Monday, 29 November 2010

Where Has That Year Gone?

It is a whole year since Lexi started her challenge blog: Lexi's Creations & the first challenge  was "Blue & Silver" so this fortnight's challenge is the same.  I can't believe it's been a year & I've loved (& still do) being part of her Team.  I thought I'd use the same image "Paolo" & I coloured him with ProMarkers, added Stickles & a pompom snowball.  I finished off with a die cut snowflake, ribbon, gem & tag with stamped greeting.  Our fabulous sponsor is Joanna sheen.

The challenges:
Bah! Humbug! - Feeling the Blues...
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Crafts & Me - Snowflakes
TotallyPaperCrafts - Untraditional Christmas 
The Crafty Pad - Snowflakes
Our Creative Corner - Tag, You're It!
Fussy & Fancy - Christmas Without Red or Green
Just Us Girls - 3D Christmas Embellishment

This is the card I made last year for the First Challenge!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

It's Recipe Time at Sentimental Sundays

I'm gonna try & keep this short as I'm not feeling too good today (I can't believe I've got another cold, I still have the remnants of the last one's cough!) - isn't it typical & I've soo much I need to do.  Ooh well I'm dosing myself up & fingers crossed I will feel better tomorrow (hmm this is turning into a longer post than I intended lol).  Anyway... on the the fabulous challenge at Sentimental Sundays which this week is a Recipe: 3 DPs, 3 Buttons & Ribbon - not too difficult :)  As I'm still behind with my Christmas cards I coloured several of these cute Pink Petticoat images to (hopefully) help me be a bit quicker making them.  I added Glamour Dust for sparkle, polar white Flower Soft to the hat, the papers are digi as before (Sweet Shoppe I think) & I added   an inked & Spray & Sparkled flower that I had left from the last Christmas card.  I finished off with gems, ribbon & the 3 little buttons.  I hope you can join us & check out the fantastic free sentiments that are available every week with the new challenge :)

The Challenges:
Karber Christmas - Use a Digi
ABC Christmas -X for Xmas (option of flowers)
Delightful - Flower Power
Creative Belli - R Embellishments (ribbon)
One Stop - Christmas Cuties
Daring Cardmakers - Spotty, Stripey Christmas
Crafty Catz - Christmas

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Wild Rose Studio Blog Hop!

Wild Rose Studio is having it's very first blog hop & there is a fab sketch by Dawny P to follow.  I loved using this sketch & used one of my new digis from Heather Ellis which I coloured in with ProMarkers & glittered (well Glamour Dusted) around the edges.  The papers are digi but I can't remember if they're from the Sweet Shoppe or Designer Digitals, the flower was made from a cheap bunch of white artificial flowers that I dissected, inked & sprayed with fold Spray & Sparkle & I finished off with a foiled greeting, button & some gems.

I'm on holiday from work this week (hooray!) & actually got some Christmas presents today & I'm hoping to do the rest (well at least some more) tomorrow.  It felt quite Christmasy today with all the snow we've been having lol (it looks pretty but I don't like the freezing temperatures.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Simon Says - Let It Snow!
One Stop - Snow People
I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes (with Sparkle if you like)
Digital Tuesday - Let It Snow
Digi Doodle - Red & Green
Creative Inspirations - Red, Green, Gold
Crafty Creations - Christmas Is Coming

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Keeping It Nice & Easy At For Fun

Yes the challenge this week at For Fun is "Anything Goes" & my card was a quick make as it was a last-minute request from a friend.  I love these images from DigiStamp Boutique & as I was short on time I coloured the image with chalks, the papers are from Designer Digital, I punched a border added ribbon  & finished off with punched flowers, foliage & gems & computer generated greeting (ooh & added some Glamour Dust to the bubbles).  

We've been away for a few days visiting family (& having a lovely time) but I have soo much catching up to do (blogging, commenting & especially crafting lol).

The challenges for this card are:
Creative Belli - R's (ribbon)
Pear Tree - Colourful 
Fab 'n' Funky - Going with the Flow
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
DigiStamp Boutique - Use Their Images

Monday, 22 November 2010

More Thank You...

