Monday 28 February 2011

Mr Wiggly

I feel like crap today - at last I've succumbed to hubby's germs and have a head full of hot soggy cotton wool. My eyes are stuck up, my nose is streaming and my voice sounds like I have a bad 200 a day habit! So I'm not staying around for long but wanted to share another of the cards I recently made for Cuddly Buddly's newly released Eliza and Bro cute characters. This is the digi version of 'Mr Wiggly', coloured with Copics then cut out with a labels 8 Nestie that I pricked around the edge. I've cut a mat with a bigger one then inked all the edges of the digi patterned papers with Pumice Stone DI before adding Platinum Stickles. The texts are from a new set of sentiments and the horizontal strip is punched with my new Martha Stewart deep edge infinity loops. I've embellished with ribbons and buttons from my stash, little red roses, punched fronds and Marianne die cut swirls.

I'm entering my card into The Corrisove Challenge for distressing and Crafty Creations theme of 'at the bottom of my garden lives .. ..' well in this case, worms!

I'm off back to my bed now - thanks for stopping by and special thanks if you leave me a comment, but I wont give you a hug in case you get the nasty germs!

Sunday 27 February 2011

A little birdie told me

I'm back again as I have a card to share with you that I made a little while ago. There are new stamps and digi images over at Cuddly Buddly - Kim has created a range of cute characters called Eliza and Bro and I had some of the digi images to play with.

This card is made with 'a little birdie told me', coloured with Copics but I can't remember which ones and the pinks are looking a little washed out - I took the picture before getting to grips with my new camera. I've inked the edges of the images, plain layers and digi papers with Spun Sugar DI then added Stardust Stickles around the image and the papers. The little watering can is stamped and cut out from the garden fence accessories set, and the pearls are made with my cream Waco pearl maker pen. I've embellished with Marianne die cut flowers and swirls and punched out Martha Stewart fronds.

I'm entering my card into the Digital Tuesday challenge for punches - mine are the fronds and the lace edging. I'll be back tomorrow with another new card design from Cuddly Buddly to share with you.

Saturday 26 February 2011

Love Birds

Fabulous news! Cuddly Buddly are now selling Sylvia's cute digi designs, yes Wee Stamps digis are now available here in the UK!

I created a card with little Suzi a few days ago, this time I've used the cute little birds on a swing. I printed the image out the size it came, which is quite big so I had to make a bigger card - out of my comfort zone a bit and next time I'll make it smaller. I coloured the love birds image with Copics: RV000, R81, R83, BV000, BV00, BV01, V000, V01, E0000, E40, E41, E42, G20, YG11 and a Sakura Stardust pen on the swing. The white pearls I made with my Waco pearl maker pen, the edges of the papers and the image are inked with Victorian Velvet DI then I've gone around with the Stardust Stickles. I ran out of ideas for embellishment and couldn't get the right colour paper roses so abandoned the idea of matching them to the image. I did find a piece of pretty organza ribbon and the little satin ribbon roses so added them with a few punched leaves and a Marianne die cut swirl. I think my Mr Mojo has taken the weekend off without asking .. .. hope he comes home soon!

I found another challenge blog, called Kreative Stempelfreunde, or Creative Stamp Friends in English. The current theme is for checks so I'm entering my card in their challenge. The ABC challenge is up to the letter O for ovals, so this is my entry for their challenge too.

Whatever you are doing, have fun this weekend. I'm having a bit of a rest so will be back with you early next week.

Friday 25 February 2011

Sapphire Happy Birthday

I'm scheduling this post as I'm a little under the weather and can't seem to get going in the mornings these days. I love this cute Dawn stamp from Nellie's Choice, but this is only the second time I've inked it up! She is of course coloured with Copics and I've used digi papers from Kims cottage collection in sapphire matted with Almost Amethyst card from Stampin' Up! I've done the white line and pricking faux stitches around the edges of the papers then embellished with flowers made with Marianne dies, Marianne swirls and pearls made with my cream Waco pearl maker pen. Another clean and relatively simple card for the box.

