Wednesday 25 May 2011

Thank you Charisma Cardz Challenge

I'd just like to say a big thank you to the Charisma gals for choosing my Penny Black Hedgie card as the winner of last week's challenge. Yeah!

I go to choose 5 digi's from Pink Cat Studio.

I'll be back after my hols with some cards made from the images.

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Take two and three

Boy! This week's Lessismore challenge should be 'easy peasy' to quote Chrissie and Mandi, but I've really struggled with this one.

I didn't like my first card so went back to the drawing board and came up with these two:

Sorry to bore you but this one is done my Silhouette again.  I cut the butterflies out of the base card and then crimped some card to place behind.  I then cut out another butterly in green and crimped that too. The sentiment is from HoTP.  Finally I mounted it onto a 6 x 6 base.

This next one I'm not too keen on:

The colour has been washed out with my lack of photography skill - it really is a nice cream coloured card.

The butterflies are from the Clare Curd collection and I've decoupaged the large one and added gems to both of them and made some antennae with some wire.

I crimped some kraft card and wrapped some rafia around (a bit rustic I thought). The sentiment is HOTP and the whole lot has been mounted onto 6 x 6 card.

Ok! I think I'm gonna give up on this one now.

I'm off on my hols on Friday (volcanic ash permitting) so will unfortunately miss the LIM challenge (the first one I've missed), so have a good week everyone and see you in just over a week.

Thanks Mandi for your comment that the second butterfly wasn't needed. You were right, I think it looks much better now!

Here it is:


Sunday 22 May 2011

Not very CAS

Ok, I'm a bit quicker off the mark with my card for this week's Lessismore challenge, but I think I will definitely be back to the drawing board as I don't think this will qualify as a CAS card. 

The lovely ladies (Chrissie and Mandi) have given us a fairly easy task this week (in comparison to some other previous challenges) and that is to create a card with butterflies.

I wanted to use the scroll frame which I cut on my Silhouette, but didn't like it on a square or rectangle card.  So,  my next thought was to cut out a card base, again on the Silhouette.  The butterflies (a beautiful Anna Griffin stamp) have been stamped onto white card and then again onto acetate and coloured with Promarkers (on the reverse side as I also used Stazon which doesn't mix with Promarkers).

The sentiment is from a huge pile that I have in a K&Co box that I bought as a TSV from QVC yonks ago and never use.

I then thought that maybe it would look more CAS if I mounted it onto a rectangle base:

But I think I've only made it even more elaborate looking - hey ho! I will enter it anyway!

I can't say I'm overly keen on this card, so I will be back with another try.

If you've never come across this challenge, do go and take a look, it's really addictive and the LIMettes are such a lovely bunch - I've never had so many comments on my cards since joining these challenges.


Sunday 15 May 2011

Whoa - Two cards in a day

What a shock!

And all because I'm a fair weather gardener!  A bit chilly out there for me today and as O/H has gone to the footie it's given me a chance to get into my little craft room for some craft therapy.

I was running really late for the less is more challenge last week and with the probs with blogger as well I nearly missed getting my entry in. Noooooo!  It would have been the first one I missed.  The post I did for the WoW card disappeared and then reappeared after I'd done it again and as I didn't want to lose any of the lovely comments left I've left both on (in case you were wondering why two of the same).

 For this week Chrissie and Mandi have asked for a one layer card with the addition of embossing - dry or heat.  So, here's my enteries:

This one has been stamped with Versamark black ink and then heat embossed using clear gloss embossing powder - you may just be able to tell from the photo

The sentiment is from that Paula Pascual set again!
The cardstock is SU
Ribbon from Hobbycraft

And for my second card I dug out an old Hedgie stamp:

I'm also going to enter into the following challenges:
I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder
Penny Black stamp - Buzz in the air
Prisma pencils
Clare Curd sentiment stamp
Hope you like them.

Friday 13 May 2011

Less is More Challenge Week 14 - Colour challenge - White on White

Well there's been a gremlin in the system then.  I lost my post from yesterday because of a problem with blogger.  I haven't been able to access my blog until now.  Such a pain - having to do it all again.  I was late enough with my lessismoore this week so glad that it all back up and running again to get my card uploaded before it's too late.  The theme this week is for White on White.

This is what I used:

Silhouette 3d ruffle flower
Silhouette trellis
Sizzix die for the leaves
Paula Pascual sentiment
Pearl from stash

I had all good intentions of getting around to comment on other enteries for this week, but unfortunately couldn't because of the blogger problem.  Hope to do better with tomorrow's challenge.


Sunday 8 May 2011

A spoon full of sugar Challenge 150 - White and one colour

Hi all! Hope you're enjoying the weekend - what a shame the weather has taken a turn for the worse, although my garden is very grateful for the rain.  The only other compensation is that I've spent some time making some cards instead of gardening.  I usually become a very bad blogger during the summer as my other favourite pastime (gardening) takes over.

I've two cards to show you today.  The first one I'm entering into the aspoonfullofsugarchallenge, the theme is white and one colour.  This was such a quick card to do - I used my new rollagraph wheel and a Prisma pencil (& Sansodor to blend) to colour the blossom and then stamped a Paula Pascqual sentiment.  To finish I added a couple of strips of peel offs.

The layout of my next card was inspired by this card by Kerry. 

The image is a digistamp from here: - I've used Promarkers to colour
The Houndstooth stamp is from Hero Arts
The rest of the background was done on the computer using the same fonts Kerry used: Bookworm and Accord SF Heavy

Apologies if I haven't been round to visit you all recently - I will try better this week.
Bye for now


Tuesday 3 May 2011

Thank you

Hi all, hope you all had a great weekend and for those of you interested, enjoyed the wedding on Friday. I intended to watch the service, but ended up in front of the TV from 7.30am until 1.45pm.  What a wonderful day it was!

Well, my lovely daughter has gone back to uni so I have taken the opportunity to sit at my craft desk and had a little play.  This is the card I made. 

Originally it was going to be my entry into this week's less is more challenge, but I'm not sure it really fits the CAS look (I'm going to enter it anyway - I'm sure the ladies will let me know if it's too OTT for the challenge), so I've decided to enter it into the following:

This is what I used:

Silhouette machine for the frame, leaves and flowers
K&Co background paper
Computer for the sentiment
Antique Linen Distress Ink for inking the edges of the frame and flowers/leaves

Just before I go, I would like to congratulate the very talented Kerry on becoming the guest designer at Less is More - it's very well deserved.  Kerry has always been a great source of inspiration for me from the beginning of my cardmaking.  Please visit her blog if you get chance, it's well worth it.

Hope you like it!