Friday, 31 October 2008
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
The deal is that we have to use at least something of each element..... well! Here is what I made ... I couldn't envisage using a stamped image with this little lot, so I went down the fabric flower route. This is truly very different for me! I covered most of the front of the card with papermill black/gold lustre cardstock with punched corners, cut a band of the paper and punched it with my Papermania multishaper punch, fixed the making Memories, WH Smith and Prima flowers together with a Doodlebug sparkly brad, cut out a paper flower to lodge under an epoxy sticker, cut a sentiment from my Cuttlebug "Everyday Greetings" cut'n'emboss set (and used the gem to dot the "i"), and finished off with a couple of green swirls cut with my new shapeabilities. perhaps it's not my best effort but 'tis done now LOL!
Now I noticed that Poppicrafts has also got a li'l blog competition which incorporates both no images plus has to consist of the colours black, pink, green and/or white. I think this card is a pretty good fit ... if you think you can see a bit of purple on there, it's just a trick of the light ROFL!!
Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
First of all, I completed a card for this week's Friday Sketchers #25 . This was a great sketch to work with, and I had a fun time looking out various co-ordinating papers and ribbons. Looking at it today I'm thinking maybe it looks a bit busy, but hey - making it was great fun!
Saturday, 25 October 2008
This sketch particularly suited me, cos I had got some Papermania tinsel trims (both bought and free with the latest "Creativity" magazine) and I had been wondering what I could do with them ... well they seemed to wrap nicely around the card at an angle in line with the sketch, and co-ordinated with trees on the stamped image and papers.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
This week's Stamp Something Challenge is Sketch Something - use the fabulous sketch by Katharina - and even better, there is a wonderful WOJ stamp up for grabs as a prize - so I suggest you pop over there to take a look.
I wanted to make a card for my dear friend Steph, as she has been selected to go out to the Sudan to help the government there set up a new Trading Standards department - what an achievement! I already had to hand a wonderful Penny Black image gifted from my friend Samantha, which brought to mind the fact that Steph's truly flying high with this amazing opportunity. So I just laid out the card in line with the sketch - its a bit simpler than my usual style of cards, but I'm not sure whether that's a good or a bad thing (I tend to get flower withdrawal symptoms LOL!) Anyhow, here's the finished result.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Until yesterday I had only ever made one Sarah Kay card with a swapped image from Cathy, but I loved the image so much I bought my first Sarah Kay stamp on my outing to Port Sunlight craft fair, and was raring to go with it ....
This week's Sarah Kay Challenge #16 is Treat Yourself .... make something that ties in with your favourite treats eg. chocolates, cakes etc. Now I love chocs and cakes as much as the next woman, but my imagination and talent failed me when it came to making stuff like dinky boxes and bags to pop treats into. So ..... I took my mind off in a different direction - I needed to make another image wallet for a friend .... and what is more of a "treat" for us crafters than getting an image wallet through the post (all the joy of the stamp without the credit card bill LOL!!) So that is what I have made!
I also used the sketch from this week's Cupcake Craft Challenge #10, which I thought seemed particularly apt seeing as we're talking about edible treats :-) Unfortunately my eyesight must be going, cos it is only now as I load the pic that I have noticed where the sentiment should go - oops!! My excuse is that I was distracted by the logo LOL!! Well anyway - I did my best !
I used: stamp by Sarah Kay; background/inner papers by BasicGrey "Two Scoops"; flowers by Cardology and Prima; pearl brad and flower gem by Papermania; peeloff greeting, buttons and ribbon from my stash.
Monday, 20 October 2008
The rules of the award are to pass it on to 6 crafting friends ... where to start?? There are so many blogs I love, but I've decided to pass it on to the following:
Happy autumn ladies, and happy crafting!
Sunday, 19 October 2008
For my second image wallet of the weekend I decided to use my favourite BasicGrey "Two Scoops" papers, and hoped I could co-ordinate them nicely with this week's sketch for Friday Sketchers #24. This week's BasicGrey Challenge #7 is stitching, so I had a go with faux stitching on my background square. This is my Docrafts monthly image swap wallet, so I hope my partner likes it.
I used: main image is Penny Black "Tender Hug" coloured with watercolour pencils and decorated wtih Papermania gems; sentiment is diecut from Cuttlebug "Forever Friends" cut'n'emboss folder; papers are basicGrey "Two Scoops"; pearlised lemon cardstock embossed wtih Cuttlebug "Floral Fantasy" folder; flowers by Prima; buttons, ribbons and dragonfly brad from my stash.
