Friday, May 25, 2012

Yellow, Blue, Black Friday

Hello friends,

I cannot believe I'm posting again this week! I'm on "vacation" this week trying to get the draft of my research paper out the doors, and look at me - I'm crafting instead of writing... That speaks of my priorities, right? lol I guess I need a HUGE kick in my butt to concentrate and do the damn thesis, but I must tell ya - I'm soooo tired of studying, I crave to have time to do fun things... Well, my plan for today is to write as much as possible right after I finish this post (sounds like I'm making a deal with myself, lol)

Today I'm showing a card that I created following this week's challenge over at Stamping Bella, which is to use yellow, blue and black for the card. I love yellow-blue combinations!!! As for black, I don't use it. It's like one of the no-nos, something in a taboo zone... To me, black is a mourning colour, and who needs sadness on a greeting card? Well, a couple of fantastic artists changed my mind completely on the subject of black colour and its use in cardmaking - PaulaBella and CathaBella. They use black to highlight their cards, and it looks FANTASTIC every time they do it! Nothing sad, nothing depressing, just a really great way to pop up an image or the colour of the DP. I'm still a bit hesitant to use black (thinking that my perceptions of black might somehow translate to the card I'm making), and this week challenge had REALLY been challenging for me. It's an absolute "out of the comfort zone" colour combo for me, and I must say I like how the card turned out (well, to be brutally honest, I don't know if I did not go overboard with black and despite the bright & summery yellow/blue the card is yet a bit sad...). I used KOI markers on watercolour paper to colour the Flower Garden image, some Distress ink for yellow shadow around the image, Martha Stewart's punch for the little white border, Elizabeth Crafts' Shimmer Sheets paired with a Sizzix embossing folder, some stitching around, and here is my card. Thank you so much for dropping by!!!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Circle Card with Mo Image

Hi there,

Today I'm posting a card to the wonderful DP2 challenge blog. This week's challenge was to create a circle card with Mo's image. I love Mo's art and have quite a collection of her images. They're fun to colour and make cards sooooooo unique and personal! Well, without further ado, here is my easel circle card.

I used Cheery Lynn's Sophia's Heart doily (LOOOOVe the intricate design of it), miniature rose diecut and olive brunches to embellish my card. The image was coloured with Copics, with pink shadow made using Distress Ink in Sugar Spun, then some pink pearls from a dollar store, and a Spellbinder's edgeability die for the inside part of the card. Hope you like my card, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blinged Up Oodles of Love

Hi there,

My card today is a submission to a couple of challenges. The main image I used is Lucille that you can find over at Stamping Bella's store, and the Bellarific Friday's challenge this week was to use this wonderful sketch:
Well, I played with the sketch quite a bit :-) The main ideas are still there - rectangle card, main image in the centre, borders and something in the corner :-)

The second challenge I'm entering this card into is Cheery Lynn's Bling It Up! For this card I used Japanese Lace Oval die, Miniature Rose, and the Anastasia Border. I love these dies - they're so versatile and elegant! The Lace Oval is soooooo stunning, I really wanted to show it off :-) Used some ribbon to weave through the tiny openings (oh, the possibilities are endless with ribbons and this die!!! I can see myself playing with them in the nearest future:-)). And check out the Anastasia Border - I used the negative cutout to put around the edges of my DP piece - love the distressed look of it!!! The big flower is handmade (I followed instructions of the wonderful designer Lisa  Nazario-Gregory), and the smaller ones are made based on the instructions of Sandy Hulsart (I wish I could make my roses as stunning as those of Sandy's!!!). Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful Friday!