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Thanks for looking, Lorry :o) xx

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Three of a Kind Thursday #1

Hello there,

Today I am back with another personal challenge called Three of a Kind Thursday. The thinking behind this challenge is to make 3 cards along the same lines be it using the same sketch/layout, same stamp set or the same paper stack but tweek each one so they are the same but different!

Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

For the cards today I decided to use the same sketch/layout but change up the pattern papers and stamp sets that I used. I kept the black and white elements consistent on the top layer as well as the bakers twine tied around the top so they would look like part of a suite. 

Card 1 used pattern papers from Amy Tangerine's Ready, Set, Go paper stack, the cute pooch is from Lawn Fawn's Critters at the Dog Park which I simply coloured with my Copics and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentimental

For Card 2 I used some paper from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook 6x6 paper stack, the image is from Lawn Fawn's Critters on the Farm set plus the Happy Birthday from Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentimental.

Card 3 uses some old Designer Series Paper from Stamping' Up! which is no longer available, the funky strawberry is from Paper Smooches Cute Fruit stamp stand the sentiment is from and old set Clearly Besotted called Fruitilicious.

Thanks for looking, Lorry :o) xx

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Two Card Tuesday 2016 #1

Hello there.

I'm back today with a Two Card Tuesday personal challenge/prompt. For these challenges I will make 2 cards using the same layout/sketch, a version for girlies and a version for a blokie by changing up the colour combo, pattern papers, theme, embellishment etc. to each card a different feel.

Here is the one for the Girlies

And the one for the Blokies

For these 2 clean and simple cards I just changed up the colour scheme and made the main focus hearts for the girls and stars for the guys. For the splatters and lines in the background I used my trusty Gorgeous Grunge stamp set from Stampin' Up! for a little interest in the background as it was a bit too simple when I left it plain.

Thanks for looking. Lorry :o) xx

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Switch it up Saturday #1

Hi there.

Today I have the first card for my Switch it up Saturday personal challenge. The behind it is to take a card that I made ages ago, use it as inspiration and re-work it. To kick this challenge off I thought it logical to remake the very first card I posted here on this blog.

Here is my 'Switched Up' version

And here is the original

I mainly took inspiration from the layout. I changed the main focal shape to a circle, simplified the background a bit by not having as many layers and added some twine. The supplies all came from a Stampin' Up! card kit, I got it because I fell in love with the tin it all came in, the cards inside that you make up were nice but, me being me I had to go a bit off-piste with some of them. I also had a load of bits left over (I cut the pattern card bases in half to make the most of them) so I could make up a few extra cards as well.

Thanks for looking, Lorry :o) xx

Friday, 24 June 2016

Freestyle Friday #1

Hi there and welcome to the first Freestyle Friday personal prompt/challenge type thing. Here I will post cards (or other stuff) that don't quite fit into any of my other challenges.

For this Freestyle Friday I have made 2 cards using the 'Out of this World' stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I also dusted off one of my embossing folders, I always forget about using them but it does add a bit of texture so I may have to dig them out more often.

I coloured the cute little aliens with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut them out. I used my mini ink blending tool with Distress Inks for the planet and sky plus a few drops of water to add some interest to the background. All that was needed once the cards were put together were some googly eyes and then I called them done.

Thanks for looking, Lorry :o) xx

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Watercolour Wednesday #1

Hi there,

I had a rather large break from blogging and have now decided to get back into it. To help me organise myself I came up with several blog titles for various days of the week to promp/challenge me to pull my finger out and make and post something for that day.

For my 'Watercolour Wednesday' personal promp/challenge type thing the idea is to make a card using some form of watercoloured element, be it from my traditional pan style paints, watercolour pencils and pens or even my Distress Inks used as paint.

For this card I used a lovely rose image from Clearly Besotted, I coloured it with my Zigg Clean Color real brush pens, then cut the top of the image panel using a notebook die also from Clearly Besotted. I then stamped the background using the Hardwood background stamp from Stampin' Up! onto some craft card stock with some brown ink. The sentiment is from, you guessed it, Clearly Besotted (I love their stuff), added some twine and the card was done.

Thanks for looking, Lorry :o) xx

Monday, 20 June 2016

I'm back with a plan and a 'Markers on Monday' #1 card

Hello there,

I'm back after a mega long blogging break and ready to get back on the metaphorical horse, pull my finger out and start crafting properly again.

I never really stopped crafting while I was away but I just sort of dabbled with it, a bit here, a bit there but I'm ready to get back into it.

At the beginning of the year I picked a word for 2016 to help inspire me, that word was 'Productive', and now, 6 months later I am finally starting to put that word into practice, properly!

To help me get back in the swing of things I decided to become a bit more organised and plan out my blog posts to give me a deadline to work to, I find I work better under a bit of pressure.

I also came up with some blog post titles to structure things a bit, to challenge myself and give me a bit of a theme so, Markers on Monday, Two Card Tuesday, Watercolour Wednesday, Three of a Kind Thursday, Freestyle Friday, Switch it up Saturday and Stash Kit Sunday were born. I am going to split these into 2 groups and work on a 2 week rotation so I have a proper schedule for my posting and hopefully this structure will help me to be more 'Productive' – that's the plan so watch this space!

To get the ball rolling again I made this card for my 'Markers on Monday' personal promp/challenge type thing, the idea is to make a card with any element that uses, you guessed it, markers.

I recently took the Kit and Clowder Elements of Nature colouring class run by the very talented Alyce Keegan. This helped me to rekindle my love of markers, it also, unfortunately for my bank balance made me realise that I had some very large blending gaps in my pen collection, and that I wanted to swop from Flex and Promarkers to Copics. Don't get me wrong I do love those other markers and they have served me well for a good few years but I just love the nibs of the Copics, the blending groups aren't so hit and miss, plus you can change the nibs if needed. Anyway enough waffle from me (sorry for such a long post) here is the card.

Thanks for looking, Lorry :o) xx