Thursday, March 31, 2011

Paperplay - For A Mom/Mum

Supplies:  pp by MME - Stella Rose, Digital image - Pure innocence,
Bazzill Basics kraft cardstock, copics, glossy accents, AC Thickers, 
white gel pen, Paperchase black ribbon, staple and pop dots.

This week on Paperplay Challenges the new challenge is "For A Mom/Mum" - this can be anything from a card/project for your own Mom, a new Mom, Mother's Birthday, Mother's Day - lots of choice on this.

I made a card using this wonderful digi by Heather Ellis - Pure Innocence.  I coloured and added glossy accents to the heart.  Hard to see the other colours on the image as I was trying to colour onto kraft.  Added American Crafts thickers and to lighten them a little I added dots with a white gel pen.

Hope you get to play along with us this week on Paperplay.  We are very kindly sponsored by Inky Impressions.  Be sure to check out the full deets and other DT members creations right here.

Stamping for the Weekend - For Mum/Mother's Day
Craft your Days Away - For Mum or a special lady
ECP - For Mum
House of Gilli - Ribbon & Pearls
Wee Memories - Anything goes
Hope you have a great day.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lily Pad Cards Blog Hop (Day 2)

Welcome to stop #10 in the Lily Pad Cards blog hop and #3 in today's hop! This blog hop started yesterday and will feature 7 blogs per day until it ends on Friday, April 1st with the grand opening of Lily Pad Cards.

Lily Pad Cards is a new challenge blog that will feature interviews, articles, videos, challenges, great prizes, and more! 

Although Lily Pad doesn’t officially bloom until April 1, 2011, you will be able to see a new sneak peek every day until then. And you’ll definitely want to drop by because there are three prize packages with a total retail value of over $800 - including a $100 gift certificate to a very popular online store! 

Go here for specific prize details and contest rules.  

The hop’s theme is "Welcome" because not only are we welcoming Lily Pad Cards to the neighbourhood, but we are also welcoming all of you to come and join in all the fun.

Here’s my Welcome Card
 Supplies:  MME Stella Rose pp, Papermania Mini Aperture Box Card blank, 
Canson Teal & orange Tinted Board Cardstock, HA Envelope Pattern Stamp, 
Tea Dye Distress Ink, Papermania teal gems, SRM Sticker, 
Sizzix Flowers 3D die, blending tool, glue dots, glossy accents 
and adhesive.

In this photo you can see the dimension
 Thanks so much for stopping by! 
I will send some candy to a random commenter on this 
blog post as a thank you for stopping by so be sure to 
leave a comment to be included in the draw.

The next stop on the hop is Jennifer McGuire's blog

If you hit a bad link, you can always go to Lily Pad Cards and click on the next link in the hop. Please report any bad links to  Hop... hop!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Fun Encouragement Card - we're behind you all the way!

 Supplies:  Digi by stretchnbubbles, white card blank by docrafts, 
Fiskars upper crest punch, grey cardstock by papermania, scor-pal and copics

I don't know if you are like me and have lots of digital images printed onto beautiful cardstock waiting to be coloured and used on cards!.  I have stacks - some coloured and some not!
I decided to try and wade through my stack and make some quick cards.

I was dying to try my new Scor-Pal (a huge thank you to Diana Crick who sponsored a prize over on Help for Katie which I won).
I decided to try a new fun fold and also added punched borders to it.

This card is in support of Lily Pad Cards who are "sneak peeking" today with a blog sure to check it out!  It's a lot of fun!  You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter and there are LOTS of prizes.

Thanks for peeking.  Hope you have a great day.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March CCC

Managed to sign up for Deborah's Card Chain Challenge again this month... woohoo!!!! and I got to send a card to Cathy

She had a fun palette....
and a fun sketch
and fun themes

April Fool's Day  OR 
Friendship  OR
 Act Happy week (March 21st)

So I mixed them together and came up with this!
I did a version of the sketch, with one colour from the palette.... okay... so it's a mish mash... but I like how it turned out.

I also created this card for Sheila as my November CCC card never made it to her.  Hopefully this one will make it to it's destination!

Thanks for peeking.  You really need to go to Deborah's blog to check out all the cards in this month's Card Chain Challenge on April 2nd.

Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Hope you have a blessed day.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

Supplies:  Pink Petticoat Digital image {with heart}, We R Memory Keepers 
- Hippity Hoppity 12x12, SRM Stickers, Fiskars Upper Crest border punch, 
Bazzill Basics Kraft cardstock, black fineliner, Stickles, copics, glossy accents, 
ribbon from stash, pop dots and 6x6 card blank.

