Friday, 28 February 2014

Festive 48 - Week 7

Do you keep your bits in a bag? I'm not being cheeky! Just asking about your extra die-cuts, offcuts of pretty paper and images you stamped but didn't use.... This card was made entirely from my bits bag.

The Santa was a colour print from a MCS cd and I've added glitter to his fur trim.  There were two labels ( I added red edges) and a 'noel' die-cut that I've coloured red. I dry embossed the white label and the red panel. So that's five bits gone from the bits bag. Only another 100 to go!!

Just to recap, I have challenged myself to make a Christmas card every week , and post it here (to make sure I do it!) . If I do this, by the beginning of December I will have 48 Christmas cards. I have also issued an invitation to anyone who would like to join me.

Thank you to everyone who's joined me so far. I love seeing your cards. 

I'd like to enter:
Winter Wonderland The most wonderful time of the year
Addicted to Stamps Holidays 
Clear it Out  Reds
ABC Christmas Challenge  die cuts
Crimbo Crackers Santa 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Me, Me, Me

When I saw that this week’s CD Sunday challenge is ‘quotations’, I was stumped initially.  None of the quotations that I like seemed to be suitable for a card. But then I remembered this quote  from Alice in Wonderland ‘I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. ‘  It gave me an idea for a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout and the person it made me think of was…me!  I’ve noticed that in recent photos I’ve started to look a bit (shall we say) ‘tired’. The quote made me think about how I feel about aging. 
I made a collage in Serif Craft Artist, using a photo of me and elements from  Night Garden digitkit (not to be confused with ‘In the Night Garden’, no Iggle Piggle!).  I added the quote to the collage and printed it. My background is a sheet of Teresa Collins paper . The  two smaller clocks are from My Craft Studio CDs ( Tinkering with Steampunk and Setting the Scene Shop Fronts). The journalling spot, hearts and jar (bottom left) were cut on my Silhouette Cameo. 

As well as CD Sunday , I'd like to enter : 
Inklings and Yarns  Inky Linky party 
A Song in you Heart  Unfinished songs ( 'now is your time' ) 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Cherish Every Moment

I've been off work this week, as it's half term, and I've actually managed to get quite a lot of crafting done. Back at work tomorrow so I made the most of it today and got out the melt pot!

I made the flower with die-cut paper scraps, that I sprinkled with mica and then dipped in the melt pot. I made the butterfly in a mold, using the leftover UTEE.  The text background at the top, and the woman are old Non-Sequitur stamps and I cut her out and coloured her with Promarkers.

I'm quite pleased with my flower! 
I'd like to enter this for:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash  Embellish me
Divas by Design Rubberstamps only
Daring Cardmakers Old but not forgotten  (Non-Sequitur stamps)
Open Minded Crafting Fun  monochrome
Dream Valley Challenges Vintage

New Dress

All the papers here were free with magazines. The dress is an uncoloured image from MCS CD Fab Glam 50s - it was on a mannequin but I cut it out on two patterned papers and 'hung' it on a miniature coat hanger. The tape measure (top right) was from an embossing folder I got for a pound- after embossing I cut it out and inked it. So, a very cheap card!

I'd like to enter:
Ooh La La Creations Fashionista
Allsorts Ladies Day
Crafters Cafe Vintage

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Guest Designer Sami Stamps

I'm proud to say that today, I'm guest designer at Sami Stamps.  If you pop over to Sami Stamps  you will see a photo of me and details of Sami's latest digital stamp release. The mushroom fairy on my tag is part of that new release.  Here's how I made it:

I used:
Sami Stamps digi Mushroom Fairy
Chipboard rectangle  (mine had a white coating on one side and bevelled edges)
Markers,  Ultra fine glitter ,Two shades of beige/brown ink pad
Clear ink pad (Versamark)  and clear embossing powder
Heat gun and hole punch
Woodgrain rubber stamp
Twine, charm, gem

I coloured in the fairy and cut it out very closely.  I coloured the chipboard using the paler ink and stamped the woodgrain with the darker ink. I glued the fairy image onto the tag and punched a hole.  I put glue on the fairy’s wings and sprinkled them with ultra-fine glittter. I dabbed the whole tag with clear ink , sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heated it to melt.  This was repeated 3 or four times till the surface was glassy smooth. The dabbing of the clear ink caused particles of glitter to be transferred across the tag, which (although not originally intended!) gives the whole tag a fairy sparkle.  I finished it off with some twine, a dragonfly charm and a gem. 
Thanks Sami for having me as guest designer

I'd like to enter:
Eclectic Ellapu  Anything but a card
Dreamvalley Challenges Tag you're it 
Twisted Tuesday  Anything but a card/chipboard 
4 Crafty Chicks Things with wings 

Ink Spray Bottles' New Home

When my sister gave me a gift set of toiletries, she never suspected that, in fact,she had also given me a new home for my spray inks.
Top view, showing the misting 

I painted the top and the bottom and added gold ink spray through a honeycomb stencil. I cut the skyline out of vinyl , using the Silhouette Cameo. It's far from perfect but I like it.

