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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Anniversary Tag Card

Hello again followers old and new, friends and family, this is a follow on from my last post, the tag card I made for my son and daugter-in-law for their second wedding anniversary.

Washi tape (a freebie with a mag) was attached to the tag and the cotton stamp (another freebie set from a mag) stamped in-between and coloured with DI's.  The dress form, cut on the Silouette, was stamped with Hero Arts fabulous flourish in worn lipstick DI the form was then edges with DI before attaching to the tag.  Using the cage on the dress form as a stencil I dabbed some mowed lawn DI, attached three buttons and the cotton reel stamp fussy cut and wound with thread and scissor charm.  The tag was edged with worn lipstick DI and finished with the same green ribbon I used on their wedding stationary two years ago (the last little bit I have left).

I made a small cross over card with  cut out corners inside to hold the tag, a band was fastened round with the greeting printed on it.

Second Wedding Anniversary Card - "Cotton"

What a glorious day we are having today, the sun is shining and the cold wind we have had over the past week has subsided.  It is my son Stephen's 2nd wedding anniversary next week and he asked me to make him a card for his wife, something special and relating to "cotton" for the 2nd anniversary.  I had already started a tag card for them with a sewing theme so had to rack my brain for what to do, and this is what I came up with.

A piece of A4 white linen card was folded into a tent fold card and the sentiments were computer printed to the top and bottom of the card.  A piece of white card was stamped with a Stampendous word definition stamp in tattered rose DI and cut to fit in the center of the card.  The theme was cotton so I cut a strip of fabric from an old pair of linen trousers and stamped it with flowers and leaves using two inkadinkado shadow stamps (flower on one side, square shape with rough edges the other) and Momento dye ink, this was then sewn onto the word backing card.  The card was edged with worn lipstick DI and attached to the main card with a strip of beige coloured lace trim from my stash.  The word cotton was cut on the Silhouette and attached to the stamped linen strip. The flower was made with a little bit of trim from an old blouse and a heart shaped button added to the center.  The butterfly was cut on the Silhouette and edged with worn lipstick DI, a small heart button added then attached to the card.

The inside of the card was layered with vellum stamped with the flowers and leaves then a smaller white paper stamped with the words and then the verse printed on plain white paper with a flower stamped on the bottom left hand corner.  Didn't take a picture of the finished insert but the vellum and word papers are shown in the picture below.

Finally I made a box to put the card in, I used the same style as the card using the stamped cotton fabric and butterfly, the card was placed in the box with tissue paper

All that was left was a mad dash to the post office to post it for Saturday delivery, cost an arm and a leg to send but my son needed it this weekend, he is working away in Scotland next week and want to give it to Beth this weekend.  I can't wait to hear from them to see what they thought of my take on Second Wedding Anniversary "Cotton". 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

CAS - Cats and Spotty Dogs

Good morning blogland ladies, another day and another post.  This time for the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge and The Simply Less is More Challenge Cats and/or Dogs.

I used a spotty dog digital image from The Digi Stamp Boutique for the card and printed the sentiment and coloured dots on the computer,  The dots on the dog were coloured with promarkers and glitter added to the flower.  An insert was added with dots and an image of the dog

here is another version but using the cat digi from The Digi Stamp Boutique, The dots were over stamped with a flower in picked raspberry DI to make it a little more feminine and a little more glitter was added.


Not a good day for the photographs today, or maybe it could be because I dropped the camera earlier, hope it's OK!!

K is for Kakemono and Kimonos

Good morning all, over at the Craft Barn the Alpha Challenge the letter is "K", this past week has been a good week for getting things done and here is my "K" dictionary page completed. The word I was going to choose was kimono but there have been a few kimono pages already so my "K" word is kakemono - a Japanese hanging scroll, with a few kimonos thrown in for good measure.

The scroll was made using a piece of thick hand made paper which I put through my Big Shot with some corrugated card to give it a reed mat effect.  Thin strips of bamboo with beads on the ends were added top and bottom along with some gold and silver cord, the ivory lookalike stamped disk and a tassel.  The stamp (Aspects of Design from the Stamp Man - Oriental stamp sets) was stamped onto vellum paper and coloured with watercolours with a little gold highlighting the butterflies in the kimono.

The definition was highlighted by placing stripscof stamped bamboo around it.  The various stamps were stamped and coloured with watercolours and the letter "K" stamped, coloured and added to the page.  The scroll was placed over the stamping, which I got rather carried away with, dropping the panel stamp before lining it up so the second panel is lopsided but the scroll covers it well!

Once again thank you all you lovely ladies who have left me comments, I am off now to post this and have a look at what you very talented ladies have done with the letter "K".

