Friday 28 September 2012

Card Makin Mamas

I am now an official DT member of Card Makin Mamas. CCM is a challenge blog which posts on a Friday with a theme. We are sponsored by some great stamp companies, so well worth joining in!!

So the theme this week is

Fall is here
Here's my card

We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps this week so I have used the lovely Turtles - Fall digistamp. I've coloured him with Copics and put him on a Spellbinders diecut.
Papers are Prima - Blooming Retro
Sentiment is from Lilly of the Valley and again stamped onto a Spellbinder diecut.
The Leaves are made from a Martha Stewart punch and the same Prima papers.

I hope you'll join me in my first DT challenge. You can find all the details here.

Thursday 27 September 2012

Cute Card Thursday & Sketch Saturday

I've combined my DT card for Cute Card Thursday with the Sketch Saturday Challenge. The theme at CCT is

Letters or Numbers

Here's the sketch for Sketch Saturday

And here's my card
CCT is sponsored by Bugaboo stamps this week so I've used a Bugaboo stamp called Ruby Fabulous 40.

Papers: Papermania - Happy Days.

I've edged the papers with red distress ink and stitched around them. The tickets and bottle tops have been cut from the papers. Image is coloured with Copics.

We'd love you to join in with us at CCT so why not pop over for some inspiration?

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Steampunk Christmas

My first DT card for Creative Expressions and I've used the gorgeous new set from Sam Poole called Steampunk Christmas.

Umount Steampunk Christmas A5 Stamp Plate
Here's my card
To start with I used the tree stamp as a background. I masked off the stand of the tree and used an embossing ink pad and clear embossing ink. I stamped one in the middle of the card and then arranged more of the image around it.
Using a worn lipstick TH distress pad I rubbed over the card , pressing harder in some parts. I then took a damp baby wipe and swiped over the ink to make the embossed bits "pop".
I then stitched around the edges with a brown ink.
Next I gold embossed the grid stamp around 3 of the corners.
I stamped out the bird and coloured him in with walnut and worn lipstick distress inks. I added some gold to the cog in his hat and a red gem to his eye.
The small cogs were gold embossed and I added a little triangle to the top of the cogs with a gold pen to make them look like baubles. I split some threads up from bakers twine and added them to the baubles and attached them to his beak, adding a little bow to the top. The bird and baubles were then adhered to the card with 3D pads.
I didn't have red bakers twine so I ran the worn lipstick ink along it to make it appear more red. I added it to the bottom of the card.
I then randomly swiped a little walnut ink over the card to tone it down a bit.
Finally I gold embossed the sentiment onto some card, cut around it and used the worn lipstick to swipe over and edge it. These were also adhered with 3D pads.
I found this set really versatile and easy to use.
I'll be showing more projects using Creative Expressions products very soon.

Saturday 22 September 2012

Creative Expressions...............

So............. a little while back I had some surprising but fantastic news.

 I made the Creative Expressions 2012 Design Team.

I uhmmmeed and ahhheed and nearly didn't apply, leaving it till the last minute but hubby said "Go on you have nothing to lose". So I did and I'm not just saying it but after looking at the 2011 DT's work I thought I wouldn't have a chance. Outstanding projects!!

I really do need to up my game and hopefully with the gorgeous stamps and products they have I won't let them down.

Today I received my first DT stamp set. Lol a great artist whose stamps I love and have used in the past. The one I received is a brand new one from this artist that I know you will love!!
So in the next couple of days I'll be showing you a project using the stamp set. Can you guess which one it is?


Friday 21 September 2012

Papertake Weekly

Just made this card for the  Papertake Weekly Challenge. The theme is "A Hazy Shade of Autumn".

Image: Darcy's Diaries
Papers: First Edition -  Dessert Bloom
Die cuts: Memory Box & Magnolia
Punches: Martha Stewart

Stitched and distress inked around the edges.

Have a good weekend!


