Tuesday, 29 June 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #21 - Stripes

Today it's the start of a new challenge over on I ♥ Promarkers.  This week is challenge #21 which is sponsored by Letraset and we are asked to use stripes on our projects.

This week you are free to use your own choice of image, layout and colours, just make sure you have some stripes on your project somewhere! 

For my DT card I decided to use some stripey papers in these lovely shades of pink and brown - one of my all time favourite colour combos.  The edging strips were punched with a Martha Stewart border punch (the darker strip is actually a brown/bronze pearly card, but for some reason it looks black on the picture). 

This is a magnolia stamp from Art Cure which I've had since I first began working with rubber stamps.  It makes a great backround but is also quite striking given 'centre stage' on a card. The image was coloured (of course) with Promarkers and cut out, leaving a tiny white border all around, then attached with silicone glue.  The oval mattes were actually left over from another card I created recently, so I was very pleased to be able to use up some of the bits and pieces off my desk!

I hope you've enjoyed your visit to my blog today, I really enjoy writing it and appreciate all my visitors taking the time to drop by.  Do have a go at this week's challenge, you've got nothing to lose and you might just be the lucky winner of the great prize from Letraset this week - someone has to win!!

Monday, 28 June 2010

Tuesday with Cupcake

This is the project I've created for my Tuesday spot on the Whimsical Ink Sorority Blog for Queen Kat Designs Blog Hop.   If you'd like to do the Hop and see all the amazing creations from the DT, just start here and follow the links.

This week the DT were tasked with creating a 3D project for the Hop.  Although we are meant to use some of the stamps that have been around for a while, I just couldn't resist using the June WIS Kit for mine (shhh.. don't tell the Queen!) - well, you know what a rebel I am !! 

This adorable mermaid is called Cupcake, isn't she a real sweetie?  I love her sitting on top of her yummy cupcake and the kit comes complete with some great sentiments too.

I decided to make a 'stationery set in a box' as a gift for a friend who has a birthday coming up soon.   I'll be making a set of cards with which to fill the inside - together with a few matching gift tags - to complete the gift before I give it to her.  This picture shows the inside of the box and all the little sections to hold various things, including the tiny pocket to hold postage stamps at the bottom right.

I stamped Cupcake Mermaid twice, coloured the images with Promarkers and Copics and cut them out using plain nestabilities dies, round for the front and oval for the inside image.  I then matted the image layers on to scalloped layers cut from white card with more nesties then coloured with Promarkers to exactly match the colours on the image.  A little Glossy Accents gives the bubbles texture and added interest.

The box was created using two 12x12 sheets of doubled sided heavy weight paper and is based on a tutorial on the Split Coast Stampers website.  The decorative edges were cut with a Martha Stewart border punch and the ribbon, flowers and half beads were from my stash.

Inside, Cupcake is attached to the front of a post-it note holder - I also stamped the tiny cupcake with candle image from the WIS Kit, coloured it and applied inside the cover of the holder as a little extra surprise when the holder is opened. 

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project. 

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Happy Monday morning to you and welcome to this week's Queen Kat Designs monday blog hop.  You should have found your way here via the lovely Lara's blog, if not you should head back to the start so you don't miss any of the amazing projects the Design Team have to share with you today.

This week we have this fabulous picture to inspire us and we are revisiting some of the fantastic stamps that have been around for a while, rather than new releases.  I think pink and brown is my all time most favourite colour combo and these colours look so luxurious in the picture - I'd love to decorate my room this way, that wallpaper is scrumptious!  

I do so love Monarch Mia Mermaid and haven't used her in a while, so she was the perfect choice for this week's project.  You should know me by now and realise that I love playing around with shapes and layouts and this week is no exception!  I cut oval apertures from the centre of 4 layers of heavy weight patterned paper, with reducing sizes of nestabilities dies.  The stepped aperture leads your eye down to the star of the show - Mia sitting in her lovely undersea garden.  I edged each layer with some Stardust Stickles for added bling.

I've included the picture on the right, which was taken from a sideways angle, to demonstrate the layers more clearly for you. 

I cut the flowers, swirls and fronds from white card using some Marianne Designs dies, then coloured them with Promarkers to exactly match the colours I used on the image.   I then layered them up and added more Stardust Stickles to the top layer of the flowers.  The sentiment is from one of the WIS kits which I stamped in brown ink then cut with a plain oval nestie and layered it over a matte cut with a very slightly larger scalloped oval.

