Saturday, 30 July 2011

A lovely cup of tea

I came across some Kanban toppers that I thought would look nice on a DL card - when I got out my stock of Dls I found a trifold card with a pearly iridescent finish, so I decided to use two of the 'cup of tea' toppers, with some ribbon behind them (one of my newest purchases from Hobbycraft) I lined two inside panels with a piece of green butterfly paper from the DCWV Mariposa stack.

The sentiment on the outside of the card reads:

When your day is topsy turvey and as chaotic as can be
There's nothing quite as tranquil as a lovely cup of tea.


The one on the flap underneath says:

I wish we could sit down together and have a cup of tea,
but since we can't, when you have this one I hope you'll think of me.

On this photo of the inside opened out the iridescent finish of the card blank is more obvious:

This is for:

Creative craft world: anything BUT birthdays
Sentimental Sundays 65: focus on the sentiment
Aud sentiments 33: enjoy your day or sentiment to make you smile
Dream valley 12: surprise - something hidden
KB cute Monday 23: food & beverages
Happileigh scrappin' 32: shaped cards and special fold cards
Little Claire designs 11: things with wings
Deep ocean 4: ribbons
Allsorts 114: last week of free and easy

A special thank you

I was asking to make a thank you card for someone who is leaving our church soon - I think the lady in question is far too busy to visit my blog and see this, so I'm sure I'm safe in showing it.

The current challenge on Karen's doodles is a Bingo choice - choose a line in any direction:

So I chose flowers, die cuts and gems.

The background paper is HOTP, which I covered with acetate with the gold foiled butterflies (I rang this through the xyron so that there was even coverage of adhesive which doesn't show through the acetate. The scalloped circle is a nestie die cut mounted on to gold mirror card, on to which were added decoupaged flowers, with a strip of sticky stitched ribbon at the side and computer generated text mounted on gold mirror card. A few gems on the flowers add a bit of bling. This is an A5 card. This looks much brighter irl because the acetate gives a sheen to it.

This is also for:

Creative craft world: anything BUT birthdays
Anything goes 46: pick of the bunch (flowers)
4 crafty chicks 48: get your bling on
Kaboodle 77: stitching
Little Claire designs 11: things with wings
Some odd girl: thank you
Pixie dust studio 85: what's your favourite colour? I love making cards with shades of lilac or purple

CHNC challenge 31: feature some festive food

Another week has gone by since my last CHNC challenge and it's time again for a new one. This week I'm asking for 'festive food' on Christmas cards - you can see the details for challenge 31 here - I'd love you to join in if you can.

I used the sketch for There she goes 117 getting sketchy challenge:

Papers are BG eskimo kisses - and the white with red stripes is an old piece of Brenda Pinnick paper. The stamped images are, of course, Forever Friends - for Forever Friends 'pastel colours' challenge - with the tree stamped with stazon cactus green masked behind the bear, as was the mistletoe too. I deliberately didn't use copics of promarkers, but coloured in with colouring pencils (I much prefer markers nowadays) - this was for Paper pretties 164: no markers.

The sun was peeping over the top of the photo, so you can't see that the sentiment says 'Happy Christmas'.

I'm linking this for these Christmas challenges too:


It's also for:

Creative craft world: anything BUT birthdays
Hooked on craft 4: cute and cuddly
Charisma cardz 30: 4 legged friends
KB cute Monday 23: food & beverages
Cardmakin mamas 25: food and drink
Die cuttin' divas 25: sweet treats
Paper issues: life is sweet
Stampin' B 121: make a card using ribbon
Deep ocean 4: ribbons
Stamp and create July: ribbon and bows
Wags n whiskers 59: buttons and bows
Truly scrumptious 62: buttons & bows
Use it Tuesday 12: it's a two-fer - two hoarded items - the checked ribbon (had it ages, can't remember where it came from and the red and white striped paper is about five years old)
Allsorts 114: last week of free and easy

Friday, 29 July 2011

All the Bs

I went out for lunch with a friend today and we ended up at Hobbycraft ... and I just happened to buy a few bits and pieces, including some gorgeous black and white (mainly) die cut card and acetate pieces. I couldn't resist using one tonight, so this was stuck down the side of a black linen card blank (I ran it through my xyron to give unseen adhesion, adding the bows with bling. I stamped the Clarity sketched lady with Elzybells inky dinks whipped cream inkpad and heat embossed with white detail, adding tiny buttons to her hat and waist.

Not a very clear picture as I had to scan because of flash reflection on the acetate.

This is for:

Creative craft world: anything BUT birthdays
Our creative corner: all the Bs - black, bling, buttons and bows
Creatalicious 24: 1920s - vintage, hat & black and white
Desert island crafts 12: I chose: monotone, die cuts, black & white
Stampin' sisters in Christ 99: sharp contrast of black & white
Sunday stamper 164: back to black
DDH (the angel company) 10: black and white week 1
Truly scrumptious 62: buttons & bows
Wags n whiskers 59: buttons and bows
Stamp and create July: ribbon and bows
Sweet stampin: F ... F ... F ... Fashion
Cupcake 152: shabby sparkle
Top tip Tuesday 44: make it girlie
4 crafty chicks 48: get your bling on

Star Wars

I was asked to make a card for a friend's grandson who is a great Star Wars fan. She gave me some pictures of starships (I hadn't got much of a clue on this one) and I thought this one went nicely with the K & Co Donna Ingemansin rough and tumble paper. All it needed was the numeral (which was coloured with a copic marker) and the birthday greeting.

This is for:

Here come the boys 7: travel (space travel)
Theme Thursday: men/masculine
Card cupids: birthday cards
Scrapbook sisters 45: happy birthday

Prairie Fairy Fridays 58 Guest Designer - another card

This is another card for Prairy Fairy Fridays 58, again using the inspiration photo given for that challenge:

For my card I used the sketch for CPS 228:

Papers are DCWV and the embossed panel was produced with CraftConcepts folder 'budding vine' and sanded to reveal the white core of the textured card.

I stamped the lovely Kanban bath, bubbles and 'relax' sentiment and heat embossed with clear detail powder, colouring the bath and taps with copics. I stuck a line of gems across the card (I wish I could have used pearls, but I only had large ones that looked out of place, so used the gems instead).

I'm also linking for these challenges:

Crafty purple frog: take a dip
Little red wagon 91: heat embossing
Pixie cottage 80: emboss it
My craft spot 18: emboss it
Crafty pad 131: embossing
4 crafty chicks 48: get your bling on
365 cards day 151: Friday background - three layers
Celebrate the occasion 23: any occasion (blue and white)
Jac-inks 13: monotone
Use it Tuesday 12: it's a two-fer - two hoarded items - the papers and the stamp (had it for ages, but first time I've used it)
Sew many challenges 62: anything goes
Papercraft star: anything goes
The paper shelter 24: anything goes
Party time Tuesday 26: anything goes
Totally stampalicious: anything goes
Clear it out Tuesday: anything goes

Prairie Fairy Fridays 58 Guest Designer

As winner of Prairie Fairy Fridays I was able to choose three of their lovely images and also was invited to join challenge 58 as a Guest Designer.

This is the inspiration photo given for that challenge:

I used 'bath n bubbles Gilly', one of the digis I won from Priaire Fairy, for my card and based in on the CAS sketch for the Paper Players 56:

The background paper is DCWV, the felt flowers were from Poundland and the sentiment is a Kanban stamp. I didn't have the right size pearls, so I've used a row of gems instead.

This is also for Celebrate the occasion 23: any occasion (blue and white)

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Just cricket

A quick card for the Totally Papercrafts 'one for the boys' challenge.

Background and topper are Kanban, not sure about the sentiment. Matted on to black mirror card.

I've taken the colour scheme from Birthday sundaes 19: photo inspiration:


Photo taken at an angle because of super reflection on the sentiment mirror card (if I'd taken it head on you'd have seen me with the camera!).



This is also for:

Theme Thursday: men/masculine
Card cupids: birthday cards
Scrapbook sisters 45: happy birthday
Dutch dare card 123: birthday time
Papercraft star 55: anything goes
Paper cutz 101: anything goes
The paper shelter 24: anything goes

Wish you were here

Nearly a couple of years ago (gosh, how time flies) I made some ATCs for a swap on BF forum and made one or two extras - you can see the original post here. I used two rubbadubbadoo stamps, masking one behind the other and coloured with copics, with just a few squiggles of Sakura pen on the sand:

So I've used one of these on my card, with flittered DCWV papers.

This is for:

Daring cardmakers: wish you were here
Paper sundaes 79: beachy or summer
Craft room: summer holidays
Divas by design 7: summer is here
For fun: ah the sun of it all - sand/beach
Delightful: dog days of summer
ECP 43: summer
Nadia 10: holiday card

Baking gingerbread cookies

For this card I've used the sketch for Card Patterns 125:

I've used a Marjorie Ramsay digital image of a girl baker. I used a gingerbread cookie image from Microsoft publisher, copying it a few times to join up and make a line of them. Scalloped edges were done on my rotatrim, edged with copic pale blue and a piece of sticky ribbon added. The bright yellow card blank is 7 x 5.

