Monday, November 29, 2010

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - "Chipboard"

Supplies:  Cuthbert and Kiki - Kiki Bloom Digi image by Pollycraft Designs, 
Chipboard leaves coloured with copics, Papermania textured cardstock, 
Spellbinders Bloom die, SRM Sticker, copics, glossy accents and machine stitching.

Can you believe that it's my last week as Guest Designer with the Pollycraft Monday Challenge crew.  Paula - you are so amazingly talented - I loved playing with your wonderful digital creations - thank you for having me.  I had a BLAST!.

This week the challenge is "chipboard".  When I initially saw this theme I was wondering if I would produce anything!!  however, I dived into my stash and pulled out a packed of naked chipboard shapes by Papermania and got to work.

The card above features chipboard leaves which I coloured with a copic and then adhered with glossy accents.
Supplies:  Critters and Cogs - Lovebot digi image - Pollycraft, 
Papermania chipboard frame, clear stamp sentiment - Pollycraft
Staz on black, black sharpie, Papermania textured cardstock, docrafts kraft card blank, 
Spellbinders Labels 14, copics, glossy accents, red stickles and machine stitching.

My second card is using a chipboard frame which I coloured with black staz on and then ran a black sharpie around the edges to get rid of any white showing through.  The sentiment is by Pollycraft and is available in a clear stamp set here and the digi image is from the "Critters and Cogs" range - she is called lovebot!.  Don't you just adore her?

I coloured her with copics, added glossy accents to her pink nuts! and layered a second heart balloon with stickles on top for added dimension.

Thanks so much for peeking and I really hope you get a chance to play along this week.  Full details of the challenge are here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Merry & Bright - digital freebies

Made this card with a wonderful freebie digital image by Wendy - available here.  Just love the row of light bulbs - coloured them with copics (refrained from using glossy accents - which is unusual for me!!) LOL!.

I then added the sentiment to the inside matching the font on the front - AmerType Medium BT.
Edited to add - Annika asked some questions in her comment about how I created this card.  I set up an A6 template in Word (very easy) get the measurements of the card blank from the packet! and create a "Custom" page setup.  Then I change the layout to horizontal (rather than portrait), then go to "insert picture" - "from file" - open the image and plonk it into the Word document and then move it around until you are happy.  Do a test print, do any adjustments (this is what my screen looked like when I was adding the inside text).
Then hit print!  I then coloured directly onto the card - quick and easy!  Hope this answers some of the questions you might have.  Lucy Abrams does a great tutorial here if you want to check it out.

Just a fun, quick and easy card.  Hope you get a chance to pop over to Wendy's blog and leave her some love!.  Tell her I sent you!  Have a great day.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Paperplay - Stars!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating and "giving thanks today".  A big "hello" and "miss you" to all our friends in Chicago.

This week's challenge on Paperplay is set by moi!.  The theme is "Stars" - we want to see stars on your project/cards.  So it doesn't have to be a holiday card but has to have stars on it somewhere!!.

I used the wonderful Seasons of Love star stamp by Waltzingmouse stamps which are nestie friendly - don't you just love that?  Despite that fact I actually cut this one by hand and used red scraps off my table to create this card.  I ran the kraft card blank through my sewing machine without any thread in it to get the delicate holes around the edge.

Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you get a chance to play along with Paperplay this week.  This week we are very kindly sponsored by Phindy's Place.  Full challenge details are available here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - BLUE!

Can you believe this is my third (Paula just corrected me! opps! it's my Fourth) week as Guest Designer with Pollycraft Monday Challenge?  Where does the time go?  This week's challenge is Blue!. 
Sentiment - SRM Sticker, Ribbon by Pebbles, Buttons by PTI, PP Smirk for 
men collection, Spellbinders pinking circle dies, diamond stickles, 
glossy accents, copics and machine stitching.

Another fun challenge this week - when Paula told me the challenge was BLUE - I knew I would have to use Fluffy or Star on a card.  The above is what I came up with - used a white SRM Sticker (gotta love them!), I gave his eyes a touch of glossy accents and the star a blob of stickles.

Did you see the wonderful freebie - Maurice Christmas Socks! available here from Paula this week?  So fun.  Check out the wonderful Design Team creations too - right here.

