Saturday 26 May 2012

Happy Birthday Dad

As you read this I am possibly somewhere between Dorset & Kent.  Ria and I are spending the weekend with my mum and dad.  Next week my dad turns 65 and to celebrate we are going out to lunch on Sunday to a very nice Italian restaurant in London with the Italian side of the family so we are really looking forward to this, anyway thought I would share the card I made for my dad.  

I decided to try a shadow box card (but changed the sizes slightly) have used the glorious Portobello Road papers by Papermania (just love these papers) and kept the card fairly simple (just like dad! no only joking dad you know we love you really! lol)  Used a nestie for the aperture and a fab little owl that I won recently from Pink Gem Designs.  The owls crown is quite sparkly irl and is coloured using sakura stardust pens and I used 3d crystal lacquer for the eyes, the numbers were cut using the cricut.  Pleased with how this turned out for my first shadow box card, will definitely make some more.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crazy Challenge #120 ~ 3d
Papertake Weekly ~ True Colours
Tuesday Throwdown #99 ~ 3d
Creative Card Crew #11 ~ Dimension
Totally Papercrafts #118 ~ Animals
Crafty Catz #134 ~ Card for a man

Friday 25 May 2012

Crafty Sentiments New Mini Release

Ooops how late am I, I totally messed up and should have posted this card this morning but work being hectic and I was on the early it totally got bypassed but better late than never!  

Yes Crafty Sentiments Designs is having a mini release of 3 new gorgeous stamps today and they really are gorgeous.  For my card I have used Tobey - Lets Pray. My paper is from Bearly Mine Designs and I used it for the inspiration for my colouring using copics of course!  The sentiment is an old freebie from Sentimental Sundays and I have used my new sizzix nested ticket dies with just a few pearls added from my stash. Please do stop by the challenge blog and see what amazing cards the rest of the uber talented DT have made, really are gorgeous.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine Designs #36 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations #164 ~ Anything Goes

Wednesday 23 May 2012

More Hunger Games

Today I have made a simple bookmark using the wonderful Katniss from the Hunger Games which is available at the Mad For Markers Store.  When I say simple all I did was print the image onto a long narrow scrap of card I had, coloured her in with my copics and then folded the card at the head end, cut around leaving a small border and being sure not to cut completely across the fold! Then I added a couple of strips of s/a magnet and hey presto 1 bookmark.  So Katniss is now poking her head out of Ria's latest book 

Copics used are R00, 11, B93, 95, 97, YG63, G94, E33, 35, W3, 5, 7, and YR31

I would like to enter this into the following challenge:
Cupcake Crafts #193 ~ Book lover

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Crafty Sentiments ~ Sketch with Team B

Good morning, this week it is the turn of Team B to inspire you with our creativity for the challenge over at Crafty Sentiments and this time its a sketch.  I love sketch challenges and seeing everyones different interpretations.  so here is the sketch:

and here is what I have done.  I have used the cute Toby in a pot digi which is available at the Crafty Sentiments Store, coloured with copics and my papers are First Edition Family Ties, the border is cut using a Crafty Cutters die also available in the Crafty Sentiments Store and I have added 3 punched flower pots, a stamped sentiment and some gems from my stash.
So now its your turn and don't forget to check out what the rest of Team B have been up to this week, you wont be disappointed .

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SCSC #186 ~ In the Garden
OSAAT #114 ~ Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday #164 ~ In the Garden

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Sweet Treat

I am just lovin' these new stamps from Crafty Sentiments Designs, this time I have used 'Sweet Treat' and she is wonderful to colour.  I have used copics (of course! lol)  My papers are from Bearly Mine Designs Petunia Parade (still lovin' these too! lol) and I actually put them together digitally in PSE5 and added the pink rikrak before printing it off. (it started as an experiment to see how the 2 papers looked put together and it suddenly hit me to print them like it rather than print individually then cut and stick together! Duh! lol   I added a peeloff sentiment (see to have loads!) and then added flowers and silver clover from my stash to finish it off.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss #131 ~ Pink & Green
Tuesday Throwdown #98 ~ Fabric on your card, my green flower is made of fabric
Papertake Weekly ~ In the Garden

