Monday, 31 October 2011

Fresh cuts

Happy Halloween everyone! I know most people will be Trick and Treating tonight, but I went last night with Nathan ( my 4year old nephew) and we had a great scary time. I wont show you the photos till the end of the post or else they'll scare you away!!!!!

Today's card is my entry for the Clean and Simple challenge #164 where they have this sketch.

Have a look 


I started by stamping the script text onto white card in green ink, and colouring the flower heads in pink ( I just love green and pink together). This was then layered onto pink card and placed on a white card base. I then cut some pink and white flower shape nestabilities in the BS, layered them, and stamped the leaf sprig in green, and added a cut out flower head, and then placed it on 3D pads for dimension. To finish I made the sentiment banner and stuck this across the stamped image again on 3D pads.

Card = Whisper White, Blushing Bride, and white card base from my stash
Stamps = Fresh Cuts and Verve
Inks = Lucky Limeade and Blushing Bride
Tools = Big Shot and Flower nestabilities
Extras = 3D pads

 Now for the scary photos, so log off now to save yourself!!!

This is Nathan in his "skelington" suit! ( but he wouldn't wear the mask as it was too scary for him. He did wear it as a headscarf in the next photo though!)
This is Nana with Sophie my 6 month old niece in her witch's wig

and this is me, as a witch, with Nathan and Erik, his Vampire bat!!. The Pumpkin wand I'm holding has got Nathan's home made bat, Fin Dink,  hanging from it, and this is what he'll use as a frightening trick if somebody doesn't give him a treat. Luckily, Fin Dink was not needed as his "bat bag" got stuffed full of goodies!!

 Well that's it for today, Thanks for looking, and I apologise if the photos were too much for you.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Birthday wishes

Today , while watching the Grand Prix, I've made a card for the ColourQ #108 challenge where they have this photo for colour inspiration. The challenge ends at Noon so I hope I make it in time!!!

I've decided not to go with the Halloween theme, and have made a floral Birthday card instead.

Here it is

I stamped the large flower in black on peach and cream card, and then cut out the different segments before sticking them together with 3D pads for dimension. The same was done with the smaller flowers on yellow and cream card. The sentiment was stamped on cream card layered on peach card with some black ribbon behind it which was then tucked in behind the layers of black and cream card matts. The cream matt had been through the BS in an embossing folder. 

 Recipe :  Card = Basic Black, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, and white card from my stash
Stamps = Playful Petals and Verve
Tools = Big Shot and Budding Vine embossing folder
Extras = Black ribbon and 3D pads

I'm off Trick and Treating later dressed as a Witch, and Nathan is going as a skeleton!!  I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks for looking at my blog today, and I'd love it if you have time to leave a comment.

I'll be back soon

Friday, 28 October 2011

Xmas Poinsettia

Last night at Jacqueline's I started my card for the Case Study challenge #63 where their muse is still Niki Estes, and her inspiration card is this lovely rose.

Today I've finished putting mine together, and I'll also be entering it into the The Kraft Journal #42 where " Anything goes".

Have a look and see what you think of my interpretation.

First I used the Jolly Jingles jumbo roller to create the festive text background on some white card that was then matted onto a cream square card. The red petals and green leaves were made with the large Blossoms punch to create a Poinsettia flower, the edges sponged, and stuck onto a white card circle layered on a red scalloped circle nestabilities cut by the BS. Some Cosmic Twinkles were dabbed on all the petal and leaf tips, and the finishing touch was the gem in the center.

Recipe : Card = Whisper White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, cream from my stash
Stamps = Jolly Jingles roller
Inks = Adirondack Rust, Real Red, and Always Artichoke
Tools = Big Shot, Scallop Circle nestabilities, Build a Blossoms punch
Extras = Cosmic Twinkles and Gem

While the roller and Blossom punch were out I also made this quick Christmas card.

I've a busy few days ahead, so I'll wish you all a good weekend, and spooky fun filled Happy Halloween.!!


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Dandelion Trio

Well I'm a little tired today after playing with Nathan yesterday, but at least we've got our costumes ready for Trick or Treating at the weekend. He's so excited, I just hope he doesn't get too frightened by all the gruesome costumes of others doing the same!!

Anyway, today's card is for the Clean and Simple challenge #163 where they have this sketch.

So I started with a white card and Versamark stamped on it three dandelion seed heads and heat embossed them with gold powder, and then did the same with the sentiment. Simples!!

Here's the card

Recipe : Card = Whisper White
Stamps = Personal Impressions
Inks = Versamark
Tools = Heat Gun
Extras = Gold embossing powder

I'm off to Jacqueline's tonight to have a crafting session so I'd better get my stuff together.

