Monday, 23 June 2008

SBS9 Brown and Pink Challenge

This card is for SBS9 Colour Challenge, and the theme is "brown and pink". You can do anything you like as long as it is in those two colours.
I really like this colour scheme and decided that little Baking Tilda would look quite sweet in these colours.
Tilda was coloured with Caran D'Ache water colour pencils and some Stickles glue was added to her hairband, wings and little socks.
The backing papers are from K & Co, Tilda has been mounted onto a little oval mat then onto some browny-bronze (?!!) cardstock from my stash, I've used this same cardstock to mount a little Cuddly Buddly sentiments stamp onto as well, after having first glazed it with Glossy Accents. The card has been finished off with some brown and white striped ribbon and a little chiffon ribbon bow.
I'm hoping that now I've caught up with myself a bit, I'll be able to enter the challenges I want before they end!!

Sunday, 22 June 2008

At the Seaside

This is my card for the Lots to do challenge of "Children" this week. This is the first time I've entered a challenge on this site, but I made this card a couple of days ago and thought it fitted the theme perfectly. I've also just entered it for this week's Ooh-la-la challenge of "The Seaside" following a message from Wendi over there.
It's another very simple card (I don't seem to have much time to do anything else lately!) I've matted and layered the image of these gorgeous little girls having fun at the seaside onto some silver miri card and then onto some red card, all from my stash.
I'm beginning to catch up with myself at last, so hopefully I'll soon have more time to spend making something a little more challenging.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Weddings and Cake

I'm still desperately trying to catch up with myself this week, I don't know what's been happening but I don't really seem to have achieved much at all.
I wanted to enter a couple of other challenges this week and as one of them ends tomorrow and the other one on Monday, I've dropped everything else to get the cards done in time.
The first card is for Ooh La La's challenge of "Romance". I was lucky enough to win the ribbons in last week's challenge (the first time I've ever won anything!) so I thought I'd push my luck and enter this week's challenge LOL. A very simple card, the image is of a vintage wedding and is mounted onto some silver art deco miri card (which the scanner didn't like!) and finished off with a sentiment and some flowers with pink gems as centres. Thinking about it, I made a wedding card for their challenge last week too, I expect they now think that's all I do!
My second challenge card is for Funky Fairy's theme of "Glorious Food" and is another very simple card featuring the most delicious looking cake (Strawberries and cream mmmmm!) mounted onto deep red card and silver miri card and finished with a sentiment and a little flower with a gem flower as it's centre.
If I can catch up with all the other things I'm in the middle of at the moment, I'll try and get some more challenges entered.

Friday, 20 June 2008

Joanna Sheen's first challenge

I've been so busy this week, so why is it that looking back I don't seem to have achieved very much at all?
I've been wanting to get a card done for Joanna Sheen's first forum challenge all week and I've only just done it.
The theme was Sunshine and Flowers and I decided to use one of my new "shabby chic" Tildas, so here she is in her garden. The sky and grass were made from papers in my stash and all the other little characters and flowers are from Cuddly Buddly (including the naughty little cat and puppy hiding in the wheelbarrow). Tilda was coloured with Caran D'Ache water colour pencils.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Vintage Joy

I've been spending a lot of time trying out new ideas for my card making recently, one of which was making larger "special" cards. I think out of all the different styles of card, my favourite is vintage and especially the Art Deco period. So, with that in mind, this card is a mixture of the two.
The card itself was made from two sheets of A4 black cardstock, cut down slightly to make it about 9" x 10" in size. I then scored both sheets of cardstock at one edge and stuck them together to give a "book spine" effect. This was then covered with backing paper matching the main image, some plain black card and a mixture of tiny pearls and silver art deco peel offs.
The gorgeous main image is from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD. This has been mounted onto a grey "marble" effect paper with black scroll corners, (which I designed in a graphics program) and then onto some silver miri card which has a lovely art deco pattern on it, I then added a lace border down the right hand side using K & Co paper lace. The whole thing was finished off with some silver art deco style peel off corners and TWO Flora Doodle flowers (!!) mounted onto a larger plain white flower all fastened together by sewing a black button on top.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Sweet Tilda

This is for Cute Card Thursday's challenge of 3 different types of embellishments. Sweet Tilda has been busily baking again!
I've used K & Co backing papers and added some little dots around the matting and layering to, hopefully, look like stitching. My embellishments are some sticky ribbon, a flower with a button centre and a couple of little gems. I suppose that's four embellishments really, I hope that doesn't matter!
I forgot to mention that the layout is from an old challenge sketch but it was such a versatile one that I kept a copy for future cards.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

