Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Now I have to pass this on to 5 people. I don't like making these choices, but this time I've decided to pass it on to people that have really inspired me and always inspire me when I visit their blogs. So, I choose to pass it on to Sarita, Faye, Kim, Pauline and Tab. Thanks for all your inspiration ladies.
There are lots of ways to add texture to your cards. Why not try some flocking, 3d Gloss or sanding. Maybe add some material, lace, fluffy stuff or a feather. Of course there is always embossing, wire, beads, glitter card or brads. The possibilities are endless.
Join in and have some fun - but please note, the conditions of the sponsorship this week are that you cannot combine your entry with any other challenge.
My card is not over fussy because it is for my youngest daughter and this will be right up her street. She'll be taking her driving test soon so I do hope she passes. This Stamping Bella image is absolutely perfect for that occasion, isn't she?
Texture has been added to my card by adding a soft black feather, embossing some black magic card and then sanding it and the red backing paper has a linen texture on it.
Sunday, 29 March 2009
See those larger ribbons? The blue one is the same as I've used in my card.
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Today, the lovely Paula set the challenge over at One Stop Craft Challenge and her theme is:
oooooh we all love bling don't we?
This week I've made a card using decoupage - just for a change. Well, you know me, I like to 'ring the changes'. Unfortunately I forgot that the photos I took of the card last weekend really don't show the layers (sorry).
I nearly cried when I cut into the toppers - but I kept reminding myself that it is called a decoupage sheet. The trouble is the images are so beautiful. I added a couple of bling swirls, bling earrings and a bling gems on the headdress and the bow.
Kanban Egyptian Queen Decoupage Sheet in Red
Papermania Simply Elegant paper
Laura Ashley Ribbon
Bronze gems from my stash
Thursday, 26 March 2009
My Favourite Things
So go on, indulge yourselves and make something that uses your favourite things. It could be a technique, a style, your favourite papers, or image or embellishments. Whatever you like.
The best bit is, if you enter, the prize this week is a grab-a-doodle download and a GDT slot for 2 weeks!
The thing that I love most of all is trying something new. That's probably why I haven't actually settled down into my own 'style' as yet - I just have to keep trying out new styles and techniques. It's the old adage - Jack of all trades and master of none ;o)
So for my favourite thing I tried this tutorial over at Split Coast Stampers for a swing (flip flop) card.
I found the tutorial easy to use and the card was made in no time at all. I am kicking myself for not trying it out before now. You really must give these type of cards a try out.
It was an incredibly sunny day when I took these photo (last weekend) so the glare lost the inking around the edges of the images. I had to take the last photo so that the inking showed up.
The other things I used that are my favourites are swirly Basic Grey stamps and my new Laura Ashley stamps - love those to bits.
Red White and Blue Card
Tim Holtz China Blue Distress Ink
Basic Grey Two Scoops Heart Smudge Stamps
Laura Ashley Love Song Stamps
White and red Ink it Up! ink
Dragonfly brad, Bow, flower and gem from my stash.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
I adore these beautiful organza ribbons and I just can't stop using them at the moment. I can feel a shopping trip coming on soon so that I can add a whole rainbow of these colours to my stash. (Thanks for getting me hooked Tara).
I remembered to take a picture of the inside again, which was made using the left-over bits.
Papers: DCWV Once Upon a Time and Old World Mat Stack. Blue Card.
Archetectural Accents Sizzix die
Martha Stewart Doiley Lace punch (I may wear it out soon!!)
Hobbycraft Organza wired ribbon
Flower, brad, lace, gems and ric rac from my stash.
Anita's Happy Birthday sentiment
Here's a card I made for One Stop; I call her my Martini Time Lady. I forgot to post it to my blog last week (sorry Shelley). However, the full instructions and list of things you need to make this card can be found ......
The backing paper is amazing, but my camera just didn't do it justice.
I hope to be back later today with a picture of the birthday card I sent to my DT matey, Donna (as long as she tells me it reached her). Happy Birthday Donna.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
We've been joined this week by Donna as guest designer. She has some lovely cards on her blog so I please pop over to view them.
This week's challenge has been set by Paula and she's chosen:
Just what we need in this weather...those shades make me think of warm sunny days.
My card is a tangerine "dream" (just in case you can't read the sentiment.)
Papers - Basic Grey ambrosia
Sentiment from Creative Expressions U-mount Swirls
Image - Creative Expressions - Oasis
Heart pin - RAK from Tara
Stars - a RAK from Gina
Mini flowers and pearls from my stash
Monday, 23 March 2009
I've used the wonderful sketch by Bea over at Friday Sketchers as a basis to this card. Thanks Bea, it was a brilliant sketch to work with.
I wanted to do an Easter card for my granddaughter, so as Easter is celebrated in Spring - it fits the Crafty Creations Challenge. They want to see spring cards this week. For those of you interested in DT calls - Crafty creations are doing one at the moment so make your spring cards to enter.
