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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Bearly Mine Challenge - 31 July 2012 - Anything goes

Today sees the start of another challenge over at Bearly Mine Challenges.  This time the challenge is "anything goes".
This week we are being sponsored by "I am Roses.com" and they are providing the lucky winner with a $35 gift voucher - isn't that wonderful????
For my card I have used the Bearly Mine Designs "The Boys Zone" backing papers as I wanted to go with a blue and kraft colour scheme.
I have used a Crafts and Me digital image called by "Lady of Opal" by Sara Burrier.  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, die-cut the image and edged with a chalk ink pad.  I have cut the various papers into various diffierent shapes to add some dimension.  The card has been finished off with some Joy Craft die-cut butterflies, Bearly Mine Designs spotted flowers, gems, Stickles glitter glue, ribbon, faux stitching and a Craftwork Cards sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Whoopsi Daisy - Lots of layers
Divas by Designs - Happy birthday
My Mum's Craft Shop - Birthday girls
Crafts and Me - Anything goes
Paper pretties - Birthday card
Inky Impressions - Use dies or punches
Simon Says - Anything goes
CRAFT - Use stitching
The Poodles Parlour - Anything goes
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - All that glitters
Cupcake Inspiration - Photo inspiration
The Crafty pad - Things with wings
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi
Paper Playtime - Anything goes
Fashionista Challenge - Baby or birthday
Kaboodle Doodle - Birthday or any special day
Hooked on Crafts - Let's celebrate
Twisted Tuesday - Anything goes
Sassy Cheryl's - Pretty papers
Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything goes
My Time to Craft - Fantasy
LEJ Designs - Mystical, magical or mysterious
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes
The Stamping Boutique - Anything goes

Please accept my apologies for not visiting you all.  I haven't made any cards in the last 4 weeks as I am not that well and have supports on both hands as it is thought I might have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome on top of everything else.  Thankfully I always get well ahead with DT work so I have many weeks to go before I've run out of things I've made.  I've had some commissioned cards I've had to turn down and I've also not been able to make special cards for family but what can you do if your hands don't even want to open to use scissors???

Friday, 20 July 2012

Crafty Ann's Challenge #70 - Easel Cards

It is time for another challenge over at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog.  This time the topic is "easel cards".
I decided to make a couple of Christmas cards.  These are cute little 4x4 inches easel cards.  I have used the Crafty Ann's digital image called "Santa's treats" for both cards and I have coloured both images with Promarkers and highlighted the glass with Glossy Accents.  Both images have been cut out with different die-cuts.  I have used a Crafty Ann's Green Polished Stone backing paper and a Crafty Ann's Tartan backing paper for both cards.  I have finished both cards off with a Crafty Ann's ticket sentiment and poinsettias, ribbon bows and some Papermania Glitterations.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
2 Sisters - Christmas in July
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas
Robyn's Fetish - Christmas in July
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes
Quirky Crafts - Christmas in July
Paper make-up - Digi dimension
LEJ Designs - Anything goes
Scrap-Creations - Christmas in July
Crafter's Companion - Ho, Ho, Ho Christmas
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Fresh Brewed Challenge - Food and drink
Delightful Sketches - Christmas in July
Paperplay - Christmas in July
Digi Doodle Shop - Anything goes
Do You Stack Up? - Food
I Love Promarkers - Sparkle
Creatalicious Challenge - Christmas in July
Christmas Crafting - Two or more folds
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Christmas in July
Simply Create Too - Use something 2 or more times on each card (poinsettia flowers and Papermania Glitterations used 2 or more times on each card)
Stampin' with the Dragon - Christmas in July
Stampin' for the Week-end - Photo inspiration
The Poodles parlour - Use a digi stamp

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Aud Sentiments Design Team Card - Thursday 19 July 2012

Time for another challenge at the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog.  This time we are being challenged to"tag it" ie we want to see your sentiment on a tag.

