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Sunday, 31 July 2011

One Stitch at a Time #73

 The challenge over at One Stitch at a Time is School/Job Related and here is my card. I used a Craft UK card blank and the red backing paper is by Papermill. The Stitchybear digi image is coloured with Promarkers and cut with a Spellbinders die. A red gem heart is from my stash.

Stitchybear is running a challenge competition 'Pretty in Print' each week during the month of August. You can click on the poster on my sidebar and get all the details.

I am entering the following Challenges:
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - Oh, so girly
Joyful Stamper - Inspire me Friday -  Anything Goes
Phindy's Place - Die cut
The Poodles Parlour - Red, white and blue
Sew Many Cards - Challenge 62 Anything Goes
Simply Create - Favourite animals Challenge 49
Stampin for Weekend - Paws for Thought Challenge 13

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Z is for Zoo

The ABC Challenge this week is Zoo animals. It must be bath time at the zoo because my bear is in the bath. I've used a large square card blank by Craft UK. It's a Crafty Sentiments digital stamp and he is coloured with Promarkers and the bath water and bubbles are coloured with a Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen. The image has been cut with a Spellbinders die and backed with a Marianne doiley die. The backing paper is from the Desert Blooms pad and the buttons are from Create and Craft. The ribbon is from Hobbycraft. The ticket is one made for me by my husband and I've dabbed it with Rangers Distress Ink in Marigold.

Week 26 Lucky Dip

The LIM challenge this week is Feeling Fruity. I've used a small card blank by Craft UK and white paper and card from Papermill. The paper has been embossed with a Creative Expressions folder called 'Lattice'. The ribbon, with strawberries on it, though you can't see the strawberries on the photo, is from Hobbycraft. I was given the fruit stamp a few years ago and had never used it until a couple of months ago when I used it for the first time for another challenge card. I've used Spellbinders dies to cut the pale blue Papermill card and the stamped image, which was coloured with Promarkers. I hand wrote the sentiment! :(

Friday, 29 July 2011

Domi's Sketch

The LOTV challenge 107 is to follow a sketch by Domi. The card blank is by Craft UK and the aqua card is by Papermill. The backing paper is from a freebie pack, Honey and Hugs, I got in a magazine. The LOTV image is stamped in Memento and coloured with Promarkers. The seam binding and flowers are by WOC and the leaves are cut with a Crealies die. I wrote the sentiment freehand (!) and the pearls are from - I know not where!

I'm also entering this into the Stampin' B's team Challenge 121 - new ribbon.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Polka Dot Sketch

This afternoon I've made a card following a sketch by Lynn. The Cute Card Thursday challenge 175 was to follow the sketch and Crafty Sentiments challenge was to use polka dots - I'm not 100% sure that these would be classed as polka dots but it was the only dots I had!

I used a small square card blank by Craft UK. The navy blue card is by Papermill. I have no idea where the dotty paper or the ribbon came from - both in my stash for ages. The brads are by Dovecraft. I stamped a Sarah Kay image in Memento ink and coloured her with Promarkers. I used Spellbinders oval nesties, plain and scalloped.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Challenge 6

Crafting for All Seasons has the theme of Beach/Ocean for this challenge. I've used a small square card blank and the ocean paper is from Joanna Sheen's Viva La Divas CD. The beach paper is from a freebie paper pad that I got in a magazine. The sand is from tiny coloured stones that I bought in John Lewis - they do look a bit like sand! They're the right colour. The picnic is a digi from Stitchybear and it's been coloured with Promarkers.

Simon Says Stamp

The Simon Says Stamp challenge this week is Shaped Cards/Creations. I used a sheet of Papermill card and a Spellbinders die to make my card blank. The orange backing paper is by Create and Craft. I've used a free digi, sorry don't know who donated this one, and coloured him with Promarkers. The backing paper and the digi are cut with the Spellbinders dies. The little wooden flower is from Create and Carft and is coloured with Promarkers. The pearl in the centre of the flower is from Kanban

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Sketch 58

The Papertake Weekly challenge is to follow the sketch by Dawny P. I used a small square card blank by Craft UK. The lime green paper was in a prize that I won and I have no idea where it's from but I would love some more. The green checked bp is from a freebie paper pad that I got in a magazine. I distressed the edges with a Distress ink in 'peeled paint'colour. The frog was another freebie, coloured with Promarkers and set on a Spellbinders die cut. The organza ribbon is from Joanna Sheen and the green heart sticky ribbon down the centre of the organza is by Hobbycraft. The sentiment was generated on the computer.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

