Thursday, 7 May 2009

Charisma Cardz Sketch Challenge

I really enjoyed doing this sketch challenge at Charisma Cardz although the colours look really dull in the photo, it's actually quite a bright card in real life.

I started with a green base that's actually a nice bright colour. I matted the dp - not sure where it's from - on some brown cs for the main panel, and ran some mossy green Core'dinations cs through the cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder. The picture is a digi-stamp (I used the ready coloured one) and the sentiment is computer generated. I finished it with another strip of brown cs with a sticky ribbon, and some peel off dots coloured using peel off markers.

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365 Cards - I Want Candy

I struggled a bit with the 365 cards challenge today, I had nothing that would really 'work'.

It's only an A6 card so I didn't have quite so much space to fill, so I started with a pink layer, with K&Co Sweet and Sassy paper on top of that. I embossed some white card with the Swiss Dots folder and cut the sweet out of some more K&Co paper. I added a page pebble and some ribbon, and the sentiment is computer generated.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2009

365 Cards - Think Pink

Today's 365 cards challenge is to include 'a whole lot of pink', which wasn't too hard for me as I am going through a pink phase at the moment. I started with a dark pink base, with a layer of pale blue cs, and a layer of paler pink. The strips of paper are from the K&Co 6x6 packs Sweet and Sassy and Belle. I paper pieced Vicky's dress using paper from the same pack and coloured the rest with Promarkers. I layered her up on the same colours of cs as before and added the green ribbon. I finished it with the flower with a 10mm Dovecraft gem in the centre.

The inside uses the same cs again and is finished with a strip of dp.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

365 Cards - A Hard One!!

I really struggled with the 365 Cards challenge today - to include the sentiment 'You are there, and I am here'.

I've had this Inkadinkado stamp pretty much since I started stamping, and rarely use it but thought it would work well for this challenge. I stamped it on white card with black Stazon and watercoloured it, before mounting it on various layers of brown and white cs and Scribble Scrabble dp. I paper pierced one layer. The base of the card is brown cs with layers of the same papers, and the strip across the middle is punched using a Fiskars border punch layered onto white paper. The ribbon was out of a bargain box so no idea who makes it, and the sentiment and the box it is in is computer generated.

The inside uses the same Scribble Scrabble paper, and again the sentiment is computer generated.

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Monday, 4 May 2009

365 cards - Day 65

The challenge at 365 cards today was a Mother's Day card which, being in the UK we've already had this year. The card I came up with just says 'For You, Mum' so it could be used any time - for Mother's Day, a birthday or just because.

The base is 6x6in purple cs, covered with the paler green from the Papermania Boutique 8x8 stack. The purple dp is from the same stack. I used the same combo for the strip in the centre, and added the computer generated sentiment printed on white cs. The image - Tulip bowl from Sketching Stamper - was coloured using Whispers markers and mounted on the same purple cs as the base. I'm not sure about the flower, but it's there now, and it's staying put!

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Sunday, 3 May 2009

365 Cards - Super Sketchy Sunday

I really enjoy doing the various sketch challenges that are around, and this one in particular has so many variations, I had to stop at just one card (for today at least!)

The chandelier was a free download from Jak at Crafter's Kitchen and the paper is Papermania 8x8 Boutique stack. The flowers are attached using brads, and I added some bling to the chandelier. It is all mounted on a black 15x15cm base. I decorated the inside with the same paper and another flower.

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Saturday, 2 May 2009

365 cards - Floral Fest

The challenge at 365 Cards today is to include eight flowers on your design. As much as I love all the flower embellishments out there, I have real difficulty in placing them right. They either seem to be too spread out and look lost, or too cramped and busy, so as lovely as they are, I decided to use a digi-stamp instead. Luckily this one (Daisy Crazy from SketchingStamper) had the eight flowers required, so I coloured it in using watercolour pencils but decided they looked better not painted. It's actually a tri-fold card, and all the inside panels are decorated with the same layers of green cards and gingham paper. The sentiment under the image flap says 'Birthdays are like flowers; the passing time brings forth the most beautiful blooms' - can't find who said it, but it's nice anyway. You can see it in this picture:

Thanks for looking, I really appreciate it!

