Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bee Happy!

A quick share today - hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  I am staying away from my PC and all things wi-fi and having lots of fun family time.

I used a digital image from this "Fun in the Sun" Digital kit by Holly Brooke Jones and coloured it with copics.  Added chunky white glitter from Martha Stewart to glossy accents to create a glitter and shine to the wings.  Used some nesties and some bright colours and a wonderful fimo button by Jane Beljo - available
here. The sentiment I created on my PC and typed under the bee before printing.

Entering this into Inky Impressions Challenge - animals 
The Character Cafe - Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle

Take care, stay warm and safe.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Deirdre

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mami Doodles Challenge - "Cherish your online friends"

I was the lucky recipient of this beautiful card this morning.  Isn't it gorgeous.  It was made by the wonderful Kate - check out her blog here and she is the Guest Designer over on Mami Doodles for December. 

Here is what I sent to Jackie - have thoroughly enjoyed being her "teamie" on Mami Doodles.  She is truly inspirational.  The current challenge on Mami Doodles is "Cherish your online friends".
 I used the newly released FREEBIE image called Mr Fishy by Elisa - LOVE it!  I flipped it horizontally and placed one image under the other, printed and added a layer of glossy accents.  Then poured the glitter on top, when it was dry I put another layer of glossy accents on top - Lucy Abrams has a wonderful tutorial on this technique right here - called "Adding Shine with Glitter".

Thanks for stopping by.  Deirdre

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wishing you and yours.....

Hello to all my blogland buddies!

A very quick post to say due to time constraints/holidays etc I probably won't be around much until the New Year.  I hope to pop by and visit your blogs before Christmas, but in case I don't manage it I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy and Joyful Festive Season.

I have had so much fun during 2010 and am very much looking forward to 2011.  Thank you all for making it fun.

Thanks for stopping by.  Deirdre

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mami Doodles - freebie digi set and celebrating it's first Birthday

Wendy digitally coloured this wonderful digi set of bees by Elisa on Mami Doodles - aren't they just adorable?  Elisa/Wendy/Mami Doodles is giving them away as a freebie digi set - pre coloured!  Pop over to Mami Doodles for full details - they are available here.

Elisa / Mami Doodles is celebrating it's first birthday this week so there may be more surprises in store.. wink, wink!!

I would like to thank Elisa for having me on her Design Team since March 2010 - I have enjoyed being part of a wonderful team showcasing Elisa's wonderful images - be sure to pop over to get the cuties above.  I'll miss you all teamies!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A little row of snowmen!

Found this wonderful snowman digital image as a freebie on Torico's Digital Gallery.  I just thought he was super cute.  I printed him and his friends! onto kraft cardstock, coloured him with copics, added diamond stickles and added a sentiment sticker from SRM Stickers.  

Thanks for peeking, hope you are having a great week.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Card - using non traditional purple!

I have been a member of the Tiffany Doodles Design Team for the past 6/7 months and had a great time.  I finished my DT stint this month.  Thank you Tiffany for letting me showcase your wonderful digis and I wish you and your wonderful DT all the very best for the future.

I knew when I saw this wonderful star tree by Tiffany over on Tiffany Doodles that I had to do something funky with it.... so I decided on non traditional colours teamed with an SRM sentiment Sticker.

Used Basic Grey Jovial range as the base on top of kraft, printed the star tree on kraft and punched a large circle for behind the tree.  Had these wonderful purple gems in my stash.  Distressed with my blending tool and tea dye ink.

Moxie Fab World have some fab challenges at the moment and I am entering this into the Glitter is Glam Challenge.

Thanks so much for peeking, Deirdre

Saturday, December 11, 2010

30th Birthday Card

I have made 16 personalised 30th Birthday Cards this year for my SIL and all her friends.  I got very specific requests too..... hair colour, what the particular 30 year old loved.... shoes, handbags, glitter, sports etc... you get the picture?
Supplies: O&A Happy Day - The Greeting Farm, washi tape from TGF,
pp Cosmo Cricket - DeLovely Range, glitter thickers by American Crafts, copics,
SRM Stickers - make a wish, gold stickles and glossy accents.

