Saturday, 30 April 2011

You are my sunshine - Twisted Sketch #57

The Twisted Sketch for cards will be up later today and the twist this week is Shine, anyhow, anyway. I've decided to use a sentiment that includes shine within a word.

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I've kept it fairly simple this week as time has been against me yet again! The papers are all SU but sadly now retired. I stamped the sunflower images onto some of the SU patterned paper using SU Soft Suede ink pad. The stamps are from a Papermania set of stamps and specifically designed to be decoupaged. The ribbon is also Papermania and came from their yellow capsule range which I got in a goody bag some time ago. I've used a Fiskars border embossing punch and finished it off with the sentiment which is also from the same set of stamps. With all this lovely weather we have been having I thought the card fitted in perfectly. Hope you like it.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Design Dollies Trifecta challenge

Just for a change I have managed to get a couple of LO's completed this week. They are both to go in Logan's album so they are only 8 x 8 ones, but it made a pleasant change from cardmaking. The 1st bath LO I did for the Design Dollies Trifecta challenge - you had to use the sketch provided, the colours lime green, white, orange and royal blue and at least 7 buttons. It's the first time I've completed one of their challenges but it was great fun.

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I managed to use up some scraps from just one of my scrap boxes so I'm afraid I don't know the manufacturers. I've used nesties for the title and journalling boxes and inked with SU's Certainly Celery ink pad. I've even given my Cricut machine a dusting off and used the Plantin alphabet for the title. The buttons came from my stash, although the blue buttons were a clear type of blue so I matted them onto some of the royal blue cardstock to bring out the colour of them more.

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The second LO has been a work in progress for a couple of months as I had been waiting for Colette to give me some photos of Tim's dad and brother with Logan. Then when I got the photos I didn't have enough ink in my printer. However, yesterday I finally got to complete it and this was the LO which was on WOYWW. The cardstock, die cut embellishments and papers are SU and I've used my Cricut again, this time using the Winnie the Pooh font I've got. Both the LO's are very simple, but I think Colette will be pleased with them.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011


This is the first time I've participated in WOYWW as normally all that's on my workdesk is a mess, but this time there was an almost finished project on display which I will show in greater detail later.


On display is an almost finished 8 x 8 DLO of Logan & Family. The lovely picture on my display board in the background is a piece of art by our eldest grandson Connor. He made me a lovely Easter/Mother's Day picture. The cute little cupcake tins where some I bought at Sainsbury's when they were reduced - they did once contain truffles (very delicious) - but they are empty at present while I decide what bits and pieces I can store in them. You can also see my mini whiteboard in the background with my list of 'to do' projects and also on my workdesk are some Queen Kat stamps that I need to work on some Design Team projects ASAP.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Introducing Alfie

I hope everyone enjoyed the Easter holiday - beautiful weather for a change. Thankfully I only had to work Sunday so I was able to get out and enjoy the sunshine and have plenty of time to craft too!

Yesterday I decided to ink up my new stamp Introducing Alfie from Rainbow Studios (have you guessed I like these images?)


I've used the sketch from the Stamp with Fun challenge and also combined it with the Crazy Challenge which was to use 3 different papers. I've used some retired SU patterned papers as I am really trying hard to use up some of my stash before buying more (doesn't always work). The image was stamped out using Momentos Cocoa ink pad onto a circle I had cut using my CM cutting system. I've then coloured Alfie in using a combination of Promarkers and Copics. One of the patterened papers was added to a piece of co-ordinating cardstock and I used a Martha Stewart decorative border punch for extra detail. The sentiment is a Kanban one and I used the SU Word Window punch to cut it out. I finally finished it off with some faux stitching and gems.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Another butterfly parade

Here is another card I made with the Butterfly Parade stamp from QKD.

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This time I decided to use white embossing powder to create a resist technique. Once the image was stamped and embossed I used a variety of distress inks to colour the card. I found a lovely unicorn verse on the internet and again used the distressing inks to colour the cardstock and then edged the card with a Promarker silver pen. I used one of the stamps from a past Myka monthly kit to create the background on my base card using the same ink pads.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Play on words

After dropping round David's birthday cards and presents round to him yesterday evening I managed to grab a quick hour before bedtime and made this card. I've used the Hippie Princess again from QKD and used a play on words for the card greeting.

