Happy New Year everyone.
I've had a long rest from making cards over the festive season and I actually really enjoyed it!
The most eventful thing that happened to me was that my camera has decided to take a holiday of its own....yes, it is totally missing from my house! I always thought that my i-phone camera was a better quality than my real camera....but, see for yourself; the picture quality has gone down somewhat. Actually it's about the same quality as the cringe worthy card photo I'm sharing with you all at the bottom of this post. Never mind.
Today's card is for the Pixie Cottage challenge where I've used the theme (punches) and the sketch this week (love the sketch!) (oh! love the theme too!).
The image I picked out was 'Cassie' by Di Carubia; she's a darling to colour up. I used distress inks to watercolour her (Clothes and background: Faded Jeans& Dusky Concorde. Hair: Walnut Stain. Skin: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar. Kitten: Brushed Corduroy)
The image was then covered with watermark ink and sprinkled with iridescent embossing powder and heated up to give it that sparkly, glittery finish (thanks to Dena for that tip - you may have seen it when she was published in Craft Stamper magazine last year)
I used my MS Punch Around the Page set called 'Rings' for the outside of the card and the corner stamp from that set was used on the mat that runs across the card.
The papers are new - one free with a magazine, the other a prize for winning a card challenge. Yes - you did spot a homemade flower in there too.
I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Alota Rubber Stamps - Stamp, Ribbon, Bow
By The Cute And Girly - Bling It On (Blingy Image)
Crafty Cardmakers - First and Last - I'm cringing at the first one - see below.....
Crazy for Challenges - Celebrate Something (a birthday)
Drunken Stampers - Something New (new papers)
Flourishes - Just Add Flowers
Just Add Ink - Just Add Summer (Summer dress & summer flowers)
Kaboodle Doodles - Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times - Birthday and Circles
Sew Many Challenges -New Things (New and free papers)
Simply Create - I'm the boss (embossing) - embossed shimmer on image
Speedy The Cat's Challenge - Use Something New (new papers)
Stamp Insanity #40 - Sparkle (Sparkly Image)
Whoopsidaisy - Free and Easy
Okay, now for cringe ville!
The Crafty Cardmakers challenge theme (link above) is to show your latest, or greatest card - I've used my latest card above, and also show a photo of one of your first cards.....well, here's one of my first in all it's peel-off gloriousness! Oh boy, how things have changed since I found stamping! For a start it takes me much longer to colour an image that it did for me to make that whole card. lol.
Please pop over to the Pixie Cottage Challenge to see how the rest of the amazing DT have used the sketch and/or the punches theme. As usual you won't be disappointed as their creations are fantastic.
Thanks for looking,