Monday, 30 May 2016

A Christmas Bear Hug

A Christmas card today, using one of my fave Christmas colour combos, red, white and kraft.  I dug out one of my old Penny Black stamps, called Bear Hug, for this one, colouring it with my Promarkers, highlighting with a touch of Star Dust Stickles.
 The spots and stripes card is from Anna Marie Designs, to which I've added kraft card for matting, stamping and heat embossing a sentiment with a Papermania stamp, directly onto one of the mats.
To embellish, I added some kraft coloured ribbon with a matching bow, some snowflakes cute with Sweet Dixie dies from glitter card and topped with red gems, and some home made Card Candi, made with a small Xcut circle punch and an embossing tool, as I didn't have any real Candi in the right colour.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Dragonfly Journeys - #59 - Polka Party
Passion for Promarkers - #347 - Ribbon or Lace
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes
Pile It On - #109 - Tic, Tac, Toe - Dots, Image, Stripes
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Dies and Punches
Crafting With Dragonflies - #58 - Animals
The Stamping Boutique - Furry Friends
Crafting By Designs - Get Ready For Christmas
Fab 'n' Funky - #306 - Christmas

Saturday, 28 May 2016

A Gem of a Challenge DT Card - Weather

We have a new challenge starting today at A Gem of a Challenge, this time our theme is "Weather".  I was inspired by rainy weather an used an older, but no less lovely Pink Gem digi called Milly in the Rain, which I coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with Glossy Accents on the puddle and raindrops.
 The papers are Lili of the Valley, Pastel Dreams, the edges of which I've inked with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and scuffed up with my Tim Holtz distress tool.  I also curled some of the corners and did a little bit of subtle tearing, adding a crystal gem behind a tear.  I also added a row of tiny dots made with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Carnation Pink down the right hand side.
To embellish, I added some crochet lace, stapling it into place with pink staples to add to the shabby look, a couple of rain clouds, cut with Joy dies from grey pearl card, a sentiment stamped with a Personal Impressions stamp, and some flowers and foliage made with Woodware punches.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #110 - Bingo - Lace, Patterned Paper, Die Cuts
Aud Sentiments - #156 - Anything Goes + a Sentiment
Cardz 4 Galz - #23 - Vintage or Shabby
Crafting For All Seasons - #127 - Make It Girly
Crafty Gals Corner - #73 - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - #129 - Shabby Chic or Vintage
Passion For Promarkers - #347 - Ribbon and/or Lace
Incy Wincy - Texture

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

GDT Card for Elisabeth Bell's World

After winning a challenge at Elisabeth Bell's World, I was asked if I'd like to be guest designer for the new challenge, which starts today.  The theme is "1, 2, 3, and a Tag", you must also use an Elisabeth Bell image.  I chose to use one stamped and die cut butterfly,  two rows of bunting, and three handmade flowers, along with a kraft tag and Elisabeth Bell digi, that I coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with Star Dust Stickles and Glossy Accents.
 The pretty papers are Lili of the Valley, Timeless Victorian, I distressed the edges and inked some with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  The loopy border was done with a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set.
The large bunting was made with a Stampin' Up punch, the smaller bunting with a Joy die.  The flowers were made with a Woodware punch, and were inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, and given Flower Soft centres, the foliage was cut with a Marianne die.  The butterfly was stamped a die cut with a Hero Arts Sizzix stamp and die set using more Seedless Preserves ink.
The final touches were a Papermania Bellissima sentiment, some large pearls and a trio of lilac gems.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting From The Heart - #113 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - #313 - Anything Goes
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #189 - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish - #317 - Pastel Colours
Allsorts - #364 - Happy Birthday
Crafty Friends - #32 - Summer Time
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #109 - Just Us Girls
Brown Sugar - #199 - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - #21 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #325 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Kitty Bee Showcase Card - Cupcake Surprise Pup