The Squigglefly challenge this week is Thank You/Give Thanks.  For my card I used this fabulous image by Cheryl Alger called "Lonely", I coloured her with ProMarkers & some chalk.  I love these papers from Designs by Krista & I printed on both sides as you could see the back on the torn pieces.  The greeting (I think) was a freebie from Sentimental Sundays a while ago.  The flowers were punched,  the edges inked & lots of Glamour Dust added with 3 gems in the centres.  It was a big weekend at Squigglefly with 3 new artists joining the long list of fabulous designers:  Marlene Shaw, Brian Lock & Susan Urban so why not pop over & have a look :)

The challenges: 
Stamp Something - Something with Thanks
Polka Doodles - Give Thanks
Frosted - Distressing
If The Shoe Fits - Make it Shine!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Thanks for Thanksgiving

The Sentimental Sundays challenge this week is "Thanks for Thanksgiving" (with a sentiment). Every week there a free sentiments to be had too & this week DT member Chris has designed a fabulous set called "Thankfully Yours" so there's no excuse not to join in ;).  This card is a bit different for me as I prefer cute & girly but I know that not every one does!  I used the new Gratitude sentiments by Raindrop  Echo Designs, the papers are "Allsorts" from Crafts House & are gorgeous double sided & pearlised.  The butterfly is a stamp I've had for ages from Anna Griffin & although I don't use it very often I do love it.  I finished the card off with a doily, flower, ribbon & charm. I hope you can join us & check out the other DT members designs too :)

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - Thank You or Thanksgiving
Allsorts - Lace, Ribbon & Charm (I'm hoping the lacy doily counts!)
Aud Sentiments - Happy Thanksgiving (something you are thankful for)
Fairy Knoll - Thankful
Oh, Alice! - Caterpillar or Butterfly

PS. Normal service will be resumed asap  (tomorrow in fact)  when I will be back with a pretty, sparkly girly card :)

Friday, 19 November 2010

It's Winter at Stampin' for the Weekend...

 & it's definitely Winter here, I think we bypassed Autumn altogether lol .  This weeks challenge (as the title suggests) at Stampin' for the Weekend is "Winter".  I used this cute image from Di's Digi Downloads which is called "Penguins Playtime".  I coloured the image with ProMarkers, added Frosted Lace Stickles to their hats & Glamour Dust to the snowdrops.  The papers are from the Sweet Shoppe & I finished off with a glittery snowflake, brad, greeting, gems & some pom pom trim (which I love).  We are sponsored this week by Toodles & Binks.  I hope you will join us & check out the other  DT members blogs for more inspiration.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Creative Inspirations - Anything Christmassy/Winter
Delightful - Baby It's Cold Outside
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Sweet Stampin' - Snowflakes
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Sparkle
PaperPlay - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
I Love ProMarkers - Snowmen
2 Sisters - Christmas  
Stamp & Create - Tis the Season 
Little Paper Shop - Die Cuts
Digistamps 4 Joy - Inspired by Christmas/Holiday Season

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Flower Challenge at Crafty Purple Frog

I am honored to be guest designer at Crafty Purple Frog again & this time the challenge is "Flowers".  For my card I used their The Glance Decoupage, which I think is really beautiful. I added some gems & Glamour Dust & as you can see I went overboard with the flowers & finished the card off with some ribbon.  The fab sponsor this week is Crafty Emma's Store. Why not check out the Store for lots of gorgeous printable designs & the Blog for more inspiration from the DT.

The challenges:
Lollipop - Very Girlie 
Crafts & Me - Glitter
Simon Says - Sparkle
Flutter By - Open Theme (with Butterfly, Fairy or Angel)
Digital Tuesday - Anything with Wings
Meljens -  Sparkle & Shine
Lili of the Valley - Glitter & Glitz

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Give Thanks at For Fun

This week's challenge at For Fun is Give Thanks for something (hopefully my card is ok as it is a Thank You card to give to someone).  I used my Popcorn the Bear CD-rom & made a gatefold card.  The papers are from Designer Digitals & I made some panels using my Nesties on the front.  The card is finished off with flowers & ribbon.  I hope you can join in the fun & check out the other DT members cards for more inspiration :)

I'm entering my card for these challenges:
Anything Goes - Emboss It!
Paper Sundaes - Pick Your Sundae Topping (embossing & ribbon)
Challenge Up Your Life - Blue & Green
The Character Cafe - Embossing
My Sheri Crafts - Teddy Bears 
The Crazy Challenge - Thank You or Thanksgiving  
Creative Card Crew - Give Thanks 
Crafty Creations - Beautiful Insides

