Sunday, October 31, 2010

October Card Chain Challenge

Supplies:  Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock, Angel stamp received from Jacqueline
Walnut Stain and Tea Dye Distress Inks and blending tools, Tim Holtz edge distresser, 
Fiskars Upper Crest border punch, buttons from stash, Papermania textured 
cardstock and Prima Flowers.

This month Deborah set another fun Card Chain Challenge.  Don't know what I am talking about?  Be sure to check out this post here if you are interested in taking part.  I used some of the colours from the colour palette on my card this month along with one of the themes - Angels (in honour of Guardian Angels Day).

Above is my card which I sent to Betty in the US and the card I received from Jenny (below) is an absolute stunner.  The details, elements and colours are just beautiful.
Another fun Card Chain Challenge! - thanks Jenny.

Sign up ends 1st November so be sure to hop on over to Deborah's blog if you are interested in taking part.  I have already signed up!.  The full reveal is on Deborah's blog tomorrow.

Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Caardvarks - decorate inside and out!

I have a couple of thank yous to send and decided I had better get cracking! - the current challenge on Caardvarks is sponsored by Penny Black.  I love PB's stamps - you should see the prizes up for grabs.... quick... check them out here.

The Challenge is "to create a new stamped card that is decorated inside and out!".  The stamping on this card is on the cork tag and the inside message tag.
Supplies:  Cosmo Cricket pp and chipboard sticker - Early Bird range, 
Spellbinders Labels One, Docrafts A6 kraft card blank, PTI Vintage Labels 
stamps and Dark Chocolate Ink, PTI Beautiful Blooms II dies
PTI Ocean Tides ribbon,   buttons & cardstock, embroidery floss, 
Artist's Loft Natural Cork Roll - Michael's, felt in my stash from JoAnn's and pop dots.

I created a mat on the inside for the message with some stamping in Ocean Tides ink to match the cardstock.

Thanks so much for peeking.  Be sure to check out the Caardvarks Challenge and scroll down to find the post containing the winner of my Christmas/Holiday Blog Candy.

Holiday/Christmas Blog Candy - WINNER

Firstly can I say a HUGE thank you to everyone who left sweet comments and congratulations on my one year blog anniversary.  I really appreciate you all visiting/taking the time to leave a lovely comment.  Quite a "bucket" full of entries.

As you can see ... I had a little helper x 2!  and the winner is....
 CONGRATS to Jenn Zeeb - please email me with your addy and I will get your goodies out to you.

Thanks to everyone that entered - off to spend the day with my helpers!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Mami Doodles - Challenge #13

Can you believe that it is the 13th Challenge on Mami Doodles?  Where does the time go?.  The challenge is to use an image - stamped or digital to create something that is not a card.

I decided to create a mini treat bag using some goodies I won from the wonderful Anne overseas.  Thank you so much Anne - she will recognise the sentiment stamp and adorable mini bag.... off to play with the rest now!
 Supplies: Mami Doodles Digital Image -  The Witch & Friend!, 
Autumn Leaves Stampology Little devil stamp, white gel pen, 
Paperchase black grosgrain ribbon, Spellbinders Labels 14, Copper Stickles, 
Papermania Textured cardstock, black cardstock, copics, 
Fiskars Upper Crest border punch and pop dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by - be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team cooked up here.  

Hope you get a chance to play along and are enjoying the mid term break/school holidays if you have little ones.  Happy Crafting!.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Paperplay - "A haunting we will go!"

This week's challenge on Paperplay is Halloween - "A haunting we will go!".  This challenge is set by DT Member Julie and she loves Halloween.  It is very kindly sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts - full challenge deets are here.

I made the above set of mini cards for my DS's to give to their teachers, grandparents etc.  The stamps I received recently from Anne (thanks again for the marvellous goodies) and I have had soooo much fun playing with them.  I added glossy accents to the pumpkin and to dracula's teeth!. 

Received wonderful Penny Black "friendly frank" images from Kathy too but just haven't managed to make a card to be as spectacular as hers!  Hopefully before Sunday!  Will post if I get two minutes ... my DS's are on mid term - so it's a busy household at the moment.

Have fun and thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thinking Inking

It is always nearly impossible to capture the shine from the paper when you spray with perfect pearls... but I think I managed to do it this afternoon with the flash on my camera on!  Although it looks splotchier than in real life!.
Supplies: PTI Wreath for all seasons, Papermania white pigment ink, PTI Dark Chocolate, 
Versamark ink, clear embossing powder, I rock crystal heat setting tools and clear gems, 
Fiskars Upper Crest border punch, crochet thread and Distress Inks - tea dye, 
walnut stain and spiced marmalade and Ranger/Tim Holtz blending tool.

