Monday 28 February 2011

Vintage Christmas

It is soo cold here today.  Yesterday I thought Spring was coming - today it feels it could snow at any moment brrrr.  I managed to make another Christmas card (I must have all of 3 made now woohoo at least it's a start & hopefully will help towards me not having loads to do at the last minute, well that's the plan lol).

This card was made using a Paper Artsy (I think, I've had it ages) rubber stamp which has been glossed with Spray & Shine (I couldn't get a good photo but it looks like a tile), the papers are digi & the ticket was free from Miss Cutiepie.  I distress all the edges & glittered most of them too.  The flower was another dissected flower from a cheap bunch of artificial flowers which I inked & glittered & added some punched foliage, I added a ribbon, bells & the greeting is from Raindrop Echo.  

The challenges:
Sparkle- Punches
Critter - Sentiment
Pear Tree - Ribbon
Allsorts - Homemade Flowers
Corrosive - Distressing
Shelly's - Ribbon
Craft Us Crazy - Winter
Anything Goes - Distressing
Frosted Designs - Use Metal
Jingle Bells - Text Me
Crafty Hazelnut - Let's Get Sentimental

Ooh while I'm here I'd just like to show you some new digi designs from Gerda at StampFairy, these are called "Patsy April Showers", isn't she just so sweet (I love the one with her umbrella blow inside out).  Have a great week everyone :o) 

Monday Wotnots at Paper Pretties

Which means new digi releases at Paper Pretties :o).  I used "Bugle Bear", I think he's such fun & would be perfect for a child's card.  I coloured him with ProMarkers & some Glossy Accents on his nose.  The papers are from Scrapbook Mad & I finished off with some card candy, foam stickers & some ribbon.

The challenges:
Res-Q - Squares or Rectangles
2 Sisters - Teddy Bear's Picnic
Card Makin Mamas - Happy Birthday
Crafty Ann's - Birthday Card

Sunday 27 February 2011

Anything Goes at Sentimental Sundays

This week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is nice & easy:  "Anything Goes" (with a sentiment).  My card is an 18th Birthday card made with Pink Petticoat images coloured with ProMarkers & Glamour Dust around the edges, the papers are from Designer Digitals, I finished off with flowers, gems, lace, ribbons & a charm.  Our fab sponsor this week is Heart Song Designs.  I'm keeping this post short cos I'm feeling a bit peeky today :o( (though as it was written yesterday & scheduled for today, hopefully I am fine now!).

The challenges:
Stamps R Us - For the Girls
Creative Craft - Cards for a Teen
Sweet Stampin - Oh so Girly
Stamp Something - Something with Flowers
Secret Crafter - Sweet Treats
Digi Doodles - Spots/Dots
Cupcake - Cakes &/or Icecream
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Birthday Wishes
Sweet Stamps - Flowers

Friday 25 February 2011

Friday Release & A Fab Freebie At StampFairy

Friday again, how quickly the weeks are rolling by & another fab new release at StampFairy - this lil fella is called Herb St Patrick's Day & he is just one of the new images (from the same theme) to be released today & there is also a clover leaf freebie!  My card is quite simple: just one sheet of paper from Papermania's Olivine Essence pad, I coloured the image with ProMarkers & gold Glamour Dust & used 2 different corner punches finishing off with flowers, a Good Luck sentiment & the freebie which I sprayed with Spray & Shine & added more Glamour Dust (I've just realised that I have a lucky bingo card that I was going to add but forgot lol).

The challenges:
Incy Wincy - Use Punches or Dies
Digital Tuesday - Punches
Gingersnap - Jewel Colours + Gold
Lexi's Creations - Flowers
KB Cute Monday - Use Glitter
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Punches 
Pattie's Creations - Make Your Own Embellishment (shamrock)
Fairy Knoll - Feeling a Little Green
Miami Doodles - Make it Monochromatic Green (with a bit of Irish option)

Wednesday 23 February 2011

Hooray For A Days Off!

How lovely to have a day off & it's been absolutely pouring with rain all day so I'm glad I haven't had to bike backwards & forwards to work.  This cold, wet, dreary weather has been making me feel a bit miserable lately so I thought I'd cheer myself up with a bit of retail therapy lol & I bought a couple of things from the Fruit Pixie including this stamp plate which was half price & I thought would be great for Christmas cards.  I also caught a bit of Create & Craft & they had Little Claire Designs demoing & I rather like the RWAV (room with a view) Beach Huts stamp set so might have to treat myself to that too :o).

I made a couple of New Home cards as well today & I've been wanting to use these "Where the Heart is" digi papers & elements for ages, I love these papers by Zoe Pearn (one of my fav designers)  from the Sweet Shoppe.  I did a bit of stitching, inking & added brads, flowers & gem.  Sorry about the rubbish photo but I usually take them outside but as I said no chance of that today with the rain.

The challenges:
Simply Create - It's Bright in Here
Res-Q - Something That Makes You Happy (my home)
Totally Papercrafts - Do It With Digi's

Monday 21 February 2011

Not a Card!

