Tuesday, 29 May 2012

African Cupcake


Duo Challenge time again!

We received a lovely cupcake template for Challenge #17.

I decided to make a cupcake with an African flavour (pun intended:)

I used card with different textures and patterns to create the cupcake. The cherry on top is some rolled twine. Bright beads adds a final sprinkling of colour!

Here is the 'cherry' close-up:

Hope you like it!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Framed Flower


It's week 2 of the Frame of Mind challenge at Art with No Boundaries.

But first things first: The CSDesigns DT call is still open, so if you think you have what it takes, go here and follow the instructions.

One of our team members is saying goodbye: Sharon, I'll miss your inspirational projects! I was always looking forward to see what you have created. It was great working with you!

This week I'm working with the  Striped Circular Petal Frame, and since I'm still thinking out of the box, I made a flower with my frame:

I have added a tutorial where you can see in a few steps how easy it is to make your own!

Now I hope you are inspired to add your own framed creation to the challenge!

Here is the wonderful new frames again:

Framed Flower Tutorial


In a few easy steps, I want to show you how to make a framed flower card:

1. Print out your Striped Circular Petal Frame in a few sizes and colours.

2. Optional step: Colour your frames - I skiped this one.

3. Cut out the frames

4. Cut the petals loose and shape them by rolling over a pencil.

5. Cut stem from Diamond Dot Mini Background as well as mat for sentiment.

6. Add stem to narrow card, layer petals & add to stem. Add sentiment.

7. Fix rhinestone to flower and add some glitter glue. (Stickles)

8. Done!

And here's a close-up of the flower:

Hope you like my tutorial!

Can't wait to see your creations!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Country Stars


A litlle bit of Country/Western is the theme of the ATC challenge at Wicked Wednesday.

Thanks to the Graphics Fairy I could create a little country collage  on some red paper I found at 4shared. It is called Bevs Gingham Paper.

I printed out the gold gingham paper as well as the little collage. I made my ATC from denim texture paper, added the collage, some punched stars and star beads that I distressed with black and gold paint.

Hope you like my little ATC!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Framed Fashionista!

Welcome to my corner in the Craft Lane!

A new week, a new challenge at ArtWithNoBoundaries!

It is a double challenge again, the main theme Anything Goes.
The bonus Round for the next 2 weeks is : A Frame of Mind.
The challenge : use a frame, any kind of frame in your project.
The prize: A unique sentiment from Chris of CSDesigns!

Chris has been creating some new frames to go with the Express Yourself Series and the challenge for the DT was: think out of the box.

For some reason or another, my brain read 'box' and that is all I could think of...

I used the Striped Square Scallop Frame and cereal boxes to create my basic box. It was also used to create the floortile pattern. The Diamond Dot Mini Background was used for the right wall panel. Silver board gives the illusion of a mirror and a piece of white fabric and a black ribbon creates a curtain. The Lace Dress form was printed 3 times, coloured, cut out and made into a mannequin and positioned in the middle of the salon room.

Here is a selection of photos from different angles:

And if you wondered, I had tremendous fun making my little framed fashionista box!

Here you can find the lovely frames:

CSDesigns has a DTCall!
You can find all the details here!

I want to enter my creation in a few challenges:

My first challenge is the one at Kaboodle Doodles. The theme is Dressed for Success and there has to be a piece of clothing, some fabric, some interpretation of the theme. My salon with the dress form fits this challenge.
The second is at Ooh-la-la Creations where the challenge is Ribbon or Twine - a ribbon ties the curtain.
Chana invited me to join their Anything Goes Challenge #5 at Jackson's Digital Expressions. I'm not using the sketch, but with a little imagination it might look like it. :). My project is really monochrome with one colour, so the duet of colours is almost applicable...
The challenge at Lexi's Creations is Black and White with one colour - my one colour is a purply pink.
Whoopsiedaisy Challenge says: Shape It, and I think my project has enough shape!
At Stamps & Fun = Creativity it is Anything Goes and I'm joining there too!
Take A Word has the word Dream, and I think my project has an element of dream in it, that dream dress or dream room...
Paper Make-up Stamps has a Recycle Challenge. I used cereal boxes to create the walls.
Bunny Zoes Craft's challenge is also Anything Goes.
PileItOnChallenge asks for a Pattern Mix of Scales. I used the same frame of the walls to create the floor pattern.
I'm also joining the Crazy Challenge where Challenge #120 is 3D - my mannequin and box is 3D!
Wow, that's quite a few challenges for me!

Hope I have inspired you to find that frame and finish a project for the challenge!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Thanks a Million!


An Attitude of Gratitude is the theme of the challenge at Digistamps4Joy South Africa.

I've used the Peacock , the first freebie of the relaunched company to create my card. My pencils did the colouring and I used some texture boards to create a natural foregound and background on the picture.

