Saturday, 28 March 2015

A Gem of a Challenge DT Card - Shaped Cards

We have a lovely new challenge for you at A Gem of a Challenge, starting today, our theme is "Shaped Cards", so it's time to ditch the boring squares, which are my usual go to shape, and try something a little more interesting instead.  I've opted for a teapot shaped card, hand cut from a plastic template, but you could use bought shaped blanks or create your own with dies.
I've used the super cute Tea Time Hedgy digi stamp from the Pink Gem store, which I've coloured with Promarkers, then fussy cut and stuck to the card with foam pads.
 The papers are First Edition, Blank Canvas, the edges of which I inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The pretty coloured doily is from Trimcraft, and by chance, matched the spotty paper perfectly!
To embellish, I made some flowers with an assortment of Spellbinders dies, and added a sentiment stamped with a Lili of the Valley stamp.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Allsorts - #304 - Feature a Creature
Open Minded Crafting - #33 - Food Related
Suzy Bee's - #73 - Anything Goes with a Twist - Add a Sentiment
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #87 - Something Yummy to Eat or Drink
Simply Papercraft - #1 - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic - Bingo - Flowers, Sentiment, Image
Addicted to Stamps - #137 - Make Your Mark - I used Promarkers
Just Inspirational - Cute
Papertake - A Cut Above - I used dies, a punch and fussy cutting
Through the Purple Haze - #83 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Easter / Spring

It's that time of the week when we start a new challenge at I Love Promarkers, this time our theme is "Easter or Spring", and we're sponsored by Bunny Zoe.
I decided to make an egg shaped card featuring a digi that I coloured with Promarkers.  The digi was a freebie that I picked up some time ago, unfortunately I can't remember where from, but it sure is cute and I really enjoyed colouring it.
 I made the shaped blank from kraft card, using Xcut dies, they were also used to cut the inner layers; the printed paper is from a Trimcraft Mother's Day paper pack, and the white pearl layer was embossed with an Embossalicious folder.  I die cut some grass with a Marianne die to go along the bottom of the card, and positioned the image, which I fussy cut after colouring, to look as if the egg is resting on the grass and the flowers are growing from it.
To embellish, I added a border of dots of Liquid Pearls, a large double bow topped with a resin flower, a couple of tiny punched butterflies, and a sentiment stamped with a Lili of the Valley stamp.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Creative Card Crew - #83 - Easter Critters
Papertake - A Cut Above - I've used dies, a punch and fussy cutting
Passion for Promarkers - #289 - Chocolate
Artistic Inspirations - #128 - Anything Goes with a Twist of Easter
Eureka - #133 - Think Spring
Get Creative - #11 - Use a Die Cut
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #129 - Shaped Cards
Robyn's Fetish - #256 - Add a Bow
Brown Sugar - #138 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - #131 - Think Spring

Monday, 23 March 2015

Easter Cupcake

A fun Easter card today, in the shape of a cupcake, topped with tiny Easter eggs and lots of sprinkles.
 I used an Anita's shaped blank, and covered it with some ancient Papermania paper, which I ran through a paper crimper, for the cupcake wrapper.  Using the blank as a guide, I cut some pieces of brown card for the layers of icing, inking the edges with dark brown in for definition.
To decorate the icing, I die cut some egg shapes with an Xcut die and shaped them with a ball tool, and stuck them down between the layers of frosting.  I also went wild with the sprinkles, adding three different colours of Stickles and an assortment of gems.
To decorate the wrapper, I added some self adhesive lace, and a stamped sentiment, which I die cut with a Sue Wilson die.  The final touch was to add a couple of flowers, made with Woodware punches, with button centres.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #129 - Shaped Cards
Sentimental Sundays - #151 - Buttons, Brads and Bling
Allsorts - #303 - Cakes and Cupcakes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #87 - Something Yummy to Eat or Drink
Simply Create Too - #81 - Easter or Bunnies
Aud Sentiments - #127 - Use a Two Word Sentiment
Craft Your Passion - #254 - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - #83 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - #102 - Easter

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Your Favourite Song

It's challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, this week our theme is "Your Favourite Song", and we're sponsored by Live, Love Crafts.
My favourite song of all time is Moonshadow by Cat Stevens, and after a rummage through my stamp stash, I decided upon this sweet Lili of the Valley stamp, featuring a moon and clouds to cast a shadow.
 I coloured the image with Promarkers, adding a touch of Spectrum Noir pencils to the rabbit's face and to the moon, I also added a little Star Dust Stickles to the clouds and stars.
The card blank is a shaped one from Craftwork Cards, but the matting and layering was done with Spellbinders dies, standard and grand.  The stars were cut from glitter card using Xcut dies.
The pretty papers are Lili of the Valley, Shabby Shack, they're shabby chic but in lovely fresh colours, perfect for spring projects.
To finish, I added some yellow gems, and a sentiment stamped with a Hobby Craft stamp.

