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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Crafty Creations Challenge 82 - Recipe Challenge

This weeks challenge over at Crafty Creations has been set by the lovely Bernie and is a recipe challenge

3 - Papers
                                                                          2 - Ribbons
                                                                          1 - Charm

Our sponsor this week is Maurie Manning at Mo's Digital Pencil home of the most amazing digital images & something for every occasion.

My image is from the Dani & Friends collections & is called 'Psst - Dani & Taylor'. It was perfect for my daughters best friends birthday card as the image is so like the two of them even down to the 'Ugg & Millie Boots' lol!!
I've coloured the image with Copics & die cut using Nestabilities Labels Eight.

The papers are from the Dovecraft Funky Vintage & I absolutely love them, the colours are gorgeous & so many different papers in the set. I've used Stampin Up Rich Razzleberry cardstock which is from the new colour range. The ribbon is Rich Razzleberry & Melon Mambo (don't you just love the names . . . yummy!!) and I've threaded them together & used my mini stapler to secure them to the card. I've added a little heart charm with SU twine.

The sentiment is hand written on to my third paper & I've doodled around the edge.

Please pay a visit to my Design Teamies and have a look at their fabby projects.

Would be lovely to see you taking part in this weeks challenge.


Monday, 23 August 2010

When I visited my sweet friend Bernie's blog this morning & saw her fabby card for this weeks Sugar Bowl Challenge & read what an awesome prize it was I just had to give her a bit of competion. After all, you've got to be in it to win it & all's fair in love & war eh Bx Mwah lol!!

She's right though, the prize is fab so I just had to give it a go.

Recipe

Image - Sugar Nellie Manga girl coloured with Copics.
Papers, Sentiment & Flowers - Kay & Co Wild Raspberry
Punches - Stampin Up Star Punch
Extra's - Lace

I'm entering this card in the following challenges

Wild Orchid Challenges - Make it sparkle (the flowers & epoxy sticker are all glittery)
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch followed.
Lets Ink It Up - Anything goes with yellow somewhere on your project.
Sir Stampalot - Bring on the bling.
Thanks for looking

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Little Girl Blue

This card is especially for all the little girls who, like my youngest daughter, don't like the colour pink!! If I have a choice of colours when I'm buying her anything I always go for the boys colour option as she is definately not a girly girl like her two older sisters. I think by the time she was old enough to make her own decisions she had seen so much pink in the house that it had put her off for life lol!!

Recipe

Image - Penelope's Party Wagon from Mo's Digital Pencil coloured with Copics
Cardstock - Bizzill
Papers - Papermania Basics Pack
Sentiment - Stampin Up 
Extra's - Ribbon & buttons Stampin Up, Stickles

I'm entering this card in the following challenges

Papertake Weekly - Sketch Followed
ABC Challenge - To use the colour blue.
Mo's Digital Pencil - Thanks Heaven For Little Girls.
Stamp Something - To use a digital image.
My Time To Craft - Glitter & Glitz.

Thanks for looking.
Here is another card I made using an image I've had coloured for a while, I keep finding them as I slowly tidy my craft room (my poor butterfly die still hasn't turned up though)

Recipe
Image          - Whiff Of Joy Melinda Blowing Kisses
Cardstock    - Stampin Up Old Olive
Paper           - Papermania Hampstead
Ribbon         - Stampin Up Old Olive Grosgrain
Sentiment   - Craftwork Cards
Punches       - SU Eyelet Border, SU Boho Blossoms & SU 5 Petal Flower
Extra's         - Pearls & Stickles 

I have entered this card in the following challenges

Sketch Saturday - Sketch followed.
A Pocket Full Of Posies - All that glitters as I've used stickles & pearls for a bit of bling.
Create4Fun - To make a Birthday card
Crafts & Me - Petals & Pearls
Stamping For The Weekend - Anything goes.
Ooh-la-la creations - Spots & Dots (my dotty background paper)

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Crafty Creations Challenge 81 - Butterfly DT card

The challenge this week over at Crafty Creations is to use a buterfly on your card. I had intended making a butterfly with my Quickutz die (which I've only used recently) but could I find it???? no!!! so panic!! I also knew I had these lovely Papermania butterflys - somewhere- & after rooting through my stash managed to find the last one - phew!! I must find my die though because it's such a sweet little butterfly & I use it quite alot.
Note to self - Tidy your craft room!!!!!

The image is a sweet Whiff of Joy I've had coloured for a while. I've decided I must start using some of the stack of already coloured images before the colours start to fade (can that happen with Copics?) so have used this sweet Melinda Hugging Heart. It's been cut using the Labels Four Nestability & the edges embossed using a tan mat.

The cardstock is Stampin Up as is the DP. I've layered lace & two different ribbons across the card, I especially love the strip on velvet ribbon which was sent to me by a very good friend ;-).

I've made the flowers using the Stampin Up Boho Blossoms punch & added a bit of bling with some tiny pearl beads & stickles, I've also added a bit of tulle behind them but this hasn't shown up too well in the picture.
Once I had the stickles in my hand I went a bit mad & started hightlinting areas of the card . . . .Melinda's wings & the flower on the DP,  I was about to start on the bird when I came out of my stickles trance lol!!!

Pop across to the Crafty Creations Challenge blog & see the beautiful creations from the rest of the DT. It would be lovely if you could join in with the challenge.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

First ever DT card

It's my first week as an official DT member over at Crafty Creations!! yah!!! I've really enjoyed my 2 weeks as Miss August but this has been cut short as I'm now a 'fully fledged' member lol!!

The challenge this week is ' Winged Thing -  Z fold card' & is sponsored by Robyn's Fetish digital stamps.

The DT were lucky enough to chose one of three great images to use on their designs & I chose this lovely image. It was great to colour & such a sweet image.
I Googled Z-fold cards & found a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers which you could use by following this link, they are so easy to make & really add another dimension to your card.

I've used cardstock from my stash of Papermill card which was bought before I started using Stampin Up cardstock. I've used some DCWV paper which us from the 'Funky' pad. The image has been coloured using Copics & die cut with Nestabilities Labels One die. The lovely adhesive fibre is also from my stash as is the flower & lovely crystal brad & the butterfly is from Craftwork cards.

Come & join in with us at Crafty Creations.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Birthdays In August!!!


My youngest is mad on football & asked for all football related presents for her birthday & a football party. I'm secretly thrilled that she's such a Tomboy as I was right up until my teens & with two older sisters who are real girly girls it's nice to have football kits to wash instead of all pink lol!!!

As soon as I saw this image over at Mo's digital pencil I thought of Dara!! it could have been drawn for her & once I'd touched up the football kit to match hers!!!! well see for yourself with the photo below.

I've used Leeds Utd team colours (of course) but just had to add a bit of Kay & Co background papers with the cute little hearts. The stars are punched using an SU punch & then covered in stickles. The football ribbon is from my stash & the little football is cut using a Quickutz die.
They are back to the beginning over at ABC Challenge & so this week the letter is 'A' & the challenge is to interpret what August means to you. My youngest daughters birthday is 7th August & my husbands is 23rd August so this is a busy month for two of my main birthdays of the year.

I'm also entering this card over at Simon Says Challenge where the challenge this week is 'Sing It Baby' & they want you to link your projest to a song. Mine is Football Crazy by The Spinners!!!

Also over at Stamp Something there's a photo challenge & I've chosen the 'Birthday Card' option for my interpretation of the photo.

Thanks for looking & any comments you might leave.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Papertake Weekly - White & Bright

The challenge this week over at Papertake Weekly is to create something using white & at least one bright colour. I had a late order for an Engagement card where the couple have already got engaged (on her birthday) but the party is this Saturday. I decided to keep this card Clean & Simple and have again used the Cheers To You stamp set from Stampin Up, there, didn't I tell you it was versatile.

I've stamped on vellum & mounted on Melon Mambo cardstock from SU which has been distressed around the edges. This has then been mounted on another piece of vellum with little hearts on & then on top of a piece of white cardstock embossed using the Cuttlebug Hearts folder. I've finished off with some little heart crystals in the corners.

Yah!!!! I did it.

I made it on to the Design Team for Crafty Creations!!!! Can't wait to get going on my very first DT. Thanks so much CC!!!

Friday, 6 August 2010

Emma's DT Call

Emma is having a DT call & is looking for 6 team members. Go . . . . pop over & have a look.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Cute Card Thursday - Whateva!!

This weeks theme over at Cute Card Thursday is an open theme so you can do whatever you want. These are some gifts I made for my youngest daughters teacher as she has been so lovely all year & Dara has really enjoyed being in her class. I bought a plain notebook which had dividers in it & a plastic cover so this will protect the cover I've decorated.

I made a 'flap' & only attached it down the left hand side so the front cover of the notebook can still be seen. The hinge is just at the side of the white lace & the cardstock used is from Stampin Up. The pink paper which is from Kay & Co has been punched in the four corners using a Hobbycraft punch. I've made the flowers from Nestability die in two different sizes & then cut between the scallops to create a flower. I've made buttons using a Sizzix die to match the cardstock & finished off with some embroidery cotton. The flower stems are made using Bi Bunny ribbon which has been stapled using a mini stapler. The teachers name & class are computer printed.
I also made some Post It note holders using a download from the Shabby Shoppe Teachers Pet Gift Collection. These were so easy to make as you just print them out & follow the instructions which are printed along side the project. I've finished them off using some Papermania magnetic clasps which I bought from The Range.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Miss August

I can't believe it's over 3 weeks since I last posted!! Bad Blogger!!

Well I'm glad to be back after a hectic 3 weeks.

Firstly the build up to my girls breaking up from school. I'd decided to make teachers gifts this year & can certainly say I bit off more than I could chew . . . .almost. . . .  but the girls were delighted with the gifts I'd made for their teachers & the teachers were pleased as well so job done!!

I also had so many ordes to finish before the end of term both for work & people at the school I wouldn't see during the holidays.

Then I had visitors arrive from Australia on 23rd & we've done all the sight seeing stuff with them. Great times but exhausting & certainly no time to craft!!

So . . . . enough of the excuses!! I'm back & am so pleased to have been asked to guest DT for Crafty Creations for their next 4 challenges.

This weeks challenge is Wedding/Anniversary so I decided to do a 25th Wedding Anniversary card. The stamp is from the Stampin Up set Cheers to You & is a stamp I use quite alot as champagne glasses are so versatile. I've stamped on handmade paper & then wet the edges & torn around the image. This has been mounted on silver miri card & then onto a square of printed vellum. The whole thing is then mounted on white card & I've stamped the four corners using silver ink. I've wrapped some thin silver wire around the card & vellum & am really liking this effect. The sentiment is computer printed & then die cut using a sizzix oval window die.