Sunday, 27 May 2012

Another Sweet 16

I've got to make this a quick post as I have been drafted in to work today, bang goes my lazy day spent crafting and sunbathing! (not at the same time lol!). This time it's my nephew who is 16, and I have used another Mo Manning image which is so apt for a teenager. I have followed the sketch at Dutch Dare and have also entered at Passion for Promarkers who have loads of prizes up for grabs in celebration of their 3rd anniversary. There are also 3rd anniversary celebrations going on at Allsorts who are having a hop. I was a bit happier with the photo today, at least the colours have come out true to the card this time! And I had a go at something new for me - stitching. Unfortunately I do not own a sewing machine and even if I did I can't sew to save my life, so the stitching was done using a  piercing tool and a pencil, think it's a bit big, but it came out ok.

Image - 'Paul Typing' - Mo Manning coloured with promarkers
DPs - 'Back to Basics II' - Dovecraft
Circles cut using Spellbinders nestability dies, ovals cut using a pair of scissors as the nesties were not big enough!
Sentiments - Dovecraft
Buttons & ribbon from stash

'Birthdays' - PFP
Sketch - Dutch Dare
'Someone Special Birthday' - Allsorts

Thursday, 24 May 2012

All That Glitters

There is a new challenge blog on the block at J & C Creations and for their first monthly challenge they are asking us to use glitter. Now, before I discovered promarkers I never stamped and coloured, however there are very few cards I make now that don't feature a stamped image. So I thought it would be nice to have a change. This card features a layered glittered medallion in my favourite colour - pink! This technique was taught in the the first and only card-making class I ever took and after buying all the stuff (as you do!) it was good to get it all out and get messy! As usual, I wasn't impressed with my photo, the pink is quite salmony, but my actual card is more fuchsia pink, but you get the idea!

Image - 'The Royal Jewel' (rather apt at the moment!) medallion stamp - Creative Expressions
Glitter - 'Think Pink' Glitter & Sprinkles free with a magazine
White card embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder - 'Swiss Dots'
The background shape was cut using a Spellbinders die
The corners were cut using Martha Stewart's 'Layered Arches' punch
Pearl Buckles - Wild Orchid Crafts
Pink card, gem, peel offs, ribbon, pearls from stash

Friday, 18 May 2012

In The Garden

A lot of my cards recently have been square and scalloped, which I find are easier to make and easier to photograph. However there are a few challenges this week that are calling for shaped cards, so I decided to have a go at a triple easel card. I found a fantastic, idiot-proof (just what I need!) tutorial courtesy of Sheryl which you can find here, thank you Sheryl! I still managed to get some scallops in though as you can see! I love this Penny Black Stamp and it was so easy to break down into the three components for my card. I wasn't very happy with the photo, the flowers have come out far too like neon pink for my liking, but it got to the point of stamping on my camera in frustration, so I have had to go with what I've got!

Image - 'Labour of Love' - Penny Black coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - LOTV
DPs - 'Me to You Spring Chic' - Docrafts
Flowers - Papermania
Lace - Wild Orchid Crafts
All shapes cut with Spellbinders Nestability dies
Ribbon from my local market
Pearls from stash

'In The Garden' - Penny Black Saturday
'All Creatures Great and Small' - CYDA
'Anything Goes' - CES
'Anything Goes' - I Love Promarkers
'Spring Colours' - Whoospi Daisy
Shaped Card - Dutch Dare
'Colour Inspiration' - Pollycraft
Easel Card - C R A F T
'Here Comes Summer' - Crafter's Companion

Sunday, 13 May 2012


May and June are heavy on the Birthdays for my family, so today's card is for one of them, my husband's niece, another big 13! I decided to make another cross-over card, I love the way the tag is hidden away in these cards and I adore this image 'Daisy' from Sugar Nellie. I chose lilac and soft green for the colours, although the green has come out a bit strong on the photo. One of these days I might actually take a photo that I'm pleased with!

