Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas One and All!

My computer's been down all week so I didn't think I'd get this made, never mind posted! (Big kiss to my wonderful hubby!) I'll have to keep it short so I'll give you a quick run down of what I've used and the challenges it's for.
Items used:

  • Mottled stone, tartan, silver and polished stone backing papers from Crafty Ann's
  • Blank Snowglobe from Crafty Ann's and Labrador puppy present from Patti's Creations. Both of these are part of the images supplied for round 9 of the CDAC progressive challenges. For full details see the post below this one
  • 3D Short petal flower from Crafty Ann's
  • Silver ribbon and silver peel off
The challenges:
Hope the festive season is all you could wish for!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge #9

We've reached the next round of the CDAC Progressive Challenges. Each challenge lasts for 6 rounds with a grand prize drawn at the end. The way it works is that we sign up (it's free to do so) to take part at the start of each 'batch' and are provided with 5 images to work with. As long as we enter at least one card using at least one of the images we will get the 5 for the next round and so on. The good thing is that if we miss a round or decide to join in after it has started, we can buy back in for just $1 - great value.
This time around is slightly different and among the images are a couple of blank snow globes that we can team up with any images in our stash so they can be for anything not just Christmas cards. I've done a Christmas card here but plan to do more with non Christmas images too, as soon as I get chance. We have a month so hopefully I should manage it! ;o)

For this one I've used the blank Snow globe from Crafty Ann's and put one of the other images that's part of the package this time into it. It's Button Bear from Digi stamps 4 joy. He looks completely jiggered after decorating his tree, bless him! I couldn't bring myself to disturb him so I've just left his glittery snow sitting in the bottom instead of shaking it up! lol! I've paper pieced the base of the globe and the two bps are from Crafty Ann's. The snowflake adorning the corner is a Kanban one that was part of a prize I won - I'll be looking out for some more of these.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for stopping by at this busy time.

Monday, 12 December 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge

I'm dashing to get this entry into the CDAC Progressive Challenge round 8 before the deadline. There's a couple of days yet, but I'm at the stage of needing 48 hour days so don't want to leave it any longer. The image is Bakster Helps from Just Some Lines coloured with promarkers and I just couldn't resist the caption which is computer generated. As I'm still a dinosaur when it comes to books I think I'm going to use this tag as a bookmark. It'll make me smile every time I open my book anyway :-)
I'm also entering my tag into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope yours is a good one.

Friday, 2 December 2011


Well, it's challenge #55 at CACB and our final challenge of the year - gulp! These years go by ever more quickly and it's getting scary! Our challenge this time is Bingo/Tic Tac Toe, call it what you will. You can choose any line - horizontal, vertical or diagonal - or go for the 4 corners it's up to you.

I've gone for the far right vertical line for mine. There are bows on the garland and I think the rest is self explanatory. This is the money/voucher wallet that I've designed for this year, the gold garland and silver bp are both from Crafty Ann's. The gold book plate where I've added the greeting is part of something I'm working on but not available just yet.
I'm also entering my wallet into these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today and I hope you'll pop over and join us for our final challenge of the year and help to make it extra special.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Who?? Me???

This little one reminds me of a youngster 'caught in the act' and it made me smile when I saw it. The card is for progressive challenge #7 on CDAC and the image is from Sew Many Cards. I've coloured the image with promarkers apart from the sky background which I've used a digital backing paper for. This bp and the gold strip are from Crafty Ann's but all the other elements - including the frame, lace and corner flourish are from the Pam Lefors' Believe in Yourself kit. I first saw Pam's kits on Jen's blog. Jen does some fabulous digital as well as actual scrapbooking and I've always loved the layouts she's done using these kits so I decided to treat myself. I haven't put a sentiment on the card because I wanted it to have the feel of a page which I think has worked quite well. This is the beauty of digital papers and elements - all those in this kit are for 12x12 layouts but resized perfectly for a 6x6 card. There are a couple of other challenges I'm entering it into:

I've really enjoyed making this and I hope you've enjoyed seeing it, thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A Tale of Three Challenges.......

I have two cards to show you today - it didn't start out that way, but events ended up dictating! You see, I had one of those times when I was looking through challenges and a card started to form in my head inspired by three of them and as each challenge played it's part, it changed a little......
I started out with Less is More, who want silhouettes on our cards this week and I was already mentally reaching for my Joanna Sheen's Dancing With Shadows CD.....then I saw new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges which is black and white so decided to go with one of the Christmas images. Seeing as I was planning to use a CD, I thought I'd check out the challenge at CD Sunday while I was at it and saw that their challenge is trees. So far so good........but then the creative side of my brain woke up and things went a little awry! I decided it might be nice to add whatever image I chose to a frame and went to and fro between several before deciding that I rather liked the top one. The original image has a green background  so I removed that in photoshop.......then thought I'd see what happened if I had a bit of a play with bevel and emboss and drop shadow and I was really quite taken with the effect so I sorted out the frame part and I was good to go. Have you spotted the flaw in this plan yet???? That's right, having spent quite a bit of time getting it how I wanted it, it dawned on me that the image doesn't have any trees!!! Back to the CD I went and this time made sure I chose one with trees! In this instance, the background is already white but I cleared it anyway so that I could do the same thing with the bevel and emboss and drop shadow. I like this effect because it helps to give the image some dimension and like a lot of us here in the UK, I'm keeping my cards flatter this year because of the horrendous cost of posting them. Anyway, I liked the first image so much that I decided to make both cards up. Less is More and Christmas Card Challenges can have both and CD Sunday can have just the bottom one :o) The sentiment is one of my favourites and has been stamped with versamark and embossed with a black sparkle ep that I've had for ages and forgotten about. I printed them off onto glossy paper and added glitter to various parts of the images. I think you'll see this better if you enlarge the pics.
Thank you for visiting today, and remember my warning - if you want to enter a challenge you need to keep the brief in mind!! lol!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Oh! Oh!!

