Sunday, 29 March 2009

Sketches {by tamara}

Another lovely challenge blog here, and #88 is to follow the sketch for a lovely circular card.
Used my CraftPro to cut the circular card and the paper which is misc. from my stash. added a piece of misc. pink cotton lace at the fold with a lilac organza bow at the top and large button brad from Eyelet Outlet at the bottom. 3 Prima 'Larkspur' flowers with flat-backed pearls added to the centres were positioned on the paper and the clear sentiment stamp by Clarity/Imagina was inked with Versafine and stamped at the top of the paper. Dare I say that the white zig-zag is a peel-off. To add a bit of bling I dotted Stickles glitter glue in Icicle to the butterfly wings and a couple of aurora borealis gems to the ends of the antennae.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Family Affair.....

Have managed to combine another couple of challenge blogs for this card. The title of the post is the theme over at Cute Card Thursday, being their Challenge 53...a card for any family member. It worked in well with the lovely sketch over at Truly Scrumptious Challenge 3 with the added element of something shiney or sparkly.
This is the first time I've used this new Sugar Nellie stamp, isn't she cute. I coloured her with PM's and just cut the bottom half of the stamped image close to the outline and placed her sitting on top of the piece of purple card which was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The shiny element was the 4 gem/metal brads added at the corners. The paper and sentiment were from free downloads and the ribbon and flower were from my stash.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009


This was the theme for week 40 at Penny Black Saturday. I did the doodling fine but struggled and struggled with the placement on this card. For some reason the piece of card I doodled on just didn't fit anyhow anyway, nor would it go with the stamped image, so cut them out a bit and have come up with this.
All items from my stash, but the pen I used for the doodling is a fabulous gift from a friend and is by Signo, the best white pen ever. The paper used is Basic Grey 'Two Scoops'

Favourite Colour.................

Trying to catch up with my cards so combining two fabulous challenge blogs for this card. Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #24 is 'Favourite Colour' and over at Colour Create the theme is 'Turquoise, Navy & Lime', which is definately a favourite combination of mine. Also on Colour Create no design papers could be used.
I inked a misc. 'Ivy' stamp with turquoise ink and stamped it over a piece of lime Bazzill card for my background. This stamp has a date of 1991 on it's wood mount, so it's going strong. I stamped little Prima owls in the same ink onto a tag added lime and turq. ribbon and turq. buttons, one with a small piece of navy ribbon through the holes. All mounted onto a ribbed navy card.
Seemed really strange not using any papers, and feel it has that Hero Arts look about it.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Mojo Monday

Another great sketch over at Mojo Monday Challenge week 79.
Actually tried something new for this.
I cut and embossed a Nestabilities Curved Rectangle out of a piece of watercolour paper and using a Hero Arts 'Showy Blossom' stamp coloured straight to stamp with Marvy pens and sprayed with Moonglow Glitz Spritz and stamped onto the rectangle. Unfortunately the scan doesn't pick up the sparkle in the image but it looks great.
Everything was mounted up using Kay & Co. 'Hopscotch' papers and misc. white card.
Ribbon out of my stash and the dots were added with a pen along the scalloped edge.
The Love sentiment is a mini tag by Making Memories.

It's a Girl

Sarn over on our Crafting Forum chose this theme as her challenge for the week so decided to couple it with this great sketch over at Pink Elephant Challenge being #7
The base card was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and mounted onto misc. pink card.
The image of the pram is out of my image stash and I coloured it with Sakura Gelly Rol Stardust pens.
A row of Prima flowers adorned the bottom of the image and pink gems were added to the centres and at the left side of card. The Sentiment was cut from a free sheet in Beautiful Cards magazine.
Not the best card I've ever made lol!!

Monday, 23 March 2009

'Cos I'm A Woman.....

