Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Little Pixie


I made this cute little Pixie card for a swap.  The theme was 'Something you can give to a child'.  The pattern is by Judith Maslen from the February 2012 Parchment Craft Magazine.   I love her patterns.  I coloured on the reverse with Derwent Studio Pencils and the butterfly was made seperately and popped on top.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 62 - Recipe

At Crafty Cardmakers this week we have a recipe for you, set by Kim.  She would like youto use 1 Image (preferably stamped) 2 Background Papers and 3 Embellishments, one of which MUST be a heart.  We are sponsored by the fab Di's Digi Downloads who are offering one luck winner a $10 gift voucher.






My image is, of course Tilda with a balloon.  I watercoloured her using Whispers pens and added some Glamour Dust to her balloon.For my two Background Papers I used some pink paper from Me and My Big ideas that I punched along one edge with a Martha Stewart Scallop Dot punch and backed onto pink card and also some lovely large flowered paper from Twelvex12.  I stamped this in the corners with a lovely corner flourish from Prima in SU Perfect Plum.  I also used this ink for my sentiment which is from Inkadinkado Paperwork Greetings.  My three embellishments are the two heart gems in the top corners and the pink and mauve flower.
I'd like to enter it into the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy - With All My Heart
By the Cute and Girlie - Love is in the Air
Stamp and Create - Valentine/Love
Little Claire's - Romance

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 26 - Just for Men

This week at Dream Valley we have decided to challenge you to come up with something for the men in your life.  Most of us find making cards for men quite difficult, so this will be a challenge, especially for me.   We are being sponsored by Bugaboo Digi stamps who are offering one lucky prize winner a voucher for $21 to spend in their store.  For more inspiration, go check out the fab things my teamies have come up with.


I made a card for my DH as it was his birthday.  He is mad keen on fishing so I cut up his Angling Times for it (tee hee hee!).  I started with a white card blank and topped it with some green card that I had embossed on the bottom half using Tim Holtz Texture Fades - Retro Circles (love this folder).  Then I added a strip of the newspaper across the middle and also used the paper to make a rosette.  In the centre of the rosette I added a green handmade paper star and a fish button.  More buttons were added to the corners.  The sentiment (CDs Fishtails) was punched out using Stampin' Up punches - the Large Oval for the sentiment itself, Extra Large Scallop oval to matt it and then finally I used the Decorative Label punch on newspaper for the final backing.
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges
Hotshot Crafts  - One For the Boys.
Creative Card Crew - Masculine

Toast anyone?


This is the first time I've inked up this delicious little Penny Black stamp.  I watercoloured the image with Whispers pens and mounted it onto a die cut (Nestabilities Labels One) that I've edged with faux stitching.  The bg papers are from the Brights stack by American Traditional Designs.  I stamped the little sentiment and punched it out using Stampin' Up modern label punch and added the little boquet of flowers and leaves (L-Em punch for leaves) finishing it off with a ribbon bow.
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons - Paws for thought
Paper Play - Critters
S J Papercrafts - Flowers
Crafters Companion - Anything goes
Truly Scrumptious - All Creatures Great and Small

Friday, 10 February 2012

Acrylic Block Stamping - Part Two

This time, instead of just using two colours of Whispers Pens scribbled on my acrylic block, I scribbled a rainbow and then, again, spritzed it with Irridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.


I love the effect this gives.  It's like brayering but without the lines I seem to get and also softer colours.  I used a gorgeous fairy stamp from Clear Secrets - I think she is a fairy.  She definitely has wings but I'm not sure about that hoof of hers, lol.  I mounted her onto white card that I punched with my Martha Stewart Around the Page set (French Scroll).  This is the first time I've actually used this set to punch all the way round (note to self - must not buy any more supplies till I've used what I've got - apart, of course, from the two orders that are on their way, rofl).  I then mounted this onto purple card to make it stand out and added a little bit of trim I've had in my stash for quite a while.  Then I couldn't find the right backing paper till I thought to look at my Stampin' Up Christmas stash.  This is from the Holly Berry Bouquet stack although I don't think you'd know it was Christmas paper.  Finally I mounted it on a white card blank.
I'd like to enter her in the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Things With Wings
Creative Card Crew - Fantasy Creatures
CES Challenges - Give me Wings

Acyrlic Block Stamping - Part one

On one of the groups I belong to the challenge was to use your acrylic block to stamp with. I chose to rub my Whispers Pens on my block, spritz it with Irridescent Gold Glimmer Mist and then stamp onto my paper, using the result as a background.