It's time for challenge #54 at CACB and this time we have an either/or challenge for you. You can either follow the sketch or the theme of monochrome or do both. I've followed the sketch and almost managed monochrome but not quite! What I've used:
  • Bps from polished stone and gold collections
  • One of the labels from the unlined journalling labels sheet
  • Santa got stuck in the chimney digi
  • Stars from the embellishments sheet (all of these are available from Crafty Ann's)
  • Papermania hand made glitter paper
  • Frosted lace stickles
  • Gold edged red ribbon from my stash
I digitally paper pieced the base of the snowglobe then added some of the stars to it before printing it off and colouring the rest with promarkers and stickles. I also digitally paper pieced some of the gold bp into the journalling label. Some slightly larger stars in the 4 corners finish it off.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

I like this sketch so I decided to make another one!

This one uses:
  • Bps from the Crinkled, Embossed Dots and gold collections
  • Label from the unlined journalling tag sheet
  • Smooth gold frame #2
  • Pre-coloured poinsettia sheet (all from Crafty Ann's)
  • Crystal glitter on white ds foam tape (doesn't look much in the photo but looks lovely in real life)
I created the 'brads' in photoshop then cut them out and shaped them by running the ball of an embossing tool around the edge on the wrong side. The result is effective and attaching them with pinflair glue gel keeps their shape nicely.
I'm entering this one into these challenges:
and I'm entering both into:
  • CHNCC - Whatever lights your candle (I'm going with the Whatever bit)
  • PIO - Traditional Christmas
Thank you if you've stuck with the post this long and I do hope you'll be able to join us this fortnight and also to check out what the rest of the DT have done, their work is gorgeous!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Christmas Wreath

Hello Bloggers, today's card is for 4 challenges. I've used the pre-coloured Holly Wreath from Crafty Ann's and added some  stardust stickles to the berries which isn't showing up to well in the photo. The greeting in the centre is computer generated and I placed it before printing it all off onto some canvas effect card. All I've done with it other than that is dry emboss lines around 3 sides and add 3 strips of dst that I've glittered at the top. The 4 challenges are:

Thank you for dropping by today.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Last Gasp!!

Oh boy, I am sooooo last minute with this one for one of the challenges it's untrue! It's for round 6 of the first progressive challenge on CDAC. We get 5 images for each round and unfortunately I've only had chance to use this one so far. I will use the others though because they are lovely. This one is Candles by Daisy Doodles which I've coloured with promarkers and stickles. The sketch is courtesy of Sketch 'n' Stash - my new stash is the image and neglected stash is the burgundy card. The large bp is from a pad that I got free with a magazine a couple of months ago. There is also a stamped and embossed greeting at the bottom of the large burgundy panel but with the light being so poor at this time of year, it isn't showing up too well. I'm also entering this card into Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge which is called "Whatever lights your candle" this week, and PIO which is "Traditional Christmas" plus at least one other challenge.
I've really enjoyed making this even though I haven't been able to get a photo that does it justice - if the light is better in the morning, I'll try again and then replace it.
Thank you for visiting today,

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Shoppin' Till She's Droppin'!

Do you think Christmas might be drawing nearer??? I haven't many to do now and it's so nice not to feel under pressure to get a load finished.  Long live challenges! I can't even remember how many photos I took trying to do this one justice.........and I still haven't managed it!! This was the best I could come up with. In real life, it sparkles beautifully but I just haven't been able to get the photo to pick it up. I've used my favourite Kenny K image again and created a mat for her using a label from the unlined labels sheet that I paper pieced with one of the crinkled papers and laid onto one of the gold frames so that it created a border rather than a frame. (These last 3 items are all from Crafty Ann's). I've added star dust stickles to all the 'furry' areas of her clothing. The background papers are white pearlescent put through a couple of embossing folders and some more of the papermania hand made glitter paper. I'm entering my card into these challenges:
That's another one I can cross off my list! Thank you for visiting today.

