Paper Craft Sale

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May 31, 2009

Thanks Grumpy and Grandma

Dare you to Digi Stamp have this excellent sketch challenge on this week. I think out of all the sketch challenges I've done I enjoyed this one the most and will probably use the layout again.

Pink Petticoat image and papers, gems, Doodlebug rub-ons

The image is from Pink Petticoat's 'Little Chums' collection and the papers are from Lola's Boudoir. My Dad is a bit of a zebra fan and he came to visit today with my Step Mum. SO this card is to them from Zac to say thank you for coming to visit so often when it's a long drive and for always bringing him lots of treats and goodies. Grandad isn't really Grumpy, it's just what we call him!

The card was really simple to put together once I'd decided on the theme - and check me out - monochrome! Added a bit of bling to tart it up a bit.

We've just had half an hour playtime in the garden and now Zac is need of a bath after introducing himself to several bushes and flower beds! Quick apology for not doing much blog hopping this weekend, will catch up over the next few days.


May 30, 2009

Feeling Zesty

Ooh this photo has turned out a bit dull compared to how it looked before I loaded it on here. Might have to tamper and re-load later. This is my creation for a new blog challenge - A Passion for ProMarkers. Some absolutely fantastic prizes up fro grabs and I'm hoping I'll be able to pick up some tips and advice from there too.

Pink Petticoat images, fiskars punch, ProMarkers, Ribbon

The image is from the new Lola's Pretty collection at Pink Petticoat and the shoe and handbag are from Lola's Boudoir. For the ProMarkers challenge, we could use any colours as long as we listed them. So I used:

  • Pastel Yellow
  • Yellow
  • Soft Lime
  • Meadow Green
  • Ivory
  • Apricot
  • Coral
  • Cool Aqua

I shaded round the edge of the mounts and the border punches with meadow green too, thought made it stand out a bit.

I went for a zesty theme as I'm giving you the recipe for tart au citron today too! You can thank my friend Jo's husband Ian for this, it's delish!

Tart Au Citron

  • One block shortcrust pastry or ready made pastry base!
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 150ml double cream
  • juice and zest of 2 limes and 1 lemon
  1. Roll the pastry, place in flan dish approx 8" and cook blind for 25-30 mins @160. Don't let pastry go brown
  2. Beat the eggs & sugar together, add cream and juice and zest
  3. Pour into pastry case and return to oven for about 30 mins.
  4. Will look a bit frothy and still have a little wobble. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Make it look posh by dusting with icing sugar, best served with creme fraiche and a glass of white wine!

Have a go - it's soooo easy and so yummy



May 29, 2009

Bit of Bling

Ooh I do like a bit of Bling, fab challenge this week on Cute Card Thursday.

Pink Petticoat Image, gems, Copics, Fiskars punch

I made a card with a similar layout to this before and really liked it so thought I'd have another go. The image is from Pink Petticoat and always makes me smile! Shaded with Copics and my bit of bling are all the gems around the edge of the circle and on the Hippo.

The paper is a scrap I had left over from K&Co and the ribbon is from Papermania.

Will be posting recipe fro tart au citron this weekend so if you fancy making it, pop back tomorrow or Sunday


Pretty Flowers

Creative Card Crew have set the challenge this week ' pretty flowers'.

Doodlebug Essential Love Spell Collection

Sorry not posted for a couple of days, I've been resting and catching up on some housework instead of crafting.

Everything I've used is from the Doodlebug Essentials Love Spell Collection, including the gems and the stickers. The only exceptions are the white base card and the Fiskars border punch. I wanted to stray away from using paper or fabric flowers and stamping and try something different and simple to see what happened. Not overly keen on the result so probably won't use a kit on it's own again!

The sun is shining very brightly and Zac is out for a walk with his Granny and Grandad. He didn't put up a fight and let me smother him in suncream and pop his hat on! Hope he's not too hot.


May 26, 2009

A sketch for today

Mojo Monday have a fab sketch challenge this week and I had to have a go:

DCWV papers, nestabilities, cuttlebug emboss folders

The patterned card is all from DCWV Luxury Stack. They have a lovely pearl sheen to them and I don't use them very often as I don't want to run out! The panels have been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and I popped a few Doodlebug gems on the butterfly and the panels too.

Been to anti natal today, all going well and blood pressure back to normal. Bubs head is very low down so I'm not sure I'll make it another 6 weeks but here's hoping!


May 25, 2009

One for the boys!

Dare you to Digi Stamp have asked us to make a card for the boys this week. I decided against the type of typical male themed cards I'd normally make and went for something a bit ooh la la - literally!

Pink Petticoat Digi Image and Paper, Doodlebug rub-ons, Copics

I've had this Pink Petticoat 'Cheekies' CD for ages now and never used it. What a waste! So here's one of the images along with background papers from the Lola's Boudoir Collection CD. I know it doesn't look a lot but it took me ages to come up with this one. I matched the sentiment on the background paper with some 'Mixed Up' rub-ons from Doodlebug. Oh and the image is shaded with Copics for a change, I'm obviously still in my red and black phase.

Not sure how much longer I'll be able to keep up with a card a day as I'm starting to struggle a bit now and Zac doesn't nap for as long as he used to either. Maybe I'll have to become a night time craft er!


May 24, 2009

Shabby Chic? Me?

Oh dear, how about less of the chic and a huge helping of shabby?

Katy set the challenge this week over at Colour Create to use Lemon, Pink Sorbet and Chocolate. I was over the moon and full of inspired, yummy and bright ideas until I read the optional extra...'shabby chic'. I shuddered, I just don't do shabby chic! But never one to not give something a try....

Pink Petticoat Image, Copics, Fiskars Punch, Brads, Versa Colour ink, DCWV ribbon
So, bright sunny thoughts out of the window and trying to turn my hand to shabby chic, here's the result! I was determined to use this image from Pink Petticoat's Sweet Sundae collection as the challenge colours made me think of Neapolitan ice creams from my childhood. So I shaded it with Copics and added some neutral shades to 'shabby' it down a tad!
The mounts are nestabilities 'labels 4' and the border punch is from fiskars. I went round the edges of everything with a mini Versa Color ink pad in Cocoa. I also appear to have gone round my fingers quite well. The ribbon is from Die Cuts With a View and the brads are from Bazzill.
We managed to get quite a lot done today, including clearing out Zac's room and putting up some shelves and pictures and mowing and strimming the lawn and a spot of weeding. Well I pointed and made suggestions whilst James did all the DIY. Come on, I can hardly bend down. Although I did help out with the weeding as last time James pulled up a load of poppies and tulips!
Off for a nice cold drink now and a back rub if I can bribe him to give me one!
PS Betty - will post tart au citron recipe later in week for you

May 23, 2009

Polka Doodles

A new challenge blog launched this week - Polka Doodle. The first challenge is to make a card using the sketch above. Polka Doodle do digital download images and papers and some new stuff has been used by their DT. Have a look.

Here's my card:

Pink Petticoat papers, Doodlebug stickers, Nestabilities

Feeling brighter today so wanted a girlie card to match my mood. The patterned papers are all from Pink Petticoat and believe it or not, I've used their Christmas flowers collection! The stickers in the middle are from Doodlebug, as are the rubs on letters and the pink paper frill.

I folded the paper over at the top and secured with a Bazzill brad and that's about it. Simple but cheerful.


New Beginnings

No not me - the card! Gina has just joined the DT over at Secret Crafters and set this weeks challenge as 'New Beginnings'. If you haven't seen Gina's blog before, check it out, she has some great stuff.

Nestabilities, Pink Petticoat Image, Rub Ons, Copics
I wanted to keep things simple for this card even though I was so tempted to make something similar to the shaped one yesterday. But I'll save that for another day.
The image is from Pink Petticoat 'In my Garden' collection, shaded with Copics and mounted on to labels from Nestabilities. The side trim is actually a Doodlebug paper frill rather than using my scallop punch, feeling very lazy today! The sentiment was made using rub ons from Doodlebug.
Well we have a very quiet house at the moment, baby and husband both having an afternoon nap! Can you believe it? I'm making the most of it and spending as much time in my craft room as I can.

May 22, 2009

Shape it

Here's my card for this weeks challenge on Creative Card Crew - 'Shape it':

Pink Petticoat Image, White Base Card, Copics, K&Co paper, Glamour Dust

I'd been stuck on this challenge since I first saw it, couldn't decide what shape card to make or how to make it. I was thinking along the lines of making a cocktail shaped card, then it came to me, what shapes do I have already? Why make things complicated when they don't have to be? So I used this Lola Rose image from Pink Petticoat and blew it up on the PC to about 5 and a half inches across in size and put the card in the printer landscape. Creased down the side and then drew around it as I'm not the best when it comes to cutting out without use of a die cutter these days!

Did a spot of paper piecing for the bath and flower with some K&Co papers, I think from Sparkly Sweet Collection and then shaded the rest with Copics. A lot of Glamour Dust and a Doodlebug gem later and I was done. Almost. I finally went round the edges of the cut part of the card with a blue Copic to highlight the edge.

Quite like this one and may make some more in a similar style, makes a change from a square card for me.


May 21, 2009

Sporting Chance

Another card from me today for two challenges, the sketch below at Sketch Saturday and the title of 'Sporting Chance' from Cute Card Thursday.

And here's my card:

Pink Petticoat image, Nestabilities, Copics, Doodlebug papers

I have been wondering what to do with this sketch since Saturday and felt a bit flummoxed by it because I wasn't sure what to put where the small circles are. Fancied a bit of a change from buttons and flowers so the 'Sporting Chance' theme gave me the idea to use footballs instead!

The image and sentiment are from Pink Petticoat and I did some of the footballs in different sizes and punched them out. Used the plain scallop border punch for the dotty red paper and ran the black card through the cuttlebug using swiss dots embossing folder.

Seem to have done quite a few cards in red and black recently, must be a phase!


Stampin Chic

I spotted a link to Stampin' Chic challenge blog on Chrissie's blog and had to give it a go. This week it's to make a card using the sketch above, here's mine:

Penny Black Image Stamp, Nestabilities

I haven't used this stamp in ages so it's nice to let it see the light of day again. It's from Penny Black. Shaded with Copics and mounted with nestabilities dies. The plastic flowers were positioned using the Big Bite and secured with Papermania pearl brads and the pink gems are from Doodlebug.

Feeling much better today after lots of rest. Had to laugh yesterday, Zac came home covered head to toe in blue and white paint. Apparantly he'd dived in before James had even had chance to pop his coat away! There was a paddling pool type thing filled with water and corn flour but thankfully he didn't get near that. Glad I stayed at home clean and cosy!


May 20, 2009

A jewel

How sweet is this? A gift from Chrissie to say she thinks my blog is a real treasure. Made my day. In turn I'm going to pass this award to Sue because she's the person who convinced me to set up my blog in the first place and also to Joey as I admire her blog and her work so much



Feeling Green

It's time to say goodbye to Dawny at Papertake as she will be setting up her own challenge blog soon. How exciting, so this is Dawny's last sketch challenge at Papertake.

Pink Petticoat image, Doodlebug papers and ribbon, Copics, Nestabilities, Prima Flowers

I'm still unwell and Hubby has taken day off work to look after Zac so I can rest. They're at Wobbly Ones at the moment, I can't wait to hear how they got on, I'm sure all the Mums will look after James for me whilst Zac plays.

I took a bit of extra inspiration from Dawn as her card was mainly green for this sketch and I'm feeling green so here you go. Image is from Pink Petticoat, shaded with Copics in a bit of a hurry. Papers and ribbon are all from Doodlebug (loving their new range!) and flowers are Prima.

Right back to my resting now, the sofa is calling me. Hopefully will do some blog hopping later.


May 19, 2009

Full of the lurgy

Sorry I didn't post anything yesterday, I have caught the lurgy from somewhere and am absolutely streaming. Can't really rest either with Zac needed lots of attention. Roll on the weekend....

Anyway, it's Birthday time over at A Spoon Full of Sugar as they are celebrating a year of blogging. Their challenge this week is 'Celebration' anything goes including anniversary. My Husbands cousin will be celebrating her first wedding anniversary later this month so...

Pink Petticoat paper, ribbon, printed sentiment

They actually got married six years to the day that my Husband popped the question to me! So I can't forget their anniversary.

Not sure I love this card but I appear to have misplaced my mojo somewhere as a side effect of said lurgy. It's the colours I used to make their wedding stationery but I obviously put a lot more effort into those.

And I thought I'd better pop a few pics on of my culinary creations from the weekend too:
Here's the baked chocolate cheesecake. I ended up using a recipe off the Waitrose website and it was as heavy as a brick in the end! Very tasty though:

And my absolute favourite, Tart Au Citron, recipe provided a long time ago by my friend Jo's Husband Ian. I had a bit of a pastry incident but it held the filling and tasted lush!

Right, off to feel sorry for myself now and snuggle up on the sofa with some paracetamol.


May 17, 2009

Very quick one!

I gave myself 30 minutes to make this, take the photo and get it on my blog. I've got my friends arriving for lunch in 40 minutes and although the puds are ready and the roast is cooked, there's still much to do!

Couldn't be late for Colour Create though! Kim set this weeks challenge: Sky Blue, Ecru and Tan with optional extra of gloss, glitter or glaze. You have to see Kim's blog, it's amazing and she's just been chosen to join the Magnolia Design Team - well done Kim!

Rachelle-Anne Miller Stap, Copics, Nestabilities, Punches

I already had this image stamped so quickly coloured it in with copics in the appropriate colours before mounting on Nestabilities and adding a few cuttlebug and punched flowers. The blue paper is actually gloss card and the gems are glossy with glitter in! Phew, Got to dash.....


May 16, 2009

Glitter and Buttons

A card for two challenges. This time it's 'buttons galore' over at a Spoon Full of Sugar and 'glitter' at Secret Crafter.

Rachelle-Anne Miller stamp, Copics, Glitter paper, buttons, nestabilities
Sorry for the rubbish photo, I was in a rush to take it as we have so much to do today.
I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and shaded with Copics. I used more of the glitter paper I have that I don't like to use (because it frays and doesn't like to stick!) as a double scalloped mount and a strip across the bottom too. The elastic cord through the buttons is also glittery but doesn't show up too well on the photo.
I'm recovering from a trip out to buy a laptop, annoying sales assistant wanted to sell all the commission based stuff rather than taking the time to explain what was what with the laptops so I'm glad we knew what we were looking for before we went in. Grrrrr. No doubt it will take me most of the evening to set it up.
Off now to bake a lemon tart AND a chocolate cheesecake as we have friends coming for lunch tomorrow and couldn't decide which pud to make so settled for both!

May 15, 2009

Bloomin' Good Job

My sister has just had to re-apply for her own job or face redundancy and has done fantastically and managed to get a promotion! So I made this for her:

Pink Petticoat image, Bazzil papers, Nestabilities, Copics, Cuttlebug emboss

Dare You to Digi Stamp have set the challenge today to make a card using lilac and lemon. The DT over there have made some fab cards.

The image is a new one from Pink Petticoat from the 'In My Garden' Collection, another yummy selection from Liz! Coloured with Copics and mounted on layers of Bazzil cardstock, one layer embossed through Cuttlebug. I printed the sentiment on the PC and cut it out with a tag Nestabilities die.

Another day at home today, but I've got to squeeze some housework in, including tidying my craft room as I can't see much worktop or floor...eeeek, how did it get so messy?


May 14, 2009

Keeping it simple

A step away from my bright cards! Creative Card Crew have asked us to make 'minimal' cards this week and it was a nice change. Just Magnolia's challenge was to use stitching, faux or real so I combined both challenges for this one:

Magnolia Hearts Stamp, Copics, Nestabilities, Card Scraps

I love this Magnolia stamp, so simple. So I kept it simple by using grey and pink throughout. Shaded with Copics and then added faux stitching to the image using a Letraset fine liner pen. All mounted on some scraps of card cut out with Nestabilities squares. I think I'm in need of a new embossing mat for my Cuttlebug, must be after doing all these for a recent order:

Glad I'm on the wind down from work now as Carpel Tunnel syndrome is getting worse in my right hand so doing lots of fiddly bits and bobs isn't very easy now.

Got a lovely quiet day at home today, just me and Zac so hopefully I'll be enough entertainment for him.



May 13, 2009

The Gift of Love

Aah, how cute is this? Chrissie sent it me from Simply One Of A Kind. She said that it's a gift of friendship for people we 'meet' whilst blogging and I'm chuffed to bits to get it.

As a thank you, I'm to pass it on to five other bloggers. Here they are, please visit their blogs as they're fantastic.

Thanks again Chrissie



Mojo Monday

Made this on Monday after discovering Mojo Monday Challenge Blog. Sorry about the photo, it was raining when I took the pic in the conservatory and without realising the shadow of the raindrops showed up on the image, making it look dirty so if I get chance I will take a new photo.

Inkadinkado stamps, fiskars border punch

I liked this sketch as all my cards are usually square and this really needed to be a larger rectangle card for the sketch to work. I wanted to keep it simple so used shades of pink card, three stamps and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I haven't made my own patterned paper like this in ages but wanted something to compliment the main images.

Been to toddler group this morning and enjoyed watching Zac play in a soil tub with pretend flowers, followed by painting - with a much larger apron on this time! I don't know who's more shattered, him from having so much fun or me from chasing round after him!



May 12, 2009

Animal Antics

I'm competing two challenges in one here. Papertake have asked us to make a card with an animal on and Cupcake Craft Challenges latest is to make a card for a boy or a man. I went with boy and monkeys!

Rachelle Anne Miller Stamp, Copics, Doodlebug Papers, X-Cut star punch
The stamp is another from Rachelle Anne Miller, stamped with black Memento ink and coloured with Copics. I think I need to use different card with these pens as the Pro-Markers take really well to linen card, but Copics not so much. The Rachelle Anne Miller clear stamps are fantastic for stamping with, they are the best clear stamps I've used so far, I think I prefer them to any rubber stamps I have in terms of clarity.
Instead of going for all blue for a boy, I tried so hard to focus on brown, green and orange but blue crept in there. I matched the star off the balloon using an X-Cut punch I'd bought last year when I made my sons naming day stationery, I haven't used it since then so nice to get it out again.
Can't stop as my parents visiting today, the little fella hasn't been up long but looks like he's heading for a short nap - bonus peaceful shower time for me then!

May 11, 2009

In The Pink

I've joined another challenge blog - Stamp Something. This week they're saying goodbye to one of their DT members Melissa and the challenge is to stamp something birthday pink in her honor as pink is her favourite colour.

Image Stamp - Pink Petticoat, gems, Nestabilities, Pink Petticoat paper, Fiskars border punch
I've used a digi stamp, not sure if that's allowed on this challenge? If not never mind, I can join in next week instead.
Coloured Birthday Lola with Copics and got the idea of sticking gems all around the edge of the circle from Tasha, Millie's Magical Moments Blog, check it out, she has some fab stuff on there. The Pink Petticoat patterned paper was a scrap I had left over so punched the edge with Fiskars border punch and added a strip of darker pink card too. The layout only turned out this way as the scrap was too small to reach across but I quite like it!

May 10, 2009

Paper Piecing

Today Heather has set a challenge over on Colour Create to use green and blue with the optional extra of doing some paper piecing: I'll pop a link to Heather's blog on here in a bit, for some reason I'm having link problems this morning - sorry Heather!

Rachelle Anne Miller stamp, Doodlebug papers, Copics
Well this is a first three times for me! First time using this lovely stamp from Rachelle Anne Miller, first time doing paper piecing and first time using my new copics.
I stamped the image three times onto white card, then two patterned Doodlebug papers then went for it with the Copics without a test run first, so all you experts out there, forgive my shoddy shading, these pens are going to take some getting used to! The paper piecing is on the bears paws and chests. Image then simply mounted o matching card, no nestabilities or embossing for a change!
Right, hopefully my sister in law is popping round later with her new fella, so I'd better think about getting dressed. Yes I confess I'm crafting in my dressing gown here!

