Saturday, 31 August 2013

Happy Birthday Dog

This card is cutting it fine on a deadline!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles - Fall Colours
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-186-season-of-fall-or-fall.html
Outlawz Monday Challenge - Dog
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/birthdaycard/forum/topics/greeting-card-challenge-august-26-dog-theme-for-national-dog-day
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch 83
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/sketchie-free-for-all.html

I have used a square card blank.  The background papers are one from my stash and the other from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and is called Pretty Puppy.  The sentiment is from Digi Doodles.  I added some stitch lines around the sentiment strip and also the image.

I followed Sketch #83 from Papertake Weekly Challenge for this card.

Back to School

I got out my two favourite colours again!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Scribbles Designs - CAS
http://scribblesdesignschallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/08/scribbles-designs-challenge-8-clean-and.html
Love to Create - Back To School
http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-80-back-to-school.html

I have used a background paper from Create with TLC.  The image is from Scribble By Sandy and coloured in copic markers.  The matting is yellow cardstock. I also added a couple of dots of Stickles - Yellow.

Sitting listening to bird song

My little autumn fairy is listening to the birds tweeting away in the trees:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles - Fall Colours
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-186-season-of-fall-or-fall.html
Whoopsi Daisy - Use more than one digi
http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/use-more-than-1-image-challenge.html

I have used papers from MME (pennants) and another from my stash (background).  The images are both from Whoopsi Daisy - sheets 280 and 370.  I have coloured using copic markers YR07, YR04, R59, YG67, Y02, E00, E15.  The glitter tape is from American Crafts and the die used for the pennants is a Spellbinders one.

Steampunk Amelia

I had a heap of fun with this card - and messy fingers too!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Corrosive Challenge - Steampunk
http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-181-steampunk.html
Sassy Studio Designs - Paper Craft Planet
http://www.papercraftplanet.com/group/sassystudiodesigns/forum/topics/monthly-progressive-challenge-4-aug-15-sept-14th
Bearly Mine Challenges - Digi Stamp or Digi Papers (I've used both)
http://bearlymine-challenges.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-101-digi-days.html

I have used a couple of Steampunk Papers from Bearly Mine Designs.  I matted with chocolate brown cardstock.  The "gear" is a die-cut from Spellbinders which I cut from cream cardstock.  I then got out my metallic rub-ons and applied various colours with my fingertips.  Messy, but heaps of fun!  The image is the one supplied by Sassy Studio Designs for the challenge at Paper Craft Planet and is called Steampunk Amelia.  I coloured her using copic markers (which I forgot to write down the numbers for!!).

Autumn Flower Jar

Today is the first day of spring here....so it seems a little weird making autumn themed cards.  However, that is my favourite colour palette so I couldn't resist....

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles - Fall
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-186-season-of-fall-or-fall.html
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/sketchie-free-for-all.html

I have used Sketch #83 for this card - which is the one posted with the current challenge. 

The back piece of paper is one from my stash.  The other three are different shadings of the same paper by Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  All of these pieces were offcuts from other cards!  The matting is white cardstock edged with Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade.  The image is a New Release from Bugaboo Stamps.  I added one "stray" autumn leaf as an embellishment - this one is cut from cardstock using a Marianne's die.

Butterflies and Bow

I love crafting with butterflies and a couple of challenges this week worked really well with butterflies!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Digi Darla's Challenges - Butterflies and Bow
http://digidarlas.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/dd-77-anything-goes-with-twist.html
Penny's Paper - Ribbon, charm and pearls
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-142.html
De Creatieve Zebra - Anything Goes
http://decreatievezebra.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-31-belangrijke-mededeling.html

The lovely background paper comes from DCWV and is from Mariposa Matstack.  I love this matstack and now wish I had bought another pad of it as I haven't seen it again.  I applied some Glossy Accents to a couple of the butterflies on the paper to give them more dimension.  The butterfly image that I have used comes from Digi Darla.  I embellished the image with some pretty coloured pearls and then tied an organza bow.  As an extra butterfly, I added a butterfly charm so there are now five butterflies - three on the paper itself, one image and a charm!  I like working with odd numbers when I can.

