Monday, 31 January 2011

We are all loved up at Cards for Men!

It's time for a brand new challenge at Cards for Men today and we have a fab theme for you to follow 'Valentine/Love' (n.b. card must be for a male). Our sponsor this time is the fab Prairie Fairy Designs and the prize is 5 digis of your choice from the Prairie Fairy store!

"Hello! I am Roberta from Prairie Fairy Designs. I am a new digital stamp company featuring artwork not only created by me but also my two kids, ages 9 and 12. They are featured on the site as the Fairy Princess and the Prairie Prince. I have been an artist for as long as I can remember and have always loved to create. Two years ago my sister-in-law invited me to a rubber stamp party. I laughed and said "Maybe I will buy something if I can use it to stamp on canvases.". Needless to say, I was hooked! Two years later and a lot of learning about computers, I have finally accomplished my goal. While digital stamping is relatively new in the papercrafting scene, it is what I believe to be such an amazing tool. Printed images have such clarity and vibrancy and gone is the need to re stamp an image because you didn't press hard enough or maybe you pressed too hard! They are also a lot easier to store and they can be reprinted over and over again. The fact that you can rotate and flip files, print them off the size of a postage stamp or as large as a scrapbook page makes them such a versatile medium. It is my sincere hope that I can help anyone who has hesitations about using digital images to embrace these amazing creative tools. If you have any questions about going digital, check out the site and the blog for more information. So head on over to http://www.prairiefairydesigns.com/ and check it out!"

Please pop over to the challenge blog to check out the details of our new challenge. As always the DT have made some wonderful cards, please do pop across and have a peek and have a go at the challenge while you're there. The DT were given some gorgeous Prairie Fairy images to play with. So, onto my DT card, I have used an image called The Moost, I think he's just adorable.


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

Supplies:
Cardstock - Bazzill kraft and some corrugated card
Paper - Lush by MME (had this for ages)
Image - The Moost from Prairie Fairy coloured with Promarkers
Tickets - Tim Holtz from Crafty Emma's Store
Love ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Brads - Basic Grey
Tools - Deckle edge Nestie, Pennant die from Whiff of Joy, scissors for distressing

Thursday, 27 January 2011

A New Tilda

I made this card for my nan for her birthday. I love the new Magnolia stamps so had to get myself a couple and this is one of them...


Supplies:
Image - Tilda in the Garden coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Curio by Basic Grey
Sentiment - retired from Elzybells
Doily - Joanna Sheen
Seam Binding Ribbon - candy win on Bev's blog, thank you Bev x
Pearls - The Hobby House
Fabric Brad - Basic Grey
Tools - Zigzag embossing border punch by Martha Stewart, scissors for distressing

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Love is in the air at CYDA...

It's time for challenge number 12 at CYDA. We have a fabulous challenge for you chosen by our lovely team mate Shelley. Our challenge theme is 'LOVE' - aaaahhhh, perfect timing to get making those Valentine's cards!

We are being sponsored by the fabulous Meljens Designs, one lucky person will win 4 digis of their choice. Please do come and join in the fun and check out the gorgeous creations made by my lovely team mates x
So onto my DT card, I decided to make a birthday card for my OH using the gorgeous Meljen's image Bulldog's Bear. I just love this image, it's available to purchase at the Whimsy Stamps store here...

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

Supplies:
Image - Bulldog's Bear by Meljen's Designs available from Whimsy Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Paper - Wander by Basic Grey
Sentiment - generated on PC
Buttons - American Crafts tied with DMC linen thead
Tools - scissors for distressing, brown chalk inkpad

Friday, 21 January 2011

I am an Auntie!

My brother and sister-in-law became parents for the first time yesterday. My SIL gave birth to a little boy weighing 8lb 10oz and they have called him Alexander Finley. Everyone is fine and they came home today. My boys are very excited as Alexander is their first ever cousin. We are going to see them over the weekend and I am VERY excited! I have made this card today, it is another card with a box inside and the box hold some very cute bootees (I have shoved them in to take the pic but need to pop them in a bit neater!)...

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Supplies:
Image - Willow Holding Baby from Whiff of Joy coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Blueberry Pie by Papermania
Sentiments - Welcome Little One part of the Baby Baby set from Ladybug Crafts Ink; A Special Delivery from Pink Gem Designs (currently on offer for only £1.80)
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts & stash
Pearls - stash
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Tools - MS scoreboard, Circle, scallop circle, oval and scallop oval Nesties

Monday, 17 January 2011

Cards for Men - Let's Party!

It's time for a brand new challenge at Cards for Men today and we have a fab theme for you to follow 'Let's Party' (n.b. card must be for a male).


