Monday, July 12, 2010

All done.

As I am heading home to Bonnie Scotland at the end of the week and won't have any of my crafting gear at home with me I have been trying to get all the cards I need till the end of September done. Got the final one finished today so I can now relax a bit.

The card to finish off September is for my eldest daughter, Tara. The inspiration for this came from the cardstock - BoBunny's Back to Backs Kitchen Spice Nutmeg and Kitchen Spice Sesame. My image is from Funky Funky and which is coloured in with copic pens. I used Martha Stewart's Loop Corner punch and EK Success' Daisy Chain to add a bit of embellishment. For the sentiment I used the 'Happy Birthday' stamp from Kanban's Garden Vistas - Spring Silhoutettes. For the image and sentiment mats I used Labels Four nestabilities. The edges were distressed with Adironkack Cabin Fever.

This next card is also for Tara as she is changing jobs at the end of the month. The cardstock came from K&Companys Citronella collection. The image which I coloured with copic pens is a stamp from Whispers but doesn't have a name only a bar code, lol. I used the nested eggs to make the various mats and a two marvy punches to make the tags and which are held together with a brad and a peel off sentiment.

The final card was a request for a grand-daughter who is into pink and girly things. I used Smirk's Naughty But Nice for the elements of this card using various of the sheets to make the mats. For the images I trimmed three images from one of the image sheets and attached them using foam pads. For a bit of bling I added two glittery brads and finished off with a peel off sentiment.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

On A Roll Today

Got on like a house on fire today and as a result nearly got all the cards for September done.

As I enjoyed doing the circle card I thought I would do another one. This the base card was cut from a K&Company's paper pack - Citronella - as is the blue and orange mats which were cut using two dies from the Blossom nestabilities set. The image, which I coloured using copic pens, came from Cuddly Buddly Crafts and called Happy Birthday To Ewe. For a bit of embellishment added three flowers with brads for the flower centres.

The next one used a decoupage topper and co-ordinating paper from a Hello Kitty pack that I bought at the beginning of year and have hardly used. For the decoupage bow centre I added a glittery brad. Added a bit of ribbon and finished off with a 'Happy Birthday' peel off.

Number three today was an anniversary card and came from a pack of cards and embellishments. I layered three hearts with foam pads and finished off with a peel off.

The final one for today is a new baby card. The blue and green mats came from the same Citronella K&Company paper pack as the circle card. The image is another Cuddly Buddly Crafts image called Ellies and coloured with copic pens. The sentiment was cut using a cuttlebug die and for a bit of embellishment added three co-ordinating brads.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Wrinkled Ladies

This morning while checking my Facebook page I came across a posting from a friend of mine with a video attachment. While watching it I couldn't resisting singing along. Having said that I don't think I will be able to listen to Beyonce singing Single Ladies without thinking about this version. Hope it cheers you up.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Christmas in July

Summer's not hardly begun and some of us are thinking about Christmas already. How many of you are saying, 'AAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH, you've mentioned the dreaded word'. Well they are over at Stampin' For The Weekend - for theie current challenge you are provided with sketch and a theme - Christmas In July - to follow.

I don't really start thinking about christmas until after the summer but thought I would give it a go and see what I could come up. My stamped image is one that I have used a fair bit for christmas cards and fairly easy to colour in. I coloured the scarves, holly leaves and hat band with copic pens. For the mats I took out my nestabilities - rectangles and big scalloped rectangles. For the circles I used a couple of circle cuttlebug dies. The cardstock is a two-sided cardstock from Basic Grey called Eskimo Kisses Thin Ice. For the sentiment I used a peel-off.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A New Pad

As I couldn't sleep last night, I had a wee wander round some digistamp online shops for an image that would be suitable to be used on a new home card. Digistamp Boutique had one that fitted the bill - Bob & Benji. So spent the morning getting the card done and ready to be delivered.

I coloured the image using copic pens and cut it out using the largest of Nestabilities Labels 2 and distressing the edge with Versacolor's Icicle ink pad as well as the edge of the card. The 'A New Pad' sentiment was just done using the Text Box option in Word. The base mat was a sheet of card that I had printed off ages ago but can't remember the name. I finished off with a couple of buttons.

I am putting the card in Digistamp Boutique's July Challenge - the only requirements were that you used a Digistamp Boutique image and that the card had to be created in July.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

T-Bear's Candy

Trisha over T-Bear's Touch has some lovely candy on offer. Pop over by Thursday 8th of July to be in with a chance of winning. Here's a preview -

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Circles & Dots

Speaking about going round in circles then today's card certainly hits the spot.

Today's card is a first for me - doing a circle card - and is cut from BoBunny's Back to Backs Alissa Spunky, as is the scalloped circle. The image was Bugaboo Stamp's free image a couple of weeks ago and which I coloured with copic pens and distressed the edge with Versacolor's Petal Pink. The ribbon was punched from another piece of cardstock from the Alissa range, this time 'Twirls' using EK Success' border punch - Donut Chain. Finished off with a silver 'Happy Birthday' peel off.

I am entering it into a few challenges. Firstly into Sketch & Stash's Challenge 39 - make a circle card and use new or forgotten stash. My stash is new the EK Success punch - Donut Chain.
Secondly into Digi Doodles Shop's Best Challenge - Circles and Dots - it certainly has circles and dots.
And last but not least One Stitch At A Time Challenge - 'Lace, Ribbon's & Bows' Challenge - the ribbon being a paper ribbon.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Purple Birthday

Seem to be on a roll just now, but that's maybe because am now on holiday from school and have plenty time to play. Well I am now onto September's cards - got a wedding anniversary and a few birthdays to do. Thought I would start off with a birthday, whose I don't know yet.

Sketch Saturday's Week 110 Challenge gave me the layout and am putting my card into the draw for the challenge. The majority of the elements of the card from Kanban's Matryoshka Love Birds Toppers which was a two sheet pack and included toppers and backing card. I used the backing card for two of the mats. From my stash there was the light and mid lavender/purple cardstock that has been used for some of the mats. The embellisments were the flower, glitter brad and gems, again all from stash.

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Little Green Men

As I am heading home to Bonnie Scotland in a couple of weeks for the summer and knowing that I won't have a lot of time and not having any crafty stuff at home, I thought I would try and get ahead of myself on the card front. My target before I leave is to have all the cards that I need until the end of September done. Today's card finishes off August for me.

Thought a I would a tongue in cheek card for a good friend. My image comes from Prairie Fairy and is called Martian Men and which I coloured in with copic pens and distressed the edges with Adirondack Cabin Fever. The two backing mats are cut from cardstock from BoBunny. The green mat is U Bug Me! Dot and the organe is Orange Citrus Dot. The blue buttons are from my stash.

I am entering it two challenges. The first challenge over at Card Patterns gives me the sketch and the second challenge is Prairie Fairy's Anything Goes Challenge. There is a bit of a coincidence here as Prarie Fairy are sponsoring this week's Card Patterns Challenge.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today's effort was done to put into Card Patterns Challenge, but I was just too late to get it posted, but at least the card won't be wasted as I did it for my sister-in-law, Judith's birthday.

The cupcake image, which I coloured in with copic, and backing papers came from Funky Fairy (sadly who have stopped trading). The backing papers were from Ecclectic Lurve Part 3 - Distress 1 and Cupcake Crazy Scribbles. The ribbon, flowers and brads from my stash. The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment was stamped using a combination of Versacolor Petal Pink and Raspberry.

For the base mat I used Fiskars Threading Water punch to punch around a corner with a fiskars punch - a new technique for me and one which I can see being used regularly.

Although I missed the Card Patterns Challenge, I can still enter it into a couple of challenges. The first challenge is Bee Crafty's 3D Challenge and the second is La-La Land Crafts New Technique Challenge as the punching round the corner was a technique that I have never tried before.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Moving Along With The Times

I don't know how many 'Ma'assalma' cards I have had to this year, but today's card is another one, this time for a fellow crafter, Betty, who is leaving Awali. What will I do for my christmas tree decorations!!!! Betty makes the most wonderful christmas tree decorations, one of which uses the shape of the island of Bahrain to make Santa's face, with each year's face being different from previous years.

Anyway onto the card which I have decided to enter into 'Moving Along With The Times' Challenge - ironic I thought for the type of card I was doing. For the card I resorted to one of palm tree stamps - Inkadinkado's Tin Can Mail - stamping it using Versacolour's Mocha Truffle inkpad and matted it onto copper mirri card. The background mats was cut from Basic Grey's Aged & Confused Sublime Collection - Circus Stripe and the copper mirri card. The gems and ribbons are from my stash.

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Birthday Wishes - a new technique

When I was having a wee wander round the net yesterday came across an instruction video on how to make what was referred to as 'tight mats' using nestabilites. Instead of me trying to explain the technique, nip over and have a look. I used the technique, slightly adapted to make my Birthday Wishes card.

Started off with a rectangle nestability to trim down the Birthday Wishes tag, which came from the free papers in the Creative Cardmaking that I recieved this week. Using the same rectangle nestability I cut out the window in the card front. Next came the fiddly bit, well for me it was, cutting the window out in the co-ordinating paper to match the window in the card front. Once I got the paper lined up in the position that I wanted, I drew the outline of the window on the back of the paper. Again using the same rectangle nestability I lined up the die with the outline I had drawn, I cut round the outer edge of the nestability with a craft knife. The piece that was cut out I used as a mat for the Birthday Wishes rectangle.

For a bit of embellishment I punched out both side of a strip of co-ordinating card with the Fiskars Threading Water punch, adding a strip of the co-ordinating paper and finishing it off with a couple of flowers held together with a glittery brad.

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