Monday, 27 September 2010

Cards for Men - Autumn, DT Card

It's time for a brand new challenge at Cards for Men today and the theme is 'Autumn'. I love this time of year when it's sunny but cold - lovely for long walks followed by a cup of something hot and a cake ;-)

We are being sponsored this time by Crafts & Me who are giving away a beautiful stamp to one lucky person. Crafts and Me has everything for the card maker, with a wide range of rubber stamps from around the world. Teresa has just introduced her own range of rubber stamps from three international artists Hannah Lynn, Molly Harrison and Sara Burrier.

As always the DT have made some beautiful cards, please do pop across and have a peek and have a go at the challenge while you're there.

So onto my card, I have used some new Basic Grey papers from the Wander pad, they are so gorgeous and the colours are brilliant for autumnal projects. I have used a cute boy stamp from Elzybells and paper pieced his top. The star was a shape I made in Word and just cut it out - simples!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Papers - Wander by Basic Grey from The Glitter Pot
Image - Yo-Yo from Elzybells (now only £1.02 in the closing down sale!) coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - from a Woodware stamp set called Boy Zone
Buttons - Crafty Emma's Store
Tools - oval Nesties

Sunday, 26 September 2010

My Ally Pally Stash...

So here it is, doesn't look much does it, oh I could have bought so much more but kept my sensible head on ;-)

Pack 50 6x6 cards/envelopes from Craftwork Cards
Craftwork Cards sentiment sheets - got these free with membership card :-)
6 packs of LOTV die cuts
Pearls in several colours
2 Distress Inks
Pack of cut n dry to use with the distress inks
2 pots sticky glue BOGOF
2 packs mixed buttons
Beautiful pearl brads, these are gorgeous and I am kicking myself now that I didn't get more
Sugar Nellie Christmas stamp
Gorgeous Christmas ribbons
Baby blue Stickles
2 sheets 12x12 blue dotty paper, double sided and only 45p a sheet!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Very pink and very girly x

The challenge I set for the Crafty Place card swap this month was 'Girly'. I am worried I've gone a bit too girly with this card, it's very pink! I popped into Hobbycraft last week for some cardstock and spied this beautiful paper by MME and well, I just had to have it. I was good and only bought one sheet and have used both sides for this card ;-) I have made YET another zig-zag card, this one is 4x12". The paper is so beautifully busy I haven't really used any images. I hope Debbie aka Padster likes it x

Paper - Quite Contrary by MME
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Charm - Crafty Emma's Store
Sentiment - A World Without Flowers by Paper Makeup Stamps
Flower image - Basic Grey (not sure of stamp set name, sorry)
Flowers - flat from Pink Gem Designs, small from Crafty Emma's Store and others are handmade using punches
Buttons - Basic Grey
Ribbon - recycled packaging from an order from Crafty JuJu x
Brad - Making Memories from Joanna Sheen
Tools - Woodware leaf punch, Hobbycraft flower punch & small scallop circle punch

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

A Birthday Card for a Lil Monster!

No he's not really a lil monster, he's a sweetie but thought he'd like this lil monster chap so popped him on a card. I think I found this stamp in a sale bin at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC last November so it's nearly a year old and this is it's first outing! This card is for our friend's son who is soon to be 4. I have used some new Basic Grey papers from the Wander pad, they are gorgeous I think, can't wait to make more with them.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Challenge 82, Clean Up The Dust (had the stamp for nearly a year and never used it!)
Secret Crafter - Challenge 101, Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Challenge 31, Birthday Cards
Alphabet Challenge - U for Unused Stash (my stamp)
The Stampman - Challenge 5, Distress

Papers - Wander by Basic Grey from The Glitter Pot
Image & Sentiment - Play Day by Daisy Bucket Designs coloured with Promarkers
Buttons - Crafty Emma's Store
Raffia - Papermania
Tools - scissors for distressing, hole punch

Saturday, 18 September 2010

CYDA Challenge 4 - Autumn Doodles, DT card...

It's time for another Craft Your Days Away challenge and the theme this time has been picked by the lovely Carol Ann and it is 'Autumn Doodles'. I had loads of fun making my DT card for this challenge and used a gorgeous freebie digi image from the fabulous Mo Manning (the image was available on Mo's Facebook page last week). I have never done doodles on my cards before and was rather worried that after I'd coloured the cat and paper pieced the leaf, I would muck it up with my rubbish doodling but I think it looks ok, well I rather like it actually.

Please come and join in the fun with our latest challenge over at Craft Your Days Away. We are being sponsored this time by Whimsy Stamps and have a fabby prize up for grabs! My DT team mates have made some stunning creations so please pop by and take a peek.

Please be aware that the wonderful Whimsy Stamps site is having technical problems at the moment and the site is poorly :-( If you would like to order anything whilst it is being fixed please contact the lovely owner directly..

So here's my card, lots of red and rust colours here...

I paper pieced the leaf in the image and then added another on top to add some dimension.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Image - Fall by Mo Manning, freebie download from Mo's Facebook page coloured with Promarkers
Patterned papers - Nutmeg by Cosmo Cricket, I think these suit the CYDA theme perfectly
Kraft paper - Craftwork Cards (don't think they sell this any more)
Raffia - Papermania
Sentiment - generated on PC
Tools - Woodware leaf punch, circle & scallop circle Nesties

Monday, 13 September 2010

Cards For Men - Challenge 19, Transport

The theme over at Cards for Men this time is Transport, loads of scope with this one! I have chosen to use one of my fabby winter Pink Cat Studio stamps and make another zig-zag card, this one measures 4"x12".

We are being sponsored this time by Peachy Keen Stamps.

Peachy Keen Stamps is a family owned and operated leading clear stamp manufacturer based out of Northeast Wisconsin. Their stamps are made with the highest quality polymer on the market today, giving them their unique peach tint. The whimsical images designed by Kathy Jakopovich coupled with their durability make them a favorite amongst scrapbookers, card makers, and artists alike. These stamps are sold exclusively online at and at independent stamp and scrapbook stores worldwide.

Please do come and join in the fun with our Transport theme at Cards for Men and have a look at the gorgeous DT cards.

Images - Lily & Billy Winter by Pink Cat Studio from My Mum's Craft Shop
Paper - MME Merry Days of Christmas
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Buttons - Crafty Emma's Store
Sentiment - Hobby Arts stamp
Snowflake charm - Crafty Emma's Store
Tools - circle & scallop circle Nesties

Friday, 10 September 2010

My first shaped easel card!

Here is my very first shaped easel card. I used circle Nestibilities and it was so blooming easy, will be making more of these I think! I have used my gorgeous new Whiff of Joy stamp, Melinda with Bouquet that I won on Mandy's blog (thank you once again Mandy x).

Sorry about my rubbish pics, the weather here is so dull and dark :-(

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Image - Melinda with Bouquet from Whiff of Joy coloured with Promarkers
Paper - Basic Grey
Cardstock - Bazzill Dotted Swiss
Flowers - from stash
Buttons - Basic Grey
Pearls - The Hobby House
Pins - from stash
Tools - circle and scallop circle Nesties, Woodware leaf punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch
, Woodware swirl punch

Monochrome Card

This is very different card for me - no image and lots of white space - ekk, white space scares me! I have made this for Fifi Folle's black & white card challenge on MSE, I am sorry but I HAD to add the pink buttons, hope that doesn't disqualify me ;-)
The flowers have been made with scored and folded strips of paper, there's a tutorial here.
Papers - Monochromatic Capsule Collection by Papermania
Buttons - Basic Grey tied with embroidery thread
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Tools - Martha Stewart scoreboard, oval and scallop oval Nesties, Woodware leaf punch

Monday, 6 September 2010

A Cutey Card

As lots of you know already (as I have been shouting from the rooftops and telling all who will listen!), my brother and his partner are expecting their first child (whoo hoo, I'm going to be an Auntie!). We found out last week that they are having a boy. Whilst my eldest and I were shopping we found some cute Toy Story wash mitts and a Toy Story first feeding bowl in Home Bargains which we are going to post off this week along with the card below that I made last night. I tell you, I can't stop this paper piecing business!!!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Image - from Elzybells (now sold out) coloured with Promarkers and paper pieced
Papers - Apple Jack by Sassafras from Dies to Die For
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
String - from stash
Tools - circle and scallop circle Nesties, stapler

Lady Tilda

The challenge this time at Totally Tilda is lilac and lace. I had a play with my lady Tilda stamp, some sparkly papers and other gorgeous things.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Image - Lady Tilda by Magnolia from Crafty Ideas by Kaz coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Penny Lane by MME
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts, flat flower from stash
Lace - candy win from the lovely Mandy
Pearl string - candy win from the lovely Mandy
Pearls - candy win from the lovely Mandy
Tools - oval and scallop oval Nesties, Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Sunday, 5 September 2010

A Green Card

I was lucky enough to win some beautiful candy on Mandy's blog last month and it included some gorgeous lace, pearls and beautiful K&Co papers (along with a fab WOJ stamp that I'm hoping to have a play with later). Thank you so much Mandy, I love everything x I thought I'd use some of these items to make a card. This is another paper pieced image, I just love the effect you get with paper piecing.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Image & Sentiment - Piece of Quiet Slapstick by Penny Black from The Glitter Pot coloured with Promarkers and paper pieced
Papers - Roam by K&Co gift from the lovely Mandy
Lace - gift from the lovely Mandy
Pearls - The Hobby House gift from the lovely Mandy
Flowers - Wild Ochid Crafts
Cardstock - Bazzill Bling
Tools - scissors for distressing, Woodware leaf punch

Howdy Cowboy!

A cyber friend of mine told me Funky Kits had a bit of a sale on some of the Sugar Nellie stamps so I had a lil browse and a few dropped into my basket, oops this stash ban is not going well at the moment ;-) The lil chap on this card is called Cowboy Luca and I think he is fab, he is only £2.25 in the sale. I have made this card for a friend of Jack's, he has gorgeous red hair so I've given my cowboy the same. I have paper pieced most of his outfit and used another new purchase, the gorgeous Apple Jack paper pad by Sassafras that I recently purchased from Dies To Die For. The number 7 on the card has been made with a piece of knotted string.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Just The One (I used one image and papers from one pad)
Image - Cowboy Luca by Sugar Nellie from Funky Kits coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Apple Jack by Sassafras from Dies To Die For
String - from stash
Tools - oval Nestie, scissors for distressing

Rockin' Robin

Had a bit of a play last night with some new papers. These Christmas papers were from Donna's Den of Crafts. This is YET another Christmas card. I have used the super cute Robin Little Friend digi image from Pollycraft. I have flipped the image over as I liked the worm on the right hand side ;-) As you can see I am getting full value from the Marianne Designs snowflake dies I bought as they are appearing on nearly all my Christmas cards. The set has 3 dies but I am more liking the smaller two of the set.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Cardstock - Bazzill Dotted Swiss
Image - Robin Little Friend from Pollycraft coloured with Promarkers and a touch of Frosted Lace Stickles
Sentiment - Magnolia stamp
Papers - The Christmas Wishes DCWV Stack from Donna's Den of Crafts
Buttons - Basic Grey tied with DMC Light Effects thread
Dew drops - from stash
Tools - Marianne Designs snowflake dies, circle and scallop circle Nesties

Saturday, 4 September 2010

CYDA Challenge 3 - Girly 'n' Glitter

We are onto our 3rd challenge over at Craft Your Days Away and the theme is Girly 'n' Glitter. I have used some girly papers and one of my fave but much neglected stamps. I have hand-stitched the papers with DMC Light Effects threads and used lots of Frosted Lace Stickles on the image and flowers.

Our sponsor for this challenge is the fabby online store Simon Says Stamp. Please do come and join in the fun with your girly stash and take a peek at the other DT creations, I can promise a whole lot of PINK!!!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - Challenge 48, 3-2-1 (3 embellies - flowers, stitching, charm; 2 papers and 1 image)

Papers - Olivia by Basic Grey
Image - Night Time Bear by High Hopes from Bunny Zoe's Crafts coloured with Promarkers and Frosted Lace Stickles
Thread - DMC Light Effects
Fabric flowers (layered one on top of another) - pink by Magnolia, green and blue from local craft shop
Teddy charm - from stash
Pink cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Tools - scissors for distressing