Friday, 26 April 2013

Birthdays with Bling

Hi everyone, its Friday!!!  I have a big smile on my face, because Andy will be home late tonight for the weekend, Yay!  Although just for the weekend and he will go back Monday, I am really looking forward to seeing him home, as are the girls of course :-)

Anyways, on with my post.  It's the start of another challenge, week 17,  at Polka Doodles and as my blog post states, this weeks theme is Birthdays with Bling.

I used an image from the new Frederika CD, but this image and the images from the CD are also available to purchase and download individually.  Remember there is free shipping worldwide, with just a minimum order of  £10 (approx $16).

Isn't she beautiful, I loved colouring this image in and using my Spectrum Noirs.  I used the following pens

Hair       GB1, TN2, TN3
Skin       FS2, TN2
Dress     BT2, BT4, BT5

The papers and the sentiment are from the Cherryblossom Lane CD, and for the first time ever I used a doily, well half of one :-)

I think this image would be perfect for a graduate card too.  The image and the tag were cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I added bling to her hair and also to the sentiment.

I popped up the image and the sentiment to add a little dimension to the card.  All the edges were inked and a little brushed over the doily too.  I love the ribbon on this one, my bow turned out perfect; well I think so anyways :-)

For the inside I used the same papers, some ribbon too, and then added the little flourishes to add a little sophistication to the inside.

So there you have it, an elegant card for and elegant occasion.  What do you think you could use this image for?

Just a little reminder that you can enter this challenge up until the 5 May (12pm UK time). So come on you crafty lot, go along and enter. 

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Craft Your Passion Challenges - Challenge #159: Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend (closes 29 Apr)

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Challenge: Monochromatic (closes 29 Apr)

Digital Tuesday Challenge - Challenge #207: Birthdays (closes 29 Apr)

2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge #140: Blue and/or Green (closes 26 Apr)

One Stitch at a Time - Challenge #160: Use a Digi (closes 27 Apr)

Bearly-Mine Challenges - Challenge #83: Digi Days (closes 29 Apr)

Get Inky! Challenge #2: Bring on the Bling (closes 27 Apr)

3 Girl Jam Challenge - Challenge #17: Anything Goes with ribbon (closes 9 May)

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #4: Anything Goes (closes 3 May)

Five Simple Things - Inspire Me Fridays #100 (closes 2 May)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Shhhhh! Don't shout it too loud, but I think Spring has Sprung, Shhhhh!

Hi everyone.  I had a great day in the craft room on Monday, so would like to share this latest creation with you.

But first a photo of one of the trees in my back garden.  Do you see the little buds, yay, Spring is here :-) If I remember, I will try and post a pick when they have bloomed as they are a beautiful white flower before the greenery comes through.  The tree is only about 6 years old, I think it is a Cherry Blossom (no fruit just blossom), but is really thriving in my garden.

I have been wanting to do some real stitching on my cards for quite sometime now, but sort of never got round to it.  I am so pleased that I finally gave it a go.

The papers are from a DCWV 6" by 6" paper stack called Fashion District.  I decided to quarter it, to give it a bit more interest.  I stuck the pieces onto a peach card and then stitched it with my sewing machine.

The magnolias image is from Beccy's Place and it's a freebie.  It was cut out using my Silhouette Cameo and then layered onto a Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangle.

The image was coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens.  I used the following pens.

Leaves     CG1, CG2, DG4
Flowers    CR4, CR5, CR6

For the edges of all the layers and the sentiment, I used CTMH Cranberry Ink pad.  The sentiment is from a Scrappy Moms stamp set called Hooray for Birthdays.  The little flourish above it and the one on the inside of the card, are from a See D's stamp set (bought in the UK) called Spring Time swirls.  I placed the sentiment on another Spellbinders Nestability called Labels 8.

I popped up the coloured image to add a little depth and also placed a bit of ribbon under the sentiment.

For the inside I used one of the papers from the front and stitched around the edge.  Then used the scalloped edge rectangle on the inside too.

