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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Halloween

Welcome to the first Halloween card I've ever made! The Wild Orchid Challenge is to Make it Sparkle with Stars. My card blank is a large square by Craft UK. The orange card is by Papermill and the bright green is Mirri card. The image is called Starr and is by Stitchy at Stitchybear. I coloured her with Promarkers and then scanned it. I'm keeping the orgiinal to scan for Halloween goodie bags. I cut my scanned image and distressed the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. I punched out some silver glitter stars using a punch and silver paper from Create and Craft. I added Wild Orchid Crafts orangey red pearls to the centre of some of the stars. I printed off the sentiment vertically on to the orange card and cut it in to a narrow panel. I added some tiny black bats, cut with another Create and Craft punch, to the orange panel and set it alongside the image.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Challenge 81 - Favourites

The theme over at One Stitch at a Time challenge blog is Favourites and that means you can use your favourite embellishments, colours, technique or any other favourite. My favourites are dry embossing and dies. The sponsor this week is Digis with Attitude and we'll have two winners this week so pop over and enter. 

   
http://www.digiswithattitude.com/

My card is a large square Craft UK card blank. The white paper has been embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and backed with  Papermill mottled green/gold card. The image for me, from this collaboration week, is Teri's 'Bluetit' which you can buy here. Many of you will know that I'm terrified of birds and I was a bit fazed when I saw my designated image. However, I had the time of my life colouring it and the more I look at it the more I like it! The die cuts are from Spellbinders Bird Flourishes and Floral Flourishes and my idea was that they represent the foliage of the tree that the bluetit is perched in. The image was coloured with my Promarkers, cut with a Spellbinders grand circle nestie and distressed with 'old paper' Distress Ink. From initially being unsure about the image I'm at the stage of loving my own card!! lol Two weeks in a row I've coloured a bird and can hardly bear to part with either card, I love them both. Maybe I'm beginning to like birds. Happy days.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Creature Comforts
Simon Says Stamp - Dies to Die For
The Sisterhood of Crafters - For the Birds
Stampin' B's Challenge 129 - Use at least 2 Spellbinders
CCEE Stampers - Add a bird - CCEE1138


Winter Wonderland

.....is the theme for this week's CD Sunday challenge. It's my last week as Guest Designer and I've enjoyed the whole process. Thank you for inviting me, it was much appreciated.

I chose to use Joanna Sheen's Thomas Kinkade CD for my main image. I added Glamour Dust to the snow on the trees and bushes and backed the image with Papermania silver paper to give the whole image a look of wonderland. I used a Spellbinders Impressabilities Snowflake to stencil a piece of white paper in Broken China Distress Ink. A small panel of plain aqua paper was attached to the stencilled panel and they tied in with the colour scheme to match the door of the cottage in the image. The large silver snowflake was cut with a Hobbycraft punch.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Dies to Die For

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Free Digi Image

I'm sure that you would love to have one of Stitchybear's images for free. This weekend she has one available for you and all you need to do is register at the store for your image of STARR. It's available free until midnight on Sunday so I would suggest getting over there now. The code is a7b8ebc33b which you will input to the coupon box on the order form. While you're there I would have a look at all the images because I'm sure you'll find others that you would love. I know that I'm now a big fan of all the creators. I've had so much fun making cards with their images. You can see lots of them on my blog.

I've just coloured in my free digi and here she is. STARR is a little star and is going to do nicely for my Halloween bags when my 'visitors' come calling.  You have until midnight tonight to collect her and all you have to do is register at the store. Easy peasy.  Then enjoy colouring her.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

First card this week!

I've not had much time to make a card this week so I've taken the opportunity today - before the moment disappeared! I've used a small Craft UK square card blank. The backing paper and card are from Papermill and the paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The image is a LOTV fairy from the freebie pack given in a magazine. I coloured her with Promarkers and cut out with a Spellbinders rectangle nestie, backing it with the scalloped nestie. The ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl, the brad is from Papermania and the pearls are from WOC.My only bit of glitter is on her wings, done with a Sakura gelly goll pen, however, it's difficult to see clearly.

I'm entering the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley Challenge 113 - Aqua, White with a touch of glitter
Crafty Creations Challenge 136 - Fairies
Flutter by Wednesdays - Must feature buttefly, fairy or angel

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Challenge 80 - Punch It

Over at One Stitch at a Time we have the challenge Punch It. I chose to use Claire's image of Hester Hen and you can buy it from the Hope Jacare Doodles section  here.

The sponsor this week is Joanna Sheen and the prize is a £10 voucher to spend at her online store - lucky winner.

 

I coloured Hester with Promarkers and cut her with my Spellbinders square nestie and backed it with the scalloped nestie in red Mirri card. I punched a heart in the same Mirri card and placed it top right in the square. The backing paper is a lovely muted dark red patterned paper from Costco. I used a Martha Stewart punch to edge the bottom of the card. Some of the shapes that were waste I added to Hester's tail to give her a bit of bling. I love this image. I used my favourite Craft UK card blank in 8 x 8 size.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:

Stamps and Fun - Creativity - Animals
City Crafter Challenge Blog - I Heart You (incorporate a heart)
Papertake Weekly - Things With Wings
Crafts and Me - Add a heart
For Fun - Red, brown, yellow
Simon Says Stamp - Song or Film Title - I picked the Song Title - Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken!

