Saturday, 30 April 2011

SCS Challenge - For a Baby - DT Card

 This weeks challenge has been set by our lovely Franchesca
and is For a Baby

As this is the last challenge in April this will be the last chance for you to be included in this months draw for 5 digis of the winners choice from our fabby sponsor

I'm Tracey Malnofski, the artist and owner of The Stamping Boutique. My team and I are very happy to sponsor Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. My store has been open since September 2009.I am currently a stamp artist for Unity Stamp Co. and I've worked for InStyleStamps, Squigglefly, and TheDigiShack in the past. I'm a professional artist and an active member of the Artist' Guild in my community. I have quite a busy household with a husband, 3 teenagers, 5 mini-dachshunds and an Appaloosa mare. It's noisy, but I love them all. I'm truly blessed. "The Stamping Boutique" is dedicated to quality products and original artwork. We not only provide wonderful digital images in our store, but also several lines of red rubber images. Our designers are chosen for their character and personality,as well as, their beautiful designs. We work hard to give you our very best.

Oooooh i've been such a Baaaaad Blogger. I was soo engrossed in THE Wedding yesterday that I forgot what day it was. It was Friday..... the day to upload this weeks DT card .... ready for the Secret Crafter Challenge .... Oooooooooh drat!!!!!!!!

Soooo many many apologies to Jane and the gals, my card was ready but my brain was quite obviously mushed (t'other halfs brain was too after the wedding coverage started when I got home from work. He hates Weddings lol)

This weeks card is a Nitwit Tickled Pink card (who have a 33% off sale today!!!) and is for one of my ladies at work who's daughter had a bonnie lass earlier this month.

I also used the new Nellies Border dies from Secret Crafter and distressed the centre panel with a VersaColor Ink pad. I added a personalised sentiment circle and a ribbon flower and my quick card was done.

Hope you have a lovely day and make sure you pop over to the other gals blogs as their work, as always, is simply stunning.


Saturday, 23 April 2011

SCS Challenge - Pink, Brown n Cream - DT Card

This weeks challenge has been set by the lovely Bridget and it's the colours Pink, Brown n Cream.

Grab a cuppa, sit down and relax, this is gonna be a long one lol

Oh boy have I had a hard week this week. Someone own up.... Who pinched my mojo!!!! I don't know what was wrong! The extra hours at work, wanting to sit out in the sun or craving ice lollies hahaha. I have had such a hard time trying to put together this card. I couldn't decide on an image or papers (and believe me I have ten ton of both lol) I ended up creating my own papers (betcha can't guess what my next set will be hehe) Then.... Nothing. I was stuck again!!!

Then I gets an email from Jane... "Need your pikkies in by Thurs 11am as I'm going away" (lucky lucky lady grrr lol) Oh heck!!!!!  Its now Weds early afternoon and I go to bed around 2ish (night shift!) and no card in sight! I must admit I gave up. Had a shower and went to bed, new day tomorrow and all that.

Got home from work Thurs morning and made a start (nothing like a bit of pressure to kick your backside into gear lol) Decided on a PollyCraft image Star Fairy (I thought it captured the school hols, hanging upside down from a tree lol) and got it printed out. Then it happened......... WINDOWS UPDATE (insert suitably doom inducing music here!!) and that was that... no Computer and no Internet connection Aaaarrrgggghhhhhhh. Remember the 11am deadline (its now 9am and counting). Now I would like you to envisage the Rabbit "I'm late, i'm late for a very important date" running around frantically rebooting everything, my computer and the router. Still nothing.......  Headless chicken mode coming up. A WHOLE DAY without the internet or my computer.....    Now Breathe.

A phone call to the boss lady later and I was a little more relaxed. She has the challenge blog access YIPPEEEEEEEE. A little reprieve Phew! So time to get down to making and colouring yay.

Used my usual  Copics n ProMarkers then went to town with my Quickie glue pen and Glitter hehe. After watching Create n Craft for the past week I decided to have a go at the ripped spiral flower thingys. Draw a spiral on a square and rip along the lines. Start with the outside edge and roll to the middle. Let the flower relax a little and stick the bottom circle. Put it upside down on a flat surface and squish, press down with the heel of your hand (this ruffles the edges and slightly flattens the flower). Rip a couple of leaf shapes and there you go. Add plenty of Stickles (which came flying out due to the heat making it runny lol) and stick to your card.

