Tuesday, 30 November 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #43 - Christmas Trees

Welcome to Wednesday and another new challenge over on the I ♥ Promarkers blog for this week.  The theme for Challenge #43 is Christmas Trees and our prize is a £10 gift voucher from Joanna Sheen

Now, I know you may be wondering why I used this image for my DT card - it's not an obvious choice for a Christmas Tree theme, but I really wanted to demonstrate a different/alternative way to approach a theme. 

It's tempting to take a theme or a sketch quite literally and there's nothing wrong with that at all!  Just sometimes it's good to stretch yourself a little and use your imagination to find an alternative approach.

I sooo.... love this Penny Black image and she is after all carrying a Christmas Tree shaped cake on the plate.  I also think her dress looks very tree-like, don't you?  I did also use the "Oh Christmas Tree" sentiment from Lili of the Valley to tie in to the theme.  So, do you think I succeeded in my approach?  I'd love to hear what you think.

The lovely background paper is from the 'A Silent Night' pack by Papermania, many of the sheets have some metallic elements and all are very elegant which was perfect for this PB image. The image was coloured, of course, with Promarkers with touches of Spica Glitter pen added and Platinum Stickles applied around the edge of the image layer.  The organza ribbon and red gems were in my stash and I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder before cutting it out with a plain circle nestie.

I do hope that you'll submit an entry for the challenge this week, I can't wait to pop by your blogs to see your projects.  Good Luck !

Monday, 29 November 2010

Happy Hop Day !

Happy Tuesday to you and I hope it's a great one ! It's a busy time of year for most of us so I do appreciate you taking the time to join us for our weekly Queen Kat Design hops.  My DT projects are showcased on the QKD Whimsical Ink Sorority blog, but I also like to share them on my own blog for my Followers.  I do hope you enjoy today's card.

This week I'm giving you an early peek of one of the new QKD stamps being released for December, I know it's still November, but the new month is just a couple of days away, so what the heck!!!  Just don't tell Queen Kat, I might just be in BIG trouble !!So, I've sneaked in this  project using the 'uber cool' Miss Taurus - isn't she a stunner?

There's a sketch for us this week and I've twisted it half a turn clockwise and replaced the ribbon and bow with a strip of punched lace and a layered up flower.

I felt this new girl just called out for woodland/organic shades and I had this lovely card in two shades of green in my stash and I used a sheet of pale golden cream pearl as my base card.

I coloured the image with Copics and added loads of Spica Glitter pen all over her wings, horns and the flowers - it's just soooo... difficult to photograph shimmery images to catch the sparkle, but you may just be able to see a little of it if you look carefully. In reality it is very shimmery !

I used a Martha Stewart deep border punch to create a strip of pretty floral lace and added some faux pearls in the centres of the flowers with a Waco Pearl pen. The ornate corner was cut using a Marianne Designs die and I also added Spica Glitter pen to the swirls on the corner. The flower was created by layering up die cuts, with Platinum Stickles in the centre. I also added the same Stickles around the edges of each layer - I love the Platinum as it gives a very much more subtle effect than gold.

That's all from me today folks, so til next time - Happy Crafting !

A Christmas Collection

Just a quick post today, thought I'd give you a little peak at my table from last Saturday's Craft Fair at a local village, plus a few of the cards etc I made for the event. 

That's it from me tonight, the card I'm sharing with you tomorrow features a new stamp just about to be released for December. 

Stay warm and safe during this cold weather!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Gold & Black Candle

Hope you're enjoying a lovely relaxed Sunday and not snowed in or iced up too badly!  I think the priority for most of us today is to keep warm. 

The weekly sketchie challenge over on Craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group is to use only one colour plus black on our projects and to follow this week's sketch (created by my great crafting pal Kathy) for the layout. 

For my entry I decided to use the elegant and rich combination of black and gold.  My base card has a delicate swirly pattern in pale gold on it and the lovely rich gold card was in my stash.

