Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lunagirl's "Seed Pack" Challenge

Lunagirl is having a "Seed Pack" challenge featuring pictures of packages of seeds.  This is the first piece I made for the challenge.  It features sunflower seeds.  I used a Cheery Lynn Designs die as a mat behind the image.

I hope you drop over and join the challenge.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Double-Fold Cards

Here are a couple of double-fold cards I made recently while on the road in our motorhome.  Most of the papers and embellishments were made with a SEI Club kit.  These were so much fun to make and so easy to do while traveling this past week.  Don't you just love the bright colors?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Second Week of "Your Choice" Challenge

We are beginning the second week of the challenge "Your Choice"  You may enter anything you like this time.  It may have an image or may not.  The choice is up to you.  Here are some more samples of inspiration by the Design Team.

For my week two bombshell creation I used a gorgeous vintage image from a Lunagirl collage sheet "Beauties #2." The dreamy pink background paper is also from Lunagirl though the script paper at the very base is from Seven Gypsies.  The rest of the elements are goodies from my stash.  I think this card could be used for a birthday or a simple "thinking of you" correspondence.  The main image certainly is very beautiful.
I chose this feather and arrow head digital image for my DT project this week.  I colored both with colored pencils and fussy cut them.  I wanted a metallic conch, so I took a Q-tip and added the pigment ink and then embossed with silver EB powder.  The turquoise insets have Glossy Accents on top.  The feather is resting on Pop Dots to give some depth to the card.  The background paper is from my stash that is a really thin  wood., that I have been hoarding for years.  The sentiment is a TH favorite of mine.
My card for todays post uses images from the Bombshell Rubber Stamp St "Butterfly Queen" - just gorgeous images which I have coloured with Copic Markers. Background has been embossed with a stunning Cuttlebug Emboss & Cut folder - I haven't used this folder for some time so thought it would be perfect to use on this card!
For my card I used one of the images of the Indian Warrior digital set kindly supplied by Bombshell. I coloured this with spectrum noirs, keeping mainly to lots of different shades of red. I tore round the image using a perspex oval template and brushed with fired brick distress ink. The background paper is Basic Grey Indian summer. The beaded ribbon is a left over piece from some I bought some time ago. Everything was then mounted on to a stardream sparkly red card blank.

As I had the choice ... I made an Alice bracelet with Lunagirl images and lots of charms including a little teaset. Isn't it darling? The chain itself was a carboot sale find. I finished the bracelet with a little bow and a little fimo rose.
This week I used the same image but only the umbrellas, my plan was for three of them but I had sized the image a little larger than I thought, that's the trouble with trying to craft in two places. the background stamp is Bamboo ll from Stampin'up the ink I used is olive versamark. the Cherry Lynn butterfly die was cut from the same Asian DCWV paper stack piece as the panel and backed with white vellum.
Don't forget to go by and see the wonderful stamps and digitals that Bombshell Stamps has.  I really  appreciate their sponsoring this challenge.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lunagirl's "Alice" Challenge

This is just a reminder that Lunagirl is having an "Alice in Wonderland" challenge.  You may want to take part.  This is my recent post for the challenge.

I took the same image in different colors and overlapped them

Monday, August 19, 2013

Challenge # 67 - 'Your Choice"

"Your Choice"?  What does that mean?  It means you may create any type of entry,  using any type of image, or no  image at all!  The choice is up to you so let's see what you create.  You have two weeks to think about it and to enter.  Don't forget if  you can't find the challenge announcement, you can always go to the top of my sidebar and click on the challenge name as I post numerous times during a week.
I created a card using the Indian Princess set from my sponsor Bombshell Stamps.  She was colored with Copic markers and I embellished the card with an ornate punch border, an arrow brad and a sentiment on vellum. 
For my card I used some of the Indian Warrior digital set kindly supplied by Bombshell. I coloured the images with spectrum noirs. The paper behind the warrior is My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup Girl 'sweet song' and the striped paper is from a pack by Acid drops & whatnots. The sentiment was generated on my dymo letratag.
I had fun making a tag using several digital images from our sponsor -- the "wanted" frame and some additional images from a cowboy/cowgirl images sheet.  The coloring is done with pro markers and I made the pig-riding cowgirl a brilliant blonde.  I had some great coordinating paper that reminded me of a wooden wall so that's where the wanted poster is mounted.  I hope you have fun with this challenge!
I chose this digital image of a feather, from our great sponsor Bombshell Stamps, enlarged it, copied, then pasted, then flipped the copy horizontally, to give me a front and a back.  I knew I wanted to make a bookmark, so I needed the strength of two layers of card stock.  I used colored pencil and OMS, then cut them out and glued them together.  I added some fibers and beads for a little color. 
What a daring Lady! I wish I could ride like this .... She is one of Bombshell Digital's daring images. I coloured her with Copics to achieve a striking look. The background of the card is a digital image layered on dry-embossed black card. I added some little stars as embellishments.

