Thursday, 28 June 2012

Bling, Butterflies, Brads and Bows

This is a card for two challenges.  It's been a while since I made a waterfall card, it is one of those styles that was a short lived faze lol. I came across the papers and decided to use them for this card.

Squigglefly #25 a pink button or bow

Crafty Creations challenge #176 to use 3 embellishments, I chose to use gems, brads and ribbon

I matted the blue vellum on silver card and completed the waterfall adding it to the base card after all the brads had been placed.  Doing it this way means that I don't have to put a covering paper on the inside to cover the legs

I put the gems on the antennae of the top butterfly only

Before cutting out the mechanism of  the waterfall I backed it with a contrasting paper for strength.  I also adhered the butterflies to a piece of cheap photo paper for the same reason

To finish I added peeloff butterflies, tag and ribbon bow

Materials used

Vellum, waterfall and butterflies from Making Cards Magazine
Paper on the reverse of the waterfall from Hunkydory
Peeloffs from Craft Creations
Brads, silver card and ribbon from stash
Photo paper
Stick and Spray from Crafter's Companion

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

No Card Today but.......

I've got something else to show you :o)

But first I'll let you know why I've not been making as many cards as normal.  Hubby is off sick from work.  This is his second week and I've got to show a little bit of love and attention instead of locking myself away lol  He has torn his thigh muscle on his right leg and is in a lot of pain and unable to walk properly.  In fact he's using my walking stick!!!  
Come and join the old crocks club lol

We were in the garden today pottering, as you do, when I had to go and get my camera.  So here is the first photo

Can you see what I see?

Maybe you'll see it better here

or here

Isn't he just gorgeous?  We haven't seen him (all frogs are male because of Beatrix Potter's Jeremy Fisher lol) before, I'm sure that I would have remembered his markings.  

We try to name all our frogs based on how they look so this one will be known as Spot from now on. We did have an absolutely enormous frog who is no longer with us r.i.p. who went by the name of Frogzilla!
 Throughout the summer we usually have about 4 frogs in the garden but this spring we had no fewer than 17 in the pond all singing and trying their best to be lucky in love.  We had four lots of frog spawn  with 1,000''s of tadpoles but they all died off :o( so sad.  Maybe Spot liked the garden and pond enough to take up permanent residence.   

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

White on White

This card is for four challenges

Whimsy Stamps #44 white on white

Divas by Design to use dies

Allsorts #160 to use dies

Less is More #73 paper-piecing

I love white on white but it's not something that I do very often

I paper-pieced the flowers

Materials used

Crafty Individuals postcard stamp
Cuttlebug embossing folders, swiss dots, perfectly paisley and script
Scalloped rectangle Nestabilities
Memento ink pad
3D foam pads

Monday, 25 June 2012

Dies to Die for

I'm entering this card into two challenges where the challenge is to use dies

Divas By Design #40

Allsorts #160


I used my new X-Cut dies for this card. 

 I cut them with two shades of the same design paper and paper-pieced them alternating the colours

The centre embellishment was a brooch from which I had removed the pin

Materials used

X-Cut Ornate Frames nesting dies
Papermania Liquorice Capsule collection papers
Brooch from Crafty Individuals
Glue Dots

Word Art Wednesday #33

The free word art this week at Word Art Wednesday is Deuteronomy 32:2

It is not necessary to use the provided word art as long as your project has a scriptural or inspirational quote

I stamped the image onto white card and cut it out after I'd coloured it. the background paper had a linen look to it but made the right hand side look bare so I used the brush tip of my Versamark pen and drew some swirls.  As the ink dried it left quite a nice image on the paper

The flowers are a joy to colour being so open

I should have placed the word art a bit further down the page

Materials used

My word art journal
Paper from stash
Clematis Tower stamp from Oak House Studio
Memento ink pad
Safmat film used for the word art 
Versamark pen

Saturday, 23 June 2012

2012 Christmas Card #29

Here I am again with another Christmas card.  I'm beginning to realise now that I don't have much stash left for Christmas  projects.  I keep flicking through the papers that I have and the few embellishments but because I've had them for so long I'm not getting any inspiration at all from them.  I think that I'll have to have a look on line and see if any of my favourite suppliers are having a pre Christmas sale

