Sunday 31 October 2010

Girly, glittery, glamour

Our new challenge at Creative Inspirations is all about girly, glittery, glamour - a nice change from all the spooky Halloween cards we've all been doing lately I think! My image is Madelynn from the Greeting Farm, I took advantage of their recent offer - a card for a stamp and submitted a few of my cards, they chose 3, I sent them off to America to be used as Trade Show samples and in return I received 3 lovely new rubber stamps - perfect!

I'm entering the card for the following:
One Stop Craft Challenge - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Sparkly & bright
Totally Papercrafts - Bling it on
Stamp Something - Something pink
ABC challenge - Glitter
Stamps & Fun - Girly

Saturday 30 October 2010

The theme this week at Passion for Promarkers is Best Friends so I have made this card using some lovely free digi stamps from the very generous Anne Bodil who regularly shares her artwork on her blog. Thanks Anne - these two are so cute!
I have used the sketch from last week's Sketch Saturday - meant to get this online yesterday but our internet connection went down and we were without it between teatime yesterday and breakfast time today - I can't believe how much I missed it and how much our lives revolve round the internet these days: note to self - 'get a life!'

Entering the following challenges:
ABC - Glitter
Passion for Promarkers - Best friends
Cooking it up with Katie - Girly & lilac bow
Paper Pretties - Square cards
Simon Says Stamp - Punch 'em
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
Digi Doodle Shop - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Punches

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Crafty Creations - Halloween/Fall

You can choose which theme to follow for this week's challenge at Crafty Creations -  Halloween or Fall. I have been wanting to use this fabulous Mo Manning image Trick or Treat for a while so decided to go with the Halloween theme for my own DT card.

I sat and coloured the image while my sister Gillian and I composed a potted history of Mum's life, so far, to give to her new carers, to let them know her background and what her interests were before she had problems with her memory. (I knew I shouldn't have brought my Promarkers downstairs though - Neil was horrified when he saw how many I had!)

The backing papers I used are so old I can't remember where they came from but I used a Stampin Up border punch on the orange cardstock and stamped some tiny cat silhouettes from a fabulous set of stamps I won at Mark's Finest Papers which just arrived from America this week. The stars are from a pack of Pebbles Chips I found at TK Maxx and I printed the sentiment off the Mac.

I am also entering my card for the challenges at:
Dutch Dare - Halloween or colour combo
Stampin for the Weekend - Halloween or Fall
Baby Bud Designs - Halloween or Fall
Ellephantastic - Halloween
Crazy 4 Challenges - Halloween
Cowgirl's Sunday - Halloween
Corrosive - Halloween
Paper Playtime - Halloween
Ooh La La Creations - Scary Stuff
A Crafty Little Place - Make it spooky

Monday 25 October 2010

Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight challenge

This week at Crafty Cardmakers our Spotlight is on DIGITAL crafting, pop on over to the challenge blog to find out more about it and for some inspiration from the design team.

For my card I have combined Stitchy's 'JOY' image with one of my own new Christmas images  Snowbaby's Gift (available from 1st Nov over on Cardmadfairy's Creations and at Stitchy Bear Stamps) and used Promarkers to colour, I stamped the background to give the impression of wallpaper, then distressed the edges and spritzed the background with some gold pearl pigments. I also added some glossy accents to the Christmas lights and some glitter to Snowbaby's fur cuffs & hood.

I am entering my card for the challenges at:
Craft your Passion - Add glitter, sparkles
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
Stamp Something - Something digi
Scrap Creations - Christmas
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
OSSAT - Any celebration

Sunday 24 October 2010

Today I'd like to share a card made for a couple of challenges firstly the Sugar Bowl challenge because I liked Marlene's sketch and the theme Boys - I don't make nearly enough boy's cards - and secondly MAWTT because their challenge was to use Promarkers which is my favourite colouring method and this week they are sponsored by Letraset.

The card also fits another few challenges:
Stampavie - Blue & brown
AI Factory - Blue & brown
Delightful - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Dottie's World - Anything Christmas
Sarah Hurley - Red & green must not be seen Christmas
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes

I have used a Sugar Nellie image called Christmas Choir by Mary Hall for the first time and coloured it with Promarkers, I used PaperArtsy backing paper and stamped some swirls in brown ink and distressed the edges, the snowflake is Stampin Up. Hope you like my card, thanks so much for visiting today.

Thursday 21 October 2010

Buy one get one free!

Ahead of the release of my new Christmas images at the end of the month and the announcement of my new Design Team coming very soon, I am offering a special buy one get one free on all of my digi stamps from now until midnight on Sunday 24th October.
Yes that's right it's two for the price of one all weekend over at Cardmadfairy's Creations, for every digi stamp that you buy for only 99p you will be able to choose another - totally free of charge - and if you buy 3 you will get six images for only £2.97 - what a bargain!!
Go and have a look at all the great images available on the sidebar. Just add the items you want to pay for to your Paypal basket and when you complete the payment process just add the free images you would like in the comments window - easy! If you complete the process and forget to add the free images you want just email me to let me know your preferred free images and I will send them to you.