Holly Fairy

Good morning bloggers - another Christmas card today. This one features the Holly Fairy by Ching-chou Kuik that was part of a prize I won a few weeks ago. I've coloured her with pro markers and used crystal stickles on her wing and platinum stickles on her hair. I must admit that it wasn't until after I had coloured the background that it occurred to me that I might struggle with papers! Fortunately, two earth tones ones came to my rescue. The large piece is from the Abstract 2 earth tones collection and the central strip is from the Embossed Dots earth tones collection and I used a couple of strips of the papermania hand made glitter paper to give it a lift. I've embellished with a robo die cut for the greeting and a couple of 3D short petal  flowers printed onto the back of gold mirri with the platinum stickles in the centre. I wouldn't normally use these shades of green for Christmas, but I rather like how they worked. Sadly, all the lovely glitter isn't showing too well in the photo.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for calling by today and I hope you are having a good one.


I got this Humphrey's Corner stamp free with a magazine a few weeks ago and finally got around to using it. I've coloured it with promarkers and stickles and cut it out with a nesties label. the main bp is from the Crinkled Collections at Crafty Ann's. I seem to be getting worse when it comes to getting a good photo though and I've no idea why! In real life there is some lovely gold stickles at the top right hand corner and the image and mat are sitting on a lovely piece of handmade papermania glitter paper - but could I get a photo to show them? Could I fudge!! I hope you can get the idea all the same though. I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Helping The Economy At Christmas!

This has to be my favourite Kenny K image and she has appeared on more than one of my cards this year so I decided to do something a little different and create a girly shopping trip. I flipped one of the images to face the other way so that they looked less like a chorus girl line up, lol! As soon as I saw how it looked with the three of them, I knew who this one would be going to.........a forum friend who has well and truly done her bit for the economy at the NEC over the weekend..........
I used one of the unlined journalling labels to create the mat they are on by paper piecing one of the gold papers into the shape and then overlaying it onto one of the smooth gold frames so that the frame provides the edge. The other two bps are from the new crinkled collection (all from CA) and the sentiment at the bottom is computer generated and the only embellishments are the home made gold mirri 'brads'. The topper and two pieces of red bp are raised from the card on foam pads which doesn't really show in the photo and neither does the crystal stickles I added to all the white parts of their clothing unfortunately but it does look lovely and sparkly in real life.
My card has been inspired by several challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, I appreciate your visit.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Let it Snow!

How are you coming along with your Christmas cards? I'm down to needing less than 10! It's been fabulous making them all year for different challenges - they're as much of a pleasure as they should be and all different which is even better.
This one is for several challenges and I'll tell you about those in a moment. First I'll tell you what I've used. The two bps are from the gold collection and the polished stone collection. The gold one is 8x8 which makes it very easy to resize to fit onto a 6x6 without having to cut any of the design away. The white mat is made from white pearlescent paper cut out using the robo before putting it through an embossing folder. This one is a new one and a new company to me too. It's made by efco and the embossing is lovely and deep. The snowman snowglobe is from a pre-coloured sheet and I've re-sized the star from the gold embellishments sheet and added them to the base in my graphics program before I printed it off. The text is computer generated. The two snowflakes were part of a challenge prize I won recently and are from Kanban.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
I hope your day is going well, thank you for calling by.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Floral Frenzy

Another fortnight has whizzed by at the speed of light and here we are with another challenge at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog.
This time our theme is Floral Frenzy. This card changed so many times during the process of making it, it's untrue - and I'm still not sure how I feel about it to be honest. I've used the silver version of Butterfly 1, overlaid it onto a piece of digital paper then used the dodge tool in photoshop to do some faux 'bleaching'. It's a lovely effect. I cut it out and shaped the body and wings before attaching it with pinflair glue. I was originally going to place it onto a very large version of the 3D Short Petal Flower, but as I was laying out card, I decided I didn't like it so created the cluster instead. I used the petals from the 3 layers of the large flower to create a border instead and that's the bit I'm not sure of. The blue bp is from the new Crinkled Papers Collection 2. Everything is available from Crafty Ann's.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
  • Southern Girls - to be inspired by a song (Love is like a butterfly)
  • Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes
  • PTW - Anything goes + a bit of bling or sparkle. (although it doesn't show too clearly in the pic, the blue bp is matted onto a piece of papermania glittered hand made paper)
  • Raise the Bar - No embellishments (as in 'hardware' embellies but paper ones are allowed)
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll get the chance to join us at CACB this fortnight.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Wishing on a Star

Good afternoon everyone, I have another card for the Christmas box today. I'm loving the CAS look, especially for Christmas cards so have gone with it again. I've used the star and bow from the gold embellishments sheet and the round ornament from the gold ornaments sheet - both from the metallics range - to create the topper. I've mounted both with 3D foam pads to give them dimension. The photo doesn't show it too well, but I've also added diamond stickles to the centre design of the ornament. The large die cut it's all sitting on was cut out using the robo and put through the swiss dots embossing folder. The sentiment is the free cover stamp with the Craft Stamper magazine that will be in the shops on friday (I subscribe) which I stamped with versamark and embossed with gold detail ep.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

I hope your Christmas cards are coming along nicely too :o)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sweet Dreams!

