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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Wedding with Bling

I couldn't resist using a side stepper card again - I think you may have guessed that I'm enjoying these at the moment eh?





This card is for a work colleague who is getting married at the end of July.

Materials used:

Pearlised cardstock - Papermill Shop
Heart Swirl Branch Die - Magnolia DooHickey
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon, gems & pearls - from my stash
Cuttlebug embossing folder - D'vine Swirl
"For You" circular sentiments - Lily of the Valley
Lacey Circles die - Spellbinders

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

A Spoonfull of Sugar - ribbons and bows
Crafty Creations - let it shine
Creative Belli - letter "G"
Everybody Art - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - paper piecing
Crazy challenge - weddings
Digi Design House - pearls and lace - WINNER
Hooked On Crafts - anything goes
House Of Gilli - ribbons and bows
Karens Doodles - flower power
Corrosive Challenge - ribbons and bows
Etsy Inspired - weddings
Totally Gorjuss - pearls and swirls
Crafts 4 Eternity - embellishment "R"
Crafty Catz - fancy folds
Prairie Fairy - weddings
Fairy Knoll - sparkle
Totally Papercrafts - die cuts & punches



Friday, 17 June 2011

Anyone for cricket?

This is another Fathers Day card on a double side stepper but this time it's on a sporty theme.  The template for this can be found on my Dads Shed card post.


I've taken the cricket score board and entered relevant numbers - top line: date of birth, middle line: age & surname, bottom line: date of birth of his grandson and son - I wonder if he'll work this out?


My wonderful OH has used his woodwork skills to make the cricket bat - isn't he clever?  The stumps and bails were made from cocktail sticks wrapped with card and then coloured with promarkers.


I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Ai Factory - summer fun
CRAFT Challenge - stitching
Craft Us Crazy - fathers day
Crafty Sentiments - fathers day
Dutch Dare - for the boys
Shelleys Images - masculine
Little Red Wagon - for dad
Sisterhood of Crafters - masculine
Partytime Tuesday - fathers day
The Stamping Boutique - men only
Bows and Berries - masculine
Cupcake Crafts - boy, oh boy, oh boy
Daisy Doodles - fathers day
Hooked On Crafts - anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs - fathers day
Ooh La La Creations - fathers day
Stamp n Doodle - fathers day
Creative Inspirations - fathers day
Dream Valley - fathers day
Sentimental Sundays - fathers day
Sparkles Forum - fathers day
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - fathers day
Crazy 4 Challenges - masculine
Little Claires - masculine
One Stop Craft - fathers day





Thursday, 16 June 2011

Lia Stampz - DT Call

There's a DT call over at Lia Stampz where they're going to be starting a brand new challenge soon using her digi designs - why not pop over and have a look?  Sooooooooo I thought I'd give it a go and see how I get on - fingers crossed :-)




Lia Stampz, digital stamps


To apply you're given a quirky image called kiki and asked to design a card.  I decided to add some feathers (courtesy of the birds who left them in my garden), decoupage the eyes and add some leaves to give the image a bit of depth.  Hope they like it :-)



I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Paper Shelter - punches/dies
Sisterhood of Crafters - masculine
Karens Doodles - stamp/digi
Paper Take Weekly - dads & lads
Partytime Tuesday - fathers day
Stamping Boutique - men only
Bows and Berries - masculine
Cheerful Stamp Pad - things with wings
Cupcake Craft Challenge - boy oh boy oh boy
Daisy Doodles - fathers day
Happileigh Scrappin' - embossing
Incy Wincy Designs - fathrs day
Ooh La La Creations - fathers day
Stamp n Doodle - fathers day
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central - embossing
The Outlawz - fathers day
Sketch n Stash - sketch
Card Cupids - animals
Creative Inspirations - fathers day
Dream Valley - fathers day
I Did It Creations - birds
Sentimental Sundays - fathers day
Sparkles Forum - fathers day
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - fathers day
Crafty Emma - inspired by a movie (The Birds)
Crazy 4 Challenges - masculine
Little Claires - masculine
One Stop Craft - fathers day
Stamp,Scrap & Doodle - fathers day




Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Hedgehog Get Well Wishes

Well the sun is shining, I've finished work for the day and I've just heard that a friend has been admitted to hospital again.  So I thought I would make her a nice cheery card to try and brighten her day :-)



Materials used on this card:

Pearlised card - PaperMill Shop
Window stamp - Art Impressions
Hedgehog stamp - free with craft magazine
Martha Stewart around the page punch
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Promarkers and fine liner (used for the brickwork)
Ribbon (coloured with Promarkers), glitter glue & acetate (for the window panes) from my stash

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Karens Doodles - frame it - 2nd PLACE
Pollycraft - ribbons & flowers
Sketch N Stash - sketch
Card Cupids - animals
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz - favourite colour
Crafty Ann's - more than one image
Shelley's Images - anything goes
Crafts and Me - stamp something
My Mum's Craft Shop - punch it




Sunday, 12 June 2011

JCB Birthday

I seem to be inundated with mens and boys cards at the moment and I find them sooooooooooooooo difficult as I know a lot of us crafters do.  Fortunately I was told that Harvey loves JCB's and being a 4 year old I had to give the card a bit of interest too, so I've made the bucket arm at the back move up and down by creating a joint using a brad and putting the number 4 on acetate so that it springs.




