Tuesday, 30 November 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - White Christmas

This week's challenge is a bit of a busman's holiday for me as we have been snowed in since last Thursday! I am getting a bit fed up of the snow stuff already.
The backing paper is from Rob Addams' CD Let It Snow and is the feathery pattern of frost on glass. The image is by Elusive Images and has been embossed with glittery white ep over a brayered background (Kaleidacolour - Baby Powder). This has been mounted onto a piece of very pale blue card which has been stamped with Crafty Individuals Snowflake plate and embossed.
A white chiffon ribbon completes the card.
Apologies for the very poor photograph but it gets dark up here in the frozen north very early and artificial lighting is not ideal. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment - all are much appreciated.
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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #128 - Thanksgiving

I have been able to use my lovely vegetable stamps from Stamp in the Hand for this card. Each vegetable has been stamped off the page first so that the colours are muted. The backing paper is by Bearly Mine and the sentiment stamps are from Stampin' Up. I have used a piece of real hemp rope for the trimming together with a re-cycled button. All the inks used were Distress Inks, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint,Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Frayed Burlap.
Thanks for dropping by and please feel free to leave a comment - all are appreciated.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Bah! Humbug! # 46 - Feeling the Blues

This card didn't turn out at all like I had planned! In fact it is nothing like my original idea. This is not unusual for me at all.

I have used the lovely Trees embossing folder by Sir Tim and my new corner dies from Marianne Creatables. The sentiment is one of my favourites and is from Creative Expressions. I have used plenty of crystal glitter on the trees and corners to give it some festive bling and mounted it onto silver and then royal blue card.

Thanks for stopping by and do leave a comment - I enjoy them all. I shall miss the Bah! Humbug! challenge and look forward to it returning in the New Year.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

DragonsDream TIO #59 - Colours for Christmas

I hadn't a clue what to do for this challenge until I was watching a programme on TV about Lincoln Cathedral and I was totally bowled over by the superb stained glass windows. So, I thought I would try to depict them in my tag. I have used the Embossed Resist technique but have ironed off the clear embossing so the tag is totally flat.
The medallion stamp is by Papermania and the Peace stamp is by Elusive Images. The cord is very posh lilac gardening twine bought from a very expensive shop - that was all I could afford! A bit like going to Harrods and buying a carrier bag to say you have been.
Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment - I enjoy reading them all.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Two Challenges

I don't normally enter a card in more than one challenge but John has been bedridden for most of the week with a bad back and I know I will not have any time to make separate entries. My Christmas card is for
Bah! Humbug!#45 - Lovely in Lilac and
Rainbow Lady's Challenge#127 - Edge It.

The base card is pale lilac, the patterned backing paper is from The Lilac Garden and the fabric weave paper is from Joanna Sheen's Secret Garden.

The edging across the card is made with the newest border punch from Stampin Up. The bauble is a free stamp from Crafts Beautiful magazine and has been embossed with Moonglow Imperial Crown two tone embossing powder and glittered with Jones Tones. The ribbon was a gift from my friends at Bah! Humbug!

I do hope you like my card and please feel free to leave a comment - I appreciate every one.
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Friday, 19 November 2010

Crafty Ann's Challenge #28 - Inspiration Picture

I had a good look at Crafty Ann's inspiration picture and decided that I wanted to go with the beautiful colours and the linear design.
I have used her Blossoms Sheet and printed it out over the Magenta and Lilac Polished Stone backing papers. The blue is also from the Polished Stone collection. The bowl is made from white paper, run through the Cuttlebug with the Tiny Mosaics folder and coloured with Memento Desert Sand ink. The foliage is a Clarity stamp and paper punched fronds.
The cream backing paper is Ann's Embossed Flowers - all the papers have been printed onto glossy 160 gsm paper and have a beautiful sheen.

I do hope you like my simplistic interpretation of the inspiration picture and thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment - I do appreciate them.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Crafty Ann's Challenge #27 - AND THE WINNER IS .....

As it is Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog 1st Birthday each of the Design Team are to pick a winner from the comments left on our blogs. I had 7 comments and the winner picked out of the hat is


Congratulations! You can claim your prize of 1 digi stamp or 1 pre-coloured sheet of your choice, by e-mailing Ann at

There will be a NEW CHALLENGE tomorrow!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - Lavender and Lace

I have used Hinny Bop's Blissful Butterflies CD to make this card, the image and both the backing papers. I framed the image with a frame made from oval Nesties and punched out a couple of the butterflies from one of the backing papers with my Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch. It seems a perfect fit! The sentiment and the tiny flower and butterfly images are in Brilliance Victorian Violet.
Thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave a comment - all are appreciated.

