Wednesday, 19 November 2014

I Love Promarkers DT Card - A Christmas Sing Song

It's challenge time once again at I Love Promarkers, this week our theme is "A Christmas Sing Song", and we're sponsored by Polka Doodles.  I've gone with a cute caroler for my DT card, she's a Tiddly Inks stamp, and was a magazine freebie, the penguin stamp was from the same set, I decided to stamp him too, to give her an audience!  I have, of course, used Promarkers to colour the image.
 The oh so pretty papers are Lili of the Valley, Snow Princess, to which I've added some lilac pearl card for matting, and some eau de nil pearl card for the die cut border, done with my Memory Box Frostyville Border die.  I added a touch of Star Dust Stickles to the die cut border and to the edge of the topper for a bit of festive sparkle.
To embellish, I added some satin ribbon with a double bow, a stamped sentiment, die cut into a tag shape with a Sizzix die, some lilac gems, and some flowers made with Nellie Snellen punches.

 I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting By Designs - Christmas
Crafty Sentiments - 2 Or More Design Papers
Papertake - Sooo Girlie
Love to Create - #142 - Christmas
Through the Purple Haze - #68 - Use Lace, Ribbon or Twine
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #111 - Cute
Sweet Stampin' - To Die For
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #78 - Your Favourite Holiday

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Sepia Scene

A one layer wonder today, made with Clarity stamps, a Clarity mask, and just one shade of Distress Ink, Vintage Photo, making it perfect for a man's card.
 I love this mask, it's perfect for creating a scene through, which I've done with torn paper, a selection of Clarity stamps and a Clarity dusting brush.  This was the first time using these brushes, and I have to say that I'm really impressed with them, I much prefer them to the Inkylicious ones that I already have.
After removing the stencil, I went round the outline with a matching Distress Marker to add definition to the branch shapes.  I also added a little colour to the corners, and added a twiggy border before fixing to a 7x7 kraft blank.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #62 - Masculine
Just Inspirational - Frame It
Dream Valley - #95 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - #120 - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - #7 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Male Christmas Card

It's that time of the week again when we start a new challenge at I Love Promarkers, this time our theme is "Male Christmas Cards", and we're sponsored by Kenny K, who are offering a choice of three digis to our randomly chosen winner.
The DT were all, very generously, given sponsor images to play with for this challenge, I chose this super cute Elf Boy, and coloured him up with my Promarkers, in rather nontraditional colours, for a baby's first Christmas card.
 The papers I've used are Lili of the Valley, Frosty Christmas, to which I've added some kraft for matting, and some kraft coloured ribbon.
I used a Spellbinders Grand Decorative Circles die to cut the lacy edged circle, a Joy die for the bunting, and a Quick Kutz alphabet die set for the lettering on the flags, to personalise the card.  The panel in the centre was embossed with an Embossalicious folder (an SECC bargain!) and gently inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.
To finish, I've added a computer generated sentiment and some pale blue gems in the corner.

 I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Dream Valley - #94 - Christmas 
The Crazy Challenge - #184 - Your Favourite Technique - Colouring with Promarkers
Pile It On - #45 - Special Occasion - First Christmas
Sketchy Colors - #233 - Sketch
Completely Christmas - #37 - Let's See Some Blue
Crafty Creations - #106 - Christmas with Ribbon
Ruby's Rainbow - #92 - Non Traditional Christmas

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Gaggle of Geese

More fun with some of my new SECC goodies, including one of my Mum's new Imagination Crafts dies, this beautiful geese silhouette.  I cut it in kraft and used a little gold gilding wax here and there to highlight some areas.  The background was done with a wash of Aquatints, from the Landscape set.
 I used a 7x7 card blank so I'd have plenty room to showcase this lovely die, and these pretty papers, also a new purchase, they're Lili of the Valley, Enchantment.  I've used a couple of other new dies on this card too, a Spellbinders Grand Decorative Labels 1 die, and Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms dies, I've also used the stamps to go along with these.  The Joanna Sheen ivy die was in my collection already, it's one I use time and time again.  The birthday wishes tag was stamped with a Lili of the Valley stamp, guess what?  It's from my SECC haul too!  To finish, I layered up some ribbon, added a triple bow, and embellished the corners with gems and doodling.