Hope you all have a wonderful week and thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tiffany Doodles Giveaway Alert and Design Team Call

Tiffany Doodles is having a Giveaway - winners will be picked Wednesday 24th November.  Check out full deets here.  Tiffany is also looking for Design Team members - a few days left to still apply - deets here.

Sorry if I am not around blogland this weekend.  My shoulder/neck is acting up! (it does it periodically!)... woke with lots of pain in it on Thursday morning and things not improving.  I have a heat pack on it as I type,. so I won't stay long.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mini Card Challenge - CREATE blog

Supplies:  SRM Sticker, Papermania textured cardstock (red), 
Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock, white gel pen, black pen and adhesive!.

I like to try and play along with different challenges and when I saw CREATE blog had a "mini card" challenge I knew I had to play along.  Believe it or not this card only measures 3x3 inches.  Used stickers by SRM - you gotta love that they are now doing them in different colours.  Love the white sentiment against the coloured cardstock.

I added some doodle lines - drawn by hand intentionally, so that if they wobble it's okay! LOL!!! as opposed to using a ruler and not getting it straight!

Edited to add... I got featured - woohoo!  To check out the wonderful mini creations just click here.

Thanks for peeking.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Did you see this? .... Jenny's candy

Jenny is celebrating 700 followers and is giving away the candy above..... wow... be sure to check it out here.

Quick, hurry.... run... don't walk!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Paperplay - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Supplies:  Cosmo Cricket - Jolly by Golly pp, docrafts kraft card blank,
created sentiment in photoshop, ribbon from Cardz n Scrapz, snowflake template 
by Holly Brooke Jones, MS snow glitter, PTI die, Fiskars Crest border punch. 

This week's Challenge on Paperplay is set by Heather and it is "Let it Snow, Let it snow, Let it Snow!".  While it's not my week to make a card - I had snowflakes in my mind all week and made this!.

I used a snowflake template from Holly Brooke Jones's blog to cut out the paper flake (she created a wonderful garland with felt snowflakes - check it out here) and then I added LOTS of Martha Stewart snow glitter on top.  I created the sentiment in Photoshop - a mixture of rough typewriter and Flemish Script font.

Hope you get a chance to play along.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pollycraft - "A glittery Christmas"

This week's Challenge on Pollycraft Monday Challenge is set by Joanne.  She wants you to create a card using the theme "A glittery christmas". After I took the shot above I decided to colour Marley's sweater and cut the ribbon a little..... so here's the finished card.
Supplies:  Pollycraft digital image - Marley's bauble,  Cosmo Cricket pp - 
Jolly by Golly Range 6x6, Papermania aqua coloured cardstock, 
Spellbinders star dies, tesco ribbon, Joy sentiment by SRM Stickers,
machine stitching, copics, pop dots and Diamond Stickles.

I adore this little guy - Marley's bauble.  I coloured the bauble on his tail with red copic and added glossy accents.  I then coloured him and his hat with copics and added lots of Diamond Stickles to his hat.  I cut sections of him out with a craft knife and then slotted the spellbinders largest star over him and ran it through my Big Shot.  I added a layer of stickles to the edge of the aqua star I handcut - I reckon this is "glittery!".  I also love the "Joy" Sticker by SRM Stickers - such a HUGE fan of SRM.

Entering this into Wee Memories Challenge this week - which is "Dust off that Patterned Paper!".   The pp I used is from last year's Cosmo Cricket range - Jolly by Golly.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play along this week.  Full details are here.

Hope you have a wonderful week.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thanks - playing with textures!

Supplies: Spellbinders Labels One, PTI Vintage Labels, PTI Dark Chocolate ink and 
cardstock, PTI Flower dies, SRM Sentiment sticker, machine stitching, 
pp from stash - used during TGF Royal Battle!, ribbon from stash and pop dots.

I made this card to send to a dear friend and am now "revealing it" as I know she has received it!.  I had fun making this and you can see the inside peeking out (I decorated the inside also - inspired by the recent Caardvarks challenge of "decorate inside and out").

