Thursday 30 June 2011

Less is More meets Tiffany Doodles

There's a lovely sketch at Less is More this week, I love putting things in threes, must be the gardener in me, I always plant in threes where I can:).  Tiffany Doodles has a new release of a beautiful set of seashells, which I can't wait to play with properly.  In the meantime I used just one shell and coloured with Glimmer Mists, cut out and popped them on to Pinflair glue.  I masked and sprayed the card and added an Elusive Images sentiment.  And that is it!  Only one reject card this week, where the ink bled under my mask, which will be fine for another layout...

My card is for the following challenges:
Less is More - sketch
My Partner in Crafting Crime - let's hit the beach

Bearly Mine - summer is here
Sparkle Forum - at the beach

Aspirational new home card

 I love my Design Team work, don't get me wrong.  After a few early forays I know to restrict it to using artists whose work I love, in fact even calling it "work" is wrong, it's playing really isn't it!  But just occasionally something else reaches out and grabs me, in this case it is stamps by Lindsay Mason who I met at Craft Barn's Extravaganza at the start of the month.  I loved the way Lindsay created and this is really an attempt to copy her style.  If you check out her blog you'll see it's a bit of a pale imitation, she's seriously talented and was also so friendly and generous with her tips and ideas.

I've used Distress Inks on glossy card for the background.  I smudged my sentiment slightly so stamped again on the lower part of the card and matted it over the smudge.  Just the edge towers are glued down on the big castle so it has lots of dimension but it can still be squished down to post.  Background stripe is My Minds Eye, DIY style brads are Joanna Sheen and I've used Swiss Dots embossing on the frame.  The screw brads are because everyone ends up doing some work to their new home, even if it's a castle:).
 Enjoy your day.

My card is for the following challenges:
Midnight Madness - sketch
The Paper Shelter - anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - spots and stripes
Sew Many Cards - dry embossing
Sweet Stampin' - something old (swiss dot folder), something new - Lindsay stamps
Secret Crafter - embossing

Wednesday 29 June 2011

White space isn't always white...

 When I saw this week's CPS sketch I knew it was made for a clean and simple card using one of the new Fred She Said Doodledallion flowers.  I know C&S has lots of white space by definition but I reckon sometimes that space can be coloured as long as it's not been fussed about with:).  So here is my purple & gold version of white space!  DP has stitched borders on Basic Grey Wisteria and Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather, image is coloured with Copics and layered.

My card is for the following challenges:
CPS - sketch
Basic Grey - stitching
Digital Tuesday - flower power
Crafts and Me - birthday
Creative Stamp Friends - dots

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Fabric Postcards

Last week I was teaching fabric postcards to a very nice bunch of ladies who were already quilters and needed minimum tuition, they were more keen on the ideas.  We had a lovely day and I made 3 cards while I was showing them some ideas.  I thought I'd share them on here, while this blog is almost all about papercrafts my main craft was always quilting and I suppose the fabric postcards were my bridge to cardmaking...
Left to right there is an Orphan Block card, a Decorative Stitches card and an applique card.  The orphan block is an unloved sample of seminole quilting from my City & Guilds qualification which looks more attractive cut down and repurposed.  The lovely mauve batik shows off some of those decorative stitches that never get used after the first week you have your new machine.  The applique card has a Laurel Burch horse Bondawebbed onto a different background and yarn mane and tail added.

These are so simple and fun to do:  the stiffener in the middle is fusible pelmet buckram, which can be bought in 6" wide rolls and bonds to your front and back fabric.  Or of course you can stitch your fabric front to cardstock.

