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Monday, 30 December 2013

A Leaving Card

I hope everyone had/is having/has had a lovely Christmas/Festive Season. We had our three offspring home, although two have already left. And now we're in the last couple of days of 2013, with the new year looming. Am I the only person who thinks January is the most depressing month of the year? After all the hype and preparation for Christmas, January just seems like an unending wasteland with nothing positive to look forward to. But enough of that. On to the crafting!

One of my colleagues is leaving next month, something we only discovered just before we broke up. And with everyone home, it's not been possible to do much crafting, so I set to with my laptop and prepared what I could. Then, with the house to myself for a chunk of yesterday, I got something finished.

I used an image and paper from the Josephine Wall collection on the Enchanted Dreams CDRom. (It's on sale now on the Joanna Sheen website if you're interested ...) The recipient is a big fan of pink, but it's surprising just how little pink there is on that CDRom - at least in terms of images that seemed appropriate. (I don't think she'd like fairies/angels etc.) So, I went with this one, sizing everything for an 8 by 8 card, then used a lilac/pink for matting and some flowers. I made all the flowers using a combination of punches, Susan's Garden dies and Cheery Lynn dies. I used my newly acquired (Christmas present) Pan Pastels to shade the flowers.

I adapted the backing paper for the inside; this is the left hand side of the insert.

The right hand side is a mirror image with a sentiment added. Since my printer only goes up to A4 size, I can't print a single insert for this size of card.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Girls where anything goes,
Charisma Cards where anything goes,
Crafts 4 Eternity where the theme is 'something new' (my Pan Pastels),
Digitally Sweet where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,
Challenges 4 Everybody where anything goes,
That Craft Place where anything goes,
The Squirrel and the Fox where anything goes,
Crafty Creations where anything goes,
The Paper Shelter where anything goes.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 194 Continues!

Don't forget the five week long challenge over at One Stitch at a Time which is continuing!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 194 Continues ...

Don't forget the five week long challenge over at One Stitch at a Time which is continuing!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 194

This is the last One Stitch at a Time challenge of 2013, so it's an 'anything goes'! And, it's going to last for five weeks, so you've got loads of time to enter.

Our sponsor is Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet


This week, I got to work with an image from Cootsy Creations. I went to the shop, looking for a Christmas image because, well, it's that time of year! But I spotted this image, called Mehendi Peacock, and I couldn't click away. I love peacocks anyway - it's the colours! And the papers included in this image are absolutely gorgeous. Anyway, enough of that. This is what I came up with.

As usual, I coloured the image with Promarkers. I loved the papers so much, all I did after that was use some gold mirror card for matting and left it at that! The image matt uses a Spellbinders Grand die.

I hope you can join us some time over the five weeks of this challenge!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Artistic Impressions where the theme is anything goes/favourite colours,
Digistamps 4 Joy where anything goes,
Divas by Design where anything goes,
The Stamping Chef where anything goes,
DRS Designs where anything goes,
Card Crafters' Circle where they want to see 'gold',
Crafty Catz where anything goes,
Polkadoodles where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,

Monday, 9 December 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 106

This time at Crafty Cardmakers, the challenge is set by my team mate Marie who wants us to create something depicting 'winter fun' without being Christmas or New Year based.

Our sponsors this time are


and
See the challenge blog (link in my sidebar) for further details.

This time, I got to work with a beautiful image from our sponsor, Paper Shelter. I chose to work with the ready-coloured image and paper supplied.


I added the sentiment in Photoshop Elements before printing the image onto photo paper. I cut it with a Nestibility and matted using gun metal mirror card cut using a Grand Nestibility. I completed the card with snowflakes cut from the same card using a Cuttlebug die.

I hope you can join us this time, and don't forget to come back in the new year for more Crafty Cardmaker challenges!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Everybody Art where the theme is 'winter',
Papertake Weekly where anything goes,
Crafty Girls where anything goes,
Shelley's Images where the theme is 'welcome winter',
Crafty Hands where the theme is 'winter',
Sister Act where anything goes,
Sweet Pea Stampers where the theme is 'It's Cold Outside',
A Gem of a Challenge where anything goes,


Sunday, 8 December 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 193

This week at One Stitch at a Time, the challenge is 'Seeing Red' - that's it. We want something with red in it. Simple!

Our sponsor is

who are offering the winner three Promarkers! And you can never have too many of those ...

This week, I chose an image from Hope Jacare called Holly which is available from the Stitchy Bear shop - see the sidebar for a link.

I cut the image and mat using my Nestibilities, and coloured with Promarkers. The fancy die cut is from Sizzix. I recently treated myself to a few bits from their sale, and this was one of them. Unfortunately, it's a Sizzlits style die - which means it's got foam backing. Despite having a Sizzix die cutter (Big Shot Pro), I don't have a lot of luck with these dies, and this was no exception. It took multiple passes to cut, and the problem with that foam backing is that it seems to stretch the card, so it's not possible to get the cut lines lined up exactly for multiple passes. I've found something that works, but it's more effort than it should be. I finished with some sticky gems that I coloured with Promarkers, and the paper is from my collection - a pad I bought a couple of years ago, I think.

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

LEJ Designs where the theme is 'Christmas is Coming',
Papertake Weekly where anything goes,
Sweet Stamps where the theme is 'Red and Green',
Crafty Girls where anything goes,
C.R.A.F.T. where the theme is 'Christmas',
Digi Haven where the theme is 'Christmas',
Patti's Creations where the theme is 'Christmas',
Sister Act where anything goes,
A Gem of a Challenge where anything goes,



Sunday, 1 December 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 192

This week at One Stitch at a Time, our challenge is to use a digi - so off you go!

The image for this challenge was chosen by my team mate, Shell. It's Olyvia from Delicious Doodles which is available from the Stitchy Bear shop - like in my sidebar.

I coloured the image with Promarkers, die cut and matted using Spellbinders dies. The paper is from Kate Knight, and I finished with flowers made using a punch and a Susan's Garden die set from Sizzix.

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Party Time Tuesdays where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,
Crafty Girls where anything goes,
Crafters' Cafe where anything goes,
I Love Promarkers where anything goes,

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

(Almost) a Last Batch of Christmas Cards

I've got a few more cards that I need to do for DT commitments, but other than those, I spent some time over the last few days finishing off my Christmas cards.

For these, I've used a stamp from Chocolate Baroque for the main image. I stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers. The background uses a stamp from Inky Doodles, again using Memento ink, and stamped the offset diamonds using Distress Ink in Spun Sugar and Scattered Straw. The sentiment is from Heartfelt creations and cut using Spellbinder dies. Both images are finished with a little Glamour Dust in gold.




These four all use stamps from Heartfelt Creations as well as Spellbinders dies. The images are coloured with Promarkers and highlighted using Glamour Dust, and use papers and various laces from my stash.



Again, the stamps are by Heartfelt Creations and the images are coloured with Promarkers, highlighted with Glamour Dust. Papers, ribbons and lace are from my stash.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 105

This time, our challenge is set by my team mate Viv, and she wants 'clean and simple'.

Our sponsors are:


See the challenge blog for prize details.

Now, I think my style tends towards 'clean and simple', but as with anything, there are degrees. I love my layers, patterned papers (although I don't like combining them) and I prefer a little embellishment especially when I use a simple image. But, for this challenge, one of Viv's requirements is 'white space', so I put on my thinking cap and came out of my comfort zone.



I paper pricked a dog rose image by Janet Wilson before die cutting and mounting it onto blue mirricard. I've stuck with a big expanse of white in the background, but felt it needed something to stop it 'bleeding off the edge of the card', so I matted with more mirror card leaving a very narrow border, and finished with some velour ribbon and a spot of glitter glue.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge where anything goes,
Scrapper's Delight where anything goes,
4 Crafty Chicks where anything goes,
Baffie's Creative Shop where anything goes,
Creative Moments where they want clean and simple,

Sunday, 24 November 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 191

This week at One Stitch at a Time, we've got a game for you. We want you to play Bingo!

Our sponsor this week is:
and you can win three Promarkers!

I decided to go for the line from top left to bottom right, but I also fulfilled the middle horizontal line!

I used an image from Pookie Designs called Pook Puck which is available from the Stitchy Bear shop.

So, I've used green, blue, dies, four layers and there's a little bit of Stickles at the centre of one of the flowers!

I coloured the image with Promarkers, including giving the image a peachy shadow, then added some Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers around the outside. The paper is from Paper Pizazz, and I also layered with a doily. The flowers and leaves were all die cut, and I used Promarkers and Distress Ink for detail on them.

I hope you can join us this week!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge where anything goes,
Scrapper's Delight where anything goes,
4 Crafty Chicks where anything goes,
Baffie's Creative Shop where anything goes,
Divas by Design where they want us to 'make it pretty',
Sweet Stamps where anything goes,
Brown Sugar where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,

Sunday, 17 November 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 190

This week at One Stitch at a Time, we're having that best of all challenges - an anything goes!

We're sponsored by:

See the challenge blog for details.

This time, the image was chosen by my team mate Shell, and it's Inviting Hug from Reeses Scrap Pieces.

I used the ready-coloured version, and added a background and wording in Photoshop Elements before printing. I then used all three of the supplied paper designs to complete the card!


It's a very simple card, but still quite effective, I think. And let's face it, we often need to make simple cards - especially for Christmas when we're making a lot more than usual!

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Cards for Men where the theme is 'Merry Christmas',
'C' is for Challenge where the theme is Christmas,
Deep Ocean where the theme is 'winter',
LEJ where the theme is 'Season's Greetings',
Papertake Weekly where the theme is 'snow and ice',
4 Krafty Girlz where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,

Sunday, 10 November 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 189

This week at One Stitch at a Time, our challenge is 'Festivals'. Now, if you look on the challenge blog, then it'll say 'holidays' but I'm trying to avoid that word because it means something very different to me than what the challenge is really about. So, think of a festival ... Christmas, New Year, Guy Fawkes, Easter, even smaller festivals like Valentine's day or Hallowe'en, and make something for it.

The sponsor is
and you can win a range of images from various of the artists who sell through the shop.

I used an image from Cootsy Creations, and I made a Christmas card.

I coloured the image with Promarkers, but did the background using pastel colour applied with cotton buds. I've embossed the background using folders by Papermania and Sizzix, cut the image using a Spellbinder's die, and embellished with a Joanna Sheen Signature die.

I was going to use a Cuttlebug folder, but couldn't because those folders are just too small! They were the first on the market and as a result, I've got quite a few, but I rarely use them these days because they're such an odd size. They're too short for even an A6 card, and I rarely make anything that small. The small Sizzix folder I used is, at least, just big enough for 140mm which is the size I used here. The Papermania folder is 5 by 7 which is better, but these days, I'm only really buying square folders - so much better!

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

By Lori Designs where they want ribbons and bows,
Inky Impressions where they want dies and punches,
Whimsy where anything goes,
Papertake Weekly where anything goes,
Bearly Mine where anything goes,
Jo's Scrap Shack where they want things with wings,
Sister Act where anything goes,


Sunday, 3 November 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 188

This week at One Stitch at a Time, our challenge is to use a digi! Easy!

We're sponsored by
See the challenge blog for details.

This time, I got to choose an image from Sentimental Susan for Hazel, Shell and Lisa. I chose Bear Guitar, as I've got two guitar-playing sons and it appealed to my sense of humour.
I added the wording in Photoshop Elements, printed, and coloured with Promarkers. For the background, I embossed some pearlescent white card using folders from Crafter's Companion and, I think, Papermania. I matted with blue to match the text, and die cut some snowflakes from the same card using Cuttlebug and Spellbinders dies. I finished the snowflakes with glitter glue to add a bit of sparkle.

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments where anything goes,
Party Time Tuesdays where anything goes,
Lady Anne where anything goes with a stamp,
Crafty Hands where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,
Aud Sentiments where they want Christmas sentiments,
Moving Along with the Times where they want no patterned paper

Thursday, 31 October 2013

I've Been Busy!

It's half term this week, and since I've still got loads of Christmas cards to make, I decided to get stuck in! I've had several sessions of cardmaking, using different techniques.

 For this card, I've used a couple of Chocolate Baroque stamps from a set I bought recently. I stamped the main image in black ink on white card. I then stamped the bauble image on black card using an embossing pad and embossed in white before cutting it out. The background was embossed using a Sizzix folder, and the card finished with some ribbon and a bow.
Similar techniques here - and this time, I've used a different Chocolate Baroque stamp - one of the big, bold backgrounds. I stamped the image in embossing ink on white card, then embossed in clear. Then, I shaded the background using Distress Ink. The background to the sentiment was cut using a Go Kreate die, and the Happy Christmas used a Britannia die. The bauble used two Memory box dies.
And, exactly as above, but with the bauble colours the other way around.

For the next four, I used a set of images and papers from a CDRom from Digital Crafting Essentials magazine. The images I've used are all from the Crafter's Companion Paintbox Poppets range.




I've used the same basic design each time, cutting the front of the card in half, and covering the inside and front with layers of card, mirror board and paper before attaching the matted image to the front and then embellishing. They're really lovely images, and the papers are pretty too.

And finally, a card using an image from the Enchanted Dreams CDRom


I think I've still got another twenty or so to make!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 103

This time, our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers has been set by Fiona, who wants monochrome purple creations. She will allow skin or hair colours to be more natural, but other than that, it's purple all the way!

Our sponsors this time are


See the challenge blog for more details.

Well, a friend asked me to make an anniversary card for her parents, and since her mother's favourite colour is apparently purple, it seemed like a good match.

I've gone rather overboard with my Big Shot Pro to make this card! First, I cut a six inch square card using a Britannia Lattice Edge die. I've been disappointed with this die because it takes a lot of shimming and several passes to cut well, and the detailing on the die over-embosses and seems to take some silver colour from the die by the time you've succeeded. You also get a strong embossed mark from the edge of the die that I haven't been able to get rid of. But that's what embellishment is for!

I embossed a piece of pearlescent white card using an embossing folder, and cut it to match the general shape of the card front. I made the sentiment in Photoshop Elements, and cut and matted the result using Spellbinders dies. For the flowers, I used Susan's Garden dies, Promarkers, Pastels, Distress Ink and Stickles.

I decorated the inside of the card so that you could see the purple showing through the lattice.
But, when I tried to stand the card up, I realised that the lattice makes the bottom of the front of the card too floppy, so I had to reinforce it, and used some more of the purple for that.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Hands where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,
Craftin' Boutique where anything goes,
Rhedd and Rosie where anything goes,
Challenges 4 Everybody where anything goes,
Lacy Sunshine where anything goes,
My Creative Moments where anything goes.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 187

This week at One Stitch at a Time, our challenge is Boo! So, either something with a Hallowe'en theme, or colours associated with Hallowe'en. We're sponsored this time by
 who're going to give three Promarkers to the lucky winner!

Now, if you're like me, you can't imagine sending a Hallowe'en card to anyone. It's just not an occasion for cards, despite the fact that, as a Scot, it's always been a notable date on the calendar. (Although, I must admit since the whole 'Trick or Treat' thing crossed the Atlantic, I now give do my best to ignore it.) So, I went for Hallowe'en colours. They seem to be black and orange (although again, I assume the orange is a US import along with the idea of pumpkins. We used to use turnips (or swedes if you're not a Scot) and dug those out to make lanterns. (Much harder work, I assure you ...)

Anyway, that's a long explanation of why I chose Cootsy Creations' image and papers called Tiger.


I shrank one of the papers as a background to the tiger image before printing, then coloured the image with Promarkers. The background is another paper from the set, and I finished with some black card for matting, some black ribbon and a silver sun which I warmed a bit using a Pumpkin Promarker.

 I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stash where they want orange and black,
Creative Romance where they've got a 'metal mania' theme,
Crafty Hands where anything goes,
Digi Haven where they want 'orange and black',
Kitty Bee where they want black, white plus one,
QKR where they're seeing orange,
Sister Act where anything goes,
Craftin' Boutique where anything goes,
Rhedd and Rosie where anything goes,

Sunday, 20 October 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 186

This week, at One Stitch at a Time, we've got another 'Anything Goes' challenge, so show us what you've been up to! We're sponsored by
For details, see the challenge blog.

This week, the image I used was chosen by my team mate, Hazel, and it's called Birthday Girl from Stitchy Bear herself.


I added the wording and border in Photoshop Elements, then coloured our Birthday Girl using Promarkers and some very bright, girly colours. The backing paper shows the spoils of a recent trip to the BSSBS at Alexandra Palace. I used a set of stamps from Inky Doodles. They're a great idea - three different patterns that you can use together or in any combination. They're repeatable, and between them there are so many effects you can get. I used all three for this paper, stamping using Distress Ink, then added some more ink to the background with some Ink Dusters. To finish, I've used some organza ribbon, a couple of buttons and a clock charm, because, if birthdays aren't about time passing, I don't know what else they could be about!

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Bearly Mine where anything goes,
Ladybird Crafts where anything goes,
Crafty Ribbons where anything goes with a ribbon,
Addicted to Stamps and More where they want us to 'make our mark',
Lady Anne where they want us to stamp,
Doodle Pantry where anything goes with a digi,
A Creative Romance where the theme is 'pink',
Sister Act where anything goes.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 102

This time, our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers was set by Betty, and she's chosen Shabby Chic. Our sponsors are:

See the challenge blog for details.

Now, when I started this, I had no idea what shabby chic meant. (I'm not sure I get it now, either, but I've tried to follow suggestions from my team mates.) I see people using the description about their own creations, and I can't say I've seen a common thread. Some are very heavily embellished and feminine, others much plainer and obviously distressed in some way. But, I decided to set off on a journey of discovery.

My first attempt had me looking through my stamp collection, and I finally came up with this:
I stamped an Inkylicious image with a Big and Juicy Mountain Meadow stamp pad, arranging it so the leaves towards the bottom were green, while the flowers above shaded from blue, through purple to red. I used some cut and dry foam and Ink Dusters to edge and distress the background using the same ink pad. Again using the Mountain Meadow pad, I created a background paper using Ink Dusters and some Tapestry stamps I've had for years but rarely use. I added a couple of lengths of wide lace and put a finished with a punched border top and bottom with added glitter glue.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Campers where they want us to 'show our flowers',
Addicted to Stamps and More where anything goes,
Lady Anne where anything goes,
Brown Sugar where anything goes,




My second attempt uses an image from our sponsor, Milk Coffee.

I coloured the image with Promarkers before cutting it out. The background paper is from my all-time favourite digital set. I've had it for a couple of years now. It's from Panda Bear Designs via the Stitchy Bear shop, and I just love the rainbow shades over beautifully fluffy clouds in this one. I lightly sanded the paper, giving it a slightly scuffed appearance. (I'm not mad about things that look really 'shabby' or 'distressed', so it's fairly subtle.) I gave the image a little shaping before attaching it using glue gel. I created a frame using some lace, and finished with some punched flowers centred with glitter glue.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Artistic Impressions where they want us to 'make it girly',
4 Krafty Girlz where anything goes,
My Heart Pieces where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes.

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