A happy, glittery and fun Birthday Card.  Thought I would share this card today as it's my Birthday ...woohoo!!! I am now counting back to 21!!! LOL!!!

Just a quick post today - off out to play!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.

ppppsssttt.... did you spot the new "pad" in town??????? BIG NEWS ..... make "Lily Pad Cards" your friend on Facebook and after they accept it..... write on their wall to get entered into a draw for a $25 GC to Simon Says Stamp.... you gotta love that?

Also...  there's a blog hop (starts Monday) with over $600 in prizes! - you can also follow on twitter @lilypadcards!  Be sure to tell them that Deirdre sent you!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Birthday to Kellie

Supplies:  Digi by Christy Croll, Tiddly Inks, aqua cardstock 
by Canson, kraft card blank by Papermain, pp by , MS loopy 
border punch, BG Button - Jovial range, 
embroidery floss, copics and glossy accents.

When the wonderfully talented Christy Croll of Tiddly Inks looked for volunteers recently to make a card - I jumped at the chance.  It was a surprise for her college friend Kellie who was turning 40.  Christy sent me the image above with some zipped files that I never opened.... just opened them to find a girly image... oopppsss!

Well, I'll just have to make more cards with the other image!  I adored this one that was attached to the end of her email - I printed it on kraft and only coloured the balloon.  Then added a thick layer of glossy accents on top.

Machine stitched everything!, matted and layered, punched, inked and distressed with Tim Holtz's magic distressing tool and hey presto!  Gone off in the post to Christy for her friend's surprise.

Also created one for Christy (same image - different take!)
Supplies:  Digi by Christy Croll, Tiddly Inks, kraft card 
blank by Papermain, pp by BasicGrey, I rock heat setting 
tool and pearls, red ribbon, Making Memories packaging
tape, Tim Holtz distressing tool, machine stitching,  
white gel pen and glossy accents.

Happy Birthday to Kellie.  Thanks for stopping by ... hope you have a great day/weekend.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Paperplay - Distressing and Tuesday Trigger

I know, it's not my week for Paperplay but just wanted to let you know that Julie and the Paperplay Team kicked off a fun new challenge this morning - "Distressing".

I am entering mine into this week's Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger - "A Citrus Celebration".  Inspiration photo below ... isn't it just ADORABLE?
Feeling awful today managed to pick up a horrible cold.  So going to drink some hot drinks and stay warm.  Blue skies and the sun is shining outside..... Spring has arrived!.
Supplies:  Jillibean Soup kraft card blank, pp by MME - Stella Rose
(Hazel Papers 6x6 pad), textured orange cardstock by Papermania, distress inks 
by Tim Holtz,  pearls, pop dots, SRM Sticker, Fiskars Upper Crest Border punch.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day and get a chance to play along with our "Distressing" challenge this week.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's a Boy

 Supplies:  Digital image - Papercraft Planet Meljen's Designs 
Group 300 member freebie, Sentiment by SRM Stickers, pp by SMIRK, 
textured cardstock by Papermania, ribbon by Teresa Collins, BG Button, 
Tim Holtz Alterations scallop die, copics, pop dots, and embroidery floss.

Made this card with a freebie digi from the wonderful Melissa Jenkins aka Meljen's Designs.  I have used it before here and won a spot as featured stamper on Meljen's Designs blog!.  So I am a big fan!

Used up some scraps on my table and put this little baby boy card together.  Short post today as I seem to have a lot on!  Will return to normal programming shortly!!!!

Art Impressions Stamps - Getting Punchy!
Totally Gorjuss - Button It!
Meljen's Designs - Use dots
Thanks for peeking, hope you have a great day.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ooopps - I frog-got!

Supplies:  Pollycraft Designs Marcel the Frog - digital image, 
Tim Holtz Alterations Die, MME - Stella Rose 6x6 Paper Pack, 
MME buttons - wild asparagus, Washi tape EDT Teal from 
The Greeting Farm, Textured cardstock - Papermania, sentiment
computer generated, adhesive, white gel pen and glue dots.

I forgot a friend's Birthday in February - isn't that just so bad?  I still can't quite believe it.  Sending this card as an "I'm sorry... I frog-got!" with a pack of handmade cards to apologise!

The wonderful digi is by Paula over on Tales from Pollycraft.  I am entering it into Pollycraft Monday Challenge - "Teens" this week - while my friend isn't quite a teenager.... I think you could send it to a teenager if you forgot their birthday!.
Also entering it into this week's Tuesday Trigger on Moxie Fab World - button, button! - (inspiration photo above).  I used the repetition of the buttons and the blue colour tone in my card.