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The base card is made from SU's Rich Razzleberry and the image printed onto Whisper White. I've coloured it in as usual with Promarkers and added a gem to the centre of the flower. The paper has been hanging around in my paper stash for years and I think came with a QVC so possibly a Kanban paper. The letters were Thickers 'naked' chipboard and I used the paper to cover them and then cut them out and the Birthday sentiment is part of a greeting from SU's Cheers and Wishes set.

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It was our eldest sons birthday yesterday and this is the card I made for him. I can take absolutely no credit for it as it came as a card kit from one of the Little Claires monthly stamp kits I subscribe to. A bit of a cheat really, but time seems to have been against me this month!

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Hippie Princess - new release from Queen Kat Designs

Today sees the release of some new stamps from Queen Kat Designs by artist Jaz Higgins. There will be a mini blog hop and more details about Jaz Higgins and her stamps can be found by starting at QKD. Hopefully you have arrived here from Valerie's blog.

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I was lucky enough to get to work with the new stamp called Hippie Princess. I've inked up the image using Momentos black ink pad and coloured in with a combination of Promarkers and Copics. The paper came from a new Anna Griffin paper range which somehow managed to find it's way to my house last week, but I thought it went perfectly with the image. I've teamed it up with some SU Bashful Blue cardstock and used a vellum sticker for the greeting (from Helen's cast offs) adding some paper pricking to the edge of the cardstock. I finally finished it off with some flowers and pearls from my stash.

Do take the time to do the mini blog hop - your next stop is Janies - have fun and enjoy the designs.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Birthday blog candy

It's my birthday next month and I thought I would offer some blog candy to celebrate. It's not a special birthday or anything but it would be nice to share the celebration with someone else too. I have put together some candy from my stash - all of which has never been used and I have also got a set of lovely stamps called Fluttery Fuschias which have kindly been donated by Rachel and Angela from Rainbow Studios to add to the candy - how generous is that of these fantastic ladies. If you would like the chance to win my blog candy here's what you need to do.

1. Become a follower and leave a comment for me so that I can come and check out your blog ( I love nothing better than having a nose around at other peoples blogs.)

2. If you are already a follower then leave me a comment so that I know you want to be entered into the blog candy draw.

3. Finally put a picture of my blog candy on your blog and leave a link to my blog for others to join in with the blog candy and become followers.

On my birthday which is the 23rd May I will randomly draw out a winner.

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Contents of blog candy

Fluttery Fuschias by Rainbow Studios

SU's Punches Three (retired hostess set)

54 sheets (2 of each colour) SU cardstock (retired colours)

Packet of felt shapes

2 Rolls of Ribbon (Yellow and Orange)

Packet of flowers (Yellow and Orange)

Ribbon bound mini album kit

Scenic Route chipboard arrows

Alphabet rub ons (red)

Bazzil Just the Edge card strips (Burgandy)

Pot of red glitter

2 Embossing stencils

Football stickers

K & Company Embossed stickers

Paper Salon Cardstock stickers

K & Company pack of ribbon

Small packet of Pastel buttons

Packet of Word Buttons

Monday, 18 April 2011

Taurus Birthday Card

Today's offering is made using the Taurus stamp by Che Gilson - the same one I used on the LO I posted a couple of weeks ago. I've used a stepper card for this one and decorated it using a combination of MME papers and diecuts. The image was coloured in using my Promarkers. Flowers, ribbon, gems and alphabet stamps all from my seemingly never ending stash!
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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Sketch Saturday inspiration.