I hope you are enjoying today's hop, I'm now sending you on your way to see the amazing project the lovely Kimme has to share with you today.  Don't forget to stop by the Store when you've finished the hop, the Queen has filled the Castle with so many fabulous goodies, now is a really great time to stock up with your favourite stamps and supplies.

Bye for now, hope you have a wonderful day.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Yet more.....Wedding cards that is!

As I promised yesterday, I'm sharing with you today  the wedding card and gift wallet I created for my son to give to my niece and her husband at their recent wedding.

I used this lovely Lili of the Valley bride and groom in horse drawn carriage stamp for this set and the same Martha Stewart border punch as for the previous card and wallet set.

Coloured again with Promarkers, cut out with a circle nestabilities die and matted over a silver layer cut with a slightly larger scalloped circle nestie die.

A simple but effective layout I think and I love this sweet stamp.

Hope you have a great day and thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Weddings, weddings, weddings .......

Those of you who have visited my blog recently will be aware that my Niece was married a few days ago.  I thought I'd share with you the cards and gift wallets I made for the bride and groom. 

I created a gatefold card from a piece of white A4 card, using a Martha Stewart deep edge border punch to create a lacy edge.  White organza ribbon was attached using these lovely roses from Wild Orchid Crafts and filigree hearts cut from white pearl paper using a Martha Stewart punch, and tied in a bow at the front to keep the card closed.

The picture on the right shows the box I made, in which to present the card.  Created from matte silver cardstock and using a spellbinders shapeabilities frame die and some more of the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. 

For the inside of the card I used the adorable bride and groom stamp from Lili of the Valley and also the church stamp from Magnolia.  Using the masking technique so that the church appears to be behind the wedding couple, I then coloured the image with Promarkers and Distress Ink to create the effect of a sky.    The scalloped frame around the image was created with a shapeabilities frame die.  The pink roses on the sides is a Magnolia stamp and I printed a personalised sentiment to add at the bottom.

Finally I created this matching wallet to hold money given as a wedding gift to the happy couple.

I do hope you've enjoyed your visit here today, thank you for your support.  I'll be sharing with you tomorow a further card and gift wallet I made, this one was for my son to give to the bride and groom.


Tuesday, 22 June 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #20

Wow, it's wednesday again already!  Boy are the weeks are flying by fast this year - maybe it's because I'm getting OLD!!!!!  So, as it's wednesday we have another challenge for you over on I ♥ Promarkers.  There's a great sketch to work with this week - check out the blog for full details - and the prize this week is sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop.  The other DT cards are posted on the blog, I'm sure you'll be inspired to have a go yourself this week if you check them out, we'd love to have you join us! 

I decided to use the adorable Boy and Dog image for my card this week - it reminds me of my grandsons.  Just click on the Digi Doodle Shop link above if you'd like to get this image, or any of the other lovely digi images for yourself. 

The image was coloured with ProMarkers and touches of Glossy Accents added on the dog's nose and eyes before cutting out with a nestabilities oval die.  The image layer was added over a blue layer cut with a slightly larger scalloped oval nestie.  The papers and buttons were from my stash and the sentiment is from a tiny set of stamps by Studio G and was the perfect finishing touch for this card.

I hope you've enjoyed viewing my card today, it was an honour to share it with you.  I do hope you'll enter the challenge this week, I so much enjoy visiting all your blogs to view your work.

So, til next wednesday, have fun and let's see what you do with this week's sketch!

Monday, 21 June 2010

Inspired Anna Sapheer

As this week is Inspiration week for the Queen Kat Design DT, we have all be working with this fabulous picture to inspire our projects. What aspect of it caught your eye first? I'd love to know, just leave me a comment and let me know what it inspires you to create. 

On first view, I immediately thought 'spotlight' technique - highlighting just a part of a monochromatic image in colour for maximum impact. I think the dark red is stunning against the shades of grey and so, quite simply, selected these two colours for my project.
The fantastic Anna Sapheer was newly released this month and I thought she was perfect for my project for the Whimsical Ink Sorority blog as part of today's blog hop.

I coloured Anna with ProMarkers, using 'artistic licence' and giving her grey skin rather than introducing another colour to the card. Doesn't her red hair look stunning against her grey skin? I layered the stamped image over a piece of cardstock which I coloured with a ProMarker to exactly match the colours in the image.

