Saturday, January 31, 2009

Prints Charming!!

The new challenge over on the DCM blog yesterday was:

Now let us see how inventive you can be with my (Lythan's) dare. I just love, love, love patterned paper so this week I dare you to join me in........Patterned Paper Passion..........I want to see 3 different patterned papers on your card.And to be extra daring, why not see if you can use 3 different lines of paper!
I'm also entering this card in the Friday Sketchers challenge this week as I used their sketch.
The three papers I used are Pink Petticoat Little Big Dots, Papermania Scrumptious and an off cut of a Daisy D paper but I don't know which one. The image is from the Lola and Lilli cd from Pink Petticoat too. I chose this one with the ipod as DH is Dj'ing at an 18th birthday party tonight and thought it was quite appropriate. I just coloured her with Promarkers. The border is made using a Martha Stewart punch and the brads are Doodlebug.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Just three more

.......Valentine cards to complete the shop box. I finally got them all finished and packed at about 2.30 this morning, yawn!!
The green Core-dinations card and the burgundy Bazzill Bling card have been run through the Big Shot using a couple of Cuttlebug folders. The green card was sanded slightly with an emery board and both were mounted onto black card before being stuck onto the card base. The hearts were cut from gold foil using a Sizzlits die and one of them was embossed using the Paisley folder. Burgundy and gold ribbon is from Ribbon Oasis

All papers and card are from my off cuts box and were ripped embossed and inked (not necessarily in that order ;)). The small heart and the Doodlebug brads are from my stash. I'm still in the throes of the big clean up from the new year and am tackling the drawers (of which there are plenty), the great thing being that I keep finding stuff I forgot I had (!) and the hearts are in that category LOL I am also being quite ruthless and have sorted a large bag of stuff to go down to the local primary school (old freebie embossing boards, stickers and papers off magazine covers, embellishments that I wouldn't be seen dead using etc :))

And finally for this evening......I cut the labels using my new Nesties using Bazzill Bling and inked the edges using a darker blue chalk pad, the letters are Doodlebug stickers and the ribbon and heart were on my table.

Well that's it for tonight. I'm going to have a quick blog hop before bed.
Take care and tfl

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Be My...........

Valentine! I'm only joking unless you are tall, dark, handsome and loaded ;)

I've made a couple more quick cards but am not really happy with them! What do you think?
The striped papers used are from Pink Petticoat as is the love bird image, the clown image is from a rubber stamp from Sally-Ann from when she used to sell stamps on Ebay and everything else is from my stash.
Off to make tea now but I will be back at my desk a little later as I need to make a couple of 'male' Valentine cards (not made hubbies yet either!) and they are being delivered tomorrow.

Kathy's sketch 2008 #4

Have you checked out Kathy's Sketch File? She is coming up with some great sketches........I've used a few over the last few months. So decided to use this one for another Valentine card!
The papers are Sassafras before they dropped the 'lass'. The stamp is from Elzybells and is coloured with ProMarkers. The heart buckle was cut using a Bosscut die and the rub on is Papermania.

Papertake Weekly

Dawny's Sketch #7
I'm almost in sketch heaven this week as I've found a few as you will see below. As I still have quite a few cards to make I think I might have to go on the lookout for some more sketch challenges ;)

Backing paper is a Pink Petticoat download, the image is another of Sally-Ann's downloads at Grab-a-Doodle-Do but this one wasn't pre-coloured, I used my ProMarkers to colour it. I really must get round to buying another set of these, I've got the pastels and a few of the four other colours and that's it! The image was mounted onto silver mirror card the a pale blue as was the computer generated sentiment. The silver 'dots' at the side are Jingle Bells from Craftwork Cards

Sketch Saturday #35

I'm just about up to date with the challenges I usually take part in so I thought I would get them all up loaded now as tomorrow must be a wedding stationery day! I've managed to wing it for a couple of days as I'm waiting for a large order needed to start two of the orders I've got and have been waiting for the proofs back for this one. The confirmation came this morning so I need to get on with it now.

Anyway I digress! Sketch Saturday this week is another great challenge and I need to make some birthday cards (as well as everything else!) for one of the salons I supply.
The papers are from Pink Petticoat, the image is Dress Up Maggie from Sugar Nellie coloured with ProMarkers, velvet ribbon is from Ribbon Oasis, Prima flowers and brads are from my stash.

2 Sketches and Bonus!

I loved both these sketches and am actually managing to post cards for both at the same time which is really unusual for me :) So, the first one is for Laura's Sketch #18
A group of us on the CBC forum (20+) all clubbed together and bought a huge amount of lace very cheaply Mine arrived this morning so I had to use it straight away. It's a very rich cream colour so I decided that these papers from (I think) K & Co would go perfectly. The large heart was cut using a chip board template and the smaller heart was cut freehand (it took me about 6 goes at trimming it before it looked something like LOL) and mounted onto foam pads.

Rae's sketch
Papers used on this card are Daisy D and Creating Keepsakes, the ribbon is from Ribbon Oasis
and the rub on letters are Doodlebug.

Mother's Day

I thought I would make a start on my Mother's Day cards for this year (I usually have them all ready to go by now but haven't so far and only have one left from last year!) but need to make a few more Valentine cards. However, I did use the Friday Sketchers #36 sketch for this one.The papers used are from the Baby and Sparkly Sweet 12 x 12 pads by K & Co, the image is one of Sally-Ann's pre-coloured downloads from Grab-a-Doodle-Doo (I added Diamond Glaze to the petals and gems to the flower centres), and everything else is from my stash.

Back shortly with more challenges.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Secret Crafter

Challenge #16
This week's challenge is set by me (Jane). I decided on a bit of a recipe for this week. 1,2,3
1 image, 2 papers and 3 embellishments.

So, my 1 image is obvious ;), my two papers are the black and white Doodlebug and the red backing paper on the image, and my three elements are my Primas, a brad and my page frill :) I hope you like!!

I now have a few more cards to make (Valentine, birthday and Mother's Day) so I should be able to get a few more challenges sorted too.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

What no red?

It is that time of the year I thought we could all get busy on a Valentine doesn't have to be for Valentine - just a romantic card...BUT no red (or pink.....that is too close to red!) how easy is that!
I seem to have been making Valentine cards forever so need all the help I can get at the moment! That before I even think about one for DH ;) so I thought I would give the new challenge on CBC a go.

I found this piece of backing paper when I was looking for something else and decided to use it as a colour combination for my card. I'm not sure what make the papers are but I think they may have come from an old SA kit. I covered the chipboard heart with brown card and pale blue paper and tied them together with pale blue shimmer ribbon. The letters are Wassail by Basic Grey.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Daring Card Makers.............

Woo hoo, a challenge on the day it was published :)) Keryn set the dare today and and here is her brief My dare for this one is the predictable, someone had to do it, theme of Valentines. Although I don't want you to feel you just have to make Valentines Day cards, feel free to make a card fitting any theme you like as long as it has a heart somewhere on it. Stamped hearts, punched hearts, diecut hearts, heart embellishments, cut from patterned paper, whatever, whenever as long as it has the right shape.

I randomly stamped the hearts straight onto my card blank using red chalk ink. The hearts and sentiment stamps are by MSE and I have to admit that having had them in my box for about 2 years, this is the first time they have seen ink!! The large greeting in the middle of the card is from Pink Petticoat and the gingham ribbon is from my stash.

I've also tidied my craft studio this afternoon as I have a client coming this evening ;)

I'm now going to start putting inserts in the cards I've made so far so that I can get them into the shops.

Back soon, thanks for stopping by xx

Di Hickman

I'm a bit quicker with this week's sketch than I was with last week's!! I also think I may have just about caught up with posting too. If my counting is correct then this post should be Friday's LOL I made this next card using Di's sketch January #3
The green card is Coredinations, the paper is K Co, the ribbon is from Ribbon Oasis and the hearts are left over from DD's wedding invitations. The sentiment is Papermania rub on.

Shape up!

No, it's not a diet blog ;) it the new challenge from the girls on the Papertake Weekly blog This weeks challenge, as well as being my new years resolution(!!!) is Shape Up! The challenge this week is to use 3 shapes on your card or project. If you're really stuck you can count your card base as one of the shapes!!

So the shapes used are.....rectangle (image), triangle (backing paper) and circle (buttons) The image is from DewDrop Craftz coloured with ProMarkers, the paper is a left over piece from a K & Co pad, flowers are Prima and the ribbon and buttons are from my stash.

Nikki is redesigning her web site at the moment and last night I wrote up a 'how to' for a key ring/zip pull using the Kinoko Village stamps. It will be posted on the new web site so keep a look out for that one :) The challenge on the DewDrop Craftz blog finishes next week and the winner gets a free flower girl stamp.
Back to work now ;)

2 Sketches 4 You

This week it was Kazan's turn to upload the sketch on the 2 Sketches blog last Monday (I know, I'm late again!)

The stamp was a freebie from a magazine stamped with black Versamark and coloured with ProMarkers. I added Diamond Glaze to his nose and heart to give it a bit of dimension! (This card also fits the new DCM dare but as I made it yesterday I shall be honest and make a new one. Not hard as I have to make some more Valentine cards for one of my shops!) The ribbon isn't striped it is a pice of red tied together with a piece of black. They are both from my stash. The strips of paper are Basic Grey paisley but I don't know which collection it's from!
A friend has had a foot op and is housebound for a while so I thought I would make her a card to cheer her up and this is what I came up with.

The scalloped card is from Craftwork Cards the 'pot and pouffe' were hand cut and took blooming ages :) I cut two rectangles for the pouffe and pleated the piece for the frill, attached it with DS tape and ran a piece of velvet ribbon across the middle to hide the join. The paper is K & Co. The 'pot' was made by cutting a foot from scrap card and wrapping it with strips of copier paper. I added a few diamantes for a bit of bling and the sentiment was printed directly onto the card.

I had better get some more catching up done now :)

Friday again!!

Where on earth is this month going, it's going to be C*******s again before we know and I've got no cards made LOL
So what have I been up to then? Well apart from opening one of the wounds up in my mouth (I caught it with my toothbrush) I've got a fair bit done.

First off was finishing DD1's wedding stationery. She came round and helped me finish the last couple. I wonder if it qualifies for the DCM challenge from last Friday!! This week starts nice and easy...Any card, any theme and any colour scheme of your choosing - but the catch... some one else must actually make and assemble the card for you... (with your supervision)!Friends, relatives, or if there is no one close to hand, why not send instructions via email. I shall try it and see........

and let you know how I get on :))

Monday, January 19, 2009

Debbi Moore 2

I thought I would show a few more of my DT cards today as I haven't got time to make any challenge cards till later. I'm finishing off a stationery order as I got two more orders in on Saturday.
As before, this was the kit I received but I didn't get the dvd!
The card was made using instructions which Ellen posted on Crafts By Carolyn (only mine ended up backwards! LOL) I coloured the images on this one with shimmer chalks but unfortunately the photo doesn't pick it up.

This image was coloured with Prismas and Sansador to pick up the colours of the butterflies on the glitter card.

I think this card has to be one of my favourites. I stamped the fuschia image onto acetate using Stazon and used glitter on the back of the image to colour it. I cut a frame from silver mirror card using one of my Nesties but as I only have the straight rectangles I had to edge the frame with scallop scissors. The butterfly was punched from pink glitter card.

Just another couple of simple cards to finish of this part. I found some of these cards a bit difficult as there wasn't any backing paper or sentiment stamps in the kit. I had to use peel offs, which I don't like using, on some of the cards but managed to use sentiment stamps from some of the other stamp sets on others.
Back to the invitations. :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

One more off the list...

