Thursday 10 July 2008

Bookmark swap

Now that I know that Janice has received this I can show it. The bookmark was for a swap on BF forum and we had to use yellow. I didn't find it that easy, but once I started I enjoyed doing it.

The flowers on the vellum were coloured in lightly with Sakura gelly roll pens. The swirly backgrounds on the front and back were just stamped with versamark to give a watermark effect.

Janice commented that she wouldn't have the patience to do the quilling - I confess that neither have I - I bought them like that!

JB July challenge 1: a template

Why is that some days I struggle to make one card and yet today I am making one after the other?

Anyway, here is one for the July challenge 1 on JB - a template supplied by Sue:

I used K & Co Classic K McKenna and one of the stamped images that I had left over from making the box of cards last night:

JB June challenge 7: any which way

This was the challenge from Nicky: 'Here's a nice straightforward card challenge for you - make a card featuring an arrow, any kind, any size.'

There are los of arrows on this K & Co Urban rhapsody paper - the strip between the ribbons is from the other side of the paper:

JB July challenge 2: flower power

Yesterday, Sue set this challenge on JB: OK ladies a REALLY easy challenge for this wet Wednesday. I need a card with FLOWERS - couldn't be easier.

I haven't done many JB challenges for a while - just like me to start with the most recent one!

The other day I had a session of inking and embossing pieces of card. I used various cuttlebug embossing folders, including this paisley one. I wasn't sure what to use this particularly piece on, but I found a gatefold card - quite unusual to have the fold across a landscape A6 card. I've added some embossed tezxtured rub ons (they look much more textured irl) and put one on the inside of the card where the gate fold opens. The card blank itself has a bit of a gold iridescent sheen to it, which doesn't show in th photo:

Thanks, Sue, for a challenge that spurred me on to use a piece of the embossed card.

A proper ice cream sundae card!

I suddenly thought that I might have some offcuts in my scraps box - and yay! there were some pieces of BG cupcake papers, so here is another card for the CBC challenge - the ribbon and brad is DCWV and the sentiment, I think, was in a Brenda Pinnick collection:

CBC ice cream sundae challenge 055

Ah, I thought, I've got just the right papers for this challenge - I remembered there's some paper in the BG cupcake range with ice creams all over it - then I discovered that I'd used it all recently.

So, in the end, this isn't exactly ice cream sundae, but it's summery strawberries, so I hope it will count. The main double-sided paper is from K & Co Berry sweet range and the stripey and spotty strips are from a DCWV paper. The embellishments - officially hearts, but I thought they might be seen as strawberries (whichever, they seemed to look OK) were some that I've had for ages - cut off a cheap bag from Primark.

Oh dear - nevermind!

This card was going to be for today's challenge on CBC: everything chinezse 056, but, having done the card (having a pink and plum day today!) I looked again at the challenge and it said: 'using the more traditional Chinese colours of Red, Black, Gold, or Green' - ooopps - oh well, I'll still show it - a very quick card:

As you can see - no red, black, gold or green in sight! Will try and do a proper one for the challenge later.

CBC template 053

Having made my box for the 6 cards for the Think Pink challenge 1, I had the piece of card spare that had cut out the aperture on the box lid.

I remembered that on CBC there was a template challenge (CBCC053) that featured an oval shape and I thought that my cut out piece of card could be used on a card for this challenge.

So I stamped it with Archival plum, using another of the foam stamps I recently acquired, inked the edges, and mounted on to a piece of BG sugared. The strip of ribbon is just a stray piece I had in my box that just fitted in nicely with th colours.

The card is actually square, although the photo makes it look an odd shape!

Think Pink

You will notice that I've got an additional picture link in my side bar - Think Pink. Please click on it to get more information and to see the fab creations that are being made for this very special challenge.

Di O on Bubbly Funk forum announced that the Cybercrop this year will be a fabulous charity event with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care. In the run up to this there are weekly Think Pink challenges.

Those taking part on the BF forum are being asked to voluntarily donate
some of the items made for the fabulous "Think Pink Card and Gift Sale" to be held in West Sussex on 18 October 2008. 100% of the proceeds of the sale will go to Breast Cancer Care.

This is an incredible opportunity to raise funds for an amazing and worthy charity
that continues to work hard to provide the highest standards of treatment, support and care for Breast Cancer patients.

Read all about their work at

You don't have to belong to BF forum to join in - just click on the Think Pink link for more info.

I didn't manage to do Week 1 challenge Six Pack in that week, but they can be done any time in the run up to the cybercrop, so I've now done my six cards - details of this challenge are on the Think Pink blog.

I used a newly acquired foam stamp (have bought a few sets of these recently from QVC - not bad quality for the money) and stamped on to a very subtle pale pink card (although it looks more white in the photos because of the poor light when taking them). I used Archival ink Sepia for the stamping. I then rounded the corners and inked the edges and across the hat and dress with a pink ink pad. The card blanks are from pda's designer range - light brown stone.

I found a craft robo template for a box on UKScrappers (thanks to the generous ladies on there who share templates with members), but it wasn't quite what I needed, so I adapted one for myself. It's not perfect, but I know that the results are better than if I'd done them by hand.

(The little white patches in the middle are reflection on the acetate lid).