Thursday 20 September 2012

Cute Card Thursday

The theme for today's Cute Card Thursday Challenge is

A Different Shape

Here's my card

Image: Lily of the Valley - Little Acorn
Papers: First Edition -  Spring Fever
Rub ons: Daisy Bucket - Stems and Leaves

The image has been coloured with Copics and I've used distress ink and sewn around the edges of the papers.

Please take a look at the other DT members projects. They are always so inspiring. You can see them all on the Cute Card Thursday Challenge blog.


Wednesday 19 September 2012

Card Makin Mamas & Sketch Saturday

Two in one card today. This one is for Card Makin Mamas and they asked for a theme of Be Punny and I also followed the Sketch Saturday sketch.

Image: Sorry can't remember who this set is by, I've had them so long!
Papers: Wellington

I've inked around the edges with walnut distress ink and also stitched a zigzag stitch around them too. Coloured with Copics.

I'll be back tomorrow with my Cute Card Thursday Challenge card.


Monday 17 September 2012

Mojo Monday

The start of a new week and I wonder what it will bring? Hope you all enjoy your week.
Today I made a card just for a challenge, the Mojo Monday Challenge.

Here's my card

Image: Darcy's Diaries
Papers: Prima - Fairy Belle
Flower: Spellbinder die
Sentiment: Rub on
I am having real trouble with my white stamping card. Every type I try is bleeding!! Can anyone recommend a really good card with no bleed please before I pull my hair out!!!

Thursday 13 September 2012

Sketch Saturday

Another card in one day!! This one is for the Sketch Saturday Challenge.

And here's my card

Digi image;- Darcy's Diaries
Papers:- My Minds Eye-Love Me
Sentiment:- Creative Expressions-Art Sayings
Tree:- Memory Box-Arboscello tree.

The papers have been inked around the edges and stitched. I've coloured the image with Copics and added Diamond stickles to her wings and petticoat. The tree has been die cut and I inked it with distress ink and covered it with clear embossing powder. The sentiment has been cut into three.


Cute Card Thursday

Time for another Cute Card Thursday Challenge and the theme this week is

Christmas in September

OMG don't faint but there is NO stamping on my card!

The papers and chipboard elements are from My Minds Eye and are called Snowed In. I received them free with a mag , I think it was Cardmaking and Papercraft. I'm very naughty I sometimes buy mags just for the freebies only it's not really a freebie to me cos I don't read the mags!!
I distressed the papers and chipboard and stitched around the papers. I then gold embossed around the elements and used some twine to hang the round element. Simple card but with great effect I think.

As always my teamies have made some great cards and you can see them on the CCT blog here. Hope you join in!

I also have some news of Design Teams too, I've made some changes but I will do a post at the weekend to bring you up to date. :0)


Thursday 6 September 2012

Cute Card Thursday

Cute Card Thursday time and the theme this week is

Autumn Gold (already!)

I couldn't get a good pic of my card but the back ground and flower papers do glitter in gold.

Image: House Mouse - Autumn Cruise
Papers: First Edition - Desert Bloom
Sentiment: Creative Expressions - Vintage Flight

The other DT ladies have made some fantastic cards again this week. We'd love you to go take a look here and hopefully you'll join in too.

Autumn is coming on so quick, I knew it was on the way when I was sat outside a tea room and the conkers were fallling!! I'm sure the years go quicker the older you get!!


Tuesday 4 September 2012

Cardmakin' Mammas Challenge

A new challenge for me it's the Cardmakin' Mamma's Challenge and they asked you to make  a card using Hearts.

Quite a big card this one it's a 8 x 8.

Image: Stamping Bella Uptown Girls - Lucille sends her love
Papers: Prima - Botanicals
Flourish: Cheery Lynn Designs - Mini fanciful flourish
Borders: Martha Stewart heart punch


Monday 3 September 2012

Sketch Saturday

Afternoon! Another start to another week , wow the weeks are flying by now. Today I'd like to show you a card I made for the Sketch Saturday Challenge.
Here's the sketch

And here's my card

Papers: My Minds Eye -  Amy Tangerine
I've coloured the image with Copics and machine stitched around the papers.