April 30, 2009
April 29, 2009
So found a sketch challenge by Sharon on Creative Card Crew and set about making them a congratulations card.
And here it is:
I found it a bit difficult to start with, I knew I wanted to have a red theme but couldn't get the colours and patterns right. I tried swirls, flourishes, all sorts but settled on spots and stripes - must still be in the mood after yesterdays Papertake challenge!
The image is a digital download from The Greetings Farm which took me four attempts to shade right with Pro-Markers. I'm desperate for some Copics to get more tone on tone colours. The sentiment is Doodblebug rub ons on a Nestabilties tag. I love the image, wanted to use it as my sister in law isn't traditional or old fashioned and likes quirky things.
Having a day at home today, no work, cancelled going to toddler group and intend to spend the rest of the day playing with Zac, I've just fished out some card and his crayons so we're going to attempt a colouring session! Might help bring my blood pressure down a bit.
April 28, 2009
What a fab excuse to get one of my old Dolly Mamas stamps out and indulge in some pinkness.
Dolly Mamas stamp, Doodlebug paper, ribbons, fiskars punch.
You know when you have one of those days? Well today was it for me. I'm overtired I think. I got wet through walking to the post office this morning, then this afternoon I went to see the midwife and forgot to take my notes...I could go on but you'd be bored stupid!
So this card is me telling myself to deal with it! I stamped the image (which had a different message on the bag) and the caption I wanted and glued over the existing one. I thought she'd look better cut out with a bit of white surround before mounting her on pink card. I shaded her with Pro-Markers but the black didn't work so well - you live and learn eh?
Made a nice change to work with one of my old favourites.
Hope you like her
April 27, 2009
April 26, 2009
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April 24, 2009
This is what I came up with:
April 23, 2009
Anyway, here's what I eventually came up with:
Nestabilities, Pink Petticoat Image, Doodlebug paper frills
Hmm, maybe my base card was the wrong size for the elements I picked to use, who knows? Just don't love this one. I do love the image though, isn't it a cutie? It's a new mini download from Pink Petticoat and I've been itching to use them.
Image coloured with Pro-Markers and coated with Glamour Dust then cut out with one of my new sets of nesties! Went round the edge with Glamour Dust too before adding a rub on sentiment. The flower strip down the side is a bit from a Doodlebug Paper Frill with glitter gems stuck in the flower centres.
It still felt a bit 'open' to me so before I stuck everything down, I used a Cuttlebug border emboss folder underneath the image! I do believe in less is more - just not on this occasion!
April 22, 2009
I was about to make something with bottle tops when I found this in my hand.....One of my little lads Easter egg boxes, contents of which I happily helped him to eat. Actually no that's an outright lie - I ate it for him! OK he got a few bites too, I'm not totally mean! I have to limit his chocolate intake, he's only 16 months old.
And here's the card I made out of it:
Chocolate egg box, Cuttlebug emboss folder, Nestabilities, Fiskars punch
I cut out the main bird shape as half had already been done on the box anyway and then got the smallest Nestabilitie circle I had and cut out the 'splats' and birdies. I quite enjoyed the Magnolia sketch challenge the other day so figured it would be a good idea to create myself a background and then see how everything fitted on top.
Got to use my new Fiskars punch (three arrived today - yippee) and used papers to match the colours on the box. I would never normally use brown and mustard yellow but hey, I like it!
I even decorated the inside with some left over bits to match
April 21, 2009
April 20, 2009
This weeks challenge at Colour Create has been set by Chris. Make a card using black, pink and white with optional extra of polka dots. I made two cards because when I finished the first one I thought it was a bit fussy and fancied another go!
Doodlebug papers, ribbons, flowers, Prima flower centre, Galaxy Markers, button
Hmm, sometimes I'm not sure when to stop! Used some Doodlebug polka dot paper and layered up with black and white card and some polka dot and plain ribbons, my usually faux bow as still not mastered the art of tying a decent one! The flower is from Imaginisce, I popped a button in the middle and added a flower centre gem from Prima. To finish off and over clutter, I did some doodling with a white Galaxy marker.
