There's a bit of golf fever spreading around over here! The Irish Open is currently taking place in Newcastle, Co. Down (only a few miles up the road from me) and there has been so much buzz and excitement about it! I'm not really into golf myself, but I'm enjoying the craic about it. My cousin's wee boy was very excited to get Rory McIlroy's autograph the other day and there are photo's popping up all over Facebook of local people with the rich and famous! Unfortunately the weather isn't playing ball (or golf!) as there have been a few showers, but it brightens up in between the showers, so hopefully people get a chance to dry off then. It may be affecting the local hero though as Rory hasn't been playing so well, hopefully he will pick up a bit today as it would be good to see him compete.
I'm still trying to get the hang of being back at crafting and blogging again! I've been trying to make changes to my craft room but there is so much stuff and it's only a small room, so it's a challenge! I am going to get a bookcase to put on top of an existing bookcase to try to make more storage space. I need a bigger house!! Mostly so I can fit all my craft stuff in!
I bought a load of gorgeous fabric to make some aprons a while back but haven't gotten around to them yet as I don't have the space to lay out the fabric! I'll figure something out though.
We have a new challenge today at the Alphabet Challenge Blog. We're up to H again and the challenge for the next fortnight is...
H for Hats and/or Handbags
Here's what I did
This is actually a twisted easel card, here it is opened up
I knew the exact stamp I wanted to use for this one - it's one of the first stamps I ever bought and it was perfect for this challenge! She is Dressing Up Maggie by Sugar Nellie and I coloured her with the following copics: Skin; E21,13,00,0000,R20,RV23. Dress; R39,29,RV29,25. Hat; RV29,25,23. Boa & Hat; B39,37,34. Beads & Gloves; 100,C9,6. I also used a black prisma pencil and a graphik "snow" line painter to help with shading and highlights.
I used papers from the Rosarian pad by Prima along with cream and black card. I love easel cards and twisted easel cards but I really love the shape of this one. To shape it I used an XL circle die by Go Kreate, the largest one in the set, and hooked it over one corner of the card and passed it through my Grand Callibur. It can be a little messy looking so the ribbon helps to hide the sins!
I used Spellbinder ovals and scalloped ovals as well as a border punch by Martha Stewart. The sentiment was cut using the Alice & the Centurion alpha dies by X-Cut. For the stopper I pulled the stalk out of an old earring and glued the base into place. A wee tip - when I cut the edges of the ric-rac (which I did after the layers were stuck down, so couldn't tuck the ends in under) I applied some clear nail varnish to help avoid fraying.
A few diamantés here and there always finishes everything off nicely - that's my motto for life! lol!
And that's my card, I do hope you can join us this fortnight at the Alphabet Challenge Blog, I'll keep an eye out for you there!
Thanks for looking!