I'd like to enter:
That Craft Place  Alter a box
Artful Times  Boxing Clever
Creative Fingers Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics altered

Festive 48 - Week 6

Here is number six of the 48 Christmas cards I intend to have made before Christmas 2014.

Just to recap, I have challenged myself to make a Christmas card every week , and post it here (to make sure I do it!) . If I do this, by the beginning of December I will have 48 Christmas cards. I have also issued an invitation to anyone who would like to join me.

Chrissie so far has joined me every week. Thanks Chrissie! 

This week, my image is a pre-coloured one from a Frou Frou CD and I typed in the sentiment . I hope you can see the glitter on her furry bits!

I'd like to enter:
Incy Wincey  Sassy and Sexy
A Creative Romance Let's get sentimental
Crafty Catz Lady in Red 

Friday, 21 February 2014

One Rubbish Photo

The problem with scrapping concerts and shows is that they don't usually allow photos during the performance. So when we took my son to see a tribute to 70s/80s band ELO a few weeks ago, this was the only photo we took.

I used a sketch from Skissedilla - where they used a peak of torn paper, I used a triangle and I swapped the photo and the title around. I use papers and sticker etc from Simple Stories 'Say Cheese' collection. The title is after one of the original band's big hits - the 'strange' was made with glittery black thickers. I used lots of ink, stamps, and distressing for a grungy look. Just in case you miss the star of my rubbish photo, I've added a badge pointing to him.

As well as Skissedilla , I'd like to enter:
A Song in you Heart - Unfinished stongs - I went with the songs theme and the word magic in the lyrics.
Inspired by  the colours

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Tulips from Amsterdam

I've just got back from a very short break in a fantastic hotel in a castle in Sussex. Although many of the fields and some of the castle grounds were flooded (which actually looked spectacular) , many spring flowers were shooting up.

This card is for my partner's mother, who enabled us to have our little holiday by having our son to stay.

The main image is from Papermania Wellington CD and I brought it into Silhouette Studio, added the text and cut it out in a label shape. I hand cut out two flowers and the tag and stuck them on with 3d foam. I was inspired by the song 'tulips from Amsterdam' and cut the windmill on the Silhouette. The background paper is from a CD called Sunshine and Laughter, which came free with a magazine.

I'd like to enter:

CD Sunday  All about spring
Cuttin and Stampin Challenges Spring is here
Stampin for the weekend  Flower power

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Card for a Sad Occasion

Sadly, my daughter asked me to make a card for her friend who gave birth prematurely and lost the baby soon afterwards. My daughter said she didn't want a traditional sympathy card - she wanted
'something pretty and colourful'.

I used some Prima papers I got free with a magazine. The yellow birds are from a stamp set that came with the paper pack and the birdhouse is from another magazine freebie. I die cut the doily - the cardstock isn't red as it looks in the photo, but a raspberry pink, and stamped 'thinking of you'.

I'd like to enter:

Fashionable Stamping Challenges Build it up
Digi Darla sympathy
Crafty Cardmakers come fly with me
Tuesday Throwdown  Winged fairytales
My Time to Craft sympathy

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Pinspirational Challenge 95 - Anything Goes

Here's my DT card for this week's Pinspirational Challenge  and this week it's everyone's favourite, anything goes.

For my card, I used a digi-stamp called 'Pip', kindly supplied by our sponsor A and T Digital Designs.

We'd love you to come over to Pinspirational  and join in.

I'd like to enter :
Love to Scrap  Anything goes
Simply Create Too - Use Green

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Inkspirational Challenge 50 - Tic Tac Toe

This week we have a Tic Tac Toe (or bingo) board at Inkspirational Challenges .

You have to choose 3 in a row and I chose pearls, ribbon or lace (both!) amd flowers.

The vintage photo is from Joanna Sheen Fashion CD - my printer is running out of black ink and so it printed with a pink tinge - and I just decided to work with it! The die cut heart and 'cherish' are Docrafts Vintage Love Notes and I stamped the background with a Penny Black floral stamp.

I hope you will pick a line off the board and come over to join us at Inkspirational. 

I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday  Love Always
4 Crafty Chicks Use Pearls
Make My Monday  Love is in the air
Clear it Out Challenge Love and flowers
Craft Room Challenge ribbons and lace
Alphabet Challenge Always and forever

Friday, 14 February 2014

Festive 48 - Week 5

I'm keeping up with my plan to get smug for Christmas 2014.

Just to recap, I have challenged myself to make a Christmas card every week , and post it here (to make sure I do it!) . If I do this, by the beginning of December I will have 48 Christmas cards. I have also issued an invitation to anyone who would like to join me.

This week, I made a really traditional card using an image from a Debbi Moore CD. It's a great vintage- style image, so I grunged it up a bit by adding distress inks and ragging up the card etc.  The 'naughty' and 'nice' were printed from my computer and I added gems and glitter brads for a bit of sparkle. 

Thank you to those who joined me last week with their beautiful cards - especially Chrissie who is keeping up with me. 

