March 31, 2009
March 30, 2009
Felt, nestabilities, thread, ribbon, glass bead, cuttlebug flowers
This is my result of the challenge for me and Sue to make a card featuring real or fake stitching. Sue sensibly went for fake - I picked the wrong route :( Ah well at least I tried. You can see Sue's card on her blog - Stamping Sue Style
I cut the felt with cuttlebug dies and nestabilities, was impressed both cut through without any tearing or fraying, so that's something positive to come out of it! The ribbon at the top was off a gift I'd been given and the other was out of a Brenda Pinnick kit I think, both had nice neat stitching on so just perfect.
I'm going to try and stray away from pink for the rest of the week - bet I can't do it!
March 29, 2009
Doodlebug papers, cuttlebug emboss folder, rub ons, glitter gems, sparkle brads, flowers
I really enjoyed doing the colour challenge last week on Colour Create so decided to set myself two colours and go from there. I laid a selection of turquoise and pink stash out and just went for it without planning the card first. It could have gone very wrong as I stuck everything down as I went along. The sugared brads match the glitter gems and the flowers so I'm really pleased with it.
Happy days yesterday as I got my hair cut and coloured and feel less of scruffy moo too!
I have GOT to find some time today to make a card with stitching on for my challenge with Sue. Eek, so much to do today so it will have to be posted on here tomorrow morning.
March 28, 2009
Sizzix die, various papers, cuttlebug emboss, rub ons, Fiskars punch
I've been itching to use this pea pod die for ages and had the perfect excuse the other day! It made a change not to make a card with really bright colours too.
I used a Sizzix die and various papers I had lying around, added pink gems for the eyes and made a fake bow secured with a sparkly Doodlebug button. The names are Doodlebug rub ons and the greeting was done on the PC.
So hoping for a free hour to craft today but I don't think it will happen. Off to be pampered at the hairdressers later, woo-hoo no more roots!
March 26, 2009
Penny Black stamp, cuttlebug emboss folder, pro markers, doodlebug papers and button, Cookie Cutters
I stamped Bun-Bun with a black Momento ink pad then coloured with Pro Markers and Sakura Glaze pens. First time I've had my Pro-Markers out in ages, it was good to use them again. The ribbon was off a present I'd been given and although it doesn't show too well on the photo, I went over the embossed buttons with a white Versacolour ink pad to highlight them. The squares are made using Quickutz Cookie Cutter dies.
Inside the card is pink with a stamped Easter egg message.
May not get to blog much over the weekend as my Mum and Step Dad are coming to stay from Spain until Monday. Fingers crossed I'll find some time.
March 25, 2009
March 24, 2009
Paperchase badge, DCWV papers, beads, Paperchase stickers, glossy accents
I usually reserve red and green for Christmas cards but the owl badge set my colour scheme. I used patterned papers from the DCWV Spring Glitter Stack along with a little spotty paper from Doodlebug. I've had the alphabet beads for ages and stuck them on with a bit of silicone glue. You can't really tell on the photo but I've highlighted the berries in the bottom half with glossy accents to add a bit of dimension.
Aren't the little owl stickers cute?
Here's a close up of the badge - I didn't realised they were fabric until I opened them and I have so many to play with too.
March 23, 2009
Anyway, enough of my exaggerations, I've just got back from lunch with a friend and not had time to make anything, so I cheated. I made these yesterday!
DCWV papers, plastic flowers, ribbon, Pink Petticoat Paper, Nestabilities
It's my first attempt at making a box and I have so much room for improvement. You can't tell from the photo but the lid is too big for the box. There must be hundreds of templates on the web but try as I might yesterday, I couldn't find a simple one. So if you know of one, please let me know as I'd like to make more.
Used up some more of the plastic flowers and the 50p ribbon. I had the cards in a drawer - they were free when I bought some A4 card from a local shop a while back.
I've just had to get my mitts on some scrummy badges from Paperchase on my way home. Watch this space as I'm itching to use them!
March 22, 2009
March 21, 2009
Doodlebug papers and ribbon, Sizzix dies, DCWV rub ons, nestabilities, Fiskars punch
This one is made for the papertake weekly challenge blog. This weeks challenge is to make a card with something edible on. I've had these dies for ages and never used them so today's as good a time as any to break them out of their packet! Plus I seem to be craving chocolate at the moment and making a card to feed my craving seemed the right thing to do!
