Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Digi Snowman

A very quick card to put together - very little colouring involved.  I am going to make a couple more of these.  Tonight I have a marathon card-making session ahead of me, eight cards being collected tomorrow all different! All for the same lady for her family and kids - whew I am yawning and it's only 8pm........!

Digital Tuesday Challenge has a 'Winter Wonderland' theme running for a few weeks so I am entering the card in that challenge.  And Tiddly Inks has a White Christmas theme as their last challenge for the year - go and drool over the DT samples. Over at the ABC challenge blog their theme is 'F' for Frosty - so another place to enter the card.

Card Recipe
  • Backing papers are last season's collection by 'Docrafts' I think called Poinsettia???? My apologies for not being exactly clear.
  • Digi-stamp is by Tiddly Inks
  • Chiffon ribbon was purchased from Meiflower


Sunday, 11 December 2011

A Busy Elf

That's my excuse!!!  I didn't drop off the face of the earth or anything.  I have been working 'round the clock' making cards and because I have been so busy my craft room is a tip and I hate working in a messy room.  

When the evenings have been cold I crafted by the fire at a fold up table with craft supplies piled up around me.  Hubby cleaned up the kitchen for me this morning while I put my crafty supplies back in 'their room'.  He also left me to finish off these four cards because I was delivering them today! 

I shamelessly 'cased' a card made by Jean Martin here - it's the one on the front left-hand side of the photo.  I had this set of Waltzing Mouse stamps in my stash unopened for many, many months and then I saw Jean's card and 'stole' her Mistletoe element/topper - please forgive me Jean and thank you for a kick up in the Mojo dept.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A Cute Moose Card

First Holiday card for 2011 - I am determined to create a stash of Christmas cards to have ready for sale - no late nights making cards for me if we get a winter like we did last year!

I was too late to enter last week's Colour Create challenge because blogger was too slow to load for me this afternoon but not to worry the card is made and I have a couple of other challenges I can enter it into. Cute Card Thursday's challenge just finishing is 'Animal Crackers' so I am entering 'Moosey' in that challenge.

Card Recipe:
  • White base card from stash and the papers are all scraps from my scrap 'boxes'
  • The pre-coloured digi-stamp is by Sassy Cheryl
  • The sentiment is computer-generated
  • The snowflakes were punched using a Tonic punch
  • I dotted Diamond 'Stickles' here and there in places on the card - not clearly visible from the photo I'm afraid
Thanks for looking xxx

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Don't leave it as long as I did!!

Nearly two months without a blog post how very lazy of me.... I don't even have kids as an excuse not to post over the summer (what summer?) months!!! Got out of the habit and found it very difficult to get back into it.  Even my craft room is feeling unloved - it is very, very messy indeed - so messy that I'm turning to the ironing instead of crafting......

Found an 'Anything Goes' challenge to get me back in the mood for card-making and blog-posting this week.  It's over at the Papertake Weekly Challenge blog.  Here is my card:

Card Recipe:
  • Backing paper is possibly a freebie, if not, it's from a CD.  The sheet has been hanging around for months waiting to be used on a card - apologies to the Designer for me not being able to credit them!!
  • Baby with blanket is a stamp by Lili of the Valley the Hedgie Baby is from a transparent set by Penny Black
  • Shapes were cut using 'Nesties' and a Papertrey Ink die (banner)
  • Sentiments were computer-generated
  • And the craft card I used is by Papertrey Ink

Monday, 11 July 2011

Mojo Monday - Time for another sketch


Today I am lucky enough to have a clean house (thanks hubby) so I can spend the day in my card-room.  I was waiting for the Mojo sketch 199 to load up so I could get cracking.

Very easy layout so the question was how to decorate.  At the moment, the collection of paper stacks I own is quite decent so the worst thing is having to choose from so many lovely papers!  I had spent a day last month doing some die-cutting in order to have a stash built up - so handy when time is short.  A very quick card to put together and it looks more elegant in person.  Hope the lady in question likes it!

Card Recipe:
  • White card blank from stash
  • Both papers I used came from a Prima Marketing paper stack called 'Sweet Fairy'
  • Purple ribbon purchased from Meiflower
  • Dies by Spellbinders (blossom) and Papertrey Ink (dressform) and Cuttlebug (butterfly)

Gone Fishin' - Caught my Mojo

Well I hadn't really lost my mojo I have been just soooo busy making invitations over the last two weeks - my poor, poor neglected blog.  When I haven't been making cards for a while I always check back with the Mojo Monday sketch blog to get me back in the mood and today was no exception!!  Oh yeah..... I also bought a stack of card magazines today {went to buy 1, came back with 4}.