Monday again & this means new digi images at Paper Pretties.  I thought I'd make a corner bookmark for a change, I've not made on of these for ages & they are very handy :o)  I just cut a rectangle, found the center of the shortest side & folded the corners in to make a point (it's easier to do than say, so here's some instructions lol).  This cute sheep image is called "Peeps Sheep" & coloured with ProMarkers, I used double sided card stock, the border is punched with a Martha Stewart punch & I finished off with some beads & a brad.

I'd like to enter this bookmark for these challenges:
One Stitch at a Time - Anything but Square
Moving Along With the Times - Anything for a Girl, but not a Card
I Did It - Anything Goes
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything but a Card
C.R.A.F.T - Not a Card
Stampinsanity - Anything but a Card
Shelly's - Show us What You Got
Sassy Studio - Use a Punch

Have a great week everyone xx

Sunday 20 February 2011

Sentimental Sundays - Photo Inspiration

This week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is to use this gorgeous photo (see below) for inspiration (+ a sentiment). This week we are sponsored by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. I love this image by Di's Digi Downloads called "Quality Time" & I coloured it with ProMarkers,  the papers are from my stash & I finished the card off with sticky ribbon, cord (recycled from a clothes tag) & the fish charm was made using a fish image with I added a bit of colour too & sprayed with "Spray & Shine".  The sentiments are from a great digi set called "Great Day to Fish" from Raindrop Echo Designs.  The design team have really excelled themselves this week so I hope you'll check out their blogs for loads more inspiration.

The challenges:
Sketch & Stash - Sketch :o)
ECP - Something for the Boys
Fab 'n' Funky - Make Your Own
Creative Inspirations - Plain & Simple
Allsorts - Inspired by Nature
Crafty Catz - One for the Men
Guylou's Inimitability - Anything Goes
Paperminutes - Water
MyGrafico - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Make Your Own Embellishment

 Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend.  I've got nothing special on; shopping yesterday & some housework ( I managed to fit some crafting in too :o)  ) & today much of the same (no more shopping though!) I don't mind though I love being at home, especially after a long week at work (we had half day training on my day off last week - how cruel is that lol)

Friday 18 February 2011

Monochromatic at Stampin' For the Weekend

The challenge at SFTW starting today is "Monochromatic".  The image I used is from Sassy Cheryls & I coloured it with Distress Inks (I haven't used them for ages & it made a nice change).  The papers were a freebie from Computer Scrapbook & I distressed the edges, the butterflies are punched & inked & I finished of with some flowers (with added Glamour Dust), lace, a doily & some pearls.  

The challenges for this card:
Little Claire's - Anything Goes
Dutch Dare - Sparkle/Glitter/Bling
Paper Sundaes - Pick Your Sundae
Papertake - Putting on the Glitz
Crafts & Me - Spread Your Wings
Creative Cottage - Fabulous Florals
Totally Paper Crafts - Do it With Digi's
Challenge Up Your Life - Monochrome 
CardMadFairy's Digi Days - Distress It! 
Phindy's Place - Monochrome
Sukkersott - Lace, Beads & Flowers 

Clementine Carrot

Clementine Carrots is one of the cute new releases today at StampFairy & to go with these fab images there is a another freebie image too :)  For my card I used some digi papers I had lurking about my Martha Stewart border punch.  Clementine was printed on to pink paper & some Glossy Accents added for her nose & a bit of Glamour Dust to her ears & feet; I gave 2 bows in her hair & a flower (punched).  The carrot bunting was made with the freebie carrot image & the sentiment is from Raindrop Echo Designs new Spring Sentiments.  I finished off with lots of gems.  Looking for more inspiration then check out the gorgeous creations from the Design Team.

The challenges:
Dutch Dare - Sparkle/Glitter/Bling
Delightful - Animals 
Creative Craft World - Use a Square
PaperPlay - Add Shine
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Shiny, Happy Cards!
Charisma - Spring Has Sprung 
Lili of the Valley - My Favourite Colours  (green & pink)
Do You Stack Up? - Dots 
Whoopsi Daisy - Free & Easy 
Inky Impressions - Spots & Stripes

Arrrrgh I've noticed one of the gems has moved - how annoying! But it is back in its proper place now :o)

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Fairy Nice (Free Image)

I love faires & when I saw this freebie on the Fairydoodler blog I just had to use her.  I coloured her with ProMarkers, her wings are paper pieced & coloured with Sakura glitter gel pens,  the papers are from my stash, the ticket is a stamp from Rainbow Echo Designs.  I finished off with a flower (dissected from a bunch of artificial flowers), ribbon, charms, punched butterfly, beads, Glamour Dust & a brad.

The challenges:
Fairydoodler - Freebie Challenge
I Did It - Bling It Up
Aly's - Bling It Up
Stampin with the Dragon - Anything Goes
Charisma - Mythical/Fantasy
Rubber Cafe - Paper Piecing 
Do You Stack Up? - Ribbons 
One Stitch at a Time - Make it Pretty 
Little Claire's - Anything Goes

Monday 14 February 2011

Just Dropping By...

