Thursday, December 9, 2010

Penguin Love

This card uses the image Penguin Love by Pollycraft, I think it's a lovely image to use for a Christmas card for a couple, and I just had to get this snowy paper from Pink Petticoat after seeing it on a fellow crafter's blog.


Image from Pollycraft, coloured with Promarkers and I've also used Ultra Fine Crystal Glitter.
DP is from the Fairy Lights collection at Pink Petticoat.
White card strip has been embossed with my Cuttlebug using Snowflakes folder and has been glittered with Ultra Fine Crystal Glitter.
Dark blue pearlescent card for mats from stash.
Card Candy coloured with Promarkers.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Pixie Dust Studio #52 - Let It Snow using white and non-traditional colours
Delightful Challenges Embossing - dry or wet
Crafts and Me #19 - Moody Blues

Friday, December 3, 2010

What not to do with glitter and an embossing folder

I was having a play with an embossing folder my friend loaned me. She'd made a rather stunning card and I wanted to do my take on it. I found some rather nice pearlised card which had a golden shimmer to it and a scrap of lovely gold glitter card which was just big enough for a mat. I embossed the card, put it to one side and decided to do a second one.

For the second one I didn't have any more of the gold shimmery pearlised card so had to use a slightly different coloured one, embossed it and then realised that I'd turned the embossing folder over and debossed it instead. Not to worry, it still looked fine.

I thought one of the debossed baubles would look nice glittered to make it stand out and then added the same glitter around the edge of the mat as I didn't have any more of the nice gold glitter card. I put the card together then had my doubts as to whether I should have left the glitter off, but not to worry, not my best card but it's not too bad and not everyone wants a cute Christmas card:


Then I turned my attention to the one I'd done the right way round and was embossed. Why not glitter the bauble on that one I thought. WRONG! I used a Quickie Glue Pen to go around the outline of the bauble, sprinkled glitter on, knocked off the excess and what have you? Something that looks like a 3 year old did at playschool! What a waste of my piece of gorgeous gold glitter card and the beautiful pearlised card with the golden shimmer. I don't remember where I got either from and what I've got in my stash isn't nearly such nice colours!


Lesson learned. Don't glitter anything embossed, just stick to glittering debossed stuff! Oh well, I'm sure I can find someone to send it to, or I may just bin it as I couldn't bear to think anyone was saying "A child could do better than this!"

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fat Cat Fred

I particularly wanted to blog this card because I have to thank two more lovely cyber friends from MSE who went to a lot of trouble to help me out when my computer skills were sorely tested recently with a page of digi images. I had no idea how to extract the individual images from the page and Margaret (Marg) and Angie (Point of No Return) came to my rescue. Thank you so much girls, I really love these images and wouldn't have been able to use them without your help.

My first attempt using Fat Cat Fred turned out like this and I'm hoping to find time to get around to using some more of them soon:


Card blank is by Papermania. Paul asked me if I'd cut it myself (as if LOL!!!) but I do see his point, considering these are die cut blanks there do seem to be a couple of wobbles on the scallops.
Image is from a sheet of downloadable freebies from Papercraft Essentials which I've coloured with Promarkers and glittered the brandy sauce on the pudding (or custard if that's your preference!). Sentiments also came from the same sheet.
Backing paper is a freebie but not sure where I got that from, I've also glittered the brandy sauce on those puddings.
Gold ribbon from stash and scalloped circles cut with Nesties.

I was going to send this card to my cat loving friend who, by her own admission is a little on the large size. I'm sure she wont take offence at the sentiment but I would probably worry that she would. I might send it to my DS and d-i-l as they both used to cook for us when we had the restaurant so that would be more appropriate!

Bad Blogger!

Ooooh, I've been such a bad blogger lately. Some of you will know my personal circumstances and life is a bit difficult here at the moment. I'm going to try and catch up with my blog but to start off with I really must acknowledge two cards which I have recently received from my lovely card making cyber friends on MSE.

Firstly Flourgirl sent me this lovely wallet card full of stamped images "to make me smile":


Thank you so much Karen, you must have remembered I like pink and yes, I did smile. Lots of very cute images which will most certainly be used. Karen makes beautiful cards and very clever crafty makes which you can see on her blog here.

I also received this lovely card from Padster:


Isn't she a cutie? Thank you Debbie. Again Debbie makes lovely cards and gorgeous crafty makes which you can see here.

Many thanks to both of you who took time to make and send me these lovely cards and their good wishes and hugs.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cuddly and warm

My second offering for today! After my recent 9 square card I decided to try a 4 square card. I'm not sure I'd make too many of these types of card, lining them up takes a bit of concentration to get them exactly right! I love this little penguin, he looks so warm all cuddled up in his hat and big jumper.