This is the theme over at Daring Cardmakers, this week. There is a link to this site on the right.
Bette Davis is one of my all time favourite actresses and my favourite film of hers is 'All About Eve'.
So I'll make this card as a tribute to her. The Basic Grey paper 'Scarlett's Letter' is just too gorgeous to cover up so all I did was add the stamped image of Bette with the sentiment from Bo-Bunny Press added...she did have fabulous eyes. Black spotted organza ribbon from my stash ..... et card.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Too Cute

Friday Sketchers 44 has a wonderful sketch this week by Beatrix, and the prize is sponsored by Pink Gem Designs.
A great sketch and one I enjoyed doing. The image is Tilda which was watercoloured. Papers are from Basic Grey pad 'Sultry'. The pink handmade paper scalloped paper deco border is by Craftime. Flowers are mostly Prima with a couple of Green Tara. The sentiment is a stamp by Stampabilities using Adirondack Meadow ink.
Ribbon, card, brads and flat-backed pearls from my stash. I just had to add the extra flower at the top didn't I? just felt it was too bottom heavy.

Friday, 20 March 2009


HM & Friends
This sketch was over at House Mouse & Friends Challenge and I have a few HM images I am able to use. The one used here is heat embossed in gold.
The papers are a mixture of Kay & Co. and Laura Ashley
The cat and dream bubbles just came to me out of the blue when the card was near completion and I needed a sentiment of some kind in the main square in the middle, nothing seemed apt until I thought of what would want a golden mousey....just got to be a cat. Inked them with Versafine Antique Sepia et Voila!!!
Sentiment and cat stamp misc. from my stash. also the card and green flat-backed pearls.

A Spoonful Of Sugar

A Spoonful Of Sugar is a lovely challenge blog and I spent so long on #42 that I missed the deadline so I will use this wonderful sketch from 42 for the #43 challenge which is GEMS. There are 2 flat-backed pale green pearls and a lovely little faux citrine gem in the flowers so am sure this will be acceptable. The gems are from my stash.
The image is Penny Black which is adorable and the papers are K & co., Primas flowers and ribbon from my stash. All the faux stitching is rub-ons by Doodlebug 'Sew Easy'
The lovely sentiment stamp is by Stampabilities stamped in black Versafine

Recipe 52

Oh! I love these challenges over at Cute Card Thursday. They really make it hard to control yourself.
The recipe this week was:-
Take something Ripped
Add 2 Papers
And 4 embellishments only, no layering of them, they all count.

So I chose a stamped image to rip, the 2 papers one of which was from Kay & co Somerset pad and other piece a scrap which I ripped also to mirror, and the embellishments were
1 ribbon from stash
1 sentiment tag by Making Memories
1 flower by Prima
1 button from stash
So there you go a very tightly reined card but loved doing it. The number of times I kept saying NO, NO, NO, was amusing to say the least.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Red & Green Buttons

Another chance to combine 2 challenges. So over on Pink Elephant Challenge #6 we find 'Buttons' and on Colour Create wk7 we have Red & Green.
So combining the both I have come up with this card. All items are from my stash ...the buttons are one of the items I won on Penny Black Saturday not long back. I am still foggy with my cardmaking today, don't know what is wrong, but I mustn't stop or I won't do anything.
The scan is a little foggy too as the embellishments are a little bulky so there is more shadow than usual.


Over at Sketch & Stash Challenge the idea is to use all or just one item of unused stash - which I sure have plenty of- and #6 includes a sketch also.
Now this stamp by Bravura Stamps I have had for about 4 years, never used it because it is like an etching and really didn't know how to do it justice. So thought it best to leave it black and do a monochrome card.
The inkpad is Versafine and the piece of paper Basic Grey 'Scarlett's Letter' which is actually a new pad and only the 2nd piece I've used out of it. The scalloped edge is by Bazzill and the flower Prima with a velvet brad in the centre. The sentiment is a sticker by Bo-Bunny Press.
Enjoyed this as I haven't crafted for about 24 hours and found it hard at first to get's always the first step isn't it?

Monday, 16 March 2009

Something Edible.......