This is what the card actually looks like after getting a good dose of tea dye, walnut stain and spiced marmalade!

Am enjoying getting inky!  If you haven't heard about the wonderful 8 weeks of free online classes that 2peas is currently hosting with Guest Designer Jennifer McGuire... you need to check it out ASAP right here.  It's called Holiday Thinking Inking.

Enjoy and hope you have a great week.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Holiday Star Card

Supplies:  Kraft Card Blank, Waltzing mouse stamp - Seasons for Love, 
I rock crystal heat setting tool and glam rocks by Imaginisce, Papermania white, 
red and pink inks, misc ribbon and pop dots.

The challenge on Wee Memories this week is "Cute Holidays".  This is what I made for the challenge.  It is part of the Caring Hearts Card Drive that my talented buddy Vera is running at the moment.  For further information - all details are here.

Thanks for stopping by - it is a three day weekend here in Ireland... and then the school are out on holidays for mid term all week.  Will pop back in at some stage!  Have a great day.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Caring Hearts Card Drive - Blog Hop

Supplies:  Sentiment - Hero Arts tree-mendous poly Clear stamps CL465, 
Kraft card blank, wooden star from stash, Papermania textured cardstock, 
pp by Cosmo Cricket - Oh Joy, Mitten Mitten, I rock crystal heat setting tool, 
gems and  PTI Dark Chocolate ink.

Hi... welcome to the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop.   You should have come from Dawn's blog... so welcome.  The drive organised by Vera is to collect Thanksgiving/Christmas/Holiday Cards for people in nursing homes /care centres and assisted living.  Vera needs to have received the cards by November 15th to ensure distribution to the various centres/homes.

This is such a worthwhile cause and Vera doesn't mind who makes the cards - it can be scout groups, children, church groups etc.

Just remember -
  • All cards need to have a message in it.  Please also sign your name and where you are from.  On the card envelope, write your name on the top left corner.  Also, please don't seal the envelope, as we will address the card when we deliver them to the nursing homes. Due to privacy policy, the nursing homes or the care center cannot share the resident's name to public.
  • Please stick to just cards. 
  • All cards need to be mailed to the following address:
                        Vera Yates
       Caring Hearts Card Drive
       P.O Box 16321
       Sugar Land, TX 77496 
  • In each package, PLEASE include a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and how many cards you sent.  This helps us in keeping track for prizes!  For each card you send, you will get a chance.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances.
If you stumbled in mid hop.... go here to start Vera - Caring Hearts Card Drive

I hope you get a chance to participate in this wonderful card drive.  Hop on over to Giovana's next. Thanks so much for hopping by.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Baby Boy Card

I decided to play around with some SRM Stickers and adhered the sticker to the sheer ribbon instead of to the card to create a slightly different look and put a layer between the two!.
Supplies:  TGF digi - Toby Cub, pp October Afternoon, Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock, 
machine stitching, sheer white Papermania ribbon, SRM Sticker and pop dots.

My "toby cub" looks a little neon in this photo! LOL!!! he actually isn't as bright in real life!  Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Paperplay - Colour Combo & a cute freebie

This week's challenge over on Paperplay is a colour combo set by the wonderfully talented Vera.  She has asked that we use blue, orange and olive green. 

We are very kindly sponsored this week by Whiff of Joy.  You may have seen this already on my blog as it featured in the CARDS - pocket challenge recently.
I got this image as a freebie - "Spider Henry" a while ago on the Whiff of Joy blog and pulled out three copics - Blue B24, Orange E08 and Olive Green YG95 and set to work!.  Pop over to Whiff of Joy - I think Spider Henry may still be there!!.  I paired him with wonderful Word Art from Create with TLC.  As I coloured I got an idea that it would make a fun bookmark so decided to have it detachable from the card.

I stitched some acetate onto some Olive Green Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock, layered it on top of machine stitched blue dotted cardstock and then added a co-ordinating piece of ribbon to the top.  (After I took the photo I added two small glass beads to the ends of the ribbon for weight - but I'm afraid I didn't retake the photo!).

Hope you like the card I created with Vera's colour combo and get a chance to play along with Paperplay this week.  Thanks so much for popping in and please feel free to leave a comment - I love reading each and every one of them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Birthday Card - Thinking Inking

Supplies:  Jillibean Soup Kraft card blank, PTI Blooming Button Bits 
- flower, leaves and sentiment.  Colorbox Pigment Ink in Eggplant, Versacolor ink - Sage, 
Clear embossing powder, doodlebug gems and vintage white buttons from Nancy 

Okay... I have been cleaning my house all morning and have taken a quick break!!!  Have guests arriving from out of town tomorrow... so have to get the place ship shape.  

