Sunday, 31 January 2010

Twenty First Birthday

I had a card to make for a friend and namesake who is 21 today and I wanted to make it personally for her so I drew the image to suit.This is "Ruth at the piano!"
She loves fancy shoes and BIG belts!

I was happy to see that this fits with the challenge at One stop Craft ....make it personal and
Our Creative
Frosted Designs...embossing (the flowers)
Daring Cardmakers...schooldays (music lesson)

I got the music "ribbon" yesterday in a sale and didn't realize till I got home that it was self adhesive. It comes white so I coloured it black with a Promarker.
The wording was made using Monde de Blonde Sizzix dies.

Max, the Westie has gone home and I wasn't able to get a photo. We have looked after him for holidays for 6 years and it's only lately that he has decided that he doesn't like cameras.I'm really not too sure what has happened.

Hope you are all enjoying the snow! We have had lots more last night and today!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Polka Dot Happy Birthday

It's been a little while since I got the time to make a card as I'm working a lot more than usual at the moment. It's lovely to be able to relax with my crafting stuff some evenings but isn't always possible. I'm certainly not complaining as it's great to have a job!!
Well, here's the result of my latest efforts...
I followed the sketch from Sketch Saturday,
got the inspiration from Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
and I'm entering it for Design Dollies..Birthday
and A Spoonfull of Sugar..freestyle

My feet are lovely and warm as I type this as I'm looking after a little Westie for a week and he is lying on top of my feet while I am on the computer! He runs away when I get the camera out for some reason but if I can catch him sleeping I'll upload a photo..

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Have a Mice Day

My lovely friend Tara sent me this gorgeous image quite a while ago and ever since I've had the idea of wrapping embroidery thread around the spool to see what it was like. So.... I got lots of different colours of thread lately to try various things with and made this one first.
I've actually used the sketch from "Clare's Weekly Challenge" on Docrafts as it's a while since I've done it and combined it with
Allsorts....brown and pink
A Spoonful of Sugar...lots of layering
Creative Card Crew...Punch it!
Papertake...pretty pink

I've used silver glitter gel pen for the needles and thimble but it's not showing up too well in the photo.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Lots of Love..

Aw..I've only managed to incorporate 3 challenges this time!!
This card is to show off "Bunny Bathtime" from my A Passion for Stamps range.

The challenges I've entered this time are;
Sketch Saturday....the sketch
Cute Card and grey
Paperplay....furry friends

I've added glitter to the bubbles and glossy accents to the rubber duck!

Jenny at the Beach

I don't know about you but I've seen enough snow for this year so I was glad to find that the Papercutz challenge was to make something with a summer/beach theme.

I've been able to combine lots of other challenges with this one too!
Colour Create.....kraft,blue and white ( with texture)
Cupcake ....going girly
Crafty Creations...textures
Crafty Catz...birthday
Stamp and white
One Stop Craft...fancy edges or corners
Daring Cardmakers...hole in one (aperture)
Stamping for the Weekend...the sketch
Stamp,Scrap and Doodle...girly

I'm not too sure if it shows up in the pic too well or not but I love the fine glitter gel I've used on the sand.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Cool Cat!

How could I not enter the My Time To Craft challenge this week with the theme of "Cool Cats" using my Kitten stamp?

I've used DCWV Retro prints paper and it goes really well with the Cool aqua and cocoa promarkers.

The other challenges I've entered it into are;
Inspirational Card Sketches.... the sketch (!)
Passion for aqua and cocoa
Corrosive Challenges...Distressing
A Spoonful of Sugar ... Recipe, 3 DPs,I ribbon,3 buttons and 3 flowers
Creative Card Crew.. Distressing
Frosted Designs..inks (around the edges)
Polka title (Cats,from the musical)
One Stop Craft..."A night at the movies"...Cats...the musical

Monday, 11 January 2010

Quite all white!!

I know I've recently used the same image but I did really want to make a completely different card using the same stamp to show how versatile it can be.
I've used my Orchid stamp (see the sidebar) for the following challenges
Mojo Monday...the sketch
Colour Create....lemon and lime
Cuttlebug Challenges...basic white theme
Your Next Stamp...Embossing
The Pink Elephant...Birthday

I love how the lemon and lime stand out from all the white!

