Friday, 26 February 2010

CACB Challenge # 9

Gosh! Challenge #9 at Crafty Ann's already - we're almost in double figures!! These fortnights seem to fly by - or is that a sign of age??? Don't answer that - it's just a rhetorical, where was I? Oh yes - the challenge. This time we want to take you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to celebrate your creativity by trying a technique or product or fold/design that you've been shying away from or haven't done/used as often as you would like. It can be any project for any occasion and you don't have to use Crafty Ann's products to enter.

My card had a somewhat protracted labour - what I had in my head just didn't want to come out and in the end I did change it slightly but it did challenge me and I haven't given up yet on the other thing I had in mind so you may yet see that in the future. Since I started making easel cards, I've had a fancy for trying different shapes and wanted to do an octagonal one. I created a template for my robo for an octagonal card a while ago so used this to create my base and all my layers for it. This is my first octagonal easel card but it won't be my last, now that I've seen it in the flesh I really like it so will definitely do it again. I've just used one bp which is the Autumn crimson from the embossed stars autumn tones collection. I've used a large ball embossing tool to create a design around the edge of the gold mirror card mat that's behind the image - something I haven't done for ages, and never in the way I did it this time. The image is from the Violins sheet from Crafty Ann's and I laid the violin and bow over the sheet music before printing them off and coloured with promarkers and chalk. I've embellished with gold organza ribbon then mounted the matted image using 3D foam tape.

The sentiment on the base of the card has been stamped onto labels that I designed with the DM software and cut using the robo and again have been added to the card on the 3D foam tape. Some glitterations peel offs add a little extra bling.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today but do check out the other DT cards, they are gorgeous and I hope you'll come and play along too.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

A Tasty Recipe!


What fun I had making this card! It was one those that just seemed to push all the right buttons from the planning through the prep to making the finished article - and it's for 7 challenges to boot!
The first one is Cooking It Up With Katie and the recipe this time is: Something girly, paper peicing and at least 2 designer/patterned papers. Crafty Ann's is sponsorting Katie's challenge this fortnight so I thought I'd better make sure I used at least some CA stuff and as it turns out almost all of it is. All of the papers used are from the Polished Stone collections - the 2 dp's/bp's are from the pastels collection, the green for the stems is from the earth tones collection and the golden yellow for the daffodil heads is from the autumn tones collection. 

Having chosen the image and colours I wanted to use, I went in search of a sketch to get me going and found this lovely one at One Stop Craft. This is useful because I know how much I need of each colour before I print it off and could arrange the pieces onto one sheet in publisher ready to cut out and not only does this save ink, I'm not left with yet more to add to my scraps boxes (note the plural here!!) The only colouring medium used on this is the tiny bit at the top of the bud, and the cobalt blue promarker I used to change the colour of the 3 clear crystals. The pink 'ribbon' and bow were put through the swiss dots folder and the lower piece of blue bp was put through the textile folder which also gave it a lovely distressed effect.

I also took inspiration from these challenges:
  • Your Next Stamp - spring colours
  • Cute Daisy May - bright and cheerful
  • Digital Tuesday - All things girly (flowers, pink, gems....)
  • OCC - something old that's new.....dig out something that you've never used or not used for ages. This image was the very first Crafty Ann's digi stamp and I haven't used it for ages and I've never paper pieced it before
  • Pile it on - Let us see flowers! and at least one other challenge.
Katie is also looking for a DT, so while you're checking the prize out, why not check that out too?

Thank you for visiting today and for the wonderful, uplifting and much appreciated comments you leave me.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010



Well, I'm managing to keep up with the Bah! Humbug! challenges so here's another one ready for christmas. The challenge this week is Snowmen (or women!) and I'm giving my first snowglobe digi an outing here - it will be available later today at Crafty Ann's. The colouring has been done with promarkers and crystal glitter. The Let it Snow sentiment is something new for me, although I've admired many a card using tickets it wasn't something I thought of using myself and then one of my DT was looking for some so I drew some and the sheet has 4 sentiments + 1 blank in 3 designs so I used one of the blank ones and added the let it snow sentiment in publisher. Several other challenges have played a part in the creation of this card:

  • Incy Wincy - punch it out
  • Sketch 'n' Stash - this is where I got the lovely sketch and my new stash is the snowglobe and the neglected stash is the navy card, the bp and the merry christmas ribbon
  • The Pink Elephant - Ribbon
  • DU2DS - punches
The only embellishments are the punched snowflakes and the glitterations peel offs with a little interest being added from the c/bug swiss dots folder.

Don't forget that you still have plenty of time to join us for Challenge #8 at CACB - the theme this time is "If music be the food of love" and you can go down the route of music, food, love or any combination of these. We love to visit and see your creations so hope to see you there.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Friday, 12 February 2010

If Music Be The Food Of Love.........

