it sits, it's different to my original plan.  Anyway, this is what I'm left with

and this was the original sketch
Oh rats!  I've just realised I could have put my sentiment in a heart shape.  Well, it's too late now.  I hope you like it.  Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x