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Friday, January 30, 2015

Loads of Lego

I'm having trouble sleeping at the moment so I've been up since silly o'clock! Hence the early post...

I've made lego cards before (here) so this was the first theme that came to mind when I needed to make a 9th birthday card for a friend's Son. The actual lego pieces are fairly simple to create - various squares and oblongs with punched paper circles mounted on top using foam fads. The hard part is to arrange the pieces so that the same coloured blocks aren't touching!

The result - a very bright card for a young lad.

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

Ruby's Rainbow Challenge - masculine birthday
Through The Craft Room Door Challenge - anything goes
Make My Monday Challenge - bright and cheery colours

Enjoy your day


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Flowers For Nanna On Mothers Day

Here's the first of this year's Mother's Day cards. I've been asked to make a few for work so I'd better start early...

I've used one of the fab Mother's Day Flowers images from Digistamp Boutique, octagon dies and scallops and the pink background is embossed with a butterfly embossing folder that came free with a magazine. The image has been coloured with pro markers and I've decoupaged a couple of the flowers and the vas to add more depth.

I've entered this into the current challenges at:

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - anything goes
Stampavie And More Challenge - lots of flowers
Digistamps4joy Challenge - Bingo (flowers/free/2 or more layers)

Happy crafting


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Totally Gorjuss

After trying a sketch challenge yesterday (sketches aren't really my thing) I thought I'd stay outside my comfort zone and try another today!

The sketch at Sketch Saturday caught my eye. I think I get put off by odd bits on sketches but this one set my creative juices flowing immediately.

 I decided to use some of the Gorjuss decoupage kit and paper pack I bought over Christmas at the Range. We've just had a new store opened in Sunderland and it's became my new favourite place. I love the dark hues used in the patterned papers and the gothic feel to the images - I just wish they had full faces rather than just the eyes.

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

Creative Inspirations - pretty pearls
Sisterhood of Crafters - use some new craft supplies

Thanks for visiting folks


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy Bird-day

Today's challenge at Less Is More is a sketch:

I'm not the greatest with sketches so I've followed it literally. I used some Doodlebug Kraft patterned paper and a wooden bird embellishment I got from The Works. I'm not sure about the sentiment - it looks like the style of The Alley Way Stamps.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Welcome To The World

I must start today by praising the quick service from Lily Of The Valley - I ordered a set of 4 pre-coloured Art Pads on Sunday evening and they arrived yesterday morning (free postage aswell)! One of the pads was new born baby images and it seemed the perfect opportunity to use my new goodies to make an order for a new baby Nephew card for a friend at work whose sister-in-law is in labour as we speak!

What a gorgeous image! I've used co-ordinating blue papers from a very old pack of Papermania's Spots and Stripes Festive Capsule collection and the beige checked paper is from a cheap pad of pastel papers I acquired from The Works (they have 8x8 paper pads for £2). I've matted the papers on kraft paper and added computer generated greetings and a cute wooden heart (table decorations from a wedding I went to last year. The bride gave me them for my cards as they were going to be thrown away - the horror!)

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Southern Girls - New beginnings 
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge - Anything goes 
Crafty Creations Challenge - Something old, something new
Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge - New beginnings

I'll certainly be buying more of these pads - they are really good quality and so east to use!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

With Sympathy

Today's card is sad but necessary. I needed a quick sympathy card for a friend who has had a death in the family and decided to use the marvellous feather die that came free with last month's Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine. I'm not sure why I associate feathers with death but the two go together in my head.

I've used a black base card and computer printed the greeting onto some textured card. I die cut two feathers from the same textured card and inked the edges using a black ink pad. Due to the background I have used in the photo they seem to have taken on a slightly purple hue. The feathers are mounted onto the card using different thicknesses of foam pad.

As I said, not the happiest of cards but just a token to let my friend know I am thinking of her.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Paperminutes Challenge - keep it simple

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Special Friend

Where has the last week gone? I've been making cards but struggled to get photos because of the light as I'm at work during the day. I really need some sort of daylight bulb to get decent photos during the Winter months!

Today's card is for the challenge at Less Is More. The theme this week is 'Friends' which is the perfect opportunity to use my favourite Birdie Brown image.

 My inspiration for the colour scheme came from the gorgeous colours of the current challenge at a new challenge blog I have found - ShowCASe Your Style...


I've used textured card for the base and coloured the image with promarkers.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sweet Baby Girl

I've had a very successful day so far. I've been to a Ross Papercraft Show at Nissan this morning and come away with lots of new goodies to play with. Then I've managed to do this quick one layer card and got a decent photo of it while it's still light on a very dark and dreary day here in the North East.

 There's lots of pregnancies at the moment amongst friends so I'm sure a new baby girl card will come in useful at some point!

I've had this cute digi for years - the file is called 'Rusty Pickles Shoes' so I'm presuming Rusty Pickles was the creator!

I've changed the colour of the digi to a mid grey shade and printed it onto a linen embossed base card. I've coloured it with the palest pink promarker I possess (blossom) and added a greeting in Freehand 951 BT font and a couple of pale pink gems.

I'm entering this into the current challenges at:

Less Is More - One Layer New Beginnings
Glitter N Sparkle - Use some pink
Quirky Crafts - CAS
Allsorts Challenge - New and cute

Thanks for visiting folks


Saturday, January 03, 2015

Golden Anniversary

Welcome to 2015! Hope you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

I'm back in the craft room today after the Festive break and needed to make a quick Golden Anniversary card for a relative...

I used a cream linen card for the base. The letters and leaves are die cut using a dull gold paper.  The flowers are punched and shaped with an embossing tool and mounted using a piece of foam. There's something about this that reminds me of a Greek wreath crown.

I've entered this into the challenges at:

Crazy 4 Challenges - clean and simple
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - clean and simple
AAA Cards Challenges - use a little gold
ShowCASe Your Style Challenge - use at least 2 die cuts

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