As I was busy making invitations my orders for cards started to build up too so I am playing catch-up yesterday and today.  Here is a birthday card I made for a boy using the Mojo Monday sketch no 198 flipped on it's side:
Card Recipe:
  • White base card from stash
  • Both backing papers are from the same Prima Marketing paper stack called 'Jack & Jill'
  • Fish and duck cut from Spellbinders Shapeabilities dies.  Part of the fish was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Sentiment was computer-generated


Thursday, 30 June 2011

Anything But a Card

This is my last entry as Guest Designer for PaperPlay Challenge blog (sob, sob) but I will be entering the weekly challenges there from now on.  This week's challenge is to make anything but a card - wow - thinking cap time.  Don't forget to check out the other designers' work.

I don't know about you but I am always stuffing things into my diary, bills, receipts, payslips, card orders, etc, etc,  you get the idea???  So, I thought I would add a pocket to the inside of my diary to keep everything organised - why didn't I think of this in January when I started to use my new diary? 

This is not just any old pocket, oh no....  It was engineered using my Hougie Board (scoreboard) and a fab piece of music-themed card.  It came together quite quickly once I had thought it out.  White base, black mat with a part of a circle punched out , music sheet also with a part of a circle punched out of it stuck to front, assembled with double sided tape - if it falls apart it will be my own fault for not using wet glue to stick it!!!

Card (Pocket) Recipe:
  • 3 pieces of card from stash
  • Scored using a Hougie scoreboard
  • Scrap card punched with a 'Stampin Up' sprial punch

Thursday, 23 June 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - Stars and Stripes

This card is so cute in person and the photo shows the card in a yellowy light (not good).  Love the 'stars & stripes' theme for this week and I can't wait to see what the design team come up with.  Check out the PaperPlay Challenges blog here.

Very quick card to make once I had chosen my papers.  It's without a sentiment for the moment so it's going in my 'all occasions'  box - until I need to use the card.

Card Recipe:
  • White scalloped card blank from stash
  • My 'stripes' are three pieces of card/paper in red white and blue. The red and blue papers are from a Prima Marketing paper stack called 'Reflections'
  • I die cut two white stars using Papertrey Ink dies.  
  • The Forever Friends bear is actually a picture cut from a piece of wrapping paper. 
 Thanks for looking  x x x

Thursday, 16 June 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - At the Beach

(Edited to add: I'm such a fool.....  I had a little bit written about the card last night and scheduled the post for 9am this morning......and forgot to add a picture of the card!!!!!)

It's Beach weather here at the moment - but it's not due to last - boo hoo... 

The card I made this week for PaperPlay Challenges' theme 'At the Beach' is aimed at adults relaxing at the beach in 'grown-up' deck-chairs.  The texture of the glitter on the cards is so 'like' sand that I had to use them to make a CAS card.

I will have this card ready in my 'all occasion' stash and can add a sentiment when I need to use it: Relax, It's your Birthday, or Thinking of You, or a Retirement card - very versatile.

Card Recipe:
  • White card blank from stash
  • Both papers are from the same paper stack by First Edition Paper called 'Desert Blooms' - aptly named
  • Deckchair stamp is by Lockhart Stamp Co

Thursday, 9 June 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - Fa\ther's Day/Man's Card

First stepper card I've cut using a scoreboard and not one wrong cut or fold.  I have had these digi images for a while now - strong man is by JustInklined and the tool bench is by DigiSparkle.  The card is for this week's PaperPlay challenge, create a card for a man or Father's Day.  Check out the fab DT samples (I'm Guest Designer for June).

Card Recipe:
  • White base card from stash, folded to make a side-stepper card
  • Backing papers are scraps from stash
  • Digi images by JustInklined and DigiSparkle(shop now closed for business)
  • Letters cut from a Tim Holtz Sizzix alpha die called 'Vintage Market'


Monday, 6 June 2011

Mojo Monday - On Ice

Another fab sketch at Mojo Monday this week - Sketch # 194 and it's also a contest week because it's the first week of the month.  Originally I was going to make a man's card because of the colours I chose but I reached for a Papertrey Ink set called 'On Ice' that had never seen light of day or ink!!!  Very happy with the result.
I am also entering the card into the fortnightly challenge over at 'A Passion for Papertrey' challenge blog.  They have a recipe for 3 colours plus a neutral, a ribbon (I used a strand of wool) and two buttons.

Card Recipe:
  • Card blank and scraps from stash
  • Main image is a Papertrey Ink die and stamp to match called 'On Ice' - sentiment is from the same set
  • Circle cut from a Nestabilities die
  • Scallop border is cut using the Tonic punch border system


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Sunshine on Paper

Are there still funny things going on with Blogger?  This photo looks stretched width-ways and I cannot stand the look of stretched pics!!!