I received the image from bombshell stamps, I coloured and cut the image out and the umbrella which is popped up. Layered on gold vellum and on yellow. The patterned paper is from a stack I received from Stampin'up and never opened (until now) The sketch is from Sketch Saturday (took liberties) I used a creatables from Marianne designs. Added a few pearls and painted one red to resemble a lady bug.

I am excited today to announce that Bombshell Stamps is my sponsor for this challenge.  Visit their online store and you will find some unusual stamps and digitals that I am sure you can use for almost any project.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Welcome New DT Member

Sadly The Cheerful Stamp Pad has lost one of  its Design Team members,  Yvonne  (Meggymay).  However, we are so glad to announce a new member, Hazel Harris.  She has a very neat and classy style of crafting.  I think you will enjoy seeing her work on my blog.  She will begin posting Monday with the upcoming challenge.

Below is a picture of Hazel and a little info about her so give her a big WELCOME!
Hazel Harris
I'm Hazel, known in the crafting world as Craftyhazelnut.

I live in Bromley, part of Greater London in the UK. I'm retired and am married to John, who fully supports me in my obsession for accumulating (and using) crafting goodies. I've always been interested in crafting in one form or another; when I was younger I did a lot of knitting, embroidery, crocheting etc but over the past thirteen years or so have been more involved in papercrafting, particularly cardmaking, although I dabble in scrapbooking etc from time to time.

My blog is and I run two Christmas challenge blogs:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Just Playing Around

I have so many Gelli prints to share.  I need to invest in an acrylic paint company as I am using so much paint lately.  This is the first time I have put a face on my piece so please don't be too critical.  I see a few things I did right and a number of things I did wrong.  In any case this was fun and I will try putting a face on my Gelli print again soon. 

I titled this "Reflect" as I see a lot of reflection in her face.

Drunken Stampers' Challenge

This week at Drunken Stampers, we are creating projects using a "Thing" this time.  Thus the theme is to use some twine, string or thread.  I made my card to go along with the challenge at Lunagirl Moonbeams which is "Alice in Wonderland".  I used the twine, diecut and flower to enhance the colors of the designer paper.  I adjusted the size of the Lunagirl image so it would fit on the diecut.  With this card I have created something that would fit both challenges.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Another Print

Here is another print that I made the other day.  I could do this all day, every day.  Some I like; others I don't, but this is another that I like as the colors are really rich in person.  You will notice that I do not take time to crop my pieces to make a neat edge before posting, because sometimes I want to use that white part to add something else.

Doing the Gelli

I introduced a friend to the Gelli Plate the other day and we were painting everything in site.  We each made about 20 prints.  Here is one of my favorites.  In the scan the pink doesn't show up very much.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lunagirl Challenge

The Lunagirl Moonbeams are taking part in the Lunagirl's "Alice" challenge.  Take a trip through Wonderland and visit with all the characters including Alice.  My card uses the front cover of the well-known children's book.
I placed a page from an actual Alice in Wonderland paperback book.  The  Lunagirl book cover image was placed on top of some color blocking made with scraps from my cardstock stash .  I also added part of the Queen of Hearts playing card.

