Wednesday, 29 April 2015

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Release the Glitter

It's time for a new challenge at I Love Promarkers, this week our theme is "Release the Glitter" , and we're sponsored by QKR Stampede, who very kindly gave the DT an image of our choice to play with.  I chose Santa Bear, who, after colouring with my Promarkers, I added Glamour Dust to all the fur trim on his Santa suit, which unfortunately hasn't shown up very well in the photo.
 The papers are Dovecraft, Back to Basics, Christmas, Traditional, I added a fine line of Stickles in Christmas Red and Holly around the edges of two of the layers to add to the glittery theme, and also some Star Dust Stickles round the edge of the kraft card that I matted the Craftworks Cards sentiment onto.
To embellish, I added some layered ribbon, a matching bow, a red doily and some holly cut from glitter card using a Spellbinders die, topped off with some red pearl berries.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Dream Valley - #105 - Recipe - 1 image, 1 sentiment, 3 papers, 3 embellishments (bow, doily, holly)
Love to Scrap - #52 - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Twinkle, Twinkle
Fab 'n' Funky - #257 - Christmas

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Christmas Church

A new die and another Christmas card!  It's one of the new release Die'sire dies, I thought this church would be very versatile, good for wedding, christening, and of course Christmas cards.
 The church was fun to decorate, I added Glamour dust over Cosmic Shimmer white PVA for snow, and glazed the windows with Glossy Accents to look like stained glass.
The papers are Dovecraft, Back to Basics, Christmas, Modern, to which I've added a die cut kraft oval that I lightly dragged gesso over with a piece of scouring pad.  I then stamped the oval with a stamp from a Creative Expressions set called Christmas Post, in fact, all the stamps used on this card are from that set.
To embellish I added, some layered ribbon, a matching double bow, some die cut ivy made with a Joanna Sheen die, some poinsettias made with Nellie Snellen punches and silver micro beads,some punched snowflakes, some cream pearls, some tiny iridescent dew drops, and a few touches of Star Dust Stickles here and there.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting From the Heart - #57 - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges - #21 - Anything Goes
Sister Act - #103 - Anything Goes
CRAFT - #308 - Make Your Own Embellishment
Cuttlebug Mania - Use Stamps - Dies used - Die'sire church, Joanna Sheen ivy, Spellbinders Floral Ovals
Loves Rubber Stamps - #149 - Use at Least Two Dies

Monday, 27 April 2015

House Mouse and Friends GDT Card - Dotty for Dots

Here's my last GDT card for the House Mouse and Friends challenge blog, where the theme this time is "Dotty for Dots".  I've really enjoyed my time as guest designer, thanks to the DT for making me feel so welcome and for leaving me such lovely comments on my blog, it's very much appreciated.
 I didn't make nearly enough Christmas cards last year, so I'm trying to get as many done nice and early as I can, so I decided to use this super cute decoupage sheet, the colours of which I thought went rather well with these Papermania, Capsule Collection, Spots and Stripes, Festive Colours papers.
I used a 7x7 card blank as the image is quite big, but even with a large base I didn't have a lot of room for embellishment, especially on such busy paper.  I added a punched holly border, done with a Martha Stewart punch for a bit of interest, and wrapped some pretty, printed, grey and silver silver ribbon round the topper, finishing with a fancy bow and Christmas tree charm.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Christmas Card Challenges - #21 - Anything Goes
Pile It On - #66 - Same Pattern, Different Ways
Crafty Catz - #276 - Things With Wings
Aud Sentiments - #130 - Things With Wings + a Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #287 - Seeing Spots
Penny's - #224 - Use Spooled Items
Crafty Cardmakers - #137 - Dots
Craft Your Passion - #259 - Anything Goes

Sunday, 26 April 2015

On Your Baptism

Well, what strange weather we've had in Inverness today, sunshine, rain, hail, sleet, and finally snow, and not just a few flakes either!  It was lovely, warm spring weather just a few days ago, I'm hoping that the temperature will soon rise again.
Today's card is for an adult baptism, always such a lovely, joyful occasion.  The young lady it's for is very much a girly girl so I wanted to make it pretty with a splash of pink.
 The background and die cut flowers and butterflies were done with a Sizzix / Hero Arts stamp and die set, I coloured the stamps direct with Distress Markers and spritzed them with water before stamping for a soft, almost watercolour look.  I also added a little Star Dust Stickles to the die cut flowers and butterflies.
The crosses were cut with Spellbinders dies and gently inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to highlight the embossing.  The sentiment was computer generated, then die cut with a Sue Wilson banner die.
To embellish, I added some lace, some grosgrain ribbon, and a matching bow.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Open Minded Crafting - #35 - Shabby Chic
Suzy Bee's - #77 - Use Some Lace
Crafty Catz - #276 - Things With Wings
Aud Sentiments - #130 - Things With Wings + a Sentiment
Fab 'n' Funky - #256 - Lace
Word Art Wednesday - #180 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - #103 - Flowers
Sentimental Sundays - #256 - Inspiration Board / Colour Combo