This is also for:

Glitter geeks 7: occupations & professions
KB cute Monday 23: food & beverages
Cardmakin mamas 25: food and drink
Stamp n doodle: let's see those summer colours - blue, yellow plus one other colour
Daisy doodles 38: anything goes
Digi doodle 69: anything goes

Always and forever yellow roses

The title comes from the Kanban supplies I've used for the card, adding a piece of Craftworks vintage rose spotted paper across the bottom. The card blank is actually lemon irl - not sure why it looks green on the photo - I took the photo outside - oh well!

This is for:

Alphabet: L for lemon and lime
Allways something creative 10: yellow and another colour
Stamp dreams 92: yellow + another colour
PaperPlay 30: in the garden
CCEE 1130: seasons - summer
Art impressions 26: inspiration from nature
Anything goes 46: pick of the bunch (flowers)
365 cards day 147: Monday background challenge - half polka dots and half solid background
Paper cutz 101: anything goes
The paper shelter 24: anything goes

AiFactory GD made by me embellishments

This is my last card as Guest Designer on AiFactory - I've really enjoyed the privilege of joining the team for the month of July. Today's challenge 'hand made by me' is to make your own embellishments, so I cut varying sizes of scalloped circles on my cricut, inked them with Victorian velvet DI and scrunched before putting together and popping a button each of them. The main background paper is My Mind's Eye, the paper with roses and the one the flowers were cut from are Pink Petticoat vintage rose and the pink and white flower strip is from Pink Petticoat wild blossoms. The lovely ballerina digi was supplied by AiFactory - I coloured her with copics. 'Home made flowers' is also the challenge today for Cynthia's Rainbow Lady 163.

For this card I used the sketch for Inkspirations 79:

Colours are for City crafter 67: vintage garden:

I'm also linking this for:

Amber's crafts and stuff 20: patterned paper
Come and get it: get creative and make your own flowers
Anything goes 46: pick of the bunch (flowers)
Make it colourful 27: colour your embellishments
Fun at fairy knoll: colours of the rainbow
Copic creations 54: pastel colours
Cheerful stamp pad 22: going round in circles (the scalloped circles for the flowers)
Ooh-la-la 85: circles
Alota 63: circles
There's magic in the air Magical Monday: let's layer - at least 6 - more than that with the layers of the flowers as well as on the card
Shopping our stash 10: buttons, blooms and bananas
Frosted designs fabulous Friday: buttons
Ribbon girl 10: shade of aqua
Ribbon reel 7: chantilly lace colour challenge: white, aqua, pink and a flower with ribbon
Stampin' B 121: make a card using ribbon
Deep ocean 4: ribbons
Top tip Tuesday 44: make it girlie
Corrosive 126: all about kids - suitable for a little girl
Digi doodle 69: anything goes
Paper cutz 101: anything goes
The paper shelter 24: anything goes

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Cherish the moment

Another quick card before bedtime - this time based on the sketch for Clean and simple 150:

I had to resort to scanning the card because a flash photo would have been impossible with the gold foiling, which, of course, doesn't show too well with the scan - I wanted to get this blogged tonight for the Clean and simple challenge, because a new one will be up tomorrow.

This is a Kanban topper which has been decoupaged.

This is also for:

Paper issues: life is sweet (so cherish the moments!)

Say it in red, cream and chocolate

It's been a strange couple of days - crafting seems to have been squeezed out by other things, even though I've spent more time indoors. John has a cold that has gone to his chest, so he's now on antibiotics and confined to home - he had to miss bowls yesterday and is missing a match tomorrow. Anyway, back to crafting - what crafting I have managed to do I can't show yet because the cards are for Guest Design slots on a couple of challenge blogs. I've also surprised myself and done my card ready for my own CHNC challenge for Saturday, so, of course, I can't show that yet.

So I thought I'd make a quick card that I can show now. Papers are BG bittersweet and the image is a Kanban one.

This is for:

Annabelle: say it in red, cream, chocolate

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Silver angel

This is similar to the previous card - the background stamping is similar (details here), but this time I've used the Rubber stampede angel collage stamp. Once again, a difficult card to get a decent photo - the mat behind the angel stamp looks black, but it is actually silver mirror card.

This is for:



ABC Christmas: O is for older image (the stamp is more than a year old)
Crafts4eternity R29: shaped cards
Die cuttin' divas 24: shaped die-cut cards
One stitch at a time 72: pearls & swirls
Gingerloft 22: make it sparkle
Crafts and me 44: add a flower
Order of the opus gluei 109: beat the heat (cool winter colours)
Kaboodle 76: embossing
Crafty pad 131: embossing

Another Santa card

If you're a regular visitor to my blog you might think you've seen this card before - yes, you've seen a similar one, but this is a new one. When a friend saw the other one (original one can be seen here) she commissioned me to make some more, hence this one today. There will also be one following with an angel stamp instead of Santa and I showed one yesterday that had a lovely reindeer stamp (it's on my CHNC challenge blog here).