Our sponsor this time is the fab Meljen's Designs and the prize is 4 Meljen digi images! The DT had some lovely images to play with. "Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical rubber and digital images inspired by her kids and family. Meljen's Designs has new releases along with a new challenge every Thursday, freebies every Monday and a Guest Designer each month at the Meljen's Designs Blog. Please visit the Meljen's Designs line of stamps at the WHIMSY STAMPS STORE to browse and enjoy Melissa's wonderful images!"

Please pop over to the challenge blog to check out the details of our new challenge. As always the DT have made some wonderful cards, please do pop across and have a peek and have a go at the challenge while you're there. So, onto my DT card, I have used an image called Chili Chihuahua, I think he's just adorable and have made this card for my little brother's birthday (he's not that little, 32 this month!). I have used the image twice on my zigzag card, one a mirror image of the original (I just flipped it over). I used a paper piercer tool to make holes in the papers around the edges and also used a brown chalk ink pad to ink the edges of the papers, images and sentiments. I hope you like it, it was a really fun card to make.


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Meljens - Square or Round
Stamp Something - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - Happy Birthday

Supplies:
Cardstock - Bazzill kraft
Paper - some old Cosmo Cricket, trying to use up some of my neglected stash ;-)
Image - Chili Chihuahua by Meljen's Designs from Whimsy Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Buttons - stash
Sentiment ribbon - Pink Petticoat
Sentiment (on red paper) - generated on PC
Tools - paper piercing tool, brown chalk inkpad

Saturday, 15 January 2011

I've made another one!

I made another card with a little box inside today, this box doesn't have candles inside but a selection of flowers and is for a crafty friend. I followed the sketch over at Simon Says Stamp, loved this sketch, thank you x The stamp came from the fabulous Sir Stampalot sale, cost only £1, I love him so much I used him on the outside and inside of the card ;-)

Sorry for the dark pics :-(
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I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Sketch Time

Supplies:
Image - Bearly Asleep by GCS Artstamps from Sir Stampalot coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Marjolaine by Basic Grey
Cardstock - Bazzill kraft
Pearls & ribbon - stash
Flowers (on card and inside box) - mixture of Wild Orchid Crafts and Crafty Emma's Store
Tools - MS Scoreboard, circle & scallop circle and deckle edge rectangle Nesties, brown chalk inkpad

Friday, 14 January 2011

I tried a new thing...

My friend Claire made a beautiful card a couple of weeks ago that housed some tealight candles. I loved it and bookmarked the tutorial Claire used to make her card. I had the opportunity today to have a go making my own card and I made this. I am pretty pleased with it, the tutorial is excellent. I made my card half an inch bigger and the box holding the candles is 1/4" bigger as my tealights were wider. I've made the card for a lady who works at my son's school who has had some bad news healthwise and I thought she may like to know that we are thinking of her.


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
CRAFT - Moving Components (the candle box opens, does that count?)

Supplies:
Image - Dandelion Love coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Jack & Jill by Prima
Cardstock - Bazzill kraft and basics
Flowers & leaves - selection from Wild Orchid Crafts & Crafty Emma's Store. The large peach flower came from a candy win on the lovely Bev's blog, thank you so much Bev x
Sentiment ribbon - Pink Petticoat
Pearls & fibre - stash
Candles - Yankee Candle
Tools - MS Scoreboard, MS zigzag edge punch, circle & scallop circle and oval and scallop oval Nesties

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

New Year, New Baby...

My lil brother and my SIL are expecting their first little bundle of joy any day now - very exciting (he is currently 5 days late so is keeping them waiting!). I have made this baby themed calendar for the nursery...


I would like to enter my easel calendar into the following challenges if I may:
Moving Along With The Times - Challenge 80, Ring out the old; ring in the new (old - corrugated card, twine; new - pennant die image)
Secret Crafter - Challenge 116, Tons of Texture (corrugated card, twine, buttons)

Supplies:
Image - die cut square from Lili of the Valley from my beautiful friend Tams
Cardstock - Bazzill kraft and some corrugated, not sure where I got this but had it for ages!
Papers - True Blue by MME from Dies to Die For
Sentiment ribbon - Pink Petticoat
Twine - stash
Calendar - Anitas
Buttons - stash
Tools - Pennants die from Whiff of Joy, circle & scallop circle Nesties

Monday, 10 January 2011

I've gone LOTV mad!

I have made 10 cards using the gorgeous Lili of the Valley die cut squares. I have cut down the squares into circles and teamed them with some beautiful paper, some glamour dust and a few pearls. Really easy but quite effective I think...

For these cards I have followed the same layout but used different images and papers...

I would like to enter my cards into the following challenges:
MSE - Flowers (bottom pic, bottom row in the middle)
Cupcake Craft - Challenge 124, Something New (LOTV die cuts, Marriane flower die, papers)
Supplies:
Images - Die cut squares from Lili of the Valley (most of these came from Tams, thank you Tams x)
Patterned Papers - Marjolaine by Basic Grey; Tickled Pink by MME and Gossamer by Memory Box
Plain Papers - Love the Look by Craftwork Cards
Pearls - from stash
Tools - Circle and scallop circle Nesties, Flower die from Marianne Designs, Glamour Dust

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Craft Your Days Away Challenge 11 - Anything Goes!

It's time for challenge number 11 at CYDA. We have an easy peasy challenge for you this time as the theme is 'Anything Goes'.

We are being sponsored by the fab Simon Says Stamp, one lucky person will win a $10 voucher to spend at the store. Please do come and join in the fun and check out the gorgeous creations made by my lovely team mates x


So onto my DT card, I decided to make a birthday card using a Tilda stamp, she is a Christmas stamp but I think she looks perfect for a birthday card. The card is for my MIL who is celebrating her birthday this week...


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Just Magnolia - Monthly Challenge, Anything Goes (buttons as extra)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Inc - Challenge 9, Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Challenge 54, Anything Goes
Creative Craft World - Card Challenge, Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 5, Use something new (papers, ribbon, stamp)
Charisma Cardz - Challenge 1, Birthdays/Celebrations

Supplies:
Image - Secret Tilda by Magnolia from Crafty Ideas by Kaz coloured with Promarkers
Paper - Gossamer by Memory Box, gift from my lovely friend Claire x
Sentiment - Happy Birthday seal by Catslife Press from Crafty Emma's Store
Buttons - stash
Flower - Prima
Brad - The Hobby House
Ribbon - from my lovely friend Jennie x
Tools - scissors for distressing, Frosted Lace Stickles on distressed edges of image and sentiment

Monday, 3 January 2011

A Few Makes...

Here are a few makes. This is another card for Thomas' birthday...


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

Supplies:
Image - Clown Number 4 by Bugaboo coloured with Promarkers
Papers - True Blue by MME from Dies To Die For
Buttons - mini yellow by Papermania Capsule Collection, blue from stash
Tools - deckle edge Nesties

I've made a few thank you cards for Xmas pressie thanks, here's one...

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Allsorts - Week 84, Thank You

Supplies:
Image - Lenny a freebie from Stamp Fairy coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Marjolaine by Basic Grey from The Glitter Pot
Cardstock - Bazzill kraft (just had another delivery of this so expect to see it a lot on here!)
Pearls - stash
Ribbon - Dovecraft
Tools - deckle edge Nesties

This is a nappy cake I made for friends who have recently had a gorgeous baby girl...

I purchased the lurvely pink goodies frm TK Maxx. I used Pampers nappies and included Johnsons baby products too. The image on the label is an Elzybells bear.

Cards for Men, first challenge of 2011!!!

It's 2011 and time for a brand new challenge at Cards for Men today and we have a sketch for you to follow designed by our lovely teamie Shirley (n.b. card must be for a male).

Our sponsor this time is The Stamping Boutique and the DT had some lovely images to play with.
"I'm Tracey Malnofski, the artist and owner of The Stamping Boutique. My team and I are very happy to sponsor Cards for Men. My store has been open since September 2009. I am currently a stamp artist for UnityStampCo. and I've worked for InStyleStamps, Squigglefly, and TheDigiShack in the past. I'm a professional artist and an active member of the Artist' Guild in my community. I have quite a busy household with a husband, 3 teenagers, 5 mini-dachshunds and an Appaloosa mare. It's noisy, but I love them all. I'm truly blessed.
'The Stamping Boutique' is dedicated to quality products and original artwork. We not only provide wonderful digital images in our store, but also several lines of red rubber images. Our designers are chosen for their character and personality, as well as, their beautiful designs. We work hard to give you our very best. Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor this week."

Please pop over to the challenge blog to check out the details of our new challenge. As always the DT have made some wonderful cards, please do pop across and have a peek and have a go at the challenge while you're there. So, onto my DT card, I have used an image called AJ with Sign (currently all digis have 35% off so go have a browse!), I think AJ is adorable and have made this card for my little one's birthday later this week...

Supplies:
Paper - Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket
Image - AJ with Sign from The Stamping Boutique coloured with Promarkers
Buttons - stash
Sentiment ribbon - Pink Petticoat
Tools - scissors for distressing