Mad For Markers Hunger Games digi release

Told you I'd be back with another card using the wonderful new release of Hunger Games images designed by Sammi and available over at the Mad For Markers Online Store  My card this time uses Katniss and I have coloured her usig copics E02, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 47, 49, 57 & 93.  My paper is by Raspberry Road Designs Farmhouse Collection and some brown cs, I added ribbon, bow and buttons and then stamped my sentiment on the ribbon. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Our Creative Corner ~ Sketch and must include ribbon bow
One Stop Craft Challenge ~ Monochromatic
The Crazy Challenge #119 ~ Outside

Thanks for looking and I hope you will stop by the Mad For Markers blog and see the work by other Mad for Markers Digi DT

Mad For Markers Digi Relase - Hunger Games

I've sheduled this post to coincide with the post over at the Mad For Markers blog (I hope! lol)  Today sees the release of 2 new digi stamps at the Mad For Markers Online Store and they are based on the hit new film and books 'Hunger Games'  Sammi has designed 2 fabulous images and I just had to make a card with each!
My first card is using Prim and I have coloured her using copics Y02, 06, 08, R00, 11, B32, 93 and E50. Paper is from Bearly Mine Designs Rose's Dreams, the sentiment has been cut on the circut as have the rolled flowers, added an embossed panel and some lace and hey presto ...

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Friday Sketch #17
OSAAT #113 ~ Favourites ~ Copics, Cricut, 

Come back shortly for my second Hunger Games card.

Sunday 13 May 2012

Collecting Blueberries

Well I'm supposed to be catching up on chores but stopped long enough to finish this card that I started last night.  It uses another of the fantastic new stamps which are available at Crafty Sentiments Designs, this is called 'Collecting Blueberries' isn't it sweet? and it's a dream to colour.  I used my copics and some sakura stardust for the blueberries.  The flowers, leaves and swirl were all cut on the cricut then I added some ribbon and a peeloff sentiment from my stash and papers are First Edition Daydream.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A & T Sketch challenge #4
Sweet Stampin ~ Flower Power
2 Sisters #91  ~ Make It Girlie

Saturday 12 May 2012

Time for Cake

Today I have used another of the Stamp Fairy images that I won recently this one is Barry Birthday 5 and I have coloured him with copics and added some stardust to his cherry and cake frosting.  The cupcake is cut on my cricut and I added crystal glaze to the cherry for added shine, the embossed panel uses a folder I'd forgotten I had! lol The paper is M&MBI and finished off with some gems.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sunday Sketch & Stamp #105
Emerald Faeries #23 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #132 ~ Happy Birthday

Friday 11 May 2012

Party Time

Well I wish the weather could make up its mind what its doing these days, after a couple of days of very cold and wet weather today has turned out sunny, cold but sunny and I hope it lasts a few more days as I'm off work till Tuesday!  

Anyway the other day I happened to be out shopping for stash (like you do!) and this little fella just happened to fall into my basket and he was on sale for £3 so I thought why not take him home and give him some love! lol.  Today I have coloured 'Tank' with my copics and given him a blue mohawk (I was getting adventurous! lol) My papers as DCWV Natural stack and I have cut out a clock face with the TH weathered clock which just happened to make its way into my basket at the same time!) the sentiment is a PM stamp and I heat embossed it on an arrow shape cut with the cricut, ribbon and buttons from my stash.  Copics used are; E00, 11,37, YR21, 31 B93,95,97 & C1
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Mad For Markers Monthly Challenge ~ Masculine colours
Quirky Crafts #10 ~ Masculine using Blue & Brown
Sketch 'n' Stash #87 ~ New stamp, new die & old papers
Totally Papercrafts #116 ~ No pesky girls allowed

Showcasing Crafty Sentiments 'Let's Play Ball'

Wow what did you think of all the amazing cards by the fabulous DT with all those fantastic new stamps all available at Crafty Sentiments Designs?  See didn't we all tell you how super cute they are and today I'm showcasing another of the fab new stamps.  This time its the turn of 'Let's Play Ball' such a perfect image for all football fans out there!  I have coloured the image with copics, my background paper is a digi from A Work in Progress, the banner was cut on the cricut using the Country Life cartridge, the sentiment was a mix of 2 stamps and they are placed on a hand made rosette and the card was finished with a few gems.