I stamped the flower in eggplant, leaves in sage then coated in clear ep - used my heat tool and then put it straight back into the ep, did several layers to get a high shine/thick layer of embossing on the flowers and on the leaves.  This is what Jennifer McGuire did with her roses on this week's thinking inking too.  I cut out and adhered to a kraft card blank.  Added stitching with emboidery floss to the wonderful vintage buttons that Nancy sent me (Thank you Nancy) and added gems to one card.

Created the box around the card with a eggplant coloured gel pen.  Thanks so much for peeking.. have to go back to the cleaning!

Check out the wonderful 2peas class - Thinking Inking right here for amazing inspiration from Jennifer McGuire.  Have a fun day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kathy's got yummy blog candy!

Look at this candy???? WOW...... my amazingly talented buddy - Kathy over on the daily marker has some wonderful Penny Black goodies on offer... be sure to check out her candy here.  She is just amazing... I would be happy winning the cards!! LOL!!!

Quick..... go check it out here, it is open until the 8th November.

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Baby Boy card

Supplies: Hanging out to dry digital image by Sassy Cheryl's, Baby Boy SRM Sticker, 
Spellbinders Labels One, colouring pencils, fimo button I made, 
Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock and Papermania yellow textured 
cardstock and machine stitching.

This week's challenge on Wee Memories is "Celebrate Good times" - so I think this new baby boy card fits the bill!

The challenge over on Sassy Cheryl's is "Let's add dimension" - which I did by adding my own handmade fimo button in the shape of a heart.

Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you have a great day.  Be sure to check out my blog candy post here.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Christmas Blog Candy

Yeap... a little more blog candy - this time it is seasonal items.... it includes
Joyeux Noel Clear Stamps by Papermania, Whiff of Joy Stamp, DCWV Chipboard Christmas Shapes, 4 Wooden holiday characters! and some red ribbon.
 Close up of the stamps

This blog candy will remain open until Friday 29th October (when my blog will be one year old!) and I will draw the winner on Saturday 30th October.

To be in a with a chance to win - please leave a comment on this post and I would love if you would become a follower of my blog (if you aren't already!).

I'd love if you could share the news on your blog too, if possible.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Deirdre

Saturday, October 16, 2010

And the winner is.....

Thank you all for your many sweet comments, I really appreciate them.  The winner of my blog candy as chosen out of the "hat" (well empty flower box really!)
Sally - Congrats Sally - please email me with your addy using the link on the sidebar so I can get your goodies out to you.

Please check back tomorrow where I might have some more goodies up for grabs!! wink!

Christmas Card and a Digi Freebie

Supplies:  Inspire Me Pearlescent Cardstock, Papermania A Christmas Carol Linen pp, 
Spellbinders Labels 8, computer generated greeting, machine stitching, 
Upper Crest Fiskars border punch, copics, I-rock tool, clear gems with swirl template and stickles.

Just wanted to share another card using MDoo Angel - coloured him very lightly with copics and added stickles to his wings.  Added the gems using my new i-rock crystal heat setting tool by Imaginisce.  LOVE IT!  It was very difficult to photograph this cardstock as it changes colour in the light!! it does look much better in real life... LOL!!!

MDoo Angel is available as a freebie over on Mami Doodles - click here.

Remember this week Mami Doodles is supporting the Caring Hearts Drive and all support is very welcome.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Mami Doodles - new release and new challenge

 Happy Friday to everyone.  Welcome to another fun release from Elisa over on Mami Doodles.
Aren't these just beautiful?  and she has even more images on the blog.  This week instead of setting a Mami Doodles challenge Elisa is very kindly supporting DT member Vera in her Caring Hearts Card Drive.  You can read more about it here.
Supplies:  Mami Doodles FREEBIE digi image - MDoo Angel
Papermania pp - A Christmas Carol, Papermana textured grey cardstock, 
Papermania sheer white ribbon, Spellbinders Stars machine stitching, 
Ranger Stickles - Diamond, copics and pop dots.

Here is one of the card's I created for the Card Drive.  I used one of Elisa's images from last December on this card - he is called MDoo Angel and is available as a freebie here
My card using Elisa's new image - Letter to santa.  Despite the sunshine here this morning I found this a difficult card to photograph.

I hope you get a chance to participate in the Caring Hearts Card Drive - off to post my cards now to Vera (she needs to receive them by November 15th).   Lots of great prizes up for grabs - be sure to check out full details here.

