Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Fab'n'Funky Challenges #140 - Starts with F

Hi Crafty People,

Hope this post finds you well and crafted!  We had a phenomenal response to our Things with Wings challenge last week at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.  Check out the blog to see if you were one of our lucky winners.  Amazing entries.

Now, onto the challenge in hand and it's Emma's turn to host this week.  She has chosen one of my favourite challenges ever...

Starts with F

There are so many possibilities - friends, fashion, fairies, flowers, flutes or even finger food!  We also have two fantastic sponsors - Di's Digi Downloads and StampArt Design by Kathryne.  Click on their names to check out their wonderful designs.

So, my F was French-inspired and flowers and I used my new Eiffel Tower die from Marianne Craftables.

As you can see I also used my favourite crafty item - Spellbinders!  However, to start I opened up Fab Glam Fifites on My Craft Studio and found this rose embellishment.  I resized the image and then tiled it to make a backing paper, placing a gold/cream background behind to match.  I used the colour picker to make the matching blue base background.  I cut these layers with Spellbinders Grand Rectangles. 

The corners came from Spellbinders Venetian Motifs and I used Create and Craft glitter card which I wasn't sure would work through the dies but the results were really good.  The centre layer is from Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight and I also ran this through the Venetian M-Bossabilities folder for extra texture.  I used Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags One for the sentiment and that was stamped with JustRite stamps - Bon Voyage. 

I hope I've inspired you to get creative and show us your makes that start with F.  Have fun!

Happy crafting,

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Fab'n'Funky Challenges #139 - Things with Wings

Hi All,

I hope you've had a great week.  I've had a good week so far but boy is it flying!  I'm going to a wedding on Saturday and really hope the weather improves.  It is still raining like it is going out of fashion!

We have a fab new challenge for you over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges and our wonderful host Wendy has picked a fantastic theme...

Things with Wings

You can use butterflies, dragons, bees, angels or anything else with a set of wings!  We have the fab Doodle Pantry as our sponsor this week and the DT was lucky enough to have some digi images to use. 

This is my owl inspired card.

I started by printing four copies of my image and then cut different parts from each one to decoupage.  I layered up with foam pads.  The base shapes are from the Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven.  The shimmery white paper is from Debbi Moore.  I used a circle punch to make an aperature for the moon and then added My Craft Studio glitter with my Quickie Glue Pen.  I also added a few rays from the moon around my little owl. 

I attached the layers with double sided sticky tape as the owl has a lot of dimension.  I used a large corner punch to round the corners of my card blank. 

So get those wings a flapping!  Can't wait to see what you all make this week.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Fab'n'Funky Challenge #138 - Harvest Festival

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying a great week and that the weather is still holding out for you.  It has been sunny and chucking it down in equal measures here this week. 

So, on to our next challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges and it's a seasonal one that has been chosen by our host for this week, Vicky.  Check out her amazing blog.  Our theme this week is...

Harvest Festival

We also have the brilliant Digi Doodle Shop as our sponsor and the challenge winner will receive a $10 voucher to spend in their online shop.

Now then, brace yourselves!  I've tried my hand at polymer clay this week.  I saw a demo in an old edition of Cardmaking and Papercraft and knew that this lovely image would be perfect with it.

I started by rolling lots of long thin strips of the brown polymer clay and then twisting them together to make the basket pieces.  I laid them over the magazine template, placing a piece of rolled up tin foil underneath to make the basket slightly raised.  Once the basket was baked in the oven, I made the strawberries and then popped them into the oven.  I used Pinflair glue gel to attach the strawberries and basket.

The lovely image of the Strawberry Fairy from Digi Doodle Shop was coloured with ProMarkers in Vanilla, Gold, Blush, Almond, Pear Green, Lipstick Red and Ruby.  The full image has lovely leafy strawberries but it was just too much with the basket so I cut her out with scissors.  To glitter her wings I had another copy of the image already printed and I cut out the wings with a craft knife and then sprayed Crafter's Companion Irredecsent glitter through the aperature.  I was a bit heavy-handed though!  I attached the image with foam pads after shaping.

The green layer under the basket is from Spellbinders Grand Decorative Circles One.  It is the perfect fit for a 6" card blank.  The papers came free with my Quick Cards Made Easy mag a few months ago.  I did add a sentiment but thought it was too much so removed it again but you never know, it might make it back on again!

I hope you have fun with your harvest projects this week.  Looking forward to checking them all out. 

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Fab'n'Funky Challenge #137 - Colours of Autumn

Hi Everyone,

Hope this post finds you all well.  I learned a valuable crafty lesson on Sunday night - paper is dangerous!  I bent down to pick up a piece of mirri-paper and snap went my back!  I couldn't straighten up and had to get help from my Mam!  Be careful out there!

Anyway, we have a brilliant new challenge over at Fab'n'Funky and our host this week is the great Pat.  Her chosen theme is very apt for this time of year...

The Colours of Autumn

We also have a fantastic sponsor - My Creative Classroom, who are giving our lucky winner the chance to take part in a hair colouring masterclass.  How amazing is that?!

So, onto my card and I've gone quite simple this week but I kinda liked how it turned out.

I think my photo skills are getting worse though!  This shows the gold mirri-card off and then I layered with brown pearlescent cardstock.  The red spider's web mesh is from Kanban and I have 5 rolls of this in different colours so you might be seeing quite a bit of it for a while!

My stamped image is also Kanban, from their Steampunk stamp set.  I used a Hobbycraft gold inkpad and it really suits these stamps.  I used Spellbinders Grand Ovals to but my image and then distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Fired Brick to highlight the embossing.  Here is the close-up...

This shows the colour of the die cut paper which is a lot more orange-y in real life.  Hope you have fun with your colours of autumn.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x