CD Sunday

The CD Sunday challenge this week is 'Dreams'.  I've used a small Crafts UK card blank. The image is from Joanna Sheen's very popular 'Enchanted Dreams' CD. I've backed it with lavender coloured Papermill card. A fancy edged border from Hobbycraft is set across the bottom and I've cut and embossed a small Spellbinders butterfly to sit on the border. The small pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Lady Jane - Swirls and Pearls #72

This card uses a Stitchybear digi 'Lady Jane' which I fell in love with because she's so elegant. The theme for challenge 72 was Swirls and Pearls. The large square card blank is by Craft UK. The backing paper is from a Victoria and Albert paper pad. The black Mirri card is from Joanna Sheen and the pearls are by Kanban. The Lady Jane image is coloured with Promarkers and then set n Spellbinders nesties.

The sponsors for this challenge are and who will be supplying prizes for the winner and runner up of this challenge.

Stitchybear's 'Pretty in Print' - Full details can be found by clicking on the poster on my sidebar - your chance to be shown in Papercraft Essentials magazine.

This card is entered in the following challenges:

2 Cute Rubber Stamps - Bling it up
ABC Challenge - Yesterday (I've chosen W for wedding)
Crafty Catz - No Pink or Blue Allowed
Cute Card Thursday - For his Eyes only (Being in senior age group this image fits perfectly!) Lol.
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes

Saturday, 23 July 2011

LIM Challenge

The Less is More challenge this week is Button or ribbon (or plurals). The card blank is by Craft UK. The brown card is by Papermill and the stamp is by Joanna Sheen. The cat is stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers before being cut and set on Spellbinders nesties. The mouse button is from Create and Craft and I bought the ribbon is Australia.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Fun and Games

The Lili of the Valley Challenge 106 is 'Fun and Games'. I've used a Craft Uk small square card blank. The backing paper is from a freebie pad given with Papercraft Essentials magazine. The yellow card is from Papermill. The LOTV image is stamped with Memento ink, coloured with Promarkers and set on Spellbinder nesties. The ribbon is from Create and Craft and the charm I've had for ages in my stash. The pearls are from WOC and the sentiment was generated on the computer.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Newspaper/Happy Ever After

The Simon Says Stamp Challenge theme this week is 'Newspaper' . I've used a small Craft UK card with red card from Papermill. The newspaper personal ads are from the local freebie newspaper! The stamp was also a freebie, in a magazine, coloured with Promarkers and cut with a Spellbinders wonky square die. The red hearts and diamond dust are from my stash.

I've also entered this to the Crafty Sentiments Challenge which has the theme 'Happy Ever After'. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Getting Cute

The Papertake Weekly Challenge this week is 'Getting Cute'. I've used a small Craft UK card blank and the bright green card and plain backing paper are by Papermill, the spotted one is from I know not where, sorry! Amy with a basket is a digi that I won as a prize and I've coloured her with Promarkers. I've used the Spellbinders rectangle nestie and scalloped rectangle to back her. The wooden flower is from Create and Craft and the pearls are from Kanban.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Aqua Birthday Sketch

The Wild Orchid Challenge 28 is a sketch by Dena incorporating a birthday celebration and The Ribbon Girl challenge is Shades of Aqua, so I've combined the two. I've used a large square Craft UK card blank. The backing papers are by Kanban and Costco and the paper lace is by Lakeland. I've coloured the lace with Promarkers. The LOTV image was a freebie in a magazine and I've coloured her with Promarkers and cut with a Spellbinders label die. The sentiment is also from LOTV. The flowers and pearls are by WOC.

OSAAT Flowers

The theme of this week's challenge at One Stitch at a Time is Flowers. I've used a large Craft UK card blank. The glittered backing paper is from a Desert Blooms pad and the red card is from Papermill. The Stitchy digi is called Flowers for Mom and is coloured with Promarkers. The edges of the Spellbinders Wonky Square die is distressed with Dried Marigold Distress Ink. The corners are from Spellbinders Parisian Accents set and the flowers are from WOC. The leaves are cut with Crealies dies.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Circles

The LIM Challenge theme this week is Circles. I've used a small Craft UK card blank. I used a stencil of varying circle sizes and coloured them with Distress inks. The small flowers are from a stamp that I got a few years ago from I know not where! They are stamped in Memento and coloured with Whispers pens. I wasn't sure what type of sentiment to use so I decided to leave it until I decide whether it needs one.