Someone once told me that pink and red don't go, I disagree! Maybe I should set myself a new challenge to make a card without using my Fiskars punch? Got to get my thinking cap on now to come up with a challenge for me and Sue to do next week. Let you know tomorrow.
March 20, 2009
I used all but bunnies! I also used this card to enter the Blog Candy on Crafty Goings On Blog - link down on the right under 'Blog Candy'.
Cuttlebug, Pink Petticoat Image Stamp, Glitter Gems, Doodlebug papers, Nestabilities, Button, Ribbon, Pro Markers
I was intrigued as to what I'd come up with for this challenge as I'm not really a birdie or a bunny type of person! After liking the pistachio and fuchsia colour combination used yesterday, I decided to use it again and hope for a better photo. I went outside in the sun to take this one and I think it's come out tons better. So all I need is a bright sunny day, every day......
Took a bit of a close up pic so you can see the glitter gems as they're really subtle. The ribbon was from a selection bundle I got from QVC, I'm rubbish at tying bows (as my friend Sue will tell you!) so I cheated. So if you too are rubbish with ribbon, here's my 'cheats' method:
Cut a small piece of thin jewellery wire then fold your length of ribbon in a bow shape. Wrap the wire around your bow and twist to tighten. Manipulate the ribbon into a bow you're happy with and then either disguise the wire with another piece of ribbon wrapped around it or use it as a feature. I chose neither and plonked a button on top!
March 19, 2009
Still I've stripped a bit more wallpaper off in the hallway, so the chances of getting it finished this side of Christmas are looking more promising!
I managed to get the Mothers Day cards done for Jo and she's nipped round to pick them up. Hmm not sure she concluded from my scan pics if she thinks it's a girl or a boy - she's always wrong (aren't you Jo?) so I was hoping for her opinion and then I can start shopping in the opposite direction!
Anyway, here are the cards:
Doodlebug papers, nestabilities, papermania embellishment, fiskars punch, fiskars emboss plate
Tried something new out on this one. I knew I'd read somewhere that you could use Fiskars embossing plates in the Cuttlebug so I gave it a go. I think I need a new rubber embossing mat as two would be better. But I like the result and it's opened up more options for textured card too. I got the layout of this card and the next one from Nicole Heady's blog.
Pink Petticoat papers, Fiskars punch, Doodlebug ribbon and button, Quickutz
Hmm, in real life this is pistachio and vibrant pink! You'll have to take my word for it. Quite a simple card using Pink Petticoat papers with Quickutz die cut letters. Wanted to use this Doodlebug button but not found the right home for it until now, was a job and half to get the ribbon through though.
March 18, 2009
These were made with Pink Petticoat papers and images with a bit of sparkle from Sakura and some gems. Simple but yummy.
OK so I don't know why but there was something about the card I made yesterday that I wasn't happy with. So I've changed it. A bit.
So can you spot the difference ha, ha? I cut the card up, mounted it onto blue mirror card and shaped around the greeting and raised it. I like it a bit better now!
March 17, 2009
Sue set this weeks challenge as anything blue, only blue and nothing else. I do have until Sunday to make this but whilst I was out browsing the shops this afternoon trying to get the little one to nod off, inspiration struck....so I rushed home and made this:
MM Slice, Quickutz, peel offs (!), sequins, printed greeting
Yes the little one is sound asleep now and I've had time to make the card and get it posted on here too. My friend Teresa asked me to make a 60th Dad card - hope you like it!
I have got to get to grips with taking better photos as you can't really see the sparkle or dimension on this one. Some of the letters are raised and some are stuck flat. And I have to confess to using peel offs - something I try to avoid as they always tend to look rubbish when I use them! I coloured them blue to fit the theme and then added a few sequins and gems to finish off.
March 16, 2009
So here's a pic of the card I made for his first birthday back in December:
Pro Markers, Fluffles stamp, cuttlebug emboss folder, cookie cutters, nestabilities
It's one of the 'Fluffles' stamps which I admit I love as they're just so cute. This was one of my first attempts at using Pro Markers, I wanted to buy Copics but couldn't justify the cost of them in comparison. Maybe one day!
March 15, 2009
Mine and Sue's challenge this week was simply 'silver'.
Black pearl card, W R Memory Keepers rub on, Quickutz, gems
I was in the mood for crafting this afternoon after taking my little man for his first trip to the park for a toddle outside. I think he ate more than he fed to the ducks!