Hope you have a fabulous day and great weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Paperplay - "Photo Inspiration"

This week's challenge on Paperplay is "photo inspiration" and it is set by DT member Alicia.  This is the photo she wants us all to work from
This week's challenge is very kindly sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  All the challenge details are right here.
 Supplies:  Hero Arts Birthday Framed Messages, 
Quickutz A2 embossing folder - polka dots, 
Jillibean Kraft card blank, copics, glossy accents, diamond stickles 
and pop dots.
Supplies:  Digi image from Tales from Pollycraft, Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock, 
Spellbinders Labels 8 and Scalloped circles large, sentiment from PTI, 
glossy accents, copics, pop cots and gems.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play along this week.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's Fall... over on Tiffany Doodles

Have you seen this wonderful fun set by Tiffany Doodles?  I used the owl to create the mini card above.  I also added the googly eyes to give it a fun look.
This set is just so versatile - I love it.  I left the card sentiment free so it is suitable for lots of occasions.  I ran the green cardstock through the new Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder - am loving this! and added a fimo button I made myself (not as perfect or wonderful as Jane's... check out her Etsy shop here).

Did you know that Tiffany is running a sale at the moment on Tiffany Doodles - be sure to check it out here.
Tiffany Doodles current challenge theme is "Fall" - great prizes to win and you have until the 31st October to enter - full details here.

Tiffany is also sponsoring Penny's Paper - Crafty Challenge Blog this week and the challenge is "so long as it flies" - you can interpret it any way you want..... so this is my interpretation!!! LOL!!

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

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wee Memories Challenge - Halloween

This wonderful freebie - Luna Bitterfrost available from Paula over on Pollycraft was the perfect image for this Halloween Card.  She also has a new freebie this week - Charcoal "in Moonspooks"!

The Pollycraft Monday Challenge this week is "it's a Fairytale".   So... this is my Gretel from a spooky October version of "Hansel and Gretel"! by the Brothers Grimm.

I printed it twice and cut out the smaller pumpkin and layered it with pop dots.  I also added glossy accents to just the skull - I resisted adding gloss to all the pumpkins!!!  It was a challenge! LOL!!
Added machine stitching in orange and matted and layered on BG Eerie 6x6 papers.  The sentiment was computer generated using Luna Font.

I am also entering this into this week's Wee Memories Halloween Challenge.  Jenny is on her honeymoon but the DT are looking after the show in her absence.  Hope she is having a wonderful time.

Thanks for peeking and I hope you have a fabulous day.  Would love to read your comments too if you fancy leaving one.  Thanks so much.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Awards and a quick card share

Imagine my delight when Jane left me a message to pop over to her blog... and look what she gave me.... Thank you so much Jane.  Check out her blog here.
Then Martina gave me this one above - check out her blog here.  Thank you so much Martina - so glad that people like visiting my blog. 

I visit so many inspirational blogs each day and try and leave comments on them all.... you know who you are!!! 

So, feel free to take these award sand post on your blog as there are too many people to list.

Now a quick card....
  Supplies:  PP- Blue Awning by K&Co, butterfly from Winged Friends Digital kit 
by Hero Arts, fimo button I made, machine stitching, copics, 
SRM Sticker and peach/pale pink cardstock.

Got this wonderful die cut embossed cardstock piece from Joy recently (thanks again Joy) and had to use it right away - added it to this wonderful K&Co paper and a SRM sticker for a quick birthday card.

Thanks for peeking and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Surprise card shower for Jenny & Jason

Supplies:  DCWV embossed card blank, Waltzing mouse Stamp Vintage Labels, 
various sized Papermania gems, Papermania sheer white ribbon, Trinket pin, 
pop dots and computer generated sentiment.

Today, one of our wonderful Hero Arts Hostess' over on Flickr - Jenny is getting married to Jason.  Tami Hartley devised a "special mission" of a Virtual Wedding Card Shower for them.  So we are posting cards congratulating Jenny & Jason on their wedding today the 10-10-10.  The cards will all have the tag "weddingwishes4jenny" so that Jenny can see them when she returns from honeymoon.

Isn't that fun?  Above is what I created.  I used an embossed card blank from DCWV that spells out LOVE and added the details on top.

Hope you all have a fabulous day - thanks for stopping by.   Congratulations to Jenny and Jason.  

Friday, October 8, 2010

Birthday Card for Mom

Today is my Mom's birthday and I wanted to share my card for her.  I spent the morning having coffee, catching up and doing some shopping with her which I really enjoyed.  I used an embossed card by DCWV (love those little flowers) as a base, added some Smirk ribbon, Birthday diecut and sentiment by Papertrey Ink and of course.... a Hero Arts butterfly from the Winged Friends Digital Kit and smooth gemstones.

The challenge on Paperplay this week which kicked off yesterday is a sketch
The DT have some wonderful creations here and we are sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps this week - so be sure to play along.

Thanks for peeking and I hope you have a great day.
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