Saturday, 28 February 2009

Saturday's challenges

I've been having a grand afternoon creating some cards, thanks to all the Saturday challenges.

Penny Black

The Penny Black Saturday challenge was "something to eat" :) I don't really have any PB stamps with cake on them but when I looked through my sticker sheets I came across an image I fell in love with. Here's the card:
I thought it cute that the cat was looking in anticipation at the fish, as if he wanted to eat it. The image is from PB's Whiskers and Tails. I used Stampin Up and Bazzill bling card, Stampin Up tab and scallop edge punches, dark brown chalk from the Colorbok queues and some odds and ends of cat patterned paper.

Sketch Saturday

Ummm when I first saw the sketch from Sketch Saturday I thought blimey what shall I do, but once I'd decided on the image it came together pretty well:
I used paper from the K&Co Designer pads, Stampin Up card, a Penny Black image "Frolic", Kaiser gems and a Craftworkcards sentiment.

Our Creative Corner

The sketch from Our Creative Corner was fantastic and enabled me to make this card which I love, it's perfect for an anniversary card which I'll send to my sister-in-law for next month:
The image is a Forever Friends clear sticker and I cut the ovals using the Creative Memories cutting system. The patterned paper is from the DCWV spring mattstack, the sentiment is from Stampin Up. Some ribbon and flowers finish off the card. I just adore the colours.

Secret Crafter

My last challenge card for today from blogs, this one is by Secret Crafter and asked for anything to do with "transport" on the card. Here's my design:
I don't have much in the way of transport but came across a Forever Friends clear sticker and fell in love with it. The patterned paper is by K&Co, I used Stampin Up and DCWV card, the Fiskars Corner scissors on the image and then put dewdrop gems in the corners. The sentiment is a rub on one by The Scrapbook House.

Thanks for looking I'm enjoying these challenges very much, it really gets the juices flowing :)

Monday, 23 February 2009

Mojo Monday no 75/Easter

Yoohoo another Monday and another great sketch from Mojo Monday. I have lots of Easter cards to make so thought this would be a great opportunity to make an Easter card. Here's what I came up with:
All the patterned paper is by Doodlebug, but the main background paper is flocked - it's yummy :) the card is Bazzill bling card and the image is part of a Penny Black stamp called Spring Parade. Gems, some flowers and a Doodlebug sugar brad finish the card off. Oh I also edged the main background paper and image with Colorbok chalk ink in lime pastel and used the scallop edge Stampin Up punch. The sentment is a clear one by Clevercut.

Hope you like it, I so love spring colours.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Friday Sketchers card

LOL I'm definitely on a roll today. Here's a card I've just made using the Friday Sketchers blog sketch:
I'm pleased with how it turned out and will use it to give to a colleague of David's. I used some Carol Wilson Fine Arts embossed and glittered garden paper and some Forever Friends clear stickers, along with a Pebbles sentiment. It's a slight variation on the sketch since I had to adjust the sentiment since the carrots on the paper were in the way.

A Sketch Saturday design

:) I can't believe how my cards are coming together today - my mojo is definitely here, hope it stays.

Here's my card for Sketch Saturday:
I used a Forever Friends die cut decoupage kit for the bear image and the patterned paper. Prima flowers, Doodlebug sugar brads and another round sentiment from Craftworkcards finishes off this card.

Cute Thursday on a Sunday!

Yummy yum we enjoyed a lovely carvery meal lunchtime but now it's back to cardmaking :)

I came across the Cute Card Thursday blog and loved the idea of making a spring card, we have snowdrops in our garden and a few crocuses are out in Mum's garden, it's a joy to see. Here's my card:

I used a piece of Imaginesce patterned paper, bling card and gems and a sentiment by Craftworkcards. The image is a Penny Black one "Fur Ball Fun". Isn't that sheep cute? I used my new promarkers to colour him and the chicks in.

I'm loving these challenges.

On a roll here LOL

Blimey my mojo seems to be working overtime this morning. I was looking at some challenge blogs and came across two I thought I would enjoy. The first is by Daring Cardmakers where we have to use a frog on the card. I used a Penny Black clear frog sticker from the "pond-side celebration" sheet and made an anniversary card:
The second card I made was for a challenge on the Penny Black Saturday blog where we have to make a get well card using a Penny Black image. That's easy for me as my favourite stamps are Penny Blacks. I used another clear Penny Black sticker though from "a bunch of love" sheet and made this card:
The paper for both cards are scraps I've squirreled away.

Hope you like them. Enjoy Sunday. We're off to Mum's now and then going out for a carvery lunch. Hoping I'll be in the mood to craft some more when we return home.

An early start!

Blimey, I've never made cards this early before, it's only 8.30 in the morning and I've made 2!

I was on the cardmaking forum early this morning and Mandy put up a post to say she'd been asked to design a card (woohoo congratulations Mandy :) ). I loved the sketch so much it spurred me on to make this card:
You can find the sketch at SketchesbyTamara. It was made using scraps of patterned paper, a Forever Friends clear image, some lace and ribbon, oh and the sentiment was a rub on by Pebbles Inc.

Using two other free Forever Friends images (came with a magazine) I created these cards, the first one I made last night.
The shape of the image backgrounds are Nestabilities and were sent to me by a lovely person on the cardmaking forum as a surprise, I still don't know who sent them - so if you're reading this please let me know so I can thank you personally. I have to buy those sets of nestabilities now.