Loved doing the stitching.  I think I may have to rethink my craft room once again, then I can leave the sewing machine set up.  I think that is why I haven't tried it before, because it is under a table in the corner and not out all the time.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Sandy's Crafty Creations - April Anything Goes with a twist: Stitching (closes 30 Apr)

My Time To Craft Challenge Blog - Challenge #218: Stitching (closes 26 Apr)

Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog - Challenge #6: Spring Fever (closes 27 Apr)

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Challenge #103: A Passion for flowers (closes 26 Apr)

One Stitch at a Time - Challenge #160: Use a Digi (closes 27 Apr)

Die Cuttin Divas - Challenge #112: Flowers (closes 30 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Layers and Layers.

Hi my crafty peeps.  My apologies for not posting much this past week, I decided to try and get ahead with some DT posts and stuff, so that I wasn't just creating post to post.  I have made a little leeway and hope to get more done, so that I am way ahead and then I can get back to enjoying my crafting again. I'm sure you all understand.

I did, however, amongst other things, make this card to share with you today.

The butterfly, from a Recollections stamp set, is stamped on some handmade paper from my stash. The papers I used, are from a very old paper stack by Hot off the Press, called Amethyst, its from my UK stash too.

The embossed layer is on pale green card and was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder from the Paper Lace 2 set.  I inked all the edges of  all the layers, as well as blending some of the ink over the embossing.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the CTMH set that came with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I added a little bit of pale green ribbon to one of the panels and then some pearl dots to finish off.

For the inside I used the same papers and then the little butterfly stamp is from an InkaDinkaDo Insects Inchies stamp set.

I was quite pleased with how this one turned out.

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

DL ART Thankful Thursday April Link Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #10: Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #3: Anything Goes (closes 26 Apr)

Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #55: Things with Wings (closes 3 May)

Craftin Desert Divas - Craft it Up & Link it Up Linky Party #4: Peacock Colour Challenge (closes 28 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

New to me technique (2) - Colour on Colour Emboss Resist.

Hi everyone, its my turn to share a post over at She's A Sassy Lady, as well as here with my lovely followers.  Thank you all so much for continuing to support my little old blog :-)  How is everyone doing so far this month?  They seem to be going so quickly.

My card, today, is using a new technique to me, it is called Colour on Colour Emboss resist.  Here is my card and then I will show you how I did the background.

Firstly, I chose 4 complimentary inks and just randomly blended them on a piece of white card.  The colours I used were Close to My Heart - Clover Meadow, Sorbet, Cranberry and Heavenly Blue.

Let the ink dry a little and then run over it with an antistatic pad.  This will help get rid of any bits so that you can get a better result with your embossing.

Now you have to use a clear embossing ink.  The difficult part of this is actually seeing what you have stamped, so try and work your way methodically, yet randomly, across your paper.  Choose a stamp, that suits the theme of your card.

Once you have stamped your image over your paper, dust you images with clear embossing powder. Then  using your heat gun, go over all your images, they will start to pop as the embossing powder melts.  Make sure you do all your images.  You can just make them out below.

Next, you need to take a complimentary ink colour, but darker than the others, I used another CTMH ink pad colour - Lagoon.  Using your blending tool, go all over you image lightly with this darker colour, suddenly your butterflies will really start to show.

Finally, just get a tissue and buff up all of the images, thus removing any excess ink off the embossed images.

There you have it, a lovely background for your card.

I found this technique on Gina K Stamps and she has a great video here!

For my card I used this following sketch for a challenge at Crafty Catz.

The flower is another one of my daughter's, Shannon, homemade flowers.  I do not own any punches, other than a corner rounder, so I used a decorative scissors to do the corner accents.

The Thank You stamp, is a Studio112 stamp from the bargain bucket at Joanns and was inked up with Memento Tuxedo Black.  All the edges, of all the layers were inked with the CTMH Lagoon ink pad.  The inside butterfly is from a Recollections stamp set and again inked with Memento Tuxedo Black.

