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Monday, 29 April 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 90

April is almost over, but we're celebrating April in this challenge. Our theme is, April Showers May Bring Flowers! To qualify, your creation must have something rain-related (umbrella, puddles ...) and at least two flowers.

Our sponsors for this challenge are:
and
See the challenge blog for more details.

For this challenge, I used an image from Reece's Scrap Pieces which is available from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps. It's called Stroll in the Rain.


I coloured the image with Promarkers, and added some background shading with Distress Inks and an Ink Duster. (So much easier to use than sponges.)

The background was embossed using an Embossalicious folder in my BSP, and to finish I added a corner die cut (Marianne Creatables) and some punched flowers to which I added some seed beads.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Stampin' for the Weekend where they want die cuts/flowers,
Stamping with the Dragon where 'Spring has Sprung',
Cute Card Thursday where the theme is, 'Can't Stop the Rain',
My Heart Pieces where they want embossing,
Crafting by Designs where anything goes,
Creative Moments where the theme is 'Spring',
Crafty Calendar where the theme is 'sunshine and showers'.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 161

This week at One Stitch at a Time the challenge is to make a card for a mum. Of course, it's bit late for Mother's Day, but there are still a lot of mums out there who deserve cards!

As usual, we're sponsored by
Check the challenge blog for details.

This week, I worked with a gorgeous image from Delicious Doodles from a set called Floral Cap Nouveau. Sadly, my mum died a couple of years ago, and with Mother's Day over, I'm unlikely to be asked for a card that says 'Mum' on the front, so I've gone for making a birthday card for my sister (who's a mum.)

Now, this is what you call a bit of serendipity. Between requesting the image and getting it, I happened to go to a friend's house. She was selling off some cardmaking supplies, and I fell in love with a paper pad from Paper Pizazz which included this one. When I was looking for something to use with the image, it was an obvious match - the flowers are so similar, and with the swirling vines and leaves, it seemed perfect!

I cut the image using a Spellbinders die. I coloured with a mix of Promarkers and Flexmarkers, then stitched the pricked areas of the die cut. To finish, I've made some flowers. They're punched card, and the top layers have been punched from a printed sheet I had lying about - from a CD called Flower Power. To the centre of each flower, I've added some Stickles mixed with Perfect Pearl in red (as I only had clear and blue Stickles!) The leafy swirls were cut using a set of Spellbinders dies.

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Artistic Impressions where they want a card for a lady,
Forever Friends where they want lots of flowers,
Stampin' for the Weekend where they want die cuts/punches,
Sassy Studios where they want something for a special lady,
Crafting by Designs where anything goes,
Nutcrafters where anything goes,
Creative Card Crew where they want hand-made flowers,

Sunday, 21 April 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 160

This week at One Stitch at a Time, all we want is for you to use a digi! That's it. So, show us what you can do!

We're sponsored by
See the challenge blog for details.

This week, I got to work with an image from My Heart Pieces called Oh Boy.

I coloured the image in various shades of grey Promarker, and cut it with a Spellbinders die. I've backed it onto some Coredinations card which I embossed using a Cuttlebug folder and cut using another Spellbinders label 8 die. The paper is from Papermania, and I've added a hand-written sentiment and a star button with some silver thread to finish.

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter his card into the following challenges:

Card and Scrap where they want die cuts,
Lady Anne where they want some kind of stamp (digital or rubber),
Die Cutting Divas where they want us to use a star,
Papercrafting Journey where they want a sentiment,
Totally Gorjuss where they want embossing.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

More Christmas Cards

Because I bought a couple of Debbi Moore CDs at Alexandra Palace, I was rooting about the website looking for ideas. I didn't find many ideas, but I did find a whole load of freebies, and I've put a couple to work in my attempt to get ahead with Christmas cards.

For this card, I took a paper, image and greeting from the freebie collection. I added some glitter to the image and matted with gold mirriboard. To finish I used a Marianne Creatables die set to cut and emboss the poinsettia.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Little Bit Crafty where anything goes,
Digi Galore where they want 'one for the girls',
Card Crafter's Circle where they want die cutting/ dry embossing,




Again, the image, sentiment and paper came from the Debbi Moore freebies section. I added glitter to the image and matted, then finished with some gold ribbon and a poinsettia made using a Marianne Creatables die set.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Card and Scrap where they want die cuts,
Marianne's Design Divas where they're 'going girly',
Pattie's Creations where they want us to 'make it sparkle',
ABC Christmas where they want 'girl or guy creations'.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Using the Spoils ...

This weekend was the BSSB show at Alexandra Palace. I went on Saturday - the first time I've gone to the spring show. I arrived at around ten, and was amazed to find that there was a queue snaking all the way around the Palm Court area! But, it didn't take too long, and I was soon in among the stalls.