A Spoonful of Sugar have been running a birthday wishes theme, and the Fab 'n' Funky challenge have a recipe - 1 image, 2 embellishments and 3 patterned papers. Now I never know whether they mean 2 types of embellishments, or just 2 in number - I'm hoping the first as I have diecuts and pearls on my card.

I'm sorry I've not been around to leave comments very much this week, hopefully a few more days getting my energy levels back and I can come visit again.

Thursday 24 February 2011

Pom Pom

This week on Cute Card Thursday teamy Christine has designed a sketch for you , and our sponsor is Kraftin' Kimmie stamps.

I've coloured this cute little LOTV Pom Pom fairy with my Copics and went over her wings, dress and the balls on her wand and her headdress with Cotton Candy Stickles. I've cut out my image with a circle Nestie and cut the mat with a blossom circle Nestie. I've used a soft pink Coredinations cardstock for the mats and distressed all the edges with a nail file. I've inked the edges of the background paper with Magnolia Bud Versamagic chalk ink and added faux pricked stitches. The paper is from the Cuddly Buddly Toby Tumble floral bouquet digi collection. I've embellished with pretty roses, punched fronds and little snips of pearl strings, along with the lace and organza ribbon. The two pearls on my little tabs are created with my cream Waco pearl maker pen, and the text is stamped with coral pink Brilliance pearlescent ink.

Copic colours I used:
skintones - E000, 00, 21, 02
hair - E30, 31, 34
pinks - R000, 00, 21, 22
greens - G20, 21, Y0000
cream top and socks - E50, 51, 53
shadow - W1

I'm also entering my card into the Fluterby Wednesday blog challenge, which is an open theme this week. Magical Mondays are looking for lace, Crafty Cardmakers are looking for fairies plus at least 2 punches - I punched the edges of the horizontal strip under the lace and also punched the leaf fronds. And over on the Anything Goes challenge they want to see distressing - my sanded and inked edges.

Wednesday 23 February 2011

Belles Christmas

Here I am, late again! But hopefully not too late for the Paperplay challenge to add a little shine - I've glazed the pink bauble, the lights on the tree and the little red baubles on the package tree too. And there are pink shiny gems in the centre of my poinsettia flowers and the top corner. The Winter Wonderland theme is for a Christmas card and Totally Papercrafts are doing it with digis - my image is Elisabeth Bell's digi design called Belles Christmas. The Stamptacular Sunday blog challenge is for someone special, so hope this card for a wonderful daughter will be appropriate.

I've coloured my image with Copics, used a digi paper from Cuddly Buddly's Christmas Toby Tumble designs and the red ribbon is recycled from a box of chocs. It's a simple little card for my £1 craft fair box - so no expensive embellishments, just punched poinsettia flowers and holly leaves.
Copic colours I used:
skin tones - E000, 00, 21, 02
hair and teddy - E30, 31, 34
greens - G12, 14, 85
pinks/reds - RV000, 10, 11, 25, 29
blue greens - BG0000, 000, 10, 11, 13

Thanks for stopping by again - seems you liked yesterday's card a lot - I hope you like this one too.

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Spring is in the air!

So sorry to be late posting my card today, I just can't seem to get going in the mornings ... or the afternoons! We have a spring theme for our next challenge on the Oldie but a Goodie blog - I just hope it triggers some sunshine and flowers in my garden. Our very own Fleur is giving a fabulous prize and we are also looking for a guest designer to join us in April - but remember, no digi images and your stamp must be at least 6 months old.

I've inked up Ruffles by Helz Cuppleditch for Stampavie and coloured with Copics then put this simple card together with bits and pieces from my stash. The flowers and swirls are Marianne die cuts, the leaves are punched and the pearls are made with my Waco pearl pen.
Copic pens used:
Ruffles - E50, 51, 53, 55
chicks - Y21, YR23, 24
greens - YG91, 93, 95, 97
flowers - YR000, 00, 02
sky - B60

I've inked the edges of my papers with Malted Mauve Versamagic chalk ink as well as adding pricked faux stitches then matting with Rose Embroidery Coredinations cardstock.