I got these gorgeous rubs ons a few weeks ago and sadly my photography doesn't do them justice - they are silver I promise! Finished off with some Doodlebug pink gems and the greeting was cut using a Quickutz alphabet on self adhesive silver foil. The foil didn't want to stick down, I don't know if it's because I've had it for so long that's it's given up it's stick or what! It's my day for things giving up on me. I have an all in one PC and the screen keeps clicking off at random intervals.
Looking forward to seeing what Sue's made.
March 14, 2009
Anyway came home and looked through the doorway to my craft room and I'm ashamed to say I couldn't see the floor or the worktop! So I'm taking a break from sorting and tidying and thought I'd pop this card on I made for my friend Jo when she became a godmother (again!).
DCWV luxury stack, sizzix lollipop dies, cross charm, printed greeting, nestabilities
I wanted a large landscape card to fit Isabella's name on and realised I didn't have any so cut a piece of card from the DCWV stack, creased the edge and stuck another piece of card to make the inside. The letters are cut from silver glitter board and mounted on foam pads and I gave Jo the choice of a cross or teddy bear charm to hang on the front.
Right, must get on with my sorting or I'll be here 'til midnight and still have no space to create. I'm determined to do some scrapbook pages this week.
March 12, 2009
Hope you like it Sheryl :)
Another chance to use some gorgeous Pink Petticoat papers.
Doodlebug rub ons, papermania button, threading water punch, embroidered fabric bunny
I'd set my friend Sue a challenge to make a card using buttons. Decided my collection was becoming just that - a collection of unused buttons itching to be stuck or sewn to something. I had an idea of what I wanted to do and I'm not sure this was it. Sometimes things don't turn out how you want them to so maybe I'll give it another try one day.
I did enjoy using my new threading water punch though to the point I may have over used it here!
March 07, 2009
My Mum lives in Spain so I have to make and send her Mothers Day card quite early to guarantee it gets to her on time.
I decided to make her a wallet card and pop a few pics of her Grandson in as she hasn't seen him since the beginning of December. I decorated the wallet with some scrummy Pink Petticoat papers inside and out. The greeting is printed on the outside and I stamped the flourish afterwards - a very lucky guess size-wise!
I tried lots of ideas out bit nothing seemed right, he's not into hobbies and I didn't want to do something featuring beer or anything 'fussy'. I think I found the ideal solution. And soooooooooooooo very easy to make too!
I had a look on 'Printable Heaven' website and found a free lotto ticket download with '60' on and some suitable 60th stuff too.
I think these are the easiest and quickest cards I've ever made!
This one is really appropriate as he's in recovery from a back injury:
March 05, 2009
The corner I usually sit in - not the 'naughty corner'!
The cupboards are from Ikea and remind me of some rubber stamps I have :)
Some more gorgeous ribbons!
A right old mish mash of papers
March 03, 2009
Used in this project:
Sizzix Flowerz, Cuttlebug Spots n Dots embossing folder, Craftwork Cards Message, Nestabilities, brads, Pink Petticoat dots paper
I die cut the circle, ran it through the Cuttlebug with the embossing folder and then positioned some flowerz with either glue or brads before mounting on a scalloped circle. the message was silver and white and didn't look quite right, so I wiped over it with a pink Momento Ink pad to get a match. I'd cut an aperture in the pink spotty card before I stuck it down and raised the message on foam pads to give it some dimension.
I like it so much I might have to make some more like this!
So the last challenge we both completed was to make a card by stamping with bleach, here's mine (I've got to improve my photo skills):
Stamps - Hero Arts, Impression Obsession, black pearl base card, nestabilities, ribbons, glitter gems.
I tried so many different types of card to get this to work, in the end opting for a scrap of pink cheapish sugar type paper. The stamps are a Hero Arts set and I think it turned out OK. I used really thick bleach so had to thin down with a bit of water. All you do is pop a few pieces of kitchen roll in a dish and pour the bleach on and dip your stamp in. You'll need to wash the stamp straight away when you've done!
I used a heat gun to dry it off quickly and used the same stamp in black Stayzon for the centre embellishment then finished off with an Impression Obsession phrase stamp. I don't think I'd let the bleach dry for long enough as the ink didn't take too well.
I sent the card to a friend who needed to smile that week :)
March 02, 2009
I NEVER win anything so I was absolutely bouncing off the walls with happiness to have won this challenge. Liz at Pink Petticoat was offering up a Making Memories Slice as a prize and I've wanted one ever since I first heard of it. Here's a pic so you can see what I won...