Thursday, 30 December 2010

Happy New Year and a Challenge

I love how this card turned out - and it actually doesn't photograph too badly either!!!  Bought a lot of new digi stamps over the last few days and one of the companies I supported was the Designed2Delight site.  Faith gives you a freebie the every week you join in one of her challenges on her blog, if you miss the monthly freebie why not buy the current weekly stamp and join in the fun.....

Card Recipe:
  • Red card stock and black gems from stash
  • Cream and black 'newspaper print' is from the current Stampin' Up catalogue
  • Image was purchased from the Designed2Delight store
  • Sentiments are computer generated

Monday, 27 December 2010


Lovely family news over Christmas - my first cousin got engaged on Christmas Day!  I made him a card with a cute digi image on it but I haven't put his name on it yet or his Fiancee's so as not to embarass them both on the World Wide Web - I will leave that up to his big Sis!

I am entering the card into four challenges:
Allsorts week 83 - Free and Easy - Anything Goes challenge
Moving Along With The Times - Anything Goes (No Christmas Cards allowed!!)
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Let's Celebrate
Mojo Monday Sketch - No 171 Round or Square

Card Recipe:
  • Blank white card from stash
  • Backing paper is a download from Pink Petticoat
  • Image is a digi stamp by Tiddly Inks
  • Sentiment is computer-generated and punched out with a Stampin' Up punch

First Card for Next Christmas!!

If I can make life easier for 2011 - I will - that's my goal!!!  Starting with building up my stash of cards for: Birthdays, Babies, Weddings, and Christmas.  I think I am just in by the skin of my teeth for Michelle Perkett's Let it Snow challenge!

I am in plenty of time for the deadlines over at:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes challenge
Stampin for the Weekend - Christmas challenge

Card Recipe:

Monday, 20 December 2010

In Love at Christmas

I sincerely recommend retail therapy from the comfort of your computer desk & chair.  I am surfing thro' all the designs of my favourite digi stamp companies and making a list to spoil myself with over the Christmas holidays.  Hubby will be studying towards exams he has coming up in March so he needn't worry - I won't disturb him.  I will be making a list of crafty projects I want to make over the holidays.  

Here is another sample I made over the weekend with one of my new digis (note - I bought the image pre-coloured, sooooo handy!!!!  As handy as a pocket in a shirt!!!!) from Sassy Cheryl's store:

Just about enough time to enter the card into Sassy Cheryl's challenge this week: Challenge 42: Snowmen

Card Recipe:
  • Red card blank from stash
  • Stripe of green backing paper from Dovecraft's 'Let It Snow' paper pad
  • Image from Sassy Cheryl's store - Christmas Sale now on - go grab some digis!!!
  • Ribbon from Meiflower
  • Sentiment is computer generated

Christmas Bling

I was really on a roll at the weekend when I managed to make 6 cards yesterday - had the house to myself, dinner cooked for me, no disturbances!  This card is for a teenage girl so I added plenty of bling around the image and Happy Christmas sentiment.  Although the card appears flat I did raise the image and 'magic' sentiment up using Pinflair glue.

 I am entering this card into two challenges:
Card Recipe:
  • White base card from stash covered with 2 background papers from the Papermania Henbury Lane 'Poinsettia' paper pack
  • Image is pre-coloured and is available to purchase from Sassy Cheryl's store - hurry on over for the Christmas Sale is now on!!!!
  • Ribbon is from a red chiffon roll purchased from Meiflower
  • Both sentiments are computer-generated
Oops...I was just reading one of my comments....and I need to clarify that this is a pre-coloured image by Sassy Cheryl so I cannot claim the credit for the colouring....!!!

HO HO HO - Ready for Christmas

I sat down over the weekend to treat myself to some new digis and took some time to put some cards together with them.  I have a number of freebies collected from Tiddly Inks and thought it was about time I 'purchased' some of their other designs as a 'Thank You'.  This card is for a teenager so hopefully he won't think it too cute - fingers crossed.

I am very slow at colouring and take ages to select the colours as I'm not very confident in my choices.  The colour of the coat is actually a light denim blue and not grey as it looks in the photo - but I may actually colour this image in grey another time as I like the look of it in the photo.

