Truly Scrumptious Challenge #6

>> Wednesday, 29 April 2009

This week the Truly Scrumptious team were given some fab digital downloads to play with! Regina at the Cutting Cafe is sponsoring the challenge so the team chose the 'Cupcake' set to make our cards with. There is a sketch to work with and we would like your cards to be 'good enough to eat'.

Here is my card:

This was actually quite a quick card to make as I only had to colour the cupcakes papercase! For the icing I covered the whole area with glue added a few seed beads and then covered the whole area with pink glitter. The papers are all Bo Bunny and I used my label nesties for the mat behind the cake. The sentiment is also from the Cutting Cafe cupcake set. I simply used my 1 1/2" circle punch and then used chalks to add a bit of colour.

Do pop over to the Truly Scrumptious blog to see the yummy creations my fellow DT members have made.


Magnolia Down Under - Go Dotty!

>> Saturday, 25 April 2009

This is my final guest DT card for the Magnolia Down Under challenge blog. The theme for this weeks challenge is dots.

I seem to have lost my mojo at the moment; not sure where its gone but several cards have ended up in the bin recently, hence the lack of cards on this blog! I've used a favourite layout of mine for this card. The papers are Daisy Bucket, although you can't see as many of the red dots as I would have liked. Tilda is coloured with distress inks and watercolour pencils and I've added a bit of doodling to the red scalloped circle and the punched flowers.


Bildmalarna DT card

>> Friday, 24 April 2009

I finally found some time to play with my lovely new Bildmalarna stamps and to make my first DT card. I've used a fabulous sketch by Murmur over at Friday Sketchers. The stamp I have used is Mimosa's Summer Flower and I've coloured her with distress inks (dress, hair & cheeks) water colour pencils (skin) and tombow pens (flower & grass). The paper is from the Crate Paper Katlin collection - I really must get some more of this as the colours are beautiful. My flowers are a mixture of Primas, punches and paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. Mimosa is mounted onto some matching DP which I scalloped with my MS punch.

My mojo has deserted me recently - I think its gradually coming back so hopefully I'll get some more crafting time this weekend.


Exciting News!!

>> Monday, 20 April 2009

Last week I received an email from Lalla at Bildmalarna Stamps asking if I would like to be a Guest Designer for their summer collection! It took me about 1 milli-second to accept! And look what landed on my doorstep this morning all the way from Sweden. Aren't they adorable!!

I already have a few of their gorgeous stamps and I can't wait to get ink on this cuties, I just hope I do them justice.


Magnolia Down Under - Guest DT card

>> Saturday, 18 April 2009

It's my third week as a Guest Designer for the fantastic Magnolia Down Under blog. This week the theme is 'Cupcakes' and you probably need your sunglasses for this card!! I chose my paper first (Basic Grey Ambrosia) and picked out the green and pink as my accent colours.

I stamped Tilda and then masked her to stamp the cupcake. I've coloured my image with watercolour pencils and distress inks. I used my labels nesties to cut the pink and green card behind Tilda and then embossed the pink one with the Cuttlebug. The scalloped edges at the bottom were created with a Martha Stewart punch and the flowers are made using retro flower punches. I wasn't sure what sentiment to add so I've left it blank for now - I can add one later. Do pop over to the blog as the DT have made some gorgeous cards this week.


Truly Scrumptious Challenge #5

>> Wednesday, 15 April 2009

It's time for the fifth challenge over on the Truly Scrumptious blog and this week Michele has created a fantastic sketch with the theme of making a card for a child.

I've made this card for my work colleagues 12 year old daughter who I am sure would strongly dispute being a child!!

I've used my Whiff of Joy stamp, Willow with Umbrella, who is one of my all time favourites. She is coloured with distress inks, the shadow and grass with Tombow markers and the umbrella has been stamped twice and layered using silicone glue. All the papers are Basic Grey Bittersweet, the corner decoration is a Cuttlebug die and the sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly. I also added little raindrops of diamond glaze to the spots on her umbrella.

Whimsy Stamps are sponsoring this challenge and there are some lovely stamps for the winner so do pop over to the blog and join in the fun!


An award

>> Tuesday, 14 April 2009

I've been given this gorgeous blog award by Teresa. Isn't it cute? I'm going to pass it on to five blogging buddies who all make fabulous cards: Tonya, Dawn, Kellie, Danielle and Claire.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter. We had a day out at the beach yesterday and although we needed to keep our sweatshirts on it was warm and sunny and Thomas had a fantastic time climbing the sand dunes and paddling in the sea.