3 challenges today

I nearly always enjoy making cards, but today I was really "in the mood" so I made 3 cards for different challenges that I wanted to enter.
The first is for the Tilda & Co challenge of "Swirls". It gave me a good excuse to use one of my new Magnolia stamps (not that I need an excuse!) and doesn't Edwin look so cute? The background is some gorgeous dark blue miri card which has been through the cuttlebug, (thanks to my crafting friend Starcyl) unfortunately my scanner didn't like this cardstock. I've added some extra little swirls with a sakura pen and Edwin's balloons came from the Crafter's Companion CD.
The second challenge is for Ooh-la-la creations first ever weekly challenge of "Ribbons" and I've used a lovely vintage image of a wedding (I don't know where I got this image from, sorry) which has been mounted onto some pale lilac paper from K & Co, then onto some dark red gloss card and finally onto some beautiful white sparkly paper from Joanna Sheen's lovely shop. The card has been finished with an epoxy sentiment sticker and last, but by no means least some gorgeous deep red sticky ribbon.
The final card is for this week's Tanda Teaser challenge of "Bear Necessities". I very rarely use teddy bear images and now I've used two different ones in two days!
This image depicts a sweet little boy bear carrying a huge present and was a freebie download from Daisie Company (I think!), mounted on to some dark red gloss card and simply finished with a sentiment sticker from Papermania.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Teddy Bears

This card is for the Lots to do challenge which this week is "Teddy Bears". I have used a sweet image from my Greetings Factory Workshop DVD, this has been mounted onto some blue "preppy papers" from Cuddly Buddly and then straight onto the card, the lacey blue papers down each side of the card are cut out from some HOTP papers I've had for ages. The little tag is part of a PIF I received from Cynthia aka Rainbow Lady, it matched the colour of the card perfectly and I just handwrote my little message and added some pretty ribbon.
I will be posting a piccy of my PIF (pass it forward) gift from Cynthia just as soon as my DH photographs it and I'm in the process of having a bit of a sort out so I can pop some candy on my blog for my PIF.

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Back with a vengeance!

I've just noticed the date of my last card challenge and I've been away longer than I thought! The main reason for this is that I made the mistake of revisiting a PC game that used to be a favourite of mine and guess what? I got hooked again! I've now decided that it's time to rejoin the real world so I'm back.
If you have visited my other blog lately you'll see that I've been quite busy with family cards for May and June, but now I've completed all those (hopefully) I've been enjoying getting "stuck in" to completing some challenges.
The first is for My Time To Craft's "Brads and Eyelets" and for this I've used a sweet image from a download kit I got from PC Crafter some time ago, but haven't used before. These pretty little girls tucking into their ice cream are mounted onto some lilac polka dot paper and then onto some pale green cardstock, (all from my stash) some pale green and lilac brads have been used on this. A strip of the cardstock has been set with lilac eyelets and a little K & Co sticker and used down the side of the card.
The second is an ATC for the Tilda and Friends challenge of "Give me Sunshine". For this I've used some blue paper (from Cuddly Buddly's preppy papers) for the sky and some green paper for the grass, onto this I've popped some little flowers that I made from cutting up some paper and the sun is again from a Cuddly Buddly download kit. Finally, little Tilda herself all ready to pick those flowers!
For my third challenge I've made a tag, this is for Rainbow Lady's "Monotone Rainbow Colours". I've decided to go for the colour green and I've used a gorgeous Serendipity stamp from Joanna Sheen called "Spring in Provence". I've stamped this with StazOn and then coloured with pencils and blended with Sansador and paper stumps (a new technique but I love it). The little sentiment comes with the stamp and says "For Love of Art" and the tag is completed with some dark green chiffon ribbon.
Finally, I've made another tag for Tag You're It the challenge was to make a monogram tag, to do this I've made my tag and covered it with some pretty blue paper (don't know where I got it from, sorry) I've used a stencil to make the letter D and covered this in a different blue paper and added some stickles glue to this for a bit of sparkle (I've also added a tiny letter o and t inside the D as this will go to my friend with her birthday card later this month), this paper and the pink bow on the D are actually printed from a Daisie download kit, all finished off with some pink sparkly ribbon.