This fortnight we are being sponsored by Tickled Pink stamps and the prize is either one rubber stamp or two digital images.
For my card I am using the Tickled Pink digital image called "Lil Lolita - Willow".  I just wish I had a figure like that!!!  I have coloured the image with Promarkers, die-cut and then inked the edges with a chalk ink pad.  The backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Gingham and Bearly Mine Designs Roses Dreams.  I have matted and layered these and done some faux stitching.  For my tag I have used the same chalk ink pad that I edged the die-cut image and stamped some flowers using a See D's stamp.  I have finished the card off with some lace, Marianne Designs scroll, ribbon, Craftwork Cards sentiment, Bearly Mine Designs spotted flowers with gem centres and some wire leaves.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Pattie's Creations - Summertime
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - L for lace
Totally Papercrafts - Lots of layers
Craft Punked - Summertime
Little Claire's - Summer/Holidays
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Sparkle 
Bunny Zoe's - Swirls and lace
LEJ Designs - Anything goes
Paper Pretties - Bling it on
Crafty Creations - Tags
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Sparkle
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Digi Doodle Shop - Anything goes

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Bearly Mine Challenge - 17 July 2012 - Girly Birthday Card

Well we had a lovely selection of cards for last weeks' Bearly Mine Challenge.  Today sees another challenge and it's time for Design Team B to show you their creations.  This week we are being challenged to "a girly birthday card".
For this challenge we have been kindly sponsored by The Ribbon Reel and the lucky winner will win a £10 voucher.
For my card I decided to go for a summery monochromatic card and have used a gorgeous blue Bearly Mine Designs Petunia Parade backing paper along with Bearly Mine Designs Mini Dots
  
I have used a die-cut image from LOTV which I have simply matted and layered and added Stickles glitter glue to the fairies dress, headband and wings - well fairies have to sparkle don't they???  The card has been finished off with a doily, satin ribbon, 3 pearl stars, various flowers, feather and a Craftwork Cards sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Inky Impressions - The Great Outdoors
Penny's paper Challenge - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps - Monochromatic
Digi Doodle - Summertime
Papercrafting Journey - Summer
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - Lots of layers
Platypus Creek - Things with wings
Love to Create - 3 of something (3 stars and 3 cherry blossom flowers)
Incy Wincy - Dust it off (well I can't remember how long I've had my lovely feather - maybe 2-3 years!!!)
Deep Ocean - Fantasy world

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Birthday Card for my Husband

I haven't been able to make cards for some weeks now.  This is the only card I've made and it was for my husband's birthday last Friday - yes Friday 13th!!!  
He likes playing snooker so I thought my Debbi Moore Sports Bears CD would be perfect.  I have used some decoupage image, designs sheets, tags, and backing papers.  Yes the card is very very weighty but I didn't have to post it so it didn't worry me.
I took a snapshot of the snooker bear and took into Word so I could do the insert for the card.
The card has been finished off with a sentiment off the computer and card candi to resemble snooker balls.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Top Tip Tuesday - One for the boys
Scrap Creations - Use something bought in the last 2 months - my Debbi Moore Sports Bears CD
Craft Room - Sports
Crafty Creations - Free for all
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Joanna Sheen - Going around in circles - lots of circles ie snooker balls and card candi
Sisterhood of Crafters - let's hear it for the boys
Let's Craft and Create - Decoupage
Nutcrafters - One for the boys
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - Lots of layers
Mark's Finest papers - Masculine birthday

Commissioned Birthday Card

 This is a commissioned card and matching box I made recently for one of my customers.
I used my Debbi Moore My Fair Lady CD along with papers/decoupage from the Debbi Moore magazine I subscribe to as well which featured some My Fair Lady designs recently.
I have used various decoupage image and design sheets from the CD.  The card has been finished off with glitter, gems, pearls, card candi, handmade flowers, ribbon and sentiment off the computer.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Create - Photo inspiration
Lexi's Creations - For a friend (it was for my customer's special friend)
Oldie but a Goodie - Flower power and use something 6+ months old (gold button on the flower I've had for many years)
Celebrate the Occasion - Happy birthday
Crafty Creations - Free for all
Let's Craft and Create - Decoupage
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - Lots of layers
CD Sunday - Pearls and swirls

Friday, 6 July 2012

Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge Blog


Today sees the announcement of the winner of last months' challenge of "frameworthy".  The winner was ................................ Karita and you can find her gorgeous card here.  Congratulations Karita.  I hope you enjoy your prize.