 I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Going Grey With Scrap Creations - Pastel Colours
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #128 - Glitter 'n' Sparkle
Addicted to Stamps - #136 - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Masculine Projects
Crafting For All Seasons - #58 - Pastel Hues
Inky Impressions - #201 - Pastel Colours
Inspiration Destination - #25 - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - B is for Beautiful Babies
Kitty Bee - #43 - Babies

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Seeing Red!

I made this card for my Mum, who has broken her arm, right up near her shoulder, so it can't be plastered.  She's in a collar and cuff sling, is in a lot of pain and unable to do anything for herself at the moment.
 As you can see, I've been playing with Brusho paints again.  I'm really enjoying experimenting with them, I mixed some up and spattered it onto the card to create the background, and for the flowers, I sprinkled the dry powder on to card and sprayed with water.  The flowers were stamped before painting with Tonic Pick of the Bunch stamps, using black archival ink.  Once the paint was dry, I went in Spectrum Noir pencils round the flower heads to add a little shadow, to make the flowers pop.
The banners were cut with Sue Wilson dies, the sentiment was stamped with a Stampin' Up stamp, and I finished off with a twine threaded button.  I didn't add many embellishments as the painted panel is so busy and bright.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafty Sentiments - Bright Colours
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #77 - Make It Square
Shopping Our Stash - #193 - I Made This
Through the Purple Haze - #82 - For Your Mum / Special Lady - For my Mum, who's broken her arm
Just Us Girls - #284 - Splatters
My Time to Craft - #283 - For a Special Lady - For my Mum

Monday, 16 March 2015

House Mouse and Friends GDT Card - CASE It

It's time for my second GDT card for House Mouse and Friends, this time the challenge is to CASE  (Copy and Share Exactly) this fabulous card by the very talented America, from the HM&F DT.
For my card I kept the circles, but reduced the number and made them larger, kept the partial images, kept the sentiment and bow at the top, but changed the style, kept the white embossed background matted onto coloured card, and used a little bling round the edges of the circles.  I changed the colours to pink and yellow and the theme to birthday to put my own spin on it.
 I used just one stamp set for the image on this card, colouring the images with Promarkers.  I made all the mice different colours to add interest, they are always such fun to colour.  The sentiment was stamped with a Lili of the Valley stamp.  The embosses background was done with a Crafter's Companion embossing folder, I think the ditzy cupcake and cherry design of this folder is lovely, and went rather well the images on this card.  I finished off with some pink gems and some baker's twine, including a weeny bow to echo the ribbon bow in America's card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Addicted to Stamps - #100 - Celebration
The Corrosive Challenge - #220 - Our Animal Friends
Aud Sentiments - #127 - Use a Two Word Sentiment
Craft Your Passion - #253 - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - #51 - Anything Goes

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Brusho Blooms

The more I play with my Brusho powder paints the more I love them, here's my latest card made using them, a CAS card for my auntie's birthday.
 I stamped and heat embossed with white powder, using a Papermania stamp, then sprayed the card with water, sprinkled on various colours of Brusho, and sprayed with water again.  Once dry, the pigment in the paints had stained the embossed areas, so I ironed the piece with a dry iron, on the reverse, onto some copy paper, to remove the stained surface layer.  I then cut out the image and raised it up with foam pads on a simple mat.
The sentiment was stamped with a Papermania, Lucy Cromwell stamp, and the final touch was to add a few gems.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Fab 'n' Funky - #250 - Focus on the Image
Crafty Sentiments - Birthday
Sweet Stamps - #212 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - B Is For... - Brusho, Blooms, Birthday, Bling
Lisa B - Spring Watercolours - I used Brusho
As You Like It - Rubber or Digi? - I love both, but rubber wins for the versatility of techniques, such a heat embossing, direct to stamp colouring with Distress Markers, scene building, and many, many more!