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Friday, 30 September 2011

Fancy Folds

Good morning everyone! Goodness me, I haven't been posting for two entire weeks! I'm doing a grueling teaching schedule at work at the moment, so didn't have that much time to craft. I have however been keeping track of all the wonderful comments I received on some of my previous cards, thank you very much for taking the time to let me know what you think of my little creations! :)

Anyway, enough babbling, it's that time again: a new Card Makin' Mamas Challenge! This time we are challenging you to do some FANCY FOLDING. We'd love to see you participating! We are being sponsored by Crafty Sentiment Designs, they have some gorgeous images and we were lucky enough to be able to work with some of them for the DT examples.

I took the opportunity to get started on our moving house cards, we are moving in a couple of months and I thought it would be nice to make real cards to send our new address out instead of the boring standard ones:

This type of card is called a spring card, my first one ever! It was great fun to do a slightly different card, although because I stuck the spring on the base card the finished card has a slightly unusual shape and it would be difficult to find a good envelope for it. Never mind, my parents will be at our place this weekend, I'm thinking of giving it to them :)

* Champagne coloured base card
* Crafty Sentiment design digi ('Bird House')
* Home-made computer generated sentiment
* First Edition Up Up and Away Glittery DPs
* Flora Doodles Primary Colours Flowers
* Silver peeloffs from my stash

* 4 Crafty Chicks (Anything Goes)
* Anything Goes (Anything Goes)
* Bows and Berries (Glitter)
* City Crafter Challenge (Scraplift the card; I've used the bird theme)
* Crafty Boots (Things with Wings)
* Ladybug Crafts (Fancy Folds and/or Fall)
* Cute Card Tuesday (Animal Crackers)
* For Fun Challenge (Show us warmth; To me a bird house spells spring!)
* Fussy and Fancy (Try a new technique; Spring card)
* Incy Wincy (Fancy Folds)

I'm putting the finishing touches on a birthday card at the moment, I will probably be able to post that come Sunday, so see you then!

Friday, 16 September 2011

I'm a Garden Girl

Hi everyone,

I've got a bit of good news to share with you: I have been asked to become one of the DT member of the Friendship's Garden Challenge Blog! I love the idea behind the Challenge, you can't use any stamps apart from sentiment stamps. So maybe you have been doing 3D, quilling or another technique in the past and you haven't done it in ages or you want to try something new, come and join us! Our first challenge launches on the 5th of October, so stay tuned! 

Punch Away

Good morning everyone, time for another Card Makin' Mamas Challenge. We had a record number of entries for our last challenge, we were absolutely gobsmacked! Let's hope you all come back to join us :)

This time, we would like to see "PUNCHES" on your cards. Remember, it's a card-only challenge, so please don't submit any other projects, that would be such a pity! This is my card:

I made this card for my parents-in-law's 50th wedding anniversary. We usually don't send cards, but when I was doing a bit of family tree research we found out the date was in September and that it was the big 50. So I thought it would be great to make a card and send it to them as a surprise. I was pretty happy with this card and the only thing I needed to do is to find out what the exact date was the 2nd of September.........ouch. Oh well, it's the thought that counts, right? ;)

* Cream base card
* Gold mirror paper
* Kars Paperpad Wedding DP
* Studio Light image
* ? Diecut shape
* ? Sentiment stamp
* ? Flowers
* MS Doily Lace punch
* Lace, brads, peel offs and  mosaic stones from stash

* 2 Sisters Challenge (Black and White and one other colour, gold in my case)
* Anything Goes Challenge (Vintage/Shabby Chic)
* Craft Your Passion (Use items beginning with F; Flowers)
* Deep Ocean (Lace)
* Shopping Our Stash (Vintage)
* Fab 'n Funky (Bingo; I've used Flower, sentiment and Die-cut)
* Kelly's Kid Challenges (For Someone Special)
* Totally Ladybug (Flowers)
* Lollipop Crafts (Use eyelets or brads; I've used brads to secure the flowers)
* Scrappy Frogs (Vintage)

Well, I'd better be off, see you later!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Santa Baby

Good evening everyone!

