Friday, 30 November 2012

My daughter turned 14 - now I feel old!

Hi every peeps.  It's time for another weeks challenge at Polka Doodles.  This week (#48) you are requested to follow a sketch. You have until Sunday 9th December, so thats 10 days to get creating.

Here is the sketch you will need to follow for this weeks challenge.


Shannon had her 14th Birthday yesterday and boy do I feel old.  Where has my little baby gone :-(  They grow up too quick don't they.

So here is what I came up with this week.


I used the Studio 12 CD - Picknix collection 1 - All Sewn Up for the main polka dot layers, the frame and the taylor's dummy.  Also for the "You are sew sweet" sentiment and layer.  

I have started to learn how to merge images by just using Word - I'm fascinated by this new technique LOL!  I also found that you can change the colour of things and use different shadows - its really fun experimenting.  You have all probably known about this for ages, but I only found out you could do this the last few weeks!

I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the dark background with a folder from the Once Upon a Princess set.  I love the roses.


I used a little bit of wired yellow ribbon to make the form of the dress and then added a little bit of purple ribbon for the tie in the middle.

Here's the inside to finish off the card.  I used a flower stamp from a See D's stamp set called Springtime Swirls that I bought a long time ago.


So get creating my crafty friends, use the sketch and go on, what have you got to loose, you might even win a lovely prize.  Head on over to Polka Doodles and please remember that you can only enter 10 challenges including Polka Doodles, thanks.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

More easy cards - for Christmas.

Following on with some more lightweight Christmas cards.  I am pleased with how these ones turned out and  they were so quick and easy to put together.

All the card bases are from Kraft card stock and measure 4.25" by 5.5".  So two card bases from one piece of 8.5" by 11".


Essentially they are all the same card.  I used the Winter Woodland cartridge for the trees (page 37) cut at 3".  I cut them out three times on different papers and then mixed and matched them to make three cards.

Did you notice on that front one though that I have two the same?  I made a boob!  and put two tartan ones on the one behind.  


To make the cards, all I did was stick down the layer of trees, stamp the sentiment and then I passed it through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.


I inked the edges of the layers of all the papers both inside and out.


For the insides I just used the same layers as the outside with the added little tree stamp to finish off.


Quick three and easy cards and they will be able to be used for my overseas friends too.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - Challenge #139: Holiday Wishes (closes 2 Dec)

DL ART Thankful Thursday - Theme December Holidays (closes 8 Dec)

Hiding in My Craft Room - Challenge #73: Christmas (closes 1 Dec)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #8: Anything Goes (closes 7 Dec)

Tuesday Alchemy - Challenge #42: Anything Goes (closes 3 Dec)

My Paper Crafting - CWC #114: Anything Holiday with Red and/or Green (closes 4 Dec)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A lightweight Christmas card.

Hi my crafty friends.  Today my card is all about making a card that can be posted overseas and not cost an absolute fortune. It's all to do with size and weight lately.

I needed to make a card that had minimal thickness and minimal embellishments.  I have quite a few to send back to the UK and thought this would be an ideal one.  Also means I have a few ideas for some other's I could do too.


I used the Polka Doodles CD Picknix Collection 2 - Gingerbread Twist.  This is a pre-coloured image and I merged the sentiment (also found on the CD) just by using Microsoft Word. 


There are lots of images on this CD that are so cute, sentiments, frames, digital images for you to colour, including this one; papers, even ginger bread boys and girls :-)

These images are so fun to work with and you can manipulate them in so many ways. 

The snowflake is from the Winter Woodland cartridge (page 35) cut at 1" and 0.75".  I used some pearlised paper from my stash.

My card base is 5.5" by 4.25" wide, so you can get two card bases from one piece of 8.5" by 11" card stock.  I used Kraft card stock for the base, the other papers are from my stash.


The little tree stamp is from my age old selection of stamps from the UK.  The card and envelope actually weighs 22g, so I am within the 30g limit and within the standard size limit.

