Friday, 30 January 2009
Now I cannot take credit for this design as I am so inspired when I visit Amy's blog, that I decided to 'case' one of her cards. Now mine is a mere imitation! I love her style..a bit distressed but also so fabulous in her layouts and choice of papers. Everything is wow, wow, wow!
The stamp si from the Unity Stamp co. where you can find lots of Bible verses. The Dp is from SU. The flowers are punched and the flourish is a quickutz die. The papers are stitched together and a little bit distressed. I love doing that bit but it does make an awful mess on the floor!
I did decorate the inside of this card but I had written the message already so decided not to show.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get some time to craft!
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Man, it feels good to finally show a card this week! I am sure I am not the only one here who struggles with the balance between hubbie, kids, other commitments and of course managing to fit in a card or two!
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Thanks you to Sharon and Rica , two new blogging friends for this next award. Look forward to working with you Rica!
Sorry no card again but there WILL be one tomorrow! Time for the Sugar Bowl again! Can you believe that 2 weeks has passed already?
Monday, 26 January 2009
Just wanted to let you all know about a new challenge blog beginning on Sun 1st februaury.
Oh no I hear you groan not another challenge blog....but wait......
Tara has started up this blog with weekly colour challenges for you to create a card, a scrapbook page, ATC...the choice is yours and you ARE allowed to combine this with other challenges. She will also be looking for Guest Designers every week.
What a great idea and as far as I know there is nothing else like this out there in crafty blogland.
Anyway Tara has very kindly asked me to be on her DT along with some amazingly talented crafters. There are lots of different styles on the DT so you are sure to be in for some eye candy!
I have enjoyed making my card for the opening challenge because for me it was a new way to craft, by picking my colours first then designing the rest. I am going to be stretched creatively for sure! That can only be a good thing!
Enough of my blabbing..the blog is here. Go take a look and be sure to play along on the 1st Feb!!
Friday, 23 January 2009
And last but not least thank you to Ann (Madge) for passing the award below to me. I am touched as I look on with awe at Ann's colouration and designs. She has some beautiful creations! Thank you all so much.I would like to pass this last award onto all of you and I hate picking , but I will do what I have to do. Here are my nominations for this award: Lilian, Sarita, Martine
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Hello, everyone and my card today is for a challenge that I have not entered before. I have looked at the sketches many times on this blog and wondered if my style of card making would fit. So, I plucked up the courage to use the sketch last night to make this card for Mojo Monday. The cards you see on that blog are just awesome!
Thank you for looking and hope you all have a productive and happy day!
Saturday, 17 January 2009
This is my card following the sketch this week over at Friday Sketchers. I love the sketches by Murielle and this one was no exception. I had Tilda already coloured so just hunted around for some papers to match. When I had it all stuck down and stitched I realised I had forgotten the horizontal element of the sketch...oooopppps! So I carefully slit a hole with my craft knife and managed to thread some ribbon through. Will that do????
I'm not entirely happy with the sentiment but it is just a couple of Doodlebug stickers so I can easily peel them off later and do something else with it!!
Another quick and simple inside!
Stamp: Valentine Tilda collection, Hero Arts sentiment stamp (inside)
Colouring: prismacolour pencils, white ink pen, blending chalk
Embellishments: flowers from stash, quickutz flourish die, ribbon (SU), Doodlebug LoopyLou stickers, bling from Hero Arts
Firstly, a big apology to Jo. She gave me this award ages ago and I haven't posted it yet! I'm so sorry, it is not that I don't appreciate it , I really do! Thanks for all your encouragement and great comments Jo!
This one is from my swedish friend Anki! We will meet one day my friend and thank you for thinking of me and again for all your sweet and kind words. They mean a lot!
And finally one from a new friend with a new blog. Go check out Sem's talent!! I think her work is wonderful considering she has been card making such a short time! Go girl! And thanks again for your sweet words and award!
As I check around most of you have received these awards! So I won't pass these ones on!
Thanks for taking the time to look!
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Wow! What a response to the Sugar Bowl. It must be all these yummy prizes that are up for grabs and of course these fabulous stamps you all have!!
This weeks challenge is to please use three different design papers and three different types of embellishments on your cards! No more, no less.