The background paper is from my stash, as are the small white roses. I created the heart embellishment, from a piece of mountboard, in my meltpot, using pearl UTEE and a tiny amount of platinum UTEE. I was very pleased with the finished marbled effect!

I hope you've enjoyed viewing my card today, thank you for visiting.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Sadie's Been Framed !

Welcome to this week's Queen Kat Designs monday blog hop.  You should have arrived here after being inspired by the lovely Lara's project, if not I'd like to send you back to the QKD blog to start at the beginning, so that you don't miss out on any of the fantastic DT creations.

This week we have a colour theme to work with which is one of my favourite combinations - Blue and Brown, I just love how these two colours compliment each other so well.

I haven't used the lovely Sadie's Victory stamp for a few weeks so I thought I'd dig her out of my stash to use for today's project.

Up until a couple of years ago, my Dad did a lot of marquetry work, using luscious wood veneers to create beautiful pictures.  He very kindly gave me all the veneer he had left and I have kept them in my stash, intending to use them in my projects at some point. 

I decided the veneers would be ideal to use for this week's lovely colour combo.  First, using a set of nestabilities oval dies, I cut out a frame from (what I believe to be) a sheet of dark brown walnut wood veneer.   I then stamped Sadie on to a piece of very pale coloured veneer and coloured her with ProMarkers before attaching to the 'cut out' oval created when I cut the frame.  I 'varnished' the frame with Sepia Glossy Accents and attached this over the image layer with silicone glue to raise it up a little.

The background paper is from my stash and the flowers were cut from Grungepaper and coloured with ProMarkers to match the colours I used on Sadie.  I added some Star Dust Stickles around the outside of each petal on the flowers and attached small aqua coloured half pearls in the centre of each one before attaching them to the frame.  The Sentiment is from the May WIS kit and was attached with silicone glue.

I hope you've enjoyed viewing my card as much as I've enjoyed creating for you.  I am sending you on your way to Kimme's blog now as I know she has a fabulous project to share with you today.  Don't forget to swing by the QKD Store after you finish the Hop, you never know what bargains the Queen might have for you in the Castle and right now there's a whopping 25% off all rubber stamps - how good is that?  This special offer runs through to 25 June, so get your wish list filled while the prices are low :o)

Do come back and join us next week when we'll be hopping all over again - the rest of the DT will be doing their Hop tomorrow, just start again at the QKD Blog and follow the links.

Girly Girl - Sugar Bowl Challenge #37

Happy Fathers' Day to all those Dads out there, hope the sun is shining on you today, it certainly is in Cornwall - and it promises to be a great day.  I am very lucky this year to have my Dad staying here with me for a holiday and as my hubby is also home, I get to share today with two Dads!

I posted up the FD card I made for my Dad a while ago, so today's card is the one I've created as my entry for the Challenge #37 over on the Sugar Nellie Sugar Bowl Challenge Blog - check out the site for full details. 

We have a great sketch to work with this week and the shaped layer on the sketch got me rummaging through my box of nestabilities for the octagonal die set.  There is the optional theme of 'Girly and Feminine' and so I selected the adorable 'Daisy with Pram' stamp for my card - you don't see so many little girls pushing their dollies out for a walk in the pram these days - such a shame I think, as I recall hours of happy fun playing with my own dollies when I was young!

After I'd coloured the image with ProMarkers and Copics, I cut it out with one of the nestability dies and punched ribbon slots on either side.  The background papers are from my stash and I cut some lacy strips with Martha Stewart punches and layered them up under the ribbon.  I added touches of Glossy Accents to the pram wheels and Daisy's bows in her hair.  The flowers are from my stash and include some from Wild Orchid Crafts, and I added some leaves punched with another MS punch.  I attached the little general sentiment so that the card can be used for any occasion. 

Thanks for visiting today, it will be the regular Queen Kat Blog Hop tomorrow, so do come back and join in the fun!!


Friday, 18 June 2010

Wedding Special

Last week it was my lovely Niece's wedding day in Falmouth, Cornwall. 

It was a real family affair with everything from invitations to place cards, favours and table decorations and especially the spectacular cake, created by members of the family.  The bride's brother was also the official photographer.