Guess what, I'll be making more of this type :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Back to Basics 3 fini!

I hope you are all doing OK and that my American friends are recovering from your Thanksgiving celebrations.  Now the countdown to Christmas is certainly on.

This is the finish of the current Oriental set.  I feel these cards really don't need too much embellishment and definitely less is more.


Again the papers are from the DCWV stack The Far East.  I scored around the frame again, 2 lines 1/8" apart.


I used the Pagoda cartridge for the bonsai tree (page 44) cut at 2", using the same papers for the tree as for the layers.


Here are the final two.


The hummingbird is on page 38, cut at 2.5", again using the same papers as the layers.


The sentiment stamps are from the CTMH stamp set that comes with the Art Philosophy cartridge.


I hope to get the gift box made for these later in the week. 

Sorry this post is a little short and sweet, but have been feeling a little down the last few days, but I'm still crafting which is a good thing, right!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone.  I hope my American friends are enjoying their Thanksgiving celebrations - I expect you'll all be off to the Black Friday shopping hauls.  I hope you find lots of bargains.

Today I wanted to share a Birthday card with you.  It's Shannon's birthday next week and I wanted to make a card that her sister Emily could give her.


I used an image that is on the Polka Doodles CD Double Sprinkles of Kraft, the sentiment is also on this fabulous CD.  So many images, digital stamps, pre-coloured images, papers, sentiments you name it's got it. I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noirs and the sentiment was already pre-coloured.


I added two ribbons and was lucky enough to find two in my stash that were the perfect colours to match the image.  I embossed the purple layer with my Cuttlebug and one of the folders from the Once Upon a Princess set.  I popped up the image and sentiment layers to add a bit of depth.


So, don't forget I want to see all your shopping hauls and to see what fabulous bargains you got.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #244: Girls Only (closes 28 Nov)

Crafty Ribbons Challenge #33: Use at least 2 Ribbons (closes 5 Dec )

The Stamping Shack - Challenge #1: Anything Goes (closes 29 Nov)

Charisma Cardz Challenges - Challenge #46: Colour Combo - below (closes 28 Nov)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Back to Basics #3

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends - may you enjoy all the celebrations this weekend.

Finally getting back to basics.  Although maybe not that basic but effective, I think.

I have decided to do an oriental theme gift set, as hubby found the most beautiful DCWV  12" by 12" card stack, called The Far East Stack, whilst we were in the USA in the summer.

These are the two thank you cards, to start off with.  Same card, just changing the orientation.


On the Pagoda cartridge was the perfect branch of flowers, page 46, cut at 4.5".  I have popped up the branch of flowers and put it slightly outside the main layer.


For both cards I used my scoreboard and scored two lines in a border 1/8" apart.  I think it frames that centre panel beautifully.


I was able to cut a piece of card stock for each card with a bird showing.  I felt the card really didn't need any other embellishment.

Here is the inside of the card - both are the same.


I will do another four cards and then of course it wouldn't be a gift set without a box :-)

Entering this card in the following challenges.

Crafting for all Seasons - Challenge #40: Thank you (closes 26 Nov)

Pause Dream Enjoy - Challenge #46: Thank you projects (closes 22 Nov Noon EST)

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Challenge : Thank you (closes 25 Nov)

Love to Create - Challenge #42: Give Thanks (closes 25 Nov)

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Challenge #138: Be Ye Thankful (closes 25 Nov)

Crafty Sentiments - Challenge : Thanks (closes 26 Nov)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

It's that time of the year!

Hi all, its my turn over at She's a Sassy Lady this month.  Hope you enjoy this one.

I attend a Wednesday coffee morning and it will be my turn to host at the beginning of December.  I thought I would make up some little gift baskets for each of my friends to take home. It would also make a nice little teachers gift.

I found this tutorial on Split Coast Stampers, however, I do not own any cutting dies.  So of course I turned to my Cricut.

