Saturday, 31 January 2009
This is the only opportunity I've had to make anything today, but just thought I'd do a quick card for this week's challenge on Dottie's World (just scraping in with this one). In fact I started to think about this earlier, but it hadn't come together.
I've used downloads of background and 'walkies' from Girl about town and just added the three buttons (but, confession, they really are brads - sorry!), the ribbon on Fifi and three little flowers that weren't exactly handmade (die cut long ago). So all in all, I suppose you could say that I've cheated with this one. I'll leave you to decide. These were the instructions for the recipe:
1 of the downloads
1 flower, but it has to be handmade (not a shop bought one, oh no!
Friday, 30 January 2009
This has been mounted within a distressed pink frame, so it's a second card for Lots to Do 4: 'you've been framed'.
The current challenge 16 on Cuttlebug is to add distress as part of textures.
So I ran a piece of BG sultry paper through my die cutter with the Cuttlebug embossing folder - I actually managed this time to overlap and not flatten the rest of it to produce the embossing across the width of the card. I then distressed this using one of my BG files (I'm glad I got these - much better than using sandpaper or emery board), added some Maya Road ribbon and the sentiment is a DCWV Old World sticker.
I used a frame, which is the theme of challenge 4 on Lots to do this week.
I also used three different patterned papers as detailed by Lythan in her great challenge 'patterned paper passion' this week on DCM's 'prints charming'. I find it no hardship whatsoever to work with three patterned papers, and the idea this time was to try to use three different manufacturers. The base paper is a DCWV (I think it's from ' although it wasn't on the back of the piece I used, so I'm not sure. The frame was from K & Co Hannah range and the torn strip across the bottom was from BG sultry. The sentiment on the side is from K & Co Brookfield.
As soon as I'd finished it I realised that this card also fits the challenge 24 this week on Cupcake Craft '3-2-1' to use three papers/card, 2 embellishments and 1 piece of ribbon.
The ribbon is Maya Road.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
I've used card from the QVC kit I mentioned in an earlier post, with one of the images (the image and the white strip across the bottom have glitter on, but doesn't show up in the photo. The brad embellishments on the right aren't that apparent on the photo - much better irl.
I've used the ingredients specified for the recipe on BG challenge 19: 2 patterned papers, 1 button, 1 ribbon and bow and 3 brads.
The papers are BG Lilykate, the brads are Doodlkebug Design boutique lily white assortment.
I have followed the sketch on this week's Crafty Muse:
It's a thank you card, so that's today's challenge 33 on Dutch Dare.
The card also fits challenge 4 on Charisma Cardz to make a card using black and white and one other colour.
The cards used for this were in a kit that arrived today from QVC (yes, I know, I gave in and bought something else - for bumping up my stock ready for my sale for Tearfund). The flower was coloured with copics.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
The topic was 'bubbles' (I showed mine here) and these are the fab ATCs I received from the rest of the group.
I've used the lovely picture provided on Art Creations Friday for their 10th challenge.
As the card contains a charm, I'm also linking for this week's One Stop Craft Challenge 13 'charmed'.
Papers are from my offcuts box, swirls outlined with stickles, a few primas etc, Anna Griffin ribbon and swirls created on my cricut with home accents cartridge.
The paper is an old DCWV and the mosaic background behind the sentiment was cuttlebug embossed and then swiped with green and brown inks.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
The subject this week is 'peeling paint'. We had a little cupboard outside that houses a tap that can be accessed for hosing the garden and one or two other bits. Sadly, the door has become weathered recently and the paint is peeling. So I took a picture of a section of the door, then played around with filters in Picture It until I got this effect that I was happy with - then printed the wording, stuck on a piece of Papermania ribbon, a few flowers and here it is:
The candles are part of a Whispers stamp and the variety of cakes are from SeeDs Birthday Bash and Celebration Pictures. I used Whispers and Marvy pens to colour (haven't used these for a long time). The text was printed on clear tape with my dymo letratag. The card used for the stamping was an off-white colour, so I chalked it pink to tone with the pink card blank.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Quite some time ago I bought a set of four stamps, one of which is the lace one I've used for this card (can't remember what make they are or where I got them).
I followed sketch 79 on Sketches by Tamara:
I decided to do this card to join in the Wednesday Stamper challenge of 'lace' as well.