To continue.....  I was Guest Designer on PaperPlay Challenges for the month of May (yay!) and the lovely Sandie asked me to continue for the month of June (double yay!!) - Sandie it's an honour, thank you.   This is week 22 over at PaperPlay Challenges and it's a colour challenge - Summer Citrus Splash.

On  to the card details:  made using scraps and an image and sentiment that I had stamped and coloured a couple of months ago and hadn't used.  The only thing I had to do was trim the scraps into shape and cut the white border and the card was ready.  I felt that the card didn't need my usual ribbon bow and I am very happy with the result!!

Card Recipe:
  • Card made from white 300gsm card stock in stash
  • White 'banner effect' cut using the Tonic border cutting system
  • Image is a Heather Ellis download from her Pure Innocence range
  • Circle sentiment is a Lili of the Valley clear stamp


Monday, 30 May 2011

A Thank You Card

This was a quick card to make and I have pieces left over to create another base with the offcuts.  I followed this week's Mojo Monday sketch and the recipe on the Shabby Tea Room blog to create the card.  For a change, I started with my scrap-box rather than cutting into new DP sheets and got creative with the elements I had to add.  At first I wasn't going to colour the picture (out of laziness, not creativity) but since I had my box of copics to hand.....

I am entering the card into Penny Black Saturday challenge - Week 153 'One for the Girlies', Mojo Monday Week 193, and the 'Recipe' challenge over at the Shabby Tea Room.

Card Recipe:
  • Scalloped card blank by Buzzcraft
  • DP papers, gems, button brads and gold chiffon ribbon from stash
  • Stamp is a Penny Black clear stamp (T for Transparent) from the 'Party Time' set
  • Sentiment is a Waltzingmouse stamp from the 'Frame It' set
 Thanks for looking

Friday, 27 May 2011

WMS Challenge # 48

If my cupcakes look messy it's because they are.  I have just applied 'Stickles' glitter glue to them and I had to take the photo of the card straightaway because the deadline for the Waltzing Mouse Sketch challenge is 45 minutes away and closing!!!

The card is for my MIL and SIL for giving me lovely 40th birthday gifts - I have tons more of these to make as 'thank yous' - it's going to be a busy weekend for me... I am using new backing papers that I bought this week and I am loving the paper stack because there are 4 sheets of every design in it.

Card Recipe:
  • Scalloped 5" x 5" card is from a pack of 50 by Buzzcraft
  • Backing paper is from a paper stack by First Edition Paper called 'Desert Blooms' by Mindy Terasawa available at Cottage Crafts, Craanford - my local craft shop
  • Frame, cupcakes and sentiment are all from the same WMS 'Frame It' stamp set


Ancient Mariner

This week's Card Pattern's sketch 116 is good fun to work with - a brilliant 'go to' sketch to have.  I made mine a masculine birthday card - always good to have one on standby!

Card Recipe:
  • Ancient Map backing paper is a download - can't give the credit right now as I printed the sheet weeks ago - my apologies to the graphic artist
  • PTI kraft cardstock was cut using a Nestabilities circle die and embossed with a Cuttlebug die
  • Images and sentiments are from a Cats Pajamas stamp set


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Winter Wonderland - Give Us a P

Very cool and very simple....  I had an A4 card covered and I decided that I didn't like the paper I had used on it so I cut it in half to make 2 smaller cards and recovered the front of one of them for this challenge.  The card was ready in minutes as I had chosen a Cats Pajamas set with the Polar Bear, sentiment, and dotty swirl all from the same set and in the middle of a tidy up I found this die-cut cloud I had cut ages ago.

The card is ready to be entered into this week's Winter Wonderland challenge - just before the deadline closes - phew!!

Card Recipe:


PaperPlay Challenge: Blossoms & Blooms

I love a challenge that has plenty of scope to be creative.  Who doesn't have plenty of flowers in their stash, or tutorials to make your own fabric, ribbon or paper flowers??  Not to mention dies, embossing folders etc....  

Don't forget to check out the Design Team's samples for divine inspiration, yummy!!!!  Here is my card for this week's PaperPlay Challenge: Blossoms & Blooms:

I am entering the card into Daring Cardmakers Challenge 'Chasing Cars' themeSamm is asking that you use the song as inspiration, so my card fits with these lines:
"Show me a garden
That's bursting into life"
Card Recipe:
  • I made a DL shape card using white card from my stash.  Cut a rectangle of lime green card and embossed it using a Sizzix floral embossing folder.
  • The pre-coloured digi-image was purchased from Whiff of Joy - I cut around the image, layered her on the biggest Nestabilities egg-shape die, added pink ribbon and the butterflies were cut using a Martha Stewart border punch
  • Added blooms from my stash - sentiment is computer-generated
Thanks for looking XXX


Thursday, 19 May 2011

Starring in my own crafty disaster movie

I of course was not organised before going on hols and didn't get to email Sandie my card for this weeks PaperPlay challenge - Sparkle Galore.