This weekend I have found myself with a bit of a backlog of image wallets I need to make for various friends/reasons, so I thought I would try to tie one or two in to this week's challenges.
First up, I loved the sketch for this week's Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge, so have used it for my first wallet.
I am also entering this one for this week's Cupcake Crafts #9 which is Turn Up the Heat - you can use any heat tool/technique or hot colours. I took the opportunity of heat embossing both on the main image and the sentiment, plus the sun is obviously a form of heat itself LOL! It's quite a while since I made an oriental card so I enjoyed doing something a bit different.
I used: main image is Hobby Arts "Oriental Sunset", stamped with Brilliance "lightning black" ink (black with a hint of gold) and clear embossed. Sun and blossoms are coloured with Cosmic Shimmers and the sun is decoupaged. Sentiment is Hero Arts "happiness wish" embossed in gold. Background paper is DCWV "Far East" stack; flower is Prima; dragonfly brads, peeloffs and shimmery ribbon from my stash. The wallet is made from Papermill black cardstock with a gold shimmer finish, and the central band is also papermill black cardstock with a shimmery "animal skin" finish.
Monday, 13 October 2008
I also incorporated this week's sketch from Friday Sketchers #23, as I thought (hoped!) it would work with the co-ordinating designs on the double-sided paper.
So .. here we are with another Christmas card. I've brought out my trusty "That Santa" stamp (Rubber Stampede, "Santa Collage"), and used a Stampendous Perfectly Clear sentiment stamp. The paper is BasicGrey "Figgy Pudding", snowflakes are cut from glitter card with my Cuttlebug, ribbon is from Sir Stampalot, and gems are by Papermania. it's kinda different for me, so I hope you like it!
Saturday, 11 October 2008
As usual I saw more than enough goodies to spend my cash on, and could have bought twice as much stuff as I did, but here is what I came home with ...
There is always a frenzy around the Simply Stamps stall which is awash with Penny Black stamps - many current stamps in the "bargain bin" with 1/3 to 1/2 off, so it's be rude not to buy them really! (My friend Lil was with me, and she is also a terrible one for encouraging me LOL!!) My haul includes 2 discontinued PB stamps ("Cake Dance" and "Ode to Joy") which I had rung the owner about beforehand and he had brought to the show for me - they are a great supplier of rarer stamps so if you fancy any I would recommend giving them a call.
I also got my hands on two of THAT SANTA stamp .. I think this is only because the owner has had her shop packed up from last year and so still had some left over supplies ... I'm going to resell these to a couple of crafting friends.
The funny looking Spellbinders packet is a set of their new range shapeabilities - swirls - which I have been inspired to try by seeing other bloggers using swirly diecuts on their cards - I also got a swirly stamp I have been fancying from Crafty Individuals, so my cards may go swirl mad over the next few months LOL! last but not least I bought my first Sarah Kay as I have loved palying with the images sent to me by Cathy.
Last but not least I also visited the nearby Church hall, where a local retailer exhibits on craft fair day. There I nabbed some gorgeous papers inc. Melissa Frances and Basic Grey.
In the midst of all this activity I also managed to meet and say hello to Dawny P who was demo'ing on a stall - lovely to meet you Dawny!! :-)
All in all a pretty successful day methinks!
Having recently bought the Penny Black "Cat on the moon" stamp on my craft weekend away at Penrith Crafts, I felt inspired to create a card around the theme of wishing on a star. I used:
- main image is PB "Cat on the moon", coloured with USArtQuest pearlescent paints and Cosmic Shimmers (twinklier than it looks in the pic - the moon is really quite silver LOL!)
- I created my first ever shaker card using tiny iridescent stars and small silver stars confetti from my local market, and silver star holographic card for the frame.
- The frame is matted onto gorgeous midnight blue and silver handmade paper which I was lucky enough to win on my craft weekend from Penrith Crafts, and then matted onto subbtle blue starred paper from Paper Adventures.
- The sentiment around the edge is "make a wish" from the PB transparent set "Party Critters", embossed in silver.
- I punched the corners with a X-Cut corner punch, and decorated the background paper with tiny blue and silver Paermania star gems.