Friday, 25 April 2008

Competiton update, Thank god its friday ,Arty Girlz, 4 by 4 Friday challenge entry

Hi just a quick one today

update on the Dovecraft competiton Latest entries are by Susie, you can see Susies blog here

and this lovely card featuring Dovecraft contemporary papers is one of her entries

to find out how you can enter the competiton to win the Dovecraft Laura Ashley Traditional selection see the competiton post

To find out how you can win the Dovecraft Contemporary selection featured in Susies card you need the Challenge Post this weeks challenge is make your own metal embellishments with instructions.

Anyway have attempted a couple of challenges as well today

I have combined Arty Girlz handmade backgrounds challenge (my second handmade background, with 4 by 4 Fridays flowers and Thank god its Friday acetate challenge.

Forgot to add the picture silly me

Anyway not sure what plans are for the weekend
i may get to do a couple of challenges so may see you over the weekend

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Introducing my grandson , Scrapdragons and Sisterhood of scrap and Take part Tuesday challenge entry

Hello all.

Thought for once I would do something totally unrelated to either the make your own metal embellishments challenge (which I do have another example for you of a layout using the make your own metal embellishments techniques. This is a layout I did a while ago. Thoughts on my daughter getting married I printed the title reversed onto paper . Then used this to trace the outline. Then embossed squiggles around the edge and a smaller squiggle inside)

or the Dovecraft Laura Ashley Competition. So went searching for challenges. I fancied doing some Scrapping as I haven't done any for a while anyway I came across,

Scrapdragons and their challenge was paper peicing and the Sisterhood of scrap whos challenge was Sun and its also another entry to the Take Part Tuesday Polka dots challenge as there were not many dots on my other entry.

So anyway went to print off my selected photos, put my new printer cartridge in my printer and it didn't fit.

Not to be put off I decided that I could do the layout I was thinking of as a digital lo with a digital paper peicing so here is my entry

This is my beautiful grandson Jake who is just 3 months old. These are two of my favorite photos and knew that these were the ones I wanted to do the layout with.

If you like the paper peicing you can downlod it in pink and blue or in the other colourway orange and blue

so thats it for today. Bye for now

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Dovecraft Laura Ashley Competiton Example, Challenge example, Take part tuesday and Artygirlz Challenge Entry

Hi all

I have a couple of examples for you the 1st one is both an example for the Dovecraft Laura Ashley competition. You can enter any crafted item that you have used 1 dovecraft product on if you are European (Other internationals can use one of the following DCWV, Hampton art stamps or Bind it all due to lack of availability of Dovecraft outside Europe)

This card uses the Dovecraft Laura Ashley traditional 12 by 12 stack, dome stickers, and ribbon . The paisley stamp used was from The Dovecraft Laura Ashley clear stamp set stickers from the competion prize (Mine though not the actual prize LOL). Ifyou like these papers, and don't want to wait to see if you have won, you can buy them from the competition sponsor ART AND CRAFT WORLD who have great prices on loads of great items.

My card is also an example for the make your own metal embellishment challenge
INSTRUCTIONS,CHALLENGE RULES AND ENTRY POST HERE if your challenge entry gets picked as my favorite you get 5 extra draw tickets in the challenge and blog candy draw.
Last weeks challenge Shaker box game challenge winner is Rosie you can see the winning card on Rosies blog so Rosie 5 more draw tickets for you.

I also have another example for the Make your own metal embellishments but this time it is also an example for Take part Tuesday (Polka dots) challenge and for Artygirlz challenge Make your own backgrounds

The whole background was made by stamping metal embossing foil with stazon. Then embossing as per my instructions. The stamps I used where Dovecraft Clear stamps Best friends set. I added hand drawn polka dots to my card flower and finished with an embossed metal flower.
I also have a freebee paper for you again

If you like it you can download it free here

Don't forget you can also get Blog candy and challenge draw tickets for entrering the competiton. challenge,, commenting on my blog or spreading the news about the competiton and challenges on your blog. (If you do post about the competiton or challenge on your blog please make sure you post a comment on my blog telling me)