Congrats......you did it!

A bright congratulatory card:

I am entering the card into the following challenges:
Glitter n Sparkle - Transport
http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-47.html
CRAFT Challenge - Congratulations
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-222-29th-of-august-well.html

I have used three papers from a paper pack by Kaisercraft called "Blast Off".  Although there are a lot of papers with an alien/space theme there are also some like these three that are good strong masculine colours.  The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and coloured in copic markers.  The sentiment is from Desert Diva and die-cut with Spellbinders oval die.  I have also added some glitter tape and matted with blue cardstock.

Thank You

A pretty card to say Thank You using some papers I bought this week.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Catch The Bug - August Photo Inspiration
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/august-photo-inspiration-challenge.html
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - Sketch
http://sundaysketchandstamp.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-171-caroles-sketch.html

I have used a paper from Kaisercraft for this card.  The sentiment comes from Netty's Card and the image from Bugaboo Stamps.  I edged both sentiment and image using a copic marker and also coloured the image using copic markers RV04, RV02, RV13, RV10, E25, E21, G02, G000, G17, G14, E00.  I have added some glitter tape and some large pink pearls as embellishments.







Friday, 30 August 2013

Seven Nation Army

Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes is the current challenge at Musically Challenged.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Musically Challenged - Seven Nation Army
http://musicallychallengedchallenge.blogspot.gr/2013/08/seven-nation-army-challenge-7.html
Sentimental Sundays - Ombre Hair
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-169-ombre-hair.html

I have used a segment from the video as well as a bit from the lyrics for the sentiment.  The triangles are distinctive throughout the video.  I have layered these ones using the same colours as in the vid.  The other distinctive piece of the video is the piece played on the guitar so I had to feature a guitar in some way to symbolise that.  I found this image from Bird's Cards which was just perfect.  I gave the guy red and black hair as at points in the video the hair seemed two toned.  I used SpiderFinger font to type a line of the lyrics.

Thank You Teacher

Another card ready for the end of the school year:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Flat Friends - Colour Combination
http://flatfriendschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/challenge-11-colour-combo-x.html

I have used a background paper from a paper pad by MME - this one is actually from a Christmas paper pad.  The image is from Flat Friends and has been coloured with copic markers 100, C7, C5, C3, C1, E00 and an RV marker which I forgot to note down the number!  The ribbon is some I bought a little while ago that I thought might be good for cards but was still sitting unopened!!
I have also added a sparkly glitter dome to the card.

Success is a Journey

I really like this sentiment - "Success is a Journey not a Destination".

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Outlawz Saturday Challenge - The Sky's The limit
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/saturdayscarpbookingchallenge
Nutcrafters - Spots and Stripes
http://nutcrafters.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-50-spots-stripes.html
Robyn's Fetish - Rectangle Cards Only
 http://robynsfetishchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-174-rectangle-cards-only.html

I used both sides of one paper from MME for this card.  I often can't decide which side to use of a double sided paper - this way I used both!!!  The image is from Nutcrafters and has been coloured with copic markers.  The sentiment is from Scribbles By Sandy which I printed, die-cut and embossed.  All dies used are from Spellbinders.  I used blue cardstock for matting and some light blue pearls from Sullivans as embellishments.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Trip to the Sea

Not quite the weather here yet for a trip to the sea, but this girl looks like she is enjoying her trip to the sea!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Digi Haven - The Seas
http://digihaven.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/sea-life-challenge-sponsored-by.html
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Anything Goes
http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-74-anything-goes.html

I have used a paper from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles as the backdrop for this image.  The sentiment is also from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The image comes from Digi Stamps 4 Joy.  I have coloured using copic markers.

