Monday, 10 December 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 81 - Inspired by a song

For our Christmas Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers we'd like to take inspiration from the song lyrics of 'Time In A Bottle' written and performed by Jim Croce.  You can find it on You Tube -
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
Till Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with
We thought it would make a nice change from the usual Christmas challenge.  Just have a look at the words and see what inspires you.  It could be just one line.  Or you could create something to show us what you would do if you could save time in a bottle and spend it doing your favourite thing, or with your best friend, lover, child etc. A scrapbook page of memories perhaps, or something more practical relating to time. You can choose one of the words in the lyrics and create a theme around it.

We are sponsored by our lovely teamie Kim Reygate. As Kim told me 'I have been lucky enough to work with some fantastic companies during this last year, both teaching and making samples and most of whom are represented in the prize, so I would be more than happy to donate them to Crafty Cardmakers', represented in the list are Clarity, HobbyArt, Sir Stampalot, Stampcraft and Woodware, some of whom will be sponsoring us in 2013, so watch this space!

The items in the prize are Items from the top of the photo
Blue Magic stamp

2 Embossing Folders
2 Butterfly Stamps
Fluffy Stuff
2 ColorBox Queues
ColourBox Moulding Mat
Magnolia Stamp
Petal Stamps

We are also sponsored as usual by Milk Coffee Stamps with their usual prize of 5 digi images of the winner's choice
And as this challenge runs until 7th January we will be having a Top Ten instead of the usual Top Five.

Well, the song did mention a bottle, so how could I resist.  I have made a label to go over a bottle of wine that I am giving a friend. I'm not sure if we can trap time in the bottle but I know we shall have a good time sharing it.
I started with some black card.  I cut a large and a small hole in it using Nestabilities and scored fold lines so it would fit nicely over the bottle.  Next I added a layer of brown card and finally the decorated cream card with my message on.  I used stamps from PaperArtsy (Clocks 4 and Crowns & Castles 3) that I stamped in Stampin' Up Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.  The sentiment (from Crowns & Castles 3) is stamped in SU Early Expresso.  I also sponged round the edges to give it a bit of a distressed look.


Sunday, 9 December 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 47 - Christmas

Our challenge at Dream Valley this week runs from 9th December right through to 6th January.  And of course our theme has to be Christmas.  We have a host of sponsors for this challenge, so come on and show us your Christmas themed projects.

I decided to do a parchment card.  This is a pattern from Mary G Kerr that was published in Parchment Magazine in Decembver 2010.  The green layer is actually green parchment that came free with an edition of Parchment Magazine.  Then I did the dove on a normal parchment layer
then attached both layers to a green card with brads.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 80 - Christmas Photo Inspiration

Our at Crafty Cardmakers this fortnight, hosted by Fiona, is a photo inspiration challenge.
Make a card or project inspired by the following photo. You can take inspiration from any part of it really, from the actual image or from the colours.
We have two great sponsors again.  First we have Di's Digi Downloads who are offering a prize of a $10 gift voucher, and secondly we have Crop Stop who are offering a $15 voucher for their store.

I decided to go with the lovely colours in the photo for my inspiration and made a necklace for a friend.  I used two different size glass pearl beads and between the larger ones I placed some crystal rondelles.  Next comes a section with small clear glass beads, silver spacers and then aqual crystals.  The third section is again pearls, but this time smaller ones, with the small glass beads between them.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 46 - Non Traditional Christmas

At Dream Valley the challenge is to come up with a Non Traditional Christmas project.  What exactly does non-traditional mean to you.  Come on, show us your ideas.  Our prize this week is a surprise goodie bag for one lucky person.
I decided to go really alternative and got out my lovely Oh My Dear stamp from Stampotique.  I stamped her in black and then paper pieced her jumper using shiny pink paper.  I made a background on my card using a star (also by Stampotique that came free with Craft Stamper) which I stamped in Versamark, then added Stampin' Up Heat and Stick topping it off with Doodlebug Sugar Coating in Beetle Black Glitter.  The stars at the bottom were given the same treatment but this time the stamp was from Inkwell (also free with Craft Stamper) with a bit of added pink bling.  The lovely sentiment across the middle of the card  was cut using a Sizzix alphabet (Cherish) and black holographic card.  I used the same card to make a matt for the sentiment section.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Parchment for Pleasure

I have been busy making my Christmas cards but decided to take some time out to make a couple of parchment items for friends.