This was the theme over at Papertake Weekly Challenge. I'm trying to do a few plainer cards if I can to get away from the busy, busy, busy that I have been doing lately.
The pale green Bazzill card was covered along the bottom with a scrap of paper out of my box a leftover piece of ribbon and - dare I say - 4 black peel-off squares ( I can see you all recoiling in horror as I type) turned on their point to reflect the diamond pattern in the paper. The Penny Black Image is out of my swap file and was coloured using PM's. The fly was the top half of a sentiment stamp by Inkadinkadoo...I just love it.

All Round

Over at Basic Grey Challenge 26 the idea was to make a card with no angles or corners, hence the 'All Round' theme.
Really struggled with this one, not because of the rounding but because of the lack of mojo. But I came up with a card which I will be using for a friends anniversary soon.
The papers and chipboard alphas were both Basic Grey 'Two Scoops'
Sentiment stamp, ribbon and flat-backed pearls from my stash. The flowers are Prima hydrangeas. The papers were edged with my Fiskars wide scallop scissors. The card was embossed alonng the bottom edge with my Cuttlebug embossing borders 'Frills'.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Sunday Combi.

Getting snowed under with challenges I want to do so have combined 2 this weekend -the theme from Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #23 which is 'Have Your Cake And Eat It' - and - the sketch from Sketch Saturday #42 sponsored by The Cutting Cafe.
The sketch was great and cake being the theme....need I say more. The Penny Black image was coloured using PM's. All papers used were from Kay & Co. Tim Coffey Tulip and Papermania Olivine Essence. The piece of cream card was cut using Fiskars Wide Scallop scissors and overstamped with 2 flower stamps by Hero Arts using Colorbox 'Wisteria' Chalk Ink pad. Prima flowers and Hero Arts buttons used to finish. All other items misc. from my stash.


A great sketch over at Cute Cards Thursday Challenge 51 this week. It is called Celebration to mark their anniversary. Congratulations CCT.
I actually chopped a huge bloom up for this, something unknown for me. Just so fed up of trying to get perfect circles so adapted something else circular for a change. The papers used are Basic Grey Lilykate and the large fabric covered brad in the centre of the bloom is by Laura Ashley, the stamp used for the sentiment is by Hero Arts, stamped in Pesto Adirondack ink - everything else out of my stash.
The whole card evolved around the tag which was just waiting to be used for ages, and so this sketch with the tag included was the very thing, thanks CCT.
The scan is poor because of the bulkiness of the brad...apologies.

Penny Black Saturday

Challenge week 40 was a great sketch sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. I am having problems cutting out perfect circles though. I've just about tried every tool going and none at all are great. But nothing is too obvious. The PB stamp is 'A Whisker Away' which I actually own and shaded with PM's. The papers used were Basic Grey Scarlet's Letter with Prima flowers and ribbon, card and brads from my stash. Just love this paper and browns and creams are among my favourite combos. Even in my clothes.....think safe!

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Friday Sketchers 43

This week sponsored by CreaVil, and it was a lovely sketch. I used my new Sugar Nellie stamp 'Talking to the Birds' which is very versatile as I can remove the bird house and branch and use that seperately. The image I coloured with PM's and mounted onto a piece of Bazzill cards. This was then mounted just offset on a piece of Laura Ashley paper. Finished off with Prima flowers and misc, grograin ribbon and Kaisercraft Pearls which I received yesterday form a crafting buddy.

Ready, Steady, Cook.........

This was the theme at Daring Cardmakers Friday Challenge, so for the recipe the ingredients were:- 3 different papers, at least 1 pce of chipboard, at least 1 button, at least 1 ribbon with an optional extra being an item of your choice.
I enjoyed this as there is nothing to follow only your own imagination. Sometimes not good.
The 3 papers were 2 by CMYK Scrapbook Printdirect in natural + 1 piece of misc. leftover from a 12 x 12 sheet. 2 chipboard brackets by Papermania, 2 buttons from my mum's button tin, and a piece of misc. ribbon threaded through both the buttons. My choice of extra item was a stamped greeting from a stamp by Docrafts in Adirondack Cranberry. Not that happy with it as I want more on it somewhere. :-D