I needed to make a card for my youngest son's fiancee as it's her birthday on the 19th. I'd already bought a stamp to use on Vicky's card - she loves horses and is also lovely and slim like Gwendoline in the card. I didn't quite know what to do until I came across this weeks challenge on Sketch Saturday and thankfully I was able to use their sketch and get the card done without a last minute panic!
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The paper and cardstock are SU, although the papers were a limited edition. The stamp I bought from Bunnyzoes crafts and is a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp and the girl is called Gwendoline - it also comes with the word Wish. I found some sheer ribbon which had a gorgeous lacy edge to it and have added that to the right side of the card and then used strips of patterned paper on top. The stamp was coloured in using a combination of Promarkers and Copic pens and I've inked around the circle (which was cut using my CM cutting system) with Dusty Concord distress ink. The sentiment is a Papermania greeting which again I've inked the edges. I finished the card off by adding some felt flowers and gems from SU.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

The Twisted Sketch will be up later today and the twist this week is Green, anyhow, anyway - do check out what the rest of the DT have created and join in the fun. I have decided to interpret the green theme by recycling some cardboard packaging that came with one of my paper packs. I've run some of the cardboard through the cuttlebug using a fancy embossing folder and inked it in SU's Bravo Burgandy and then gone over the raised image with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink pad. I then cut out the centre of the cardboard to create a frame. The backing paper is from SU's Elegant Soiree range and I've stamped a Unity flourish onto it. The circles were cut out using a combination of CM's cutting system and Nesties and the sentiment is also a Unity Stamp as is the crown which I stamped onto another piece of cardboard. To finish it off I've added a brad from my stash and coloured certain areas with the gold Promarker pen.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Time for You!

Guess who couldn't wait until pay day to get a couple more stamps from Rainbow Studios. I bought this lovely Time for You! fairy and have decided to enter it into the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge.
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I've used some Fancy Pants patterened paper which has been in my stash for years and worked around the colours in the paper to create the colour scheme. The base card is SU's Cherry Cobbler and the main image has been stamped onto SU's Whisper White using black Momentos ink pad. As usual I've coloured it in with Promarkers and I've added some stickles glitter to the wings to make them sparkle. The greeting was punched out using SU's scallop oval punch and the emellishments came from my stash. Hope you like it - especially Katie who this stamp is based on.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Connors birthday card

It's our eldest grandsons birthday on Friday and he will be four (can't believe Connor is that old already) and I wanted to make him something a little different for his birthday card. I have to confess that I got the idea for this card from watching Tracy at Just Tracy's a few weeks ago. Tracy was actually using a template which she sells in her shop, but as I didn't have the template I adapted the card slightly so that I could get a similar effect. The rocket moves from side to side, which I think Connor will really enjoy - just hope he's keeps it out of reach of his little sister!
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The stamps are designed by Rainbow Studios, but are made exclusively for Just Tracy's and can be found in the bricks and mortar shop or online. The stamp sets I've used are Rocketship and Spaceman William - aren't they fun. I've made an 8 x 8 card using two sheets of SU's Sahara Sand cardstock and decorated it with papers from a DCWV paper pad. The circles were cut out using my Creative Memories cutting system and decorated with more DCWV papers. I've stamped the central image and sentiment onto SU's Whipser White cardstock and the spaceship onto So Saffron with SU's Basic Grey ink pad and then coloured in with Promarkers. I used a retired alphabet and number stamp set to go on the spaceship, but this could just have easily been added with peel -offs, but I'm a stamp lover!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

New Release from Queen Kat Designs

Today sees more new releases from Queen Kat Designs - this time by Lolli Pop Labs - The Lighter Side of Dark. There's a mini blog hop to showcase the new releases which start at QKD blog. Hopefully you have arrived here from Chris's blog if you are following the blog hop - if not then please do start off at QKD's and check out what everyone has been up to with the new releases. I got to work with a set called Abby's Personalities - there are three main images and several sentiments to go with the stamps.
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I've used MME papers and die cuts to create my card and the SU word window punch to punch out the sentiment. Coloured in with Promarkers and the ribbon and flowers came from my stash.

