Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Suzie's 365 photos day 115: tower

For day 115, Suzie said 'let's look for a tower'. Well, I wasn't going out today, so no chance of seeing a tower. I nearly resorted to showing a photo that had been taken previously, but looking to my left I saw a tower of boxes that need to be put away, behind which is a higher tower of paper trays:


Suzie's 365 photos day 114: cross

Suzie's day 114: cross: This is a stamp that is so handy for Easter cards, but also for sympathy, Christening and other occasions:


Baby card - a trip down memory lane!

It's a bit like a trip down memory lane today. I wonder how many of my visitors have supplies of handmade paper, angel hair (like I used on a card I showed earlier today) or mulberry paper (I'd almost forgotten what it was called) - I have loads of it - I remember that some years ago we used to use lots of it in cardmaking, but, like lots of other things, it's gone out of fashion. Even if I made a card with these supplies every day I'd be hard pressed to actually use it all up (not sure why I keep it all).

Anyway, here is a baby card that uses pieces of blue mulberry paper that has been wetted around the edge and torn (I remember when I used to do that quite a lot - brush the edges with a wet paintbrush, although a wet finger will do just as well). For some reason, shadow that's cast has made some of this look a bit pink, but it is all blue.

The little gingham teddy is one that I acquired ages ago with lots of other shapes (I've still got quite a lot of them and haven't used them for years) - and the same with the little transparent tag - I bought quite a lot of these years ago - perhaps I should use more of them in the coming days.


This is for:

Pixie's crafty snippets 17: snippets of mulberry paper and other bits and pieces bought years ago
Lollipop crafts 77: baby, baby
Bearly mine 32: baby days
More than favors wacky Wednesday 69: baby theme
Crafts4eternity R68: something new - new baby
Here come the boys 25: tiddly peeps - toddlers/babies
4 crafty chicks 87: no stamping zone
Victorine 32: anything goes
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes

Snowflakes, snowflakes and more snowflakes

Three cards using some pre-cut cards that have the edges of the snowflakes cut out to reveal some of the inside of the card. And I still possess some Christmas peel off greetings!

This first card has a holographic strip inside the card which shows through the cut out pieces of the snowflakes. To give definition, I went round the edges of the halves of the snowflakes that are on the front of the card. The black-looking little sticker snowflakes are, in fact, silver.


On this next card there is a strip of holographic paper on the front and on the inside - they are actually the same even though they look different here.


And this card has some magic mesh on the inside of the card to show through the cut out snowflakes (yes, I still have some magic mesh - haven't used any for ages and ages).


These are for:

52 Christmas card throwdown theme challenge 4: snowflakes
Scrappy frogs: shape it up challenge - shaped card - the edges are shaped with the snowflakes
Pile it on 17: sparkle & shine (the first 2 cards)
Tuesday throwdown 95: use some sparkles (the first 2 cards)
Moving along with the times 144: merry Christmas
Victorine 32: anything goes
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes

Columbia bicycles

A very simple card made up of a spare piece of background card (not a clue where it came from) and a topper that is etched with gold foiling with someone on an old fashioned bicycle, which, unfortunately, doesn't show to advantage here.


This is for:

Pixie's crafty snippets 17
Paper playtime 72: say it with sentiments theme 'birthday card'
My craft spot 53: things that go
Crafts and me 80: vintage
Bling it on April: monochrome
Sparkles forum 31: men only
Joanna Sheen: it's a man's world
Victorine 32: anything goes
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes

Bright birthday

This is a quick and simple card made with a colourful card black with a square aperture into which I've put some sentiment paper with a Charmed card and craft download from their world tour set, Madison in China, a pre-coloured digi.


This is for:

Paper playtime 72: say it with sentiments theme 'birthday card'
Crazy challenge 116: feminine/girly
Paper and such: just for the girls
Paper pretties 202: card for girls
Cardmakin mamas: getting girlie
Totally stampalicious colour challenge: red and yellow
Ooh la la 103: bold & bright
Victorine 32: anything goes
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes

Steaming ahead to retirement

This is a simple card using a jelly frame die cut from a Sizzix die (not used any of these in ages), a photo that I found in my recycled pictures and the sentiment, all mounted on to a black card blank.


