Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Good Luck Charlie for Katharina's sketch challenge 37

Here's a card I made using the Whiff of Joy 'Good Luck Charlie' stamp that I received from Katharina for being one of the lucky winners on her Advent calendar windows. Thank you so much Katharina; he's a wonderful stamp.

I thought I'd change Charlie's usual colouring (he's usually in black and grey clothes) and turn him into a little Irish Leprechaun - for luck. I love the way that the green suits him so well. I've also used Katharina's sketch challenge for the layout of this card, but I rotated it by 90 degrees. One lucky winner of this sketch challenge will receive a cute little mouse stamp from the new Whiff of Joy Party Animals stamp set. Pop over to Katharina's blog - there are some previews on there and the stamps are so sweet.

The plaited 'ribbon' is actually more of the suede from the fly curtain I bought from The Range. I added some clear gloss to the little 4-leaf clover stamps.

Of course, I'm ending the year the way I want to start next year, by making sure I decorate all the insides of my cards before I start making another card.

Here's wishing you all GOOD LUCK in 2009

Items used:
Paper by Buzzcraft (discontinued now)
Suede ribbon
Yellow ribbon from the local pound shop
Whiff of Joy Good Luck Charlie, sentiment and clover stamps
Whispers strokes pens
Green Card
Anita's Clear Gloss




Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Lilac Valentine

Here's the first card I made with my DT Kit for One Stop Card Crafts this month. In the kit was some beautiful lilac bits and pieces along with the stamp used on this card. The little hearts on the dress shouted out 'Valentine' to me so I had to make a heart shaped card. Shelley has posted the full instructions on how to make this card on the One Stop Card Crafts Blog.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Exciting News

Wowee! I've just been asked by Carly to be the first Guest DT member for her new Charisma Cardz challenge blog which is due to launch in a couple of weeks. How wonderful!

I had meant to answer her DT call but what with Christmas and guests I just didn't have time and then it was too late. So it's a real honour for me to be asked to do a guest DT slot. Thanks Carly.

Pop over to the new blog and bookmark it so that you don't miss the first challenge. Hope to see you all there.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

WOJ Challenge 12

I do hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa brought you all the things you wanted. Sorry for not getting onto my blog to wish you all seasons greetings, but it was an absolutely manic time for me in the run up to Christmas and over the last few days.

Now that my guests have gone and the rush is over I hope to be back to my normal blogging. So to start off, here is a little entry for the Whiff of Joy challenge 12. Luckily this challenge is running until 7 Jan so there is still time to enter it. The theme of the challenge is:


to make a Christmas card with contemporary colors, (no red or green).
So, here's my first card for Christmas 2009 in Orange, Brown and Cream. I am determined to make a few Christmas cards every month from now onwards so that I don't end up with a mad rush like I did this year (well, it was my first Christmas making cards and I had no idea that I would need so many!)
UPDATE: I've added additional stickles to part of the front and added a picture of the inside of the card.
Items used:
WOJ Willow with cookies stamp coloured with Whispers strokes pens
Papermania Special effects cream embossed paper
Orange card
Brown paper from Dovecraft Abstract Prints
Prima poinsettia flowers
Large orange/yellow flower came from Mad About Cards
Leone Em Rock Fern and stamen punches
Yellow Stickles
Making Memories eyelet phrases (Merry Christmas)
Orange ribbon from the pound shop
Pearl stamens from a local craft store
Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink.



Saturday, 20 December 2008

3 is the magic number

It was my turn to set the challenge over at the One Stop Craft Challenge today. I had great fun trying to think of a theme. Our themes are set weeks in advance, and I found out that another challenge blog was running a very similar theme a couple of weeks ago. It's that old S*d's law isn't it?

Anyway, the theme is: 3 is the magic number and originally I set it thinking that people would put sets of 3s on their cards such as 3 papers, 3 flowers etc. However, our creative DT members soon put paid to that assumption. Nip over to the challenge blog to see what they all came up with (link is in the button on the right of my blog)

For my part, I went 3 crazy! I adapted the 2 pocket card (instructions for the 2 pocket one are on splitcoast stampers.com) but I made it into a square 3 pocket card. This was achieved by using a 12 by 12 base piece of card rather than the A4 card shown on splitcoaststampers. Over this weekend I'll give you my instructions, because I do need daylight to take the photos.