May 09, 2009

Secret Crafter 31

Mandy set the challenge today over on Secret Crafter to use brads or eyelets:

Pink Petticoat Image and papers, ribbons, brad, nestablilities

This is another simple one. Little Bee image is from Pink Petticoat, coloured with Pro-Markers and cut out with Nestabilities. The patterned paper is also from Pink Petticoat. I used a mix of satin and chiffon ribbon, threading the chiffon one through a buckle brad from a Papermania set my friend Shell got me for my Birthday.

Got to be quick today as hubby at work and I'm trying to work whilst Zac naps. Been very lucky as my friend and her daughter took him out this morning for a stroll so he's absolutely shattered.


May 08, 2009

Everyone Emboss

Over on Creative Card Crew this week, Linda set the challenge above 'Everyone Emboss' to use any form of embossing on your cards.

Cosmic Shimmer Emboss Powders, Inkadinkadoo stamps, ribbon, cardstock

Well I've done so much dry embossing recently I thought it was time to dust off the old heat gun and do some stamping and powder embossing. Ahem - am I out of practice or what? Bit of smudging and over inking me thinks but never mind, I'll just have to squint at it then I won't notice!

Used Versamark ink in too great a quantity and Cosmic shimmer powders in Raspberry violet, Lime Blush and Aqua Blush on Inkadinkado stamps. I cut the large flower out along with the centre and layered them up over some ribbon.

Hmm, not sure if it's the powders or the ink that I went a bit heavy handed with. Will have to try again at some point


May 07, 2009

Something to smile about

The postie delivered a few new stamps this morning which made me smile. Itching to use them, I found the perfect challenge on Cute Card Thursday. 'Happy Mail' - make a card to cheer someone up or make their day.

Rachelle Anne Miller Stamp, Pro-Markers, Nesabilities, gems, rub ons, border punch.

Stamped the image in Memento black ink before colouring with Pro-Markers. My Copics have arrived (yey!) but I've not done a colour chart yet or had time to fiddle about with them so I'll stick to what I know until I've had some time to practice. I stamped the image twice and cut the flower out and mounted it on foam to raise it off the card a little.

I have learnt something new with Pro-Markers by accident today though! I did a spot of highlighting with a Sakura white souffle pen and then decided to add a spot of yellow to the flower. It actually took some of the dark colour away and highlighted nicely. Here's a close up so you can see what I mean:

Right, I know I'm going to sound very old now as it's only 2PM - but I'm off for an afternoon nap! I need all the rest I can get before the next bubs arrives and deprives me of sleep for at least the next 6 months.


May 06, 2009

Tiny Feet

Have to admit I haven't had time to make a card today so in true Blue Peter form, here's one I made earlier! Actually about three months earlier:

Glitter border card, glitter card, punches

I have loads of these glitter border cards that I don't seem to use. I must get round to popping them on Ebay or something. So this is a really simple card using scraps of glitter card and other bits and bobs and some footprint punches and a scalloped square punch - not a nestie!

Just bathed Zac as he looked like he'd 'been tango'd'. He had a bit of a session with some bright orange glitter paint at toddler group this morning, one of those moments where I wished I hadn't left my camera and my mobile at home! I've got to go and see if the orange stain will come off the bath now before starting work for the evening. And then maybe have a go at getting the orange paint stains off me too, I look like I've had an accident with a tube of St Tropez fake tan all up my arms! Is the streaky look in?


May 05, 2009

2 Challenges in 1

This is a combination of two challenges. Dawny popped this fab sketch over on Papertake AND my friend Sue has challenged me to 'furtle in my drawers!' for something I have never used. Have a look at all three blogs, they're fab!

Right after I'd picked myself up off the floor from laughing at the title of Sue's challenge this is my creation:

Glitter sheets, Pink Petticoat Image, Cuttlebug emboss folder, Nestabilities, Glamour Dust

I made this for a customer of mine who's wedding order I've just finished. She's been so lovely to work with and is collecting her order tonight. This is my way of saying thank you. She's one of those people who smile and sound happy all the time.

