Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Creative Card Crew Humour challenge #5

Our Creative Card Crew challenge #5 is sponsored by Bugaboo stamps with the challenge to make your cards humourous

I've had this image sitting on my craft table for over a week but I was just stuck as to I was going to use it.  We went to our son's house for the weekend as it was our granddaughter's Christening yesterday.  My daughter in law, Aisling, has lots of kitchen ware in the Cath Kitson style including an apron.  She came through to the lounge to tell us that our Sunday dinner was almost ready to be served.  As soon as I saw her I knew how I was going to use the image.  She was all rosy cheeked and had a glass of wine in her hand.  Perfect inspiration!

Our Sunday dinner didn't come in a pizza box lol and was most enjoyable.  It was good to see Bronwyne tucking in to her dinner too.  She's really enjoying eating solids and enjoys most things

My father-in law had sent Aisling a grey chiffon scarf and she used it to keep her hair out of the way while she was cooking.  Another great match to the image.  I added stripes to the apron and pink and green dots to try and represent flowers on the fabric.  The pink doesn't show up very well in the photos but it's noticeable in the flesh

A strip of narrow ribbon down the centre of the card helped to line up the two panels

Materials used

JJ  Housework - Eat out and sentiment from Bugaboo
I used Promarkers to colour the image and Memento ink pads to edge the card stock
Papers, brads and ribbon from stash

Friday, 24 February 2012

I'm all excited!

Tomorrow morning we are going to visit our son and his family for the weekend.  Bronwyne is getting Christened on Sunday so it will be lovely to be there.  Elizabeth is Godmother.  We've not seen them in person since the week after new year but we have been on Skype so Bronwyne won't forget us lol  Last time we were on I asked for a "kiss for Granny" and she tried to kiss the computer, bless her.  I hope that she's been saving them up for me.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Spring is in the air!

I've not been very productive this week with my card making.  I'm hoping to redeem myself by entering this card into several challenges

Catch the Bug sketch challenge

Allsorts challenge #142  Anything goes

Sew Many Challenges #82   2 designer papers and 4 or more gems, I've substituted the gems with Card Candy so I hope that's ok

Squigglefly #7 Bright and sunny, to use yellow

Crafty Individuals February challenge Spring, must use at least one CI product

Paper Pretties Monday challenge  Spring

I've made this card for my daughter to give to her godson with his Easter egg

This card qualifies for spring with more than just the season with the bunny bouncing around on a pogo stick

I cut the bunny using an oval Nestabilities die but I had cut around the ears so that I could pull them through the die so that they wouldn't get cut.  There must be a proper name for this technique

A nice sunny Easter sentiment

I started out with my Card Candy collection by buying a pastel set and a bright set and quickly realised that I would want a lot more colours and would need a couple of storage containers to keep them all separate.  Then I had a brainwave!  Just bought a big pot of white and now colour my own using ProMarkers or ink pads to co-ordinate with the rest of the card

Materials used

2 papers from the Crafty Individuals paper book #3 Springtime
Pre printed LOTV image, a magazine freebie
Oval & oval scallop Nestability dies
Memento ink pad, Dandelion
Card Candy  
Collall 3D gel

Monday, 20 February 2012

Not exactly Blog Candy but......

maybe a grain of sugar lol   I got this stamp in a goody bag and I know that I won't use it.  It's one and a half inches by three and a quarter. If you're interested in having it just leave a comment on this post before 9pm UK time tomorrow and I will pull a name out of the hat, or egg cup if there's only a couple of you hehe.  I'll put the winner's name on this post so don't forget to check back to see if you've won it

Sunday, 19 February 2012

For Fans of LOTV

I don't have many LOTV stamps even though I love them all    but thanks to Papercraft Inspirations I now have 20 stamped images to play with.  The free gift is the the stack of 20 images and a pack of 8 colouring pencils.  They have had the images before but there are only a few duplicates.  Well worth the £4.99 for the magazine.

What's black and white and "read" all over?

My card(s) for the Papertake Weekly challenge  I'm not truly happy with these cards but as I've made them I'll show them

I couldn't make my mind up as to do a black background with a red topper or a red background with a black topper so I did both

can't you tell that I'm not a ribbon person? I must have tried about 4 ribbons for each card in various widths and styles so stuck to the many ribbons that I've taken from tops!!

I edged all the cards with an ink pad which is my "in" technique of the moment

With using the chandeliers the sentiment needed to be fancy rather than plain

Materials used

Chandelier stamp free with Craft Stamper magazine
Sentiment from Papercraft Inspirations magazine
Memento inks in Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug red
Ribbon from stash
3D foam squares

It has been noticed that I use an awful lot of freebie stamps lol but for the ones that I use I must have had twice as many that I've never used nor likely too .  It's the same with the freebie papers, I've lost count of how many 6"x6" paper pads and stamps that I've sold on E-Bay, always showing and mentioning in the description that they were a free cover gift from a magazine.  But what I want to know is how come I spend so much on papers etc when I use so many freebies.  Answers on a postcard please lol

Saturday, 18 February 2012

ABC Christmas

The ABC Christmas challenge this week is to use a charm.  I bought a couple of charms last weekend to do this challenge and it's taken me all week to find them again!!

