Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Fairy Card for 3 Challenges

Good morning. Here is a nice cheerful card for a Wednesday morning. I have entered it in three challenges:
Totally Papercrafts #54 - Do It with Digis
Crafty Cardmakers #40 Fairies and at least 2 punches
Critter Sketch #53

The delightful fairy is a digital stamp from My Craft Studio - Violet from the Papercraft Library. She was coloured with Promarkers and her wings ans wand had glamour duct applied for a bit of sparkle and fairy magic.

I used three punches, all by Martha Stewart, to create the top and bottom borders for the sketch, which were overlayed with pink organza/satin ribbon (a requirement of the sketch), and a corner punch for the image and its mat and on the Best Wishes sentiment. The third punch was used to punch out the petals which were layered together to make flowers with gold glitter glue used to make the flower centres.

The card base is A5 in size made from pink card. A backing layer was cut from some subtly coloured paper which I have had for years. The was added to the card base with D-S tape and the various elements added to give the finished effect.

Monday, 21 February 2011

I Do Like to Be Beside the The Seaside

Good morning. It's Monday again. Don't they come round quickly!

Still here is a card for 4 challenges:
Cards for Men Challenge #4
Crafty Catz #70 - One for the Men
CES Challenge #24 - Spots and Stripes
Sentimental Sundays - Be inspired

The image was chosen for the Sentimental Sundays challenge which was to take inspiration from a photograph of a lighthouse.

The base card is A5 and pale blue to match the 2 stripe and spot papers. The were trimmed to a suitable size and adhered to the base card after punching the corners for some extra detail.

The main image, from Elusive Images, was stamped onto watercolour paper with brown Stazon. It was watercoloured with Distress inks and then it, and its yellow mat were cut out with Nesties.

The three seashells were stamped in the same way, watercoloured and coated with Glossy Accents to give them some shine. The sentiment was stamped onto the same yellow card and trimmed to size. All the stamps are by EI.

To hide the join between the two papers, a strip was cut from the same yellow card using a Martha Stewart punch. This was glued in place and then the matted image attached. The shells were attached with Pinflair glue.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Thank You

Good morning. Happy Sunday.

Here is a card for 2 challenges: Crafty Creations #106 - Thank You Card and Sketch and Stash Challenge #55.

The stash for the Sketch and Stash Challenge is the gorgeous Poppy rubber stamp from Elusive Images which I have not used for absolutely ages. The "Thank You" sentiment is from them too.The harlequin paper has been languishing in my stash draw for about 5 years so I am pleased that it has seen the light of day.

The card is A5 in size and dark green. Layered onto this was some green harlequin paper. The light green square was shaped with Martha Stewart PATP punches. The slider was cut from silver mirror card using a Shapability and my cuttle bug. The was also used to cut out the sentiment, The sentiment backing mat and the mat for the main image.

The main image was stamped with blue ink and coloured in with Promarkers. The image was stamped 3 times and the flowers cut out so that depth could be built into the card by decoupaging them.

The sentiment was tinted around the edge whilst it was still in the Nestability die to leave the outer edge uncoloured.

All the items were added to the card with either D-S tape, foam pads or Pinflair glue.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

You Inspire Me!

For my second post of the day is a card for the Crafty Creations #105 - Three Little Words.

The butterflies, flower stamp and the sentiment are all by Elusive Images.

The main flower image  and the large and small butterflies was stamped on glossy card with black ink and coloured with Promarkers. before being cut out.

The layer beneath the main image was made from white card which was dipped in various shades of blue and lilac Distress ink which had been splodged onto a craft mat and spritzed with water until a pleasing effect was obtained.

This layer and the black layer beneath were cut out with Grand Nesties. The sentiment was cut out with the same style of Nestie (as was the black gloss layer beneath). The sentiment was coloured with the same Distress inks, applied with a blender tool whilst it was still in the die. This gives the contrasting white edge.

The base card is made from lilac textured card, A5 in size. This has been used in a "tent" configuration with the  ribbon wrapped round about an inch from the fold and ties with a bow. The main image was added with D-S tape to keep it flat tot eh base card. The sentiment and the butterflies were added with foam pads.

