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