Saturday, 14 May 2011

Ice cream

This is for the sketch for Pink elephant 99:
This is also for the 'ice cream' challenge for One stop craft 131. I chose to use a stamped image featuring ice cream, but also ice cream colours for chocolate and strawberry. The image is Penny Black hot but cool. I had a couple of these in a rubber stamp swap quite a long while ago. I wasn't sure what ink had been used to stamp them, so I tried copics/promarkers on the first one and it was a disaster, so for this I got out my old colouring pencils - that made a change! The brown paper is from Dena designs. The pink card was embossed with a Crafts-too dots embossing folder. A pink foiled sentiment and a few flowers finished off the card.

I chose the Penny Black image for Penny Black Saturday challenge 141: clean & simple.

This is also for:

Irish teddy's: embossed
Freshly brewed 45: beach or summer
PaperPlay 19: celebrating summer
Mami doodles 26: spots and/or stripes
Make it colourful 18: dotty backgrounds
Prairie fairy Fridays 52: here come the girls
Crafty Ann 40: happy birthday
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Penny's 53: anything goes
Scrappy frogs: anything goes
Sew many challenges 53: anything goes
Stamp something: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 6: anything goes

Time travel

I put together a couple of digital images - one that I adapted a while ago for my latest Circle Journal - I used this as a background and then added a steampunk clock picture, changing it to match the colour of the original and using a fade effect to reveal the background picture.



This is for:

Crafty cardmakers 45: steampunk or machines
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Penny's 53: anything goes
Scrappy frogs: anything goes
Sew many challenges 53: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 6: anything goes

Magical butterfly spiral

For this card for Paper sundaes 68: magical & mythical creations I've used one of my all-time favourite digital images - butterfly spiral by Dewdrop crafts.

I kept to the black, white and red colour combo for Ladybug: black and white plus one, The paper shelter 13: black + white + one, If the shoe fits fashionista Friday 79: primary splash - black and white with a splash of red, blue or yellow - it's also one of my favourite colour combinations for Stamp dreams challenge 81.




This is also for:

My partner in crafting crime 26: incorporate numbers
Drunken stampers 67: by the numbers
Stampavie 141: ribbons
365 cards day 65: mythical creatures

Thank you, thank you ...

This is for CPS card sketches 217:

The colour combo is for Paper players 46:


A piece of red card was run through the cuttlebug with the 'thanks' embossing folder and then swiped to distress with victorian velvet DI - this was than mounted on an offcut of navy blue card. The 'thanks' die cut label is a Cosmo Cricket 'drop me a note' sticker - this is for Wee memories 56: anything sticky.

The embossing is for the current Irish teddy's challenge and the 'thanks' is for Stamp n doodle: thank you.


Green apples and oranges

This is for the colour combo for Raise the bar 66: green apples and oranges, using MME spotty spring paper background with squares of Ethan Kate left over from making my star box earlier. The middle panel was rescued from my 'odds and ends box.

I used the Claire's sketch for Sunday sketch & stamp 54:


This is also for:

ECP 38: pretty pastel colours
Crafty pad 120: spots & dots
Mami doodles 26: spots and/or stripes
Crafty Ann 40: happy birthday
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Penny's 53: anything goes
Scrappy frogs: anything goes
Sew many challenges 53: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 6: anything goes

Salt: a time for everything ...

Update: Thanks to Blogger - my original post for this was eventually returned - you can see it here.

Thanks to Jaqi for sending me copy of my Salt post that she had on Google reader, I am able to re-post this. You never know, Blogger might still restore the lost posts, but in the meantime this is a copy of what I wrote on Thursday.

It was Ruth's turn to choose the topic for today's challenge on Salt and she chose 'a time for everythin' based on the passage from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 - you can read what she wrote here.

This turned out to be a very poignant topic for us at Salt because, after much discussion and prayerful consideration, we have decided to cease the challenges, although the blog will remain open - we hope it will continue to be a blessing to those who visit.

My LO is very simple because the K & Co paper I used is very 'busy'. I added some Hero Arts stamped cuckoo clocks and a few other clock faces. The passage from Ecclesiastes is The Message version - I printed on to an identical piece of K & Co (I so wish I had a printed that could cope with 12 x 12 - one day, perhaps) and used the stitched ribbon over the join. You can read the scripture verses if you click on the image a couple of times.

Please go over to Salt and see what the rest of the team did for this challenge - and join in if you can.

I'm linking this for:

Let's craft and create 19: sew lovely
Stampavie 141: ribbons
Allsorts 102: stamp a lot - use at least three different stamps
My partner in crafting crime 26: incorporate numbers
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Creative Belli 117: letter S - stamping, stitching (my neglected embellishment: the ribbon)
Stamping vacation: No! No! challenge: no embossing of any kind
Stamping vacation: when I grow up: clockmaker
Crafty catz: give us a quotePenny's 53: anything goes

Make it Monday: 36

Scrappy frogs: anything goes

Flourish timeless 117: anything goes

Altered Alice chapter 4: tme

Sorry that I can't clear the spacing that's appeared just above here. Of course, I had some comments that had been made on the original post, but they disappeared with it.

Pastel does it

This card is for Corrosive 115 sketch time:
The spotted and striped papers are Craftwork cards vintage rose and the paper used to cut the scalloped nestie circle is K & Co boutique (I've had this for years). I distressed the little circles with tattered rose DI while the die cut was still in the nestie, distressing the edges of the card and the striped squares as well. The butterfly stamp is Stampotique by Janet Klein (stamped with tattered rose DI ink to keep to the pastel look).

