Monday 23 July 2012

Paper piercing

I'm enjoying a week away on holiday this week but just wanted to share my Squigglefly dt card with you all today, the theme this week is Paper Piercing - unlike paper piecing this is way out of my comfort zone but then that's what a challenge is all about really! 

This image by Cheryl Algar is one of several new images released July 21st, also Squigglefly are welcoming a new artist this week - Christine Grove! I used die cuts for the hearts border and the flowers and coloured the image with Promarkers.

Challenges entered:
My Mum's Craft shop - Cats and dogs
Sassy Cheryl's - Let's See Those Fancy Borders
Our Craft Lounge - Sunny Days
Pattie's Creations - Summertime

Thursday 19 July 2012

Thinking ahead to winter

Strange as it sometimes seems, this is the time of year when we crafters have to start thinking of winter and all that comes with it - Christmas cards, craft fairs, teacher gifts etc, etc. Personaly I always plan to be making Christmas cards throughout the year but inevitably it gets to halfway through the summer and I realise that I've done nothing and I wish that I'd had a little more disipline back in January, February, March etc!! This year is no different and because I've been concentrating so much on making my sock monkeys this card is the first Christmas related thing I've produced - and yes I know it's only July but this is where it all starts - in fact as soon as school goes back in the middle of August (at least in Scotland) that's when I have to go into full-time Christmads mode :o)

Today's card is for the new Cardmadfairy's Digi Days challenge which, of course, is themed Christmas in July. I have used my digi Imogen in the wings which can be found over here, The image was coloured with Promarkers, papers, Robin & tag are from My Mind's Eye and die cuts are Memory Box

Entering the following:
I Love Promarkers - Sparkle
Stampavie and More - Christmas In Summer
Die Cuttin' Divas Christmas In July
Card and Scrap - Wings
Card Cupids - Wings 
Crafters Companion Ho ho ho Christmas
Creatalicious Challenges - Christmas in July
Get Hippity with Ippity Christmas in July
Hooked on Crafts Christmas in July
Lollipop Crafts Christmas in July
The Crazy Challenge Christmas in July
There She Goes Christmas in July

Favourite Animal

I heard this fact the other day: there were only 1.6 hours of sunshine in the Edinburgh area during the first 10 days of July, incredible! We joke about the Scottish weather but I, who has lived here for most of my life, find it almost unbelievable that the sun has been neglecting us so much recently - however it's here today and the sky is blue - reason to celebrate I think!

I am here to share my dt card for the Charisma Cardz challenge today where the new theme is Your Favourite Animal, well my favourite is cats and this is my favourite cat digi from the awsome Mo Manning. The sentiment and the striped backing paper are from Stampin Up, the flowers are from Wild Orchid, the doily die cut is a Tim Holtz - On the Edge die - all the details I can remember without waking up Evan, who's room is where I do my cardmaking, and he's sleeping late as any self respecting teenager does during the summer holidays lol


Entering these challenges:
Great Impressions - Show us your best stay in the lines coloring
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Going round in circles
One Stitch At A Time - Anything goes  
Poodles Parlour - Use a digi stamp 
Crazy Amigo Challenge - Free theme
Make it Monday - Always anything goes 
Ooh La La Creations - Whiskers
My Mum's Craft shop - Cats and dogs 
Ruby's Rainbow - Cute Animals 

Thursday 12 July 2012

You brighten my day!

For the first time in a while I sat down at my desk yesterday to make a card just because I felt like it - taking a short break from making monkeys I just fancied doing a bit of colouring with my Promarkers so I printed out this digi from Saturated Canary for the first time and coloured her up to work alongside the lovely Crate Papers. I really enjoyed myself for the couple of hours it took - must do it more often!

Entering these challenges:
Bearly Mine Pearls & Lace
Creative Card Crew Swirls & Pearls
Tuesday Throwdown - Hot Colours
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Swirls and Lace
Lexi's Creations For a Friend 
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes 
The Ribbon Girls - Girlie Card
Craftymess Challenge - Ribbons and Lace
Clearly Inspired - Some Like It Hot

Monday 9 July 2012

Paper piecing for Squigglefly

I hope you all have had a great weekend despite the extreme weather which seems to be happening in many different parts of the world at the moment, here in the UK we have been deluged with rain for what seems like weeks now but I didn't let the wet weather stop me enjoying this weekend. We celebrated our daughter's birthday at a Mexican restuarant on Friday night and I spent yesterday at a craft fair where several of my monkeys went to new homes and I met some lovely stallholders & crafters - great fun!

I was delighted recently to have been invited to join the design team at Squigglefly and today I have my first dt project to share! The challenge this week is paper piecing and I was given this fabulous image Pretty Bird to work with, it it part of Saturday's new release and is by Diana Garrison. 
I have used backing papers by K&Co and I coloured the rest of the image with Promarkers, added a little lace and a sentiment which was die cut with a label die from Whimsy Stamps.

I'm entering this for the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin Paper piecing
Crafty Ann's - Paper piecing
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Our Craft Lounge - Die cuts
Card and Scrap - Wings
Creative Stamp Friends Paper piecing or colouring with paper
Fashionista Challenge  Winged things
Make it Monday - Always anything goes

Friday 6 July 2012


So glad it's Friday, I need to get out of the library and get ready for Sunday's Me to You Market at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange - if you're in the area pop along and meet me and the monkeys :o)

It couldn't be much less like summertime here at the moment but our theme at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days should at least brighten the day a little! I used my digi stamp Debbie - find her here and coloured her to match the lovely bright Basic Grey backing paper, the flower was a die cut - Frangipani from Dies to Die for and the ribbon was the last of a length I've had for ages.

Challenges I'm entering:
Freshly Brewed - summertime
Oozak - Bright colours
Sparkles Forum Challenges - Summer fun
Crafty Sentiments - Summertime
Flourishes - Summer
Tuesday Throwdown - Summertime 
Paper Pretties Summer Fun 
Corrosive Challenges - Summertime Girls

Thursday 5 July 2012

A sketch challenge

The new Charisma Cardz challenge  has begun and this week we have a great sketch to follow. I enjoy sketch challenges and don't do them nearly enough - this one was great fun, my only difficulty was choosing which papers to go with! I plumped for Basic Grey in the end and this is the result, the image is from Pink Cat Studios who are sponsoring this week's challenge along with Simon Says Stamp. I coloured the birds with Promarkers and added Glossy Accents to give them some dimension, the flowers are from Wild Orchid and the sentiment is a rub down with some glossy accents and a flatbacked gem to finish it off.

Challenges entered:
Card and Scrap - Wings
Cupcake Craftroom - Lots of layers
Creative Craft Challenges - Tweet Tweet
Fashionista Challenge  Winged Things 
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes  
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - No Girl Allowed 
Dream Valley Challenges - Things with Wings
One Stitch At A Time - Use a Digi
Allsorts - In Bloom