Sunday, May 31, 2009

Promarker Challenge Blog Wk 1

I know I have a passion for paper and glue. Any normal person can understand that. Daughter No 2, Erin, has a passion for shoes. She came in on Friday night having been shopping with the last of her birthday money. I don't know quite how far she thinks this birthday money stretches but she's managed to buy quite a lot with it! In she came with a pair of black thingies with platform soles and 5" heels. I have to say, they're quite amazing. I was frightened to ask how much they cost. How she's going to manage to walk in them I don't know. Considering the fact that she's already nearly 5' 10 and a 1/2", I had to point out they will make her over 6'3. She just nodded. When she meets Mr Right (or Mr Alright as cynical old me calls him), he'll have to be blooming tall!

This is my entry for the new Promarker Challenge. I'm still getting used to the pens but I enjoyed having a shot and I'm quite pleased with the end result. We really like these Miss Anya stamps but we don't have any yet so our lovely bloggy friend Helen sent my daughter, Suzanne, some stamped images and Suzanne gave me a couple. I'm a bit like a wee squirrel for hoarding so I've been hiding them away for a special occasion and none better than this since Helen, clever girl that she is, has been chosen for the design team for the new Promarker challenge blog. Suzanne and I are so proud of her. You can see Helen's work here. Do give her a visit - her work is ab. fab.

I used Basic Grey Sultry papers and Sweet Pea Sprout Cardstock
Plain white cardstock for mounting
Apple, Limegreen
Coral, Spice
Blossom, Pastel Pink, Blush Pink, Ivory
Gems are Kanban
Lace from Hobbycraft
Tools: Cuttlebug and Oval Nesties
Fiskars Punch


I haven't put a sentiment on yet because I might keep it for my friend, Teresa's birthday, so I'll personalise it. She's a real shopaholic so it will suit her nicely.

I quite liked the lace until our Jack asked me if it was knicker elastic!!!

Thanks for looking.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge Week 4 - Lets Get In Shape

Hi everyone. Hope you are all well. I'm doing a late post tonight as I've been so engrossed in Springwatch. Peace and quiet for my family - I won't budge off the couch for the next 3 weeks!

I did this card a couple of days ago for the Just Magnolia Challenge. I found it quite difficult - way out of my comfort zone which is the usual square card. However, I did stick with it until I'd produced something different. I didn't have a template big enough for an actual card, so I had to use a piece of an old card to draw around for the frame. Hope it looks ok.

Card Recipe:
The image is Magnolia Patch Tilda
I coloured her with Promarkers
The cardstock is Papermill with some Coredinations to back Tilda onto
The flowers are Prima from a Christmas bauble
Lavendar Stickles
Papermania ribbon and brad
Kanban self adhesive gems

I didn't really mean to make a brown and lavendar card when I started out, it just kind of ended up that way. At least it's not square! The flower and butterflies are more sparkly and glitzy than they look on the photo but that's photos for you.

I didn't do an inside to this card because I had such a job with the front I was a bit sick of it to be honest. I'm not really that enamoured with it. I can see I'll have to get a lot more practice in with different shaped cards.

Thanks for dropping by.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Two Challenge Baby Card

Just back from our weekly jaunt to Tesco. I don't know where the best part of a hundred quid goes but I seem to be able to spend it alright. I must have been having a right old nark because my daughter promptly told me that if I'd spent it in the craft shop I wouldn't be moaning! I thought I'd better give it a rest.

I've made this card for the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge which is New Beginnings and also for C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #1 which is something new. A girl at work is expecting a baby boy so it was an ideal opportunity to get on with her card. I've also made her some thank you cards as a wee present but I haven't photographed them yet.

The inside is quite plain:

The image is by Dimension Fourth
I coloured it with Distress Inks
Papers are PSX and Cardstock is Coredinations
I punched the flowers with the Daisy Punches
Ribbon, brads, pram charm and jump rings are from my stash
Sentiment is computer generated

Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

3 Challenge Combo Card

Hi everyone

I hope everyone is having a good week. If you are anything like me most of it is taken up with work but the weekend is not too far away now. It has been raining here again but today is nicer and it is supposed to be drier at the weekend. Well, we'll is Scotland after all!

