Sunday, 30 May 2010

Magical Crafts DT Card Challenge 16

The challenge this time at Magical Crafts is METAL MADNESS! I've used 2 metal items on my card - screw brads by Woodware and squashed bottle tops (these were expertly squished with a Cuttlebug by my fab mate Jenny x). I have used a new and very cute Pure Innocence stamp set by My Favorite Things called Boy & Dog Tree Swing. You get the main image, 3 sentiments and a cute lil doggie too!

Magical Crafts are being sponsored this time by Simon Says Stamp and the DT have made some truly amazing creations so please do hop on over to the challenge blog and check them out and maybe you'd like to join in with the Metal Madness!

So here's my card...

Images & sentiment - Pure Innocence Boy & Dog Tree Swing by My Favorite Things from Silly Monkey Crafts coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Basic Grey Archaic
Brads - Screw brads by Woodware from ebay
Squashed bottle tops - a gift from my lovely friend Jenny xxx
Tools - circle punches, scissors for distressing

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Father's Day card

I have already made a Father's Day card for my dad but when I saw this image I had to buy it and make another card for him. The first card I made had the word 'dad' on it but not Father's Day so I am going to keep that back for his birthday in August ;-)

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

Image - Jim Playing Golf from DigiStamp Boutique coloured with Promarkers
Striped paper - Cappella by Basic Grey from Quixotic Paperie
Kraft paper - Craftwork Cards
Kraft cardstock - ebay
Green string - craft shop
Brads - stash
Sentiment - generated on PC
Tools - scissors used for distressing paper edges

There's a brand new challenge blog!!!

There's a brand new challenge blog that has just started called Craftalicious Challenges. The first challenge is soon to be announced!!! If you hop over and become a follower and then pop a comment under the Tilda candy post, you could win her :-)

Look at this super cute Whiff of Joy freebie digi...

Katharina of Whiff Of Joy is giving away this fantastic Henry Mouse digi stamp...

All you need to do is pop over to Katharina's blog and download him. Katharina is asking for people to leave her a link to any work made using this cutey Spider Henry image.

Friday, 28 May 2010

A bear card

I haven't made a card with a Forever Friends stamp for ages so thought I'd give one an inking this week and this is what I made. I followed the fab sketch by Bev on Just Cute Bears this week.

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

Image - Forever Friends from The Glitter Pot coloured with Promarkers
Mats - Die Cut Dreams
Paper - Kioshi by Basic Grey from Secret Crafter
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Ribbon - Craftwork Cards
Pearls - The Hobby House
Tools - Fiskars border edge punch

A very dotty card!

I wanted to make a card using this cute dog stamp that I got free with a cardmaking mag recently so here it is!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Image - freebie stamp coloured with Promarkers and I added a touch of glossy accents to the doggie's nose ;-)
Papers - Kioshi by Basic Grey from Secret Crafter
Buttons - from stash threaded with embroidery thread
Tools - scissors to distress the edges of the papers

Daisy, Daisy...

My lovely friend Tams sent me some stamped Daisy images a while ago but I love the image so much I had to buy the stamp so I could use her whenever I wanted!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Image - Daisy by Sugar Nellie from Funky Kits coloured with Promarkers and Frosted Lace Stickles
Mats - Die Cut Dreams
Paper - Rose Garden by Papermania
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Pearls - The Hobby House
Butterfly - freebie with an order from Die Cut Dreams (thanks Tracy x)

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Very Girly Cards!

Over the next couple of weeks 3 of my youngest son's friends all turn 3. I bought a new stamp from Squiggle Stamps this week for these cards. This is my first Squiggle stamp but I don't think it will be my last! Delivery was really fast and I also received 2 freebie dinky stamps, one of which is the Hey Cupcake sentiment on these cards. Squiggle Stamps have a fab range of rubber and digi stamps, well worth a browse ;-)

For these cards I've basically made the same card but in 3 different colourways and I've changed the hair colour of the cutie girl to resemble the hair colour of the recipient.

I would like the enter the following challenges:
Stamp Something - 2 of something (2 stamps, 2 pearls and 2 papers)

Image - Cupcake Girl rubber stamp from Squiggle Stamps
Sentiment - Squiggle Stamps
Papers - Pink card Papermania Rose Garden; Lilac card Basic Grey Kioshi, Green card Basic Grey Kioshi from Secret Crafter
Number - Quickutz die
Ribbons - from stash
Tools - scissors for distressing, glossy accents used on cake icing

Thank you card

I picked up a card making magazine the other day as it had a really cute set of stamps with it. This is one of the cuties, I'm not even sure what he is - a mouse maybe?

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Challenge 20, 3D (I have curled the ticket round a pair of scissors to add dimension, used 3d pads to raise the image, distressed all the edges, used glossy accents for the flower centre, added a charm & ribbon)

Papers - MME Penny Lane
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Image - freebie from a magazine coloured with Promarkers and Glossy Accents
Oval mats - Die Cut Dreams
Charm - Pink Gem Designs
Sentiment - Thank You ticket from Pink Gem Designs
Ribbon - from stash

Saturday, 22 May 2010

ATC for Crafty Place swap

The theme for this month's ATC swap over on Crafty Place was Fantasy. Aggrrhhh I thought as I don't have much in the way of suitable stash. I then remembered a very cute litte stamp set that was given to me by the lovely Mel and the rest went from there. Oona I'm glad you liked it xxx
Image and sentiment - SU Ink & More coloured with Promarkers and loads of Frosted Lace Stickles
Paper - Spring Fling by Wild Rose Studio
Adhesive pearls - stash
Cardstock - stash

Cards I've received...

When I saw a gorgeous bracelet on Karen's blog, I asked her if she could make me one and she did - whoo hoo! In the parcel with the bracelet was the beautiful pocket card below and 2 packs of Pirate chocolate coins for my two boys. I can't photograph the packs cos they have lomg been eaten and however I try to photograph the bracelet it doesn't look right? Think it must be too sunny ;-)

These two cards were sent to me by Niki in the Crafty Place card swap. The theme was summer and as you can see these are very summery looking cards. The sunflower card is so clever and has a Stampin Up Treat Cup on it full of dinky sunflowers for me to use. How clever is that, I had only thought of popping sweets in the cups!

Thank you both for such fab cards xxx

Friday, 21 May 2010

Freebie Friday at Secret Crafter

Wendy at the fabby online shop Secret Crafter is going to be giving away some scrummy stash every friday!!! This Freebie Friday Wendy is giving away a gorgeous sei paper pack...

What you have to do to be in with a chance of getting your hands on the goodies:
1. Be a follower of the Secret Crafter blog.
2. Mention Freebie Friday on your blog and link to the Freebie Friday post.
3. Leave a comment under the Friday Freebie post.
4. Go to the Secret Crafter online shop and find the paper pad Charlemagne Tester Pack and then send Wendy ( an email with the item number of this tester pack in the subject box.

Easy! Good luck everyone xxx

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Song Bird

The challenge over on MSE this time is to make a 'Musical' card. Mine has a singing bird on it, I hope that qualifies. This is another very distessed card, the scissors took a battering for this card! I have decorated the inside of the card as well as the front. I don't do this very often but loved these new Wild Rose Studio papers so thought I'd use some more on the inside!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
MSE - Scattyjan's musical challenge

Papers - Wild Rose Studio Spring Fling from The Glitter Pot
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics and Bazzill Bling
Image - Cute Singing Bird from DigiStamp Boutique coloured with Promarkers and Frosted Lace Stickles
Sentiment on front - printed using PC
Flowers - blue & yellow Primas from The Hobby House and rose from Wild Orchid Crafts spritzed with Glimmer Mist
Charm - The Hobby House threaded with embroidery thread
White die cut shape (inside card) - Die Cut Dreams
Sentiment inside - Happy Birthday stamp from Pink Gem Designs
Tools - scissors for distressing

Monday, 17 May 2010

Princess Tilda take two!

For this very pink and girly card I followed this week's sketch on Sketch Saturday. Princess Tilda has been coloured with Promarkers and glammed up with loads of Stickles Frosted Lace on her tiara and gloves and Glossy Accents on her cute shoes. I have gone distessing mad with my scissors and hacked everything with a straight edge ;-)

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

Papers - Polka Dots pad by Wild Rose Studio
Image - Princess Tilda by Magnolia coloured with Promarkers and Stickles Frosted Lace (tiara & gloves) and Glossy Accents (shoes)
Sentiment - Paper Makeup Stamps
Pearls - The Hobby House
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools - scissors for distressing, Hobbycraft butterfly punch, XCut retro flower punch

A Bright Card

Those of you that know me well know I don't often do bright cards! I ordered the beautiful Fleur Anya a couple of weeks ago from Dies To Die For. I think she's really cute and perfect for girlie summery cards. For this card I followed the fabby sketch on Create 4 Fun challenge blog.

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

Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Image - Fleur Anya by The Greetings Farm from Dies To Die For coloured with Promarkers and some Glossy Accents on the flowers centres
Sentiment - Stamp from a set by SU Ink & More, was a present from my friend Mel x
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts spritzed with Glimmer Mist
Pearls - The Hobby House
Tools - Scissors for distressing, Woodware leaf punch

My first Princess Tilda card

I finally received the Magnolia Princess Tilda stamp I ordered weeks and weeks ago. She is so beautiful, I love her. This is the first card I have made with her and I have chopped off half of her body ;-)

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

Papers - Basic Grey Cappella, Quixotic Paperie
Image - Princess Tilda from Magnolia coloured with Promarkers and Stickles Frosted Lace
Sentiment - Basic Grey stamp from a set, can't remember the range?
Ribbon - from stash
Pearls - The Hobby House
Pearl spray - Quixotic Paperie
Tools: Woodware scallop circle punch, circle punch, Fiskars lace border punch, Hobbycraft butterfly punch, scissors for distressing

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Magical Crafts DT Card Challenge 15

The challenge this time on Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenges is to make a project using black, white and one other colour. Arrrggghhh I thought as I don't often do b&w cards but I loved making this card, even though it is b&w I tried to make it look soft and pretty, I hope I succeeded ;-)

The prize for this challenge is a £10 voucher for One Stop Crafts and One Stop Crafts are also very kindly giving 10% discount to all Magical Crafts followers to use throughout the challenge!!! Please do pop along and join in the fun and have a look at the other DT samples, they are all gorgeous x

Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Heart doily - ebay
Ribbon - from stash

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Card For My Dad

I've made this card for my dad for Father's Day, I love this image, it's called Ronnie Relaxing and is being sold for charity, available from Pollycraft or Emma's blog.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge 20, Distressing
Charisma Cardz - Week 19, Sweet Treats (biscuits and sweets in image)
Crafty Ann's Challenge - Challenge 14, Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 112, Someone Special (my dad!)

Papers - Basic Grey Archaic
Image - Ronnie Relaxing from Pollycraft or from Emma's blog
Buttons & raffia - from stash
Alphabet stamps - Studio G
Tools - scissors used for distressing

A Packet of Seeds

I saw a fabby tutorial over on the Digital Delights blog to make a pretty outer packet to hold a packet of seeds. I thought this was a fab idea and had a go at making my own. I used a packet of sunflower seeds but popped the seeds into a cello bag as I thought they looked a bit nicer. I'm thinking of doing some more of these for some little kiddie pressies.

Bazzill cardstock
Image - Bear & Butterflies, Lili of the Valley coloured with Promarkers and some Frosted Lace Stickles glitter glue
Sentiment - Paper Makeup Stamps
Bow - a beautiful silk bow given to me by my lovely friend Jennie xxx
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools - scissors used to distress the edges of the image

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Pretty Girly Card

This is my card for this month's challenge over at A Gem of a Challenge. I have used the lovely Sitting Chloe stamp and some of my fave Basic Grey Lemonade papers.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges if may:
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Challenge 82, Recipe (my 3 embellies are flowers, pearls and a button)

Paper - Basic Grey Lemonade
Image - Sitting Chloe from Pink Gem Designs coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Pearls & pearl pins- The Hobby House
Button - Basic Grey Lemonade tied with green string from craft shop
Flowers - flat flowers from Pink Gem Designs, roses from Wild Orchid Crafts sprayed with a touch of Glimmer Mist from The Hobby House
Ribbon - from stash
Tools - scissors for distessing, Fiskars border punch

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Some little favour pouches

I have made these for a special meal for my mum's birthday. They are a diaper fold pouch, very easy to do, there's a tutorial here. I have used the most gorgeous Magnolia Somebunny Loves You paper, the kind that is so hard to cut up! I bought extra sheets so I have a complete one that I can now just look at ;-)

The pouches contain 2 butter mint sweets and a little card with a joke on it. I made 2 with kiddie sweets for my 2 monkeys x

I would like to enter these pouches into the current Kaboodle Doodles challenge, Celebrate Spring.

Paper - Magnolia Somebunny Loves You from The Glitter Pot
Cardstock - Bazzill Bling
Flowers - Prima from TheHobby House
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards
Tools - Quickutz Journalling Block Die, Woodware leaf punch

Friday, 7 May 2010

Another box, this one for my mum

As lots of you know, my mum is celebrating a big-ish birthday next week. I have made a box to house her pressies in. I bought her a china figurine from a range that she collects and made a little cross stitch trinket pot and popped in a sixpence from the year she was born. I have also made up a box of my cards. I am also planning an afternoon tea with my lot, my mum and dad and my brother and his partner. I am going to be busy this coming week planning what to bake and even going to try making some jam!

Anyway, back to the box ;-)

The box itself is the largest of a set of 3 bare boxes from Papermania. I have painted it with the most gorgeous of blues acrylic paint. It took 3 coats to get a nice even finish. I then decorated the lid with beautiful floral paper and a gorgeous Tilda. I finished the box lid with a piece of the most beautiful lace ever that was given to me by my lovely friend Jennie x

I would like to enter this box into the ollowing challenges:

Box - Papermania Bare Basics box (from a set of 3 nesting boxes)
Paint - Anita's acrylic paint
Lace - from my lovely mate Jennie
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Paper & die cut tag/alphabet - Papermania Rose Garden
Image - Sweet Tilda, Magnolia coloured with Promarkers, dress has been paper pieced and shoes covered with Glossy Accents so they shine
Tools - scissors used to distress the edges of the card & paper

A box for some beautiful jewellery

I bought this gorgeous bracelet and earrings from Crafty Ju Ju Designs, they are lovely and a pressie for my SIL so I wanted to try and package them nicely. I decided to make a pizza style box and followed the instructions on the very fab SCS site. The box was so easy to make, will be making more of these I think ;-)

So here's the box, it's 4x4". I used some beautiful MME papers, I've had these for a while but haven't been able to bring myself to cutting them up till now! I made the fan fold flower again from a tutorial that I saw a while ago but can't remember where?

I would like to enter my box into the following challenge:

Cardstock - French Vanilla Bazzill Basics
Papers - Lush, MME from Dies To Die For
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon - from stash
Tools - Woodware leaf punch, Martha Stewart Scoreboard

A card for Tams

My lovely friend Tams has had a crappy week from being in hospital suffering awful pain in her back and leg. I live loads of miles away and felt helpless, what could I do to help? I made her this card that I hope will make her smile and asked the wonderful ladies on the card making thread of MSE to make cards too, Tams should be inundated with beautiful creations from all over the country! She is coming home this evening x

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

Image & Sentiment- Penny Black from The Glitter Pot coloured with Promarkers
Patterned Paper - not sure, sorry?
Red paper - Bo Bunny
Raffia - Papermania from The Glitter Pot
Button - Basic Grey
Tools - scissors for distressing, circle punches

Cards for me

I have recently received some beautiful creations from my cyber friends...

This fairy beauty is from Karen, thank you Karen x

This beautiful stitched ATC and personalised card is from Margaret, thank you Margaret x

This beautiful blingy card is from Lynda, thank you Lynda x

This beautiful embossed card is from Claire, thank you Claire x

Sunday, 2 May 2010

My First MCFC DT Card!!!

Whoo hoo this is my very first DT card for Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenges blog. I was rather nervous about what to do for my first ever DT card and decided to let the paper do the talking and not to use any images or Promarkers on my card - I know, unusual for me ;-)

Over at MCFC there is a fabby sketch to follow for this fortnight's challenge, challenge 14...
Please go and have a look at the rest of the DT cards, they are fabulous!!! The prize this time is a $10 voucher for Simon Says Stamp :-)

So here's my card. I used lots of different papers from the DCWV Linen Closet stack (newly aquired from The Range). Some of the papers are textured and glittered and so I haven't added much in the way of detail. Hope you like it x

Papers - DCWV Linen Closet from The Range
Sentiment - stamp by SU, Inks and More. I got the Butterfly Garden stamp set from my lovely friend Mel but you can buy it at Dies to Die For
Flowers - Brown flat flowers punched with Woodware punch, mini roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls - Basic Grey from Every Moment Matters
Tools: Woodware scroll punch, paper piercer (used to pierce holes in the scallops of the brown circle), Woodware scallop circle punch, Hobbycraft butterfly punch, Woodware flower punch

Saturday, 1 May 2010

A Stair Step Card

I've made my first stair step card using the fab tutorial on the Whimsie Doodles blog and my new Martha Stewart Scoreboard, it took literally seconds to make the card base and the rest of the week for me to decide how to decorate it ;-)

The card is for my mum who has been poorly now for a few weeks with a horrible infection in her ear and face. I am hoping the card will put a little smile on her face and I purposefully made it bright and cheery, be careful when looking as it's pretty bright!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges if I may:
Allsorts - Week 50, Animals (birds & butterflies)
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 110, Make Your Own (I made the card blank and lots of embellies for the card)
MSE - 3 b's challenge set by the lovely Padster (my b's are: butterflies, bling, birds, beaks, branches, bark, braid, border, Basic Grey, buttons, blooms and bright colours)
The pic below hopefully shows the dimension on the card. I've used lots of 3d foam pads for the birds and their wings. For the flowers I have cut them with a punch and then crumpled the paper up and opened again so the petals are raised but in an irregular way (does that make sense?).
French Vanilla Bazzill cardstock
White embossed cardstock - Craftwork Cards
Papers - Basic Grey Green At Heart from The Secret Crafter
Sentiment - Paper Make Up stamp only $1 in the sale!
Buttons - Basic Grey Lemonade (I think?)
Braid/string - stash
Tools - Woodware flower punch, Craftwork Cards template, Hobbycraft butterfly punch