I think this is a sunny happy card with those canary colours. A big thanks goes to Tara as I've used papers that she sent me recently. I remembered to take a picture of the inside again. I think this card will go lovely with the Easter basket I made for Colour Create the other week.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
The lovely Sarita has set our challenge this week. The colours are Navy, Turquoise and Lime Green. Not something I would have chosen to put together, being the scaredy pants I am, but it works incredibly well. The optional extra this week in no designer papers. I quaked when I saw that. How on earth could I make a card with no designer papers?? I panicked even more because when I set out to make the card I was in the middle of mojo loss. But Sarita's challenge rocked - it kick started my mojo again last weekend.
Inks: Dee Gruenig signature series Blending Blox - Shades of the Caribbean and a lime green Ink it Up! pad
Papermania Aqua stick on pearls
Papermania Aqua Glitter Ribbon
Hobbycraft Lime Green Ribbon
Navy Blue Card and White paper
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Today's challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge has been set by the lovely Nikki. The theme she has chosen is 'Tag it'. It doesn't matter what size or shape your tag is as long as there is a tag on your creation this week you'll be good to enter.
There is a fab prize of a Crafter's Companion Vintage Life CD Rom to be won this week.
I decided that I would emboss some acetate to make a little pocket on the card for my tag. I've done this before and liked the result because it allows the papers to show through when the tag is taken out of the pocket.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Once again I was really good and I didn't over-embellish it or cover it with stitching, doodling and distressing. I like the result and I'm pleased to say that Tara does too.
I even managed to remember to take a picture of the inside, for once.
Papers: Papermaina Spring Burst
Image WOJ Kneeling Willow
Sentiment: Clare Curd's Signature Range - Sentiments
Flowers, a mix of prima, papermania and a paper rose
Lilac gems and ribbon from my stash
Purple Ink it up! ink pad and clear embossing powder
Anyway, it's Tuesday so that means it's time for the second Creative Card Crew Challenge. Boy, what a fab challenge it is this week. The theme is:
No paper - Keep it clean
My first thought was - 'gulp - this is scary' but once I got going I really enjoyed the challenge. It was great fun to work with no papers. This was completely outside my comfort zone, but Hey Ho, I'll give anything a try and I think I've started to bring this style inside my comfort zone.
I interpreted the 'keep it clean' part of the challenge as having lots of white space. I have no idea how everyone else will interpret that bit, so it will be interesting to see the entries this week.
For my card, I stamped directly onto the cardstock, matted an image with blue and black card, added a ribbon and some adhesive pearls. This really is crafting on a budget - but I love the result.
Stamps: Hampton Art Tall Watercolour Flower for the main image.
Laura Ashley Connemara clear stamps set for the border above and below the ribbon.
Clare Curd's Signature Range Sentiments stamp
Papermania Adhesive pearls in black and aqua
Blue Organza Ribbon
Blue Ink it Up! pad.
Hope you like it.
Monday, 16 March 2009
Just a quick post today. I made this card for a lady who lost her mother last year and this will be the first Mother's day without her. She wanted a card to put onto the grave. Unfortunately I didn't get enough notice to be able to laminate the card (she needed it yesterday as she's travelling up this week) - but I did add acetate onto the inside so that the verse would last the weather for a while. The acetate was added like a flap so that the lady could still write something on the card. I also added some 3d gloss to the main image to help protect it and make it last a bit longer.
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Clare Curds Men's Set of Clear Stamps
Clare Curds Sentiment Set of Clear Stamps
Basic Grey 6x6 Paper Pad Archaic
Basic Grey Brads Archaic
Paper Mania Flowers Egg Shell White
Eno Craft Football 3D Sticker's
A Spool of Green Ribbon
And 3 Meters of Assorted Ribbon
This is the card I made for Georgia's Birthday (made before the mojo went away). I really like this card and I hope you did too Georgia. I'm just praying I got your age correct because I forgot to double check that with your mum.
Unfortunately my mojo went on holiday last Sunday before I'd made my cards for this weeks challenge. It still doesn't seem to have returned and I'm hoping it does soon because I have 6 Mother's Day cards to complete today.
I do hope you'll join the challenge this week to show me how to doodle properly on cards. There is a lovely regency stamp set up for grabs as the prize.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Something for the guys
as this week's challenge theme for the Charisma Cardz Challenge, she really did me a favour. I had the excuse to get another male card out of the way. Actually, this one is needed in April and it's for my granddaughter and her half sister to give to their Daddy.
Papers: Basic Grey Granola
Navy blue card
Image was a RAK so I don't know it's title (sorry)
Sizzix Architectural Accent # 2
Daddy cut with Sizzix 'Yarn' alphabet
I hope you'll take a look at the other DT makes this week - we all need inspiration for those male cards, don't we? My DT colleagues have made some super male cards.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
1 set of "Pickles & Onion" clear stamps (cute elephants!)
1 set of "Daisy & Dandelion" stickers
1 set of "Bubbles & Squeak" stickers
1 D&D A5 paper collection pack
2 packs of Papermania paper flowers - pink & blue
1 pack of Doodlebug sugar coated sparkly brads in pastel.
Make sure you have a browse around Pauline's cards too. It is worth the visit.
Now to the little plug...........
..........Hope to see you all bright and early in the morning for the very first Creative Card Crew Challenge. Yay!!! We're so looking forward to seeing your entries into our first challenge.