Thanks for dropping by, and I'll be back with more creations soon.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Howling Halloween

A miracle has happened today..............I went around to my friends (Jacqueline's) house for our usual Tuesday get together and craft, and for once I actually managed to do a card!! I know, I amazed myself!! There was a slight hiccup, which I'll keep till the end of the post.

So, the card is for the Make My Monday Challenge. The theme is still Autumn, but the added rule this week is a colour scheme of Black and Orange, and an optional extra of Halloween.

Here's my entry

I started by cutting out a moon from a Post It and sticking it at the top of  a piece of Silk coated card. I then Versamark stamped the wolf and tree of my design ( the tree is an Autumn tree!) and heat embossed them in black powder. With some scrap paper I tore a rough shape and sponged over the edge to create a Craggie rock for the wolf to stand on. I moved the torn paper and did the same effect several times so that the rocks got darker nearer the front of the scene. The evening sky was then sponged in orange and black, the Post It removed and two clouds sponged slightly encroaching across the moon. A grave stone ( drawn around the end of my metal ruler!) was sponged onto some more silk card and I wrote RIP above a sponged crucifix, before cutting it out and sticking it in the foreground. The finishing touch was the Halloween sentiment and the matts of orange and black onto a cream card.

Recipe:  Card = Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, and silk coated and cream card from my stash.
Stamps = Wolf and Tree of my design, and Halloween borrowed from Louise
Inks = Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, and Versamark
Tools = Heat Gun   ( No Big Shot today sadly)
Extras = Black embossing powder, and Post It

Now, my hiccup today..........not only did I forget Louise's birthday last week ( Belated card picture in my post on Saturday ) but I forgot to take my card with me today to give her!! I'm so sorry Louise, I'm going senile in my old age!.

Off to spend the day with Nathan tomorrow, and to sort out our costumes for Trick and Treating at the weekend, so I'll be back in a few days when I hope the tackle some more challenges.

Thanks for looking at my post today, and I'd love to know what you thought about my card.


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Feeling Square??

This is the second post of the day, and I made a card for the Pals Paper Arts challenge #116 where they had this square card sketch.

I was again using my new stamps, and some of the smaller stamps made me think of the swinging 60's, so that was my starting point for the colour scheme.

Here is the finished item

Instead of straight lines on the squares I decided to use a labels nestabilitie. Using a square white card as the base I cut the nestabilities shape at the corners and then randomly stamped in black the circle and flower shape before colouring them in with SU markers. With the BS I cut three labels, coral, green, and white, and the later was put through in an embossing folder, and then all stuck in the center of the base card. I then stamped the large flower several times on white card, coloured them in, and cut out 4 different layers. The first two were stuck on the embossed label, and then the center circle and flower were stuck on with 3D pads to give dimension. As the background is so busy I decided not to put a sentiment on this card so it is useful for all occasions.

Recipe :  Card = Whisper White, Calypso Coral, and Pear Pizzazz
Stamps = Playful Petals
Inks = Black, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, and Lucky Limeade
Tools = Big Shot, Labels nestabilities, and Budding Vine embossing folder

Right, I'd better go and round up all the dogs toys before they get damp.

Hopefully I'll be back soon with some more creations.

Going Dotty

I'm feeling more with it today so have had to catch up on so many things, but first, some crafting!!

This quick little card is for the Less is More challenge where the theme is Polka Dots. I hope that Mandi and Chrissie don't think that I've over done the dots! :)

This started with a square white card where I stamped the dotty flower stems and coral flowers in the corner. I then added the sentiment and stamped two small spotted butterflies. The large butterfly was two-stamped ( using my Stamp-a-ma-jig ) on white card and punched out before being stuck down just along his body so his, or her, wings are dimensional.

Recipe :  Card = Whisper White
Stamps = Simply Said and Flight of the Butterfly
Inks = Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, and Calypso Coral
Tools = SU Butterfly punch and Stamp-a-ma-jig

I'm not sure why but this card made me smile as I made it ( perhaps I am still a bit delirious??)

It's Monty's 4th Birthday today, and because he's my baby, he had a few pressies to open this morning. All, apart from one, have been eaten or ragged about and taken around the garden in his mouth to see the sites!! Bless him, he absolutely loves ducks, and here he's sat on the garden bench with a very slobbery duck.

Mon loves to take over the bench, because he has a better view of the neighbourhood cats and squirrels from up there.

Anyway, that's it for now, I'll be back later with another card.

Thanks for dropping in to my blog today, I hope you liked what I've made.


Saturday, 22 October 2011

Playful Petals

This afternoon I have sat down to finish the card I started yesterday at my friend Jacqueline's. While we were waiting for our new SU supplies to arrive, we made our entries to the  CASE Study challenge #62 .

They had this card as inspiration.

I decided to use my newly acquired SU flower stamps that I'd bought on good old eBay.

