Sunday, 31 January 2010

Friday Sketch Challenge with a bit of sewing!!!

Wow this is a first - getting a card finished days before the challenge finishes and blogging it too!!!!

This card is for the Friday Sketchers challenge site - theme was to follow a sketch supplied by Jeanette.

I have used a Tilda from the YUMMY collection - a very nice one to colour in with distress inks. The paper I've used is Just Magnolia paper! Would you believe I've even used my sewing machine on this card - running short of double-sided tape, knew I wouldn't have time to shop yesterday so thought ... use the sewing machine!!!! Granted I've just used it round the edges for this card but now its all set up and ready to go - no excuses really for not using it more. I've distressed the paper edges with a pair of scissors, inked it with Vintage Photo, yet again used the Martha Stewart Doily punch, glimmer misted some cream flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, added a stamped sentiment and here it is ......

Quite a simple card really but fits the challenge just nicely I think. TTFN XX

Friday, 29 January 2010

Card Challenges again but only just!!!!!!

I made this card at the beginning of the week and only just this minute got round to photographing and blogging it!! Getting rubbish at getting things done these days!.

This card I'm entering it for 2 challenges: Sketch Saturday which was to follow a sketch and Hanna and Friends which was a easel card.

This is the side view...

Tilda was coloured in with distress inks, all the gorgeous paper is by Bo Bunny, my fave Martha Stewart Doily punch was used everywhere!! and my oval scalloped nestabilities were used to frame Tilda and also for the personal message.

Just received my new Magnolia papers that I ordered - they are very scrummy!!! Guess I'll be in my little craft room tonight!!! TTFN x

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Romantic Tilda - couple of card challenges

Tilda had hardly been laid on my doormat for several minutes before she was snatched up, inked up and coloured with distress ink- been after this lovely stamp for absolutely ages. Liked a couple of the themes out there for card challenges so I'm entering the card for a couple of my fave sites:- Magnolia Down Under (theme: love, hearts, romance etc) and Friday Sketchers (a lovely sketch to follow).

I've used some gorgeous left over Melissa Frances paper that I've had for ages but its one of those papers that you just want to use for best- all distressed with scissors and then inked with Vintage Photo. I've used my fave Martha Stewart punch Doily and also a new Martha Stewart Deep Heart Border punch. Tilda was coloured in with distress inks and the flowers from Orchid Crafts were just lightly inked around the edge. Don't think you can see the Stickles used on Tildas headband, lace and also on the banner but it's there! :O) A pearl was added in each corner and here it is....

Just received my Magnolia Ink Magazine filled with fantastic Tilda creations so off to read it with a nice cuppa and a couple of Bourbon biccies - MMMMmmm.. TTFN xx

Just before I go just had to say GOT AN HONORABLE MENTION with my Lets Get Shabby piece Bikini card!!!!! Wahayyyyyy - chuffed to bits!! Cool eh!!! xxxx

Monday, 18 January 2010

Lets Get Shabby - Summer (aka Doris Day meets Baywatch)

As soon as the challenge was set for Lets Get Shabby with the theme SUMMER I had a few ideas and yep - none of the ideas I came up with have been entered for this challenge. I was going to decorate a box beach hut style, then I was going to decorate a frame beach hut style with a bunting hanging on it with 'Wish you were here' with some vintage images of bathing beauties stuck on it but I ruined that by adding yellow paint over blue paint and coming up with a real naff green DOH!!! So in a hurry to enter the challenge before it was too late I sat down last night and made a .... card. But not just any normal card - a bikini card!! When I showed hubby it and asked him what he thought he said 'OOoooh Doris Day meets Baywatch'!!!!!

So here it is - the front ....

and the back.

I used red gingham paper and crumpled it up and distressed the edges with a pair of scissors and inked it with Vintage Photo. Added 2 layers of lace to the bikini back and finished it off with blue ribbon. The front was the same. The little starfish was white so I just coloured that in a sandy colour copic pen and added it to some thick thread. To keep with the colour scheme of the challenge I added a orange button to the front and a green button to the back.

Disappointed that I've rushed it and again not sure if its shabby or not but this is one challenge site I enjoy and look forward to entering each month. The Design Team (a very talented bunch) always leave nice comments no matter what I submit for the challenges which makes it well worthwhile in my opinion. Well thats it for tonight TTFN xx

(Just had a thought - if I hadn't shown it to hubby I could have given it to him as a Valentines card - he's always wanted to see me in a bikini - well this is as close as hes gonna get to that I can tell you!!!)

Friday, 15 January 2010

Quixotic Challenge - Sketch

As you can probably tell I got quite an handful of new stamps for Christmas - and I've used this one for the Quixotic Challenges site. The challenge this Wednesday was to follow a sketch (getting very good at following them now).

This is a Lily of the Valley stamp coloured with polychromos pencils. The papers are some I've had for quite some time now - Sugared by Basic Grey and all have been distressed with a pair of scissors and inked with Rangers Vintage Photo. The lace round the edge of the image is just gorgeous and came as a pressie from my good friend Sue (love this very much - just the right size for framing), my fave doily punch and some flowers that I got from Wild Orchid Crafts and here it is...

The colours are a bit wishywashy but considered the photo was taken just after Emmerdale don't think its come out too bad. Well think a nice bottle of wine is called for - can't believe I've just met all the challenges I wanted to join in with .. well just the shabby challenge and that is very nearly done (I changed it AGAIN!!!) TTFN xx

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Winter Wonderland Challenge

Whilst blog hopping I came upon a fab challenge site called Winter Wonderland - a perfect way to incorporate making christmas cards whilst enjoying the weekly challenges.

This weeks challenge was to follow the sketch provided and for this card it didn't have to be a christmas theme so I just had to try out this fabulous image by Mo Manning which I coloured with polychromos pencils - love the sketch and will definitely be using it again. I've had the stripey paper for absolutely yonks as its not the kind of paper I would normally choose so have no idea who it is by. I teamed it with some plain papers, added 3 buttons and here is the card....

Well thats if for this evening - still trying to get my frame finished!!!! TTFN x

Monday, 11 January 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenge

Another challenge again using one of my lovely Magnolia stamps. This Tilda is from the Christmas collection - really really like this Tilda and although a christmasy type one I will definitely use her again for some birthday cards. Perfect for the Magnolia Down Under - use a stamp for a different purpose.

I dont know the name of the paper with cherries on it oops! think I've had it a while, some red gingham paper bought from The Hobby House, some white netting ribbon, my Martha Stewart Doily punch, a little red rose and a star pin. This time Tilda was coloured in with my Distress Inks (which are my fave and can't wait to get my hands on the new range) and Diamond Stickles were added to the wings and star.

Well thats definitely it for tonight - just need to finish off my Lets Get Shabby frame and then I'm up-to-date with everything I wanted to get done. TTFN and thanks for looking x

A Spoonful Of Sugar Challenge - Hearts

Yet another challenge I have decided to have a go at - A Spoonful of Sugar. This challenge was all about seeing hearts on your cards.

I used one of my new Bildmalarna stamps - Tossa Hearts - again from the selection hubby bought me for Christmas, (yes he bought me loads of stamps), some lovely Basic Grey papers Sugared, and some flowers from a huge stash I got from Wild Orchid Crafts, a couple of leaf punches and a heart punch. Tossa was coloured in using polychromos pencils.

Thanks for looking x

Friday Sketchers Challenge 84

This is my card for the challenge site Friday Sketchers . The challenge was to follow a sketch set by Claudia.

I used one of my new Magnolia stamps - Travelling Tilda - hubby bought me for Christmas, some gorgeous BO BUNNY papers from Running With Scissors, my fave Martha Stewart Doily punch, white pearls coloured with a burnt orange copic pen and a piece of dotted orange ribbon. Tilda was coloured in using my new polychromos pencils (getting the hang of them now I think).

I quite enjoy following sketches - don't seem to FAFF about as much ;o). TTFN x

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Still practising with my Polychromos Pencils

Just a quick post showing a couple of cards using my polychromos pencils. Photos are a bit wishy washy I'm afraid but by the time I get home from work any daylight has disappeared!

This image is Charlotte from the Whiff of Joy Collection with added Stickles ......

and this is of course Tilda - don't think there is any of these stamps I don't like or not want!!!!! Quite like this card even though there is hardly any embellishments on it.

Well that's it for now - still working on the Lets Get Shabby challenge - had a few ideas at the beginning but now - struggling. TTFN xx

Thursday, 7 January 2010

A Paper Maniac Card Challenge

Can't quite believe that I haven't blogged in well over a month wow!! Happy New Year to you all. Hope everyone had a lovely festive Christmas and New Year.

Well one of my New Year resolutions was to try and participate in some challenges - just for fun and to try and up my confidence a little. Was blog-hopping for quite some time last night (as you do!!!) and came across this challenge site Paper Maniac. Their first challenge of the year was to follow a sketch - liked it so thought I would have a go at entering. I've used a stamp called Sitting Annie which I got for Christmas along with a fab tin of Polychromos Pencils, Sansador, Bristol Board and some paper stumps (thanks to my lovely hubby who must have listened to Santa!!!).

Still practising the colouring but the bristol board is so smooth!!!! Love it. Cut the image out by hand and added it to a small oval scalloped nestability and added this one to a larger one. Added some white lace and red velvet ribbon, a few roses and here it is (must admit to rotating the sketch but think its ok to do that).

Just one more thing to say - got a lovely honourable mention for my Victorian Cone on the Lets Get Shabby Challenge - dont think I can mention the word Tussie Mussie without smiling) TTFN xx