Friday, 24 January 2014

Hello everyone, it is that time again! this is your midway reminder for the LOC Challenge blog challenge #23 'Scary Stories'

Good morning everyone! Here is the midway reminder for the Scary stories challenge, sponsored by Ikes Art!

This is my second DT card for the fantastic Left Of Center Challenge blog and I am really enjoying myself. this is yet another fantastic designer that is new to me, and you can find their work at Ikes art (link in the title)
the LOC theme is 'scary stories' and this image definately reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe's the Raven...

This card had me going out of my comfort zone slightly, which is definitely a good thing, and surprise surprise, I had real fun making it!

Papermania Bexley Black capsule collection floral paper in 12x12
Papermania madame payrauds paper in 12x12
dark purple Core'dinations cardstock 
Dawn Bibby antique brads from stash
black jewelled brad from stash
tim holtz tattered florals flower printed with a PSX background stamp and antiqued with Vintage photo Distress ink and dabbed with tuxedo black memento ink and a purple archival ink pad 
Promarkers ; almond, blush and oatmeal
aubergine, amethyst and lilac, 
black, cool grey 5-3
all stuck down with Anitas Tacky Glue

For this card I made a card blank by folding a piece of my A4 white 220 gsm cardstock in half  to make a tent fold card blank. 
I cut a piece of purple core'dinations to the same size as the front of the card blank and then I sanded the edges that would show to distress it slightly. on top of that i matted the piece of Bexley black paper which I distressed along the edges using a youtube tutorial - I have no paper distressing tool and have been experimenting with distressing techniques just using my fingernails!
I coloured the image using the promarkers listed above, actually going back the day after originally colouring it to add some more depth and definitions to the shadowing on the dress, which I had found a bit of a challenge ( I hope I got it right!)
I then cut round the outline and matted it on top of a piece of paper from the madame payrauds paper pack, which I had distressed using the fingernail method. this piece I wanted to look more antiqued so I ran my Vintage photo stain dabber over the edges, and curled up a couple of the corners ( making sure I got the stain on the backs of the corners I was curling!
even though only a little of the cardstock behind would show, I crumpled and sanded it before flattening it out and adding the paper and the image to it... I then set that to one side and set to work on the 'stripes' , which I crumpled, sanded then trimmed to size. I made the holes for the brads to go through with my oh so useful pokey tool, and I poked through into a foam pad I keep for the purpose . the rest of the cardstock strips were glued down with anitas tacky glue, and once dry I gently dabbed them with some memento and the vintage photo stain to age them... then I glued down the image, making sure to leave a couple of mm at the left of the image peeking through . as my final touch I added a hand stamped and assembled tim holtz tattered florals flower that was severely attacked with my distress stain before assembly, then finished with a black sparkly brad.

hope you like the card and gain some inspiration from it , however little, and if you haven't joined the challenge yet you can do so now as there is a week left ! 
dont forget to check out the other design team members work on the blog whilst you are there
and i am happy to answer any questions you have for me too!

Also entering in Ike's world challenges and quoth the raven  challenge blog

Friday, 10 January 2014

Left Of Center Challenge Blog challenge #22 Delicious Doodles new beginnings

This is My first post as a DT member for Left Of Center challenge Blog!!

First off I wish to thank the awesome team at LOC for allowing me this chance to show off my work!
I have been paper crafting now for a short six months , and I am really enjoying the experience. I have met some fantastic people and am working with some fantastic digital image designers, and a wonderful team over on L.O.C ! I am part of the Mid way Design team, so you will be seeing my images half way through the challenge as a reminder!
therefore if you are reading this, THERE IS STILL TIME! challenges run fortnightly, so if you can't manage to do this one, another will be along soon, and I look forward to seeing your pieces :)

Our sponsor this Challenge is DELICIOUS DOODLES.

this piece is a Delicious Doodles image called 'A mother's love' and is available for purchase over at
Delicious Doodles Shop 'Baby'
8x8 card blank
1x 12x12 sheet of Core'dinations cardstock from the ROY G BIV pack of 80 sheets
2x corner die cuts from Tattered lace
a frame die cut from Sizzix cut from the same cardstock as the matt and sentiment backing
a pre printed sentiment from my stash
2 sheets of 8x8 paper from my stash
a swirl die cut (Marianne designs) from green cardstock
 three off white Samaflora roses
Promarkers- almond, blush, oatmeal, antique pink, baby pink, canary, pastel and buttercup yellow for the blanket, gold, mustard, pastel yellow and buttercup for the mothers hair
and a piece of 3.5 cm wide cream satin ribbon
To make this card, I cut the Core'dinations cardstock to the same size as the front of the card blank, then with the remainder, I cut the sentiment backing and the image frame. I sanded the  frame in places to distress it. I just love how the Core'dinations card is so versatile , there are so many different effects you can try with it!
I adhered an 8x8 piece of beige polkadot paper to the green cardstock base, then cut down the floral piece so it was roughly 3/4 of the width. This was then glued on top of the beige piece.
Before gluing down I made sure to do a 'dry' run so I could play with ideas and make sure the colours worked together, picking up colours in the image.
I then adhered the ribbon to the previous layers, using DST on the back of the green cardstock. I stuck a second piece of  DST over the ribbon to secure it further and did not remove the wax paper until I was ready to stick it to the card blank. Once I was happy with the ribbon position, I glued everything down onto the card blank.
The image was coloured in neutral tones because I wanted to create a card that was different from the usual pink or blue ( although don't get me wrong, I like pink and blue :D
 all coloured in Promarkers, with white spaces left in the mothers hair to act as highlights . once dry, that then got glued to the frame I had previously die cut, and the frame glued down to the papers, overlapping the ribbon with the bottom edge. To finish off, I added the corner die cuts, and the swirl and roses to the top right of the image.
If you haven't already been over to the Blog why not head over now and check out the rest of the design teams work and the entries to this challenge- the blog can be found HERE:
Thank you for reading, and one of these days I will get to grips with blogging- it is one of my new years resolutions :) harder yet may be the new laptop I am currently using, as my old one died...LOC was a good excuse to get a new one!
lots of love
Rachel x