Monday 27 June 2011

Guest Designer Ooh La La Challenge #83 - Summer Flowers

Here is my last card as a Guest Designer for Ooh La La Challenge, I've really enjoyed my time creating for them and would like to thank the Ooh La La ladies for letting me play along.  This week's challenge is Summer Flowers which is a really easy theme.  I got completely hung up on this gorgeous background paper, from the Floral Extravaganza CD, which looks so much like my English roses that are flowering their hearts out at the moment and I decided to make the paper as big a star of the card as I could.   I added a watercoloured Crafty Individuals stamp, which is a stamp I got when I renewed my Craft Stamper subscription.  The image has been lying on my desk a while and it nearly worked with the paper, but it was a bit yellowy.  Inspiration struck and I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist, something I used to use a lot and have neglected for the past year or so.  I like the way it looks on this vintage style stamp.
I followed the Sketch Saturday layout, adding some little bits of ribbon a lacy ribbon, decoupaging some of the roses from the Ooh La La toppers and adding a Sheena Douglass sentiment stamp.
My card is also for the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday - sketch
CD Sunday - mixed bouquet
Craft your days away - vintage
Totally Gorjuss - ribbons & lace
Shopping Our Stash - tools of the trade (Glimmer Mist)

Sunday 26 June 2011


 What beautiful weather, I'm enjoying the sunshine but wondering whether my mojo has melted in the unaccustomed warmth.  I have managed to finish up this card which began life as something a little different.  It's based on Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  If you look under the centre panel there is another Basic Grey Curio DP, I attached the panel with a large decorative stitch on my sewing machine that went slightly off its line, which didn't look great.  So I cut it in half, reattached it under a new piece of ribbon and salvaged it.  The image is from A Day for Daisies, beautiful isn't she.  Colouring is Copics and Distress Inks, some doodling and dotting on the ground line.  Sentiment is Elusive Images, I've cut a large scroll in half to fill the corners and used flowers with card candy centres.
My card is for the following challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - sketch
Basic Grey - stitching
Southern Girls - anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - something old, something new (sentiment is old, digi is new!)
Simply Create - fly with us
The Poodle Parlour - come fly with me

Friday 24 June 2011

Phindy's Place Challenge #61 - Going Round in Circles

 Welcome to this week's Phindy's Place Challenge, this week we are challenging you to use circles in your project.  I've used the image "Birdie" and made a vintage style card, following this week's sketch at Simon Says.  I hope you'll play along with us, don't forget you get two chances to win if you use a Phindy's Place image.
My image and sentiment are circles and the flowers I've added are all circular in shape.  Image is coloured with Copics and Distress Inks, sentiment is LOTV, the flowers were Blog Candy from the lovely Bente at Sketch Saturday.  I used Tim Holtz tissue tape pleated under the card, lace is from stash and DP is Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden.  Lace is from stash, scroll is Mairanne Creatables die, I've added lots of stitching to my layers. 
My card is for the following challenges:
Simon Says - sketch
Crafts & Me - stitches
Crafting for all Seasons - summer
Creative Inspirations - stitching
One Stitch at a Time - things with wings
Challenge up your Life - circles
Sweet Stampin - things with wings
Forever Friends - 3 design papers
Rainbow Lady - digi day

How are you duck?

This adorable duck is part of today's new release at Tiffany Doodles, isn't he sweet?  There is a choice of different Nestie Labels shapes in the set; I don't have this die so I cut round it instead.  And how funny is that sentiment, which is a Joanna Sheen stamp.  The duck is coloured with Copics, he was very easy to colour so I did some stippling with my Copics on the background for fun.  The card is based on this week's Midnight Madness sketch and uses Stampin' Up DPs, stitching and some dew drops.
My card is for the following challenges:
Midnight Madness - sketch

Copic Creations - doodling
Little Darlings - favourite colour combo (blue & green)
Crafts & Me - stitches
Hooked on Craft - anything goes

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Here comes the sun - or does it?

I've picked bright summer colours for today's card and I'm hoping the weather will follow suit, at the moment the sun is shining but it's raining too.  This card uses some lovely new Flower Doodledallions from Fred She Said, which have a choice of sentiments for the centres as well as a blank.  I've followed quite an unusual sketch from Truly Scrumptious which uses eyelets.  Now I always shy away from eyelets when I can, so this was a great sketch to make me reach for the eyelts and the hammer, which also fits this weeks Shopping Our Stash, where the challenge is to use neglected tools of the trade.

My flower is coloured with Copics and lots of Glossy Accents.  The DPs are Stampin' Up, Artylicious and Basic Grey, I've used a MS bubbles punch, gems and lots of stitching.  Oh, the ribbon is coloured with Copics too.  Hope the sun shines wherever you are today.