Charisma Cardz also have a spring theme challenge and Incy Wincy Designs are looking for punches and dies on your creations. I'm going to have a bit of a rest day today, so will be back to catch up with you all later on. Thanks so much for stopping by, I really love to read your comments.

Monday 21 February 2011

Love in the little things

I'm back with a little Sarah Kay card to share with you today, although it wasn't without problems in the creation! The image is coloured with Copics and the papers from my stash, the second lot I tried out, are edged with Sahara Sand Versamagic chalk ink and Platinum Stickles. They are actualy a soft yellow .. .. I still can't get the colours right with the camera. I was stumped when it came to flowers too .. .. I tried several different punched shapes but eventually found these yellow felt flowers and added Marianne diecut stamens. The gold pearls are made with my Waco pearl maker pen, but I had more problems! Originally I had a row of pearls to the right of the image but after accidentally sticking my thumb on half of them, and then redoing and not getting them the same size I decided they didn't look right so scraped them off and put on a piece of ribbon to cover the residual mess! I love my cream pearl maker pen, but the gold ones seem to stay more pointed rather than settling into a beautiful half pearl. I stamped the LOTV text with Tea Leaves Versamagic ink and edged it, and the image, with Magnolia Bud before doing the stickle thing. So at the end of it all, I'm lucky to have a card to share with you at all!

Copic pens I used:
skin tones - E000, 00, 21, 02
hair - E30, 31, 53, 34
chicks and gold tones - Y21, YR23, E33
greens - G20, 21, YG93
pinks - R000, 11, 12, 14

The Dutch Dare Card challenge is for sparkle, glitter and bling - well I have sparkly glitter and the gold pearls for bling.

Saturday 19 February 2011

A little bird told me

I'm scheduling this post so fingers crossed, I'm either at a craft demo at the art shop in Kelly Bray, or I'm still in bed! For this card I inked up one of my old Penny Black stamps and coloured her in with Copics - her plaid dress is actually blue and brown .. .. and the pinks are certainly pinker .. .. still struggling with the camera but thanks to Paula for the tip about taking under the natural daylight lamp, I'll try that with the next card. I've kept the embellishments to a minimum on this card, it seemed to suit the image and the sketch layout from the Corrosive Challenge blog. The papers are digi designs from Cuddly Buddly and I've added Stardust Stickles to the edges of the papers and the image, plus I inked around the edge of the image with Spun Sugar Distress ink.

Copic colours I used:
skin tones - E000, 00, 21, 02
hair, shoes, centre of flowers - E50, 51, 53, 55
blues - B0000, 000, 00, 02
pinks - RV000, 00, 02, 11, 25
greens - YG91, 93
shadow - W1, 3

To embellish I've diecut a Marianne swirl, fixed a little pink rose and tied a bow with a snip of pale blue organza ribbon. The text I cut out from another Penny Black stamp, then to finish I've added little pearls made with my Waco cream pearl maker pen.

The Truly Scrumptious challenge is for pearls and swirls, while the ABC blog challenge is O for Old fashioned, just right for my old Penny Black stamp! Creative Inspirations are looking for plain and simple cards with no more than 2 patterned papers and less than 4 flowers - I can tick those boxes. That'll do for now, I'll do the links when I get back. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday 18 February 2011

Wee Suzi

Here is my first card made with the cute and adorable Suzi from Wee Stamps. I've coloured her with Copics, but as the colours were mostly pale they don't show up too well with my new camera, especially the subtle shading I've used. For example, that little ladybird is coloured with R85 and R81 so should be darker, and I've inked the edges of the white leaves and the butterfly with Victorian Velvet DI and that doesn't show up either. Any thoughts on how to fix it? My camera is a Fujifilm Finepix 14 mega pixel, and I'm using all those to take the pictures. Or do I need to change my style and start using darker colours with more contrast - I hope not as I do like the pastels.

