Friday, 29 November 2013

CD Sunday - F is for ...

The challenge at CD Sunday this week is "F is For". I'm having trouble with my printer at the moment and my "administrator" is away until Sunday so I've had to rely on images that I've already printed. Luckily I found this little cutie from the Morehead CD and decided that F is for Friends. The backing paper is from the First Edition Spring Drop pad and is so pretty with a lovely glittery effect so I didn't want to add too much to the card. I've matted the image onto a snippet of blue card and the sentiment is from Stampin Up's Language of Friendship set and stamped onto a snippet from my of white card and cut with a Nestie and inked to make a frame

I'm also entering this into Pixie's Snippets Playground. It's Di's 100th week and her target of 60 entries has been well and truly smashed - well done Miss. And thanks for all the time you put into the playground and in keeping us under control - never an easy job x

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Golf - It Takes Balls

I love these Huge Woodware stamps - this one is huge Golf which comes with five additional sentiments. I've stamped the GOLF onto white card and cut out with a Nestie. I've then used Bundled Sage and Faded Jeans distress inks to frame it. There's a great tutorial for this on the Technique Time Tuesday blog as it's there technique of the month. The letters have been stamped and embossed with clear powder onto various snippets of card and paper and cut out and stuck onto the main card. The O is embossed with the Swiss Dots folder before sticking on. The backing papers are from a Crafts too pack which is a great pack for masculine cards although it is a little dark. The sentiment is from the same stamp set  and cut with a Nestie and again framed with the distress ink

I'm entering this into the following challenges
Technique Time Tuesday - Faux Frame Technique
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Snippets
Here Come The Boys - Sentiments Only
Cards For Men - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Cuttlebug Mania Tuesday - Be Thankful

It's time for another challenge at Cuttlebug Mania and this time we want you to make a card/project for Thanksgiving or to say Thank You and use the colours Orange Brown & Yellow

I must admit that I struggled  little with this one but I'm quite pleased with the outcome. I've used the Darice folder Assorted Leaves on the backing card. It wasn't wide enough for the square card so I've used some snippets of brown card to add some stripes to the left of the card The image is from the Tilly Daydream Ultimate pack and backed onto orange card. I've used a snippet of orange card to make the sentiment. It's cut with a Framelit die and embossed with a mini Cuttlebug folder and then sanded lightly. The swirl and foliage are cut with Marianne dies from more snippets so I'm also showing this at Pixie's Snippets Playground where Miss is celebrating 100 years weeks of being in charge

So pop over to the Cuttlebug Mania blog and see what the other girls have created. And don't forget you have two weeks to enter

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Simply Square for CD Sunday

The theme at CD Sunday this week is Simply Square and I've used this layout from Sketch Saturday

I've started off with a square card base and the image and backing papers are from the Faye Whittaker Collection - I thought they were perfect for the square challenge. The image looked like a painting so I've printed it on linen cardstock to give it some texture and mounted it onto some blue and yellow card and trimmed the yellow card with a Fiskars border punch. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's Itty Bitty Banners and cut with the matching die. The little boat is from a Cuttlekids Transportation die set. Some yellow and white bakers twine finish it off

Monday, 18 November 2013

House Mouse & Friends Favourite Things

It's time for another challenge at House Mouse & Friends and this is my second project as Guest Design Team member and the challenge this week is Favourite Things.

It was a tough choice as there are lots of  cute cat images on the CDs but I've chosen to use the owl decoupage from Joanna Sheen's Best Friends set. I've made an easel card so that the foliage extends above the card base. Various dies have been used to cut the pine cones and leaves all out of snippets of green and brown card so I'll be taking this over to Pixie's Snippets Playground. The sentiment is by Stampin Upand cut out with Stampin Up punches

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Sunday Sketch & Stamp

It's time for another challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp and this week it's Anne-Marie's turn to give us a sketch

For my card I've used the winter stamp from Stampin Up's Four Seasons set. I've stamped it with Versamark and embossed with white powder and inked over it with Ballet Blue ink. The four squares are done in the same way using another Stampin Up set - Snowflake Soiree. the sentiment is from the same set. I really love how this turned out and will be making more of these. I've added some gems to the middle of the snowflakes rather than the corners but I'm sure Anne-Marie will forgive me

Thursday, 14 November 2013

CD Sunday Pennant Parade

The challenge at CD Sunday this week is to use pennants on your card. I've used an image and backing paper from Joanna Sheen's Messy Rabbit CD. Not quite seasonal but it has made me smile in the cold weather we're having at the moment. I've dceoupaged the flip flops and added some die cut shellsfrom snippets of yellow card and highlighted the embossed parts. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's Pennant Parade