My card is for the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash - tools of the trade
Truly Scrumptious - sketch
Papertake Weekly - here comes the sun
CRAFT - stitching
Annabelle's Stamps - yellow, orange, turquoise

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Summer Hummer

 Whatever happened to summer?  We went away at the weekend and there was heavy rain and hail!  To compensate I've been making some summery cards, here's the first.  I've used some bright Basic Grey DP teamed with a pre-coloured Humming Bird image from Fred She Said, these are lovely to colour but the the pre-coloured make very quick cards.  I printed it twice and cut out and popped the bird and flower centre up on Pinflair Glue, to give lots of dimension.  Sentiment is an Elusive Images stamp, the offeset panel is embossed and inked.
My card is for the following challenges:
 Simon Says - let's play bingo(3 down flowers, brads, sentiment)
Charisma Cards - pink and green
Papercrafting Journey - our feathered friends
Creative Inspiration Paint - bright colours
One Stitch at a Time - things with wings
Sweet Stampin' - things with wings
Delicious Doodles - things that flutter
Polka Doodles - all of a flutter
Simply Create - fly with us
Stamp Something - with pretty papers

Friday 17 June 2011

Best Fishes - Tiffany Doodles new release

There are some fun new releases at Tiffany Doodles this week including this fun watery scene.  The digi is one goldfish but I've layered them in Word and made a small school of fish.  Fish coloured with Copics, background is Distress Inks spritzed with water. DP is Stampin' Up (orange) and Basic Grey (green).  A few gems and ribbons from stash and a handwritten sentiment finish it off, hope you like it.
Spoonful of Sugar - splish splash - my fish are cooling off!
For Fun Challenges - bright colours
My Mum's Craft Shop - seeing spots
Forever Friends - spots and dots, must have an animal

Phindy's Place Challenge #60 - Black & White

Good Morning, welcome to Friday and welcome to a new Phindy's Place Challenge. Before I tell you about the new challenge, we have an exciting change coming up on the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog: from July we are having Phabulous Phindy Friday: on the first Friday of each month: this will be an Anything Goes Challenge with a twist: you can make absolutely anything, combine it with as many other challenges as you like, as long as you use a Phindy's Place image and have made a NEW project for the challenge - no backlinking please!So you will have plenty of time to get your fabulous Phindy project ready for the first of each month!

This week our challenge is to make a black and white card; you can use colour in your image if you wish, but just black and white for the rest of your card please.  You   don't have to use one of Phindy's images to enter the challenge,  but  we  love it when you do - and you get a second entry into the prize  draw!  I used Lula Shopping for my card, a rather sophisticated gal who suits the restricted colour palette!  She's coloured with Copics and left on a bright white background.  The two DPs are both sides of some Stampin. Up DP and the main piece is embossed cardstock that I've sponged with Soot Distress Ink.  I've added some lace and some gingham ribbon, home made flowers with a touch of pink and a set of 4 white and 4 black pearls on the image.
My card is for the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday - gingham
Card Positioning Systems - sketch
Stamping Scrapping Challenge - embossing
StampsR Us - 1 image, 2 patterned papers, 3 embellishments
Card and Scrap - lace and ribbon
Bling it On - embossing
Digi Design House - pearls and lace
Happileigh Scrappin - embossing
Stamp with Fun - pearls and flowers

Thursday 16 June 2011

Boy, balloons and brads

 I bought this adorable image from A Day for Daisies and have spent some time trying to figure out how to try something new with him as that is ADFD's current challenge.  I didn't like the things I tried out and gave up on that idea.  I followed the Sweet Sketch Wednesday layout, adding brads instead of flowers (after all it is a boy card!) but realised I didn't have any tiny red brads.  So I had a go at colouring a brad with my Copics, which worked fine and realised that in the end I had tried something new after all!
DP is K&K, had it for ages, brads are Papermania pastels, sentiment is LOTV.
My card is for the following challenges:
A Day for Daisies - try something new
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - sketch
Creative Craft World - 3 or more brads
Sweet Stamps - embossing
Dutch Dare - for the boys

