Sunday, 26 October 2008

Ismaki Challenge - Happy Birthday Bethany!

You may well be thinking, "I'm sure she said she was going away...." and I can confirm that you are right! I'm posting this on Thursday afternoon and if blogger is behaving, this should be appearing on Sunday morning!

I made this card following this weeks Ismaki sketch. The only problem is, I can't really enter it as I forgot to add the sentiment which is supposed to run down the right hand side of the card! Whoops!

I have been after this image of Martha for ages, ever since Kerry unveiled them on her blog. Lucky for me, Sam included a great stack of them in the images she sent me this week!

I coloured her with ProMarkers and mounted onto a (doctored!) Nestie rectangle. This panel was then mounted on 3D pads onto DCWV paper and Core'dinations CS, which in turn was mounted onto a top fold card blank. To finish the card off, I added Poppicrafts ribbon and flower and a wooden #3 which I coated in sparkly hot pink glitter. As the title of the post suggests, I made this card for my friends little girl, Bethany, who turns 3 this Sunday. Kerry's cutie pie image was perfect for the occasion!

I should be back Monday evening and I look forward to catching up with all your blogs then!

Lots of love,

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Friday, 24 October 2008

Another Image Swap Card

Hi All! As promised, here is the other wallet card that I made for my blogging chum Sam.

As you can see, it is a pretty simple design using DCWV Spring Stack papers and a cute Alota stamp image which I coloured with my ProMarkers. I finished the card with ribbon and lots of adhesive gems!

I received Sam's images just after I dropped this in the post and I am now feeling incredibly guilty as Sam sent me approximately 1 million gorgeous stamped images and I only sent her about...... 20! Hmm, me thinks a 'top-up' parcel may be going into the post shortly!

P.S. Sorry if I am slow to post or respond to comments over the next couple of days, I'll be up in Sheffield cheering Ali on at the National Masters Short Course Swimming Champs - GO TEAM! ~x~ Pin It

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Basic Grey Loveliness

I have a load of cards that I have to make at the moment, a mixture of commissions, birthday cards and friendship swaps. At first I thought that I'd over-committed myself but amazingly my mojo was on fire last night and I ended up making 2 cards in just a couple of hours - almost unheard of for me!

The first card is a wallet which I made for a friend on the Docrafts forum who is sending me some beading stuff in exchange for some Rubber Romance stamped images.

As both the image and the paper are so bold, I kept this card really simple. I just layered some Basic Grey 'Scarletts Letter' paper onto black cardstock and added glass bead accents in the corners. 'Samantha' is coloured with ProMarkers and mounted onto more black card. The whole thing is finished with some thin black ribbon which ties the open edges of the wallet together.

I'll be back soon with the other card I made last night! Thanks for visiting!

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Friday, 17 October 2008

Blog Candy

Blimey, there are a lot of generous people out there offering some lovely blog candy. Not only that, they are all incredibly talented peeps so make sure you pay them a visit!

Terrie has a stack of stuff on offer to celebrate her Blogoversary. Make sure you visit by 12pm on Saturday 25 October to be in with a chance of winning!

Nikki wants to give away some goodies to one of her followers. All you have to do is sign up to be a follower of her blog and you will be entered into the draw. Closing date Tuesday 4 November at 1pm.

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Thursday, 16 October 2008

Am I a Scrap Addict? Sketch 4

I recently realised that I have a pile of untouched papers that came free with various magazines. Some of these are horrid but some are really nice so I thought it was high time that I started to use them. And what better time to start than on my DT card for the new Am I a Scrap Addict? card sketch?!

The image is imaginatively named 'Maggie with Stick' and is one of the few Christmasy stamps I (currently) own. I have coloured her with ProMarkers and highlighted the star with Stickles. The sentiment is computer generated and, as I previously mentioned, the paper came free with a magazine.

I think that takes the tally to three Christmas cards done so far. Roll on payday when I can buy some more festive images. I don't think 2 Christmasy-ish stamps are going to get me through do you?!

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Sunday, 12 October 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Pink & Green

Sorry for not posting a card since last week - I've been too busy colouring up images with my new Pro Markers! Oh, how I love them! Such great colours and so easy to work with.

After several days of play, I finally decided that I had done far too much colouring and that I really did need to start turning the images into cards! So, without further ado, I present to you my entry into this weeks A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge - Pink & Green........

I started off by layering some pink Core'dinations cardstock onto my card blank. Onto this, I layered more Core'dinations pink card and three strips of DCWV Spring papers. I tied a bow around this panel and added a 'Thanks' metal tag from the Eyelet Outlet. I coloured my Alota image with Pro Markers (mmm, yummy!) and outlined the image to make it 'pop'. The image was then layered onto a Nestie rectangle (which I hacked a bit out of to make it shorter!) and mounted onto the card with 3D pads. The whole thing was finished off with some Primas and a silver brad.

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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Yippee! I WON!

Just a quick one this morning to tell you some exciting news....... I won Marlene's blog candy!!! I am going to be the proud owner of 2 Hangler and Stangler angels..... amongst other gorgeous things!

Thank you SO much Marlene, you've made my day..... and possibly my month!

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Sunday, 5 October 2008

The Secret Crafter - Saturday Challenge #1

Hey everyone, hope you are all having a good weekend despite the 'orrible weather. This morning, I decided that, as Christmas really isn't all that far away, I really need to get cracking with some Christmas cards. The only problem is, as I only started crafting in February, I don't actually have any specific Christmas stamps yet!

After faffing around online for a while, I discovered Dinky Dots Crafts. Not only do they have the most adorable designs, they also offer their images in downloadable PDF versions as well as in stamp form. I was won over instantly by their cuteness and so downloaded 'Eskimo Kisses'.

For this card, I followed this week's sketch on The Secret Crafter challenge blog. I coloured my Eskimo Kisses download with my new Promarkers (I LOVE THEM!) and layered onto Nestie circles with 3D pads. The papers are freebies from a magazine and the sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! set called Circle of Friendship.

Going back to my earlier comment, I'm hoping some of you can offer me some advice. As funds are a bit tight, I can't really afford to go out on a massive splurge for loads of different Christmas themed stamps. So I need to find a handful which are lovely, easy to work with and yet really good value for money. So.......What do you reckon? What are your fave Xmas stamps? I could really do with your help on this one girlies!

Have a good week!

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Thursday, 2 October 2008

Am I a Scrap Addict? - Sketch 3

Well, after my hols, I've had no choice but to get right back into it. Why?! Well, I had my 3rd Am I a Scrap Addict DT card to make didn't I?!

I found this weeks sketch a little tricky so I rotated it 90 degrees and, all of a sudden, it became a lot easier to manage!

I matted Bazzill Bon Bon card onto a square card blank and added a strip of Doodlebug 'All a Flutter' paper, layered on Bazzill Bubblegum cardstock. On top of this, I added an embossed panel of Bazzill Swimming Pool card. The image is Elzybells 'Shopaholic' and is coloured with Prismacolor pencils and Sansodor. The whole card is finished with a Rubber Romance stamped sentiment, ribbon and some adhesive gems.

I so loved this Elzybells image that I used her again to make a little image wallet for a RAK I sent to my friend Sheila. The image and sentiment are completely appropriate for Sheila as she really is a complete (self-confessed!) shopaholic!

Thanks for popping by!

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