The 2012 Christmas Card Challenge this week is for dots and stripes

I didn't really have much enthusiasm for this card.  I got everything together yesterday but just couldn't get the design right so I left it out on my table and went back to it this afternoon.  It came together this time but I'm still not 100% sure of it

I really like this sentiment stamp but I think that if I'm going to emboss it I need to get some fine detail embossing powder

I found this little panel in between some pre-stamped images and it was perfect for this

Materials used

All the papers and the small green panel are from HOTP
Gold card and brads from stash
3D foam pads

Friday, 22 June 2012

Love is in the Air!

I have made this card for the ABC Challenge which is R for Romance.  It could also have been R for Recycled with this card!

Both lots of paper were leftovers from wrapping papers

I glued the cut out pictures to cheap photo paper for added firmness

I just had enough gems of the right size and colour to decorate the centres of the flowers on the corners

Materials used

Oddments of wrapping paper
Photo paper
Pinflair 3D gel

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Strawberry Fayre

I have made this card for two challenges

The Pink Elephant #153 Photo inspiration

Beccy's Place for June.  Anything goes but must use one of Beccy's images

I was looking through the digi's that I have of Beccy's and came across this one which I thought would be perfect for The Pink Elephant too, and give me chance to use some of the strawberry themed papers that I have

I used several colouring mediums including the red distress ink which I had put onto my glass cutting mat and spritzed with water.  I had the picture quite close to the ink so that as I spritzed it some of the mist landed on the top left hand corner fading out across the card.  It doesn't show up very well in the photo but looks good in the 'flesh'.  It was originally one of those happy accidents that can occur when crafting.

A close up of the basket, you can just about make out the glaze on the strawberry seeds

Materials used

Digi image from Beccy's Place
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Glossy Accents
Papers by Raspberry Road Designs
3D foam pads

Play Date Cafe #137

This must be a record for me.  I'm posting my card in the Play Date Cafe challenge on the same day as it was opened!!  This is the inspirational photo to be used

I'm also entering it in the Less is More #72  to use something shiny

The image for this card was the base layer of a pyramage but I decided to use it as it is for the topper

The shine for the LIM and the blue for the PDCC  is provided by the gems and the backing card

A closer look at the gems on the wing

Finished off with the matching sentiment

Materials used

Image and sentiment from Hunkydory
Alchemy Glitter card
Glossy Accents, to attach the gems
3D foam pads

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

It's Summer!

I love this stamp from Michael Powell.  It reminds me of summer holidays taken in Scarborough with its lighthouse and quayside with the boats and the houses on the slope of old Scarborough town.  Apart from that I love lighthouses anyway because of their design and the symbolism of the Light of the World

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Divas by Design #39  summer

Penny Black and More June  my favourite things

Friends of Speedy TV #25  summer

I chose the backing paper as it gives the impression of the sea

When I stamped the image I somehow managed to to make a black line by the spire of the church in the top right hand corner.  Not to be put off by the mistake I turned it into the flag of St George!

I used a southwest corner punch on the backing cards of the picture and sentiment panels.  I stamped the sentiment onto scrap paper first and used the second generation stamp as I thought that it blended in better with watercolour feel of the image

Showing a bit more detail of the image

Materials used

Urban Stamp by Michael Powell
Sentiment stamp from Crafty Individuals
Memento ink pad
South west corner punch
Background paper from stash

Creative Card Crew #13 DT card

Our challenge at The Creative Card Crew this time is to use 1, 2 and 3 items in your project.  The items I used are 1 digi stamp, 2 background papers and 3 ProMarkers to colour the image

Once again we are being sponsored by Robyn's Fetish and they are giving one lucky winner 5 digis  of their choice from the store.  There are lots of lovely digis and papers available so take time out to have a look.