This is a quicky make because No 1 daughter gave me very little notice (again). So I took the lovely sketch on BG challenge as the starting point, got hold of my BG Granola pad and the stickers from Do Crafts Creativity Mag issue 14 and set to work.
I kept it fairly simple because this card is for a little boy and he's only 2.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
The colours are Orange, Yellow and Green.......and the optional extra is 'Not A Card'. Of course, you don't need to include the optional extra because we'd be delighted to see cards and scrap pages as well as anything else you'd like to make.
My offering is this little Easter basket crammed full of yummy chocolate - mmmmmm. I had a hard time keeping that chocolate out of my mouth, I can tell you!
It was surprisingly easy to make. The base is the largest Nestie scallop circle. I folded up the scallops and glued them to a tube of yellow card that I'd already punched and added the backing paper to. The handle is just a strip of card, punched on both edges and attached to the body of the basket using eyelets. All I had left to do then was decorate it with a few ribbons, a flower, a tag,and some chocolates and 'Bob's your Uncle' it was complete.
Hope you'll join us again this week and inspire us with your beautiful makes.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Tasha wants us all to create an item with the theme of:
Mine is a 'Sorry I missed your birthday' card. I always need plenty of those. I get so involved with creating cards for challenges that I sometimes forget to make the cards I need to.
Flower Sprays from One Stop Card Craft (sorry I couldn't find the link)
'Sorry' peel off created from several different peel off phrases
Thursday, 5 March 2009
My card hasn't quite turned out how I expected it to...but I was trying out a different style, so I probably need a bit more practice at this style. I've been so in awe of the wonderful Sarita's cards because she stamps straight onto the card stock and leaves lots of white space; her work is incredibly beautiful. Sorry Sarita - I'm nowhere near your league - but at least I tried.
Main Image: Debbie Moore clear stamp coloured with distress inks and Pro Markers. Matted onto lilac and blue card with a darker blue piece of paper punched with my new MS lace punch. Attached to the card with 3d foam pads.
Background: Papermania Clare Curd's signature range doodles stamp. Inked in blue and lilac, stamped direct onto the card stock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
Celebrate Lilac ribbon and Mother's Day peel-off from my stash. Corner dots made with a Pro Marker.
Once again I forgot to take a picture of the inside - but I stamped the 'paisley' doodle image on the inside with the lilac and blue colours and added a 'With Love' sentiment from Clare Curd's Sentiments stamps.
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Karen's candy includes:
25 sheets of our fabulous Nekossa linen card stock, 5 of each 5 colors
4 pkgs peel-offs
Twinkling H2o's 6 pk
Designer Ribbon, 1 yd of each 10 colors
Sunshine designs Nuggitz spring cube
Stamp Barn best friends stamp
Stamp Barn friends sentiment
High Hopes Heart and flower background stamp
High Hopes Sunny days ahead stamp
Magenta Deco bouquet stamp
And it is open until 9th March. Make sure you feast your eyes on her amazing work - it sure is worth popping over to her blog.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
From my brand new stash I've used the Clare Curd Signature Range doodles stamp to make the flowers, and a cuttlebug script embossing folder.
Monday, 2 March 2009
Anyway, I thought I'd tell you about my friend Georgia's blog candy. She's celebrating becoming a teenager on 13 March. I'll wish you a happy birthday on the right day Georgia! She has some lovely candy on offer that includes:
Also, I've been given this beautiful award by Nicki
Thank you so much for thinking of me Nicki I am really chuffed to receive this. I have to pass this on to 10 people, but I'm going to have a think about it and I'll be back later with my list of recipients.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
The inspiration photo for the Challenge 5 items is this lovely tea set photo.
The colours are blue and brown (no prizes for guessing that) and the optional extras are lace and pearls.
I just knew immediately that I wanted to paper piece Willow with some lace paper I've had lying around for a while. This is my first attempt at paper piecing and even though lace paper was probably not an ideal medium for a first attempt because it is fiddly working around the holes, I am pleased with the result. The other thing I did was to mask her lantern and then string some tiny pale blue pearl beads together to make it look like she was carrying a string of pearls.
Spot the sentiment? That's one of Clare Curd's new signature range stamps. I was naughty when I went to the range for party bag items - I have no idea how those stamps fell into my basket! lol!
Papers: K and Co, Lace paper from a local shop
Stamps: Whiff of Joy Willow with Lantern, Papermania Clare Curd's Signature Range Sentiments
Flowers: Papermania (new range)
Papermania Pearl Brads,
Brown Pearls from Creativity International
Ribbon from stash.
The DT have once again made some beautifully inspiring creations. Please have a look at them and join us in the challenge if you can - remember, you can use our challenge with other challenges. Also - please say a big Hello to Kim who joins us on the DT - we've all been waiting patiently for her to come on board. I, for one, can't wait to see all her lush creations gracing the challenge blog.
I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. My manic week has at last come to an end and I feel like I have room to breathe again. I'll be on a blog hop at some point today to start leaving comments and finding out what lovely things I missed through being so busy. Hope you all for give me for being a bit absent this week.