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

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Paris Greetings

I made this stylish card to have in my stash (getting better at building it up) for an occasion like a birthday or an invitation for a friend to get together.  I had the first challenge at A Pocket Full of Posies in mind while I was putting this card together.  The theme is 'One for the Girls' and the romantic Paris theme I chose is ideal for a girl's card.

Card Recipe:
  • Text backing paper is a free download from 'Creative Cardmaking' magazine
  • Vintage Paris photo is also a free download this time from Tammy Tutterow
  • Red gingham paper from craft stash
  • Yellow flowers were punched using a very small daisy punch by Dovecraft
  • Black heart stickers from a sheet purchased from 'Paperchase' in London
  • The strip on the top of the card was originally white and has been distressed using 'Scattered Straw' and 'Vintage Photo' distress inks and then punched with a Martha Stewart border punch

Thursday, 8 July 2010

A Summer Wedding - Exploding Box Card

I just can't believe that my Mojo has deserted me!!!!  Trying desperately to get it back again and it's only taking me hours of blog-hopping every evening after work to find it......  Here is a card for a lovely young couple getting married next week.  I use three wedding verses for the inside, add the details of the wedding to the middle of the card and the outside flap I usually leave space for a special hand-written message.  I tend to make 'girly' wedding cards and this one is no exception - with no less than 3 purple ribbons used inside and out.  This week's Sentimental Sunday's Challenge theme is: Celebrations!

So the picture above is the outside of the card, white base, silver lid and tied together with a sheer organza ribbon and tag with the couple's names.  All the fuss and excitement happens on the inside of the card here:

The actual cutting out of the shape takes hardly any time at all, it is all the cutting and sticking and colouring of all the inside pieces that takes most of the time.  I set up my DVD of 'Pride & Prejudice' on my computer while making this card last night, had the house to myself and spent the whole evening making the card and watch the movie - what a thoroughly enjoyable way to pass an evening - bliss!!!!

Card Recipe:
  • Two A4 sheets of white card stock for the base and one half an A4 sheet in another colour to make the lid
  • Two Hero Arts stamps were used for the inside flaps and were coloured using Promarkers
  • The sentiments are computer generated and were found on various websites that compile verses for card-makers to use on cards.