The rest of the Copic colours I used were:
skin tones with E000, 00, 21 and R00 - hair with E30, 31, 55
flower pot and gift with E40, 41 and 42
bows on gift and trim on dress with RV91, 93 and 95
roses with R81, 83 and 85
leaves with YG91 and 93
dress with E0000, R0000 and R81
the shadow beneath her feet is done with E40 and 41,
and I've used Y0000 all around her to give a soft golden glow.

For the card layout I've used the Cutie Sunday challenge sketch with Cottage Rose digi papers from Cuddly Buddly and a strip of Martha Stewart deep edge infinity punched lace added to the horizontal layer. I've inked the edges of the papers with Victorian Velvet DI before adding Stardust Stickles, and I've also inked and stickled the edge of the image that I've cut out with a circular Nestie and matted with a plain scallop Nestie circle edged with the DI. I've made the pearls with my Waco cream pearl maker pen, die cut the Joy butterfly, punched leaves and fronds, then added snips of pearl string to the flowery embellishments.

Paper Sundaes have a list of toppings to use this week, I've got the flowers, distressing and pink, and if you count the infinity punched border I have the lace too! The Digital Tuesday challenge is to use a die cut and a digi this week - I have diecut my digi image, the mat and the little butterfly.

Thanks for the enquiries about my health, it's not great but I'm upright! I am getting tired very easily and it seems that my kidneys may have been damaged when I had the bad attack of gout 15 months ago so now they aren't getting rid of some of the things they should be .. .. more tests in the offing but things are better than they were the last time I had the tests. Unfortunately I'd put on a stone in weight since I stopped dieting last summer so I'm back on the diet and have done remarkably well this week with a 5lb loss! I am not expecting to keep that up but at least it's a good start and I'm almost back to the weight I was this time last year, another stone off and I'll be happy, still overweight according to the doctor but at least not obese! I've given up any hope of the hot flashes ever going away, I've tried everything and they are obviously not menopausal as that happened years ago - according to the doc I'm just one of the unlucky small percentage that will get them for life!!!!

Thursday 17 February 2011

Shine On!

This is the first picture taken with my new camera, what do you think? Looking at the card in front of me the colours aren't right on my screen, it's too bright and washed out - the bunny is more honey coloured and the shadows aren't showing up, On the eggs I've used the E41, 42 & 43 Copics along with the B00, B02 & B05 blues and blue-greens BG11, 32 & 34 that aren't showing up either. Bunny is coloured with E50 to E55 range and the grass is YG91, 93 & 95. Oh well, more practice and fiddling about with the camera settings is needed!

This week on Cute Card Thursday we are looking for something shiny on your creation, mine is those shiny little flowers with the shiny gem centres and the 3 little gem accents in the top corner. My Spring bunny stamp is from Lili of the Valley, coloured with Copics of course, then cut out with a slim oval Nestie that I then left in place to act as a guide when pricking around the edge. I've also pricked the edges of the papers by Designer Digitals to look like stitching so I can enter the Top Tip Tuesday challenge for stitching, which thankfully doesn't have to be real! The Lollipop Crafts challenge is to colour with your favourite medium - easy peasy - it has to be Copics! And Stampavie and More are looking for monochrome creations this week - perfect for my cool blues then! For embellishments I've added spotty blue ribbon, little gems to the centres of the sparkly flowers and in the top corner, punched a strip of MS lace, diecut poinsettia leaves from white card then inked the edges with soft blue chalk ink, and also diecut the fronds - both Marianne dies. The little circular text is a naughty sneaky peak of a new set of stamped sentiments that Kim will be launching at Cuddly Buddly early next month.

Our Sponsor for this challenge over at Cute Card Thursday is Tiddly inks and some of the DT have made beautiful cards with the digi images Christy kindly sent us, unfortunately I couldn't manage to print mine off.

