Monday, 24 December 2012

Happy Christmas

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and may 2013 be a good year for you

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Creative Card Crew #25

I can't believe that I haven't made a post since our last challenge at Creative Card Crew

Our new challenge is to use a star somewhere on your project.  
We are sponsored by  Simon Says Stamp who have given a $20 store voucher for the winner of our random draw
Simon Says Stamp

Here is my card

I have used a mask from Imagination Crafts and some silver Sparkle Medium also from them.  I bought the mask and Sparkle Medium at Port Sunlight earlier in the year.  I have also used the mask to emboss the design onto card with lovely results.

A close up of Bethlehem and the star.  The design was mounted on to silver card before adding to the card

The Three Wise Men.  I finished the card by adding a peel off sentiment and borders

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Creative Card Crew #24

At Creative Card Crew our new challenge is anything goes so you've got free reign to be as creative as you want to be!  

We have a lovely new sponsor for this challenge

And our lucky random draw winner will be receiving this fabby prize


Don't forget to have a look at the fabulous projects from my teamies for lots of inspiration

So here's my card

Compared to everyone else's projects this time my card looks all naked lol
The chicken stamp was a freebie with Craft Stamper magazine a while back and the faux stamp was from a company called Because You're Special a long time ago.  Unfortunately it looks as though they've stopped trading, which is such a shame because their stamps and samples were just fabulous.  I only ever saw them at the Happy Stamper show at Port Sunlight.  So if anyone looks at this and knows where they are please let me know

I stamped the chicken straight on the card and also on a post it note to create a mask.  The next stage was to add the faux stamp.  The stamp is a cube with four different shapes on it and a matching template was available for it with the apertures being slightly smaller than the stamp.  I left the mask in place and used distress inks to create the grass and sky.  I colored the flowers and the chicken with ProMarkers and had to put a liner on the inside of the front cover as the ink seeps through to the other side.  I finished it off with my favourite Woodware Tiny Phrases stamp and DI around the edge of the card

Monday, 12 November 2012

ABC Christmas

The challenge over at ABC Christmas is to use vibrant colours

I love the quirky design of Michael Powell's stamps and this one is perfect for small square cards.  I've used a Forever Friends background paper but you can't see much of it and inked the edges in red.  I like the effect of having only three corners rounded

I coloured the image with ProMarkers and Flexmarkers and I've quite impressed myself with the way I've coloured the snow and the shadows, lol, and put some Glamour Dust here and there.  Not so happy with the stained glass window but it will do.  I did consider stamping the image again and just colouring the window to piece onto the main image but persuaded myself that I was being too fussy!  I might change my mind though between now and posting it off hehe

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Young at Heart

I haven't made any cards for challenges of late.  I've been busy doing other things, knitting and sewing mainly, as I am making as many  Christmas presents as I can to use up some of my stash and save pennies too.  I've got so much that I want to do and not much time to do it all.

This card is for the challenge at Allsorts #180 where the challenge is Young at Heart

I enjoyed making this card using decoupage from Jolly Nation, Cuttlebug and embossing folder, mini pom-poms from Papermania   and  peeloffs.  All things that seem to have been in my stash for years!

The card is A5 and I managed to use my Cuttlebug folder to emboss the background paper without leaving a join line.  It's a pity that the patterns on the folders don't line up to do continuous embossing, I'm sure that I would use them more if they did.  I used the iridescent peeloff  snowflakes as centres for the embossed snowflakes

Looking at this photo now I've had the idea to put a 'snowball' in the child's hand

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Creative Card Crew #23 Blue & Silver

As the title of my post says it is our 23rd challenge at The Creative Card Crew which is to use blue and silver.