Wednesday 20 October 2010

A colour challenge

The Crafty Creations challenge this week is a colour challenge, you must use Green, Red & Brown on your creation All you have to do is use these three colors on your card or project - and you are not limited to just those three colors - but make sure they are all there! 

Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear & I Did It Creations Crafting Boutique who are offering the winner 5 digi stamps of their choice. Our design team were given some great images to work with and I chose Christmas Corner for my card.

I coloured up my image with Promarkers and added some Glossy Accents and some outliner paint for the berries. The baubles were punched from some Christmas backing paper by Kars.
My sentiment was a freebie digi stamp from Pollycraft, I finished the card of with some brown ribbon to fulfill the colour requirements!

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Make the sentiment the main feature
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes 
Pear Tree Designs - Free for all
Sweet Stampin - Ribbon
Winter Wonderland - Give it a vintage look

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Getting round to it

Had a busy day yesterday, rushing about all over the place but managed to fit in one little card for a couple of challenges I fancied trying. I saw the sketch at Create 4 Fun and thought I'd like to try another round card, I also wanted to use one of my Leanne Ellis stamps just because I love them so here is the result:

The backing papers are Dovecraft and the flowers are made by punching different sized circles from an old book, rubbing with a little distress ink and then spritzing with water and scrunching them up, after drying them with a heat gun they are lovely and crinkly.

I'm entering the challenges at:
Craft your Days Away - 1 circle, 2 papers & 3 embellishments
Create 4 Fun - Sketch
Our Creative Corner - At least 3 embellishments
Sweet Stampin - Ribbon
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything goes

Monday 18 October 2010

Karen has candy again for reaching over 500 followers.

Pop over to Feline Playful to see what your favourite challenge is calling for this week, Karen does a fantastic job keeping up to date with challenges on a daily basis. Not only that but she also has some fantastic candy on offer - you have to check it out!

Sunday 17 October 2010

Creative Inspirations does Halloween/Fall

It was my turn to pick the challenge at Creative Inspirations this week and you will probably not be surprised that I chose Halloween/Fall - I should probably have chosen something different as there are so many Halloween/Fall challenges - what else did I expect at this time of year ??

I wanted to feature one of my new Halloween digi images so I used Ghostly which is available now on my Cardmadfairy's Creations blog. The papers and the sentiment are from the Autumn/Halloween 12x12 pack by Max Bringmann KC again and the spider stamp is Stampin Up.
We are being sponsored this week by  Some Odd Girl and by me, our winner will be able to choose digi stamps from both stores!

These are all the Halloween challenges I'm entering my card for:
One Stop Craft
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Rambling

Friday 15 October 2010

Very briefly

Today is a big day - it's the day I finally move my lovely Mum into a great care home only a few minutes away from me. She has been in hospital for nearly six months now and it has been a very trying time for her and for my sisters and me, so I'm looking forward to getting her settled in her own nice room with some of her familiar things around her and the lovely carers to look after her.

So just popping on here very briefly to share a card I made a couple of days ago, I used a Pollycraft stamp and coloured her with Promarkers. My backing papers are from PaperArtsy, the sentiment is Stampin Up and the flowers are from Petaloo.

Challenges I'm entering this for are:
Little Red Wagon - Something Old (my stamp) & something new (my papers)
Sisterhood of Crafters - Bling
Hodge Podge Shop - Distressing
ABC Challenge - F for flowers
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Winter wonderland

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Crafty Creations challenge

Today's challenge at Craft Creations needs you to use a number on your card, we are being sponsored by Sketching Stamper and the lovely Chris has supplied all of the DT with images from her store.
Mine is Partridge in a Pear Tree and I really enjoyed colouring it up with the Promarkers with some added Glossy Accents to make the pears pop. The lovely papers are from Stampin Up and I generated the sentiment on my IMac - the last line of the verse is inside the card but I didn't take a photo of that.

I'm entering my card for the challenges at:
Christmas Stampin - Sketch
Allsorts - Inspired by song
Create4fun - Digi stamp
One Stitch at a Time - Use your digi stamps
Totally Papercrafts - Buttons & Bows
Christmas Inspirations - Musical Xmas

Tuesday 12 October 2010

It must be Autumn

So many of this week's challenges are all about the colours of autumn and the change of season I felt I had to make a card to reflect the time of year. I started with the fab new digi stamp I won last week on Cowgirl Up challenge, her name is Bella and she is available here. I coloured her with Promarkers and added a little sparkle with Sakura stardust pens and a waterbrush - a fairy has to have a little sparkle about her doesn't she? I followed the sketch from this week's Sketch and Stash challenge and used papers from the Autumn/Halloween 12x12 pack by Max Bringmann KC. The stamped leaves are Hero Arts and the weeny brads are from Basic Grey. The sentiment is from Woodware.

The challenges I'm entering are:
Baby Bud Designs - Fall/Halloween
Flutterby Wednesday - Fall

Monday 11 October 2010

Well it's a new week and I have a lot to fit in this week so before I go and get on with it all I just want to share a card I made at the weekend, Christmas is edging closer and I really have to get cracking with these Christmas cards. This one was made using a really cute stamped image Marshmallow Penguin by Stampabilities which I coloured with Promarkers then doodled a design on his scarf & hat. The backing papers are Rum & Raisin from PaperArtsy and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Wishing all my visitors a great week!

The card was made for the following challenges:
Alphabet - X for Xmas
Bah! Humbug! - Favourite Cuties
Anything Goes - Christmas has come early
Hanna & Friends - Christmas
Simple Doodles - Winter warmers
City Crafter - Hooray for the holidays
Ellephantastic - Anything goes

Saturday 9 October 2010

Another new image and a DT call

The image I've used for this card is one of my recent new releases from Cardmadfairy's Creations, because I find it difficult to find the time to make many samples I am currently looking for a few designers who might like to join a Design Team to promote my images - I won't be asking for more than 1 project per fortnight. If you are interested please get in touch by email before the end of October with a link to your blog so I can pay you a visit. (email address is under my profile)

This card is for the challenges at:
If the Shoe Fits - Distress
Karber - Go digital
Stamps R Us - Nature
Totally Papercrafts - Great Outdoors
No Time to Stamp - Back to nature

Thursday 7 October 2010

Janet's fab halloween candy

The lovely Janet from Pink Gem is offering some fab candy on her blog - I'm definitely entering the draw go and check it out!

Butterfly 2

Today I'd like to share another card I've made using my new butterfly digi stamp, this time I've used a smaller image and have coloured it with Promarkers adding a little sparkle with Sakura pens and a waterbrush. The backing papers are from Making Memories, ribbon, flowers & button are from my stash.

Entering this for the following challenges;
Fab n Funky - Use digi
Digital Tuesday - Digi stamp, ribbons, buttons, bling
Incy Wincy  - Sparkly, glittery

Wednesday 6 October 2010

The challenge this week at Crafty Creations is a sketch from teamie Jeanet but there is a twist, you must use a Stamped image (no digis) and Ribbon or Lace on your card. This week's sponsor is Simon Says Stamp with a $20 shopping spree as the prize!

I have used one of my favourite stamps from Sugar Nellie and coloured her with Promarkers to tie in with the backing papers and cardstock from Stampin Up. The flowers are Prima, the ribbon, buttons & charm are from my stash.

Challenges I'm entering:
Kaboodle Doodles - Colours of Fall

Monday 4 October 2010

Forget the comfort zone!

Here I am out of my comfort zone once again, although I suppose that's what a challenge is all about really!

This is my DT card for Crafty Cardmakers whose theme this week is - yes you've guessed it is Step away from the square. For me shaped cards are usually avoided like the plague - I love other people's but usually always plump for square for my own ones. 

I decided to use my latest digi stamp for this week's challenge and printed it out onto card, cut it out, coloured it with distress inks and Twinkling H2Os and added some ultra fine glitter. I then stuck it onto a piece of folded blue cardstock and cut round the butterfly shape again. The flowers are from Petaloo and they are held together with some mini brads which I added some extra fine glitter to, the lovely sentiment is Stampin Up.

I'm entering my card for these challenges:
Cowgirl's Sunday - Anything goes
Gingerloft - All that glitters or blings
Catch the Bug - Anything goes
Cooking it up with Katie - Use a digi, add some yellow, finish with a little sparkle
Stamps R Us - Nature

Sunday 3 October 2010

I'm back

Well the last three days have been pretty exhausting but I've had a great night's sleep and I'm ready for some challenges! Today's is Creative Inspirations challenge which has been set this week by my lovely teamie Cheryl, she has chosen Get Well Soon as her theme. We are lucky enough to have two sponsors for this challenge - Fantastic Ribbons and Ellephantastic with fab prizes from both.

 My card, because I've been so busy this week, is a quick and simple one. The image is Bird on Branch by Softpencil which I coloured with Promarkers  and used some pearl glass outliner paint on the berries. I've framed the image with brown cardstock using a Nellie Snellen die, then used the same cardstock to make a backing using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and Whisper White ink from Stampin Up. My punches are also from Stampin Up.

The challenges I'm entering this for are:
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Open theme
Sweet Stampin - Punches
Alphabet - W for Wings
Totally Papercrafts - The great outdoors
Pixie Dust - Swirly swirls

Friday 1 October 2010

Craft Fair Fatigue!

I'm exhausted after 2 very long days at the craft fair I'm doing this week, have been out for 11 hours both days and am back for more tomorrow although not for so long. Anyway just have time to post a card I made earlier in the week before heading up to bed.
Sorry too tired for all the details but if there's anything you want to ask about please do :o), image is by Tiddly Inks.

This is for:
Shirleys 2 girls - Critters (bat), purple & orange
Stamps R Us - Halloween
Gingerloft - Happy Haunting