Sunday, 28 May 2017

1920's Elegance

Here I am today sharing with you my new image Grace, she's kinda based on a 1920's flapper.

Grace has been coloured with ProMarkers and I've also used a black polychromos pencil to add depth to the shading to the very back of the dress.

I have some label dies and I used a large one of these to cut her out with.  I then chopped the sides off to give it a straight rather than curved look.  I found I didn't have any suitable inks to distress the edges so I used ProMarker around the edges instead.

I wanted to make an Art Deco style card so this was a bit fiddly with lots of strips of left over design papers.

The design papers are from Maja Design and Lemoncraft.  I chose ones that were similar colour to the image and the background design paper.  The left over strips were cut down to the same size to go at either side of the image.  To get the curve at the top and bottom I used the curve of the image to draw a line on the strips and then cut them with scissors.  Lined all up together gives them an Art Deco look :)

To finish off I added a BIRTHDAY sentiment in Art Deco style.  The original sentiment from Scrapienic says happy birthday I just cut it down and then coloured it with brown ProMarker.  I then added a few bits of bling with rhine stones.

Thanks for taking a look today
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Paradise of Stamps - For Someone Special
The Crafty Addicts - Use Die Cuts
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe - Birthday
I Love ProMarkers - Girls Birthday
The Crazy Challenge - Birthday
QKR Stampede - Birthday Cards
Allsorts - Vintage Style 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Just a small bouquet

Hello lovely people, today being Friday is the new challenge at Fussy & Fancy Fridays.  It's my teams turn this time with a theme of Flowers.

I suppose I could have used one of my images for this BUT it gave me a perfect excuse for playing with al my beautiful flower embellies :D

This is a close up of the bouquet, you can see a combination of paper and fabric flowers making up this floral display.  The flowers were bought from the Ribbon Girl, Noor Design and Wild Orchid Crafts.
The teal ribbon I've had in my stash for ages and is from Santoro.  I tied a very messy double bow (hee hee) you can't see how bad it was because its disguised by the flowers.  I really need to get something to help me with these or learn how to do them properly by hand!

You can also see by the picture above I've used some pearl gems an doodled a border.

This is a shot from the side so you can see the 3D effect of the flowers.
Behind the flowers you can see some laser cut woodchip frames.  I got these from Scrap and Craft, they have some beautiful ones in stock at the moment.

And finally my distressed design papers are from Lemoncraft.

Hope you like my inspiration for today and we see you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
World Wide Open Designs Team - Challenge 22
Double D - Flowers Galore
Crafty Cardmakers - Floral Profusion
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes

Duplicity - skulls roses and butterflies

Yes I know it's not the normal glam / cutie / flowers etc. but if you look in my shop there are a couple of skulls around.  This image is called Duplicity and you can find it in my shop on Etsy.

Today is my hubby's birthday.  It's been a while since I've drawn a skull for him.  I don't want to get too predictable and every time we (him and me) have an event to celebrate I do it with skulls.  That's why there's been JD & Coke and then Otters :D

So I thought he was overdue.  I'd seen some artwork where people had drawn skulls which were made up of other objects, hidden by objects or they form part of it - so...... I decided to see if I could draw something along those lines.  Drawing this I obviously HAD to be sneaky.  I'm not sure if he's caught glimpses of it but hopefully he's been too busy with work and his playstation LOL!!
I've coloured it mainly monochrom with only the rose in colour to add maximum impact.  A rose for my love on his birthday.  I've used Copics and polychromos pencils to do this with.

There are no sentiments with this I just wanted the art work to have maximum impact.  I've distressed the edges and mounted it onto some black card.

He is definitely going to love this one :D

Happy Birthday Allen!
Andrea xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Dream In Darkness - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Just for You

This beautiful little image called For You is available from All Dressed Up.  They're our sponsors at the Outlawz Sketch Team for May.

I've used ProMarkers and a little black polychormos pencil for this one.  The edges of the image have been distressed with peeled paint ink from Tim Holtz.
Here's our sketch for this week

I decided to keep with a general green theme using design papers from Maya Design and Joy Crafts.  Instead of using a die cut for the square shape I decided to go with some flat back pearl trim.