The cute penguin image is from Pink Petticoat's Have An Ice Christmas set, coloured with a lovely pastel green Promarker and chalked. Ultra Fine Crystal glitter used for snow.
Squares cut with Nesties, embossed with Cuttlebug using the Snowflakes and Kars Snowflakes folders.
The embossing has all been glittered with Ultra Fine Crystal glitter but it doesn't show up that well.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Delightful Challenges It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Fussy and Fancy Friday #22 - Winter Wonderland
Totally Gorjuss #53 - Sparkle
Craft Your Passion #29 - Add Glitter, Sparkle or Bling
Gingerloft #4 - Winter
The ABC Challenge G is for Glitter
Wild Orchid #8 - Pastels
Papertake Weekly Sparkly and Bright
Top Tip Tuesday #7 - Anything Goes
Creatalicious #15 - All White

Happy Birthday/Anniversary

This is a card I made for hubby Paul. It was for the first anniversary of his bone marrow transplant. When they receive their transplants, the hospital tells the patients that date becomes their 'official birthday' as it symbolises a second chance of life. It's a date you don't forget and we're so thankful that he's been given this opportunity by an unknown donor. I could have done this with autumn colours as I also had papers in that colourway, but I chose green to symbolise Spring as I always think of that time of year when life begins again in the garden.


The papers and topper were a Nancy Watt freebie in a recent magazine.
Ribbon from QVC.
Card Candy coloured with Promarkers.
Sentiment printed on computer, cut with Nesties and chalked.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
The Stamp Man #8 - Cards for Men
Totally Papercrafts #39 - Stick a number on it
One Stitch At A Time #36 - Any Celebration
Lexi's Creations #25 - Happy Birthday
Cards For Men #22 - Anything Goes (as long as it's male)
Top Tip Tuesday #7 - Anything Goes
I Did It Creations #26 - Surprise Me

Friday, October 8, 2010

Blog Award


I have been given this fabulous blog award from the lovely Angie (Pointofnoreturn on MSE). Thank you so much, I'm honoured to display it on my blog.

I'd like to pass it on to

Soma (A Sense of Uma)
Addams
Alee81
Jowri
Jazabelle

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Snowy in pink

Another card made with Penny Black's Snowy, this time she's dressed in pink.


DP is from DCWV Christmas scrapbook pad.
Pink glitter card from stash.
Pink spotty ribbon from stash.
Image is Penny Black's Snowy coloured with Promarkers and glittered with pink Ultra Fine glitter, snow is Ultra Fine Crystal glitter. Oval cut with Nellie Snellen multiframe oval die.
Flowers from stash and glittered with Ultra Fine Crystal glitter.
Pink spotty button is from Papermania.
Card Candy coloured with Promarkers and glittered with Ultra Fine Crystal glitter.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz #39 - Christmas Crafting
Totally Papercrafts #36 - The Great Outdoors
Stamp 'n Doodle Anything Goes
Sew Many Challenges Anything Goes
Stamp Scrap and Doodle Saturday Open
Paper Sundaes #38 - Something from your stash
Incy Wincy #62 - Sparkly Glitter
Pollycraft Monday #64 - Anything Goes
A Spoon Full of Sugar #124 - Sparkle and Shine
I Love Promarkers #35 - Think Pink

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Snowy dressed in blue

I adore this Penny Black image of Snowy and have dressed him in blue for this card.


Recipe:
DP is one I found saved on my computer and printed it off myself.
Image - Penny Black Snowy coloured with Promarkers and glittered with Ultra Fine Crystal glitter.
Large oval cut with Nellie Snellen's multi-frame oval die, small oval cut with Nesties, edges coloured with Promarker and glittered.
'Snowflakes' rub-on is from Dovecraft's Winter Wonderland range.
Blue pearlescent card from stash, Cuttlebugged with Swiss Dots folder.
Snowflakes cut from white glitter card from stash with a Cuttlebug die.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sew Many Challenges #28 - Santa's on his way
Christmas Inspirations #7 - Stamps
A Spoonful of Sugar #123 - Spots and Stripes

Monday, September 27, 2010

Molly's Christmas card

Katie over at MSE recently made a Christmas card where the image was made using Snowpersons font. I love this card and think it's a super idea so I hope she doesn't mind me taking inspiration from it.

I thought it would be nice to make my youngest grandaughter, age 7, a card with her name on so this is how it turned out. I think maybe I should have made the font bigger but will know for next time!