I'm one of the few to have resisted the allure of the kindle - I still love to get a real book in my hand and I've been meaning to make myslef a new bookmark for ages. I've had a fancy for making a corner one seeing as I haven't done one before and when I saw this lovely image that's part of the package for round 5 of the first progressive challenge on CDAC it seemed perfect because I always read before going to sleep. The image is by Just Some Lines and I've digitally paper pieced the bear and used stickles stardust on the cloud, halo and wing. I did the die cut on the robo and layered both things up onto a piece of lilac (yes really!) glitter card. It's really rather lovely in real life and I'm looking forward to using it tonight :)

I'm also entering my bookmark into these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Christmas Bunny

This is for round 5 of the 1st Progressive Challenge at CDAC and I'm just getting my entry in by the skin of my teeth this time! I've used the lovely Christmas Bunny from Digis by Phooka and coloured using a mixture of digital paper piecing and Promarkers. I think this image is lovely for a child so have kept the rest of it very simple. The papers are all from Crafty Ann's and the sentiment is computer generated. The mat the bunny is sitting on is one of the unlined journalling labels. I'm also entering my card into these challenges ;

Thank you for your visit today :o)

Thursday, 27 October 2011

It's a Man's Christmas!

Good morning bloggers - last minute dash to make the Bah! Humbug! Challenge this week which is to make a Christmas card for a man. I've used one of the new crinkle papers and one of the polished stone papers for this one. The image is just a new one in the shop, Narrow Boat Scene. I've made the picture a sepia tone by changing the colour of the image itself and sponging with several shades of inks. Then I added some diamond stickles to give it a bit of Christmas sparkle although that doesn't show too well on the pic. I've had the idea for this in my head since the weekend, but getting it out of there proved to be a pain - I got there in the end though!
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Friday, 21 October 2011

CACB #52

Another fortnight has gone whizzing past and we're at Challenge #52 at Crafty Ann's - this time our theme is Clean and Simple. I've done quite a few CAS cards lately, and they are growing on me but I think they can be especially useful at Christmas time when we have a lot to make and also to try to keep postage down a bit. For this one I've used a piece of papermania gold hand made glitter paper for the base layer and the faux brads, then I've layered up two of the new crinkle papers from collection 1 and a scalloped mat. The image is the Christmas Garland that I've part paper pieced and part hand coloured. The sentiment is computer generated. I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for visiting today and I do hope you'll get the chance to join us this fortnight.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Bearing Gifts

I was fortunate to win a lovely prize in a recent Creative Craft Challenge. The prize was a goody bag from Just Tracys Crafts. I don't think I've ever had a prize arrive so quickly, so thank you Tracy! A lovely goody bag it was too, introducing me to a couple of ranges that are new to me. My prize consisted of a Wild Rose Studio paper pack (Wintry Christmas), a Wild Rose Studio clear stamp and a pack of Kanban self adhesive snowflake stickers. The snowflakes are white in real life by the way - I have no idea why they have a pinky tone in the photo, especially as the other colours are true! I've used some of everything I received on this card. I chose three of the lovely co-ordinating papers to create the woven corner and added stickles to the dots. The lovely stamped image was coloured with promarkers and I used the same star dust stickles on her hat and frosted lace stickles created the snow. I then cut the image out with a nesties die. The sentiment is from a See D's set and was stamped with Brilliance pearlescent lavender ink. I thoroughly enjoyed making this and learned something along the way - colouring the image while trying to watch Australia v The All Blacks in a rugby world cup semi-final leads to the necessity to stamp another image and start again!!!! lol!

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today - see you tomorrow! :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Santa's Treats

I'm in real Christmas card mode at the moment - this is the first of 3 Christmas cards I've got done over the last 3 days. I'll be entering it into 3 challenges but the first one I'm going to mention is Bah! Humbug! where the theme is Christmas Food. The only stamps I have that feature Christmas food are very small ones so I decided to draw a new digi to fill the gap. I've called this one Santa's Treats with his mince pie and a drop of egg nog. He's been very polite too and left a note of thanks! This last bit comes from my past - when my daughters were small, my Dad came over each Christmas eve after they had gone to bed to put their presents under the tree, and ate the mince pie and drank the wee tot of rum they left out for Santa as they went upstairs, then left a note of thanks in Santa's name. My mother was always the one to write birthday cards etc, so they didn't know his handwriting. They used to look for the note that was left on the plate with the crumbs and the remnants of the rum when we went downstairs on Christmas morning and were always thrilled when they found it!
The main bp is from the 8x8 Gold Collection and the other two are from the new Crinkle Collections. The central mat has been created using one of the unlined journalling labels and backed with a piece of hand made glitter paper from papermania - the photo isn't doing this paper justice I have to say - the sparkle is fabulous. The sentiment is computer generated and added to the gold bp before printing and the only other embellishments are the 3 home made 'brads' that I punched out of a scrap of the glitter paper. Everything apart from the glitter paper is from Crafty Ann's.
The other two challenges my card is for are:

Thank you for dropping by today. :o)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Teen Birthday

This one is for our Granddaughter's 14th Birthday. I do find teenager cards can be quite difficult - it's striking the balance between too young and too old I think. I've been rescued this year by a lovely stamp by Elaine Cox that I won in a Sweetpea Stampers Challenge a couple of weeks ago. Isn't she lovely? Perfect for a 14yr old I think. I've coloured her with promarkers and added a touch of glitter with a clear sakura sparkly pen although this doesn't show up too well in the photo. My bp's are all from Crafty Ann's - the brown and orange from the Polished Stone collections and one of the crinkle collections that aren't in the shop just yet but will be by the end of the week. The text was done in photoshop and added to the brown bp before printing it off. The only embellishment is the 3D short petal flower in the top right hand corner. I've just used one layer this time though. I printed it onto the back of the gold mirri and have added some tiny papermania adhesive shimmer dots to the centre. I've also used one of the next size up of the shimmer dots to give her an earring.

