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...

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Sketch Saturday Challenge

It's a while since I joined in with any of the weekly challenges in Craft Blog Land. Thought I'd try to get back into the routine :)

So! Here is this week's layout challenge from Sketch Saturday:

And here is my interpretation, the "twee"est, sweetest, pinkest card I've ever produced, I think. Maybe my recent bug has imprinted Pepto-Bismol deep into my brain :)

  • Colouring was done with my Derwent Water Colour pencils, with a little clear Sakura Stardust sparkle on the flower and the rabbit.
  • The background papers were freebies with Crafts Beautiful magazine. They are also available to download, free, from their website, here. You just need to sign up for their emailed newsletter and get a log-on and password.
  • The pink/green circles are made from paper I decorated with my Glitz Pearlescent Paints.
  • I've added faux stitching with Sakura Souffle pens.
  • The "Easter Wishes" dome sticker was a freebie with the same magazine last year.
  • The flower is Papermania, I think.
  • The stamp is a Sugar Nellie, which you can buy online from Funky Kits.
  • Sugar Nellies also have a blog, here.

I bought the stamp recently, thinking I could make some Easter cards with it. What do you think? I'll have to do some religious ones, too, for people I know who'd prefer those. But for now I'll concentrate on spring colours and this cheeky bunny.

Here is another. Not tied in with the sketch this time, I just wanted to do that stamp again :)
Still not quite happy with the colours I've used for the girl's clothes, especially the shoes. Any ideas?
I like the carrot button, from my local haberdashery, as is the ribbon, which I found there for 20p a metre! MUCH cheaper than the stuff made specialy for craft shops!

Not happy with the "Happy Easter", though it looks a bit better in real life than it does here in the photo: I used a yellow embossing pen with clear embossing powder. It worked ok, I just don't like my writing!
That lovely glass, by the way, in the shape of a cat's foot and with a picture of a cat and pawprints on it, was a Christmas present from Stardust, all the way from Japan! I love it. It's too good to use as a glass though, I don't want to risk breaking it! SO I keep it on the side in the sunlight, and it makes me smile whenever I look at it. That's the best kind of present, don't you think? :)


kanabanana said...

Thank you for visiting my scrapbook blog and leaving a comment. Your cards are beautiful! I buy stamps, and all sorts of paper crafty goodies too. My digi scrapbooking addiction is a new one! I love how mess free it is, and with two young children it makes it easy to do a layout. Have a great day!

Gattina said...

I think it looks very nice !

Rach said...

such sweet Easter cards Helena, that image is gorgeous and you have coloured it beautifully. love your glass so very unusual.xx

Sandra said...

Wow your cards are great! Especially love the Sweet pink one at the to[ ;O)
Sandra xx

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Hi Helena, have just found your blog, all of your creations are just beautiful and so different. Thanks for following my blog, good luck with the candy and I will be back! Heidi xxx

Emma said...

Gorgeous cards and what an unusual glass...stunning.
Thank you for popping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment.
Emma x

Gill said...

Beautiful cards, love the colours and the imgage is so cute, your colouring is fab
hugs Gill x

Stardust said...

It makes me glad to know that you like the glass. =) I have the same glass too, with a different motif. =)

Bridgette said...

You've made me smile, thank you - it's late or shd I say early in the morning - and I am loving what you do it has a cute, quirky edge, that makes it different.
Thank you for taking the time to take a peek at what I do, and for linking - good luck in the draw - Bridgette

Hilary said...

Very nice.. you're quite the talent. :)

neverenoughrubberstamps said...

Very Nice cards! Great Job!

Madge said...

Hi Helena, what a very pretty Easter card - I love the colours. Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog - I really do appreciate them so much. You asked about the evelopes - I use the Envelope Pro, it is fantastic, so easy, you just print off the paper on both sides, cut to size and score on the Pro, and voila a great looking envelope - enjoy !! xx

Cardmaking Galore said...

Lovely cards!

Helena said...

Thanks for all you're comments, people!!! I really do appreciate it!!!


Shirley said...

Both of these are precious and to lovely too!