Apart from stamping the lace stamp with versamark and embossing with white detail on a sparkly black card, I just used rub ons on to a simple pale pink card. I was a bit concerned, because the rub ons were cheap ones from Poundland (had them ages) and these don't usually take on textured card, but I used my new BG rub on tool and it worked fine, so I even managed to get one on to the stamped image of the lace.
For more information and to join in leaving a comment and/or giving, please visit Paula's blogs.
I was fortunate to win these stamps from week two - they arrived today:
The bee was in my 'animals' box, the sentiment was created on computer; the papers are all BG sugared.
And I used one of my rare peel offs (a legacy of times past!), so this qualifies for challenge 44 on Rainbow Lady this week - to use peel offs (I know, I've only used one small one). I coloured in the peel off with Sakura gelly roll glaze pens (haven't used any of those for a while).
Sunday, 25 January 2009
So I've done this card for A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge 35: Oh Baby. As I hadn't taken part in their challenge 33: Sketch by Nikki, I decided to use this for the card. Here is the sketch:
The background paper is HOTP and all the other bits are from my stash.
I had to scan because photo was reflecting with the flash, which means there's shadow on the right hand side caused by the raised hearts - and the pinks are not as true as irl. The surrounds are sivler, not black.
Saturday, 24 January 2009
The border is silver, not black.
I used Forever Friends papers (hugs and cuddles) and stickers, so I added some ribbon for the Forever Friends ribbon challenge this week.
The challenge on Papertake Weekly atm is to use three different shapes 'Shape Up!' - so, as I used a rectangle, a square and a circle, this card is good for that.
The photo was taken at the funny angle to try and avoid reflection of the flash on the stickers (wish I'd used stamped images instead - hardly ever use stickers - oh well!)
I based the card on sketch 2 on the new Sketch and Stash challenge blog (I missed doing challenge 1, but might come back to that sometime).
As Becky said: 'use your new or never used (or neglected) stash on your cards' I think this card qualifies.
As I have used a tilda stamped image, the challenge is good for this week's 10: show us your bows on Magnolia vs Stampavie.
This week's challenge on the new Charisma Cardz blog is 3: love (and number 1 challenge was 'pink' so it combines with that).
Sue's new challenge on JB - 6:I can see clearly now - as the lid is made of acetate, I think this qualifies.
For the current challenge on Arty Girlz we are asked to use something clear or transparent on a creation, so this does that.
I still fancied doing this, so, even though it's late, here is a twinchie I made using a scaled down cut-out of my grandparents' wedding day, mounted on a Crafty Individuals miniature:
CBCC082 challenge is to make something with 'stars and stripes', so this is good for that as well.
Friday, 23 January 2009
I'm also linking the card for challenge 27 on Ooh-la-la and challenge 15 on lili of the valley, both of which have 'valentine' as their theme.
I know that strictly speaking this is a bit of a cheat for Stamp Something's challenge of 'recipe somethings' because I haven't actually used a stamped image, but a downloaded digital image printed.
Here is the sketch for the Cupcake challenge:
I used Kanban papers, topper and sticky strips (which have gold on them, not black as seen on the scan) - a simple card.
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Our God is very merciful, but scripture encourages us to be merciful too, which, of course, includes forgiveness. I am greatly challenged by the parable of the unmerciful servant that is recorded in Matthew 18 - you can read it here, which is why in my LO I have incorporated the two elements of God's mercy to us, but also our merciful attitude to others.
I chose the monochrome look for my LO, using simple card, printing from the computer. 'Soften my heart' is a worship song written by Graham Kendrick.
The words on the LO can clearly be read if you click on the picture.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I'm also linking this for the current challenge on Caardvarks: 'seeing spots'. I've used the flowers I made for last week's Rosiedee challenge (see the post below this one) and incorporated some more offcuts of the same papers. The spotty ribbon is Maya Road (acquired a few of these recently).
This is also for the current Rosiedee challenge, where Dee asks us to use something old and something new - I think this qualifies, because the papers used are offcuts of some that have been in my box for a long time (not new sheets that were cut into - that's what I like about the cricut for the flowers - you can use quite small pieces and adjust the paper size when asking it to cut). The new item, of course, is the ribbon, very recently acquired.
I used some plain pink paper alternate with some patterned Pamela Woods paper, using my cricut to cut various sizes of two different flowers on the 'walk in my garden' cartridge. I curved the petals to give some dimension to the flowers.
The gems in the middle are the sort that look different colours in different light, so they both reflect the pinky colour, even though the right hand one here looks green.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009