I coloured some of the webbing stuff (dunno whats its called??) with my ProMarker to match the papers and stuck it with a tape runner. Luckly I had some test prints of my papers so used those and got some pale pink card to mat it all onto. Yay my card was essentially finished. Still no internet connection or computer.

To cut a long story short (cause I know you all wanna get back to the sun bathing lol) I had to roll back the update, reinstall my printer etc and make a new backup point. Reinstall the update (keeping fingers and everything else crossed at the same time) FANFARE PLEASE......... It worked, phew.

Just enough time to photograph and do the photoshop converting and overlaying thingy and post off to the Woo's.  The only think I didn't have time to sort out was a sentiment as it was going to be done on the computer.

After all the drama this week, I just want a quiet lie down lol. How much do we all rely on our computer these days??   Go on i'll let you all go off now and eat chocolate till it makes you sick and sit in the sun till u look like a beetroot.

Have a very very good easter everyone and i'll see you alll next week after THE WEDDING Oooooo!!!!!!


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Saturday, 16 April 2011

SCS Challenge - Stitching - DT Card

This weeks challenge has been set by the lovely Beate and is Stitching (don't worry it can be false or real lol)

I plumbed for false stitching (after I couldn't get to grips with my mini sewing machine that I have had since Xmas but has not been out of the box lol). The freebie paper from Bearly Mine just happened to have some stitching around the outside so I was very lucky hehe.

I used Kenny K image Lady Raven and coloured her in with .... yep u guessed it Copics n ProMarkers hehe. I just cut around her and chopped off the corners with my corner rounder but then went to town with my VersaColor ink pads in Violet and Lapis Lazuli to match me image and paper.

Flowers are from Wild Orchid and coloured with the Copics n ProMarkers I used in the image and splashed with liberal amounts of glittery glitter.

I was struggling with a blank area then remembered my Klic n Kut so whizzed off a couple of swirls, coloured with a Purple ProMarker, sprayed the Stick n Stay and coated them with My Paper World Holo Irridescent Glitter. A printed sentiment finishes off this weeks card.

Pop on over to have a peek at the DT creations this week, very inspiring I must say (some even have real stitching too, brave buds xx)

Enjoy the sunshine too, I know I am *grin*


PS: My Teal n Brown papers are now available from Secret Crafter as a digi download.

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Saturday, 9 April 2011

SCS Challenge - Feathered Friends - DT Card

I have used an image from the centre pages of Simply Cards & Papercraft, scanned in and printed onto Neenah Card, which I think fits our British Summer to a T (although a mini heatwave this weekend puts paid to that theory lol). Coloured with my Copics and ProMarkers with Glitter on the water feature lol.

I have my new Nellies border dies which are a full 6" (yay no longer have to trim my card down to fit my dies) and they go through my cuttlebug no problems. Trimmed with the sheer sparkly ribbon Lilac Blue and Emerald Mint twisted over the top of it.  The backing paper is from my new Digi Paper Set Teal and Brown that will be released shortly over at Secret Crafter.

Add a touch of distressing with the VersaColour ink pads and a digi sentiment and phew we're done.  Just enough time left over to get the barbie fired up and the beers chilling in the fridge lol.

Have a great weekend and don't forget to slip, slap, slop :oD


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Daring Cardmakers - Draw a Bird (or stamp/Paper Piece)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
ABC - R is for Ribbon
Crafters Companion Monthly - Aqua and Brown (good theme for my new papers lol)
Creative Inspirations - Punches & Dies

Saturday, 2 April 2011

SCS Challenge - Butterflies - DT Card

This weeks challenge has been set by the Boss herself, Wendy. Create any project you like as long as there are butterflies on there. For example within your image, backing paper or as an element.

I love The Paper Shelter images, they are really cute and easy to colour.  I have used Little Sylfie and coloured her with a combination of my fave Copics and ProMarkers

My flowers are from WOC (where else!!) then Sticklez'd within an inch of their lives hehe. The sentiment is one of the new clear sets from LoV (which I stamped from Wendy's new set when she wasn't looking hehe).

The DP are from my new Pink & Blue digi paper packs which are now available from Secret Crafter and immediately downloadable (or on my blog) with more packs to be added very very soon.

I used the basic sketch from last weeks Sketch Saturday Challenge as I was really stuck for a card layout for some reason this week and thought it was quite different from my usual layouts using the triangles.

The gals this week have some really stunning projects so pop on over for some weekend crafting inspiration.


ps. I'm working on my next digi paper set which is a teal and brown combo, due out in the next couple of weeks.

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