Second Week of "Vintage Children" Challenge

You have one week left to join the "Vintage Children" challenge.  Just go to the top of my sidebar and click on the link to the current challenge and you will go directly to the challenge  announcement. I do this because I do make a number of post between challenge
I decided to put my image from Twisted Papers  into a film die.  I placed it on a background of black and white designer paper.   The images reflects the sentiment "Best Friends".  The card could be used for any occasion.
Here is another lovely vintage child image from Twisted Papers.  I cut an oval out of some card stock and though it doesn't show quite as well in the scan as in real life, the paper behind the oval is a cloudy sky with balloons floating upwards.  I thought that was the perfect image since she seems to be gazing up at something wonderful.  The quote is a vellum sticker from my stash, a great match for this card.  And I just love the "raindrop" "beads" which I thought fit this quite well. I hope you'll join this challenge.
 I've made an ATC for this weeks reminder post using a great row of vintage kids from isa's Altered Art and various embellishments!
I chose the option of making this image into a sepia toned image, instead of the colored image from McMahon Five Designs.  Trimmed and matted onto a brown card stock that had been stamped with Staz-On Timer ink and using a Rogue Redhead Designs background stamp.  I used the same ink and stamp right onto the card base to draw it all together.
This week I managed to get a card done for the challenge, the images from Twisted Papers are so cute and I chose this vintage girl with a rope of flowers. I won a Hero Arts paper pad called Kissing Booth and a thought this paper was vintage looking and just blended in with the picture. The label I used is Decorative labels 8.
This little girl from Twisted Papers seems to enjoy herself! She is just ever so sweet. I combined the image with pattered papers and added a doily, lace, fabric flower and a little bling to the card.


Aren't the images outstanding in the above samples?  Well, they are from my sponsor, Twisted Papers.  Please drop by and see how many different type of images they have.  Also they are reasonably priced.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Two Days Left

You have almost two days left to enter the Steampunk challenge at Lunagirl.  Karen has some great images that would be appropriate for any Steampunk creation.  Below is what I created using some of the images.  There aren't very many entries posted at this time so  you have a great chance of winning as she uses a random generator to pick the winner.  Let's see what you create!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Challenge #66 -"Vintage Children"

I have another challenge I think everyone will enjoy entering.  The theme this time is "Vintage Children".  You may enter any type of project as long as there is a vintage-looking child on it.  If you need an image, you can find many to choose from on the website of my sponsor Twisted Papers.  Maybe the Design Team below will give you some ideas.
My card has a dark brown base with a piece of text as the first mat and then a designer print cardstock on top of that.  As an added embellishment, I put a little lace on the bottom and a sentiment.  My image is from Twisted Papers, my sponsor. 
This sweet little girl jumping rope is from our sponsor Twisted Papers.  I decided to go with a Gothic arch for my DT piece so as to make it seem as if she is happily playing in her own garden arbor. I used flowery designer papers to enhance the garden feel and then lots of other sweet little elements like lace and the creatures that also live in the garden.
I really like the coloured vintage images to make a quick card. All it needs is picking the right colours to compliment your picture. My base card was inked to tone in with the rest. Hope you'll join us with your vintage children creations!
How adorable are those images from Twisted Papers? I just fell in love with this little girl and its wonderful cap. I layered it on gingham and patterned paper and embellished the little card with doily, ribbon, lace and little butterflies.
I am so excited that Twisted Papers in sponsoring another challenge.  This is the place to go for outstanding vintage images at a reasonable price. Click on their logo below and head over to take a look.  Even though using the sponsor's image is not a requirement, I am sure you will find something there to use for this and many other challenges.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Drunken Stampers' Challenge

Drunken Stampers is starting up its challenges again.  This time they will have one of the following categories-Person, Place or Thing.  The first one will be to make an entry in the category "person" which this time is "Athlete".  The Design Team will be rotating challenges with their inspirational pieces. 

Here is my pieces of inspiration.  I first started with a piece of a page from a book on which I used in my Gelli printing.
I cut it down to size and since the page had a tear in it, I made a few more tears and then used my image from Priscillastyles...the bicycle for the cyclist which I is the athlete I chose.  I added a couple of words and my finished project is below.
Come on over to the Drunken Stampers website and join in on the fun.
 DS 135 Challenge Graphic