 This was a quick and easy card to make

I'm really into colouring the edges of any card or paper than I'm using at the moment.

I've had this stamp for years and thought that it was time to give him another outing.  A bit of sparkle and he's happy!

 Lots of sparkle on the sentiment too and the snowflake matches the ones on the paper

Materials used

Polar bear stamp by Anita's
Sentiment stamp, I think, is a Papermania one
Versamark ink and iridescent embossing powder from Heat It Up for the sentiment
Quickie glue pen and  Glamour dust for the polar bear
Memento ink in Bahama Blue
Collall 3D gel
Brad from stash

Friday, 17 February 2012

Warm and cuddly, with flowers!

Another card going into two challenges

Crafty Creations #157 wanting to see warm and cuddly teddy bears

Paper Pretties Monday #26  using flowers. 

I stamped the background with a flower stamp in different colours but there wasn't any detail on the petals.  I would normally colour them with Promarkers but as I had stamped directly on to the card I didn't want any colour to seep through the card.  I have found that using the Promarkers with a fine tip the colour stays on the front.  I haven't tried fully colouring with the fine tip as yet but will let you know when I do

I thought that I'd have a change from colouring the little posy by using flower gems instead.  I've had these forever so thought that it was about time that I used them

A close up of the flower detail.  I have tried to make the flowers look sketchy so I wasn't over careful when I added the lines

Materials used

Bear stamp from Stamp-It
Background stamp, yet another freebie
Memento inks
Promarkers and with fine tips
Collall 3D gel
Flower gems from stash


I'm entering this card into two challenges

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #126 This week's scripture is taken from Job 8:21 "Once more will he fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with rejoicing."  The challenge is to "Make someone smile, a happy card"

Paper Pretties Wednesday challenge #193  To create a card with a "unique" fold.  This card has been made using the waterfall technique

I haven't made a waterfall card for quite a while so when I saw the challenge from Paper Pretties I thought that I'd make one as folding is the basis of the waterfall.  The above photo shows the card as it would be when taken from the envelope

 Photo #2 has been taken when the bottom tab had been pulled causing the top layer to flip up and show the second image

Photo #3 shows the 3rd image

And photo #4 shows the final image.  Hopefully this would have made you smile and so fulfil the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge

Certainly a fierce creature lol  I have inked all the edges of the card and papers

Materials used

Scraps of paper and card from stash
Tanda Stitches Set 1 mini double row stitches
Memento Tuxedo black and Rose Bud
Images from Paper Fun Storytellers
Brads from stash


Thursday, 16 February 2012

Less is More #54 stripes

Firstly I'd like to say welcome to my new follower, Marcia.  I hope that you enjoy what you see, here on my blog

This week's challenge at Simply Less is More is a one layer card with stripes.  There are lots of ways to add stripes, stamp them, print them, emboss them, draw them but everything I thought of either didn't work out as I wanted or I felt that they were too close in similarity to other cards submitted.  So I thought that I would leave it for now and concentrate on other challenges.  The Play Date Cafe challenge is black, white with a hint of hot pink.  So as I was scouring my boxes for something in hot pink a light went on in the old brain and so my LIM card was born!!!

So this card is being entered into the following challenges

Whimsy challenge #26 anything but a square card

The Play Date Cafe challenge to use black, white and a hint of hot pink

Less is More #54 a one layer card with stripes

When I came across my set of  stitches stamps I remembered about the set of stamps that I got as a magazine freebie which had the dress form included.  I chose to use the chain stitch stamp for this card

I always stamp onto scrap paper to make sure that I get a good impression.  The edges of the stamp seemed a bit raggedy so I rubbed it over with fine emery paper.  I have always been dubious about attacking my stamps with sandpaper until I tried it with a Silky Mitt paper.  They're the ones that you can buy in most chemists or shops like Superdrug and Bodycare, and are meant to be used  to rub away  hair growth.  They give really good results with the stamps

The areas on the dress form which were left white I decided to add the hot pink colour to match the challenge using the Cerise ProMarker with a fine nib.  With using the fine nib the colour hasn't seeped through the card

A simple sentiment from the freebie set of stamps

Materials used

Dress form and sentiment from a freebie set of stamps from Simply Homemade
Chain stitch stamp from Tanda Stamps (or is it T and A stamps?)
Memento ink in   Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz DI Worn Lipstick
Cerise Promarker with a fine nib

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

New home card

I'm entering this card into three challenges

Allsorts #141 Free and easy February

Crafty Creations #156 Swirly whirly

Paper Pretties Wednesday #192 Add texture to the card

I haven't put a sentiment or greeting on this yet as it something which I would normally personalise

I added the texture to the backing card, which is re-cycled Christmas packaging, using my Cuttlebug and embossing folder

I have made this 3D but I have only used a tiny gap between the layers as the paper isn't as sturdy as I would like it for a bigger gap

Materials used

Cuttlebug and D'vine Swirls embossing folder
3D decoupage but no manufacturer's name on the sheet
Collall 3D gel
Recycled card

Word Art Wednesday

WooHoo!!!!  I've got my linking and better picture uploading back yeyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!