I am also entering it into Papertake Weekly which is another 3-2-1 recipe

I've decided that this is the style of card which I enjoy the most, clean, simple and straight forward.  It doesn't mean that I won't be doing other styles, I still need to stretch myself out of my comfort zone lol

This digi is gorgeous and I'll definitely be using it again.  Having the Promarkers to match the papers make it more professional looking

A bit of ribbon and a sentiment completes the card

Materials used

Pretty Flowers digi stamp from Robyn's Fetish
Papers from Making Cards Magazine
Sentiment from LOTV
Tim Holtz Distress ink pad
3D foam pads

Monday, 18 June 2012

Word Art Wednesday #32

When I sat down to create this page in my journal, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  But, as with the best plans of mice and men, my plan didn't work out.  I had everything lined up ready and started by stamping an image directly onto the page and the centre of the image hadn't printed!  I'll have to stop trying to work directly onto the page if I'm stamping.  I've ended up doing something completely different even though I could have done my idea on paper and sticking it into the journal over the mis-print.

Word Art Wednesday always supply a free scriptural or inspirational quote which you are free to download and use in any project that you wish.  To enter the challenge there is no need to use the word art provided as long as the entry is positive and uplifting.  This week's word art is Philippians 4:6

I am also entering it into the following challenges

Papertake Weekly challenge which is to use a 3-2-1 recipe

Allsorts Challenge #159  to use paper piecing or piercing

For The Papertake Weekly recipe I used 3 paper pieced flowers, 2 shades of green and one piece of word art

I stamped all the flowers onto the green backing paper and then one each of the pink, blue and lilac which I cut out and then placed over the original stamped images.  I then used ProMarkers to colour the ruffled part of the flower and the flower centres

I then added the word art which I had printed on Safmat film

Materials used

My Word Art journal
Word art from Word Art Wednesday
Papers from HOTP
Ruffled Flower stamp by Stampendous!
Memento ink pad
Safmat Film by Letraset

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Play Date Cafe challenge #136

I will quite often make cards for the Play Date Cafe challenges but forget that the challenge ends on the Tuesday and not the Wednesday.  Either that or forget to photograph them!!!  But this week I'm well ahead of myself.  I actually made the card on Thursday and photographed it but only just posting it.  A big improvement for me lol  The inspiration for the challenge is centred around this photo

And here is my interpretation of it

I was really pleased to have a set of papers in the colours required for this challenge

The border on the left was taken from a sheet of paper that was lots of borders and ribbons.  I stamped the flower onto three different papers and from the azure flower I cut out the centre circle and used it as the flower centre on the smallest blackberry flower.  I curled the flowers slightly and used 3D gel to give them support

I finished the card by mounting the flower onto a die cut panel and stamped the sentiment

Materials used

Kaisercraft Gypsy Sisters papers
Flower stamp from the Now and Always rubber stamp set from Ippity stamps by Unity
Sentiment stamp a magazine freebie
Memento ink pad
Spellbinder's Nestabilities Small Labels #1 dies
Pinflair 3D gel

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Christmas time again!

This card is for three challenges

2012 Christmas cards to use woodgrain.  I immediately thought of the manger and had the perfect stamp to go with it

ABC Christmas L for Lyrics definitely Away in a Manger

Word Art Wednesday #32 uplifting and scriptural

When I chose the backing paper I was struck with the words 'love joy come to you' and since then I've been singing 'Here we go a-wassailing' in my head.  It's driving me potty lol!

I embossed some kraft card to look like wood and cut it up to create the stable.  I might have made some more the same but it's the last piece of that paper

Materials used

Cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed stripes
LOTV stamp
Memento ink pads
Kraft card
Backing paper possibly DCWV but not certain
Star brad from stash
3D foam pads

Less is More #71

The challenge at Less is More is a one layer card using a flourish

I stamped the flourish four times which gave me a top left hand and a bottom right hand corner.  I coloured the flowers using Distress Inks

I placed the un-inked stamp on the card joining the right hand side flourishes and with a black fine
liner made a double row of dots

I repeated it on the left side which gave a full frame and stamped the sentiment in the centre

Materials used

Flourish from Dimension Stamps Petal Passion set
Memento ink pad
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Sentiment stamp a magazine freebie