I stamped this fabulous Penny Black candle image on to black cardstock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with sparkly gold embossing powder.  Using a set of deckle edge nesties I cut out the image layer and a larger layer from the gold card.  I moved a couple of the sketch elements around a little to balance my image and added the 'merry christmas' sentiment created with a Cuddly Buddly stamp.  The flowers were created with Nellie Snellen punch & emboss sets in two sizes, layered up and a faux gold pearl added to the centres using a Waco Pearlmaker pen - Simples!

I like the finished card so much I shall probably make a couple more.

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you've enjoyed today's card. 

Keep on Crafting !

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Cuddly Buddly - 2nd challenge using free digi papers

Cuddly Buddly have their second challenge up and running this week and they are giving away free digi papers for you to use.  They are quite pretty and as soon as I saw them I just wanted to use them to make this little Christmas tree decoration.  There's also a prize of £20 to spend in their online store for the winner.

I used a set of spellbinders nesties to cut the bauble shapes out using silver card for the base layer and two of the free CB papers in this pastel blue for the other layers.   It's hanging from a mug tree in the picture above as I need to get up into the loft to get at my mini Christmas tree!   It's just a bit too early to put the decorations up in the house I think, even for me - I do like to wait until it's actually December before I start !

I punched a large snowflake from white card using a Martha Stewart punch and added a flower made with a Nellie Snellen punch & emboss set to it before adding it to the front of the bauble.  The ornament is double sided and I added the same embellishments to the other side.  The blue gems are from my stash and I added a loop of white thread as a hanger before gluing both sides together

Thanks for dropping by, if you've left me a comment - thank you so much!  I love to get feedback from visitors, it's always great to find out what someone else thinks of your work.


Thursday, 25 November 2010

Take some Distress Inks, Post-its and.................

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?  Are you one of those highly organised people who have already bought, wrapped and labelled all the presents, made and written all the cards, have a Christmas cake and puddings maturing nicely in a cupboard ready for the Big Day?  Or are you more like me, still struggling to get far too many things done in a woefully short timeframe in order to have everything ready in time? 

I know these are two extremes but I do have friends and acquaintances who fall into the first category and I'm very much in awe of them and their organisation as well as a little envious of their calm and ordered approach to this busy time of year!

Me? I'm still plodding on with making my Christmas cards and, although I have bought some pressies, there are still quite a few to track down - needless to say, none of them are wrapped yet, Ho Hum !

Today's card is a nice and simple one on which I used the fabulous 'post-it' technique which my crafting buddy Kathy uses to awesome effect and which was demonstrated in Craft Stamper Magazine a couple of months ago. 

I masked off a base card with post-it sheets leaving a shape exposed which I then coloured using Distress Inks.  Once the DI's were dry I over stamped this lovely Candy Cane image by Inkadinkado with black ink over the coloured area.  I added some Platinum Stickles to parts of the cane as highlights, the flowers were punched using Nellie Snellen punch & emboss sets in two sizes, from red and white card and layered up.  The flower centres were created using a Waco Pearlmaker pen in red - I've only just found them in the Cuddly Buddly online store and I'm loving them.

This is such a quick and easy technique and a great way to get a large number of cards made quickly if you are short of time, I think they are rather elegant too - what do you think?

That's it from me today folks, hope to see you again soon, til then - Happy Crafting !

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #42 - Anything Goes (with a bit of sparkle if you wish)

There's a new challenge up on the I ♥ Promarkers Challenge Blog today.  This week the theme is 'Anything Goes' with the option of adding sparkle if you wish.  Our sponsor for this week is Digi Doodle Shop.

For my DT card I chose this really cute Snowman and Friends image from DDS.  I decided to stick to a mostly white on white colour scheme, I do so love white on white it just makes the few coloured parts of the image pop right off the page.

The corners were created using Marianne Designs dies and I added Glamour Dust over Glossy Accents to his hat trims and to sparkle up the snow a bit.  A little Stardust Stickles added around the edges of the image layer and some small clear gems in the corners and I called this card finished.  Nice and simple but effective I think.

I do hope you'll submit an entry for the challenge this week, myself and the other DT members love visiting your blogs to see your creations.