Distress inks used: Black soot, Faded jeans, Dried marigold, Peeled paint

Nautical

The CD Challenge theme this week is Nautical. I've used a Craft UK small square card blank and the navy blue card is from Papermill. The backing paper is from Joanna Sheen's Viva La Divas CD. The image is a Joanna Sheen's stained glass window stamp. It's stamped in Memento black ink and coloured with Promarkers. The 'rope' is from Ikea and the silver rope button is from Create and Craft.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

No cards

I haven't made any cards for a couple of days. I just can't get into it. I've sat at my desk and looked at papers and stamps but just can't come up with anything. I think I'm just very tired. I haven't even got the will to go blog hopping so I'll catch up with you all soon, I hope. Take care and stay happy.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Pink and Blue Stitching

I've used a large square Craft UK card blank. The bright blue paper is from Papermill and the pink is from QVC. I have used a pink Whispers pen to do faux stitching round the pink paper. Both lace backing papers are from Joanna Sheen's lace pads. The LOTV image is stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers, set on a Spellbinders nestie oval and backed with a scalloped oval. I bought the ribbons in Australia and the pearls from Kanban. The sentiment is also LOTV and is cut with a circle nestie.

This card is to cover two challenges:
Lili of the Valley: Pink and Blue
Crafty Sentiments: Stitching

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Crafting for all Seasons

The CFAS Challenge 5 theme is Furry Friends. I wouldn't go so far as to say these mice are my friends but they are furry! It's a Craft UK card blank in 6x6 size and the backing paper is from the freebie pack, Serif's Picnic in the Park. I stamped and inked two of Joanna Sheen's House Mouse mice :) in Memento ink and coloured them with Promarkers. The sentiment is also from Joanna Sheen. They've been cut with Spellbinders nestie dies and backed with the scalloped nesties. The Mirri board is also from Joanna Sheen. The brads are from Dovecraft.

Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp challenge this week is Anything Goes. I've used a small square Caft UK card blank. The backing paper is from one of the shopping channels I think. The purple card is by Papermill. The stamp is a freebie that I got with Simply Cards and Papercraft and it's by Ladybug Crafts Ink. She's stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers. I've used Spellbinders nesties for the image and the sentiment which was generated on the computer. The lilac organza ribbon is by Create and Craft.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Papertake Weekly

The Papertake Weekly Challenge theme is Hot, Hot, Hot. My card blank is by Craft UK. Two of the backing papers are from the Desert Blooms pad and the bright orange one is from the freebie Serif pad Picnic in the Park that I got with one of the magazines. The orange card is from Papermill. The digi is from Stitchybear and is coloured with Promarkers and cut with a Spellbinders rectangle nestie. The sentiment was generated on the PC and cut with a nestie. The digi and the sentiment were both backed with scalloped nesties in orange. I bought the satin ribbon in Australia. The flowers are from WOC and the leaves are cut using a Marianne die.

Monday, 11 July 2011

CD Challenge

The CD Sunday challenge - Handbags!  I'm sorry but I didn't enjoy this challenge one bit! I'm not keen on making handbag type cards and I've made a right pig's ear of this challenge. I used a small Craft UK card blank and backing paper from Serif's pad of Picnic in the Park. The bags are from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD on CD2, page of embellishments. The ribbons and raffia are from Hobbycraft. The tag for the peel off sentiment :( is also from the Serif pad.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Stitchybear

OSAAT Challenge 70 is Anything goes. I've used a small square Craft UK card with backing paper from a Serif pad that was a freebie in a magazine. The Stitchybear digi is coloured with Promarkers and cut with a Spellbinders oval nestie and backed with a scalloped nestie in Papermill red pearlescent card. The LOTV sentiment has been stamped in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and cut with a label nestie. The leaves are cut with a Crealies die and the three hearts are from my stash.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Less is More Week 23

The LIM Challenge, Week 23, is a one layer card on the theme Something with Legs. I've used a Stitchybear digi of a picnic table. To be able to print it direct to card I had to use a much cheaper version of card than usual because my HP printer doesn't like thick card! I cut it to DL size to follow the lines of the table. I coloured the digi with Promarkers and generated the sentiment on the computer. The African daisies stamped down the side are from a Tapestry set and I used the gold coloured Promarker.

Card for a Child

The challenge set this week by Crafty Sentiments is a Card for a Child. I've used a large scalloped card blank by Craft UK. The glittered backing paper is from a Desert Blooms pad and I've cut it with a large Spellbinders scalloped nestie. The free digi, Amy, is from Crafty Sentiments and I've coloured her with Promarkers before cutting with an oval nestie and backing with a pink scalloped nestie. The LOTV sentiment is stamped in Versacolor ink on to a lacey nestie. Pink feathers from Create and Craft are to the right and the pink pearls are from WOC. I think this would be a card for a little girl!!

