Friday, 7 February 2014

Two Fantastic Challenge's to Announce......

Welcome back fellow crafters, bloggers and friends.
Where did January go??? AND it is already the 7th of February!!!
Well, this doesn't happen very often, but two of the Challenge Blogs that I am on the Design Team of, are launching Challenges and Mid Month Inspirational posts today.
The first Challenge Blog to be launching their second ever Monthly challenge is the brilliant LEJ Designs:
Their challenges launch on the 7th or each month, and end of the 5th of the following month. There are always crafty goodies to be won, please see the main blog for more details.
This months theme is..... Can you guess???..... Love/Valentines
Here Is What I Have Made
I used Kraft card for the matting and layering and the punched border.
The wonderful image I coloured with my water colour pencils and a thin Koi water brush.
I used a bold rose patterned paper I got from my craft stash.
I finished off with flat backed gems, diecut heart and leaves and a lovely flower and feather.
This image can be found on the blog page
The second Challenge Blog that is Launching their Mid Month Inspirational post is the wonderful Left Of Centre:
The Challenge Theme is......... Cute Vs Creepy........ and we are extremely lucky to be sponsored by the brilliantly talented MelJen's Designs
Here Is What I Have Made

I really struggled with this one....It is hard to mix Cute and Creepy together..... I used the image 'Nibbles the Cat' and coloured him with bright, slightly alternative coloured Spectrum Noirs.
I added white pens and glossy accents to highlight areas of the image.
I stamped the sentiment 'Why Try To Fit in? ..... Be Yourself!' as I think it is a very important message and went well with what I wanted the card to be like.
For the backing, I have used Kanban card and a pink glossy card, with diecuts. Finished the card off with card candi and a lovely ribbon.

The idea of the card was to have the cat clash/stand out from the rest of the card, but not to worry about doing so. He should be what he wants to be, rather than what outside influences tell him he should be.
I am not sure if the card works, but I like to think it fits the theme brief.
Please take a look at the main blog post to find details of what MelJen's are offering the lucky winner of this current challenge.
As always, I hope my work has inspired you to pop along to both blogs and play along with their wonderful challenges. Let your hair down and let your imagination flow......
Thank you for all your visits and really kind words.


pauline said...

Love them both Lisa ,brilliant xx

Nicky Wilcox said...

There both so cute love the pink paper on teddy one xxx

Kathryn said...

Fabby makes my love xxx

Eiglas said...

Excellent use of 'Nibbles the Cat' Lisa! It's fun and colourful but also conveys an important message to us all!
Super work!
Eiglas x

Sylvia Anderson said...

Wow .... two great cards Sweetie, you have certainly done Lindsays image justice & i adore the cat, nice use of glossy accents xxx

crafty-stamper said...

Both great cards Lisa but the second one is brilliant love the bright multi coloured image with glossy accents and great sentiment
Carol x

Linda Simpson said...

Oh WOW! These are both gorgeous cards my dear friend! Love the papers and image of the teddy on the first card! The second card is wonderful with the fabulous sentiment and image.

Linda xxx

Sue said...

Your cards are fabulous Lisa. I love the cute teddy on your first card and your second card is brilliant - the image, colours and sentiment all work so well together to fit in with the theme.
hugs Sue xx

Andree said...

Your LEJ card is wonderful Lisa. The teddy is so cute and I love the embellishments.
You've coloured the cat wonderfully on the second card. It's perfect for the important sentiment x

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Lisa, I love them both, lej teddy is one of my favourite of Lindsay's images. Your background papers are a gorgeous colour.
Well the second one did make me chuckle I loved the colour you used and the Sentiment is just brilliant and so very true.
Janet xxx

maureenjscott said...

Two fabulous cards Lisa! I love your Nibbles the Cat, thanks so much for all your hard work for LOC! I really appreciate having you on the team! Fab card for LEJ too! Mo xxx

Avril Ann said...

Lisa, these are both fabulous card, my friend, I love your colouring and the detail you add to your cards, you can see the love you put into them, want to see you in the DD DT, get a move on and make some cards, xxxx

Chris said...

Wonderful cards, love the teddy image and the papers. love the quirkyness of the second one. Chris xx