Magnolia Down Under

>> Saturday, 11 April 2009

It's my second week as guest DT member on the Magnolia Down Under blog and this week our challenge is 'Sepia Tones'. Now these colours are a bit out of my comfort zone but I bought this DP by Graphic 45 at Crafts U Love a few weeks ago which is perfect for this card. I kept the layout simple, using my nesties for the mat behind Tilda. She has been coloured with distress inks (vintage photo, tea dye and spiced marmalade) and I'm afraid I clipped her wings! The strip along the bottom is the reverse side of the DP and the flower is punched from card which has been stamped with a Crafty Individual text stamp. The sentiment is from Paper Mania.

All the edges have been distressed with my fingernail - if anyone knows where I can buy a distressing took please let me know - and then sponged with vintage photo distress ink.


Friday Sketchers

>> Friday, 10 April 2009

Wow, what a busy week! My feet have hardly touched the ground which means little time for crafting. Which might not be a bad thing as my mojo seems to have gone on holiday! I finished an anniversary card for my husband today but its awful (too bad to post on here) so its back to the drawing board.

The weather here has been pretty miserable this afternoon. My friend and I took our dogs for a long walk through the woods and we all got pretty wet and muddy - its a bit of a joke that it always rains when we get together for our walks; we seem to jinx the weather!!

This card is for the Friday Sketchers challenge - a lovely sketch drawn by Jacqueline. I've used my gorgeous Mimosa stamp which I've coloured with distress inks and then added some paper flowers edged with stickles. The paper is by Magenta. I cut two slits in the pale green card and slid the paper through to create a green background strip for my ribbon. Every three months I take our dog to Tunbridge Wells to be clipped and just along the road from the 'pooch parlour' is a huge sewing shop where I stock up on ribbon and I found this pretty one there yesterday. The swirl is a Sizzix die cut from the reverse of the Magenta paper and the sentiment is Paper Mania.

And I am a very proud mummy as Thomas (aged 17 months) has made his first card! He made it at nursery this week. He's not keen on finger painting but loves sticking things. He even used DCWV paper - I gave the nursery an old matstack I hadn't used in years!!


Sugar Sugar

>> Monday, 6 April 2009

I made this little gift box for this months Sugar Sugar challenge. I was searching for a while to find a box template that made a box big enough for me to add a stamped image and some embellishments. I found this one on Katie Renz's blog and it was so simple to make. I used Bazzil cardstock for the box, the DP is by The Paper Company and I cut it so the pattern continues around the box.

The gorgeous SN stamp is coloured with Tombow markers. I still need lots of practice to get used to these as the colours are stronger than distress inks and they bleed more too. I added some Quickutz leaves, Prima flowers and paper roses to the top and threaded some beads onto the stem of one of the roses. On the back I just added a punched flower to hide where the two ribbon ends join.


Magnolia Down Under - First Guest DT Card

>> Saturday, 4 April 2009

When Kellie emailed me with the theme for my first Guest DT card, 'A Child is Born', I panicked as I don't have any baby related Magnolia stamps. I had a frantic scramble through my stash and found the Woodware set I used to make our baby announcement cards. Bingo!

The announcement fits nicely inside my largest labels nestie and I've inked the edges with pink Versacolor. Tilda is coloured with distress inks and the DP is from Making Memories. I rummaged through my drawers to find baby embellishments and came up with a pink safety pin and some tiny buttons.

Please visit the Magnolia Down Under blog and take a look at the fantastic DT cards and join in the challenge.


Truly Scrumptious Challenge #4

>> Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Wow, we're up to challenge #4 already! This week Mina has created a lovely sketch and the theme is flower power:

Our sponsors this week are Whiff of Joy and the winner of this weeks challenge will win an adorable stamp.

I've used the gorgeous Daisy from Sugar Nellie for my card as she fitted perfectly in my circle! I've used my Nesties for all the circles and added circles cut from mesh to tuck in behind Daisy. She has been coloured with distress inks and twinkling H2O's and I used a pale grey Tombow pen to create a shadow outline around her. The DP is from Fancy Pants. For my flowers I used a Quickutz leaf die, my favourite EK Success retro flower punches and some of my new paper roses. Daisy thought these were really pretty so I gave her one to hold!


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