I really liked the details on this card by Tracy F :
by Tracy F 
If you'd like to join me in being well-prepared for Christmas, please link a Christmas card below.

I'd like to enter:
Winter Wonderland No stamping allowed 
Crimbo Crackers Christmas Happiness
Delightful Challenges Anything Goes 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Orange and Yellow

I was playing Trivial Pursuit the other night, and I had a yellow 'pie' with an orange segment in it and I thought - ooh - I like that colour combo! (Maybe that's why I lost the game as I should have been concentrating on the questions!)

This stamp is by Stamping Bella.

I'd like to enter:

Stamplorations  sketch
Daring Cardmakers  Grey with orange and yellow
Alphabet Challenge z for zesty

Friday, 7 February 2014

Festive 48- Week 4 - Softly Fell the Silent Snow

Wow! Week 4 already!

For this card I used random (magazine freebie) patterned papers and a sentiment stamp . The trees, reindeer and snowflake are die cuts and I sprayed everything with white mister. The mist made everything look pale and smudgy but it really wasn't white enough for the snow on the trees, so I sponged white ink as well.

Just to recap, I have challenged myself to make a Christmas card every week , and post it here (to make sure I do it!) . If I do this, by the beginning of December I will have 48 Christmas cards. I have also issued an invitation to anyone who would like to join me.

Thanks to all those who joined me last week, including Nikki C who linked up this great card:
by Nikki C 
I loved the metal angel wings and the tab-shaped sentiment. 

I hope you will join me this week, and get smug for Christmas 2014. 

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash cabin fever
Jingles Belles Rock Text Me  
Cut it Up Challenges Through the woods
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Christmas

Love is in the Air

Another Valentine's card. Honestly this doesn't look wonky in real-life, just in the photo.

The images are hybrid - most of them are printed and cut on the Cameo, using the 'fill pattern' feature . The sentiment  was from a digikit and I offset it, fill patterned it, added text and printed and cut it. The houses are cut from some leftover scrapbook paper . I cut the bottoms off them so it is clear that the spotty paper is the sky!

I'd like to enter
Twisted Tuesday  something in the sky/ something that flies
4 Crafty Chicks flags/banners
Cut it Up Valentines Day
Ooh La la Creations  Use a heart
Little Red Wagon Love 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

City Crafter Guest Designer

I'm proud to say that this week, I'm a guest designer at City Crafter! Please pop over to the City Crafter Challenge Blog  to see a photo of me (!) , find out about the challenge and see the work of the talented Design Team.

This week's challenge is black and white with a splash of colour:
For my card, I used an Art Journey image of a girl with an umbrella. I coloured parts of the image with a purpley colour and then covered the umbrella in glossy accents. I stamped the background with two different water droplet stamps by Designs by Ryn and a perspective stamp (unknown). The sentiment is a Unity stamp.

I'd like to enter:
Use your Stuff Song Inspiration
Dream Valley no designer paper
Scribble Scrap Anything Goes
My Craft Creations  Anything Goes

Pinspirational Challenge 93 - A Day for Daisies

It's time for another challenge at Pinspirational and here's the photo:
For my DT card I used an image kindly provided by our sponsor A Day for Daisies  and  a fairytale themed paper stack by DCWV . I paper-pieced the dress and the book cover. Are the fairies in the background just her imagination or have they escaped from the book?

What ideas does this photo give you? Please come and join in at Pinspirational challenges.

I'd like to enter
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge 
Stamping Sensations Wings, fantasy and fiction
Scribble Scrap Anything Goes
Digi Darlas Your personal style ( paper piecing)
Card Mania Fairies

Saturday, 1 February 2014

An Alarming Valentine

Sometimes in magazines you see articles on 'ten minute cards'. This card is more like a ten hour card, taking into account the time it took to get my ideas together and then to make them work!

It all started with a challenge at Red Carpet Studio - create a project inspired by the morning. I played with a few ideas then settled on the rooster and the alarm clock. But then I had this old song ' I want to wake up with you..' (Boris Gardiner) going round in my head and decided to make it into a Valentine's card.

I really do think this is a card to give to someone you are already in a relationship with - if you gave it to the handsome guy at the office, he might be quite alarmed!

The papers I used are all from a magazine freebie pack . The rooster was a magazine freebie stamp too and I paper pieced it with two papers. I cut the clock, hearts and tags on the Silhouette Cameo.

As well as Red Carpet Studio, I'd also like to enter:
City Crafter Love Story
Love to Scrap Tag You're it
Addicted to Stamps Photo inspiration
Jellypark  Lots of love
Rogue Redhead Paper piecing

Inkspirational Challenge 49 - We CASE Yvonne

This week at Inkspirational  we're challenging you to CASE any card on DT member Yvonne's blog .

CASE means copy and share everything and that is what I've done with this card by Yvonne:
Yvonne's original

There are so many fantastic cards on Yvonne's blog, Journey into Artistry ,why not pop over there, choose one and join in? For more ideas, please visit the other DT members' blogs.

I'd like to enter:
Christmas Card Challenges Anything Goes
Fab n Funky  Christmas
QKR Stampede Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Anything Goes