The weather was fantastic and everyone had a truly fabulous time, starting from the evening before when, after our evening meal, we all trouped across the road to the lovely beach and lit paper lanterns - most of which floated spectacularly up into the night sky - great fun!  Only the Bride and (one of the three!) Best Man were brave enough to go for a paddle!

I couldn't believe how calm the Bride was as we helped her to dress for the ceremony next morning.  The Bridesmaids both looked fabulous.

The Bride was totally radiant and I thought the Groom would burst with love and pride when she walked down the 'aisle' to his side.  I know they will 'live happily every after' as they were just 'made for each other'.  I wish them all the luck in the world as they set off on their life's journey together.

We had a fantastic meal and the Father of the Bride's speech had us all reaching for a tissue and laughing at the same time - well done Bruv!

Following the First Dance, we all set about enjoying a fabulous party, including a few visits to the Sweetie Shop.

There was no shortage of hands ready to catch the bouquet as the Bride tossed it over her shoulder!

I won't bore you with any more wedding piccies now, I may post up a few more another day!


Cute Sheep Thursday !

Today I'm sharing with you the card I've created as my entry for this week's Cute Card Thursday Challenge. This week we have a great sketch from the lovely Claudia to work with.  

This cute sheep image was sent to me by a crafting pal and so I am sorry to say that I don't know the manufacturer - please feel free to enlighten me if you recognise it!

I coloured the image with ProMarkers and added white Flowersoft to simulate the wool on the sheep. The papers are from the Honey & Hugs pad by Papermania and I added Star Dust Stickles on the flowers and around the edges of most of the layers and the pink gems are from my stash. 

I decide not to add a sentiment so that the card can be used for any occasion.

Thanks for dropping by today, wish me luck with my entry for this week's CCT challenge!!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

I ♥ ProMarkers - Challenge #19 Bears

Good morning and welcome to another I ♥ ProMarkers Challenge.  This week Challenge #19 is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and we are asked to use Bears on our projects.

For my DT card I decided to use this gorgeous image from Lili of the Valley stamps (thanks Annie!)  It is so sweet and is perfect for a 'get well' card - it's always handy to have a couple of these cards in stock ready to send out to cheer up someone who's feeling a little under the weather.

I coloured the image with ProMarkers and added Glossy Accents to give 'Nursie' shiny red shoes, medicine bottle, medicine and teddy's plaster.  The flowery background paper is from a DCWV Nana's Kitchen pad and I punched the edge of a strip of blue card with a Martha Stewart punch and attached at the bottom of the image layer.  I coloured the edges of a piece of white card with a Cornflower ProMarker to create a layer which matched the colours on the image perfectly.  The fabric flowers were from my stash and I layered them up and added a dark yellow brad in the centre to hold the layers together.

I do hope you'll enter the challenge this week, the rest of the DT and I love to visit your blogs to check out  and comment on your projects and there's a great prize for the winner.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Lovely Lani Mermaid

Today I am sharing with you my DT card created for the Whimsical Ink Sorority blog as part of the Tuesday Blog Hop for Queen Kat Designs Stamps.  This tuesday the QKT DT are working with the colours Black and White and using stamps which have been around for a while rather than new releases. I decided to use the lovely Lani Mermaid and I think she looks stunning in black and white.

Recently I've been enjoying creating some different shaped cards and I decided to add a small twist to this one by creating an inverted decoupage effect on an easel card. I cut frames in reducing sizes from a set of spellbinders nestabilities, using different patterned papers, then layered them up on silicon glue to give the frames more dimension. I also cut the base card from the largest of the same die set to create an easel card. I coloured the image using ProMarkers and added some clear Spica Glitter Pen to the flowers, although this isn't showing up too well on the pictures.

Here is a side-on view of the card on the right to better demonstrate the layered effect. I punched a flower from the same black and white card as the top frame, added a black half-bead and attached this to the inside to function as the 'stop' for the easel.

I hope you've enjoyed viewing my card today, I will be sharing more of my QKD projects next monday and tuesday and other projects throughout this week, do drop by again soon it's great to see you!


Sunday, 13 June 2010

Hoppy Monday to You!

Hi Folks!  Here we are it's Monday again and time to hop, hop, hop along with the Queen Kat Designs DT. You should have arrived here from Lara's blog but if you didn't I'd like to send you back to the start of the hop on the QKD Blog - you really don't want to miss any of the fabulous creations the Team have to share with you today.