The background of the card was created by stamping 2nd & 3rd impressions in 3 colours and in a radiating pattern. The sentiment was then stamped in a darker blue directly on the card.

Blue and gold papers were used for matting and some gold thread adds a touch of bling.

Here is my card:

The peacock a little closer:

I hope you like my card!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Cheers to Diamonds!

Cheers to me!

I won 2nd place in the blog hop over at Guylou's Inimitabilty!
I must confess, I really like blog hops because you get to see a whole variety of creations, often made with the same set of images. And if I get to win something, that is a lovely bonus!

With the Blog Hop was a challenge and I'm entering a project in the Punches, Dies and Diamonds Challenge:

I don't have a cutting machine, but I do have more than 1 pair of scissors - and I love cutting shapes with my various scissors. The fabulous Spirellis from CSDesigns qualify for a die-cut, I think. :). I used the diamond shape in 2 sizes cut from mirror board. These were tied with shades of purple sewing thread. The little stars were punched from silver cardstock. I did some line embossing using my Martha Stewart board. The lines I highlighted with silver pencil.

The lovely Leah at the Cocktail Party forms the focus of the card. She was coloured with Tombows - wow, haven't used them for a while. I 3D'd her to create a fancy club effect. The bits of bling adds more diamonds to my card. Yes, and some bling to Leah's outfit!

Hope you like her!

Wheels of Time is Fit to be Tied


It is the second week of the Anything Goes Fit to be Tied Challenge on ArtWithNoBoundaries
Before I get to a few important things, take a Sneak Peek at my card:

CSDesigns is having a Design Team Call!

Read all about it here : CSDesigns Team Call.

The challenge rules have changed. Read the New Challenge Rules here!
The important thing is to make sure you follow the simple rules when you enter in a challenge.

The fun part of this fortnight's challenge is that it is actually 2 challenges in one. The first is Anything Goes, and the second Fit to be Tied. You have to tie something, but not with ribbon, lace or seambinding. That leaves quite a few options open!

What you also have to tell us, is how your project was inspired and created. It is an inspiration challenge and we really want to inspire each other to try new things, revive old things and have loads of fun in the process! I find the whole creative process very interesting, so I enjoy reading all that is written!

Bonus! There is a prize. Do visit ArtwithnoBoundaries to see what you can stand in line for! Chris's sentiments are so special and unique that it is worth entering the challenge!

Now for my card: I like working with black and dark boards, and then always forget that I have some trouble photographing the end product! Especially when I use some shiny stuff combined with the black!

I have fallen in love with the Spirellis. When you see what has been done you'll understand why! This is a manual kit, so if you love cutting - I do - you'll enjoy this! They will pop up many times in future, I'm sure! My Spirellis were printed on Kraft board and cut out. Then I started playing around with the cottons and threads I have. What great fun to work out different patterns! The lovely Solitaire Leather and Rivets was my choice for an image to add to the one Spirelli.

Here is my card:

I added some gold paint around the edges. This I burnished with some black shoe polish to tone it down a bit.

The title is something that just came into my mind. The gold represent the golden times and good memories. Without the black, the other colours won't show up so well.

I really hope that my card inspired you to come and join the challenge.

And here is a last look at the wonderful Solitaire Leather and Rivets.

Differently Distressed

I enjoy working with the designs from CSDesigns.

The challenge at Craft your Passion Challenges caught my eye : Torn or Distressed edges.
I love doing both, so I had to whip up a card today to still enter the challenge.

Distress always makes me think of vintage, and how much more vintage can you go than a mummy?

So here is my torn and distressed edges card:

I used the Solitaire Mummified / Ribbons to create my card. I used some kraft paper that I torn and crumpled The card is kraft board as well. Gold paper torn is strips was used as a second layer. I used various stamp pads to colour and distress the card. Pencils and soft pastel was used to colour the image & sentiment. My gelly roll pen added the final bit of glamour to the mummy. The sentiment is also from CSDesigns.

The first part of the current challenge at ArtWithNoBoundaries is Anything Goes. I'm adding my card for some more inspiration from the DT, hope it inspires you!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Anything goes Plastic!


Recycle time again at Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent!

But wait, there is a twist again!

The main challenge is 'Anything Goes', the twist is: 'A Plastic Existence'.

We see plastic all around us, and it's the perfect material to recycle, re-purpose and re-invent.
Use plastic for the Bonus Round and stand in line for a CSDesigns original sentiment.

I have used some brightly coloured plastic bags to decorate my card by making a frill and some roses.
The image to go with my bright plastic is Expressive Heart

I hope that you are inspired to recycle something and will take part in the challenge!

With all my visits to some lovely blogs this weekend, I came across a few challenges. I have decided to add my card to the following:
Creative Craft Challenges 2. Their theme is Anything Goes