Monday, 17 September 2012

Cricut Joy

Yay I cut something with my Cricut!  It's nearly a year old and only been used half a dozen times!!  And.....two posts in one poor, poor neglected this year.

This is my 2nd Christmas card for 2012 and I am liking this one for using up scraps from the pile on my desk.  The most fiddly bit is threading the ribbon (I chose too thick a ribbon - but it fluffs up lovely behind and between the pennants!).  I might add more words like...Peace, Love & Joy...or Joy to the World when making this card again.  And I will try other colourways when I dig out other Christmas papers.

I am entering this card into these challenges:
Make It Monday - again!
365 Cards - Flagged
The Paper Shelter - Punch It

Card Recipe:
  • White card base from stash
  • White organza ribbon from Meiflower
  • 'JOY' cut from 'Home Decor & More Cricut cartridge
  • Banner is punched using a Stampin' Up punch 
  • Both designer papers are from the 'Noel' Dovecraft paperpad

First Christmas Card for 2012

My apologies for the poor photo - I took the photo on the run - I'm off out for a walk while the sun is shining.  I followed the sketch over at Sassy Cheryl's challenge blog and used a pre-coloured Sassy Cheryl's image on the card. 

To me, the black & white inked sentiment just doesn't look quite right so the next time I make this card I will get out my gold embossing least it will blend with the overall colour scheme.

I am entering the card into the following challenges:
Sassy Chery's - Sketch
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Card Recipe:
  • White card base and gold card from stash
  • Both designer papers used are from a tiny Dovecraft paperpad called 'Noel'
  • Gold organza ribbon from Meiflower
  • Pre-coloured digi-image purchased from Sassy Cheryl's store


Friday, 17 August 2012

Ready for a Sentiment

Playing with all new it!  You have to treat yourself while on holidays....right???  Well, I did!!  Any holiday we go by car usually means I have planned a craft shop visit...haha...don't tell hubby! 

Hubby and I were on holidays in  Northern Ireland last week for sightseeing and retail therapy of the outlet shopping kind, we had glorious weather, one of the best weeks of the year weather-wise I'd say.  We were so lucky.  So I usually have checked out Google Maps for the route and mentally taking note where I need us to take a detour ('honey, I think we should go this way, it's better' and 'can I just run in here for half an hour please?') works for us (me)!

Hello to the ladies in Forget-Me-Not Papercrafts in Belfast City,  I picked up some kraft cards and envelopes and 2 gorgeous DCWV paperstacks 'Mariposa' and 'Linen Closet' I was so lucky they were just being packed and had come in on special offer.  I nabbed some other bargains there too.  I used the kraft cards and 'Mariposa' papers on these cards:

When I came home, I got a phonecall from my local craft shop, Cottage Crafts, Craanford, to say that an order I had placed for Memory Box dies had come in for me and they are beautiful.  I used the 'Tropical Leaf' on both of the cards pictured above.  Then before I officially went back to work I placed an order with The Ribbon Girl for mainly felt, resin flowers (these are gorgeous) and button twine (of which I should have ordered double or triple the amount (it's fab too).  I made the flower buds on the cards with the felt and a Marianne die to make a rolled up flower. 

The rolled up flower looks and feels like velvet - I am so impressed with the felt and it only took a very small square to make it.

I am entering the cards into the following challenges:
Make It Monday: Anything Goes 
Little Red Wagon: Any Animal (I'm interpreting this as 'creature' I have butterflies on my cards)
The Paper Shelter: CAS (My card looks busy but it's only a sheet of DP, 3 flowers, a leaf and twine)


Saturday, 14 July 2012

For the Hostess

I'm catching up with some girlfriends tonight and I never usually get a chance to make a card for the hostess but I had a chance to make this card - inspired by a few challenges:

The photo looks very fuzzy - my apologies.  I followed the sketch at CPS-Card Sketches sketch no 273 - Part 1 and the 'Let's Get Fruity' theme at House Mouse & Friends.  I am also entering the card into the Make It Monday no 97 challenge and the Papertake Weekly Challenge - 'Strawberries & Cream'.