April 19, 2009
I used various bits of pink and green card and paper including Doodlebug in Bubblegum and Limeade. The Frog images are 'Hoppy Wishes' from Pink Petticoat. The lovely die cut shape in the centres are cut using the Noteworthy card on The Slice, which I'm pleased to say I'm starting to use a lot now.
April 18, 2009
April 16, 2009
So chuffed, my first ever Blog Award. What a lovely surprise. It's a gift from Chrissie, if you haven't visited her blog, you should because it's fabulous and she makes some gorgeous creations. Have a look here. Thanks Chrissie xx
In return I have to pass this award on to my favourite 10 bloggers so I nominate:
Clair & Sharni
Please pop and have a look at these blogs as they rock!
Here's the card Sue started for me:
Sue chalked the card in green and blue then cut a circle using Nestabilities and stamped on it with the Basic Grey Two Scoops in Adirondack Lettuce. The stamp Sue used on the blue border is from a Paper Artsy set called Swirls & Curls, which was stamped in Black Stazon before tearing the bottom edge.
And here's how I've finished it, hope I've done it justice:
April 15, 2009
Pink Petticoat papers, nestabilities, white peel offs, gems
I saw this challenge on Creative Card Crews blog and had to give it a go to prove to myself I could escape from bright colours for a while. I have to admit it was a struggle but I got there in the end. The challenge was 'monochrome madness'.
I used patterned paper from Pink Petticoat, nestabilities butterfly and some grey, black and white gems. I even used...... (Shhhh don't tell anyone!) some white peel offs! They are the flower border strip along the middle. I do have a bit of a phobia of peels offs for some reason.
And I need to apologise to Sue - I've not forgotten our challenge I just haven't quite finished, something is still missing but I'll try and complete it tomorrow.
April 14, 2009
DCWV and Doodlebug papers, flowers, cuttlebug embossing folders, button, string, Sizzix dies
I can tell you I got pretty distressed making this card if that counts? This was my third attempt at this challenge, I may post my previous attempts sometime but not yet! I got myself in a right pickle trying to figure out how and what distressing to do, determined I was going to do something inky - which just resulted in a mess to be honest.
So instead....used DCWV papers with the white core and used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on it before setting to it with my nail file to reveal the white core over the pattern and along the punched edge. The pointy flowers are cut from Sizzix dies, one using Doodlebug paper and the other through Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. I even distressed the button. Not sure my nail file will be good for nails again but I will probably use this technique again some time.
Since taking the photo I've added a sentiment with rub ons along the chocolate strip of paper too. I'm enjoying doing all these challenges as they're really making me try things outside my comfort zone.
April 13, 2009
Here's my attempt. Over inked my stamp a bit but like the effect anyway.
Pink Petticoat paper, Anita's flower stamp, ribbon, nestabilities, glitter gems, flower punch
I used Pink Petticoat Pretty Doodles paper in milk chocolate printed onto bright orange card, then used the plain orange to create the backgrounds. The ribbon is yet another 50p roll from Hobbycraft, and the greeting is doodlebug rub ons. I punched the flowers from left over bits of card and the square mounts too.
Well looks like today will be mainly spent sorting and tidying the house - but of course I'll squeeze some card making in later!
April 12, 2009
Doodlebug papers, rub ons, cuttlebug emboss folder, flowers, brads, ribbons
I've made a card using this layout before and really liked it. I have quite a few thank you cards to make for all my wonderful Birthday pressies so you'll probably see a theme over the next few days!
Base card is candy pink with matching flap which I ran through the Cuttlebug before sticking several flowers on with various brads. The ribbon was yet another 50p bargain roll from Hobbycraft. I still have about 9 rolls I haven't started yet so they'll keep me going for some time.
We've been invited out to lunch today so I'd better go and get myself ready and pick some flowers from the garden to take with me. We have sooo many tulips it'll be nice to share.
Was happy until I added the floral paper ribbons, but they were stuck down so had to stay. Think they just make the card too fussy.
