Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Craft Your Days Away

What a wonderful name for this new challenge blog - wouldn't we all like to do that?

This new blog has been set up following the closure of Magical Crafts and many of the same people are involved so I'm sure it'll be good. Why not go & have a look now so that you are ready for the first fortnightly challenge on 7th August, there's already candy on display to tempt you to follow!

Thank you for your interest.

I made this card for Emma for her birthday. She is  my Godson's Wife to Be (they are getting married in two weeks time)  I knew it had to be a pretty card and wanted to use the lovely LOTV image. I'd decided on the dotty Pink Petticoat paper as background, cut the scalloped circles from the MME paper and was sat pondering what to put in the other circle when the postie arrived with my CP card swap prize from the lovely Sarah and there it was! the exact paper I needed! Thank you Sarah, a life saver! I used my MS doily punch to shape the backing paper, and a 'frill', threaded a sliver of the backing paper through some lace to cover the join and added the Craftwork sentiment. I don't think you can see on this photo but I added a dab of glossy accent to the centre of the flowers on 'Sarah's' paper.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Craftypad - Pink Photo Inspiration
Pollycraft challenge blog - Happy Birthday
Wild Orchid challenge - Flowers (you can tell I need 'proper' ones)
Craftalicious Challenges - Birthdays
Stampavie and more - Anything Goes

Thank you for reading this far, I do appreciate your comments

Wednesday, 14 July 2010


Here is a card I have made for my friends birthday. I just love this cute image and what better colour to dress her in than PINK! I used a sakura pen to colour her shoes, the edge of the brim of her hat and the bow on her hat so that they glisten and added a papermania clear gem to the centre of her bow.The backing paper is Pink Petticoat black & white gingham, I added a plain white and a pink stylised flower frill cut with my MS doily lace punch and edged it with ribbon from my stash. The sentiment is from craftwork and is also pink.
I hope my friend likes it !

I would like to enter it in the following challenges -

Crafts and me Challenges - Black Pink & White
Craftaliciouschallenges - Cute
Pollycraft challenge - Bold & Bright
Anyone for Anya - Black White and Pink

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Cake, Ribbons & a Cat!

Here is a card I made for the lovely Sue's (Skiergirl) birthday. I started with the LOTV die cut image Thomas with cake surrounded by ribbons and balloons. I layered it onto pink bazzil. the backing papers are both Papermania 'Sweet Nothings' with another separating layer of pink bazzil. The card candy & sentiment are from Craftwork cards. Thank you for looking!

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges:
Crafty Angel - Circles or squares - I've used squares

Quirkycrafts - Ribbons - they are on the image

Creative card crew - Die Cuts - The image is a die cut

Trimmiescraftchallenge - Cake

Monday, 5 July 2010

If you Look Here you too can have the chance to win some stamped images from Katies blog. Runs until 18 July. Good Luck!

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Wild Orchid Candy

Just look at this gorgeous blog candy from Wild Orchid Crafts to launch their new challenge blog. The blog Candy runs until next Sunday and the new challenge starts on 12 July. Why not pop along & see for yourself?

Ducktacular Candy!

Just look at this divine Duckie kit which is on offer HERE for a week only. The colours are gorgeous & who could fail to like the cute ducks? Don't worry if you miss out 'cos you will be able to buy the separate bits later if you don't win. If you look carefully you will also spot that there are also some great freebies on offer. Thanks for visiting & Good Luck!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Lilac & Lemon

Over on MSE the lovely Melissa challenged us to make a card using lilac and/or purple and this is my entry.
I started with the pretty lemon & lilac paper that I received in a swap and then tried to match it up, you wouldn't believe how many shades of lilac I found that didn't match! but eventually I settled on the reverse of some whitewashed core'dinations. The stamped image is a LOTV one and I coloured it using my Copic pens.  The sentiment is from craftwork cards. As the format is A5 and the backing paper quite busy I decided to leave well alone.........

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

I hope I've done this right - Thank you for looking

Thursday, 1 July 2010

At Last! June ATC's

Well I've finally 'found' a bit of time to blog the fantastic ATC Gemma sent me for the June Crafty Place swap. The topic was 'Embossing'. I've no idea just how Gemma achieved it but, as she said in the lovely card that came with it, it looked like a Dairy Milk wrapper. Two reasons to love it.

It's not very clear in my photo but the card is a lovely glimmering bronze colour shot through with very very delicate purple feathery threads and each swirl has a tiny gem in it. The edges are faux stitched in silver. The lovely card that came with  the ATC is also fabulous and I can't tell how Gemma achieved this either! The cups, and green & yellow bands are glittered with very fine glitter, there is pink faux stitching at the edges but I don't know if the cups have been stamped & glittered individually or if it's a paper but I love it! Can you tell me please Gemma?

Below is the ATC I made for Gemma. Looking now I wonder if it's embossed or debossed? Ah well...........!
I used whitewashed core'dinations card, and embossed it twice with a cuttlebug 'edge' folder to achieve the flowers and then sanded it to make them stand out a bit, coloured the stems and added a gem to the centre of the flowers. I then cut out the planter, added some tiny gems and put it on raised sticky pads to give a bit of dimension. A tiny yellow butterfly completed it.........until I realised the ATC was a bit undersized so rather than re-do it all over again I added a plain white deckle edged frame to the back. Phew!