Tuesday 31 March 2009

Rounding the corners

On 365 cards today the theme is 'I'm rounding the corner'. I found this sketch on Everybody Art challenge 33, which was just right to combine with this. And I deliberately used all BG infuse papers so that I could (very late, but still wanted to do it) link for BG 26: all round.

I can't believe that the challenges on 365 cards have now been going for a whole month - and I've done every one of them.
My new printer was delivered earlier today (the old one - well, it wasn't actually that old - packed up the other day). The new one is a wireless network one, so it is sitting behind me the other side of the room. I tried the printing a while ago and then decided to try scanning this card - not a bad result for a first try.

happy cake and ice cream day!

I had an idea for the challenge on Cuttlebug this week, inspiration 24: Cuttlebug meets cupcake. I had some sticky backed white glistening felt like material that I thought would be just right for icing, so I ran it through the d'vine swirls embossing folder, but you can hardly see the swirls. So I did the background with the hearts embossing folder, but, because it is glitter card, although it has embossed well, it's difficult to see it here, but there really is Cuttlebug embossing on this card!

The current challenge on ABC is G for glitter (gosh, G already and H tomorrow!), so this qualifies for that, and also Secret Crafter 23: have your cake and eat it; linking too for One Stop Craft challenge 22: bling tastic (more bling on this one than the one I linked earlier in the week).

The base of the cake was cut from a coffee cup holder and lots of Poundland bling added on to the icing.

Ladybug or ladybird

Yesterday's prompt on 365 cards was to include a ladybug. Do you say 'ladybug' or 'ladybird'? I think it depends which side of the Atlantic you come from!

Anyway, I used Friday Sketchers challenge 45 sketch for this card:

I'm also linking for Colour Create challenge 7: red and green, with the option of wings (and, yes, ladybirds do have wings - remember the little poem: Fly away, ladybird ...?) and also for Mixed Media Monday: come fly with me!

I'm not sure what the spotty paper is, but the bit behind the ladybird is Anna Griffin and the band across is K & Co.

The ladybird is another of those springy stickers from Poundland (had them for ages and ages - used a dinosaur a couple of days ago and now this).

There is a spring hidden between the two layers of the ladybird, so that she can go 'boing'!!

BF CJ School days

Postie brought me my CJ back today - this is from the group on BF that started last July. Thank you, girls, for such super contributions to this CJ.

Maxine (Maxia):



Tracey R:



Di W (crazydaisy):

Sign in:


Once again, a great big thank you to everyone who contributed to make this a very special CJ.

Dewdrop Craftz Competition prize

Postie's just brought me my prize from the competition on Dewdrop Craftz - thanks so much, Nikki, for such a fab selection.

It's great that, although I've already got some zoomz, I haven't got these colours and I've never seen the Saturn ones before - I'll enjoy using them.

There's a new competition on Dewdrop Craftz, so why not pop on over there and have a look and join in - you might be a lucky winner, like me!

And postie brought me something else very special this morning - my CJ from the group on BF has come back home to me - I'm taking pictures and will be showing soon.

Monday 30 March 2009

CBC March ATCs

The theme for this month's ATC swap on CBC is 'yellow'. I hope I'm going to be forgiven for including other colours, but at this time of year, particularly, when I think of yellow I think of daffodils.

I used a Funstamps stamp which is actually a larger design than this, thus cutting it down to ATC size. I printed on white linen card with Marvy Heritage old gold and coloured with Inktense pencils. For the daffodil I blended with a water brush, but for the background I deliberately left it without waterbrushing, so it has a bit of a canvas look about it.

I decided to put glossy accents on the stamens, but confess that on the one on the right a bit more blobbed out than intended, so it's not as good as the other one, but am afraid that as time is running out I'm going to leave it like that. It's still actually wet atm, so, hopefully, when it dries it won't look quite so blobby! And I hope it doesn't take too long to dry because I need to get these in the post to meet the deadline.

And, as these are ATCs, I'm linking them for the 'A' challenge on the new Alphabet Challenge Blog.

Sunday 29 March 2009

A mild monster

This card is for Sketch and Stash challenge 6, with this template:
I've used BG archaic papers and have added a monster (albeit a very mild, friendly looking one), so that the card is also good for challenge 32 'monsters' on Cupcake Craft.
The idea on Sketch and Stash is to use either new or neglected stash. The dinosaur that I've used was one on a sheet of springy creatures that I bought ages ago from Poundland and haven't used.
I took the photo from an angle partly so that there wouldn't be flash glare, but also so that it showed the 'springy' head of the dinosaur.

Another Easter sketch

This Easter card is for challenge 7 on The Pink Elephant. This is the supplied sketch:

Once again, PM papers, with the background cuttlebug embossed and the addition of Poundland shaker sticker and some gems.

Photo taken at an angle to avoid glare and to show the embossing.

Sketch for Easter

This card is for the sketch this week on Caardvarks and is the opportunity to make another Easter card.

