Friday, 28 March 2008

Arty Girlz - chocolate

The challenge on the Arty Girlz blog this week is

'Make something that includes chocolate! Chocolate coloured paper, ribbons, flowers, chocolate smelling embossing powder. A chocolate cake perhaps! The only other condition is that it HAS to include only one other colour (oh ok I'll let you have white too then lol)'

I chose aqua blue to go with the chocolate coloured cardstock. The image is a Magnolia stamp, coloured with Supracolour Soft watercolour pencils. The sentiment is created from brown alphabet rubons, the ribbon, flowers and brad are from my stash. The patterned paper is from the K&Co Bailey mat pad.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

My Time to Craft - sparkle!

If you are a regular visitor, you've probably gathered that my Stickles glitter glue is never far away... so when I saw this weeks 'Sparkle' challenge on the My Time to Craft blog, I thought it was just perfect!

The background papers are from the Belle range, by Amy Butler for K & Co. The image is from Pink Petticoat and the bath bubbles are smothered in sparkly Stickles!! I also added some diamante sparkle to the flower centres. I love this girly card :)

Tilda & Co - template challenge

This week on the Tilda & Co blog, instead of a theme we have a template challenge!

The patterned paper is 'Weak in The Knees' by Imaginisce and I have used a Magnolia stamp for the image. Flowers, ribbon and brads from my stash - the 'congratulations' rub on is by Pebbles Inc.

My Paper World - sketch 7

I found a super card sketch challenge while I was surfing around (as you do!) The sketches on My Paper World are lovely and clear and there are loads of example cards to inspire you.

As I am trying to make a few Christmas cards each month, I thought I'd use the sketch for this card. The image is from Pink Petticoat, coloured with watercolour pencils - the papers are by Imaginisce. I used a round greetings stamp by Stamps Away and added some sparkle with Stickles glitter glue. This was a super sketch to work with, I'll definitely be using it again!

Sunday, 23 March 2008


I just love this card that I did for the challenge over on My time to Craft. This week it is 'Quotes and Sayings'. Papers are 'Imaginisce Loves Me' - 'week at the knees' and 'so happy together'. The quote used is one of the new Daisy Bucket clear stamps available from The Craft Emporium. Image is a Magnolia stamp.


The new challenge over on Scrummy Stash Cafe is decorative edges. For this I ripped the bottom edges under my image and used an old slot punch to thread through some ribbon. Image is one given to me by a friend and papers are K&Co Bailey.


I have to say.. doodling is not one of my fave things to do... but I lately with doing all these cards I have really got to like it.

The challenge on ArtyGirls is doodling. I can only doodle in straight lines... nothing fancy, unless the fancy is already there! Papers - K&Co Amy Butler, sentiment stamp - woodware mixed greetings and image - Pink Petticoat.

A ripping challenge!

The challenge over on ISMAKI this week is another great sketch... with the added option of texture... I thought about this one for a while, then all of a sudden this card just happened.
The paper I used was one of my new Imaginisce "go for Baroque" (blue blooded) and for the texture part I just ripped it. I used a white Uniball Signo pen to outline a flower and the white sentiment is a rub on. Image is yet another from Pink Petticoat ( I just love them)!

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Cute worms!!!!

I never thought I'd see the day that I'd think a worm was cute! I've had my fair share of them little things... both in the garden and in my son's trouser pockets... yuk!!

I was browsing the net yesterday and Pink Petticoat had some new graphics, Garden Bugs... and one was this gorgeous cute worm. I fell in love instantly! So this card is for the challenge over on Cute Card Thursday "all creatures great and small". I've used K&Co McKenna papers, nestabilities and the semtiment stamp is from the woodware mixed greetings set.

Bank Holiday weather!!

Get a Bank Holiday weekend and the one thing you can be sure of here in the UK is truly awful weather. So far we have had wind, rain, hail and some snow. At the moment all seems calm, but I'm not poking my nose outside just yet!

