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

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Santa Express!

It was our usual Monday night craft session last night, and after home baked mocha madeleines with a chocolate dip, we all made cards with my lovely Stampendous steam train post card stamp that I bought last year at the SECC, to tuck away for this year's Christmas cards.
 I stamped the image onto Neenah Desert Storm card, coloured the holly and oval frame with Promarkers, then used a white coloured pencil to pick out the snow and steam in the main picture.  To add to the vintage, shabby look, I used Stampendous Aged Gold embossing enamel round the edges of the topper.
The patterned papers are all Papermania, Victorian Christmas, from the latest goody bag, they're gorgeous, much nicer than I thought they were going to be, and super quality too.  I kept the layout simple as the image is so large, adding interest with a Martha Stewart border punch.
To embellish, I added a fancy tag made from textured gold card, cut with a Sizzix die (from a set I got as a birthday present), which I layered with ivory ribbon and a Craftwork Cards sentiment.  I also added some die cut holly, made with Spellbinders dies.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Die Cut - Sizzix and Spellbinders dies used
Deep Ocean - #86 - Vintage
Sparkle 'n' Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder or Flock
Crafting From the Heart - #36 - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - #38 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - #87 - For a Man or a Boy
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #102 - Use a Punch
Sentimental Sundays - #224 - Vehicles
Suzy Bee's - #46 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards - #73 - Vintage

Monday, 15 September 2014

Cutie Pie DT Card - Cute Shades of Autumn

We have a new challenge for you today at Cutie Pie, this fortnight our theme is, "Cute Shades of Autumn", and we're sponsored by Bugaboo.  I used a Tilly Daydream stamp that I bought when it was released, then never used.....oops!  I coloured her with Promarkers, used a Spellbinders die (fab birthday present!) to cut her out, used Wild Honey Distress Ink to add a bit of colour, and stamped a leaf design round the edge, whilst the card was still in the die, using a tiny stamp from the same stamp set as the image, and more Wild Honey Ink.
 The backing paper is also from Papermania's Tilly Daydream range, I've added to the autumnal theme by embossing some Bazzil Bling cardstock with a Swirling Leaves, Embossalicious folder, then gently sanding to highlight the pattern.
To embellish, I used Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Flower dies (another fab birthday prezzie!) to make flowers and leaves, I added yellow gems and red pearls, and I recycled the lovely orange ribbon from my birthday cake!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Penny Black and More - Autumn Colours
Robyn's Fetish - #229 - Use an Embossing Folder
The Corrosive Challenge - #208 - Autumn / Fall
Wags 'n' Whiskers - #137 - For the Girls
Milk Coffee - Colors of Autumn
Creative Moments - #51 - Fall Colours
The Paper Shelter - #173 - Embossing
The Pink Elephant - #268 - Embossing
Whoopsi Daisy - Colours of Autumn
2 Cute Ink - #115 - Fall

Saturday, 13 September 2014

A Gem of a Challenge DT Card - Milestone Birthdays

It's challenge time once again at A Gem of a Challenge, this time it's my turn to pick the theme, and, as I turned 40 this week, I decided on "Milestone Birthdays".  I made a 40th birthday card for my DT creation, using this fun Steampunk Owl digi from the Pink Gem shop, coloured with Promarkers.  The shading on the image hasn't photographed very well, it looks better in reality.....honest gov!
 I used Kanban Mechanica papers for this card, all edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, along with computer generated sentiments, cogs cut with Spellbinders dies, and some nail heads.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Brown Sugar - #111 - Celebrations
QKR Stampede - #104 - Things With Wings
Aud Sentiments - #115 - For the Men in Our Lives
Crafting For All Seasons - #85 - Wheels and/or Cogs
Creative Card Crew - #70 - Steampunk / Urban
Creative Corner - Male
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - #27 - Sketch

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

I Love Promarkers DT Card - All About Tags

It's challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, this week our theme is "All About Tags", and we're sponsored by Visible Image.  I've made a Christmas card for my DT creation, using a cute, Papermania Tulip stamp, which I picked up in the sale at Hobby Craft for 50p, coloured, of course, with Promarkers, and highlighted with a touch of Star Dust Stickles.
 The paper and sentiment stamp are also Papermania, the paper is from last year's 12 Day's of Christmas range, and the sentiment stamp is from a set that came free with the Docrafts magazine, I heat embossed it with plum embossing powder and die cut it with a tag die.  I also used a small snowflake stamp from the same stamp set to stamp the Craftwork Cards shaped card blank round the edges, using Milled Lavender Distress Ink.
To embellish, I die cut some snowflakes using Diesire dies from my homemade glitter card, made by brayering Sparkle Medium onto cardstock, and I added some wide satin ribbon and a bow.  As the image is so large there wasn't room for anything else!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting From the Heart - #35 - Anything Goes
Sketchy Colors - #224 - Red, Lilac, White
Robyn's Fetish - #228 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - The Great Outdoors
Completely Christmas - #28 - Anything Goes
Sister Act - #73 - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Don't be Square
Addicted to Stamps - #112 - Make Your Mark
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Sparkles Christmas - #44 - Snowmen

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Sweet Treats

It's challenge time once again at I Love Promarkers, this week our theme is "Sweet Treats", and we're sponsored by Sherri Baldy and Bunny Zoe.  I've gone with a rather delicious looking ice cream sundae for my DT card, it's a Digi Stamp Boutique image, coloured, of course, with Promarkers.
The bright and cheerful papers are DCWV, the Birthday Stack, I just had to use the sheet with the ice cream on it, which has a lovely, holographic finish on the white ice cream.  The sentiment was from the same digi set as the image, I really like the funky font.  I've let the image and papers do the talking for this one, keeping the embellishments minimal, simply adding some bunting made with a Joy die, and blue gems between the flags.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #51 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

3D Baubles

It was our usual crafty night last night, and after tea and date and walnut rock cakes, we all made cards using multiple die cuts, folded to make dimensional toppers.  I used bauble dies for mine, but others had great results with tree and star dies too.
 I used two Embossalicious folders to add texture to some red metallic card and some soft gold pearl card, which I matted onto dark green on a DL card blank.  I must get into the habit of making more DL cards, I think they look nice and elegant.
the baubles were cut with Spellbinders dies, each one cut five times and glued together, from Crafts House, Plum Pudding papers, which have a beautiful pearl finish.  I used baker's twine to "hang" my decorations, and embellished with Papermania bows and red gems.
The finishing touch was a sentiment stamped with a Papermania stamp on kraft card.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Clear It Out - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - #122 - Dry Embossing
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Embossed - Products used - 2 x Embossalicious embossing folders and Spellbinders baubles dies
Crafting From the Heart - #34 - Anything Goes
Allsorts - #274 - Christmas
Brown Sugar - #109 - Anything Goes
Completely Christmas - #27 - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Gingham or Checks, I used a check embossing folder