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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Digi Doodle Challenge - Thursday 29/7/10


I have only recently come across the Digi Doodle Shop and have purchased some images - too may to choose from on their website - so I thought it a good idea to take part in their own challenge.  The topic for the Didi Doodle Challenge this week is "punch or cut me".  I purchased some of their images the other day but fell in love with this lighthouse so of course this had to be the first image to be coloured in.  I have coloured the lighthouse image with my Promarkers and cut the shape out with a Nellie Snellon die.  The next piece of card I cut out with a Nestabilities die but should I let you into a secret what the card is ...................... the packing for the Nellie Snellon die.  The words waste-not, want-not come to mind but I thought the ripply texture replicated waves etc of the sea.  The backing papers are pieces from my stash including some pieces of Crafty Ann's digi papers that are leftover from my challenge cards.  The card is finished off with a die-cut mount given to me by a friend, peel-offs and a Digi Doodle mermaid which I coloured with Promarkers but I highlighted her tail with Glossy Accents.

This card fits the following challenges:

Pear Tree Design - Birthday
Ooh-la-la-Creations - Birthday
Crazy Challenge - Birthday
Crafty Creations - Summer lovin'
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes
Charisma Cardz - Something with a tail - for my card it is the mermaid who has a tail
Dutch Dare Challenge - Anything goes
One Stop Craft - Patterns - I chose dots
Stamping Vacation - Fountain of Youth - two of my good blogging friends have just been lucky enough to make the Stamping Vacation Design Team - so if you have the time please pop over to the Stamping Vacation and support Corry and Lorraine.  Good luck to you both in your new venture.



Sketch and Stash Challenge No 40 - 19 July 2010


Well, it seems an age since I last entered a Sketch and Stash Challenge.  I do struggle at times with sketches but I have had a go with this one.  I have used some Crafty Ann's digital paper that I had leftover from a challenge card for the main theme of the card along with the roses decoupage which I have had for some years now.  I have used a scrap of pearlescent card I had to use up and punched both edges with a Martha Stewart lattice punch.  The striped ribbon I got in some candy last year and I've had time to stroke (as it's wonderful quality) but it's now time to give it a home on some cards.  The card is finished off with a die-cut mount with a new Happy Anniversary peel-off which I bought in a sheet of lots of different sayings but in smaller fonts and a little ribbon bow.

This card also fits the following challenges:

Pollycraft - Love and marriage
For Fun Challenge - Bright colours
Gingersnap Colour - Yellow, orange and red
Dutch Dare Challenge - Anything goes
CRAFT Challenge - Hot and spicy colours
Stamping Vacation - Pick 3 Challenge of the Month (I have chosen red cardstock (I have used a burgundy red cardstock), border punch (Martha Stewart lattice punch) and sticker (peel-off Happy Anniversary sticker)
2 Sisters Challenge - Punches.



Friday, 30 July 2010

Sarah Wright's Wedding Anniversary Candy

Sarah, from Sarah Wright's Designs - Welcome to my Little World, is celebrating her 28th wedding anniversary.  Click here to go and have a look.  If her husband sends her a bouquet of flowers she'll add something else!!  Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Wright for their anniversary.




Crafty Ann's Challenge No 20 - Friday 30/7/10


The time has come for another Crafty Ann's Challenge.  I was so pleased to see all the entries for my challenge last week.  This weeks' challenge is entitled "Lazy Hazy days of Summer".


For my card I used Crafty Ann's river digital image and coloured it in with Promarkers.  It took quite a long time as I used 6 greens, 5 browns, 4 blues and a Satin colour to get shadow/different shades in the picture.  I have distressed the edges of the papers with Tim Holtz's Peeled paint Distress Ink Pad.  The backing paper is from Papernation as is the decoupage which I have had for some time.  I'd just love to be camping by that river right now.  I have finished the card off with a Crafty Ann's ticket sentiments, some Crafty Ann's flowers with card candy in the middle and some fibres.


