Challenge Winning cards

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fore Tee

I do love a good play on words - I couldn't resist this one when I was asked to make a golf themed 40th birthday card...

This was made using the seriously cute Country Gents downloads from Cuddly Buddly. I used the paper that came with the image for a co-ordinated backing and the big nestie behind him made from
hammer embossed cream card represents a huge golf ball.

I've entered this into the 'masculine' themed challenges at:

Anything Goes Challenge Blog
Eclectic Ellapu
Craft Room Challenge

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Flowers For Mum...

Or even Mam as we say up north!

Today's card was made using last year's Mother's Day digi from the Digistamp Boutique , coloured with promarkers. I decoupaged some of the flowers and the vase for a 3D effect and mounted the image on a scalloped circle nestie. The background was embossed using the free embossing folder that came with this month's Papercraft Essentials...

I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Mother's Day or for a Special lady 
Inky Chicks - Mother's Day or birthday
Simply Create Too - Mother's Day or for a female
Sentimental Sundays - flowers flowers and more flowers

Keep Smilin'


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Under The Weather?

I woke up this morning to a couple of inches of snow in Sunderland - not what I was expecting. However, it explains why I had weather on my mind when I saw today's challenge at Less Is More...
We want to see some tiny holes dotted around on your creations this week ...

I got a bit excited at first when I read it because paper 'piecing' is one of my favourite techniques, then I wondered why Chrissie and Jen's cards had no paper piecing in sight so I re-read it!

I had to google paper piercing to come up with some inspiration but this is what I came up with...

The colour inspiration came from this week's challenge at The Play Date Cafe - lovely muted tones...

Hope this snow clears up soon - I have a papercraft show to go to tomorrow at Rainton Meadows - only about 5 miles away but I hate driving in the snow.
Thanks for visiting

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

60th Birthday

Just a quick post tonight 'cos it's way past my bedtime but I've been watching the Brits...

I made this using Papermania starry paper and glittery numbers, and the flowers are from my stash. I've mounted them on a co-ordinating embossed background and finished with a computer printed greeting.

I've entered this into this week's challenges at:

Songbird Challenge Blog - make an 'age' card
Creative Card Crew - birthday
Card Makin' Mammas - birthday

Night folks - thanks for looking


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Up In The Air

It's theme week at Less Is More and the challenge is...

 Up in the air
For this we would love to see aircraft, rockets, balloons etc, although if you have none of this sort of image then we would like to see how inventive you can be with the theme.

Also, at the Allsorts Challenge Blog the challenge this week is:

 ********Things with Wings********

And finally, the challenge at the Alphabet Challenge Blog is also:

 A for Anything With Wings

I used the cute little aeroplane digi that I used on some wedding invites I made last year, added some random clouds and made a happy birthday banner.

And that's it really - took all of about 10 minutes to make!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend...


Thursday, February 14, 2013

First Mother's Day Card

With just under a month to go until Mother's Day in the UK I'd better make a start...

There's a gorgeous colour challenge at The Play Date Cafe today - lovely delicate colours that are very spring like...

I used a fabulous digi that I got ages ago from Birdie Brown - I love her designs - they are modern with a lovely touch of quirkiness.

To match the faux sewing on the digi, I made a square shape in Publisher and changed the outline to large dashes. The background is done with a swiss dots embossing folder and the lettering is die-cut. Isn't it funny how colours on photos can appear totally different - in real life the blue is exactly the right shade!!!

Bye for now


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Experiments With Hearts #3

Here's the final instalment of the experimentation with hearts trilogy...

This time I've flipped a few of the hearts on the vertical axis, deleted two of the hearts and added the letters 'I' and 'U' and paper pieced the middle heart.

Here's the digi should you want to have a go:

I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Pea Stamps - use a digital image
Kaboodle Doodles - Valentines 
Ooh La La Challenge Blog - love story
Papertake Weekly -  hearts and/or flowers

Thanks for visiting


Monday, February 11, 2013

Experiments With Hearts #2

Today's card takes yesterday's simple digi a stage further...

Three lines of hearts made me think straight away of noughts and crosses so I added a layer of decoupaged hearts along the middle - my mind was thinking a winning line, winning your heart etc etc. Then I added the simple greeting along the bottom. The result - another very easy CAS card.

For anyone else who would like to play here is the ready made digi for you:

I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Without Words - I love to love
The Cutie Pie Challenge  - Valentine
The Pink Elephant- Love is in the air

Thanks for visiting

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Experiments With Hearts

I've been playing...

Today's card has been made with a digi I knocked together myself just playing about with a calligraphy marker pen, a scanner and Microsoft Publisher - a hand drawn square with a hand drawn heart - you can't get much simpler. The card is inspired by the colour scheme in the current challenge at Pals Paper Arts...

I've pasted the image three times and decoupaged the heart to make this simple anniversary card

If any one is interested here is the finished digi (PNG format) -  please feel free to use it as you will...

I've also entered this into the following challenges:

Daring Cardmakers - Love is in the air
Paper Crafting Journey - Love
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge  - Love is in the air (with a heart)

Thanks for visiting - over the next few days I'll be uploading some more basic digis to play with as my experimentation with hearts continues...


Saturday, February 09, 2013

Love is in the air...

You know how you hear a song on the radio and you're humming it all day... well today it's provided inspiration for a couple of challenges at my favourite challenge blogs...

At CAS-ual Fridays the challenge this week is to make a CAS card using a song as inspiration. As soon as I looked at the theme, the song came back into my head so the rest as they say was fate. 

Also it's one layer week at Less Is More and the theme is music therefore I've printed the digi straight onto the base card - it's a freebie from Carmen at Beyond The Fringe who has some wonderful freebies - give her a visit. 

I know Chrissie is very strict about one layer week so I knew I had to keep embellishments to a minimum so I used the tiniest little red things I had as I had to use ten of them! They are tiny metal stud things that can be ironed onto clothing but like all good crafters I use them on cards!
The song, of course, is Love Is In The Air by John Paul Young

Enjoy the rest of the weekend


Friday, February 08, 2013

Hello Kitty!

Today's card is another character card - the ever cute Hello Kitty. It was a very quick one made with a sticker rather than a digi but sometimes really quick cards are required!

I think the paper is from one of the Dovecraft Basics packs and  I don't know if I'm 100% happy with die cut circle frill but I felt more black was needed for balance... and it was looking at me from my box of scraps!

This card has been entered into:

ABC Challenge - going dotty
Moving Along With The Times - only girls allowed
Papertake Weekly - anything goes

Thanks for looking..


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Boys and their toys...

I often get asked to make cards for people, usually kids, with special characters on them. In the past I have done everything from Hello Kitty to Peppa Pig but this request really was a challenge...

It's an odd looking thing isn't it. It's called 'Trigger Happy' and it's a Skylander - and that's all I know about it!! I don't know what I would do without Google. I managed to find a website showing how to draw these things and I captured an image from there.It's coloured as usual with Pro markers in various shades of yellow and orange and I've kept the layout simple using pale lemon cloudy effect paper and black matting. The font is called 'Prime Minister Of Canada' which is such a weird and wonderful name.

I've entered this into these challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (optional use lemon/yellow)
Passion For Pro markers  - Boys and their toys   

Thanks for visiting


Sunday, February 03, 2013

Ruby Anniversary

 Following on from yesterday's card I played about some more with the trellis under the shape idea and came up with this simple anniversary card. This time the trellis was hand made with strips of card.

I cut a heart shape from the middle of the top layer of white card and made a red heart frame to go around the aperture. Then, on the back of the aperture, I carefully criss-crossed thin strips of matching card to make a trellis.

On the front, at each crossover point I added a red diamante to cover the join. The sentiment was done on the computer (MKBritishWriting font).

The finished size is 8x8 inches so it's quite a large card. I think this idea will lend itself to other 'coloured' anniversaries - golden and silver for example, but I might try 6x6 which is an easier size to work with.

I've entered this into the following Challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (optional Love)
Brown Sugar Challenge - Go red / hearts
Card Makin' Mammas - In the mood for love
Glitter 'n' Sparkle -  Valentine / love

Thanks for looking...


Saturday, February 02, 2013

You're a Star !

There's 2nd birthday celebrations at Less Is More this week - I cannot believe my favourite challenge blog has been running for two years! However my heart sank a little when I saw the challenge...

Kraft & Kreme
Not possessing any kraft card whatsoever, I had to improvise - a manila folder to the rescue! Using cream linen card as a base, I cut a smaller square piece of folder and rounded the corners then die cut a star into it. The trellis effect is made by using strips of a Sissix circles die taped under the star. The kraft folder is mounted onto the base with foam pads with a further piece of folder under the star emphasising the pattern.

This was way out of my comfort zone - I just don't usually make cards like this but I'm surprised how much I like the result.