Have a good Sunday, one and all.


Maybe the last Valentine card for this year.

This card is for 3 challenges:

The Stamp Man Challenge #16 - Hearts
Crazy Catz Weekly Challenge #63 - Valentine/Love
Totally Papercrafts # 53 Clean and Simple

The base card is white A5 in size. The background was red card sprayed with Moonglow Glitz Spritz Scintillating Silver. The next layer is red gloss card which has been embossed with dots using a folder and a cuttlebug.

The hearts and the sentiment are Elusive Images which have been stamped on pearl white card. The sentiment was layered onto Silver mirror card.

A red ribbon was wrapped round the embossed layer. The was layered onto the spritzed card which in turn was mounted on the white base card.

The three hearts and the sentiment were added to the card with Pinflair glue. As a final embellishment the ribbon bow was added to the corner of the sentiment.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

I Love Ewe

Good morning. Welcome to Tuesday. I don't know about you but this is my least favourite day of the week. Monday, you still have the euphoria from the weekend. Wednesday, is all down hill to the weekend. That leaves Tuesday with nothing to recommend it!

Anyway, on to more important things. I don't believe this, my second "cute" card for this week. Not only that but it is made from the free papers etc from this month's "Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine". I just fell  in love with these "In the Meadow" collection papers.

As I have already made quite a few more traditional Valentine type cards, it made a change to do something more light hearted.

This is card to be entered into 3 challenges: Sentimental Sunday #41 - Happy Valentine's Day, Craftycardmakers #39 - Hearts and
Critter challenge #51 - Include a Critter (Animal).

This is a very simple card. The two different colors of background paper were matted onto white card to stiffen them up. A plain cream webbing was used to cover the join. This was far more "rustic" than ribbon would have been. This was matted onto silver mirror card which was, in turn, layered onto the A5 base card blank made from double sided cream pearl card for a bit of luxury.

The heart frames were cut with both scalloped and plain hearts Nesties. The hearts from the centres were used under the sentiment. Stuck behind the frames were hearts which are a slightly different colour variation (but with the same pattern) as the background papers.

Two trees and two sheep were cut out. The second sheep was cut down to use the head to decoupage onto the other one with foam pads.

Everything was positioned onto the card and a few heart shaped flat backed gems were added to the hearts and the sentiment for some bling and a large bow, made from the same webbing was added as a final flourish.

Monday, 7 February 2011


Good morning. Here we are at the start of another week.

This card is for the Sketch and Stash challenge # 54 here.

For the "stash" element is the hydrangea and flourish stamps both of which I have had for a least a couple of years but have lain neglected in the draw since I purchased them.

The main image was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder. Once die cut with a Nestie, Faded Jeans and Dusky Concord Distress inks were used to colour the iamge but this was done whilst the image was still in the die so as to obtain the white edge. A length of lilac ribbon was threaded around the picture using the holes cut by the die. This was knotted at the bottom and the ends trimmed to length. A bow was made from the same ribbon and bonded in place with Pinflair Glue.

The scalloped square mat was a piece of white card which had the same colours of distress ink applied by splodging the ink on a craft mat, adding a spray of water and the dipping the paper onto the mat until a pleasing effect was obtained. Once dry this was cut out with the smallest size of grand nestabilities.

The back ground card is made from Centura white pearl card and is 7" x 7" in size. This was simply stamped with the flourish using Royal Purple Stazon ink. The edges of the card were tinted with Dusky Concord to add some extra interest. The dark purple strips were stamped using the same stamp but heat embossed with WOW powder - clear with hologram bits in it so you get a watermark effect with some shimmer.

Everything was layered together with D-S tape except for the main image which used large foam pads.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Bird Card for 2 Challenges

Sorry about this, third post of the morning but this one had to be done as one of the challenges expires today.

This one is for: Critter Sketch Challenge #50 and Crafty Catz Weekly challenge #68- Tartan/Plaid.

The two bird stamps are from Elusive Images.

The birds on the bird bath were stamped with Versamark onto the yellow card and embossed with a coppery embossing powder from Cosmic Shimmer. It was cut out with a Nestie and the edges tinted with Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge Distress ink whilst it was still in the die so that a yellow edge was maintained. This was mounted onto a larger scalloped Nestie shape in copper mirror card. The small birds were stamped  onto glossy card which had been brayered using ink from Spice Big 'n' Juicy. Once dry, they were cut out and mounted on copper mirror card Nestie Shapes.

The plaid paper had two circles and on border cut out with Nesties and all of these were mounted onto copper mirror card.

All of these elements were mounted onto an A5 size yellow card blank to fit to the sketch of the Critter challenge.


Good morning. My second post so far today. Desperately trying to catch up on Challenge entries.

This one is for Totally Papercrafts 1st Birthday. The theme was Friendship for which I had nothing suitable amongst all my many hundreds of stamps, Therefore I had to go for a digital stamp from the new MCS "Violet" CD Rom. This is a very different card for me as usually I do not do "cute"

The background for this also came from the same CD with an overlay of pink lace. The frame was cut out and placed over the top of the image which was coloured with Promarkers. Several lots of flowers were printed so they could be decoupaged to add extra interest.

The background is matted onto silver mirror card which was wrapped with pink satin/organza before adding to the pink A5 base card.

The sentiment,which says "When I was a little girl..... I wanted a Best Friend just like you!" was printed from MCS, cut with a Nestie and mounted onto a silver Nestie shape before being added to the card with foam pads. The double pink bow as added to complete the effect.

Red, Red Rose

Good morning. Happy Sunday.

Here is a card for 2 challenges: Crafty Creations - My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose and CES Challenges - Red and Romance.

The stamps used on this one are beautiful ones from Elusive Images. Both are from one of the collage A4 sheets.

The background was white card which was stamped with the gorgeous border stamp using Archival ink. This was over sprayed with two colours of red Glimmer mist and trimmed to size. It was matted onto silver mirror card which in turn was bonded to an A5 red base card.

The main image was stamped in Archival ink onto white glossy card. It was stamped again on another piece so the the rose flower could be cut out and decoupaged. The base image and the extra flower head  was coloured with thee green and three red Distress inks using a brush.When dry, the edges of the main image were tinted with Fired Brick ink. This was matted onto silver mirror card and a satin/organza ribbon wrapped around. This assembly was added to the card. The double bow was added with Pinflair glue to complete the card.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011


Good morning. An early start today as I have a twelve hour day ahead of me for work. Consequently I though I should post this now rather than this evening when I shall probably just want to fall asleep!

This is a card for 3 challenges: Crafty Cardmakers - Spotlight on Water (techniques), Die Cut Dreams #82 Lots of Hearts but no Sentiment and Cards for Men #3 - Valentine/Love.

For the spotlight on water I have used 2 techniques. The 3 hearts were stamped and embossed in silver on white card and then painted with various colours of Twinkling H2Os. The background for the main image and the piece of card on the right hand side were made from white card which was sprayed with various colours of Glimmer Mist and a layer of cling film was added over the top whilst it was still very wet and the film drawn up into wrinkles. This concentrates the mica powder in the wrinkles and gives a lovely effect on the dried card. The main image of a lovely bottle of champagne with two glasses (very romantic) was stamped onto this sheet and embossed with silver. Once cut out the edges were darkened with Fired Brick Distress ink. Both the heart and the main image are stamps by Elusive Images.

The background card was layered onto a red A5 blank. Another piece of red card was dry embossed using  an Ultimate Pro (Crafter's Companion) to give several wavy lines and the end of the card was trimmed to the last line. The pinkish paper (from the crafter's Companion Love CD Rom) was printed out, dry embossed in the same way and trimmed to suit. This was mounted onto the wavy edged card and bonded to the base card.

A ribbon and bow were added before the three hearts were stuck in place with foam pads. The main image was also mounted on foam pads and for a final flourish the 6 little flat back gems were stuck in place (3 each of 2 different sizes).