What happened was that I was 'up to my tonsils' in card orders before I left for my Cruise that I only snapped a pic of my card and brought my iPad with me and code for email posting to my blog when I am away thinking I would have plenty of time to sort everything out!!! Who was I kidding....

Couldn't do it and neither could my husband who doesn't like to admit defeat with techie stuff! He took a photo of the card directly from my iPad screen and got it as far as my Facebook page. A friend in work copied the photo from there and emailed it to Sandie for me. I won't be a bit surprised if the photo can't be used!!! 

(Edited to add: even the scheduled post from the ship didn't work for me!!!!)  Home at last, here are the photos:

This card was a special commission before I left for my holidays.  It is in the form of a book and the inside contains embarrassing baby photos,  first day of school,  First Communion photos, of the girl getting married - you get the picture????  

Card Recipe:
  • Deep purple card from stash
  • Lovely, glittery backing paper - DCWV 'Pocket Full of Posies' 12 x 12 paper stack (years in my possession
  • Stamp is by Penny Black, called 'Chicky Night', coloured with Promarkers and sprayed with an iridescent glitter spray by Crafter's Companion
  • Sentiment is computer-generated
  • Ribbon by Meiflower

Thursday, 12 May 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - Celebrating Summer

This card is for this week's PaperPlay challenge - Celebrate Summer.  I played it safe with the layout on this card because the colours are FAB!!!  Originally, I had gone over the top with too many butterflies - I removed them before I took the photo above - so I am much happier with how the card turned out. 

I am celebrating summer this evening from 5pm because I'm on hols for 25 days - yippee!!!!  There is a gang of us from work going out for a meal tonight to celebrate 3 milestone birthdays, me 40, two other girls 30.  We start at morning break with chocolate cake from a local bakery to get us in the mood. 

I have 6 cards left to make and 2 more projects using my Bind-It-All machine before I can think of packing bags for my hols and cleaning the house. Phew!

Card Recipe and links: (After the chocolate cake break)
  • Backing paper is from a Docrafts paper pad I bought last year and never used until this year ( I'm afraid of using yellows and oranges on cards  - trying to change all this)
  • Image by Meljen's Designs
  • Letters spelling S-U-M-M-E-R were cut using a new Tim Holtz alpha die by Sizzix called 'Vintage Market'

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

My Home for a Week

Looking forward to 6 days aboard Royal Caribbean's 'Voyager of the Seas' ship next week.  I am so going to need the rest after the week I am having - I have orders for cards coming out of my ears - tons of First Communions in my local area.

Back to the grindstone - I have 2 out of 17 cards made (not fully finished at that either!!).  Deirdre and Sandie, it's a pity ye live so far away from me - I could do with a dig-out!!!

Monday, 9 May 2011

It's in the Post

I promise!!!  Or rather - it's in the mail...  This card is for a very busy lady, I'm not saying much at the moment, but it's a milestone birthday for her later this month...

I have wanted to join in the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge for ages, I can do it now that I have a few stamp sets of theirs.  I'm entering the card into this week's Sentimental Sunday's challenge too - 'Anything Goes' is their theme.  Fab DT samples on both those blogs - go take a look.

Card Recipe:
  • 5 x 5 scalloped card from stash
  • Made this card using scraps - bottom background is from DCWV 'Nana's Nursery paper stack
  • Lacey banner cut using a Nestabilities die
  • Sentiment is by Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Frame It' set
  • Tiny stamped banner is from the Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Bitty Banners' set

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Always Trying Something New

This week I am Guest Designer - I am absolutely thrilled that Sandie invited me - over at PaperPlay Challenge blog.  The theme is 'Show us your Style'.  Since I am always trying something new I don't know if my style has fully developed yet.  More than likely you will always see me use a piece of ribbon somewhere or other and I have started to add paper flowers to my projects.

The card has two loose leaf pages as well as a polka-dot piece adhered to the card base.  All three layers have the same Mo Manning digi stamp printed on them.  Let me tell you it was 'fun' getting the top piece of vellum to stay in the right place!!!

The girls' names - card for a set of twins - were stuck on a separate page each.  I didn't have to colour the image as the effect of the vellum works with the pink layer beneath showing through.

Card Recipe: (To follow)
  • White card from stash
  • Polka-dot paper is a download from Pink Petticoat
  • Tiny pink feet layer is by Buzzcraft - purchased at a stand at the NEC Mar 2011
  • Vellum is by Docrafts - available from various Docrafts suppliers
  • Digi image is by Mo Manning from her digi store
  • Tabs were cut using a Stampin Up punch
  • Letters were die cut using the 'Smart Guy' alpha set by Sizzix