Friday 27 May 2011

Card Makin' Mamas - Use up your Scraps challenge

Morning all & it's Friday again, I really don't know where this weeks gone, actually I really don't know where the whole months gone! - Time always flies, but this month of May has just come & gone so quickly, where does the time go?!!!

Anyhow the challenge this fortnight was to 'use up your scraps' & we've kindly been sponsered by Bugaboo, which if you've not heard of is a stamp company specialising in digis, but theres also some rubber available too. I have to say I am a rubber girl (does that sound a little dogey in a rude sense, or is that just me?!! haha)

So I choose to work with there very beautiful flower swing. I also invested in 2 others the 'flower can' & the 'fancy umberella 1'. I've really enjoyed working with them & I LOVE all 3! The value is amazing too, they should have been 3 dollars each (which most single images are) but when I checked out I got them both half price! - So each image worked out at just over a pound each - BARGAIN! - The images are e-mailed to you instantly (which is such a great perk of digi stamps) & you get one normal image, then one with a transparent background, so you could build scenes on a photo editing or publishing program really easily, which not all digis do & its a real benefit making them really workable & easy to use. Theres so many to choose from & I'm sure soem of you will be familiar with some fo the fab cvharacters they do, which the rest of the DT have used click here to check them out & enter your creation. But I wanted to show a bit of a different style which may not be your first thought on how to use them, so I wanted to show just how versatile they are, the different kinds of style they can creat & how well they work with stamps you allready have. Click here to check them out..


Image is 'Sitting Angel Tilda from the 2010 christmas collection, which I thought was in keeping with a use up your scraps challengs, as it shows how you can use your stamps out of season. This image in particular is amaingly versatile & I chose it cause I love the way her hands are, perfect for 'holding' the umberella which I knew I really wanted to use. Image has been coloured with Copics, then highlighted with 'Sweet Pea' flower soft, which I just can't get enough of at the moment - I LOVE that soft shabby efect it gives & your not limeted to using it on your stamps. Notice I've added some around the edges & corners, which helps blend & co-ordinate the images with the background...



I'vve also used Viva declor pearl pen in salmon to create some faux swirl flourishes


Now you may be wandering - how did I 'use my scraps?!!' well....I confession time I didn't use scraps of paper - the pad is DCWV nanas nursary stach & is actually new. My Sizzix machine has just broken, my Dads taken it apart & the aliminium frame has snapped (I think its me forcing dies through it trying to cut card thats to thick for that type of die...naughty me - lessoned learned!) Anyhow I ALWAYS use some kind of dies on my work, so am really feeling not having it. I did check through all my scraps & have loads cause never throw anything away, but all the ideas I had for each collection involved needing my die-cutter, you have to be quite inventive sometimes using scraps & I just didn't feel I could be without my beloved Sizzix & wouldn't have been happy with the standard of work - which ultimately I decided was more important!
Soooo plan B - I decided to get inventive with the challenge instead & come up with this little idea, which I thought was still very much in the spirit of using scraps & generally being frugal. Don't know about anyone else, but now I'm using loads of digis for all my DT work, I've loads & loads of A4 smooth white card (suibtable for Copics) with different images on, but always have loads of 'wasted' space on the sheet. So I used an editing program & positioned the image in the right place to be printed in some of the spaces, therefore using up the otherwise wasted space on the paper & with the expensive prices of speciaslist paper nowadays, every bit counts! - So little tip there for you, I hate wasting anything so thought it was a great idea! - Big up blog challenges too - I love it when you learn or create something you wouldn't have done otherwise because of these types of challenges & that is why there sooooo good to take part in. So we'd love you to come & join in - what will you learn/ create?


I'd like to enter into the following challenges:


  1. hi deb, your card is fabulous, what a lott of details.
    the colors are great also your coloring.

    greetings karin

  2. oh wow hun this is just stuning,your detail is always just first class hun love it hugs cheryl xxxx

  3. Absolutely gorgeous, so much lovely detail, I have been studying it for ages! Love the way you have used flower soft, and your colouring is devine, K x

  4. Uhooi,,
    This card is very pretty, sweet and creative,,


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