Thursday, 30 September 2010

Christmas Crafting!

I bought the Papermania Henbury Lane Poinsettia ultimate decoupage pack the other day, and here's  the easel card I've made with one of the decoupage scenes:

I've used the green, red & white spotted/striped paper from that collection, and the dark red leaf pattern paper, the strip of stars, and the sentiment. I punched some holly using a Dovecraft punch, and the snowflake charm is from Mad Cow Beads.

Challenges I'm entering:
Charisma Cardz #39 - Christmas Crafting
A Spoon Full of Sugar #123 - Spots & Stripes
ABC Challenge - E is for Easel cards
Creative Inspirations #80 - Christmas in September
Winter Wonderland - Holly, red & green
Card Patterns #83 - Sketch
One Stop Craft #99 - Snowflakes in September
Totally Gorjuss #49 - Christmas
Pile It On #38 - Cute & Charming

Monday, 27 September 2010

You'll Never Walk Alone!

So Dad asked me on Friday if I could make a card for his work mate who supports Liverpool Football Club. I trawled through craft forums, and eventually found a very cleverly created backing paper & decoupage topper. I added a few football peel-offs and that was that!

Challenges I'm entering:
Incy Wincy Designs #61 - Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #85 - Celebration
Charisma Cardz #38 - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time # 32 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

House Mouse Challenge Sketch & Blog Hop

I've made this card for my cousin's son's birthday - he's 5yrs old next week and just started school, so I thought this "Bedtime Stories" image was perfect! It's coloured with Promarkers. The spotted & diamond paper is from the Dovecraft Masculine paper pack, and I've added some old buttons I found lurking in a drawer, some little metallic-looking embellishments & some twine. The green punched edge was made using my Martha Stewart scallop border punch. I've inked all the way around the card with bronze pigment ink.

Challenges I'm entering:
A Spoon Full of Sugar #122 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Animal Magic
Just Cute Bears #35 - Punch It
Corrosive Challenge #82 - Clean up the dust
Totally Gorjuss #48 - Wild Thing
Creative Cottage Challenge #23 - Birthday Boy

Monday, 20 September 2010

You've Been Framed!

So I've been working slightly outside the usual papercraft box to get this finished in time for Mum & Dad's return, and hoped to enter into a few challenges where "altered/alternative" crafts are allowed...
It's my first attempt at a beaded frame, but i hope they like it! (In case anyone's wondering, it's a basic wooden frame from B&Q).

Challenges I'm attempting to enter:
Cupcake Craft #109 - Transport
Top Tip Tuesday #2 - Tip or Alter (Obviously I chose to alter this photo frame)

Get Well Soon Mum!

A little update on Mum & Dad's holiday... Mum's knee gave way on Wednesday night, and she collapsed on the dancefloor (yes, I was wondering what tricky move she was trying that could cause such trouble). She hasn't been able to walk since...has been wheeled round the hotel in a wheelchair, although that last few days she has managed to get  onto the beach (somehow)!
They come home tomorrow, and we're going straight to the doctor to see if they can find out what's wrong & whether she needs to go for xrays etc. (Apparently the hotel medical person suspects tendon damage but can't be sure without xrays). So, here's a little card I made for her, and I'm off to the shop later for flowers.
The two papers are My Mind's Eye Summer pack, and the image is from the Daisy & Dandelion range, coloured with Promarkers. The die is Nellie Snellen mult frame circles, and I've added a little charm at the bottom.

Challenges I'm entering:
Simon Says Challenge - Move it (my little charm dangles!) You MUST go and watch the Madagascar movie clip!! It's awesome!!
ICS Challenge #83 - Sketch
Pile It On #37 - Red, yellow, brown & green
Pollycraft Monday #62 - Cute & Cuddly

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Beware the Mummy!

We don't "celebrate" Halloween in our family and it's not really a big thing in England, so I've never made any Halloween cards before. It's a shame really as there are some great images for the occasion, and they're a lot of fun to do
This Mummy is a freebie from Just Inklined Digital Stamps, and the sentiment is from Bird's Cards where you can also find loads of different images and sentiments. Both are coloured with Promarkers (just Ivory, Black & dusky pink) Because I don't have any Halloween papers/embellishments in my stash, I decided to try and go for a more tattered look. The card is actually backing cardboard from a pack of handmade paper, but it distresses really well round the edges, and the bottom half of the card was done by wrapping masking tape around a piece of card (after trying to distress the edges). Then I sponged everything with Tim Holtz rusty hinge distress ink!

Challenges I'm entering:
Just Inklined - Halloween Challenge
ABC Challenge - D for Distressing
Stamp Something - Use a Digi
PaperCutz Challenge #59 - Halloween no black/orange

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Tilda with Wedding Gifts!

Ok, so I couldn't wait til tomorrow to post a picture of this card... I may have accidentally (ahem), bought another Tilda to play with, I just couldn't help it - I LOVE this one. It's Tilda with wedding gifts, and I just thought it would be great for EVERYTHING! Christmas, Birthdays, Weddings - anything!
It's for my best friend Mel (another vet), and I can't believe I left it so late to make (it's her birthday on Monday) - September's a busy craft month for me with all these birthdays/wedding/anniversary cards to make!!