Be Inspired

I have used the inspiration photo at The Alley Way Stamps and go with quite an obvious inspiration this week:

This is the original photo so you can see what I mean!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Alley Way Stamps - Photo Inspiration
http://www.thealleywaystamps.blogspot.co.nz/search/label/BE%20inspired%20Challenge

I have die-cut a rectangle of number paper from a matstack by DCWV called "A Type of Art".  The image is from The Alley Way Stamps and has been repeat printed and then coloured with copic markers.  I then added a strip of dark grey grosgrain ribbon from American Crafts.   A nice CAS card inspired by the cleanness of the inspiration photo.

Fuschia and Hummingbird

My mother has lots of fuschia plants in her garden and this is one of the colours that she has:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles - Birds of a Feather
http://deliciousdoodleschallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-50-birds-of-feather.html

I have used a background paper from MME for this card.  I made the image large enough to make it the focal point of the card with a little border of the background paper showing.  I coloured the image with copic markers and then added some Glossy Accents to the hummingbird.  The flower is one I was given as a gift - I added a pearl to the centre to give it more definition.

Smiley Christmas Angel

I just love this cute image with such an adorable smile!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts - Tags and Hearts
http://totallypapercrafts.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/hello-peeps-sue-here-with-great-new.html
CHNC - Cute
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/chnc-challenge-139-cute.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/chnc-challenge-extra-for-august.html
Robyn's Fetish - Rectangle Cards
http://robynsfetishchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-174-rectangle-cards-only.html
Crafting For All Seasons - Tag It
http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-59-tag-it.html

The background paper is from a Christmas paper pad that I've had for a while.  The image is from Stamp Fairy and coloured with copic markers.  The hearts have been cut from burgundy cardstock using dies from Marianne's Designs.  The tag has been cut using a Sissix die.  The sentiment is a pre-coloured sentiment from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  I added some fibres from my stash to the tag.




Sweet - Pizza Time

This little ant has found himself a sweet treat - pizza!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar - Bugs
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-56-bugs.html
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge - Sweet Treats
http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-46-sweet-treats.html
Papertake Weekly - Sketch 83
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/sketchie-free-for-all.html

I bought some new paper pads from Kaisercraft  which arrived today.  I have used two papers and a border strip from the "Summer Breeze" pad for this card.  The sketch that I have followed is Sketch #83 (although under the sketch it says #82 it saves as #83 - not sure how the numbering seems to have got skewed along the way!).   Anyway, it is a Papertake Weekly Challenge sketch.

The image is from Melonheadz.  I have had these images for a while and not quite found the right papers to work well with them.  There are a few others in the series that I have yet to use but I decided I quite liked the pizza one for this card.    Matting is some left over green cardstock from another project.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Christmas ATC Card

I struggle a little with ATC cards for some reason.  I did manage to complete this one though:

I am entering this ATC into the following challenges:
Sassy Studio Designs - Dare To Be Sassy Thursday
http://sassystudiodesigns.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/dare-to-be-sassy-thursday-191.html


I have used Holiday Cinderella by Sassy Studio Designs and coloured her with copic markers E25, E21, G17, G14, R29, R27, E00.   I also added some Stickles - Crystal.  The embellishments are red gems from Sullivans.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

I forgot your birthday!

I'm always forgetting birthdays so figured I needed to have a few cards ready for when I do forget!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
CRAFT Challenge - Sketch
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-221-22nd-of-august-sketch.html
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/qkr-stampede-weekly-challenge-53.html
Trimgym - Anything Goes
http://trimgymsdigistampsandimages.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/august-challenge-anything-goes.html
Catch The Bug - Photo Inspiration (flowers)
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/august-photo-inspiration-challenge.html

I have used tartan papers from two different paper packs by Trimgym for this card.  I wanted to pick up the colours of the flowers as well as the teacup in the papers so using papers from different packs allowed me to do this.  Of course, it would have been much easier if I chose the papers before I coloured the image but I don't always do things the easy way!

The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and is called Violetta teacup. I used copic markers for the colouring of the image - BV08, BV02, BV000, RV04, RV02, G17, G14, Y35.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.   All die-cutting is with Spellbinders dies - rectangles, square and oval.