Friday, 8 July 2011

A stitch in time sketch

This card is covering two challenges Simon Says Stamp challenge with the theme 'A stitch in time' and Lili of the Valley challenge 104 with 'A sketch by Donalda'.

My card blank is by Craft UK and the silver pearlescent card is by Papermill. The three patterned backing papers are from a V&A pad by the Victoria and Albert Museum. The LOTV image is stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers before being cut with a Spellbinders rectangle nestie. I have no idea where I got the silver card that I used for the scalloped nestie. The grey roses are by WOC. The 'stitching' comes into it from a silver embroidered flower vine. I bought some of these in America a few years ago and have used them a lot.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Anything Goes

The Papertake Weekly challenge this week is Anything Goes with the option of using buttons. I decided I would use buttons because I've got hundreds of them! The card blank is a small square by Craft UK. The backing paper is a sheet from a freebie pack by Serif called Paper in the Park. I'm sure I got it in a magazine but can't remember which one. I've also used a freebie stamp, it's a Ladybug Crafts Ink clear stamp and that came in a Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine. The buttons are from Create and Craft, the ribbon and the coloured cord is from Hobbycraft and the image is coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment came with the clear stamp set and they were both cut with Spellbinders nesties and edged with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Challenge 27

The Wild Orchid Challenge 27 - A Tent Card - this WAS a challenge! I don't usually like shaped cards of any kind, easel, stepper, etc and  I don't like images dangling in apertures so this was going to be a challenge from the off. I'll just say that this is possibly one of the worst cards I've ever made but it's finished so I'll enter it. It'll give you all a laugh if nothing else.


I've used a Docrafts freebie Tatty Teddy, blue ribbon from Hobbycraft, white card from Papermill, Spellbinders Parisian Accent and some wonderful Wild Orchid roses. I've coloured Tatty Ted with Promarkers and the backing paper I've had for ages and have no idea where I got it. My photos aren't up to much either but that is probably just as well.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Christmas is Calling

The CD Sunday Challenge this week is Christmas is Calling. My card blank is a Craft UK card. Mottled red and gold card from Papermill is matted on to Create and Craft gold card as a base. The image is from Joanna Sheen's Enchanted Christmas cd. I've used a large star stamp from Papermania and I edged it with gold glitter. I've used four swirls from Spellbinders to echo the swirls behind the words.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

One for the Boys

The Crafter's Companion Challenge 14 is One for the Boys. I've used a Craft UK large square card blank. The striped backing paper is from a Desert Blooms pad. The Black Magic paper is from a pad that I bought from Crafter's Companion a few months ago and this is only the second time I've used it! I embossed it with the Creative Expressions crackle folder and sanded it, before fixing with We R Memory Keepers eyelets. The image is a Stitchybear digi and I've coloured it with Promarkers and distressed it with Distress Ink. The sentiment was generated on the computer.
It's also entered in OSAAT challenge - use a digi

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Week 22

The Less is More Challenge this week is Shades of Blue. I've got the shades and I've got the blues! The card blank is a scalloped one from Craft UK. I drew the shades in pencil and coloured with Promarkers in Blue Pearl, China Blue and Sky Blue. The sentiment was generated on the computer in shades of blue and is backed with a Spellbinders nestie in blue Mirri board.

Crafty Sentiments

The Crafty Sentiments Challenge this week is Christmas in June. Now I thought this challenge should include Santa in shorts or carol singers on the beach but all the DT cards showed a 'normal' type Christmas card so that's what I've done eventually. The card blank is, as usual, by Craft UK and the silver card is from Create and Craft. The Crafty Sentiments digi, Charles Bear, is coloured with Promarkers and set on a Spellbinders nestie with a red Mirri board nestie behind. I've used two rub ons by Karen Foster - Naughty or Nice and Santa's coming - I've had these for a few years but can't remember buying them so maybe I won them in a competition.The little stocking tag is tied with a red organza ribbon, both from my stash. Charles Bear is in the bath and the bubbles and water are coloured with the Aqua Promarker and then covered with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in a silvery colour. It looks quite effective IRL but doesn't show up so well on the photo.

Celebrate Red White and Blue

I've had a busy few days gardening and I've been absolutely shattered but I'm back to my crafting and my garden is all neat and tidy. The first card I've made today is to cover two challenges. The card blank is by Craft UK and the backing paper is a digi from Stitchybear. The navy blue backing card is by Papermill and I've used red Mirri board as the backing for the Spellbinders nesties. The sentiment was generated on the computer. The buttons are from Create and Craft and the image is one of my favourite LOTV stamps. It was stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers.

Crafting for all Seasons - Red, white and blue
Lili of the Valley - Celebrate