I am just in time to enter this week's Tiddly Inks challenge - Let It Snow.  And it also qualifies for the Cut It Out challenge this week at Paper Sundae's.

Card Recipe:
  • Wine coloured base card from stash
  • Penguin backing paper is from a Dovecraft Christmas paper pad called 'Let It Snow'
  • Image was purchased from Tiddly Inks and coloured with Promarkers and Copics
  • A couple of punched snowflakes were added as well as part of a Stampin Up stamp, ie, the Santa Post postmark stamped onto Kraft.
  • Text is computer-generated


Sunday, 5 December 2010

Michelle Perkett Challenge - Make your own Background Paper

Loved the challenge this week because I have the background saved to use again sometime.  I created a text background from a freebie provided by Michelle months ago:

The picture was taken at night in very bad light and I had to hold it in one hand under the spotlights that I work with.  I wanted to be able to show the embossing detail of the snowmen.  I used Michelle's sentiment nine times to create a background and then I created a border of text on all four sides.  

Card Recipe:
  • Background paper created using a free digi stamp created my Michelle Perkett.  Thanks Michelle.  I stuck the paper to a navy-coloured base card.
  • I matted an embossed snowman scene onto silver card and attached it to the front of the card with foam pads.
  • The Christmas Tree is a die by Marianne Design - a recent purchase at a craft show in Belfast.
  • The sentiment is computer generated and cut out using a Stampin Up punch.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Back to Blogging with a Christmas Card

I have been neglecting my blog for over a month now and my only excuse is lack of Mojo - but I have been gathering inspiration and hopefully am back in action.  Nothing like a couple of challenges to get started!!

So while my Mojo was on holidays I was busy colouring digi stamps, embossing card, tying bows, all in readiness for its return.  I am entering this card into two challenges: 2 Sketches 4 You Laura's Sketch 66 and also Michelle Perkett's Happy Holidays Challenge this week.

I just love this fairy by Michelle Perkett so I have given her the 'Holiday' treatment by colouring her in traditional red and green and then adding glitter spray (not very obvious in the photo I'm afraid).

Card Recipe:
  • Backing paper is from Papermania Henbury Lane 'Poinsettia' and is available from Papermania stockists.
  • Image can be purchased from Michelle Perkett here.
  • White chiffon ribbon was purchased from Meiflower.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

October CCC

This is the card I sent to Deirdre in Cork, Ireland for this month's CCC organised by Deborah Nolan here.  I loosely followed the sketch, used some of the suggested colours and chose the 'Friendship' theme.  I received a beautiful card from Anette in Denmark - wait until you see it in Deborah's reveal next week.

Card Recipe:
  • Cream & black card from stash
  • Fancy border is actually from a box of Thornton's chocolates
  • The flowers, leaves, and butterfly were created using various punches
  • Ticket and sentiment are by Papertrey Ink
  • Card candy is from Craftwork Cards

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Donegal Wedding

Here are some photos of a wedding card I made over the weekend - it was only ordered from 3000 miles away!!!!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Getting Into the Christmas Spirit Early

Time to get back into 'blog-posting'.   How about this for one card, three challenges?  I have just taken a run through some of my favourite places for inspiration - other challenge blogs and decided to have a go at Sassy Cheryl's - Paper PiecingDigital Tuesday's - Ribbons, Buttons, Bling and finally, Papertake Weekly Challenge - Pick any challenge from the last 3 years:I chose a card recipe from Monday 1st December 2008 - 1 ribbon, 2 rectangles, 3 small round embellishments.

Card Recipe:
  • Navy card purchased from Payper Box
  • Image from Sassy Cheryl's store
  • Turquoise & yellow polka dot paper used on snowman from Joanna Sheen's 'Precious Petals' CD
  • Button brads were a 'bargain find' at my local TK Max store
  • Sentiment is computer generated
  • Snowflake was made using a new snowflake die (haven't got the name to hand soorrry...)

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Custom Signature - I Looove It ! ! !

