Tuesday, 27 September 2016

40th Birthday Card for a Fabulous Sister

My sister was 40 at the weekend so I had to make her a special card to celebrate her big day.  I opted for an easel card in pretty pastel colours, featuring a Your Next Stamp stamped image that I coloured with Promarkers, paper piecing, and highlighted with Star Dust Stickles.  I won the stamp in a challenge a while ago and kept it aside for just this occasion as my sister does love a cocktail and a pretty dress.
 I made the easel card, all the layers, and the stopper element with Grand Spellbinders dies.
The oh so pretty papers are from a Lili of the Valley pad called Promises, I love the lilac and mint colour combo of this pack.
The birthday sentiment was stamped with a Lili of the Valley stamp and the sister sentiment was stamped with a Papermania stamp and matted onto lilac pearl card.
To embellish, I added layered organza and satin ribbon with a matching bow, a satin bow to the stopper, Papermania glitter number stickers, flowers made with a Woodware punch, topped with lilac gems, and some flourishes made with a Joanna Sheen star flourish die, which I cut down and just used to the very fine tendrils.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Unicorn - #13 - Happy Birthday
Fab 'n' Funky - #319 - Ribbon and/or Lace
Cards for Galz - #31 - Anything But Square
Brown Sugar - #217 - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - #41 - Special Occasions
Ooh La La - #214 - Feminine
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #207 - Happy Birthday
Cupcake Inspirations - #377 - Party Time

Monday, 26 September 2016

Gorjuss Friend

I bought this sweet Gorjuss stamp a few months ago and hadn't got round to inking her up, so I decided to rectify that, and make this clean and simple autumn card.
 The papers I used are from a First Edition pad called Falling Leaves, I picked it up in The Works for a very reasonable price.
Both the Gorjuss and the Vintage Notes sentiment stamp stamp are from Papermania, I stamped the sentiment in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and also used this to ink all the edges of the patterned papers.  I coloured the stamped image with my trusty Promarkers, in warm autumnal shades.
I embellished this one very simply, it is a CAS card after all; I added some die cut leaves made with Spellbinders Fall Foliage dies.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Passion For Promarkers - #364 - CAS
Crafty Cardmakers - #173 - Autumn
Penny Black and More - Stamped Sentiment
Pile It On - #117 - Autumn
Creative Corner - Autumn
4 Crafty Chicks - #317 - Colours of Fall
Aud Sentiments - #164 - Fall Colours + a Sentiment
CRAFT - #382 - Autumn / Halloween / Thanksgiving
Star Stampz - It's Fall Y'All
Creative Moments - #102 - Fall Colours

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Winter Window

A little bit of scene building today, along with some die cutting, to make another Christmas card to add to my ever growing collection.
 The only ink I used on this card was Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink (not Crippled Sapphire as my Mum misread it!), along with three stamps, some torn paper and a Clarity dusting brush.  The sentiment stamp is from a Buzzcraft set, the tree stamp is from a Clarity set, and the sleigh and reindeer stamp is by Inkylicious.
The window frame was made with my Memory Box Madison Window die and the cat was made from navy card, with an Xcut die from a Build-a-Scene set.
All this fitted very nicely onto an A6 card blank to give a clean and simple card, a great way to use up those small cards that have been lurking in my stash since the dawn of time!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Double D - Trees
Addicted to Stamps - #131 - Trees, Branches or Leaves
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Shabby Chic and/or Monochrome - I chose Monochrome
Crafty Friends - #40 - Monochrome
Creative Corner - No Patterned Paper
Craft Rocket - #24 - Mostly Blue

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Kitty Bee Showcase Card - Cow Barely Over the Moon

It's that time of the month when I share my Kitty Bee showcase project, which this time is a new baby girl card, featuring Cow Barely Over the Moon from the Kitty Bee Etsy Store.  I coloured the image with Promarkers, apart from the moon, which I coloured with a Crafter's Companion clear glitter pen, then I added craters with a Quickie glue pen and sprinkled on Glamour Dust; this, unfortunately hasn't shown up very well at all in the photos.
 The patterned papers are from a First Edition pad called Sweet Owl, I think that the pink and brown colour combo makes them perfect for baby girl cards.  I added in some latte coloured card for matting and one of the banners.
I used a few dies on this one, Xcut ones to cut the doily, rose and little stars, and a Sue Wilson set to make the banners.  I used a Personal Impressions stamp for the sentiment.
The final touches were to add a pretty pink bow and a few pink gems.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafty Gals Corner - #90 - Critters
Craft Your Passion - #330 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #116 - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - #118 - Pink and Brown

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Flowers / Nature

It's challenge time again at I love Promarkers, this fortnight our theme is "Flowers / Nature", and we're sponsored by The Paper Shelter, who kindly gave the DT a couple of images to play with.  I chose to use The Sweet Gardener, which I coloured, of course, with my Promarkers.
 The papers are from a First Edition Pad called Paper Flowers, I love the colours of these papers, I added some lilac pearl card for matting.
To embellish, I added a sentiment stamped with a Lili of the Valley stamp, a sprig of flowers made with a Sizzix die set that I got for my birthday from a crafty friend, and a trio of butterflies made with Xcut dies from my Rose Flourish set, which I topped with tiny blue pearls for their bodies.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Inspiration Destination - #104 - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - #128 - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - #86 - Anything Goes
Broken Fairy - #11 - Anything Goes with Optional Twist of Make it Girly

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Purple Baubles

Yet another Christmas card, this time a DL card to ring the changes.  I don't make enough of these, I always enjoy the long, thin shape and the interesting layouts that can be achieved with this shape.
 The papers are from a Lili of the Valley pad called Snow Princess, to which I've added deep purple and white card for matting.  I also used a Martha Stewart snowflake border punch to make a decorative strip down the left hand side.  I used the snowflake-shaped waste from the punch to embellish the backing paper.
The baubles were made with Spellbinders dies, from three shades of purple card, and were embellished with tiny purple gems, topped with white bows, then hung from lengths of baker's twine from the top of the card.
The final touch was to add a sprinkling of gems to the background.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Craft Your Passion - #330 - Anything Goes
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #206 - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - #40 - Monochrome
4 Crafty Chicks - #316 - Twine
Sunny Day Crafting - #15 - Anything Goes

Monday, 19 September 2016

Crafty Boots GDT Card - All Squared Up

After being placed in the top three in a recent challenge at Crafty Boots, I was very kindly asked if I would like a guest spot with them for their "All Squared Up" challenge, which is running just now, you still have a week to get your square themed projects linked up.  Always happy to oblige, here is my square creation, another Christmas card to add to my not so small stack, I'm doing quite well with my festive makes.
 The papers used here are from two First Edition pads, Gilded Winter and Silent Night, both very soft, muted colours.  I used some oyster coloured pearl card for matting.
The squares were cut with Crafter's Companion Die'sire dies, they're the nesting component of an accordion card set and have lovely faux stitched detail.  The little scalloped square in the centre is from the same set, I stamped a sentiment onto it with a stamp from a magazine freebie set.
The mistletoe was cut with an Xcut die from dark green card, it looks much darker in the photos than it does in reality.  I added blobs of Liquid Pearls to form the berries.
To finish my card, I added some clear glass dew drops to the corners and some high gloss pearls to the central square.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #206 - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - #329 - Stitching Real or Faux - I used dies which added faux stitching to all the squares
Winter Wonderland - Use at Least Two Dies
CRAFT - #381 - Christmas
Crafting By Designs - A Stitch in Time - Faux stitching provided by die cuts
Fab 'n' Funky - #318 - Inspired By Nature