I've enterd this card into the following challenges:

Aly's Sunday challenge - all about kids
Creative Inspirations - fun folds
Sentimental Sundays - masculine
Crazy 4 Challenges - masculine
Little Claires - cards for men
Secret Crafter - masculine
Frosted Designs - stitching
Fussy and Fancy - male cards
Stamp Man - boys and men
Wags 'n' Whiskers - one for the boys
Charisma Cardz - how old? - TOP 3
Craft Us Crazy - masculine
Do You Stack Up Challenges - birthday
Little Miss Muffet - use numbers
Paper Play - masculine
Some Odd Girl - masculine
Stamp Insanity - masculine
Amber's Crafts - special man
Sisterhood of Crafters - masculine
The Paper Variety - for the guys
Scrap Creations - birthday
Stamping Boutique - men only
Bows and Berries - masculine
Ooh La La Creations - birthday
There's Magic in the Air - masculine
Woodware USA - masculine



Friday, 10 June 2011

A Helping Hand

The image on this card is a digi from the Praerie Fairy and is called "A Helping Hand" which was chosen from their store after being picked as one of their top 3 with my Dad's Shed card.  I thought the image was quite appropriate as we all need a helping hand from time to time, don't we?



Materials used:
White card - PaperMill Shop
Olive card - Core'dinations
Spellbinders Nestabilities - lacey circle
Time Holtz distress ink - shabby shutters
Sentiment - Lily of the Valley - dreamy days circular sentiments
Glitter glue, button, ribbon, border strip - stash

I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - sparkle
Lily of the Valley - anything goes
Colour throwdown
Divas By Design - florals
My Mums Craft Shop - punch it
Penny's Paper Crafty - best friends
A Spoonful of Sugar - here comes summer
Bearly Mine - anything goes
Craft Room Challenge - anything goes
Everybody Art - distressing
Papertake - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
House of Gilli - buttons
Incy Wincy Designs - tic, tac, toe (flowers, ribbon & tag)
Catch the Bug - anything goes



Thursday, 2 June 2011

Snooker Loopy

This card is for my father in law who loves his sport be it football, rugby, cricket, motor racing, snooker - it's seems as though there's nothing he doesn't like!!!!  Well that gave me quite a bit of scope as to ideas for his fathers day card.  I think this one's a bit different and loved the inspiration from one of of my magazines.  Here's my take on their idea.



Cuttle bug embossing folder - swiss dots used on:
Core'dinations card - vanilla cream
Tim Holtz distressing ink - barn door
The snooker cue was made from 2 x cocktail sticks stuck end to end and rolling card
around them and colouring with promarkers using the odd gold fine line peel off to finish off
Snooker triangle - brown funky foam
Snooker balls were made from on old Xmas holly decoration

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Ladybug Crafts Ink - make your own embellishments - TOP 3
Cheerful Stamp Pad - a special reason
Craft Your Passion - what a guy
Karens Doodles - fathers day
Lexi's Creations - fathers day
Here Come The Boys - fathers day
Craft Your Days Away - fathers day
Easy Craft Projects - for dad
Aud Sentiments Challenge - male card - WINNER
Passion For Promarkers - sporting marvels
Tuesday Throwdown - DIY embellishments
Cards For Men - no paper - TOP 3
Catch The Bug - bright colours
Challenge Up Your Life - recycling - TOP 3
Crafts 4 Eternity - alter something
Sew Many Cards - circles
Simply Create - special day/event
Crafting For All Seaons - fathers day
Freshly Brewed - it's a guy thing
Paper Shelter - father
Scrapbook Sisters - a mans world
Simon Says Stamp - masculine





Wednesday, 1 June 2011

The Hotspot Challenge - Laser Cut Details

Well here we're at the beginning of yet another month, isn't this year passing so quickly?

It's time for another challenge over at:


This month the focus is on a trend in fashion - laser cut details.


We are finding this detail in our accessories, our footwear and our clothing so I'm sure with all of those dies and punches out there you can all come up with something fabulous!  Hope you have fun with this one and we look forward to seeing your entry.

Here's the card that I have created using one of the McMahon Five Designs digital stamps from their Wedding Collection which has been coloured using Promarkers.


I've used one of the Martha Stewart "punch around" punches highlighting with a small flower stamp, threaded ribbon through finishing off with a bow in each corner.  The sentiment is from the Lily of the Valley "for you" circular sentiments set.

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Bearly Mine - die cuts and lace
Paperminutes - quartet
Party Time Tuesday - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - wrap it up with ribbon
Cheerful Stamp Pad - a special reason
Crafty Cardmakers - love, the lasting kind
Paper Playtime - wedding or love theme - WINNER
Card Cupids - ribbon
Paper Sundaes - vintage or shabby chic
Secret Crafter - clean and simple