Wednesday, 10 February 2016

A Flurry of Snowflakes

Yet another Christmas card!  This was made at our Monday evening crafty get together last week, where we all played with my Mum's Tattered Lace pop up box card dies.  They really make it easy to do this style of card, I have serious die envy, even although I know I can borrow them whenever I like!  I love the effect of these cards, they are a 3D item, yet they fold flat for posting.
 I made the box from plain blue cardstock and used a Lili of the Valley paper pad called Frosty Christmas for the matting.  I then went wild with the snowflakes!  Using an Xcut die, set I cut a load of them, in various finishes of mirri, satin board and laser board, in blues and silver, then glued some to the box and some to each other, to create the blizzard I ended up with.  I added a sentiment with a Tonic die, which just happened to be the perfect size.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Shopping Our Stash - #328 - Bent Out Of Shape (Shaped Cards)
Crafting From The Heart - #98 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #27 - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - #72 - Anything Goes
The Glory Of Christmas - #77 - Fold and Cut
Fussy and Fancy - #156 - Monochrome
Creative Fingers - #102 - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - #22 - Anything Goes

Monday, 8 February 2016

Cutie Pie DT Card - All You Need it Love

It's challenge time again at Cutie Pie, this month our theme is "All You Need is Love", and we're sponsored by Di's Digis and Paper Nest Dolls, the latter of which gave the DT some cute as can be digis to play with, I coloured mine with my ever faithful Promarkers.
Oh, and don't forget to make your entry cute, we are Cutie Pie after all!
 The papers are some old Papermania ones, called Forever Love, to which I added some white and pink cardstock for matting.
To embellish, I layered red satin ribbon over pale pink crochet lace and added a matching red button topped bow.  I also also added some die cuts - a gold key made with a Marianne die, some hearts cut with a Spellbinders die from my Mixed Media set, and a sentiment banner cut with a Tattered Lace die.  A few pink gems finish off my card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Pile It On - #101 - Handmade Embellishments
Robyn's Fetish - #302 - Valentine's Cards
Crafty Calendar - Love Is In The Air
Just Us Girls - #329 - Valentine
My Time To Craft - #314 - Love Is All Around
Suzy Bee's - #116 - Anything Goes with Love
Sweet Stampin' - All You Need Is Love
Creative Corner - Valentine's Day / Love
Really Reasonable Ribbon - #134 - Anything Goes with Ribbon or Trim
The Paper Nest Dolls - #2 - Anything Goes

Saturday, 6 February 2016

A Gem of a Challenge DT Card - Love Is In The Air

It's challenge time once again at A Gem of a Challenge, this time our theme is "Love Is In The Air".
I've used one of Janet's new digis from the Pink Gem shop, it's called Charlie With Rose, and I've coloured him with Promarkers.  As soon as I saw him I just had to get my pens out and play, isn't he just the cutest?!  Check out the Pink Gem store for more new doggie digis and printables.
 The papers are from Lili of the Valley, and are, appropriately enough for this challenge, called Always and Forever.  I added in some pink cardstock for matting and distressed all the edges for a soft, shabby look.
To embellish, I added some layered organza and satin ribbon, a matching button topped bow, some heart shaped pearls, some paper roses, a die cut flourish and leafy frond, both cut with Marianne dies, and a sentiment stamped with a Dovecraft stamp and fussy cut.  I coloured the heart in the middle of the sentiment with a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker, then covered the heart with some Glossy Accents for shine and dimension.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Brown Sugar - #184 - Valentine / Love
Creative Corner - Valentine's Day / Love
QKR Stampede - #177 - Valentine's Card
Simply Create Too - #102 - Love / Valentine's
Aud Sentiments - #148 - Use a Love Sentiment
As You Like It - One Layer or Multi Layer - I like multi layer best because it gives me a chance to use lots of pretty papers.  I'm such a sucker for a pack of pretty paper, you wouldn't believe how many I have, but shhhhh..... don't tell my husband how many I've bought!
Craft Rocket - #8 - Valentine's / Love
Crafty Ribbons - #143 - Animals
Fab 'n' Funky - #290 - A Creatures Great and Small
Sweet Sketch 2 - Sketch