That's all from me today folks, til I see you again - Happy Crafting !

Monday, 22 November 2010

Hopping with Happy Cupcake

As it's tuesday, there's a blog hop going on with Queen Kat Designs.  My DT project is showcased today over on the Whimisical Ink Sorority Blog as part of the Hop but I also like to share my projects on here for my regular readers.  If you'd like to do the Hop just start here and follow the links.

We have a lovely picture  to inspire us this week, lots of gorgeous Autumnal colours and these were the inspiration I took for my project.

I decided to use the lovely Happy Cupcake November release stamp, she's such a darling girl with her sweet and happy smile and, with all the foliage in the background, just perfect for this challenge.

Rather than a card this week, I opted to create a triangular gift box, this size would hold quite a few candies or a small gift such as a piece of jewellery, a silk scarf or maybe a few tealights. There is a tutorial on Split Coast Stampers for the box and they really are very simple to make - believe me!  It was my great crafting pal Lauren who reminded me of these lovely boxes recently - thanks Sweetie! I began by cutting a sheet of craft card to size before stamping a lovely branch and a leaf using brown ink, to create patterned base card from which to construct the box.

I coloured the Happy Cupcake image with Copics, adding touches of Spica Glitter pen and Glossy Accents. Using a plain circle and a scalloped circle nestabilities dies I cut out the image and the layer underneath the image. The flowers were made using a Nellie Snellen Punch & Emboss set (I'm so loving this new 'toy' of mine!) punched from pearl card and adding some punched leaves coloured with a green Copic pen.  This side view shows in more detail how the box is contructed. The green and brown ribbons which hold the box together were from my stash and I added small gold half beads to the centres of the flowers.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project so til I see you next time - Happy Crafting !

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Cuddly Buddly Cosy Christmas Challenge

Cuddly Buddly are launching their very first challenge on their blog and we are asked to create a 'Cosy Christmas' project which must have Cuddly Buddly products used on it.  There is a prize of £20 to spend in their store, so well worth submitting an entry.

For my entry, I've used this adorable 'Toby Tumble Pulling the Sledge' image, I just love this little sweetie !

I coloured him with Promarkers and Copics and cut out the image layer with a Beaded Circles nestabilities die.  Inked with Bundled Sage Distress Ink whilst the die was still in place.  I added Glamour Dust over Glossy Accents on the bobble of his hat.  The background papers are from the Toby Tumbles Christmas Papers set of digi downloads.  Flowers were created using two sizes of Nellie Snellen Punch & Emboss punches, with Waco Pearl Maker pen in Crystal added to the centres.  For the snowflake edging I used a Martha Stewart border punch and the ribbon was from my stash.  The sentiment was in my box of ready stamped sentiments waiting to be coloured.

I now have my fingers crossed that mine will be lucky number entry that wins the prize!

See you again soon I hope, til then - Happy Crafting !

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Just Cute Bears & Friends Challenge #40 - A Winter Birthday

Happy Sunday morning to you dear Reader, I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend and not getting too tired or stressed with your Christmas preparations.  Don't you think that Christmas has started early this year?  Maybe it's just that I'm not getting myself organised efficiently enough, but I still have lots of cards to get made and presents to buy, there are also quite a few Autumn and Winter birthdays amongst my family and friends. 

This week's challenge on Just Cute Bears and Friends is to create a Winter birthday card, so this was perfectly timed for me to create my DT card for my daughter's birthday next month. 

I thought I'd use some crisp icy colours for this card as it is to be a Winter birthday card and decided to use this adorable 'Thomas and Champagne' stamp from Lili of the Valley, isn't he just the cutest little chap?  I coloured the image with Copics and added Glossy Accents to the glasses of champers and Thomas' cute pink nose.  The fancy corners were diecut from aqua card using a Marianne die set, the image was cut with a nestabilities circle die and added over a layer cut from more of the aqua card using a slightly larger scalloped circle nestie.  The flowers were punched out with two sizes of Nellie's Choice punch & emboss sets and pale blue gems added to the centres.  The sentiment is from the newly released set from Lili of the Valley and I added blue Stickles around the edge of the circular sentiment layer and the image layer.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's card and that you will play along with us and submit an entry for the JCB&F Challenge #40 - just follow the link to the challenge blog and upload your entry.  Myself and the rest of the DT love to visit your blogs to see your crafty creations and leave you a comment.