Challenges entered:

Thank you for visiting :o)

Monday, 10 October 2011

Mystical Halloween

I don't usually make Halloween cards, but this is my second for this year and I've really enjoyed making them both. The backing papers are new ones that I've been working on and normally I wouldn't use just the one design in different colours like this but on this card they seem to go with the mystical quality I was after for this one. This is one of the images we received for the 4th round of the first progressive challenge over on CDAC. It's a Delicious Doodles image and I love it. The shaped mat she's sitting on is from the unlined journalling tags sheet as is the sentiment plaque. I paper pieced it and digitally 'sponged' around the edges with brown to distress it slightly which was good fun to do. Then I decided to experiment - I printed the backing mat and uncoloured image off on glossy photo paper so that I could colour with promarkers. I wasn't sure whether this would work because I have some silk finish photopaper that doesn't like promarkers at all. As it happens, I like the effect on this paper, but because it dries so quickly you need to work fast and you can't blend the colours in the usual way. On the upside though, you don't need more than one colour to do the shading! You aren't left with a glossy finish, but the textured finish you do get is a nice contrast and the colours are still very vibrant. I don't have a dark purple pm so the hair and shoes are a combination of amethyst and cool grey 5.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by :o)

Halloween Mischief!

Well my lovely little muse has struck again! As soon as his Nana shared a photo she took of him in his pumpkin suit, I couldn't resist and the pencil and paper had to come out and Halloween Mischief! was born! I used one of the unlined journalling tags as a mat and distressed the edges by sponging with brown. I used the same tag for the greeting, just making it smaller. The main bp is from the black & orange collection and the side panel is some orange card with a fine corrugation that I've had in my stash for ages and that I backed with some back card to create a narrow border down the two long sides. I cut a swirl using a Marianne's die out of the same black and finished the design off with some faux brads. Tip: use a hole punch, a piece of foam and two embossing tools to create faux brads out of scraps of card stock. That way you can be sure of having the right colour to match your project - and if you get yourself a divided box, you can punch lots out of tiny scraps of precious card stock such as mirri so that you get as much as you can out of it.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today and for the lovely comments you leave, they are much appreciated.

Friday, 7 October 2011

The Holly And The Ivy

It's that time again already - Challenge #51 at CACB is to be inspired by a Christmas Song - any Christmas song! I couldn't get "the holly and the ivy" out of my head, I don't know why - it isn't a particular favourite but it stubbornly refused to budge! I don't have any ivy stamps or backing papers or dies so it was rather annoying - anyway, I eventually took the hint and decided to draw an ivy corner which is going into the shop as soon as I've posted this. What I've used with it are the pre-coloured holly wreath, one of the Christmas baubles and a bow from the embellishments sheet. (All from Crafty Ann's) The bauble and bow were coloured in photoshop and the ivy corner was coloured with promarkers (satin, forest green and pine). The greeting is a Humphrey's corner stamp that was part of a free set from a recent magazine and I've distressed the main base layer at the edges.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today and I do hope you'll get the time to join us this fortnight.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Upside Down Post!

This is one of those posts that I do back to front and show you the picture further down so that it minimises the chances of hubby seeing it if I inadvertently leave the page open on my computer. I've got in early with his Chrismas card this year!
I've had a few people tell me that they'd like to see the poinsettia with script and border image that I used in the last post in more detail because those I used for those cards were small to keep the sketch right. I hope you'll be able to see this one okay. I've used the predominantly red version here but it also comes as a predominantly green version. The background behind the script is clear so that you can put it over any digi paper you want to or print it onto any coloured paper you have in your stash. I've put one of the sheets from the 8x8 Gold Collection behind it and used one of the others for the base card. I placed it so that the gold paper looks like a mat behind the main image and then matted it onto a piece of mirri card leaving a very narrow 2mm border.  I cropped the same image so that I had just the poinsettia and some of the script to minimise waste and printed it off another two times so that I could decoupage it which gives the card lovely dimension. The red paper is from the woodgrain brights collection and I've matted all three pieces onto gold mirri too. (There are 3 pieces but it isn't so easy to see that in the photo because of the flowers. The flowers are the 3D Short Petal and have been printed onto the back of the gold mirri before cutting out. The sentiment is computer generated and the only embellishments are the papermania glittery dome stickers and the two stickles glues in the middle of the flowers and the poinsettia.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Take Two!