Next on the blog hop is Bonnie - do check out what images she has been working with and enjoy the fun of the blog hop.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Triple Tiara Tuesday at QKD

This week it's my turn along with Maria and Janie to play along with the Triple Tiara Challenge at QKD. The challenge this week is an inspiration photo. You start right here at the QKD blog and visit the 3 challenge hosts on their personal blogs. (Leave us some love and a link to your project so we can return the favor. *wink*)- QKD will offer up a $25 stamp gift certificate for the players to compete for each month. So if people enter each week, they have 4 chances to win the monthly prize of $25.- The contestants will post their link to their card on the Inlinkz widget here on the blog. (There will be 1 per month.) This is the card I created for the Triple Tiara Tuesday challenge. I've used the new Butterfly Parade stamp by Artist Maigan Lynn.
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I'm not sure which papers they are, but they've been in my stash for some time now, but I thought they went really well with the colour scheme. I've simply inked up the stamp with Momentos Cocoa ink pad and did some matting and layering with co-ordinating cardstock. The ribbon is a retired SU one, the sentiment comes from one of the Whimsical Ink monthly kits. I stamped a chipboard butterfly with Versamark ink and then added some sparkly pink embossing powder to it (triple embossed) and then stamped one of the small background stamps from another Whimsical Ink set. Finished it off with a few paper roses.

I hope you like it and you'll join in with this weeks challenge and don't forget to check out Maria and Janie's blogs to see what they have created for this weeks challenge.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Another attempt at a Vintage style card

I've used the beautiful lacy border stamps from Queen Kat Designs to create a frame for the sweet phrase I found while browsing for free quotes and poems. I've teamed it up with the sewing images from the Vintage Sewing stamp set.
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The background papers are Crate Paper Cottage Collection which I got in a kit many moons ago. The edges have been distressed and inked using SU's Chocolate Chip and the images have been stamped out using the same ink. The ribbon is SU's lovely new seam binding in Crumb Cake and Rose Red. The button came from my stash. I'm far happier with this card than the one I did for Mother's Day.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Twisted Sketches #54

Although it wasn't my teams turn to play this week on Twisted Sketch I felt that as I hadn't managed to get time to do one for last week I would make a bigger effort this week. The sketch can be found here and the twist this week is Bright - anyhow, anyway.
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I've used two Unity stamps to create the focal point of the card. The flourish was created using my Cricut and Storybook cartridge. The background paper is from a Basic Gray paper pad and the vellum sentiment is from one of Heli's cast off packages.

Birthday Wishes card

This week I've managed to find lots of time for my crafting which is always nice. Last night I made this birthday card using the larger of the images in the Daisy Swirls stamp set - from - you've probably guessed it - Rainbow Studios! If you'd like a chance of getting your hands on one of their stamps then don't forget their giveaway this week - click on the link in my side bar.

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I've cut out a nestie label in SU's Whisper White and stamped the large daisy image onto it and coloured with my Promarkers. The paper is from My Minds Eye and I've inked all the edges with SU's Cajun Craze inkpad. The sentiment is one of three that come with the Daisy Swirls and to finish the card off I've added some ribbon from my stash.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Rainbow Studios Give Away

Fancy a chance of winning one of two stamps from Rainbow Studios - I know I do so that's why I'm including this post. More details can be found here, but below is a picture of the stamps you could win!
I've had great fun this week playing with the stamps I've bought from Rachel and Angela - they stamp up beautifully and are a joy to colour in. I'm just waiting for pay day next week so that I can order some more, but in the meantime I'm hoping I might just be lucky enough to win one of the sets available through their giveaway.

Cards & Things challenge

I got to play with another of the lovely stamps I bought from Rainbow Studios - this time I created my own background paper with the gorgeous Twirly Daisy background stamp. I'm entering this card into the Cards & Things challenge blog this week, which was a sketch.
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I flipped the sketch so that it would fit my card design. I've used SU's Whisper White cardstock and stamped the daisy background onto the cardstock with Momentos ink several times to give a large sheet of daisys. This has then been coloured in using Promarkers. The paper is SU but is now retired and I've used one of my Martha Stewart border punches to add a decorative edge to one of the pieces of paper and then just added a flower and a sentiment from my stash.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Rainbow Studio's new stamps for Repeat Impressions challenge blog

Over the weekend I ordered some of the new stamps available form Rainbow Studios - the sponsors for the Just Tracy's challenge this month. What a top class service I received - they arrived on Tuesday neatly packaged in blue tissue paper with a personal note thanking me for the order and subscribing to their newsletter. As one of the first subscribers they also sent me a gorgeous cupcakes stamp set as a thank you - very impressed.
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I decided to use one of the lovely stamps from the Daisy Swirls set and made a card for a new to me challenge blog that I came across called Repeat Impressions. Their challenge this week was a sketch. I've used the smallest of the flower stamps as the main focal point and coloured them in using Promarkers. The image was stamped onto one of the nestie shapes and I inked the edges before removing it from the die with SU's Certainly Celery. The background paper is a retired SU paper. Along the top I've added some twine which I bought at Just Tracy's and added one of SU's Tiny Tags sentiments to the top left. I didn't have any co-ordinating gems so I used my Promarkers to colour some of the SU rhinestones.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

New releases at QKD

It's the first Wednesday in April so there will be lots of new releases at Queen Kat Designs. I got to work with two stamps this month - the first one is Taurus from the Zodiac Circus range of stamps by Che Gilson.
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For my first project using this stamp I decided to create a scrapbook page of my friend Sarah who just conveniently happens to be a Taurean! It was taken a while ago when we tried out geo-caching one sunny day. We had great fun that day. The papers are from MME, Basic Gray alphabets and the Taurus stamp which was coloured in using ProMarkers.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011


Guess who put the wrong date on her scheduled post! I'm blaming it on the fact it was an extremely long week at work last week and as I no longer work the same days each week trying to keep track of which day of the week is a hard enough without remembering the dates as well. Anyway here is the card I made for Queen Kat Designs using the Queen of Hearts Fox stamp designed by Diana Vick. It's our anniversary at the end of the month so I have created this card to give to Ian for our anniversary as well as being able to showcase the stamp. I'm also entering it into the Sketch Saturday challenge.
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I've used some more of the free papers from the cardmaking magazine and used those colours to help me colour in the image using Promarkers. The cardstock is SU's Whisper White, Early Espresso, Real Red and Pretty in Pink. I've backed the pink heart which is a Martha Stewart punch with Real Red to help it stand out more from the background paper. I've also used the sentiments from the Key Critters stamp set which is also available from QKD to create a word background on the Early Espresso cardstock. Finally finished it off with some ribbon and flowers from my stash - will add the sentiment at a later date.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Bunny Hop

Crafting time has been very limited this week as I have been working every day and my Mojo had disappeared, but last night thankfully it returned. I made this card which I am entering for the LOTV challenge of Spring and the sketch on the Get Sketchy blog.
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I've used the Leap Frog stamped image from LOTV and used Promarkers to colour it in and used Milled Lavender distress ink around the edge of the cardstock. I've used one of the lovely Nesties to go behind the main image - I inked the smaller circles with SU's Daffodil Delight ink while it was still in the die. Tthe papers were free from a cardmaking magazine which I believe were designed by Craftwork Cards. The sentiment is a from a Papermania easter stamp set and I've used a Martha Stewart flower border punch. Finished it off with Stickles, although in some places it came out a little quicker than I anticipated!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Just Tracy's Challenge #2

Challenge No2 is now up and running on Just Tracy's challenge blog - we had some beautiful entries last month and hope to see more of you this month. We are being sponsored by Rainbow Studios and they are offering the winner of this months challenge two of their new stamp sets. The theme this month to go with our sponsor is RAINBOW - you can interpret this in anyway you like and create a card, LO, altered art or anything else you can think of.

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I decided to create a canvas. I've created the rainbow using my CM circle cutting system with the colours of the rainbow. To the centre I have added a lovely poem I found about rainbows and then decorated the rest of the canvas using SU bird punch and MS foliage punch, along with flowers and gems from my stash. I've inked the edges of the canvas with distress ink - dusty concord I think and added some ribbon so that it can be hung up and displayed.

I hope you'll join in with the challenge this month and myself and the rest of the DT look forward to seeing what you have come up with for this months theme.