Saturday, 24 October 2009


White with colour only on the image was the challenge set by Colour create. Now after I had a play with my cuttlebug and put that cute circle around the image and then re read the instructions I am not sure if this counts! Put the white paper through the swiss dots, I could happily put paper through the swiss dots embossing folder all day ;)


This card didn't turn out at all like it was in my head! The writing is my own done with an embossing pen. I then put PINK embossing powder over it, this is the first time that it has never taken the colour, perhaps it was too light? The chairs are from PTI and stamped onto a scrap of paper you will recognise if you go back a couple of entries on this blog. also the tiny bow is an offcut of the ribbon from my last card - aren't I being thrifty :-). Anyways, the card is for C.R.A.F.T. Challenge who would like anniversary cards this week.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Totally dotty

This card is for two challenges. Firstly for A Passion for Papertrey who want to see Polka dots on the card, and I have used PTI yellow dotty paper and ribbon and Stampin' Chic who want the card to "be chic" using Clare Curd signature range. The image is a stamp from Clare and I have paper pieced her with some scraps I had one of which is dotty.

I did something new for me which was to put an outline around the image with a promarker pen. Not sure if it works or not.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Piecing Anya

The challenge on Anyone for Anya is to paper piece. Although I have done this before I have not done it on this scale. I found that this Anya image really lends itself to piecing and so I even did her hair! I loved doing this card even though it was a bit fiddly cutting it all out.

I had a quick look over at Passion for Promarkers in the vain hope it would be a challenge that involved my limited collection - and it is for any colours again, only this time with a sketch. So I have coloured her face and legs and socks but everything else is paper.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Family card

The challenge on Creative Inspirations is for a family card, so I have made a card ready for my partner's Grandson's 2nd birthday. I have the template for the numbers for a while now and wanted to see how it would turn out. The background card is DCWV - Boy stack and the sentiments are from "Simply papercrafts" mag freebies. The embelishments I think were part of a set from the craft online £1 shop. Is it me? or does that Teddy actually look a bit vicious with those pointed tallons !!!

Scrappy card!

I am so pleased with the way this card turned out. Over on the 3rd challenge at creataliciouschallenges you have to use only scrap/used sheets of DP,you can use new cardstock and add flowers handmade by you.

I can't believe I have made this card from my scrapbox. I'm afraid that box is weighing on my mind! I hate having lots of scraps, I really like to get things used up. So this challenge was perfect to dive in and get some scraps, one of which I put through the cuttlebug to make some flowers the others were punched from other scraps. One of the great things about layer the flowers is that if some are punched from a piece not quiet big enough you can hide that behind another one. The sentiment paper was cut from a bigger forever friends piece that I had used for something else and did not want the sentiment. The "Princess" embelli was in a kit that I have already made the card for and this was an alternative sentiment. Of course the stamp is Daisy from sugar nellie and I coloured her with my new "alternative christmas" colour set of promarkers. Finished off with some "pearls" I got as part of a bigger kit and have never used until now. Very satisfying card.

Fall card

I have a day off today. I had to go to London yesterday for work and it was a long day, then I had to be up and at the garage for 8am for my car service and MOT. I decided to sit and wait for it - 2 hours later it was done! Luckily I had taken a good book with me. So, today is just about playing and I have found a few challenges that this card will fit.

I made this card for the Fall/Autumn challenges on Passion for Papertrey, and Pink Elephant. I then incorporated the elements for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge this week which is two buttons and a ribbon. Finally on 365 cards day 228 they wanted "same but different" which was to use at least two patterns in different colours.

The papers are PTI, the sentiment is a free download from Cuddly Buddly and the ribbon is the gorgeous ribbon that Molton Brown use when they tie your gift bag up. The card is from K&Co. the image is stamped with Copper Penny Heritage ink pad from Marvy and I also used this to colour the edges of the matting and the sentiment then used a water brush to spread some of the colour.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Snowmen and snowflakes

Crafty Catz - want snowmen and snowflakes. This is a new challenge for me that I found whilst blog hopping, nearly didn't visit as I am not really into cats - but hey, it is nothing to do with cats!!! Susie Sugar (see her link on my sidebar) just made top 5 with them in a judged challenge - well done Susie.

I made my card using two offcuts run through the swiss dots and cuttlebug the tile is from a set I bought from QVC - why oh why - don't seem to be able to get around to use them. But this seemed a perfect occasion with a little bit of silver ribbon from my box. the snowflakes I bought in the US in a "variety store" (bit like the pound stores in UK) for something ridiculous like 79cents. The sentiment is Kanban leftover from a kit.

Sunday, 11 October 2009


I used a free image from Nutshells to make this card as she just had me hooked, I thought she was so sweet. so, it is for their first challenge. I downloaded the spider background and sentiment from the Docrafts site and the candy corn paper I bought ages ago in the US (apparently DWCV I find when I turned it over to apply the adhesive). I added the DCWV black and white paper as I thought it looked like a starry sky. I put the sentiment through my cuttlebug with a nestie and at the last moment it moved! but I went with the outcome anyway.
I thought I would see if there were any other challenges the card meets and so it is also for

It's my first time entering Simon Says and they are looking for new entrants too. I think it has been easy to combine the challenges as most want Halloween without a sketch involved.