I hope you have enjoyed this new to me technique and that perhaps you will give it a go.  Have fun :-)

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Crafty Catz - Challenge #178: Sketchie Time (closes 18 Apr)

Little Scrap Pieces - Fun Friday Challenge: May Flowers (closes 19 Apr)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #18: Anything Goes (closes 26 Apr)

Lexi's Creations - Challenge #88: Add Lace and/or Ribbon (closes 27 Apr)

Card Makin Mamas - Challenge: Time for Ribbon (closes 26 Apr)

Tuesday Throwdown - Challenge #143: Focus on the Sentiment (closes 22 Apr)

Cuttin and Stampin - Challenge #15: Thank You Card (closes 22 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Spring has Sprung! Well, it did!!! And then.....

Hi everyone, this is just a quick non-crafty post.  I hope that you are all having a lovely weekend.

If you live in the warmer climates - could you please please please tell it to come to Canada soon!

So on Thursday I took a photo looking out from the front window of my house.

Do you see?  Do you see?  NO SNOW!  Yay Spring is here.

Then this happened on Friday!

Do you see? Do you see?  NO GRASS!!  Spring disappeared!

We were forecast to have around 15cm snow, but instead we got ice pellets, freezing rain and then about 3cm of snow.  So, it could have been worse.

Albeit, you will be pleased to know, it is meant to rain now for several days so it will wash away this yukky stuff and hopefully I will be able to share Spring with everyone else.

I will have a post for you soon and will try and make it very Spring like :-)

Have a great Sunday everyone.

Thanks for stopping by.


Happy crafting :-)

PS...  Please send the sun North.  You can keep the geese LOL!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Rainy Days! Anything is better than snow!

Hi everyone.  Here we are at week 15 of the Polka Doodle Challenges - wow, where are the months going?

This weeks challenge is April Showers, include either clouds/rainbows/rain/umbrellas on your card. Hey, you could even include them all :-)

Here is my little bit of rainy inspiration - its rainy here in Canada, it sure is better than snow :-)

...... ...... ....... NEWS FLASH ..... .......

OK it's not raining - its snowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I took a photo yesterday, of it all clear of snow - I will take a photo of when the storm has passsed and post a picture.  I want Spring to come !!

Anyways, here is my card :-)  Maybe it should have snow flakes on it!

I really enjoyed making this card and pulling it together!  The clouds, rain drops and the lovely Emma Canning image called Rainy Days, were all cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.

I coloured the image using my Spectrum Noir markers. 

Umbrella - BT2, BT4, BT5
Hair        - GB1, GB4, GB8
Skin        - FS2, TN2
Dress      - PP4, PP5
Boots      - TN4, TN5

I raised up the clouds, some of the raindrops and the Emma Canning digi, onto some pop dots to add a little dimension to the card.  The striped paper is from the new Frederika CD collection, the spotted paper and the sentiment are from the Double Sprinkle of Crafts CD and the clouds are from the Studio 12 CD - Picknix Collection 1.  So a bit of a mish mash from all over :-)

The clouds were embossed using the Cuttlebug and the folder Devine Swirls.  I inked all the edges of the clouds and all the layers, both inside and out.

I hope you will go along and enter this weeks challenge.  You have until Sunday 21st April (12 midday GMT) to enter.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Lacy Sunshine Challenge - Challenge #5: Anything Goes (closes 13 Apr)

The Squirrel and the Fox - Challenge #41: Inspired by Song/Movie (Mine is Singing in the Rain) (closes 18 Apr)

Great Impressions Stamps - April Challenge: Pastels colours and/or polka dots (closes 30 Apr)

Little Scrap Pieces - Fun Friday April Showers Challenge (closes 12 Apr)

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #2: Anything Goes (closes 18 Apr)

Cut It Up - Challenge #16: Wet (closes 17 Apr)

DL.ART - Thankful Thursday Challenge #107: Rain (closes 23 Apr)

Digi Haven - Rain/Umbrella Challenge (closes 25 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies.

Hi all out there in blogland.  Are you having a good week so far?  I am :-)

For this card, I resurrected some papers and a long card that I last used back in October of last year. Today's card is a birthday card for a friend.  My card base is 8" by 3" from that age old stash from the UK.