I have used:
DP is from a DCWV Christmas scrapbook pad I bought last year.
Font is Snowpersons and I've coloured it with Promarkers and added Ultra Fine Crystal glitter to the tops of the letters and a bit of sparkle on the letters themselves.
Pink card for mat is from a pack bought at Lidl.
White card for scalloped circle from stash, cut with Nesties and stamped with a Happy Christmas sentiment with pink pigment ink and embossed with Supersparkle embossing powder. The scallops have been edged with Ultra Fine Crystal glitter.
Snowflakes cut with my Cuttlebug from pink and white glitter card from stash, stars from same snowflake die with the pink glitter card.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge T is for Tree
Charisma Cardz #38 - Anything Goes
Delightful Sketches Make It Sparkle
Totally Gorjuss #49 - Christmas
The Crafty Pad #90 - Christmas Sparkle
One Stitch At A Time #32 - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge No Ribbon or Buttons
Incy Wincy #61 - I Wonder What It Can Be - Anything Goes

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Little Penguin

We've had gorgeous weather today so we spent the morning in the garden. I managed to get a couple of hours cardmaking in this afternoon too. I thought I'd do another couple of Christmas cards and saw a challenge for a white card. I think white cards can be stunning so I set about seeing what I could come up with. I'd seen the idea of using nine squares on a couple of blogs and using two different embossing folders added a bit of interest.


I've used:
Image is from the Have An Ice Christmas set from Pink Petticoat.
Image coloured with Promarkers and chalked around the edges.
White card is embossed with Cuttlebug folders Kars Snowflakes and Snowflakes and squares cut with Nesties.
Glitter glue used on white squares and penguin's hat.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Incy Wincy #60 - All white except for image
I Love Promarkers #33 - White on White
Papertake Weekly Animal Magic
A Spoonful of Sugar #122 - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop's Best #26 - Emboss It
One Stop Craft #99 - Snowflakes in September
Crafty Emma's #5 - Animal Antics
Colour Create #54 - All White with option of Embossing

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Little Polar Bear

This is the second Christmas card I managed to make. I was looking through my rubber stamps and found this long forgotten Anita's polar bear which I bought a few years ago but can only remember using once before. I blame the digi revolution!!! I also unearthed my black pigment ink pad, clear embossing powder and heat gun! This year I'm trying to make more Christmas cards than I usually manage and this was a quick and easy one.


I've used:
DP is from Dovecraft's Winter Wonderland pack.
Rubber stamp is an old Anita's one which I stamped using black ink and clear embossed.
White glitter card for mat cut with Nesties scalloped square.
Snowflakes cut from white glitter card using my snowflake die and Cuttlebug.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sarah Hurley #8 - Snowflakes
Moving Along With The Times #64 - Christmas
Pixie Dust Studio #40 Fur or Feathers - Use an animal
Sew Many Challenges #27 - Embossing Wet or Dry
Totally Gorjuss #48 - Wild Thing (any animal)
Crafty Calendar #12 - Blue with the option of flowers (I've used snowflakes)

Here comes Santa

Another week with little time to craft but I managed to steal a couple of hours yesterday and today. I've finished off a couple of half done cards and made two new Christmas cards.

This card ended up as an easel card for the usual reason - I put the paper on the wrong way round! I saw a challenge for a Santa card with an option to not use red and I thought I'd give it a go. The colours were taken from the background paper but somehow I think Santa really ought to be dressed in red don't you?



I've used:
DPs are from Dovecraft's Winter Wonderland pack.
Image was a freebie I downloaded last year but I'm afraid I can't remember from where. Santa is coloured with Promarkers and I've used Ultra Fine blue glitter on the coat and hat trim and belt. Parcels have been coloured with Sakura glitter gel pens.
Blue metallic card and yellow pearlescent card for mats from stash.
Merry Christmas sticky ribbon is from Dovecraft.
Card Candy coloured with Promarkers.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges Week #41 - Christmas Trees
Craft Your Passion #23 - Technique - Easel Card
ABC Christmas S is for Santa (extra Not Red)
Just Inspirational #12 - Christmas Card Time
Secret Crafter #101 - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles #37 - Easel card

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Just because!

I made this card with nothing particular in mind, just because I love this Penny Black stamp and I wanted to use it! And for a change I've used a cream base card and 5" x 7" instead of square.


