Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Christmas card 2011

This is one of two designs I made for my Christmas cards this year, but I forgot to photograph the first design even though I made about 35 of them. I used the same stamp for both designs, which is made by Art Impressions F-1121. I used a Martha Stewart punch along the bottom of a small square card blank from Craftwork Cards. I embossed two lines with my Hougie board then added a strip of Christmas text paper between them.
I am entering this card in to the following challenges:
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge: sparkle and shine
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges: monochrome
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: Merry Christmas
Papertake Weekly Challenge: last Christmas card of the year
Paperplay Challenges: Christmas
Papercrafting Journey: Christmas
One Stop Craft Challenge: Christmas sparkle

50th card for a cook

I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted. What a bad, bad blogger I am. However, I haven't been idle, and have made lots of cards over the last few weeks, some of which I've actually remembered to photograph!
I was asked to make a card to be given to a lady who is a keen cook, and to accompany the card, I made a separate fancy invitation to the posh restaurant her friends are taking her to for her birthday present, so a cooking themed card seemed appropriate.
I used DCWV Nana's Kitchen papers to make this stepper card. I absolutely love the little metal knife, fork and spoon charm which I'll need to buy more of next time I'm at a craft show. The apron is made using an old Woodware clear stamp from a garden themed set. I paper-pieced the pocket and you may just about be able to make out the tiny fork and spoon in the pocket.

I am entering this card in to the following challenges:
Craft Creations Challenges: embossing and glitter
The Crafty Pad: anything but Christmas

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Hybrid card for a 17 year old

It's one of life's big mile-stones isn't it? The age when you can get your provisional licence and go behind the wheel of a car for the first time. My DD has just turned seventeen and is really excited to be having her first driving lesson. I made this card using Craft Artist and all the digi elements are ones that came with the Platinum edition of the software, except the L-plate which I created using various tools within the program. I've decoupaged the balloons, added some baker's twine for the strings, added buttons to the wheels and done a little doodling around the card edge. It is a big 8x8" card from Craftwork cards. I love this size and you can't miss it on the mantelpiece!

Baby boy card

There have been lots of babies born to friends and family over the last few weeks, so I've been busy making cards for them. Here's the first of the boy cards.

This image is coloured with Prisma pencils and Sansodor for blending. The grass was doodled in.

I'm entering this in to the following challenges:
CES Challenges: inspired by a song or film (Beautiful Boy - Celine Dion)
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: anything goes
Stampalot Challenge: blue and green

Monday, 31 October 2011

Me to You birthday card

Another card made using my new Docraft Me to You CD. I created my own decoupage by printing multiple images on to an A4 sheet, and designed the card layout using various elements on the discs. Easy peasy!

I am entering this card in to the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz Challenges: anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey: use a digi

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Football/Soccer card

I was playing about with Craft Artist Platinum and came up with this card for my friend's son.  I've made use of the Sport's digikit which comes with the program, and built up a  grassy border with lots of individual tufts of grass from another kit.
I'm entering this card in to the following challenge:
Cards for Men: sports
One Stop Craft Challenge: just for men

Friday, 30 September 2011

Me to You digital card

My latest purchase, the Docraft Digital Designer Me to You Especially For You CD Roms arrived yesterday and I started playing as soon as I could. I'm really pleased with the content, and the program is pretty easy to navigate although it could do with some more features. I can't find a way to align an element relative to another element which would be handy for centring a greeting on a tag  for example. There also doesn't seem to be a way of creating custom size pages, which would be handy for making inserts, but there is a work-around which I used for this card.

My method to create an insert 28cm x 13.2 cm for the inside of a Craftwork Cards scallop card blank, was to open an A4 landscape page, add a patterned paper, then use the rectangle punch to cut out a rectangle the same size as my insert (using the rulers to get the right size) with this insert space right up in the top left hand corner. I then used the punch again to cut away some more of the patterned paper at the bottom of the A4 sheet to leave only a thin border of patterned paper round the bottom and RHS of the insert to act as a cutting guide. I reduced the transparency right down too, to save wasting ink. It was then easy to position my insert elements in to this blank insert space.

Having thought I wouldn't be the least bit interested making Christmas cards from this CD, and only really bought it to get more all occasions papers and sentiments to add to my other Me to You decoupage kit, look what I ended up making first! I've made this for my friend and her family as I know they'll love the image. I designed the layout using digital elements from the kit, and created my own decoupage by printing several copies of the same image. It is covered in glitter which doesn't really show up on camera.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenge:
Paperplay Challenges: white plus one

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

My first Me to You card

I bought this very good value Me to You card kit from Daisy Jewel's and Crafts. As I've said before (usually just before I show you a cute card lol), I don't really 'do' cute, but I do quite like Tatty Bear, and when I asked my teenage daughter, she said she has a few pals that like the 'Me to You' range too, so she'd make cards with the kit, so I bought it. It really is incredible value and very good quality. I'm now hooked on this little bear, and have just bought a CD of images too, so there will probably be a lot more of these cards on my blog in the coming months. I've made this card to give to my friend's wee girl as she loves baking.