Card Recipe:
  • Pearlescent card from stash
  • Striped and strawberry papers are from a DCWV paper pad called Nana's Nursery
  • Stamp is a House Mouse stamp called 'Love Bunny' and coloured with copics and promarkers
  • The 'thank you' sentiment was stamped with a 'Just Rite' font
  • Gems from stash


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Feel Better Soon

It's been ages since I have entered a Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge and I am loving this week's sketch.  You will find the challenge here WMSC102.

I am in the middle of revamping my crafty space and am working out of two rooms in the process - not recommending this ever!  I can't find anything (not that I am a tidy person to begin with)!!!  But instead of opening storage boxes I am turning to my scraps and dies which is no bad thing for a crafter.

My card is so much cuter in person, soothing.....with a pop of colour. Very quick to assemble and it's a card easy to reproduce for any occasion by just changing the sentiments.

Check out The Paper Shelter challenge blog - they are having an 'Anything Goes' challenge this week - I am entering this card for their challenge too. And Cute Card Thursday's theme is 'Punch Drunk' - hope my PTI dies count!  Not forgetting either - the Moving Along with the Times challenge 'Lets Get Krafty'.  I use my Kraft card very sparingly as it is difficult to get where I live.

Card Recipe:
  • Embossed card base from the latest Docrafts 'goody bag'.  I bought mine at my local craft shop, Cottage Crafts, Craanford
  • Dotty scalloped shape is from the same 'goody bag' 
  • Sentiments are from the 'Frame It' set by Waltzingmouse Stamps
  • Two-layer flower and banners were cut using Papertrey Ink dies
  • Ribbon & paper rose from stash


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Exam Good Luck

The Irish state exams begin tomorrow morning for thousands of Irish students.  Good luck in the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams guys!  I have had a few orders for cards and here is the 'boy' Good Luck card:

The card is very CAS.  White base, one sheet of patterned paper, uncoloured digi image matted onto kraft cardstock, computer-generated sentiment & name, 3 die-cut stars in silver, gold and navy.  The card is more impressive in person (it didn't photograph toooo badly).

I am entering the card into this week's:
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes

Card Recipe:
  • White base card from stash
  • Patterned paper is from a Docrafts goody bag purchased from Cottage Crafts, Craanford (my local craft shop - check out their online store)
  • Digi image can be purchased from Mo's Digital Pencil - (a life-saver for guy images)
  • Stars were die-cut from Papertrey Ink Dies


Monday, 26 March 2012

With Love

I'm in love with little square cards at the moment - I bought a stash at the weekend in Birmingham - excellent quality too....  I am making up batches of these square cards for a Sunday market this weekend and hopefully they will appeal to the shoppers.

I am entering the card into a challenge over at Eat Sleep Stamp - loving the sketch - thanks Tracy.

Card Recipe:
  • Card blank from Anna Marie Designs
  • Backing paper is actually wrapping paper from M&S
  • Image is by Penny Black
  • Ribbon from stash
  • Sentiment is computer generated


Spring into Summer

Feels like summer is not very far away here in Wexford at the moment.  We have had a fantastic, sunny weekend and more fine weather on the way for the rest of the coming week....really puts you in a good mood!

I am just back from a major shopping trip in Birmingham - mega card-making bargains filled my suitcase (just made it inside the luggage allowance - TG) and spent all day yesterday making cards like this one:

I am entering this card into the Creative Stamp Friends - 'Spring' challenge.

Card Recipe:

Monday, 30 January 2012

Keeping it Simple

Get on over to Mojo Monday.  Sketch no 226 is a real keeper.  I had my square card made so quickly that I now want to try a round version (or maybe make a round topper to have for another card).

My card doesn't have a sentiment and please believe me that 'in person' it doesn't need one.  It is one for my stash to send a 'thinking of you' message inside.  The brown glitter really sparkles - even thought it looks so dull in the photo.

I have had this little birdie image stamped and glittered for years and sitting in front of me for inspiration with two of his brothers with turquoise and brown dots.  I will have to search for the stamp set again and do a repeat.  I am not usually a 'pastels' fan but I will hold on to this card for as long as possible - yum!