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Cuttlebug Mania Tuesday - Use An Envelope

We have a new challenge for you today at Cuttlebug Mania and this time we'd like to see an envelope on your card. For the base of my card I've used a Cheery Lynn Stepper Card die. I was so pleased to get this as I love stepper cards but can never be bothered with all the measurements particularly as I usually get them wrong and it ends up wonky. I did hear that they have stopped making this die but I'm not certain

I've embossed a piece of white card with the Darice Wings folder and cut it to size with the die. The side and bottom panels are embossed with a butterfly folder that was free with a magazine a little while ago and again cut to size with the dies. The little vellum envelope is one I've had in my stash for years. I had toyed with getting the Marianne die but I've got about 30 of these little ones already cut so I resisted. The butterflies are cut with the Stampin Up Beautiful Wings Embosslit from scrap of the purple card. I've lightly coloured some of the embossed butterflies with purple gilding wax although the sheen doesn't show in the picture. A few white pearls to some of the butterflies and some purple ones to the white card and it is finished

Friday, 8 November 2013

Technique Twist - Inlaid Embossing

The current challenge at Technique Twist is Inlaid Embossing. This didn't quite turn out how I had intended. I've made quite a few cards with black on recently so there were lots of black snippets on my desk so I've used these and two Marianne dies to cut some leave which I glued around the edges. I wanted to use my embossing diffuser but the sandwich wouldn't go through as both the cream and black card were thick and I didn't want to break my Bug. Instead I've embossed the whole thing with a Cuttlebug folder from the Give A Hoot set. Of course, I was going to stamp directly onto the card but as I didn't use the diffuser, I've stamped onto some scrap card with Versafine (the stamp is by Inkyliscious). I've then cut it with Netsies and layered it onto another piece of black card

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Stripey for CD Sunday

The challenge at CD Sunday this week is Stripey and I've followed this sketch from Friday Sketch

Now thinking this should be easy, I grabbed the CD nearest to me on the shelf hoping there would be something suitable. The first thing that came to me when I opened Joanna Sheen's Furry Friends CD is this gorgeous tiger - doesn't he look regal in that pose. I've used some backing paper from my stash which goes with it well. The strip down the middle is punched with a Martha Stewart punch and I've added some stripey bakers twine across the middle. The gems are from a Papermania Art Deco pack and that's the card finished

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

All Aboard

My OH's niece is leaving work to travel the world for a year - how exciting for her. We're going to give her some money towards her journey as it is something that we would have liked to do at her age but were never brave enough. I never think if her as a girly girl so I've made her a quick card with the All Aboard papers. I've added a strip of washi tape towards the bottom and some bakers twine with a little airplane

LIM - Fireworks

The theme this week at Simply Less Is More is Fireworks and there is this Inspirational photo to work with

I wasn't going to enter but then I bought this Tando Creative mask called Ink Splatters and thought it would be perfect

I've placed it over some black card and used a glue pen through the holes. Once dry, I've used some red, green, blue and gold foils. The sentiment is by Craftwork Cards and layered onto a Nesities spirelli die cut from red mirror card. The colours really don't show up well and nor does the shine on the mirror card

Monday, 4 November 2013

House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge

I was chuffed to bits to be asked to be a guest designer for the House Mouse and Friends challenge. And then I saw the first of my challenges - Anything But A Card. Now I do like altered art but it tends to be a bit too grungy for the cute little meeses. Then I remembered this box that OH keeps his seeds in and decided it needed a makeover

I printed off some papers from the House Mouse CD from the In The Garden section and covered the box. There were lots of images to choose from but thinking about the original use of the box, I thought these catnip images were just perfect

I've made 4 tabs with card from cereal boxes covered with snippets of backing paper. The tops are cut with my envelope punch board. I've not put labels on the tabs yet as I don't know what OH wants

Some garden string tied around the top of the box and on the tag on the end

OH was very pleased with it but wants another one so he can keep the flower and vegetable seeds separate. And because I used snippets of backing paper for the tabs, I'm going to take this over to Pixie's Snippets Playground

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Sunday Sketch & Stamp Week 181

It's time for another Sunday Sketch & Stamp challenge and it's Carole's turn to give us a sketch this week and this is what she has given us to play with

For my card I've used a Stella image from Bugaboo who are this weeks sponsors. I've coloured her with Promarkers and use a Sakura Stardust pen on the cake, glasses and candle. The backing papers are from the Bloom & Grow pack by My Mind's Eye. The candle is cut with a Marianne die and a few gems finish off the card. I'm also entering this into the I Love Promarkers challenge which is Anything Goes