I really must try and get things done earlier.  I always seem to be entering challenges just hours before the deadlines!

The scripture for this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge is "I know my Redeemer lives Job 19:25"

For all it being late it was a quick and easy one to do

I created an Easter card and matching bookmark using the scripture.  I know it isn't one that would normally be used for Easter but I think this has worked out ok. It's given my hill top stamp a new look for this year

I drew around the Nestability die for the verse as I wanted them both to be flat

I have really gone back to basics with this project using ordinary colouring pencils which is something that I haven't already done with this image

The bookmark was created using the off-cut produced when cutting a 6x6 card and I've added magnetic strip so that it won't fall out of the book too easily

 A close up of the image

Materials used

Crayola coloured pencils
The stamp doesn't have a company name on it so I can't give any details
Verse was computer generated
Nestabilities labels #8
Magnetic strip
Memento black ink pad

Happy Birthday Peter!

I'm sending this card to my nephew for his birthday

It is also my DT card for the Creative Craft Crew's challenge #4 which is a masculine card. Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp. A link can be found in my side bar

Masculine cards seem to be the ones that we all stumble over. I've done quite a few now with these dies from Spellbinders. They cover all ages from the late teens upwards.

I didn't have enough "oil on water" card to cut out all the sprockets so I used a textured gold card and coloured them with ProMarkers

The background paper was a bit flat so I've added stamped images to lift it using two colours. Thought that the border of the stamp tied in with the sentiment and the sprockets.

I distressed the edges of the card with DI pad from Tim Holtz

Materials used

Spellbinder's Sprightly Sprockets dies
LOTV birthday stamp
Time to celebrate stamp freebie from Craft Stamper magazine
Backing paper from a 12x12 Costco paper stack
Tim Holtz Distress inks vintage photo and rusty hinge
And the ever popular Collall 3D gel lol


I'm still unable to post live links for my challenges, apologies to all the blogs that I'm using

I'm entering this card into 5 challenges

Ready-Teddy-Go February challenge, In Stitches. To use real or faux stitching

I Love ProMarkers #103 to use Letraset pens and Love is in the air

Whimsy Stamps challenge #25, Love themed

The Pink Elephant #135, photo inspiration

Squigglefly #6, to have a heart

I knew that if I kept this cardstock I'd eventually have a reason to use it lol I'm really pleased with this card

Not a red rose for Valentine's Day but who says that you can't have a sunflower?

I love this sunflower image, plus I was able to make good use of my Promarkers fine tips in the centre of the flower

I edged all the papers and cardstock with a Distress ink pad

What would I do without these sentiment stamps?

I think that I'm happiest with just plain matting and layering in my card making but I must start using the yards and yards of ribbon and lace that I have in one of my boxes!

Materials used

LOTV pre-printed image that was a magazine freebie
ProMarker pens and fine tips
BP from a QVC pack a few years ago
Woodware trimmer and scallop blade
Distress Ink pad, tumbled glass
Woodware Tiny Phrases stamps
Tanda Stitchers set 1 mini

Friday, 10 February 2012

Christmas Card #9

Not doing too bad with the Christmas cards. I'll easy have them all done if I carry on as I am doing :o)

I'm entering it into two challenges

2012 Christmas Card Challenge # 10 which is to create your own background

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #125 is to create a card with a love theme. The challenge is inspired by the Scripture: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life..."

I created the background by stamping tiny snowflakes in silver directly on to the card

What better way to celebrate the love shown by God but in acknowledgement of the arrival of His Son into our world

This stamp shows the names that are attributed to God and Jesus. I love the verse Isaiah 9:6 which foretells the names of Jesus.

Materials used

Stampendous Tiny Babe stamp
Hero Arts Holiday rubber stamps, the snowflakes
Versacolour silver ink pad
Heat It Up! clear embossing powder
Spellbinder's Lattice rectangle die
Grand Calibur
Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper

Get Well Soon

I have made this for the Simply Less is More challenge #53 which is to use the colour aqua

I made this card by using two of the strips of card that I had cut off A5 to make square cards. I joined them together with a strip of aqua coloured card.

The paisley panel was stamped and clear embossed and then matted on to another piece of the aqua card and placed so that the distance between the two edges of the white card and the top were the same.

The sentiment was also stamped and clear embossed

Materials used

Paisley stamp from Clearly Hand Stamped by Three Birds
Sentiment Woodware Tiny Phrases
Versacolour ink pad
aqua card stock from DCWV
Heat It Up! clear embossing powder