I've used My Mind's Eye Summer Papers, and have coloured the lovely Tilda with Promarkers. I've added some Glamour Dust all over the place, and made some punched flowers with pearl stamens & gem petals. The green strip of card is punched with a Martha Stewart scallop punch. Oh, and the sentiment is cut out from one of the My Mind's Eye sheets.

Challenges I'm entering:
Craft Your Days Away #3 - Girly n Glitter
Totally Tilda #5 - Make your own flowers
Stamp and Create #5 - Pearls & Gems


I don't know if they'll be looking on here, but it's Dad's Birthday and Mum & Dad's Wedding Anniversary today, so I just thought I'd put a little note on here to say I'm thinking of them whilst they're away in sunny Mexico. They've got a massage and spa booked, so hopefully it should be a good day for them!

Here's a picture of us last year when we were all in Mexico on their special day!!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Autumn Leaves!

Another Autumn card! The lovely leafy paper is from the Cardmaking & Papercraft download section, and the little truck is from Stampin Up's "Loads of Love" set (the image was sent to me in a RAK). I've coloured with Promarkers (including my new Metallic Silver one for the hubcaps/bumper)! I also inked around the page with a small brown Papermania pad.

Challenges I'm entering:
I Love Promarkers #31 - Transport
Incy Wincy Designs #59 - Autmn Colours
Cards For Men #19 - Transport
CPS Challenge #184 - Sketch

Clean & Simple Christmas!

A nice simple Christmas card for a change! I've used a piece of purple/text paper from DCWV Rose-Tinted Christmas pack, a green ribbon and a piece of white card with Christmas trees punch out, which I've coloured with Cosmic Shimmers and layered over some green shiny card! Simples!

Challenges I'm entering:
Crafty Cardmakers #29 - Clean & Simples
Simon Says Stamp - Holiday Fun & Blog Hop!

Distressed Autumn

Well, I've just come back from having a lovely time in Derby at Mum's godson's wedding. The sun was shining, the bride was beautiful, and a good day was had by all! I stayed at my Aunty's overnight (as she and her husband looked after the dogs for me while I was at the wedding). So I didn't have time to show you the card I made on Saturday for my other Uncle's birthday... I had a go at distressing (after the arrival of my Making Memories edge scraper) but wasn't quite brave enough to use the one Tim Holtz distress ink I have (as I have no foam pad thingy), so I used a little bronze inkpad instead! I also used some old handmade paper (not by me, though), and ripped the edges of that. The image is from Joanna Sheen's Pamela West Collection CD-Rom, and perfect for the time of year we're approaching! The spotted & striped papers are from Dovecraft Masculine paper pack.

Challenges I'm entering:
Sir Stampalot September - All Distressed
Allsorts Challenge #69 - Colours of Autumn
Paperplay Challenge #36 - Autumn Is Coming
Pollycraft Challenge #61 - Autumn Colours

Monday, 6 September 2010

I Love You!

I've pulled out this little bunny from The Digi Shack again (coloured with Promarkers), as he seemed perfect for Dad's Anniversary card to Mum. (They got married on the 16th September - Dad's birthday, so he won't forget)!!
The "I Love You" paper is from Papermania Love collection, and I've layered a Ribbonbox paper lace heart onto some pink card, followed by the image. I added some pink heart ribbon, and little heart pearls in the corners. (In case there weren't enough hearts)

Challenges I'm entering:
Simon Says Challenge - Pearls & Lace

Here's looking at you, kid!

Dad's birthday card!! I've used House Mouse Gruffies "Finding Friends" image, and coloured it with Promarkers. I've used two different sheets of Dovecraft Masculine paper pack - the diamond and checks, layered onto brown card, with one brown ribbon and a peel-off.
I took Mum and Dad to the airport this morning and they've just called to say they are about to board the plane to Mexico.

Challenges I'm entering:
The Pixie Cottage #34 - Sketch & Family
Stamp Something - Cute
Pile it On #35 - Layers
Papertake Weekly #58 - Just the one (piece of ribbon)

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Wedding Bells!

I'm going to a wedding next weekend, and I found these lovely digital papers/toppers on Jak Heath's blog. If you haven't visited already please do as her creations are beautiful and she has some fab tutorials and downloads to help inspire!! I've added to it, some gold ribbon, and three lovely flowers.

Challenges I'm entering:
Creative Cottage #22 - Celebrations
Allsorts Challenge #68 - New Beginnings

Friday, 3 September 2010


This gorgeous House Mouse image was sent to me by Heather in the House Mouse Blog Hop candy I won on her blog, Rica's Haven. It's perfect for my parents Wedding Anniversary, as Mum loves olives!! I've coloured with Promarkers. and again, was going to add some gloss but time got away!
The card I've used is from a new pack I bought yesterday (Mum hasn't seen it yet) - it's called Cloisonne, from GCD Studios. They've just started stocking it at The Range and Dunelm near me, and it's double-sided, which I wanted for a project I'm going to start on soon and hopefully finish before M&D return from Mexico!
The pink paper is punched with an XCut border punch, the little heart embellishments are from Dovecrafts (I won them ages ago in a blog candy at Donna's Den. The little charm I bought yesterday.

Challenges I'm entering:
ABC Challenge - C is for Charms