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Wee stamps

I have just found Sylvia Zet's blog and the link to her new venture, her digital stamp designs called Wee Stamps. They are just adorable and I'm sure to succomb! This little lass is called Suzi, isn't she a cutie and perfect for birthday or Mother's Day creations.

I've not got one of my own creations to share with you today .. .. several on my desk in various stages but nothing ready for the camera just yet!

Monday 14 February 2011

Valentine for my Man!

We said we wouldn't do the card thing this year but this doesn't really count, does it? I made a little post-it note holder for my dear hubby, although I suspect the flower will mean it gets left on the desk rather than being taken to work! It started off as a play around with a heart shape he cut for me from scraps of thin ply wood, I covered it with ochre paint then went over with Rock Candy clear Distress crackle paint. When that was dried and cracked I rubbed over with Walnut Distress ink then finished off with Cinnamon Stickles around the edge. This is only my second play with the crackle paint and I wanted bigger cracks, so next time I will have to trowel the stuff on as it says the thicker you go the bigger the cracks .. .. ..

The base is made from pumpkin coloured card with paper by K&Co, and I inked the edges of the paper with the Walnut DI. I cut the hearts from handmade paper by folding the sheet in quarters then cutting through all the layers with the Nellie's Choice heart die. I've put a heart on the back and a couple inside too.

Here's the inside before I wrote on the heart on top of the post it pad. I stamped and cut out the text with a plain heart die from the same set and the gold pearls I made with my Waco pearl maker pen. Thanks to my eldest for taking the pictures for me on his camera .. .. ... now my dear hubby has just popped home and presented me with a new digital camera for Valentine's Day! Once I have got to grips with the technology I hope my pictures will be vastly improved - they look good on the little pre-view screen so I just have to figure out how to download them.

I'm linking my little creation up with some of the many Valentine and love challenges around:
A Spoonful of Sugar with the love, love, love! theme; Everybody Art with Valentine; Creative Card Crew for a loved one; Crafty Catz for love; and Cupcake Challenge I love you to include at least one heart. Also, the Fab 'n' Funky challenge for tempting texture.

Sunday 13 February 2011

Spring is back!

I am an absolute disaster at the moment - now I've lost my computer specs, or the tidy-up fairies have put them somewhere safe that I've yet to find! Here's another scanned picture and on top of that it's wonky and fuzzy, a bit like my eyesight! The image is a Sarah Kay stamp called Spring is back and is the Sarah Kay I've used the most. I've gone for the soft vintage look again and inked the edges of the image and all over the background paper with Antique Linen DI then sparkled with Platinum Stickles. It's one of the little cream square cards I'm trying to use up, so not a lot of room for any extras along with the image. I've simply wrapped around with ivory organza ribbon and added a bow, die-cut Marianne swirls, punched fronds and inked the edges, punched butterflies, found a couple of flowers in my stash, then finished with pearls, pearl snips and pearl hearts.

To colour my image I used Copics: skin tones in my usual E000, E00 and E21; hair with E51, E53 and E57; hat and her trousers with E40, E41, E42, E43, E44; blues with B91 and B93; pinks with R81, R83 and R85; greens with G20, G21 and G24.

The Flutterby Wednesday blog challenge is for 3 hearts, along with butterflies or fairies - I hope that my three little punched butterflies will count. The Secret Crafter Saturday challenge is for stamped flowers, I hope that the flowers in my stamped image are ok. And finally, the Totally Gorjuss theme is for love - well I have 3 little hearts on my love-ly card!

Enjoy the rest of your day - I'm turning the room upside down to try and find my specs .. .. ..

