Pearls in my hair by A Day For Daisies- pretty in pink.

Pearls in my hair by A Day For Daisies- pretty in pink.

Our Creative Loops Challenge here this month is stars and/or stripes. This is my first card for the challenge using the beautiful digi called Pearls In My Hair from Day For Daisies. It is a birthday card for my lovely sister in law.

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The stripe and floral papers were from the Victorian Roses by Make & Create. All the layers were matted onto pink card and the card was distressed using my Tim Holtz distress tool. I used a lovely translucent shimmery ribbon. All of these were from my extensive stash :-). I added three star gems and also some flowers from wild orchid crafts to embellish the card.

I used Craft Artist to create the top layer with the digi stamp and coloured the image using Promarkers.

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I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Creative Loops- Stars and/or stripes

Use Your Stuff- Floral prints

Tuesday Throwdown- Happy Birthday

Freshly Brewed Designs- Birthdays

Craft Rockets Challenges- Spots and/or stripes

That’s Crafty Challenge- Bird’s of a Feather Challenge

 

 

 

 

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Diamond fold Christmas card

This is the design I used for all my Christmas cards last year but unfortunately I forgot to take photos so I could blog them! I thought I’d make another one while I still remembered how I did them!

I made the card base using 12 by 12 inch pearlescent card. I cut this at 4 and 8 inches so I could make three cards. I used this tutorial at splitcoaststampers on making diamond fold cards and scored it using my Big Score Scoring Board. This is the folded, front  and rear views.

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I used an old image, papers, card and a stamp which were all from magazines and unfortunately I have no idea which magazines or the designers. I also used old ribbon and punches. I added new adhesive pearls and coloured them with a metallic red Promarker.

diamond fold christmas2I used corner punches on my layers under the image. I used a holly punch and added more adhesive pearls coloured with a metallic red Promarker as berries.

diamond fold christmas6I stamped and embossed the sentiment image onto card which I cut with a scallop edge circle punch.

I made a box envelope with card from this lushFirst Edition Scrapbook Paper Pad- Love Letters.

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If you’re interested in trying out different card types and folds you might want to check out my Pinterest board with them.

I’d like to enter this card to the following challenges

Creatilicious Challenges- more than one fold

Whimsy stamps inspiration challenge- Christmas in summer

Crafting when we can- ribbon, twine, washi taps or a combination of the three

Paper creators crafts- dies and/or punches

SLS lines challenges- Christmas or creepmas in summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You make me proud card with inkadinkadoo stamping gear

You make me proud card with inkadinkadoo stamping gear

It is A level results day in the UK today when our students find out if they got their university place. I actually make and give any cards before the results come out as I am proud of the recipients for their efforts.

This is a very different card for me- it was difficult to photograph as it is pearlescent card and a white stamped sentiment). Since I was doing a masculine card I used the photo below to come up with the colour combination of purple and green.

I wanted to use my new inkadinkadoo stamping gear. It is so much fun! I spent ages just messing around with various stamps and the gear on blank paper.

I used green and purple Centura card to make the card base and the sentiment layer. When I had cut the card with my trusty guillotine  I used my corner punch to round the edges. I also score the card and embossed the frame using the trimmer as it allows me to emboss lines accurately using the measurements. I use the gap in the middle of the ruler above the channel to do this using my embossing tool.

 
 I took some lime centura pearl paper and used citrus, purple twilight and aqua alcohol inks dotted  on a Ranger blending tool. I then added some blending solution to it and then randomly dabbed on the paper.The texture of the card is quite glossy so the colour smooshes about beautifully!

I used the circular cog and the bottom right stamp in the set with pearlescent purple ink (so it would stand out) . To stamp the pattern.I decided to place the sentiment in the top third and arrange the stamping so it frames the stamp. However, to make it look more like shop pattern paper I did two more patterns at each bottom corner.
I quite often buy lots of white ribbon and then use ink to decorate it so that it matches the rest of my card. On this card a made a pennant ribbon shape with white lacey ribbon and dotted it with the same alcohol inks (I did this on a piece of card as the ribbon acts a bit like a stencil so I can use the scrap of card in another project). The sentiment is a proud as a peacock stamp set that I got with a magazine (I forget which one). This is stamped in white pearlescent ink which is why it is so difficult to see in a photo! I used 3D foam pads to add a bit of dimension and pop to the sentiment.

I also decorated the inside of the card to match. I have a stash of pearlescent white paper I use for digi art as well. I used the same alcohol inks and technique on the paper for the inside of the card. I used the oval cog, same stamp and same ink to decorate the inside. I used my shape cutter to cut an oval from the lime pearlescent card and wrote my message here.

I’ve enjoyed playing with the stamping gear- I’m in the middle of some other experiments with it so I’ll post more examples soon.
I’d like to enter my card for the following challenges. Do head over and check out the links as there are some amazing cards linked up there.



Holly birthday!

Holly birthday!

I wanted to make a Winter birthday card for a change. I used a sketch from Sketch Saturday and the Sylvia Zett digi Holly. This picture gives you an idea of the sparkle and shine when it catches the light!

The papers are from Nitwits  and I used a red glaze pen and Lime star pen to give them some extra zing by colouring the berries and leaves around the outside. I used Peeled paint distress ink around the edges of the card.

 I designed the sentiment on Craft Artist and then highlighted the words with lime star pen. I used a ribbon from stash and coloured gems with flexmarker. I’ve taken a close up without flash. I coloured with Promarkers and flexmarkers. I also used my Sakuras over the top of the Promarkers but the effects of these show up better in the other photos with flash! I used a red glitter pen for the hair band, blue stardust for the wings, red glaze for the berries, white souffle and silver star for the snow and metallic red for the bells.

I made a single layer inside using maching elements.

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Stamp and Create Winter Wonderland 
Crafty Sentiments – Anything goes
Card Mania – Happy Birthday
Simply Create – Anything goes for digital papercrafting
Sketch Saturday – Sketch
Cute as a button picture

Cute as a button picture

This is the picture I made to accompany the card for a new arrival! Once again I blurred the picture for privacy. I used a box frame from Hobbycraft.
I used some of the elements I had designed for the card. They are colour matched to the blanket on the baby. I used some bright DP from my First Edition Hideaway stash and used sage distress ink on the card edges. I wanted to use dots on the paper and pearls to match the button theme.

I used ribbons from stash and coloured them to match using soft green Promarker. The buttons were from stash.

I coloured all the pearls with Promarker to match and pull my elements together.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Simply Create – Anything goes for digital papercrafting
Papertake Weekly -Anything Goes and optional celebrate
Cute Card Thursday Lots of ribbon
Bookie door hanger

Bookie door hanger

This matches the card I posted yesterday. I used two saturated canary digis to show the bookhead in and out (at I library I’ve decided!!). I created the background to the digis using Craft Artist.
I sanded the wooden blank edges and coloured them with distress inks and then stuck on Tim Holtz dictionary pages. I then resanded the edges and coloured them with distress ink.

I coloured the digis with Pro and flexmarkers and highlighted with pearlescent ink. I used glossy accents on the eyes and lips.

I used ribbons from clothing and buttons to attach the base card.  I punched two circles of the Tim Holtz paper and attached them together with foam pads with the writing facing inwards. I made the heart paper using Craft Artist.

 This is the other side.

I made the flowers and leaves using punches and then coloured and added gems in the centre.

It took me a long time but I love the end result.
I would like to enter the following challenges

Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days – Die Cuts and/or Punches
Lily Pad – Flower Challenge
4 Crafty ChicksFlowers
Crafty Purple Frog – Let’s get distressed
Craft Us Crazy Anything but a card and/or altered item
Just Keep on Creating – anything goes
Paper Shelter Challenge anything goes/ Easter
Spring themed 21st card

Spring themed 21st card

This is the easel card that goes in the box I’ve already posted! I decided to use the themes of Spring colours and flowers (see inspiration photos at the end of the post)

I used a Sylvia Zet stamp and created background papers with Craft Artist.

I inked the edges of the card with distress ink. I punched the top with a Martha stewart punch. I added a heart metal charm and some gems.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and flexmarkers and highlighted with pearlescent inks.

I made the paper for the base of the card. I added a green foam stopper with lace ribbon coloured with distress ink. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The back is decorated and the message is blurred out.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Fashionista Challenge – Anything Goes for Girls
Sketchy Colors Color Inspiration- Pink, Cream
 
 
The Shabby Tea RoomPhoto Inspiration- Homegrown Flowers 
Incy Wincy DesignsPastel Colours
Stamp and Create –Spring
The Crazy Challenge – Spring
There She GoesMetal Embelishments
Spring Birthday box

Spring Birthday box

This is the first of a set I’ve done for a 21st birthday. This is a box for the birthday card- I was in a rush and forgot to do a side view! The box top has a scalloped edge and the bottom of the box is a light pink textured cardstock.

The papers are First Edition- Love Letters. I used a Martha Stewart corner punch. The ribbon was snipped from the inside of a top (and it still stays on the hanger!!)

I would like to enter the following challenges

Pixie Dust StudioNumbers
Crafty Purple FrogAnything goes
Lovely Lili for mum!

Lovely Lili for mum!

I was really happy to get the free Lili of the Valley pictures in a magazine. I thougnt this image was perfect for Spring colours and I used some ideas from their great ideas to inspire.

As ever I coloured with Promarkers and I used glossy accents on the balloons and nose.
The punches I used were all Martha Stewart.

The ribbon was another magazine freebie. The LOTV sentiment was decorated round the edges with a flexmarker to look like petals. The embossing was done freehand.

I made up the card design made up from a couple I had seen and using acette for the window.
The flower gems were also freebies and all the flowers were Wild Orchid Crafts.

I decorated the back with another LOTV image from the magazine coloured with Pro and flexmarkers. I added a panel with my message.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Lili’s Little Fairies – Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers – Flowers
Lily Pad – Flower Challenge
Fairy Fun Fridays – Spring
Moving Along With The Times – Cute and Cuddly
Rainbow Lady’s – Butterflies
ColourQ – Color Challenge
Altered baking tray!

Altered baking tray!

I decided I needed more craft storage but I needed to keep it frugal. Having made storage for my Promarkers the next thing was storage for the Perfect Pearls. I bought a baking tray for a pound and everything else is from stash.

I used some plastic reinforcers with rivets from packaging and stuck them to the back of the tray. I then threaded ribbon through them to hang it up.
I made the background paper using Craft Artist and printed it onto pearlescent paper.

I added flowers and skeleton leaves to one corner of the tray.

I used punches to create this rosette with scraps of paper. I added a gem from a pin to the middle.
I coloured the edges of the tray using dabs of alcohol inks and pearlescent ink.

I cut and stuck magnets to the back of the Perfect Pearls.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Corrosive Challenges – Another Dimension
Anything Goes Challenge – Altered Projects (anything but a card)
Papercraft Star – photo inspiration with lovely bright colours (I decided on turquoise and pink) for inspiration plus something from kitchen
Crop Stop – Include at least 3 flowers
The Crazy Challenge – Use a Die or Punch
One Stitch At A Time – Use a Digi OR No image