Sunday, 8 January 2012

Welcome baby

This card is for the sketch on Paper makeup 17:


The digi image from Bugaboo stamps called 'baby stroller' is one that I won for a challenge on Top tip Tuesday - I coloured the image digitally on computer in Paint; the papers and tiny buttons on the wheels are Papermania lemon sorbet, with just the addition of the bow with gem, the punched scalloped order and flower border. As I've used a bugaboo stamp this is another entry for Catch the bug January: anything goes.




It's also for:

Glitter geeks 1: hand in hand - things that go together - spots and stripes
Daisy doodles 50: new beginnings
For fun: new something - baby
Digi doodle shops best 89: new beginnings
Dutch dare 146: new beginnings
That craft place 3: buttons and bows
Gingersnap GC132 colour challenge: soft yellows and white

Suzie's 365 8: cosy

As soon as I saw Suzie's prompt for today I thought of an old photo of Oscar and Nelson. Oscar was John's first guide dog (sadly died last year) and Nelson was the cat we had then, who sadly got run over one day.

The big bed, of course, belonged to Oscar, but Nelson used to barge his way in as if he owned it and if he insisted on stretching out, Oscar would just get out and let the cat take over.

8: cosy:


I had a fun time with this card

When I saw yesterday's challenge on Sugar creek 'let's save some trees' I thought  'NO WAY!' - they were asking us to re-purpose paper towels, toilet paper or coffee filters! Well, I don't have coffee filters, so I was left with the choice of kitchen paper towel or toilet paper. I remembered that mum had some fancy Christmas toilet paper given to her, so I thought perhaps I could get some from her, but she might well have used it up by now.

Anyway, I put the challenge to the back of my mind, thinking it was one I wouldn't be taking part in. However, I'm still quite unwell with this chest infection (a bit better, thank goodness), so I was unable to go out to church this morning. I was miffed about that, but the bonus was that I was here to watch Barbara Gray of Clarity stamps on Create & Craft. One of the things she did today was to scrunch up tissue, distress it and sandwich it between acetate with a coloured-in stamped image. This gave me the idea of use some already-embossed kitchen towel paper, which I swiped with victorian velvet and then dusty concord and chipped sapphire DIs:


Having done this I found a piece of acetate that I've had for ages and ages - it already had silver foiled flowers on it, so I just coloured them with copic V09. I then stamped the Clarity stamp lady with Stazon ultramarine (having had a try first with some versafine that didn't stay put) and very lightly coloured with copic V04 - this was done on the 'wrong side' so there could be no smearing. I then ran this through my Xyron (I'm so glad I have this for tasks like this) and matted on to an offcut piece of lilac paper which has a slightly distressed look to it. This was then mounted on to a piece of 'oil on water' card that looks pink in some light and more purple in another. A couple of brads were added at two corners - so this is also for Paper pretties 187: use brads or eyelets, and Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 89: use brads of eyelets.

Then came the learning curve! I didn't want to just put the kitchen paper straight on to card because I'm sure it would have become tatty very quickly so I ran a piece of acetate through the Xyron and stuck the kitchen paper to it. Meanwhile, I backed an 8 x 8 card with some of the 'oil on water' card (I had gutted the inside of this because I only had one piece).

Then on to the final step - ah! this is where the learning curve really kicked in! I ran the acetate through the Xyron so that the kitchen paper towel side got sticky - laid it on the card only to find that, because the kitchen towel is 2-play, the bottom part stuck the card but started to come away from the top piece - I managed to rescue this by gently using my trusty ATG glue tape gun.

So, here it is - a large 8 x 8 card:



As well as the challenge on Sugar Creek, I'm linking this for these challenges that ask for something old and/or something new - the old being the supplies I used and the new being the new technique of using kitchen paper towel:

Crafts by Carolyn forum TTC12-01: something old, something new
Corrosive 140: ring in the new year
Order of the opus gluei 121: out with the old and in with the new (house button is very old, stamp is new)
Stamps R us: anything goes
Digistamps4joy 34: anything (something old, something new) goes
Freshly brewed January: use something new (technique)
My mum's craft shop 38: something new (technique)
Simon says: new something
Cute card Thursday 198: what's new (technique)
Fairytale 32: something new (technique)
Crazy4challenges 118: new year - new technique
Di's digis: it's all new (technique)
Our daily bread 91: in with the new, out with the old
Crafty calendar January: new news (technique)
St Luke's January: new year, new start - give new lease of life to something (piece of kitchen paper towel)