Tuesday 14 June 2011

Mo meets Sweet Sketch Wednesday

I'm trying to enter a few challenges because I want to, rather than for DT obligations etc.  So, just in time, here is my Sweet Sketch Wednesday card, which uses a Mo Manning digi called Checking Facebook.  This week's Mo's Challenge has a challenge called Recipe for Friendship.  I was a bit phased by the description but this is a modern day take on keeping friendship going.  I was reading about shadows not having to be grey and used blue for the shadow, what do you think?  DP is Prima, lace is from stash and the tiny buttons came from the Craft Barn.  The sentiment stamps are Joanna Sheen.
My card is for the following challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - sketch
Mo's Challenge Blog - friendship recipe
Penny's Challenges - best friends
Paper Sundaes - girly girl

Monday 13 June 2011

Shopping our Stash - UFOs

I had big plans when I saw that this week's Shopping Our Stash Challenge is UFOs, because I've got plenty - unfinished objects that is:).  I love to sit and cut out decoupage while I'm watching tv.  Sometimes I glue the layers on, sometimes they sit in plastic bags, but as you can see the decoupage rearely makes it into a card!  Back to reality and I have at least made up one card with an adorable House Mouse image. 
I finished this one ages ago and then realised that I had missed a couple of layers out when I was glueing!  I've added the missed out meeces to one side, used some backing paper that matches from the Joanna Sheen CD, stamped a LOTV sentiment and punched out a lacy border with a MS punch.  I've added gems to the middles of some of the asters and also put some down the RH side.

My card is for the following challenges:
Shopping our Stash - unfinished objects
House Mouse Monday - adorn with jewels
Simon Says - let's get fruity

PS Thank you to Shopping Our Stash for my Top 3 badge, I hope more of you will join me in shopping my stash:)

Ooh La La - Guest Designer - Challenge #82 - Father's Day/ someone special

Welcome to this week's Ooh La La Challenge, which is to make a card for Father's Day or for someone special.  This card is for my father-in-law who has had several holidays to the Yorkshire Coast, so when I saw this scene on the Ooh La La Watercolour Memories CD I had to make it for him.  I printed it onto heavyweight watercolour paper which makes it look even better.  My printer doesn't like such heavy card so I printed the scene out a little way down a sheet of thin copy paper, then I used spray glue to attach cardstock cut to size.  Somehow this kids the printer into co-operating:).  I extended the picture using my Hobby Art Scene-It stamps, computer generated a sentiment and used a backing sheet from the same CD that goes with a different scene, Aldborough I think.
My card is for the following challenges:
Mark's Finest Papers - Father's Day
Delicious Doodles - Father's Day
One Stop Craft- Father's Day
Secret Crafter - masculine card
Stamp Scrap & Doodle - Father's Day
Polkadoodles - something for Dad
Simply Create - all about you Dad
Fussy & Fancy - man cards
Crazy 4 Challenges - masculine cards
Stamptacular Sunday - Dads or Grads

Sunday 12 June 2011

Less Is More - one layer framed

Some days it really is better to walk away from the craft room and today just may be one of them lol!  I wanted to make a one layer card for Less Is More, which needs a frame to it.  I took the opportunity to pull out my new stamps from last week's foray to the Craft Barn, and made a window scene using the blocks and the Tuscany sets, which I was quite pleased with.  So it was annoying, to say the least, to get a socking big mark on the card.

That took ages so I had a change of plan and pulled out the Lindsay Duncan fairy set, made a mask and Distress Inked inside it.  It needed a bit of something else, so I added some Stickles.  Then when I went to photograph it I added Stickles to most of the card, by mistake.  Drat.

The next card looked great, I like the more intense colour.  When I went to take a picture I realised that my mask hadn't covered all of the LH side and there is an inky margin.  Double drat.   At least this one will be salvageable...

And the final card is ok.  No inky marks, no Stickles disasters.  So why oh why will the photo only load to my blog the wrong way round?  This happened yesterday when I was trying to post some of the wedding photos.  Please can anyone tell me what to do to put this right?  PS After rotating the image all the way through 4 turns and saving each time, finally success!