I'm pleased with how they turned out. Now I'm off to have some breakfast :)

Saturday, 21 February 2009

A crafty afternoon

Good afternoon, hope you are all well? I'm slowly improving again :) My sister told me during the week that my nephew's girlfriend will be 21 next Saturday so I said I'd make a card for her, here it is:
It's a Magnolia stamp which I stamped and coloured using watercolour crayons some time ago. I glittered it up today as Kat loves glitter. I used stardream gold card and the patterned paper is by Imaginisce "all kinds of happy - party poppers". The wording is Doodlebug mini just my type which I glittered using Doodlebug sugar glitters.

I love sketch designs and came across this one which caught my eye on 2Sketches4You, along with that and some free paper and rub on images from a magazine I created the following card. I like the way it turned out but as always am critical of my own work, the rub ons were quite hard to rub off and kept coming away on my fingers so am not overly happy with the wording.
Not sure yet whether Mum will receive this card or not. She loves flowers so would like it but ... we will see.

David and I are off to dinner tonight to a try new fish restaurant called Go Fish. Hope it's as good as we've been told.

Take care and thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Mojo Monday no 74 and daffodils

Good evening, sorry I haven't been around for a few days, I haven't been well :( but I'm back on the tablets now and starting to feel better.

It's half term this week so no work for me :) instead I managed to make a few cards this morning for Natalie on the cardmaking forum, she's going to collect our cards, parcel them up and send them off to help the Create-a-Card for Cancer Care 2009 appeal, it's such a worthwhile cause. In the process of making some this morning Mojo Monday helped and I used the sketch for this week (sketch 74):
I didn't get to use sketch 73 last week but created a card using an adapation of the sketch today:
Here are a few of my other cards for the Cancer appeal.

The patterned paper on the first four cards are by K&Co, the pink one had some paper from the Spring DCWV matt stack. The sentiments are by Craftworkcards.

My Uncle (Mum's twin) isn't too well at the moment :( we are prepared for the worse and it's just a matter of time, we continue to pray for him. As my Uncle lives in the South East of England (a good 4 hours drive from here) and our cousins are with him, we are looking after Mum who is naturally upset. It's good I have this week off work.

Take care and thanks for looking

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all my loved ones. I can now show you the Valentine's cards I made. The entered three of them in a "love" competition on the cardmaking forum last month and was so pleased to learn that my friends liked my heart card so much I came 1st! I made a little stand on the heart card so that it would stand up.
I hope Mum and brother David receive their cards in the post today.
Have a good weekend

Thursday, 12 February 2009

In Sympathy

I'm not feeling too well at the moment :( but I did manage to make a sympathy card this evening. It's for a colleague who lost her Mother-in-law at the weekend. I used the Stampin Up Sympathy set, marker pens and card. The ribbon, flowers and brads are from my mountainous stash :)

Please ignore the marks on the light blue card, it's not on the card itself but on my scanner!

Take care

Sunday, 8 February 2009

White cards

:) The challenge this week on our cardmaking forum is to make a white only card. Ummm, I thought difficult, but once I dug out my Cuttlebug and embossing folders it was quite easy. Here are four cards I made, all are fairly similar with use of different embossing folders, rub on sentiments, white flowers and Doodlebug glitter brads and Kaiser pearls.
Excuse the bad photos, it isn't that bright near my crafty corner.
I think my cough is finally starting to disappear although I did wake a couple of times coughing - only one more week to work until half term! David and I went to see Billy Ocean at our local theatre last night and I must say we thoroughly enjoyed it, Billy was fabulous and had us all singing and dancing :)
Hope you're enjoying your weekend

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Friendship card

Good morning, oh it's so nice not having to go into work until midday :) I had a rough night coughing so at least I could have a bit of a lay in.

Unlike last week I managed to get the Mojo Monday sketch card completed earlier this week. This is the card I made this morning for a friend who's going through a hard time at the moment:
I love it, and hope she will too. The verse is from the Stampin Up God's Blessings, the card is also from Stampin Up. The patterned paper and large flower embellishment is from K&Co. Prima flowers and glitter card complete this gorgeous card. Wish I could keep it myself but I need to go and post it now.

For those who can't read the verse it says: A friend is someone who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love, and encourages you with hope.

We were lucky in that we didn't have hardly any snow yesterday and what we did have didn't lay for long as it turned to rain yesterday evening. We had some lovely sunshine this morning which will hopefully defrost my car before I have to leave for school.

Have a great day.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Mens cards

I find creating mens cards so difficult, I love using pretty colours, flowers, glitter, gems etc. I remembered last year I'd bought a Dufex die cut decoupage sheet so hunted this out and used it to make two cards, one a retirement card and the other a birthday card for the end of the month. Here they are:
The first one I used a piece of Personal Impressions paper, along with a Stampin Up sentiment stamp along with a little grosgrain ribbon. For the second I used the Carol Wilson Fine Arts embossed garden paper, very nice it is too. That's it really, quite effective - sorry the photos do not do the cards justice, the dufex images are a kind of metallic shimmery card which really show up well in real life.

We had a few light showers of snow earlier, it's bitter cold outside and we're due for some heavy snow later today/tomorrow. Wonder if school will be closed tomorrow? I'm coughing well and still bunged up so am not going out today, instead I'll try and relax and make a few cards, hopefully I'll feel a little better tomorrow.