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Friday 31 January 2014

Imagine That! Progressive Freebie

Over at Imagine That there is a Progressive Freebie challenge every month. Having been on the Design Team I can certainly vouch for Kris’ wonderful images and it has been lovely to have a play with this adorable cutie as well as get another Christmas card made J Thanks Kris for giving the set away to play with this month.

The image is Jenn & Friends and had been coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I added some glossy accents to the eyes and some stickles glitter glue to the snow.
The card base has been made from a lovely cardstock which has an iridescent shimmer to it. I added some starry patterned cardstock from Craftwork Cards and some silver lame ribbon from my stash.

The sentiment is from the same digipack. Who can resist a hot cup of cocoa in winter eh?
If you don’t already participate in Kris’s challenges you don’t know what you are missing. There will be a new one starting tomorrow so why don’t you head on over there……

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-
Card size – A6
Digi Image  & sentiment– Jenn & Friends from Imagine That!
Paper – Craftwork Cards
Tools – Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Embellishments – Glossy Accents, stickles glitter glue, ribbon

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

Thursday 30 January 2014

Kitten & Heart

I absolutely love Faith Skrdla’s images and try whenever possible to take part in the Progressive Freebie challenge over at From The Heart Stamps. This month we all get the chance to take part as this cute Kitten and Heart image take from the Caught Your Heart set is a freebie at the moment. Thank you Faith J

I had coloured the image a couple of weeks ago and just got round to making the card yesterday. This gave me the opportunity to check out the latest sketch at I {heart} card sketches, something I haven’t taken part in for some time due to my loss of mojo and getting my health back on track. It was nice to have a day when I made 5 cards and actually enjoyed what I used to love with a passion.

I had already die cut the image and the sketch had a circle on it but I think I managed to incorporate the sketch in my layout pretty successfully.

The front of the card is covered with the heart patterned card which has been recycled from a Papermania embossing folder packaging. I loved that it has a small repeated design with subtle colours. The papers for the banner have been rescued from my overflowing scraps box. The sentiment panel is from Craftwork Cards mounted onto some of the red paper and finally the heart is a wooden heart that has been in my stash since I started making cards 12 years ago!

I am looking forward to taking part in the February challenge and I hope not to leave it quite so late in the month to make my card.

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-
Card size – 6” Square
Paper – Recycled packaging and scraps from box
Sentiment – Craftwork Cards
Tools – Nestabilities Romantic Rectangles die
Embellishments – Wooden Heart
Techniques – Diecutting, Recycling

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

Wednesday 29 January 2014

DS4J Christmas Candle

Over at Digistamps 4 Joy there is a Monthly Progressive Freebie Challenge all about Christmas, my favourite type of cad to make. I managed to make most of my Christmas cards last year all the year through and am already doing the same this year. It made a massive difference not to leave it till the last minute and even though I did very little crafting from July to the end of the year I only had a few to make in a mad dash in December. Therefore any Christmas challenge is a good thing for me and especially if you get some nice free images to play with too.

Admittedly I have had this image Christmas Candle by Mararet Kieser coloured for a few weeks and just have not had chance to make it into a card. I have had a dreadful cold since 3rd January and not been up to my peak performance in any way shape or form L Hopefully it will not hang around for much longer as I really want to get back to normal and build my strength back up.
However one good thing about waiting until today to make my card was that Laura Davis of 2 Sketches 4 You fame announced on Facebook that she had a sketch on her blog The Paper Poppy. It was January 2011 that she and Kazan did their last sketches and it makes me so happy to see Laura creating again as she has such style.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and I added some Stickles glitter glue in red for the berries and crystal for the candle flame. I used a Nestabilities die to cut it out and it is mounted on 3D foam.

The card base is using papers form and old DCWV Christmas Stack and I had added a length of gold lame ribbon to cover the join. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards, mounted on 3d foam and a couple of gems added for decoration.

I am looking forward to taking part in the challenge next month and getting the opportunity to build up my stash of Christmas cards. Thankyou DS4J for running this progressive freebie challenge J

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-
Card size – A6
Digi Image – Christmas Candle by Margaret Keiser
Papers – The Christmas Stack from DCWV
Sentiment – Craftwork Cards
Tools – Nestabilities  Lacy Squares die, Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Embellishments – self adhesive gems, stickles glitter glue
Techniques – diecutting,

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

Sunday 26 January 2014

OSAAT #197 White Plus 1 Colour

There's a new challenge today at One Stitch At A Time 


Our sponsor this week is CREATIVE CRAFT WORLD and there is a fabulous prize of 3 Promarkers of their choice for the lucky winner who uses a Stitchy Bears Store image.

Please head on over to the  Stitchy Bear’s Digi Outlet 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.

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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Hello everybody peeps! This is my first DT card for OSAAT since August as I have been taking a break. My crafty mojo is staring to return slowly but surely and I need to say a big thanks to out leader Choccy at OSAAT for coaxing it out of me one way or another J

I was assigned to a Stitchy Stamps image and I chose The Key. I had originally intended to use this image in September and it was going to be my wedding anniversary card to my husband. I’d always had the notion of using a ‘You hold the key to my heart’ phrase with it and when Jane from Coosty Creations unveiled a new kit she had just put into the store called Key To My Heart I just knew I had to use it on this card. I feel the resulting card is so much better than it would have been because of marrying the two together and I am really happy with the results.

The image was printed and coloured using Promarkers and Flexmarkers in shades of red with flesh and hair being the only other colours. I have used black for the stocking tops and shoes and then fussy cut the image being very careful not to accidentally cut off a finger!

The Key To My Heart pack comes with the padlock and key digistamp and 4 papers. The background paper is one of them, I liked how it has a marbled effect which creates natural shaping. I played around with this in my digital programme to get the right area of the paper to for the layout of my card. I then overlaid the heart image and made it a large size to suit the digi I had cut out. The card is 8” square so it needed to be a pretty big size to work with the placement of the image.

The sentiment is a quote from Oliver Wendall Holmes which is repeated in one of the papers. I simply selected one of the sections and printed out onto card leaving a thick white border for contrast. It says :-

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. Please accept this gift the key to my heart to signify my love for you and the happiness that we both share”

Fabulous words I am sure we can all agree. I have to say having now researched some other quotes by the same author he had some very wise words to say indeed.

The card blank has the paper adhered to it. I then added the quote mounted on 3d foam and positioned the lady again on 3d foam. I added a punched lattice heart which I have sewn a red border in the holes using 4 strands of embroidery thread. I was going to consider that finished when I by complete chance came across a broken earring that I had purchased from Claire’s Accessories for 10p a very long time ago. It had a really big heart shape and this diamante encrusted key dangling from it on a chain. One side was broken off the chain thus providing me with the most fabulous finishing touch on this very special card.

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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 – 8” Square
Digital Image – The Key from Stitchy Stamps
Digi Paper & Heart Image – Key To My Heart from Coosty Creations
Sentiment – From the Key To My Heart Pack
Tools – Martha Stewart Heart Lattice Punch, Promarkers & Flexmarkers, 3d foam,
Embellishments – diamante key, embroidery floss
Techniques – Digistamping, punching, recycling, stitching

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