Image - 'Daisy' - Sugar Nellie coloured with Promarkers
DPs - 'Back to Basics II' - Dovecraft
Picket fence & leaves - cut using Marianne Creatables dies
Ovals, circle, lacy ovals - cut using Spellbinders dies
Hat pins & pearl buckle - Wild Orchid Crafts
Small gems - Anita's Gem Wheel
Purple card, pearls & ribbon from stash
Flowers punched with a daisy punch (not sure of manufacturer) and the middles were cut using a Sizzix Sizzlits die

'Card & Tag' - Pollycraft
'Special Birthday' - Passion for Promarkers
'Hat pins/charms' - I ♥ Promarkers
'Anything Goes' - CES - Last ever challenge :(
'Happy Birthday' - Joanna Sheen
'Birthday Fun' - Dutch Dare
'Here Comes Summer' - Crafter's Companion

Thursday, 10 May 2012

In The Pink

I'm determined to make up for my lack of posts recently, so here is another card, made for my neighbour's little girl who is 4 today. I saw this LOTV stamp some time ago and have been hankering after it ever since, but have been trying to reign in my spending! So I was pleased to sell a few of my cards recently and didn't feel so guilty over a trip to the LOTV shop, where of course I didn't stop at just this stamp, haha! At Lili's Little Fairies this week we have been asked to make a card using our favourite craft tool. Like may of you I have lots of  favourites, but I really don't know how I managed before I got my treasured Cuttlebug, not a card goes by where I don't use it.

Image - 'Patchwork Bunch of Balloons' and sentiment - LOTV, coloured with promarkers
DP - Craft Creations
Embossing done using a Cuttlebug embossing folder
Circles and scalloped circles cut using Spellbinders dies
Picket fence cut using Marianne Creatables
Ribbon and bow - Papermania
Chipboard Number 4 from a QVC kit
Pink card and Gems from stash

'Just for Children' - CYDA
'Flower Power' - Joanna Sheen
'Your Favourite Craft Tool' - Lili's Little Fairies
'Birthday Fun' - Dutch Dare
'Bingo' - Ready-Teddy-Go I have chosen embossing/ribbon/flowers
'We Love Pink' - Whoopsi Daisy

Monday, 7 May 2012

Sweet Sixteen

Talking about time flying, my second card today was made for my eldest son's 16th Birthday, surely it was only yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital, lol! As the boys have got older, it has become increasingly difficult to make them relevant cards, so I thought I'd have a problem with this one as my son is not into music, sports or anything else nice and easy to make into a card! He does love, however, sitting on his bed with his x-box on, his phone bleeping every 5 minutes, typing on facebook, so it was with delight that I discovered this Mo Manning stamp and the fact that I could download it as a digi stamp made it even better as I was running out of time! I do think I made the image a bit big so there's not a lot of room for much else on the card, on the other hand I find embellishments for boys a problem (can't add lots of butterflies and flowers or glitter!) , so it's probably for the best!

Image - 'Paul typing' - Mo Manning coloured with promarkers
Sentiment - Dovecraft
DP - Red Flannel from the Snugglebug Boy range - Little Yellow Bicycle
Buttons from stash tied with some recycled packaging
Chipboard 16 from a QVC kit

'Pick a Number' - Cardmadfairy's Digi Days
'Just for Children' - CYDA
'One for the Boys' - Cute Card Thursday

Fairy Rocker Card

Oh dear, wherever does the time go? This is a really busy time of year for us and then our computer decided to go on strike, so although I've managed to make a few cards, I haven't been able to add them to my blog. So, to amke up, here is the first of today's cards. I had several challenges in mind, at CES we have been asked to make a card that is not square. Now I really have trouble with this sort of thing, I love my square scalloped cards and am not good at thinking outside the box, but was fairly pleased with my finished rocker card. I do not have any pre-made rocker cards or templates, so this was made from scratch.

Image - 'On Tiptoe' - LOTV coloured with promarkers and I glittered the wings
Sentiment - LOTV
DP - 'Nan's Kids Glitter Paper Stack' - Die Cuts With a View
Circles & scalloped circles cut using Spellbinders dies
Picket fence and leaves cut using Marianne Designs die
Roses - Wild Orchid Crafts
Everything else from stash

'No squares allowed' - CES
'Bright & Light' - Passion for Promarkers
'Anything Goes' - Lili's Little Fairies
'Fairies' - I Love Promarkers
'Things with Wings' - Anything Goes