My offerings today are very much CAS! I'm beginning to realise that I haven't appreciated the creative freedom that CAS can give us and it's fab for Christmas cards when we have so many to make. The challenge at Less is More this week is a Sketch and when I first looked at it, I thought I'd never pull it off without the recipient checking the envelope to see what had fallen off! I knew it could be done because of the fabulous samples done by Chrissie and Mandi - I just didn't think that I could pull it off. (What a wuss!! You could be forgiven for thinking I was brand new to card making instead of having been making them in all sorts of different styles  for 8 years!)
Working on the basis of 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' I decided to go for it and these are what I came up with. When I showed the card with the red poinsettia last week, it got a very good response so I've come up with these two that have the faux embossed border and a script background - this script is different to the one used on the Gold and Silver versions. One being predominantly red and the other predominantly green. They have just gone into the shop today. They are png files so you can overlay them onto digital bp before printing them off if you want to. I overlaid these onto one of the sheets from the 8x8 Gold collection, then resized to just 6cm x 6cm. I love this aspect of digis, whether I want the image to take up the entire front of and 8x8 card or just a small area on a 6x6, I can have it.  The sentiment is computer generated and printed directly onto linen effect card stock.
I'm also entering my cards into these challenges:

Thank you for visiting today.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

You Might Want Your Sunglasses!

I have another card using a Ching Chou Kuik image today. The image is coloured with promarkers (thank goodness for the new nibs!) and I've resisted the temptation to give it a mat which is unusual for me, but I'm trying to take myself out of my comfort zone more often because I think it's great for creativity. The main bp is from the mottled stone collection and the brown one of from the embossed hearts collection. The orange piece has been on my stash since the year dot - It has a nice, very fine corrugation to it but I don't use orange very often so we have another step outside the old comfort zone! The third step is the distressing, something else that doesn't seem to come naturally to me - it does help to give the layers texture though and I do seem to be getting better at it. I don't have a 'proper' distressing tool but my thread cutter for embroidery silks seems to do a decent job although I probably won't be able use it for cutting anything else now........... 
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Fortunately this card is destined for someone who loves bright colours!

Friday, 23 September 2011


I'm sure these weeks are speeding up as the year goes by! I can't believe it's a whole fortnight since our last challenge at CACB but another one is here already. This time our theme is Around the World so I have gone to what is probably my favourite country, Italy. I've used Venetian Mask 2 and digitally paper pieced it. Even the shiny bits that you can see are digital papers. After I paper pieced the gold and shiny blue parts (they weren't shiny when I first did it) I played around in photoshop with bevel and embossing and such like which is what made them shiny. It's worth having a play with whatever graphics program you have to see what you can do with it - you may get some pleasant surprises. I created the 3 dp's especially to compliment this mask but they've had a good response from the DT so they could well find their way into collections in the not too distant. I've distressed the edges - something I normally shy away from so goodness only knows why I decided to do it this time! I do like the result though, which could well be a first. The stitching is faux - done with a pokey tool and a promarker and again is something I normally shy away from, I think our last challenge must have got to me, lol! The Italia text is computer generated and the only embellishment is a feather. All in all, I really enjoyed making it and am going to share it with these challenges too:
I hope you'll join us in taking a trip around the world from the comfort of your craft space this fortnight.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Whiter Than White!

Good afternoon bloggers, here I am again with another CAS card. I've used a lovely stamp by Ching Chou Kuik and coloured it using promarkers. The new ultra fine nibs that you can get to fit over the existing bullet nibs are ideal for detailed stamps like this and I've been really indulgent with myself and used my two favourite colours here - the gorgeous turquoise shades and the lovely lilac shades. If you're interested, I created the mottled look to the background by going all over the area with a blender pen first then adding my colour while it was still wet, then using the blender pen again in a circular  motion each time. I then cut the image out with a nesties label die. I'm loving white on white atm so I decided to do some paper weaving using white pearlescent paper strips and to give them more texture and definition, I've used 4 different cuttlebug folders to create two pieces for the diagonally opposite corners. I finished it simply with daisies punched from the same pearlescent white and added a tiny pearl to the centre of each. I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for visiting today.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Here We Go Again......

I think you might be able to guess where this one is headed!! lol! That's right, it's another for the girls' 1,000 target and Less is More. CAS cards are ideal for Christmas I think because I don't like coming up with one design and making all my Christmas cards to that one design so I can still make lots of different designs and get enough made. This one uses a cuttlebug embossing folder, and a gold ornament and star from the metallics range. I've added glitter peel offs around the edge of the embossing just to give it definition. I've had these peel offs a while, I bought quite a few because I liked them (unusually for me) but have found that they peel back off again pretty quickly so stopped using them for ages. I've got round it now though by drawing a line of glue with a Quickie pen and adding the peel off to that so I'm a happy bunny and can get them used up. There is more glitter too - I've picked out some of the embossing with stickles frosted lace but this is a very subtle glitter and doesn't show too well in the photo. The other challenges I'm entering my card into are:
Hope your day is a good one!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Another LiM Card!