Doodlebug papers, Pink Petticoat image, doodlebug rub ons, glamour dust
I actually bought some Glamour Dust this week after seeing how well Liz uses it at Pink Petticoat. So this is my first attempt with it and it was really easy to use, so much finer than any other glitter I've used before and oddly enough, less mess. I added some to the body, the flowers on the boots and then around the edge of the square. So thanks for the advice Liz, I'll be using it a lot from now!
I was lazy with the image itself and coloured it in Paint rather than by hand. And here's a little image I stuck to the inside to match:
April 11, 2009
Magnolia Tilda Stamp, Hero Arts Easter Egg stamp, Pink Petticoat papers, Pro-Markers
These cards are made for four little babies who will be eating their chocolate eggs somewhere over the rainbow. My own little baby boy Flynn and his angel baby friends Lucas, Alison and Gracie.
I can't give them chocolate in person, but I can hold them all close in my heart. Me and my fellow angel Mummies are lucky, we've each been blessed with the gift of another child, but we still need to do special things for our precious babies who tragically weren't ours to keep. I know there are so many other parents out there in the same position so hugs to you this weekend and floaty kisses to your gorgeous children.
I love the Magnolia range of stamps, they're just perfect for cards like this when nothing else seems right.
April 09, 2009
These are the last few treat bags I made the other day:
Pink Petticoat Spring Wishes kit and Chick download.
The tops of the bags were made from left over scraps of the patterned papers. The round flap is cut from nestabilities and then finished with the last bit of my printed ribbon and a doodlebug button.
Had a lovely day with my folks yesterday, they brought lunch and spoilt the little fella something rotten. Today we're popping round to a friends as our regular toddler group isn't happening over Easter so we're having our own. Think Zac might get his first haircut too!
April 08, 2009
So here's a peek at the card and goodie bag I've made for them:
Cute 'lil bunny card
Pink Petticoat dots paper. Spring Wishes image, pro markers, sparkle pens
Card and goodie bag:
I used some doodlebug paper frills on the card instead of a border punch for a change, must invest in some new punches for variety. Wanted to stray away from the pastel colours for this as the choccies are so red. The dotty paper is Pink Petticoat little big dots.
And here are a couple of goodie bags I've made for Sunday. Some friends have invited us round for lunch and it would be so rude to go empty handed. These are for the kids. We're going to call in at the cheesecake shop on the way and pick up dessert(s) as a treat.
Right that's all for today. I've made plenty more so will post over the next few days and then Easter will be over and I'll be starting something new.
April 07, 2009
A decorated box of miniature chocolate bars:
Choccie box, Pink Petticoat Spring Wishes Collection, Pro_Markers
On the inside of the box, all the choccie bars are individually wrapped. The egg image is cut out from one of the decorative papers and the chick was from a free download kit - thanks Liz :). I didn't have an egg shaped punch so I used a balloon one and trimmed the ties off afterwards. Saved buying an egg one especially. Cute 'lil bunny coloured with Pro-Markers and mounted on matching papers.
Egg Gift Box:
Chocolate eggs, Pink Petticoat Spring Wishes Collection, plain ribbon, Papermania Acetate
I saw the pattern for this box over on Split Coast Stampers but it didn't fit the Creme Eggs in so I had to adapt it - a lot! I have improved my box making skills and can say hand on heart that the lid fits the base this time! I printed the card so it's patterned on one side and then used the sanded plain colours for the reverse sides.
The chick image is from the freebie kit Liz is giving away on her blog fab isn't it? I printed the matching ribbon on my Epson, if you missed my tutorial on printing your own ribbon, you can see it here.Inside the goodie box...
Kind of thinking about keeping this one as I like it so much!
And finally for today, an Easter card:
Again, used the same kits and my printed ribbon. I'm in the middle of making a selection of goodie bags and Easter cards so hopefully I'll get them finished tonight and on here some time tomorrow.
Got my parents coming to visit me and their Grandson tomorrow so if I haven't finished my goodies, I'll be in trouble with my nephews and niece on Sunday!