Thanks for looking and for your comments, it's nice to read them.

Birthday challenge

The challenge is a simple one over at One Stop Craft Challenge this week - they just want a birthday card - so I guess anything goes. This is the card I have come up with from free Crafts Beautiful papers from last year and a sketch they had in the mag.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Foreground/background image and the mystery continues!

On 365 cards today the challenge is to create layers with foreground and background image. I used my PTI set "on my couch" to create this little scene. I stamped the chair onto patterned paper and cut around then raised on pads. I also cut out the lampshade and the base from some co-ordinating papers and raised on pads and finally stamped a cushion onto the same paper as the band at the bottom and cut it out and put it in the chair. Great way to use offcuts of paper.

The mystery continues as no one as yet can tell me what this loop shape in the middle of the template is - any ideas???

Promarker challenge

I only got my two new sets of Promarkers this week so was glad when I saw the Passion for Promarkers challenge was to use any colours. (Just ordered another set as two is a bit limiting!) You also had to use three different shapes, two papers and ribbon. I've had this script background paper forever and the leaf I have cut out is from a co-ordinating sheet. the image is from Simply Inger and is one of her many lovely free downloads and of course I have coloured it with promarkers.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Autumn and a mystery!

Autumn seems to be a common theme on challenges at the moment. I made this card using basic grey papers and an Anya stamp which I used a Memento "Paris Dusk" stamp pad for, as a change from black, and then coloured with my new promarkers. I have only got skin tones and pastels sets at the moment. I found them on Joanna Sheen with free P&P - think I will be going back for some more!

Anyway - I think this card fits the autumn theme on Crafty Calendar , By the Cute and girly , One stop Craft challenge and also the inspiration photo on C.R.A.F.T. challenge that Suzi used for the challenge this week.

Now to my mystery! I bought this stencil earlier this year and cannot figure out what the large loop shape in the centre is supposed to be - neither can anyone else I know crafty or otherwise! Can you help??? All comments gratefully received as this is driving me crazy.

Christmas in October

This week on Creative Inspirations Challenge blog the theme is Christmas. I have been making a few Christmas cards so here is one I am entering - and yes the cuttlebug has been out again. I have used the swiss dots - did I say how much I lurve this!! I used an offcut from a 12x12 sheet I had cut down to A4 for some printing for the two squares. I had been using these strips as scrap to practice stamping on but when I thought I would try and run it through the swiss dots it just transformed it. So pleased with the results.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Christmas and cuttlebug

I decided to try out my new cuttlebug and the alphabet die I bought. I had these papers lying around which were from a mag last Christmas. So, I thought nothing will be wasted if I make a mess of it. Well, it all turned out ok and then I found that it fitted this challenge on Christmas Stampin' all year long on the colour front - spooky! the colours didn't photograph too well but you have to trust me that the green colour, the cool caribbean and the rich razzleberry are all here. These are stampin up colours which I don't have any of (as yet!but that is about to change) but my papers seem to fit very well.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Black and white plus one - Japanese style

I so wanted to make at least one card for the WCMD challenge on Nichole Heady's PTI blog . There were four cards to be made each with a different country as inspiration. I only had time to do one card before tomorrow's deadline, so I chose Japan. I've used PTI "in bloom" paper in black and white, as the image reminded me of the Chrysanthemum flower that is popular in Japanese art. I placed a transparent sticker over it and cut around it. The stamps are from an Asian Artsy collage book, added a peel off of a coin and some bamboo stickers.

Once I had made it I realised that it fitted with the Papertake weekly challenge for black and white plus one other colour, mine is the purple on the stamps.
I think it has turned out to be quite a masculine card - what do you think?

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Pale and interesting

Over on Paperplay challenge they want a card that is predominantly white with one other colour. Guess who has a new toy - yep the cuttlebug out again for this one and used two sizes of a Papertrey pattern.

You're Anya!

The challenge on Anyone for Anya at the moment is to use an Anya stamp to sum yourself up - the DTs have already used this stamp and I think it will be a popular one 'cause it's shopping!
I used some paper I have for the background which actually doesn't have the full picture on it - so that is why I thought I could layer the Anya over the top. the rest of the pictures pretty well sum me up and I put some background paper with script in there to symbolise my MBA work.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Embossing and basic grey

I have combined two challenges with this card. The basic grey challenge - just coming in under the wire for this! and ABC challenge which is for embossing.

Last week I found out that my dissertation proposal for my MBA had been accepted - yippee - now the really hard work starts. So, to treat myself (as we are told we should mark these occasions) I bought a cuttlebug as I found a good offer on craftsuperstore. So my crafting will have a whole new level now. I have read about crafters swooning over swiss dots and didn't realise what the fuss was - until now - love, love, love it. Have only used a small piece on an offcut of lilac paper for this card. The dogtooth is basic grey as is the brad. The other embellies were free with a mag sometime ago.