Monday 30 April 2012

Crafty Cardmakers - for the boys

Welcome to this week's Crafty Cardmakers Challenge, this week the challenge is to make something for a boy or a man.  I've used the adorable Boy and Dog image from one of this week's sponsors:  Digi Doodle Shop.  I kept my card very simple to show off the fab image which I coloured with copics and Distress Inks, just adding a printed sentiment from Craftwork Cards and some design paper as well as a few layers.  The brads are a dark copper, works well for the masculine theme.
My card is also for:
Di's Digi Designs - lets meet your animal friends
Send a smile 4 kids - for the boys
That craft place - for the boys

Saturday 28 April 2012

Less is More - sketch

 This week at Less is More we are reminded to keep plenty of white space on our cards and have been given a choice of sketches to follow.  I've made two cards, one for the circle sketch and one for the square.  The Thank You card uses the incredibly useful Frame It set from Waltzing Mouse, stamped in Versafine Olmpic Green.
The circle is a Hero Arts cling stamp which has a square background of script.  I've cut round the centre, coloured with Copics and popped it up on foam pads for dimension.  The sentiment is Imagination.  Not sure which I prefer, I'm pleased with the C&S look of both of them...

Friday 27 April 2012

Phindy's Place Challenge #103

Good morning and welcome to this week's Phindy's Place Challenge.  This week we are challenging you to make a clean and simple card.  Clean and simple style is very popular at the moment, though I can find it a challenge to keep to the guidelines when using images that are complex to colour.  The Design Team have come up with some brilliant cards though, I do hope you can take the time to check them out.

I used one of my favourite images, Birdie, and printed her onto watercolour card.  She's coloured very simply with watercolour pens, matted and layered a coupl of times and a sentiment added. 
My card is also for the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday  - wintry blues (I went with the blue option)
Paper Pretties - clean & simple

Thursday 26 April 2012

Just a Note

I'm blogging a second card today, to enter the Vintage Challenge at WOW.  I love WOW embossing powders, their superfine is just perfection to use.  Now there is no embossing on this card, however I have used a section of a gorgeous music stamp that I bought from the WOW stand at the NEC in March.  The ribbon is Stampin' Up and the sentiment comes from Imagination Crafts.This is a clear stamp, isn't the detail on it impressive?
For some strange reason there don't seem to be many entries to this challenge, all I can say is:  get over there and check it out!

April Showers

We're certainly getting April Showers here this week, today I managed a long walk with the dogs between showers and then retreated to the craft room to make a few cards.  I put together some House Mouse decoupage that had been cut out a while back, isn't this a fun Spring image?  I added some Glossy Accents and Stickles to the raindrops and a couple of ribbons beside my image. 
I'm entering my card for:
House Mouse & Friends - anything goes
Creative Belli - animals
Sassy Cheryl's - April Showers
Use it Tuesday - April Showers (decoupage is my hoarded stash)
Bunny Zoe - ribbon or twine
Get Hippity - April Showers
Scrappers Delight - April Showers
Digi Designs - animal friends

Wednesday 25 April 2012

A Clean & Simple Birthday Card

Today's card uses my new background stamp from Stamp Addicts.  I've used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to stamp it out, as well as the sentiment.  There is a 1/16" mat on the stamp then it's popped up onto dimensional dots.  I added a bit of Stickles to the centres of some of the flowers.
I'm entering my card for a few "Anything Goes" challenges:  Simon Says,   Make it Monday and Love to Create.

Sunday 22 April 2012

Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge

Today's card is a fairly c&s design for this week's Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge, despite it not having much white space.  I used a Waltzing Mouse background stamp, I'm really pleased how well it lined up for repeats.  The sentiment stamp is by Ludiec and the ribbon from Stampin' Up.

Saturday 21 April 2012

A Charming Less is More

This week's challenge at Less is More is to use a charm embellishment while still keeping the card clean & simple.  I bought charms a while back but don't really tend to use them, a rummage in the drawer came up with some Christmas snowflakes.  I white embossed my Indygo Blu snowflake border and brushed Distress Ink over it to create a sky.  The glossy ribbon is coloured with Copic pen and I used a bit of Glossy Accents to eep the charm where I wanted it on the card.  Sentiment is Butterfly Kisses.
My card is also entered for ABC Christmas Challenge, which is H is for Hardware.

