Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wedding Card

Supplies:  Digi from Tales from Pollycraft, sentiment from Create with TLC, 
pp by Basic Gray, Papermania cardstock, XCut corner punch, 
Quickutz embossing folder, grey thread, stickles and machine stitching.

Quick Share - my boys are back for their first day of school today!.  Have to go do the school run shortly. 

I just adore this gorgeous image by Paula - it was a freebie that Paula gave away a couple of weeks ago.  I coloured it with copics and added free Wordart from Create with TLC.  I also added stickles for a touch of sparkle.

Thanks for peeking.  Hope you have a wonderful day.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Pocket Birthday Card

Quick card share today as I have to get my DS's ready to go back to school tomorrow!.

I love the idea of making a card to hold the gift... in this case some dosh!  Used some Basic Grey paper and stamped the PTI sentiment in Dark Chocolate.  Machine stitched around the edges and added a "topper" to the pocket.  Then punched some orange stars for a pop of colour.

Thanks for peeking.  Hope you have a terrific day.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Jane has stamps and Anita has giveaways!

The very talented and wonderful Jane Beljo (who makes the fab buttons and does amazing "doodles") has just produced her first lot of stamps.  Check them out here... she is expecting a shipment in September/early October and they will be available in her Etsy store.

Best of luck in your new enterprise Jane.  Be sure to pop over to Jane's blog and check our her wonderful creations/stamps/buttons etc.  She is super talented.

Also, another Hero Arts Flickr Buddy - Anita has giveaways on her blog - yeap you read it correctly - giveaway(s)! plural... be sure to check them out here on her blog - crafty girl designs - her creations are STUNNERS.
 One of Anita's giveaways is for this fab stamp by Hero Arts - be sure to pop over and check them all out right here.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge

I ordered my very first stamps from Waltzingmouse early last week and am patiently (well, not really!!) awaiting the post's arrival each day (they have been shipped - very quick service - thanks Claire....) anyhow, you will see what I got when I start to ink them up.  I decided to have a go at this week's sketch #11 challenge over on Waltzingmouse.

I bought Webster Pages 6x6 combo paper pack today with Lullaby Lane and Life's Portrait.  Not sure which pp I used on this card!! LOL!!  I used flowers by Prima, tiny beads by Rayher, ribbon by Eastern Treasures, stickles by Ranger and the butterfly is from the Hero Arts Digital Kit available here.  Only my second time stitching a circle using my machine - fun!!!!  I then added the tiny beads at random intervals around the card with the same pink thread.

Also entering it into this month's Hero Arts Challenge which finishes tonight!.  Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you have a wonderful day and even better weekend ahead.

Paperplay - "Sketch & Stash"

This week's challenge on Paperplay is "Sketch & Stash".  The above is the sketch by our wonderful boss! Sandie and the added challenge is to use something from your stash.

This week we are very kindly sponsored by Wink Wink Ink and I used a freebie digi which was available a while ago on their Paper Craft Planet Group.  There is a cute chick freebie available here at the moment (check out the left side bar).
Supplies: Digital image - freebie from Wink Wink Ink, MS border punch, 
PTI sentiment, misc button and ribbon from my stash, 
coloured with copics and embroidery floss.

I did adapt the sketch to have a square in the centre instead of a circle as the image had an existing border which I wanted to keep.

Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you get a chance to play along with this fun sketch this week.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Card

pp Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride, Papermania gems, machine stitching, 
copics, glossy accents and pop dots.

Entering this card into this week's Colour Me Farm Fresh over on The Greeting Farm.  A smattering of other colours in this card - but hopefully I have managed to incorporate enough of the required palette.  Love this girl with attitude - "Charlotte"!

Thanks for peeking.  Hope you are having a good week.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kathy's Blog Candy

The amazingly talented Kathy is at it again - another superb giveaway on her blog.  Check it out here - it is Penny Black new goodies.

Isn't her card just amazing... it has just breathtaking details - be sure to pop over and look at it on her blog.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Beautiful Personalised Stamp

Just wanted to share a present which I bought myself recently! - a personalised rubber stamp.   You may have seen Jennifer McGuire feature hers on her blog last February.  I loved Jennifer's when I saw it and just recently ordered one from Kiss and Tell Cards.  Karissa is just wonderful to deal with and my stamp arrived beautifully packaged and I just LOVE it..... thanks Karissa.

I use it to stamp on the back of the cards I make.  Be sure to pop over and check out the Kiss and Tell Cards Etsy store here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

You are how old!!!