This is for:

Crazy 4 challenges 133: make your card pop by adding black
My craft spot 53: things that go
Stamp, scrap & doodle: recycle
Lexi 63: use your punches and dies
Fussy & fancy 61: punches and dies
Sparkles forum 31: men only
Joanna Sheen: it's a man's world
Victorine 32: anything goes
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes

To have and to hold

Another wedding card, this time with a panel of the wedding vows, matted on to silver and then gold before putting on to the silver card blank. The little embossed square with the wedding rings was bought long ago at a craft show.


This is for:

Everybody art 190: wedding
Scrapbook sisters 80: wedding
Soartful: wedding/anniversary
Pixie dust studio 123: texting
Victorine 32: anything goes
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes

On your wedding day

A quick and simply wedding card, using a couple of bought die cuts and some angel hair (haven't used any of this in a long time) - ran it through the xyron to stick it - on to gold card matted on to the silver card blank.


This is for:

Everybody art 190: wedding
Scrapbook sisters 80: wedding
Soartful: wedding/anniversary
Crazy 4 challenges 133: make your card pop by adding black
Victorine 32: anything goes
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes

Birthday tiger

A birthday card for an 11-year old boy, using a piece of tiger print card that I've had for ages and a recycled photo of a tiger taken from a magazine.


This is for:


Crafty boots: no girls allowed
4 crafty chicks 86: boys dig it
Sparkles forum 31: men only
Joanna Sheen: it's a man's world
Creative Belli 141: children - for a child - very old tiger striped card used
Creative craft: let's see some animal antics
PaperPlay 16: animal antics
Paper playtime 72: say it with sentiments theme 'birthday card'
Victorine 32: anything goes
Love to create 12: anything goes
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes

Butterfly bling

This is for Flutter by Wednesday 199, which is to CASE this lovely card (sadly, this is the last challenge there):


I've used a favourite butterfly stamp, 'swirling wings' by Lindsay Mason, inking with versamark and heat embossing with silver detail powder. The embossing is for: Fashionable stamping 20: embossing and Kaboodle 116: emboss it.

The background black and silver foiled card is actually from a Christmas set, but I think it can be used at any time. I've added some rhinestones to the butterfly and also the lovely little white flower with pearls.


This is also for:

Pile it on 17: sparkle & shine
Tuesday throwdown 95: use some sparkle
Stampin' for the weekend 8: sparkle and shine
Bling it on April: monochrome
Our creative corner: butterflies - I love butteflies - I think they brighten anyone's day
The paper shelter 60: wings and things
Crafty ribbons 17: things with wings

Spring with Nitwit

For this card I've used 'spring whimsy' papers etc by Nitwit which were free with Simply Cards & Papercraft.

I've used colours for Color throwdown 188 (unfortunately, this challenge had closed before I was able to blog this, but I still want to acknowledge that I used the colour combo):


Colours also for Paper pretties: pink and green with at least three layers.

and I've followed Aunty Sue's card for Creative inspirations 159: case it:


This is also for Cooking it up with Katie 93: make it a green, gorgeous garden.

I layered the bunny so that it went over the edge of the mat behind it for The crafty pad 167: live on the edge.


This is also for:

PanPastel UK 15: add a flower
Sentimental Sundays 99: celebrating earth day
My time to craft 178: gardening gems
Paper playtime 72: say it with sentiments theme 'birthday card'
Ladybug 59: birthday
Creative craft: let's see some animal antics
PaperPlay 16: animal antics

Monotone Merry Christmas

This is my monotone card for yesterday's Sunday's with Santa challenge - that means I'm now up to date again! Also for Bling it on April: monochrome.

I used the sketch for Always playing with paper merry Monday 17:


I've used a panel of white and silver that was rescued from a card received - The recycling is for Jingle belles: peace on earth (day), also Do more with less: recycling with Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, Tuesday throwdown 94: recycling, and Stamp, scrap & doodle: recycle.

The circles were die cut with my cuttlebug - hard to see here, but the inner circles are silver and the outer black, with silver snowflakes in the middle. The snowflakes are for 52 Christmas card throwdown theme challenge 4.

The circles are for It's all about the vintage and beauty 17: circles, also for Little Claire 20: doing the rounds.