Today we are working with this great little sketch and I decided to use the WIS Kit for May which recently arrived through my door in the mail - and what a great kit it is too.  I love all things oriental and so this kit is one of my favourites - well so far at least!!!

I stamped Suri three times onto shrink plastic and shrunk each one with a heatgun before colouring them with Spica Glitter Pens.  I edged each one with a gold Krylon Pen then added a layer of Glossy Accents.  I then layered each one on to a piece of black card, which had also been edged with the Krylon Pen.   I have had these lovely Japanese Origami papers in my stash for some time, the colours are so lovely and vibrant.  The gold half beads were from the QKD Store and add the finishing touch to this simple but effective layout.

I hope you've enjoyed visiting my blog today and I thank you for allowing me to share my creation with you.  I'm now going to send you hopping along to Kimme's blog to view the amazing creation she has to share with you today.  Hope you'll join us again next week and don't forget that the rest of the DT will be hopping again tomorrow, just start again at the QKD Blog and follow the links.

There are still a few acrylic stamps left in stock in the Store with a huge 60% off the price - why not stop by and pick up a bargain!  This week's special offer is 'buy 2 stamp sets and get 1 free' just hop over to the Store for full details.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Sugar Bowl Challenge #36 - Pink, Black and White

I haven't submitted an entry to the Sugar Nellie Sugar Bowl Challenge for some time, so thought I'd create something for the current #36 Challenge using this lovely Manga Girl stamp.  We are asked to follow a sketch and use the colour theme Pink, Black and White on our projects.

I coloured this cutie with my Copics and ProMarkers then cut her out with a set of nestabilities deckle edge rectangle dies.  This was layered up on black card cut with a larger die from the same set.  The background paper was from my stash and the sentiment is from a set by The Greetings Farm.  The three horizontal strips were created from black and pink pearl card and three bits of Card Candy added.  Finally, I 'blinged' up the whole card by adding Frosted Lace Stickles around the edges of all the layers and the sentiment.

This is a great colour combo and I really enjoyed creating this card with a fairly unfussy and simple layout.

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope you enjoyed your visit :o)

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

It's Dad's Day

It's not long til Fathers' Day now, so I thought I'd make a card for my lovely and incredibly talented Dad as my entry for the Let's Get Stamping sketchie challenge over on Craftbubble this week.  There's a great sketch to work with and this week's twist is 'edges'.   We are asked to use different techniques to decorate the edges of our layers.

As we are experiencing (most days!) nice summery weather, my thoughts turned towards picnics and BBQs when planning my design for this card.  I selected this sweet hAnglar & stAnglar image as I love his basket full of yummy food and thought it fitted well with my theme.  I coloured the image with Copics and ProMarkers and added some Sepia Glossy Accents on his basket.

The background papers are from the Nana'a Kitchen pad from DCWV and with their kitchen and BBQ theme, absolutely ideal for my card.  I then distressed the edges of all the layers with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink from Tim Holtz.  I punched out the butterflies from white card with a Martha Stewart small butterfly punch, then coloured them with a Pumpkin ProMarker to match the colour theme.  Finally I added more of the Sepia Glossy Accents around the edges of all the layers and over the butterflies and around the edge of the sentiment, which I printed on my computer.

I do hope my Dad likes his card and I hope I can keep him away from the Craftbubble site after I post it up on there, so he doesn't see it before Fathers' Day!!

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you had  lovely time, it was great seeing you :o)

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

I ♥ ProMarkers Challenge #18

This week's challenge over on the I ♥ ProMarkers blog is sponsored by Lilac Lemon Designs and there's a great sketch to work with, so I hope you'll join in with our challenge this week.

I decided to use this vintage stamp for my DT card for Challege #18, coloured with ProMarkers and touches of purple Spica Glitter Pen added.  This great paper is from a pack from Graphicus which I have had in my stash for some time.  Are you like me and like to hold on to your 'best' papers and not use them?  I'm so bad at making myself use up the nicest papers, just like to keep them and look at them from time to time!  

The lacy edging was cut with one of my Martha Stewart Deep Border Punches, with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink sponged on the edges.  I cut the main image out with a nestabilities deckle edge rectangle die and again sponged round the edges with Shabby Shutters DI.  I think the feather in the hat is the perfect finishing touch, don't you agree?