That's all from me today, so 'til I see you next time - Happy Crafting!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Vintage Santa

How are you getting on with your Christmas cards this year?  I had intended to start mine in january and make at least one per week throughout the year so that I didn't have a last minute rush!  Well, I have to confess that I failed miserably and here I am, for yet another year, struggling to get my cards done in time!

Soooo.... I have yet another Christmas card to share with you today.  On my recent vacation in sunny Florida, I picked up a goodly selection of Christmas stamps from Inkadinkado.  This vintage Santa is one of my favourites.  I used Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door Distress Inks to randomly ink up a piece of white card before stamping the Santa image in black over the top.  I added the image layer to a slightly larger piece of pearl card before edging around with Plantinum Stickles (oh how I love this stuff!!!). 

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from another of the Inkadinkadoo sets, stamped in black with more of the Platinum Stickles added and red 'pearls' created with Waco Pearl Maker liquid.

A simple layout but nice and flat and lightweight for posting, so will mail for a regular stamp rather than a Large Letter stamp, saving a few pennies - and aren't we all trying hard to economise right now and yet still produce quality work?  I know I am.

That's it for today Folks, til I see you next time - Happy Crafting !


Thursday, 18 November 2010

Christmas Table Accessories

Hi Folks!  I've got a little something different to share with you today.  Today's project is a little gift/favour box and matching napkin ring, just perfect for the Christmas dinner table.

I created a mini pizza-style box using a tutorial found on Split Coast Stampers, cutting a hole in the top of the box with a circle nestie before assembling.  I covered the hole with acetate and added a double layered frame - created with a set of nestie scalloped circle dies - over the top.  I also made another frame with the same dies to cover the acetate join on the inside, it's a nice touch to finish the inside off neatly.

I used a set of Marianne Designs poinsettia dies to create the flower
from white card, layered it up and added a clear droplet gem in the centre.  Fosted Lace Stickles added around the edges of the frame and on the poinsettia gives a subtle sparkle.  This adorable mini Magnolia image was just the perfect size to fit on the top of box and still allow a peek at the sweeties inside.  I coloured Tilda with Copics and added touches of Spica Glitter pen on parts of the image. 

This side view on the right shows the lacy edging which was created with a Magnolia lace edge stamp and cut out.  A length of white satin ribbon and a sparkly brad were the finishing touches.

For the napkin ring I used a piece of white card and wrapped a length of the white satin ribbon over the top.  Over this I attached another mini Tilda image to match the one on the box.

In this last picture, I've shown both the box and napkin ring laid out in a full setting to demonstrate how they would look on the table.

I am also very excited to be able to tell you that this project has been published in the latest issue of the 'Through the Craftroom Door' magazine.  This is a subscription only magazine available electronically and/or in paper format.  I was thrilled when Suzanne and Marti asked me to create this project specially for the magazine, it does feel a little unreal to see my work in print though!

That's it from me today, I do hope you'll drop by again soon, til then - Happy Crafting !

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Another little Christmas creation

Welcome dear Reader ! Today I'm sharing another of the little 4 x 4 cards I've been making to sell at a local village craft fair at the end of this month.

The image layer was cut with my Spellbinders Eyelet Squares die set. I stamped the holly and baubles from a set by Papermania and coloured with Copics.

The flowers were cut with Nellie Snellen Punch & Emboss punches in two sizes and the faux pearls in the centres created with a Pearl Maker pen by Waco.  The colour I used for this card is called Crystal but it looks very pearl-like and could be coloured with Copics or Promarkers to match the colours you are using on your project.  I got my Pearl Makers from Cuddly Buddly at the NEC recently.

That's it from me today, hope to see you again real soon, til then - Happy Crafting !