My card is for the following challenges:
Less is More - in the frame
Annabelle Stamps - masking and sponging
Ai Factory - use something new (stamp)
Crafty Sentiments - add some sparkle

Saturday 11 June 2011

Village Wedding - some of the same faces as royal wedding - less crowds

The brilliant amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen got married today in our village church, 2 minutes walk from our house.  His bride looked beautiful, the page boys wore the Waley Cohen racing colours and there were some notable guests too.  No Prince William, but his bride and her sister were there, as was Princess Eugenie (or was it Beatrice?).

Friday 10 June 2011

A bit more less is more

This is a second entry for the Less Is More Monochrome Challenge.  I've seen some lovely cards using Kraft lately, this is slightly darker than Kraft, I bought some card blanks in recycled card which will have to do for now!  I've used one of a much-loved discontinued Stampin' Up set, added some white highlights with Koh-i-Noor pencil and a Hobby Art quote which fits the card to perfection I think.  I know it's Less Is More but I hope I'll be forgiven the twine which finishes off this masculine card:)

Challenges for my card:
Less is More - monochrome
Art Impressions Stamps - monochrome
Craft us Crazy - father's day/ masculine
Digi Doodles - no backing papers
Paper Play - father's day/man's card

Phindy's Place Challenge #59 - Water

Good Morning and welcome to the Phindy's Place Friday Challenge.  This week our challenge is water:  images with some water in there somewhere.  I used the adorable image Seaside Baby, but I was amazed to see just how many images Phindy has that include water.  You don't have to use one of Phindy's images to enter, but you double your chances of winning if you do!  So why not check out the watery images in the shop?

My card has ended up very simple, I made a shaker card containing sand and by the time I'd framed my image there was little space to add anything other than my sentiment, which came from Create with TLC.  The image is coloured with Copics and some Stickles, the DP is Basic Grey.  I do hope you'll join us this week and make a watery project.

My card is for the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin' - playing in the summer sun
Paper Sundaes - let's get sentimental
Digital Tuesday - in the garden/outdoors
Aud Sentiments - summertime
Paper Pretties - summer
Truly Scrumptious - summer sparkle

Wednesday 8 June 2011

Less Is More - monochrome

The less is more style does not always come easy to me, I find it easier to keep adding rather than take it away:).  This card is an exception and I'm really pleased with it.  I bought the Hero Arts flower stamps with the idea of doing lots of paper pieced flowers with them and remembered some orange cardstock I have.  I won a challenge for the first time ever, probably a couple of years ago and my prize was lots of Stampin' Up paper cut into 6" squares.  I've used lots of it but not the orange.  Don't get me wrong, I do like orange but it does need a lot of space around it and less is definitely more wth it!  The sentiment came from a Papermania set and I've added a big blob of Glossy Accents rather than a brad in the middle of each flower, which makes it a card that won't need extra postage.  The paper is double sided the even the underneath of the blooms is orange.
Less is More - monochrome
Bearly Mine - anything goes
Crafts & Me - stamp something
Clear it Out - paper piecing

Tuesday 7 June 2011

Summer sunshine - I wish!

I'm sneaking in a second posting today because I wanted to enter the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge and I'm fast running out of time.  I knew I wanted to use some gorgeous Basic Grey Sweet Threads DPs that I bought, when I saw a card made by Debby for the Everybody Art Challenge I decided to distress my papers.  There are a lot of layers to this sketch and I worry about them all staying stuck so I decided to stitch them as well!  The good thing is that I know all my layers will stay put, the bad thing is that where I made a mistake with my layout I can't change it.  Hmm...  more haste less speed and all that:).
Image is the totally inspired Tender Tootsies from Phindy's new Plump 'Uns range, isn't it lovely sometimes to just kick off those shoes and feel the grass under your feet...  She's coloured with Copics and lots of Distress Ink, extra Copics in the corner to cool things down a bit and give an impression of some trees.  Flowers are punched from the DP.