Today should also see the start of a new challenge at the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge Blog but we have decided to take a break over the summer and we will be back in September with lots of new cards and challenges.  Please make sure you come and visit us then.

In the meantime have a wonderful summer everyone.

Crafty Ann's Challenge #69 - Paper piecing

It's time for another challenge over at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog.  This time we are being challenged to "paper piecing".
For my card I used Crafty Ann's digital image of roses with a large bow.  I printed the image out once on some white card.  I then printed it again onto some of Crafty Ann's red Funky Collection Backing Paper (no 3) and some blue Polished Stone Backing Paper and cut out the flowers and bow.  The leaves have been coloured with promarkers.  I used the same Funky backing paper as a mount along with a green Polished Stone backing paper.  On the Funky backing paper I digitally added some of the little wired flowers from the Cream Dream Digital Scrapbook Kit.  The centres of the flowers have some acrylic paint added to the centres and the card has been finished off with a matching insert and a Craftwork Cards sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Just Some Lines - Keep it CAS
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Allsorts - In bloom
Mema's Crafts - Anything goes
LEJ Designs - Fabulous flowers
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes and option of highlighting image by 3D or glitter or Glossy Accents
My Mum's Craft Shop - Photo inspiration
DYSU - Red
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge - Sunset - sunset or colours of sunset

Crafty Ann's Papers/kits used on card:

    

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Aud Sentiments Design Team Card - Thursday 5 July 2012

Today sees the start of another challenge at the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog.  This fortnight the topic is "use the word friend on your card/project".
The challenge is being sponsored by Polka Doodles and the winner will win the three images that the Design Team have used for their cards.
For my card I have used this gorgeous flower and bee image which I have coloured with my Promarkers.  I have added some Distress Stickles to the centre of the flowers for some sparkle and texture.
  
The backing papers I have used are orange based and are from the Patchwork Party from Bearly Mine Designs and the Mini Dots from Bearly Mine Designs.  The flowers I have used are also from Bearly Mine Designs.  I have finished the card off with some buttons with embroidery thread through the centre, card candi, gems and a sentiment off the computer.

Please make sure you pop on over to the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog to look at the other Design Team creations.

Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Allsorts - In bloom
Come and Get It - Cute as bug
Di's Digi Designs - It's summertime
Cupcake Craft - Bright as a button
Paper Pretties - Summer fun
Everybody Art - Dots
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes and option of highlighting image by 3D or glitter or Glossy Accents (Distress Stickles used on the centres of the flowers)
Fresh Brewed - Summertime
Whimsy Stamps - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Flower power
Delightful Sketches - Primary colours
Paper Crafting Journey - Summer

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Birthday Card

I recently won a challenge and got to pick some Pink Gem Designs images.  I decided to pick some images that I could use for cards but also for a scrapbook I hope to make later this year.  Why you ask?  My husband is off in a few weeks to London to help out at the Olympics for three weeks.  It will be hard at home with me not well but it's a chance in a lifetime so I have encouraged him to take it.
  
The backing papers I have used for my card are red Mini Dots from Bearly Mine Designs and the blue is a distressed paper from The Boys Zone from Bearly Mine Designs.  I have done some matting and layering and distressed the large blue paper with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and highlighted the edges with a chalk ink pad.