Have had this image "big boned" coloured and sitting on my desk for aaageeeees!  So decided to pair him with this fun sentiment by Create with TLC and use him!  The hippo image is by Jane Beljo and available here.  Patterned paper is by Cosmo Cricket and flowers from Prima.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  You can guess that my DH loves getting older !! (not!) ha ha!!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Birthday Card for DH

I just love this image by The Greeting Farm - Oliver&Amelia - my favourite thing.  I had him coloured before I started work on the card and decided to change his hair colour from blond to brown!!! hmmmmmm not sure if I'm happy but it will have to do!!  Would like to spend more time fine tuning the colouring but... time is a racing!
I saw this card by the wonderfully talented Kelly Booth and I knew I had to buy this set!.  I only recently got to ink it up and loved the way another amazing gal - Lucy made this card for her Dad recently.  So I "mish mashed" the two ideas in my head and got the card above!  Added machine stitching in brown on pp from Joy Ride by Cosmo Cricket which I had run through the printer to add the sentiment.  Added it to Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock as the base.

Lots of glossy accents on the fish bowl and hey presto a card for my DS's to give to my DH on his Birthday today!.  Happy Birthday hun. 

Hope everyone has a great day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Beautiful Birthday Dahlias

I was late with my post for this month's challenge over on Tiffany Doodles and I still feel bad about it.  So, I have another "flower power" card for you using Tiffany's wonderful image - Dahlia w/Oval
I coloured the image twice and added a second "flower" layer raised on pop dots to add dimension.  I also added LOTS! of glossy accents to the bottle which I hope you can see in the first photo.  Sentiment is from PTI. 

Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you get a chance to play along with this month's challenge over on Tiffany Doodles - all details hereRemember - Tiffany has lots of flower freebies available on her site too - check them out here Hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Paperplay - "Pink it up"

This week's challenge on Paperplay is "Pink, pink, pink".  It is very kindly sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts.
Supplies: PTI Sentiment and frame, TGF Washi tape in pink, 
Prima flowers, bubblewrap stamp by Kaiser craft, glue dots and kraft cardstock.

This is outside my comfort zone because I am not a very "pink" gal... having grown up with three brothers!  and now having two sons!!! no pink in this house! LOL!

I decided to pair my "Pink" with kraft and decided to make a "beat up" type of card..... used the wonderful washi tape that my friend Jane sent me - thank you again Jane.  I also stamped my new bubblewrap stamp across the tape and card - it nearly looks like someone stood on it!.

Then added some beautiful Prima Flowers with pop dots and hey presto... lots of pinkness!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Winner of the Beautiful Roses Digi.....

And I used the true random number generator to get a winner.... can never post the widget... sorry.... this is the bit I managed to post.......  Just managed it...woohoo... sorry it's not very crisp!
 Barb Said
Wow! Love this, Deirdre! Fabulous design, the way the flowers flow off the side!
Congrats Barb - email me and I will arrange to get your digi sent to you.  Thanks to everyone who visited and left such lovely comments - I really appreciate them.  Hope you enjoyed the first ever blog hop.  Will post some cards later today.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hello Card

Hero Arts challenge this month is "Keeping in Touch and Going back to School".  I made this card on Thursday evening to enter before the first deadline of the month.  Still plenty of time to enter - check out the details here.

It has been a while since I have entered a Hero Arts challenge - don't know where the time goes!  I have missed it and am going to try to get back in the groove and start entering again.  The gals in the HA Flickr Group produce amazing work on a daily basis.  Check it out here.
Supplies: Hero Arts CG105 Silhouette Flower and CL184 Thoughtful messages, 
versamark ink and clear embossing powder, Papermania pearls coloured with copics, 
XCut scallop border punch and dark chocolate cardstock, ribbon & ink and pop dots.

I did three or four layers of embossing powder on this card to give it an "enamelled look" and I really enjoyed making this card and look forward to getting it into the mail to "keep in touch" with a friend.

Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you have a great weekend.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mami Doodles - new release/challenge and FIRST EVER blog hop!

Welcome to the FIRST EVER Mami Doodles Blog Hop.   In order to win the digital stamp that I used please make sure you leave a comment to be entered into the draw - (winners will be drawn on Tuesday evening and posted on Wednesday).

Elisa (Mami Doodles) has outdone herself again and created some new wonderful digis released yesterday - check them out here.  As a member of her DT, I got to play with some of them and had lots of fun colouring and creating.  I paired this "bunch" with the Spellbinders blossom die cut and added an wonderfully appropriate SRM Sticker.  I just adore these stickers - be sure to check out the SRM Blog here for wonderful inspiration.

Elisa's challenge on Mami Doodles is "Shaped Cards" - so get your thinking hat on and create a non standard card and post it here with a chance to win some of Mami Doodles wonderful digis. 

The next stop on the hop is Elisa B - just click here and just in case here's the hop order

Deirdre (you are here!)
Elisa B
Mami Doodles

Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to seeing what you create.  Remember... leave a comment!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Paperplay - "Bon Voyage"

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Early Bird Crafting Pack, MS border punch, 
misc red gems, ribbon and embroidery floss.

This week the challenge on Paperplay is "Bon Voyage" - it can be for vacation, moving etc.  It is very kindly sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  I decided to go with the "moving" theme and created a card using the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird range.