I also had fun with textures - cork and felt.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mami Doodles - Challenge 14 and new releases

Supplies: Digi by Mami Doodles, Kraft A6 card blank by Docrafts, 
Hero Arts sentiment and snowflake, Stickles - Diamond, copics, adhesive, 
Papermania white ink, Memento Black Tuxedo Ink, felt, glue dots and 
Spellbinders star dies.

Elisa over on Mami Doodles just released this cutie yesterday..... isn't he just adorable?  Check this and other newly released digis out here

I turned him into a card that could be for a Winter Birthday or Holiday Card for a little boy... I have my Godson in mind! so I coloured him all up... and added the Hero Arts sentiment.

Mami Doodles new challenge is to add something "Fuzzy" to your project.... soft flowers, felt, flocking.... use your imagination.

Here's what I came up with.....
Supplies:  Digi - Mami Doodles Mr Mouse's Christmas,  docrafts Kraft A6 card blank, 
Diamond Stickles, Red Stickles, red felt, Spellbinders heart dies, Xcut S Corner Punch, 
Sentiment from Tales from Pollycraft, white gel pen, copics, glue dots and glossy accents.

I am having a kraft overload at the moment!!!  Made this card with Mami Doodles November Promotional item.  You make any purchase and you will get this set free.  How cool is that?

Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT created here.  Hope you get a chance to play along with this fun challenge.  Happy creating.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Paperplay - Ribbon, Lace and lots of flowers

Supplies:  PTI sentiment, pp Cosmo Cricket DeLovely range, lace from Cardz n Scrapz, 
Ribbon by Smirk, flowers by Prima, Martha Stewart border punch, 
docrafts kraft A6 card blank, glue dots and adhesive
Welcome to another week of Paperplay Challenges.  This week's challenge is set by DT Member Alicia and she wants us all to use "Ribbon, lace and lots of flowers" on our project/card.

This week we are again very kindly sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  Full challenge deets are here.

Hope you get a chance to play along.  I did a very girly pink card (not really my usual style!) - hope you like it, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I {heart} Kraft

When I saw this amazing card by Kelly Rasmussen here, I knew I had to use some felt and get creating.  I dug out a bag of felt I had purchased before I left the U.S. and here is what I came up with.
Supplies: Kaisercraft script stamp, Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock, 
Spellbinders star and heart dies, Dark Chocolate cardstock from PTI, 
machine stitching, docrafts A6 kraft card blank and Basic Gray buttons.

and then I was on a roll!!! and loved what Jennifer McGuire created here, so I made this
Supplies:  docrafts A6 kraft card blanks, Hero Arts digital kit - Winged friends 
and Flutterbies, page from english/french dictionary, sentiment by 
Papertrey Ink, Tea Dye distress ink and Tim Holtz Ink blending tool.

You would never guess that I think these ladies are just ultra talented and create amazing things!.  I was so thrilled recently when my LSS - Cardz 'n Scrapz got bulk packs (different sizes) of wonderful kraft in stock - if you live in Ireland and up to now couldn't get kraft.... check it out here.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - "Doodling"

Supplies: Bridget Thanks Digital Image from Tales from Pollycraft, copics, Spellbinders Labels Six,
pp from Christmas Range by Papermania 2009, white gel pen, textured cardstock from 
Papermania, fimo button by Jane Beljo, pop dots and adhesive.

When I saw this challenge title.... I did worry somewhat about what I was going to create!.  Here's what I came up with.

This week's Challenge on Pollycraft Monday is "Doodling" and is set by Paula.

I added doodling to the wonderful "Bridget Thanks" digi image after I coloured it, doodling on the die cut (Spellbinders Labels Six) and around the matting.  Added a wonderful fimo button by my friend Jane Beljo - she sells them here in her Etsy Store too.

Be sure to check out what the talented DT came up with here.   Hope you get a chance to play along with this fun challenge.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tiffany Doodles Challenge - TD06 "Anything but a Card"

For this challenge I made a bookmark using a roll of natural cork as the base.  It cuts really easily in my guillotine as it is very thin.  In fact I backed it with some kraft cardstock to ensure that it didn't tear when I was threading the ribbon through.
Supplies:  Tiffany Doodles Digi - Dahlia w/Oval, Cosmo Cricket pp and sentiment - 
Early Bird Range, Quickutz scalloped square dies, Big Shot, 
Machine stitching, Misc ribbon and adhesive.