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #41 - Snowmen

The theme for Challenge #41 over on the I ♥ Promarkers blog is 'Snowmen' and the prize this week is $15 to spend with our sponsor Simon Says Stamp.

I'm sure that, like me, you are all beavering away getting your Christmas cards made and this week's challenge fits right in, so if you create an entry you will have one more christmas card in your stock!

For my DT card I used a free digi download image from ingerhardingdesign.blogspot.com which I downloaded ages ago.  I'm lucky enough to have had a Spellbinders Grand Calibur diecutting machine bought for me for Christmas (thanks Dad!) and I just had to check that it worked OK didn't I? Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!  I have two sets of the large dies which work in the Calibur and used one of them for this card, cutting each of the sizes from different coloured card. 

I coloured the image with Promarkers and added a little Stardust Stickles to the snowman's hat band.  The sentiment is from the new Christmas sentiments sheet by Lili of the Valley and the large snowflake cut using my new Martha Stewart punch acquired at the NEC craft show last weekend.  Over the snowflake I added flowers cut with two sizes of Nellie Snellen punch & emboss sets, layered up.  The image was cut out with a plain oval nestie and layered on to red card cut with a scalloped oval nestie and another of the layered flowers added bottom left.

I do hope you'll enter this week, myself and the rest of the Design Team love visiting your blogs to check out your creations.

Til next time - Happy Crafting!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Queen Kat Designs Tuesday Blog Hop

Don't forget that the weekly blog hop is happening over with the Queen Kat Design Team.  Sadly, this week I haven't been able to create a project for the WIS blog as I normally do, but there will be so much yumminess up there for you to see from the rest of the DT.  The Hop starts Here - on the QKD Blog, just start there follow the links, easy peasy! 

I'll be back in the game ready for next week, hope you enjoy today's hop, til your next visit - Happy Crafting !


Saturday, 13 November 2010

To Someone Special

I do hope you are having a splendid weekend, I'm feeling much happier now that my Dad is well on the way to recovery.

As I'm still away from home and my own stash, I'm continuing to raid Dad's stash as I need to get on with my Christmas cards for this year. 

For today's card I used another of the adorable Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps - 'Dropping the Shopping' - I just love these stamps, they are too cute for words! 

I coloured the image with Promarkers and added Stardust Stickles to her hat and coat trim, cut her out with a set of labels 10 nestie dies then added this to a layer, cut with a slightly larger die from the same set, from purple pearl card then embossed.  The papers were a digi download from Cuddly Buddly and the snowflake ribbon created with a Martha Stewart punch.  The flowers were made using large and small Nellie Snellen cut & emboss punch sets from white pearl card and coloured with Promarkers.  Sentiment from Lili of the Valley stamped with purple ink.

Til next time - Happy Crafting!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Who would live in a house like this?

Today's card is a little 4 x 4 I made as my entry for this week's weekly themed challenge over on Craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group. 

The theme for this challenge is 'Gingerbread' and as I'm still away from home, I had to rummage around in my Dad's stash of stamps to find something appropriate.  Luckily I found a lovely set of Christmas and Winter stamps from Papermania.

This gingerbread house and gingerbread men were just perfect for my little card and in fact would just be lost on a larger card. 

I used some lovely moss green cardstock to create the base card and layered a square of red on top.  The white stamped layer was cut using a nestabilities die and the image was coloured with Promarkers.  I added Stickles for the snow and the little candy cane (also from the same set of stamps) had Glossy Accents added to make it nice and shiny and almost good enough to eat!

I hope you've enjoyed today's offering, do come back soon, I love to have you visit - til then Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 11 November 2010

From our Home to Yours

As some of my crafting pals already know, my Dad was taken ill last weekend and I have been staying with him to care for him since then.  This has meant that I've been parted from my stash and have had to resort to raiding Dad's crafting stash plus using many of the lovely things I bought at the NEC last saturday.