I kept the whole card pastel for ECP 38: pretty pastel colours; it's also for Craft your days away 20: white + one, I did it: monochromatic, and Annabelle: say it in monochromatic tones.

The spots and stripes are for Crafty pad 120: spots & dots, Mami doodles 26: spots and/or stripes, Sunday stamper 153: the star spangled banner - stars and/or stripes, and Catch the bug: polka dots and stripes.

The butterfly is for Daring cardmakers: the darling BUGS of May, Totally stampalicious: bugs, Cutie Sunday 140: butterflies, Claudia & company 81: butterflies, Sarah Hurley 40: butterflies/things with wings, Stamp magic 35: butterflies, Whoopsi Daisy: things with wings, Paperminutes 165: wings, and Dutch dare 112: winged things.

It's also for:

Tuesday throwdown 48: use die cuts
Creative craft: distressed
Cute card Thursday 164: it's so distressing
Stamp, scrap, doodle: old supplies (the K & Co boutique paper - at least 8 years old)
Aud sentiments 28: no sentiment
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Penny's 53: anything goes
Scrappy frogs: anything goes
Sew many challenges 53: anything goes
Stamp something: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 6: anything goes
Divas by design 1: anything goes

Origami star box

Quite a few of the bubblies from the BF forum are on retreat this weekend (wish I could be there), but there are quite a few of us stay-at-homes, so Kathy has been organising a little Non-retreaters mini crop for us. She shared a link to a video to make an origami star box and I've just had a go - it's not perfect (some of the folds could have been neater), but not bad for a first attempt.

Like Kathy, I chose a 10 x 10 square of paper cut from Ethan Kate ripple stripe - I chose this because it was double sided but not too thick.

Now I need to think of something to put in my star box.



I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

Design dollies: time to fold it together
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Penny's 53: anything goes
Scrappy frogs: anything goes
Sew many challenges 53: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 6: anything goes
Divas by design 1: anything goes

Card and a half challenge blog


There's a new monthly challenge blog starting soon - details are all here. There will also be some 'just for fun' challenges throughout the month - sounds good. Helen is Clare's sister (Clare is one of the Christmas gang - links in my sidebar).

Invertage and pyramage

These look almost identical, but the first card is invertage, the layers looking inwards, and the second card is pyramage, with the layers stacked up, on to A5 stardream card. These were part of a set purchased two or three years ago from Create & Craft.

The birthday greetings were made with my dymo letratag label maker.


These are for:

Crafty Ann 40: happy birthday
Pollycraft 92: boyz to men
Cardmadfairy 8: for the boys
365 cards day 33: boy oh boy - masculine with a touch of pink (the pink flowers)
Kaboodle 66: lots of layers
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Penny's 53: anything goes
Scrappy frogs: anything goes
Sew many challenges 53: anything goes
Stamp something: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 6: anything goes

CHNC challenge 20: don't get stressed about distressing!

Can you believe it? It's Saturday again and that means there's a new challenge on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge blog - challenge 20, which is all about distressing - this could be inked/sponged edges, torn paper, sanded embossing ... anything that counts as distressing - I look forward to seeing what you come up with. To find our more about the challenge and to enter your card please visit here.

For my card I used half of a white shaped card and used a small Brilliance pearlescent poppy ink pad direct to paper, concentrating more on the edges. I then stamped with three different stamps from a Tanda Holly Doodles set designed by Sheila Oliver - Sheila is a clever and creative crafter who is such an inspiration. I coloured the holly with my newly acquired (arrived in the post this morning) Marvy le plume alcohol pens and dotted the berries with glossy accents.

I then mounted this on to a piece of Craft Creations paper, having torn the bottom edges and mounted on a red linen card. Just the addition of the sentiment and the card was done.

(Why are the berries looking more orange and red on the photo - perhaps it's the effects of the glossy accents!):


I'm linking this for the following challenges:

CES 36: holidays
Creative craft: distressed
Cute card Thursday 164: it's so distressing
Sentimental Sundays 54: anything goes
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Penny's 53: anything goes
Scrappy frogs: anything goes
Sew many challenges 53: anything goes
Stamp something: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 6: anything goes
Divas by design 1: anything goes

Birthday garden

I needed to make another commissioned 80th birthday card (there seem to hav been a lot of them recently - 80th birthdays, that is).

The patterned A5 base card is by Dena designs, to which I added some DCWV stitched ribbon and the invertage garden design, a purchase two or three years ago from Create & Craft, with the addition of a computer generated sentiment, both mounted on to silver mirror card.


This is for:

Crafty Ann 40: happy birthday
My partner in crafting crime 26: incorporate numbers
Your next stamp 42: pop it up (I used foam tape for the invertage)
Kaboodle 66: lots of layers
2 sisters 39: how does your garden grow?
Freshly brewed 45: beach or summer
PaperPlay 19: celebrating summer
Sentimental Sundays 54: anything goes
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Penny's 53: anything goes
Scrappy frogs: anything goes
Sew many challenges 53: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 6: anything goes

Creatures birthday party

This is the photo inspiration for Cupcake inspirations 110 this week:

so I have made this card, using some paper that was in a Poundland scrapbook kit ages ago and some rather lovely creatures from a Tesco go create set of stickers - the eyes move.


This is for:

Crafty Ann 40: happy birthday
Ellephantastic 26 for May: birthday party
Cat's corner 50: very colourful birthday balloons (a cat needed to be included)
Ann's creative nook 134: anything goes with animals
Pollycraft 92: boyz to men (suitable for a boy's birthday)
Cardmadfairy 8: for the boys
Crafty creations 118: anything goes
Penny's 53: anything goes
Scrappy frogs: anything goes
Sew many challenges 53: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 6: anything goes