Wednesday, June 30, 2010

One Cool Dude!

Today's effort is for Tara and Sarah's godfather and who they sometimes refer to as their foster dad (long story).

The digital image is Cool Cat from Bugaboo Stamps which I coloured with copic pens, die cut with Nestabilities Labels Eight and inked the edges with Butterscotch Whispers Archival ink pad. Also used the ink pad to colour the sentiment. The mats were made using BoBunny's Bug Me Dot (both sides) and Basic Grey's Aged and Confused Sublime Collection - Circus Strip. The final touch was adding red, green and brown buttons.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Always Read The Small Print!!!!!

My inspiration for this card came from Stampin' for the Weekend's challenge - Blue and Yellow.

I coloured the flowers, from Digistamp Boutique (can't get the link to Digistamp Boutique's shop working, but have linked it to their blog instead), with copic pens, selected the cardstock - Bobunny's Calypso Dream and Cotton Candy Popsicle. Using my Oval nestabilities - plain and scalloped cut out the image and fixed it to the scalloped mat with yellow brads. The blue mat was edged with Fiskars Threading Water punch and the floral mat had the bottom edges rounded off with a corner punch. Finished it off with a silver peel-off sentiment.

Went over to Stampin's blog to do a final check only to realise that their blue and yellow was a double challenge, they had also supplied a sketch to follow, and which I hadn't realised. So can't enter this card into the challenge. Serves me right, you should always read the small print!!!!!!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

50th Birthday

A friend asked me to do a birthday for her sister-in-law's 50th Birthday, and who was described to me as a pink sparkly type of person.

I knew that I would be using a digital stamp from Bugaboo from the 'Pink Ribbon' range - Meg. I had a rummage through my stash and found a long forgotten bundle of matstock from DCWV called 'All Dressed Up', selecting a pink/grey/black glittered striped mat and a pink and black flowered mat. I made the base card from black cardstock from K&Company's recycled range - Remake Night Blacks. The plain pink cardstock also came from K&Company - Remake Berry Pinks.

I tried a new fold, well to me, for this card, called Joy Fold, which I saw as a tutorial over at Whimsie Doodles Tuesday Tutorials adapting the measurements slightly. For the digital stamp, I coloured the majority with copic pens using Cotton Candy Stickles for Meg's shoes, bag and wrap and Fruit Punch Stickles for the flower. The final touch was to attach the the sentiment with glittered pink brads.

I have a feeling that it ticks the pink and sparkly boxes.

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More Candy From Jak

What a generous crafter Jak is. She has another candy on offer, this time it is Stamping Set 1 and 2 from Promarkers.

All you have to do is let Jak know by 10pm GMT on Saturday 3rd which 2 colours you like to blend with.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

This Bud Is For You!

Today's card was done for one of the teachers at school who wanted a card to send to friends to say she was thinking of them.

The image which I coloured in with copic pens and the sentiment came from the freebie section over at Whimsie Doodles. For the base mat and scalloped circle I used BoBunny's Ella Enchated cardstock and the top mat, more BoBunny cardstock, this time Abbey Road Stripe. The ribbon is from the Triple Check Dobby Satin Ribbon Collection.

I have included it in Whoopsi Daisy's June Challenge - Ribbons and Bows.

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Domestic Goddess Blog Candy

Jak Heath is hosting a candy with a fab prize from All Tea Towels.

How do you win? Just pop over to Jak's, leave a comment saying which apron you like best and you have got till 10pm GMT on Friday 2nd July to leave your comment. Here's a couple of the aprons to wet your appetite.

Good luck everyone.
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Thank You

With the end of the school year, Lynn who runs the school thought it would be a nice touch to say thank you to all the girls for making the first year of Sunflower House a success. What could I do that was a bit special but not complicated as I had 18 cards to do. So having had a scramble through my crafting shelves decided to rely on my trusty 'bug' and do some die cutting and embossing.

Using cream lustre cardstock made a DL card, made a mat the whole width of the card from gold lustre cardstock. Using offcuts of the cream lustre die cut three squares with the plain square nestabilities, embossing one, stamping thank you onto another with Mocha Truffle from Versacolor and leaving the third plain. Die cut two butterflies, one in cream and one in gold and embossed them, curling the wings, the cream in the opposite direction from the gold and attaching them together with foam pads and mounting them onto the plain cream square again with foam pads.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Papa Gibb's Birthday

Phew, got it done, this one was about 10 days in the making as I kept getting interupted. Having to get card orders done. At least I will be able to give to Billy on Monday. Just have to get his pressie now.