Our sponsor for this challenge is the wonderful Simon Says Stamp who are giving our random winner a generous $20 voucher to spend in their store

I love using blue and silver for Christmas so I decided to create a decoration.  I bought a set of four chipboard baubles at Port Sunlight in September but they didn't have a name of a manufacturer

The baubles are in two sizes and this is one of the larger ones at 12 cms across the broadest part.  I covered it with a Forever Friends paper and then went around the edges with a silver pigment ink pad.  I didn't worry about the ink being even, and then dipped it into silver embossing powder and used my heat gun to melt the powder

To create the centre band I used my Memory Box tessatina die with silver and dark blue.  I was careful not to let the the cutouts come away from the frame in the blue card and stuck it across the bauble topping it with the silver frame.  I used Glossy Accents to fill the shapes and added round and square gems to finish 

I decorated the top of the bauble with ribbon, feathers and jingle bells.
I think I'll use this as a wall decoration rather than a tree one because of the size. 

 I'm hoping to get the others done in time for when I go and stay with my daughter in law and granddaughter in five weeks for our "Christmas" with them.  Aisling and Bronwyne will be going to spend Christmas with Aisling's Mum and step Dad with Michael being in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Word Art Wednesday Revisited

This week at Word Art Wednesday is, as usual, an anything goes challenge.  Scriptural word art is provided for you to download but you don't have to use it for the challenge

When I first started entering the challenges I was making cards and plaques using the word art.  I soon reached the point where I didn't have anyone left to give them to.  I decided to make a journal and make my projects in there, although after starting this I did do a couple of cards and plaques which aren't included here.  I thought that today I would have a look back at my book as it is now full and I'm in the process of making a new journal

I was really pleased with my journal cover and my first page with the Mother Theresa quote was exactly as I wanted it.  Soft and delicate and using some tiny stamps that usually get forgotten about!

I then decided to try something completely different to my normal style using acrylic paints, lace and a doily.  Unfortunately I thought that it just looked a mess so wouldn't try that again in a hurry lol.  Now, the lighthouse one turned out, to me, to be perfect   

The pink and blue floral page is not quite as bright in real life as it looks in the photo and is another one that I don't like.  When I've done something a bit different I always go back to the style of card that I enjoy.  After I had done the butterfly page I wished that I had done it to be framed as a picture.  I couldn't recreate it as I didn't have any more of the paper or butterflies

A lot of work went into the brown and green page, cutting out different stripes from my scraps box.  I was so pleased with the way my next page turned out and felt that, at long last, I had created a piece of art by drawing the figure and hearts!

The next two cards are a paper variation of patchwork quilting that I have got back into making.  Another big box needed for my fabric stash which is growing faster than I can stitch it up lol.

The left hand card is done using paper-piecing which is yet another favourite technique.  The clematis on the next page can easily double up as poinsettia for Christmas cards 

The pink page was done using scraps from a Crafty Individuals paper pad and used some of their stamps too.  The purple one saw me using another forgotten product, Stickeroos from Penny Black

HOTP papers and Ippity Stamps by Unity teamed up for the green page while papers to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee were used on the next one

I dusted off my Cuttlebug flowers die and used white debossed circles for the centres. My final entry in the journal will definitely be an inspiration for male cards.  The papers were made using a Kameo Cards cd that hadn't seen the light of day for a good while!

So there it is, complete.  I hope that I haven't bored you with all these photos and that maybe someone somewhere might just find a spark of inspiration from them

Thanks for taking the time to look at them all

Margaret xx

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Creative Card Crew #22 Fancy Folds

Oh dear!  I forgot to do my post for the DT card so here it is, better late than never lol

Our challenge for this fortnight at The Creative Card Crew is to use fancy folds, either as your card base or an embellishment.  I chose to do an embellishment

Our sponsor is the Stamp Fairy  

and they are giving a $10 store voucher for the winner of our random draw.
So good luck and I can't wait to see your creations

I used the image Tommy-Here comes Santa Claus and coloured it using Promarkers and a white gel pen as highlight on the cheeks

My fancy fold is the rosettes for which I used Nitwit papers edged with lilac Memento ink pad.  The circles were cut using a Nestabilities die.  The backing paper is from My Mind'e Eye.

