Friday 30 March 2012

Cooking it up for Cardmadfairy

Die Cuts & Punches is the theme for the new challenge at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days and I have made a 40th birthday card commissioned by a colleague for a friend who particularly enjoys cooking. I used a Cuttlekids die set to cut the numbers and then embossed them. I  also punched a border on the purple paper and at the top of the recipe. I used my digi stamp All Dressed Up available here, and added a pinny and chef's hat which I stuck on with foam pads. Finally I added a length of bakers twine and tied on a little set of cutlery charms.

Entering the following:
Allsorts - Use a cooking recipe
Pixie Dust Studio Numbers - somewhere on your cards or projects
Stamp-N-Doodle - Embossing
Di's Digis Designs - Emboss it 
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes 
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Thursday 29 March 2012

Easter Bun

The new challenge today at Charisma Cardz has an Easter theme so when I got this lovely digi image from Dilly Beans Stamps last week I knew it was perfect for my DT card - so cute! 
Loving all the pretty pastel spring colours teamed with the Whimsy Stamps die cut flourishes and sentiment tab :o) 
Digi Stamp Boutique are sponsoring this week’s challenge but remember, you have to be in it to win it!


Challenges entered:
Fab 'n' Funky - Easter 
Scrapbook Sisters - Easter
Ruby's Rainbow - Easter 
Sisterhood of Crafters  - Easter 
Crafty Sentiments - Easter 
Flourishes - Easter 
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Easter 
Paper and Such Design - Spring or Easter 

Friday 23 March 2012

I've been so busy making monkeys and covering shifts for sick colleagues that it's been a whole week since I last blogged! The monkey pile is growing and the orders keep coming in which is great but doesn't leave me much time for anything else. The new baby I blogged about in my last post was brought round for a quick visit yesterday but unfortunately I was at work so missed seeing him. Fortunately Neil was at home and took a few pictures for me - not quite the same as cuddles but will have to be enough for now! Here is baby Thomas with his new monkey:

Just managed to fit in one quick card as respite from sewing and this is it - LOTV image coloured with Promarkers, papers from Basic Grey, lace from my stash and a button which I coloured with Promarker and distressed with Stayzon ink to tie in with papers. That's all for now folks - have to get back to my monkeys :o)

Entering the following:
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything goes 
Crafty Ribbons - Birthday
I Love Promarkers - 3 different papers 
Ruby's Rainbow - Lace 
Sisterhood of Crafters  - Birthdays 
Shopping Our Stash - Buttons & bows 
Love to Create - Anything goes 
Make it Monday - Always anything Goes   
Nettie G's Digital Gems - What’s the Occasion? 

Friday 16 March 2012

Add a Sentiment

Today sees a new challenge over on my other blog Cardmadfairy's Digi Days and this time all we want to see is a project featuring a sentiment.
I had to make a card for one of my son Owen's best friends who has just become a father, his girlfriend gave birth to a lovely baby boy on Monday - Congratulations Andy and Michelle and welcome baby Thomas Oliver!!
I used my Baby Boy digi stamp available over at Cardmadfairy's Creations.

Challenges I'm entering:
Paper Shelter Challenge - for a male
Anything Goes Challenge - Boyz to Men
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes 
Totally Gorjuss - Anything goes with a button
One Stitch At A Time - Use a Digi

Thursday 15 March 2012

Alter it for Charisma

Sorry this post is a bit late today and is short and sweet - I've had a bit of a panic on with monkeys over the past 24 hours - suddenly had to finish off a batch unexpectedly and have only just finished in time to go off to work :p

Our new challenge this week at Charisma Cardz is Alter It and I have made this little plant from - wait for it - a pot noodle! I started by using alcohol inks to colour the rim of the little plastic pot then modpodged some book paper to cover the plastic then after drying it I coloured it also with the alcohol inks. I added various trims round the top then some patterned paper a die cut and stamped bird - Paper Artsy, a few flowers and vines and finished it all off with some sticky backed gems.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Sentiments Things With Wings 
Make it Monday - Always anything goes 
Smudgy Antics - Alter something 

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Last of the weddings

Just popping on here quickly before work this morning to share the last of the 4 wedding cards I've (nearly) completed for my daughter's friend. I say nearly because I will be personalising them before sending them off but prefer to share them on here without the names etc.
This image is one of my own digi stamps - Cupcake Wedding Cake - and can be found here. I used Promarkers to colour the image and added some Glossy Accents to finish. The backing paper is from the Cloisonne set from GCD Studios and the lacy border is a Cheery Lyn's border die cut. The flowers are from Wild Orchid and I stuck the sentiment (from Inkadinkado) and a larger cupcake onto a couple of hatpins to complete the design.

Entering this for the following:
Allsorts - Say it with Flowers
Hotshot Crafts - Ribbon 
Mami Doodles - Pink/Red/White
Crafty Purple Frog - Pink & girly
S J Papercrafts Flowers plus include red or pink

Sunday 11 March 2012

So pretty

I love this pretty LOTV image, it's just so delicate and girly so I thought it had to be coloured very delicately in pastel shades so I used my Promarkers with a lot of blender to keep the colours very subtle and just finished off with a clear Sakura sparkle pen to add a little glitz and magic. The papers are Basic Grey and that fun trim was part of a secret santa gift this Christmas - I attached it with a jewel brad at either end. The wish tickets are from Whimsy Stamps and the sentiment is Personal Impressions.