This is the final one....... I had a lot of fun creating these and didn't share them as I didn't want to spoil the surprise for the recipients... but since it's the last one I decided to do a quick share.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay warm! Thanks so much for stopping by.  Deirdre

Friday, December 10, 2010

Mami Doodles - new releases and Challenge "Anything Goes"

Elisa has released some amazing new images on Mami Doodles in the last little while - be sure to check them out here.

I made this very simple, quick, easy one layer card - you could add a sentiment but I prefer to add it to the inside and let the amazing image - "The Storyteller" do the talking.  A touch of stickles and glossy accents and it is just perfect for mass producing to send to friends and family this holiday season. 

Thanks for stopping by - remember the challenge on Mami Doodles is "Anything Goes".  We would love for you to play along.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Paperplay - Create a gift tag for the holidays!

Woohoo... it's Thursday so it's challenge time on Paperplay.  The challenge this week is set by "moi" and it is to create a Holiday/Christmas/Gift Tag for the Holiday Season.

I was inspired by this wonderful creation by Belinda Chang Langner.  I just ADORED what Belinda created so I used the idea and dies and set to work.  Belinda stuffed hers as a gift card holder/ornament but I just wanted mine to be a straight tag with no openings.

So, I used my Spellbinders Vintage Ornament dies to cut the cerise pink felt and then stamped the Waltzing mouse Vintage ornament stamp on some pink cardstock and used clear embossing powder.  Then I cut around the stamped/embossed image and placed it on top of the felt.  I very carefully stitched it through the cardstock and felt to create two layers/some texture. I then added a sentiment again from Waltzing mouse and two cerise mini bells I picked up on Saturday by Paperchase.  Added sheer ribbon and hey presto ... cute bright pink cheery tag!
Hope you get a chance to play along this week.  Full details are on the Paperplay blog here.

Entering these into
- Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Christmas but no red or green! (think these qualify!!)
- Papertake Weekly Challenge - red or green must not be seen!
- Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Christmas
- Dutch Dare Card Challenges -  Christmas themed tag, card or ornament.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are staying warm where ever you are. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hi... I'm Oak Elffrost!

Just sharing a card I sent to a friend who wasn't feeling great back in April 2010.   A plan was hatched late last year and the amazing Deborah organised for us all to send cards/encouragement notes to a wonderful lady who needed some smiles/hugs at that time.  We all got our slots and reminders of when we needed to mail our cards/messages and it worked a treat and today in the season of Secret Santa - there is a big reveal.  Check it out here.

I coloured the Pure Innocence digital stamp with colouring pencils, added a few tiny gems to the flower centres and little epoxy hearts in three different colours by Heidi Grace.  I also broke open my new Papertrey Ink stamps to stamp the sentiment.
I didn't realise until I had mailed the card that the photo seems to be a bit wonky!! so sorry about that... but you get the idea!.  

Thanks for peeking.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tiffany Doodles - TD07

 Can you believe that it is Tiffany Doodles Challenge Number 7?  Where did the time go?  This is my last challenge as part of the TD Design Team - I really enjoyed working with Tiffany and the amazing group of gals on the DT.  

This month's challenge theme which runs until the 31st December is CHRISTMAS.  Again, amazing digis up as prizes and a few new DT members strutting their stuff.  Check out all their wonderful creations here.

I am partial to a sprig or two of holly!!! LOL!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hero Arts Giving Thanks & Colour Challenge

Supplies:  Hero Arts Seasons Greetings Collage Digital kit (printed just the 
holly image from the collage) Black cardstock, Papermania red textured 
cardstock, Fiskars Upper Crest Border punch, kraft knife, Jillibean Soup k
raft card blank, diamond stickles, copics and glossy accents.

