Saturday, 28 February 2009

Polka Dot & Pink

This was the theme for Card Sketch A Day challenge #181. Found this quite a challenge and to get the best from it I suggest you view it at an angle. Watching the Ireland/England Rugby did nothing for my placing. lol!!
The Polka Dot paper is by Doodlebug Designs, spotty paper by Kay & Co., Tim Coffey 'Young Girl', the brads from Queen & Co., sticky ribbon by DoCraft and the sentiment from Bo Bunny. Everything else is from my stash.

Thank You...........

.........Penny Black Saturday Challenge, for pulling my name out of the hat for the prize for Challenge #37 - Get Well.
I am over the moon to win such a yummy prize so thank you to Carole too for supplying this little treasure trove of goodies.

Clean & Simple Stamping

I absolutely love this blog it is so full of beautiful quickie cards which, most times, honestly can only take minutes to make. How many times have you been caught short for a greeting card? and the last thing we want to do is go and buy one.....heaven forbid.
So this is my Fall to Layout #31.
I too, made my own backing paper. But should have used a darker ink for the sentiment as it is quite pale stamped onto the green. I added a bit of bling with a jewel above the i in 'Birthday'. The ribbon IS straight, but because it is loose it has moved in the scanner. :-/
So thank you Natasha for this weeks inspiration.
Stamps used : Hero Arts 5 Petal Outline Daisy, Kaleidoscope Whoopsey Daisy, misc.tiny daisy and Penny Black 'Birthday Dreams'.
Inks used : Versamagic Chalk in Persimmon, Mango Madness and Niagara Mist
Green card : Bazzill Basics ?colour
Jewel, Ribbon and orange card from my stash.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Friday Friends

Well as soon as I saw this sketch by Card Sketch A Day #180 I was intrigued by how I would do it. The paper sketch in the centre I thought being the main focal, so searched and came up with a page out of my ancient Filofax...remember those? With it being so old I then thought vintage and so the rest of the card came together. The stamps used are by Hero Arts and Papercrafts4you. The paper is from a pad by Plaid - Paper Journeys 'Romance'. A small piece of brown Basic Grey stiff paper was used to mount the torn page onto. The ink used was Adirondack Vintage sepia. The stamp ephemera and paper clip were from my stash.

Pretty in Pink

I made this card for Card Sketch A Day #179. A very simple sketch, I thought, until I came to do it and took quite a while. The stamp used is by Hero Arts, mounted on Bazzill Basics card. The paper is Doodlebug Swiss Dot with Prima flowers. Jewels and ribbon from my stash. The little sentiment circles were punched from a sheet of Glamour Prints paper by Dovecrafts.

Colour Combo

Found a wonderful Challenge Blog which is going to really whet my appetite as Basic Grey papers are a passion of along I went to Basic Grey Challenge and found this weeks' challenge was "Colour Combo" sponsored by The Cutting Cafe. The choice was out of Pink & Green, Pink & Brown or Blue & Brown. I chose the latter as I do love those colours together. I chose a favourite Penny Black stamp and created my little effort above. The Basic Grey papers I used were from the following 6 x 6 pads , brown from 'Sultry', brown floral from 'Boxer' and blue from 'Cupcake'. The butterfly image which is in a tan brown - not orange as it looks here :-( - was out of my stash of stamped images which I have collected over the years, I just altered it by touching up the white parts with a pale blue Pro-Marker by Letraset. Ribbon and jewels from my stash. I really enjoy working with limited colours as given free rein I am unable to make a choice. Please forgive the awful photography, didn't want to scan the card as the butterfly would squash, and photos aren't my forte.
Basicgrey Challenges Blinkie (large)

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Animal Magic

I took the opportunity to combine two challenges in this card. The sketch was taken from Sketch Saturday #39 sponsored by Emma Lockley and the theme of Animal Magic was for Cute Card Thursday #49 sponsored by Craftaway.
The stamp used was by Penny Black, watercoloured with Marvy Le Plume pens. Oddments of Bazzill Basic cardstock and embellishments out of my stash along with Basic Grey paper were used to finish it off. I love to be able to use minute pieces of cardstock which I never throw away and I feel a greater sense of achievemant if I do so.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Flowers say Hello

This weeks Mojo Monday wk 75 was a yummy sketch with lots going on which is what I like to keep me pondering.
The deep burgundy of the card dictated what else followed. The papers I used were Basic Grey and the sentiment stamp was Hero Arts. The lovely little flourish stamp is a Dawn Bibby design from Personal Impressions.