I also made my basket a little bigger - I will show you the measurements for a 10" scallop circle.  The only difficulty I found, was finding a symmetrical one, but I eventually found one on the Art Philosophy cartridge, page 41, circle 3.


I am using the 10" circle as I wanted a slightly bigger basket. Use a 12" by 12" piece of card stock and don't throw away the excess, cut off a 12" by 0.75" piece, this will be the handle for your basket.

You will need to start off by placing the valley of a scallop at the 5.5" mark on your score board and make sure that you have a valley at the bottom on the same score line.


Here is a close up of the top of the circle.  For ease of positioning on the score board, I used the 5.5" mark on the scoreboard (I also drew a small pencil mark on my scoreboard in the score line to help with lining up) as my starting point, you need to score 1.75" either side of this.  So score at the 3.75" mark and the 7.25" mark.


Next rotate you circle a quarter turn so that you have the centre of a mountain of the scallop at the top at the 5.5" score mark and the same at the bottom.


Again you will score at the 3.75" mark and the 7.25" mark as below.


Ok, now we are going to cut into the first score lines that you made, up to the centre square - as follows.

If you actually cut either side of the embossed line - you will get a better fit for your basket.  You just need to  use the embossed line as your cutting guide, and just cut the width of the the embossed line only.  As below.


Fold all you score lines, nice and crisp.  Time to put it together.  Place tape as shown to form the first sides of the box.


Then pull two sides together and put more tape for the final two sides.


Turn up your final two sides and that's your box complete.  Now its time to decorate.


Firstly, the easy part - the handle.  Take the 12" by 0.75" piece you saved from earlier, I put a strip that was 12" by 0.5" down the middle of my handle, and another piece on top 12" by 0.25".

To secure your handle pick two brads of your choice. And secure as below.


The rest of your box can be decorated how you wish.  Here's mine :-)


The embellishments were all from the Winter Woodland Cartridge.  The Let it Snow (page 62) was cut at 3" width.  The outer snowflakes (page 35) were cut at 1.5" and 1".

The finished box is 3.5" square by 3.25" deep.  Perfect for a little gift at Christmas.

You will not believe what I cut the silver snowflakes from.  It is called "peel & stick" Faux Metal adhesive Covering.


It cuts in the Cricut like butter. I used the same settings I use for Vinyl; 3,3,3.  I paid $9.99 Canadian, at Lowes, for this 20" by 48" roll, so very economical.  It was in the the kitchen area where they keep the stuff you put on shelves.   It's self adhesive and comes with a backing sheet with squares on it (just like the vinyl) so makes it easy to measure.

Entering this gift basket in the following challenges.

4 Crafty Chicks - Challenge #116: Winter (closes 20 Nov)

Charisma Cards Challenges -  Challenge #45: Keep your cool (closes 21 Nov)

Tuesday Alchemy - Challenge #41: Anything but a card (closes 26 Nov)

Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays #85: Anything Goes (closes 22 Nov)

Allsorts Challenge - Week #181: It's a Gift (closes 23 Nov)

DL ART - Thankful Thursday: Anything Goes (closes 30 Nov)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting everyone.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Love is in the Little things!

Hi all my crafty friends.  Its Sunday and I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

I decided to have another play with my Spectrum Noir markers - I'm slowly getting the hang of them.  I have been wanting to colour one of these Saturated Canary images for ages but was a bit intimidated by the hair, however I finally decided to attempt one.  This image is called Rose Red but I did her in pink.


I am still learning as far as the hair and where to put shadows but I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out.

I went around the image with IG1, I feel this really helps at the moment, at least until I get more experienced.

The sentiment is from When the Scrap hits the Fun.  I have inked all the layers on the card.


A little bit of ribbon, my favourite embellishment , to finish off.


And of course now I am in the habit of doing the inside of my cards as well.


Thank you all for taking the time to visit me and leave such encouraging comments every day - I really do appreciate it.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Things seem to be getting busy!

Hi all my friends - I wanted to say to you all how much I appreciate you coming to my blog and leaving such wonderful comments and constant encouragement.