The butterfly I left off (mainly because I forgot it was on the sketch LOL!! Don't tell Sandra :)

My ribbon is a double layer of flowered organza from Crafty Ribbons.

Hope you love my inspiration for the sketch challenge for this week.  See you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Creative Ladybirds - Anything Goes
Paradise of Stamps - For Someone Special
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Must Use a Digi Stamp
The Ribbon Girl - Use Any Image May
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Morgan's ArtWorld - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Monday, 22 May 2017


Today is the second part of the new release inspiration by the Dressy Girls from All Dressed Up.

I'm playing with Bon Voyage today.  I've coloured the image with ProMarkers and polychoromos pencils.

Originally I was going to do a CAS card then I was then playing around with my die cuts for another card and I had this idea to do a luggage label with the car on.  Not satisfied with the strength of the card for a label I changed my mind and incorporated it onto a card.

The die cut I used was Marianne Designs Craftables one.  I also used some Sizzix letters to cut the TRAVEL out.  I backed Travel with black card so it would stand out.  the edges of the label were distressed with vintage photo and black soot ink to give it a grungy feel.  I've used some vintage seam binding and string to tie some tiny Steampunk goggles to the top (they made me thing of sunglasses) appropriate for the travel theme.

I then built the backing layers up using blue card, design papers from Prima Marketing Engraver pack.  I cut out one of the maps as a circle.
Final toppings were some more metal elements a clock face a Tim Holtz Destiny badge and a wooden chip board adventure bottle from Scrapienic.

Hope you love my inspiration for this fantastic new image by Wendy

Andrea x
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Your Scrap Book Place - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Use Die Cuts
Sweet Stampin - Things that Go Round
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes & Sentiment
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Scribbles Designs - Big Wheels Keep On Turning
World Wide Open Design Team - Challenge 22

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Lady in Red

I didn't intend to do this image in red originally I was going to do pale wispy pinks or purples. I was colouring something else red and I got to wondering how she's look red.

I've had her coloured for a while and decided I'd use her to create some inspiration for today's new Facebook challenge in my group SheepSki Designs.

She's been coloured with Copics.  the streaky background was also created with Copics.  I've added two different colour embossing enamels to her before distressing the edges and mounting it onto some red card to frame.

Using a shaped card which I've backed with red card I've drawn, cut and distressed the same shape in a smaller version to create a border.  The design paper is from Lemoncraft.

Behind the image you can see some some lace which I got from Noor Design.  The wood chipboard cherry blossom spray I've overlaid the image with is from Mismasz.

To finish a few pearl gems.

Happy crafting
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
The East Wind - Celebrate the Women
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - One for the Ladies / Mothers
Classic Design Team - Challenge 14
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes

Friday, 19 May 2017

Bee-ing Vintage

So I finally got my Bee n Blossom coloured image onto a card :D

I coloured the image with Copics and polychromos pencils.  I even had a go at doing see-through wings and I'm very happy with how they came out.

Once I'd coloured the image I then set about dotting grey Copic around the image.  After that - I'm still not quite sure where I got the idea from I grabbed my word stencil that I'd used recently on my Pink Flutterby canvas.

I used some walnut stain from Tim Holtz and proceeded to  dab it through using a sponge pad (I couldn't ind my tool so I got extremely inky!!)

The edges were then distressed with a combination of vintage photo and black soot ink from Tim Holtz.

I then stalled.  I loved what I done so much I didn't want to ruin it by cutting it up.

Finally I made a decision.  I kept the whole of the image, added some Kraft for a border and a couple of tiny brass antique corners.

It's turned out a beautiful vintage looking card - one of my favourites so far I think :D

Happy crafting everyone.
Don't forget I now have a blog challenge (the theme this time is Anything Goes) you can enter with anyone's images they don't have to be mine.  I also have a Facebook challenges but for these you do have to use my images.

Andrea x
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Creative Ladybirds - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles - Things with Wings
Sasayaki Glitter - Use Pink
Worldwide Open Design Team - Challenge 22
Dream Valley - Things with Wings
QKR Stampede - Things with Wings
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes