31 January 2011

Kaboodle Doodle Challenge # 52 - Make it Monochrome

Good morning crafters

Its Monday again and time for the next Kaboodle Doodles Challenge # 52 - Make it Monochrome.  The DT were given some images to play with from Fresh Frewed Designs.

and here is my DT card

Try and pop over and join in the fun and Kaboodle and win some prizes from this week's sponsor.

Happy Crafting.


28 January 2011

I've found a new love.......

Hi everyone hope you are enjoying your Friday - I am - as I've just finished a card which has made me happy :)  I've found a new love (well two actually!) one making these gorgeous flowers from punched hearts (or in my case Cricut cut).  There is a fab tutorial here by the lovely Leanne.  Here are a few I've made this week.  I scruched up some as per the tutorial and just curled others putting them on to the brad in different directions for different looks.  I bet they would also look good if you stamped your paper first.

So next I set out to make a card using one of these gorgeous flowers.  I got my inspiration for this card from the lovely Clare - you MUST have a look at her blog her creations are simple gorgeous here.

So here is my card in close up

and here is the full card

And this is my card recipe.  The main panel is my "other" new love of using distress inks on pearlescent card and in this case its the gorgeous spun sugar - I LOVE it!  I used both a word stamp and a flourish stamp to create a background effect all in spun sugar.  I then diecut my label and edged the shape with the distress ink to give it a bit more definition (don't need to tell you that though!!!!)  I then used my glamour dust and quickie glue pen to highlight a very small line around the shape.  For the card blank I used a swirl pattern embossing folder for the bottom of the card (I wanted the top to be plain) - but I was left with a problem in that the embossing folder didn't quite cover the whole width of the card so - and this might make you laugh - I placed a small bit of the embossing folder over the edge of the card I wanted to emboss - but because of the angle it wouldn't go through my cuttlebug - so I put it on the floor and "bounced" on it - thinking with my collossal weight that would do the trick - but no it only slighted embossed it - so option 2 was to put the card back in the embossing folder and use an embossing stylus to go over the light impression that my standing on it had created!  Why I didn't think of that first......... Tilly wondered what the heck I was doing - LOL!  Still I got the result that I wanted!  I then lightly went over the card with the spun sugar.  I tied some seam binding and some gorgeous lace across the card and placed my handmade flower (which by now I had decorated further by adding some sparkle to the petals and also glossy accents to create "dew drops" ) on the top with my trusty Pinflair glue gel.  I then finished off by placing some small pearls over the swirl patter of the card.

All in all I'm so pleased with the card and love this "look" - just wished it came naturally to me! 

I would like to enter into a couple of challenges:-

Paper Sundaes challenge-53 - Distressing
Crafty Cardmakers challenge-38-flubbers - Floral

Have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting


27 January 2011

The Shabby Tea Room # 46 - Winter Wonderland

Afternoon everyone I'm joining in The Shabby Tea Room again this week.  They have the most beautiful photo inspiration with the theme winter wonderland:-

and here is my card in close up:-

and the full card:-

Here is my card recipe details:-

The main card panel was created by using distress inks and glimmer mists over a snowflake mask onto pearlescent card.  I then highlighted the outside of this panel with some glamour dust.  I recently bought some lovely seam binding and tied that round the panel and added in a silver snowflake on some sparkly twine.  Lastly the gorgeous swirly tree has been cut from one of my Cricut Xmas cartridges and I sprayed it with glimmer mist and highlighted areas with my glamour dust.

I'm also going to enter it into Flourishes - Timeless Tuesday's challenge - 102 add some hardware onto your card (mine is the silver snowflake).

Anyway that is my offering for today hope you likey!

Happy Crafting


24 January 2011

Kaboodle Doodle Challenge # 51 - Glitter/Bling

Good morning all - hope you are having a good start to the week?  Doesn't Monday come round so quick...  So over at Kaboodles we have our weekly challenge and this week it's Glitter/Bling. 

The design team were kindly given images by Digi Doodle Shop

and here is my card:-

I love this owl sitting on his branch!  The bp was a freebie with a magazine and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.  I was wondering how I was going to glitter/bling up this particular image but I think I succeeded!  Let me know what you think!

Hope that you might have time to join us this week.

Have fun and Happy Crafting


23 January 2011

Simply Create Projects - Part 2

Good morning can't believe it is Sunday already.... As promised yesterday here are my other two cards made from my December Simply Create Kit.

The crown came as a blank I just added a couple of layers of black acrylic paint to mine, and the large square crystals on the crown have been recycled.... some of you may remember a post last year where I went around at my cousin's wedding collecting up all these gorgeous crystals that were on the place cards and table plans as I just COULDN'T let them get thrown away - he he - (I did get the bride's permission first BTW - LOL)  So this card as well as being red, black and blue is also a little bit green!!!

Ok now I've got to confess this last one is my fav (I know I shouldn't have a favourite) but it might be to do with the fact that I added some sparkles using my new toy: Bazzill Jewel Templates!  (In previous posts I've called them Bazzill Bling Templates - but in fact its Bazzill Jewel.  Jewel, bling, sparkles they are all the same thing to me!!!!!!!!!!!! and its soooooo easy to use.

Anyway hope you likey likey and I'll be back in the week.  Can't wait to watch Dancing on Ice tonight (its replacing the gap that has been left by Strictly Come Dancing.....!)

Happy Crafting.


22 January 2011

Simply Create projects

Its the weekend - hope you are having a good one...  With Simply Create still on my mind (did you see my post from yesterday?? Big prize to be won.....) I haven't shared with you any of the projects I made from the last kit I received back in December.  Again it was a challenge as the colours were outside my "comfort zone" but I'm getting used to being in that zone with all these lovely kits...... and as I've said before that is what a challenge is all about right?!

Here are my first two and I'll post the remaining two tomorrow:-

All the printed papers in my projects are from the Scarlett Collection by Glitz Design - along with the bird cage stamp - just gorgeous!  The ribbon across the blue card is actually stretchy plastic with lovely swirls on it - that was fun to use (and I have to admit to having bought myself some stretchy plastic ribbon with flowers on it at a craft show a few years ago and yep its still in my ribbon box unused).

Anyway see you again tomorrow.

Happy crafting.


21 January 2011

Simply Create New Challenge...

Simply Create have a new challenge open at the moment with £100 of stash to be won - yes you read that right £100's worth of stash.  The good news for me is that the DT are allowed to enter too......!

Using the inspiration board make something with paper or fabric reflecting the colours and what this board suggests to you. The best entry will be judged by Jacqui's Mum and will win that large amount of stash.  Closing date 14th February 9 am GMT.   For more details and to enter pop over to Simply Create blog
So get your thinking caps on and get creating for a chance to win a mega prize!

Happy Crafting


20 January 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 65

Afternoon all its Play Date Cafe challenge time again - here is the photo inspiration

Its surprising when you get a challenge that use colours you would never put together but they really do look lovely together - I guess that is the fun of challenges!  Having said that you know when you make a card and one minute you like it the next minute you don't!  So can't make up my mind on this one really!!  But I'm being brave and entering it anyway!  The stamps I've used are from a new Papermania range called Birdsong and they really are lush!  The paper doily (used as a wrap) is from Craftwork Cards.

Anyway let me know what you think of my card!

Happy Crafting


18 January 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 64

Morning here I am bright and early with my next challenge card this time for the The Play Date Cafe.  Here is the colour inspiration photo - gorgeous eh!

and here is my card

I love the "just because" it was cut from my new Cricut cartridge "Paper Lace" so many gorgeous things on this cartridge that I'm probably going to use it a LOT.  I also added to this card a bit of "sparkle" using my fav bling templates!  I finished off tying some seam binding (that arrived in the post yesterday from The Ribbon Girl) gorgeous - I've got it in quite a few colours so watch out for that appearing a lot more too! Anyway hope you like the card - clean and simple and quick to do! (just the way I like it!)

Happy crafting until my next post...


17 January 2011

Kaboodle Doodle Challenge # 50 - Black, White and 1 other colour

Good morning to you all on this wet, dreary Monday morning (well its like that in Essex anyway!!)