This weeks challenge over on Papertake is "Weather with you" , as it was lashing down with rain... I chose this fab image from Pink Petticoat "Lola Rose". Papers are K&Co McKenna.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Weekend fun!

This first card is for the challenge on Daring Cardmakers "Teen Spirit". I've recently discovered the downloadable graphics at Pink Petticoat, I'm in love!! The bath in this card is one of my favourite sets "Lola Rose Bubbly", and I thought it fitted with the brief. I've used bazzill scallop edged c/s, imaginisce paper. The greetings stamp is from woodware mixed greetings set.

Now for the challenge over on Arty Girls, "Stars", I was a bit stumped. I have a serious lack of anything starry in my stash. I've even had all my christmas bits out to see what was in there! So.... in the end I had to settle on using paper with "starbursts" on. I know it's a bit of a loose link to the theme, but it does still work. Paper is Sugar Plum by Collage Press. Image is again from Pink Petticoat "Just for ewe" set.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Cute Card Thursday challenge - new!

A new card challenge blog started today, it's called Cute Card Thursday. Cute is just my cup of tea and as the first challenge is 'New Beginnings' I thought I'd have a go at it!

I've used one of the new Little Cotton Rabbit stamps by Sugar Nellie, available from Funky Kits. The background paper is from the 'Small Wonders Girl' range by Brenda Walton (K & Co). I used the 'Swiss Dots' Cuttlebug embossing folder on the lilac card and a small piece of pink Bazzill Bling cardstock to mount the stamped image. Ribbon brads are from Poppicrafts, the flowers and greeting rubon are from my stash.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Tilda & Co - Boys to Men

The challenge this week on the Tilda & Co blog is to make a card with a masculine theme.

For this card I used papers from the K & Co McKenna range. I stamped Edwin and his dog (both Magnolia stamps), watercoloured them before cutting out and mounted them on foam pads. The tag is from the 'General Tags' set by Stamps Away.

Scrummy Stash Cafe - Foamtastic!

This weeks challenge on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog is 'Foamtastic'. I managed to unearth a piece of red foam from the depths of a box - just enough to make this card!

As the foam is red I decided to go with a black and white theme for the rest of the card. I used a Cuttlebug die to cut the foam flowers and attached them with silver spacer beads and brads. The stems are hand drawn. The photo doesn't show it to well, but the three small flower images are actually loops of black grosgrain ribbon to which I have added flower rubons. The greeting is also a rubon.

Caardvarks challenge - Transportation

The latest challenge on the Caardvarks challenge blog is Transportation, sponsored by Cornish Heritage Farms.

I've used the wedding car stamp from the 'Wedding' set of clear stamps by Woodware. The card is gatefold and I added a strip of brown card to take the stamped image. Before I assembled the card, I ran the white card through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder to add some texture. The image has been watercoloured and is mounted on foam pads.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Papertake challenge - Squares

It's been a busy week here so I haven't been able to keep up with the card challenges, but I did manage this one for the Papertake challenge. The theme is squares and here's the card I made.

For this card I used a clear stamp from funkyfairies papercrafts, I have several of their stamps and they are so nice. I watercoloured the flower petals then cut around the edges and raised the squares on foam pads. The greeting is also stamped and I finished off the card with some ombre ribbon and a bow.

Monday, 3 March 2008

DCM challenge - I am woman

This weeks challenge at Daring Cardmakers is to make a card celebrating women/girls. We were asked not to use Tildas, Nellies or Bellas this week but to use a different feminine image.

I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't be able to take part this week as I don't have any other feminine image stamps... but then I remembered these vintage slide transparencies. I used a brad to secure them to cream card so that the images showed up clearly. They are mounted onto a piece of fibrous fabric from my altering box and then onto the tag, which was stamped with a lace background stamp using pale beige ink. Sadly, the lace background doesn't show up too well in the photo.

This was a totally different style of card for me and I really enjoyed the challenge!