Tuesday, August 31, 2010

An Owl Card ...

This is my card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

There is a tutorial to make it over on the Ribbon Girl blog today. I love these papers by Crystal Wilkerson - they seemed very 'owlish' to me :)

Now, whilst I was looking for the link to Crystal's papers I noticed there is a new category in the designers section over at Jessica Sprague.com   ~~~ COSMO CRICKET!!  Goodness me I hope this is what I'm thinking of because I just love Cosmo Cricket papers :o)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Some Hanglar Cards ...

I've spent some time playing with my lovely Hanglar stamps recently, I love these stamps and they are so easy to colour with my Copics

(October Afternoon paper, the sentiment stamp is from 3DJean and the ribbon, bakers twine and polkadot button from The Ribbon Girl)

(digital papers from Sweet Shoppe Designs, sentiment stamp from Papertrey, ribbon, ricrac, twine
and polkadot button from the Ribbon Girl)

(Cosmo Cricket papers, October Afternoon letter stickers, Nestabilities dies
and twine and ribbon from the Ribbon Girl)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Some Cards ...

I have spent a happy few days this weeks nursing a bit of a cold, making cards, playing with some new purchases, visiting lovely friends for a craft day and generally enjoying still being on holiday - and trying not to think about going back to work!

(digital kit from Sweet Shoppe Designs)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Exciting News Monday...

Exciting News Monday ... I just invented that! I thought that if any day needed a spot of excitement then it would be a Monday :)

Anyway, onto my exciting news - my lovely and so very talented friend Lori invited me to be on the Design Team of The Pink Elephant Challenge and today is my first time of playing along with the other girls.  It's a sponsored challenge this week by Inktegrity Digital Stamps and this is my card that I made based on the sketch

(I used On Sail digital stamp, cloud and sea digital papers, Copics, glitter and spotted ribbon from here)

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Today over at the Pink Elephant Challenge we are showcasing some of Lori's digital stamps as well as focussing on how we colour them using our Copics. Our lovely friend Claudia at DieCutsRUs is having a huge Copics Sale so if you are in need of a few more pens to add to your collection then that is the place to go!

So, this is my card and how I coloured it. I am in no way an expert, just a beginner really so who knows if I'm doing the colouring correctly but I like how they look so for now I'm sticking with my method :)

For this card I cropped my digi stamp so that I only had the part I wanted to colour, enlarged it to fillmy cardblank and printed it. When I colour with copics I have my colour chart right next to my image so I can select just the right colours and compare what they will look like together

I start with the darker colours and blend outwards with lighter colours

I try to think about where the light and dark shadows would fall - but I'm not so good at that part :lol:

For the skin I used colours E00, E50, E53, YR0000 and I used the same colours for her neck, hands and arms

Moving onto the dress I used the darkest yellow at the top, sides and just a little around the spots

As I moved in towards the centre I used the lighter colours of yellow blending the edges so that they merged together

I used the same process to color the sleeves of the dress, starting with the dark and moving towards the light

For her bow in her hair I used the same darkest yellow as the dress in the centre of the bow

Then moved out towards the edges with the lighter colours, blending each colour over the top of the previous one

Here is the hair bow coloured in and you can see the darker and lighter areas

For the dress and bow I used Y17, Y15, Y08, Y00

I find colouring the hair really difficult so I will be watching the other girls to see how they do it. But me, I start with the darkest colour at the top of the hair

I blend over this with my middle brown colour

And then move down the length of the hair with the lighter of my brown colours
See how you can see the join where the lightest colour meets the middle brown, there is a line across her head!

So I blended all the colours using my lightest brown to take away the join lines

For the hair colours I used E29, E37, E49

Moving onto the spots on her dress I colour with the darkest pink first
Then blend in the lighter and I use the same process for the frills on her sleeves and around her neck

I used RV21, RV23, RV34 for the pink spots and the frill

And this, is the card that I made. I love the effect enlarging the digi stamp has and then just using a part of the stamp and I teamed it with Papertrey and Doodlebug cardstock and my circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities and some new ribbon that is coming soon to The Ribbon Girl.

See her cheeks - I cheated with my colouring and added her lovely rosy cheeks with Stampin Up chalk! and her freckles are done with a white pen

Friday, August 20, 2010

Baby Lollipop ...

I love these baby Lollipop stamps by Lori Boyd. They're just so sweet that I decided to use one of them for this weeks Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge

(I used a Lollipop stamp, October AFternoon papers, Martha Stewart punch, Papertrey buttons and Ribbon Girl lace)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

DCM Challenge ...

Over at the Daring Cardmakers blog this week it was Jo's turn to set the challenge and she wanted to see trees on a card.  This is what I made, I seem to need lots of thank you cards at the moment.
(I used Crystal Wilkerson tree, grass and spotty paper, polka dot buttons and bakers twine from Ribbon Girl and felt)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Pretty Card ...

This card was intended for a sketch challenge at Twisted Sketches but, as is the way with these things, I took too long to take it's photograph and missed the end of the challenge. Oh well, it's a pretty card and it is currently winging it's way to a friend.

It's a really pretty girly girly card and I used on of Zoe Pearns new digital kits (also a new line from MME) and a Hanglar stamped image. I spritzed the flowers with Shimmerz spray from Jean's shop and the ribbon and pins are both Ribbon Girl

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Non Traditional Baby Card...

... Well at least it started out as being non-traditional until I added the baby :lol: but at least there is no pink or blue ;)  During the last 3 weeks whilst I have been enjoying the long summer holiday from school I have made a lot of cards but I think this just might be my favourite. I love all the white and red is one of my all time favourite colours so really I was onto a winner before I added one of my lovely friend Lori's digi Lollipop stamps :)

(I used a digital Lollipop stamp by Lori Boyd and ribbons from The Ribbon Girl, nestabilities dies, copics, Papertrey cardstock and sentiment stamp and the teeniest tiniest of diamonds (not quite as real as that sounds!) on the bow of the spotty nappy (diaper)

...and I am entering this into the CPS sketch challenge (which I LOVED by the way) as well as The Pink Elephant challenge blog which was to use ribbon and sparkle

A Friday Sketches Challenge ...

There is a lovely sketch this week at the Friday Sketches challenge blog and this is my take on it
I made an easel card, I didn't start out to do one of these it just kind of evolved and it was the cowgirl papers that were the driving force behind the design.
This is what it looks like when it is closed, I've really struggled with the photographs as it has been pouring with rain for the last two days and I took these inbetween the rain!

The papers and other bits and pieces are from a new digital kit from Sweet Shoppe Designs and all the ribbons, lace and twine are from the Ribbon Girl - I've been itching to use some of that red ruffle gingham ribbon :)

Ribbon Giveaway ...

There is a great ribbon giveaway going on over at The Ribbon Girl blog, hop on over to find out how you can win!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge ...

I have joined in with another challenge blog at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog, they had a simple sketch this week (challenge number 10) so I felt the need to make a simple card - no patterned paper huh?

I used the Midnight Feast stamps from Waltzingmouse and the dots down there at the bottom (that you can't really see in the picture but look fine in real life) are Papertrey. The black jewels are from 3DJean and the buttons, twine and ribbon are from Ribbon Girl

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Papertake Weekly Challenge ...

The challenge at the Papertake Weekly challenge blog this week is 'something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue'. Well I guess the sensible thing to do was to make a wedding card but as I didn't need any wedding cards at the moment and I always need birthday cards I made one of those instead. 
The old was kraft cardstock, new was the lace, borrowed - skipped that one, blue was the twine, button and felt
The flower is a felt brooch that I made and attached to the card so when their birthday is over the birthday girl can wear the brooch

(digital papers - Crystal Wilkerson here and here, felt - Papertrey and paper&string, button, lace and twine - Ribbon Girl)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Chicken Soup Challenge

Today it is my turn to set the challenge at the Chicken Soup challenge blog and I have an illustration of my favourite fairy tale ~ The Princess and The Pea as a starting point for a creative project. We would love to see you join in with the challenge :)
I made a card, whilst I loved the pretty colours of the illustration it was the layers and stripes that really sparked my creativity
(Cosmo Cricket papers, EK Success retro flower punch ~ still a fave after all these years ~ Papertrey sentiment stamp and button and Divine Twine from the Ribbon Girl)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 80

This is a new challenge for me which I came across after blog hopping through the week. It's a lovely sketch for a card and this is what I created

I used Zoe Pearns new kit Summer Days, ribbon from the Ribbon Girl and that gorgeous felt flower is made from some of my Papertrey felt (that I have been hoarding as it's so nice)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Woof ...

I love button twine! I really love button twine!! Luckily for me The Ribbon Girl sells it and it goes perfectly with kraft cardstock - and small brown dogs :)  so I used it to tie my sentiment tag onto my card.

I used a scrap of October Afternoon yellow paper - did you hear that Gail?  It was a real scrap! Not a whole piece of 12x12, but a scrap that I had saved from the rubbish bin from a previous project!!  Some more corrugated kraft and jumbo yellow ric rac from the Ribbon Girl

I am entering this card into Jeanie's That's Krafty Thursday #37 challenge

Sunday, August 08, 2010

CPS 179 ...

This is my take on the sketch for this weeks challenge at the CPS blog
(Digital paper by Crystal Wilkerson, twine and polka dot button from Ribbon Girl, I enhanced the flower with felt cut with nestabilities)

Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Big One...

I know more than a few people who could get this card as their 'big birthday' is fast approaching!  This is my entry to the Papertake Weekly challenge which was to create a card featuring white and a bright colour. 
 I chose to use hot pink as my bright colour
(Papertrey sentiment stamps, gorgeous polka dot buttons from The Ribbon Girl and

Friday, August 06, 2010