This is my version of the card

I started by sponging the edges of some green spotted DP and laying it on a cream card. I then Versamark stamped the two flowers several times on pale and dark blue card and heat embossed them with white powder. I then cut the different layers of the flowers out and stuck them together alternating between the two shades of blue. The BS was used to cut two green vines and a white label nestabilitie. The sentiment was stamped on the label and the stitching around the edge added with a marker before it was layered on the DP. The vines were then placed at the top of the label and the flower placed where they met.

                                                           Not wanting to waste the other sections of the embossed flowers, I made this slightly different card for a friend whose birthday I missed, Sorry Louise ( see you on Tuesday! ). This is it, but this time I used the leaf from the set instead of the vines. I hope she likes it.
 Recipe : Card = Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Green Galore, and cards from my stash
Inks = Bashful Blue and Pool Party
Stamps = Playful Petals, Whimsiacal Words, and Verve
Tools = Big Shot, Heat gun, Labels nestabilities, and Marrianne die
Extras = DP from Create and Craft and White embossing powder

My head is still bothering me, but the ache is no where near as bad as it was last weekend, so I hope that I can do some more creating tomorrow.

Thanks for dropping by today, and I'd love it if you could leave me a comment, or come back again soon.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Autumn Inchies

Today I am feeling almost human again, but it has taken me most of the day to make one card!!!

It is for the Make My Monday challenge where they are looking for a card of Autumn Inchies (one inch squares!!) including Flora and Fauna.

Here it is

I started by Versamark stamping the main image onto vanilla card and heat embossing it with black powder. It was then coloured with Promarkers and cut into nine Inchies, which were then layered on to slightly bigger Inchies of lilac and green card. I then Versamark stamped the leaf sprig several times up the edge of some brown card and heat embossed it in black. Some thin green ribbon and lilac cord were then wrapped around the bottom of the brown card and it was matted onto a square cream card. The nine pieces were matted onto the brown card with 3D pads for dimension. The sentiment was treated the same as the main image and placed on the bottom over the ribbons. I then stamped a Sparrow onto some cream card and coloured it with Promarkers, before using a brayer to stamp it's reverse image and coloured it in. They were then placed either side of the sentiment on 3D pads.

Here is a closer view of the Sparrows ( the original stamp is on the left )

Recipe : Card = Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Orchid Opulence, and cream card from my stash
Stamps = Fresh Cuts and Papermania
Inks = Versamark, and Promarkers
Tools = Heat gun, and Speedball brayer
Extras = Black embossing powder, ribbon, chord, and 3D pads

Hopefully my new Stampin Up stuff will be delivered this weekend, and I can have a good play and find my mojo again!!

Thanks for stopping by today, and to all of you lovely crafters that have left get well messages for me.

I hope I will have something new for you to see when you call again!

Monday, 17 October 2011

One Layer card

Today I'm suffering with a terrible migraine so it's lucky that I drafted this post yesterday as my eyes cant stand the light of the screen.

I'd made a quick card for the OLW #68 challenge where they want "something triangular".

I also wanted to make another card for St Luke's Charity cards challenge where their theme is still "Something for the boys", so I thought of making a card with a Postage stamp as the image. 

Take a look


I have a stamp of a postage stamp, but it's an oblong shape, so I stamped one corner of it pointing upwards in the center of a square card, masked this off with Post its and added a line of the perforations to join it up across the bottom. The triangular frame that this made was then masked off and the aperture sponged with blue ink. I then added the 1st in the corner and stamped a dragonfly, and flower heads along the bottom. This simple card was finished with the sentiment underneath .

I don't know if stamp collecting is still popular, or whether computers have taken over?, but I hope that the masculine vibe of this card will mean something to someone.

Recipe : Card = white card from my stash
Stamps = SU Organic Grace, Clarity, and Verve sentiment
Inks = Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Green Galore, and Sahara Sand
Tools = Post Its

Thanks for your visit today, I hope you can come back soon to see what else I've been up to.


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Greenhouse flowers

Well I've been up since the crack of dawn today as I was up to watch the Korean Grand Prix at 6am. So I've had some time to do some crafting.......Yaaay!!

I've made a card for the  CASE study challenge#61 .

They have this card as inspiration and they want a project made that includes material.

I will also be entering it at The Kraft Journal #40 where they want something "to die cut for".

Here is my card

I started with a square cream card and layered it with some blue card that had sponged edges, and some off white open weave hesian. My Big Shot was then used to cut 2 green vines, a white scallop circle, and a lilac butterfly. The vines were placed at a right angle in the bottom corner, over which I grouped some flowers which I'd stamped onto white card and cut out. The sentiment was stamped onto the scalloped circle and then the top and bottom sections cut away to leave the bone shape, and it was placed on 3D pads for dimension. The finishing touch is the die cut butterfly that is secured at the body leaving the wings free.