It's the third Wednesday of the month, so that means it's time for my Kitty Bee showcase project; this month I've made a card featuring the adorable Cupcake Surprise Pup, which I've coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with Star Dust Stickles and a touch of Glossy Accents.
 The patterned papers and sentiment tag are Papermania, from a pack called Happy Birthday, to which I added purple cardstock for matting so that the overall look wasn't too wishy-washy.
I used a Martha Stewart border punch to create the cupcake side panels, and I "baked" a couple of cupcakes to match the one in the image using Xcut and Cottage Craft dies, along with a tiny heart punch.  I also added some layered ribbon with a matching bow, and finished with some lilac gems in the corners.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Craft Your Passion - #312 - Anything Goes
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #188 - Ribbon or Lace
Crafty Catz - #324 - Dies and Punches
Creative Corner - Let's Celebrate
Creative Fingers - #109 - Anything Goes
Sweet Sketch 2 - #89 - Sketch

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Anything Goes

It's challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, this fortnight our theme is everyone's favourite, "Anything Goes", ( as long as you use Promarkers, Flexmarkers or other Letraset pens obviously! ), and we're sponsored by Ikesart, who kindly gave the DT some images to play with.  I just had to use this beauty, called Miniature Dachshund, because it looks so like a miniature longhair dachshund, Hazel, we had when I was a teenager and young adult.  We all adored her and she is still sadly missed all these years later.  I did my best with my Promarkers to capture her expression and colouring, I don't think I did too badly, my Mum recognised her straight away!
 The papers are First Edition, from a pad called Neroli, to which I've added orange and brown card for matting.
The sentiment was stamped with a stamp from a Personal Impressions set, die cut with a Spellbinders die and dusted with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.
I decided not to add too many embellishments to distract from the lovely image, opting for some layered ribbon with a mating bow and a couple of pieces of Card Candi.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting From the Heart - #112 - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - #78 - Anything Goes
Open Minded Crafting - #5 - Favourite Technique - Colouring With Promarkers
Sparkles - #80 - Animal Magic
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #188 - Ribbon or Lace
Inspiration Destination - #86 - Anything Goes

Friday, 13 May 2016

Kitty Bee DT Card - Girly Cards

We're at the halfway point of our "Girly Cards" challenge at Kitty Bee, this time we're sponsored by Art by Miran and The Stamping Boutique.  Both of the sponsors gave the DT a couple of images to play with, I chose to use this fun digi from The Stamping Boutique, colouring her with my Promarkers to make another Christmas card to add to my slowly growing pile.
 The papers are from an ancient DCWV pad called Rose Tinted Christmas, I inked all the edges with black ink and added some hot pink mirri to frame the topper, which I did with a Spellbinders Floral Oval die cut.
To embellish, I added some hot pink lace, some grey ribbon with some foil printed ribbon layered over it with a matching button topped bow, a die cut snowflake, cut with a Crafter's Companion die, with a foiled Christmas sentiment in the centre, some Nuvo Crystal Drops in the corners for faux pearls and lastly, some clear gems scattered around the image.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Aud Sentiments - #155 - Anything Goes + a Sentiment
Crimbo Crackers - #106 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - #193 - Holiday
Creative Moments - #93 - Black, White and One Other
Crafting By Designs - Pink and Girly
The Paper Shelter - #248 - Lace It Up
Passion For Promarkers - #345 - Sparkle and Shine - Gems, Mirri Card, Foiled Ribbon and Sentiment
Dream Valley - #131 - Ribbon, Lace, Pearls
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #187 - One For The Ladies
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #109 - Just Us Girls

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Tonic Blooms

I've got a card made with Tonic dies today, made at our Monday night crafty play session.  My friend, Donna, recently treated herself to a Tonic die bundle from Create and Craft, and she brought them along for us to play with, here's the first of my makes, a card in lavender and cream.
 It's a very simple card, all the dies are Tonic, and all the paper and cardstock is from Papermania, from the Capsule Collection in French Lavender, except for a little bit of kraft card from my scrap box.  The only other extras I added were some lilac ribbon and a few assorted cream pearls.
What you can't really see in the photo is that the flowers have two layers, a solid bottom layer with a darker lacy overlay.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Cuttlebug Mania - May Flowers
Creative Fingers - #108 - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - #20 - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - #28 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - #315 - Monochromatic
Inspiration Destination - #85 - Anything Goes