Saturday 12 February 2011

baby love

I apologise for the dreadful picture - I'm still stuck with using the scanner and the big pearl button in the centre of my flower embellishment really messed things up! I've had this cute LOTV little boy stamped up and coloured on my desk for a while, so went rummaging for papers and decided on the blue and kraft colour scheme to match his clothing. The blue patterned papers are digi designs from Cuddly Buddly and I've pricked the edges, inked with Antique Linen DI then went around with Stardust Stickles. The mats are kraft cardstock and I've added the flower embellishment and swirls cut from Marianne dies, little pearl hearts I got at the recent craft fair, a little snip of flowery lace and pearl accents made with my cream Waco pearl maker pen.

I used my usual Copic colours for skin tones, E000, E00, E21 and R00, then for his clothes and the little push along doggy I've used blues B91, B93, B95, and beige tones E40, E41, E42, E43, and E44. As I have hearts on my card today I can enter: the For Fun challenge for hearts, and Paperplay are looking for hearts and flowers but not a Valentine.

Friday 11 February 2011


skin tones: E000, E00, E21, E02
sack and puppy: E40, E41, E42, E44
reds: R22, R24, R27, R29, R59
boots and belt: C1, C3, C5, C7
shadows: W1, W3, B0000, B000
yellows: Y11, Y17, YR23
greens: G40, YG63, YG67

I'm not happy with this scanned picture, the red poinsettias are brighter than this, although the sparkle does show up quite well. And I just noticed that the little gold star in the centre of the left poinsettia has shifted - I'll have to try and push it back. The stamped image is called Shhh, by Penny Johnson for Stampavie and coloured with Copics, then I inked the edges with Walnut DI before adding the Platinum Stickles. I'm still in the inky mode but wonder if this card has come out a bit dark for my liking - but as it's a Christmas card I think I've gotten away with it. I've gone over the baubles, the star and Santa's belt buckle with a clear glaze pen but it doesn't show up. The red patterned digi papers from Cuddly Buddly have also been inked and stickled then to embellish I diecute the Marianne mini poinsettias and swirls plus punched out little pieces of frond from scraps of red card. At last, another Christmas card for my box .. .. 2 down and how many to go!

Cupcake Craft challenge is 'seeing red' this week, so as I have lots of red on my card, I'll enter!

Thursday 10 February 2011

New Baby

E30, E31, E34
R81, R83

This week on Cute Card Thursday we are looking for hearts and flowers on your creation - a very topical theme at the moment! I've had enough of Valentine's already so instead I've made a new baby girl card adding half a dozen pearly pink hearts I got at the recent craft fair. Fortunately I took the picture before my camera went on the blink, the image is one of Eline's baby designs now available over at Cuddly Buddly, coloured with copics then I've cut it out with a circle Nestie, left the die in place to add the pricking, then inked the edge with Antique Linen DI before adding Stardust Stickles. I've cut the circular layer behind the image from some handmade paper I've had in my stash for over 5 years! I folded the sheet into 4 as it's very thin, then cut through all the layers with my Nellie's Choice die before peeling them apart. The patterned papers are a mix from Eline's digi range and the rose patterned paper from Kim at Cuddly Buddly, each pricked, inked and stickled. The little heart text is an old stamp from Ellusive Images and to finish I've added flowers, Marianne die-cut swirls, Martha Stewart punched fronds and a tiny organza ribbon bow.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamps. Now to list the other challenges I can enter with my card: Fun with Shapes and More are looking for hearts, and so are Crafty Cardmakers, Stamptacular Sunday are going wild with hearts, My Time To Craft have a hearts and flowers theme, Papertake Weekly want you to have a heart, and Digi Tuesday are also coming from the heart. That'll do for now, I'll leave a few others just in case I get another mushy card done over the weekend!

Wednesday 9 February 2011

My little lamb

My camera is bug***d! so I've had to pop this card on the flat bed scanner in order to share it with you - looks like I may have to do this for the foreseeable future, until I can save up for a new camera or get mine fixed, but a new one might be cheaper! I had a little camera for Christmas but it's useless for taking close ups of the cards - I can get in really close for a macro image on the details, but just can't get a clear picture of all the card. I've wasted hours fiddling with different settings to no avail.

