Saturday, 28 February 2009
Donna chose this week's theme as:
The idea is to keep your card really simple and to use no designer or backing papers.
Luckily I had these beautiful KanBan Vintage Adverts toppers in my DT kit this month, and to be honest, I love them so much that I can't stop using them! They really do suit a simple card.
For this card I layered the topper up onto plain red, white and black card. I lightly inked the edges of my card blank with red ink, embossed the With Love sentiment using the Cuttlebug 'With Love' border folder and inked over it with a Whispers pen. The black border is some velvet ribbon and the final touch is 1 red and 2 black gems at each corner of the topper.
Please pop over to the One Stop Challenge to see the simply stunning cards made by the other DT members.
Right, I'm off now to get the house ready for my granddaughter's 1st birthday party. I may be back later....as long as the little ones don't exhaust me too much!
Thursday, 26 February 2009
The colours on my card look a little dreary compared to what they are like in real life. That's because this photo was taken under electric light. I just haven't been anywhere near my house, my cards or camera when it has been daylight this week.
There is a great variety animal cards made by the DT, pop over to the challenge blog to see them all.
Papers: Making Memories Simply Fabulous Collection - Meg. Lilac and green card.
Stamp: Penny Black - Sentiments. Coloured using Promarkers.
Sentiment: Made by sticking Anita's Outline Stickers onto plain white card, inking over the top and then removing the peel-offs.
Corners: Punched with Fiskars Lace corner punch
Flowers, Ribbons, Daisy trim from my stash. Butterfly from my DT pack.
Real stitching, distressed edges and lots of doodling.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
So, sorry if I haven't been around to your blog this week - I will make it up to you all as soon as I get a minute to breathe.
Right, enough waffle. Here's the card I made for Sketch Saturday. I've rotated the sketch by 90 degrees because I wanted to use this little mouse stamp. It has been sitting in my drawer for some time gathering dust., so I brushed it off and inked it up especially for this challenge. I've used a combination of ProMarkers and watercolour pencils to colour it in.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Papers: DCWV Wedding Prints Stack
Saturday, 21 February 2009
It is not often that I am lucky enough to be able to combine one of my DT cards with an occasion that I need to make a card for almost immediately. I thought I'd try something different again and this card was all based around the beautiful Kanban Serenity Vellum that I had in my stash. I thought it would be lovely to make an oriental screen with it. Of course, it being vellum, there was nowhere for a message from me so I added a couple of tags (they are not quite so bright IRL).
I really did struggle with this card. I made the black frame, attached the vellum, then sat back and thought...What on earth am I going to do now to embellish it? My house was a bomb site for a couple of days as ribbons, flowers and gems were scattered everywhere. I made tiny fans, I stamped water lilys and chrysanthemums but nothing looked right. I finally settled on the Chinese writing (printed from my PC and cut out) and decided it didn't need much else, so metal butterflies and a few peel-offs (not used those in a while) are all I added as an extra embellishment.
I took this picture to try to show what it looks like with light shining through the vellum. This really doesn't show it in all its glory - I think it looks so pretty with light behind it but that is so hard to capture on camera. I think that it would look lovely folded into a square (like a tall box) with a tea light in the middle - as long as someone was watching it so that it wasn't a fire hazard.
Kanban Serenity Vellum
'With Love' Sentiment from Kanban Serenity Toppers Sheet Metal Butterflies
Tags created from Lilac glitter card and green card
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Before I get onto my DT card for the challenge, I have to tell you all that I am no longer the guest designer for Charisma Cardz. However, I have been offered a permanent position on the Charisma DT, which I have accepted. Thanks Carly. So I'm now a fully-fledged member of the Charisma DT. Yippee!
Right, on to the card for Carly's challenge this week. I remembered that one of my blogging friends had sent me a RAK with the ideal image for 'cuddles and hugs' (you know who you are hun - I'd hate you to get in trouble by naming you, but I thank you so much). I love this image and really wish I could get my hands on this stamp. The stripy paper was also sent in another RAK.
This was my first attempt at using some ProMarkers to colour an image. I think I need a few more shades and a bit more practice, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I really enjoyed using them.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Carol is giving away some candy just to thank people for stopping by her blog and leaving her comments. How nice is that? Make sure you drop in on her and have a good look at her cards. Her candy is open until 28 Feb.
