Friday, 31 July 2009

2 x Combo

Today's card covers these two great challenges
365 Cards Day 153 - Tag You're It, to use a journalling stamp/rub on/sticker
Colour Create - Pink/Orange/Green plus hearts

A great excuse to break open a neglected and, as yet, unused journaling stamp. And to also use one of my newest sentiment stamps.

Ingredients used:-
Journaling stamp - Meredith Fenwick Designs 'The Goods' Journaling stamp 4
Sentiment Stamp - Quietfire Designs
Papers - Mainly K & Co. 'K. McKenna' plus bits out of scrap box
Ink Pad - Versafine 'Onyx Black'
Flowers - Prima plus odd ones
Heart sticker - Pebbles Inc. 'Real Life'
Green swirls cut with Woodware punch
Green card - DCWV
Base card, spacer and brads from my stash

I have an Award

From the lovely Glenna aka Fabric Butterfly
I am having serious problems atm in being able to leave comments on some blogs so Glenna please forgive me that I cannot thank you on your lovely blog. She is so generous in her appreciation of other peeps talent. xxx
So this is what comes next.
The rules are:
Make reference to award and publish it
Disclose rules
Share 5 things you like to do
Share with 10 blogs
Inform each blog

So here it is -

5 things I like to do:

Make cards and some times scrapbook (need to do more)
Read good books
Watch the birds and wild things in my garden
Have meaningful conversations with my 3 (adult) children
Cuddle my adorable pussy cat companions

And the 10 people who I would like to give this award to are :-
Carolyn V

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Peek-a-Boo to You

365 Cards Day 152
This was to create a card with a fun flap somewhere on the card.
Oh! how I had fun making this today.
It's left me worn out though!!

It took me a long time to come up with the idea, but once I came upon the book of ephemera amongst all my dated stash, which has the date of 2004 on it and never been used, I knew where I was going with this. The 6 x 6 book is by Plaid and called Paper Journeys.
The stripey paper is by Laura Ashley and the idea behind using that was to resemble deck chair canvas.
I started with 5 little pages, but thought that a little over generous and cut it down to 3, which is plenty enough. These pages show all the adults having fun on their holiday by the sea. So the poor little chappie on the front has every right to be down in the dumps and want his friends.
I edged the pages and card with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad in Tea Dye and don't know why I do this, everyone else who does it achieves the desired!! always looks liked I've slipped with the pad and it looks messy.
I also dug out more peel-offs for the hinges. I will not throw these away, after buying them all those years ago I am determined they will be used. Frugal, that's me.....waste not, want not!!
Ribbons, sentiment tag and flat backed pearls (why use those?...'cos I can :D) from my stash.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

A Certain Sentiment....

A card done today to cover
365 Cards Day 151 - to use the sentiment 'You Can Do It!'
The Pink Elephant # 25 - given sketch

A great sketch to use from TPE which always helps when mojo is low.
I had to think about this sentiment for quite a while and on rummaging through my box of image swaps came upon this one which looks to be from Hero Arts and the wording on the image is "With peace upon my wings, I shall fly around the World" which I thought was just perfect for this challenge.
I used Craft-T chalks to colour the image, and papers from Kay & Co. Tim Coffey Travel/Vacation . 3 pieces of card candy in a nice sandy colour and starfish charm finished it off. I used Doodlebug rub ons onto a little tag for the sentiment and added a little piece of cotton thread.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

An Eye for an 'I'..........

365 Cards - Day 150
So a homophone is to be used in the sentiment.
Plodded all day with this, trying to think of something that may be different, I will know when I check everyone elses out. :D

I brayered a piece of glossy card with Adirondack 'Noel' - the greeny end.
I stamped my lovely Clarity deer stamp in 'Woodland' and the grasses and hanging vine stamps in 'Bottle'.
Top and bottom I put a run of DCWV 'Old World' ribbon and the sentiment I printed off in Word. Which I sponged - again- in 'Woodland'

I think the card may have looked ok until I plonked the sentiment on, could have done a better job of that methinks...hey ho!!

Monday, 27 July 2009

A technique revisited...

365 Cards - Day 149

This will also fit in with the challenge over at Charisma Cardz #29 'Tag It'
As you can see from my card this is a trip back in time. It is that long since I've done any sponging the technigue has not evolved for me. I daresay this needs further time looking into but this is my quick offering for today.

I shall *whisper* that I dug out some old peel-offs and placed them randomly on a piece of white card.
I then sponged with Adirondack Butterscotch, Pesto and Red Pepper until I was happy. On removing the said peel-offs the pale shadowy images are left behind.
I tore this piece of card and edged it in Adirondack Ginger.
This was stuck to the green base card which looks like Bazzill, but not sure.
I made another piece of card into a tag, placed a Basic Grey sticky Letter 'F' and sponged with the same colours again. I then added a rub-on to marry the letter. I found it hard to apply the rub-on over the ink. :/
This was then placed onto a piece of chocolate brown card and cut around. Made a hole with a punch and added a piece of misc. brown loopy ribbon which I also put down the side of the card, hopefully to bring it all together.
This looks like something I would have made 10 years ago lol!!

