Thursday, 31 January 2008

Funky Fairy Challenge 5

This week's challenge on the Funky Fairy Challenge blog was set by Maeyla:
for challenge 5 you get to dig out all your oranges,blacks,n circles! yep your challenge MUST include orange,black AND circles
white is allowed but NO other colour!!!
so orange black and white only!!!!
circles MUST feature heavily- somewhere or somehow!!!
other things can be added as long as they are within the colour scheme!!!
and remember if ya get stuck...funky fairy has some orange coloured papers on the free section,just sign up and away ya go!!!
I have been playing with my Cuttlebug animals so used some of Funky Fairy Cool Coordinates orange paper for the lion and giraffe and behind the monkey (eyes, etc): Shame they are a bit small to see the circles pattern. Used Doodles for Daniel to stamp white Brilliance flowers on to black and then mounted on to my own dotty paper and on to black and orange card with orange mini brads. I think the orange/black is quite sophisticated so want to do the same now with big orange flowers instead of the animals.
If you want to have a go, and there is a prize, check out the challenge blog: You have til Sunday.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Cartes Maniak challenge 37

A French blog, Cartes Maniak, have challenges each Thursday so I have made this card using the sketch for challenge 37. It is using Funky Fairy Pinkie Pops paper and frame topper with the Doodles for Daniel 'Love' stamp. Added a bit of 3D glaze and stitching, et voila!

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Funky Fairy Challenge 4 - Winged thingy!

Well, I have lost it all this week: mojo, my stazon, marbles, the plot and where did the week go? I want them all back!
Andrea set a great challenge this week: Create a papercrafted item incorporating a winged thingy, It could be a Funky Fairy, Butterfly, Angel, Cherub ( do cherubs have wings?) etc.... but it has to be the main focal point of the item.
I had one of those ideas that should have stayed in my head I think but I will share it anyway:
The whole card is using Pinkie Pops I used hearts for butterfly wings and cut the bottom of the lower heart to make the antennae and buttons with pink glaze for the body and decoration. The butterfly is mounted on an acetate strip folded so the butterfly hangs clear of the card and it moves beautifully but not happy with card overall. Too much pink?

However, while playing around with the Doodles for Daniel stamps I had another idea that one of the flowers could be cut to make a butterfly so I stamped and coloured on the reverse of this Papermania glittered vellum and cut out the flowers so that the middle was attached to one petal and I turned these round and remounted them with wire and sequin antennae. Used different Pinkie Pops for backing and embellishments and made these two cards. Will be good for girls' birthdays.

I want my mojo back! :(

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Just Cutters CD - example decoupage

If you have a Craft Robo you might already know that many gsd file templates, offered freely on the UK Scrappers site and elsewhere on the internet, were copied on to CDs and being sold on eBay! To fight against the theft a number of talented UKS designers offered previously unpublished designs and compiled their own CD which can be bought here. You'll need to be quick though as there are only a few left. There are tons of very clever pop-ups and all sorts of images. Here is one decoupage by 'Emerald' mounted on one of my backing designs and Anita's sticky ribbon. Love his wistful look.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

It's not just for Winter!

I have used the Winter Collection here to digitally scrap some old photos: I have used the 'big trees dove colourwash' with plain Dove and 'tiny trees Dove' layered on top of each other under the 2 photos and then played with 'tiny trees white - dove' and 'dove snow storm' to make some buttons (Can you spot which ones they are?) so I've just made an 'extras' page to include in the collection with the 9 buttons shown here.

Friday, 18 January 2008

Kerudoc Creation is born!

I have finally launched my Winter Collection! What do you mean it's nearly Spring? There's all those snow and skiing scenes to be scrapped yet. And anyway there are lots of general basic papers and really gorgeous trees for any time of the year! And the colours are fab. Here are a few of the things I have come up with although I have been too busy designing the collection to do much else yet so there will be lots more to come. A few friends received this new year's card:
The following card was for challenge 35 on Cartes Maniak: Papers and tag from the Winter collection. On very porous card the colours come out much paler than on coated stock. This is the lilac and silver.
And one of the 'sage' tiny trees papers and another tag:
What do you think?

Thursday, 17 January 2008

An award!

Sharon has given me an award! Thank you Shaz. As she has given it to the rest of the Funky Fairy design team plus other people with fabby blogs what can I say but 'Right back at ya!'. Apart from making me laugh with her ramblings, and worried when she's not (wondering what shes' up to), she literally makes my day as there aren't many where I'm not using some of her designs.

More Pinkie Pops

I am posting these now as I have a little excitement of my own to reveal later. However at the moment I keep being drawn to Pinkie Pops whilst shouting 'but I don't DO pink': It has totally converted me!

Garden months

Sticking with the garden theme, when I was in the greenhouse last week I felt the need to have a small note book of what I should be sowing or planting each month to save me constantly rifling through the seed packets. I had the Funky Fairy 'Months' in mind and when the Doodles for Daniel stamps arrived on Saturday I went in to flower heaven. After lots of playing, stamping, colouring and cutting out of small flowers I ended up with this to brighten up my planting days.
December is going to say 'Clean the greenhouse!' when I finally finish it.
I think a chipboard birthday book or some such would look fab.

Monday, 14 January 2008

Fairy Garden

My neice, Terri, is 15 today: Happy Birthday Tez! She is creating a fairy garden so as part of her pressie I made her this garden fairies set from Cuddly Buddly, complete with the seeds and note cards etc. The plant tags are on acetate, folded over the kebab skewers and glitter glued down to make them weather-proof (I hope). Made it last week but can reveal all now: Hope it arrived on time! May all your flowers grow.

Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Shadow card

Well, while making my card for the Funky Fairy challenge below, I decided it wouldn't be too hard to do a bit of a rearrange of the spare card I'd printed to make a 'shadow' card for the Daring Cardmakers challenge: All the same ingredients but arranged differently for a different occasion. Apart from changing the sentiment, which is allowed, the only other difference in ingredients is that I didn't colour in the 3 brads pink, I left them silver. However I still used the same permanent pen to colour the staples as before so it's still there! Did also use 3D stickies this time but I think that's allowed.

Monday Challenge 3 - 2008

Can I just say first of all 'Whooohoooeeee' as that was about the sound I made when my Doodles for Daniel stamps arrived here yesterday and I love them. Have been playing (of course) and used one for this week's challenge, so to business.....
I have set the Funky Fairy challenge this week: A no-glue card challenge! Did I make it too easy? If you would like to join in, leave a link to your card on this blog or see the Funky Fairy Challenge Blog here.
Well, just to kick off, here's one I have made using Funky Fairy 'Pinkie Pops' collection for the backing card, stamped card, heart motifs and sentiment. I cut through the hearts and card to create an aperture with the silver net behind and held them and the Doodles for Daniel 'love' stamped image together with the brads and stapled the ribbon on.
Here's a 2nd 'no-glue' card using the Funky Fairy 'Perfect Pinks' collection. I printed the silhouette on to one card and used another to create the frame and held these on to the backing card with the ribbon. The sentiment is a rub-on transfer.

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Quick cards

With a serious need to restock, I got down to using some of my scraps and images that I'd stamped and coloured but not used. Managed to get 13 cards done yesterday afternoon, here are a few: The hedgehog and sheep are Penny Black stamps painted with H2Os; everything else is using Funky Fairy: Rags 2 and backing paper and Funky Birthday, Funky Flowers and Pinkie Pops collections. I used pearly paper from The PaperMill Shop under the stamped images: It has a beautiful off-white sheen and is very strokable!

Here are a couple of quick digital things using Funky Fairy 'Months': Just for our enjoyment as a family: Our current desktop and a scrap page.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Next best thing ?

I'm waiting very impatiently for my Cuttlebug embossing folders to arrive so I can have a proper play with my new toy. Did the post lady arrive with them this morning? No, but she did come in and buy 3 cards!
The French custom of sending new year cards throughout January is keeping me busy and I'm not complaining :)

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Funky Fairy Challenge 2/2008 & Daring Cardmakers

Hey, look and it's only Tuesday! One of my resolutions was to be quicker at getting the challenges done!
This week's Monday challenge was to create a card from a sketch which can be seen here.
Tougher than it looks! And sorry for the dreadful photo: Card looks a lot better than it appears here. It is using Funky Fairy 'Funky Birthday' kit with one pattern printed directly to the card and the card edges chalked round, strips of another patterned paper put through my new cuttlebug and chalked and a good dose of glitter given to everything!

Another resolution was to join in more challenges and it helps that this fits with the new Daring Cardmakers challenge of using crafty christmas presents as Santa bought me a cuttlebug, which I love. Only want it for embossing and the odd thing my craft robo won't cut but, while I am waiting for more embossing folders, I used a square repeatedly at an angle to get the streamers effect on this card.

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Monday challenge and more Pinkie Pops

Told you wouldn't be long! Here's a corset card I have made using Pinkie Pops. This will be for my sister-in-law's birthday later this month so shhh... don't tell!

Also my Monday Challenge item is using Pinkie Pops too. Sharron's challenge was to alter an item using any Funky Fairy products. Well, this bit of junk mail from Renault was waiting for us in UK: It is a great design where the inside parts slide out on a piece of plastic ( had to disassemble it, ie rip it apart, to find out how that worked!) to reveal a USB pen that I have reformatted ready for use. I was so impressed with the design I kept the lot and felt it was screaming to have something done with it so that's what got the funky treatment: The box and the USB: Perfect for sending some photos and scrapbooked pages to a friend/relation in UK to show them what we're up to over here in France.

Friday, 4 January 2008

Pinkie Pops

Funky Fairy launched 'Pinkie Pops' on 1st January so I can now share another I made earlier: Hope you like it. The papers and all embellishments are from the Pinkie Pops collection. I just designed the bag and added the ribbon. There is lots of variety in this collection and I love it so there will be more creations appearing very soon. Sharon is running a Pinkie Pops competition on her blog - see links over to the right for the Funky Fairy blog and website.

First stamp creation

Firstly, happy new year / bonne année for 2008. Where did the time go? Hope your holidays have been good ones. Some differences we've discovered in France this year: Boxing day is NOT a bank holiday and no stockings over the fireplace; slippers are left out instead! Our first Christmas in France was lovely and we had a great 6 days in the UK over New Year visiting friends and family.

So, back to the crafting. Here's one I made earlier, an order delivered on Boxing Day: I finally got round to using my imagepac (had it since April) to make my own clear stamps and the results were perfect. And subject matter? A puffin of course! OK so maybe a little unusual but not if you are Breton and drink beer: Work that one out! I used my stamp to make 10 of these cards and have another happy customer. Sentiment printed on acetate over docrafts paper and white card blank, which was inked in same colour round edges, with silver peeloff edging and puffin stamped in black, embossed with holographic powder and coloured with H2Os, matted on silver mirri card. Bloavez mad! (best wishes in Breton)