Another entry for this month's challenge over on Hero Arts.  I also incorporated the featured technique - adding shine.  I added shine by using stickles and glossy accents on the digital stamped holly from the Season's Greetings Collage digital stamp.  I just printed the holly part of the collage (I also flipped the image to have a different orientation - don't you just love digis!)  This kit is only 99 cent.... check it out here.

Thanks for peeking, stay warm! Minus 6 here again today (21.2 in farenheit speak!)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Seasonal Thanks!

 Supplies:  HA Digital stamp- Season's Greetings Collage - available here
HA Sentiment CL129, Jillibean Soup kraft card blank, Bristol Board white paper, copics, 
black cardstock and adhesive.

Hero Arts December Challenge is now underway - full details are here.  This month's theme is Giving Thanks a Colour Challenge. 

I won this fabulous digital kit last week - "Season's Greetings Collage" (thanks Hero Arts) and used it to create my card.  I opened the digital stamp and isolated the holly part and printed it out, cropped and coloured with copics.  On other cards I have added glossy accents to the red berries, but I didn't to this card as I needed to use it right away!.
Also entering it into the Wee Memories Challenge this week - "Holiday Song Inspiration" - my inspiration was the song - "Deck The Halls".  Now I bet you won't be able to stop humming it to yourself!

Hope you get a chance to play along with these wonderful challenges. Thanks for peeking.  Stay warm!.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Hugs and Wishes

Don't you just love when your papers and collections/ranges from other companies all co-ordinate?  Love when that happens - especially around this time of the year when it is like a card factory in my craft space!

I used PTI - Holiday Vintage Prints "try me" paper cubes which I machine stitched to some textured cardstock by Papermania and added the chipboard bauble from the Basic Grey - Jovial range and a pre printed die cut sentiment from last year's stash.

Quick and Easy!  Don't you love that? 

This morning started out cold!!! It was minus 5 degrees when I got into the car to bring the boys to school... that is very cold considering we are so near the coast!.  Just hovering around the freezing all day.   Hope you are warm and safe where-ever you are.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Paperplay - Monochromatic

Wanted to post the card I made for the 90 min scramble over on the Hero Arts FLICKR group on the 30 November hosted by Judy.  These are so much fun and it was the first time I managed to play along.  The Challenge for this "scramble" was a one layer card.

Got very inky and the time goes VERY fast but lots of fun.  There is a timetable for the scrambles right here.

I used the inking technique demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire in her holiday thinking inking class - block background (week two, project one) using distress inks (I used milled lavender) and memento london fog (grey) for the sentiment and snowflakes.  The snowflakes were from the Hero Arts Tree-mendous Poly Clear set CL465 and the sentiment from CL343 Holiday Sayings. 

This card is from a box of 50 white card blanks by Royal Langnickel (slight watercolour texture to the paper) - purchased in Cork Art Supplies/Cardz n Scrapz.

Still doing the happy dance that I won a fab Digital kit from Hero Arts for this scramble.  Off to play with it now.... thank you Tami, Judy and Hero Arts.

Now, not my week on Paperplay - but it is Thursday so that means a new challenge.  This week's challenge is Monochrome and is set by Vera.  We would love for your to play along and have two new wonderful DT members strutting their stuff today.  Feel free to check out all the DT creations here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Stay warm!.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

November CCC

Supplies:  Fluffy Digi by Tales from Pollycraft, Washi tape from
The Greeting Farm, Sentiment - SRM Sticker, copics, pop dots and kraft card blank.

I went with the colour combo and theme - "Friendship" this month for November's Card Chain Challenge.  I got to sent this card to Sheila one of the wonderfully talented ladies in the HA Flickr Group.

I received this wonderful card from Anette - isn't it a stunner?  Another amazing member of the HA Flickr Group.
Check out her amazing creations here in FLICKR. 

Deborah normally does her big reveal on the 1st of the month of all the CCC cards - but all is quiet at the moment on her blog ... but just in case check it out here in case it posts later today.

Stay warm!!! and thanks so much for stopping by.
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