Thursday, 31 December 2009

Crafty Calendar Challenge DT card

It's time for another Crafty Calendar Challenge and this time the theme is "Keeping warm" with the added option of "texture".
I don't know what the weather is like where you are but here,in Northern Ireland,we have just had some fresh snow after most of it cleared away yesterday so we really do need to keep warm!

I've used one of my own drawings again for this challenge (Jenny on the sofa) and the paper is DCWV Retro prints which I've folded to make a roman blind complete with a little tassel(bead).
I've coloured with Promarkers(no surprise there!) and added some flocking to her jumper for "warmth".
I've used a little faux fur as a rug so I think she definitely is keeping warm!.
Hopefully you will be able to see that I've tried to make this look like a scene through a window...

Wednesday, 30 December 2009


I've never entered the Sketch and Stash challenge before but when I saw the great sketch i knew just what I was going to do with it.I had already noticed the theme on Corrosive Challenges was New Year Resolutions and I've been told I need to relax more and not work so hard so I'm using "Bunny Bathtime" from my own range a Passion for Stamps along with some of my new Christmas goodies.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Basic Grey and Mojo Monday

It's a bit difficult to get into the way of making cards again after Christmas even though I got some lovely new things to use. I got several craft magazines which I don't usually buy so I've taken a while to browse and hopefully I'll have some new ideas.
This card is made using the colours from Basic Grey (Pink,blue and cream) and the sketch from Mojo Monday
I've used one of my own range of stamps A Passion for Stamps. This one is Orchid
Happy New Year to one and all!! Ruth

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Colour Create Challenge

I really can't believe I'm actually posting a card on my blog on Christmas Eve!I thought I'd finished them all and then my brother arrived looking for a card for his wife so I made this one in the colours of the Colour Create challenge ..BURGUNDY,PINK and IVORY.
I've used my own drawing of two labrador puppies and some gorgeous embossed paper from the Kars Christmas collection.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all my followers a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Sponsoring Allsorts Challenge

Good morning! I know some of you will have seen this card before but as I am sponsoring the Allsorts challenge blog this week I thought I'd show you my favourite card using the two stamps which I'm offering as the prize this week.

Double challenge card

I have made 2 cards this week using the MojoMonday sketch. The first is a Christmas card using a really cute image sent to me by my lovely friend Tara and the other is a little change from my usual type of card because it has no stamped image at all.
The top card also fits the Pink Elephant challenge as the theme there is "Winter and/or Christmas
I'll add the details later as I'm in the usual rush at the moment,but thanks for looking and have a great weekend,Ruth

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Multi Challenge card

Sometimes I have lovely paper and don't really want to use it! I actually bought this Kars Xmas collection just for this pattern and I've looked at it for weeks now but at last I've decided to use it! The embossing detail is gorgeous but probably doesn't show up too well in the pic..
The image is Bently Bear by Adam Pescott and I've only added a few little pearls etc along with some white organza ribbon so as not to detract from the paper.
I have used the beautiful sketch from Friday Sketchers
,the colours from Stampin for the Weekend (blue and brown),
the theme from The Pink Elephant (winter and / or Christmas)
and the theme of snow(flakes) from Crazy4challenges.
That's all for now..we are celebrating a BIG birthday in our house today ....

Friday, 11 December 2009

Guest DT card...Allsorts and a couple of others

This is my Guest DT card for the Allsorts challenge where the theme this week is "pearls and swirls" . I am having a break from the mountain of Christmas cards with this one.
I used my "Andrea" stamp which you can find in the sidebar. All the stamps have been reduced in a pre Christmas sale so please check them out..
The papers are Basic Grey( Red Riding Hood ) and Making memories (Pearl swirl I Do)

The next card in the post doesn't fit with any challenges that I'm aware of but I wanted to include it here as it shows my kitten stamp used on a Christmas card.
This kitten is very adaptable and can be decoupaged to sit beside almost anything...