Make sure you check out the Crafty Sentiments Challenge blog everyday this week as there will be more cards showcasing the new stamps.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Divas By Design #34 ~ One for the boys
Crazy Challenges #118 ~ For a young one

Thursday 10 May 2012

Molly Fairy

I was lucky enough to win some Stamp Fairy images recently and this adorable image of Molly Fairy is one of the images I chose.  I have paper pieced her dress and coloured her with copics adding glitter to the inner section of her wings.  My papers are Bearly Mine Designs Petunia Parade (am just loving these!)  For the sentiment I used a digi stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs and in Photoshop Elements I changed the wording to suit my card the printed it out and the little flourishes at the bottom are cut on the Cricut. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss #130 ~ Sketch
One Stop Craft Challenge #181 ~ Celebrations
Bearly Mine Designs #34 ~ Fairies

Crafty Sentiments New Release Blog Hop

Whoo hoo!  Today sees the release of some absolutely stunning new stamps from Crafty Sentiments Designs the new stamps are so cute and can be used for lots of occasions I'm sure you will love them!!!!!! and we are having a hop to celebrate.  

We do hope you can join in hopping along with our Design Team, we have a wonderful selection of new stamps to share and of course by joining in our blog hop you get a chance to win some of these wonderful new stamps, some random winners will be selected by our DT along the way.....

All you have to do for a chance to win some stamps is visit all our DT blogs and leave a comment and finish back here letting us know what you think of our new releases!

You should have arrived here from Shelby's blog.

My card uses the adorable 'Eating Strawberries' how cute is this?  Great fun to colour, I used my copics and added some 3d crystal lacquer for her boots and a little pearl heart on her hat, she is matted onto a doily and my paper is Bearly Mine Designs Petunia Parade, the sentiment stamp is also available at Crafty Sentiments Designs, the flowers and little strawberry charm are from my stash.

So that's what I have made, aren't the rest of the DT cards fab?  Sure hope you are enjoying the hop and now its time to head over to Zahreen's blog

Here is the full blog hop list in case you get lost on the way

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges #135 ~ gardening/great outdoors
Sentimental Sundays #101 ~ For a special woman
Papertake Weekly ~ Cute,cute,cute

Thanks for joining us on the hop xx

Wednesday 9 May 2012

Thank You

You can never have too many thank you cards in your boxes of cards so I thought I'd add to mine!  I have used papers from Bearly Mine Designs Rose's Dream and some plain cs the bottom half of which I embossed then I added some green ribbon and some peeloff sentiment from my stash.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Friday Sketch #16
Crafts and Me #83 ~ Punches & die cuts

Mad For Markers Vintage Dragon

Now this dragon image from the Fairy Ria and Friends collection available from the Mad For Markers Online Store I just adore but I wanted to make a vintage style card and really couldn't figure out what colours to go for so headed to my papers first and on choosing these wonderful papers from Echo Park Times & Seasons pad I realised that I didn't need to add much in the way of colour to the dragon so just used copic W1 for some shading (which still needs practice LOL) then I inked the edges, the ribbon is from my stash but I actually turned it over as the other side is very shiny and I thought too shiny for this style of card. I also used a tiny bit of the ribbon to make my tag.  Finished off with some nesties cog shapes and I think I have ended up with a vintage steampunk card

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend ~ Layers
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #184 ~ Sketch
2 Sisters #90 ~ Anything Goes

Tuesday 8 May 2012

Crafty Sentiments ~ Mothers

This week over at Crafty Sentiments sees a nice easy challenge 'Mothers Day' and I have used one of my favourite images (mind you I think they are all faves! lol)  Anyway this one is Flopsy with Flowers and is available at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Store, I have added just a little colour to Flopsy using a soft purple and green for the stem. I added 2 flowers from my stash over the printed flower for more dimension.  The sentiment is cut using the cricut and the papers are Bearly Mine Designs Petunia Parade.