 I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Penny's - #202 - Creative Corners
Inky Impressions - #184 - Creative Corners
Papertake - 2 or 4 Legs
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Through the Purple Haze - #67 - Use a Punch or Die
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #110 - Autumn Colours
My Time to Craft - #266 - Farmyard Animals
Open Minded Crafting - #23 - Fowl of Any Kind
Aud Sentiments - #119 - Put Your Sentiment on a Tag
Part Time Tuesday - #189 - Anything Goes

Monday, 10 November 2014

Cutie Pie DT Card - Festive Furry Friends

We have the first of our monthly challenges starting today at Cutie Pie, giving you plenty of time to play along, this month our theme is "Cute, Festive, Furry, Friends", and we're sponsored by Meljen's.
I used a super sweet Mulberry Wood stamp for my card, which I coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with Star Dust Stickles.
 The papers were a bargain; they are this year's Trimcraft, Back to Basics, Modern Christmas, 8x8 papers, that I picked up at the SECC for £1!  I picked up a pack of the Traditional Christmas papers for the same price too, you can't say fairer than a quid!  I used kraft for the matting, it seemed the obvious choice for this colour palette.
The flowers were made with my new Heartfelt Creations Arianna dies, from crinkle kraft paper.  I added a couple of punched snowflakes and some die cut foliage, made with a Spellbinders die, to my floral cluster.  To further embellish, I stapled some crochet lace to my card with green staples, and stamped a sentiment from a different Mulberry Wood stamp set, and die cut it into a tag shape with a Sizzix die, finishing it with a brown pearl.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Fashionable Stamping - #85 - Animals
Stamping Sensations - Christmas
Crafty Calendar - Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity - #201 - Ribbon and/or Lace
Crafty Catz - #254 - Ribbon and/or Lace
Passion for Promarkers - #272 - Inspired by a Beatles Song - Rocky Raccoon
QKR Stampede - #112 - Let's Talk Christmas

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Bright and Bountiful Box Card

My sister wanted a vibrant, eclectic box card for her mother-in-law's 60th birthday, here's what I came up with; a box stuffed full of bright, pretty embellishments, that folds flat for the post.
 I made the card base from pink card and covered all the panels with Kate Knight pattered papers.  The sentiment on the front flap is from Craftwork Cards, it just happened to be the perfect colour match.
The embellishments were all die cut with the exception of a paper flower and some number stickers.  The bow, bottle, glass, rose, and diamond were made with Xcut dies, the bird and pink and blue flower were made with Sizzix dies, the rose leaves were made with a Marianne die, the butterfly flourish is a Joanna Sheen die and the bunting was cut with a Joy die.
On the back of the card, I made a pocket for a tag, onto which a birthday message can be written.

  I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Pile It On - #45 - Special Occasion
Craft For The Craic - #10 - Birthday
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - #55 - Anything Goes / Celebration
Tuesday Throwdown - #220 - Shaped Cards
Card Mania - #59 - Use Your Dies

Saturday, 8 November 2014

A Gem of a Challenge DT Card - Paper Piecing

It's challenge time again at A Gem of a Challenge, and this time our theme is "Paper Piecing".  I've used one of the new Pink Gem digis, Cheers Chilly, which I've coloured with Promarkers, highlighted with Star Dust Stickles, and paper pieced the scarves and hat bands.
 I've kept the design of this card quite simple to make it suitable to give to a man, I printed the image nice and big and added a fun sentiment, so I wasn't left with oodles of space anyway.  The papers are last year's Papermania, Christmas in the Country, I used these for the paper piecing too, to which I added some voile between the layers for interest and texture.  The only embellishments I added were three snowflakes made with a Nellie Snellen punch and emboss set, to which I gave a touch of sparkle with some Star Dust Stickles.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - #36 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Christmas
QKR Stampede - #112 - Let's Talk Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Frosty the Snowman
CRAFT - #284 - Winter
Southern Girls - Let's Hear It For My Boy
Scrapper's Delights - #35 - Anything Goes / Paper Piecing
Incy Wincy - Inspired by a Song, Book or Movie - Frosty the Snowman