I bought a few things (surprise, surprise!) I'd intended to look at dies, and I got a few of those. I also picked up a couple of Debbi Moore CDs and a few bits and pieces to put together for my sister. She's having a knee operation next month and will be fairly immobile for a while after that. It's the fifth operation she's had on that knee in the last few years, and she hates being stuck in the house. She's not a cardmaker, but I thought that this might be a good time to start! I picked up some die cut decoupage sheets, some paper, and some sticky things. I know she's got a very basic trimmer, but that's about it, so I had to keep things simple.

So, what've I been up to? Well first, I've been trying out my dies. I'm constantly drawn to the lacy filigree type of die, and they all seem to take some effort to cut properly. So, I've taken some time to work out how they go, and I've spent some time looking through the CDRoms.

This uses one of the dies - the large corner from the Spellbinders Gold Elements set. I've cut it in both navy and white card, and cut a plain triangle in both colours too. I've used some embossed blue metallic card, and some die cut decooupage I bought for myself which I mounted on some gold mirror board cut with one of my nesties.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Forever Friends where they want die cuts,
Challenges 4 Everyone where anything goes,
Card Crafter's Circle where they want die cuts.

And this one uses elements from one of the CDroms. It's Debbi Moore's Evergreen disc. I was surprised at how much her CDs have changed. I bought one many years ago, and it was mainly some public domain images. The newer CDs are much more limited in scope from my perspective. The Evergreen disc has just two main image in various colourschemes and on a variety of backgrounds. There are some gorgeous papers, though, and some decoupage and pirimage sets. I imported the various bits I wanted into Photoshop Elements and put the backing paper together as a single element - complete with the flowery 'ribbon'.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Mema's Crafts where anything goes.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 89

This week at Crafty Cardmakers, we want you to make a set - card and/or tag and gift box/bag.

Our sponsors are:

and

(See the challenge blog for details.)

I used a lovely image from Paper Shelter, as part of my attempt to get an early start on my Christmas crafting! It's called Snow Angel.

I used a template from here to make a box, and covered it with paper from Docrafts. I decorated it with some Sizzix die cuts and sticky gems.

The image was printed in two sizes and coloured with Promarkers.


I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter the card into the following challenges:
Card Crafter's Circle where they want die cuts,
Digistamp 4 Joy where anything goes,
Crafty Chef where they want something 'girly',
Bearly Mine where anything goes,
Card Mania where they want die cuts,
Sprinkle and Sparkle where they want us to use a digital image.

I'd like to enter the box into the following challenges:
Hotshot Crafts where they want 'anything but a card',
ABC Christmas where they want 'girly' or 'guy' creations,
Party Time Tuesdays where they want 'anything but a card',
Top Tip Tuesdays where the theme is 'Girls and Boys Come Out to Play',


Sunday, 14 April 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 159

This week at One Stitch at a Time, we want you to create something bright!

Our sponsor this week is:

See the challenge blog for more details.

This week, I chose a set of papers and images from Reese's Scrap Pieces called Sweet Treats. There are digistamps, papers, and pre-coloured images. I chose to use one of the pre-coloured images and a paper to make a birthday card for a colleague who's known for baking.

I printed the image several times, then layered the cake, giving each layer a little shape. I added the sentiment in Photoshop Elements before printing. The die cut is from Spellbinders, and I used a Tonic Border punch. I finished with a little glitter on the cake, and some pretty lace.

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Card Mania where they want die cuts or punches,
Sparkle and Sprinkle where they want us to use a digital image,
Bearly Mine where anything goes,

Thursday, 11 April 2013

A Couple of Birthday Cards

I had to make a couple of cards for upcoming birthdays. The first is for my nephew who's turning 21. He's into bikes, so this decoupage from Imag e nation seemed idea.

I used a small version of the image to tile into a background paper over some Photoshop Elements generated stripes, and a larger version to print onto some shrink plastic. I've personalised the card inside, but won't show because I'm very wary of putting other people's names online. The ribbon is one of those pre-sticky ones from Tiger.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday where they want something masculine,
LEJ Designs where they want us to 'show us your ribbons',



The second card is for a colleague. I made this one a while ago. While the card was being passed around at work for signatures, one person implied that she'd like to keep the card for herself rather than passing it on. So, her birthday's coming up now, and so I did something similar.

I made it into an 8 by 8 card because these image from the Enchanted Dreams CD are too detailed to print any smaller. The paper is from the CD too, and I've used a Martha Stewart border punch and butterfly dies from Spellbinders, and Marianne. To give them some sparkle, I sprayed the butterflies with Crafter's Companion Spray and Shine in irridescent.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday where the theme is 'Butterfly Kisses',
Creative Moments where they want 'things with wings',
Flutterby Wednesday where it's an open challenge,
Catch the Bug where anything goes,

Getting Started Early

I make a lot of Christmas cards every year - and I'm often asked when I start. The answer is generally, 'Easter!' Since I work in a school, I've normally got a break at this time of year, and many of the other cards I need to make are are normally up to date.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought some bits from a colleague who's giving up her card-making, and among that lot was a Dovecraft Christmas paper pack. It uses a fairly limited range of colours, so I picked out some Promarkers to match, and got stuck in to some colouring. Then, once I had a decent number of images, I assembled.