So, how did I go 3 crazy?
3 pockets
3 tags
3 toppers on the tags
3 papers
3 flowers
3 leaf sprays
3 pieces of ribbon on each tag
3 filigree accents
3 sets of 3 gems
Hmmmmm - can you spot any more 3s?

Items used:
Kanban Serenity toppers and sentiment
Green fern paper
Pocket Full of Posies pad
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Dusty Concord
Lilac card
Clear Teardrop Gems
Lilac Gems
Lilac Ribbons (the suede ones were taken from a curtain bought at the range - it's one of those fly curtains you need in the summer and I think I have enough suede ribbon to last me for 30 years now :)
Filigree Accents
Leone Em Ash Branch Punch (Not again I hear you cry!)
Leone Em Stamens Punch
12 x 12 card
15 cm card blank
X Cut flower Punch

Saturday, 13 December 2008

One Stop Craft Challenge 8

I honestly thought I wouldn't have time to make anything for the One Stop Craft Challenge this week. However, as it was our guest designer's chance to set a challenge I really didn't want to let her down.

Well, Claire has set us the challenge of...
Buttons and Bells

Please pop over to the challenge blog to see what Claire has created as it is truly beautiful. I hope you'll have a chance to leave a comment on her blog too because she really does deserve some praise for her project.

I came up with these little box/bags that I will use as stocking fillers for this Christmas. The little red blobs on the gold box are actually miniature buttons. I used buttons on both of my boxes because I didn't have anything that was bell-like left.

I've used:

Gold Hammered
Card
Miniature Buttons
Red Organza ribbon
Gold Eyelets
Acetate

Black card
Charcoal Prints Paper
3mm White satin Ribbon
Silver Eyelets
Leone Em Rock fern Punch
Making Memories Hydrangea Rose Blossom
Black Fibre

Thursday, 11 December 2008

An apology, a card, an award and CANDY!!!

I have been such a bad blogger this week. My apologies to everyone. I had loads of rush orders from my children and I just haven't had any spare time to do a challenge card or keep my blog up-to-date. So a big SORRY from me. I will be blog hopping again and leaving comments at the weekend.

I do have one card to share with you. This is a fun and quicky Santa gate fold card. The full step-by-step instructions on how to make this card and the list of items used is on the One Stop Crafts Blog.


The other thing I have to share is this fabulous award from Heather (she gave it to me quite a few days ago). I don't really deserve it this week because I've been so bad at blogging. Thank you so much Heather. It meant a lot to receive it from you. I can't decide who to pass it on to, so if you don't have this award, please feel free to take it from me.



And now to the candy.........if you click the link to Heather's site you'll see that she has some gorgeous candy on offer to celebrate her making it onto the Basic Grey DT. Well done Heather, I'm sure you'll be a fantastic asset to them. You'll see why I say that if you take the time to browse around her blog. Her cards are stunning.







Sunday, 7 December 2008

Polly's Blog Candy

One of my fellow One Stop Card Crafts DT colleagues, Paula, has some fab blog candy on offer to celebrate her first 1000 hits. Congratulations Paula! The best bit about the candy is that it is just right to get ready for the next big event - Valentines day. The candy includes:
8x8 Papermania Raspberry Champagne Papers
12 Papermania Ribbon Brads
Papermania 3D Stickers
Papermania Be My Valentine Sentiment Stamp
Mini Open Up Album
2 Metres of Pink Ribbon
A Pack of Papermania 8x8 Plain Neutrals Velums

That's a great set of candy. Pop over to Paula's blog and check out all her lovely cards and while you're there, enter into her blog candy. The draw will take place on Boxing Day.


Good luck everyone!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

A Large Sad Card

Firstly, I don't claim the front of this card as all my own. I saw something similar made by Legionette on the DoCrafts forum and it touched me so deeply that I knew one day I would need to used it. The photograph and verse on the front of the card are the same ones as used by Legionette.