This is part of my prize - a custom signature design - from the very generous Ann Vento and her challenge blog Sentimental Sundays:

The rest of the prize was 4 of Ann's gorgeous sentiment sets (available at Whimsy Stamps)of my choice and a custom watermark for my photos - have to try to add the watermark next. 

Thursday, 30 September 2010

With Sympathy

Hours left until the deadline for last Friday's Designed2Delight challenge - seems I'm always on the run lately!!!  Looking at my card in the photo it seems to me to be lacking something - it's a bit bare-looking - needs a bit of tweaking before I send it.

Card Recipe:
  • Backing paper is a download from Pink Petticoat
  • Image and sentiment are from Designed2Delight - thanks Faith for the freebies
  • Coloured with Promarkers - the flower is coloured with Denim
  • Ribbon is from stash - purchased from Meiflower

Saturday, 25 September 2010

September Papertrey Blog Hop

Posting my photo first:

My favourite learned skill: adding ribbons.  I watch the Master at adding ribbon: Bekka Feeken on her blog Amazing Paper Grace.  I am amazed at all the ways she ties her bows and so neatly as well - my cards could never come close!!!!!

I am a new customer to Papertrey Ink having received my first order only three weeks ago but I do have all the Papertrey Ink designers on my 'favourites tab' for surfing the net so I am a constant visitor to all their blogs.  

The card I made was for a non-traditional wedding.  The couple were having a civil ceremony not a church wedding so I wasn't even sure if the bride was going to be wearing a wedding dress.  I am so delighted the way the card turned out - it looks so much better than the photo can do it justice for.  The 'just the ticket' die is 'TO DIE FOR' and it's the main reason I made up a decent order - I haven't played with the rest of the goodies yet.......

Card Recipe:
  • Backing paper is a download from Pink Petticoat
  • Tickets created with the Papertrey Ink 'Just the Ticket' die and stamp set
  • Other sentiments on card are computer generated

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Scaredy Cat Bookmark

Thanks for the freebie Faith.  I needed a bookmark to take away on hols with me for the Halloween Bank Holiday weekend so this week's picture is perfect timing for me - to get organised in advance!!  The  backing paper is a freebie from Squigglefly.  On the whole I had all the elements quite close to hand and ready to assemble so the simple book mark came together in 5 mins flat!!!

I chose to use the debossed side of the sheet of card I embossed with a halloween cuttlebug folder and I'm impressed with how well the detail shows up.
Card Recipe
  • White pearlescent card from stash
  • Pawprint backing paper was a free download from Squigglefly
  • 'Scaredy cat' image can be purchased from Faith's store here.

Monday, 20 September 2010

September CCC

If you haven't come across Deborah Nolan's monthly Card Chain Challenge you don't know what you are missing!!!  Seriously!!!  Imagine getting a card sent to you by snail mail once a month from a different country/state - I just love it!!!  Luckily my husband is a postman so when my card arrives in the sorting office he sends it on to my workplace for me so I don't have to wait until I go home to open it.

And this card will also fit as a late entry for Sassy Cheryl's 'Use a Spellbinders Die' Challenge.

Card Recipe:
  • Both  backing papers are from the Sunshine pad by Papermania
  • Image is a pre-coloured one I purchased from Sassy Cheryl's store
  • Apples were created using a Spellbinder's die
  • Sentiments are computer-generated
  • Frilly borders were created using a Martha Stewart border punch

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Late Night......Lazy Post

Going to do this post really quickly and come back tomorrow evening and flesh it out and give credits.  This card is being entered into two challenges: Delightful Inspiration and Colour Create Challenge:

Thursday, 9 September 2010

All Fall Down

......I'm waiting....... For the apples on my apple trees to fully ripen.  We are having a bumper year for fruit because of the half-decent summer we had this year so I was in the mood to create an autumn card for two three four challenges.  The first challenge is just coming to an end this evening over at Delightful Inspiration so I am just in time to enter.  The second is for the recipe given over at the Sentimental Sundays challenge blog, the third is to use the image again for the Double Delight challenge found here, the fourth (thanks for the heads up Deirdre) is at Paper Play Challenges - 'Autumn is a Comin'.