The papers are from a Recollections paper pack called Timeless. The lovely butterfly stamps are from an InkaDinkaDo set called Insect Inchies.  Aren't they fabulous.

I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black, and layered them on some scallop squares cut on my Silhouette Cameo, the file is from the Silhouette online store.  The cut butterfly is a Birds Cards cut file, cut at 1.25", cut on my Cameo too.

I wanted to add a pop of colour hence the added butterfly, ribbon and inking the edges.

The sentiment stamp is from a Scrappy Moms stamp set called Hooray for Birthdays.

For the inside I used the same papers as the front and used a teeny tiny butterfly stamp from the same InkaDinkaDo stamp set.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Challenge: Fly (closes 14 Apr)

Flutter By Wednesdays - Challenge #235: Anything Goes - with a butterfly or fairy (closes 16 Apr)

Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #54: Happy Birthday (closes 19 Apr)

DL. ART Thankful Thursday April Linky Challenge - Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge #138: Anythinh Goes (closes 12 Apr)

Every Day is an Occasion - Sunday {Fun}day #8 - Linky Party (closes 30 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Your so Chic!

Hi everyone.  I hope you are all had a wonderful weekend.

You may recall last week I posted up some coloured digis of some of the new collection at Polka Doodles, called Frederika

You will be pleased to know, that not only can you buy a CD of the collection, but they are now available for individual download!  And can be found here!

I finally got around to putting, what have affectionately become the "three amigas" on to a card ;-)

All the papers are from the Frederika CD, as is the sentiment.  

Now, I know I said in my last post that I would let you know what number Spectrum Noirs I used for the colouring, but this was coloured before that statement, so I am unable to share on this one :-)  I did finally get around to buying two of the 24 set Spectrum Noirs, the Pastels and the Lights.  So, I now have the original 72 and these new 48.  I really do have a lovely selection of colours now, although I think I will also get the Darks in a few months time.

Another close up of these fab images, that really were a pleasure to colour.  I actually merged these images, which are of course separate on the CD and to download.

I used a Spellbinders Big Scalloped Rectangle, to die cut around the images and inked around all the edges of all the layers.

The image layer and the sentiment layer have both been popped up on some foam tape, to add some depth.

For the inside I kept to the theme from the front and once again inked all the edges.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Great Impressions Stamps - April Monthly Challenge: Pastel Colours and/or Polka Dots (closes 30 Apr)

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #1: Anything Goes (closes 11 Apr)

DL.ART Thankful Thursday April Link Party - Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

I hope you will all have the most fabulous crafting week.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Finally, some inspiration!

Hi everyone.  Today, I am going to unashamedly plug a couple of fabulous blogs, as well as some Challenge blogs that are new on the block.

You may recall my struggle with motivation and inspiration over the past few weeks.  Well, after reading all your wonderful comments - I have taken note.

Today, I would like to thank Tracy of Tracy's Treasures for her advice and recent post about using those $1.50 bargains and Andie of Contagiously Crafty who has recently done a weeks course on using patterned papers, which she kindly shared on her blog!  Please go check out their blogs - they are amazing!

Also, for more inspiration, I have actually made my card for two new Challenge blogs that have just started this month.

The first is called 2 Creative Chicks and is run by a couple of bloggie friends; Nana of My Crafting Channel and Migdalia of Crafting with Creative M.  The theme for their first challenge is Mothers Day and runs for the month of April.

The second is called Get Inky! Challenge and their theme for the first fornightly challenge is a sketch.  It is open until the 14 April.

As they are both brand new challenge blogs - they really need some new followers and therefore please go along and follow and take part.  

So, after all that said and done, here is the card I have to share with you.

I am really pleased with how this turned out, not only with the colours but with the mix of papers.  The papers are from a Paula Deen paper pack from a Michaels bargain bucket (except the piece with the Mothers Day sentiment - from scraps) and the stamp is a Studio 112 stamp from Joanns bargain at $1.  The Mothers Day Stamp is from a UK See D's Stamp set called Springtime Swirls and inked in CTMH Cranberry.

