Saturday, 20 May 2017

Starting Early

Each year I'm always full of good intentions when it comes to Christmas cards - this year I mean it!!
This afternoon I got the Christmas supplies out and made a start...

I've used a large 8x8 rad base card and added a 7x7 square of tartan patterned paper. I can't remember 100% what make the decoupage is - possibly Craft Creations. Finally I added die cut letters (SON) and a punched snowflake. Very simple design but it really stand out because of the size.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Hiding In My Craft Room #301 - masculine
Creative Friday #179 - card for a man
C R A F T Challenge - Christmas
Merry Christmas Challenge - gingerbread
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #334 - anything Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas

Only 7 months to go...

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Friday, 19 May 2017

3rd Anniversary Penguin

Today's card is for my friends' 3rd wedding anniversary. They are mad on penguins so I usually go with this theme for their cards...

I've used a very old freebie digi image from Blackberry Jelly, coloured with pro-markers and mounted on a fancy die-cut heart. I've used plain grey card for the backing with some coordinating polka dot patterned paper. To add a bit of interest on the background I've added some decorative dies in the same colour - this gives a faux embossing effect.

The balloon and bow are also dies and I've added a bit of bling with the mirri number sticker. I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Creations - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge # 329 - anything goes
Aud Sentiments # 180 - anything goes with a sentiment
Creative Fingers #130 - anything goes

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Highest Kite

Today's card is my second inspired by the wonderful mood board at Double D Challenges:

I really do love using a red white and blue colour scheme on cards but today I've used a made a much cleaner card as I was also inspired by the one layer challenge at Less Is More:

My first challenge was to find an image with both spots and stripes! I've used a very old digi from TLC - a great site for freebies, especially vintage images and word art. I've coloured it with pro-markers and used 300gsm linen card so there is no bleeding through. The sentiment is a quote I found by simply googling 'kite quotes' - as for most things the internet is your friend.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Beautiful Day

I've got a lot of friends' birthdays coming up towards the end of May and in June so I'd best get cracking with some girly cards...

Today's make is using the gorgeous 'So Pretty' digital stamp form The Paper Shelter - isn't she a stunner! She goes perfectly with this lipstick patterned paper from Dovecraft's 'Kiss & Make Up' pack.

I've used a black card base and folded back the front of the card for a change. The image is coloured using pro-markers and I've mounted it on a scalloped circle die-cut. I've also added a greeting and a short verse inside.

To add a bit of girly bling I've used a red pearl for her earring, some red gems under the greeting and some red glitter heart stickers from Papermania.

I'm entering this card in the challenges at:

4 Crafty Chicks #350- celebrate women Chick pick!
Pattie's Creations Challenge #134 - for the girls
Simply Create Too #127 - use a digital image
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #415 - birthday
Crafty Gals Corner # 122 - bling
Die Cuttin' Divas #316 - feminine
Always Fun #5 - feminine
Passion For Pro-markers #394 - bingo (birthday, bling, punches or dies)

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Yellow Flowers

Today's card was inspired by the following challenges:

Less Is More:

Crafting When We Can - clean and simple
Crafty Gals Corner - clean and simple
Passion For Promarkers - make it bloom
Aud Sentiments - flowers and a sentiment

I made a card base from linen embossed card and die cut the flowers and butterfly using the same card to continue the texture. I coloured the die-cuts using pro-markers - two shades of yellow (mustard and saffron) and a cool grey for the stems. 

The stem die is from Memory Box (I cut off the original flowers), the flowers dies are I think Marianne (they are purple?) and the tiny butterfly die came with a magazine.

The middle of the flowers are brads and I've added 2 tiny yellow pearls on the butterfly - both embellishments are from The Range.

The sentiment was created in Publisher using Follow You Into The World font.

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Red White and Blue 18th

Another special order - an 18th birthday card for 'Ross'...

My colour scheme was inspired by the mood board at Double D Challenges:

You gotta love red white and blue - it lends itself very well to masculine cards and I think stars are a great theme for men.

The papers are from a mixed pad from The Range and I used Tattered Lace 'table' numbers dies cut in two colours to create a shadow effect. The greeting was made in Publisher using Copperplate Gothic font and I've gone old school by using a hand punch for the stars.

Hopefully this card will really stand out as I've used a 7x7 inch base card.

I've also entered this card into the challenges at:

Southern Girls #159 - use an actual punch
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
Unicorn Challenges #21 - special occasions

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Super Shiny Silver Wedding

Today's card was an order from a friend at work - a personalised Silver Wedding Anniversary card for 'Ruth and Gary'...

I used a free heart die that came with a die-cutting magazine and silver mirri card. It's so shiny it was very difficult to photograph. The subtley patterned paper is from a Dovecraft pack and I created the greeting in Publisher using  Monotype Corsiva font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafting By Designs - May anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #43 - anything goes
Little Red Wagon #392 - time to celebrate 
A Perfect Time To Craft #5- open challenge
Crafty Addicts #36 - anything goes + add sentiment

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Party Animal

Happy Friday - and it's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK which means an extra day off work for most folk!

There's a new challenge over at Simply Papercraft today ...

As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in. Today's sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo - a lovely place to pick up some crazy images and fun digital stamps...

This is what I have created using an image kindly provided by Bugaboo......

Aren't these shoes fabulous!! I'm not 100% sure which jungle animal the shoes represent but as I had some jungle papers I've gone with cheetah/leopard!

I've coloured the image using pro-markers and used the animal print patterned paper that I got from The Range. I  made a greeting in Publisher using The Urban Way font and embellished with a strip of coordinating card and a die cut bow. Finally, no card is complete without a gem or pearl!!

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Craft Rocket - movie or book (the Jungle Book!)
Seize The Birthday - anything goes 
Crafting When We Can #142 - one for the girls
Crafty Gals Corner #120 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #291 - birthday card
Digi Choosday #17 - anything goes
Creative Inspirations #273 - one for the girls

So get yourselves over to Simply Papercraft and join in the fun - it's only a click away!

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

With Love

I'm trying to use up some of the freebies I've received free with magazines over the years so today's card is made using some die cut rose and heart toppers and Kaisercraft papers that came with an old edition of Quick Cards Made Easy...

The greeting die also came free with a magazine but I did manage to buy the swirly scroll die myself!
I've used a very simple layout to show off the pretty dies and papers.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:.

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Through The Craft Room Door - anything goes
Crafting From The Heart #156 - anything goes

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Birthday Stripes

It's a few weeks since I've had time for crafting on a Saturday but with time on my hands this afternoon I headed over to Less Is More to see this lovely challenge:

I was also very happy to see this colour challenge at CAS-ual Fridays - it's one of my favourite combos:

I used a 3 inch long thin oblong die, cut 7 shapes and coloured 4 of them pink. I used foam pads to give some height and lined them up in the centre of a navy base card.

The Happy Birthday die is from Dee's Distinctively and to add a bit bling I used some coloured pearls.

I'm also entering this card into the challenges at:

Everybody Art - blue and one other colour (pink!!) 
Brown Sugar #247 - use a die cut

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Digital Daisy

Now for all I love using digital images and I use my computer to create word art and greetings sentiments for my cards, I've never been a great lover of CDs or digi kits. However, needing an 80th birthday card with a daisy theme I came across this kit by Crafts-U-Print...

As far as kits go it was easy to put together, a good size and the image was sharp when I printed it out. I've tried to add my own touches to it by decoupaging the bunting, adding some gems to the flowers, adding glitter to the numbers and creating my own sentiment. But, it is what it is...

On the plus side, the kit comes with a full set of numbers so if I ever need a quick card for any age of birthday, it's just a matter of printing off the components. 

I'm pleased with the end result as it's just what the customer asked for but I'm not sure I could do this type of crafting often - it felt a bit like cheating!!

I'm entering this card into the 'anything goes' challenges at:

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Birthday Girl

Happy Good Friday folks!

And what a wonderfully lazy day it's been - a lovely long lie-in this morning, beautiful cod for lunch and we broke into one of the Easter eggs this afternoon! I found time to have a little play in the craft room and made a quick card using an old digi from I think Heather Ellis. I've used patterned paper from The Range (my new fave shop ever since they opened a store in Sunderland) and I think the greeting stamp is LOTV.

The image is coloured with pro-markers, and I've used rows of pearls to embellish.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Cards and More #182 - monochrome
In The Pink #117 - pearls
Seize The Birthday - use 2 patterned papers
Crafting By Design - girls or flowers
The Paper Shelter #289 - girl power
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Neon Butterfly

Flicking through blogland this afternoon, I was glad I was still within the deadline for this lovely sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch...

I love the nice clean lines! I dug out some grey and white striped paper (Papermania's Festive Spots and Stripes Capsule Collection) - subtle colours but a clearly defined stripe. To offset the pastel background I used a neon green butterfly from The Range with some coordinating flat backed pearls. The 'thanks' die is from Whimsey Stamps and I've layered it 3 times.

I'm also entering this card into the challenges at:

Always Fun Challenge #1 - anything goes
Crafting From The Heart #154 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #186 - things with wings 
Crafty Creations #339 - anything goes

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Wedding Birds

There's a few people I know getting married this year so I've made a start on some cards for my box...

I do like making easel cards - there's definitely a wow factor with them!

I've used a really cute wedding birds decoupage from Kanban. For matting, I've used some coordinating polka dot patterned paper and the die-cut greeting is from Diamondpress. Finally, I've created a faux embossing effect with some floral corner dies and added tiny lilac pearls as embellishments.

I'm entering this card into the current challenges at:

Crafting From The Heart #153 - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
Brown Sugar #245 - anything goes
Crafty Friends #55 - animals or birds
Crafting With An Attitude #26 - anything goes

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

In Deepest Sympathy

Not a good week so far...

When I got to work yesterday morning I found out that over the weekend, two of the lovely ladies I work with had had family bereavements.

I do try to have a few cards in stock for such occasions but my boss asked if I could make her some special cards...

I wanted something classy and simple.

The butterfly die came with a magazine and the ivory linen base card isn't as harsh on the eyes as white would have been. The greeting has been done in Formal436 font and the embellishments are black opaque gems.

This card is for the 'anthing goes' challenges at:

A sad card to make but I think it's essential to let people who have suffered a loss know that your thoughts are with them

Carpe Diem


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Some Bunny Loves Ya xx

Today's card is inspired by the challenges at:

Freshly Made Sketches


The Paper Players

I've used three strips of washi tape and a cute glittery bunny sticker from The Range. For embellishments, I've added some shiny pearls in coordinating colours. The greeting was created in Publisher.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Auntie's 60th Birthday

Today's card was made for a friend for her auntie who is coming up 60.

I used a variety of intricate dies which work really well together...

The numbers are also dies and I've added some red gems for a bit of bling. The pretty floral patterned paper is from a pad from The Range

I'm entering this into the 'anything goes' challenges at:

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