Once again, I used a few Inkadinkado snowflake stamps randomly stamped with Brilliance starlite silver and heat embossed with detail silver powder. I used one of my favourite Christmas stamps, the Rubber stampede 'Santa collage', mounted on silver mirror card with a couple of gems and added a couple of Prima flowers with pearls.

Because the image is mounted on silver mirror card (not black as it looks here) it's a very difficult card to capture on camera - if I get a better daytime photo I'll change it. The snowflake swirls all look like they do at the top left hand corner.

This is for:

Sally's Christmas club challenge: Santa Claus is coming to town (you can see who is in the Christmas gang on my sidebar - just ask any of us for info if you'd like to join in


Christmas cards all year round July: white and bling, gems, pearls and flowers
ABC Christmas: O is for older image (the stamp is more than a year old)
Crafts4eternity R29: shaped cards
Die cuttin' divas 24: shaped die-cut cards
Top tip Tuesday 43: shaped cards
One stitch at a time 72: pearls & swirls
Gingerloft 22: make it sparkle
Crafts and me 44: add a flower
Phindy's Friday 64: doubling up - 2 flowers, 2 gems, 2 pearls
Order of the opus gluei 109: beat the heat (cool winter colours)
Crafty catz 92: no pink or blue allowed
Kaboodle 76: embossing
Crafty pad 131: embossing

Bubbly Funk forum last CJ

This last year's gone by so quickly - a year ago a new circle journal group was started on the Bubbly Funk forum and here I am showing my pages in the final one that will now be returned to its owner - and I'm looking forward to receiving my own CJ back.

Rebekah's journal is called 'You crack me up' - funny things that her child has said. Rebekah supplied lots of these on post it notes and we were able to choose one to work with. So I chose:

Is my ice-lolly in your big tummy mummy? I lost it. When Rebekah gets her journal back she'll be able to add all the quotes and perhaps some pictures as well.

I used BG cupcake papers, stitched ribbons and a strip of red gems from Poundland. I added some crystal ice stickles to the picture of the ice lolly.

I'm entering this into these challenges:

Pile it on 30: fun in the sun
Pollycraft 102: summer fun
Fairytale 20: summer, sun, sunshine
ECP 43: summer
Bunny Zoe 14: fun in the sun
Paper issues: life is sweet
Pixie cotage 79: fun with food
Cardmakin mamas 25: food and drink
CES 46: humour/funny
Gingerloft 22: make it sparkle

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Clean and simply going round in circles

For this card I've used the sketch for Fetch a sketch 2:

This is for Less is more 25: button or ribbon - I decided to use both. The button mounted on layers of felt was one that was sent to me by a crafting friend. The lacy circles were cut with Nellie Snellen die cuts.

Wee memories 62 is 'clean and simple', so this is also for that - and also for Alota 63: circles.



Life's a summer picnic for bears

When I remembered this week's Pile it on challenge 29 'life is a picnic' I thought of a Teddy Bears picnic picture that I used on a card last year. And the challenge this week at Stamp n doodle is 'let's go on a picnic or BBQ'.

It's a very simple card, matted and layered on to a 7 x 5 cardblank. The sentiment was generated on my dymo letratag. I must have had the teddy buttons for ages, I can't remember where I got them from, but I thought they would sit nicely either end of the sentiment.


This is also for:

Pixie cottage 79: fun with food
Cardmakin mamas 25: food and drink
Aud sentiments 33: enjoy your day
Paper issues: life is sweet
Phindy's Friday 64: doubling up - two teddy buttons
Dream valley 11: summer theme
Pollycraft 102: summer fun
Fairytale 20: summer, sun, sunshine
ECP 43: summer
365 day 144: so random
Forever friends: not square
I did it 64: animals
Die cut dreams 94: animal antics
Creative card crew: animal antics
Digi doodle 68: clean & simple

Musical birthday

This card is for the sketch on Come and get it, using a landscape DL card:

The music on the left was a La Blanche foam stamp inked with memento tuxedo black. The paisley panel was embossed with a cuttlebug folder and swiped with the memento pad. The keyboard across the bottom is ribbon, as is the stitched piece on the left.