Card Recipe:
  • Both backing papers were freebies from a kit called World Traveller by Sande Krieger on the Two Peas in a Bucket site
  • The gorgeous image is this month's freebie on the Delightful Inspiration blog - coloured with Promarkers and the creamy yellow card stock behind the image was cut out with one of the scalloped Nestabilities circle dies
  • The pieces of fruit are all Nestabilities dies as well - I was busy on my Wizard for this card!!
  • The sentiment is computer-generated so too is the wording in the centre of the wreath

Monday, 30 August 2010

Need a Magnifying Glass???

To see my dots for the current Sassy Cheryl's challenge, that is!!!  You can find the Polka Dots challenge here.  I made this card in double quick time this evening because I found a pre-coloured Sassy Cheryl's image that had polka dots on the characters' clothes!!!  I wanted to keep the background of the card simple so I chose a backing paper from Pink Petticoat that only had two colours and a simple flower image and to finish off I added a butterfly that was punched from a Martha Stewart punch.  The border on top of the card is created with another of Martha Stewart's punches - a border punch this time.  Thanks for looking.

Card Recipe:
  • Pre-coloured image from Sassy Cheryl's
  • Navy backing paper is a download purchased from Pink Petticoat
  • Sentiment is computer-generated
  • Butterfly made using a Martha Stewart punch

Before the Link Closes.....

I need to get my act together and start putting more embellishments on my cards - I see lovely creations in blogland so it's not as if I'm not inspired or anything!!!  This card was so quick to put together as I had the patterned card already stuck to the square card and the image I coloured a couple of weeks ago ..... just in case!  The card is for the current Michelle Perkett Challenge - Back to School:

Card Recipe:
  • White card blank & red floral card from stash
  • Lacy border in red created with a Martha Stewart border punch
  • Image was a freebie from Michelle Perkett on her Paper Craft Planet group
  • Red chiffon ribbon from stash
  • Text & 'abc' are both computer-generated

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Congratulations on Passing your Leaving Cert Exam

It's that time of year again when the exam results are posted and students await places in college....  I was caught on the hop as I hadn't even one made in advance.  So when I was checking out this weeks various challenges I saw a lovely card using an owl on Meljen's DT blog here.  I bought eight digi stamps because I needed them they were 25% off.  I am entering the card into this week's 2S4Y Kazan's Sketch 59 Challenge.

Card Recipe:
  • Both patterned papers are downloads from Pink Petticoat
  • Image by Mejen's Designs was purchased from Whimsy Stamps
  • Sentiments are computer-generated

Friday, 20 August 2010

August CCC

I so enjoy taking part in this monthly challenge organised by Deborah Nolan here.  It's a chance to increase traffic to your blog, make new friends, and receive a card in the mail to boot!!!  Here is the card I posted to Betty Keefe last week, it arrived safe and sound so I can show it on my blog now:

I 'kinda' used the sketch that Deborah posted, most of the colours/shades, and the 'friendship' theme.  My photo is pretty dull - apologies for that!!

Card Recipe:
  • I used scraps from my scraps box for the background
  • The image can be purchased at Digital Pencil Too
  • I used two different Martha Stewart border punches at either side of the card
  • Fabric flowers are from a selection I purchased a while ago from Joanna Sheen

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Back to School

I thought it was about time to get some of these cards ready!!  I spent 3 hours on Sunday afternoon colouring in images for cards - it was very healthy as I didn't get sunburned ha ha.  Didn't feel one bit guilty about doing it because I got my walk in earlier that morning.

The next time I coloured the image I changed the colours around so that Mommy Rabbit was dressed in denim colours but I'm saving the image for another time.  This card is being entered into the challenge over at Stampin for the Weekend blog.

Card Recipe:
  • 'Gingham Apple' backing paper was a download purchased from Kay Miller
  • Digi image was purchased from Digital Pencil Too
  • Sentiments are computer-generated

Ribbon or Lace

I wanted to try a different way of using ribbon on a card and I must have seen this on someone else's blog - apologies for not crediting the person.....  It's a lovely way to add a bit of interest and dimension to a card - if you have time for the glue to properly set overnight.  I am entering the card into this weeks Sentimental Sundays Challenge # 16: Ribbon or Lace.