Challenges entered:
Fussy and Fancy - Fairies 
Guylou's Inimitability - Things with wings 
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - Sparkle & bling or embossing 
Crafty Purple Frog - Pink & girly
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything made with paper goes
Crafts and Me - Things with wings
Pixie Cottage  Sketch and/or things with wings
A Gem of a Challenge - Perfect pastels
Our Creative Corner -  Tic Tac Toe (brads, pinks & flowers)

Thursday 8 March 2012

Mini Monkey and a touch of spring

I say a touch of spring with my tongue firmly in my cheek, yesterday we had a four seasons day here - sleet, sunshine, snow and wind - unbelievable! Good news though, the socks arrived and they are fab, such a bright and colourful mix! I'm really going to enjoy making these ones, I started out yesterday with this mini one made from a toddler sized sock - so cute!

Today's card is one of my own images April - available here - she has been coloured with Promarkers and teamed with Basic Grey papers for a fresh spring card. I borrowed the big flowers idea from my sister Gillian who made some similar ones on a recent card, thanks Gill :o)

Entering these challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons Green and yellow
Fab 'n' Funky - Yellow
I Love Promarkers - Ribbons and bows 
My Mum's Craft shop - Spring colors 
Paper Creations Ink - Spring is in the air   
Pollycraft - Spring has sprung
Totally Stampalicious - Spring is in the Air 

Tuesday 6 March 2012

Teddy Bo goes surfing

Today's card is the result of a bit of unexpected spare time, was supposed to have been off to a good start with the next 15 monkeys but I'm still waiting for the socks to be delivered. Should have arrived on Friday but have been delayed until tomorrow. However I've had time to make a couple of cards, do some art jounalling and get prepared for a children's Mother's Day craft session at the library on Sunday. 

Meanwhile the first three monkeys have been off having adventures in and around Edinburgh preparing for their big debut at the weekend. The photographer has been following them around and has got some excellent shots of their mischief - more later!!

Anyway here is Teddy Bo having an adventure of his own, The image was printed onto card and coloured with Promarkers then I used some distress inks with some spritzed Tattered Angels to give a misty, watery effect. Basic Grey papers and a fancy folding technique - not as easy as it looked in the demo!! - and all finished off with a sentiment from Rubber Stampede.

Challenges entered:
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes 
Hooked on CraftsMore than one fold 
Make it Monday - Always anything goes  
The Pink Elephant - Lets see those layers 
Challenge Up Your Life - Front panel stair step card  
Crazy 4 Challenges - Fun folds  
Card Cupids - Birthday cards for boys   
Paper Shelter Challenge - Fancy folds 

Monday 5 March 2012

3rd Wedding

.....well a Civil Partnership anyway although is there a difference? - they both stand for the same thing - an excuse for a huge party with all your friends and relatives! This is the third of 4 wedding cards comissioned by one of my daughter's best friends, they are at that age now - late twenties - when loads of their friends are getting married and settling down. An expensive time dont you think when you count all the hen nights, wedding finery, gifts as well as the cost of attending the weddings :o)

Anyway, for this card I have used the digi stamp Mister & Mr from Digistamp Boutique and kept the design very simple. I colored the image with promarkers and added some Glossy Accents on the glasses, the hearts are a mix of punched and die cut, and the sentiment is from Inkadinkado.

Entering the card for the following challenges:

Little Claire's  - Romance 
Crafty Catz - Punches and Dies 
Polkadoodle - Polka Dots or Stripes or Both
Divas by Design - Spots or Stripes
Top Tip Tuesday - Stitches Real Or Faux
Creative Craft Challenges - Boys Will Be Boys 
Pile It On - Spots and/or Stripes

Friday 2 March 2012

Mum's the Word

Just before I have to get on with the next batch of monkeys -15 to be ready by the 14th March!!.....

.......I'd like to share my DT card for today's new Mother's Day challenge at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days I have used the digi stamp Daisies (available here) and paper pieced it three times with different papers, the papers are from Basic Grey. Now to the monkeys - I may be gone for some time!

Challenges entered:
Scrapbook Sisters - Spring Flowers 
Whimsy Inspiration - paper piecing 
Oldie But Goodie Challenge - Red & white with a ribbon (ribbon) 
Paper and Such Design - Paper Piecing 
Partytime Tuesdays - Anything Goes 
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Anything Goes With Avocado Arts* 
Craft Your Passion - Paper Piecing 
C.R.A.F.T. - Mother's Day
Crafty Ribbons - Celebrate your Mom

Thursday 1 March 2012

Taking a break from the weddings

My card for this week’s Charisma Cardz challenge has nothing to do with marriage and everything to do with merging. Our challenge is masking so I have merged 3 Gorjuss stamps to create my image - I started by stamping the cat, then the sitting Gorjuss girl then finally the standing one. The image was coloured with Promarkers and I've used a Basic Grey backing paper, a sentiment from Stampin Up and a bit of lace from my stash to complete the card.

Entering the challenges at:
Crafts and Me - Pretty in lace
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Just Some Lines - Girly girls