Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Skinny Trees

I was determined to use some of these Dovecraft Christmas papers left over from last year (not one of my best buys - I just haven't found them very inspiring) on at least one card.  I found a sketch on Friday Sketchers (sketch #83) and this is the result.  While I think it is OK it's not, in my opinion, the really special card I wanted it to be. 

Digistamps: Tall N Skinny Pom-Pom Trees by Pink Petticoat

Sunday, 20 December 2009

OK, So It's Not Got To Be Red & Green!

Ok, so I did try and experiment with some non traditional colours.  But they just don't feel 'Christmassy' to me.  I used this card to enter the Dare U To Digistamp Challenge #28.

Digistamp: Tall 'N' Skinny Pom-Pom Christmas Trees from Pink Petticoat

It's Got To Be Red & Green!

Now this isn't usually my style at all but I just love the Pink Petticoat Skinny Tall Christmas Tree digistamps.  So I slaved away at forty cards in red & green. Yum.  Had to send out for red gitter glue supplies and I also ran out of ribbon.  I decided to try and make some from a digikit.  I printed loads of these red check 'ribbons' onto some 120 gsm coated paper.  It turned out brilliantly.  The heavy density of the paper made them so easy to work with, much better than actual ribbon.  I entered this card in the Shirley's Two Girls Challenge.

Digistamp: Tall 'N' Skinny Pom-Pom Christmas Trees from Pink Petticoat
Digikit: Red Check Ribbon from the free kit called Believe by Summer Designs

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Babies Galore

This autumn has seen a lot of new additions to families of our friends and I've been busy rustling up celebratory cards.  Here are a couple of them.

The yellow and blue one is my favourite.  The nappy pin is a decorative button that I'd forgotten I had.  It's amazing what you find when you delve to the bottom of your craft supplies!

Digi Stamps: Digistamp Boutique

More Doodledallions

What great weather for card making & blogging (in the UK it is foul weather today).  I love this new digistamp set and had to give it another go.  There will be plenty more goes too I'm sure!  I was hoping for a swirly and glittery card but masculine.  Probably a bit of a mad combination but this is what I came up with.

The design is based on a sketch from the Card Patterns blog.  The competition was already over before I found it but it just inspired me anyway.  I have only just discovered this blog and am rather taken with this weeks sketch as well. 

Digi Stamp: Flowering Hearts Doddledallions by Fred, She Said
Digikit: Flora & Fauna by Millstream Cottage (free kit)

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Wedding Overseas

Hi everyone, I have so struggled trying to find an image for a card to celebrate my friend's wedding,  It is an Asian wedding and non of the usual wedding images seemed to work.  Then I found these images from Fred, She Said (Flowering Hearts Doodledallions Digi Set) which I think are lovely with the hearts incorporated.  So this is my first effort with my new digi stamps.

I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday #76, though I did miss an element or two off the sketch.  However, I gave it a go.  I love this sort of image, I know that sweet little characters are all the rage at the moment for stamps and digi stamps but they are just not my thing.

Background Paper: Pink Lemonade by Scrapping My Buns Off
Digi Stamp: Flowering Hearts Doddledallions by Fred, She Said

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Sparkly Moon

Thanks for dropping by. This is today's creation, a birthday card for a nine year old girl. She is a bit of a princess so I think she will like it. It is a very sparkly moon but my camera, or maybe my photography, or both, is not good enough to show it. The sketch is 2 Sketches 4 You #33.

We had quite a bizarre evening. Our Rambler's walking group was attacked by a very angry horse. One woman was kicked and knocked to the ground. Thankfully, we all escaped without any major injuries. It was just so weird.

Digistamp: It was a freebie, but for the life of me I cannot remember where it came from, sorry
Paper, ribbon, star gems: from stash
Colouring: Sakura Stardust pens, Lyra Aquacolours
Scallop edges & oval frame: Majestic Keepsake Board by the Glitter Girls

Monday, 17 August 2009

Papertake Weekly Challenge #21 - Back To The Perfumery

This is such a fun Sketching Stamper digistamp. I was very keen to give it another go straight away. This time I only used two colours (rather than three previously) and I found it more tricky.

I was working to a sketch from Papertake Weekly Challenge.

DigiStamps: Vase of Hearts & Perfume Bottles by Sketching Stamper
Colouring: Sakura Stardust pens, Lyra Aquacolours, Colour Box chalk ink pads

Papers: From my scrap box!!!
Embellishments: Ribbon & glitter glue from stash

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Curved Cards

I so loved 'The Next Step' blog. I was so sorry to hear they wer unable to continue to to ill health. Anyway, I finally got round to using one of the templates that are still available to download. The instructions are excellent and easy to follow. Here are a couple of examples of cards I made using the template.

DigiStamps: Vase of Hearts & Perfume Bottles by Sketching Stamper
DigiKit: Peachy Keen free from Nana's Attic
Embossed Flower: Majestic Keepsake Board by the Glitter Girls
Colouring: Sakura Stardust pens, Lyra Aquacolours, Colour Box chalk ink pads

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

More Oval Frames

Still carrying on using up my scrap bits and pieces of paper and card. Yes I have got an enormous box full, which crafter hasn't? But in that box can you find anything that goes together? With difficulty is my answer. Which (in desperation) led me to try this unusual colour combination of peach, yellow and burnt orange. It has not photographed well I fear, but I am rather pleased with the combination.

Digistamp: Vase of Hearts by Sketching Stamper
Colouring: Sakura Stardust pens, Lyra Aquacolours, Colour Box chalk ink pads
Oval frame and bow/ribbon: Majestic Keepsake Board by the
Glitter Girls
Squashy fabric heart: stash (no idea where it came from)

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

More Monsters

Hi, it's so long since I've blogged but I'm back and on a bit of an economy drive. So out comes my box of scraps of paper and I made another couple of monster cards. I put the monster on a bit of a diet so he would fit in this lovely oval frame on my Majestic score board.

It takes so long to find a couple of scraps that go together! It's so much easier to just print some new papers out!
Digistamp: Fred-She-Said
Colouring: Sakura Stardust pens, Lyra Aquacolours, Colour Box chalk ink pads
Oval frames: Majestic Keepsake Board by the Glitter Girls

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Monster Birthday

My first project where I used my new Majestic board from The Glitter Girls (I made the green frame). I am really pleased with the board and my card smells very nice (not at all monsterish!) as I rubbed an old bit of dry soap on the back of the paper to make it emboss smoothly, as per the instructions. It really does work, embossing without the soap was very tricky.

So here is my monster card that I thought would be good for the Paper Play Challenge (Week 20). I had made my monster too big for the oval frame that I originally planned to use and wasn't going to enter the challenge. Then I noticed some of the Design Team cards didn't use ovals either. So I thought, what the heck, I'll enter. I had tried to follow the sketch! Best laid plans and all that!
I spent ages looking for a digistamp for the 13 year old recipient of this card. I eventually found this freebie monster but in the process discovered many more sites selling digistamps and have updated my list (see side bar).
One more thing to mention. I recently discovered the most amazing crafty blog by Yanitza Ramos called Papeles y Enredos. Do take a look, wow! So beautiful!
Have a great week, I am off on my hols and the weather forecast is horrid.
Digistamp: Fred-She-Said
Colouring: Sakura Stardust pens, Lyra Aquacolours, Colour Box chalk ink pads
Wool, Papers: from stash

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Get Well Soon

As I liked the Card Pattern Sketch #17 a lot I decided to give it another go and another go with my new Sakura pens! Yes if I mention Sakura once more it could get very boring so assume from now on I am using them unless stated otherwise.
Wait till I get started with my first board from the Glitter Girls!
I had some money for my recent birthday and yes I blew the whole lot on crafting goodies.

Digistamp: Watering With Love by Sketching Stamper
Colouring: Sakura Stardust Pens & Colour Box Chalk Stamps
Digikit Papers: Easter Blessings by NKB Scrap

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Big Flowers! Card Pattern Sketch #17

I don't know if I will have time to put all my cards on my blog as I have so many family & friends with birthdays in June & July that I am working flat out. One of my favourite crafters is Madgesty & on her blog I noticed a link to The Daily Dare. Wow, so many card challenge sites all listed in one place. It's fab! That's how I found Card Pattern Sketch and this card is my entry for their challenge.
I cannot begin to tell you how many things went wrong with this card! I think I have managed to cover them up - well most of them!
I recently became the very happy owner of 25 Sakura Stardust pens. Of course every opportunity I can find out come my new pens. I coloured the flowers with Sakura, I wish you could see the sparkle, but the photo does not do it justice.
Stamp: Flower Heads by Rubbadubbadoo
Digikit: Easter Blessings by NBK-NicNic

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Going Green

No, not a new environmental initiative on my part, just time for some green colour crafting. This beautiful digistamp from Sandra Dry keeps calling to me. I tried a bright colour combination previously and now thought I would try a green/lime green/black combination as I was inspired by the striped paper.

But I had a complete disaster, I smudged the base card because I tried to stick on the paper lace before it had dried (I coloured it with a black ink pad). OK, it wasn't a complete disaster but the small smudge kept glaring out at me so I decided to remake the card. I reprinted the green striped digi paper with a startling improvement in the results. This was all due to the new gentle gloss paper I bought from Joanna Sheen. The greens were so much brighter and the black was actually black instead of dark blue. The ink was also dry instantly.

I am entering the card in the Lace Challenge (#53) at A Spoon Full Of Sugar.

Lace Adhesive Borders: Lakeland (no longer available)
Digistamp: Sandra Dry
Colouring: Lyra Aquacolours
Digikit (striped paper): Two Peas In A Bucket (Rhonna Farrer)
Digikit (swirly paper): Funky Fairy Paper Crafts

Thursday, 21 May 2009

The Next Level - New Blog Launch

This looks interesting, the The Next Level launches on 1st June. They are looking for suggestions for content so if you've always wanted a tutorial on x then grab your chance.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Lilac & Lemon - What A Challenge!

There are so many great challenges for crafters each week and I could certainly never complete all the ones I would like to do so I usually pick one. This week I thought, (as I am often found bemoaning my penchant for pink and green), I would try the Lemon & Lilac Challenge Number 7 by Dare You To Digi Stamp. I even spent a bit more effort on the inside of the card after being inspired by some of you amazing crafty bloggers. I must update my list of Amazing Crafters as there are so many of you!
I so enjoyed this challenge and I even had a go at a ribbony/bows/button thing embellishment, not my forte but I gave it a go!
Digikit (inside card): Funky Fairy - Simply Swirly Pack
Water Colours: Lyra Aquacolours
Inks: Color Box

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Teddy Card - 2 Sketches 4 You Challenge

Well this was something new for me - I have to confess it took me ages to work out how to get the base card the correct shape for Kazan's Sketch 26 challenge! But once I'd managed that I was very pleased with the basic shape. I have been far too conservative with my card shapes in the past and it was great fun having a go at something new.

Digikit: Nanas Attic
Digistamp: Sketching Stamper
Water Colours: Lyra Aquacolours

Warts & All!

The other day I made this card (top image). I had just bought this lovely new digistamp and was keen to get creative. I found the papers and embellishments to go with my coloured digistamp. I did a mock layout and was happy enough, but as soon as I assembled the elements I hated it!

The next day I took the first card all to bits and made a new card (image with scissors). Though still not completely happy I think it was an improvement

Digistamp: Sandra Dry
Funky Fairy
Water Colours: Lyra Aquacolour

Friday, 8 May 2009

Lilac Hearts

It's been so long since I posted! But today I am feeling well enough to show you this wedding card. It's another digistamp - I am so into them at the moment and they are so reasonably priced!
Anyhow, I hope you like it.

Digistamp: Sketching Stamper
Digikit: Pink's Poetic Scraps
Inks: Color Box
Water Colours: Lyra Aquacolour

Monday, 6 April 2009

Happy Hen Night!

Yes I know, pink and green! I do try hard to vary my colour schemes but seem to migrate back to pink and green without realising. Anyhow, my brother's nuptials are fast approaching but first it's time for the bride's celebrations and as I couldn't make the Hen Night I thought a card was in order.

This lovely bird (almost hen!) is a digistamp coloured and inked.

Digistamp: I Think You're Amazing By Pink Petticoat
Digikit Papers: Pink Lemonade by Scrapping My Buns Off
Water Colours: Lyra Aqua Colours
Inks: ColorBox

Friday, 20 March 2009

Mothering Sunday Card - Sketch Saturday #42

For once I have completed my project a few days before it is due! I am usually hoping the paint/ink/glue is really dry when I am handing the card over to the recipient! Anyhow, here is the card for my Mum made with a new digistamp which I love. I based my design on this week's sketch from Sketch Saturday.

Digi Stamp: Watering With Love by Sketching Stamper
Digikit: Easter Blessing Part One by NBK Scrap
Water Colour Crayons: Lyra Aquacolour
Chalk Inks: Color Box

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Anniversary Swirl - Friday Sketchers 43

For my dear friends, a wedding anniversary card. I shall never forget the date as my nephew was born on the same day as their wedding. This card, created from a variety of digikits, was put together in the early hours of the morning. I didn't have a lot of time to spend on it but was quite pleased with the result. Inspired by Friday Sketchers 43 sketch.
Happy Anniversary D & D!

Digikits: Two Peas In A Bucket, Skrapping Alley assorted kits.

Baby Girl - Sketch Saturday #41

OK so I do seem to be going a bit overboard with pink and green at the moment, especially pink! Make mental note to use another colour palette soon! The gorgeous baby in pram is my first purchase of a digital doodle. I printed it out, coloured it with water colour pens and then used some chalk inks to colour the background. I am entering this card in the Sketch Saturday #41 challenge.

Digital Doodle: Grab-A-Doodle-Do
Background Papers: Digikit by Skrapping Alley

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Spring Tulips - Papertake Weekly Challenge Entry

Actually whether it's spring, summer, autumn or winter this must be my most used stamp (Brush Tulip by Rubbadubbadoo). As it happens it just fitted the space reserved for the image as I made the card in reverse to my normal way of working. I started with layering the background sheets, added the 'ribbon' and then worked out the space left for the central image. Different, but it seemed to work and I am entering the finished result in the Papertake Weekly Challenge.

Pink background, ribbon & flowers: Skrapping Alley Digikit
Green background paper: Two Peas DigiKit
Inks: Colour Box Chalks, StazOn
Colouring: Lyra Aquacolours

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Sail Boat - Kazan's Sketch 21

What a lovely challenge the 2 Sketches 4 You sketch made for me. Definitely outside my comfort zone, all those layers! I really struggled, almost gave up several times but persevered until I had created this sail boat card. The card was created from a DigiKit by Chaos Lounge Creations. Thanks very much to them.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Birthday Love Heart

Here is my card for my beloved! I am entering this in the Friday Sketchers 41 challenge. My first entry. The papers, tag and hearts are all from the gorgeous 'Forever Mine' digikit by Bon Scrapatit.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

1st Birthday - Dawnys Sketch #9

Pink and glitter for my niece's 1st birthday and my 1st entry for the Papertake Weekly Challenge! A couple of die cut teddies with bows to finish off. I printed all these elements (except the teddies) separately from a digikit. I could have layered them all on the screen and printed them assembled but after doing this for other cards I don't like the one dimensional look. I printed the pink background with the white rectangle as one element (this helped with saving ink), the striped paper with the black text on, the oval with a flower on as another element and finally a second flower so I could decoupage it. The papers and flower were from the free June 2007 Digikit by Two Peas In A Bucket.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Sweet Sixteen

I printed the background onto gloss photo paper (240gsm) which is substantial enough for a card. I added some cut out decoupaged elements, ribbon and flat back jewels to finish.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Run Out Of White Card!

So I needed to make a birthday card for a man and horror of horrors the white and cream A4 card is all used up. I was so relieved to have finished all the Christmas cards that I forgot to reorder. As I nearly always resort to white or cream card as a base it was taxing to try something else. In the end I was quite pleased with Chris's card. The background are by Two Peas In a Bucket as is the label. I added the text in a drawing program. The dark blue card was ribbled to add a different texture.