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Monday, 21 May 2012

Cupcake craft challenge #193–DT card

Well hello dear friends – long time no speak!!  I’m sorry I haven’t posted for such a long time but I’ve not been feeling very well plus I’ve had problems with my internet connection.  To be honest I’ve been feeling so low I’ve even considered giving up crafting – I know shocker!  However I’ve decided to cut back on some of my DT work and concentrate on just a few DT teams and hopefully my love of crafting will return.  I think that I’ve over committed myself and have been really struggling over the last few months, but now that I’ve taken steps to rectify the problems hopefully things will start to look up very soon.  The only problem now is that my mojo seems to have taken the break badly and doesn’t want to return to work lol!

Ok, enough rambling from me this morning, let’s share my card!!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over at cupcake craft challenge and I have the honour of setting the theme.  I have chosen “book lover” as my theme so would like to see either images that feature a book, maybe a bookmark or even use pages from an old book as your background.  I decided to use an image that includes a book and here is my card:

CCC challenge 193 - book lover

CCC challenge 193 - book lover (close up)

The image is Some Odd Girl and is called “bookish Tia” and I coloured her with promarkers and flex markers (although I’ve just noticed I haven’t coloured her hand lol!).  The papers are echo park from the ‘be mine’ paper pad (I thought the text paper looked like something from an old manuscript) and the plain card is from eBay.  The butterflies are die-namics dies and the gems are from MeiFlower

We have two sponsors this week – firstly we have A Day for Daisies who are offering one lucky winner a $12 gift card and our second sponsor is Make the Day Special who are offering one lucky winner 2 Paper Smooches stamp sets (‘Smarty Pants’ & ‘Metropolis’).

The rest of the design team have created amazing samples so please pop over to the challenge blog and check them out.  We really appreciate the lovely comments you leave for us.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Some Odd Girl challenge – sketch

Cute card Thursday challenge – a touch of sparkle

Truly scrumptious challenge – anything goes

I love promarkers challenge – anything goes

Addicted to stamps challenge – black, white & 1 other colour (pink)

Pile it on challenge – patterns: mix your scales

Stampin’ sisters in Christ challenge – build up your card (i.e. add layers)

I hope you can join in with my challenge and I cannot wait to visit your blogs and see your gorgeous creations.  In my absence I have had 4 new followers, which I would like to welcome – Gunn’s kort, Jane Brown, topcatcool, and elainea1.  Thanks for joining my happy band of followers – I really appreciate your support and I hope you will stop by often.  I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by.

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CCC challenge 193 - book lover

Card ingredients:

Image: some odd girl – ‘bookish Tia’

Papers: echo park – ‘be mine’ paper pad, black card from eBay

Tool: promarkers, flex markers, circle nesties, die-namics butterflies dies and scallop border die, gems from MeiFlower

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Charisma cardz/SWF challenge – DT card

Good morning dear friends.  I hope you are all surviving the dreadful weather we’re having at the moment.  I hate the rain at the best of times but it’s starting to get on my nerves already lol!  I know that lots of other parts of the country really need rain, but it is definitely one thing we don’t need in the South Wales valleys haha!

Over at charisma cardz challenge it’s time for a brand new challenge and for Team Gemma to share their creations.  The theme has been chosen by the lovely Natalie and she would like to see your “blue, black and white” creations.  I also used the gorgeous sketch from this week’s stamp with fun challenge (I am extremely late with my card – sorry!).   Here is my card:

charisma cardz #16 - blue, black & white

charisma cardz #16 - blue, black & white (close up)

and here is the sketch:

swf 158 sketch

I have used an image from Some Odd Girl called ‘geeky Mae’ and coloured her with promarkers and flex markers.  The papers are from the docrafts forever friends ‘new arrival’ designstax and the black card is from eBay.  The papers are a really soft pastel blue IRL but for some reason they are showing up as a blue-ish grey in the photos!  I embossed the white card with an embossing folder and added some black gems but otherwise kept the layout really simple. 

We have three sponsors this week, firstly we have DigiStamp Boutique who are offering one lucky winner 6 digi images of their choice.  Our second sponsor is Crafty Emma’s store and one lucky winner will receive a £10.00 voucher to spend in her online store and our third sponsor is the stamping boutique who are offering 5 digis of the winner’s choice.  Certainly lots of fab reasons to join in the fun this week.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Stampin’ sisters in Christ challenge – soft pastels

Stamptacular challenge – loaded with layers

Creative card crew challenge – use ribbon

Digital Tuesday challenge – winter blues (I used blue papers/promarkers)

Flourishes timeless Tuesday challenge – BINGO (blue, ribbon and bling)

Scrap creations challenge – it’s a girl thing

Simon says stamp challenge – anything goes

Really reasonable ribbon challenge – black, white + 1 accent colour (+ ribbon)