Monday, 15 November 2010

Another Christmas Card for Lexi's Creations

The challenge this week at Lexi's Creations is "Traditional Christmas Colours" & there is also a DT Call :)  For my card I used one of Lexi's new designs called Gingerbread House - there's a sale on at Fairy Dust Crafts too so you can stock up on lots of crafting goodies & Christmas pressies :)  I used my Prismacolor pencils for a change & added Polar White Flower Soft for the snow.  I used some Kraft card & finished off with punch snowflakes, gems, ribbon, ticket sentiment with peg, flower with punched foliage & a gem brad.  The little gingerbread man is made from shrink plastic. (can't remember where the papers are from sorry). 

The challenges:
Gingerloft - The Great Outdoors
Ellephantastic - Christmas or Butterflies
ABC - H is for Holidays
Totally Gorjuss - Traditional Christmas Colours
Shelly's - Anything Goes with a Christmas Theme
Secret Crafter - Sparkle & Shine
Meljens - Food
I Did It - Traditional Christmas Colours 
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas 

 Happy Monday & hope you all have a great week x

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sentimental Sundays Childhood Challenge

This is my 2nd challenge on the Sentimental Sundays DT & this week the theme is "Childhood" (with a sentiment).  I thought this image from Di's Digis was perfect, it's called Baby Sister Daisy with Bear & I coloured her with ProMarkers.  The papers are from Zoe Pearn & called Alphabet Soup for Girls (I've had them for ages & this is the first time I've used them - I love all Zoe's papers) & I inked the edges.  I made a little pinwheel & finished off with lace, pearls, flowers.  The saying was found on Google (good ol' Google lol).  You should check out the other DT's blogs for lots of fabulous creations & inspiration & don't forget every Sunday there are free sentiments for you to grab :)

I'm entering my card for these challenges:
By the Cute & Girly - Jungle, Jungle
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
CCEE - Store Bought Flowers
Simple Doodles - Lace & Pearls
Scrappy Saturday - Dust of Your Patterned Paper

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Pink & Green Christmas

Pink & green is my favourite colour combo & when I saw these gorgeous digi papers at the Sweet Shoppe I had to get them.  I used another image from (one of my favourite designer's) Cheryl Alger this one is called "Up in Arms"  & I coloured it with ProMarkers & Glamour Dust.  Our challenge at For Fun this week is "Dry Embossing" so I used this embossing folder that I have had for ages but never used, I wasn't sure if it would go through my old Zip-e-Mate (an old die cutting machine) lol but it did & I really like it so think I will be using it again & I sanded the card to show more detail.  I finished off with silver ribbon, bows n bells, die cute snowflake with a brad & greeting from Craftwork Cards (ooh & 2 gems).

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Sassy Cheryl's - Tulle or Ribbon
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Snow/Snowflakes
C.R.A.F.T. - Dry Embossing 
Digital Tuesday - Something Brought but not used Before (embossing folder)
One Stitch at a Time - Winter Wonderland
Paper Sundaes - Let It Snow
Sparkle - Any Christmas Card
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Trees & Ribbon

Monday, 8 November 2010

Music To My Ears!

The challenge this week at Squigglefly is "Music to my Ears" & this can be interpreted how you like.  I used an image from Cheryl Alger called "Lulu in Dance" & she has been coloured in with chalks for a change (they are so quick & I didn't have much time but I'm really pleased with the result & think I'm gonna use them more often) & then sprayed the image with Crafter's Companion "Spray & Shine".  The papers are various digi ones & I punched the music score one with an EK Success border punch.  There is a little bit of stitching & I finished off with flowers, brads & stamped ticket sentiment from Raindrop Echo.  Wishing you all a Happy Monday & hope you have a great week.

The challenges: (found some new ones this week)
Iris's Spot - Anything Goes
Fairy Tale - Everything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Square Card
Short O Mania - Flower Power
StampInsanity - Punches
Oh, Alice! - Tickets Please!
Aly's - Music

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Another Christmas Card & Some Exciting News!