Friday, 1 May 2009

Skateboarder Josh

The boys were with Nanny and Grandad for the day today, so I managed to play with my new digi-stamp - 'Skateboard Josh' from DigiStamp Boutique. I didn't have a recipient in mind for the card so there's no sentiment, but I like it as it is.

Josh is coloured with Pro Markers, except for his clothes which is paper pieced. He's mounted on various layers of cardstock (12 layers in all!!), and the papers used are both from the Papermania 'For Him' 8x8 stack. I popped him up on foam dots and added some ribbon from Papermania also.

The inside is built up in the same way:

Thanks for looking :)

365 Cards - Day 62

Todays challenge over at 365cards is 'Age is just a number' so there should be a number of some sort on the card. This was a bit of a challenge but after thinking about it for a bit I came up with this card:

I've made one similar before - the numbers are wooden and about 8.5cm tall. I covered them with paper from the K&Co Sparkly Sweet stack, and sanded the edges. The other layers are also from this stack and they are mounted on purple cardstock. I finished the corners with half pearls, and added a panel inside for the greeting. These photos show the card front on and the inside.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

PTW Challenge card - Spots and Stripes

This is my entry for the Papertake Weekly challenge which was spots and stripes. I decided to go for a masculine card, so the Dovecraft Masculine 12x12 stack was perfect. The stripes came from that pack, and the spots from the Papermania For Him stack. These are matted on white card, while the card base is slightly textured. The circles are up on foam dots and finished with a button. I cut the corner piece and again matted it on white and added some half pearls, and the sentiment is some peel off stickers. The corners are rounded to tie in with the scallops and also the inside:

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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Anniversary Card

This card was made using a digi-stamp from Grab-a-doodle-do - the pretty birds set. I coloured it using pro markers, and the ribbon was also coloured using these. The yellow is the reverse side of some SEI paper, embossed with the swiss dots folder. The bottom is the front side of the same paper and it is all mounted on pink SEI paper. The image is mounted on the same paper, embossed using scallop nesties and finished with a gem in each scallop, popped up on foam dots. The sentiment is computer generated, and printed on SEI paper (again!), and finished with some primas.

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Monday, 27 April 2009

365 Cards Challenge - Something's Fishy

For todays challenge over at 365 Cards you had to include at least one fish - kinda tricky as I didn't have anything remotely fishy! I've had my eye on some digi-stamps from Pink Petticoat for a while so thought why not - and Cory can use them too. So, here's my attempt:

I haven't made a shadow box card for a while so thought I would give it another go. I cut the circle in the base cs using my cuttlebug and nesties after scoring the fold lines. The fish is between two layers of acetate, as are the rocks and weed (both free hand drawn). I used DCWV dp on the back sheet, and the blue dp on the front is American Crafts. I finished it with the greeting (part of the digi-stamp kit) and a button, and some peel off stickers that I think look a bit like bubbles. It's not a great picture as it's so hard to photograph acetate, especially at night with rubbish lighting!

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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Gift Box

Not a card this time, but a gift box. It's big enough to fit three travel sized bottles of bath smellies.
I used cream hammer card for the base - I'm not sure of the measurements as I made it to fit the bottles. The pink was embossed using the Framey keepsake board and finished with half pearls, and the dp is Laura Ashley. The cuttlebug butterfly was one that I got in a swap and I added some crystals to it's body. The box is tied closed with the ribbon.

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Friday, 17 April 2009

PTW Challenge card - Perfect Pastels

Well this really was a challenge as I don't really have anything I would call pastel coloured - I tend to go for brighter colours and big patterns, but I settled for this Laura Ashley paper from an 8x8 stack, layered on the palest pink I could find. I stamped my Stampendous 'Sketchbook Dragonfly' using black Stazon, and coloured it using watercolour pencils. I cut it out and embossed it using nesties, and layered it on a pink scallop. Finished the corners with 5mm half pearls.

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

Bev's Blog Candy

Bev has got some fab blog candy to give away <HERE> to celebrate her blogoversary this month. Pop over and see what's on offer!

Friday, 10 April 2009

Boys Will Be Boys

This was going to be a challenge entry, but I've decided to try another one for that, so it's here instead, just another card to add to my ever-growing stash of cards!