This is a pattern by Josie Davidson called 3D Flower Parasol which was published in Parchment Craft Magazine in January 2010.  I traced the design, including the border, with a white pencil, then I embossed the border lines, the frill, the handle, the ribbon and the outline of the parasol using a small ball tool.  I stippled the bottom of the handle and then added colour behind this, the ribbon, the frill and the border using Whispers pens.  The gridwork was done on a large, bold, straight grid with a sun tool added in the spaces.  The little flowers were punched out of parchment using a Woodware Multi flower punch and were coloured on both sides and then embossed, but the colouring hardly shows.  These were stuck to the parasol using glue dots and then little pearls were added to each flower.  I cut round the edge of the border using a 2-split tool and mounted it onto purple card using pearl brads. 

My second project was a pillow box.  First I  made the box, using a small, straight grid to make the pattern on the front of the box.  Then ona seperate piece of parchment I drew the cat.  This is from a design called Peek A Boo by Gail Sydenham which was published in the December 2010 issue of Parchment Magazine.  The parchment was placed over an outline of the cat and then I drew in the eyes, nose and fur using Derwent Studio pencils.  I also added some pencil colour to the reverse before attaching the cat to the pillow box using brads.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 79 - More than one die cut or punch

Our challenge this time at Crafty Cardmakers is hosted by BettyC and she would like you to use more than 1 punch or die cut. You can have a combination such as 1 punch and 1 diecut as that equals two, or two punches, two diecuts. You can use more if you wish as long as there is at least two in combination or two of either on your creation.  We have two great sponsors for this challenge.  First up are Hobby Art Stamps and secondly Milk and Coffee Digital Stamps.

I started with the gorgeous Pom Pom stamp from Lili Of The Valley.  I coloured her using Derwent Studio Pencils adding a bit of Sakura Stardust pen to her wings and pom pom for that oh so necessary sparkle.  I cut her out and then matted and layered her using Nestability Cicle and Scalloped Circle dies.  The lovely bg paper is from Stampin' Up's Springtime Vintage papers.  I also used a tiny strip from the same papers in place of a ribbon.  Next I got out my SU punches.  I stamped the words and then punched them out using the modern label punch, then matted it onto two more punched shapes using the extra large scallop oval punch and the decorative label punch .  Finally I added lots of pink and cream flowers which are held together with grey brads.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 45 - Anything Goes

This week at Dream Valley we have decided to have an 'Anything Goes' week.  That's right. Anything.  Let's see what wonderful crafty creations you can come up with.  And this week we are sponsored by the lovely Joanna Sheen who is offering a £10 voucher for one lucky person.

I decided to get out a stamp plate that I've had for ages and have hardly used.  It is by Designs Inc and is Plate 876.  I stamped both the beautiful image and words using Stampin' Up Crumb Cake ink onto cream card, then matted and layered onto pink adding an additional grey layer to the image.  The DP is from the Wedding stack by Paper Cellar.  To finish off I added a strip punched with Martha Stewart Scallop Dot punch and some half pearls.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 78 - Shaped Card using a Reindeer or Two

The Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is hosted this week by Tracey.  She says that
as Christmas will be here before we know it, we would like to see a shaped card featuring a reindeer or two. No square or rectangle cards please.  We have two fab sponsors this week.  First we have The Stampman who are offering a £10 voucher to spend in their on-line store.  Secondly, we have Di's Digi Downloads who are offering a $10 voucher to spend on their fab images.