Friday 20 April 2012

Phindy's Place Challenge #102 Stitches & Squares

Good Morning and welcome to this week's Phindy's Place Challenge, this week we are challenging you to use some stitching and a square card or image.  I've used the adorable Summer Blossom image for my card, colouring to match the My Minds Eye DP.  I've followed the layout for this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge and added some bold black stitching.
My card is also for:
Sketch Saturday - sketch
Incy Wincy - digis only
Charisma Cardz - shabby chic
Papertake - a stitch in time

Thursday 19 April 2012

Digi Doodle Challenge #104- April Showers

Welcome to this week's Digi Doodle Shop Challenge, which is April Showers.  This means to use water in one form or another on your project and I have been rebellious and frozen my water:).  I loved the Sliding Penguins image the moment I saw it and had so much fun making this card.  The image is coloured with Copics nd some Stickles, I've cut it out and added a background of brayered ink that was sprayed with water and then had some "snow" added.  The DP is glittered, the ribbon has metallic wording and I added some snowflake brads.  Hope you like my winter scene:). 
My card is also for the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - metallica
Shopping Our Stash - water related
Oozak - anything goes
ABC Christmas - H is for Hardware
Crafty Sentiments - use a digi

Wednesday 18 April 2012

It Must be Love

I've played along with the sketch challenge at Waltzing Mouse this week and used the Nordic Spring set to make my card.  There's the most amazing stitch detail in the stamps and I used WOW superfine embossing powder to show it off.  The sentiment is also Waltzing Mouse, I added some gems and a bit of dry embossing.

My card is also for:
Bearly Mine - embossing
Papertake Weekly - a stitch in time (the stitches are knitted ones on the stamps!)
Deep Ocean - song inspiration (Madness, It Must be Love)

Tuesday 17 April 2012


 Today's card is pretty and feminine, it uses the ballerina from Stamp Addict's set Ballet Shoes.  I saw a gorgeous card on my friend Viv's blog that uses a button with a shank on and I've pinched her idea here.  The ballerina was masked and stamped in Sepia Versafine onto a textured peach cardstock.  I watercoloured the images with pink and skintone and matted it, adding a MS punch border.

I'm entering my card for:
Paper Sundaes - anything goes
Stamptacular Sundays - freebie week
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - pastels
Little Darlings - pastels
Crazy4Challenges - buttons
Card Makin' Mamas - getting girlie
Prairie Fairy - anything goes
Polka Doodles - pretty in pink

Saturday 14 April 2012

Less is More - one layer doodling

The challenge this week at Less is More had me stumped for a while; it is to add doodling to a one-layer card.  I fiddled around with some stamps and didn't like the effect I got, I felt that they looked fine until I doodled on them!
In the end, I used a lovely new background stamp from Stamp Addicts, stamped in Bashful Blue onto a brayered strip of my card.  I dotted either side of the ink with a blue Pigma Pen and decided that was fine.  I then added a dot either side of the sentiment and didn't like it at all, so I added gems over the dots to rescue the card, as well as a few gems on the stamped part of the card too.

Friday 13 April 2012

Phindy's Place Challenge #101 - what's cooking

Welcome to this week's Phindy's Place Challenge, which is a subject dear to my heart LOL:  food and drink!  I chose to use one of the Two-seven-oh images, Deluxe Cone , colouring it twice and decoupaging it and I just had to add it to the Basic Grey  DP.  I stamped the Dimension Fourth sentiment stamp onto some ribbon and added a couple of Memory Box corner dies to complete my card.

My card is for the following challenges:
Sassy Cheryl's - anything goes
Use it Tuesday - anything goes from stash (I've had the DP for years, also I've never used the image before!)
Anything Goes - anything goes
Pan Pastel UK - sweet treats

Sunday 8 April 2012

Three Shades of Green - plus one!

I don't know if those Lady Limettes will count this card, it has the three shades of green but I've added a sprinkling of flowers in Worn Lipstick, couldn't see anything in the challenges that said it had to be monochromatic!  The stamps are from a Dutch company called Ludiec, the sentiment is Waltzing Mouse again.  The leaves are stamped in SU Pear Pizzaz, the sentiment in Versafine Olympia Green and the dark green cardstock that I used to mat the image is the third green:).

Three Shades of Green

This week's Less is More is a colour challenge:  three shades of green.  This was a perfect challenge to use my reel of shaded ribbon from my stash; I was thinking over how to use it and sadly I need a sympathy card to send.  So I added a Waltzing Mouse sentiment and a Memory Box corner die to my ribbon.

