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Monday 31 March 2014

SU Turquoise Trees

I went to a Stampin’ Up Workshop which My friend Oona runs in Arnold, Nottingham. You get loads of materials and can then make extra cards at home. In the true spirit of making life easier for myself as the big day arrives I am aiming to make at least 2 cards a Month. Lisa at Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles runs a 12 Months of Christmas Challenge and you get some lovely digi papers if you link at least 2 cards a month so this is my dangling carrot to give me the extra incentive J

This card uses 2 trees stamped using 2 different designs from the ‘Trees’ Rubber stamp set. The centre one was one of my only successful attempts at lining up the matching punch. I decided y patience was wearing thin and my sanity was more important that a scalloped edge so the rest are cut with scissors LOL

I used a white base with a strip of paper I had leftover. This is matted onto some of the coloured cardstock that was left.

I added a gold bow on the centre tree, some clear gems and a gold peel off sentiment, all from my stash. This is a variation of style on a card I made at the workshop but I never make 2 cards the same so the colours and materials used are different.

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-

Card size – A6
Stamped Image – Stampin’ Up Trees Rubber Stamps
Paper - Stampin’ Up Winter Frost
Sentiment – Gold Peel off Sticker
Tools – Stampin’ Up Petite Pennants Builder punch
Techniques – Rubber stamping, punching

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical

Imagine That March Progressive Freebie

Over at Imagine That there is a Progressive Freebie challenge every month.
The digi pack we were given this month is Kitty in Flowers which has this cute kitty in a flowerpot and some great sentiments. I love the banner but the colours were not right for this project. However, I am sure I will be using it for something else J

The image is coloured with Promarkers & Flexmarkers. I used the Meow sentiment and coloured the little flowers with a red glitter gel pen.

The card base is a patterned one from DCWV. I am having a huge sort out of my Craft Room as it is tiny and overflowing. I came across a box which had loads of card blanks in there and I am putting everything in rainbow colour order and when I saw this one I knew it would be perfect. This image was coloured a few weeks ago and If I had made this card then I wouldn’t have found the card blank would I? Things happen for a reason J
I cut the image out with my trusty Fiskars embroidery scissors and added it to the card raised on thin 3d foam squares. The sentiment was cut with as Quickutz Cookie Cutter die. The lush ribbon is from my recent win from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I added some paper flowers with brad centres and called it done.

I am very late adding my card as we have had the unfortunate event of my Husband’s 101 Year old Grandma passing away. She would have loved the bright colours in this card and I am going to miss making cards for her. She really loved the amount of work I put into them for her and saved all the cards she was given for me so that I could cut them up and recycle elements from them. She passed away a week on Friday and we have only had the death certificate today so can now start the funeral plans.  It’s very sad that she has passed but you can’t be too sad for a lady who lived to her grand age and still had all her marbles. She suffered for only the last few days so not a bad end when all is said and done. Paul is very upset as she has been there all his 45 years but I tell him he is lucky, most people his age would not have a Grandparent still alive for so many years. Doesn’t make it any easier though I guess. I say many years of happy memories should last him for his whole life. My 

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. Hopefully I won’t be adding mine so late next month……..

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-
Card size – 6” Square
Digi Image & sentiment– Kitty In Flowers from Imagine That!
Patterned Card Base – DCWV
Tools – Promarkers & Flexmarkers, glitter gel pen, Quickutz Cookie Cutter Die
Embellishments – Paper flowers, Flocked brad, shiny brad, Ribbon
Techniques – Die cutting

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

Sunday 30 March 2014

From The Heart March Progressive Freebie

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 were given the fabulous Hamlet PigWit set Think Spring. I adore piggies, butterflies and pretty flowers so this set is just perfect for me. There is an Irish based image and lots of sentiments too. Lucky old me J

I have used the current sketch at I{heart} Sketches for the layout.
The image is coloured using Promarkers and Flexmarkers and mounted onto a die cut shape from a Nestabilities Lacey Squares set. Following the sketch layout I have used 2 co-ordinating spotty papers for the background and then cut a circle of red cardstock to mat the image.
I added the sentiment in the bottom of the card and some Prima flowers and gems to balance out the top corner.

Unfortunately the unexpected passing of my Husband’s Grandmother has caused my crafting time this month to be severely curtailed so I am later than I hoped getting this card made. Hoping not to be so late next month and can’t wait to see what we get to play with next month.

Thankyou Faith for your generosity in running these challenges and providing us with such gorgeous images.

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-
Card size – A5
Paper – First Edition pads
Tools – Promarkers & Flexmarkers, Nestabilities Lacy Squares Die
Embellishments – Prima flowers, gems from Paperchase
Techniques – Die cutting

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