I used my 'Little Boy' stamp by GCS Artstamps (available at SirStampalot), another stamp that I love but don't use often enough! I coloured him using watercolour pencils* - didn't do a great job as I've not used them before, I normally use paints - but practice makes perfect as they say! He was cut out using nesties and layered on some blue paper I pinched from Cory's own craft stash (which is nearly as big as mine, lol). The other layers are Dovecraft Masculine dp, layered on the same blue paper, and the sentiment is cut out from the dp too.

* Mine were a bargain - a tin with 24 pencils for £2.80 from Tesco

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Thursday, 9 April 2009

Christening Card

I wanted to keep this card fairly simple, and although it is for a church christening I didn't want it to be overly religious. I think the cross stamp (Papermania PMA10056) fits the bill, as does the writing which was created in MS Word. I mounted the cross on silver card (dull silver, not shiny), and used my ticket corner punch on both layers. I used a Debbie Moore Regency Corner stamp on each corner which was a late addition as I thought it looked a bit too simple! Finally I added some gems to the cross.

Considering it was such a simple card, it took a surprising amount of tries to get it right - I think I've managed it now!

Thanks for looking, let me know what you think

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

PTW Sketch Challenge card

This is my entry for this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge, a fab sketch that I will definitely use again.

I used my Stampendous Beaded Bodice stamp - one of the first stamps I bought when I started card making, and still one of my favourites now although I rarely use it. I stamped the image with Versamark, and embossed it using Ranger Antiquities Chinese Red embossing powder. It's all layered up on misc red and black card, and I've added clear gems and a sentiment created in MS Word.

I'm really getting into these challenges now, and they're really helping me come up with new ideas so you'll be seeing a lot more entries in future!

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Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Quilted Card

This is my attempt at a 'quilted' card - don't look too closely at the stitching... it's a new machine and I'm still getting used to having an electric sewing machine dedicated to card making. My other one is a Singer with a treadle that I don't like to use on cards as it only does one stitch - forwards!! Anyway, I used some gorgeous K&Co papers - from the Amy Butler 'Belle' collection. They were a 6x6 pad, and are only £2.50 for 36 sheets! Needless to say I have quite a few packs sat waiting to be used :)

This is the sketch over at 365cards, and I made each square 4cm x 4cm, cutting some on diagonals and leaving others whole. I assembled them how I wanted them and stitched over all the joins - not the neatest job in the world, but these fangle-dangle machines are so FAST!! The blue is Core'dinations and I finished it off with some half pearls.

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Monday, 6 April 2009

Go bananas!

This card is another challenge entry, this time the Daring Cardmakers Challenge, and the theme is "feeling fruity". Cory is getting into stamping and in his collection he had this Hero Arts stamp, so I borrowed it while he wasn't looking (he's very possessive of his stash, a feeling I think most of us can relate to!)
I stamped the image with Stazon, and added the branch freehand. They are watercoloured and cut out using nesties, layered on a Core'dinations cs scallop. The challenge being fruit related presented a problem - nothing fruit related! So I found a clip art and made my own backing paper, and the sentiment was also created using MS Word. I decorated the inside of the card using the same papers and font, just to break up the yellow a bit. The sentiment on the front is finished with a 1cm brad, but I can't remember the brand.

Thanks for looking, and let me know what you think :)

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Cory's Birthday Card

It's hard to believe that Cory will be five in a couple of weeks! He spotted this paper in the craft shop the other day, and I knew it would be perfect for his card as he is so into animals at the moment.... he's decided he wants to go on Safari - not sure if we're ready for that yet!

Anyway, here's the card:

It's another digi-stamp, this time from Grab-a-doodle-do. I'm afraid I cheated a bit and used the ready coloured image as none of my markers/paints etc were quite right. So, the background is Sandylion 'At The Zoo' and it is matted on dark brown Core'dinations cs. The strip is Sandylion 'Stripe' paper, again matted on cs. I printed the image and matted it before popping it up on foam pads, and added the ribbon from American Crafts. The sentiment is typed up in MS Word, as is the number 5 which I printed the outline only onto HOTP Wild Things Giraffe print paper. This I cut out and layered on a couple of nestie circles. Instead of using brads, I used some peel off stickers (or the negatives left behind on the sheet) as I could colour them to match with peel off markers.

This card will also be entered into the Charisma Cardz Challenge and Secret Crafter Challenge for this week.

Thanks for looking, let me know what you think :)