Saturday, 30 May 2009
This week we have a real treat for you, with a fab sketch by Domi. This was brilliant to work with, and the rest of the DT have come up with some amazing samples to inspire you .. hope you will check out their blogs. And to give you a little further incentive, we have another great prize this week ... Dick at PB Stamps is offering a 15% discount voucher to one lucky winner. Here is my card .... whilst out shopping one lunchtime I called into my local craft shop Edwin Allen (like you do) and spotted they had got some BasicGrey "Wisteria" paper pads into stock .. now I had really fancied one but not picked one up yet. Having let it fall into my shopping basket I just had to have a play, so everything else on the card stemmed from that lol!
Here's another view to show (not very successfully!) the sparkle on the flowers.
Main image: PB "Fanfare", heat embossed with detail white powder and then decorated with glamour dust and cut out using oval nesties - I edged the oval with brilliance white pearlescent ink.
Sentiment: Hero Arts.
Paper: BasicGrey "Wisteria".
Supplies: raffia lace from Hobbycraft; flowers by Prima, Papermania and from my stash; brads by Papermania (pearl) and Doodlebug (frosted); spacers from The Hobby House.
Hope you all have a great weekend (let's hope that summer is really here at last!)
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
This fortnight over at the Sugar Bowl, Challenge #11 is a fabulous sketch by Kathy. As soon as I saw it, the unusually drawn flowers made me think of poinsettas, and from there it was only a short leap of the imagination to pull out my current favourite SN stamp "Snowflake" and start making a Christmas card. As I am currently VERY behind on the "one Christmas card a week" vow this was an ideal opportunity!
I coloured "Snowflake" with watercolour pencils and sprinkled (liberally!) with glamour dust, and then matted her using my deckle rectangle nesties, which I edged with pearlescent ivy Brilliance ink. The sentiment is from a Woodware clear set, stamped onto card cut using my labels nesties. The green paper is by Daisy Bucket, but I have no clue what the red striped paper is as it was a scrap. White snowflake felt ribbon and silver gems are by Papermania, poinsettas and leaves are from the Prima Christmas Bubble. Finally the white swirl was cut from white glitter card using my swirls shapeabilities.
Here is a closer view which shows up the sparkle a bit better :-)
Saturday, 23 May 2009
I'd like to enter this card into a few challenges:
1. My start point was to use my favourite stamped image, which is the theme for this week's Creative Inspirations Challenge #9. I have lots of stamped images I really love but i think this one is without doubt my favourite .. he is even slumbering in my blog header lol! He also a very versatile teddy ... I have never used him for a baby card before but have seen him on other baby cards .. and he is so cute!
2. A Spoon Full of Sugar #52 - celebration! (Happy first birthday to SFoS too!)
3. Secret Crafter Challenge #33 - new beginnings
4. The Pink Elephant #15 - monograms and letters
5. Colour Create #16 - sky blue, tan & ecru -now I must hold my hand up and say it's mostly a happy accident that my card fits this challenge. Obviously we have blue for a boy + tan for a teddy; and as luck would have it I didn't think it neded much more colour ... I just did the flowers in pale blue and a kind of creamy colour. OK I hear you say, there is green in the leaves ... but nature is what it is, right?
This week the challenge is buttons galore - yes we would like to see you all use buttons on your creations, as well, of course, as a Penny Black image or sticker.
As always we have another fab prize on offer this week - an adorable cutie PB sheep stamp donated by our own lovely Tracie. Well you've got to be in it to win it, so what are you waiting for?
For the second week on the trot I have been inspired by a vintage PB image sent to me by my lovely fellow teamie Debbie. This week it is this cute little girl doing some sewing and trailing buttons behind her ... what could be more appropriate?
Although I adored this image when I received it I couldn't quite imagine what occasion I would use it for .... but this week I needed to make a Get Well card for my crafty friend Sue who has been seriously unwell, and to whom I wanted to send loads of loving wishes. Suddenly the image came together with some threaded buttons and a computer-generated sentiment (which I rarely do) to hope she is soon "on the mend" :-) I also found some papers that look like vintage needlepoint and vintage style lace, and then it was just a case of putting it all together.
Image: Penny Black birthday RAK from Debbie (sorry again I don't know what it is called) - coloured with watercolour pencils, cut out using nesties and edged with distress ink in "antique linen";
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, all edged with "antique linen" distress ink and faux stitching;
Supplies: flowers punched with EK Success "whale of a punch" retro flower, and X-Cut medium flower; spacer from The Hobby House; pearl brad by Papermania; charm from Dolls Made Up; lace from Cathy; buttons and thread from my stash.
Look forward to seeing all your creations this week.... enjoy the weekend!
Friday, 22 May 2009
Whilst blog hopping earlier I was looking at my great friend Samantha's blog when I noticed that she had found a new challenge .... I hopped straight over there and found good news and bad news on the new Allsorts Challenge Blog. The good news was that I really loved the challenge and there is a fab prize this week (Penny Black stamps .. my favourites !! :-) ) .. but the bad news was that the challenge ends tonight ...yikes!
So I got stuck in to Allsorts Challenge #1 - sweets. I found two sources of inspiration for this .... my cute PB stamp "Sweet Slumber", plus the fact that the postie brought me my latest order of charms from Dolls Made Up today, which included some incredibly cute choc bar charms!! So off I went ....