Recipe:
Image is a Penny Black rubber stamp coloured with Promarkers
DP are all Zoe Pearn
Card Candy from Craftwork Cards and coloured with Promarkers

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Stamp Something Something Cute
Crafty Emma's #2 - Floral Frenzy
Stamping Vacation No No - no brads or eyelets
Fab 'n Funky What 'eva
A Spoonful of Sugar #120 - Animal Crackers
Lexi's Creations #22 - Flower Power
A Pocket Full of Posies #6 - Floral Fantasy
365 Cards #191 - All Creatures Great and Small (large: hedgehog, small: snail)
Pile It On #35 - Layers
Gingerloft #1 - Anything Goes

Monday, September 6, 2010

Another Christmas card

I can't believe a week's gone by since I last made a card. I just don't seem to have had time to craft much lately.

Today I wanted to make a card that fitted some challenges as I haven't got one in any current challenges. I don't really need any more birthday cards at the moment so I decided to do a Christmas card as I never have time to do enough nearer Christmas. I kept it quick and easy so that it might fit a couple of clean and simple challenges too.


I have used just one piece of DP and a digi image mounted onto a scalloped square so I'm hoping this qualifies it for the Clean and Simple challenges. When I first saw this paper I thought it was too busy and couldn't see me using it, but I rather like it now, it gives lots of interest and detail without having to do any matting and layering and the rest of the card can be kept quite simple.

I've used:
DP is from a DCWV Scrapbook pad bought last Christmas.
Image is a digi I have stored on my computer from last year, sorry I don't know where I got it. (If anyone recognises it please let me know so that I can acknowledge the designer.)
Image is coloured with Promarkers, cut with Nesties and I've used Ultra Fine pink glitter.
Scalloped square is Core'dinations Gemstones card cut with Nesties.
Snowflake cut from pink glitter card.
Brads from stash.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas R is for Rudolph plus brads
Papertake Weekly Just The One (one DP)
Meljens #23 - Stripes (on DP and scarf)
Stamp Scrap Doodle Christmas
Alys Pretty in Pink
Bee Crafty #37 - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges #40 - Clean and Simple
The Paper Players #14 - Clean and Simple
Pollycraft #60 - Christmas with no red or green
Cowgirl Up Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge - Glitter and Sparkle
CraftFairy Scalloped Square
Your Next Stamp #24 - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters #1 - Challenge Launch - Pink and Black

Monday, August 30, 2010

This wasn't what I intended!

I went upstairs armed with a list of possible challenges and intended to make a card that fitted a couple of them. I had pink and girlie in mind. Then I decided I wanted to do a teddy bear challenge which also required embossing. So I set to making this card and when I'd finished I realised I hadn't put any embossing anywhere! No matter, it wont go to waste, I thought. Fortunately I've now I've managed to find some challenges it does fit.


For this card I've used:
Card blank made from a pack of coloured card bought recently from either Aldi or Lidl.
Vellum is from a Mattie's Flowers sheet (bought when I used to use Mattie's stencils years ago).
Brown card is from stash and punched with my new Martha Stewart's Arch Lattice deep edge punch, same card used for scalloped circle which has been cut with Nesties die.
Image is from an old set of foam stamps bought when I first started stamping years ago, coloured with Promarkers, cut with Nesties circle die and mounted onto a sunflower which was given to me by a friend.
Orange/yellow ribbon from QVC.
Brads from stash.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Scrap Creations #24 - Recipe - Ribbon, flowers, brads or pearls (I've used ribbon, brads and flowers on vellum, image and the sunflower)
For Fun Challenges Make anything with ribbon or lace
Christmas Stamping All Year Long #62 - Other than Christmas
Allsorts #67 - Inspiration from a garden or park
Crazy4Challenges #C4C52 - Lattice
The Shabby Tea Room #25 - Old Meets New (Old is vellum, brads and rubber stamp, new is card stock and MS punch)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thank You card

I've done two similar versions of this card but I can only blog this one, the other is for someone who follows my blog and it wont arrive for a few days so I don't want to spoil it for her!

This one is a Thank You card for my neighbour who has uncomplainingly put up with 5 months of renovation works on our house and now we're subjecting her to our garden makeover! We have a right of way over her tiny garden to get to ours so this week her dog has been unable to get out into their garden and she hasn't been able to put her washing out. Walling bricks, sand, cement, cement mixer, etc., have all been piled up in her little garden and all our apologies have been met with "Don't worry, it's fine". She has her hands full with nursing a very sick husband and baking for two local shops too. She's a lovely neighbour and we wouldn't want to live anywhere else! A very big bunch of flowers will be accompanying this card to show our appreciation for her patience and understanding.


For this card I have used:
5" square pearlescent card blank Cuttlebug embossed with Daisy Pattern and Swiss Dots folders
Image is a gorgeous freebie from Meljen's and coloured with Promarkers
Circles cut with Nesties
Mats are from card in my stash
Ribbon from QVC
Kanban Bling clear adhesive gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Fresh Brewed Thank You
Totally Papercrafts #31 - Clean and Simple
Crafty Emma's #1 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hidden fairy

The image I've used on this card is one I chose as a prize for a recent challenge win.


