Tuesday, 30 September 2014

CAS for Christmas

We had our usual Monday night craft session last night, and, after tea and home made rhubarb and custard tart, we all made woven cards.  These were inspired by an article in Quick Cards Made Easy, but we all ended up with very different cards, I went with a Christmas theme, using contemporary colours and mixing paper strips with ribbon for the weaving.
 The papers are Lili of the Valley Woodland Christmas, I've used these for the woven strips and the narrow green mat, the colours of this pack are just so beautiful, and really unusual for a Christmas stack.
The ribbon, like most of the stuff I use is from Mei Flower, I stock up from her at the SECC in October, the ribbon is cheap but holds a bow beautifully, and it comes in such a huge selection of colours.
To embellish, I added some pine branches and cones made with Spellbinders Foliage dies, a sentiment from Craftwork Cards, and a trio of gems.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Holly Jolly Christmas - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Non-Traditional Christmas
Love to Create - #135 - Ribbon
Ooh La La - #166 - Use a Bow
Completely Christmas - #31 - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Christmas

Monday, 29 September 2014

Cutie Pie DT Card - All the Threes

We have a new challenge for you today at Cutie Pie, this fortnight our theme is "All the Threes", meaning we'd like to see things in threes on your project, oh, and don't forget to make it cute!  We're sponsored this time by Just Some Lines, My Mum's Craft Shop, and Crafty Ribbons, and we are delighted to welcome two new Cuties to the design team, Shona Hamill and Kelly Lloyd, who are both very talented crafters and who both do cute extremely well.
I dug deep into my stash and used some old Woodland Folk stuff from Docrafts for my DT card, the papers, sentiment and stamp are all from this range, I used my Promarkers to colour the stamped image.
 For the "threes" element, I've used a stamp with three characters, used three patterned papers, added three handmade flowers, three leaves, three yellow gems, and three brown gems.
I used Spellbinders Adorning Squares dies to cut out the topper, which I inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink, and Spellbinders Carnation Creation dies to make the flowers.  The leaves were made with a Susan's Garden Sizzix die, it's part of a set of leaves in all shapes and sizes which is really handy.  The Susan's Garden flower shaping tool kit is perfect for shaping the leaves, it lives on my desk, it gets used so often that I never put it away.
To finish, I added some gems and some peach satin ribbon and a bow.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Fairytale Stampers - Flowers and Ribbon
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #104 - Use Some Flowers
Open-Minded Challenges - #20 - Fall / Autumn
Crafty Catz - Birthday Celebration
Kitty Bee - #33 - Fall Colours
If You Gave a Crafter a Cookie - #2 - Inspiration Photo
Crafting For All Seasons - #86 - Colours of Autumn
Passion for Promarkers - #266 - Autumn Colours
Oldie But a Goodie - Autumn - All old stash used for this one
Papertake - Oh How Cute

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sparkly Butterflies

I made this card for a butterfly loving friend, using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium, and one of their pretty butterfly stencils.
 I created the background with acrylic paint on my Gelli Plate, there is a subtle pattern there that I achieved using an Imagination Crafts leafy vine stencil.  I then used a butterfly stencil and applied purple Sparkle Medium through it, straight onto the painted background.  I used the same stencil and Diamond Sparkle Medium, but his time applied it to acetate, then, one dry, I cut the butterflies out and attached them with small brads, over the purple butterflies on the background.
I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix On The Edge die to cut the butterflies to decorate the top and right edge of the card, using home made glitter card, made by brayering Diamond Sparkle Medium onto white cardstock.  I added some dots of Lavender Liquid Pearls for the bodies of the butterflies.
To embellish, I used scraps of the glitter card and die cut and punched butterflies with a Tonic punch and Xcut dies, and finished with a scattering of lilac gems.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Imagination Crafts - Anything Goes  - IC products - Sparkle Medium and stencils
Brown Sugar - #113 - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Glitter
Scrapper's Delights - #32 - No DP
Craft Your Passion - #232 - I Can See Clearly Now - I used acetate
Love to Create - #134 - Fussy Cut