Card Recipe:
  • Animals backing paper is a sheet from DCWV Nana's Nursery pad
  • The yellow dotty paper was purchased from a stand at a craft fair
  • Image was purchased from Phindy's Place
  • Sentiment is one Ann Vento provided on the Sentimental Sundays blog a while ago - thanks Ann

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Delightful Teddy Challenge

I have been meaning to enter one of these challenges for ages now and have only just gotten my act together.  Thanks to the monthly freebie over at the Delightful Inspiration Blog I am just managing to enter this card before the deadline expires in a few hours:

Card Recipe:
  • Brown card from stash
  • Tan & green borders created with two Martha Stewart border punches
  • Owl backing paper was a 'freebie' download at My Grafico online store
  • Both digi images were freebies from Delightful Inspirations Blog

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Christmas Planner - My First Altered Item

Maybe I should say 'first decorated notebook' rather than 'altered item' ????  When I think of an 'altered item' I think empty matchstick boxes put to another use or empty coffee jars decorated so I am delighted to enter challenge # 23 over at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog - Altered Notebooks!

Card Recipe
  • Cheap and cheerful jotter purchased at my local Tesco store for 49c
  • Red foiled & embossed card from stash
  • Ribbon purchased at a Michaels store in Vermont when I was there on hols in 2008 (Walmart and Michaels had me drooling over craft items - does anyone in the USA want to adopt me please??)
  • And last, but not least - the gorgeous pre-coloured image is from Sassy Cheryl's store

Monday, 2 August 2010

July CCC

I am just show-casing the card I received from Anette.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  The background of the card has a lovely faint shimmery effect and the image itself is stamped onto fabric that has been inked!!  Two lovely punched borders and some pearls finish off the card to perfection - a big "THANK YOU ANETTE" - I love the card:
And now for the card I sent to Isha - I am going through a bit of a butterfly stage at the moment.  For the June CCC there were butterflies on that card as well!!  To join in the August CCC challenge sign up here.  It's not too late yet.

Card Recipe:
  • Both backing papers are from a Forever Friends paper stack
  • The die-cut owl  and 'With Love' sentiment are both from a sheet of toppers by Kanban
  • I used two Martha Stewart punches - one for the border and one for the butterflies

Switch It Up

That's the theme this week over at Sentimental Sunday's Challenge blog.  Time to step out of your comfort zone and try something different.  So for me this week it's adding an acetate wrap to the front of my card.  I wanted to include one of the freebie sentiments that Ann provided on the Sentimental Sunday's blog a while ago:

This is a card for my stash - to have on standby for when the occasions arises.  Don't forget to check out both of Ann Vento's blogs and nab this week's freebie - thanks for being so generous Ann.  Ann's other blog is Raindrop Echo Designs.

Card Recipe:

Monday, 26 July 2010

Keeping it Local

I made this card to join in the fortnightly challenge Under the Sea at My Partner in Crafting Crime challenge blog.  We don't know one another but I think I live within 20 miles of the girls that run this challenge???  Anyway, this was my first time to be able to submit a card and what do you know - I used a take on the Mojo Monday 149 sketch for my layout.  So, one card, two challenges - I'm so happy about that.

Card Recipe: 
  • Patterned backing paper is from a DCWV stack that I've had for over 3 years.
  • The mermaid image was a freebie from Pollycraft Designs.  Check out the shop and challenges here.
  • I used a peel-off for the sentiment.
  • The 'pearls' were created with 'Pearly Stuff' by Woodware.  I found this in my stash during a tidy up and I can't even remember buying it!!  It's fabulous 'stuff' and look at the effect in a few short dabs on the card!!!

I Did It ! ! !

What - you might say???  Something I seriously have an aversion to - cutting out.  But thanks to this freebie image from Sassy Cheryl's and this week's Sassy Cheryl's challenge no 21 Cut It Out, I have another card for my stash!!  And another thing, I used backing paper that is 3 years old!!!  Sorry, but I do love using exclamation marks.  This is also being entered in this week's 2S4Y - Laura's Sketch No 57 - I have turned the sketch on its side for the challenge and my colours qualify this as an entry into A Pocket Full of Posies Challenge no 3 this week too.  Wow, one card, three challenges.  Yipee!!!

