Monday, 8 February 2016

IndigoBlu January Challenge - Anything Goes

Anything Goes Challenge

Hello again.
Thank you for visiting my blog.

I have decided to try some other challenges and found IndigoBlu had an Anything goes challenge on this month.
I have several IndigoBlu stamps and  one I am particularly fond of  is Blue's look out.

I have made several heart decorations for my cat loving friends, and decided to make one for myself. The picture  reminds me of one of our old cats peeking out of the flowers, waiting to pounce on the squirrel. Always unsuccessfully, I might add!

The cat has been stamped onto a 10.5 cm. heart from ArtCuts, a laser cutting co., and small sections coloured. 
I mounted the heart onto a black card heart and then stuck it onto a 15cm. heart that has a crackle finish to it.
The little wooden butterflies and the Love word, are also from ArtCuts.
When I make a project I  'waste' a lot of time trying to decide on the layout that I prefer.
Chris, a friend of mine, tells me not to overthink it and to try and be spontaneous. Easier said than done for me, but I see the sense in this advice.
 I tried several layouts before deciding on the one above.  I find that if I take a photo of each one and then look at them all together on a screen I can usually make a reasonable decision.
So that's what I did and you can see the result below.

                                Still think I prefer the first, asymmetrical layout, but 'hey ho!!'

This stamp also looks good on a smaller, 8 cm. heart, with Blue just peeking into the shape.

Thank you for visiting.
 If you have this stamp, I hope you enjoy using it as much as I do.

Bye for now.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 19

Hello everyone.

Thanks for visiting.

 Chocolate Baroque Challenge  19

The challenge this month is using very soft colours,  and I have enjoyed making a few cards with these lovely pastel colours.

Current Challenge

I have used the lady from the  Mackintosh Beauty set, along with a scene called  Landscape collage.

The lady is lovely and is suitable for wedding and birthday cards.

She is easy and quick to cut out, so I have paper pieced her dress . This is not a technique I can normally be bothered to do, although I do like the look.

I have just treated myself to this set of stamps, which I have looked at so many times, and I'm loving them!

Mackintosh Beauty Rubber stamp sheet - A5

I really like the Mackintosh style and this set has lovely elements to it.

The lady is beautiful and what I particularly like is that you can cut bits of the design away to make her look different, as you will see in my samples below and on my challenge card. The dress would also decoupage well, to give it depth.

On the  picture above, I have cut the bustle off to make her dress more streamlined.
I like stamps that are versatile and she certainly is.

The background stamp on this card is called  Baroque Orchids, and as you can see I have cut away various sections of the lady design.

Thank you for visiting, I'm off to play with some of the other designs in the set.
Bye for now.