I thought I'd better try and get on with adding to my stock of Christmas cards so today's card image is one of the adorable Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps which I cut out using one of the new nestabilities I got at the NEC.  I inked around the edges with Broken Glass Distress Ink whilst the die was still in place, which I think worked quite well.

The image was coloured with Promakers and I added Stardust Stickles and touches of Glossy Accents and Spica Glitter pen.  The sentiment is from a sheet of Christmas sentiments stamps launched by LOTV at the Show.  They had almost sold out their stock in the first day and I managed to get the last one as their stand was the first one I went to when I arrived on saturday morning.  The papers are a digi download from Cuddly Buddly and the large Snowflake was made with the Martha Stewart punch I bought on saturday.

Here's piccies of my new NEC stash for all you stash hounds!  Quite a meagre haul I think, although this might be due to the fact I wasn't there long!  The Spellbinders Grand Calibur is my Christmas pressie from Dad.  I know I love to see what everyone has bought, so thought I'd share these piccies with you :O) 

I'm hoping that my 'nursing' duties will permit me to find some crafting time and that I'll have more projects to share with you over the next few days.  Hopefully, normal service will be resumed once I'm home again and reunited with my own stamps and stash.

Till next time - Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Whoooo! Hoooo!!! Beautiful Dancer has arrived !

I know I've already posted one project up here today, but I just couldn't wait to tell you about a brand new range of stamps which is being launched today by Queen Kat Designs.  The fabulous artist Amy Brown has joined the company and is designing a range of exclusive stamps for QKD.  The Royal Court is buzzing with excitement and some of use are lucky enough to have had the first release of these beauties to design with for today's extra special blog hop.  If you didn't arrive here after seeing Vicki's awesome creation, then go right back to the start and follow the links, we really don't want you to miss out on any of the projects we've created to celebrate the launch of this new range.  As you hop along, please do leave us comments telling us what you think of this beautiful new stamp, leave a link to your own blog when you comment, we love to visit new places to see what you are all creating.  There are no strangers in the crafting world, just friends we have not yet met.

Sooooo.... without further delay.... drum roll please .....................! 

I'd like you to meet 'Beautiful Dancer' - isn't she fabulous?  She's available in the QKD Store from today, don't delay, hop over there right away and get her into your Cart, I just know she's going to fly out the door as soon as today's hop goes live and you'd just hate to miss out wouldn't you?

I created my card using aqua base card in a gate fold layout.  I punched the edges of the 'doors' with the Martha Stewart deep edge trellis.

Here's a view of the closed card so you can see how I decorated the front.  Don't you just love how she's peeking through the trellis inviting you to come inside? 

I used a sheet of the yummy Pocketful of Posies paper from DCWV to add a background layer inside and panels on the front.  The flowers were punched out using my Nellie Snellen floral punch & emboss set from white and aqua card.  I layered them up and added clear gems in the centres before attaching them to the card.

This is a close up of the inside panel so you can see Beautiful Dancer much more clearly.  I coloured her with Copics and added Spica Glitter pen on her hair, wings and bodice before cutting her out with an oval nestie die.  This was then layered over a scalloped oval in aqua card cut with another nestie die.  I added Broken China Distress Ink around the outside of the oval, applied Stickles round the edge then added two more of the flowers on the edge of the image layer.

I created the sentiment on my PC using my own words which I felt were so fitting for this beautiful image.

I do hope you've enjoyed seeing my creation today and I now need to send you hopping on your way to see the amazing project Shannon has created for you using another of these beautiful stamps.
Happy Crafting !


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #40 - Icy Colours

It's Wednesday again and time for a new challenge over on the I ♥ Promarkers blog.  This week we are working with 'Icy Colours' as our theme.  Once again, ideal if you are (like me!) still trying to get your christmas cards made.  Our prize sponsor this week is Letraset - how fabulous is that!  So what are you waiting for, get those icy coloured Promarkers out and let's see your creations.  Just add a direct link to your new project on the blog so that the DT can visit and leave you some lurve!