The sad occasion behind this card is that my husband's Inspector's little girl, aged 7, died this week after being suddenly taken ill last Sunday. My husband volunteered my services to make a personalised, very large sympathy card that the whole station could sign. This card is enormous - it is 12 inches by 17 inches and is the largest item I have ever made. It was so big that I had to make a box to put it in as I couldn't find any paper large enough to make an envelope.
The photographs have both been downloaded from the web and printed onto glossy photo paper. The verse on the front reads:

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam,
and for a brief moment its glory and beauty
belong to our world.
But then it flies on again and though we wish it
could have stayed,
we feel lucky to have seen it.

Isn't that beautiful? I have no idea where the verse comes from and I would love to acknowledge the person who wrote this, so if anyone knows please tell me in a comment.

The inside verse is one my husband found and we have personalised it with the little girl's name. That one reads:
Katie was so very, very special
And was so from the start
You held her in your arms
But mainly in your heart

And like a single drop of rain
That on still waters fall,
Her life did ripples make
And touched the lives of all.

She’s gone to play with angels
In heaven up above
So keep your special memories
And treasure them with love.

Although your darling Katie
Was with you just a while
She’ll live on in your hearts
With a sweet remembered smile
.

I will update this post when my husband gets home this evening so that I can let you know who to acknowledge with that verse too.
The metal butterfly on the front is by Meridian Import Company (Mic).
Everything has been matted onto black and then silver mirror card.
The organza ribbon is from Creative Crafts.
A sad occasion, but this card is really beautiful so thanks to everyone for all the inspiration.



One Stop Craft Challenge Number 7

I just can't believe it has been 7 weeks since we started the One Stop Craft Challenge. The time has flown by so quickly. The lovely Paula has set the challenge for this week and the theme is:


Something Blue

The prize for this week's winner is 12 sheets of duo twist pyramage sponsored by G18. Each sheet contains 2 twisted pyramage with complementary backings. Pop over to the challenge blog to see samples of what you could win.

I've made one of the little trifold envelope cards for this week's challenge. (instructions are under 'My Tutorials' on the right of this blog). I love making these type of cards.

Items used:
Papers: Pocket Full of Posies stack. These are really beautifully glittered papers - really worth the money.
Blue card
Light blue satin ribbon
Woodware threading waterfall punch
Making memories flowers, Pearl brads and teardrop gems from my stash
Stamped Image was one that I won
Watercolour pencils
Sentiment is hand written



Thursday, 4 December 2008

Daring Cardmakers

It's been a while since I joined in the daring cardmakers challenge, but this week's theme was absolutely perfect for a card I needed to make for one of my work colleagues.

"we are dreaming of a WHITE (and splash of pink Christmas!) I would love you to design a card which includes white mostly (ie: snow, snowmen etc ) and also a little splash of pink somewhere on the card. :) "

This girl is pink crazy! But I didn't want to make her a barbie pink Christmas card so the challenge fits my needs perfectly. The glamour dust I added over all the pink bits doesn't show up well on the photo - but it is so pretty and sparkly.

This card uses:
Lace paper
Cuttlebug Sledding folder used on white linen card
Pink Whispers Brush Strokes Pen
Glamour Dust White Satin Ribbon - threaded through holes made with a Woodware thread punch
Pink and white snowflake die cuts gifted to me by my friend Gina
All the bling gems are actually mobile phone stick-on gems.


Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Stamp Something - Black Friday Somethings

I thought the challenge at Stamp Something this week sounded interesting.

"Black Friday Somethings" challenge! All you need to do is make a project using the color black! Simple! It can be anything, a card, scrap page, 3d item, a gift, as long as it contains black in some form, it counts! "

So, here is my entry into this challenge.

Items used:
Image - gifted to me by my friend Gina - sorry I don't know what it is, but I need to find out as I love it.
Papers: Anita's Classic Christmas Black papers and Dovecraft Charcoal Prints
Black card
Red card cut with Sizzix architectural accents corner dies
Dovecraft red ribbon
Dovecraft red, black and white buttons,
Darice finishing accent fibres
Black gems.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

2 Items for 2 Challenges

Well, this makes a change doesn't it? I've made an item each for 2 different challenges. Although I don't like combining challenges, it is sometime impossible to participate in all the ones I want to without doing that. However, I've made a few things that will go into single challenges this week.