I coloured my image using a mixture of watercolour pencils (mouse & chocs) and Twinkling H2O's ( the chocolate box) - I even managed to incorporate sweetie H2O colours of "cherry sorbet" and "jade mint" lol! The image was cut using my label nesties, and mounted on a slightly larger layer cut from the fab new Core'dinations "whitewash" cardstock which I embossed with my Cuttlebug "Perfect Paisley" folder and then sanded to reveal the pink core. I threaded some Hobbycraft raffia lace with narrow pink & green ribbons from my stash, and also used a little bit of lace peeking out from behind the "whitewash" cardstock given to me by my friend Cathy. Flowers are a mixture of Cuddly Buddly, birthday prezzies (from Kaz) and my stash; pearl brads are by Papermania and spacers from The Hobby House. The sentiment is also by Penny Black, decorated with a couple of tiny Papermania heart gems. Paper is by Flair Designs.
Here is another angle, which gives a bit better idea of how shimmery the chocolate box is.
I have also managed to fulfil a few other challenges with this card:
2. Sketch & Stash #10 - I have followed the sketch, and used the following new items of stash - choc bar charm, flower spacer, pink flowers, core'dinations "whitewash" cardstock. ( Details of where all these are from above)
3. Charisma Cardz #20 - Flowers, Lace & Pearls
4. Dutch Dare Challenge #49 - bling-bling/glitter : can you see those tiny heart gems lol??
5. Stamptacular Sunday #7 - pink, green and brown
I have now realised that I was in such a hurry to finish this before the end of the sweetie challenge that I have forgotten my little greeting on the choc bar tag .. never mind, I can sort that out later, along with the (currently blank) inside!!
I'll be back tomorrow with my Penny Black Saturday Challenge DT card :-)
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
This week's Creative Card Crew Challenge #11 is shape it - ie. make an unusual shaped card. This is rather outside my comfort zone and not something I do very often, but I fancied a change (and I must confess I could also fancy the fab prize of 2 WOJ stamps that is on offer this week :-) )
I have previously made a circle card using my X-Cut Shapecutter system, and have read about people making small circular cards with their nesties ... so it struck me that I could follow the same principle with my new Peony nesties. As well as creating an unusual shaped card, the peony shape also has the beauty of standing up easily without "rolling".
The card itself is very simple, not least of all because it is so dinky in size that there is not a lot of space to play with! I stamped the PB image "A tender hug" then watercoloured it and decorated it with a few Papermania gemstones. I then cut both the image and a piece of patterned paper using my nested peonies, and inked all the edges with blue Colorbox Q pigment ink. I finished off the card very simply with a couple of diecut butterflies and a heart which matched my paper - (all were free in issue 1 of Creative Cardmaking magazine), and just found enough room for a Cuttlebug diecut greeting.
I have also found another new challenge blog called Fun with Shapes and More, which requires the use of something cut with either a punch or diecutting system ... and this week Challenge #3 is flowers .... so I hope that a hedgie holding flowers sitting on floral paper and a diecut peony will cover that lol!
Monday, 18 May 2009
Here's the inside ....
Sunday, 17 May 2009
I also made the effort with this one to decorate the inside ... it makes a card look so much more finished off somehow, and the other thing I like is that it gives me much more opportunity to use some of my sentiment stamps that only rarely make it onto the front of cards. :-)
Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!
Saturday, 16 May 2009
This week we have a recipe for you .... what we would like to see on your creations is
3 flowers, 2 papers and 1 charm/brad
Don't forget that you can make anything you want - so long as it features at least one PB stamp or sticker.
We also have a new sponsor for you this week. Last week I went to Port Sunlight, and managed to meet Wendy from Stamps & Memories.
Stamps & Memories is both a shop and online store, selling a fabulous range of products including lots of stamps (inc. PB's of course) and other goodies including Copic pens and Martha Stewart punches - due soon! Wendy was kind enough to donate this gorgeous stamp as a prize ... "looking at You". How cute is that? (I want it lol!)
Here is my card, featuring a gorgeous image that was a birthday RAK from my lovely friend Debbie.
Papers: K&Co "Wild Raspberry" (the papers are double sided; so you can actually see three out of four patterns from 2 papers - one is on the large flower);
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
My mum is seriously ill, and although she isn't ultimately going to get better she is being very resilient and getting on with life as best she can - she really is amazing! I so love this image of Melinda, and it makes me feel very warm inside to think of sending the love of a guardian angel to someone close. I was first inspired to use a feather with Melinda when I was sent a challenge kit by my friend Kaz (who has a new blog .. so I can link to it now :-) ) ... but now I want to adopt the feather idea as a special way of sending love and best wishes. I bought myself a pack of white feathers, but as luck would have it Kaz also sent me some gorgeous coloured feathers with my birthday card :-)
Here's the inside ....
Lastly I would like to enter this card for this week's Secret Crafter Challenge #31 - brads or eyelets.
Thanks for looking :-)
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
The theme of this week's challenge is minimal ... hmmm .. just how minimal are we supposed to go lol?? I used my brand new PB stamp "Fanfare" which I bought on Saturday at Port Sunlight, having been inspired by a birthday card I received last week from my lovely friend Sue. It struck me as a fairly simple and elegant design. I watercoloured the stamp with Marvey brushstroke pens and then dusted liberally with Glamour dust, as this was going to be my one and only decoration on the card. i still felt the need to use some paper, but just one simple piece. I stamped the sentiment straight onto the base card, and voila! ... no brads, flowers, feathers, ribbons, lace, gems, swirls, punches - I think I need to lie down!
Image: Penny Black "Fanfare"
Sentiment: Lavinia Stamps
Paper: BasicGrey "Sultry"
What I didn't know until last night was that Dick has had a look at our blogs, and he asked if he could feature one of my cards made with a vintage stamp as his "card of the month" for May. Wow! how chuffed am I?? I'm absolutely over the moon and haven't come back down to earth yet!
If you click on the logo below you will see the home page of PB Stamps, with links to every PB stamp catalogue and ordering info your heart could ever desire ...... plus my card :-)