Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Lovely in Lilac - and a whole lot more!


This is one of those cards I thoroughly enjoyed making - and the added bonus  is that it came together really quickly. It's the penultimate challenge of the year for Bah! Humbug! and seeing as they want us to use my favourite colourway I couldn't miss it could I??? The challenge this time is to use shades of lilac. Well, helllooo! I used the wonderful sketch from Sketch and Stash and used some much neglected ribbon and a greeting that I got last year and have never used. The bps are from the embossed stars, tartan 1, and polished stone collections and the poinsettia faberge style egg is from the pre-coloured sheet. I've also used a buckle from the embellishments sheet and coloured it digitally. I planned my design in word and printed the papers and image off to the exact sizes I wanted. I find I'm doing this more and more because there is no waste to add to my already groaning 'bits' drawers (yes that is as in more than one - but I'm not telling you just how many!!)
I shaped the egg and layered it onto a piece of silver glitter card, cut out and embossed with a nestie's label die - I can never remember the number of this set though, sorry. Lilac ribbon through the buckles and some homemade silver mirri 'card candy' add the finishing touches.
My card is also for these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today :D

Friday, 19 November 2010

CDAC - Challenge #28

Good morning Bloggers, before we get onto this week's challenge, I'd like to thank all of you who took part in our 1st birthday celebrations on CDAC. As part of those celebrations all of the DT are giving away a digi stamp or pre-coloured sheet of choice on our blogs drawn from the comments left on that post and the winner of my prize is: Jackie (Jester Crafts)! Well done Jackie, have a look at the pages on the challenge blog and send me an email with your choice to: craftyann@hotmail.co.uk

Now onto the new challenge and our theme for Challenge #28 is an inspirational photo:








We have all interpreted it differently so do pop over to the challenge blog to see them all and visit the individual blogs to find out how they were done.

I was so tempted to do a scenic one but decided to go for colours from the picture instead. We have a lot going on at home atm (think building site and you'll have an idea of what I want rid of before Christmas!! lol!) so I took the quick(ish) way out and coloured my faberge egg digitally and added some rather nice cerise glitter that I got as part of a kit from QVC about 7 years ago and have never used! It was the perfect colour for picking out the bourgainvillea though and I've layered this onto a piece of white pearlescent paper cut out with the largest die from the nestiies labels 4 set. The bps are - blue - polished stone from the pastels collection and - pale brown - woodgrain effect from the earth tones collection. I rather like that the woodgrain effect is also rather reminiscent of sand. The sentiment is computer generated and was added directly to the digi paper before printing. I've finished off with 3 of my homemade silver mirri 'card candy'.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

  • Stamp with fun - square
  • Fab 'n' Funky - Forget me not (use up forgotten stash - I think 7 years for the glitter is probably forgotten enough!)
  • Paper Sundaes - Pick at least two sundae toppings from: punches, ribbon, embossing and the colour blue. The only one I haven't used on here is the ribbon. The punch is the 'card candy', and the embossing is on the nestie's label. I'm hoping the blue might be obvious, lol!
Thank you for your visit today and I hope you'll find inspriation in the picture and join us for this one

Monday, 15 November 2010

Poinsettia Wreath


I think I'm spoiling you today! Or should that be that I'm spoiling myself today?? Either way, here's post number 2. I've been doing this a little bit here and there over a few days and it's been a brilliant way to unwind :D
I was originally inspired by a project in the december issue of Craft Stamper which just fired my imagination. It bears very little resemblence to the one in CS, but that's what inspiration's all about in a way isn't it? The base circle has been cut from a pale lemon pearlescent card although I'm not too sure how well it shows in the photo (it might show better if you click on it to enlarge it) and it's made a very pretty backdrop for everything I've added to it. We have a lot going on just now, so to save some time I used the precoloured poinsettias and coloured 2 of the holly leaves digitally so that I could copy and paste as many as I wanted. The poinsettia sheet is available as both a standard digi stamp and a pre-coloured sheet and the holly wreath sheet is availble just as a standard digi stamp at the moment. (Edit: there is also a pre-coloured holly wreath sheet available now.) I wanted some lush looking gold among it all so I printed the 3D short petal flower onto the back of some gold mirri card and created the centres and lines with an embossing tool before cutting them out. I had a lovely time sitting in front of the TV cutting out all the pieces I needed. Both the 3D flowers and the poinsettias have two layers. The holly berries are my homemade 'card candy' from red mirri card. I also added some Marianne Designs flourishes and some homemade gold mirri 'card candy' too.
I'm really pleased with how this one has turned out and will probably make another when I get chance. The dimension on this project is really effective. Unfortunately the photo doesn't show it at it's best but at least you can get the gist.
I'm entering my wreath into these challenges:
Thank you so much for popping by and for the comments you leave - I appreciate them all.

Tall & Slim

No, not me (I wish!!) - this......

I've had this card made for a few days now but haven't had the chance to post it. I've followed the lovely sketch from Midnight Madness and what's even better is that it's all made from left overs/scraps! I've created a DL card base and the red and gold pieces were both in my scraps box as was the white pearlescent pieces that I've used to back my images. Both the red and gold pieces have been put through embossing folders although it doesn't show so well on the photo. The ornaments, poinsettia and flowers are all from Crafty Ann's and all are from pre-coloured sheets (although all are available as normal digis for colouring yourself).
This was a card that came together pretty quickly and I really enjoyed making it.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I may be back later with another post.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Lest We Forget

Today, I'm going to share a card with you that I hadn't intended to put on my blog. In august our Grandson's step-brother was one of the British casualties in Afghanistan. He had only been there for 3 weeks and was just 20 years old. The reason I've changed my mind about showing you the card I made for his Dad & our GS, is because Stampin' Royalty's Challenge this week is Lest We Forget and they ask us to make something in rememberance of those who have given their lives in the service of their country. Ooh-la-la Challenge also have a rememberance theme this fortnight.

