Sunday, 31 January 2010

Baby Bear

This seems to be my weekend for crafting outside of my comfort zone. Sundays card is for a new baby (pc problems prevented me from posting this yeasterday). I don't really get asked to do new baby cards so I haven't had much practice.

I have had the die cut bears for a while (one of those just in case buys) so this was a great excuse to have a play with them. The base is a pearlescent linin card I've had for a while and I have embossed some pale blue bazzil. I'm not sure where the silver card came from, wrapping from inside a crimbo prezzie I think.

This card is for the Friday Sketchers Challenge , Simon Says and Just cute bears

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Distressed Male

I always have problems coming up with ideas for male cards, so I was really surprised when the idea I had for the sketch challenge over at Allsorts was for a card for a teen aged boy.

I started with a pale blue card blank and added some black c'oridinations card, some scraps of white card and a couple of buttons. I have used two different embossing folders on my white scraps and coloured them with Broken China distress ink. The image that I used is Mikey from Dotties world.


This card was inspired by the It's all white card that I made a few days ago.

I have used a white card blank, additional white card, which I embossed, baby pink organza ribbon, stick on pearls, printed vellum, Anitas dimension butterfly, a silver rose (in the center of the prima flowers) and a couple of gems. I have edged the poem and the vellum with my silver Krylon pen to make them pop a bit more.

I am going to enter this card for the challenge over at My time to craft who asked us to use roses in our project. I hope my tiny rose counts.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

It's all white

I love a colour challenge and white on white is one of the toughest ones I have done. This is the second time I have done a card using only white (well I cheated a bit with touches of silver this time), but I am really pleased with the end result.

Sorry about the photo, but I really couldn't wait until the morning to photograph this one. I embossed part of a white card blank and then brushed a Moonlight White Brilliance ink pad over it to add a opalescent effect to the embossed part. I have added flowers, stick on pearls and a silver rose charm, plus an Anita's dimensions butterfly. I made the "Mum" topper using a silver Krylon pen and peel offs.

The white on white idea came from this weeks challenge over at Charisma Cards. Cute Cards Thursday asked for flowers and Creative inspirations asked for a feminine card.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Purple Pen Pot

I finally got my own classroom after fitting my classes where ever there was a gap for the last four months. I started setting things up and then realised that I have no where to put my pens. I have decided to make myself a few pen pots. This is the first.

I have used a hot drink carton, white card, grunge paper, brads, crispy ribbon and charms. The white card has been embossed and coloured with Dusty Concord distress ink, which I have sprayed with water to add to the distressed look. I attached the card using Double sided tape, but decided that I didn't trust it to stay so I added the brads to keep everything together.

The flower was made using grunge paper which I coloured using Fired Brick Distress ink. I then stamped the dots using black ink and added glitter to the dots and attached the whole thing to the carton using another brad.

The hand charm says hand made and I just had to add the bear charm.
The idea to do distressing came from this weeks challenge at Ooh la la creations and I am also entering it for the challenge at A spoonful of Sugar who said "Anything goes"

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Lucky number 7

I challenged myself to see how many challenges I could enter with one card and the answer was ....... 7

A spoonful of Sugar asked for lots of layering
Cute Card Thursday asked for Fairies
Moving along with the times gave us a sketch to use and asked us to use a digi image
Saturday Challenge gave a us colour inspiration
Simon Says asked us to use punches. I used a corner punch and nesties.
The corrosive challenge asked us to use fancy folds and
Charisma Cardz Challenge fruity colours . I used aubergine and lime.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Ivory Mum

I'm working on mothers day cards at the moment and the challenge over at Dotties World inspired the colour choice of this card. We could only use white, cream and the lightest of browns.

I have used Ivory Bazzil card to give the main colour. I also used some pale gold card for matting. To this I added some printed vellum, stick on gems, crispy ribbon, a mothers day poem and a couple of fabric flowers. I edged the poem, fabric flowers and image with aged mahogany distress ink.

I seem to have a thing about easel cards recently. I must go and see if I can find any tutorials for other card folds.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Ditressed Gold

Another Mothers day card. I wanted a distressed look for this one. Nothing too clean cut, but still with (I hope) a touch of elegance.

I have used cream ribbed writing paper as my backing paper. I have coloured the poem using distress inks (antique linen and aged mahogany) to try to get a colour that is like rose petals and matted it onto dark red textured card.

The gold ribbon is from the wrapping of a Christmas present I received and I have added a gold heart charm and a gold gem at the top.

I used the Krylon 18KT Gold leaf pen to distress the edges. I hope I didn't over do it lol. I am entering this card for this months challenge over at Bizzy Becs

Love you Mum

My mum is the best person in the world that I know. I'm already thinking about what to make her for her mothers day prezzie and what to put on her card.

Mothers day is still two months away in the UK, but I have to start making cards now, if I am going to have enough ready for the girls at work.

I did a bit of naughty shopping last week and bought new charms, some ribbon and 5 different sheets of Lace card stock by KI Memories. The one I used on this card is called Hearts Graphite.

This weeks challenge over at Cute card Thursday is to use the colours pink and grey. Creative inspirations asked us to use something new so I immediately reached for my lace card stock.I realised after I had stuck down the verse, that I should have had the ribbon running from top to bottom along the left hand side, but it was too late by then. I think I am going to buy a few more sheets of this lace card stock as it will be great for engagement, wedding and anniversary cards.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Precious Metals

This is the first of three Egyptian style cards that I made this weekend (all three can be seen on my other blog) and I think that this is my favourite. It is quite a simple card, but I think that it is effective.

It was made using a 5"x7" card blank, but I feel that it looks wider with the placement of the topper. I folded the front of the card in half to create a thick "spine" to add a bit of depth.

This style of topper is out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed using it. Normally I tend to stick to cute cards. This is a more adult look I feel. I'm not sure that I will ever get into vintage, but it is also on my list of things to try this year.

This card was inspired by the precious metals challenge over at Paperplay Challenges

Egyptian Queen

I bought some Egyptian style toppers in the January sale. They are not something I would usually play with, but I wanted to challenge myself a little. This card was made using a sketch from this weeks challenge over at Sketch and Stash. I love the richness of the colours.
I am also entering this card for this weeks challenge at Papertake weekly who had the theme of New beginnings

Hello 2010

Happy New year to you all!!! I hope you all had a wonderful festive holiday.

I have finally made some cards using the new (but way too small) stash that I bought in the January sales :0)

The first was made using a Sketch from Friday Sketchers. My new item on this card is the Antique linen distress ink pad that I used to give the base colour of the bear (it was originally white). I also edged the Bear with a Aged Mahogany distress ink pad.

For some reason Cute Card Thursday always makes me think of bears. They asked us to use something new or do something to represent new beginnings, so I think my new ink pad counts.

I couldn't decide what words to put on this card, so I have left it blank for now. It might get saved for fathers day or it might be good for a boys birthday card.

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