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Super Sketchy Sunday 148

It's the start of another week over at 365 Cards which means another great sketch.

Ingredients :-
Base card - Kraft card from Lakeland [ from forum buddy Looby ;)]
Stamps - Hero Arts Dot Border and Hampton Arts Novel Background, sentiment stamp misc.
Inks - Orange and white pigment inks
Papers - freebie from magazine
Flowers - a mix of Primas
and brad from my stash

I stamped the Kraft card all over with the dot border and orange ink then overstamped with the text stamp in white ink.
I used a pair of campasses to cut out the circle.
Sentiment stamped using Versafine Onyx Black.


This card was done for Chocoholic's Friday Challenge on my Crafting Forum
It just had to be anything to do with fashion and I have had this stamp for ages and it hasn't seen the light of day for a number of years....shameful.
It's by Crafting Pastimes
Sentiment stamp by Inkadinkadoo.
Both stamped with Versafine Onyx Black which is my favoured ink pad.
The image was coloured using PM's Pastel Yellow & Lime for the clothes and Raw Sienna for the hair and Copics Pinkish White & Blush for the flesh.
The floral paper is Basic Grey 'Scarlet's Letter' and the top piece of paper which I have cut around the swirl pattern is out of my bits box.
Ribbon DCWV
Base card from my stash
This image reminds me of the late fifties and I wore girls versions of this sort of style with lots of net petticoats underneath to make it stick out. You could get petties with hoops in and even a sponge foam!!...ah! those were the days. :)

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Scraplift Saturday

365 Cards Day 147
To select one of the DT's cards and scraplift it.

Boy Oh! Boy!! I struggled with this.
I chose one of lovely Amy's cards and although I just about did it, I couldn't take a decent photo of it. Poor photo, sorry.
The papers I chose were some lovely vintagy Anna Griffin florals. I really enjoyed making the flower and scrunched it up an teased into frilly pleats then edges each layer with Orange glitter glue. The sentiment is by Hero Arts and I didn't have what Amy used as the main card but used thick parchment instead.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Mirror Me!

365 Cards - Day 146
The idea was to create symmetry on your card.
Harder than I thought.
So had to keep it clean and simple.
Corner Sentiment stamp by Clarity stamps was ideal for stamping twice to create the square. I used Adirondack in 'Denim'
A Delft tile was mounted on dimensionals in the centre.
Sticky backed ribbon by Anita's was then stuck down around the 4 sides and this is when you find out you haven't quite cut out a completely square!!

365 Cards Catch Up

Day 143/144 Combo - 'Keep It To Yourself - Sympathy', NO sentiment on the front./ 'You Raise Me Up' card to show 2 ways of using dimension
For 143 I used Tapestry stamps image and cut around to suggest a wreath and used a stamped rose (misc.) in the centre, just finished off with a piece of navy grograin ribbon.
For 144 I mounted the rose on dimensionals to lift but also used Glossy Accents to suggest dew drops on the rose and leaves.

Day 145 - 'Ad Inspired' super picture of a pillow which we were to use to give us inspiration for our card.
Ingredients :- Image - freebie download by Dustin Pike
Colouring medium - PM's : meadow green, raw sienna, lime green, canary and emerald
Copics : Orange
Stripey paper - Kay & Co 'Isabella'
Floral paper - Basic Grey 'June Bug'
Sentiment - Magazine freebie
Irridescent Butterfly sticker - Provocraft
Swirls - Woodware punch
Gems and scalloped card from my stash

So just to do todays now and I am up to speed. :D

Thursday, 23 July 2009

4 x Combo

Four challenges covered by this card.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge week 58 - Soft & Sweet + PB stamp
Sketch & Stash challenge 15 - Given sketch
Passion for Promarkers wk 9 - Rose Pink & Lime
The Pink Elephant Challenge #24 - Animals

Ingredients - challenge elements hilighted
PP - Basic Grey 'Sultry'
Image - NEW download of 'Whimsical Girl' from Bee Crafty
Colouring medium - Promarkers: Rose Pink, Lime Green,Vanilla, Meadow Green. Copics: Blush, Pinkish White & Blue Frost
NEW Funky Flower brads from Eyelet Outlet
Sentiment stamp - Penny Black split in two - second part on the inside.
Base Card - NEW 12 x 12 Bazzill

I hope the boxes are ticked for all challenges Penny Black's 'Soft & Sweet' element and Pink Elephant's 'Animal' element being covered, hopefully, by the little cute birdie.

Spots & Stripes

A card to cover two challenges :-
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge wk 41 - 'Spots & Stripes'
Sketch Saturday # 60 - given sketch
A great sketch a great theme.
PP - Basic Grey 'Cupcake' which had spots and stripes in abundance
Stripey brad - Dovecraft
Red Card Candy = spots
Image - Penny Black
Colouring medium - watercoloured with Sakura Gel pens
Stripey/spotty faux stiching using Black Copic multi liner 0.3
Flower - Prima
Grosgrain ribbon - SU
Base card , white card and sentiment - misc from stash

Missing but not Lost

After 3.5 days without a modem I am going to be playing catch up big time.
I went into meltdown without my cyber fix and glad my new router didn't take the 5 days to arrive as was a possibility.
So this late card is for:-
365 Cards Day 142 Movie Monday -
To interpret the movie 'Twilight'
Charysma Cardz Thursday #28 sketch, but am now late for this
Well for 365 CardsI haven't read the books or seen the movie so went by my gut instinct of someone mentioning vampire and the colour of the pic posted.
The specific for this was :-
Black card base, paper to be predominently red and to add glitter or gems....hope I've remembered that correctly.
PP - Basic Grey 'Scarlet's Letter'
Sentiment - portion of a Hero Arts stamp 'Inspirational Prints'
Ink Pad - Brilliance 'Moonlight White' - very apt.
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 19 July 2009

365 Cards - Day 141

Super Sketchy Sunday today and here is the sketch.
This was lovely and painless.
Feeling below par atm, like the golf I'm watching. lol!!

But as I type this the sun is starting to shine which makes a blessed relief from the amount of rain we have had lately, so much for our summer!!!
Anyway, I digress....the starting point for this card was the Nestie die cut scalloped oval in two sizes....the only two left in my box of spares. So that shade of pink dictated the rest of the card.
The Card stock is Bazzill Basics, not sure of the shade. The pp's are HOTP, years old, but I throw nothing away, so sometimes you may think my cards look a little dated, lol!! , but I care not a jot. :)
I trimmed the top piece of paper with my Fiskars scalloped border punch 'Threading Water' and forgot to do the bottom piece...doh!!
All pieces had their corners rounded with a corner rounder punch, no less. I added the sentiment by Clarity Stamps inking with Adirondack 'Cranberry'. 2 little flat backed jewels by Papermania were added to the dots on the 'i's'..ribbon from my stash and to finish it off I added two little mulberry flowers, pulling the stems through the knot of the ribbon.
The start of another great week at 365 Cards.

Saturday, 18 July 2009


The last from me today is to cover 3 lovely challenge blogs

Colour Create Ch. 23 - Blue & White Vintage
Daring Cardmakers - Away with The Fairies
Friday Sketchers 61 - given sketch

This was a lovely sketch and I could use my lovely stamps I've had for years and hardly used. And I do love blue and don't use it enough.

Ingredients :-
Fairy Stamps - part of a set from QVC
Fairy sentiment - Inca
Lace and pearls which add to the vintage look from my stash
Blue papers - Basic Grey 'Marrakech'
White base card and ribbon also from my stash
Blue hydrangeas - Papermania
Images coloured with a variety of PM's
Wings of the fairies sparkled up with Stickles Icicle and Diamond
The glass of the hand mirror highlighted with Diamond Glaze

365 Cards - Days 139 & 140

Here are my final 2 cards this week, and boy what a struggle with the final one.
Day 139 - Paper Piercing
Day 140 - Paint It!!

Day 139
I had fun with the piercing and did a cute 4" x 4" card.
I daresay I could have done more holes looking at it now, but I can always add.
Ingredients for this:-
Kraft Card - SU
Cream leather look card - from my bit box
Metal spacer - The Hobby House
Ribbon, buttons, flowers, brad and sentiment from my stash.

After finishing the card all bar the piercing I placed my largest square Nestie over the embelished piece and drew lightly around with a soft pencil, I could then pierce in as perfect a square as I could. I pierced the four corners first then halved every space between the holes with a piercing until finished. Any pencil marks can now be rubbed out.

Day 140

Oh! the woes of choosing an unmatchable colour. But the only paint I had was this, then the paper followed quite well, but to embelish was terrible I had stuff on and off and coloured with pens, too late to paint another piece as it wouldn't be dry to scan.
So my offering used these ingredients:-
Green base card - QVC
Backing paper - magazine freebie
Letter 'H' - misc. naked chipboard
Paint - Adirondack pearlised acrylic in 'Bottle'
Overstamping on letter - background stamp by Judikins using Brilliance 'Moonlight White'
Rub-on Sentiment & Sticky flower - Acts of Kindness
White Flower - Green Tara
Huge Brad - Eyelet Outlet
Piece of ribbon from bit box

Note to self - green is very hard to!!

Friday, 17 July 2009

Ruby & Gold

I've made it so I'll show it, but I'm not happy with it. lol! The balance is wrong.
This is to cover 2 challenges.
Passion for Promarkers #8 - Ruby & Gold plus jewels & gems
Mojo Monday wk 95 - given sketch

Ingredients used :-
Image - Sugar Nellie 'Maggie with Spring Flowers'
PM's - Ruby, Gold, Vanilla, Poppy & blender pen
Copics - Blush, Whitish Pink, Pale Grape
Base card, plain gold paper, embossed gold paper, gold grograin ribbon, gold emb. sentiment(QVC) and golden yellow jewels all from my stash
I think the paper is a piece of Kay & Co