Before I go I'd like to tell you that Phindy is about to become a grandmother and she is running a fun competition on PCP, guess the date the baby arrives and guess the weight.  Do check it out, link here, I think the granny to be is a bit sad that she's not had more entries yet and tha baby could be here any day now!
My card is for the following challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - sketch
Basic Grey - shabby chic
Everybody Art Challenge - distress
A Spoonful of Sugar - here comes summer
Corrosive Challenge - summer colours
Pile it on - summer heaven
Sweet Stampin' - playing in the summer sun
Fairy Fun Fridays - summer fun
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Wags'n'Whiskers - stitching

Steppin' into Summer - June Tiffany Doodles Challenge

Good morning and welcome to summer - I hope!  Yesterday it felt like the return of winter but at least the sun is shining today.   We have a new challenges for you at Tiffany Doodles and some new DT members to introduce to you.  They are Anette, Sally and Judy and I'll link them here because I've just removed my sidebar list of Tiff's Team by mistake and will have to put it back later - ack!  All three ladies are awesomely talented, please do check out their blogs and welcome them:).

OK now onto the challenge, which is Steppin' into Summer.  There's a great prize of a $10 shopping spree in the store and if you don't know which image to pick there is a cute crab design as the current Thursday freebie if you check out the shop.   Fishing is the sign that summer really has arrived in this household, as DH heads off to the Windrush and the Leach and other Cotswold rivers, so I decided to use the Gone Fishing set which its stunning realistic drawings.

I've coloured with Copics, my Bass has a load of Glossy Accents which have given him a very lifelike shine and DH kindly let me have some feathers from his flytying stash.  I asked for teeny tiny feathers and that is what I got at first, I'm not sure I could see them without my glasses!  In the end he handed over some more visible feathers lol and I glued them to the fly.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC, the background in Dsitress Inked with Bundled Sage and Faded Jeans and overstamped in the Sage with an Elusive Images flower stem to look like weed.  The "line" is a striped rayon embroidery thread.  If you click on the picture you can see it better:)

My card is for the following challenges:
Moving along with the times - no designer paper
Digital Tuesday - outdoors
Paper Sundaes - let's get sentimental
One Stop Craft Challenge - texture
Stamp Something - June digi day
Cute Card Thursday - embellish it
Do it with digis - all about the boys
Fussy & Fancy - card for a man
Creative Inspirations Paint - card for a male
Pile it on - summer heaven

Monday 6 June 2011

Craft Barn stash

Yesterday I had a lovely visit to the Craft Barn for their Extravaganza Weekend.  I left full of ideas and inspiration, I had a wonderful time and they had put on some fabulous demos, everyone is so friendly and welcoming.  But I didn't get the chance to put any of my new ideas into practice as my 1 1/2hr journey home took 6 hours thanks to the M25 being closed and roads every which way being gridlocked.  Luckily there were some biscuits and snacks in the car, I didn't have to eat my new stash lol! 

Too many demonstrators to single out, but as ever Jenny Mayes was so helpful and happy for unlimited photos of her huge collection of card samples.  Jane Collman had lots of input about pros and cons of the  cutting machines, Lindsay Duncan's stamps were new to me and oh so pretty.

Hopefully I'll have a card to blog tomorow...

Saturday 4 June 2011

"Once upon a time there was a train...

who was afraid of a few drops of rain.  He went into a tunnel, squeaked through his funnel and wouldn't come out again."  Yes, we were big fans of Thomas the Tank Engine and the Reverend Awdry's books when my DSs were small, every night we had Thomas stories at bedtime!  I've not looked that up but I'm pretty sure it's word for word from the start of the book about Henry the Green Engine:).  Thomas seems bit more politically correct these days, Annie and Clarabelle the silly carriages are no longer the only females on the rails lol!  But the boys loved their Thomas stories every night, the videos and the Brio track too.  So this image from Mo Manning was a compulsory buy when I saw a card using it.  I coloured it and it's been sitting on my desk waiting to made into a card.

DP2 has a sketch challenge this week which was the push I needed to get the image out of the sidings and into the platform.  I've given it Card Candy red, yellow, green signal lights but can you believe I've got 97 varieties of card candy but no yellow!  So my signal is orange.

The card is very simple, even though it's for a small boy I like to keep masculine cards uncluttered.  The colouring is Copics, I've let my image spill over the edges of the Nestie die, sentiment is Lily of the Valley.  I've no idea where the geometric paper came from, it's a single sheet of 6" paper, but it worked fine with a white railway fence made with a MS punch.  My card got a thumbs up from older DS, all 6'4" of him, he remembers his Thomas days:).