For my DT card I chose this elegant stamp by Penny Black (courtesy of my crafting buddy Kathy - thanks so much for letting me use your stamp Sweetie!) I just love her!  I kept my card very simple with just a couple of plain rectangular layers and some subtle patterned background papers from Graphicus in shades of aqua and pale green.  The image was coloured with Promarkers and I added Waterfall Stickles to the trims on her hat and dress and a little on the flowers in her bouquet.  The white flowers were created using a 'punch and emboss' set by Nellie Snellen and I added tiny pale blue pearls in the centre of each.  Fronds were cut with a Martha Stewart punch and I added a little of the Stickles to each of them.  I also added Stickles around the edges of each layer to give added sparkle. 

I do hope you get the chance to join in with the challenge this week and I look forward to seeing your take on this week's theme. 

Til next time - Happy Crafting !

Monday, 8 November 2010

Happy Cupcake Hop

It's Tuesday, so once again the Royal Court of Queen Kat Designs Stamps is holding it's weekly blog hop and my project for today is showcased on the Whimsical Ink Sorority Blog as part of the hop.  If you'd like to join in, just start here and follow the links. 

We're working with a sketch again this week and today I'm spotlighting the second new Whimsical Ink stamp for November. This lovely girl is called 'Happy Cupcake' and what a perfect name for her as she looks as though she is just bubbling with fun and merriment!

I decided to turn the sketch around a little and to create an easel card for my project. I do so love easel cards as they just have so much WOW factor when opened.

I had this fabulous glittery DCWV paper in my stash which was perfect to work with the aqua coloured plain card from which I created the base card. The edges were punched with a Martha Stewart border punch
and I added three of the luscious turquoise half beads which I bought from the QKD Store a while back.  Happy Cupcake was coloured with Copics and Promarkers, with a little Spica Glitter Pen and Glossy Accents added to parts of the image.

Here's a side on view which shows the easel aspects a little more clearly.

That's all from me today folks, so til next time - Happy Crafting!


BTW There's something really exciting happening this Wednesday!  Drop by again tomorrow to find out why the Queen Kat Royal Court is buzzing - we'll be revealing a brand new artist.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Take it Easy - It's Your Birthday

I made this card a while ago, but as it was to be the birthday card for my Dad, I didn't want to share it on here, just in case he saw it before the Big Day!   It's safe now as it was his birthday on 6 November.

I just love this 'Mr Fix It' stamp from Lili of the Valley, just perfect for a birthday card or even a 'new home' card with it's decorator/DIY theme.  I coloured the image with Promarkers and Copics, the papers were in my stash and the brown card used as a mat is Close to Cocoa by Stamping Up!  The sentiment is from a sheet of stamps by Papermania which I cut out using a shapeabilities die.  The red flowers were punched using a Nellie Snellen 'punch & emboss' set and I added a tiny red gem in the centre of each. A little Glossy Accents added to the paint tins and spills, gives them some dimension.  The lovely narrow brown ribbon was from Michaels (only 59 cents a roll!) in Florida.  Finally, I added Platinum Stickles around the edges of the image layer.

Hope you've enjoyed today's project and that you'll drop by again real soon, til then - Happy Crafting !


Saturday, 6 November 2010

Just Cute Bears & Friends Challenge #39 - Black & White theme

It's time for a new challenge over on the Just Cute Bears & Friends blog.  Challenge #39 is to use Black and White with one other colour on your projects. 

For my DT card I selected this adorable oriental kitty image from Queen Kat Designs, she's called Tanuki Chan by the artist Che Gilson and I just love her! 

I coloured the image with Promarkers in shades of grey with touches of Red, as my additional colour, before cutting out with a large scallop rectangle nestie.  I added Black Soot Distress Ink to the image layer while the die was still in place to give it a white frame.  The Black & White background paper is from my stash and I cut the black circle layer using a nestabilities Beaded Circle die set.  The butterfly border at the bottom was punched with a Martha Stewart punch with Stardust Stickles added to give it some sparkle.  I added Glamour Dust over Glossy Accents on her fur collar and plain Glossy Accents on her lantern.  The red flowers were punched with a 'punch & emboss' set by Nellie Snellen and the red gems are from my stash.

