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.