Friday, 5 February 2016

Christmas Present

Another Christmas card today, made with some old Bo Bunny magazine freebie papers and stamps, to which I've added some kraft card and gold mirri.  I inked all the edges of the layers with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, added a border of gold glitter to the red mat with a Quickie glue pen and some Diamond Sparkles glitter in Desert Sand, and outlined the mustard mat with dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Buttermilk.  The fishtail banners were cut with Sue Wilson dies which pierce holes in a border along the edges, if you look reeaally closely you can just about make them out on the patterned paper.
 The parcel was die cut with a Marianne die; it's actually meant to be a box of chocolates, but I think it works rather well, cut from festive paper, as a Christmas present!  The ribbon a bow were cut from a mustard coloured paper, which I brushed over with clear Wink of Stella, then coated with Glossy Accents, for lovely, shiny, ribbon.
To embellish, I added a gem to the centre of the bow, a sprinkling of pearls, and sentiment stamped with the freebie Bo Bunny stamp set that came with the papers.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafty Girls Creations - #13 - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish - #301 - Winter Cards with Glitter
Crimbo Crackers - #99 - Anything Christmas Goes
A Snowflakes Promise - #15 - Anything Christmas / Winter Goes
Crafting From The Heart - #97 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - #297 - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - #156 - Punches and/or Dies
Christmas Card Challenges - #9 - Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations - #345 - Banners

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Anything Goes

We're at the halfway point of our "Anything Goes" challenge at I Love Promarkers, so it's time for my DT card, featuring an image, C60, from our sponsor, Doctor Digi.
I've made an unashamedly retro birthday card for my unashamedly retro husband, colouring the cassette tape (probably an 80s mix!) with my Promarkers.  Unfortunately, the colouring looks a little flat in the photos, it looks better in reality.
 I used temporary adhesive to stick the panel with the coloured image and computer generated sentiment to the card front, before matting, then used two Sheena Douglass stencils, Graphic Equalizer and Pop Dotty, along with Distress Inks in Barn Door and Hickory Smoke, which I applied through the stencils with Cut 'n' Dry foam.  I then removed the front panel, matted it onto black card, and stuck it to the card front with foam tape for dimension.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Inspiration Destination - #71 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - #97 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - #297 - Anything Goes
Pile It On - #100 - Black and White with a Pop of Colour
Brown Sugar - #183 - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - #22 - Anything Goes

Thursday, 28 January 2016

A Partridge In A Pear Tree

A simple Christmas card today, using a lovely die that I bought at the SECC in October.  It's a Sweet Dixie die, it was very inexpensive, and I have to say that I'm impressed at the quality and detail at such a low price.
 The striped paper is Lili of the Valley, from my Always and Forever pack, and the rose patterned card is from Craft Habitat, it's beautifully pearlised and has a gorgeous shimmer that you can't see in the photo.  I tore it to add interest and glued it to some cream pearl card.  I cut the partridge in a pear tree die cut from gold mirri, and used more of the same for matting, adding die cut corners, made with Sue Wilson snowflake corners, cut from pink card and gently rubbed with gold gilding wax to highlight the embossing.  The final touch was some pink gems.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crimbo Crackers - #99 - Anything Christmas Goes
The Glory of Christmas - #76 - Silver or Gold
Eclectic Ellapu - 12 Days of Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers - #156 - Punches and / or Dies
A Snowflakes Promise - #15 - Anything Christmas Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - #289 - Christmas
Cupcake Inspirations - #344 - Colour Combo

Friday, 22 January 2016

Kitty Bee DT Card - Winter Fun

Here's my first DT card for the Kitty Bee Designs Challenge!  It's a fortnightly challenge, we're at the midway point just now, so still plenty of time to play along; the theme is "Winter Fun", and we're sponsored this time by Bugaboo, who very kindly gave the DT an image each, of our choice, to play with.
I decided to make an early start on my Christmas cards, I'm determined to do as I did last year, and make them all year long so that I don't have a mad rush as the festivities approach.  I coloured the cute digi with my Spectrum Noir pencils, in a change from my usual Promarkers.
 I had itchy fingers to play with these papers, I picked them up in the sale, they're Papermania, Folk Christmas, I love the fun and funky colours and patterns of this pack, the bow is from the same range too.  I was going to keep this card completely flat so that it can go standard post, but I couldn't resist adding the matching bow, so large letter it is!
The snowflake die cut was done with my much loved and much used Memory Box, Frostyville Border, die.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
CRAFT - #347 - Christmas
Craft Rocket - #7 - CAS
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Bows
Creative Moments - #85 - Let it Snow
Inky Impressions - #282 - All About the Borders - I used a Memory Box Border Die
Cuttlebug Mania - Baby It's Cold Outside
Christmas Card Challenges - #7 - Anything Goes