If you'd said to me a week ago that I'd be gaily turning out CAS cards like I am this week, I'd have found you a darkened room to lie down in!! I seem to be developing a taste for them though. It started out because I wanted to try and help the girls at Less is More reach their 1,000 target, but the more I'm doing, the more I'm enjoying it. I've always liked them when other people have shown them on their blogs but just couldn't seem to get them right myself - it just goes to show that anyone can improve with practice! lol! This is entry #3 from me and is very simple. I've used my favourite corner flourish stamp and embossed with detail gold ep then picked out various parts to add some wee dabs of diamond stickles to. The Butterfly is the gold embossed effect from the Butterfly 2 sheet and I've digitally paper pieced it and added more of the diamond stickles. I cut two out so that I could add a second layer of just the body and two top wings - this makes all the difference to it when you see it in real life. I think I could have made the butterfly a bit bigger, although I don't think it would want to be too much bigger than this. I'm also entering these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by and I'll be back with another one soon........

Sunday, 18 September 2011

LIM again...

Here is the third card I promised you! WOW! Three in one day - of course it might be Friday before you see another one.......
This one is also for the 1,000 attempt at Less is More.......the only thing is that I'm not sure that it qualifies on account of most of the white space being on a layer. I'll let the girls decide and if they say no, they can remove it. I enjoyed making it anyhow so I'll tell you what's what and which other challenges it's for. The image is from Just Inklined and is one of the 5 images for round three if the 1st progressive challenge over at CDAC. I coloured the image with promarkers and cut it out so that it was at the top of the panel then emossed the lower half with a new embossing folder and embossed two straight lines with my score board so that I could stamp the greeting between them - and that is basically it other than a blue mat to help make it 'pop'. These CAS cards are starting to grow on me I think! I'm also entering it into these challenges:

Swirly Christmas

Here is the second post I promised you in my previous post. It's been inspired by several challenges starting with Bah! Humbug! This week the girls want to see flourishes or swirls. This stamp from Sheena Douglass is one of my favourites and I've embossed with halo gold ep which has a lovely sparkle to it. As I've also been inspired by the Limettes at Less is More, the only other thing I've added is this Poinsettia with script and faux embossed border from Crafty Ann's. It is available in both gold and silver but I've been having a bit of a play with other colours which is why this one is red. I have to admit that the jury is still out as to whether it will find it's way into the shop so feel free to leave your thoughts if you wish. Back to the Limettes - as the girls now have over 1,000 followers they thought it might be fun to see if they could reach 1,000 entries this week so I'm doing my bit to help. This is the first of two I've got made - what have you done to me girls?????? The theme is Anything Goes as long as it's CAS. I also had Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge in mind which is why I opted for the sparkly ep because Hazel wants to see sparkle (and what is Christmas without it??) ABC Christmas want something beginning with S so I've gone with swirls and MWATT also want sparkle - there is some extra sparkle with the diamond stickles in the centre of the poinsettia too.

That's quite a lot of bases covered for one CAS card I think!

Let's Celebrate!

Good afternoon bloggers, thank you for dropping by today. I've been a busy little bee and this may even be the first post of three today!! This card is for my B-I-L's birthday. He likes his x-box and other stuff like that so this image from Mo Manning is perfect for him. I've even coloured the chair appropriately although the skin tone won't be quite right seeing as he and my sister have just come back from cruising the western mediterranean! The flash has bleached the skin tone out on this anyway, it's slightly darker in real life. I've kept the card very simple - the two bps are from the polished stone collections and the text is computer generated and added to the two brown pieces before printing off. I've used sketch #7 from Sketch 'n' Stash because this fortnight they have given us the freedom to choose any from their past catalogue. I've had the image for a year and only used it once so I think it qualifies for neglected stash!

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

I'm off now to make hubby a coffee - poor soul is in the process of trying to replace the garage roof but the weather isn't playing at all nice! There's no choice but to get it done before winter sets in though :(
I'll try to get back with the other two I promised but if I don't, I'll do them tomorrow.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Seeing Double!

I'm gonna let you into a little secret - just don't tell anyone else, okay? Good - one layer cards TERRIFY me! I'm not kidding, I've only just finished breathing into the paper bag....... I have to confess that I do like me layers! Making this one has stretched me though, and that's a good thing - in fact I could have entered it into our current challenge at CACB, lol!
I've coloured the Faberge Style egg in photoshop and given both some depth and dimension with drop shadows and bevel and embossing. The friendship sentiment and brads were also created in photoshop and are lovely and shiny in real life. I do like how it has turned out, but am still fighting with myself not to add something else to give it physical dimension.
I'm entering it into these challenges:

I don't know whether I'll ever be totally converted to one layer cards but I do like the CAS look, so you never know.........