Back to today's creation then. I have a stack of cream cards that are just 120mm square so need smaller images for them, or I need to keep the image as the main focus of the design as I have here. The picture is washed out, the pinks are certainly brighter and as I've layered with 3d foam and stuck on the butterflies and flowers so the wings and petals can be raised up, the scanner has let in too much light and hasn't got things in focus. I've been trying my hand at the distressed/vintage style again and have inked all the edges with Walnut DI then added Stardust Stickles around the edges of the image, the text and the papers. The image came out last year and is called 'my little lamb' by Penny Johnson for Stampavie. I coloured with Copics, sorry no list today I put them away and forgot to make a note. The patterned papers are from Kim's yellow Cottage digi collection and I've matted with pink textured cardstock. I punched a lacy edge for the horizontal layer, but then covered it up with the circular sentiment! To embellish I've punched out little butterflies, leaves and hydrangea flowers, added tiny pearls and a piece of satin ribbon. I quite like how this one turned out, but just wish I had a better picture for you.

Challenges I can enter into are: If the shoe fits who are looking for pink creations, Critter Sketch who are looking for critters, and Crafty Creations who want to see 3 little words.

Tuesday 8 February 2011

Have a Heart

skin tones: E000, E00, E21, R00
hair colours: YR20, E34, E35, W1, W3, W5
clothing: BOOOO, BOOO, BOO, G000, G00, YG41,
hearts: R81, R83, R85
cill and shadow: E40, E41, E42

that's the challenge we have for you on the Oldie but a Goodie blog this time around. Don't forget, our challenge is to use a STAMPED image at least 6 MONTHS OLD on your creation, in addition to the current theme. Debs has donated a fabulous Messy Rabbit prize for this challenge so why not come and join in the fun with us!

I've inked up this love bubbles stamp by Penny Johnson for Stampavie and coloured with Copics before pricking, inking the edges with Spun Sugar DI and then going around with Stardust Stickles. The papers are from Kim's digi Cottage collection in rose, again pricked, inked and stickled. I've used the sketch on the Create 4 Fun blog for my card layout, cutting the circle with a Nellie's Choice die, and adding a floral embellishment created from various punched and die cut pieces and a bloom from my stash. The ribbon I got at a craft fair ages ago and the pearls are made with my cream pearl maker pen.

Now with so many Valentine challenges around blog land at the moment, I've chosen to link my card up with just these .. ..
Stampin' for the Weekend, Secret Crafter Saturday and Cutie Sunday all looking for Valentine creations and Allsorts theme of it must be love, love, love!

Monday 7 February 2011

a simple toby tumbles

A simple card to share with you today. I've had this image coloured up for quite a while but finding the papers etc has taken longer than expected. The card is relatively unadorned, mainly because I couldn't find anything I liked and also, I rather like the image to show up and take centre stage! This is Toby Tumbles Happy Easter available in both stamp and digi, coloured with Copics (sorry I can't remember the colours, but there were a lot) then cut out and matted with Almost Amethyst cardstock by Stampin' Up! I've matted the background papers too, they are a couple of digi scraps in my box, I think the pink one is by Designer Digitals and the bottom layer is from Cuddly Buddly's Little Miss Daisy spring collection. I've added the white line and pricking faux stitches around the edges of the papers, then a scrap of dotty organza ribbon and pearls made with my crystal pearl maker pen.

The Paperplay challenge is to stamp it out this week, and Sweet Stampin' are looking for Spring flowers so this is my card for them.

Sorry I am not so chatty just at the moment - I'm having to limit the pc time and as my blood tests haven't shown any improvements to the kidney function, it's a double whammy with my neck problems so looks like it's going to be an ongoing thing I'll have to learn to live with.

Sunday 6 February 2011

another baby!