Please go over here and have a look at the fabulous cards made from the Design Team and to take part in the challenge.  I look forward to seeing your creations this fortnight.


Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Use a digi image
Pear Tree Design - Birthday
Ooh-la-la-Creations - Birthday
Crazy Challenge - Birthday
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes birthday
Fun Fun Challenge - Summer colours
Crafty Creations - Summer Lovin'
Stamping Vacation - Fountain of Youth Challenge - to have water in your project
Stamping Vacation - July Challenge - Picnic Month/Recreation Month is what I chose - this happy couple are having a holiday and whilst away will enjoy a picnic by the river
Gingersnap Spicy Challenge - Markers
Passion for Promarkers - Green as predominant colour
Donna's Den - Green
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Our Daily Bread - Distress it
Daring Cardmakers - Layer it up
Dutch Dare Challenge - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Texting
Paperplay Challenge - Anything goes.





Thursday, 29 July 2010

Sweet Pea Stampers - Monday 26/7/10





Here is another week for the Sweet Pea Stampers.  This week the topic is "anything goes".


I chose to use this image and stamped with Versafine, embossed with clear embossing powder and out came my Lyra Watercolour crayons.  The second image I stamped with a red Memento ink pad onto some cream card.  Both images have had Tim Holtz's Tattered Rose and Fired Brick around the edges.  The backing paper has been made with these two inks and using cut-and-dry foam they have covered the white card and some blobs of replacement tattered Rose ink in places on the paper.  I then sprayed the backing paper all over and then sprinkled on some table salt and then heat set it.  Then I rubbed off the salt to leave speckled areas.  The images I cut out with a Nellie Snellon die and the large image I weaved in-and-out some pink ribbon which was still hard as my tapestry needle is being a bit elusive still!!!  The card is finished off with some pink raffia ribbon, burgundy organza ribbon, some gem flowers, a pink crystal attached with a jump ring and a sentiment off the computer.  It's certainly a brighter card than I normally do but the recipient is a teenager.

This card also fits the following challenges:

Stamp Something - Something flowery
Creative Friday - Teenage dreams
Sweet Stampin - Vintage
Secret Crafter - Fairytales
Our Daily Bread - Distress it
Crafty Sentiments - Embossing
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Totally Stampalicious - Birthday
Pear Tree Design - Birthday
Ooh-la-la-Creations - Birthday
Crazy Challenge - Birthday
Craft Your Passion - 3 different ribbons (I have used organza ribbon, raffia ribbon and thin velour grosgrain ribbon)
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes birthday
Fun Fun Challenge - Summer colours
Gingersnap Colour - Yellow, orange and red
Crafty Creations - Summer Lovin'
Flutter by Wednesday - Open theme
Dutch Dare Challenge - Anything goes
CRAFT - Hot and spicy colours
Cute Card Thursday - Texting
Paperplay Challenge - Anything goes.




Card for a colleague going on maternity leave


Firstly, can I apologise to people.  We've been without the web for 24 hours and e-mail for nearly 48 hours.  Last night we found the web wasn't working wasn't due to Virgin and therefore we re-took out all the cables for the router and hey presto here I am again.  Sadly though the e-mail was a problem nationally but this morning it still wasn't working.  After lunch I called them only to be told that the problem was solved but that they don't support the use of Microsoft Outlook (I use this for the calendar etc and ease of looking/saving e-mails) the chap said he'd call back in five minutes but over two hours later no call back.  Not sure what I'll do about accessing e-mails so please bear with me at the moment if you've been trying to get hold of me.

A colleague leaves work next Friday to go on maternity leave to have her baby.  I thought I'd make her a card from just me so I have used a new stamp I got at Stamp Addicts last week-end, the "Wishing Angel" from The Artful Stamper.  I thought it a gorgeous image.  I have coloured it in with Promarkers with accents of clear Sakura Stardust pen.  I then cut the image out with a Nestabilities die, put it through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and then put back into the Nestabilities die to emboss the edge and then I have distressed with Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint Distress Ink Pad.  As my colleague likes to wear green I went for green colours and used some backing papers up from my stash which are from the Daisy and Dandelion paper pad I bought in a Docrafts Goody Bag a few years back.  The card is finished off with some lace, ribbon bow, skelton leaves, three cream/yellow cherry blossom flowers, card candy and a ticket sentiment from Crafty Ann's Digi Store.  I hope she likes it next week and all goes well with the arrival of baby no 4.