It seemed like a good idea.... the time - honest, it did! The current challenge at Bah! Humbug! is paper weaving - something I haven't done for ages but always enjoyed. This time I decided to do something a bit different and see if I could do it digitally in photoshop. This is because I'm determined to learn how to use as much of what photoshop has to offer as I can. The end result I am thrilled with, but by 'eck I could've made a couple of dozen in the same time doing it the old fashioned way! I'll be quicker next time I want to do it because I know what I'm doing now - says she more in hope than confidence! All the papers are from Crafty Ann's as is the central topper which is the silver Poinsettia with script and 'embossed' edge from the new Metallics Range (don't forget these are on  bogof until the end of the month). I printed it out twice (cropping it so that I didn't have to waste ink printing what I didn't need) and cut out the poinsettia to layer it up. I've backed this with silver mirri card to give the card a little more oomph - well, it is for Christmas! I've finished it off with some silver glitter peel offs in the two corners and one in the middle of the poinsettia. I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today.

Friday, 9 September 2011

CACB #49

Another fortnight has rolled around again already and it's time for challenge #49 at Crafty Ann's. This time we want you to make yourself uncomfortable - do something you'd normally shy away from. When I first started this scrapbook page, it was intended for the scallops challenge last month but it ended up taking me well out of my comfort zone and there was only one to put it in!! I've created a digital scrapbook page and had set myself the challenge of doing one without the aid of a dedicated scrapbooking program and creating it solely in a graphics program. The dedicated programs are great because they have different elements and papers already built into them and you can buy others to add to them. You can use any digital papers and elements though and like I have done here, use a graphics progam which is a great way to see if digital scrapbooking is for you before you lay out your hard earned on a specific program. What took me out of my comfort zone was learning how to create the scalloped edges I wanted and once I had mastered that, I had a ball! The new metallics range was created with digital as well as actual scrapbookers and card makers in mind so they were ideal. I've just used gold here because I've been wanting to creating a sepia version of our wedding album ever since I finished the coloured one 4 years ago and I just never seem to find the time and although I'll eventually make a 'real' one, in the meantime I can enjoy creating a digital one.
I've used 3 papers from the 8x8 gold paper pack, and 1 each from the polished stone and embossed hearts earth tones collections.The hearts and winged hearts are from the Gold Embellishments sheet. I put the photo behind the smooth version of frame #2 and one of the great things about a digi is that I could fiddle about with the shape slightly so that it suits the bits of the photo I don't want to lose. I used the textured version of the same frame  to create a plaque for my journalling and as you can see, I've made the size and shape suit the text. I've re-sized and added another two of the hearts to look like heart shaped brads.

Creating this has given me a lot of pleasure so I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone too - you never know what it might open up for you! I'm also entering my page into these challenges:

Do pop over and see the inspiration from the rest of the team, they have produced some stunning work despite (or maybe because of?) being uncomfortable, and I hope you'll share your inspiration with us too.

Thursday, 8 September 2011


This is for a rather special lady but I won't say any more than that in case she reads my blog before she opens it. I've used the new Mischief! digi and coloured it by digitally paper piecing the floor, wall and basket and have used promarkers for the rest. I sat the image into one of the smooth silver frames from the new metallics range and used one of the other smooth silver frames for the sentiment which is computer generated. I've embellished with white punched daisies that I've added pearls to, Marianne Designs flourishes cut from silver mirri card and home made 'card candy' made from the same silver mirri. I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

May the Spirit of Christmas.....

The current theme at Bah! Humbug! is to make the sentiment the focal point of the design. When I want to do this I ALWAYS reach for this stamp. I must have had it for a good 8 years now and it finds it's way either onto or inside almost every Christmas card I make. It's made by PSX and unfortunately I don't know whether it's still available - but you'd have to fight me for mine!! lol! I've stamped with versamark and embossed with gold fine detail ep. The bow and bauble are both from Crafty Ann's and I've given the outlines a gold embossed look digitally and used a gold twine to join the two. This is probably the cleanest and simplest Christmas card I've ever made but I do rather like it. I'm also entering it into:

Thank you for dropping by today :o)

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Progressive part 2!

We're on to round two of the current progressive challenge on CDAC and once again we have 5 images to play with. This time they all have a back to school theme but as I don't have a need for anything back to school, I decided to make a card to go with a present of a book. I've used this cute digi from Jen's digi stamps and got the distinct impression that the little fella couldn't wait for me to finish the card so he could get on with his book!!
I had a fancy to go with an autumnal look because I love the colours of the season even if it has come around before we've even had summer this year!! My only embellishments are the gold short petal flowers and the textured 'brads' that I'm playing around with. The jury is still out as to whether I like them though I must admit. I've used two bps from the mottled stone collections and one from the embossed dots collection.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Here come the girls!

When I saw the current challenge of 'Here Come The Girls' at Bah! Humbug! my favourite Kenny K image just had to come out again. I used one of the unlined journalling tags to create a nested style shape and played about with it in photoshop and came up with that rather interesting effect - don't know if I can ever repeat it, but rather liked it as a backdrop for this lovely image. The dp is from the embossed stars brights collection and I've simple teamed this with some bright white that I also made the faux 'brads' from. I coloured the main image in photoshop and have added some stardust stickles to all the white 'furry' bits and also to the faux 'brads'. The text is computer generated. I really enjoyed making this and was inspired by several other challenges too:

That's another one into the Christmas box, and I must say that this is a much more civilised and pleasurable way of getting them done rather than a last minute dash!