Some of my cards!!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge card

Well, another week has gone by and not gone as planned as I had my youngest daughter off school sick for a couple of days. I did get quite a few images stamped and coloured though and have now managed to finish my big batch of Christmas cards for my upcoming craft stall (I think I've done about 100!). Now I need to start on the non-Christmassy cards - I've got the images done, just need to assemble the cards.

On top of all that, my husband has been moved with his job and left today. He'll be back weekends when he can, but I have two quite sad little girls here tonight!!

Anyway, I've done this quick card for a friends little boy. His birthday is actually today so I'm a bit late.

The card is for this week's Spoon Full of Sugar challenge.

I used my favourite Sugar Nellie pirate stamp coloured with my promarkers. The backing papers are K & Co. Button from my stash, sparkly ribbon Papermania.

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Sugar Bowl challenge card

Well, firstly apologies at not blogging for ages. I've had a busy couple of weeks and haven't got many challenge cards done.

I've been asked to sell some cards and jewellery at a craft stall at the end of November which I'm very excited about so I've been planning for that. I've sorted out all my jewellery stash (and ordered some more of course!!!) and started doing batches of Christmas cards. I'll get some of it on here when I get a minute. Now I just hope I manage to sell some of it!!!

I'm planning on doing more cards this week (I'm thinking maybe some non-Christmas cards as well as end of November seems quite late to sell lots of Christmas cards - what do you think?), and then next week I'm hoping to get lots of jewellery made - so watch this space as it could all go horribly wrong!!!

Oh, I did get one card done last week for the competition in the last DoCrafts magazine - hopefully it got to them on time with the postal strike going on!!! I'll put that on here another time.

In the meantime, on to today's card (finally!!!).

I made this card for the current Sugar Bowl challenge. I followed the sketch and also the 'please include' to add lace.

When I made the card I was also planning of entering the Papertake Weekly current challenge of Spots and Stripes but I've just remembered that's not allowed under the rules of the Sugar Bowl challenge so I'll leave it off there (oops!).

The card is for a friend of mine who has just had a baby girl this week. I used the lovely Daisy with Pram from Sugar Nellie and I've coloured her in with promarkers.

The sentiment stamp is one of the See D's range which I haven't used in ages. The backing papers are from the Clare Curd Signature Range Big One paper pack.

The paper flowers are plain ones I got from Lakeland and then I've run them through my BigShot with the Divine Swirls folder - I do like the effect this has on them.

The lace is from my stash. Rafia from my local garden centre. Pink safety pin button from a baby buttons pack I bought ages ago.

Well, I have a couple of boy's birthdays coming up that I need to make cards for. I coloured in some images last night so hopefullly I'll get those done tomorrow as well.

Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Sugar Bowl challenge card

Hi everyone,

Hope you're having a good day. The weather is awful here today, cold and wet - typical school holiday weather!!

Anyway, I have managed to get one card done. This is for the current Sugar Bowl challenge. There is a sketch to follow and the theme is Christmas.
I have used my lovely Miss Clause stamp from Sugar Nellie. I've coloured her with my promarkers and then added Stickles glitter glue.
I then had a small moment of panic when I thought I had no papers to match my colouring scheme (surely not - I have a mountain of papers!!!!!). Then I remembered these Papermania papers I had left over from last year - phew!!
The large white star I got from Mad About Cards last year. The smaller stars are cut with a Cuttlebug die on my Big Shot. The chipboard greeting matches the papers.
Well, that's all for now. We are now braving the weather to take the girls out for a curry - their choice for both passing their swimming assessments last week!!!
Have a good evening!!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Blog candy!!

Debbi is offering some fab blog candy for Christmas (this photo is only part of it!!) - go and check out her blog - The Crafty Cuttings of Wiccababe - here - by Sunday 25 October.

A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge card

This is my entry for this week's sketch challenge on the Spoon Full of Sugar blog.

The Santa stamp is Sugar Nellie. I've coloured it with promarkers and then used white pearl glitter glue round the cuffs of all his clothes.

Background red card embossed with cuttlebug embossing folder. Green papers from a DoCrafts goody bag last year - and I've just noticed I've stuck them on upside down!!! Oops!! Better go and re-do that!!

Thanks for looking!!

Passion for Promarkers challenge

This is my entry for this week's Passion for Promarkers challenge - I'm steadily working my way through Christmas cards at the moment!!

I bought Sugar Nellie's lovely Miss Clause stamp the other day and stamped it up 20 times - I've coloured half in red and green and the other half in blues, so there may be another card coming soon in the other colour scheme!!

Anyway, on to this card.....
I followed the Passion for Promarkers blog sketch.
I've used the following colour pens:
Clothes: Cyan, Cool Aqua, Blue Pearl
Skin: Almond, Blush
Hair: Caramel, Cinanmon, Cocoa
Almond and Caramel are the only two of the new colours I've bought so far and I'm loving them!!!
Papers - Papermania Deck the Halls paper pack
The blue snowflakes are cut with a Cuttlebug die. The white snowflakes are a Dovecraft punch.
All highlighted with Glitz It Ice Blue glitter glue ( I love that about doing Christmas cards!!!).
Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Truly Scrumptious & Stampin' Chic challenges

This is another two challenge card. This is for the current Truly Scrumptious and Stampin' Chic challenges.
I followed the sketch on Truly Scrumptious. There was also a 'please include' to add doodling on the card. I have doodled a border around my main image panel and the orange handmade paper panel.
The challenge on Stampin' Chic was to use autumnal colours. Also, something on the card has to be from the Clare Curd Signature Range, so I have used the brown spotty paper.
Image - Forever Friends bear coloured with promarkers.
Ribbon and orange spotty paper - Papermania.
Flowers and handmade paper from my stash.
Thanks for looking!!

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge MMSC22

This is my entry for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, MMSC22.

The stamp is from one of the new Papermania stamp duos. I stamped it with Watermark ink and then embossed with white embossing powder.

The papers were from Crafts Beautiful magazine last year. I've added highlights with Stickles glitter glue in Crystal. The sentiment is from a Papermania cardboard sticker sheet that I think I got in a goody bag last year!!
Thanks for looking!!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Blog candy!!

Keep meaning to mention this but I've had trouble with blogger crashing!!

Anyway, the lovely Jenny is offering Blog Candy - go and visit her blog, Stamps, Pencils and Paper! and leave a comment before 7pm Saturday 17 October.

Creative Inspirations and Crafty Catz challenges

Well, I managed to finish my second card so here it is!! This is another two-challenge card. I have followed the sketch on the Creative Inspirations blog and the theme on the Crafty Catz challenge blog which was snowmen and snowflakes.

The snowman stamp is from Sugar Nellie. I have coloured it with my promarkers.
Backing papers are Papermania and some I got free with a magazine last year!! I have also used on of the new Cuttlebug snow embossing folders on some lilac handmade paper.
The snowflakes are punched using a large xCut and small Dovecraft punch.
Thanks for looking!!

Passion for Promarkers and Papertake Weekly challenges

Hi everyone,

Well, I think I did quite well getting a card done today as the girls are now off school on holidays for two weeks!!! I did start a second which I'll try and get finished when they're in bed - two in one day was probably pushing my luck!!!

Anyway, this card is for two challenges - Passion for Promarkers and Papertake Weekly.

The challenge on Papertake Weekly was to follow the sketch.

The challenge on Passion for Promarkers was to follow the recipe of 3 different shapes, 2 papers and 1 ribbon. This seemed to fit in quite well to the Papertake sketch, although I did change the shape of my title panel a bit to go with the recipe.

The image is from Sugar Nellie. Coloured with Promarkers of course. The main colours I used were Pumpkin, Cornflower, Cyan and Cocoa.
The brown paper is from the Clare Curd Signature Range at Papermania, the orange paper is from K & Co Hopscotch paper pad.
I also spritzed over the finished card with Cosmic Shimmer mist in gold. I thought this would go with the pirate theme!! It actually looks quite good, but with the camera flash it is a bit too sparkly!!!
Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Sketch and Stash Challenge

Well I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. It's been quite nice here today but I just had a race to get my washing in as the rain suddenly bucketed down!!!