This card fits the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - Going dotty
Flutter by Wednesday - Open theme
Ginersnap Spicy Challenge - Markers
Stamping Vacation - Patterned paper with dots
Passion for Promarkers - Green as predominant colour
Wild Orchid Crafts - Lovely lace
Donna's Den - Green
Practical Scrappers - 7 or more different items (paper, bow, lace, flowers, skelton leaves, card candy and stamp)
Crafty Sentiments - Embossing
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Wee Memories - Include stamping on your project
Secret Crafter - Fairytales
Sweet Stampin - Vintage
Our Daily Bread - Distress it
Stamp Something - Something flowery
Daring Cardmakers - Layer it up
Raise the Bar - Distressed, torn, ripped or broken
Dutch Dare Challenge - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Texting
Paperplay Challenge - Anything goes.




Tuesday, 27 July 2010

New Challenge Blog



A new monthly challenge blog will be starting up on 5 September 2010.  The challenge will begin on the 1st Sunday of each month.  Up until 8 August 2010, Suzanne is looking for some Design Team members for a three month post to join the Let's Ink it Up Design Team.  The purpose of the challenge blog is to use rubber and clear stamps.  Click here to go and have a look.


I thought I would have a try for the Design Team.  For this you had to show three of your best projects.  I found it difficult to choose but have gone for the following projects I have made:








Monday, 26 July 2010

Wedding Card


I have made this wedding card with my new Tilda and Edwin stamp.  Aren't they just gorgeous?  I have coloured the image with Promarkers, cut out with a Nellie Snellon die and edged with Tim Holtz's distress inks in Tattered Rose and Peeled Paint.  I have used some backing papers and inserts from my Bearlymine Country Collection.  I was putting the lace over the backing paper before putting onto the card but forgot so instead I pleated it down the edge of one side of the image and I like it like that so I might do it again.  The hardest part was trying to do the flower bouquet.  I am no expert like Joanna Sheen and certainly need more practice but am pleased I managed to get hold of some green tape as that makes it look more professional.  I have finished the card off with some sentiments off the computer, a LOVE image from TLC a congratulations sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs and some items embossed on the Glitter Girls Celebrations embossing board.

As the flowers on the front are chunky and I cannot guarantee the courier service to the recipient I decided to decorate an 8x8 envelope and added some spotty paper, coloured a paper doily with a pink Promarker, added some gold lucky horseshoes, a sentiment off the computer and some butterfly embellishments.  I just hope the recipient likes it.  It can be quite hard to judge what kind of card to make someone when you've spoken to them for months but never seen them.  Hopefully I've got it right.

This card fits the following challenges:

Flourishes - Photo inspiration
Passion for Promarkers - Distressing
Papertake Weekly - Cutie Patootie
The Creative Cottage - Touchy feely
Crafty Creations - Happy or sweet
Stamp Something - Something flowery
Daring Cardmakers - Layer it up
Crafty Calendar - Summer - Chose a lovely summer wedding
Just Magnolia - Vintage
Sweet Stampin' - Vintage
Totally Gorjuss - Congratulations
Our daily Bread - Distress it
Gingersnap Creations - Markers
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Pollycraft Monday - Love and marriage
Wild Orchid Crafts - Lovely lace
Stamping Vacation - Embellish it 
Stamping Vacation - Very vintage
Stamping Vacation - Patterned paper with dots on it.