Bev has 2 candy draws running. My, my Bev, that is really generous. Once again, it is to thank people for dropping by her blog and leaving comments and because she is close to 150,000 hits. Not surprising when you see her cards. Her candy is open until 24 Feb so make sure you visit her.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
This week, we have some more traditional colours to sweep away those winter blues (sorry about the pun) and make us think of summer. This week you're challenged to make a card with:
Red, White, and Blue.
and the optional extra is to include:
Holidays or Travel.
This is the picture we have been given to take our inspiration from.
I've changed style again this week, opting for a quote. I think this is the first ever quote card I have made. Isn't that sentiment great? I've kept the layout very simple and the embellishment to a minimum so that all the impact is on the quote.
Papers: Basic grey and K&Co, Red mirror card and white paper.
Stamp: Swirl that was free in Cardmaking & Papercraft in Feb (used this to create the background paper)
Embellishments: red bows, white satin ribbon, white pearls and red cotton all from my stash.
Sentiment: Printed on my PC and inked up with Tim Holtz China Blue Distress Ink.
Once again the design team have made some outstanding creations - they will surely make you want to go and book a summer holiday! Please pop over to look at them, they are certainly worth the visit. I hope you'll find time to join in the challenge too.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
The first award is from the lovely Georgia. Thank you honey for thinking of me. She is the daughter of my friend and fellow DT mate, Tara. Please pop over to her blog to see the fab cards Georgia has made.
I'm passing this friends award on to:
Pauline, Donna, Paula, Gina, Nicola
Next I've been given this award from Nicola. She really is a lovely lady who makes beautiful cards.
I'm passing this award on to:
Georgia, Donalda, Sarita, Karen, Tara
I'll be back in the morning with the next Colour Create Challenge card.
So, on to the 16th challenge for One Stop Card Crafts. It was my turn this week to set the challenge and I decided to give you all this sketch.
As I love lots of layers I'm afraid my sketch reflects this. Hope you don't find it too complicated. I really enjoyed working with it.
The prize this week is to be our Guest Designer for 2 weeks. So please come and join in the challenge.
This is the card I made.
Kanban Vintage Toppers
Cream Textured card
Dovecraft Charcoal prints, Flower trim, Prima flowers, L-em Ash Branch Punch and square brads all from my stash
Friday, 13 February 2009
It has been so long since I have been happy with a card that I've made. Those of you that know me well will know how hard I am on myself all the time. Well, aren't we all? But for once I am really happy. Okay, it hasn't got fancy swirls and doodling and stitching and it was quick to make - but this has just reminded me that 'less is more'.
I made this with my February DT pack from One Stop Card Crafts. The full instructions will be on the One Stop Crafts blog sometime soon (possibly today) with direct links to the items you need to make the card.
I have also provided the instructions for the inside of the card on that blog. I've left the inside without a sentiment (because I didn't want to spoil the simplicity of the card). Half a white section has been left for the sender to write on.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Cupcakes or any other cake.
Grab-a-doodle cupcakes download.
Acetate card: Papermania Sweet Nothings Acetate. Tim Holtz Pine needles distress ink, Celebrate Ribbon, Anita's gloss
Step Card: Dovecraft Designer Birthday papers and a small piece of DCWV Floral Lattice paper. Anita's gloss, Diamond Ice Stickles, thin lilac and pink ribbon, Nesties, Computer printed sentiment.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
So, in order of their closing dates:
The lovely Lyndsey Marie is celebrating for 3 reasons: 1. She is the official demonstrator for Prima Crafts.2. She will be the GDT for Charisma Cardz challenge for 7 weeks starting 12th Feb. 3. she is going to be having a card published in the May issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft. Well done Lyndsey. Her candy is fantastic (as are her cards) and it can be found here. Draw open until 20 Feb.
Lorraine, and incredibly generous and talented lady is doing her 3rd candy draw and it includes some Messy Rabbit as well as some Dovecraft goodies. Her candy can be found here. Don't forget to look at her cards too (and she has jewelery today as well! clever lady). The draw is open until 28 Feb.
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Anyway, on to Challenge Number 2. Here is the photo of this week's colours.
What a fabulous combination of colours? I didn't really have any aqua paper so mine is as close as I could get.
The added (optional) twist this week is DIY flowers, which means not using any pre made or bought flowers. There are lots of ways to make your own flowers and there are some great suggestions of how to do this on the challenge blog.
Well, I thought I'd try to make one of those beautiful ribbon blossoms that I've seen on people's cards. Ha! Ha! Not as easy to make as I thought. The final result looked like my cat had got into my ribbons and played with them all night long! I now know it was probably not a good idea to use satin ribbon - I'm sure organza is much better. So, for me, it was back to the drawing board.