Congratulations Barney & Elen

My eldest son and his girlfriend have got engaged over the weekend and needless to say I am over the moon. Elen is a stunning girl and Barney has made not only a wonderful choice but me very happy too.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Signs of Spring

This was the theme of Cute Card Thursdays Challenge #48
And now I've done it I realise it's not cute, but hey ho! cute is in the eye of the beholder.
The Lily stamp is by Bravura Stamps and I inked it with Versafine vintage sepia and stamped it onto one of my Nestabilities Labels 2. the stamens were topped with cream flat-backed pearls. This was mounted onto a Nestabilities large scalloped circle in chocolate card. The paper used was from a Basic Grey Lilykate pad, the cream jacquard ribbon was from my stash. For the sentiment I cut in two to fit, an image from a PSX stamp. All elements were swooshed over with brown chalk from a Decorators palate.
I am pleased with the colours of this, quite restful

Get Well Soon

It was lovely to be able to combine 2 challenges for this card. The sketch came from Card Sketch A Day #175 and the challenge was for Penny Black Saturday Challenge
I love this cute Penny Black stamp and the flourish stamp is from an unmounted plate by StampAttack. Flowers are by Prima, everything else from my stash. But the sentiment is peel-off words. I do find these small words very useful. Little gems were added to the centres of the stamped image flowers for a bit of sparkle.

Friday Sketchers 40

Well my mojo went out for a walk a few days ago and has only just come back, half-heartedly at that. This was a lovely hand drawn sketch on Friday Sketchers and thought it would get my juices flowing again.
The papers used are Kay & Co Hopscotch, the stamp is by Inca and the metal sentiment embelishment is by Linda Maron Mod Designs.
Had quite a job cutting on the diagonal and trying to watch the snooker too. Lol!! but I have made the effort. :-)
Thanks Friday Sketchers for keeping me at it.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Card Sketch A Day #170

Saw this sketch and new I just had to do it so I could use my new Nestabilities Labels 1 which I adore.
The papers are Basic Grey and Papermania, and the sentiment stamp, which I love, is Clarity/Imagina which was stamped using Adirondack Lettuce ink pad.
The white scalloped edges are Bazzill, jewels and ribbon from stash. Quite pleased as I do seem to prefer the monochrome look, which seems more restful. Although when I see others using such gorgeous arrays of coloured lusciousness I admire their ability to diversify.

Mojo Monday #74


Enjoyed this immensely until coming to scan it and, of course, it wouldn't because of the pearl in the middle of the flower. My photography is appalling to say the least, but at least my card is here to show that I accomplished the task.
The stamp was Elzebels which was coloured with Sakura gel pens. The papers were Basic Grey 'Lilykate' everything else from my stash.
I'm now getting fed up of my style and papers and feel I want to go for a cleaner look of card. Never satisfied. Maybe it's because everything I am using is old, old, old. I cannot warrant the spending of precious pennies on new and original when I have so much unused stash on my shelves. Anyone else feel the same?
Still, as long as I am crafting, who cares. lol!!

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Sunday, 15 February 2009

Sweet Content

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Dawny's Sketch #8
Used my lovely old Basic Grey papers here and thought the trees image already stamped in this shade in my stash went well. The Sweet Content sentiment is part of a Clarity/Imagina stamp. One I will be keeping for an autumn birthday, no doubt.

Friday Sketchers #39


Yet another enjoyable sketch and able to use one of my myriad of Penny Black stamped images I have accumulated over the years. The stamp used as the sentiment is an old Brenda Walton All Night Media 'Delight', the papers, flowers, buttons and jewel all from my stash. The Image was cut using the largest scalloped oval in the Nestabilities set with small scallops. I edged the cut image with green ink.

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Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Well it is St. Valentine's Day so for Week 36 - Nat's Challenge I decided to do my Valentine card, not that I have anyone to send it to...but maybe next year lol!!
This is such a cute Penny Black Image which was coloured with Marvy Le Plume pens, K & Co papers , Prima flowers..... and ribbon,brads and charm from my stash. All individual pieces were edged with Antiquities Terra Cotta ink pad. My preferred shape for cards is square so enjoyed this immensely.