This is a card I made earlier in the week for the Sketch and Stash challenge and I just remembered I hadn't posted it on here yet!!!

The Forever Friends bear is coloured with my promarkers. The green and scalloped circles were cut with my nestabilities. The green card was embossed with my Divine Swirls embossing folder and then brushed over with shimmer chalk. I punched holes around the edge of the scalloped circle with my crop-a-dile then cut another scalloped circle in deep pink to layer behind the holes.

Neglected/rarely used stash:

The pink patterned paper was from a DoCrafts kit and has been sitting in my stash for ages!! Also the pink and white paper flowers - they came in a lovely little pot (so I had to have them of course!!) but I have hardly ever used them!!!

The green flowers are all white/cream flowers that I have coloured with my Apple Promarker to match my image.

Brads, tiny gems and pink rafia ribbon all Papermaia.

Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Moving Along with the Times challenge card

The challenge last week on the Moving Along with the Times blog was to follow the sketch but also to use no stamps on the card.
I used these lovely glittery flower stickers from Papermania instead as my main image. I stuck them onto white card, cut them out and then inked the edges with VersaMagic chalk ink in Tea Leaves. I then layered them onto pink scalloped squares cut with my nestabilities.
The background is Coredinations white washed cardstock. I embossed it with a sissix embossing folder and then sanded over the top to reveal the green core. Edges inked in Colorbox fluid chalk in Orchid Pastel.

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge MMSC21

This is my entry for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge no. 21.

I have used the stamp 'Daisy with Pram' from Sugar Nellie, coloured with my promarkers.
The backing papers are from Clare Curd's Signature Range.
The little blue bear button I've had in my stash for ages, just waiting for the perfect moment!!! Metal congratulations plaque from the Craft Candy range at Mad About Cards.
Thanks for looking!!

Sugar Bowl challenge card

This is my entry for the current sketch challenge on the Sugar Bowl blog.
As well as the sketch to follow there was a 'please include' option to use paper piecing on the main image.
My stamp is the lovely Snow Cozy from Sugar Nellie. I stamped him up three times - on white card and two patterned papers. I used black ink and then embossed with holographic powder. I cut out the hat, scarf, jacket and boots from the patterned papers and stuck them on. The nose and buttons were coloured with a black promarker. Then I went over the snowman with silver grey shimmer chalk for the shadows and white shimmer chalk for the rest.

The patterned papers are from the Papermania Deck the Halls paper pack.
The red card behind I stamped with a snowflake stamp in white ink and then embossed with holographic powder.
Thanks for looking!!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Passion for Promarkers, Creative Inspirations and Mojo Monday challenges

The card I have for you today is for three challenges:

Mojo Monday challenge MOJO107. I have followed the sketch for this challenge.

Passion for Promarkers - I have followed the challenge colours of Cool Aqua and Apricot to colour in my favourite stamp, Daisy from Sugar Nellie. The challenge was also to include flowers. I have used the apricot promarker to colour some white prima flowers to match my colour scheme. I aslo used the aqua promarker to define all the edges.

Creative Inspirations - the challenge on the CI blog is to include letters or numbers on the card. I used a chipboard number 7 from Papermania. Firstly I coloured it with a pumpkin promarker. Then I dabbed over a Colourbox fluid chalk pad in Burnt Sienna. I then covered this in holographic embossing powder which I melted with my heat gun (I used two coats).

The backing papers are Papermania. The cardstock is Core-dinations. I embossed it with my big shot and then sanded to reveal the white core. Ribbon from my stash.

I think that's it!!

Thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Truly Scrumptious & Creative Inspirations challenges

This is today's second card and this one is for two challenges.

I have followed the sketch on the Truly Scrumptious blog. The other rule with this challenge was to use at least three different stamps, not including the sentiment. I have used these lovely Woodland Elements stamps from Woodware because they fitted in really well with the other challenge I was doing - the Creative Inspirations blog asked for an Autumn themed card.