The flowers have been made by curling die-cuts and then layering 2 punched flowers, also curled into the middle. I finished them off with a stamens punch to which I added the tiniest glass beads ever! Honestly, each bead is like a grain of sand. I also used these beads around the edge of the sentiment and the image.
Stamps, Whiff of Joy and Penny Black. Papers: Pink Petticoat Papaya, the embossed one is Indian craft paper by Goldline. Punches. Fiscars for the border, Woodware for the flowers and Leone Em for the stamens. Cuttlebug Stylised Flowers embossing folder. Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China, Everything else was from my stash.
Please come and join the fun at Colour Create - you'll love what the other DT members have created this week.
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Stamp: Kodomo Butterflies stamp set, silver mirror card, lilac glitter card, lilac textured paper, mint spotty paper is something I designed myself, mint green and lavender liquid pearls, Debbi Moore sentiment stamp, Classic large scallop Nesties.
Ribbon, skeleton leaf and flowers are from my stash.
Friday, 6 February 2009
The black embossed paper is my first use of Black Magic papers. I embossed with the swirls folder and then sanded the embossing to reveal the colour underneath. It's actually a very pale blue and even in real life against the silver and black it looks a light grey on the card. I love it though, the sanded bits feel like velvet.
The black 'paper' was something that came in my daughter's laptop to keep the screen scratch free. I snaffled it as soon as I saw it because I loved the texture.
Although it doesn#t show up too well, I added stickles above the champagne glass.
Ingredients: Whiff of Joy Champagne Charlie, Papers: Black Magic, Dovecraft Charcoal prints. Everything else is from my stash.
Okay, I'm off to do some blog-hopping and commenting now; it has been hard to keep up with everyone this week so please forgive me and I'll be around to visit you all soon.
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Of course, me being me, took a liberty with the 2 flowers. I tried hard to make it just 2 flowers, but the card didn't look right to me - so I turned them into flower combos and then I felt much happier. I even got to use some metal flower embellishments that have been sitting in my drawer since before Christmas.
I went with a simple layout and just a few additional gems. The ribbon is just a small piece over 1 corner of the image.
I'm not sure what happened but the pale pink edging on my daisy went fluorescent when I added stickles - look!
K & Co papers, Penny Black 'Squeeze till I Squeak' stamp. Prima flowers, MIC metal flowers, Anita's everyday ribbon, clear teardrop gems, Tim Holtz distress ink and water colour pencils.
The winner of this week's challenge gets a prize as usual, and on top of that they can pick one of the DT's cards to receive as well.
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Here is my card for the Spoonfull of sugar challenge No 37. It's a sketch this week by their guest designer Tina. I loved your sketch Tina.
I set myself the task of distressing the card because I think it would have been too 'pretty' in the mint green, baby blue and coral colours. I didn't want it too distressed; just a bit of inking and scraped edges. However, after the distressing I decided it needed pretty-ing up again so I added some liquid pearl to give a nice sheen and touchy feely element. Oh, you might just be able to see the gloss I added to the heart balloons on the image.
Although I don't always show the insides of my cards I am still being a good girl and decorating them all.
K & Co papers, Hearts Away Penny Black Stamp, See D's sentiment stamp, Lace, Mint Green Liquid Pearls, Anita's Gloss, Sizzix Hearts, Paisley die.
Monday, 2 February 2009
Sunday, 1 February 2009
I thought I would do a metallic coloured card for a change. This one is all in golds. I created the base card with my largest nestie, making sure I caught 2 of the scallops on the fold at the top so that the nestie wouldn't cut through them. The edges are inked with a gold Calligraphy pen.
I've left room on the front and on the inside for a sentiment. I haven't decided what occasion to use this card for - but no doubt one of my daughters will tell me they 'need' this card to, and let me know what sentiment to add to it.Ingredients: Papermania Silk Screened Paper Gold Ornate Metallic, Penny Black Kickin' stamp, Prima flowers, Gold Liquid Pearls, Gold Ribbon, Gold border peel-offs and Sakura 5.0mm Gold Line Calligrapher pen.
Well, the idea of this challenge is all about giving you a palette of colours to work from. So this photograph of cushions are the pallet for the first challenge. Brown, Cerise and Lime green (or brown, pink and green if that is easier with the items in your stash)
There is also an optional extra element to add to your item if you want to. This week it is Butterflies. I've included some butterflies on my card.
I'm still having camera troubles, so the brown looks very black in some of my photos - sorry.
I used a tutorial on splitcoast stampers to produce a circle flip up book. You can find the tutorial here.