Friday, 12 November 2010

DragonsDream TIO #58 - The East

My inspiration for this tag came from playing about with Eco Paints and some stamp purchases from Ally Pally. The paint colours are Lake, Rose and Pomegranate that were painted in rough stripes and then squished together with another similarly painted piece and then buffed to a shine. The result reminded me of a very stormy seascape.
The stamps are by Kodomainc called Sea Story and the large wave by Stampscapes.
I enjoyed making this very much and was delighted with the result. Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #126 - Lest We Forget

The stamp for my Rememberance Day ATC is by Crafty Individuals. It is stamped in Stazon onto parchment and is coloured in, from behind, with Marvy Markers. I have mounted it onto rainbow holographic paper, then onto black and then red cardstock.
The forget-me-not sentiment is by Flourishes.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - The Natural World

Fancied having a go at a masculine card this week and as fishing is very big in this neck of the woods - what better than a trout (or is it a salmon?).
I have used Jayne Netley Mahew Part 2 CD for both the image and the wonderful backing paper. This is the first time I have used buttons on a card (they are recycled from one of John's old shirts!) and have threaded them with linen twine and mounted them over a pheasant feather.
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Sunday, 7 November 2010

Bah! Humbug! #43 - Fancy Folds

This card is called an Exploding Diamond card and I got the instructions here. It folds down to a 4 x 4 square and would be very useful for all sorts of occasions. It lends itself quite nicely to be turned into a cracker card. My only suggestion when making this card is not to use too thick card stock and not to score the card at 6", just mark it with a pencil.
The image is from Crafters Companion and the backing paper is from PaperArtsy called Rum N' Raisin.
Thanks for stopping by and do feel free to leave a comment - all are appreciated!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog #27 - Christmas Card Non Traditional Colours

To celebrate the 1st Birthday of Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - there will be a prize for one lucky person who leaves a comment on this blog post. The winner will be chosen on 18th November. There are prizes to be had on all the Design Team's blogs pay a visit and leave a comment!

As I always enjoy making a picture, what could be more Christmassy than a pink Christmas tree on a cold winter's night!

I have used Crafty Ann's Christmas Tree digi image, made three trees slightly different sizes and printed them out onto Ann's very vibrant Magenta Polished Stone backing paper. Each tree has been severely Stickled and decorated with black and magenta sequins. The white background paper has been torn into hill shapes and mounted onto black card. Jones Tones glitter onto Pearlydoodles (as per Lavinia Stamps) creates lovely raised sparkly stars. One of Ann's sentiment tickets completes the card.

Leave a comment and get a chance to win a prize and I hope you will join us over at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog. Where there are even more prizes to be won!
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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Rainbow Lady's Challenge - Make a Picture

I am delighted to be chosen as Guest Designer on Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog this week and I do hope you will join me and Make a Picture.

This card started out as a play session with a brayer and rubber bands wrapped around the roller. I used Adirondack Woodlands ink pad and glossy paper. I really liked the 'primitive' look the brayering made and decided to enhance this by using simple outlines on the landscape. The houses and trees (Stampin' Up) are stamped in Staz On so they would dry quickly and not upset the brayering. The picket fence (Clarity Stamps)is stamped using the Woodlands pad.

Because I liked the simple rustic look so much I continued it with the backing papers and brad detail. The backing papers are freebies from StampTV. The sentiment is computer generated and die cut with Nestabilities Labels 4.

Have a go and make a picture - it is very satisfying and very addictive. I look forward to you taking part in Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week!

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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Autumn Card

The autumn colours in my part of Scotland have been spectacular this year. I wanted to make something for my October card swap with Creating Rainbows forum that reflected the lovely bright autumn foliage.

I have used the Jacob's Coat technique and coloured the base cream card with various autumn colours and then stamped the large tree stamp from StampCamp with VersaMark and then clear embossed it. Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up) is a very dark brown dye ink and I rubbed this all over the image and then wiped off the areas that were clear embossed. This showed the foliage colours through.

As distressing was part of the card swap, I tore the edges of the image and coloured them with a lighter brown ink. This was mounted onto another piece of card that had been similarly coloured and overstamped with a willow stamp from A Stamp in the Hand and the sentiment from I Brake for Stamps.

I do hope you like my card, I really enjoyed making it and it does reflect the superb colours this year.
Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment - I enjoy them all!
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Monday, 1 November 2010

Bah! Humbug! #42 - Presents

For this week's challenge I had an opportunity to use my latest Cuttlebug folder Flourish Frame. I think it is really attractive - just a little difficult to find something small enough to fit inside! The backing paper is by Artylicious - Seasons Greetings and the stamps were a freebie in a Do Crafts magazine. The parcels were coloured in with Sakura Metallic and Stardust pens.
Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment - I appreciate them all.

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