For this card I used the beautiful dragonfly from my Inkadinkado Morphic Bugs set (first time they have seen ink!) in black.  The lovely little design around the edge is from the French Mail set by Clear Art.


This uses the bee from the same set plus the sentiment from Hero Arts Any Time Messages and the honeycomb background from Stamp Attack.


The third card uses a stamp from another Inkadinkado set I've had for ages but not inked before.  It's Flower Sentiments.  I've run a Stampin' Up wheel (Friendly Words) behind the main image.
I'd like to enter my cards in the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Things With Wings
Crafts and Me - Use a New Image
CES Challenges - Give Me Wings


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Diamonds and not accidents













My sister asked me to make a Diamond Anniversary card for her neighbour so this is what I came up with.  I found a lovely pattern by Julie Misters in an old Parchment Craft Mag (September 2009) but the centre was oval, so I adapted it.  I was rather pleased that I didn't have any accidents cutting out the lattice work.  The longest part to finish was adding the bling.  After adding too many pearls to a card the other day and not being able to get them off I was rather more hesitant with this and only lightly placed my gems before finally deciding where to go.  A lesson learnt I think, LOL.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 61 - Monochrome

This week at Crafty Cardmakers our challenge is hosted by Beth.  She has chosen Monochrome as her theme.  You can use any colour you choose, it doesn't have to be black, but she wants to see your creations made using only shades of one colour. She will allow highlights of one different colour, but it must not be a major player in your project. You can also, of course, use skin tones and hair, but other than that please stick to the one colour.
We have two fabulous sponsors for this challenge.  First up is IndigoBlu.  They are offering their amazing FlitterGlu starter kit and their 'Love Is' stamp.  Check out the challenge for details.  Secondly, Digi Doodle Shop are offering a $10 gift certificate for their shop.



I decided to use blue as my colour.  I got out a stamp I've had for a while but that hadn't seen ink before.  It's by Hobby Art from the Butterfly Kisses collection and the set is called Far Away.  I stamped this lovely girl using Versafine Majestic Blue onto watercolour paper and then painted her using just one of the blues from my little Koh-i-Noor pallet.  I cut her out using Nesties ovals and also used the ovals for the dark blue frame.  Then I mounted her onto a die cut using Labels Ten.  The background paper came free with a magazine (sorry can't remember which one) and I stamped the sentiment directly onto it.  Lastly I added the little bows and some pearl.  I think I overdid the pearls at the top and should have just stuck to three like at the bottom, but once they were on I couldn't get them off again!
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
The Stamp Man - Embellish it
Charisma Cardz - Vintage
Diva's by Design - Anything Goes
Lily Pad Cards - Patterned Paper

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 25 - Valentine

This week we've got all lovey, dovey at Dream Valley and chosen a really easy theme - Valentines.  Please remember that you can enter this challenge up to 3 times but no more.  We have a great sponsor again this week, the lovely Joanna Sheen is offering a £10 voucher to one lucky person to spend in her on line shop, and don't forget she doesn't charge P&P.
There are some gorgeous examples by the team on the blog so go check them out.
I've made a parchment card for this challenge and I took pictures for each stage so you can see how it's done.


This is the finished card.  The pattern is called Love defined by Sue McGuirk from Parchment Mag July 08. 



I always photocopy the pattern as I find it easier to attach my parchment (with masking tape) to a photocopy rather than directly to the magazine.  Then I traced the pattern in white pencil.


Next I embossed all of the lines and some of the rose petals using various sizes of ball embossing tools.

The next stage was to go around the edge of the heart with a semi circular tool, and then fix the parchment to a grid (small straight grid) and using a single needle tool perferate the leaves and other rose petals using every hole.

Next I used a 2 needle tool to perferate around the roses, lines and leaves and then cut and removed the waste parchment.  Then I added small dots around the outside edges of the semi-circle perforations with a fine ball tool.  Finally I folded the parchment along the fold line and cut straight edges around the other sides, then attached it to a red card blank.