I started off with the image, a digistamp - Turtle Birthday - from Bugaboo, which I coloured with watercolour pencils. Using my nestabilities - Labels Ten - cut out three labels, and edging the image die-cut with green. Starting with the bottom mat and working up to the image, all mats were from BoBunny and called Cotton Candy Popsicle, Ella Enchanted, Clover Dot and Abbey Road Stripe.

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Happy Birthday

This card is the last of the three cards I had to do for the girls at work.

For the base card I used one of the templates from the Templated with an edge - Totally Elegant & Floral set by Colour My World. The mats came from scraps that I had lying about and the sentiments were freebies from Creative Cardmaking.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Birthdays

The latest cards are for a couple of girls at the school. No instructions came with the cards apart from one was a sister-in-law and the other for a husband.
For the sister-in-law one, I knew that I would use a butterfly topper from Kanban called Autumn Butterflies Coffee and used foam pads to put the topper together. For the bamboo background I embossed a piece of cream lustre thin card, using a new cuttlebug embossing folder from the Oriental Weave collection and coloured the bamboo using copic pens. Then matted it on a piece of coffee coloured cardstock and which was matted on some cream cardstock. Finishing off with a stamped sentiment.

For the husband, I used a few magazine freebies to put it together. The striped and spotted papers came from Creative Cardmaking and the Popcorn topper was another freebie from Simply Cards & Papercrafts. I used some cardstock that I had lying about - Lasting Impressions Cornflower Solid - for the base mats.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Thank You

This card was done for one of the girls that I work with at the school, who asked if I could make a thank you card for her. Thought I would do something quite simple and not overly fussy. I stamped the large tree from Kanban's Garden Vistas Spring Silhouettes using Mocha Truffle from Versacolor. On top of the stamped tree matted using foam pads at die cut topper from Kanban's Sundance Trees. For the sentiment stamped thank you on a scrap of cream flecked card using the Mocha Truffle ink pad and matting it onto a scrap of gold lustre card that I cut out using a scalloped rectangle from Nestabilities.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Yes, It's Feet Up Time

It's another one of those Ma'assalama cards that I have been doing a lot of recently. This one is for a good friend of ours who is leaving Saudi Arabia at the end of the month to retire to Galveston. We are meeting up for a Ma'assalama lunch on Friday at one of our favourite restaurants in Bahrain - Senor Pacos. I have to admit that it serves, possibly the best Margaritas on the island. Billy and I have a wee present to have over on Friday and I decided to do a card to go along with it.

For the card I used a digital stamp image - Jim Relaxing - from Digistamp Boutique and coloured it with my copic pens. Out came my trusty 'Bug' and nestabilities and using the largest die from Big Scalloped Squares I cut and embossed to the image. Matted it onto scraps of blue card that I had lying about, and for the life of me I can't remember where I got it from. The scalloped edges and the edges of the sentiment I distressed with a cotton wool ball and an ink pad from a set that I got in Lakeland Plastics ages ago.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Candy again

If you want some fab candy have a wander round to see Jak Heath for a chance to win some fab stuff that come from Pixie Petals. To be in with a chance of winning you have to comment on today's card from Jak and also the one she is doing for tomorrow.

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Sketch & Stash Challenge 37

Not having done a challenge for ages I thought I would have a bash at one again and the one over at Sketch and Stash caught my eye. To be eligible for the challenge you have to use the sketch provided and use something new from your stash - my something new is the digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps and coloured with copic pens.. The cardstock that I used was from BoBunny's - Abbey Road, Abbey Road Stripe and Abbey Road Dot. The flowers and brads are from my stash. The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment is a gold peel off coloured brown with peel off markers.

Although I posted this card on my blog yesterday I came across the Simon Says' a recipe! Challenge whilst blog hopping today, so I thought I would put it in for the challenge as I think it has all the recipe ingredients - 1 image, 2 patterned papers and 3 types of embellishment.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Well Done To The Fraserburgh's Pink Walkers

Just want to say well done to all the Pink Walkers. Pink walkers, I hear you say. Well let me explain.
Saturday night in my home town, Fraserburgh, saw the annual Moonlight Prowl, a charity walk to raise breast cancer awareness with the money raised being donated to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Breast Cancer Care. The Prowl is a ladies only sponsored walk, with the choice of two distances to be walked, either 6 or 13 miles.
On Moonlight Prowl night, the town is awash with pink - walkers dressed in pink, houses along the route being decked out in pink and householders cheering the walkers along. In the build up to the start of the walk, there is the wee warm up to get the feet moving and at 10pm the walkers head off.
The Moonlight Prowl started in 2006 and raised almost £28,000 and to date the Prowl has raised £345,000.
Sadly I have never been at home when the walk is on, but I always try to do my bit by sponsoring some of my friends who are walking. I hope that one day I will be able to the walk for myself.
Thanks for popping by and taking the time to read about the Prowl. I think most of us out there know a family or person who has been touched by cancer.

Happy Anniversary

Don't you get flashes of inspiration in the funniest of places!!! The flash of inspiration for this card came yesterday morning as I walking to the car when I popped out of the office to drop off an order at the photo shop.

Started off with my trusty 'Bug' and my plain square and big scalloped square nestabilities. Using the largest die of the big scalloped square nestabilities cut and embossed the frame out of Imaginisce's Kewl Stuff - Wassup?. To create the frame used the third largest plain square nestability. Then with Cuttlebug's nested heart die cut out two sets of hearts, one in Kewl Stuff - Wassup and another in fushia/pink mirri card.

Using two different thicknesses of foam pads stuck down the frame and smallest heart onto a white base card. The largest heart was stuck directly onto the card. Finishing off with a sentiment that I printed off and matted onto the same cardstock as the frame.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jak's Candy

Jak Heath, an inspiration to many crafters, has some fabulous candy on offer - a baby hAngler and stAnglar stamp set.

To have a chance of winning nip over to her blog and leave a comment and put a link on your blog to the candy.

You better be quick, it is getting drawn at 10pm GMT tonight. Fingers crossed I am a winner when I wake up tomorrow.

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Not To Be Sneezed At!!!

This year, for the first time in 30 years, I have only one Father's Day card to get. It seems so strange, but then coming year will have a lot of firsts for us as a family.

So onto the one Father's Day card I have made, for my Dad. Didn't know what to do, which isn't unusual for me just now, until I got my daily craft email from Martha Stewart and saw one of her Father's Day card ideas. As my Dad always has a hankie I thought it would a bit of fun and also a useful pressie for him. The navy jacket is made from cardstock in my stash and I drew on the stitching using a White Sakura Souffle pen, tucking in a hankie into the jacket pocket.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Just a Note .....

Just a note to say well done and to put in my donation to my neighbour's daughter, Karen, who for her 40th birthday did a parachute jump to raise money for cancer research.

My image is from Bugaboo Stamps' Pink Ribbon range and I have to blame Shell for leading me into the shop and encouraging my spend. This little lady is call Penny and she coloured is in with copic pens. I cut out and embossed Peggy using Nestabilities Labels Ten and chalked the embossed edge with pink chalk. The backing mats were cut from papers from The Press Company and called 'Multi Dot' and 'Pink Filigree Corner'. The sentiment is stamped using a stamp from Funstamps. I added a couple of brads and fixed them to the card with foam pads.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I Don't Do Angelic

The final card for today is one that I did for by walking buddy when I am home in Scotland. Didn't know where to start but when I was searching my digital stamps I couldn't resist this one. It was a freebie from Cuddly Buddly and coloured in with copic pens. The base card is purple lustre card and the mats various bits that I had lying about. The top two mat layers were cut out using Nestabilities Labels Eight with the bottom mat having a border punched out using Martha Stewart's Daisy Edge punch. Finishing off with some flowers from my stash.

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50 Golden Years

My neighbour, Barbara, asked if I would make a couple of cards for her. Her daughter's 40th birthday - 40th Birthday on Acetate and for a 50th Wedding Anniversary that her and John are attending when they get back home to the UK later on this month. Used some gold lustre cardstock that I had lying about for the base of the card and the mat. The image is one that I have had for ages and can't remember who or where I got it from. The decorative edging on the right hand side was done by cutting a 1.25 inch strip of gold lustre card and using Fiskars' Threading Water border punch punched both sides of the card. The sentiment is a rub on and finished off with a gold ribbon from my stash.

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40th Birthday on Acetate

This one is a first for me, something that I have wanted to try for a while - a card using acetate for the card base. The mats are BoBunny's Sweetie Pie Squeeze and cut out using Nestabilities Label Eight. The stamped image was one that I got in a goodie card from my crafting buddie, Linda J (aka Pinkliliacs) and coloured with copic pens. Finished off with a couple of flowers held together with a brad.

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All I seem to be doing ...............

It seems that just all I seem to be doing is farewell cards. Here is another one. This time for a former Caledonian Society committee member who is hanging up his hard hat and heading for retirement in Scotland. the cardstock for the base card and mats is from K&Company's Recycled range - Remake Earth Browns. The backing papers came from a range called 'Woodlands - Earthtones' by American Traditional Designs. The stamped image, is a stamp from Inkdinkado and stamped in Timber Brown Stazon. Finishing off the card with a 'ma'assalma' sentiment.

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