Saturday, 25 April 2015

A Gem of a Challenge DT Card - Sweet Treats

It's challenge time again at A Gem of a Challenge, this time our theme is "Sweet Treats".  I've used Ice Cream Ellie, from the Pink Gem store, colouring her with my Spectrum Noir pencils in a change to my usual Promarkers.  The more I use these pencils, the more I like them, I love the soft look they give, but they'll never replace my Pros!  I cut the image out with one of my favourite Spellbinders dies, Floral Ovals, it's just so pretty, and such a handy size for so many images.
 The papers are First Edition, Desert Blooms, a lovely double sided, glittered stack, the flowers were stamped onto some subtle patterned paper from the same pack, then die cut with a Heartfelt Creations matching stamp and die set, I used white micro beads for the centres.  I further embellished with a star flourish, cut with a Joanna Sheen die and glittered with Star Dust Stickles, layered ribbon and matching layered double bow, a sentiment stamped with a Lili of the Valley stamp, some peach pearls and a scattering of white pearls.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Creative Craft Cottage - #38 - Something Yummy to Eat or Drink
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #89 - Use a Die Cut
Crafts 4 Eternity - #223 - Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Ribbon and/or Lace
CRAFT - #308 - Make Your Own Embellishment - Flowers and bow
The Crafter's Cafe - #113 - Ribbon and/or Lace
Crafty Gals Corner - #16 - Girls, Girls, Girls
Penny's - #224 - Use Spooled Items
The Paper Shelter - #2oo - It's a Celebration
Papertake - Cute as a Button

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Bugs

It's challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, this week our theme is "Bugs", and we're sponsored by Milk Coffee, who very kindly gave the DT some super cute digis to play with.  I used Lisbeth Rides a Ladybug for my card, coloured, of course, with Promarkers.
 The papers are Prima, Jack and Jill, if you look closely, you'll see they have teeny, tiny ladybirds and butterflies on them, making them perfect for this theme.
The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards, as is the shaped blank.
To embellish, I made some daisies with Woodware punches, using micro beads for the centres, die cut a butterfly flourish with a Joanna Sheen die, adding a bit of sparkle to it with some Star Dust Stickles, added a tiny punched butterfly, stuck on a few clear gems, and finished with a piece of red Card Candi that I decorated with a black Promarker to look like a little ladybird.

I'm entering this card int he following challenges -
Inspiration Destination - #30 - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - #16 - Girls, Girls, Girls
Inky Impressions - #206 - Punch It - Punched flowers and leaves
Come and Get It - Thing That Star With B - Bugs, Butterflies, Blooms, Bling
Sister Act - #102 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Under the Weather? - Get Well Soon

I dug out an old Tatty Button stamp that hadn't seen the light of day for quite some time and inked her up, colouring her with Promarkers, adding Glossy Accents to the puddles and creating and raindrop background of Star Dust Stickles.  I actually stamped her twice, the oval was die cut, leaving a partial image, all I coloured of that was the puddles and ground.  I then stamped the image again, coloured the girl, cut her out and decoupaged her onto the oval base using foam pads, so that the umbrella stands proud above the top of the oval.
 The papers are Papermania, Gorjuss, from the latest goody bag, the colours in this pack are really lovely, some bright, some dark and some soft and muted.
To embellish, I added some layered ribbon with a matching bow, made on my Embellishment Attic bow maker, a sentiment stamped with a stamp from a Personal Impressions set, a trio of lilac gems, and I finished with some flowers made with a Spellbinders die and a Woodware punch, using silver micro beads for their centres.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Pile It On - #65 - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Come and Get It - Things That Start With B - Brolly, Bling, Blooms, Bow
Crafting From the Heart - #56 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - #258 - Anything Goes
Love Rubber Stamps - #148 - Add Flowers
Sweet Sketch 2 - #51 - Sketch