I am going to endeavour from hence forth (sounds posh dun it! ) to list the Spectrum Noir pens I have used.  Well, at least when I remember! The image was first stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then coloured as below.

For the flowers I used CR4, CR5, CR6 and DR5.  
For the leaves I used DG2 and DG3.
Round the outside of the image I used DG1 - its very faint but can be seen in real life LOL!

I inked all the edges of all the layers, both inside and out, with a Stampin' Up  ink called Old Olive.  And added three little brads as per the sketch.  The banners we just hand cut by me :-)

I thank you once again my bloggie friends - for your support and continued encouragement, can't say it enough!

Goes without saying, but I am entering this card in the following challenges.

2 Creative Chicks - Challenge #1: Mothers Day (closes 30 Apr)

Get Inky! Challenge - Challenge #1: Use the above sketch (closes 14 Apr)

Go Fish Challenge Blog - Challenge #38: Flowers (closes 14 Apr)

Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - PWC252: April Showers bring May Flowers (closes 9 Apr)

Crafting for all Seasons Challenge Blog - Challenge #49: Floral Delight (closes 15 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

New to me technique (1) - Inking a Cuttlebug folder.

Hi everyone - it's my turn to share something new over at Pams blog - The Bug Bytes and of course here with my wonderful followers.

This time I thought I would try something new to me.  I recently acquired some lovely CTMH ink stamp pads and I had been wanting to try this technique for a while.  I had to go out and buy myself a brayer, so that I could give this a try.

Firstly, I decided to use the Cuttelbug folder called Juli's Garden.  And using the brayer I inked up the folder, using a CTMH Cranberry ink pad, placed a piece of card stock in it and then ran it through the Cuttlebug.

Now depending which side of the folder you ink up, you will get two totally different looks.

I can never remember which one you call emboss and deboss LOL!  So, when you open the folder, if you ink the top half you will get this result.

If you ink the bottom half you will get this result.

Also, depending how much ink you put on will result in either a really dark or a faded look to your paper. It's purely your choice.

For my card I used the top half of my embossing folder and a little less ink.  The piece I used is sitting behind the image, which is a Cuddlebug Cuties image called MacKayla by Anna Stillwell.  Anna is so generous and regularly posts fabulous freebies for everyone to use.

The image is coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers and cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.

The sentiment that I used is from a stamp set that I recently won from Scrappy Moms stamps.  The set is called Hooray for Birthdays.  I added three little brads to the right of the image and then a little button and some embroidery thread to the sentiment.

For the inside of the card I used the same papers as the front, unfortunately, I can't trace where the papers came from as they have been in my stash a very long time.  All the edges of all my layers on this card were inked with the same CTMH Cranberry Ink as the embossed piece.

So there you have it.  One new card with a new to me technique.

I would like to thank you all for your wonderful comments and support last week.  All your ideas and encouragement on how you get your mojo back were fabulous.  I have taken note!!

We had a lovely long weekend with Andy being home for Easter.  We all got together on Friday and watched the film The Hobbit.  It was fabulous, but can't wait till the next instalment.

Saturday was a little retail therapy - nothing exciting just some things we needed to get done.

Sunday we had friends over for lunch.  We did a lamb roast and boy was it yummy.  They have two young children of 4 and 2, so my teens set up an Easter egg hunt for them in the morning and after dinner that's what they did, whilst us adults had a natter :-)

Monday, Andy went back to Winnipeg :-(  But, I think I am in the right frame of mind this time to be able to get some crafting done.  Especially with all your fab ideas to help me.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Challenge Simon Says Happy Birthday! (closes 10 Apr)

Eureka Stamps - Challenge #33: Stripes or Circles (closes 7 Apr)

Forever Friends Challenge Blog - Fortnightly Challenge #48: Girls (closes 7 Apr)

Craftin Desert Diva's - Cut it up and Link it up Linky Party #3: Cute as a button (closes 14 Apr)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #17: Anything Goes (closes 12 Apr)

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Challenge April 1st: Anything Goes (closes 7 Apr)

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #10: Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog - Challenge #5: Anything Goes (closes 13 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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