Sunday, 19 April 2009

A challenge piece and a sketch holder.

Maddy and i shared a rare experience today, we crafted together!!!

There is always so many things going on here, we never get to play together, so today we did just that. How she got through the day with me i don't know, but she just managed to not wring my neck and all is well! :)

I say this because i decided to join her in making a card for a challenge. Now whilst my cards turn out OK in the end and i love the end results.....the making of them absolutely 100% does my head in!!! I stress about the colours, i stress about the fact i stress so much during the process, Maddy said today, "You look suicidal when you are making a card!!!". Anyone who says card making is therapeutic, needs to make one with me!!!

So once again i apologise to you Maddy, but thank you for your tips here and there to get me through the nightmare!!! Here's what i made.....

The card i made for two challenges, the Sketch Saturday card challenge and the Copics Colour Challenge.

For the Sketch Saturday, we were given a sketch to work to, always a big help to me. The sketch allowed me to play with some nestabilities, something i'm a bit of a newbie to.

The Copics Colour Challenge required that we use three colours, Cardinal, Cadmium Orange and Olive. I managed to use all three in various parts of the images.

To compliment the card, Maddy showed me how to make a notelet holder from a template. I made mine into a wallet for storing my sketches, they are such a help for me, it's a shame to get rid of them after using them.

This was a great little project, and i didn't stress over it either....WOOHOOOO!!! :)

I tried to make it semi match the card, i used some distress ink blending on the stamped images (always a fave on mine), and added a bit of lace here and there to pretty it up a bit.

So quite a productive day for me today. Thank you to the ladies at Sketch Saturday and the Copics Colour Challenge for their ever wonderful challenges, i like to think i learn something from them each time.

Finally, a big thank you to Maddy, who kept her calm whilst i lost mine with the card today......and kept herself off the overgrowing list of women who have buried their partners under the patio!!!

Thanks for popping in. :)

*Edited to say: I just read this out to Maddy, and she would like me to amend the bit where i said i did not stress out over the sketch holder.......she said it was at this point she thought i was going to spit my dummy out and burst into tears!!!

Oh well..... :)


Julie Allain said...


STUNNING creations Calv I'd quite happily stress to produce quality work like that well done :)

ger76 said...

Fantastic card Calv!!!
Well worth the stress I think :)

I've left a little something on my blog for your to pick up,

take care

Luv Ger x

Gez said...

Wow Calv your creations are fantastic! Love your colour scheme. Well done using all 3 copic colours on your challenge card. Love your image & her wings look brilliant.
Had to smile at Maddys comment! Glad you learned loads. Gez. :)

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Well, I think your card and sketch holder are fab - made with stress or not!


Nikki said...

What can I say... absolutely GORGEOUS..

I too wish that I could produce things that beautiful.. and would happily stress over the fact..

Nikki x

Sarah C said...

These are gorgeous. I love your idea for the sketch holder. Mind if I nab that idea please? xx

Adele said...

Gorgeous Calv, the colouring looks fab and the colours are perfect on this image- wonderful feel about this card.

Thank you for joining us at Copics Colour Challenge and hope to see there more often too.

love Dingle.xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi, I just found you by accident while blog hopping. So glad I did as your Rat has had me laughing for ages He is brilliant. Sooo funny. What a bundle of fun!!! I love the veg thing too. Fab. Hazelxo

Calv said...

Thank you for your kind comments everyone. :)

Thanks Ger...popping over to see it now! :)

Hi Sarah, help yourself.....Maddy actualy suggested the Sketch holder idea to me....they do say that behind every good man theres a woman. :)

Hi Adele, glad you like the card...thanks for popping in to see it and thanks for the challenge :)

Hi Hazel, nice to meet you. So glad my Rotty makes you giggle, if he makes you laugh you should see my girlfriends mouse! :)

Marcea said...

Hiya, well it looks as though all that stressing has paid off because you have ended up with 2 gorgeous projects!!! Glad you both survived the experience,lol

Jessica said...

LOLOLOL I love reading your Blog Calvin! You are very funny. I love your art work as well! Where can I get the instructions/dimentions of the sketch caddy? I'd like to give it a try! Thanks

Calv said...

Thanks Marcea :)

Hi Jessica, Maddy informs me that she got the template second hand from someone, she believes it is called something like a "cranberry wallet" template, but isn't 100% sure. When she finds it again, either she or i will let you know. Maddy's craft room is a tip at the moment and i can hardly see her in it let alone anything else!!! :)

Kimmi said...

Absolutely STUNNING. I love the card and the sketch holder!! If you go through a little stress for this, wow - I'd love to see you on a major stress out day!! Its amazing work hun.

Kim xx

Karen said...

Well well well... these were certainly worth stressing over!! Your work just gets better and better Calvin, I love both of these projects. Way to go!!

My craft space said...

They are great Calv love the colours you have used.

Val xx

Marianne said...

Beautiful cards indeed !!

Sounds like you have a wonderful understanding of eachother !! Would have loved to see you both at work !!

Annasmama said...

Fabulous cards!!!

Paulien van den Bosch said...

OMG.... you 2 are just hilarious!!!!!!!

I love both projects very much!!!! And wow wow wow for the coloring.....