Challenge Winning cards

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Finding Nemo...

Here's a strange little card I was asked to make... a birthday card for someone who loves the Finding Nemo film. Thanks to the internet, I've never had any trouble finding images of famous characters and this one came from a children's colouring pages website.

I've coloured the image with promarkers and added the greeting 'just keep swimming' which I'm told is a song from the film. The embossed background is a cuttlebug folder. I have issues about these folders - the pattern isn't continuous at the edge so that you can emboss larger sheets of paper and I had great difficulty embossing the turquoise paper which is 13cm x 13cm in size. You can see the 'join' which is very annoying!!

I've entered this card in the following challenge:
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Slippery when wet (something relating to water)

Friday, June 17, 2011

More For Father's Day

Yay! At last I've made my first easel card and now I can't stop. I've liked the look of them for a while and thought I understood the principal of making one but needed to practise first! No need - the first one I made looked fine and everyone I showed thought it was ever so clever so there's no stopping me now.

I'd seen something similar to this but using circles on a recent challenge blog but I can't remember who made it. I was so impressed I had a go. The cute footballer image is Justin from Digi Boutique, coloured with promarkers. The greeting was made in Microsoft publisher using a basic shape (banners) and inserting a text box. The football used as the stopper is just a peel-off on card. Now that I have these sussed I need to start experimenting with different shapes and sizes.

My second attempt is using Drinking Jim again. The stopper this time is a clipart picture of a beer glass. The paper is very old - from the stash I must use up before I am allowed to buy any more.

I'm entering the second card in the following challenges:

Terrifcally Thrilling Thursday Challenge Card for a boy/man
Pear Tree Designs Father's Day
Sparkles Forum Challenges Father's Day

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Some Father's Day cards...

A couple of last minute Father's Day cards here - both made with a great character called Jim from the Digi Boutique and some lovely Argyle paper from an old issue of Making Cards magazine. Although the same materials have been used on each card I think I prefer the card with the buttons on - I'm not 100% sure about the 3 stars on the first one...

Both Jims are coloured with Promarkers

I've entered the second card into the following challenges...

C.R.A.F.T Challenge Father's Day
Saturday Challenge A Male card

Thursday, June 02, 2011

New Babies...

I've had a few requests for new baby cards recently. I sometimes struggle with these cards - I want to make them really cute with ribbons etc but I'm never satisfied with the results. I suppose as long as the people I make them for like them there's no problem but they often leave me very unsatisfied! I know the effect I am striving for but can't seem to get there!

I got the sticker for this first card a few years ago in a pack labelled 'Crystal Stickers' but no brand name! In my recent efforts to use up old stash I 'found' them and thought this cute giraffe image was ideal for a baby boy. The blue spotty paper came with and old edition of Creative cardmaking and the embossing folder is my favourite Swiss Dots. Cute but no wow factor.

The second one is for a baby due this weekend. I felt a bit uncomfortable doing a card for a baby not yet born but maybe that's just me. The image is a freebie by one of my favourite card designers, Katina Killey and the backing paper is Pink Petticoat. Maybe the layout is a bit basic but I wanted to show off the delicate colour of the paper.