I do hope you'll play along with us on this challenge and I'm looking forward to hopping over to check out your Cute Bears & Friends projects.


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Inkadinkado Christmas!

I've got another Christmas card to share with you today.  I created this one as my entry for the weekly sketchie challenge over on the Craft Mad & Loving Group on Craftbubble. 

The challenge theme this week is actually 'going postal' and there is a sketch to work with.  Well, I followed the sketch (more or less) but was scratching my head trying to find a suitable 'postal' image.  Plus, I really need to get lots more Christmas cards made, sooooo.... I used a play on words for my card.  I used a (lamp) post image!!!  I do hope the DT will forgive me for taking liberties with the theme this week!

I used one of the lovely stamps from a set by Inkadinkado which I bought during my recent trip to Florida.  The stamps sets were such great value as, in Michaels, they were just $12.99 for a set of two sheets of stamps and with my 40% discount voucher, they were practically paying me to take them away!!!

The background paper was in my stash from last year and I matted the image and squares of gold card over some red card (thanks Lauren).  I added Stickles in Green and Stardust to the image and around the edge of the image layer.  The corner poinsettia images are from a Cute Companions set of stamps but I'm not sure which set as the stamp was loose in my box of christmas stamps.  I coloured them with Copics and promarkers before attaching using Pin Flair glue to raise them up a little.

That's all from me for today folks, so til I see you next time - Happy Crafting !

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #39 - Snowflakes

Another Wednesday means a new challenge over on the I ♥ Promarkers blog and the theme this week is very topical as we want to see your projects including Snowflakes.  I am sure you're all like me and busy making Christmas Cards at this time of year, so hopefully this challenge will fit right in and help you to increase your stock of cards made.  Our prize sponsor this week is Joanna Sheen - who wouldn't love a £10 gift voucher to spend in her store?

I wanted to keep my DT card for this challenge 'clean' and 'crisp' so used only two colours.  I love the shiny dark red against the white and this lovely Santa was one of the stamps from the sets by Inkadinkado which I 'acquired' during my recent trip to Florida !  I think he has a lovely jolly face and you can't help but smile when you look at him.  He was coloured with Promarkers and I added Glamour Dust over Glossy Accents on his hat and some Stardust Stickles on his hair and beard.

The scalloped circle was cut with a nestie then embossed with a snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I cut out the small red poinsettias with a 'punch and emboss' set by Nellie Snellen and punched out the snowflakes from the same shiny red card as the scalloped circle before adding a clear gem to the centre of each.  The white background layer was embossed in my Cuttlebug using a template by The Crafters Workshop.  It's plastic and is ideal to use as a mask for painting or spritzing, but with the correct 'sandwich' in my 'bug it works really well for embossing. 

It's now over to you, so get those snowflakes fluttering down on to the I ♥ Promarkers blog, I can't wait to see your creations. 

Til I see you again - Happy Crafting !

Monday, 1 November 2010

Dreamy Anna Belle

Happy Tuesday to you, hope it's a good one!

Today it's the weekly blog hop for Queen Kat Designs and the card I'm sharing with you is my DT project for the Whimisical Ink Sorority blog.  I do like to share my qkd work on here with my readers too, but if you'd like to follow the hop, just start here and follow the links.

As it's a new month, we have luscious new stamps to play with and I got the delightful Anne Belle Fairy, isn't she adorable?

The Team are working with a sketch this week and although the sketch includes circles, my image better suited rectangular layers and I moved the elements around a little. I chose this dreamy set of pastel shades as I love how they just blend together perfectly, using Copics and Promarkers to colour the image. I used a scrap of pale lilac card and a Cuttlebug embossing folder to create the element at the bottom. The lovely dotty ribbon was a purchase during my recent visit to Orlando and I added Platinum Stickles around the edges of layers to bling them up a bit. Platinum is my very favourite Stickles at the moment, so you may well be seeing lots more of it!

I hope you'll drop by again tomorrow when I'll have another project to share with you, but til then - Happy Crafting!