Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

This week's layout challenges

First of all, here is my pen & ink & watercolour "stained glass" pic from last week, made up as a card at last :)I thought it best to keep it simple. The papers are all DCWV.

OK! Now on to this week's challenges....

The challenge over at The Secret Crafter is simply "Blue, white, and a little bit of snowflake." Hmmm... didn't have much in the way of blue, can you believe? I had to download some papers and get my thinking head on. This is what I came up with:....can't get it to photograph very well.... click on the photo and you'll see it a bit bigger...Close up of chain stitch round image (I haven't done this for years and I'm really chuffed I remembered how! LOL!):


Blue stripe paper and background paper downloaded FREE from Medleyblog.com.
Image stamped onto cotton paper from Paperchase and coloured with wate
rcolour pencils & a waterbrush.
The little snowflake stamp was a free gift from Crafty Individuals. -See link in the left hand column of this blog. (Have you ordered from them yet?! Every time I do I get unmounted red rubber stamps free!)
I've stamped the snowflake with a ColorBox Fluid Chalk inkpad in French Blue
Embossing is with Heat It Up! in Snowflake Tinsel. (bargain- bought yesterday from the ex-demo basket in my local craft shop. Horray!)
Crochet Flower from Angel Crafts- £1.75 for 5, lots of different colours.
Little crystal tag in the crochet flower is from

Now for the Sketch Saturday challenge.

Here is this week's layout sketch:Here's my attempt! As I had lots of blue out I decided to stick to the colour scheme!
Again, trouble photographing it this week. Maybe my camera just doesn't like blue :)
Sources mostly as before, except for the background paper which is a free download from Crafts Beautiful. You have to sign up for their email newsletter, but it doesn't become bothersome or bring junkmail; and once you do you have access to free downloads including papers,motifs, patterns and project ideas.
I love the effect of the fluid chalk inkpad embossed with the snowflake tinsel powder:I enjoyed doing these. I might stick with this colour scheme for a while.....

I want to get on and do some more original drawings, take a break from rubber stamps. Here's the rubber stamped/water coloured/embossed work-in-progress at the moment though. I did these last night!......imsomnia, & nocturnal phases, have their uses!
It was my 2nd Blogoversary yesterday, and I have some Blog Candy to put up. I have to go out this after noon though, so check back!

Bye for now!


Secret Crafter said...

Lovely card, like your stitching. Thank you for taking part in the challenge. Wendy x

Allison said...

this is so cute Helena

Anonymous said...

What beautiful cards, love your hand stitching and the SS card is so cute!
Carole :-)

Dragonstar said...

I absolutely adore that Sketch Saturday teddy card! Looks like you work really well when you can't sleep.

Debbie said...

Hi Helena, well insomnia does have its upside...look at all of the beautiful cards you have created. Beautiful colouring and I love the DP's. Debbie x

PS: Hope your PC is all better now.

Shirley said...

Your cards are wonderful too! Love your creativity.