Got myself in a bit of a tizz with this card. I got the finishing dates mixed up and then thought I still had a couple of days left. Then the camera wouldn't work so I ended up short of time after all. Never mind, it's done now so here it is. I'm entering this card for 3 challenges: Just Magnolia week 5 - A Little Sketch which is a lovely sketch by Naoual. Thank you, Naoual. I can also enter it for A Spoonful of Sugar which is any kind of celebration card and Secret Crafter which is glitter.

The image is a Magnola Tilda Christmas image but I just lopped the ivy off her hair. She is holding a Christmas heart ornament but I quite like that so I just usually leave it on. It doesn't look very Christmassy.

Magnolia Christmas Tilda
Coloured with Distress Inks, Stickles and a touch of Cosmic Simmers
The papers are The Paper Company Spring range glitter papers
Coredinations Cardstock
The flowers are Impex
Sentiment is Hampton Art - Creative Cafe
Gems from stash


Same papers and cardstock as front of card with a stamped flourish.

Cuttlebug; Labels One;
Flourish stamp
EK Success Flourish Punch

I really enjoyed these challenges so I hope you like the card. Thanks for looking.


Monday, May 18, 2009

New Challenge Blog - The Next Level

Evening everyone

I just wanted to let you all know about a new challenge blog that is starting called The Next Level. You don't have to use any particular brands for these challenges and it's being set up as an informative type of blog so crafters can learn from each other. It will have a small design team to start with but the creators will be asking other people to join in as guest designers along the way. I think it sounds like a great idea and there's some great candy on offer too.

The only other thing is that you need to become a follower of the new blog to qualify to win the candy. Easy peasy!


Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge Blog - A Sketch by Marlene

Hi everyone

Hope you are all well and having a nice weekend. It's been a bit of a mixed bag here in terms of the weather. Nice one minute, pouring down the next. The computer's still playing up, despite having a fair amount of money spent on it so I hope it holds up long enough for me to post this card for the Sugar Bowl Challenge. I liked this sketch by Marlene a lot. I thought there was enough on it already by the time I had the buttons on so I didn't put anything else on except the spacer, brad and charm on the flower.

I've had this stamp for a wee while. I got a few stamps bought for me at the one time and I haven't had a chance to use her before today. I really like her so I hope it won't be too long before she's out of the box again.

I have done the inside but it's quite plain because there wasn't much paper left and it's a bit glary on the photo so I haven't bothered to show it this time.

Card Recipe:

Stamp: Sugar Nellie - Rope Swing
Coloured with Distress Inks and Cosmic Shimmers
Papers are Basic Grey and Card is Coredinations
Flower, Spacer, Charm from Stash (flower is Painterly Petals, if that helps)
Buttons are Making Memories
Brad is Papermania
Lace from Hobbycraft
Tools: Cuttlebug; Swiss Dots embossing folder; Woodware corner punch

That's about it.

Can't combine this with any other challenges so I'm off to do my Just Magnolia Challenge card and have a bit of a blog hop. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for dropping by.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge Week 4 - In Stitches

Evening all,

Hope you are all ok. Haven't managed to post anything for a couple of days, unfortunately. Have been having a very silly time with the computer again. Every time I go on the blogs the blooming thing won't load up. I don't seem to have this problem on other sites, just on the blogs. It driving me nuts.

Anyway, we've been a bit worried about our dog and we've had to take her to the vet so this is the first chance I've had to put anything on. I made this card last night for the Just Magnolia challenge. It's only the second time I've sewn a card and I'm still not that great at it. I had a couple of goes at this one; it's not bad but could have been better, I think. Sewing a card is not easy, is it? The overall effect seems to be ok, though. Tilda is looking as pretty as ever isn't she and that's the main thing.