Today I wanted to share a Christmas card with a slightly different shape. I was playing along with my scoring board and thought it might be nice to make a card with several little compartments and this is what I came up with:

* White base card
* Studio Light 3D images and sentiment
* Basic Grey Jovial and Studio Light DPs
* Golden peel off bell from stash

* Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge (Santa)
* Crafter's Companion (Christmas Wishes)
* Basic Grey Challenges (Celebration)
* Charizma Cards (Inspired by a song: Santa Baby)
* Crafty Creations (Anything but a Square)
* Scrap Cards Challenge (Christmas)
* Scrap Creations (Winter Wishes)
* Scrapbook Sisters (Ho Ho Ho)
* Winter Wonderland (Santa)
* Christmas Card Challenges (Christmas)

I think it really works, I will be making more of these cards soon! Have a good weekend!

Friday, 9 September 2011

More Stashshopping

Hello everyone!

Told you I had more cards up my sleeve ;) This is another card I made for the Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge to use only crafty stuff that has been in your possession for longer than a year. Why don't you join in too, you have the entire month of September to come up with a gorgeous project. Have a look to see what my teamies have done and also what other crafters have already submitted, you might get inspired!

Here is my card, I've used an embossing board to create the DP shape, I think it came out really nice :) I've smeared glitter glue all over the edge of the embossed shape and on the inside sentiment too, you can't really see it very well in the photo but it's definitely there!

* Gold base card
* Studio Light Decoupage image, stuck on a mat made out of a piece of bronze envelope
* Basic Grey Jovial DP
* Crafter's Companion embossing board
* Scalloped circle punch
* Clear Stickles
* Christmas Die-Cut, white paper and sentiment inside from stash

* Crafter's Companion (Christmas Wishes) 30/9
* Christmas Inspirations (Glitter) 15/9
* Basic Grey Challenges (Celebration) 17/9
* Charizma Cards (Inspired by a song: Frosty the Snowman) 15/9
* Lil Red Wagon (Die-Cuts) 13/9
* Scrap Cards Challenge (Christmas) 12/9
* Scrap Creations (Winter Wishes) 13/9
* Delightful Challenges (Bling It) 15/9
* Christmas Card Challenges (Christmas) 10/9
* All That Scraps (Anything Goes) 13/9

Right, I better get back to work, busy and long day ahead of me I'm afraid :( I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Like a Train in the Night

Good evening everyone,

When you read the title, what's the first thing that comes to mind? For me it's Father Ted's 'My Lovely Horse' and I have been singing it in my head every since......... Guess that's a crafty risk you have to be willing to take ;)

The card I have to show you today is meant for my uncle, who is celebrating his birthday soon. We don't know each other so well, so I asked my mum what kind of thinks he likes. Turns out he likes miniature trains, so thought this image would suit him perfectly:

* Gold base card
* Studio Light DPs, sentiment on the front and main image
* Brown Flatback pearls and ribbon from stash
* Inside decorations from my scrap pile
* Sentiment stamped with Eline Vintage Stamp Set

* Crafty Purple Frog (Birthday)
* Just For Fun (Vintage)
* Crafting for all Seasons (Birthday)
* Paper Creations (Vintage or Distressed)
* Anything Goes (Vintage/Shabby Chic)
* Crafting When We Can (Anything Goes)
* Crafty Boots (Anything Goes)
* Papertake Weekly (Anything Goes)
* Ladybug Challenges (Anything Goes)
* Make it Monday (Anything Goes)

That's it from me, I have some more makes to show you over the next week so stay tuned!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Dr. Fashion

Good morning everyone,

Goodness me, another post from me, the third in three days! This is getting very addictive :) Today I have a different kind of project to share with you. When one of my colleagues receives their PhD, the whole team does something crafty to make a keepsake for that person. Time around, the theme was fashion, as the person is question is always so immaculately dressed. We were handed a paper dress up doll and asked to make an A4 page that reflects the theme and congratulates the PhD student with her achievement. This is what I came up with, I tried to make it look like she was in a clothes' shop:

* Dress up doll, coloured in with Promarkers
* Dotty DP (Papermania Summer Bloom)
* Red glittery peeloff stickers and see-through sticker from stash
* Ricrac Ribbon, flowers and pearls from stash
* SEI Christmas Mint Vanilla Icing Shimmer Accents frame
* Cosmic Shimmer Red Fire Twinkles

* Stamps R Us (Anything Goes)
* Paper Shelter (Anything Goes)
* Totally Papercrafts (Not a card)
* Wags 'n Whiskers (Anything but a card)
* Creative Card Crew (Anything Goes)
* Polka Doodles (Spots and Dots)
* 4 Crafty Chicks (Celebrate)
* Art Impressions (Lots of Dots)
* Paper Pretties (Anything but a card)
* Party Time Tuesdays (Anything Goes)

I hope she likes it! Well, that's it from me for now, I think I will be having a quiet weekend, except for trying to clear out a few things. See you next week!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Vintage Lady

Hi everyone,  it's that time again: a new Card Makin' Mamas Challenge starts today! It's a fairly easy one, all we ask is that you USE A DIGI IMAGE on your card. I am sure you girls can come up with some gorgeous creations! Just to give you a little inspiration, here is my card:

Don't you just love the DP? I think it's absolutely gorgeous! :) I loved this image so much when we got to play with it for a previous challenge.  I used it for a second time now, see this post for the original card.

* Scalloped white base card
* Tickled Pink Stamps Lil Victorian Steampunkt Lolita Evie, coloured with Promarkers
* Cameo from Hunkydory Classic Cameo card kit, covered with Crackle Accents
* K&Co mat pad
* Black ink for inking around the edges
* Small leaves punch
* Gold ribbon, gold peel-off, brown pearl, gold star brads and flowers from stash

* Bearly Mine (Flowers)
* City Crafter (All Dressed Up)
* I Love Promarkers (Anything Goes)
* Let's Craft and Create (Blast From the Past; Say It With Flowers)
* Passion for Promarkers (Anything Goes)
* Scrap Creations (Decorate the Inside Your Card)
* Southern Girls Challenge (Through the Decades)
* Sparkles Forum (Punch It)
* Stamptacular Sundays (Divatacular)
* Sisterhood of Crafters (Flower Power)

Hope to see you at the Challenge

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Shopping My Stash!

Good Morning everyone! Wow, hasn't this month just flown by? But it's September and that means a new challenge over at Christmas Cards All Year Round! This month, we are challenging you to dig up your oldest or most forgotten stash items and use them up! Make sure everything on the card is at least one year old.

Now, unfortunately, I don't have a really good filing system when it comes to my crafty stuff, so I am not 100% sure that everyone on this card is old, but at least everything comes from the bottom of a stash pile ;)

I love this Christmas paper, it's so beautiful! Can you tell I'm a DP freak ;) If you like more inspiration, have a look at our challenge post and see what my lovely teamies have come up with!

* White base card
* Basic Grey Jovial DP, using a Crafters Companion Embossing Board to make the wavy lines
* Black ink for inking around the DPs edges
* Studio Light image (I actually used an image of the back of a crafty magazine!)
* Small flower and scalloped circle punches
* MS Doily Lace Border punch
* Glitter glue and Gems from stash
* Circle sentiment from the Internet

* ABC Christmas Challenge (Recycled and Use Ribbon or Rhinestones)
* Charisma Cardz (Anything Goes)
* Crafty Creations (Use 3 or more different dies/punches)
* Divas By Design (Christmas in August)
* For Fun Challenges (Christmas)
* Sarah Hurley Challenge (Bling & Sparkle)
* Scrap Cards Challenge (Christmas)
* Sparkles Forum (Punch It)
* Little Red Wagon (Border Punches)
* Stampavie and more (Christmas in Summer)

I will be back tomorrow with my CMM Challenge card!