My card is for the following challenges:
Digital Pencil Too - sketch
Fussy & Fancy Friday - card for man or boy
Delightful Inspiration - masculine, no flowers
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - what's on your work desk right now - the image was!
Some Odd Girl - manly challenge

Friday 3 June 2011

Phindy's Place Challenge #58 - Sketchtime!

Good Morning and welcome to a new Phindy's Place Challenge.  This week we have a lovely sketch by Anne-Marije for you to interpret.  I've gone with a vintage/shabby chic version that started out with a new DP pad called Butterfly Collection, by Pink Paislee.  My month's stash diet has finished and I just *happened* to be in my local craft shop that day when I saw the papers lol!  The Little Swinger image was perfect for my papers, I paper pieced her dress and used soft colours in my Copics.  I stamped some random text in grey around the image and then burshed Distress Inks on.  The lace, printed tape and flowers all happened to find their way into my basket when I was shopping too...  I've added lots of stitching, distressing of edges and cut outs of some of the images from the DP, which have Glossy Accents to stiffen them.

My card is also for:
Paper Sundaes - vintage/shabby chic
Copic Creations - Distressing with Copics (though I have also used DI on the background, hope that's ok)
Spoonful of Sugar - flower power
Stamptacular Sunday - bugs or boys (plenty of bugs!)
Bunny Zoe - lace
Bearly Mine - diecuts and lace
Anita Be Stampin - lots of layers
Paper Creations - ribbon or lace
Ai Factory - distressing
Crafty Purple Frog - things of beauty
Wags'n'Whiskers - stitching

Thursday 2 June 2011

Father's Day Scene

I found it surprisingly hard to make this Father's Day card.  Last year Father's Day was on my Dad's birthday and we met for lunch, knowing that chances were it would be his last birthday.  Dad died in Spetember but I know my two teenage sons will still want cards without going to the shop and paying for them :) and of course DH still needs one for his Dad.  I think now I've made one the others will be easier... 

I used various Hobby Art SceneIt stamps to create a small picture which I'm quite pleased with.  I followed Sketch Saturday's layout, DP is Stampin' Up, I used a Martha Stewart punch and some garden twine.  The sentiment is Joanna Sheen.

This card is for the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday - sketch
Simon Says - Father's Day
Incy Wincy Designs - nature
Craft Your Days Away - Father's Day
Totally Gorjuss - string's the thing
Here Come the Boys - Father's Day
Crafting for all Seasons - Father's Day
Fresh Brewed Designs - for the guys
The Paper Shelter - glad for Dad
Craft Your Passion - what a guy
Lexi's Creations - Father's Day
Karen's Doodles - Father's Day
Crafty Ho's - twine

Air Mail

This is a true one layer card; I needed a postcard to send and couldn't find any in the drawer that I liked.  So I cut some cardstock and brushed Distress Inks over it, then stamped a very old Clarity Stamp and an Elusive Images sentiment onto it.  I brushed a bit more blue ink onto the balloons and used it to edge that postcard.  That's it, finished!

I'm entering my (post)card for the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - something that flies
Shopping our Stash - oldies but goodies, oldest stamp or digi.  I don't think I even have my oldest stamp but this is certainly one of the very very earliest I bought...
Digi Design House - One layer wonder
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight - try something new - I've nver made a postcard before but now I plan to make lots!

Wednesday 1 June 2011

Aqualegia/columbine/granny's bonnets - pretty whatever you call it!

This is a simple card made with the pre-coloured digis from Fred She Said, I was making this to add to my Blog Hop posting last week but didn't get it finished in time.  The Blog Hop is still running until Friday night, if you've not already hopped do come and join in the fun, we've great prizes to win, the fun starts with "Fred" herself, here.  Image was printed twice, one cut with a nestie and the flower cut out from the other and attached with lots of Pinflair glue to give it dimension.  It's mounted onto Coredinations card with the edges distressed, I've sanded the embossing on the Coredinations background.  Both mats are stitched, the sentiment is from  Stampin Up.

My card is for the following challenges:

Stamp with Fun - in the garden
Crafty Emma - embossing
Wag'n'Whiskers - stitching
Paper Play - blossoms and blooms