Monday, 1 February 2010

Keeping my hands busy.

Hi Everybody, February at long last lol, hasn't January gone slow? Well it has for me anyway, maybe its because I've been counting the days from when I quit smoking, did I say days? well...days, hours, minutes.. To be honest the last few days have been easy, I haven't given the dreaded weed much thought, so onward and upward.  As you can see I've been keeping my hands busy, these are a few cards I had on order and I'm really pleased as to how they turned out. For the top one I used a retired stamp set that I still love called 'Best Blossoms' and I have used a technique called 'Gradation' this is when you use two or more colours and gradually blend them together where they meet on the stamp, you can get some gorgeous results especially when you use the Stampin' Write markers and a sponge dauber.

This second card is made using a technique called 'Spotlighting' this is when you take a section of an image and 'spotlight' it in some way eg. I took stamped a section of my main image and coloured it using the Stampin' Write markers, I then layered this onto some real red cardstock and using dimentionals I have placed it ontop of my main image. Just another cute technique to add to your collection and a totally new look for your stamps.

No special technique to this card, just plain matting and layering with a bit of embossing here and there but I love these colours together, they aren't colours I would use often but I think you'll be seeing a lot more of them from now on, they are Ballet Blue, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla. The stamp set used on this card is of course the Flight of the Butterfly, I love the swirling sentiments that come with this set and the fabulous butterfly punch that coordinates with it. I am entering these cards into a few challenges they are:
Creative Card Crew~ Punch it ( Big wave, hello girls!)
Cute Card Thursday~ Blooming Gorgegous
Dutch Dare~ Summer In Winter
Secret Crafter Challenge~ Hearts (Heart embellishement on Wife card)
One Stop Craft Challenge~ Make it Personal (big wave again)


{Jane} said...

Beautiful Donna

Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

gina g said...

Gorgeous cards Donna, well done on giving up smoking it pays to keep busy lol and it does get easier. Thanks for joining the OSCC this week. luv gina xx

Biscuitlid said...

Hi Donna
sorry not visited in a while, been doing less blogging and more family!

Well done on the not smoking.

Fab selection of cards too, love it when you churn em out!


Sharon said...

Hi Donna!! {BIG WAVE}
Oh it has been sooooo long since we caught up, hasn't it? Miss ya hunni. Hope you & yours are doing fine.
What a fantastic trio of cards you have here. I love the stylishness of them all.
So nice to see you joining us at the One Stop Craft Challenge. Don't stay away too long, will you?
Sharon xx

Chrissie said...

What a beautiful array of cards Donna!
Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at One Stop Crafts!

Mel X said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for joining us this week on SCSC

Mel X

Maria Matter said...

oh Donna, this are beautiful!!!

I love how you arranged & colored your Best Blossoms! I have that set and I never made a gorgeous card like this! I'm going to try to remember to CASE this ...I really, really like this one!!!!

Cool spotlighting technique on card #2, what a great idea to use these pretty little daisies!!

And I like the swirly sentiment on your butterfly card too, adds just the right touch!

I like it when you keep busy and have a bunch of beautiful makes to show for it!

I'm glad your days are getting easier! I'm shaken my little pom poms for you!

gawddd, that didn't sound right! lol
my little cheerleader pom poms! you knew what I meant! lol

Hugs & Blessings to you my friend!

Nikki said...

Hi Donna hope you keeping well. Beautiful cards as always. Missing you over here at OSCC
Nikki xx

nessy said...

gosh you have been sooooooo busy ~ what wonderful cards donna ~ seems ages since i visited!!
vanessa xx

sugar n spice said...

Super selection of personal cards. love them all. Thank you for joining us at OSCC this week.

Hugs Suzi x

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards!
Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
Helen x