Monday, 20 May 2013

Fairy Tiffany with a midway reminder

Good morning blogland, followers, friends and passers by.  It's the midway reminder over at the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge, pop over to see the other fabulous DT creations using images from our sponsors Milk Coffee Stamps.  Here is my DT card using a Milk Coffee digi stamp, the other DT cards and this month's challenge can be found HERE.

This month we have a noughts and crosses challenge for you, you have until the end of the month so why not enter?


For my card I used the Die cut, Flowers and Ribbon line.  I started by cutting out a shaped card and covering it with patterned paper (from my stash don't know where it came from) I also cut out 2 fancy shaped die cuts for layering.  The image "Fairy Tiffany" was printed, coloured with promarkers and fussy cut ready for layering onto the card.  Using my Silhouette machine I cut out two vine swirls and the roses, the vines were coloured with promarkers and the roses with worn lipstick DI.  The roses were rolled to form the rose and the petals were shaped to give interest.  The two shaped mounts were edged with DI and layered onto the card, next came the vines, fairy, roses and then two ribbon bows made with pink and yellowy green ribbon.  The fairy's wings were shaped and a 3D sticky fixer placed behind to give some lift, the leaves and some of the stalks were also shaped to fit over the roses.  Lastly I edged the bottom of the card with worn lipstick DI. 

The Rhedd & Rosie Challenge this month is fantasy/mythical, so this is also my card for their challenge.  The challenge is open until the end of the month too so you still have time to enter and their DT cards are amazing if you need some inspiration.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Pastel Rainbow A Surprise Find

Good afternoon, and what a beautiful day we have had today.   I spent some time out in the garden tidying things up a bit, the weather this year has not been kind and quite a few shrubs and plants have died off and there are bare patches everywhere.   As I had been so busy I thought a little time in the craft room was called for, this is my tag for the Lavinia Stamps challenge  pop over and take a look, the DT creations are absolutely gorgeous.  The theme this month is "Pastel Colours",  I have been playing around with my brayer and some Kaleidacolor raised rainbow dye inkpads - which I found in a box hidden away in a cupboard - the baby powder  ink pad had the ideal colours for this challenge.  I don't have many Lavinia stamps and had used the fairy and fairy house stamps for previous challenges so I went with a simple tag using the flower stamps I have.

Using glossy card a strip of colour was brayered over the tag, this gave it a pastely rainbow effect.  The flowers were stamped in broken china and worn lipstick distress inks.  The butterfly was coloured with the pinks from the ink pad and glitter added to both the butterfly and the bottom layer of stamped flowers.  I coloured a cream ribbon with the brayer and inks and added it to the tag.

A simple CAS tag, but very enjoyable to make.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Last minute again - Thank Goodness for CAS

Good afternoon blogland bit of a dull day here now the sun has gone in again.  Not to worry thought I have managed an hour or two in my craft room away from distractions.  Here I am at the last minute again for entering a card I made today into the Simply Less Is More Challenge where the theme is "Coloured Card Blank" and it also has to be a one layer card.

This is a very quick post due to the time.  I stamped the JOFY images and sentiments in brown Stazon onto a pale blue card and coloured with Promarker pens, simples - a CAS one layer card!  I have set myself a challenge, I have a list of cards and challenges to enter and so far have managed to make a card a day, can I keep it up?  Will the pups and hubby leave me in peace over the weekend?  Who knows!!

Dashing again only eight hours to the close of the challenge.  Thank you for looking and thanks to all you lovely ladies who have commented on recent posts.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Over The Rainbow ...

Hello friends, followers and anyone stopping by to have a look at my post.  Again I have been spending a few hours crafting in between taking the dogs out, feeding them and looking after hubby.  This time it is a card for the Addicted to CAS challenge which is:

 My card was cut out using the Silhouette, I attached a piece of card to the inside and coloured the rainbow colours in the cut out holes with promarkers.  The image, another Milk Coffee Stamp, was printed and coloured with Derwent Artists crayons then fussy cut.  I placed the image over the rainbow and stamped a LOTV sentiment stamp to the right of it.


A simple insert was added, the sentiment was computer generated and the coloured dots added with Promarkers.


 Off now to add this post to the challenge, hope I can keep this up I still have 4 more challenges I want to enter and my altered dictionary to think about, and for all you ladies who joined in the Show Us Your Twinchies challenge I am hoping to get the Twinchies challenge running again next month so keep an eye out for my post about that!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Your a star player

Good evening everyone, me again with another card I managed to run up this afternoon when hubby was out and the puppies were sleeping.  This is a card for  the Allsorts challenge Blog where the theme  is "Any Sport".  This cute image is from Milk Coffee Stamps, the papers from a stack free with a magazine, the star and greeting cut on the Silhouette, card blank made from white linen card from Papermill Direct, as is the coloured card, twine from stash.         

I matted and layered the patterned papers which had been edged with distress ink in scattered straw and stitched round the flag and striped strip to add interest.  the image was coloured with promarkers, I made a bit of a mess of it by adding white pen to the white on the shirt but still like how the colouring turned out.  The image was layered with red, cream and yellow card and fixed to the card.  I coloured the greeting with DI and edged the star with it too then added them to the card with 3D fixers.

The card was finished with striped twine tied in a bow and an insert added.  I computer printed the sentiment, added some patterned paper to the page and a star.

As usual I am cutting it fine, only one day to go before the end of the challenge so off I go to post it before I forget.

Just like to thank all you lovelies who have left me comments on my last few post, thank you your comments are always read and appreciated.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Black and White And A Hint of Pink

Good evening all, haven't  entered many challenges lately due to the new puppy and a stream of visitors (family) wanting to see him, so this week I am determined to get some crafting done and enter a few, this is my card for the Charisma Cardz Challenge.  The theme is Black and White + One.

The stamp is Butterfly Beauties by Aspects of Design and it was stamped in black Stazon and coloured with picked raspberry distress ink, a little glamour dust was added here and there to give a little sparkle.  I trimmed the image and layered it onto a piece of black card which I stitched round in white cotton then attached it to a 12.50cm square white card, the edges of the card were coloured with a little picked raspberry DI.  Three butterflies were edged with the DI and attached to the image.

The insert was computer printed and the flower stamp (from the Butterfly Beauties set) stamped underneath, the flower centers were coloured with DI.  There we are a black and white card with a hint of pink.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Scribbles Designs Challenge

The challenge this month over at Scribbles Designs is an easel or shaped card.  The digi image is a Scribbles Design image from a range of Topiary images they have in their shop.  I was lucky enough to be in the top three for the last challenge and picked this image as my prize.

The main part of the card ( 14cm x 21cm which was folded at 14cm on the long edge) was covered in patterned paper from my stash, the second element of the card (a 10cm square card) was layered up with red, blue and caramel coloured card. The image was coloured with promarkers and fussy cut, this was attached to the card with 3d sticky fixers, the image was gently shaped before attaching to give it a little height.  Raffia was tied round with a gardening theme charm.

The digi stamp and a sentiment were printed onto paper and the image coloured with promarkers, this was cut out with a square die and attached to the center of the card.

Another view of the card which shows the folds better

Friday, 10 May 2013

Craft Barn Alpha Challenge - The Letter "A" for Applique

Good morning everyone,  before I go any further I would like to say a big thank you to all who left comments on my last dictionary page (and all the others come to that) thank you all your comments are all read and appreciate.

Another Craft Barn Alpha Challenge done, this fortnight's letter is "A", and my chosen word is Applique.  Applique makes me think of childrens' cot and bed covers (I have some beautiful ones from when the grandchildren were small) so I opted for pastel colourings.  

The pages were covered with gesso and coloured with DIs in broken china, worn lipstick and crushed olive.  I stamped over the pages with stitching stamps in the same colours.  This time round I wanted to try some texture paste, so flower stencil in hand I gave it a go.  When it was dry I painted the flowers with DIs.
The applique elements were cut out of patterned papers, backed into some plain paper and sewn round as you would with material, they were then stuck to the page.

The Alpha challenge seems to come round so quickly, I always seem to be at the last minute getting it done but I am enjoying playing about with it and look forward to Sunday's new letter!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Football Crazy, Football Mad

Hello everyone, you may have noticed I have not been around lately but here I am back with my DT post for the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge.  This month's challenge  is sponsored by Milk Coffee Stamps,
Milk Coffee consists of two artists who love to draw cute illustration. They work in Illustration, Architecture, and Design fields.They offer cute and good quality digital stamps, perfect to make papercraft, card, scrapbook, or anything you want to do with printed digital images.

This month we have a noughts and crosses challenge for you.


Here is my DT card using a Milk Coffee digi stamp, the other DT cards and this month's challenge can be found HERE.

The easel card was coloured with scattered straw DI, the bottom layer was over stamped with a football stamp using the same colour DI.  The image by Milk Coffee Stamps was coloured with promarkers and cut out using a spellbinders nestability die, the edges were coloured with green promarker.  The same die was used to cut out the green dotty background which was over stamped with the football stamp.  The oblong of striped paper was layered onto gold card and string tied round before attaching to the card the image was attached over the string with 3D sticky fixers.  The football was created with a die cut round and a honeycomb cut on the Silhouette, the honeycomb shape was pierced to resemble stitching and a few areas coloured with  a grey promarker.

Hope you can join us for this month's challenge.