The images were stamped in black Memento ink and then coloured with my promarkers. The frame was cut with my nestabilities - I've just got a great magnetic mat from Joanna Sheen and it makes cutting frames so much easier!!!

I used some velvet flocked autumny papers I've had sitting around in my stash for ages - they just seemed right (at last!!). The red strips across the back are my trusty red rafia I got in Tesco's last Christmas (will have to stock up this year!!!)

Thanks for looking!!

Moving Along with the Times challenge card

This is the first of two cards I have for you today. It is for the challenge on the Moving Along with the Times blog.

There was a sketch to follow and also a theme, which was 'Strictly Sparkling'.

My Forever Friends bear has been stamped in Memento Grape Jelly ink and then coloured with my promarkers. To stick with the sparkling theme I have used lots of silver card in my matting, together with lilac handmade paper, and then spritzed it with Cosmic Shimmer Mist in Silver. The actual card is now quite sparkly but it doesn't show up very well on the photo!!!
Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Stampin' Chic sketch challenge

This is my take on this week's sketch challenge over on the Stampin' Chic blog.
I wanted to use my elephant stamp (which I had previously stamped onto white vellum, using stazon). I thought the pattern on the elephant would go well with these papers, from the Clare Curd Signature Range. Although now I look at it on here I'm thinking maybe you can have too much of a good thing and I should have left the white layer unpatterned!!!
I coloured the image with promarkers, cut it out, stuck it on silver card and then cut it out again.
The shapes are all cut with my nestabilities. The sentiment stamp I've used again is the freebie from one of the recent DoCrafts magazines. The ribbon is from the new Papermania couture ribbon collection and I've also used Papermania scalloped card blanks (yes, I do use quite a lot of their stuff!!!).
Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Moving Along with the Times challenge card

This card is for the Moving Along with the Times challenge blog. I have followed the sketch on the blog and also the theme which was 'Birthdays'.

I have used my Daisy stamp (from Papermania), coloured with promarkers. The background papers and ribbon are also Papermania. I can't remember where the flower came from!!

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Sugar Bowl challenge card

Well, I hope you haven't suffered too much from the wind we had last night!! We had things blown around all over the place here. My girls have (or rather, had!!) a wooden castle in the garden which ended up in pieces up the lawn. Not good!!

Oh well, on to cards...!! This is my card for the current Sugar Bowl sketch challenge. The challenge was also to use the colours pink and brown. I made this for my mother-in-law's birthday which is today - Happy Birthday Ann if you're reading this!!

The image is one of the Gorjus girls and I have coloured it with my promarkers.
The pink circle has been embossed with the Swiss Dots cuttlebug embossing folder and then I highlighted over the top with beige Papermania shimmer chalks. All the edges have been inked with Colourbox fluid chalk in Chestnut Roan.
The 'Just for you' stamp was a freebie on one of the latest Creativity magazines. I stamped it with the same fluid chalk.
The papers are from the Clare Curd Signature Range Big One paper pack. Brads and ribbon both Papermania. Paper flowers from my local craft shop (and the home of Sugar Nellie!!).
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Mojo Monday & Papertake weekly challenges

I hope you all had a good weekend! We've had a lovely day at Landmark today (an adventure park near Aviemore). The girls had an excellent time climbing on all the things, now that the summer queues have died down!!

This evening I have a card that is for two challenges. I made this for one of my daughter's friends from her ballet class.

Firstly, I have used the sketch from the Mojo Monday blog.

The ballerina girl image is called 'Elise prepares'. I downloaded it from the website Sketching Stamper digi-stamps. I printed it off and coloured it in with my promarkers.

The circles are all cut with my nestabilites. I have added faux stitching around the edges for this week's challenge on Papertake Weekly which is 'faking it'!!

The background papers are Papermania. I have then sprayed some of them with Cosmic Shimmer Mist in Rich Gold. It is the first time I have used these sprays and I am not entirely happy with the effect - will need to practice!!

The chipboard numbers and dots were from Papermania. I have painted them with Anita's metallic black acrylic paint. When dry I covered this in Stickles glitter glue.

Well, I think that's about it! Thanks for looking!!