Thanks for peeking and I hope you have a great weekend.  It's a holiday here in Ireland again today and a lot of the school children are off,  I am bringing my son's class to the movies for his birthday!  Wish me luck!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paperplay - Embossing

Supplies:  Meljen's Designs digital image - "Kitty Cat Love", Black and Kraft cardstock, 
Papermania red textured cardstock, machine stitching, SRM Sentiment sticker, 
Papermania sheer ribbon, Quickutz cookie cutter circle dies, Big Shot, 
Tim Holtz embossing folder and machine stitching.

Have to start off this post by wishing everyone a very Happy St. Patrick's Day.  It is a holiday here in Ireland today so everyone gets to celebrate.  Hopefully going to the parade later today.

Paperplay Challenge time again - this week the Challenge is to use embossing on your card/project.  It can be dry embossing or heat embossing - the choice is yours.
I had fun with this cute "Kitty Cat Love" digital image from our sponsor - Meljen's Designs.  I printed and cut out the image using a circle die, then used a kraft knife to cut out around the cat tails and add to the top of the red brick wall! (dry embossing using one of Tim Holtz embossing folders).

Added stitching, an SRM sticker, some ribbon and hey presto.... my card.  I think this is an ideal Anniversary Card.    Be sure to check out all the other DT creations here.

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sending Emerald Blessings and St Patrick's Day Wishes

A short post to wish everyone a very Happy St Patrick's Day for tomorrow. 
My post tomorrow is my regular Paperplay Challenges Thursday post.

St. Patrick
Born 387
Died 17 March 461
Source - Wikipedia 
(photo - stained glass window Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA)

The wonderfully talented Claire Brennan of WMS has a St Patrick's Day freebie and the shamrock freebie that I used on this card available on Waltzingmouse Makes.

I have so much to be thankful for - especially when I see what other parts of the world are currently trying to overcome.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people in Japan affected by the earthquake/tsunami - it is just heartbreaking.

Thanks for peeking.  Hope you have a blessed day.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Make a wish!

Sharing a card I made recently with a Tim Hotz scrollwork die, some wonderful Hero Arts butterflies and Pollycraft sentiment.
Supplies:  Tim Holtz Alterations Scrollwork Die, Paperchase black ribbon, 
Pollycraft Designs sentiment, Hero Arts Winged Friends digital kit,  
Papermania textured cardstock, We R Memory Keepers pp, 
machine stitching, copics, pop dots and glossy accents.

Added glossy accents to the sentiment after colouring with copics and also to the bodies of the winged friends.

Paper Pretties - Ribbon
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Do You Stack Up - Layers
Creative Card Crew - No Flowers

Thanks for peeking.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Make your own happiness!

Love this sentiment from Hero Arts.  Paired it with a stamp I picked up recently in Crafty Alley in Killarney.  It's a 2005 Hero Arts stamp that I inked up with distress inks, spritzed with water and had fun with!  I then coloured the pearls with copics to match the textured cardstock.

Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Use a stamped flower image
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring Flowers - Everywhere
Gingerloft - Use those Flowers

Thanks so much for peeking.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Edited to add - Sending prayers to all in Japan and Hawaii.  News just reaching us here of the earthquake and tsunami.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Paperplay - Shades of Green

 Supplies:  Digi and sentiment by Waltzing Mouse Stamps, gold textured cardstock by 
Papermania, black cardstock by Cranford, card blank by Anita's, 
copics, pop dots and pearls.

It's not my team's week for Paperplay but I decided to play along this week as I set the challenge - Shades of Green / Good Luck {St Patrick's Day}.  We are very kindly sponsored by Whiff of Joy - wish I could play! hee hee! 

I made this "Emerald Blessings" card as I just adore working with this wonderful digital freebie stamp by Claire Brennan of Waltzingmouse Stamps.  I decided to play around with the image placement at the end and I like how it turned out.

Stamp Something - Use a digi
Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge (replicated the layers but not the shape!)

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

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monster Birthday and a Pollycraft Blog Hop and Freebie

As you know my "baby" was seven recently.  He adores to colour, draw and generally play with all things paper and ink!  A bit like his Mom!

This is the card I made for him, he adored the "shiny bits" and of course the monster made him laugh. 
Supplies:  Digi - Spike by Pollycraft, Canson aqua cardstock, 
pp and foil paper by Smirk,  Fiskars upper crest border punch, 
Spellbinders star die, critters and cogs clear sentiment set by 
Pollycraft, copics BG10, B24, G000 for the monster, glossy accents 
and dimensional adhesive!