Sunday, 25 July 2010

Mo's Digital Challenge No 41 - 22/7/10



Over at Mo's Digital Challenge the topic this week is "paper piecing".  I like doing paper piecing so I had to take part.  The dilemma though was what gorgeous images to use.  I chose this little angel and have made her into a Christmas card.  I have some mounts with Coredinations cardstock and have used a piece of Basic Grey paper that I got in the recent Simon Says Stamp Christmas in July candy giveaway.  I've got various Basic Grey paper pads but never knew that they did two sided paper - I know "where have I been?" - but the only problem is that I didn't know whether to use this checked side or the snowflakes.  I decided the checks but in hindsight I should have done the mounts smaller to show more of this gorgeous paper.  I added some lace, card candy, ticket sentiment and did some faux stitching.  The image I coloured with promarkers and the the angel's dress is from a Crafty Ann's digi paper.  The only thing I did wrong was that I printed two images side-by-side to use up the paper better and therefore didn't have enough space to cut an area around each so had to cut the image out - not normally a problem - but I'd already paper pieced the image so it was quite difficult.  The moral is cut out first!!!


This card also fits the following challenges:


Friends Having Fun - Christmas in July
Papertake Weekly - Cutie Patootie
Flutter by Wednesday - Christmas in July
Crafty Creations - Happy or sweet
Aud Sentiments - Choose your own Christmas sentiment
Just Inspirational - Digi image
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Stitching
Basic Grey - Stitching
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Use a digi image
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes.



Whoopsi Daisy - July Challenge



Over at the Whoopsi Daisy Challenge the topic this month is "HOT".  I don't tend to use lots of "hot" colours but that is part-and-parcel of challenges ie taking you out of your comfort zone.  I have used this gorgeous little girl image and coloured her in with tones of orange and lemon Promarkers.  She's such a cutie.  The backing paper, ribbons, buttons, bows and flowers were all freebies from a magazine that I was given and I have torn the edges of the middle pieces of paper to add some extra texture.


This card fits the following challenges:


Craft Your Passion - Orange, yellow and blue
The Shabby Team Room - From the garden
Papertake Weekly - Cutie Patootie
Crafty Creations - Happy or sweet
Gingersnap - Sunshine
Rainbow Lady's - Oranges and lemons
Just Inspirational - Digi image
Crafty Catz - Summer time
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Use a digi image
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Raise the Bar - Distressed, torn, ripped or broken.




Friday, 23 July 2010

Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge - Monday 19/7/10


Over at the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge the topic is "
black, white and another colour".  Yet again, I decided to challenge myself and use a colour I don't normally use - green.  I have used Ching-chou Kuik's Reflections image for the basis of the card and coloured her in with Promarkers - including green hair - with Promarkers and distressed the edges with Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint and Black Soot Distress Ink Pads.  The black and white card is some I have had for a few years from a Redhotbed kit, followed by some green vellum I've had for a while as well.  Underneath the mounts I decided to add an extra layer of some green mirri card edged with green and black peel-offs I've had for ages and ages.  The card is finished off with some ribbon I coloured with a black promarker, some card candy, a butterfly embellishment I've had for maybe 2-3 years, a sentiment off the computer and then two flowers I made using a book, various sized flower shapes cut out with my Cricut, each layer screwed up, flattened out and Peeled Paint and Black Soot distress ink put on alternate layers and all held together with some green glitzy brads.

This card fits the following challenges:

Paper Sundaes - Make your own flowers
Practical Scrappers - Using stash over 1 year old (Butterfly embellishment, vellum, peel-offs and black and white card)
Cupcake Craft - Cats and dogs
Pollycraft - Happy Birthday
Crafty Angels - Shabby Chic
Passion for Promarkers - Distressing
Crafty Creations - Happy or sweet
Fan 'n' Funky - Reuse or recycle (recycled the book into flowers)
Stamp Something - Something flowery
Daring Cardmakers - Layer it up
Funky Friday - Reduce, reuse or recyle (recycled the book into flowers)
Creative Friday - Teenage Dreams - card is for an 19 year old
Craftalicious - Birthdays
The Stamp Man - Anything goes
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Animals.




Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Mo's Digital Challenge - Thursday 15/7/10


It seems an awful age since I have had chance to take part in Mo's Digital Challenge.  The topic this week is "masculine" and although it's female cards I need at the moment I have rebelled and made this card.  The backing paper is some Basic Grey which I've had for 1-2 years along with the DCWV paper that I cut the city landscape out with the Cricut.  I have cut the image out with a Nestabilities die and then coloured in with Promarkers and then distressed the edges.  For more male orientated embellishments I have used some ric-rac ribbon and two circles and a flowers shape cut from the Cricut which I have distressed with Tim Holtz's Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Pads and also have done some faux stitching on the white circle and around the card.


This card fits the following challenges:


CRAFT - Babies/children
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Stitching
Our Daily Bread - Coloured image
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi image
Practical Scrappers - Using stash over 1 year old (both backing papers used are 1-2 years old)
Lexi's Creations - Real or faux stitching
Crazy Challenge - Boys will be boys
Everybody Art - Blue and white
Digital Tuesday - Happy birthday
Passion for Promarkers - Distressing
Papertake Weekly - Cutie Patootie.




Commissioned Card for my Son's Workplace


My son asked me to make a card for a colleague's mother who liked freesias.  Yikes I said as I don't know one flower from another apart from a few types.  Thankfully a friend came to the rescue.  I printed the main image onto photo paper and decoupage it up.  I used my new Cricut to make the two large frames and also the small flowers/leaves (Accent Essentials cartridge).  Inside I faded out an image on one side to put the verse on top whereas the image the other side was at 100%.  In My Craft Studio I did some faux matting and layering with some Crafty Ann's paper from the Polished Stone Collections and it was then layered onto some striped paper I was given.  The card is finished off with some ribbon, a sentiment off the computer and some diamante pins.


This card fits the following challenges:


Cricut Cardz - Use any feature from a Cricut cartridge (I used my scallop frame, flowers and leaves from the Accent Essential cartridge for my first attempt at a card for this challenge blog)
The Shabby Team Room - From the garden
Allsorts - Summer days - if these beautiful flowers don't make you think of summer what will?
Sir Stampalot Challenge - Lazy hazy days of summer
Craftalicious - Birthdays.



Sunday, 18 July 2010

Prairie Fairy Challenge - Friday 16/7/10



Over at the Prairie Fairy Challenge this week the topic is "one for the boys".  I have a stall at the end of August so I thought I'd better get on and make some Christmas cards for it so I chose this little cat with the Christmas tree.  I have used the Serif Digital Scrapbooking package to make the background for the image to go on and added some chunky man-like thread and some man-like eyelets (rather than pretty girly ribbon etc) and a good selection of different types of buttons.  The image I have coloured in with Promarkers.  I made the two flowers out of remnants of paper using my Papermania flower template.  Both layers I scrunched up and the lighter blue I inked over with Tim Holtz's Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and the darker blue I inked over with Tim Holtz's Faded Jeans Distress Ink.  The flowers are finished off with some pearlescent brads I was given.


This card also fits the following challenges:


The Shabby Team Room - Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la-Creations - Christmas in July
Incy Wincy - Distress it
Donna's Den - It's a Man's World
Wild Orchid Challenge - Say it with Flowers
Everybody Art - Holidays/Vacation - as it didn't stipulate summer I hope this for the Christmas holidays is OK
For Fun Challenge - No die-cuts and the main image to be coloured in
Gingersnap Creations - Markers
Fab n Funky - It's Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Get a Head Start
Stamp Something - Go digital
Sweet Stampin - Photo inspiration
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Card for a Man
Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenge - Christmas in July
Freshly Brewed Challenges - Christmas in July
Creative Prompts For You - Christmas in July
2 Sisters Challenge - Christmas in July
Crazy 4 Challenges - Buttons
Our Daily Bread - Coloured image
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Animals
Paper Sundaes - Make your own flowers
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi image
Gingersnap Creations Colour Challenge - Shades of blue
Sentimental Sunday - For men.