Friday 6 April 2012

Phindy's Place Challenge #100 - Blog Hop and Anything Phindy Goes!

Welcome to our 100th Phindy's Place Challenge, I have been on the DT from the start and I have had so much fun along the way!   I hope you are joining in our Blog Hop, I'm the first stop along the way and the next blog you visit is Cec, be sure to check out her brilliant creation.  We have mega candy up for grabs and the challenge is Anything Goes Using a Phindy image.

I've made my card using Super Sized, isn't this bunny adorable?  Not to mention all that chocolate.... :).   Here's a photo of our mega candy, you may well find some more candy up for offer along the way...

Happy Easter to everyone, here is the Blog Hop order in case you get lost along the way:
Anne Ray (DT Leader) Cec Wintonyk (DT Coordinator) Ann English Catherine Ward Kathy Curry Linda Payne Marlena Peduzzi

I'm also entering my card for the following challenges:

Paper Sundaes - Easter
Forever Friends - embossing and animal
Rainbow Lady - Easter
Sarah Hurley Challenges - Easter
Shelly's Images - check it out (check out the dungarees!)
Fab'n'Funky - embossing
My Mum's Craft Shop - Easter and/or animals
The Paper Shelter - Easter anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow - Easter
Oozak - anything goes

Thursday 5 April 2012

Digi Doodle Challenge #102 - New Stash

Good Morning and welcome to my first posting for the Digi Doodle Shop Challenge.  This week's challenge is to use some new stash.  As I recently visited Hobbycraft this was a very easy challenge for me:).  I used a new sentiment stamp that I bought, as well as the gorgeous digi image Mare & Foal which I used to make this card for my friend.  The DP is My Mind's Eye Stella and I used a MS punch on the mat around the image.  I really loved using this image and I'm looking forward to the future challenges.

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Have a blooming wonderful day

This Spring scene is a new stamp from Little Claire, isn't it pretty?  I've coloured it in soft spring colours with my Copics, followed a sketch from Seems a Little Sketchy, adding some garden twine, some seam binding and Basic Grey DPs from Porcelain.  I've matted everything with Kraft card.  The sentiment is Craftwork Cards.
There are lots of Spring challenges around, I'm entering my card for the following:
Seems a Little Sketchy - sketch
Little Claire - Spring/Easter
Paper Pretties - April showers bring forth May flowers

Stamp & Create - Spring
Crazy Challenge - Spring
Stamp with Fun - no Easter card!
Addicted to Stamps - Easter/Spring
Come & Get It - bring it on - Spring
That Craft Place - all about Spring
Copic Challenge Group - Spring
Mark's Finest Papers - square card
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Spring
Sweet Stampin' - Spring or Easter
Prairie Fairy - Spring Fling
Incy Wincy - Spring and/or pastel colours
The Kraft Journal - celebrate Spring or Easter

Monday 2 April 2012

Land of Hope & Glory?

I got these fun Inkylicious stamps at the NEC on my recent trip and have been looking forward to using them.  CASual Friday Challenge is to make a clean & simple project based on a song.  I thought this card was perfect to match with a patriotic song so here's my Land of Hope & Glory card:).
I inked up with Barn Door & Sapphire Distress Inks, adding a tiny bit of bling to the crown and some baker's twine.  Hope you like my Jubilee card:).

Sunday 1 April 2012

Waltzing Mouse meets Less is More

I'm not altogether happy about this card, it's a bit too subtle I think!  I made a one layer card using the doily set from Waltzing Mouse and followed the colourscheme at Less is More.  I tried a new embossing tip that I learned at the NEC on the WOW stand:  I put tiny pinches of spring green over the embossed images, then finished off with white powder.  The background is inked with Sage Green & Spun Sugar; I've added some bling to the doilies and embossed the WM sentiment.  What do you think?

Easter Blooms

I have two cards to show you today, this is made using an Imagination collage stamp that I got at the NEC, I've coloured it with watercolours and decoupaged the crocus so that they stand out.  There's a swirly dry embossed background and the label came from a Nestie set.
My card is for:
Catch the Bug - Easter/Spring
Craft your Days Away - Easter
Di's Digi Designs - embossing
Sweet Stampin' - Spring/Easter
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - spring
Alphabet Challenge - D is for dry embossing
Just Add Ink - Easter
4 Crafty Chicks - Easter
Aud Sentiments - Happy Easter
Totally Papercrafts - Easter
One Stop Craft Challenge - Easter