Tomorrow is rememberance day here in the UK and I'm proud to do this in gratitude to Darren and all those who make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.


I drew the poppy wreath and coloured it with promarkers. Darren was a Sapper with the Royal Engineer Regiment and my husband found a picture of the cap badge on the internet which I added to the centre of the wreath with foam pads to make sure that it took centre stage. Darren was so proud of being a soldier and loved his life in the army.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Happy Birthday To You......

Good afternoon bloggers - two in one day! This one is for our oldest GS' birthday which was yesterday and I know he loves to play the odd game so this image from Mo Manning was just perfect! I've coloured the image with promakers and added it to one of the pockets from the Jeans & pockets sheet from Crafty Ann's which I overlaid onto some denim paper from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD1and cut it out. The tartan bp is from Tartans Collection 1 and the greeting is computer generated and overlaid onto some of the same denim paper.The studs are more of my homemade 'brads' made from silver mirri card.

My card is for these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today.

Oh Christmas Tree............



Well the girls at Bah! Humbug! might need smelling salts when they see this! Two weeks running????? I can't remember the last time I was able to do this :D The theme this week is Fancy Folds so I've made a style of card I haven't made for ages - a two way fold card. Half of the front of the card is cut away on the diagonal and then decorated. The above photo is of the card closed.


Then a smaller, tent fold card is stuck to the inside and the front of that is decorated too.


Hopefully this one shows that part a bit better. I've used mottled stone bp from collection 4 on the fronts of both cards and in order to save ink, I cropped to shape for the triangular piece in word so that I printed out only what I needed. The Oh Christmas Tree script was added using word art. The Christmas garland was coloured with promarkers and added with 3D foam.
The main image on the front is one of the pre-coloured Christmas Tree Snowglobes and I put the base through a papermania snowflakes border embossing folder and added stickles to the snow before shaping it and adding it to a piece of pearlescent paper that had been put through the swiss dots folder. I just finished it off with homemade gold mirri 'card candy'.
My card is also for these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today and I hope you'll be able to find time to join in with our current challenge at CACB where the theme is a Christmas card/project in non traditional Christmas colours - we're celebrating our first birthday so there's lots of prizes on offer :D

Friday, 5 November 2010

CACB #27 - A Reason To Celebrate!


It's time for Challenge #27 at CACB and this one is rather special because it's our first birthday! What a fast year this has been and we've had a humungous amount of talent and inspiration shared with us during this time and we'd like to thank you for that. Seeing as it's such a special challenge, there are a lot of prizes on offer both on the challenge blog and on all the DT blogs too. Everyone who leaves a comment on this post will be added to the draw to win a digi stamp or pre-coloured sheet of choice - the rest of the DT are doing draws too so don't forget to pop over to see them. The full details of all the prizes are on the challenge blog.

Our theme this time is a Christmas card or project using non-traditional colours. For my card I've used a faberge style poinsettia egg from the new pre-coloured sheet although this design is also available as a digi stamp. The pre-coloured sheet has the same design in 6 different colours both traditional and non-traditional. It'll come as no surprise to learn that I took a fancy for the purple option for this one although I will admit that I had a heck of a job getting the photo not to look blue!! I eventually got there though - by having the camera on the setting for snow! The bps are from the mottled stone collection 5 and the new poinsettia collection. I've matted the egg onto silver mirri cut out with a nesties label 4 die and embellished with a couple of Marianne Designs swirls. The greeting, which is one of the Christmas Tickets was overlaid onto a piece of the mottled stone bp (cropped to size) before printing it out. A very simple card really and pretty quick to do which I think we sometimes need as Christmas gets ever closer.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for stopping by today, good luck in all the draws this time.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Organised or What????

This has to be the first Christmas since we've been together that I haven't been making my hubby's card at the last minute hiding behind a chair to stop him being able to see it before it was finished!! Who do I need to thank for this you ask? The girls at Bah! Humbug! that's who. I've had so little time for card making this year that I've had the frustration of missing more of their challenges than I would want to - especially as I have cards in my head for all of them!! The one I'm about to share with you was intended for the elegance challenge but once again I ran out of time. I really wanted to make this one though and just changed my idea slightly to fit in with the current challenge which is Presents - in fact, I drew the present box specially! I know that I wouldn't mind finding a faberge egg under the tree this year :D - not that there's any chance of that!

Onto the card - I've used one of the new faberge style eggs range. This one is the poinsettia from the pre-coloured sheet although it's also available as a non-coloured digi stamp. I cut it out and shaped it before adding it to a nesties shape that had been embossed with 3D foam. The bp is from the new range designed to work with the pre-coloured poinsettia egg. I've layered all this onto some white pearlescent card and a red card stock base. I've added two small pre-coloured poinsettias to two of the corners (don't you just love how you can have the size you want with digis?) and made my own 'card candy/brads' for the corners out of scraps of gold mirri card using a 6mm ball tool and a spare stamping mat. The sentiment is computer generated and cut out using nesties labels 4 as is the gold mirri mat and the Marianne Designs swirl.


I've really loved making this card and it has also been inspired by the following challenges:
Thank you for your visit today.