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.