So with it being Monday that means its the next Kaboodle Challenge and this week the challenge is a colour challenge: black, white and 1 other colour.  The DT were kindly supplied with a selection of gorgeous images from Sassy Studio Designs

So without further a do here is my DT card:-

I opened my image in Photoshop and digitally coloured her hair, flower and her mermaid tail - I was quite pleased I managed to do that because I still don't really know what I'm doing with photoshop.  I then cut the image out but kept a small white border all around so that it helped the image to pop out from the black background I wanted to layer her on to.  I then finished the card off with my new fav thing Bazzill Bling template and then layered up some gorgeous ribbons from my stash.  This type of image is quite unusual for me but I like how it has come out!

So if you have time would love to see you over at Kaboodles for our weekly challenge.

Thought I would enter my card into a few challenges too:-

ooh-la-la - Challenge # 71 - "Bling it on"
belles and Whistles  - "Anything but Winter"
The Shabby Tea Room - # 45 White and Bright

Happy Crafting everyone


14 January 2011

Challenge card

Good morning all

Thought I would enter a couple of challenges with this card - it was what I gave to my hubby at Christmas - the reason for the black with lilac/mauve colouring - well it had to match my home decor!!!

Its a similar in design to the one I made for my friend Shirley - but I have changed it slightly!

The Tree stamp is Hero Arts and the background snowflake stamps (just visible) are tapestry stamps the wording computer generated and its been distressed with TH milled lavender - I then got a versamark black ink and just did the edges.  I also tried out my new Bazzill Bling template to put the crystal swirls on (am lovin' that template and I think I'm going to get through crystals at a rate of knots!)

Hope everyone has a good weekend and I will be back on Monday with the next Kaboodle Challenge.

Challenges I'm entering with this card
Sir Stampalot Challenge - A Winters Tale
Craft Your Days Away - # 11 Anything goes

Happy Crafting


12 January 2011

Shabby Tea Room Week # 44 Sketch This

Good morning everyone

Hope everyone is OK and enjoying crafting!  I decided to do the The Shabby Tea Room challenge # 44 this week which is a sketch.

Here is the sketch

and here is my card

and a close up

You can't quite see in the photo but the BPs have a really subtle polka dot on them one with large dots and the other with small dots and the papers also have a subtle sheen to them too (from Craftwork Cards BTW).  For the middle panel well I was with my crafting buddy Shirley one day and we were having a play around with masks and distress inks and that is when this was created - I loved have it turned out but up until today it has been in a folder in my cupboard - such a shame really!!!!  But I guess we have all got lots of things hidden away.  I love the shabby chic look but its not usually something I try - I hope in this card I've done the shabby chic look some justice - or maybe I need to practice some more - but that would mean buying more gorgeous ribbons and embellies - LOL!

Anyway thanks for stopping by and any comments (good or bad) greatly received!

Happy Crafting


10 January 2011

Kaboodle Challenge # 49 - Do it with Digis

Good morning all

Its time again for this weeks challenge over at Kaboodle and this week we have a Do it with Digis challenge.

This week the DT were kindly given images from The Stamping Boutique

Here is my DT card

It would be lovely if you could join in the challenge!

Happy Crafting


4 January 2011

Kaboodle Challenge # 48 - Anything Goes

Hello fellow bloggers and crafters!


Well I hope that you've all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed your New Year celebrations! - more about mine in a future post, because today there is another Kaboodle challenge to tell you all about!  Well to start with over at Kaboodles our challenges are now weekly!!!! (so my New Year resolution I had better start putting into action - ie to be more organised!!)

This week's challenge is Anything Goes! Our sponsor for this week's challenge is Chi Chi Memories and they have graciously provided the design team with some images to play with.

Chi Chi Memories is the labor of love of gifted artist and designer Natalie Tong. Chi Chi Memories provides fun images that are meant to be happy and bright. You can visit the blog, challenge site and store by clicking HERE. There is a FREEBIE waiting for you in the shop, so make sure you go and pick it up. The new January images are available now and you will love them!!

Here is my DT card for you to have a peek at:-

How cute is he!!!  I printed him off and coloured him with Promarkers and used Glamour Dust to add sparkle.  The sentiment is computer generated and I have a font that has snow on the top so perfect!

Hope that you might have the time to come and join us over at Kaboodles as its such an easy one!

Until my next post,

Happy Crafting

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