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31 July 2013

Squeezing in another CFC110 entry

Materials: More garage sale cardstock (maker unknown), hand-cut, Copics and Tim Holz Distress Inks.


Woohoo - housebound today!  As the tradies get to work on my new kitchen, I found time to participate in this week's CAS-ual Friday challenge - CFC110 (use a number in your creation).

No cutting dies used in this one, just me and my favourite pair of scissors. Base cardstock is from the Kaisercraft Gypsy Sisters Collection, not sure who makes the other cardstock or ribbon (picked those up in a garage sale - love it when hoarders move house)!


Long time no see!


Well, it has been a looong while since I last posted and this is a reflection of my very busy year so far - new job, home renovations, daughter starting school etc.

A massive THANK YOU to those who have sent me messages of encouragement - rest assured I have not stopped creating!  Nor have I stopped checking my favourite blogs or participating in the odd challenge. Hopefully as we settle into the second half of the year I can claw back some blogging time.

Here's something I created recently to cheer a beautiful friend who's very dear to my heart.

06 October 2012

Hooray for WCMD!

Here's how I spent my WCMD - practicing with my Copic markers on a digital image (provided by a friend who said she bought it from www.shutterstock.com).

12 September 2012

Another Moxie Fab Gallon/Quart/Pint entry

These challenges continue to inspire me!  Here's another entry for the Moxie Fab Gallon/Quart/Pint Challenge - full details are here (check the other amazing submissions while you're there).

Gallon: Yellow
Quart: Lavender
Pint: Red

CR84FN62 - second interpretation

In the mail today I received the cutest washi tape and butterfly dies, so I practiced with them by having a second crack at CR84FN Color Challenge 62.  Loving these colours!

 I also saw an image of a gorgeous top today that reflects these colours...I'm tempted to get it!
Source: http://www.birdsnest.com.au/brands/metalicus/23337-harajuku-wrap-skirt#JetBlack

09 September 2012

CR84FN62 + Moxie Fab Focal Point

I looooooove all shades of purple, but it doesn't seem to be as popular as other colours amongst cardies/scrappers - why is that? Anyway, I was chuffed to see that this CR84FN Color Challenge 62 coincided with my best chum's birthday (she's a fanatic for purple too, and butterflies). Hope she likes it!

Update: In retrospect, I thought this one might suit the Moxie Fab World Focal Point Challenge, so I've submitted it there too.

01 September 2012

Moxie Fab Repetition Challenge

Another for the Moxie Fab Repetition Challenge!
I tend to think repetition works well surrounded by lots of neutral space (in this case white).



The circus is in town, so this one was easily inspired and quick!

Moxie Fab Focal Point, Movement and Repetition Challenges

Can you tell I'm really getting into these awesome Moxie Fab challenges?!

So here's an example of where three design principles come together neatly (I think?!)...focal point, movement and repetition.
Where do you first look? The central geisha? The concave floral background draws your attention inward to focus on the three geisha's. The two blue fans radiate from the central geisha, further drawing your eye inward (blue to match her kimono).  I've also poofed her hair slightly to distinguish her from her chums, which also adds to the sense of movement - your eye moves around the card in a circular motion, drawn down to absorb the three blue rhinestones then across the bottom fan to absorb the sky blue of the rose, before heading back up over the top fan to settle once again on the central geisha.  The notches taken from the corners are designed to soften the hard angles, which helps to lead your eye around that central panel.

25 August 2012

Moxie Fab Gallon/Quart/Pint Challenge

Here's one I created for the Moxie Fab Gallon/Quart/Pint Challenge.  I bought this ribbon at a fair recently, but had no particular project in mind (other than a burning need to get out the acetate again).  Then when I read up on the concept of designing in thirds, I knew this ribbon was my starting point - with the colours apricot, brown and pink being my 'thirds'. 
Brown is a favorite of mine, as it can pull so many colours together, so that is my Gallon (you could argue it's a neutral and therefore doesn't count as one of the thirds, but in this case I think the neutral is white and the brown becomes a feature).  I chose to bring out the apricot as my Quart (I get a bit tired of pink with two little girls under 5!) so I added a strip of apricot, stitched to help tie in the fabric texture of the ribbon with the card. The pink then becomes my Pint.

Moxie Fab Movement Challenge - Part 2

Here's another attempt at flow and movement for the Moxie Fab Movement Challenge.
Even though the peas in their pod are the focal point, my eye actually starts on the big curl of the vine first, then flows down through the pod to move over the sentiment (a flowing style of lettering with a hint of curl to compliment the quilled vine).  I also rounded that bottom left corner to encourage a smooth flow, then rounded the opposite corner for balance.

Moxie Fab Movement Challenge

This is another submission I created for the Moxie Fab World. It is for the Movement Challenge primarily, but also fits nicely into the Asymmetry Challenge (can I enter this card twice Cath?). These two challenges have been the most influential by far.
I don't know about you, but my eye actually processes the pink space above first, before sweeping through the sentiment, buttons and wood grain to flow right off the edge.  The most challenging part I found was achieving balance AND movement, so I positioned the three buttons centrally.  I also created a version with the wood grain flowing horizontally rather than vertically, but it upset the balance and gave it a lopsided feel.

Moxie Fab Focal Point Challenge

Cath over in the Moxie Fab World is running a series of challenges that compliment design themes presented in the new Card Design Handbook by Papercrafts Magazine.  You can read all about it here
I created this card for the Focal Point Challenge and hopefully I'll have time to submit a couple more projects!

24 August 2012

Mobile home

I found a quirky font here (no lettering, but a series of cute little cottages), then hand drew the snail.  She looks kinda snooty doesn't she?  Maybe she's moving because she's fed up with her neighbours.

2 y.o. birthday favorite!

Ladybug or Ladybird?

Golden leaves

His (hers) and Hers

Cherry special friends


Vintage damask

Gypsy sisters pad by Kaisercraft

Pink tartain


Nauticly inspired