Monday, 11 January 2010

About time I chicked in

Happy New Year everybody! Sorry I'm a bit slow off the mark - blogging seems to have fallen a bit by the wayside over the festive season. The horrible cold and cough probably didn't help much. So, I thought it was about time to "chick in" ;o)

Tom Allen has been around at Cornish Heritage Farms for a while now - he's the illustrator behind the Friendly Kritters line of stamps. Tom's just launched a new line at CHF called Tom Fun and hard on the heels of some adorable bears comes the Spring Chicks and More set so I thought I'd share a couple of cards I created with that.

The first is a clean and simple, one layer card created for a little boy's birthday - no frills and doo-dads for him to pull off! A little bit of masking and reverse masking and a dab of Glossy Accents for the balloon means there's still plenty of interest though, I love it when you manage to pull off a card with impact using minimal supplies!

Then I had a little fun teaming up the chick in overalls with a truck from one of the General Motors sets. Maybe I was in a masking kind of mood since I did it here too! I think simple masking was the first stamping technique I saw that made me say "oh, oh, oh!" and jump up and down with excitement! I still get a fantastic childish kick when I peel the mask off and reveal a scene! You know the kind of thing: "It worked, it worked - look! The chick is standing right in front of the truck! Yay!" lol!

I added some denim from an old pair of jeans for interest and to play up his overalls. Denim just needs orange stitching though, doesn't it?

There are more cute stamps in this set - you'd never guess it from these two cards but it's actually the perfect set for Easter (bunnies, chicks and eggs galore!).

Stamps for both cards (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Spring Chicks and More (Tom Fun Collection - releasing Friday 15th January)

Birthday card:
Birthday Centers tamp set (Mona Lisa Moments line)
Smooth white cardstock
Adirondack dye inkby Ranger (Espresso, Stonewashed)
Tim Holtz dye ink by Ranger (Shabby Shutters)
Number rub on
Copic markers
Glossy Accents by Ranger

Truckin' Chickie card:
Keep on Truckin' stamp set (General Motors line)
Simply Smooth cardstock
Copic markers
Denim (old jeans)
Sewing machine and thread
Antique copper mini brads (Making Memories)

Thanks for stopping by!


tracy said...

those cards are fantastic joanne as always :)

Di said...

Fantastic cards Joanne, what fun stamps they are.

Janice said...

ooh groan at the chick-in lol! Cute little fellow in his overalls, lovely cards. The baloon one reminds me of Pooh!

itsallrosi said...

I get excited about masking, too!

love these, and I didn't even notice the denim fabric at first, I was just all caught up with that cute pairing of the chick and his truck!

Unknown said...

Happy New Year ... great to have you back sharing wonderful cards as always!

Marcy said...

These are so sweet! I love the simplicity of them! Glad you are feeling better. Happy New Year to you!

Scrappy~Sarah said...

fantastic cards :)

Hazel said...

Lovely fun cards (good to see you blogging again) x

Karen said...

Awe these are great Joanne! Superb masking and lovely to see you blogging again XXX

Kaz said...

Fab cards Joanne, he's a lovely chick. GLad to see you back and blogging, I've missed your cards xx

Jean Franks Beck said...

Lovin' the denim with the stitching!!! Great masking, great scene with the truck... perfect little boy cards, through and through.

Ellen said...

love the combination of chicky with the car . great masking and contrast in colours

Lemon Lane Studio said...

What a great job you did of combining those stamps. I love you chickie with attitude in front of the pickup. Love him!

Traceyr said...

How clever to use the actual denim as the background for the stamped images.

Great male card Joanne. :)

Caroline said...

Gorgeous cards Joanne, love the simplicity of the first one and the fun element to the second. Did you airbrush for the background of the first?

Unknown said...

Wayyyyy too cute!