I'm getting myself ready to release some more of my designs as digi stamps in the New Year so if you keep an eye on this blog or become a follower of A Passion for Stamps you will be able to see them once they are ready.

I made another card which doesn't fit any challenges that I know of but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out (for a change) so I thought I'd include it in this post,too.

I drew the sheepdog and coloured him with Promarkers and "popped" him up on foam pads so he could look out the window I created with Nesties labels 2. When all that was lined up the rest is pretty straightforward but time consuming!

Another Christmas "box"

As usual I've left off making most of my Christmas cards until the last moment.I plan to make them early every year only to realise that time has run out again!
I've used several of the current challenges to motivate me , so here's another..
Truly Scrumptious..the sketch
Creative Card or silver
Practical Scrappers..anything Christmas
Papertake and green must not be seen
I've used my own drawing again,along with some gorgeous DCWV Rose tinted Christmas paper,Woodware Snowflake punch,Nestabilities(labels 2) amd pearls by Crystal Stickers.

Monday, 7 December 2009

DT Call ..Stampin' for the Weekend... and Sketch Saturday

I decided to enter a card for the DT call over at Stampin' for the Weekend where the requirements are to make a card using a stamped or digital image using your own style.
I've used one of my own drawings which has not been made into a stamp but I am hoping to do some digital releases in the New Year and this will hopefully be one of them.
I love drawing dogs and puppies and thought the Golden Retriever puppies suited a red and cream theme.
The DP is from Basic Grey and I've rounded the corners of the plain red background paper with a Martha Stewart Doily border punch.
The leaves were made using an EK Success punch and the other bits and bobs were from my stash.
As usual I have coloured with Promarkers.I've tried various methods of colouring but this has to be my favourite.
I have made the card using the gorgeous sketch from Sketch Saturday.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Another multi challenge card

With so many challenges being centred around Christmas themes it's not too difficult to combine some challenges at the moment!
For this one I have used the lovely sketch provided by Tara G for Basic Grey using beautiful papers sent to me by my lovely friend Martine.
The image is one of my new drawings and I've used my new Nesties again.When I started out to make this card I never imagined making it using these colours and I don't really know how that happened or whether I really like the background colour with the gorgeous patterned paper...?
So,the challenges are
Basic Grey...the sketch
Stamping for the,green and gold
Creative Card Crew..Christmas
the Pink Elephant...your favourite colouring medium.No prizes for guessing that's Promarkers!! or hand stamped image( I hope this one counts!)
Corrosive challenges...Christmas red and green
Crazy 4 Challenges..punches. I've used my new border punch( a craft fair bargain at £3.oo) ,a Whale oval punch and the Xcut snowflake punch.
Stamp ,Scrap and Doodle..Christmas
Cuttlebug Challenges..glitter,bling and Cuttlebug,green and your choice of neutral. Although I drew this image I've stored it as a digi image as I hope to start selling digis after Christmas..
Practical Scrappers..Christmas
Cupcake Craft and green

Winter Sparkle..Crafty Calendar Challenge DT card

I thought "Winter Sparkle" was a lovely theme for this month's challenge at Crafty Calendar Challenges. Thanks to all who joined us last month, there were some amazing cards!
This month's challenge is being sponsored by Carol so why not join in again and see if you win?
My card is made with an image which I drew last Christmas and wanted to use again.As usual I've coloured it with Promarkers and added lots of glitter.I love the little fence punch from Xcut impress which I use in the Cuttlebug. I've put some snow along the top of it.
The trees are Anita's outline stickers which I don't often use but I got them as a prize and tried them on this as a border.
I've had a little peek at all the other lovely DT cards and their blogs are well worth a visit!!
Well,I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with this time..
I am also entering this card for the Stamp with Fun challenge as the theme is "Christmas" , Sophisticat Challenges (snowflakes and sparkle)and Creatilicious Challenges (snowflakes and lots ot sparkle and glitter)