3rd Week

Yes, this is my third week as Guest Designer for the CD Sunday challenge blog. I can't believe it, it's gone by so quickly. The theme this week is Black and Blue. I used Joanna Sheen's 'Dancing With Shadows' CD for the image. I used 'diamond' gems from my stash to make her earrings and her jewelled headpiece. The image has a slight blue tinge to it so I backed it with bright turquoise blue card from Papermill and set it at the top left. The black embossed paper is from my stash but I have no idea where I got AND it's my last piece! The pearls are also from Joanna Sheen. I used a Wild Orchid Craft blue rose and edged it with blue Stickles. The card blank is from Craft UK.

I'm entering the following challenges:
Moving Along with the Times - Sparkle
The Emerald Faerie Garden - Challenge 9 Pearls

Friday, 16 September 2011

Quiet Few Days

I've had a few days of rest from my blog - apart from commenting on cards on other blogs. I had no desire to make any cards but last night I coloured this image and this afternoon, after a lovely lunch with friends, I came home and finished this card. It's for the Lili of the Valley Challenge 112 which has the theme Red, Green and White. I used a Craft UK small square card blank and green Mirri card from Joanna Sheen. I embossed the white backing paper with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The LOTV image is one I got in a free pack with a magazine. I coloured her with Promarkers and used Sakura Gelly Roll pens to add glitz to her wings and her slippers. I set her on an oval Spellbinders nestie with the scalloped nestie behind.The red organza ribbon is from Create and Craft and the brad in the centre of the bow is from WOC. Three green gems from my stash finish off the layout.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Wings and Things with Spots and Stripes

Yes, I'm combining two challenges again! This time I'm entering Papertake Weekly - Wings and Things and Crafty Sentiments - Spots and Stripes.

My small square card blank is from Craft UK. The backing papers are from Costco, the pink one, and I think the green is printed from a CD. I've embossed the pink with the Cuttlebug folder, Swiss Dots (it's nearly spots) and I embossed the green one with my Martha Stewart Scorepal (stripes!). The pink base card is from Papermill and the bright cerise Mirri card is from Joanna Sheen. The image is from Joanna Sheen's range of Favourite Flowers stamps. I coloured it with Promarkers and then cut it out and mounted it on the Spellbinders butterfly edged nestie. The little 'waste' butterflies add to the one that is in the basket of flowers. Did you spot it?

I will also enter it in to another challenge: - Ladybug Crafts Ink  - Flowers   - You've got a whole basket full of them!

Monday, 12 September 2011

House Mouse Again

Today I've made another Christmas card! That must be about four I've done already. I'm entering it in to two challenges: Wild Orchid Crafts - Week 32 a Christmas Sketch and Lollipop Crafts - Use Eyelets or Brads

I used a Craft UK small square card blank and the red/gold pearlescent card is from Papermill. The silver glitter paper is Papermania and the silver card, from Papermill, is embossed with the Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder. The House Mouse image was coloured with Promarkers, glittered with Stickles and cut with a Spellbinders nestie. The silver snowflake is cut with a Hobbycraft punch and the pearl brad at the centre is from WOC. The flower is also from WOC and the leaf and the curly vine are from one of last year's Christmas crackers! Waste not, want not.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Missing You

The Lili of the Valley challenge blog this week has for their theme, 'Missing You'. I've used a small square Craft UK card blank and My Mind's Eye backing paper. The black card is from Papermill and the red organza ribbon from Create and Craft. The pearl brad is from WOC. My image is from LOTV and is coloured with trusty Promarkers before being cut with a Spellbinders nestie. I cut the oval scalloped nestie in black glitter card, it looks like a starry night and that's why I used it. The sentiment was generated on the computer AND BEFORE all your Shakespeare buffs get in touch with me I know about the sentiment but I've used artistic licence for this challenge, so there! lol

Thank you for your comments - they are all appreciated.

#79 - Anything Goes

Here we are with One Stitch at a Time's challenge for this week, 'Anything Goes'. I've used digis from Bonna of Kelleys Kids and the set is called the Vintage Women pack and you can buy it here. Once again I used a large square Craft UK card blank. I coloured three of the images with Promarkers and then cut them out very carefully. I used a background from Joanna Sheen's Cottage Gardens CD and arranged the women as if they were out for a walk in the garden. I tied a red organza ribbon round the spine of the card and tucked in a purple feather. The red and purple coordinated with the oufits of two of the women. Very elegant! I generated the sentiment on the computer in  a Parisian font and added three small purple pearls.

The sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique and the prize is 5 digi stamps of the winner's choice. Check it out here http://thestampingboutique.com/

 
 I'm entering my card in to the following challenges:

Anything Goes Challenge 49  - Vintage/Shabby Chic
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Ladybug Inks Craft TLT - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Anything Goes (must use ribbon)
Just for Fun - Vintage 
Ellephantastic - Here come the Girls