Monday, 28 June 2010

I Like Mondays

When I get a Monday as my day off from work it is a great day to craft, especially after chillin' out on Sunday.  I am on my fifth card of the day but I'm not posting all of them in photos as three of the wedding cards are repeats of what I have previously posted on the blog.  This is my second post of the day because I got this card ready in no time at all thanks to the Mojo Monday 145 sketch today.  

So to my eye this card looks unfinished - what I might do with it is give it to one of the girls in the office - she's not a morning person - and we might use it to store the office handover notes for the girls taking over after each shift???  In my mind I can see a small typed message "office handover notes" attached to the front with a paperclip, maybe.

Card Recipe
  • Backing card from a pick 'n mix selection by Payper Box
  • Image purchased from Paulette at Create with TLC
  • Sentiment is a recent freebie provided by Paulette on her blog
  • Navy fabric from a selection purchased from Joanna Sheen
  • Flower centre was created using two different flower punches

Time for a Sketch Challenge

This week over at 2S4Y it's Laura's Sketch no 55 that inspired me to make use of some free downloaded backing papers:

Both the flower fairy and the tiled effect papers came from Papercraft Essentials magazine and were downloaded from Crafts on the Net.

Card Recipe:
  • Backing paper downloads as listed above
  • All the flowers have been punched from coloured card
  • Text is computer generated

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

June Card Chain Challenge

This is the card I sent to Jo in Birmingham as part of Deborah Nolan's monthly (international) Card Chain Challenge.  Each participant sends a card by post - not email - to the person listed above them on the list and follows a particular theme, sketch or colour challenge.


Card Recipe
  • Backing paper/card from a selection purchased from K and K cards at the NEC Hobbycrafts show last March
  • Image purchased from Mo Manning at Digital Pencil Too
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • Glitter effect was achieved by spraying the image with  a Crafter's Companion silver glitter spray
  • Sentiment is computer generated

Summer Blues and Greens - Part 2

I fell in love with the colour combo of the previous card so I pulled out some more stash for another creation.  I had to search through my scrapbox so that I wasn't wasting larger pieces of precious coloured card unnecessarily.  This card is being entered into this week's Sassy Cheryl's Birthday Challenge:


Card Recipe:
  • Pre-coloured image from Sassy Cheryl's
  • Backing paper - so ancient I can't give credit for it - my apologies
  • Fabric flowers purchased from Joanna Sheen
  • Martha Stewart deep trellis punch
  • Text is computer generated

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Summer Blues and Greens

 The Cat's Pajamas have a beautiful simple photo as the inspiration for this week's challenge No 115.  Delightful hues of blues and greens in a mosaic tile.  This is my interpretation of it:


In the photo it looks like I could have blended my Distress Inks a little more but honestly it is not the case when the card is in my hands.

Card Recipe:
  • Background is shaded using 'Shabby Shutters' and 'Stormy Sky' Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • The deckchair stamp is by Lockhart Stamp Co 
  • The tree is a freebie in a recent newsletter from Cardmaking Downloads
  • The tiny butterflies were punched using a Tonic border punch

Monday, 21 June 2010

Tis the Wedding Season

I have had a week away from making cards and since I came back from my holidays I have been itching to get going again - 166 emails later - !!!!  I have a list of challenges I would like to enter and a list of cards on order so here's a Wedding card to satisfy both lists:


I am entering this card into the Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge No 34 "A Stitch in Time."  The challenge is to see stitches on your card, machine, hand, faux, or otherwise.  I chose to draw (badly) faux stitches with a white opaque gel pen.

Card Recipe:
  • Digi image from Michelle Perkett
  • Love birds backing paper from a collection by Papermania called "Confetti"
  • Martha Stewart deep trellis border punch
  • Text is computer generated

June Card Chain Challenge

I came across Deborah Nolan's wonderful International challenge quite by accident 2 months ago and could hardly wait for the deadline to approach so that I could join in the challenge for June.  Check out Deborah's blog and details of the june Card Chain challenge here and the challenge guidelines and FAQs here.  

My lovely card from Linda Wetterlin in the USA arrived this morning complete with a gift of a clear stamp and some pretty paper flowers to embellish another card with.  So generous of you Linda - thanks so much.  Linda's card is exquisite and so detailed that my photo does not do it justice.  The edges of the card are distressed with ink and also the backing paper, there is a strip of lime green mesh/ribbon along the bottom just underneath the paper flower embellishments.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Summer Fairy Wishes

I'm just at the end of a week's holidays from work and I have had such a productive week - kinda - more like a productive weekend..... I've been threatening to tidy my craft room all week, even timed myself one day to see how much space I could clear in an hour - huh - messy all over again now!!!  But, I did get lots of cards made he he...  This one I'm entering into a Michelle Perkett challenge no 32 Summer Theme - so love her digi images...


Card Recipe:
  • Orange polka dot paper was a free gift with a card magazine
  • Butterfly Fairy is a Michelle Perkett image
  • Flowers are created with two flower punches
  • Ribbon and leaves from craft stash
And just in case you didn't believe how productive I was over the weekend here is my photo to prove it:

June Wedding

I am continuing along 'clean simple lines' with my next card.  This week's 2S4Y sketch 54 by Kazan really got my creative juices flowing.  Fabulous backing papers in a grey/silver effect also helped me to get the look I was after. I think I will make a batch of these cards to have ready:


There is a lot of shine happening on this card - I took five shots and this is the best I could do out of a bad lot!  It's because I used silver holographic card as a mat for the image and down the centre panel of the card.

Card Recipe:
  • The really gorgeous backing paper is a new purchase from my local craft shop, Cottage Crafts, in Craanford.  It is a Papermania 12x12 30 sheet pack of Wedding themed papers called 'Confetti'- and they are all different!!!
  • The image is from the one and only Maurie Jo Manning at Digital Pencil Too
  • The white centre panel was created with a Martha Stewart border punch

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Clean Simple Lines

I so need to build up a stock of completed cards and I have decided to list challenges (on a sticky note on my desktop) I can enter on a weekly basis to help me with this goal.  This next card I am entering into last Monday's Mojo Monday sketch/challenge 141 and this Sunday's Sentimental Sunday's Challenge no 6: New or Neglected Stash


Card Recipe
  • Paw print background (neglected stash) is from a pick & mix selection from Payper Box
  • Digi Image is a pre-coloured image from Fred She Said (new stash)
  • Pale blue gingham ribbon from stash
  • Sentiment is computer-generated

Thursday, 3 June 2010

So Not Like Me

At first when I read this week's Challenge No 14 over at Sassy Cheryl's I thought this was one I would give a miss - until I started to clear up my crafty mess!  I was sorting scraps when the card just came together - yipee!  I had a negative left over from a Nestabilities Apple die, a Pear already cut from another Nestabilities die and other strips of coloured card and paper that I normally never use.  I added a pre-coloured Sassy Cheryl image (thanks Cheryl), paper flowers and punched flowers and tiny butterflies from a border punch, not forgetting to add some ribbon.  This looks so much better in person, so much more cheerful than my dreary digi photo:


Card Recipe
  • Base card is a 250gsm Pearlescent White Card
  • Red Gingham background paper is a download from Cardmaking Downloads
  • Fruit shapes and negative made from two different Nestabilities dies
  • Image was purchased pre-coloured from Sassy Cheryl's
  • Sentiment is computer-generated including the spider-web