Card Recipe:
  • Scalloped card blank from stash
  • Designer paper on top is from a Forever Friends Black & Gold stack
  • Beige & white swirls paper was purchased at a pick 'n' mix paper stand at a craft fair
  • Bird stamp I have since 2008 - picked up in Walmart possibly - not 100 percent on that one
  • Ribbon from stash


Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Another of my favourite challenges I love to browse for inspiration, and I love Kath Stewart's work especially (her blog is one of the first I discovered on the 'net').  And again, it's another challenge I don't usually enter even with all the PB stamps I now own - shame on me!!!

For challenge no 186 the theme is floral frenzy - how wonderful.  I kept my card fairly simple, a square patch of floral patterned paper and the hedgie is holding a bunch of flowers which I Glossy Accented.  To finish off I cut the edges of the striped card with decorative scissors, added a trim punched with a Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch and the branch was cut with my Cricut (Christmas pressie from hubby)

Check out the other Design Team member's samples - they are simply wonderful.  Ideal to kick-start lazy mojos!!!

Card Recipe:
  • Scalloped card blank from stash
  • Designer paper & striped paper also from stash
  • PB Hedgie is from one of the Transparent sets
  • Image coloured with Promarkers

It's Pretty Pink

I had the most fun stamping by the fire on Saturday evening.  My go-to challenge after work on Saturday is the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge even though I don't enter it.  I have no excuse because I now have a few of Claire's stamp sets to my name.

I am always so impressed by the DT's samples each week and this week was no different.  I chose to follow in the steps of Kelly Schirmer and create my own designer paper using tiny Waltzingmouse stamps.

I just 'went' for it.  I started by distressing the edge of a white square of card with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I was a bit heavy-handed first time around so I flipped the card blank over and this was my 'barely distressed' effort.  Wow Aged Mahogany hardly needs to touch the card to colour it - this was the effect I got around the edge with a very dry sponge!  

I used a tiny 'berry' 'dot' from the WM Festive Foliage set - first time this little 'dot' was inked.  I used a strong pink from a Color Box Chalk ink stack stamped it with the fresh coat of ink and stamped it again before i re-inked it the next time around.   (If I had time I would have loved to have added Glossy Accents to the 'polka dots' not covered by the topper for an extra effect.  Instead I went on to make some more designer sheets in different colourways.)  The next tiny stamp I used was the one you see stamped in black - from the WM You're Lovely set.  And lastly, the tiny trio of stars that I used is from the WM Christmas Cottage set.

To finish off I kinda followed the sketch with a top scalloped border cut with a Martha Stewart Punch,  tied some chiffon ribbon round the top and added a topper stamped from the WM You're Lovely set again.  Sentiment to be added later - this card is for my crafty stash.

Card Recipe:
  • Scalloped square card base from stash
  • Background card created using Distress Ink and WM stamps
  • Ribbon from Meiflower


Refreshing Colours ....

....for a Spring-like challenge at There She Goes challenge blog.  They have provided a fab photo as inspiration using 'put you in a good mood colours' in my opinion.  Here is my card:

And to give my card more than one outing in a challenge today I am also entering it into 'A Passion for Papertrey'  - inspired by a book challenge - loosely I am basing my card on Cecelia Ahern's 'PS I Love You' book where the main female character gets pieces of mail from her dead husband beginning with a milestone birthday message???!!!!

Card Recipe:
  • Main image is one of the Friendship jar fillers (being used without the jar) by Papertrey Ink and coloured using only 4 Promarker shades - Antique Pink, Cocktail Pink, Grass and Pine.
  • I also used one of Papertrey's ric-rac border dies to cut a strip of white card stock to go across the card
  • The pink background I can't accredit - my apologies, my aunt was having a clear out of crafty stash and she gave me tons of loose 12 x 12 papers.
  • The green 'print-effect' background paper is one by Stampin' Up
  • Also in the picture is a music-score embossed card - made using a Cuttlebug folder