The inside photo is a bit far away but this is it anyway:

Card Recipe:

Stamp: Patch Tilda and Bench - I stamped Tilda and then masked her and stamped the Bench
Papers: Nitwits Collections and Coredinations cardstock
Tilda is coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Creative Cafe from Hampton Art
Buttons from stash
Fiskars punch

Thanks for dropping by and for all the lovely comments you have all been leaving. I really appreciate them all.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

3 Challenge Combo Card

Good evening everyone. Hope you've all had a good few days. The weather's been pretty bleak here. The wind's blowing a gale and it's really quite chilly. Now to cap it call, it's started to pour down. Haven't been feeling that great the last couple of days so it's been a while since I've posted anything. I've tried to combine a few challenges with this new card but I must admit I find that a bit of a challenge in itself!

It's my younger daughter Erin's birthday tomorrow. She's a very good card maker herself, so I have to make a decent job of her birthday card. I bought this stamp a while ago with her birthday in mind - it's Claudia from Sugar Nellie. I think she's devine - so slim and elegant. She reminded me immediately of my daughter.

I think I can enter this card for 3 challenges: Colour Create which is Red, Cream and Chocolate; A Spoonful of Sugar which is Touchy Feely - I've got velvet flowers and that funny ribbony stuff across the middle and silky satin on my other ribbon. I hope that's enough touchy feely. I think I can also enter Secret Crafter Saturday which is flowers. I've got flowers inside and on the front of the card. I hope this all counts!

This is Claudia:

Card Recipe:
Inktense Watercolour Pencils to colour Claudia
Cosmic Shimmers for her scarf and jewellery.
Nestabilities Labels One run through the Cuttlebug to mount image
Ribbon, pin, brads and gems from stash
I don't know what that stuff across the middle is called - I got it from Hobbycraft
The flowers were puched with my daisy punches again
The sentiment is a Hampton Art clear stamp from a sentiment set
The red paper is Basic Grey and the brown paper is Fancy Pants Antique - I used the back of this for the flowers as well since they were quite dark being red and brown
Cardstock is Coredinations


I hope you like my card. Thanks for taking the time to look.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge Week 3 - A sketch for you

This week the Just Magnolia Challenge is a sketch by the delightfully talented Bev. I'm a great fan, so I was really excited when she started producing sketches. Thank you Bev, this was a great sketch to work with; I just hope I've done it justice!

The papers look quite pale on the photograph. They are very pink and girly but do show up a bit better on the actual card.

And the inside:

Card Recipe:

Image - Tilda with flower
I used Distress Inks to colour
The papers are Nitwits Collection - Cotton Candy Kisses
The flowers are punched from velvet paper and from stash
Papermania brads, spacers, dangly, corner and pearls from stash
Swirls in corners were made in the cuttlebug

Fiskars daisy embossing punch

Hope you like it.


Friday, May 1, 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge 28 - Stars & Stripes

Whiff of Joy Challenge 28 - Stars & Stripes

Well, I've made my card in plenty of time for this week's Whiff of Joy Challenge. Didn't want to be late again! I've had a busy few days at work, mind you we're always busy so not much change there then. Then my son phoned to ask if I would try to get tickets for Take That for his fiancee. Needless to say when I got Sarah's tickets I ended up getting tickets for everyone - I can't wait!!!

Anyway, this is Oakley sitting on his treestump. I've tried this wee chap a few times before with distress inks and I didn't think they worked although I really love colouring with them. So, this time I used the Pro Markers which I'm still experimenting with and I think they work a lot better on this image. I'm not great at boys cards but I like them to have a bit of glitz because their papers are often quite dark so I dabbed some stickles on the stars to liven it up a bit.

This is one side of the inside but no matter how many times we tried it just wasn't possible to get a decent picture of the other side so I haven't bothered to show it. It was stripes with some stars and spots. with a space for a greeting. Quite nice really but not photogenic!

This is the card recipe:

Whiff of Joy Willow with Oakley and Whiff of Joy Sentiment
Papermania Papers
Cardstock from stash
Gold Stickles
Threading Water punch from Fiskars
Pro Markers:
Saffron; Coral; Pastel Yellow; Cornflower; Blue Pearl; Spice; Cinnamon; Cool Aqua; Lime Green;
Peach watercolour pencil for skin.

It's been raining here in Edinburgh today but it's supposed to cheer up tomorrow. I'll be watching my beloved Celtic so whatever you're doing I hope you have a great Saturday. I'll be doing my usual rounds looking for all your lovely cards.