I'm not too keen on all the white around the decoupage image, so I used the bottom layer to add to a Karen Burniston pop up Sizzix die, and added the rest of the decoupage layers to one of the toppers in the kit, which fortunately is sized the same.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
The Sweet Stop: sketch (rotated)

 My Mum's Craft Shop: Girls and boys (card for a girl)

Monday, 26 September 2011

Tattered florals birthday card

This was a quick card to make. I used some papers from a MME paper stack, and the Sizzix Tattered Florals and Flourish dies. I also used my favourite embossing folder. The flower centre looks like a mini fruit pastille. It was made by sprinkling tiny beads on to Pinflair glue.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Less is More: sketch
Allsorts Challenge Blog: keep it simple
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge: make your own embellishment

Friday, 23 September 2011

60th birthday card

I've made this card for a very young-at-heart 60 year old. Hope she likes it. I've used an old Self-addressed kit from March 2008. I used to love these kits, but they are sadly no more. I still turn to them when I'm making smaller cards as the papers are all 6x6, and they came with lots of fun embellishments and Purple Onion stamps, which are still in constant use.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Sketch 'N' Stash: any previous sketch (sketch 42)
Creatalicious challenges: anything goes

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Doodled 20th birthday card

I've made this card for a friend's daughter. I wanted to make something that looked fun and bright, so after gaining more inspiration from the latest great sketch over at The Sweet Stop blog, I came up with this. It looks better and brighter in real life, and it's very dimensional as it has been Pinflair glued to the max. I used the cheap stack of WRMK spring papers I bought from TK Maax a while ago, distressing all the edges with a pair of scissors. I then doodled round all the edges with a black Letraset pen.
I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
The Sweet Stop: sketch and stars
CES Challenges: embellish me more 
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturday: birthday card
Creatalicious Challenges: anything goes
One Stop Craft Challenge: Girlie
By the Cute and Girly Challenges: all things bright and beautiful
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges: for the girls

Saturday, 17 September 2011

50th birthday card with ranunculus stamp

Long time, no see. I've been a very bad blogger. After being away from my craft room for a few weeks because of holidays and various other general busyness, I then discovered that my mojo had flow away and left me. However, I had a card to make for a friend, and decided to use a fab card sketch site called Sweet Stop Sketches I have recently discovered, to get me back in the swing of things.
I had a play earlier in the week with this beautiful Stampendous ranunculus stamp, colouring it with Artquest mica paints, distressing with Distress ink, and over stamping the image again then heat embossing with gold (as the mica paints are fairly thick and covered the detail of the original stamping). Having made this rectangular focal point. I then needed to find a way to display it on a card, and here's where Sweet Stop Sketches came in. I was quickly able to find  an older sketch for my card, which uses a square card-my favourite shape-as a base.
The ribbon is seam binding, dyed with Distress ink to match the image.
I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Ladybug Crafts Ink: flowers
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges: happy birthday

Friday, 19 August 2011

Wire work engagement card

I've been AWOL for a few weeks. I haven't been completely inactive on the crafting front, but have mainly done a little scrapbooking and I don't often post my pages here, mainly because I find them quite hard to photograph well. However, I have made this very LIM card by twisting wire around Sizzix hearts which have been embossed with a Swiss dots folder. A few little beads have been added along the way.
I am entering this card in to the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz Challenges: negative space
Lothian Crafts Online: anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey: anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge: anything goes

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Pink 50th birthday card

I've made this bright 50th card for a friend. I used my sewing machine to stitch the panels on to the card, and cut the '50' with my Craft Robo, adding a little pink glitter for a bit of bling. The card base is a large 20cm card blank from Craftwork Cards.
I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Charisma Cards Challenge: sunshine colours
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: numbers
The Crafty Pad: embossing
Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge Blog: summer birthdays

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Buttons galore

Here's a card I made this afternoon, using the sketch at Clean and Simple Stamping.
The background is embossed with a Sizzix plate, the sentiment is Hero Arts and the border punch is Martha Stewart.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Clean and Simple Stamping: sketch
Allsorts Challenge Blog: free n easy
Less is More: buttons or ribbon
Craft Your Passion Challenges: text it
Frosted Designs: buttons

Saturday, 23 July 2011

DS's 14th birthday thank you card

I've made multiple copies of this card for my DS to send off as thank you cards for his recent 14th birthday.
I've used the Comic Book digi kit from Craft Artist, which is absolutely perfect for teenage boys. Click on the photo for a better look.
 I'm entering this card in to the following challenge:
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges: for a teen
CES Challenges: humour/funny