Recipe : Card = SU Garden Green, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, and cream card from my stash
Inks = Pixie Pink, Rich Razzelberry, Real Red, Bravo Burgandy,Yo Yo Yellow, Dusty Durango, Bashful Blue, Tempting Turquoise, and Lovely Lilac
Stamps = Greenhouse Garden and Fresh Cuts
Tools = Big Shot, Scallop Circle nestabilities, Marrianne vine and Butterfly dies
Extras = Hesian and 3D pads

I find making these 2 step flowers quite theraputic ( and I'm getting better at doing them without using the Stamp-a-ma-jig!!!) and after making an A4 sheet full of different colours, I have some ready to be cut out for my next project.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my blog, and I'd love to know what you think if you have time to leave a comment.

Please call back again soon.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Not Halloween

Today I am entering my card into several challenges. 

The colours are from ColourQ #106, and the lay

 out from Mojo Monday challenge #210,  and over

at The Kraft Journal #40 they are looking for Die Cuts.

This colour pallet is not easy for us Brits that don't celebrate or send Halloween cards, but I thought I'd have a go anyway.

Here is my card

I started with some grey card which I put through the Big Shot in an embossing folder, and then sponged the raised pattern. I used a border punch on some black card, wrapped it with some grey ribbon and bow, and added it to the top of the grey card. A strip of black card separates the embossing from the plain card. I stamped the frame in orange on white card, and added some two step roses and leaves, with a black sentiment, and stuck it down on 3D pads. The main feature is the yellow die cut butterfly in the center.

Recipe : Card = Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White, and Crushed Curry
Stamps = Baby Blossoms and Verve
Inks = Basic Black, Crushed Curry, and Only Orange
Tools = Big Shot, Martha Stewart Punch, and Marianne Butterfly die
Extras = Ribbon and 3D pads

This morning my friend Jacqueline held a Stampin Up party, and our demonstrator, Paula, let us have a play with some of the new stuff from the latest catalogue, and this is the card we made.

I've ordered more than I should have, but crafting is my only vice ( honestly it is!!!) and I can't wait till it all arrives.

Thanks for looking at my blog today, and I hope you can come back again

Friday, 14 October 2011

Reindeer Christmas

Today I've made yet another Christmas card, and I'm entering it in to mSimply Stampin Challenge#28 where they had this sketch.

I'm pushed for time so hope I make the deadline.

Anyway, here is my take on the sketch

The reindeer was stamped on white card and coloured with Pro markers and a gem added for his nose.
The large fir tree was  Versamark stamped on green card and heat embossed with white powder, as were the trees on the red card. The sentiment was stamped in red on a disc of white withe the edges sponged in green. The holly was treated the same way. All the cards were layered as per the sketch on a cream square card, with the 2 discs being stuck on 3D pads to add dimension.

I hope you like him as much as I do.

Recipe : Card = Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White, and cream card from my stash
Inks = Basic Black, Versamark, Real Red, Hunter Green, and Always Artichoke, and Pro markers
Stamps = Lovely as a Tree, Clarity, and Woodware sentiment
Tools = Heat Gun and Martha Stewart punch
Extras = White embossing powder and red gem

Thanks for dropping by today, and I hope you have a good weekend.

See you soon

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Autumn Tree

Yaaaayyy!! I've come Top 3 again at Make My Monday challenge. Thank you so much ladies, I'm really chuffed!.

This afternoon I've finally got some time to craft, and I am going to enter my card today into several challenges as they all have similar themes.

My first is for Make My Monday challenge #19 where they are looking for Autumn Trees,

Pals Paper Arts PPA115  and

Stampin Royalty#93 where they have these Autumn photos as inspiration.

So here is my card

I started with some cream card on which I randomly and lightly stamped a leaf  and ink splats in 2 colours, and sponged over it and the edges. I then stamped a tree of my own design and coloured it with Pro markers. A sheer gold ribbon was wrapped around this card, the opposing corners were rounded, and then it was layered on to some tan and maroon cards before placing on a cream card. A small leaf was then stamped on some cream card in 5 colours and coloured with an Aqua painter, and each one was cut out and stuck at the bottom of the tree except for the 5 that have not blown from the branches yet!. The finishing touch is the birthday sentiment.

Here is a close up of the fallen leaves and the lightly stamped background.

Recipe :  Card = So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, with tan and cream cards from my stash
Stamps = Lovely as a Tree, French Foliage, Verve, and my own tree.
Inks = Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Adirondack Black and Rust, and Tea Dye Distress Ink
Extras = Aqua painter, Brown Pro marker and sheer ribbon

I love the warm leaf colours and hope you like it too.

Thanks for dropping by today, and please call back when you can.