Saturday, 30 March 2013

One card, two challenges ....... with a bit of help from the fairies

Evening everyone,

Hope you're all enjoying the Easter break.  Anyone overdone the chocolate yet?

It's been a lovely day here on the Isle of Man.  A bit chilly, but at least the sun was shining.  Could the weather finally be changing? Well British Summertime starts tomorrow so you would think we stand a chance. Fingers crossed eh!

It's also the last day of March tomorrow (yikes!!!) and I haven't done any blog challenges yet this month!  (Timmie tag is due tomorrow!!!)
There were quite a few new ones started at the beginning of this month which I really fancied giving a go.  One of them being the new Lavinia Stamps Challenge
I love Lavinia stamps, especially the fairies, and as soon as I heard about the challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  The gorgeous Tree Goddess 'Luna' has been in my stash for a while but this is her first outing.

She was simply stamped using Onyx Black Versafine ink onto the side of a piece of white cardstock.  I used the Weeping Willow leaves to add the foliage.
I drew a circle onto the card with part of the Fairy inside, then using a craft knife I carefully cut out the circle and around the fairy.

On an 8x8 cardblank I marked where the cut out circle was to sit, then using my Distress Inks, some torn copier paper and a punched circle for the moon, I made a bit of a scene for Luna to look out on. 
This is where Challenge number 2 comes in ..........

Back in February, Craft Stamper magazine launched their own Take It, Make It Blog Challenge.  This is my favourite craft magazine ever (and that's not just because I won Craft Stamper of the Year a couple of years ago either!)  Every month it's full of fabulous projects, great tips and techniques, and loads of inspiration from the Design Team.  So, when they launched their challenge I had to give it a go.  It's taken me a while to get around to doing it I know, but better late than never.

The idea is you TAKE a specified technique, then you MAKE something using that technique - simples!
For their first challenge they chose a technique showcased in the March issue of the magazine ...... Faux Airbrushing

I gave this a go on the little background scene I created
and also did a touch on the sentiment strip across the bottom. 

To get the light, soft, speckled look you apply your Distress Inks with a soft sponge, using a pouncing or dabbing motion.  I used make-up sponges to do mine, you don't need to spend a fortune on special ones.
To finish off I added one of the small Lavinia fairies in the background along with some fairy dust.

I stamped the fairy's wings onto acetate, then attached them to the card to add a bit of dimension.   I used a gemstone to hide the dab of glue, then added lots of Glamour Dust - well a fairy needs a bit of sparkle.

A bit of matting and layering and some paper roses finish the whole thing off.

Oh well, that's two challenges done.  There's still a few on my list though.

Don't forget to put your clocks forward tonight.  At least it'll stay light a bit longer tomorrow so who knows, I may just manage a couple more.

Thanks for popping by this evening.  Enjoy the rest of the long weekend.

Cheerio for now



Redanne said...

Hi Linda, that Lavinia stamp is gorgeous and you have created the most wonderful scene and your faux airbrushing technique looks amazing. Hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend. Hugs, Anne x

Wendy said...

What a lovely card Linda! Really pretty and delicate. Thank you for entering the Lavinia stamps Challenge, good luck! Wendy, Lavinia DT xxx

Unknown said...

Wow wow what a beautiful card! Thanks for entering the Lavinia Stamps challenge from all of us at the DT.

Julie said...

This is just so gorgeous,I wish that I'd made it ;) happy Easter x

Eileen said...

How very, very lovely ... thanks Linda a truly gorgeous card.
Good luck in the Lavinia Stamp challenge
Ex xxx

gardenpinks said...

A beautiful card and perfect for both challenges. Must admit to loving the Lavinia stamps too. I have some earlier Lavinia stamps but they have become mixed up with another maker of fairy silhouette stamps so not sure which is which in my um folder!

Trish Latimer said...

Gorgeous delicate card Linda, love the fairy and her sparkly wings! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge!