Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Birthday flowers

Here's my first creation from my US trip - staying up way too late in my friend's crafty space! Designed2Delight image in Spellbinder's oval, coloured with Prismacolours and blinged up with Kaisercraft gems, pale pink glitter glue and glossy accents on the vase. Papers are Basic Grey (green), K&Compancy (circles) and pink dots (unknown). I think the sentiment stamp might be Studio G. Recollection green gems; ribbon/ric rac and buttons from my friend's stash. All materials are from my friend's wonderful craft room. Submitted to the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday #160 Sketch
Basic Grey Challenges #46 Colour Combo - Hot Pink, Lime Green, Brown/Kraft
Charisma Cardz Pink and green
Shabby Tea Room #67 Classic Patterns - photo inspiration colours (pink and green), dots
Simon Says Stamp Bingo - Shape, Ribbon, Sentiment
Marks Finest Papers Use at least one button
Stamp Something Something with pretty papers
Crafty Emma Lots of Sparkly Flowers
Crafts & Me #39 Bling It On
Going Grey Scrap Creations - Anything Goes

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Car #17 for the birthday boy

Here's the card I made for a friend's son's 17th birthday. He hasn't got his driver's licence yet and she thought he could benefit from some gentle encouragement - that's why we have the "P" for his provisional licence. The car is dry embossed on Coredinations card using an old embossing template I got as a free gift with an English cardmaking magazine years ago. I sanded the car and customised it with stickers and blue brads. I've had the metal sentiment for many years (might be Making Memories). Kaisercraft paper; textured paper and white gel pen to create the road; brads from my stash.

Submitted to the following challenges:
Some Odd Girl Make a scene
One Crazy Stamper Boys & men
Woodware USA #29 Use a forgotten embellishment (metal Happy Birthday)
CES Challenges #38 Embossing (dry)
Truly Scrumptious #57 Anything goes
Joyful Stamper: Inspire me Fridays 8 Anything goes
2 Sisters Challenge #41 Anything goes

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

With sympathy tulips

Made for a close friend who recently lost her grandmother. See D's tulip stamp coloured with Prismacolour pencils and Sugarloaf marker; Spellbinders scalloped & plain circles; Stampin' Up and Basic Grey papers; Cosmo Cricket letter stickers; brads, metal leaves and ribbon from my stash. Submitted to the following challenges:

Stamping Vacation April Pick 3 (circle, pink, sentiment)

Stamp Insanity #56 Heavy metal

Simply Create #42 Time to rock the metal

The Paper Shelter #10 Inspired by nature

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #99 Flowers

AiFactory #77 Flowers in bloom

Shelly's Images TTT Challenge Show us what you got

Delicious Doodles #22 Anything goes

Easter bunnies

Here's my one and only Easter card for the year. I agreed with one of my cardmaking friends that we'd swap Easter cards instead of chocolates and this is what I came up with. Bunny stamp is from Stampin' Up's Forest Friends set-coloured with Tombows; Basic Grey papers; Prima flowers; SU sentiment rub on; SU & DCWV cardstock; brad and 2 ribbons from my stash. Submitted to the following challenges:

For Fun Challenges Easter

4 Crafty Chicks #34 Easter

PaperPlay Challenges #16 Easter Time

Crafty Sentiments Easter

A Gem of a Challenge #19 Pearls & Swirls-pick 1 or both (swirls)

Pile It On #17 Two or more ribbons

Stamping Vacation April Pick 3 (swirl, pink, sentiment)

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #99 Flowers

AiFactory #77 Flowers in bloom

Delicious Doodles #22 Anything goes

Friday, February 18, 2011

Feline Creative winter blog candy

I just wanted to share with you the winter blog candy over at Feline Creative. What a fantastic selection of crafting goodies! Why don't you hop on over there and check out Karen's fantastic cards whilst you're visiting.

Monday, February 14, 2011

For my Valentine

Here's the card that I made for my special guy for Valentine's Day. The glittery heart is a foam sticker that I picked up at a local art store and I designed my card around it as the focal point. The white heart background is made using a Fiskars embossing plate; black and silver ribbon and the clear "love" tile (attached with Francheville white brads) are both from a discount shop.

Submitted to the following challenges:

Creatalicious Challenges #18 Ribbon & love

Do you stack up? #6 Ribbon

Papertake Weekly Have a heart

Crazy 4 Challenges #74 Hearts

2 Sisters Challenge Blog #26 Hearts

The Crafty Pad #108 Hearts

Crafty Cardmakers #39 Hearts

Stamping Vacation Heart sticker

4 Crafty Chicks Valentine's

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #69 Valentine's/Love

Stamping Vacation Valentine's Day

Frosted Designs Love

Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays Love is in the air

One Stop Craft Challenge #118 Love is in the air

Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog #35 Love is all around

Crafty Calendar Challenge #17 Love

Craft Us Crazy Anything goes

Stamping Vacation White space & 3 of anything (ribbons)

Stamping Vacation Pick 3 (heart, anything black, the word "love")

Stamping Vacation No flowers

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Here be dragons

I had fun making this card for my better half's birthday. He enjoys reading fantasy books, especially ones with dragons, so this Elusive Images dragon stamp is perfect for him. The sentiment and flourish are from the same set and I made them into a scroll. I've tried to give the card a distressed look as I imagine most papers would get pretty worn around fire-breathing dragons! Image is heat embossed in bronze; Kaisercraft papers; netting ribbon and big brads from my stash.

Submitted to the following challenges:

Oldie But A Goodie #11 Magical beings (dragons)

Stamping Vacation No tags

Do You Stack Up? #4 Patterned paper

Tellen's Place Male - Make it for the guys!

Crazy 4 Challenges #72 Vintage or shabby chic

Crafts 4 Eternity #4 Polka dots

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #96 Whateva! (with stamping)

Crafty Purple Frog Distressing

Sunday, January 30, 2011

B&W vintage lady

This gorgeous lady is one of my very early stamp purchases (Paper Pleasure Plus) and I still love it as much now as I did then. There's quite a lot of bling (black Kindy Glitz glitter glue on the hat and dress; clear Kindy Glitz on the beads hanging down from the hat; and black gem earrings) but it doesn't really show up in the pic. Martha Stewart Layered Arches border punch; oval Nestabilities; two ribbons from my stash. I've used glue dots behind some of the flocked spots on the beautiful white organza ribbon to give it a 3D gathered look.

Submitted to the following challengs:

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #73 Vintage

Paper Cupcakes Tic-Tac-Toe (something punched, ribbon, bling)

Stamping Vacation Pick 3 (gathered ribbon, punch, glitter)

Sundays with Crissy #13 Ribbons

Easy Craft Projects #30 Black and White

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A birthday cake wish

Making this card was quite a challenge to myself on several counts. Firstly, everything is from Stampin' Up's Confetti scrapping kit, except for the Kaisercraft gem and the Kindy Glitz glitter glue, and using all the coordinated elements from one kit is totally different from how I usually create. I also usually stamp my images rather than using something that's ready-made. Lastly, no ribbon! Can you believe it?!

Submitted to the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenges #126 Food for thought

Tellen's Place Polka dots

7 Kids College Fund #13 Challenge yourself (using a kit & no ribbon)

Take the Belli Challenge #109 The letter P (polka dot patterned paper)

Paper Cutz Challenge #75 Anything goes

Wee Memories #40 Free your creativity (anything goes)

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #45 Anything goes

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Never laugh at live dragons

Here's the card that I made for our friend Steve's birthday. The dragon, sentiment and flourish are from a fantastic Elusive images stamp set. They're heat embossed with my new Iron Stone Red embossing powder from Print Blocks. The braid is really old - one of my very early purchases when I first started cardmaking. Nesties scalloped square and border inked with ColorBox chalk ink; We R Memory Keepers patterned paper.

Submitted to the following challenges:

Top Tip Tuesday #18 All sentimental

One Stop Craft Challenge #114 Card for a male

Delicious Doodles #8 3 colours (green, burgundy, cream)

The Crafty Pad #104 Something new

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #72 New supplies

One Stitch at a Time #45 New stash

Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog #32 Ring in the new but don't ring out the old

AiFactory #64 Anything goes

Pile It On #3 Anything goes

Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays Anything goes

Let's Ink It Up #8 Anything goes (must use stamp)

Stamp Something Anything goes

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hanging around in a birdcage

This is one of my favourite Basic Grey papers (Felicity from the Euphoria range) that I've never gotten around to using before. Finally I've cut into it and I thought the delicate lines of the Basic Grey birdcage stamp would go well with the paper. Bird is from the same stamp set. The ribbon is my something new - thanks to my friend Mel who found it whilst visiting family over Christmas. Blue textured paper from my stash; SU cardstock.

Submitted to the following challenges:

Aly's Sunday Challenge #33 Things with wings

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #71 Includes wings

The Crazy Challenge #49 Animals

Cupcake Craft Challenges #124 Something new (ribbon)

Pollycraft Challenge #75 New things (ribbon)

Crafty Purple Frog Challenge New goodies (ribbon)

Top Tip Tuesday #17 Anything goes

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gramaphone - the original iPod

Funny to think that once upon a time, this was the latest in music technology! The gramaphone stamp (Paper Pleasures Plus) has been in my stash almost back to those days. I've had everything else used on this card for at least a couple of years. Script stamp is from Stamp It; all patterned paper is Stampin' Up Windsor Knot; SU cardstock; brown paper from my stash; Franchville eyelets; ColorBox chalk inks.

Submitted to the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday #146 Out with the old!

Easy Craft Projects #29 Only old stash

Paper Play Challenges '11 Week 1 Clean and simple

Crafty Sentiments Anything goes

Top Tip Tuesday #17 Anything goes

Craft Your Days Away #11 Anything goes