Copic colours:
E30, E31, E53
B91, B93, B95
E40, E41, E42

this one is a little bit different though. I've tried out the distressed look, not something I'm terribly good at, but I'm quite happy with how this turned out. The base card is kraft then to tie the different Cuddly Buddly digi papers together I added faux stitching and inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink, except for the heart that is. The image is Eline's teddy in basket, coloured with copics and cut out with a Nestie then with the die in place I pricked around the edge. I've punched the edge of the horizontal layer with a MS lacy punch, die cut Marianne swirls from kraft card, coloured a length of organza ribbon with E31, stamped and coloured the CB circle text and added flowers from my stash. The heart is a Nellies choice die and I've added pearls created with my cream Waco pearl maker pen.

The Papertake Weekly blog challenge is for anything with flowers, so here's my card for them!

Saturday 5 February 2011

more of Eline's babies!

I've a set of little 4" baby cards and a little gift pouch to share with you today so this is a long post! I'll try not to waffle too much, and I don't have the Copic colours for you, but hope you wont mind that. The first card above uses the Eline's sleeping baby digi image from Cuddly Buddly, but with the blanket cut off. You also get a wee little lamb with the digi download but I just coloured and cut out the baby. I've 3d mounted him with 1mm foam pads over a Nellie's choice die cut lacy circle and a Nestie blossom circle. The papers are from the Eline's digi packs and I've drawn white stitches to match in with the printed stitches on the horizontal layer. The flower border is a Martha Stewart punch and the cute footprint ribbon is from my stash.

Something a bit different with this next creation. I've made a little gift pouch for a new baby and used the baby with bear digi, again coloured and cut out. You also get a little basket in the set .. .. that's coming up in a minute! I've also coloured and cut out a little teddy bear from the baby toy's digi set. I've created the gift pouch from soft yellow cardstock, punched a lace edge with a Martha Stewart punch and made two holes to thread with creamy gross grain ribbon. The pretty daisy paper is from Kim's digi Cottage collection in yellow and I've added little white faux stitches around the edge again. I rummaged for a text and settled on a little gold peel off, then stamped, coloured and cut out the little daisy flowers (an old stamp from my stash) and punched little green leaves to decorate.

And here's the cute little baby again, this time on a simple little card for a baby boy - no flowers then! I've cut him out again and fixed with 2mm foam squares so he's sitting proud on the card. I've added a couple of buttons and punched stars to embellish this one.

And lastly, here's the little basket that you get along with the baby. I do like this set as it's so versatile for creating cards and gifts for either boy or girl, and it's easy colouring. At just 99p a set it's also a bargain! I coloured the image then cut out with a circle Nestie and added a little Stardust Stickles around the edge. The lacy square I made with a Martha Stewart punch around the page set then I punched out little MS hydrangea flowers from a scrap of Kim's papers in bright pink, and finally added pearls with my crystal Waco pearl maker pen.

It's the Stamp Something February digi day challenge this week - so any one of my baby creations would fit the bill!

Friday 4 February 2011

Easter Surprise

E30, E31, E34, E37, R00
E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
BV02, BV04, BV08, G12, G14, G17
Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, E08
G20, G21, BG0000

I have another of the Cuddly Buddly cute Toby Tumble spring cards to share with you today. I've coloured with Copics, cut out with a Nestie circle then kept the die in place while I inked the edges with Sea Breeze Versamagic chalk ink. The paper is also from the Toby Tumble spring collection and I've matted with dark purple textured card then wrapped a length of purple lace around. I've created a little floral embellishments from oddments in my stash and added the golden gems to pick up the yellow from the image. I really must get a Happy Easter text stamp though, to fit along the bottom edge - any ideas where I can get one?

The theme on the Cupcake Craft challenge blog is for things on the farm so my little hatched chick should fit the bill. The For Fun challenge is to decide if it's still winter, or if spring is on the way ... ... I've gone for spring - roll it on! And the Daring Cardmakers have the perfect challenge for my card this week, to create with the February spring flowers, either violets or primroses. Well I have the violets on my card!