I made a simple stand-up card that folds flat for posting.   I decorated the mechanism using DP from Bo Bunny Father Christmas paper.  Then I cut out four reindeer using Tim Holtz Alternations dies.  I embossed each one with a different Cuttlebug folder - D'vine Swirls, Holly, Snowflakes and Swiss Dots then smeared some Crystal Stickles over them.  These were then added to the card using foam pads.  I punched a snowflake (X-Cut) out of the green card and added some more stickles.  The sentiment is from Whimsey Holiday Pennants and cut it out with a Woodware mini tag.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 44 - Glitter and Bling

This week our challenge at Dream Valley is Glitter and Bling.  So, let's see how sparkly you can make your creations.  We are sponsored by the lovely Sassy Studios who are offering 4 of their lovely images to one lucky person.

I went with lots of glitter for my card - well how could I resist, LOL.  First I stamped the flower stamp (PaperMania PM1022) in Black StazOn onto acetate.  Then using my quickie glue pen I added glitter in shades of mauve and silver to the reverse.  Then I cut a circle aperture out of a piece of mauve pearlescent card using Nesties and rounded off the top corners using a Woodware corner rounder.  I mounted the acetate behind the aperture then matted it onto some white card, rounding the corners again and punching the bottom with a Stampin' Up scallop punch. I used the strip of white card that was left over to add to the front, edging it with silver border peel-offs and also added then round the edge of the aperture.  My background DP is by PaperMania (Creative Tones in Amethyst Infusion) and ran silver border peel-offs round the edge.  Finally for an added bit of bling I added some bling flowers.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 77 - Autumn or Autumn Festivals

Our challengeat Crafty Cardmakers this week is 'Autumn or Autumn Festivals - NOT Hallowe'en' and is hosted by Josephine
Josephine says 'There are always so many Hallowe'en challenges around! So instead of creating a Hallowe'en card I would like to see something that depicts the Season of Autumn, or maybe Harvest Festival, Guy Fawkes, Diwali or some other festival that happens in the Autumn. If your theme is a lesser-known festival, please tell us about it in your post! But remember, this is not a Hallowe'en challenge!
We are sponsored this week by One Stop Card Crafts who are offering a £10 voucher to one lucky person, and also Milk 'n' Coffee Digital Stamps.
I decided to go for Autumn and got out a Cuttlebug die that has lots of lovely leaves.  I cut them in various shades of browns/oranges plus some old gold.  The lovely sentiment is from Stampscapes.  Quite a simple card but very effective.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 43 - Halloween

This week at Dream Valley we are asking for Halloween creations.  You know the kind of thing, witches, ghosts, things that go bump in the night, lol.   We have two lovely sponsors for this challenge.  The first is One Stop Card Crafts who are offering a £10 voucher for one lucky person.  Secondly we have Bugaboo Designs who are offering a  voucher for their on line store.

I decided to get out my old Tilda with Lantern stamp.  I stamped her with Versafine Onyx Black onto watercolour paper and then painted her using Whispers pens, adding a little bit of sparkle with Sakura Stardust pens.  The DP is from Stampin' Up Designer Series.  I stamped the little pumpkins from SU Fall Whimsey onto purple card using Elegant Eggplant and stamped three extra onto darker card which I cut out and added sparkle to.  The zig zag strip was a Cuttlebug folder from the Just My Type set and the sentiment was hand written.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 76 - Indian Summer

Our challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers is called Indian Summer and is hosted by Mynnette
Mynnette would like to see a created scene using any nature themed stamps you have, digis welcome. Examples of nature themed stamps are leaves, grasses, wildflowers, etc. Anything nature and autumn! Plus use only oranges, yellows, and reds for colors (black/brown and white/cream are allowed as well). Perhaps a sentiment of gratitude or autumn would also be appropriate!
Here is some inspiration for you:
We are sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads who are offering a $10 voucher to one lucky person.
I decided to get out my brayer to make my card and an ink pad I've had for simply ages but was still in it's wrappings!  It's the gorgeous Aurora ink pad by Brilliance.  After brayering the ink onto white card I used a torn piece of paper and Stampin' Up Basic Gray to sponge some foreground, then added the lovely pheasant and grasses from the SU Autumn Days set in the same ink.  Finally I added my sentiment from the Hero Arts Anytime Messages.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 42 - Go Pink

This week at Dream Valley we are raising awareness for Breast Cancer with a Go Pink Challenge.  We have the wonderful Di's Digi Downloads as our sponsor, so go check out their on-line store. 