(by types of embellishments we mean, buttons, brads, flowers, ribbons, beads, bling etc)
Of course, you can use any amount of 'plain' card stock!
So, for my card I decided to use 'Daisy' by Elisabeth Bell. I coloured her with prismacolor pencils and blended with Sansador (an odourless mineral spirit). I highlighted her with a white ink pen and added little mini pearls to her hair and the flowers.
The 3 papers I used are from MME and the 29th Market St. Collection. I love the rich reds and blues on this collection.
For embellishments my 3 are pearls, button and a flower! To make the flowerI used the remnants of the DP and used a quickutz petal die to cut out lots of shapes. I curled each piece between my thumb and a pair of scissors and then stuck together to make a large flower!
The sentiment is a rub-on from October Afternoon, which I thought perfect for this stamp!
I hope you will hop over to the Sugar Bowl and check out the fabby prize for this week and all the other fabulous DT entries! Have you tried out the paper beads yet??? Go look at Sugar Sugar for instructions what to do. You still have 2 weeks left to try it out.
Have a great Thursday! Thanks for stopping by and any comments are much appreciated.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Morning all! Hope it is lovely and sunny with you today like it is today in Aberdeen! Not warm but very fresh!!
Todays card is for this weeks Whiff of Joy sketch challenge. It is another great sketch from Heather.
I coloured Melinda in the rain with distress inks have added dew drops for rain (thanks so much Rach!). I have distressed and sewn the edges. The pink DP is from Pink Paislee, the 'Pop Fashion' collection. It already had the scallop edges on the piece of patterned paper, so one less job to do!
I embossed the blue piece of card and then sanded so you can see the core colour. the flowers are from my stash and the ribbon is from a past Raspberry Ribbons kit. I put the ribbon in the other direction from the sketch as you would not have been able to see it if I had followed the sketch exactly
Here is how I've done the inside. I decided that if I have time to do the insides I will keep them quick and simple, otherwise I would only manage one card a week!!
Have a great Tuesady..off to tackle the mound of washing!
Saturday, 10 January 2009
I hope you are all having a good weekend. I have squabbling children in the background so I needed to get out the room for 10 mins!! They have had a fun morning at a climbing wall for my son's birthday, then out to Burger King for lunch with a few friends. Are they grateful and thankful??? Oh no....just grumpy!!
Anyway onto the card. I stamped a Sarah Kay image and coloured with distress inks after i had blown the dust off them! I feel quite out of practice. The paper is from 7 gyspsies and I did a lot of distressing and stiching on this card. My favourite techniques right now!!
The flowers are punched with a large and small retro flower punch with the DP. The roses in the middle were 75p for 12 in my local craft shop!! The hessian ribbon is from a Raspberry Ribbons kits and finally, the tag is a chipboard tag with a Hero Arts sentiment.
And because I had love the way cards look so complete with matching insides..I decided to make a 'bonny' matching insert!
As, Cute Card Thursday has the theme of using something you got for Christmas, this card qualifies as I used my mini sewing machine lots on this card :)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend my lovelies,
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Monday, 5 January 2009
Anyway back to business. My card is for Cute Card Thursday, which I am still in time for the open challenge. I coloured one of my Hanglars sent to me in a RAK from Tammi. So sweet of her! She is coloured with prismacolour pencils and blended with Sansador. The papers are BG 'Scarlets Letter'. As you can see I got out my sewing machine again and stitched down all the pieces of paper. Can't seem to manage a card these days without reaching for my wee mini machine!! The flowers are a mixture of prima flowers and punched flowers from the DP. I've added a little red crafters floss for a finishing touch. The sentiment is a rub on from October Afternoon.
Thanks for looking and have a great Monday. It is -2.5 here and sunny. Perfectly beautiful!!
Friday, 2 January 2009
So the challenge for me was to make the cards without reaching for the 'cute' image! I really enjoyed making something different from my usual 'colouring' comfort zone!! I am going to enter this card into a new challenge blog I have found called 2sketches4you. This is how I got my inspiration for this card using this weeks sketch. Have a look at the fab cards you will find there.
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Happy New Year!
Have a wonderful day and thanks for taking the time to look. Your comments as always are gratefully received.