Friday, 26 September 2014

Victorian Decoupage

Here's my card from our Monday night craft session.  This week after tea and home baked florentines, we all made Christmas cards featuring decoupage.  I used stash from the latest Docrafts goodie bag, and got busy with my distressing tool for a vintage look.
 The papers, die cut decoupage and little tag are all from Papermania's Victorian Christmas range, all I added to it was some textured gold cardstock, some kraft card, crochet lace, some Anita's Christmas ribbon, a double bow, and a few gems.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Card Makin' Mamas - #89 - Vintage or Shabby Chic
Sister Act - #76 - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Layer It Up
ABC Christmas - S For Something Festive
Crafting By Designs - Christmas
Crafty Creations - #272 - Vintage
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Lots of Layers
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas in September
Holly Jolly Christmas - Ribbon or Lace
Dream Valley - #91 - Ribbon and Lace

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Include a Number

It's challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, this week our theme is "Include a Number", and we're sponsored by Crafty Ribbons and Marianne, so that's double the chance to win a prize!  I've made a card for an 18th birthday for my DT card, using a digi from Art by Miran, coloured, of course, with Promarkers, including some of the new Spring / Summer limited edition pens that I was lucky enough to get for my birthday.  After colouring, I added some Star Dust Stickles to the cocktail glass, then created a border to the topper by applying Aqua Stickles to all the edges, then covering it with clear micro beads.
 I used a 5x7 inch card blank for this one, punching along the long, open side with a Tonic border punch for a decorative edge.  I then inked this edge with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and gave it a spritz of iridescent Spray and Sparkle.  I lined the card with pink card so the that the stars show pink when the card is closed.
The papers are a12x12 DCWV paper pad, called The Sunshine Stack, some of which have a lovely glazed finish, I mainly use them for scrapbooking, but the colours really appealed to me for this card.
The numbers are glitter stickers, which I stuck on to die cut circle, again blinged up with a touch Star Dust Stickles round the edge.  I stamped the sentiment with a Papermania stamp and hand cut a banner shape.  The flowers were made with Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Flower Dies, and I finished off with pink ribbon and a bow.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting From the Heart - #37 - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Ppinkydolls - #3 - Anything Goes / Make it Girly
Robyn's Fetish - #230 - Use a Die / Punch
My Sheri Crafts - #142 - Birthday Celebrations
Sweet Stampin' - Ribbons and Bows
Art By Miran - #15 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #247 - Pretty Women

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Autumn Wreath

Something seasonal for an autumn birthday today, using a DRS Designs stamp, which I've stamped in Rich Cocoa Memento for a softer look than black, then coloured with Promarkers.
 I die cut the card base from a 6x6 kraft blank, using a Grand Spellbinders Decorative Circles dies, reinforcing the hinge part with a coat of PVA glue to make it a little stronger.  I then used plain Grand Circles dies and another die from the Decorative Circles set for the matting and layering, choosing autumnal cardstock in a variety of finishes.
To embellish, I added a punched tag, stamped with a Personal Impressions stamp, topped with a baker's twine bow, and I finished my card off with a bow made from orange spotty ribbon.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Oldie but a Goodie - Autumn  - All stash used for this project is older stuff
Passion for Promarkers - #266 - Autumn Colours
Lexi's Creations - #125 - Autumn Colours
Stamp and Create - Circles and Dots
Penny Black and More - Autumn Colours
The Corrosive Challenge - #208 - Autumn / Fall
QKR Stampede - #105 - Fall Colours
Simply Create Too - #70 - Fall / Autumn
DRS Designs - #140 - Autumn Breeze Colour Palette
Delightful Challenges - All Fall Down (Fall Colours)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Feeling Distressed

It's challenge time once again at I Love Promarkers, this week our theme is "Feeling Distressed", and we#re sponsored by La Pashe.  I love the distressed, shabby look, so this one was easy for me, I used my faithful Tim Holtz tool to scuff all the edges of the papers, but you could use inks, paper tearing or paint, to name but a few, to get a distressed look.
 The stamp I've used is Lili of the Valley, coloured, of course, with Promarkers, then highlighted with a touch of Star Dust Sickles.  I matted it onto a frame die cut with a Spellbinders Floral Oval die fro vintage gold pearl card.
The papers are Papermania Victorian Christmas, as is the sentiment tag, I can see me using these a lot for this year's Christmas cards.  To embellish, I added some claret ribbon, a double bow, claret gems, and holly cut with Spellbinders dies.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Deep Ocean - #86 - Vintage
Holly Jolly Christmas - Ribbon or Lace
Just Inspirational - Bows
We Do Doobadoo - #14 - Something Feminine
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #73 - Vintage
Addicted to Stamps - #113 - Holidays