I got out my old Tilda stamps and used Tilda Dressed up.  I coloured her with Whispers pens and then paper pieced her dress using scraps of DP and a little Sakura Stardust pen to give her a bit of sparkle.  I cut her out with a rectangle Nestability and used the scalloped one to matt her onto. The background DP was also from my scrap box.  I used a Stampin Up Scallop punch for the strip of pink card and wrapped a ribbon round it finishing off with a flower with a brad at the centre.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

How long did it take? . . .

. . . I started a bracelet just after Christmas and now it's finally finished.  It did take a long time to do but mainly because I would do an inch of the fringing and then put it down for a month or two, lol.

This is called a slug bracelet.  First I made the base using clear seed beads.  Then I added the fringing, one stack at a time.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tigers, fairies and flowers

I've been playing with my parchment recently.

The first card is for a man.  It's a pattern by Ann Jennings called Tiger Tiger that was published in Parchment Craft Magazine in June 2010.  I drew the tiger with black pen and the border with gold pen.  I coloured the tiger on the reverse using Derwent Studio pencils.  The gridwork was done on a large straight grid.

The second card is a pattern by Judith Maslen called A New Friend which was published in Parchment Magazine in August 2011.  Again this was coloured with Derwent Studio pencils.

Finally I made a coaster and mini card.  They was adapted from patterns by Christine Coleman publihsed in Parchment Magazine in January 2011.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 74 - Winged Things

This week at Crafty Cardmakers we'd like to see Winged Things on your creations.  We have two fab sponsors for this challenge.  The Stampman are offering a £10 voucher for their online store.  Also Di's Digi Downloads are offering a $10 voucher for their store.

I decided to get out some of my Stampin' Up supplies for my card.  I used the lovely SU Nature's Walk set to stamp the bird and eggs onto some DP (SU Botanical Gazette) in SU Early Expresso and the sentiment (SU You're a Gem) was stamped in SU Old Olive.  I then matted and layered this onto brown card.  I then matted some nice green card onto my card blank and stamped the grass stamp from the same set onto it using SU Old Olive adding a strip of the butterfly paper from the same DP selection.  Finally I stamped the number on a scrap of paper and tucked it behind the image.

Dream Valley Challenge 40 - Something Old, Something New

Sorry I'm so late with this post but I've had major internet troubles!
Anyway.  The theme this week at Dream Valley is to use something old and something new from your stash.  We have 3 great sponsors - first One Stop Card Crafts are offering a £10 voucher for their shop, next Crafty Ribbons are offering one lucky person a Bev's Ribbon Bag, and finally Joanna Sheen is offering a £10 voucher for use in her shop.

I decided to make a stepped card.  My new stash was my DP paper from Stampin' Up in Subtle shades.  Also new are my Marianne Creatable dies Ithe great sail like ones and the flowers as well as the arch over the top) and the SU Beautiful Wings die (the butterflies).  My old stash was, of course, my Penny  Black stamps (Micey Day/hugs/Critter Party) coloured with my ancient Whispers pens plus a bit of added Sakura Stardust pen.  The sentiment (old foam stamp) is cut with Circle Nestabilieis which I believe were the first Nesties I ever bought.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 72 - Olympic Spirit

In honour of the Olympics  being held in the UK we'd like to see some sport inspired creations at Crafty Cardmakers. Any sport will do but it would be brilliant if there were some sports that are competed at the Olympics (including the Winter Olympic) games.  We are sponsored by the fab Di's Digi Downloads who are offering a $10 voucher and also by Hobby Art who are offering two fabulous stamp (sentiments clear set and Butterfly Kisses Nautical set) sets to one lucky person.

I decided to make a set of ATCs in a wallet.  I used postage stamps that depicted Gold, Silver and Bronze from Montreal 1976 Olympics.

I'd like to enter my project into the following challenges:
Craft Your Days Away - Olympic Dreams
Pixie Dust Studios - Gold
S J Crafts - The Olympics