Saturday, 31 October 2009

Happy Hallowe'en

The end of another month and ever closer to the end of another year. Where does time go? Why do the days seem so much shorter when you are on the downward side of life's hill? so many questions, so little!!
Todays cards feature my favourite animal, The Cat, of which I have 3, but they, too, are on the same side of the hill as me, and Charlie even further down. I was up at 5.20 this morning cleaning an accident off the carpet, poor thing he sometimes loses the plot aswell as his bowel control..Ah! well!! that's life.
I digress, onto the cards.
365 Cards Day 245 - 'It's a Matter of Inches', to use an inchie on your card or the inchie to be the card.

I made 3 inchies with images from a rubber stamp by Inca called 'Cat Blocks'
Stamped using Versafine Onyx Black
All card and paper are from the scrap box
Image coloured with ProMarker 'Sandstone'
Embellishments by Daisy Hill & ek Success
Border punch - Martha Stewart 'Embossed Petals'
I used the sketch from :-
Sketch Saturday #75 as it was perfect for this.
The card also fits the challenge for
Daring Cardmakers - 'Getting Punchie With It'

Card No 2 for Today

To cover challenges :-
CRAFT #23 - Hallowe'en
Passion for ProMarkers wk 23 - any colour and theme + animals
Cuttlebug Spot #54 - 'Boo' ~~ Purple/Green/Black
Bubbly Scrumptious #10 - Ghoulies, Ghosties and Long Legged Beasties
Secret Crafter #56 - Hallowe'en

 I love this digi image which I got from Mo's Digi Pencil
I coloured it with PM's - Ice Grey 1, Cool Grey 1, 2 & 5, Lime & Emerald Green, Satin, Pumpkin, Apricot, Vanilla & Mandarin
The die cut I ran through the 'Bug' using my swirls folder and added purple gems
Green Rub-on letters by Doodlebug
Black letters - Peel-offs
Black card with embedded gold glitter - Kanban
Purple ribbon from my stash

Friday, 30 October 2009

At Last!

.........I have caught up over at 365 Cards...phew!!
So we have here
Day 231 - Imagine This 'Sky'

I had to think long and hard over this, but knew that when I think of sky it is always blue and summer and there are birds involved.
This image is a great freebie download from The Creative Cottage called 'Home Sweet Home' which I printed out twice and double mounted
I added little pink gems to the flowers on the grass to bling it up
The paper is Kay & Co 'Sparkly Sweet'
The alphas are Doodlebug 'Loopy Lou'
The birdies are a stamp by Clarity Stamps. and finally....

Day 244 - 3 Different transparent items

This one also fits in with
Charisma #43 - No Backing Papers

This was a quickie...  :)
I folded a sheet of acetate in half.
I placed a vellum quote by DCWV underneath the top and anchored it with 2 transparent snowflakes
On the top I placed more transparent snowflakes, 2 of which exactly matched the two at the back so masking them
A piece of plain vellum is placed on the inside back to write on....JD!!

I will now go check the whole of the month of October and make sure I haven't missed one....just tomorrows to do, please be kind to us Pam :D

Two for Thursday

Another 2 for 365 Cards and 1 for Basic Grey
Day 242 -  Ribbon Frenzy use 7 Different Ribbons
Day 243 - Beautiful Bouquet

Basic Grey Challenge wk 6 - Colour combo Green/Red/Blue

Day 242 details
Paper - Basic Grey Marakesh
Sentiment stamp - Hero Arts
Tag - Prima
Ink - Adirondack 'Denim'
Buttons, card and ribbon offcuts from my stash
This card will also fit with Basic Grey Challenge

Day 243 details
Paper - Laura Ashley
Stamp - Anna Griffin
White card - DCWV
Sentiment, ribbon & card pieces from my stash

Thursday, 29 October 2009

100% Girl

I won some wonderful downloads from Sassy Studio Designs in September, and, at long last, have been colouring them up.
This gorgeous one is called Sweet Lollipop Lily
I used Copics to colour her.
The misc. base card was whizzed through my Bug with the spotty bubbly(can't remember what it's called) folder.
A waste piece of blue card was edged with Fiskars Threading Water border punch.
All pieces were corner rounded.
Sentiment by Reminisce
Paper, gems and ribbon from my stash.
This card is going to fit beautifully (I hope) with the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday 83 - Candy Corns
Elzybells #30 - Glitter, sparkle & Shine
Papertake - Spots and Stripes
Simon Says.... - All that Sparkles
Three Clovers # 37 - Teenager

Thanks for stopping by :) x

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

3 into 1 will go!

I decided today that the only way I am going to catch up over at 365 Cards is to do 1 card to cover as many challenges as possible. So this card knocks off 3 of the challenges.
Day 232 - Super Sketchy Sunday - Given Sketch
Day 240 - Pin Up! add a pin and beads or safety pin
Day 241 - Put it on the List...A list to replace the sentiment.

Day 241 is the only one that is loosely interpreted. My list is the poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~ 'How do I love thee, Let me count the ways'...and then she goes on to LIST them. So hopefully this will pass.
Ingredients used.
Base card - Bazzill Bling
Papers - Linda Maron
Scalloped edgings, ribbon, Pearl Hat pin, gems from my stash.
Crafters chalk to smoosh around the edge of the scalloped card which was but through my 'Bug'
The poem was printed out using Word....phew just a couple behind now!

Apologies, as usual, for the poor scan, but you are used to me by now. :D

Monday Mayhem

I will have to make this a quickie as it's 1.35 am and I'm soooo tired and I wanted to do 3 cards in my 365 Cards catch up but only managed 2
The 2 I did are for
Day 233 - Favourite fabric


I don't have any favourite fabric or furnishing, I live very frugally. I do have this amazing huge painting on my wall though, it is about 6ft x 2.5 ft and is acrylic on canvas. I love it.
I managed to find some freebie downloaded paper which sort of reminds me of it.
The stamp is by Blue Cardigan and says it all.....'ART washes from the soul the dust of everyday life' - Picasso
Base Kraft card - SU
Ribbon from stash.
Day 239 - Super Sketchy Sunday
Winter Wonderland wk 22 - Open Theme

Still on the Blue Christmas here. A Hard sketch I thought, and didn't do it as much justice as some of the girls,
Old Christmas papers by DCWV I think
Everything old and from my stash
Drunk my cocoa so off to my bed
G'night peeps xxxx

Monday, 26 October 2009

365 Cards Catch Up 2

3 more cards done...quite a few still to go
Day 230 - Shape Up!....Semi Circle

Day 234 - Trio ~ Pearl, Tag & Ribbon

Ingredients for all cards:-
Papers - Basic Grey
Image Stamp - Anita's
Sentiment Stamp - Elzybells
Piece of green card - Bazzill
Pearls and base card from stash
Faux stitching using liner pens

Papers - DCWV
Tag - received in a forum swap
Ribbon - Anita's
Sentiment stamp - Hero Arts
Pearls from stash

Base Card - Kraft from SU embossed with bone folder and scoring board
Large owl stamp - Magnolia Tilda's owl
Tiny Owl Stamp and sentiment - Hero Arts
Twine - Hobbycraft
Yellow Crad - Bazzill
Inks pad - Adirondack 'Rust'
Branch stamp, green card from stash

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Saturday Stuff

Not much catching up done today for 365 Cards, but have managed just the one. This is for Day 237 -Fridays' Five. To use at least 5 different stamps on your card. 10 would be great.
This will also fit in with Creative Card Crew Challenge 32 - Scallops
Well I managed 8.
6 different leaves and an acorn, 2 of which are PSX the rest QVC,
and the sentiment which is PSX also.
Inks used - Adirondack Rust, Red Pepper, Butterscotch, Cranberry, Terra Cotta, Ginger and Versafine Onyx Black for the sentiment.
The larger leaf was inked in green and embossed using Verdigris embossing powder. Then the veins were rubbed over with wax rub-ons to give a pinky sheen
The rub-on bird is by Bo Bunny.
Tan card edged with my Fiskars scalloped border punch

The 2nd card of the night is for Winter Wonderland wk21 -  The Christmas Stocking
Passion for ProMarkers - the colours Poppy and Forest Green and
Simon Says... - Given Sketch

Stamp - Sugar Nellie 'Christmas Honey'
Other PM's used - Saffron, Vanilla, Canary, Gold, Ruby, Meadow Green, Ice Grey 1 and Pastel Pink
Skin coloured with Copics Milky White and Blush
Christmas Stocking brad - Eyelet Outlet
Card Candy - Winter Wishes
Sentiment is cut from ribbon with the words chosen to show 'Merry, Merry Christmas'
Negative waste from Nestabilities die cut rectangle used to frame the image.
Red Card - Stardream
Green card - DCWV
Paper - Basic Grey 'Eskimo Kisses'

Friday, 23 October 2009

365 Catch Up

I have a whole week to catch up argh!! so here are two towards it.
These are for
365 Cards Day 235 - Wacky Color Wednesday Red/Purple/Brown
Day 236 - Pretty Paisley

The sketch for this card is from
Spoonful of Sugar Challenge 74
BaseCard - Kraft, all edges smooshed with Colorbox chalk ink in lavendar
Papers, Red - Kay & Co. 'Classic K McKenna', Circles - Basic Grey
Dragonfly Stamped Image, red twine and rub-on sentiment from my stash


This is a Clean & Simple sketch and the papers and paisley element are Kay & Co 'Sugary Sweet'
Gems and stamped sentiment from my stash
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black

Things that go bump.........!

Yet another Hallowe'en card for the myriad of challenges out there requesting!!
This one is for Cupcake Craft Challenge 62 and Crafty Creations #38 - All Hallow's Eve

The cute tag with the pumpkin and cat is a download from Funky Fairies
The Bat is a download from BeeCrafty
Coloured with ProMarkers
The tag was mounted onto a piece of orange card and some of the left over orange card I cut out bits for the eyes and mouth to make them look lit up.
I used rub-on letters by Rob & Bob Studio to write BOO!
The tag I edged with faux stitching with a liner pen
The base card, moon charm and orange checked ribbon from my stash.

Monochrome Christmas

This was the challenge over at Allsorts Challenge 23, and as was pointed out it *doesn't* mean black & white but any colour where just the shades of one colour are used.
BUT ~~~~

I had this beautiful stamped image sent to me in our forum SI swap and it was just crying out Black & White, so that is what I did.... ;)
The paper is DCWV
I am unsure of the make of the stamped image.
Stickles 'Frosted Lace' was added to all the snow to give it lovely sparkle.
The cute Santa stamp is by Inca and I cut around it with Nestabilities Round Die. I also Stickled the moon, so it's all glittery behind Santa. Versafine Onyx Black was used to stamp.
Base card and ribbon from my stash.

Under the Weather!

Another card before I go to bed. It's 1 in the morning and I will fill all the details tomorrow.
This is for The Pink Elephant Challenge #37 - given sketch
Simon Says.... - Get Well Soon


This card is for :-
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 6 - Autumn
Papers - Freebie in a magazine
Outline stickers - Woodware
Colouring medium - ProMarkers and chalks
Negative leaves punched shapes out of my bits box and cut with circle punch, both by Woodware
Base Card and ribbon from by stash

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Blue Christmas

Not much going on in my little part of the world.
Weather is dreary and my purse is empty after getting my car repaired to get it through it's MOT...these things are sent to try us.
I did manage one card though and it is a blue Christmas card to go with my mood.
I used the great sketch from Sketch and Stash challenge 21
and if I'm not too late this will fit in perfectly with Crafty Creations 37 - Blue ~~( Too Late :(  )

Stamp Something - Bling It Something

I dug out all my old Christmas papers from last year and I refuse to buy anymore until these are all used up.
The new stash are the die cut snowflakes the, large one I covered in Doodlebug Sugar Coating glitter, and the snowflake stamp by Dawn Bibby which I stamped onto the faux silk paper which I made for another challenge somewhere ??? I also added glitter to this before the glue dried and it is lovely and sparkley.
Denim by Adirondack was used to stamp the snowflake.

Let's hope I can get a few more made today eh???

Monday, 19 October 2009

Silent Night

Another chance to make a Christmas Card over at Stamping Sisters in Christ - The challenge is to make a card or project featuring the nativity or other religious theme about Christ's birth.

I chose to try an arty style for Christmas, which is definitely different.

Paper - Basic Grey 'Wassail'
Overstamped in
Adirondack 'Winter Sky'
Christmas message stamp by Stamps Away
Flourish stamp by Stamp Attack stamped in Adirondack 'Rust'
Nativity Scene by Clarity Stamps also stamped in Rust and the figures filled in with brown chalk.
The whole card edged with sponging in Adirondack 'Butterscotch'
Sentiment cut out of a magazine page of sentiments, mounted on card and edged with Butterscotch.
Ribbon from my stash.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Colour Scheme

365 Cards Day 229 - Colour Scheme

It took a while for me to find the colours for this challenge as they didn't show up on the 365 blog so had to blog hop to see if anyone had put them up.
I've had huge probs with viewing some peoples pics and it's driving me mad. It's such a shame when I cannot see what some have been up to all these weeks, but hey ho! that's Blogger for you or, maybe, my server???

This card was quickly put together for this challenge as I'm not in crafting mode.
The die cut and embossed cream card was sent to me along with a pile of other colours from a crafty buddy CarolAnn off a forum Wish.
I chalked the vines in green ans the owl in light brown, they just about show up in the scan.
Mounted on peach/apricot coloured card from my stash
The sentiment stamp by Stampendous was inked with Adirondack 'Butterscotch'
Gems added to the sentiment and owl's eyes.
Leaf embelishments from my stash to finish off for an autumn feel to the card.
If I'm not too late - which is my wont, this will also fit in with Secret Crafter #53 Autumn Colours and The Pink Elephant #36 - Fall

Thursday, 15 October 2009

The Dark Side

This card is to cover the following challenges:-
Papertake - The Dark Side
ABC - F is for Flying
Allsorts 22 - Hallowe'en
A Spoonful of Sugar 72 - Hallowe'en

Paper and image - download from BeeCrafty
Bats - Table decoration sprinkles from Asda
Colouring medium PM's
Everything else from my stash

Bit of a quickie as I'm still not too good, in my own personal dark side with the nights drawing in.

Thanks for stopping by buddies.


Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Same, but different...

365 Cards Day 228 - Same, but different...
The Specifics: Your challenge is to use at least 2 papers that have the same pattern but are different in color.

Hooray a day to dip into the box of bits again.

Paper pieces - Funky Fairy download
Everything else from my stash.
Off for an early night, I need it.
Thanks for stopping by.

In Motion

This card today is to cover 3 challenges
365 Cards Day 227 - In feature a flight path of something on your card
Pollycraft 26 - Tangerine, Turquoise and Chocolate
Flutterby Wednesday #78 - Butterfly

The idea for the card is off Dawn McVey's blog My Favourite Things, a very loose translation of one of her cards. With my mojo at a very low ebb I need all the help I can get
The butterfly stamps - Cuddly Buddly
Sentiment Stamp - Stampabilities
Ribbon is the hanging loop taken out of one of my was the perfect!!
Ink - Colorbox Petalpoint
Brown card from my bit box embossed with 'Bug' Swirl folder
Turquoise card a piece of DCWV
Fiskers Border Punch
Wave Pattern stamp, Base card, button and thread from my stash

Monday, 12 October 2009

365 Cards 225 & 226

A bit of a catch up for me as yesterday I didn't make one card at all. My mojo went awol.
So I have been a good girl and caught up.
Day 225 - Super Sketchy Sunday and the start of Torendi Week

I thought the sketch hard and my card looks oh! so busy.
Used for this card:-
The scalloped border is by Bazzill
The spotty ribbon by Queen & Co
Snowflake rub-ons are Sew Easy by Doodlebug
The sentiment cut from a magazine as you can!!
Card Candy 'Winter Wishes'
Everything else from my stash.

Day 226 - So......... The word SO to appear somewhere on the card
I loved this challenge and had the perfect stamp with 'So'on it
I got this stamp off eBay and use it for Easter cards.
Used for this card:-
Paper - Kay & Co Basic Grey 'Motifica'
Nestabilities Die cut Curved Rectangles
Coffee coloured card - DCWV
White card and satin ribbon from my stash
Versafine Onyx Black for stamping

I apologise for the squashed scan, this card looks quite lovely in real life with the bow in all it's glory.