Firstly I have a little entry into Cute Card Thursday. Their challenge 38 is LILAC. One of my favourite colours. I've gone a little crazy with the lilac patterned paper on this, but perversely I think it works. I've tried to add in lots of different elements so that focusing on each part of the card will show something different. This is one of those 'fussy' cards that I love to do, but my husband is not so keen on. I think this one will be used as a Thank You card but at the moment I've left it without a sentiment in case I change my mind and need it for a birthday.

Here is the inside of the card.
Items used in this: DCWV Floral Stack, Pocket Full of Posies, and K & Co papers.
Penny black Stamp. Sizzix Architectural accent corner and sizzix scribbles swirls. Prima flowers. Leone Em Ash branch punch. TPC Filigree accents. Lace, ribbons, gems, hearts, mother-of-pearl-type flowers from my stash.

Also, I pondered long and hard about what to make for the whiff of joy challenge this week - and I've only just made it in time! The theme is anything but a card. I was going to make a calendar but then I realised that I really needed a new bookmark. How often do we get the chance to make something for ourselves? Hardly ever, right? So I was very selfish this week and made this just for me. Just a simple bookmark.

Items used: WOJ Melinda's books, K & Co Paper, Gold thread, Black card, Black pen, papermania fringe ribbons, Dovecraft Gold Ribbon, Black eyelet - as simple as that!

Monday, 1 December 2008

My Blog Candy Winner

Thank you to everyone that entered my blog candy give-away. It was lovely to see so many entries from all over the world.

I asked my youngest daughter to do the draw for me a couple of minutes ago and the name she picked out is:



Sally Bentham from Sally's Crafty Blogspot



Well done Sally. If you could Contact me with your delivery details I'll get all the items posted to you within the next couple of days.

My Blog Candy Is Now Closed

Just to let everyone know that my blog candy is now officially CLOSED. The draw will take place today and the winner will be announced later today on this blog.


Thank you to everyone that entered - and Good Luck!




Sunday, 30 November 2008

Whiff of Joy Advent Calendar

Just sharing some new news. Here's a note from Jacqui (Cats Whiskers) posted on papercraft planet a couple of minutes ago......



"Well I cannot believe we are here a few moments away from the 1st of December and the start of the Festive, Fun, Fantastic, Fabulous Whiff of Joy Advent Calendar event. The First Window will open at 00:01 GMT, we have special gifts everyday and hopefully lots of fun for everyone, so please come and join us, a new window will be opened everyday each one a new surprise and it can be found here http://katharina1704.blogspot.com/ (Katharinas Fabulous Blog). Looking forward to seeing you all.Hope you all have a peaceful night lots of Hugs Jacqui x "



Well, I'm going to pop along tomorrow....but it won't be at midnight as I'll hopefully be fast asleep in a few minutes. I hope I'm up early enough to log in before work.

Crafty C's amazing candy

What an incredible candy give-away there is at Claire's blog. I couldn't possibly begin to list all the items here - I'd be typing all night! Clare is another inspirational card maker that you really should try to visit as often as possible. Make sure you have a good look around her blog when you go to see her blog candy - and then follow her or add her to your list of favourite places to visit so that you don't miss out seeing all the amazing things she creates. Her candy is open until 14 December.
Sharon

My Blog Candy

This candy closes at midnight on 30 November 2008.

Well, I've reached 5000 hits on this blog and I thought it was time to offer a little bit of blog candy. I've tried to create a little essentials pack and the items I've put together are:

  • 12 x sheets A4 thick vellum, some pearlised (2 of each colour shown)
  • 10 x sheets of A4 metallic paper (2 of each colour shown)
  • 14 x sheets of A4 Glitter Card (2 of each colour shown)
  • 10 x A4 sheets of patterned paper (2 of each colour shown)
  • 26 x fabric flowers (2 of each shown)
  • 6 x pattered ribbons
  • 1 pack Dovecraft 3mm brads in earth tones
  • 1 pack clear accent stamps
  • 2 rolls of double sided tape
  • I will also add in some die cut swirls, corner accents and some leaves made with my Leone Em Ash Branch punch to take the number of items up to 100 pieces (not counting all the brads).
For a chance to win this blog candy, just leave a comment on this post and link my blog candy to a post on your blog by midnight GMT on 30 November 2008. I will announce the randomly picked winner on 1 December 2008.