For the front of the card I have decoupaged the little bear up three layers.  He's called Patriotic Teddy.  The British postcard I decided to make smaller so I could use as a corner embellishment.  I have used my new Papermania Portobello bus stamp and stamped direct onto red card.  I have made a banner with some leftover blue and red dot paper and some blue twine.  I have finished off the front of the card with a peel-off sentiment and written the word "dad" on the front - yikes I do hate my writing but I hadn't got a stamp or peel-off small enough or the right colour.
This is the inside of the card.  I've used a similar layout apart from I've layered up a teddy bear in the left hand corner and taken down the opacity of the main bear so that is where a message can be written.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Moving Along with the Times - Happy birthday
Cute card Thursday - Patriotic
Pixie Dust - Travel
Just Inspirational - Photo inspiration
Card Making Mamas - Red, white and blue
Totally Papercrafts - Can you digi it?
Crafts 4 Eternity - Bear necessities
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
The Poodles Parlour - Cute and/or cuddly creations
Stampin' with the Dragon - Red, white and blue
Craft Your Days Away - Teddy bears
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Use something new on your project - I've used a new Papermania stamp of a bus and some new digi stamps
Robyn's Fetish - Distressing
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi
Cupcake Inspiration - Photo inspiration
Stamp + Fun = Creativity - No girls allowed
By the Cute and Girly - A day at .............. - I've chosen the Olympics - hope this is OK
Unique Crafters - Patriotic
Mema's Crafts - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Patriotism - Use only colours from your country - as I am from the UK I have used the colours red, white and blue from the Union Jack Flag
The Pink Elephant - Photo inspiration
Cards for Men - Happy birthday
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes
Everybody Arts - Dots
Top Tip Tuesday - One for the men
Party Time Tuesday - Be patriotic
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes and option of highlighting image by 3d or glitter and Glossy Accents - my little Olympic bear has been 3D
Penny's Paper Challenge - Red, white and blue
I Brake for Challenges - I brake for the red, white and blue
Whimsy Stamps - Anything goes
Divas by Designs - Red, white and blue
Paper Pretties Wednesday - Celebrate
The Stamping Boutique - Cards for our men
Perfect Sentiments - Anything goes with red, white and blue and a sentiment

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Bearly Mine Challenge - 3 July 2012 - Ribbons and Bows

Well we had a lovely selection of cards/projects for the Bearly Mine Challenge last week.  make sure you go and have a look for the winner.
Today sees the start of another challenge and the topic is "ribbon and bows".  
We are being sponsored by The Paper Shelter and they are offering a $20 gift certificate for the winner.
For my card I have used a pre-coloured image called Fairy Emma.  I just love her mannerism.  I decided to make a summertime feel card - even though it doesn't really feel like summer here in the UK!!!  I have die-cut the image and used a chalk ink pad around the edge.  The backing papers are all from Bearly Mine Designs and are Gingham, Summer's Lace Dreams, Roses Dreams and spotted flowers.  
     
I have matted and layered the papers but not without using my Tim Holtz distressing tool on them and used some green pan Pastel and then finally edged with a chalk ink pad.  

I have finished the card off with a ribbon bow, Craftwork Cards sentiments (which I coloured green with a Promarker to match the backing papers), glitter flowery corner stickers. two sparkly gem green brads, Marianne Designs Creatables die-cut butterflies with chalk ink to highlight the embossing. Bearly Mine Designs spotted flowers all cut out with inked edges and card candi centres, two different ribbons, buckle and some tear drop stick pins with beads attached to the stems.

Make sure you pop on over to the Bearly Mine Challenge Blog to have a look at the wonderful creations from the Design Team.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Embellish it use at least 3 embellishments (I've used ribbon, brads, card candi, buckle, pins and beads)
The Paper Shelter - Punches and/or dies
Fab n Funky - Cute and girly
Crafts and Me - Birthdays
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything goes
Moving Along With the Times - Happy birthday
Totally papercrafts - Can you digi it?
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Anything goes
Allsorts - In bloom
Mark's Finest papers - Metal - brads and pins
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi
Ribbon Girl - Girlie card
Pan Pastel - Use a digi
The Cupcake Craftroom Monthly - Layers
Mema's Crafts - Anything goes
Totally Stampalicious - Bows and ribbon
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Summer daze
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Summertime
LEJ Designs - Fabulous flowers
Flourishes - Summer theme
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes and option of highlighting image by 3D or glitter or Glossy Accents
Shopping our Stash - Triple threat - use at least 3 items from the list:  ribbon, flowers, lace, pearls, glimmer mists, punched die-cut elements, die-cuts, rhinestones, doilies and dry embossing - ribbon, flowers, rhinestones (rhinestone brads), die-cutting and dry embossing (the die-cut image has been embossed as well)
Sassy Cheryl - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Summertime