I'd love to see your creations, why not enter this week's challenge, you might just be the lucky winner of this week's prize!  Get the full details of the challenge and link your creation via Mr Linky on the blog, I'll pop along to see it and leave you a comment if you do - I promise! 

Monday, 7 June 2010

Anna Sapheer - shades of blue

The Queen Kat Designs Tuesday blog hop is happening today and for my project I'm using the lovely new June release - Anna Sapheer Mermaid. My contribution to today's hop is on the Whimsical Ink Sorority blog but I do like to share my projects on here too for my regular visitors. The DT have a sketch to work with for today's Hop and I selected a palatte of blue shades for both the background papers, flowers and to colour the image.

I coloured Anna with my Copics and ProMarkers and added Spica Glitter pen and Glossy Accents on various parts of the image. The papers are by Papermania and I used one of my current favourite tools to create the flower - Marianne Designs have some wonderful flower dies and by layering up and combining different papers, some amazing results can be achieved with them.

Thanks for visiting today, I do appreciate your support and love to read the comments left for me.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Introducing Anna Sapheer

Hey there nice to see you !  Monday has rolled around again soooo.... quickly this week - where have the past 7 days gone?   So, a brand new week and a brand new released stamp from Queen Kat Designs for me to introduce to you with my project today. 

Mondays are blog hop days for the QKD DT and if you are hopping along from Lara's blog, you are in the right place. If you came direct to my blog I should send you back to the QKD Blog where today's hop starts - that way you won't miss any of the fabulous creations from the rest of the team !  Today's new girl is called Anna Sapheer and she's a real beauty! The whole DT have new stamps to play with this week and we are working with this great sketch.

I decided to use Anna Sapheer on an easel card with the sketch layout and in shades of brown and cream. 

Firstly I cut the base card with a nestabilities labels die to give it a different shape for a change.  I used dark brown and pearlised white star patterned card.  I used large label and circle nestabilities dies to create the various shapes and layers and a tag shapeabilities die for the sentiment.  I have moved some of the elements around  little from the sketch to better balance the layout of my card.

The image was coloured using Copics and ProMarkers, with touches of Spica Glitter pen added here and there.  I decided that she wouldn't have bare arms on this card, but is wearing a 'shrug' to match her top!  The lovely dotty brown ribbon was in my stash.

For the inside of the card I cut three flowers with a Marianne Designs flower die and attached these three sweet little wooden buttons in the centres to act as the easel 'stop'.  I lined the inside with more of the star patterned card and attached a plain white piece of card, cut with the smallest die from the same labels set, to provide room for a hand written greeting.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit to my blog today, I'm now sending you off to see what gorgeousness Kimme has to share with you.  Don't forget to visit the QKD Store at the end of the Hop, who knows what goodies and bargains you might find in there!!  I hope you'll join us again next monday and I'd like to remind you that the rest of the DT will  be hopping tomorrow, just start again at the QKD Blog and follow the links.

Lovely hAnglar Only Challenge Blog - First Challenge

I recently discovered that a new challenge blog has started up called Lovely hAnglar Only Challenge Blog.  The first challenge is to create a project, using hAnglar & stAnglar stamps with the colour combo of pink and green.  Now that hAnglar & stAnglar are selling their stamps in the UK via Ebay, I have been able to add a few to my stamp stash.

I created this card as a birthday card for my brother's granddaughter who is four years old this month.  I thought this adorable H&S sitting girl was just perfect and Emily loves anything pink, so the colour theme for this challenge is also perfect! 

I coloured her with my Copics and ProMarkers then cut her out.  For the background I used two of the sheets from a DCWV Nana's Kitchen paper pad I recently bought from Dunelm, who were selling them at half price - bargain!  From the green I created the base layer and also cut the circle of stars using a Marianne Designs die set.  I am really loving all the MD dies as they cut and emboss so well in my Cuttlebug.  The pink circular layer was cut with a nestabilities scallop circle die and then the green stars layer attached over the top using silicon glue to give it a little dimension.  I punched a strip of the pink with my Martha Stewart lacy hearts border punch, a length of cream lace attached over the top, then attached horizontally for the image to 'sit' on.  Three ivory silk flowers and a stamped sentiment completed the layout.  

I do hope Emily likes it!   Thanks for visiting today, let me know what you think of this card, it's great to get feedback :o)

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Have I got flowers for you!

I've quite recently discovered the Pear Tree Designs Challenge Blog and decided to make my first entry for their challenge #2 - Floral Delights - this week. 