Also for:

Sparkles forum 27: anything but a Christmas card
Getting cricky simply Sunday challenge: it's a celebration
Alota 74: A, B or C - B birthday, C celebration
Kaboodle 100: let's celebrate
Critter 96: celebrations
Tuesday throwdown 79: shiny new year - something shiny
Craft your passion 91: anything goes + distressing
Let's craft and create 35: anything goes
House of gilli 23: anything goes
Heart song 29: anything goes
The pink elephant 129: anything goes
Cupcake craftroom January: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Blog a doodle: anything goes
The paper shelter 45: anything goes
Bizzy Becs January: anything goes
Art impressions 46: anything goes
CES 67: anything goes
Dream valley 23: anything goes
Gingerloft 31: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 40
Make my Monday 71

Snowy card

This is a simple snowy card with snowflake background from a Pals patchwork kit.I love the way the red is picked up on the Santa hat to match the background.

This is for:

Stamp dreams 115: snow
Crazy amigo: winter
Creative card crew 1: snow day
Everybody art: snow
Creative belli 134: snowflakes (the background card is old and forgotten for ages)
Do you stack up 53: let it snow
Sentimental Sundays 84: snow, blue and/or glitter
My craft spot 39: winter wonderland
Stamp, scrap & doodle: winter something
Crafting when we can: new year's resolutions - to make Christmas cards throughout the year (you can see my crafty resolutions here)
There she goes 137: new year, new new start - resolutions - to make Christmas cards throughout the year (you can see my crafty resolutions here)
Creative craft: resolutions -  to make Christmas cards throughout the year (you can see my crafty resolutions here)
Let's craft and create 35: anything goes
House of gilli 23: anything goes
Heart song 29: anything goes
The pink elephant 129: anything goes
Cupcake craftroom January: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Blog a doodle: anything goes
The paper shelter 45: anything goes
Bizzy Becs January: anything goes
Art impressions 46: anything goes
CES 67: anything goes
Dream valley 23: anything goes
Gingerloft 31: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 40

Put your feet up ...

... read the paper ... it's your birthday!

The background of this card uses some foiled embossed card that I've had for years, since I started making cards, which is a long time ago now. It's a very simple card with just the addition of the stickers, which have a nice feel about them with some felt being used. An ideal card for a man!

This is for:

Critter 96: celebrations
Birthday sundaes 38: birthday
Pile it on 2: manly cards
Little red wagon 114: warm fuzzies - felt
Paper Pretties Monday challenge: clean and simple
I brake for challenges: clean and simple
Let's craft and create 35: anything goes
House of gilli 23: anything goes
Heart song 29: anything goes
Incy wincy 127: anything goes
The pink elephant 129: anything goes
Cupcake craftroom January: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Blog a doodle: anything goes
The paper shelter 45: anything goes
Bizzy Becs January: anything goes
Art impressions 46: anything goes
CES 67: anything goes
Dream valley 23: anything goes
Gingerloft 31: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 40

Traditional Christmas colours

Today's challenge on the Sunday's with Santa facebook group is 'traditional colours'. So it was time to get out those lovely Anna Griffin supplies for these cards:


This one has flocking on it for Little red wagon 114: warm fuzzies:


These are also for:

Crafty Ann 56: let's think hot (lots of bright red)
ABC Christmas: Z for zingy colours
Crafting when we can: new year's resolutions - to make Christmas cards throughout the year (you can see my crafty resolutions here)
There she goes 137: new year, new new start - resolutions - to make Christmas cards throughout the year (you can see my crafty resolutions here)
Creative craft: resolutions -  to make Christmas cards throughout the year (you can see my crafty resolutions here)
Let's craft and create 35: anything goes
House of gilli 23: anything goes
Heart song 29: anything goes
Incy wincy 127: anything goes
The pink elephant 129: anything goes
Cupcake craftroom January: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Blog a doodle: anything goes
The paper shelter 45: anything goes
Bizzy Becs January: anything goes
Art impressions 46: anything goes
CES 67: anything goes
Catch the bug January: anything goes
Dream valley 23: anything goes
Gingerloft 31: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 40