Bunny Zoe’s challenge – ribbon or twine

The crazy challenge – feminine/girly

I hope you can join in with both challenges and I cannot wait to see what you create.  I would like to welcome my newest follower Sharon (aka shazronnie – fab name by the way!) *waves hello* – thanks for joining my happy band of followers and I hope you will visit me often.  I hope you have a wonderful Thursday and don;t get caught in too many rain showers!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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charisma cardz #16 - blue, black & white 

Card ingredients:

Image: some odd girl – ‘geeky Mae’

Papers: docrafts forever friends ‘new arrival’ designstax, black card from eBay, white digi stamping card from craftwork cards

Tools: promarkers, flex markers, ribbon from fantastic ribbons, personal impressions sentiment stamp, black gems from MeiFlower, craft concepts ‘in stitches’ embossing folder

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Cupcake craft challenge #189–DT card

Oh dear, I’m a little later than normal sharing my card for this week’s cupcake craft challenge, I just don’t know where the week has gone!!  Our theme this week has been set by the lovely Maarit and she has chosen “material girl” (I bet you’re all singing Madonna’s song now lol!)  Maarit wants you to use some form of material on your creations week so let’s see how adventurous you can be!  I decided to be quite reserved (‘cos I couldn’t think of anything else) and I used felt!  Here is my card:

CCC challenge 189 - material girl

CCC challenge 189 - material girl (close up)

I’m sorry my pictures are so bad, but I really struggled to get a decent one!  I decided to go CAS on the layout and didn’t use any patterned paper at all – I know shock horror!  The image is a super cute penny black stamp called ‘ladybug & hedgehog’ and I coloured it with promarkers.  I used kraft card from dies to die for and two different embossing folders.  The flower and chevrons were both cut out of felt, also from dies to die for.  I didn’t add a sentiment as I thought it could be suitable for lots of different occasions. 

We have two sponsors this week, first we have Digi Doodle Shop and they are offering one lucky winner a $10.00 gift certificate to spend in their online store.  Our second sponsor is Quixotic Paperie and they are offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their online store.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Addicted to stamps challenge – cakes and/or stitching

Paper sundaes challenge – let’s get cute

Kaboodle challenge – emboss it

The pink elephant challenge – hello sunshine (use yellow)

Deep ocean challenge – use punches/dies

Crafts and me challenge – embossing

Fab n funky challenge – no D.P.

My mum’s craft shop challenge – the great outdoors

Penny black Saturday challenge – no patterned paper

Crafter’s companion challenge – four legged friends

The challenge ends on Sunday at 8pm so you still have plenty of time to get your entries in.  I’m sure you can come up with something much more exciting and imaginative than I did and I really look forward to seeing what material you have used on your creations.  I’m off to do the boys packed lunch ready for school and then will be hitting the sack!!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

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CCC challenge 189 - material girl

Card ingredients:

Image: penny black rubber stamp – ‘ladybug & hedgehog’

Papers: none, kraft card from dies to die for, white digi stamping card from craftwork cards

Tools: promarkers, die-namics chevron die and butterflies die, magnolia doohickeys flower die, yellow felt from dies to die for, gems from stash, cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder and daisy pattern embossing folder, letraset black fine liner pen for faux stitching

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Passion for promarkers #146–DT card

Good morning dear friends.  I hope the weather is better where you are than it is here as it’s wet and wild and staying that way all week if the forecasters are to be believed.  However that’s why crafting is the perfect hobby in this weather as you can stay indoors nice and snug and wile away the hours in your crafting area. 

I’m here this morning to share my card for this week’s passion for promarkers challenge and this week the lovely Nic has set the theme of “cut it out”, so basically we want to see all your die cuts.  I’m sure it will be a popular theme.  Here is my card:

PFP challenge 146 - cut it out

PFP challenge 146 - cut it out (close up)

I have used a gorgeous digi image from Crafts and Me called Aliah and coloured her with promarkers.  The dies I’ve used are die-namics ‘by the numbers’ dies, spellbinders ‘fleur de lis accents’, circle nesties and magnolia doohickeys swirl from the ‘leaf & swirl’ set.  The beautiful flower was cut from a rose ribbon.  The finished card is 8x8 in size and I made it for my mother’s birthday.

Our sponsor this week is Joanna Sheen and one lucky winner will receive a £10.00 voucher to spend in her online store.

joanna sheen

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Creative craft world challenge – use black

Sassy studio designs challenge – flowers and flourishes

Fussy and fancy challenge – punches and dies

2 sisters challenge – use a digi

Crazy 4 challenges challenge – use black cardstock

Little Claire’s challenge – doing the rounds

Order of the opus gluei challenge – use flourishes

Stamptacular challenge – loaded with layers

Love to create challenge – anything goes

Paper playtime challenge – birthday card including sentiment

Also I have some exciting news!   We are currently looking for 4 new members to join our team over at PFP – so if you’re interested check out our post on the challenge blog at 10.00am for all the details and the linky you need to use to enter.

