Thursday, 27 May 2010


I say again - sheesh! I've had this card in my head since I saw what the challenge was at Bah! Humbug! last friday but every time I tried to get it done something cropped up. The challenge actually finishes at 12pm GMT so really I'm a little?? late with it but I'm linking it anyway because I've loved making it. Of course all that silk mirri card made it a pig to photograph so I'll apologise for the quality of the photo now.

To what I've used:
I was deternimed to get away from red and white (although I will confess I very nearly didn't) this time so went for green and gold instead. I used two shades of green promarkers on the baubles (grass and forest green) and was really pleased with how they came up.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for visiting today.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Going To New York - With A Flourish - Twice??

This card is for 3 challenges and is one I really enjoyed making even though it didn't take long! To begin at the begining, my lovely friend Ann sent me this stunning card (how lucky am I???) and I just had to check out Marianne desgn dies and ended up buying a couple - this frame and flourishes and the border die, both of which I've used on this card. I was looking to make a card for Rainbow Lady's challenge which is New York, New York this week and Cynthia informs us that the red rose is the state flower so I isolated the rosebud posy with the yellow bow from the new pre-coloured Red Roses sheet then re-sized it to fit into the centre of the frame. Once I'd cut it out I backed it with gold mirri card then cut two of one of the lovely flourishes that come with the frame out of the same mirri card. I cut two pieces of white pearlescent paper with a scalloped edge and put them through the c/bug textures folder. The border die has been cut out of the same gold mirri and had white satin ribbon through. It wasn't until I'd attached the border to the card that I realised that I'd forgotten the embossing part in my excitement! I got round that by embellishing with butterflies, hearts and pearls and I'm actually glad I made the mistake because now I feel like I have two dies for the price of one! The dp is from the new funky collection 3.

I struggled to get a decent photo because of all the mirri and as a result the roses look darker than they are in real life. I'm also entering my card into these two challenges:
  • Stamp Something who want us to use 2 of something (I have 2 pieces of embossed paper, 2 heart embellies and 2 flourishes)
  • Lots to do - flourishes or swirls.
Thank you for your visit today and don't forget to check out our blog hop at Crafty Ann's where all of the new pre-coloured sheets are up as prizes.

Friday, 21 May 2010


It's already time for challenge #15 at Crafty Ann's and we're having our very first BLOG HOP! We're celebrating the launch of the Flower Collection of pre-coloured images. If you have come to me from Chrissie, you are on the right lines but if not, you need to start at the beginning which is the challenge blog.

To be in with a chance of winning these two sheets from the new collection, just leave a comment on this post.

Don't forget to collect the two words you need from me which are: BETTER, HAPPIER. When you leave here, your next stop will be Beryl who has some wonderful inspiration for you and two more sheets for you to win and two more words of the quotation. When you have visited all the blogs you need to end up back at the challenge blog and follow the instructions on there to find out what to do to be in with a chance of winning the final 5 sheets.

Now on to what I've used for my card - the theme this time is 'Lots of Colour' It can be lots of one colour or lots of different colours - the choice is yours. I've gone mostly with blue and a touch of green and I had a blast making this. I've used the blue long petal flower which I just printed off as it comes but of course you could crop and re-size like you can with any digi image if you wanted to. As you can see, I decided to go with a 15cm square easel card. It was a simple matter of cutting the flowers and leaves out and shaping them - I like to use a paintbrush handle for this because you don't get any sharp lines, and I had a lovely time doing this while watching Midsommer Murders on T.V. The dp is from the new Mottled Stone Collection 4 and I printed both the dp and the flower sheet onto satin finish photo paper. (Tip: I resized the dp to 14.4cm square then copied and pasted that. Both fit onto an A4 sheet and I'm only using the ink I need to use for this project.) The textured navy card, holographic mirri card and pealescent white paper all came from my stash. The 3 strips of pearlescent white paper behind the large flower were put through the cuttlebug birds and swirls folder. The finishing touches are silver ribbon and silver glitterations peel offs. Don't tell her, but this card is for a rather special lady's birthday - I know I can count on you to keep that to yourself! :oD

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Good luck in all the draws and I hope you'll join in with a project too - remember there are 5 of these sheets to be won for one lucky person who does.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010


I've been lucky enough to visit Venice three times (although never during Carnivale) and love the place so I'm delighted that today sees the launch of the Venetian Mask Set of digi stamps at Crafty Ann's. There are four in the set and are available singly at just £0.60p each or as a multibuy at £1.80p for all four. I've loved drawing these and couldn't wait to use one. The one I've chosen for the main image reminds me of one I brought back from one of the trips but sadly no longer own and is number 3 in the set. I've also used mask 2 as smaller embellishments.

I've used promarkers and sakura pens to colour the main image and Derwent coloursoft pencils and sakura pens to colour the three smaller masks. I also used the promarker to colour the ribbon and pearls. The dps are both from Crafty Ann's and the bigger circles are from the new mottled stone collection 2 and the smaller one behind the main image and on the stand for the easel is from the new funky collection 2. The three circles were put through cuttlebug folders though I'm not sure how well that shows up.

I've been inspired by several challenges for this one:
  • Truly Scrumptious - (sketch)
  • OLLCB - Bright and Cheerful (I'm all for that!)
  • Crafty Creations - Around the World
  • Your Next Stamp - Cut it out and pop it up. (I cut all the masks out and shaped them before attaching them with plenty of 3D foam)
  • DU2DS Anything goes - I thought I'd linked a card last Friday but couldn't see it this morning so will link this one.
I've loved making this, hope you like it too and thank you for your visit today. (Forgot to mention that if you want the template for the round easel card it's available freebies on CACB.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Punching Through The Snow!

Merry Christmas! (Well, it'll be here before we know it!) I've had to miss the last 3 challenges at Bah! Humbug! but I was determined not to miss a fourth. The theme this time is punched borders so off I went in search of my holly border punch only to remember that it broke so at the moment I don't have any Christmas border punches. Instead, I've used an ornate one on the gold holographic mirri mat behind the Christmas Tree Snowglobe and a scalloped edge both sides of the white pearlescent paper behind the trees. The main bp is from the new Mottled Stone collection 4. I've put both the mats through the swiss dots c/bug folder. The snowy part of the card was inspired by the Winter Wonderland challenge which is "See amid the winter's snow". I've used promarkers for colouring and also added glitter to the snowglobe. There's another for the box - thanks to having some lovely challenges dedicated to Christmas.

Thank you for your visit today.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Anything Goes!

We've got another great challenge for you over at Crafty Ann's starting today but before I get to the card, I'd just like to ask you to make sure that you read to the end of the post for some exciting news!

Challenge #14 is "Anything Goes" so you have a free rein. This card led me astray though! I started out intending to use the Easy Chair but hubby expressed the opinion that he thought the guitar would look better on a sofa - so I got side tracked into creating one. Then I decided that I wanted a mug and a cushion so got side tracked again so that I could draw them (bear in mind that this is happening the day before I want the card!!) I liked the mug but have decided that I don't like the cushion so it will be back to the drawing board for that one which is why you can't see it. I've coloured the image and ticket with promarkers. The brown bp is from the polished stone collection and the main one is part of a collection that's still in progress. The sofa (minus mug and guitar) will be in the blog shop later today as will the new sheet of Happy Birthday tickets - these are the result of a request from one of the DT and have 6 different fonts, 6 designs and 2 colours.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
I hope you can join us for this challenge and don't forget to join us for the next challenge on 21st of May because we have our very first BLOG HOP to celebrate the launch, you'll have to wait until the 21st for that bit - but there are prizes to be won on every blog so don't forget to put the date in your diary!