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Wednesday 30 January 2013

Birdie Brown Amigurumi Bear

Birdie Brown has a challenge this month to use this fabulous image Amigurumi Bear which she has kindly given away as a freebie. As the challenge ends on the last day of the month I am cutting it a bit fine to say the least…….

I do love working with Torico’s images and have a number of freebies that I obtained from her old blog and have loved using them. I like the cute little characters and the clean lines to the images.
I coloured this little cutie with my Promarkers and Flexmarkers adding lots of texture to the fur by blending colours and adding lighter colours to the ‘fur’ until I was happy with it. I kept to a red & black colour scheme as I knew I wanted to use the paper at the bottom of the card which is a wrapping paper from Paperchase. The red is flocked so it has a lovely soft texture. Take a Tip from me and if you have a Paperchase store or concession near you have a look at their papers. You get a massive sheet which is equivalent to 8 pieces of A4 paper and they are usually only a few pounds, fabtastic value for money compared to the average paper pad costs.

I have used sketch 3 from I [Heart} Sketches at Delightful Inspiration. If you don’t already do this new weekly sketch then do yourself a favour and pop over there. If you enter you get a $1 dollar voucher which is valid for 3 months to spend in the store at From The Heart. The great thing is that you can save them up and get some of Faith’s gorgeous images for free!! This is an absolute no brainer people so get in on it J

The Spotty and heart papers came from a Me To You pad that came free with a magazine, perfect small pattern to follow the sketch but give the focus to the image and the lovely paper on the bottom. Finally I used a sentiment from my stash but just added a think white border around it so the black didn’t get lost in the paper.

So this will be my final card for January. I cannot believe we are already one month into 2013, I’ve got a feeling it’s going to quickly again this year…..

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-

Card Size – 6” Square
Papers – Flocked heart wrapping paper from Paperchase, spotty & heart Me To You freebie from magazine
Sentiment – from Stash
Tools - Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers, small ink pad
Techniques - Distressing

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Beccy's Place Penguin

I have been a follower at Beccy’s Place for a long time and she is so generous giving away her freebies. I have to be completely honest and say that although I have been collecting them I am ashamed to say that I have not previously coloured one up and actually made a card with one. Last year I didn’t make many cards other that doing DT work and I am trying to re-dress the balance this year and make more cards for my own pleasure as well.

I am entering Beccy’s challenge for the 1st time, thus forcing myself to use more images from other designers J

I am consciously making a big effort to get my Christmas cards made earlier this year and I do love this little fella. He is a freebie called Penguin from Beccy’s Place and is still available here. I coloured him up with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and used the outside of an Oval die to cut the shape out, inking around the edge with a small almost dry ink pad.

I have used a sketch from Sweet Stop for the layout. The snowflake paper is a Crafter’s Companion freebie from a magazine pullout, the stripy card is a glittered one from a DCWV drawer set that I had years ago from QVC. I cut 2 rectangles into the cross shape to piece together so have the opposite pieces to use on another card.

The snowflake dies are from Spellbinders. I purchased these in a sale for only £9.99 and this is the 1st time I have used them. I LOVE LOVE LOVE snowflakes and when I saw these at such a bargainous price I knew that some of my Christmas pennies were going to buy them. I am sure you will see them a lot…… I have used oddments of glitter card and different blues to make them, adding 3d foam squares and gemstones. The sentiment is recycled from a store bought card.
Woohoo, that’s another Christmas card done J

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-

Card Size – A5
Image – Penguin from Beccy’s Place
Sentiment – Recycled from a Christmas Cards
Paper – Crafter’s Companion and DCWV
Tools - Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers, Spellbinders Build A Snowflake dies, small ink pad
Embellishments - Gems, Glossy Accents
Techniques - Die Cutting and distressing

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-

Monday 28 January 2013

Daisy Doodles SunBEEm

As our challenges at Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges are every fortnight on the 2nd week we take the opportunity to make an extra project to showcase some of the fabulous Digis available from the store.

This week I have used one of the happiest images in the store called SunBEEM. You can purchase this for only $2 and as always it comes in the 3 different formats presenting excellent value for money.

I absolutely adore this image, it has such a happy smiley face J It reminds me of a dancing flower that we used to have many years ago. I have 2 little dancing flowers in my dining room that are solar powered and they rock from side to side on the windowsill, they are just fun and make me smile as much as they did when I got them.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and made extra layers for the flowerpot and flower so I could decoupage them. I added some glitter to the flower on the pot and a pearl centre. I have added  Glossy accent to the buzzy bee and eyes to make them shine.

I used a sketch from Little Claire Designs for the layout. The papers are all from the Hideaway First Edition pad from Dovecraft. I have added some Prima flowers and gem centres. The sentiment panel is from Craftwork Cards

I hope you will pop over to the blog to see the lovely creations on there and please remember that you have another week to get your challenge entries in for our Something Girly Pinks & Purples

I'll see you again next week with another lovely Daisy Doodles design.

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-
Card Size – A5
Paper – Hideaway First Edition pad by Dovecraft
Sentiment – Craftwork Cards
Embellishments – Prima flower, gems, pearl, Glossy Accents
Tools - Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers, Fiskars border punch

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-

Sunday 27 January 2013

OSAAT #148 Use A Digi

There's a new challenge today at One Stitch At  A Time and this time it is

Use A Digi

Our sponsor this week has a fabulous prize for the lucky winner who uses a Store image

Please head on over to the Stitchy Bear Store to check out all the lovely digis on offer from our great designers. There are some freebies available and there is a selection of cut price Monthly Specials that change often, there really is so much to choose from thanks to our very talented designers.

Also, to keep ahead of all the latest news you can become a follower at the

You must use a store image to win the main prizes and all other entries will be in a draw to win $3 to spend in the store

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Choccy chose an image today by our brand new designer Luke Carr called Adventure Kid Float.

Before printing it out I knew I wanted to use the Up Up & Away papers and have it so the image was floating amongst the clouds. I added a Sweet & Sassy Designs sentiment, coloured with Promarkers /Flexmarkers and cut the image out using a Nestabilities die.

The sentiment banner is a blank shape also from Sweet & Sassy and I added the sentiment in the computer before printing.

The main base was covered with the cardstock and I fussy cut some of the glittery clouds out and layered them on 3D foam to add depth to the design.

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 Please pop over to OSAAT to see the fab cards from my colleagues on the DT. I look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-
Card size – A5
Paper – Up Up & Away First Edition pad by Dovecraft
Tools – Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers, Nestabilities labels die

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-

Saturday 26 January 2013

Happy New Camera

My hubby has just upgraded his DSLR camera and one of our very best friends has bought it off him. We were due to met him in Brum and literally half an hour before we went out Paul said ‘do we have a happy new camera card’ ? Of course I didn’t…. I mean niche or what?

So he really wanted me to make one as it is a special ‘man’ event to have your 1st DSLR big grown up camera so I was racking my brains what to make. I was convinced I had a camera image digi somewhere but could not find one in my collection. I realised I was getting confused as I had recently seen a rubber stamp in an email from  the Glitterpot site which is like a collage of lots of camera images. So, obviously pushed for time I went hunting in my digi stash and found this old camera image freebie from Beyond The Fringe Crafts. I used a polaroid digi from Tiffany Doodles and inserted a sentiment from Random Thoughts at Linda’s Place

The image has been printed out, coloured with a pale grey Promarker and mounted onto 3d foam. I added a grey square to the polaroid and then overlaid the sentiment. The cardblank was covered with a spotty paper from a Dovecraft First editions pad called Noir Chic which I have had for about 4 months and not used before. I see these pretty Dovecraft pads and HAVE to have them. I use most of them straight away but hadn’t this one. I think maybe it is because the papers have a greenish tinge to them

Anyway, it was quite a quick card to put together once I stopped panicking and decided what I was going to do. Paul like it and our friend Scott absolutely loved it and that it was made for this special event.

For me, it is as CAS a card as I have ever made and quite a shock to my system I can tell you!!

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-

Card Size – 4” Square
Images – Polaroid by Tiffany Doodles & Vintage Camera from Beyond The Fringe Crafts
Sentiment – Random Thoughts at Linda’s Place
Paper – Noir Chic First Edition pad from Dovecraft

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-

Poppy Ensemble

I am very, very proud to be able to bring you my 1st card as a member of the
Design Team at Janey’s Digi Designs.

I have known Jane for a long while now through blogging. She is a very talented card maker and when said she wanted to start her own gardening business I was absolutely delighted for her. She had the courage to follow her dreams and I really do admire her for that. She is very witty and her blog posts are always very entertaining J

She announced recently that she was going to start designing digis inspired by her garden work I was very proud of her and said I would be interested in being on her DT if she wanted me. (to be honest I was more like holding both hands up really high schoolgirl stylee hoping she would pick me….)

When she formally invited me I was doing a happy dance and squealing. I love flowers, don’t necessarily know what they all are but I love them. They are so versatile and can be used for lots of different occasions. They also come in lots of different colours enabling me to use lots of pretty papers, my favourite crafting tool J

So for my very 1st card may I present to you my Poppy Ensemble. I have used the Icelandic Poppy (Single) and popped it inbetween 2 of the Icelandic Poppy Seed Head’s which have been flipped to produce a mirror image to frame the central flower.

I have used my Promarkers and Flexmarkers to shade them in. The seed heads are in orange and red, not sure if that is the colour they really are but it looked nice to vary the colours and it’s nice to be able to use artistic license!

I have used sketch #2 by From the Heart for the layout. The panel suited my ensemble perfectly. I layered the image on offcuts of black and red card to provide thin matting layers around the outside.

I used some new pretty papers called J'adore by First Editions from Dovecraft. The base of the card is covered with the pretty damask design and then I cut a semi circle from the spotty paper which has a very subtle glittery shine to the spots. I distressed the edges with scissors but I am sure it cried (maybe it was me?) I cannot bear to scruff up pretty papers, I think it hurts me too much!
The lace is a gorgeous Prima crocheted one which I have almost used up. I have added a heart brad to balance up the punched heart trim along the edge of the image. Finally an old rub on sentiment and my card is complete.
I do hope this card has demonstrated that you can very easily join complimentary images together and create something that looks different to the original design.
The images can be purchased from the Etsy store. For inspiration please pop over to the blog and Facebook page where our very talented designers will be regularly showcasing these amazing images.

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-
Card Size – A5
Paper – J'adore First Edtions pad by Dovecraft
Tools - Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers, Martha Stewart punch
Embellishments – Papermania rub on & Brad, Prima lace trim
Techniques - Punching

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-