......and a fabby award :)
The card is for the Sketch Saturday #34The scalloped circle is punched from K & Co paper and I don't know what the other papers are as they are from my 'scrap' box. The daffodil and butterfly stamps are from the new Papermania Macmillan stamps of which £2 from the sale of each set goes to the fund. Both images were watercoloured. The border was punched with a Martha Stewart punch (I still really want the doily punch and can't find it anywhere at a decent price! :() and the diamantes are from my stash. I can't make up my mind whether or not to put a greeting on the card.

I've just received this award from the lovely Hazel

Thank you so much Hazel :) (I won't do a Kate Winslet LOL)

These are the conditions:

In order to get this award you need to:

1). Post a link of the person who gave you this award.

2). Nominate 5 other people and give a link to their sites

3). Let your nominators know that they got an award from you.

4). Put a logo of the award on the blog.

I always find this part so difficult and usually just end up asking people to take it if they want it but I shall have a go at doing this properly, so here goes! I shall nominate






Gosh that was difficult and I just hope I haven't offended anyone by either giving or not giving!


Blog candy alert!!!

Just pop over to Kim's Crafty Makes and as well as seeing her lovely work, she is offering the most fabulous blog candy.

Di Hickman's Card sketch

January #2 I love this sketch, it is definitely one to use again :)The spotty card is again from Pink Petticoat, the black is from the off cuts of the Bazzil Bling from my last card, the image is from a set of Personal Impressions stamps I bought cheap about 2 years ago and the ribbon and diamantes are from my stash.

Friday Sketchers & Secret Crafter

......number 35 has been hosted by Murmur.This card also fits in with the Secret Crafter's challenge this week :) Onto this week's challenge which is the first set by our lovely MANDY. "HEARTS" As usual any project and techique as long as there are hearts somehwere on your project.
I now have another couple of Valentine cards towards replacing stock sold in one of my shops. The image, sentiment and spotty paper are all from Pink Petticoat the flourishes are from a set by Rhonna Farrer, the black card is Bazzill Bling (I love this stuff), flowers are Prima and the brads are from my stash.
I've just rembered that I only go round to doing last weeks Friday sketchers challenge yesterday too!! Being in hospital has sent me all out of sync LOL (I still haven't been out yet as my mouth is still very swollen :()
The image is a Papermania stamp, the papers are from my scrap box and the rub on is by MSE.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Stamp Something

We have a new challenge for you this week, "Birthday Somethings" and it's being sponsored by Starving Artistamps! For this challenge just make a project with the theme of birthdays. You can make a card for someone or scrap a page using photos from a birthday party, or even make a gift idea for a birthday present. Have fun with this challenge.

I've made three cards this morning that all (I think) fit the bill for this challenge. They are all 'birth' day cards as I am trying to get my shop stocks filled up again. I used sketches which Laura and Kazan have posted for their DT call entrants.
Papers are from the new Papermania 6 x 6 pad, Scrumptious, pale pink card has been run through the paisley embossing folder by Cuttlebug and the stamp is one of the first stamps I ever bought but I'm not sure who made it as there isn't a manufacturers name on it. I stamped the image twice, once onto white card and once onto patterned paper, and paper pieced it. The ribbon is actually printed with the words 'It's a Girl'.
The image on this card is a Snag Em stamp by Imaginisce which I've stamped onto a piece of K & Co gingham paper and cut out. The sentiment is from one of the Studio G sets I think. I cut the mats using my new label Nesties and layered it all onto a piece of pale pink perfumed card, finishing it off with three small s/a pearls.
This card is also made for a challenge on Crafts by Carolyn, A Pocket Full Of Posies, to make a pocket card. Paper is again from the Papermania pad, the 'Sherbert Pips' are from Craftwork Cards I found the sheet of s/a tags in a drawer just before Christmas but have no idea where they came from!!! and the butterfly card came from a craft fayre a few years ago.
I liked the sketches so I thought I would use them even though they won't be entered for the DT call.