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

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

You Rock!

Last minute entry to PaperPlay Challenges Week 17 'use an object not intended for crafting' challenge.  I have been hoarding this piece of paper for months now - waiting for the right time to use it.  I'm talking about the paper on the left-hand side of my card.  It's the inside of an envelope that carried a bill or an insurance renewal or some other kind of reminder, whatever!!  Well it was just too gorgeous to go straight into the recycle bin and not be admired!!

So technically it wasn't intended for crafting......  Papertake Weekly Challenge blog has an 'Anything Goes' theme this week - count me in there too!!!

Card Recipe:
  • Envelope rescued from the recycle bin
  • Music background sheet from stash - more than 2 years in stash - sorry I can't credit the supplier
  • Image was purchased from Tiddly Inks and coloured with Promarkers
  • Guitars were cut from a Papertrey Ink die that arrived in the post this morning.  The sentiment is from a set that co-ordinates with the guitar die also in this morning's post.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Wedding Day

Please ignore the speck of dust on the top left of the picture, I have flicked it off (didn't notice it until the photo was uploaded - camera never lies huh?).  Another fab sketch to work with this week at the Mojo Monday blog.  I got stuck in straightaway and I'm usually one of the last few in before the deadline!!!!!

Lucky for me I can enter the card into another Monday challenge at the Pollycraft blog.  Their theme this week is 'Anything Goes'.

Card Recipe:
  • White card base from stash
  • Both papers I used are digi downloads.  The gingham is by Pink Petticoat.  The script background is by GinaK Designs.
  • White border cut using the Tonic border system
  • Wedding cake stamp is by Magnolia.  Sentiment is a Lili of the Valley clear stamp.
  • Banner and circles were cut using Nestabilities dies

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Mellow Yellow

It was such a pleasure working with this week's Mojo Monday sketch # 188 that I completed the card below and I have a second yellow one on standby - waiting for an image and two bases in pink waiting for some girly occasions to use them for!!!

The card is for a little girl for her First Holy Communion in two weeks time.  I will add her name to it later.  Head over to the Mojo Monday blog for plenty of inspiration.

I am also entering the card into this week's Paper Sundaes challenge 'Favourite hair colour combinations'.  I can just about manage a tiny bit of shading on the face using two colours and at the moment for hair-colouring I play it safe with 'Caramel' and 'Tan' in the Promarkers range and 'Shale' if i want to go darker.  On this image I used the 'Tan' marker solo.

Card Recipe:
  • White card base from stash. 
  • Papers, ribbon, yellow buttons and flowers were all from a 'Docrafts' goody bag called 'Lemon Sorbet'  
  • Silver buttons were cut using a Cats Pajamas buttons die - a birthday present from my husband along with tons of other crafty goodies that arrived in the post this week!!!!
  • 'Dusk' digi stamp is by Crafts and Me