Bon Voyage

I've gone a bit off-beat with this card!  I've gone with a let's have a drink to celebrate your upcoming travels!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
CRAFT Challenge - Sketch
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-221-22nd-of-august-sketch.html
Milk Coffee - Bon Voyage
http://milkcoffeechallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/bon-voyagevacation-challenge.html
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/qkr-stampede-weekly-challenge-53.html

I have used a selection of papers from Create with TLC for this card and matted them with kraft cardstock.  The image is from Milk Coffee, coloured with copic markers E11, R59 and R27 and highlighted with Glossy Accents.  All die-cutting is with Spellbinders dies in rectangles, square and pennant.  The Bon Voyage sentiment is one I typed on the computer myself as I couldn't find one I liked amongst the many sentiments I have in my collection!  I'm in a fussy mood today I think!  I have finished the sketch off with the help of a couple of buttons that came from my Mum's button box. 





Ladybug Hi

A card just to say Hi to someone:

I have been fortunate enough to be GDT for The Outlawz Colour Challenge for the month of August.  I have really enjoyed my time on the "other side" of the challenge.  This is my last card for this month - so back to joining in again next month!  Here is the link to that challenge:
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/colorchallenge

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar - Bugs
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-56-bugs.html
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/qkr-stampede-weekly-challenge-53.html
Catch The Bug - August Photo Inspiration
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/august-photo-inspiration-challenge.html
Robyn's Fetish - Rectangle Cards Only
http://robynsfetishchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-174-rectangle-cards-only.html

I have used a coral coloured polka dot paper from a paper pad called Paper Wishes.  The green polka dot satin ribbon is from American Crafts.  The image is "Flower Hi" from Bugaboo Stamps and has been coloured with copic markers YG17, YG11, C3, C1, R22.  I have also added some Glossy Accents over the two ladybugs to give them more dimension.  Matting is with grey cardstock.



Sweet Treats

A healthy sweet treat combined with a maybe not so healthy sweet treat!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Outlawz Wednesday Challenge - Sketch
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/sketchchallenge/forum/topics/wednesday-sketch-21august13
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge - Sweet Treats
http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-46-sweet-treats.html
Ruby's Rainbow - Food and/or Drink
http://rubysrainbow.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/ch61-food-and-or-drink.html

I have kept the background as the white card blank.  The papers that I have used come from a paper pad called "Hootenany" by MME.  I die-cut each piece using Spellbinders rectangle dies and then rounded the corners using my Carl Craft corner rounder punch.  That is probably one of the best punches I have ever bought!  The image is from Doodle Pantry and coloured with copic markers C3, C1, R59, R22 and RV10.  I added two strips of blue and brown striped ribbon (although it looks grey in the photograph) and some small red glitter domes that match the berries.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Bonnie Skullbabe

This is the second of two cards in the card "Skate Off"!!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Simply B Stamps - Colour Combination
http://simplybettystamps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/anyone-for-roller-skating.html


I have used another paper from the Rockstar matstack by DCWV for the background.  The star has been cut using a Spellbinders die from a cardstock stack also by DCWV.  The image is Bonnie Skullbabe from Simply B Stamps coloured with copic markers.  I have added some Stickles - Black Diamond around the star, two black glitter domes, and some small black rhinestones.

Kitty Paws Vultura

This is the first of two cards for a two card "skate-off"!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Stamping Chef - Recipe
http://simplybettystamps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/anyone-for-roller-skating.html
Sentimental Sundays - Ombre Hair
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-169-ombre-hair.html

I have used three different papers from a matstack by DCWV called "Rockstar" and matted these with black cardstock.  The image is from The Stamping Chef and is called Kitty Paws Vultura.  I have added some hot pink grosgrain ribbon from American Crafts and two small lime green buttons from my stash.