New home digi card

I made this card using the rather fab Serif Craft Artist program. I made the wee house digitally, basing it around a design already in the program as a guide (although the house is actually very similar to paper pieced houses I've been making for years). The hearts from the design on the program have these hearts coming from the chimney and I was able to use them by rubbing the rest of the house away, just leaving the hearts. I love this program as it is so easy to use.
The printing paper you use makes a huge difference to the finished result. After a few trial runs, I liked the Polaroid A4 photo paper best (a snip at £1 for 12 sheets from Poundlands). It was the only one that showed the texture of the digi paper used to make the house, and the colours were true what was on the computer screen.
You can download a free trial version of Craft Artist here

I'm entering this card in to the following challenge:
Charisma Cardz Challenges: sunshine colours
Crafty Creations Challenge Blog: seeing double (double hearts and double house image inside and outside card)

Monday, 18 July 2011

Orange rose card

I've made this card for my friend who is anxiously awaiting an operation. The flower was made from orange MME paper, coloured on the underside with Distress ink, and cut with the Sizzix tattered florals die. I love the leaf trim , which was part of a pack I bought some time ago. I hope I can find more to replace it. I made a simple box from one sheet of A4 for it to go in as it was too deep to fit in to an envelope.
I'm entering this card in to the following challenge:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: hot, hot, hot

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Under the weather

I've had this card dirling round my head ever since I bought these metal charms in The Works for an absolute snip. The Works has a huge selection of metal charms, and I picked up all sorts, including really cute gardening and seaside themed charms, as well as these umbrellas. I think they were a pound a pack, and there were between six and nine charms in a packet.

You can just about make out that the circle behind the umbrella has been embossed with rain drops, using a Fiskars embossing plate.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: get well soon
Whoopsidaisy Challenge: we love pink

Birthday card for my boy

This was a fun card to make, and I was able to make immediate use of the WRMK Teen Angst papers I bought from TK Maxx just yesterday. What a bargain! The pack included eight die cut, foiled or double sided papers, 6 yards of ribbon and a pack of arrow stamps, all for a pound.
The  '14' was saved from a bought card my DD was given a couple of years ago. The stars were cut with my Craft Robo, and the guitar has been cut with an Ellison die, and then paper pieced. I used black Enamel Accents to add a bit of detail round a star and to make a shiny button on the guitar.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge Blog: boyz to men
Allsorts Challenge Blog: free and easy July
Paper Crafting Journey: for him
Charisma Cardz Challenges: it's in the stars
Crafter's Companions Monthly Challenge Blog : one for the boys

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Silver wedding easel card

I fiddled about with this card for ages. Originally, it was going to be a traditional square card, and I had a sketch I was working from. I made all the elements, but somehow, whatever way I placed them just didn't look right. I then tried it as an easel card, and preferred the less cluttered look of it. Funny how sometimes a project goes off in a completely different direction.
I used my Mandala board, nesties and some embossing folders. The numbers are cut with my Craft Robo.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Card Cupids Blog: monochromatic card
Creative Inspirations Wednesday Challenge Blog: no flowers allowed
Lothian Crafts Online: die cutting
Stampalot Challenge: anything goes

Monday, 11 July 2011

The Ribbon Girl Christmas giveaway

The Ribbon Girl is having another giveaway, and this time it is a Christmas ribbon mini kit. You can read the details here.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

103rd birthday card

It is my dear granny's 103rd birthday, so I needed to make a card for her, but how I struggled!

My mojo has flown off and left me floundering alone and uninspired in my craft room, both yesterday and this afternoon. However, I remembered seeing some fab Craft Robo cutting files on UK Scrappers that I thought might do the job. They were created and kindly made available to the Craft Robo forum users (you need to apply through UK Scrappers) by Erika P.  I had trouble cutting the intricate top layer until I started using a new cutting mat and that really made a difference.
 Thanks Erika, for your beautiful file.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

A birthday card for DH

I've made this card for my husband's birthday, using papers from my favourite MME Complete Boy paper stack. I used a Sizzix embossing plate for the 'happy birthday' background, and sanded the paper to add a bit of distressing. I like these embossing plates as they are a little bigger than the Cuttlebug ones so it makes them more versatile. The letters are cut with my Craft Robo.

I'm entering it in to the following challenges:
Cards for Men: stars
Sketch n Stash Challenge Blog: sketch 64

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Born to shop birthday card for a chocolate lover

I made this card for my friend who has a bit of a sweet tooth. I used Kanban patterned card stock as the base and a Docrafts Born to Shop stamp and patterned paper from the B2S A5 pad.