Saturday, 12 January 2019

Last throws of Christmas

Well that's it for another year, Christmas is all packed up and waiting to be hauled back up into the roof loft. It leaves the house feeling a bit drab when all the sparkle and lights have gone, but at least the weather is still chilly enough to light up the log burner in the evenings.

As a final farewell to the season I wanted to share a card made for the Limited Runs Progressive Challenge.


Materials used:
Limited Runs Digital Stamps - Elf: Candy Cane
Bearly Mine Digital Papers - Winter Swirls (sadly out of business)
X- Press It card
printer paper
green card
brown card
silver mirri card
rectangle die set
pine branch and pine cone dies
5" x 7" card blank
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hat and candy cane - R29, R39, R59, R89
jacket and socks - G02, G17, G29, G99,  YG11, Y13, Y15, BV20
boots - C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, 100
bell - Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23

The elf has been coloured with Copics then fussy cut and mounted on a paper printed from the Winter Swirls set using gel glue to give a little dimension. The frame is made using two dies cut together.  The pine branches and cones are cut from green and brown card.

The elf image has the star dangling from a thread held in the elf's left hand. As the thread was a bit fiddly to cut out I decided to put the star in the sky. I could have just drawn in the thread but thought I'd go with a different look.

Thanks for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Limited Runs Progressive #22 







Monday, 7 January 2019

Encouraging Words

Here we are at the start of a New Year and I wonder how many of you have made resolutions. I know a lot of people start the year vowing to do something from getting fitter and more active to finishing long abandoned projects. I wonder how many decided to just generally make this a better year through their own thoughts and actions. It is so easy to wade in with the critical word when an encouraging word achieves so much more.

This month at the Path of Positivity our optional challenge theme is Inspiration. It is good to tell someone that they have been an inspiration in some way but also good to give encouragement to inspire others. For my card I have chosen to take the second path with some encouraging words.


Materials used:
X-Press It card
blue card
5x7" card blank
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
eyes - B21, B23, B28
magnifying glass rim - C1, C3, C5
magnifying glass handle - E43, E44, E47, E49
hair - E11, E13, E15, E18
jacket - B93, B95, B97, B99
desk - W00, W0, W1, W3, W5
background - YG00, YG21

The sentiment has been added to the image by computer. I also made an insert using the fingerprint image that comes with the set. I put it randomly on the page at all different angles and then typed Well Done in the  middle.

It was a good job that I planned this card before the Christmas and New Year holiday. My mojo went on a break and forgot to return to work so I have achieved very little so far this year. So much for resolving to be more organised! 

We have just had a couple of days of really cold weather with the temperatures dropping from 13 or so down to 4 and below. It was quite a dramatic change and a shock to the system to wake up with the temperature just dipping into minus figures having been up in the teens. I suppose we should not complain, after all it is winter even if it has been a bit late arriving. Mind you if we did not have the weather to talk about what would we Brits have to say to each other all day!!

I hope you all had a  good holiday and that the new year is a great one for you. If you have followed  me over from Wordpress thank you for sticking with me and if you have only just found me, welcome.

I guess I had better just give you the details of the Path of Positivity Challenge before I go. The challenge runs from the 7th of January to the 3rd of February, it is anything goes with an optional theme this time of Inspiration. We have two sponsors this month, Ike's Art offering a $15 for the winner of the random draw and Scribbles Designs offering one image for the most inspiring entry chosen by the DT.

All information including the link up can be found on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.

I hope you will come over and take a look at all the wonderful inspiration from my team mates and why not join in the fun, after all your entry might be the prize winner!

Thank you for dropping in. Happy New Year to you.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:






















Monday, 17 December 2018

Path of Positivity Half Way Post

We are half way through the last challenge of the year at Path of Positivity and the last of our colours, Silver, Gold and Other Metallics. With Christmas almost upon us this is a great theme for all those Christmas sparkles. I am sure you, just like me, have an abundance of glitter, embossing powder and mirri card all of which can be used in this challenge. I hope you will join in the fun.



Materials used: 
Sparkle 'N' Sprinkle - Rustic Flowers Snapdragons Digi Stamp Set
textured paper for pencil colouring
Polychromo pencils
metallic gold card
silver mirri card
7 x 5" card blank

I decided to have a go with my much neglected colouring pencils for this card, mainly because the detail on the flowers is so small I struggled to do them with the Copics! I used the less rough side of the paper but did not want to produce an image that was so covered in colour that it look printed, I wanted some of the texture of the paper to show through, especially in the jug.

The challenge is open until the end of the month so you still have a couple of weeks to get an entry in. Remember the theme is optional. 

This month Sparkle N Sprinkle are our very generous sponsors, very apt considering the theme of the challenge!  The prizes on offer are: 
    • $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch (based on those projects who have followed the theme).
    • $15.00 worth of  digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight. 
You can find all the details and the link up on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.
I hope you will join us on our journey down the Path of Positivity this month. Thank you for dropping in. Take care.
Pippa

Entering the following challenges:PIP Challenge #1850 - Anything Goes


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Metallic Madness?

The first Monday of the month means time for the start of the final Path of Positivity challenge this year and the end of our year of colour. This month we have the optional theme of Gold, Silver and Other Metallics.


Materials used:
Fred She Said - Lovely as a Leaf Digital Set (From the Sparkle N Sprinkle Shop)
X-Press It card
gold mirri card
7x5 in card blank
aluminium drink can
Tonic Studios Autumn Leaves die set
stitched rectangle die
metalic pens
Copic pens:
leaves - R24, YR15, G24, G94, G99, W5, W7
shadow - W0, W1, W3
metal leaf - Y15, YR15, YR16, YR18, R24, G94, E29, E49

The leaf embellishment is die cut from an aluminium drink can and coloured with Copics.

The open lettering is coloured with metallic pens.

The challenge is open until the end of the month so you have plenty of time to get an entry in. Remember the theme is optional but with all the Christmas sparkle around I am sure there will be some project you will be able to use.

This month Sparkle N Sprinkle are our very generous sponsors, very apt considering the theme of the challenge!  The prizes on offer are: 
    • $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch (based on those projects who have followed the theme).
    • $15.00 worth of  digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight. 
You can find all the details and the link up on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.

I hope you will join us on our journey down the Path of Positivity this month. Thank you for dropping in. Take care.




Monday, 26 November 2018

LeAnn's World Challenge

just had time to get an entry into the progressive challenge over on the LeAnn's World 101 Facebook page. This time I have mixed digital and traditional stamping on the same card.

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Materials used:LeAnn's World 101 - Stewart (Facebook Freebie until 28/11/18)
Stamps Away - Pilkington Wood
Inky Impression - Sentiment stamp
X-Press It card
designer paper
silver mirri card
stitched rectangle die
various snowflake dies
black archival ink
Dovecraft glitter glue - Crystal
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
eyes - E23, E25, E29
hair - E11, E13, E15, E18
hat - C0, C1, C3, C5, C7
coat - BG90, BG93, BG96, BG99
coat trim - C5, C7, C9
trousers - E44, E47, E49
boots - W3, W5, W7, W9  C5, C7, C9
walking stick - E31, E33, E35, E39
scarf - R29, R39, R59, R89
belt - C7, C9, 100
snow - C0, C1, C3

Having reversed the image and arranging it on the page I printed it out twice, once on ordinary printer paper and again on X-Press It card. I fussy cut the paper version down the left side and made it into a mask. I attached the mask to the card version of the image before stamping out the trees.

I have used the tree stamp 3 times to form the tree taking each one just a little higher than the previous one and lining up the trunks as best as I could. I need to make the tree taller and as it is a physical stamp rather than digital had to work out a way of doing so. Overall I think it worked quite well. I must confess that the little bush is there to hide a black splodge, I dropped the inked up tree stamp, whoops!

Once coloured in I cut the image with the die then stamped on the sentiment. I have added just a little glitter glue to some of the tree branches and on the snow at the bottom to make it look like frost.

The snowflake embellishments have been die cut from silver mirri card.

This blog will be moving over to  a new site at the end of the year. At the moment I am posting on both sites. If you would still like to follow me in the new year please head on over to the new address here and click whatever you need to click to keep getting the posts. Thank you so much.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
LeAnn's World 101 Facebook Progressive Challenge
Creative Moments #157 - Anything Goes/Add a Sentiment
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #407 - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #76 - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#261 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #154 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Whatever The Weather
A Gem Of A Challenge #232 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #215 - Anything Goes/Christmas/Winter
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #94 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Christmas Inspiration
Crafting From The Heart #230 - Anything Goes 

C.R.A.F.T Challenge #492 - Make Your Own Embellishments (snowflakes)
PIP Challenge #1847 - Anything Goes