I do really love playing with these monsters!!!  You will find them here - Pollycraft.  Paula is soooo talented.
She also had a fun "Critters and Cogs" week on her blog recently and I was a featured blogger - Yipee! - thanks Paula.

I ordered the Critters and Cogs clear sentiment stamp set from Pollycraft last weekend and the package hit my hall floor just in time to make this card.

Paula very kindly does freebies every month and her next freebie is due on the 7th March (TODAY!!!!!) - it's adorable - "Flo Tea Time" be sure to tell her I sent you over when you are saying "thank you".
Paula is also having an amazing blog hop to celebrate the release of her new digis - "Swings and Slides" until this evening (7th March).  Be sure to start here at Emma's Blog and if you get lost - click here.  There are goodies to be won at every stop!!!! woohoo!!! and tons of inspiration - what better way to start a Monday right?

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

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thanks Cath... shout out on Moxie Fab World

Doing the happy dance... thanks Cath for the shout out on Moxie Fab World yesterday.  Woohoo!!

Sharing a recent card I made using a sentiment sticker from SRM, gems and black ribbon with a scollwork die by Tim Holtz.

Had fun playing with paper!  Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Enjoy the Ride!

Supplies: PP - Cosmo Cricket - will have to check the range???, chipboard by SMIRK, 
sentiment - PTI, machine stitching,  Docrafts kraft card blank,
Paperchase black ribbon and tuxedo black ink.

I am always inspired by Lucy Abrams.  I love how she seems to create cards effortlessly!.   I tried so hard to stitch as straight as Lucy does on this one!!! I failed I fear! - be sure to go over and check out her amazing creations on her blog here.

Hope you all have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  Would love for you to leave me a little comment to let me know you stopped by!  Thanks so much.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Paperplay - Shabby Chic/Vintage

Supplies:  PP Websters Pages and Papermania, Papermania chandelier stamp, 
pearls, Paperchase Ribbon, machine stitching, DCWV textured black card blank
and pebbles glitter chipboard frame.

This week's challenge on Paperplay is Shabby Chic/Vintage.  So not my normal style!!!!!!

I dug out some wonderful patterned papers by Websters Pages and got creating. Wanted to add flowers but only had orange ones and I think they may have clashed!!! LOL!
Supplies:  Websters Pages pp, SRM Sentiment sticker (slightly distressed), black cardstock and 
kraft card blank, prima flowers, BG Jovial button, Imaginisce I-Rock crystal heat 
setting tool and i rock gems, Papermania adhesive stones aqua, lace from stash, 
embroidery floss, PM white ink pad, MS classic butterly punch and machine stitching.

While I was in the distressing/shabby chic mode I created a second card using more Webster Pages and bits and bobs from my stash.  I scratched the sentiment sticker with the edge of a scissor to give it a slightly "worn" look.

And today - this little guy is SEVEN! and no longer this angelic looking! LOL!
Happy Birthday to my Baby!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week on Paperplay.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Thank you card made with a freebie from PTI

Supplies:  Papermania textured cardstock, K&Co pp, 
Fiskars upper crest border punch,
PTI anniversary tags freebie, sentiment - PTI, Imaginisce i-rock heat 
setting tool and rocks (pearls), Tim Holtz distressing tool, glossy accents, copics and pop dots.

Papertrey Ink recently had an anniversary and had a free download of nine tags.  In case you didn't manage to see them or "nab it" - click here.  

I used the wonderful framed blossom by Alli Miles, printed it onto white cardstock a number of times, cut, coloured and layered.  Then matted it on some pp by K&Co (Carolyn Gavin Designer Mat Pad) and layered it on some textured cardstock which I distressed/roughed up!, thanks to Tim Holtz's magic tool!.
Stamp Something - Something with Flowers
One Stop Craft - Spring Flowers

Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A touch of sparkle! and welcome March

Supplies: Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock, We R Memory
Keepers Hippity Hoppity 12x12 Paper pack, Anita's A6 cardblank, 
Pebbles glittered chipboard shapes, BG rub on from greeting card kit, adhesive.

Wooohoooooo Welcome March!  Some March related lore ....

If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb!
A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.
As it rains in March so it rains in June.
March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.

Quick share today.  I decided to try something a little different and applied a rub on to a glittered chipboard heart.  It worked!!!  I adore all the glitter on the paper in this wonderful pp by We R Memory Keepers.  It was begging to be played with!

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