Sunday, 20 February 2011

Fussy and Fancy

I'm not totally in love with this card I made for the Papertrey Ink 'Make it Monday' challenge - Vellum Sentiment Strip:

For starters, it's not my usual style - I had a totally different card in mind when I began to put it together.  

Ok, so the challenge over at Capture the Moment was to use a vellum sentiment strip - mine is probably the 'shortest' sentiment strip!!!  I used a pretty tag stamp and then stamped a PTI sentiment from the 'On my Couch' stamp set by Lisa Johnson for PTI.  I had no vellum so I had to raid my baking press for greaseproof paper - boy was this difficult to work with cos it's so flimsy!!  

The 'let's chat' background was created using a square of baking parchment scrunched up, straightened out and distressed using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  Then I stamped the sentiment lots of times in different directions.  I finished off with four stamped flowers coloured with Stormy Sky Distress Ink, a ring of tiny black punched flowers, a couple of punched borders and a gold ribbon.

I think the card is 'growing on me' the more I look at it.  Can't wait to see what tomorrow's Make it Monday challenge will be!!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Bah Humbug Buttons and Bows

And PTI 'Use Buttons' Challenge

Loving these two challenges, it's just a pity my photo isn't up to scratch.  I have plenty of Christmas scraps and embossed pieces close at hand (not put away that is!!) so this card came together in 10 mins flat for the Bah Humbug challenge!!!

I have a habit of buying new 'stash' and putting it away and then not using it so both of these challenges allowed me to make use of some button brads I bought a few months back in my local TK Maxx store.  I was so delighted to be able to enter the card into the Papertrey Ink challenge over at Nicole's blog here.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

A Lot More Lovin'

This card was a new departure for me as I normally rely on backing papers for any cards that I create.  The theme at 'The Shabby Tea Room' this week was 'Get Creative' - no backing papers allowed eek!!! The other challenge I am entering the card into is at 'Lets Ink It Up' - no digi stamps allowed!

Knew it was time I opened some of my Stampin' Up cases to get some of those stamps inky.  Tried the large Bella Toile background stamp in Versamark but got stuck then with what else to do.  So I made up a floral frame using a stamp from 'Vintage Vogue' - I think, I can be corrected on this one.  I stuck a black scalloped circle and a white one on top - the white one was embossed with a Sizzix floral embossing folder - I used the debossed side.  Finished off with a flower stamp from Docrafts Oriental stamp set and cut out the letters to spell 'Love'.

The rest of the embellishments were made with the Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch and the scalloped edge in red card was created with a Tonic edger punch - pulled together with black ribbon tied in a bow.  Whew!!

Card Recipe:
  • Kraft card stock is from Papertrey Ink
  • Stamps by Stampin' Up and Docrafts
  • Black pearls and ribbon from stash

Love is in the Air

I made this card with two challenges in mind. On a Monday I always check out the weekly challenge over at the Mojo Monday challenge blog and keep the sketch in mind during the week. Last night I started with the sketch by first choosing my backing papers, tearing them into shape, adhering them to backing card and then sticking little silver hearts to my fingers the card.

I left everything to dry overnight because I was stumped as to how I was going to finish the card.  Back to today, I needed to tidy my workspace in order to continue to craft and unearthed some mini envelopes and rosebuds and a 'sizzix' swirl that has been getting caught up in everything on my desk.  Lo and behold - a finished card!!!

The next challenge I wait for all week is the Sentimental Sundays one and this week's theme is 'Happy Valentine's Day' - yummy.

Card Recipe:
  • Blank white and silver holographic card from stash
  • Both backing papers are Pink Petticoat downloads
  • Tiny silver metallic hearts and red metallic hearts were purchased at a local supermarket from their 'Valentines' section - a snip at €1.40 for the pack.
  • Sentiment was originally a freebie at Raindrop Echo Designs or at the Sentimental Sundays blog - Ann please feel free to correct me!!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Bah Humbug 'Oldie' Challenge

'An Oldie but a Goldie' is this week's challenge over at the Bah Humbug blog. Nice one girls. I used Navy cardstock that is 'years' old - I bought it on the stationery floor of Galleries Lafayette in Paris. The stamp is a Penny Black stamp that I bought on a trip to London 2 years ago. The white and silver backing paper by Pink Petticoat was new to me this January.

This card is also suitable for the Pollycraft Monday challenge 'Baby - It's Cold Outside'