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Basic Grey and Caardvarks challenges

Have you seen the gorgeous inspirational photo on the lastest challenge over at Basic Grey? All I can say is "Wow!!"
As anyone whose house I've been transforming lately will know,these colours and this style are right at the top of my "go for it" list...

I was having a look at some challenge blogs which I've never visited before and fell in love with the beautiful sketch on the Caardvarks challenge so I decided to combine the two challenges.

The paper I've used is Basic Grey/ Nook and pantry which was sent to me by my dear friend Tara (thanks again!) and Making Memories/Pearl swirl..I Do.
The stems were made with an Xcut Impress border stencil in my Cuttlebug and the flowers with an Xcut punch.
Not my usual style but I think I could get to like it.

Saturday, 9 January 2010


After seeing some gorgeous black and white cards lately (especially Christine's DT card) I wanted to try one of my own. I had already coloured one of my orchid stamps over the holidays and it was ideal to use with the sketch at Truly Scrumptious. The optional extra was using the colours black, green and pink.
It also fits into
Crafty and white with a splash of colour
Crafty Catz...bright and sparkly
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle...celebration
Fussy and (New Promarker shades)
Rainbow lady's Challenge...New ( new Promarkers)
I've used this Orchid stamp from my A Passion for Stamps range

Friday, 8 January 2010

Sending hugs

Thanks to all who have been ordering my stamps! You've been keeping me busy going to the Post Office and I've made some lovely friends there too!! I thought I'd just keep on making samples with the stamps while the BOGOF sale is on so ,here's another one....
"Sending hugs!" uses my "Jenny in Bed" stamp which you'll find in the sidebar.

The papers are Papermania ..Regency
I've followed the sketch at Stamp Something and the card also fits in with
Cute Card Thursday....NEW (new shades of Promarkers)
ABC Challenge...L is for Layering
A Spoonful of Sugar...Hearts
Fab n Funky....Any card for any occasion
Corrosive Challenges..use 2 of your fav embellishments (Pearls and flowers)

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Christine's DT card

Would you just look at this beauty created by Christine using 2 stamps from my A Passion for Stamps range....Andrea and Jonny.
I'm sure you'll agree it's an absolutely gorgeous engagement card in monochrome and she has really shown the images off to their full potential. I love it!

Multi challenge card

Good morning, just a quick post before I rush out into the snow!!
I've made this card to fit into a few challenges
Sketch and wool
Crazy4Challenges...Polka dots
My Time to and brown
Sophisticat...fancy borders
One Stop Craft...something beginning with B (blue/brown/balls of wool/bird/buttons....!)
Stamp Somethiing...something new or unused ( little bird stamp)
Everybody Art..fav colour combo
Ths stamp I've used is "Kitten" from my own range which you will find in the sidebar..
I drew this little kitten so that he is leaning to one side is it can be used in so many different ways.For this card I've used a little faux leather and woodgrain paper to look like the arm of a chair!

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Mojo Monday

Hello from snowy Northern Ireland!!
I really loved looking at all the snow while I was off for Christmas but I'm afraid it's a little different now that I'm back to work! The hills and mountains around Belfast do look beautiful at the moment but I've been on a few trips in the car where we've been skidding along sideways and even backwards and I'll be glad when it all clears up!
Anyhow, onto the card..
This one's for the Mojo Monday challenge where the sketch is provided this week.
As I'm having a BIG sale of my stamps at the moment I thought I'd use one of them to show you..
It's "Morning Glory" from A Passion for Stamps

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Passion for Promarker Challenge and Creative Card Crew DT call

This is another chalenge I couldn't miss!! Passion for Promarkers has a mega challenge and the theme is "anything but a card with a Christmas or New Year theme".
I've made a little box as a New Year present for a friend and decorated it with Papermania Blueberry Hill Paper and one of my own drawings of roses coloured with.....Promarkers!
The frame is made using 2 different Nesties.

I think I'll enter the Creative Card Crew DT call with this one as well as it's a little different and not a card..

Creative Card Crew

I've been meaning to make a card for the Creative Card Crew challenge since last week as they are looking for 2 new DT members so I finally got it finished!
The theme is quite simple....Anything Goes!
So, I've used one of my own drawings (rose topiary) and coloured it with Promarkers/
The paper is a Kate Knight Design which I've had for quite a while but just loved the look of it again.
I've added lace,leaves and scallops in cream so as not to let the pink become overpowering.
Here goes...