For the challenge, we are asked to use flowers on our project somewhere.  Well, you know me, can't do things by half, so I've totally covered my card with handmade flowers! You don't think I've overdone it all do you? heeee......heeeeee....! 

I used a set of flower stamps from Hero Arts which, I have to say, I've used rather a lot in different ways since I bought it.  I stamped the two largest flowers and both leaves from the set on to patterned papers from a Papermania pad.  The paper used for the flowers actually has bunnies in the pattern, but by selecting the areas on which to stamp, I don't think it is obvious tha this is Easter themed.   After cutting the flowers and leaves out and curling the petals slightly with my bone folder, I've layered them up, adding silicone glue to raise up certain petals and all the leaves.  The background paper (which is barely visible!) was also from the same pad of PM papers.  Buttons in the centres and a simple greeting set at an angle and - hey presto!  the card is finished. 

Thanks for dropping by and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Friday, 4 June 2010

A Day at The Beach

This little cutie is a stamp from hAnglar & stAnglar.  Until recently the only way to be able to buy these cute stamps was to live in Sweden or Norway (or have friends who do!).  Now, however, they have started selling their stamps via Ebay, in kits rather than single stamps, but you have to be really fast as each time they list kits, they sell out within hours (sometimes even minutes!).  I have been fortunate enough to have bought a couple of kits recently, although this little chap isn't among the stamps I got, but he was stamped for me by a lovely crafting pal who sent me a few images as a gift.

I created this card as an entry for the Let's Get Stamping challenge on Craftbubble this week, and I followed the sketch and the twist of using only two colours.  I love this vibrant red and grey together and I think my choice of colours may well have been influenced by having so many England football flags on display everywhere!!  Mind you, I don't think his beach ball would last long in a football match!

The image was coloured with ProMarkers and Copics, the red and grey layers embossed in my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and the horizontal strips cut with a Martha Stewart cut and emboss border punch.  The butterfly was also cut with a Martha Stewart punch and just adds a finishing touch and balances the layout.

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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Thank You Beary Much Just Cute Bears

For my card today I used this cute Bedtime Bear, from High Hopes by Dustin Pike, that a kind crafting pal sent to me some time ago.  I've used the sketch from the Let's Get Stamping weekly challenge over on Craftbubble.  The twist to the challenge this week is to use only two colours.  The colours I have chosen are yellow and brown, nice teddy bear colours.  My background paper is from the Spring Time collection by Papermania and I did a little (wonky!) stitching around the outside edge - first time I've stitched on a card! 

The three circular layers were cut with a plain circle and two small scallop circle nestabilities dies.  I used one of my newly acquired Martha Stewart border punches to pretty up the horizontal strip a little, layering a strip of yellow over one of dark brown pearlised card.  The flowers were cut using my cuttlebug and a set of Marianne Designs dies, with a tiny pearl added to the centre of each.  I coloured the image with my ProMarkers, brushed a thin layer of Diamond Stickles over the moon to give it some shine and Glossy Accents on the teddy's nose and the star.  Finally I added a little glitter glue around the outside edge of the image layer and dusted it with Glamour Dust for added sparkle.  The sentiment is from The Greetings Farm and, again, I added a little Diamond Stickles around the outside and on the tiny butterflies.
I can enter this card for this week's Let's Get Stamping challenge and also for the Just Cute Bears challenge which asks us to create a Thank You card.

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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

I ♥ ProMarkers Challenge #17

The prize for this week's challenge on I ♥ ProMarkers is sponsored by Joanna Sheen and we are asked to follow a recipe :
1 ribbon
2 different papers
3 buttons
that's it, no sketch, no colour theme, so you can let your creativity run wild!!  and with a chance to win a great prize, what are you waiting for?

For my DT card this week, I decided to use this sweet 'Me and My Cat' stamp by Lili of The Valley, which I coloured with my ProMarkers.  The large scalloped cirle layer was cut using a recently purchased die set by Marianne Designs, the flowers and swirls were cut using other dies included in the same set.  I used my 1 ribbon to thread through the cutouts on the circle, finishing in a bow at the bottom.  The background layer is my second paper and I added my 3 tiny buttons to the centres of the flowers to complete the recipe. 
To enter the challenge, just visit the I ♥ ProMarkers blog and add a link to your creation.

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