Sun, Sand and Surf

Sitting in the sun on a chair on the sand watching the surf.  Of course, with a nice drink in the hand as well! Ahhhh, summertime!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/pinspirational-challenge-71.html
CRAFT Challenge - Sketch
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-221-22nd-of-august-sketch.html
Trimgym - Anything Goes
http://trimgymsdigistampsandimages.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/august-challenge-anything-goes.html

I have again used a combination of papers from Trimygm together with cardstock for matting to create the background for this card.  These papers are from the Scottish Castle set of papers.  It is amazing how many different papers from Trimgym I have used this month!  With a sketch like the one at CRAFT Challenge, it is good to have a set of papers that work together really well.

The image is from Sassy Studio and is called Lounging Around Sassy.  I have coloured her with copic markers E00, B39, B24, B32, E25, E21, RV95.  I have added a sentiment from Desert Diva as well as two buttons from my Mum's button box with some bakers twine knotted on top.

The sun is out today reminding me that summer is approaching.  Yay!




Cute Christmas Elf

Another Christmas card - this time with a real cute image:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Sketch
http://sweetsketchwednesday.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/sweet-sketch-wednesday-220-and-digi.html
CHNC - Cute
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/chnc-challenge-139-cute.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/chnc-challenge-extra-for-august.html

Here is the sketch that I followed:


I have used a couple of papers from a Christmas paper pad.  The image is from Digi Stamp Boutique.  I have coloured using copic markers and added a touch of Stickles - Crystal to the hat.  I have also added a strip of green glitter tape from American Crafts and some red pearls. 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Just Flying By To Say Hi

A softish colour palette to this one - I have just completed a colourful card and decided to go the opposite with this one!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine Challenges - Sketch
http://bearlymine-challenges.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-100-monthly-sketch.html
MelJens Designs Studio - Fancy Fonts
http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-174-fancy-fonts.html

I have used three papers from Bearly Mine Designs to create the background.  The image is from MelJens Designs Studio.  I used a Spellbinders square die to cut out the image and a Nellie Snellen Multi-Frame die to cut out the matting.  The lace is from Sullivans.  The sentiment is from Bird's Cards.  I cut two different sized flowers using the same paper as the matting and a Marianne's die.  I have embellished the centre of the flowers as well as surrounding the flowers with a selection of pearls in different sizes.  Colouring is with copic markers in RV and BG ranges.

Colourful Girl

A bit of bright colour to cheer up a dull and damp day!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Colourful
http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.gr/2013/08/colourful.html
The Outlawz Sunday Challenge - CAS with uplifting sentiment
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/sundayscleanandsimplecas/forum/topics/cas-challenge-august-25-2013

I think that a sentiment that tells someone they are very special can be uplifting.  It would certainly life me on a bad day - and a good dose of bright colour helps that along too!

I have used a colourful background paper from MME.  The image is from Crafty Sentiments coloured in copic markers E00, E25, E21, B29, B23, YR07, YR04.  The sentiment is from Desert Diva.  Matting is bright blue cardstock.




Best Wishes Flower Boot

A nice pink colour scheme for this floral card:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Flower Power
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/flower-power.html
CRAFT Challenge - Sketch
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-221-22nd-of-august-sketch.html
Trimgym - Anything Goes
http://trimgymsdigistampsandimages.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/august-challenge-anything-goes.html

I have used several papers from Trimgym layered with pink cardstock.  The image is from Lauretta's and coloured in copic markers RV04, RV02, G17, G14, Y35.  The sentiment is from Desert Diva.  Die-cutting is all with Spellbinders dies - rectangle and square.  The flowers have been created using a Marianne's die and some pink paper from a paper scrap pack.

Pretty fuschia tag

I worked with a colour scheme with a twist of adding a tag:

I made this card for the colour challenge at The Outlawz Challenges and have only just got around to blogging it!!!

I used pearlescent cardstock for the base of this card.  The tag is a pre-made one from a pack containing several different colours.  The smaller age is a sentiment from My Sugar Paper.  The main image is from Anne's Cards 4 U.  I have also added some pearls to the card.

Life's Better on the Beach

Probably not at the moment as it is a cool evening! 



I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Delightful Inspiration From The Heart - Sketch 031
http://designed2delight.com/blog/2013/08/6037/
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/pinspirational-challenge-71.html
Digi Haven - Sea Life
http://digihaven.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/sea-life-challenge-sponsored-by.html

My choice of papers and embellishments was partly derived from the beach itself.  The lace is a combination of wave and sand colour.  The papers were chosen to be representative of waves and grains of sand.  You can tell I have been looking at too many inspiration photos lately can't you!

Both papers are from paper pads by MME.  The lace is fairly old as it is some my mother had stashed away in a box - may well have even been from my Nana as she used to hoard lace!  When she passed away, my Mum kept most of it and now I am starting to use some of it.  The image is from Delightful Inspirations and is called Beach Bucket.  The sentiment was also part of the same set.  I matted the image using sand coloured cardstock and edged the sentiment with copic E11 which is a nice sand colour (even though it is actually called "Barely Beige")!!  I am not sure of all the copic colours that I used on the image but it does include E11, G02, G000 and a couple of others.







Saturday, 24 August 2013

Back To School

Back To School isn't until February next year so this kinda seems weird making it now - but at least I'm ahead of the game!  We are heading into exam time before Christmas holidays.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Whoopsi Daisy - Back To School
http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/back-to-school-challenge.html
Outlawz Friday Challenge - Back To School
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/copicchallenge/forum/topics/alcohol-markers-group-challenge-23-30-august

I had another couple of images I considered for this card - but rejected them as the footwear wasn't right for school!  I went with this one as it looked more like suitable schoolwear.   I have used three different papers from a matstack by DCWV called "A Type of Art" to represent reading, writing and arithmetic!  I also used some glitter numbers to reinforce the arithmetic side of things!  The image is from Whoopsi Daisy and is coloured with copic markers BG49, BG23, E00, R59, E08, Y06 and Y02.  The copic marker experts are probably cringing at my combinations of colours but for some reason R59 and E08 work really well together particularly to get auburn colouring for hair!  I think the BG49 and BG23 seem to work okay together too.  I added a sentiment from Digital Doodling cut with a Spellbinders pennant die.  I used a Nellie Snellen die for the image.

Monster Mash

I had two monsters that I considered putting together for this card - then I thought of the Bobby Pickett song from way back called "Monster Mash".  This is what came of that inspiration:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles - Song or Quote
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-185-song-or-quote.html
Little Miss Muffet - Monsters
http://littlemissmuffetchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-67-monster-ball.html
Digi Darla- Birthday
http://digidarlas.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/dd-76-birthday-celebrations.html


I have used monsters from both Pollycraft and Little Miss Muffet for this card.  The fantastic space type paper comes from Spyder's Corner - doesn't it just look like outer space!!!  The sentiment comes from Glitterbabe.

Can't Help Falling in Love with you

This card is based on the song "Can't Help Falling in Love with You" It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss.  Although sung by Elvis Presley, I am more familiar with the UB40 version.  Here is my card inspired by that song:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles - Song or Quote
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-185-song-or-quote.html
CRAFT Challenge - Sketch
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-221-22nd-of-august-sketch.html
Trimgym - Anything Goes
http://trimgymsdigistampsandimages.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/august-challenge-anything-goes.html
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/pinspirational-challenge-71.html

I have used four different papers from the Boating Pack by Trimgym.  The image is also from Trimgym and coloured with copic markers.  The sentiment is from Pingvinmamman.  All matting is blue cardstock.  I have also added two blue glitter domes.


With Sympathy Lilies

One of those cards that you don't want to need, but do have to have among your stash. 


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Sentimental Sunday - With Sympathy + sentiment
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-178-with-sympathy.html
Papertake Weekly - Flower Power
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/flower-power.html

The image for this card is the current Friday Freebie at Bugaboo Stamps.  I have coloured the image using copic markers BV02, BV000, G17, G14 and then embellished with matching pearls.  I cut the image into a square and then rounded the corners. 

Nautical Birthday

A nice masculine image this time:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Digi Darla's Challenges - Birthday
http://digidarlas.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/dd-76-birthday-celebrations.html
Seems A Little Sketchy - Sketch #46
http://seemsalittlesketchy.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/sketch-46-squigglefly.html
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/pinspirational-challenge-71.html
Digi Haven - The Seas
http://digihaven.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/sea-life-challenge-sponsored-by.html

I have used a paper from MME for the background.  The ric-rac braid is from American Crafts.  The image is from Digi Darla and coloured with copic markers.  The corner pieces are cut from a small offcut from another card using a Spellbinders die and embellished with a small blue rhinestone.  The sentiment is from Desert Diva, embellished with a blue glitter dome and then raised up using mount tape.

Floral Easel Card

An easel card without DP:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything But Square
http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-46.html
Love To Create - Fancy Folds
http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-79-fancy-folds.html

I started colouring this image in primary colours for another challenge and then decided not to use it.  I was having difficulty finding a DP that I liked to go with this image so........I used Trendy Tape instead!  I have used three different colours of Trendy Tape to create the background. The image is from The Stamping Chef and coloured in primary coloured copic markers with the addition of Glossy Accents on the cherry and some Stickles - Fruit Punch and Yellow on the ice-cream and the wafer piece.  I have used red glitter domes for the stoppers and then used blue and clear glitter domes as decoration.  I didn't want to add too much else to the card to distract from the bold colours - it would probably have got lost amongst the boldness anyway!!!

With Sympathy Iris Card

No - not Iris folded but a digi of an iris:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything But A Square
http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-46.html
Sentimental Sundays - With Sympathy
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-178-with-sympathy.html
Incy Wincy Designs - One Layer Cards
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/one-layer-cards.html
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Flower Power
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/flower-power.html

I printed the image and sentiment straight on to the cardstock for this card.  The iris image comes from Sandi's Samples and the sentiment from Sugar Paw Scraps.  I used a Spellbinders Labels die to cut the shape of the card.  The image has been coloured with copic markers BV02, BV000, G17, G14, Y06 with some Stickles - Yellow added to the iris.  I also added some stitching lines with a Distress Marker - Walnut Stain.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Ain't No Sunshine

This card has been based on the song called "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Catch The Bug - August BINGO (bugaboo image - sewing-pearls)
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/august-bingo-challenge.html
Kaboodle Doodles - Song or Quote
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-185-song-or-quote.html
Seems A Little Sketchy - Sketch 46
http://seemsalittlesketchy.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/sketch-46-squigglefly.html

The layout of the card is based on the current sketch at Seems A Little Sketchy.  I love these sketches - they always seem to produce great cards.

I have used a striped paper from MME for the background to represent rain.  The colour scheme I have kept fairly dismal to reflect the sentiment.   The image and sentiment are from Bugaboo Stamps and has been coloured with copic markers B000, C5, C3, E43, E00.  I added some faux stitching to both the image and the sentiment and then raised the sentiment up on mount tape.  The corner embellishments are dies from Spellbinders which I have decorated with brown pearls.  The ric-rac is from American Crafts.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Angels On High

A stamped image for this card:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Friday Sketch Challenge - Sketch
http://fridaysketchchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/sketch-50.html
CHNC - No Sentiment
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/chnc-challenge-138-no-sentiment.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/chnc-challenge-extra-for-august.html

I have layered this card using green paper from a paper scrap pack and some lovely paper from Publikado.  The image is from the sponsor at Friday Sketch Challenge - Flonz.  This is an clear acrylic stamp.  I have added some colour to the image using my copic markers.  The banner die is one from Spellbinders which I cut and embossed then added two different sized pearls to.  The snowflakes are also a Spellbinders die and I added some pearls to the centres of those as well.

CASE card

 If I am honest, I am not a great fan of this type of challenge but I didn't want to let it get the better of me.  I nearly didn't do this challenge until I saw one of the cards on the midway challenge:

This is my interpretation of that card:

Mine is still a Christmas card but I have gone with non-traditional colours and a different image.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Kenny K's Krafty Krew - CASE card
http://kennykskraftykrew.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/challenge-153-case-challenge-cards.html
Totally Papercrafts - Favourite colours (orange and yellow)
http://totallypapercrafts.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-180-favorite-colors.html
CHNC - No Sentiment
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/chnc-challenge-138-no-sentiment.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/chnc-challenge-extra-for-august.html

I have used a paper from Publikado for the background of the card.  The yellow piece is an offcut of an MME paper.  I have used orange starry grosgrain ribbon from Francheville.  The yellow mesh ribbon I bought by the metre so not sure of the brand of that.  I have also used some bakers twine on the card.  The image is from Kenny K and coloured mainly with copic markers E00, Y08, Y06, YR07, YR04 with the addition of Stickles - Orange Peel and Yellow.

Aloha

I have to say, Heather has out-done herself this month with this absolutely beautiful image.  I just love it and know that I will be using it again.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts - Favourite Colours
http://totallypapercrafts.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-180-favorite-colors.html
Lacy Sunshine Challenge - Girls! Girls! Girls!
http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.gr/2013/08/lacy-sunshine-challenge-15-girls-girls.html
Sunday Sketch and Stamp - Sketch
http://sundaysketchandstamp.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-170-francescas-sketch.html
Papertake Weekly - Flower Power
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/flower-power.html
Penny's Paper - Punches and/or Dies
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-141.html
Craft Your Passion - Summer Flowers
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-176-summer-flowers.html

The two background papers that I have used come from Publikado.  I have covered the join between the two papers with yellow grosgrain ribbon and then over that I have placed a strip of orange mesh ribbon.  The image that I have used is from Heather Valentin and is called Kalani.  I have coloured Kalani with copic markers YR07, YR04, Y06, E11, E00 and added some Stickles -Yellow to the flower centres.  The "aloha" sentiment comes from Back To Paper and die-cut using a Spellbinders pennant die.  The flowers are die-cuts from Marianne's Designs which I have embellished with rhinestones.  The orange ones were the same colour as the rest and I went over them with YR07!

Bit by the Bug Beginnings: Another Bug is Born




You are going to want to go and visit Creative Bug on the Loose today because a new Bug has been born. Naomi is sharing with the world her newest release:

 Single Sock Monkey - Flowers - Malia



Here is my card that I created using this wonderful digi:

 





I used some paper from MME for the background of this card.  The lace is from Sullivans.  I have die-cut Malia using a Spellbinders Beaded Ovals die and then added some Candy coloured pearls from Sullivans - I alternated medium and small pearls for a bit more interest.  I have also added three different flowers in a five flower cluster to give it more of a girlie feel.  I then added a nice glittery number seven.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Outlawz Thursday Challenge - My Favourite Thing (dies embellished with pearls!)
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/prismaandothermediums/forum/topics/twisted-thursday-challenge-august-22-28-and-the-twist-is-your
Penny's Paper - Dies and/or Punches
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-141.html
Papertake Weekly - Flower Power
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/flower-power.html
Craft Your Passion - Summer Flowers
 http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/challenge-176-summer-flowers.html
To learn more about this image and also find out how you could win a copy of this sweet sock monkey, make sure you head on over to Creative Bug on the Loose and follow the directions that have been laid out.  Entering to win is super simple.  You don't want to miss out on this exciting opportunity

 So, don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Head over to Creative Bug on the Loose.


I've caught the bug,

have you?



Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Cool Frog

Doesn't the frog look so cool in his sunnies!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Outlawz Friday Challenge - Colour Inspiration
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/copicchallenge/forum/topics/alcohol-markers-challenge-16th-22nd-august-2013
The Outlawz CFC Challenge - Anne's Frog Image
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/cfc/forum/topics/creative-freebie-challenge-aug-12-to-aug-24th

I have used a paper from MME for the background which has an aquatic colour scheme and sort of swirly watery wavy pattern.  The frog image is from Anne's Cards 4 U and has been coloured with copic markers (forgot to write down the numbers though!).  The lovely ribbon is some from American Crafts which I have had for a while - tend to use grosgrain most of the time!  The glitter dome matched the colour scheme perfectly - I couldn't believe how well it matched.