I've been asked to take my cards along to the Women's Evening Fellowship at church this coming Friday (as an extension of my selling to raise money for Tearfund), so I need to make some more Easter cards, although I don't know whether people will have bought all their's by then.

The papers are Papermania and the 'shaker' chick is Poundland. I know this is a 'busy' card, but I know that there are some people who like to buy this kind of card, particularly if sending to a family with children. My stock prior to this mainly consists of quite simple cards with a cross on.

As there are chicks on this card, I'm linking for DCM this week: bunnies and chicks (I'll be back later with bunnies!).

365 cards day 29: Super Sketchy Sunday - Oriental

This is the sketch provided today on 365:

I decided to make an oriental card, which fits the challenge on Mixed Media Monday this week.

Most of the papers are DCWV Far East, except the more turquoise square which was a card blank from PDA that I cut up. The circles were cut on my cricut.

I enjoyed making this card, but can't believe how long it took me - it looks such a simple card, but by the time I'd cut the circles and worked it all out ... (I did change my mind on papers a few times).

As quite a few people have commented on the 'coins', I thought I'd add this to confirm that, yes, they really are coins.

Saturday 28 March 2009

Scraplift Yourself

This was a very different challenge today on 365 - 'scraplift yourself': 'If you are also a scrapbooker, then this is definitely a challenge for you. Take a layout that you've done, and translate it into a card. Share the layout and the card with us so we can see your source of inspiration.'

This is the LO I've chosen, which was first shown in 2007:

I've made an Easter card, incorporating four inchies (which I'm going to share separately for an inchie challenge) - stamped and embossed and coloured in with gelly roll glaze pens. I've also coloured the centres of the fabric flowers.

As this is an Easter card, I'm linking for the following challenges:

Crafty Muse

A Spoonful of sugar 44

Lili of the valley 24

Just for you

This is a card for sketch 34 on Cutie Sunday:

It's also for yesterday's 365 challenge: Touchy Feely Friday - this is all about texture: 'Try to incorporate 3 different methods of adding texture to the paper on your card.'

I rang a piece of green card through the big shot with the birdie cuttlebug embossing folder and then swiped it with green and brown chalk inks, filing it in between to give a more distressed look - so that is one texture. The next texture is the lace that goes across the middle. The third texture is the stamped and embossed 'just for you' image (a stamp that I acquired this morning) and the colouring in is also an embossed effect using Sakura gelly roll glaze pens.

The background paper with lilies was part of a decoupage kit - lots left over - and has an envelope with a maching insert.

I know it's late, but I'm also linking for Stamp Something 'spring' challenge from last week.

Another Diamond Wedding card

This card is based on Laura's sketch 22 on this week's 2 Sketches 4 you (I did flip and twist it a bit, but I think it's still recognisable!):

And this time I have used a stamp (unlike the previous card), so I'm linking for Sunday Stamper 52: Diamonds are forever. I'm also linking for today's One Stop Craft challenge 22: bling tastic, because I've used a few bling heart gems. The papers used are the same as on the previous card, the Debbi Moore Anniversary stamp on the card that has a lovely sheen irl - stamped using Brilliance pearlescent purple and clear embossed.

Sorry for the quality of the scan - the 60 is silver, of course, and not black - might try and replace with a daytime photo tomorrow.
This is another one too for Paper Minutes challenge 55: numbers.

Diamond wedding anniversary

This card uses Dawny's sketch 11, the challenge on Papertake this week:

This card was also going to be for Sunday Stampers week 52: diamonds are for ever, but when I'd finished the card I realised I hadn't used any stamping - d'oh!! So I'll be making another one for that.

Anyway, I am also linking this for Charisma Cardz challenge 12: my favourite things, because I just love lilac colours and also love using embossing folders and I have used both on this.

The piece of card that's been embossed with diamonds has a lovely subtle sheen to it and the piece overlaying this is iridescent and has a different look according to how the light catches.

Very soon now I have to make a commissioned diamond wedding anniversary card - it needs to be a large card for lots of people to sign, but I won't be tackling that today.

I'm also linking this for Paper Minutes 55: numbers (60 is quite a large number for the years to have been married).

BF March ATCs received

These are the lovely ATCs that I received this morning from the monthly swap on BF - thanks, girls, and to Ali for hosting the swap again.

Now to think what to do for the April swap: spring.

Friday 27 March 2009

Basic Grey challenge 27: texture

Just scraping in on time with this one for BG challenge 27: texture.

I've used granola papers. The piece that's been embossed with cuttlebug d'vine swirls started off the same as the one surrounding the glittered rub on (this rub on is slightly textured as well as glittered - can see it better if you click on the picture). Having dry embossed it, it was then swiped with blue iris chalk ink, sprinkled and then heat embossed with hydrangea blue/mauve moon glow embossing powder. The flowery sticky ribbon and the blooms add further texture.

I love doing the BG challenges - a lovely opportunity to use BG papers, not that I need any excuse - I missed a couple, but still intend to do them when I can, as this has been one of my favourite challenge blogs since it started.