I found 6 pads of glitter paper on top of my drawers (not inside Sue!) and thought it'd better have some use. It's really fiddly to use as it's a bit like mulberry paper so it frays and doesn't like to stick. None the less.....Image is from Pink Petticoat, coloured on the PC and highlighted with Glamour Dust. Sentiment is some pink rubs ons and the rest is just layering up more glitter paper and white and pink card scraps.

I'm pleased with this one. Just waiting for Mum and Dad in law to arrive to look after Zac as got another huge order underway. I'll pop a pick on later this week of the amount of Cuttlebugging I had to do yesterday! I'll have arms like Popeye at this rate!


May 04, 2009

Buttons galore

Made this card for the challenge over on A Spoon Full of Sugar this week. The task was blue and green, hope mine is OK as I added yellow and pink too!

Sizzix die, buttons, DCWV papers, ribbon

The cute giraffe is cut using a Sizzix originals die with cuttlebugged spots on him. The textured spotty paper is from DCWV, I think the Nanas kids stack but not 100% sure. I had all these scrummy blue and green buttons so put them to use here but felt the card needed a few more colours so added them in anyway.

On the whole a bit of a more me card than the one I posted yesterday!


May 03, 2009

Get Well Soon

Now then, this weeks challenge at Colour Create has been set by Mina. It's to make a card in Chocolate, red and cream, inspired by a photo of a lovely chocolate cake with strawberries. So where this idea came from I have no idea!

Greetings Farm Digital Image, Pro-Markers, Doodlebug Rub-ons, Ribbon, Card Scraps
I'm wearing a red and cream dress today and feel a little fiery so perhaps this sets my mood for the day! Watch out world....
OK, image is a digi download from The Greetings Farm shaded with Pro-Markers. Was trickier than I thought as I printed the image onto cream rather than my normal white card so had to quickly suss out the colours. Framed on Nestabilities labels dies on a scrap of red card I had in my re-cycle box. The lettering I'm pleased with. I bought them for scrapbooking but decided they were nuts enough to go with the image! They're Doodlebug All Mixed Up rub-ons.
Finally the medicine bottle is made with a Woodware punch with a red cross popped on it. Managed to run a piece of loud red ribbon across the bottom to tie in with the optional extra this week.
Right, back to making wedding stationery, lots to get on with so maybe blog hopping later tonight.

May 02, 2009

Job well done

A sketch challenge this week over on Dare You To Digi Stamp by Sandra.

A friend of mine spent ages on a piece of work for her MA and really struggled with it. The work paid off and she got a distinction so I made her this card:

Greetings Farm Image, Nestabilities, Pro-Markers, ribbon, card scraps

I spotted this image the other day when I was having a nose at The Greetings Farm and thought it would be perfect for this card. Again coloured with Pro-Markers and cut out with Nestabilities. I thought it would be good to keep the colour scheme to match the image and went for grey - which is more than a bit unusual for me!

Feeling loads better today, we're off to Ikea this morning to swap the table and chairs I bought for Zac last week as they're faulty, so lunch there and then back home where Hubby takes over childcare and I start work for the long weekend.

Ace news for me though, Hubby is going to treat me to some Copic pens! Can't wait to order them and then suss out how to use them.


May 01, 2009

Mirror, Mirror

The challenge on Cute Card Thursday this week is 'Mirror Mirror' - use something shiny. Well I needed to make a couple of golden wedding anniversary cards this week so that's a piece of luck!

Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, charm, ribbon, Fiskars embossing plate

Hmm, too sunny to take clear photos today so I may replace pic tomorrow. The embossed background was made using a Fiskars embossing plate through the Cuttlebug. They're great as they're bigger than Cuttlebug embossing folders and just right for the size of cards I make.

The embossed champagne flutes are a Cuttlebug embossing folder with Letraset gold rub on numbers. Labels Nestabilities used to mount and frame with gold mirror card, a spot of ribbon and a charm that has 'love' engraved on it and I'm done.

Card 2:

Nestabilities, Cuttlebug emboss folder, Charm, ribbon

This one is really simple, aperture cut using Nestabilities circle with a gold embossed frame and a hanging charm. Finished with a sentiment.