I am a person that has always found it extremely hard to take compliments and always feel people just put up with me and are being nice just for being the wonderful person that they are.

Ever since I started my blog I have always replied to every comment on my blog that has been left, but I wonder how many actually ever come back and read my replies, after all, sometimes it was just a quick thank you, other times a bit of a laugh and a joke.  And you are all just as busy with your blogs and life.  For me it was a record of knowing I had read and acknowledged you all.

However, things lately are getting busy on my blog, maybe not so much as more posts, but more my time commitments (which I am thriving on by the way), and as I also visit so many of you on a day to day basis (as do you all) and leave comments on your blogs, I was wondering if you would all mind if I focused on visiting you and commenting on your blog, reading the comments I receive and if anyone has any questions I can always visit you and answer.

Does that make sense?  LOL!

I am so loving doing my blog, getting involved with all these new things.  Learning new stuff and so enjoying my crafting time and being able to share it with like minded people.  None of my friends, locally, are in to crafting, so I'm not even able to discuss things with them or even show them what I do, for fear of being laughed at mostly - but then that's just me.

So please continue visiting, and supporting me and encouraging me.  I always read every comment and will still post odd words of thanks etc and obviously visit you and leave lots of lovely comments :-)

Thank you my crafting friends.


Hugs and Happy crafting.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Butterfly Kisses

Hi everyone, its Friday and my first contribution to the wonderful world of Polka Doodles.  Every week there is a new challenge that starts on a Friday and you have 10 days to enter, so this week you have until 12 noon GMT on Sunday 25 November to get those creations entered.

The theme for this weeks Challenge #46  is "Make a Square card with something round on it", here is what I came up with.


My card base is 5" by 5" using Kraft card stock, and the backing papers are from my scrap box, I have inked round the edges of the layers and the scallop circles.

I cut two scallop circles with my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge.  They were cut at 3" and 2.5" - these are my round elements.

The butterfly and the flower are both from the Polka Doodles CD - Studio 12 CD, Picknix Collection 1, In the Garden.  The images I used are pre-coloured but they are also available on the CD as black and white digital images for you to colour.

The butterfly was cut out twice and popped up at the body only and I added some decorative wire for the antennae.  The flower was cut twice in two different sizes and then layered to give the 3D effect.


The sentiment is from a See D's stamp set called Springtime Swirls, that I bought in the UK many moons ago. I also placed this sentiment scallop up on pop dots.

A little look at the inside with the same papers as the front, and the butterfly stamp is from the same set as the sentiment.


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you will go along and enter your wonderful creations in this weeks challenge at Polka Doodles.  You do not need to use Polka Doodle images to enter, of course we would all love to see what you create with these amazing products if you do, and there are lots of fabulous prizes.

Happy crafting everyone.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Thinking of You

Hi everyone, is it really half way through the month already.  Pin and Tack Spark Your Creativity Now #3 for the month of  November is up and running.  There's plenty of time to get your Anything Goes creations entered.

Hope you are all having a good week.

Here's my little bit of inspiration for you.  Now that the colder temperatures are coming I figured a nice sunny  warm coloured card would cheer you up.

 

The flower vase is from the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 54) cut twice at 3 inches.  I used hide contour to just cut the flowers twice, once in green and once in orange.  I inked the edges of all the layers, even the little flowers.

The vase was embossed with the Cuttlebug and the Sizzix folder Diamond.

The vase and the base layer is pearlised cardstock, as is the base layer for the sentiment stamp, which is from a Recollections sentiments set.


This side view, shows a bit more of the sheen and the depth from adding pop dots to the vase and sentiment layer.

Here is the inside of the card.


The flower stamp, on the inside, is from a set called Thank you For by See D's (an old stamp set from the UK).

A little bit of ribbon and a double bow to finish off.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

{PIN}spirational Challenges - Challenge # 33 (closes 19 Nov)


Papertake Weekly Challenges - Flower Power (closes 19 Nov)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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