Last year, I won a few stamps from Whimsy Stamps, and this is one of those. Bearing in mind that I need to post a lot of Christmas cards, I try to keep the designs fairly flat, and I'm finding I prefer fairly simple designs anyway. I edged the image with Distress Ink and I've used dies from Spellbinders and Sizzix as well as some pre-sticky lace from Tiger.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Digi Stamp 4 Joy where anything goes,
Sparkle and Sprinkle where they want a digi image,
Catch the Bug where anything goes,


Another Whimsy Stamps image, again coloured with Promarkers and edged with Distress Ink. I've added a bit of sparkle to her wings with a Sakura Stardust pen. Dies used were by Spellbinders, and the border punches are from Tonic.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CRAFT where the theme is Christmas,
Creative Moments where they want 'things with wings',
Card Mania where they want die cuts and punches,
Totally Gorjuss where 'anything goes with sparkle',



And a third Whimsy image. Dies and punches from Spellbinders and Tonic.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Forever Friends where they want die cuts/punches,
Whimsy Stamps where the theme is 'Pretty in Pink',
Lacy sunshine where anything goes,


This is a Mo Manning image that was a freebie several years ago. I've used it several times before, but it seemed perfect for this paper which is printed with the names of various Christmas carols and songs. Dies used all from Spellinders.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Bronte and Bella where they want 'Things with Wings',
In the Pink where they want 'things with wings',
Kaboodle Doodles where they want pink,

And finally, an image from Milk Coffee. I've used dies from Spellbinders and Tonic punches as before, as well as an embossing folder from the embossalicious range.

There are a few more that I've made, but they were made for specific DT requirements, so they'll appear in due course.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas where the theme is 'Girl or Guy',
I Love Promarkers where they want embossing,
Whimsical Designs where they want embossing,
Die Cuttin' Divas where they want pastels,


I may be along later to link to some challenges ...

Sunday, 7 April 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 158

This week at One Stitch at a Time, our challenge is ... Anything Goes!

We're sponsored by:

See the challenge blog for more details.

This week, I worked with a lovely image from Delicious Doodles called Fuchsia and Hummingbird.

I gave the background of the image a faint blue tint in Photoshop Elements before printing. I coloured with Promarkers, and cut the image before mounting it onto some pretty mint green pearlescent card. For the background, I embossed some Coredinations card with an Embossalicious folder (petite dot) and then sanded it.

It's a simple card, but I love that colour combination, and I like the contrast between the pearlescent and the duller shade of the Coredinations.

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sparkles where they want birds,
Digi Makeover where anything goes,
Crafter's Companion where they want flowers, (I used a DieSire embossing folder.)
Happy Campers where the theme is 'flower power',
Stampotique SDC 94 where they want flowers,
Ladybird Crafts Ink where anything goes,
Two Sisters where anything goes,
Catch the Bug where anything goes.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 88

This time at Crafty Cardmakers, we're going with the date! It's April Fool's day, so we want humour! It can be obvious, subtle, or even an 'in joke', but as long as there's some humour involved, you're set for this challenge.

Our sponsors this time are:

and
See the challenge blog for details of prizes.

I've gone for a family-type joke. You see, my husband seems to answer most things these days with, 'Fair Enough,' but it always sounds (to my ear, at least) like, 'Fairy Nuff.' So, as a birthday card for him, I've made this:
The image is from Stitchy Bear, and she's always seemed to me to be a fairy who's not about to brook any nonsense from anyone. I added the sentiment in Photoshop Elements and printed on Crafter's Companion card. It's coloured with Promarkers. I cut the image with a Spellbinders die - the smallest of the Grand Ornate Ovals. That die puts tiny holes around the edge, and what are those for if not to stitch? So, I've added a round of backstitching. The paper is from a pad by Paper Pizazz. I haven't heard of them before, but a colleague is giving up her cardmaking and wanted to sell off some bits. I fell in love with a pad of paper, and this is from that pad. (Can't tell you anything else as it was coverless when I first saw it!) Now, my husband is a tidy soul - at least, he hates other people's clutter. (He doesn't seem to have a problem with his own, as it happens!) So, I've left the card plain.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:


The Paper Shelter where anything goes,
Simon Says Stamp where anything goes,
My Heart Pieces where they want fairies or angels,
Creative Inspirations Ink where anything goes,
Lacy Sunshine where anything goes,
Robyn's Fetish where they want fairies,




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