Can you believe that this is Tiffany Doodles Challenge SIX??? Where did the time go?  This is a really fun challenge because I know at this time of the year we are all busy with treat boxes, holiday tags, wine bags/tags etc and looking for inventive ways to make our packages "pretty".   Check out the other amazing creations by the rest of the DT right here.

Tiffany is currently holiding a Design Team Call - if you are interested in creating with her wonderful digis - full details are here.

Be sure to grab a Tiffany Doodles freebie and get playing!. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Claudia & Co stamps Winter Release featuring stamps by Jane Beljo

Today Claudia & Co Stamps are having a Winter Release Party and the wonderfully talented Jane Beljo is having 3 releases...Party Time Penguin,Skater Mia (digi) and Gingerbread house (digi).
I got to play with the wonderful Skater Mia... and boy did I have fun!.  I just adore everything that Jane creates and she has a wonderful new clear stamp set called Jane's bakery now available for purchase in her Etsy Store.

Here's the link the the Claudia & Co Stamps Blog and here is the store link.  Be sure to check out what Jane's wonderful DT came up with.  First there is Alice, then Kelly, Lucy and Mariana.  Guest Designers for this week are Me!!! woohoo and Amy Heller.  

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
p.s. Jane is having a giveaway on her blog - she will be giving away one Party Time Penguin stamp and the digi stamps - so be sure to go visit.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wee Memories - free for all!

Supplies:  Cosmo Cricket pp - Jolly by Golly, HA sentiment from CL465 Tree-mendous 
Clear Stamp set, Papermania textured cardstock, Bazzill dotted swiss, Spellbinders 
Labels One and Six, CB embossing folder, Tim Holtz on the Edge scallop die, 
Kraft card blank, machine stitching, white gel pen, misc red gems coloured 
purple with copics, pop dots and adhesive.

My card last week in the Wee Memories Challenge made it to the Fab Four....wooohooo!  Doing the happy dance.

Now, on to this week's challenge - "Anything Goes"... so here are some Holiday Cards I created with non traditional colours!! LOL!!! and boy, are they sure not traditional!

I drew my inspiration from the tree and the star which are chipboard stickers in my stash by Express Yourself DIY cards and worked from there. 

Not my usual style and certainly different!! LOL!  They are growing on me!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Moxie Fab World - Diggin' on Damask

Supplies:  White Cardstock, Papermania Signature  
Chatsworth Clear Stamp set - Furnishings, Sentiment fromPTI Blooming 
Buttons Bits, Cerise Pink gems from my stash and Memento Black Ink.

Moxie Fab World have a great Challenge - "Diggin' on Damask".  I love Damask, it reminds me of flocked wallpaper which I remember as a kid in various rooms in our home!.

I made the card above for the challenge - just used black ink and cerise pink gems, kept it very very simple!.

Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you get a chance to play along with the wonderful challenge.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pollycraft - "It's Chill Time"

It's Monday ... so it's Pollycraft Monday Challenge and I am delighted to be joining the team as Guest Designer for November.  Many of you know that I am a HUGE fan of Pollycraft and Paula's and was her GD on Sketch Saturday last June.

This week's challenge is set by Emma and "It's Chill Time..." seems very appropriate given the current weather!.
 Supplies:  Luna Bitterfrost - frosty digi from Tales from Pollycraft, Pale grey 
cardstock by Carson, pp by Fancy Pants Designs - Christmas Magic Range, 
I-rock crystal heat setting tool with swirl template and gems, 
Black enamel by Ranger, Diamond stickles by 
Ranger, copics, machine stitching in pale blue and pop dots.

I so loved playing with this wonderful image.  I coloured her in cool tones to fit in with the "Chill theme" and to match the patterned paper.  Matted and layered on pale grey cardstock with machine stitching.  Added black enamel to the snowman (unfortunately not evident in the photo but the dimension is there... I promise!).  Also added some stickles to the snowman's scarf for that extra sparkle!

Thanks so much for peeking and be sure to pop over to Pollycraft Monday Challenge to see the wonderful creations of the DT.   Hope you will get a chance to play along this week.
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