A card in a hurry

>> Saturday, 30 May 2009

Well that was my original plan but I forgot how long I take over colouring images with my Prisma pencils!!  And I’m out of practise too but I’m quite pleased with the result.  One of my oldest friends had a little boy recently and I wanted to make a card to send quickly.  Luckily I bought these stamps this week as they are perfect for a new baby card.  The fab layout is a sketch from this weeks Sketch & Stash challenge.


And I have to mention Britains Got Talent before I sign off for the evening.  What a fab show and Diversity were absolutely awesome and very deserved winners.

Card recipe:

bearStamps: Bubble & Squeak (Daisy & Dandelion range), Papermania sentiment

Colouring medium: Prisma pencils blended with Sansodor

Papers: Daisy Bucket

Embellishments: Making Memories button brads, ribbon from stash

Tools: Circle and scalloped circle nesties, Martha Stewart scallop punch


An award

>> Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The lovely Christine (DOL Creations) has passed this award on to me. Thank you so much Christine. I will be back later to pass it along but right now I have to go and dry my newly coloured hair to make sure it hasn't gone a horrible shade of green!


Truly Scrumptious Challenge #8

We are up to Challenge No.8 over on the Truly Scrumptious challenge blog. This week we are challenging you to make a card with more than one fold. There's no sketch to follow as there are so many different possibilities with this challenge. There are two prizes on offer this week; Christine (Sketching Stamper) is offering 6 digital images and we are looking for our first Guest Designer. Both winners will be chosen using Random.Org.

TS joy fold

For this challenge I have made a Joy Fold card. There is a great tutorial on the Splitcoast Stampers website, however, I did change the size of the card to suit my image and the poem inside. This card is for my Dad's birthday which is coming up next month. I find mens cards so hard especially when it comes to embellishments. After playing around with lots of different ideas I decided on some paper beads as I think they look a bit like the floaty thing on the end of Mimo's fishing rod! I usually use smooth watercolour paper for my images but, for a change, I've used a coarser one for this card and added some doodling as a border. The sentiment is raised on sticky fixers so you can tuck in the corner of the opening panel to keep the card closed. I found the poem on the internet.

I hope you can join in our challenge. The Truly Scrumptious challenges are every two weeks so you have plenty of time.

Stamp: Mimo Fishing from Bildmalarna
Colouring medium: Distress inks and tombow pen for shadow
Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Embellishments: Handmade paper beads,Quickutz photo corners, brad, ribbon, beads & fish charms from stash
Tools: Quickutz squeeze & circle nesties


Something a little different

>> Tuesday, 26 May 2009

I was asked a little while ago to make a 40th wedding anniversary card.  I didn’t really want to use an image but I don’t think I’ve ever made a card without one!  I spent ages browsing blogs and the internet and eventually found a fab card in the Do Crafts gallery which gave me inspiration. 


So no stamping on this card, no colouring and no papers  but I’m really pleased with the final result.


An extra night to craft

>> Thursday, 21 May 2009

Sugar Bowl

I usually work on Thursday evenings but the hall where I teach wasn’t available so I’ve had an evening at home. I really should have been cleaning the bathroom but the sketch for this weeks Sugar Bowl challenge was too tempting! I ordered this little sweetie a few weeks ago but this is the first time I’ve inked her up. I’m not sure what sentiment to put on this card – I think I’ll wait and add one later.

Card Recipe:

Stamp: Sugar Nellie

Colouring Medium: Distress inks & tombow pen (grass)

Paper: Bo Bunny

Embellishments: Prima flowers; Quickutz photo corner; ribbon, button & pearl beads from stash

Tools: EK retro flower punch, nesties


Papertake Weekly meets Basic Grey

>> Tuesday, 19 May 2009

What a hectic weekend.  We had friends over for dinner on Saturday night (my Jamie Oliver fish pie was a success) and on Sunday I was lucky enough to go to Wimbledon where they were celebrating the opening of centre court with its new roof.  We had an amazing day; Katherine Jenkins performed and we got to see Andre Agassi, Steffi Graff, Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters.  As a huge tennis fan it was fantastic to see these players again.

On to my card.  I’ve combined two challenges for this card.  Dawny has drawn a lovely sketch for Papertake Weekly and on the BG blog there’s a picture of a yummy ice cream to use for inspiration.

I had to use the BG Bittersweet papers for this card as they remind me of raspberry ripple ice cream.  I’ve coloured Mimosa with distress inks and tombow pens and added a bit of doodling.  I made the flower from four scalloped circles cut with my nesties.  I was trying to make the flower from Jami’s tutorial (see my side bar) but hers is far superior!  I took a deep breath and finally snipped a few pieces of my Prima Say it in Crystals; I have to stop saving things and allow myself to actually use them!!




>> Friday, 15 May 2009

Yay, my computer is fixed!  It needed a new keyboard and cost £230 (gulp) but I’m now connected with the outside world again.  Life has been hectic over the last two weeks.  I had a lovely weekend away with my Mum in Brugge where we enjoyed sightseeing in beautiful sunshine and ate some fantastic food.  Then I had three days working in London so I feel like I’ve spent the last two days trying to catch up with myself.

I did manage to fit in some card making though and this is my second Bildmalarna DT card.  I’ve coloured the adorable Mimosa with distress inks and then used Tombow pens to give her some shadow and grass to sit on.  I added some faux stitching around the DP panels and the tiny flower embellishments were found at the bottom of a drawer but the colours work perfectly with this card.  The corner swirl is a Cuttlebug die.

Bildmalarna DT card

My second card is for this weeks Just Magnolia challenge.  I had coloured Tilda with this paper in mind.  I’m not too keen on the colour on the reverse side of the paper (FancyPants) so I picked out the pink and green and used this colours to mat my paper onto.  I used a purple glitter pen to add faux stitching and tied a mini bouquet as a final touch.


Just Magnolia


Enforced break!

>> Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Hi everyone - unfortunately I am having to take an enforced break from blogging. Our 18 month old managed to climb up to the computer on Friday evening and knock a cup of coffee over the keyboard! Needless to say it made a horrible noise when we switched it back on a some of the keys don't work. So the laptop is now in computer hospital (which is very expensive) and may not be well enough to come home for up to 28 days!!!

Luckily I can use my work computer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but uploading cards won't be possible so I will try and visit your blogs when I can and as soon as we are back on-line I will have loads of cards to show you!

I'm afraid this means I'm unable to upload my card for next weeks Truly Scrumptious challenge but I hope to return to blogland very soon.


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