Competiton closes on 14th May

Challenge finishes 28th May when a new challenge will start . Draw will finish on the 14th of Maywhen the winner will be pulled from a bowl (or hat)

Anyway thats all for today

Monday, 21 April 2008

Make your own metal embellishments , with instructions . Free paper Download. Mixed Media Monday and Ismaki challenge entry New look Blog Hit or Miss

Hello all

This weeks challenge is Make your own Metal embellishments and here is my example

I have used Prima Coquette papers and matching Prima essentials 3 Coquette flowers and a black Prima Center kiss. The wonderful stamp I have used is by Crafty Individuals I love their range of stamps Not only are the stamps all stunning images but the prices are very good too.

So basic instructions for making your own metal embellishments

You will need

Silver embossing foil (you can use other colours and you can pre treat with alcohol inks)

Various sizes of embossing tools from very small to large ball tips

stazon ink pad

a range of Permanant markers


Solid foam mat like C dees stamping mat or parchment pricking mat

low tack masking tape

Silicon Glue

old credit or loyalty card

1 Cut out a peice of foil larger than you want completed embelishment to be . Then stamp image with stazon and leave to dry

2 With masking tape, tape your foil peice onto your foam mat. Then with the smallest ball tool trace over the black lines of your stamped image. Then using appropriate sized tools emboss any areas you want to stand out.

3 remove tape and turn over foil, You should now be able to see the image and the areas you want to emboss. Tape down to mat.

4 With the small ball tool retrace over the thin lines, then emboss the other areas using the appropriate tools. Remove from pad

5 With permanant markers colour any areas you want to colour. Try to avoid the stazon lines where possible and for areas where you can't only go over the stazon once and it should remain in place.

6 Turn completed peice over so it is face down. Squeeze a large blob of silicon in the center of your peice. Then scrape outwards until silicon fills all the recesses and then scrape of excess (This protects you work from crush damage either in the post or your scrapbook album) Set aside to dry.

7 Cut out your finished metal embelishment,

Chalenge entries must be in Midnight on the 28th . If you enter you get 1 draw ticket in the Challenge and comment draw. If you are chosen as the winner you will bet an extra 5 tickets in this months draw

Don't forget

last weeks shaker box game challenge you still have until midnight tonight to get your entries in Challenge and entry post HERE

Dovecraft competiton you have until 14th May to get your entries in Dovecraft Craft competiton details and entry post HERE

I also have a link to the new Trimcraft (Makers and suppliers of Dovecraft if your wondering about this random posting, was looking for some info and came across this) social crafting site to be opened on the 1st May. If you pre register there is a £1000 draw for craft vouchers, the craft vouchers come in £25.00 vouchers so you can spread them through the year. Nifty idea, You can spread the fun throughout the year. Of course I have pre registered (maybe I should have kept this to myself more chance of winning) and have my fingers and toes crossed LOL . It looks like it will be a great site. You can have your own page and gallery and there will be competitons, craft videos and lots more. TRIMCRAFT CREATIVE SOCIAL SITE

Todays free paper is based on spicy colours

If you like it you can download it free here FREE PAPER DOWNLOAD

Plus I have managed to fit in another challenge today this time its Mixed Media Monday and the challenge is Hats

So here is my ATC A bit of Hattitude Background paper is from Dovecraft Retro floral 6 by 6 pack ,its also an example for My challenge making your own metal embellishments . this time I printed out reversed text and used that to trace. Then I distressed the metal with stazon.Unfortuantly it has nt photographed very well

I have also managed to fit in ISMAKI sketch challenge

Which i made the metal letters for by cutting a strip of embossing foil to the width of my dymo tape and putting it through the dymo
so that is it for today I doubt I will get time to post tommorow

I would also love your opinion on my new look blog. There is a vote in the side bar. thanks

Don#t forget to enter your craft items for the Dovecraft laura Ashley competiton.