I hope you're all having a great weekend, don't they go quickly though (probably cos I had to work yesterday morning).  My news is that I was chosen for the Sentimental Sundays DT & I am really chuffed!  I love Ann's sentiments & the DT girls are all really friendly :)  If you haven't checked the challenge blog before you just need to follow the theme of the week & use a sentiment (every week there are fab new sentiments to download free too!).  This week's challenge is a fab sketch by DT member Dorcas, I love sketches and really enjoyed using this one.  The cute image I used is called "Cuddle Christmas" from Di's Digi Downloads which I coloured with ProMarkes & Stickles, the papers are from Designer Digitals (I think), the sentiment is from a set called "Trimming the Tree" & is available from Whimsy Stamps.  I finished the card off with a flower made using a stencil, die cut Christmas trees & some gems.  If your looking for more inspiration why not check out the other DT members blogs.

The challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Winter Snowflakes
The Stamp Man - Christmas
City Crafter - Get Your Digi On
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Secret Crafter - Red & Gold
I Love ProMarkers - Snowflakes
Fairy Fun - Make Your Own Flowers
Charisma - With Love at Christmas
CCEE Stampers - Winter Scene
Allsorts - Twas Night Before Christmas (not a creature was stirring)
Pile It On - Furry Holiday Cards 

Friday, 5 November 2010

Stampin' for the Weekend - Sketch with a Twist!

Thank goodness it is Friday! (Although it's my turn to work Saturday morning this week) I can't wait for the weekend (well after 11.30 am tomorrow).  Hope you've all had a great week :)
This fortnight's challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend is a sketch but with a twist - which is that there must be a butterfly somewhere on your project are fab sponsor is Simon Says Stamp.  I've been a bit short of time again this week & luckily found this Anya image that I'd coloured a while ago (with Prismacolor pencils) .  The papers are from Designer Digitals & I did some random stitching.  The finishing touches are a diecut corner, some fabric flowers, a heart button & 3 stamped, punched & glittered butterflies. Why not check out the other DT members blogs for lots more inspiration :)

The challenges:
Lili of the Valley - One for the Girls
Delightful - Stitching
The Crazy Challenge - Swirls & Pearls
The Crafty Pad - Stitching
PaperPlay - Circles 
Meljens - 3 Different Shapes (circle, square & triangle)
Creative Card Crew - Let's Punch It

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Guest DT at Crafty Purple Frog

I couldn't believe my luck when Amy asked me to be guest designer for her new "Crafty Purple Frog" challenge blog using some of her gorgeous digi decoupage sheets by the very talented artist Ching-Chou Kuik.  This 2nd challenge is "Sparkle" (any excuse to get covered in glitter lol) & is sponsored by Delicious Doodles. Amy is also giving 3 downloads for the winner, 2 for 2nd place & 1 for 3rd!.  I used "Peacock Blue" piramage (I thought it would be tricky to cut out this "invertage" style but it wasn't!), added Glamour Dust to the all the edges & the flowers, & finished with a die cut butterfly (Marianne D Creatables Butterfly 3) with gems added.  The papers are from the Dovecraft "Fantasy" pack.

I'm entering these challenges:
Alphabet - A is for Angels & Fairies
Digital Tuesday - I've Been Framed
Flutter By - Anything Goes (with Butterfly, Fairy or Angel)
Secret Crafter - Anything that Flies
ABC - G is for Glitter
Creative Inspirations - Glitter, Glamour, Girlie

Monday, 1 November 2010

Anything Goes at Lexi's!

Last week was soo busy for me I'm still trying to catch up with my crafting.  Luckily the challenge at Lexi's Creations this week is "Anything Goes" so I could use the opportunity to make another Christmas card.  I used Sammie Snowman image & coloured him with ProMarkers, the snowflakes are various diecuts & confetti with brads added to the middles.  I made the flower using a poinsettia template, did some silver machine stitching & finished off with some Stickles, a ceramic stamp & a bingo card.  Our sponsor this week is Joanna Sheen & why not check out the other DT members blogs as there are some fabulous (& diverse) creations :)

I'm entering Sammie into these challenges:
Diecut Dreams Christmas Club - Use a Christmas Digi
Bee Crafty - Christmas
ABC - G is for Glitter
Totally PaperCrafts - Bling it On
Fussy & Fancy - Winter Wonderland
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes