Bleary eyed!

>> Sunday, 31 August 2008

Why? Because it was 12.30am this morning when I finished this card and I was up at 7am this morning with Thomas! I've used Jen del Muro's sketch for this card and I'm also going to enter it for this weeks OCC challenge (birthday card) and the Penny Black Saturday challenge (stars and stripes). The papers are Basic Grey and I've used a matching brad along with a Making Memories flowers and button. I stamped this cute bunny on water colour paper and used my w/c pencils to colour in.

PS. The stripes on the paper are wonky by design, the image is mounted straight - honest!


Blue and green should never be seen.....

>> Saturday, 30 August 2008

LOL! I think they go quite well on this card! This card is for two challenges: Cute Card Thursday where the theme this week is 'water' and A Spoon Full of Sugar where the challenge is to use three different ribbons. I've coloured Lily & Milo with Prisma colour pencils and added diamond glaze rain drops to the umbrella and to the puddle they are standing in. The papers are Basic Grey and I added some beads (I really should use beads on my cards more often) and a punched daisy.


>> Thursday, 28 August 2008

This card is for two different challenges. The sketch is from this weeks SCS sketch challenge and I've added some faux stiching for the Papertake Challenge. I decided not to use patterned paper for this card so I used some Lasting Impressions paper and embossed the green background with some swirls. I've coloured Tilda with Prisma pencils and ran the lilac panel through the Cuttlebug. I added the faux stiching with a glaze pen. I found some lovely buttons in a sewing shop near where I work so had to add one to the flower!


>> Wednesday, 27 August 2008

How exciting! Jo at Sketch Saturday is looking for some DT members! The challenge was to create 2 cards (or ATC's or layouts etc) using this weeks sketch and to make one of them with a Christmas theme. I haven't been shopping for my Christmas crafting bits yet but I used my Woodware fairy who came with interchangeable sentiments. I've coloured her with Prisma pencils and added some diamond glaze to her wings. I've used blue metallic card for my base which I ran through my Cuttlebug with the snowflake embossing folder. I used a Hero Arts snowflake stamp (with Staz-on ink) to stamp onto a strip of vellum and I punched the snowflakes from white glitter card and pink metallic card and added a tiny pink gem to the middle.

For my second card I went bright! The paper is from Crate Paper and I've combined it with lime, pink and biscuit coloured bazzil card. I embossed the lime strip with swiss dots. I love this Lily & Milo stamp and I've stamped it onto watercolour paper and coloured with watercolour pencils. I've had the ribbon & slider in my stash for ages.

Fingers crossed!


>> Sunday, 24 August 2008

Here is my card for this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge. I've been wanting to use this paper (Crate Paper) for a while and it seemed just right for this card. It's double sided and I've embossed the paper for the background. Tilda is coloured with Prisma pencils (I think I'm starting to get the hang of them now!) and I've used a white glaze pen to add a few highlights. The flowers are Making Memories and I've threaded the brad through a jewellery spacer bead first to give it a bit more dimension. I used matching CP paper to punch the envelope and then cut the tag with a punch before adding the sentiment. The ribbon just matched the card colours perfectly so I felt I had to include it somewhere!


>> Friday, 22 August 2008

Two cards to upload this morning. The first is for the Papertake challenge. I love this sketch and have used it for my husbands birthday card. I don't have many stamps suitable for making male cards but this one is very suitable for my hubby! The papers are from Doodlebug and I've inked the edges with distress ink.

My second card is a SCS sketch and also for the Cute Card Thursday challenge which was to use bright colours. I've used my Basic Grey papers again along with some burgandy bazzil card. I cut a slit in the circle to thread the patterned paper through. Tilda is coloured with water colour pencils and I sponged the flowers very lightly with burgandy ink.


Blog candy alert!

>> Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Juliet is giving away some lovely blog candy. Her blog is Juliets Paper Place so hurry over there now to be in with a chance to win!


This weeks Tilda & Co challenge was to create a card using just blue and white:- an icy card! I don't have any Christmas bits yet except for my new Cuttlebug snowflake folder so I made this notelet and embossed onto metallic blue card. I've coloured Tilda in water colour pencils and she's sitting on a white glitter card strip.

I love the sketch for this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge. I used my prisma pencils for the first time and I'm reasonably happy with the results. I'm sure my colouring will get better with more practise!! It's not clear from the card but I've used diamond glaze over the puddle to give it a watery appearance. The paper is from Basic Grey and the sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp which I've cut in two. The rest of the card is Bazzil cardstock.


>> Thursday, 14 August 2008

I've received so many crafting goodies this week its hard to know which ones to start playing with first! This is my card for this weeks Cute Card Thursday challenge and I've used two of my new Magnolia stamps and my Cuttlebug. The paper is Basic Gray and the flowers are Making Memories, the ribbon is from my stash.


>> Sunday, 10 August 2008

You know when you have those days when you spend more time browsing the internet for crafting goodies or looking at blogs and forums for inspiration than you do actually crafting? I started this card Friday evening and its now finally finished on Sunday evening! It's for this weeks Cute Card Thursday challenge which is entitled "the two of us". I used a sketch from the Ismaki challenge a few weeks ago for my layout. The papers are Basic Gray and I've coloured Lilly & Milo with watercolour pencils. I made the flower embellishments from shrink plastic, the sentiment is stamped onto a die cut shape and the ribbon is from my stash.

I also have to admit to a bit more online shopping! I've been put off buying some Prisma pencils because of the price but I did a search on eBay and bought some from an American seller. I didn't stop there!! I ordered some Sansodor, paper stumps and then went over to the Glitter Pot and ordered some more stamps; Rachel Anne Miller, Magnolia and Sarah Kay. Can't wait for everything to arrive now.


>> Thursday, 7 August 2008

This is my first card for the Splitcoast Stampers forum. They have some great challenges and this one was a sketch which you can find here. I used some paper from my new BG pack, together with bazzil cardstock. The fairy and toadstool are from a Woodware clear stamp set "Fairy Delights". I really love this sketch and its one I will definitely use again.


>> Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Today was my first day back at work after maternity leave. It was a bit overwhelming at first but it wasn't long before I felt as though I'd never been away! Thomas didn't get on quite so well and was very tearful at the in-laws. Hopefully it won't take him too long to get used to being left.

Here is my card for the Tilda & Co Blog challenge. I've stamped the image onto watercolour paper. I found it much easier to shade and blend the colours and it was easy to correct my mistakes too! The background paper is from ScribbleScrabble and the card is all Bazzil. The sign is a Quickutz die and I've hand written "no fishing" in silver glitter pen.


>> Tuesday, 5 August 2008

It's been AGES since my last entry. I do have a good excuse though, I've made a start on reorganising and decorating our bedroom and the junk had to go somewhere - you guessed it - my crafting room! Which means I couldn't actually get to my desk for quite a while!! But I've had a tidy up and I'm back in the land of cardmaking! I'm so excited as I ordered my Cuttlebug yesterday! I was going to wait and put it on my Christmas list but decided that was too long to wait and CraftsULove had it on offer so I ordered it and a few embossing folders. I also bought a few bits from the craft shop at Bluewater today; a lovely Basic Grey paper pack with matching brads and some cardstock. So I'm ready to go!

Here is a card I put together quickly last night for the Papertake challenge. The paper is from DCWV oriental matstack and the stamp is from a Woodware clear set. The paper is so pretty I didn't want to add another pattern so kept it simple and as the sentiment wouldn't fit into a circle I stamped it at the bottom and added a chinese coin instead.


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