Monday means a new digi release at Paper Pretties & this fun image called AaaaAAAHHH (I think I've got the right amount of A's & H's lol). I coloured him in with Prismacolor pencils & baby oil, the paper is digi from Designer Digitals (I think) & I finished off with 3 buttons & a computer generated sentiment.  

The challenges:
Bearly-Mine - For Men & Boys
Our Creative Corner - Cut it Out
Wee Memories - Live, Love, Laugh
Little Claire's - Anything Goes
Crafty Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Fuzzy Wuzzy - Birthday Wishes (& Animal)
Scrap-Creations -Animal Antics
Corrosive - Button It Up
Tuesday Throwdown - Buttons
Flourishes - Buttons

This week I was so excited when I got my Cardmaking and Papercraft mag cos my lil grandson Ryan (aged 5) is featured making a Mother's Day card (he is crafty just like his Mum & Nanny lol) & I am just so proud that I have to share it with you :)  Have a great Monday everyone.

Sunday 13 February 2011

Hubby's Valentine's Day Card (**V**)

The Sentimental Sundays challenge this week is a colour challenge: Pink, Red & White & we are sponsored by Meljens Designs.  For my card I used "Lovin' Turtle" which I coloured with ProMarkers (the shell is paper pieced).  The papers are from StampFairy & the sentiment is by Raindrop Echo, I finished it off with a cut out heart, ribbon & some staples.  The inside was decorated with more paper & another sentiment (can't remember where this one was from sorry).  I kept it simple cos Mark (hubby) doesn't like anything to fussy lol.   

The challenges:
One Stop - Love is in the Air
Stamp Something - Something For Your Valentine
Everybody Art - Valentine
Creative Inspirations - Red, Pink & White
Creative Card Crew - For a Loved One
Crafty Catz - Valentines/Love
C.R.A.F.T. - Valentines
Crafty Calender - Love 
2 Sisters - Hearts
Totally Papercrafts - Clean & Simple
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Love is in the Air
Critter - Critter/Animal
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Pink, Red & White 
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes 
Cards for Men - Valentines/Love

Hope you're all having a great weekend.  We're at the the In-Laws for tea & MIL is cooking steak as a Valentines treat!

Friday 11 February 2011

StampFairy New Releases

Happy Friday everyone, thank goodness it's nearly the weekend (although is my turn to work again tomorrow, it seems to come round quicker and quicker).  Every Friday there is a new release at StampFairy & today it is this cute lil fella called "Toby Love" & also a fantastic free image that works perfectly with him as you can see on my box.  I made the box using my Ultimate Pro (it makes boxes of all sizes so quick & easily) & some red/pink pearlised card & some green/blue glittery card.  I paper pieced Toby & the hearts & just finished off with a dab of ProMarkers here & there.  I finished the box off with some flowers I've had lurking in my stash for ages & some punched leaves.

 I'm entering this for these challenges:
Simon Says - Anything But a Card
PaperPlay - Hearts & Flowers but not Valentines
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Digi
Cute Card Thursday - Hearts & Flowers 
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's See Some Love
For Fun - Hearts
Rainbow Lady - All About Love
AiFactory - Valentines Love

There was also another fab new release at StampFairy this week called "Baby Dotty & her Snuggle Blanket & I think you'll agree  these images are so cute :)

Sunday 6 February 2011

Valentine Tweet

The Sentimental Sundays challenge this week is "Valentines" (with a sentiment) & this week we are sponsored by DeeDee's Digis.  I used their fab digi image called Valentine Tweet which I coloured in with ProMarkers.  The papers are from Designer Digitals & as you can see I did lots of distressing & even a bit of hand stitching! (not too much though lol).  The finishing touches: lace & flowers.  Don't forget the weekly freebie & to check out the DT creations for loads of inspiration.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Ellephantastic - Distressed Love
Simon Says - Love is in the Air
Secret Crafter - Valentine
I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Valentines Day/Romance
Digi Doodles - Valentines 
Crazy 4 Challenges - Valentines Day Card
Allsorts - Love Love Love
Do It With Digi's -  Valentines
Tuesday Taggers - Feel the Lurrvvvveeee (  I've got it right this time ;)  )
Card Makin Mamas - Valentines

Friday 4 February 2011

Not a Card & a Bit of Shrink Plastic...

It's Friday so there are new releases at StampFairy & this week it is Linda Fairy & there is also a fabulous freebie circle sentiment.  I love fairies & as one of my New Year's resolutions was to make some jewellery I thought I'd make a key-chain.  I printed the image on to printable shrink plastic. coloured it with pencils, cut it out & punched a hole for the jump ring to attach it to the chain; then heated it with a heat gun - et voila! so to speak lol.  I threaded various beads on to eye pins & attached to the chain finishing off with a Love charm.  There are some gorgeous cards from the DT for lots more inspiration :)

The challenges:
City Crafter - All You Need Is Love
The Shabby Tea Room - No Patterned Paper & Handmade Embellishment
Sir Stampalot - All Creatures Great & Small
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything Goes

Thank goodness it's Friday, hope you've all had a great week & have an even better weekend!