I've used:
Image from The Stamping Boutique, coloured with Promarkers and the fairy's wings have been glittered with Ultra Fine Crystal glitter. Circle cut with Nesties.
Scalloped circle cut with Nellie Snellen's multiframe round die, and mats under blue card all from white glitter card from stash.
Blue card from stash and Cuttlebugged with D'vine Swirls folder.
DP is a freebie from Fred She Said
Large flowers are Prima, small one from Dunelm. The blue ones have been coloured with Promarkers and they're fixed together with a brad and glittered.
Ribbon from stash. Pearl buckle slider was part of a prize from Rainmac, thanks Sarah - I love it!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craftalicious #6 - Pearls and Swirls
Creative Card Crew #17 - Sparkle and Shine
Stamp with Fun #73 - Card for a girl
A Pocket Full of Posies #5 - Winged Things
Flutterby Wednesday #119 - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #11 - Petals and Pearls
Craft Your Days Away #2 - With Wings
Stamp and Create August Challenge - Flowers
Wild Orchid #4 - Make It Sparkle

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Anniversary card

There are a couple of family wedding anniversaries coming up so I'm getting organised now rather than have a mad rush at the time. This one is for my son and d-i-l.


I have used:
DP are MME and were from a freebie pack with a recent magazine
The pink dotty paper has been edged with Martha Stewart's Arch Lattice edge punch
Green card has been Cuttlebugged with Crafts Too Hearts embossing folder
Image is from Create4Fun, coloured with Promarkers and cut out with Nellie Snellen's multiframe oval die
Sentiment has been computer generated
Oval and scalloped oval cut with Nesties

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Pixie Dust Studio #36 - Polka Dots
Aly's Sunday Challenge #23 - Get Dotty
Lexi's Creations #21 - Emboss It
Penny's Paper Crafty #36 - Pink and Green
Your Next Stamp #23 - Bold, bright, summery colours

Purple Christmas!

I've already made blue, pink and red Christmas cards so I thought it was about time I made a purple one!


For this card I've used:
DP from DCWV Christmas stack
Image is Tilly Bauble 1 from Digital Doodling, coloured with Promarkers and I've added Ultra Fine Crystal glitter
Bow from stash
Scalloped mat cut with Nesties, coloured with Promarkers and edged with same glitter
Snowflakes have been cut on my Cuttlebug from pink and white glitter card from stash

I've printed the image twice and cut Tilly and the bauble hanger from the second image and 3D'd them.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Moving Along With The Times #60 - Glitter
Stamp Something August Digi Day - Use anything digi
Sew Many Challenges Christmas in August
Creative Card Crew Sparkle and Shine
The Crazy Challenge Christmas
The Creative Cottage #21 - Christmas
Craft Your Days Away #2 - Wings
Wild Orchid #4 - Make It Sparkle

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Luke's birthday

Oooh, a whole afternoon of crafting!!! I printed off some images, coloured them, cut them out, picked some papers and they've been put on one side for when I have some time later in the week.

I did manage to complete one card though, I wanted to get this done as it's my lovely grandson Luke's 15th birthday in a couple of weeks' time. They've just had a puppy, sister to ours, and they have an older dog too. I thought this image was perfect, it will certainly give him a laugh!


I managed to put the DP on skewiff so a rescue job was in order. I cut the front off and made an easel card - not the first time I've rescued a card that way!



I've used:
Image is from Penny Black, coloured with Promarkers and cut out with one of Nestie's Label dies, as was the brown mat behind
DP from Monti's Pixel Playground Dog and Cat set
Yellow and brown card for mats from stash
Card Candy coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment computer generated

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
The Stamp Man #3 - Easel card - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #13 - More Than One Fold
Crafty Cardmakers #27 - Birthday
Digi Doodle Shop's Best #21 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments #7 - Monochrome plus a hint of 1 colour
Charisma Cardz #33 - Die Cuts
Create4Fun #34 - Birthdays
Stampin' for the Weekend #45 - Anything Goes
Paper Cutz #55 - Anything Goes
Rosie D's #78 - One for the Boys
Aud Sentiments #9 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Christmas Card 3

This is the last card I made today and I think it's my favourite. I am struggling with this pack of blue Christmas papers but I do like this particular design.


DP is Dovecraft's Winter Wonderland
White glitter card is from DCWV Glitter Christmas Stack, scalloped square cut with Nesties and snowflakes with a die I bought with my Cuttlebug
Image from Pink Petticoat's Have An Ice Christmas set, coloured with Promarkers and Ultra Fine Crystal glitter has been used for the snowballs and snow
Card Candy from Craftwork Cards

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
I Did It Creations #17 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #45 - Animals
Totally Gorjuss #43 - Aqua
Crafty Ann's #21 - Christmas in August
Passion for Promarkers #65 - Winter Blue
A Spoonful of Sugar #117 - Christmas in August
Sarah Hurley #4 - Animals
The ABC Challenge B is for Blue

Christmas card 2


This second card used the image that I saw on Scatty Jan's blog. I just fell in love with it and had to buy the set!

DP is from a DCWV Christmas set I bought last year and the burgundy glitter card, edged with Martha Stewart's Scallop Dot edge punch, was from the Glitter Christmas Stack that came in the same set, as was the matching sticky ribbon.
Image has been coloured with Promarkers to match two of the colours on the DP, Ultra Fine Crystal glitter has been used on the penguin's wings, the star and for the snow.
The snowflake and stars have been cut from white glitter card (DCWV Glitter Christmas Stack) with a die bought at the same time as my Cuttlebug last year.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Your Days Away #1 - Favourite Things (one of my favourite things is Christmas, another is pink which is on the DP)
One Stitch At A Time #26 - Pack A Punch
Craft Your Passion #19 - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew Sparkle and Shine with TDS

Christmas card 1

Seeing as I'm on continual early shift with the new puppy, getting up at a time I haven't seen for a good few years, DH suggested I spend the whole afternoon card making as I haven't been able to do any for a few days. I didn't need telling twice as this morning I had a delivery of my new Nesties - squares and scalloped squares - and I couldn't wait to use them. I'm going to find them very useful, especially the plain ones as I never seem to be able to cut squares accurately.

After seeing a gorgeous image on Scatty Jan's blog last night, I went straight over to Pink Petticoat and bought the set. Now I have a great reason to make a start on my Christmas cards!


This first card is the only one I've done with traditional Christmas colours.
DP from Monti's Pixel Playground.
Image from Pink Petticoat's Have An Ice Christmas set and coloured with Promarkers.
Ultra Fine Crystal glitter on the hat's bobble, the star and for the snow.
Core'dinations Whitewash card has been Cuttlebugged with Snowflakes folder and sanded.
Green mat is the reverse of the same Whitewash card, cut with Nesties scalloped square.

This is my card for Artydoll's red and green challenge over at MSE.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

What a peach!

It's been a few days again since I've had time to make a card, and I saw these papers I had stored on my computer and it's a colour I've not used before. I made sure I had some Promarkers which complemented the paper then used this lovely Tilda image.


I've used:
DP from Summer Driggs
Black card for mats from stash
Tilda image coloured with Promarkers
Lace is from local shop
Flowers are Prima and some I got from Dunelm, fixed with brad from stash

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Cupcake Crafts #103 - Lace
Penny's Paper Crafty #35 - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shops Best #20 - Flowers
Wild Orchid #3 - One for the Girls

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I've got a lovely award



I'm really pleased to receive this super Cherry On Top award from the lovely Rainmac and Gemma over at MSE. Thank you so much both.




I have to do 5 things:

1) Thank the person who passed on the award - thank you again Sarah and Gemma.

2) Post the award on my blog - done!

3) List 3 things I like about myself:
(i) I am friendly and accept people for who and what they are
(ii) I don't panic and can keep calm in most situations
(iii) I accept whatever life throws at me and get on with it

4) Post a picture I love


This is a rare picture of Paul, my lovely hubby of 42 years, goodness knows how he's put up with me all this time! This photo is on my bedside table. It was taken on holiday in November 2007 when we went to Western Australia just 3 months before he was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of lymphoma. After two years of treatment we are both so grateful he is in remission and doing well.

I have to pass the award on to 5 people and they are:

Toni
Trish
Jo
Angie
Mad-Frog

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sketch card

I've had a little break from puppy duties today as Paul was chief puppy watcher for a couple of hours this afternoon while I had a play, well it has been a week since I made a card so I thought it was time before I forgot how to do it!

This Sugar Nellie Daisy image is right at the top of my favourites list and I followed a sketch for the challenge at The Sugar Bowl.


The blue and floral papers are from Zoe Pearn
Pink paper used for mat and decorative strip are from Pink Petticoat
Decorative strip cut with Martha Stewart Garden Trellis punch
Green card for scalloped circle (cut with Nesties scalloped circle) is from DCWV Brights stack
Image is Sugar Nellie's Daisy, coloured with Promarkers
Card Candy coloured with Promarkers

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Sugar Bowl #40 - Do It Yourself - I have chosen Sketch 38
Crafty Ann's #20 - Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge - Punches (Martha Stewart Garden Trellis punch for decorative strip)
ABC Challenge A is for August
Creative Card Crew Cute and Girlie

Monday, August 2, 2010

My swap card from Dragonllew

Not made any cards due to puppy commitments but I just had to share this beautiful card I received today from Jenny for the texture swap on Crafty Place. Isn't it gorgeous!!! Sorry for the funny angle, it's my non-existent photographic skills, definitely not the card!


Jenny, I love this card, the colours are gorgeous, the image is one of my favourites and the flowers are beautiful. Thank you so much.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tilda again

Another Tilda card today and I've used the freebie MME papers again.




I followed this sketch at The Pixie Cottage






and here she is:


I've used:
Plain pink paper is from Pink Petticoat
DP is from the freebie MME papers with magazine
Stamped image is Tilda and she is overstamped onto the fence, coloured with Promarkers
Flowers and brads from stash

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
The Pixie Cottage #28 - Sketch with option to double up and use 2 stamps
PaperPlay Week 30 - Anything Goes
Stamp n Doodle Anything Goes
Dutch Dare #83 - Anything Goes
The Stamp Man #2 - Take 2 colours

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pink Christmas

After my blue Christmas card yesterday, it's time for a pink one!


I have used:
Pink trees DP is from DCWV
Pink dotty DP and plain pink for mats are Pink Petticoat and bottom edges cut with Martha Stewart Scallop Dot edge punch
Pink spotty ribbon from Papermania Capsule Collection
Stamped image is Penny Black's Snowy coloured with Promarkers and her hat has been glittered with Ultra Fine Crystal and Pink glitter
Snowflakes and stars cut from pink glitter card with Cuttlebug Snowflake die

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge #111 - Christmas in July
Cupcake Craft Challenge #101 - Pastel Christmas
Kah Wink E Dink Anything Goes as long as it's cool!
PaperPlay #30 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Christmas in July

I wanted to try something different from the traditional Christmas colours and I finally got around to making the blue Christmas card I intended to make the other day! My next one is going to be pink!


I have used:
DP is from Dovecraft's Winter Wonderland pack
Dark blue pearlescent card for mats from stash
Light blue pearlescent card is from stash and has been Cuttlebugged with Snowflakes embossing folder
Image is Snowflake Tree from The Stamping Boutique, coloured with Promarkers and I have added Ultra Fine Crystal glitter to the snowflakes
Scalloped circles cut with Nellie Snellen multiframe round die

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Use a Digi Image
2 Sisters 2nd Challenge - Christmas in July
Stampacular Sunday #69 - Christmas in July
Tuesday Taggers Christmas in July
I Love Promarkers #25 - Christmas in July

Teddy with bouquet

I seem to be quite organised this week for a change and I've made time in the afternoons to do a little crafting.




Today I made a card using this sketch from Papertake Weekly








The lovely Karen sent me some stamped images and this teddy one is adorable, and for the first time I've used the freebie MME papers from the recent Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.

Recipe:
DP My Minds Eye freebie papers with magazine
Core'dinations Whitewash card Cuttlebugged with Jules Jewells folder and sanded
Stamped image courtesy of Karen is Lili of the Valley's Teddy With Bouquet and coloured with Promarkers
Charm from The Works
Bow from stash

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges:
Teddy Stampers #16 - As You Wish
Just Cute Bears #27 - Bear Necessities (clean and simple)
Craftalicious #4 - Birthdays
The Crazy Challenge All About Birthdays
Papertake Weekly Sketch #45

MSE Texture swap card

I have made another card using feathers and a pearl spray, this time for the Crafty Place Texture Swap. This month my card was for Choccy and it should have arrived today. Adding the embellishments didn't quite go according to plan but I think I've just about pulled it off so I hope it arrived in one piece Choccy!


I have used:
DP from Pink Petticoat
The beautiful LOTV New Hat image is courtesy of the lovely Flourgirl on MSE (thanks Karen!) which has been coloured with Promarkers
MS Doily Lace edge punch
Feather and pearl spray from stash
Ribbon from stash

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Daring Cardmakers Layer It Up who are being sponsored this week by Teri's Delicious Doodles
Cowgirl's Sunday Challenge Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #74 Pink and Blue
The Creative Cottage #19 - Touchy Feely
Simon Says Dotty

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tilda card



I found this lovely sketch at Friday Sketchers and thought it was about time to use one of my Tilda images





and here is my card:


I've used:
1) 6" x 6" card blank
2) Green/blue striped paper from stash used as main DP and for strip cut with
3) MS Doily Lace Trim deep edge punch
4) Green spotty paper from stash
5) Blue card for mats from stash
6) Tilda stamped image coloured with
7) Promarkers
8) Flowers from stash
9) Kanban Bling adhesive stones from Joanna Sheen

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best #17 - Anything Goes
Friday Sketchers #112 - Sketch
Practical Scrappers Use 7 or more items (I used 9)
Create4Fun #30 - Use flowers
Stamp Something Something flowery
Passion for Promarkers #62 - Main colour green (green stripes in paper, green spotty paper, Tilda's dress and socks are green, green adhesive stones)
Creative Inspirations #39 - Anything Goes
Donna's Den #4 - Main colour green (green stripes in paper, green spotty paper, Tilda's dress and socks are green, green adhesive stones)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

It's Christmas!

There are quite a few Christmas in July challenges about at the moment, and even QVC has had Christmas in July on today, so I thought I'd get into the mood and make a Christmas card. As I haven't made an easel card for a while I decided it was also time for one of those. I started off getting out all my blue papers so I'm not really sure how it ended up red and green!!!






I have used:
Digi image is First Snow from Nina Jay May, coloured with Promarkers
Check DP from DCWV Christmas scrapbook pad
Red snowflake DP saved to computer (source unknown)
White pearlescent card with gold shimmer from stash (bought about 5 years ago) has been Cuttlebug embossed with Snowflakes folder
Red pearlescent card for scalloped circle old stash
Gold snowflake embellishment also old stash
Sentiment is from Daisy & Dandelion paper pack A Winter's Tale

I'd like to enter this card into the following:
Practical Scrappers Use stash older than 1 year (pearlescent card, snowflake embellishment and digi paper)
The Cuttlebug Spot Christmas in July
Ooh La La Creations #58 - Christmas in July
Meljens DT #17 - Easel card
2 Sisters #2 - Christmas in July
Polka Doodle #29 - Christmas in July
Your Next Stamp #21 - Easel card

Yummy Cupcakes

I also put the finishing touches to this card this morning. It's a similar style to one I made a few weeks ago but I've used a different digi image and a different layout.


Recipe:
5" x 7" card blank for a change
DP from Summer Driggs Sweet Cakes collection
Digi image is a freebie but I can't remember where from, sorry, and I've coloured it with Promarkers
Blue card for mats from stash
Paper clip from stash
Card Candy coloured with Promarkers

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges:
One Stitch At A Time #22 - Use a Digi
Digital Tuesday #68 - Happy Birthday
Pollycraft #53 - Happy Birthday
Crafty Creations #77 - Happy or Sweet
Shelly's Images TTT Challenge Happy Birthday

Lazin' on a sunny afternoon

Well, I'm not sure where this week has gone, it's whizzed by and I don't seem to have done anything! I did manage to finish off a couple of cards this morning and this one makes me wish the sun would come back here - out of two weeks we've only had two days with sunny spells and it's gone AWOL again today.


I've used:
Image is House Mouse, coloured with Promarkers
Pink and blue papers from Pink Petticoat
Multicoloured spotty paper from MMC
Green card for mats are from DCWV Brights stack
Yellow spotty ribbon from stash
Card Candy coloured with Promarkers

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges:
The Secret Crafter #92 - Summer Holidays
Sir Stampalot July Challenge - Lazy Hazy Days of Summer
Crafty Ann #19 - Cliff Richard song - Summer Holiday
Crafty Catz #42 - Summer Time
Catch The Bug Sweet Summertime

Monday, July 19, 2010

Snuggled in a sunflower

Here we have .......... another rubbish photo from Susan. I'm really trying (as my OH would say) but I'll have to admit defeat, I just can't take a decent photo. I tried this one with a white background instead of my usual black but it's no better. Oh well, you get the general idea.

This gorgeous House Mouse has found himself a lovely sunflower to snuggle into and seems to be happily dreaming away, probably of cheese!

I debossed the green panel, mainly because last time I embossed pearlescent card it split the pearlescent layer and I ended up sanding it. This design didn't lend itself to sanding and I'm actually quite pleased with the way it looks.



I've followed Heidi's sketch at Moving Along With The Times:







and here's my interpretation:


Recipe:
DP is from K & Co's Daisy pad
Green pearlescent card from stash, Cuttlebug embossed with Jules Jewells folder
Image is House Mouse and coloured with Promarkers
Yellow and green pearlescent card for mats from stash
Ribbon from stash
Card Candy from Craftwork Cards and coloured with Promarkers

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Moving Along With The Times #55 Sketch and Animals
Stamp Scrap Doodle Animals