Monday, 30 March 2009

Three challenges in one day

For the Friday Sketchers challenge I thought I would take the opportunity to make use of some new products that will be launched by Stampin' Up! on Wednesday 1st April. There is a new mini catalogue coming out and I got a couple of things on pre-order.
The cardstock used is Sage Shadow for the main card and scalloped circle, with Barely banana for matting and the sentiment. The gorgeous little Bambi image is from the Forest Friends stamp set and I punched him out with the SU Scalloped Circle punch. The ribbon is Old Olive grosgrain by SU and the sentiment is from the new Oval All set and is punched out using the new Scalloped Oval punch.

For the Sketch Saturday challenge I again decided to make use of my new SU sets. The cardstock is from the Soft Subtles range, Sage Shadow and Barely Banana, with the scalloped circle in Old Olive. The owl and leaves/trees are from the Forest Friends stamp set. The ribbon strip is Old Olive grosgrain and the flowers, brads & pearls are from the SU Pretties kit. Finally the sentiment is from the new Oval All stamp set and is punched out using the new Scalloped Oval punch.
The Sugar Bowl challenge was to make a Spring themed card. I think of flowers and butterflies when I think of Spring so I have used backing paper full of butterflies on my card. This was a free gift with making Cards mag and is designed by Nancy Watt. The Pen Pal image from Sugar Nellie was watercoloured and then I inked the edges with a Promarker and mounted her on foam pads. I popped some little flowers at each corner of the image. The sentiment is from the new Stampin' Up! set Oval All and I have punched out the sentiment with the Scalloped Oval SU punch.I also inked around the sentiment with the Promarker.
If you would like to get your hands on any of these new products, give me a shout and I can order them for you.
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Friday, 27 March 2009

Sugar Sugar cracked glass

The technique over on Sugar Sugar for March is "cracked glass". I have used a lovely Sugar Nellie image by Leanne Ellis and watercoloured her. I then embossed the image with thick embossing powder and popped it in the freezer. When I took it out you simply crack the image. The papers used are from HOTP. I added a strip of Bazzill and some felt trim before mounting the image on Black Magic cardstock from Core'dinations. I sanded the edges to reveal the tiniest hint of pink. The image was then attached to the card with foam pads. I will add the sentiment later when I decide what occasion to use the card for.

Here is a card I made for a work colleague who gets married in a couple of weeks. The template is from Colour My World and I have used papers and embellishments from Creative Imaginations. I bound the letters with my Bind-it-All and attached some ribbons. Finally I added some flowers punched from retro flower punches. She loved it.
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Have a good weekend

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Truly Scrumptious/Charmed card

The sketch aver at the Truly Scrumptious challenge is fabulous. I had to make a card for a friend's birthday. I also spotted a competition over on Charmed Cards & Crafts where you have to submit coloured images- I have downloaded the image from their website, isn't she sweet?
The papers are HOTP and the CS is Bazzill. I used my Scalloped Edge punch from Stampin' Up!, some sticky pink ribbon from Anita's and Primas with a pearl brad in the centre. The image was watercoloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.

Friday, 20 March 2009

UKS weekly challenge/ Thomas the tank

This week's challenge was to use 12 or 1 of something, I have used one chipboard heart. Stamping had to feature so the swirls are stamped in all four corners using HOTP clear stamps. You had to use contrasting colours, I've opted for green & brown. I have just checked it again and you were meant to use ransom alphas as well so I failed on that score but not to worry. The photos show my boys meeting their new cousin for the first time.

A friend asked me to make a card for her little boy who is crazy about Thomas the Tank Engine. This was what I came up with and I hope he likes it.
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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Sugar Bowl and Cute Card Thursday challenges

The current challenge over a the Sugar Bowl is to make something for Mother's Day. I decided to make a card keeper for my mum which I can fill with some handmade cards for her to use for her friends. I got the instructions from The Scrapbook Lounge ages ago but never got round to using them. The papers I have used are by Dovecraft and the cardstock is Bazzill. I have used one of the Sugar Nellie stamps by designer Leanne Ellis and coloured the image with watercolour pencils. Isn't she sweet? The ribbon is Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip grosgrain. I then made some flower embellishments using Retro Flower punches and some gold brads.

This week's sketch over at Cute Card Thursday was great. I decide to use it to make a Mother's Day card for my mum-in-law. The papers are Sparkly Sweet by K & Co and the cardstock is Bazzill. The Tilda image was wateroloured using my Derwent pencils and the little piece of ribbon is from my stash.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

What I did yesterday!

I had a great day through in Elgin where finally I got to meet some of the people I have been chatting to on UKS. They were having a weekend at a very grand house about an hour from here so I went to spend the day with them. One of the girls, Fiona, taught me how to make this paper wreath. The papers I have used are Figgy Pudding by Basic Grey and pages from an old book. I would like to say a big thank you to Fiona for her help and to all the other girls for being so lovely. I had a great time and will definitely be making some more of these
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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

In at the last minute

I made this card last night for the Truly Scrumptious challenge from last Wednesday so I hope I have entered in time. The challenge was to follow a sketch and also to have handmade buttons on your project. I used the gorgeous Urban Prairie papers by Basic Grey again and another Paperbag Studios stamp. I love this plate of stamps but still need to buy it. These images were very kindly stamped by a friend for me. I have coloured the image with Distress Inks(am liking the effect you get with them)
The buttons have been made using pink Bazzill CS. I cut little circles which are not perfect by any means, pierced little holes in them and threaded through some fine ribbon. I still have to add a sentiment but didn't have time to look for the stamp I wanted
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Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Friday Sketchers and a special baby card

This week's sketch on Friday Sketchers was a challenge for me but I am really pleased with the way the card turned out. I used Urban Prairie papers by Basic Grey, some co-ordinating strips of Bazzill CS and the image is by Paperbag Studios which I have coloured using Distress Inks. The stamped swirls are by HOTP and I added a Prima flower with a small flower punch from the DP on top, secured with a black brad.I have a few friends with birthdays in March so this card is the first of many needing made this week.

My lovely little nephew is now home and I am desperate to get to see him and have a cuddle. I have used both Messy Rabbits stamps and the Messy Rabbits CD to make this card. The name has been cut using the Quickutz Squeeze and Moxie alphabet.
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Sunday, 8 March 2009

Been a busy week.

I haven't managed any challenges at all this week as time seemed to run away from me. Here are the three things I did manage to get done. The first is a card using my Messy Rabbit stamps from Joanna Sheen. These are so cute. I wateroloured the images using my Derwent pencils and the paper was a scrap from my stash so I have no idea who it is by I'm afraid.

I bought a bingo board from Poundland for altering. I covered the front with the gorgeous Rustic Gems papers and edged it with Adirondack Dabbers in Gold. On the reverse I used various dabbers blended together. I then coloured a couple of Grungeboard pieces with the gold dabber and attached them to the front of the board using Glossy Accents.It is now winging it's way to a friend and I hope she likes it.

I did find time to use the latest Handbagz board from the Glitter Girls to make a card for my neighbour. The papers used are Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery collection and I used my new Quickutz alphabet for the name and age.
Thanks for dropping by, here's hoping this coming week has more time to craft.

Monday, 2 March 2009

New Stampin' Up! Products on their way

We have a mini catalogue coming out and all the products in it will be available from 1st April 2009 to 30th September 2009. Have a little look Here and if you would like to order anything then just let me know by posting hre or sending me an e-mail on

I am adding to my wishlist as you are reading this :0)