Be sure to check out what our wonderful Guest Designer Jeannie created here and the rest of the DT here.

Thanks for peeking and I hope you get a chance to play along with Paperplay this week.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tiffany Doodles New Challenge - Flower Power - TD03

Can you believe that another month has "whizzed by"?  I missed the 7th August deadline to post my Tiffany Doodles DT card for this month's challenge - but as the saying goes - "better late than never!".

This month's challenge is "Flower Power".  You can create a card using any stamp you wish, Tiffany has some wonderful flower digis - she even has freebies here too!.  Be sure to check them out.

I have made lots with the wonderful Velvet Flower freebie like this, and these and this.

I used the Lenten Rose w/Blossom digi for this card and used the cut outs from the kraft to create a matching tag.
Supplies: Tiffany Doodles Lenten Rose w/blossom, pp from Cosmo Cricket, 
kraft cardstock, Sentiment - SRM Sticker, Spellbinders Blossom Die Cuts, copics, 
ribbon by MemrieMare on Etsy and handmade fimo buttons which I made myself!
My inspiration photo!!!!!  I took this in the garden in February 2009 - I know I have one with the seed pods too but can't locate it at present.

Hope you will play along with this month's challenge.  Have Fun!  See you over on Tiffany Doodles.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lookie... lookie..... Lucy's Candy!

The wonderfully talented Lucy is having a giveaway on reaching 500 followers.... here's a sneak peek! 
Yes, you do spot some Hero Arts goodies, and My Minds Eye paper .... so quick... you have until August 22nd... so pop over here and check it out.  As well as the chance to win some amazing goodies - Lucy's cards are just amazing.... so have a snoop around whilst you are there.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Just back from vacation!

Supplies - Tiffany Doodles Velvet Flower digi, copics, white card blank, 
SRM sticker, glossy accents and pop dots.

Hello everyone, tis me! We are just back from two weeks vacation in West Cork, Ireland.  Had generally good weather (which is always a bonus in Ireland!!) LOL!!!

I have a number of things to catch up on over the next couple of hours... including loads of laundry! Just wanted to post this quick card and enter it for this weeks CAS-tastic Wednesday Challenge which is sponsored this week by the ultra talented - Jane Beljo.  It is a "case" of DT Member - Karen B's wonderful card here.

Thanks for peeking.... will be back later with my "overdue"!! card for Tiffany Doodles Flower Power Challenge.

pssssttt, did you see that my buddy Julie has candy?  Check it out here. It closes on August 9th.... just managed to get in ahead of the deadline..... it looks delish!
Quick... go check it out.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mami Doodles Digi freebie and Guest Designer Call

Elisa over on Mami Doodles is looking for four guest designers for the remainder of 2010.... interested?  Be sure to check out the details here and her wonderful freebie Lil Rosie (below) to create with is here.

Hope you get a chance to play along with Elisa's new doodle... .enjoy. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Paperplay - Recipe!

This week's challenge on Paperplay is set by Jan and it is a recipe - use two dp's, 3 flowers, 1 ribbon and a charm.  This week's challenge is very kindly sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps and they gave us some very cute images to play with.  Thanks so much.

I used this cute bunny - "bunny blu" which is available here.  I coloured him to match my Cosmo Cricket papers and used some Papermania sheer ribbon, three DCWV flowers in shades of orange and word art from Create with TLC.  Okay... so here it is... I don't actually own any charms to go on my card... so I put a brad on one of the flowers instead... so technically it's not right... so I haven't followed the recipe correctly.... so .... slap on hand... I beg your forgiveness!!!! 

Hope you get a chance to play along this week - hope to see you over on Paperplay!.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy 40th! Birthday

My SIL asked me to make some cards for her - so this is one I made for a friend's 40th.  Her friend is an Accountant and I think the paper is just perfect, it looks like an old maths test!.  It is from Cosmo Cricket (the boyfriend range).  I made a puffy vintage flower and used a Papertrey Ink button in Ocean Tides, tied with some embroidery floss.  Added some pale cream pearls and adhesive numbers that I picked up whilst living in the States.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you have a great day.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer Card - Just add Water!

Supplies:  Still Summer digi Image by Mo, Sentiment from Create with TLC
textured cardstock from Papermania, MS punch and copics

Made this card using a wonderful image called "Still Summer" from Maurie J Manning aka Mo.  She is just super talented and produces AMAZING images.  She has a wonderful Paper Craft Planet Group and Facebook Group - so be sure to check them out.  I coloured with copics, added wordart from Create with TLC, matted and layered and hey presto... a Summer Card!

Hope the weather is lovely where ever you are and you are enjoying the Summer season.  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek - it is a three day weekend here in Ireland today - yipee!.  I really appreciate the visit and any comments you leave.  Thanks so much.
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