This is a close-up of the finished heart.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge - For the one I love
By The Cute and Girly - Love is in the air
Joanna Sheen - Love is in the air
Divas by Design - Anything Goes

Friday, 3 February 2012

Pembroke Castle


I've been looking at this pattern for a while and decided to make it up for a friend's birthday.  It's by Judith Maslen (Oooh, I love her patterns) from an old Parchment Magazine (December 2006).  I apologise for the quality of the photo.  I didn't check it properly before I posted the card and now I can see that the sentiment doesn't show very clearly!
I traced the castle in black pen and the sentiment and border in gold pen.  Then I added some dorso on the reverse (blue) around the edges, behind the sentiment and as sky.  Next, still on the reverse, I coloured the castle using Derwent Studio pencils and added a bit of highlights by embossing with ball tools.  The border is made using a semi circle tool and a sun tool.  I mounted it onto navy card using gold brads and then onto a white card blank.

Inchie Inspiration

There was a fab article in Craft Stamper this month (although it says March 2012!).  It was by Sarah Engels-Greer and she used inchies on her cards.  So, duly inspired, here is what I came up with.
This was the first card I made.  I made a DL card base and punched the inside edge with my Stampin' Up Scallop Punch.  Next I added a strip of lace and some red ribbon.  Then I stamped some butterflies from Clear Choice 20 Best Friends in SU Real Red onto white card and punched out sections using a Woodware 1" punch, then mounted them on red card and popped them on top of the ribbon using foam dots.  Lastly I added the word 'memories' (from the same stamp set). 
Next I made the same card blank but added some hessian (it's got sparkly bits in it - only hessian I had!) and used leaf stamps (Clear Choice Leaf Decor) and SU Garden Green.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  I'd like to enter this card into Gingersnap Creations Glorious Greens Challenge.

















As I was enjoying myself I went on to make two more.  The purple one uses SU Bloomin' with Beauty stamps and Rich Razzleberry ink and the brownish one uses stamps from Personal Impressions Clear Summer and Colorbox Chalk ink in Amber Clay.

I'd like to enter all my cards into So Artful's Challenge - Georgia O'Keefe inspiration (I love her paintings especially the flower ones).

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Cutting down on postage costs . . .

I decided to make a stash of one-layer cards to send abroad so that I can save on postage.  It's got so expensive and I hear it's going up again in April!  (warning - long post)
This card was made using a small Whispers square shadow stamp stamped in Stampin' Up in Pink Pirouette and the flower from SU Faith in Nature and a Crafty Individual sentiment stamped in SU Not Quite Navy.

This time I used a large Whispers Square shadow stamp again in SU Pink Pirouette, then the leaf and sentiment from Faith in Nature in SU Not Quite Navy and then some embossing round the image.


This time I used two colours on the large shadow stamp (SU Wild Wasabi and Certainly Celery) then the pear and a best wishes sentiment in SU Cajun Craze.
This time I stamped the little row of mice and the sentiment from Penny Black Micey Day in black on to a green card blank and added colour with Derwent Studio pencils.

Onto a blue card blank I stamped another image from Penny Black and again coloured with Derwent Studio Pencils.

Tilda paddling in the sea stamped onto a white card blank and coloured with Derwent Studio pencils.  I cut a mask and sponged yellow ink for the sun and the sentiment is from Hobby Art General Greetings.

A cute little Manga Girl from Sugar Nellie coloured with Derwent Studio Pencils and a sentiment from Hobby Art General Greetings.










For these two I stamped the sentiments first (Darkroom Door and Stampscape) first, then masked off the area around them and also a circle mask for the moon, and then sponged Distress Ink (Stormy Sky) all over the card.  Then I stamped the trees and seascape (Darkroom Door Wilderness Sets Vol 1 and 2) in black ink.



Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Blowing Bubbles


I decided to use my Penny Black hedgehog blowing bubbles from the Transparent Hugs set.  I watercoloured it using whispers pens then cut and mounted it using Circle Nestabilities.  I made a card blank using the largest Scalloped Circle Nestie and also cut the backing paper (free from the Nancy Watt collection in an old Making Cards mag).  I punched out 2 hearts and added the hugs sentiment to the large one then fixed them with foam pads.  Then to finish off I added some green gems.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Penny's Paper Crafty - Love is in the Air
Truly Scrumptious - Love and Hearts
Simon Says Stamp - Animal Antics
Speedy Fox and Friends - At Least 4 layers