I used a Quickie Glue pen to do a triple spot pattern (love using triple dots to break up white space) on the background and the bauble and then glittered it using Glamour Dust.  Also used it on the fur of Tommy's coat and hat

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Creative Card Crew Challenge #21

Over at the Creative Card Crew our new challenge is to use birds on your cards.

Our sponsor for this challenge is the wonderful Simon Says Stamp
Sponsored by

with a fabulous store gift voucher of $20 for the winner of our random draw

My creation can be used either as a gift tag or bookmark.  Maybe both

If I was doing this design as a topper for a card I would stamp it a few times and decoupage the flowers, butterflies, bird and eggs

Materials used

Stamp from Crafty Individuals

Friday, 5 October 2012

What I've been doing....

........ for the last couple of weeks.  I've not made any cards for a week or so but my hands haven't been idle.  I've made a couple of bags, one for my sister's birthday and one for my DiL's  birthday, and a baby jacket.  I've really enjoyed making bags and as much as I would love to make some more I've got no-one to give them to.  I must get back into my cards especially as I've got lots of new goodies, mainly for Christmas cards

Urgent help needed!!!!!

Hi everyone.  My daughter is on holiday with her boyfriend in Aruba (sigh).  White sands, blue seas, palm trees and beautiful sunsets all add up to one thing.  They're engaged and we are so pleased for them.  Here's where I need some help.

I went to a craft fair at the weekend and I saw two stamps which had palm trees etc and one of them had silhouettes of a couple.  When I saw them I was sorely tempted to buy one and now I wish that I had.  I've emailed all the companies that were there but no-one has got back to me with the stamp that I want.

If any of you know where I can get such an image, either rubber, acrylic or digi will you let me know please.  I want to have a card made for them when they get home next weekend so if I have to buy a stamp other than a digi I would need the supplier to be in the UK

Hoping to get lots of positive replies

Margaret xx

Friday, 28 September 2012

Crafty Individuals September challenge

As always, on the last minute with a challenge entry.  I tried to upload it yesterday but my internet kept going off.  This project, for Crafty Individuals is the fruit of a sleepless night, at 2am eventually decided to get up and do something rather than laying awake listening to hubby snoring.  You don't realise how noisy crafting is until you do some in the middle of a night and trying not to wake everyone else up lol

This is one of the mini printer's tray from Crafty Individuals and is perfect for small stamps, again all from CI and the paper too

I painted the tray with white acrylic paint before adding the papers.  I also stamped the dragonfly on to acetate which I coloured on the reverse with Promarkers.  We've had quite a few dragonflies in the garden this year and the majority have the most beautiful iridescent blue and purple which is why I've coloured this one in those colours.  I used Promarkers to colour the little bird house

A close up showing the acetate wings which I had cut from the full image

Materials used

Stamps, papers and tray from Crafty Indivuals
White acrylic paint
Stazon ink pad

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Creative Card Crew #20 the colour purple

Hi everyone, before I post my card for this challenge I've got a bit of happy news to share.  One of our design team has got married!!  
Jan, many congratulations 

We're having a bit of a blog hop to show Jan, and her new hubby, how happy we are for them.  Please join in the hop to help us celebrate.  Also Jan has got some lovely blog candy here to share when she has 500 followers.  If you don't already follow Jan then you're missing out on some wonderful inspiration.  If you watch Create and craft then you will probably have seen some of her cards for Chloe

Hop order:

And now on to our challenge 
sponsored by the wonderful Robin's Fetish with a prize of 4 digis to winner of our random draw

And now for my card

I have used the image Katie's Reading

Materials used

Image from Robyn's Fetish
Purple cardstock DCWV
Papers from Papermania
Memento ink pad
Nestabilities Classic circle and scalloped circle
Sentiment a magazine freebie
3D foam pads