I hope you can join in with our challenge this week and I look forward to seeing what you create.  Have a fantastic day and thanks so much for stopping by.

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PFP challenge 146 - cut it out

Card ingredients:

Image: crafts and me – ‘Aliah’ digi

Papers: SU designer paper series patterns stack ‘subtles’ (purple paper), echo park ‘victoria gardens’ paper pad (yellow paper), black card from eBay

Tools: promarkers, rose ribbon from crafts u love, pearls from the hobby house, die-namics ‘by the numbers’ die set, magnolia doohickeys ‘leaf & swirl’ die set, spellbinders ‘fleur de lis accents’ shapeabilities, circle nestabilities, MS frond punch

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Passion for Promarkers #145–DT card

Good evening dear friends.  I’m sorry for the late post today but time got away from me and I didn’t have time to schedule my post.  I hope you’ve all had a good start to the week – work is crazy as always and I can see this week flying by as fast as last week!!

I’m here to share my DT card for this week’s passion for promarkers challenge and the lovely Michele has chosen the theme of “pink, pearls and lace”, which I think will be really popular.  Here is my card:

PFP challenge 145 - pink, pearls and lace

PFP challenge 145 - pink, pearls and lace (close up)

I have used a gorgeous image from DigiStamp Boutique from the “Daisy – set 1” collection.  There are three images in total, each as fantastic as this one.  I coloured Daisy with promarkers and once again chalked a cloudy background for her.  The pretty papers are echo park ‘country drive’ and the card is from the papermill shop.  Instead of “real” lace I used a lace effect paper doily. 

Our sponsor this week is DigiStamp Boutique and one lucky winner will receive 6 digi images of their choice.  There are so many gorgeous images in the shop that the winner will have a tough decision narrowing it down to just 6 lol!

DigiStamp Boutique logo

The rest of the design team have created amazing samples as always, so please pop over to the challenge blog and check them out.  We really appreciate the lovely comments you leave for us.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

A gem of a challenge – gorgeous sketch

Cute card Thursday challenge – spring flowers

Paper sundaes challenge – anything goes

Sentimental Sunday challenge – frame it

Paper playtime challenge – birthday card + sentiment

Crafty sentiments challenge – use a digi

Aud sentiments challenge – spring/summer colours

CCEE stampers challenge – 3 embellishments (pearls, flowers, doily)

Paper crafting journey challenge – 3 or more patterned papers

Card makin’ mamas challenge – make it girlie (2nd entry)

It’s my hubby’s birthday tomorrow so we’re all going out to the cinema and probably grab a pizza as a treat for him.  I am committing the ultimate sin and giving him a shop bought birthday card (I know!!) but in my defence he isn’t really that bothered about cards and I didn’t have a lot of time to make one so thought why stress myself out when he doesn’t care anyway lol!

I hope you can join in with our challenge this week and I look forward to seeing what you create.  Enjoy the rest of your evening and thanks so much for stopping by.

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PFP challenge 145 - pink, pearls and lace

Card ingredients:

Image: DigiStamp Boutique – ‘Daisy – set 1’

Papers: echo park – ‘country drive’ paper pad, plain card from the papermill shop

Tools: promarkers, pearls from the hobby house, sentiment from craftwork cards, doily from Joanna Sheen, ek success retro flower punch, SU oval all punches, chalk for cloudy background

Monday, 16 April 2012

Cupcake craft challenge #188

** THIS IS MY SECOND POST FOR TODAY **

Please scroll down to see my Stamp with Fun DT card

Good morning dear friends.  There is no card from me for this week at cupcake craft challenge as it’s the turn of Team B to share their gorgeous creations.  However I thought I’d let you know that the lovely Sari has chosen the theme of “in the deep end” so she would like your creations to include some kind of structure; glossy accents, glitter snow, gesso, etc.

We have two sponsors this week – firstly we have Digital Delights who are offering one lucky winner a $5.00 gift certificate to spend in their online store.

Digital Delights logo 

Our second sponsor is Sew Sweet and they are offering one lucky winner a £10.00 gift voucher to spend in their online store.

sew sweer

Team B have created gorgeous cards for your inspiration so please pop over to the challenge blog and check them out.  We really appreciate the lovely comments you leave for us each week. 

Even though I’ve not made a card this week I will still be commenting as normal and I cannot wait to see what you create using Sari’s theme.  Have a fantastic Monday and thanks for stopping by.

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