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Yet another fortnight has gone by and it's already time for Challenge #8 at Crafty Ann's Challenge! This time our theme is "If Music Be The Food Of Love" and you can go for music, food, love or any combination thereof - so lots of scope there! My card fits lots of other challenges as well so I think it might be simpler to tell you about the card and then list the challenges.

It was our wedding anniversary on tuesday and this is the card I made for my husband. It's a 20cm x 20cm easel card, but I decided to make the front panel smaller than 20cm and I like the way it has worked. The image is one of two new music collages from Crafty Ann's and I've coloured it using promarkers and added some chalk around the edges. The sentiment is computer generated and the bps are from Crafty Ann's from the embossed hearts collection and you can just about see bits of polished stone in dark brown which really help to make the image and sentiment stand out. The only embellishments are clear crystals in the four corners of the the image and glitterations peel offs. 

The challenges I'm entering my card into are:

Die Cut Dreams - Have a heart
Tuesday Taggers - Love is all around
MTTC- Hearts and kisses
Simon Says - what's love got to do with it?
Cute Card Thursday - In the name of love
Rainbow Lady - Have a heart
C.R.A.F.T. - Digi colouring
Theme Thursday - Flower(s)
Pile It On - To the one you love + as many other challenges as you can manage
Crafty Calendar - Love and Friendship

Phew! I don't think I've missed any but I might just have a scout round to make sure!!

Thank you for your visit today and I hope you'll pop over and join in the fun at Crafty Ann's - as usual, there's a prize on offer and a Guest DT spot up for grabs for April - and you don't have to use Crafty Ann's products to join in.

Thursday, 11 February 2010



I don't usually make valentine cards, but this one is a commission and I did rather enjoy making it. The image is frrom Crafty Ann's and I have coloured it with promarkers (did you expect anything else???) I've also coloured the satin ribbon with the poppy pen - I do love this aspect of the pens, not only have I got a perfect match for my project, but I'm using up some pink ribbon that never seems to be quite the right shade of pink! The bp is from the emossed hearts brights collection from Crafty Ann's.The sentiment is computer generated and both it and the image have been matted on to red holographic card. The only other embellishments are a few crystals and some glitterations peel offs. This card is perfect for these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today.

Sunday, 7 February 2010



I've really enjoyed making this card. No doubt knowing what I wanted to do helped although, I did have a bit of a change at the planning stage that turned out to be part of the fun. It's for 6 challenges:

Bah! Humbug! - Holly
Sketch and Stash - my new stash is the image and the promarkers, neglected stash is the happy christmas sticker
Cooking It Up With Katie - the recipe this time is "home or family theme, punch something and use a sticker." The sticker is the greeting, the snowflakes are punched..............and the family theme..........I'm probably pushing my luck a bit here, but Christmas and little 'uns go hand in hand don't they - and I'll send this one to a family member. Hope that fits Katie.
Fab's Big Christmas - bling it or punch it - this one does both and is a 2nd entry.
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - Seasons - winter (just in case you didn't guess!)
DP2 - as I've just bought my first couple of Mo's images, I had to check this one out and this is where the little change at the planning stage came in. This week's theme is 'wood' or 'would'. In my case it's the polished wood of the frame and the woodgrain red bp - and that's where the fun came in, fitting wood into a Christmas card!

The holly frame and woodgrain bp are both from Crafty Ann's.

Thank you for your visit today.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

1 & 2!


I'm going to start this post by apologising for the photo! Try as I might, I can't seem to get a better one today - it might improve if you click on it.
I've done this for several challenges and because I wanted to play with a birthday present. I got my first promarkers and already know that 30 is nowhere near enough!! They'll take a bit of getting used to I think but all in all, I'm reasonably happy with my first attempt although I need more practise. So this is the 1 part of the title - 1st time using promarkers.
The 2 part of the title is my 2nd entry into this weeks Bah! Humbug! - baubles. Now, I did warn the girls that they might get another card into this challenge but this wasn't what I had in mind! At least I'm caught up now, so I might just pick my loyalty sidebar banner up when I link this.

The card details are: 
Image - Christmas Garland from Crafty Ann's, coloured with promarkers and glitter
Plaid bp from Adobe Illustrator
Greetings Stamp from See D's
Snowflake button and gold ribbon from my stash
Swiss dots embossing folder for white mat.

The other challenges I'm entering my card into are:
ABC- new
Alphabet - new
Truly Scrumptious - sketch and the additional challenge of buttons and bows
Fab's big Christmas Challenge - bling it and/or punch it
Fab 'n' Funky - Embossing.

I've thoroughly enjoyed my foray into promarkers and you can expect to be seeing a lot more of them from now on! Thank you for your visit today and for all the lovely comments you leave me.