Now thats what I have made this week, please do pop on over to the Crafty Sentiments Challenge blog as there is lots going on over there and check out the awesome inspiration that the ladies of Team B have come up with for you and hopefully it will inspire you to take part in our challenge.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #168 ~ Mothers Day
Creative Inspirations #161 ~ Animal Antics
Crafty Catz #131 ~ April showers bring forth May flowers
Sweet Stampin' ~ 4 legged friends
Paper Sundaes #119 ~ Mothers Day
OSAAT #112 ~ Use a digi for Mothers Day

Saturday 5 May 2012

Feeling a little patriotic

Love these Portobello Road papers by Papermania and just the other day I bought a new KennyK stamp (not one of the newest ones but still new! thats 3 I've got now must be careful it doesn't start to become an obsession!) Anyway this one is quite aptly Queens Cutie, I've coloured her with copics and she is sat one the circles raised up on foam pads for a bit more dimension.  The sentiment is also from the Portobello Road range.    I had hoped to have her finished in time for this weeks challenge over at Keeny K's Krafty Girlz but alas I had to go to work so have finished her now that I am home again.  
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sunday Sketch & Stamp #104 (cutting it fine!)
Cupcake Crafts #190 ~ Best of British
2 Sisters #90 ~ Anything Goes

Friday 4 May 2012

C&S Birthday card

It takes me ages to put a card together!  I decide on what image I want to use then think about colours so go through my papers (no mean feat as I'm sure you will agree! lol) once I've chosen then I need to sort the colours of my copics to tie in and what design the card is going to take.  Once I've decided on all that it tends to come together reasonably quickly just have to work out the embellishments!  Now you may wonder why I have rambled on a bit here but this card which uses the fantastic Birthday Girl 1 digi stamp from Mad For Markers, looks very simple but it actually took me hours!  I kept swapping papers around then umming and ahhing over design, need I go on but the finished card looks so clean and simple and looks like it could have been made in minutes!  Am I really the only one this happens too?  Anyway I have used copics E00, 11, 47,49 & 57 V000, 12, 15 & 17 YG03 &23  then added a little touch of sakura stardust, my papers are First Editions Daydream pad and then added 2 different ribbons and a little charm from my stash and a stamped sentiment.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin' ~ Anything But Square
Sentimental Sunday #100 ~ Cards for Kids
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #82 ~ Fave colour combo
Crafts 4 Eternity #70 ~ Maypole Ribbons

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Celebrate Anniversary

Adrian told me yesterday he would like an anniversary card for today so I beavered away and this is what I came up with. (He didn't want any of my cute images! lol)  I went for more of a classic look to this card.  The mat and design are cut on the Cricut using the paperlace cartridge and the selection of flowers, gem stone leaves, silver clover and ribbon are all from my stash.

A close up of the flowers

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss #129 ~ Congratulations
2 Sisters #89 ~ Black & White + a hint of one other colour
Paper Sundaes #118 ~ Ribbon & Pearls

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Crafty Sentiments ~ Spots &/or Stripes

Ok over at the Crafty Sentiments Challenge blog the theme this week for the challenge is spots &/or stripes and I managed a bit of both.  My image is the gorgeous Butterflies & Flowers available at the Crafty Sentiments Design Store, coloured with copics.  My inspiration came from the piece of ribbon that was wrapped round a birthday cake! Background paper is MME On The Bright Side, used xcut border punches and finished off with some flowers, leaves and a gem from my stash.  I hope you like it  and I hope you will join in with the fun challenge.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #167 ~ What little girls are made of
Creative Inspiration #160 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #130 ~ Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sundays #161 ~ Spring Bling
Incy Wincy Designs #143 ~ Mothers Day or Girlie

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the rest of the amazing work by the DT over at Crafty Sentiments