The flowers were originally plain chipboard which I die cut with a Sizzix little green die (the Sizzix dies usually live at the back of the cupboard these days!). I stamped a Tim Holtz paisley stamp with stazon blazing red, then swiped with versarmark and heat embossed with UTEE a couple of times, the second time inking up the stamp and pressing it into the molten UTEE, this time using memento rich cocoa to give a bit of definition. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't show the embossing as clearly as it does irl. Having put a foam pad on the back of each flower I sprinkled the centres with black glitter. Just the addition of a Cardwork crafts birthday sentiment and the card was finished.

This is for:

Stamp man 27: anything by T!m (paisley stamp)
The play date cafe 19: black and white with just one colour
Incy wincy 103: black & white plus 1 other
St Luke's charity cards challenge: black, white plus one other colour (there is an opportunity to donate the card, which I will happily do - if you haven't come across this blog before please go and have a look)
Totally Gorjuss 90: punch or die (the flowers)
Corrosive 125: let the music play
Little red wagon 90: music notes
Birthday sundaes 18: anything goes
Stampavie 147: birthday
Sunday stamper 163: build me up buttercup - build your own flower embellishment
HLSC 31: make your own embellishment
Stamp something: something embellished
Make it colourful 27: colour your embellishments
Scrappy frogs: summer flowers
Deep ocean 4: ribbons
For fun: 2 different ribbons
Kaboodle 76: embossing
Sundays with Crissy 19: de-stressing - distressing on the embossed paisley panel

Holly time

For this card I've used the sketch given for Unscripted sketches 115:

I also used the inspiration for Belli 122: Christmas in July:

Papers are My Mind's Eye from the Christmas glitter book. I can't remember the stamp manufacturer (think it might be Personal Impressions, but not sure - if anyone recognises it I'd love to know). I stamped with memento rich cocoa and coloured with promarkers moss, poppy and vanilla, also adding poppy to the glittered berries on the paper (they were originally white glittered) - so this is also for I love promarkers 75: Christmas in July.

This is also for:

Winter wonderland: the holly and the ivy
Paper sundaes 78: Christmas in July

CHNC challenge 30: reindeer

It's Saturday, so that means there's a new challenge on my CHNC blog - this week I'd like to see at least one reindeer on your card - I'd love you to join in - just click here to be taken to Challenge 30.

Two or three weeks ago I showed a very similar card - you can see it here. A friend saw it and said she would like to buy it for Christmas and please could I make some more like it. One of her requests was for a blue card with a silver reindeer on it, so my challenge card is another commission ticked off the list.

Once again I stamped randomly with Brilliance starlite silver using various Inkadinkado snowflake stamps from a set (I do love these) and then heat embossed with detail silver. The Inkinkado reindeer was stamped and embossed in the same way. Having put three little gems in two corners of the silver mirror card I put a little blue one in each of the white flowers.

The photo doesn't show the card as irl - the whole card is silver embossed just like you can see in the left hand corner - such a difficult card to get a photo because of the glare of the silver mirror card. The inkadinkado reindeer stamped image is also silver embossed.

I'm entering this into these challenges:

Christmas in July:

Also for:

Catch the bug: Christmas in July: Monday: non-traditional colours
Crafts4eternity R29: shaped cards
Karen's doodles: get in shape - shaped cards
Die cuttin' divas 24: shaped die-cut cards
Top tip Tuesday 43: shaped cards
I did it 64: animals
Stamptacular 120: animal antics
Die cut dreams 94: animal antics
Creative card crew: animal antics
Stampin' for the weekend 13: paws for thought
ABC Christmas: O is for older image (the stamp is more than a year old)
Whoopsi daisy: sparkle and shine
Gingerloft 22: make it sparkle
Phindy's Friday 64: doubling up - two flowers
Order of the opus gluei 109: beat the heat (cool winter colours)
Kaboodle 76: embossing

Friday, 22 July 2011

Ruby wedding card

I'm trying to get ahead with some commissions - they all seem to come along at once!

This is for a ruby wedding anniversary - I was told that the couple loves gardening and flowers, so I thought this decoupaged image was appropriate.

I used a doiley and the mesh ribbon for Basic Grey challenge 48 with BG indian summer papers.

I've used Mira's sketch for Sunday sketch & stamp 64:

and it's for the inspiration picture on For your inspiration 10:




I was asked to put a verse on the insert, so this is what I chose:

Today’s a very special day

Reserved for just you two

Here’s wishing you rich happiness

Today, and all year through!

Happy 4oth Anniversary


This is also for:

AiFactory: layer it up
Creative craft: let's 3D it
Crafts and me 44: add a flower
Scrappy frogs: summer flowers
Aud sentiments 33: 'enjoy your day' or sentiment to make you smile - the insert