Good luck everyone.

Penny Black and Friday Sketchers

This is my little entry for the Penny Black challenge using no patterned paper! Wow, that was a difficult challenge. My hands kept straying to all the delicious patterned papers I had all the time; I found it so difficult not to use them.

For this card I used the layout set by Carole from England over at Friday Sketchers. I turned it by 90 degrees. I'm sure I'll be using this layout again this week.

Hope you like it.


Clearly a Whiff Of Joy

WOJ is THE DT that I would die to be on! I mentioned on Thursday that Whiff of Joy are looking for a guest designer for the next 2 months - well, I would kick myself if I didn't give this one a try. After all, these are some of my absolute favourite stamps in the whole wide world (you'll see I use them rather a lot on my blog). All the details for the DT call can be found here .

Katharina has created a sketch for this DT call.

I have been very true to the sketch this time.....but I may just have another go later this week and really get creative with the sketch (you can submit as many cards as you like). You know what it is like, you really want to stand out from the other entries.......well the only way I could think of making an impact immediately was to use patterned acetate as the basis for my card.

This is the inside

Here is the back

Items used:
Papermania Patterned Acetate
Basic Grey Boxer papers (of course!)
Willow with lantern stamp
WOJ Sentiment on the outside, Papermania sentiment on the inside
Ribbon trim from my stash.
Watercolour pencils, Whispers brush stroke pens and brown Ink it up! pad.

What the WOJ team are looking for in their guest designer is " we are looking for a passionate, talented crafter with great colouration skills". Well, I don't have too many colouring mediums available to me at the moment but I'm hoping that Santa will be really kind to me this year. Still, many of us only have a few water colour pencils, don't we? So it's worth a try and if I don't make it this time around I'll keep practising and try again next time around.

Hope you like it , and good luck to everyone that enters.

Last Chance!

Don't forget that today is the last chance to enter into my blog candy give-away. I'll be closing the candy at midnight tonight. Good luck to all who entered. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Bev's Blog Candy

Here's my third post today.

One of my favourite places to go when I'm blog surfing every day is over to Bev's Blog. She is such an incredibly talented lady and her cards and other items are a constant source of inspiration. If you haven't been over to see her blog you are really missing out.

I've been meaning to do a post about this for a couple of days now....but time always seems to start running away. So, before I miss out on the chance too, here's a link to the amazing Blog Candy on offer at the moment at Bev's Blog. The candy is open until 4 December.





Isn't it scrummy? There are papers, crystals, gems, her handmade crochet snowflakes, charms, the lovely Herb with baby WOJ stamp and much more! Delish! Pop over and get yourself inspired with her latest cards.



Basic Grey DT Call

As I mentioned in a post a couple of days ago, the Basic Grey challenge have a call out for some new DT members - open until 6 December. Well, my philosophy on life is "Nothing ventured; Nothing gained" so I thought I would submit an entry.

This is the sketch to use for the DT call.


I wanted to create a Christmas card using Non-Christmas Basic Grey papers. (I'd tried that a couple of weeks ago and liked the result). I also challenged myself not to use one of my WOJ stamps. I always find that WOJ and Basic Grey complement each other so well that I have to consciously pick a different image to use with the Basic Grey papers, even though they suit so many other images just as well.

I also wanted to do something different with the Santa Stamp. I've seen it so often in black, silver, navy and red so I inked it in a sage green colour for a change and embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I went for broke and pleated the ribbon - just to try something new. I love the result but it was fiddly to do.
I tried to be quite subtle with some of the embellishments so you have to look hard to see the stitching and the stick on pearls I used. Here is a close-up.



This is the inside.

Okay, Items used:
Basic Grey Boxer papers (the 3 patterned pieces) and Basic Grey Sultry papers for the 2 plain pieces.
Rubber Stampede Santa Collage Stamp. Papermania sentiment stamp on the inside
Holly Leaves - Prima
Ribbon, Red Gems and Pearl Stick-ons from my stash.
Hand stitched in a linen colour thread (all around the outside)

Okay, it's fingers crossed now - but with my sensible head on I know that most of the other entries will be so stunning it'd be hard to stand out amongst them! Good Luck everyone!








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