OK, so the card looks a bit bare.....  But I promise you, in my hand it sparkles when I turn it.  The backing paper is from a DCWV glitter stack and it also has tiny areas of clear embossing so I didn't want to hide it with too many embellishments.  Maybe when it comes to being used I might add some punched-out daisies.

Card Recipe:
  • Sassy Cheryl's freebie image - thank you Cheryl.  Check out the store here
  • Backing paper, as mentioned above, is at least 3 years in my craft stash and is by DCWV
  • White 'bubbles' created using a Cuttlebug embossing folder on white pearlescent card

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Sweet and Simple

I made this card for a baby's blessing ceremony and was originally inspired by a challenge on Michelle Perkett's Challenge blog where you had to use white on white with one of her images coloured - I didn't enter that challenge because I couldn't make white on white work for me, I had to add a silver mat around the image I just couldn't help myself!!!!  It just so happens that the card can now be used for this week's challenge - if you use a magnifying glass to find all the colours for the Colour Challenge no 39.

Card Recipe:
  • Embossed background was created using a Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Michelle Perkett image can be purchased here - coloured with Promarkers
  • Sentiment is computer-generated
  • Tiny butterflies were made using a punch I picked up at Tesco last summer

Monday, 19 July 2010

Christmas in July at Sassy Cheryl's

Isn't it a great idea to start working on Christmas cards early???  I have even been watching Christmas movies over the past week!!!  What could be easier than using an already coloured image from Sassy Cheryl's store to get a head start?

Card Recipe:
  • Pre-coloured image from Sassy Cheryl's
  • Silver holographic card, white pearlescent card, and red chiffon ribbon all from craft stash
  • Text is computer-generated and lined up beside the Sassy Cheryl image for printing off together so no extra trimming and mounting involved - wonderful time-saver for batch card-making.

Last Minute Leilani

This is me all over...... wanting to enter the challenge and rushing with the card!!!  This image was a freebie from Michelle Perkett Studio and its the first chance I have had to colour her and include her in one of Michelle's challenges:

This week was a colour combo and a sketch as well.  The colours to be used were: cream, turquoise, sand and chocolate, yummy.

Card Recipe:

Friday, 16 July 2010

Close to the Sketch...

... but not quite!!!  This weeks Mojo Monday sketch 147 is a really clever one and so easy to put together - you should head over and check out the Design Team's samples - really inspirational.  I chose to take a leaf out of Mary Fish's book and round two of the corners on each square - that doesn't sound mathematically correct does it???  You will see some of the elements in my card:

Card Recipe:
  • Backing paper is from the 'Confetti' pack by Papermania
  • Red border created by using a Martha Stewart border punch
  • 3 of the stamps are part of a Wedding set by Hero Arts, coloured with Promarkers and sprayed with Crafters Companion glitter spray.  The 'Love' stamp was picked up in a bargain bin at a craft fair.
  • Sentiment is computer-generated.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Two Birds......One Stone

Or rather, I needed a wedding card 'pronto' and the sketch challenge over at Digital Tuesday helped me get my skates on and get the card done in double-quick time:

I wanted to try a yellow and black combo and don't know if I am totally happy with the outcome as 'yellow' is not normally a colour I work well with.  Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained as the saying goes.

Card Recipe:
  • Black card from stash
  • Music background card was purchased from K and K cards at the NEC show in Birmingham last March - and of course I didn't buy half enough of it!!!
  • Text was a freebie - thank you Paulette - over at Create with TLC
  • Image was purchased from Sassy Studio Designs

Monday, 12 July 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Sketch Challenge

I wanted to play along with this sketch challenge # 19 at Sassy Cheryl's because the layout is a very useful one for creating a very quick card.  It is an excellent way to use up waste 'scraps' of paper.

This card will also fit the red, white and blue theme over at Digital Tuesday challenge # 66  this week.

Card Recipe:
  • Gingham backing paper from craft stash
  • Image from Sassy Cheryl's
  • Heart stickers from Paperchase store in London
  • White flowers were made with a large Woodware Craft punch