Monday, 26 November 2012

Home Sweet Home

Today's card uses a super new big stamp from Stamp Addicts, called Thatched House.  To give you an idea of its size, this is an 8" card.  I've stamped it four times in Versafine black and cut and decoupaged the layers.  I used a watercolour pen to add a few bright red highlights, the girl on the steps isn't too easy to see without colour on her dress.  The ribbon picks out the red highlights and I've added some matting and layering and a few black gemstones.
My card is for:
Pile it On - anything but a Christmas card
Cupcake Crafts - black and white plus one
Robyn's Fetish - black and white plus one

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Less is More - glamour and glitz

This week's Less is More card is for a friend who is getting married between Christmas and New Year.  This rather odd angle was the most successful for photographing mirri card and Wow silver sparkle embossing!  The wreath is from Stamps by Chloe, the sentiment is Waltzing Mouse.  There are a couple of embossed lines under the image. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Poppies aren't always yellow

As a change from the Christmas and Baby cards I've been making, Stamp Addicts have a fab new poppy stamp.  I've made a Welsh Poppy card using the CAS(e) this sketch layout.  It's watercoloured with Distress Inks, with some brads instead of the sentiment, a hardware entry for Less is More.  The yellow raffia behind the matted image was around some flowers that I was sent.

This card is for:
CAS(e) this Sketch - sketch
Less is More - hardware

My second card has the poppy stamped onto Kraft card, coloured with Koh-i-nor pencils and some Glossy Accents.  I've embossed a panel behind the image.
This card is for:
Sassy Studios - no patterned paper
Polka Doodles - square card with a round element

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Washing Line

I'm trying to build up enough baby cards in my stash and here is one I finished last night, using DP with faux stitching that has been in my stash for... umm..  some years!  Washing line, sentiment and washing stamps from StampsbyChloe.  The "washing" has Pinflair glue to give it dimension.
My card is for:
My Time to Craft - new baby
Totally Gorjuss - plain and simple
Stampin' with the Dragon - so cute
Anything Goes - stitching real or faux

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Let it Snow

Here is a card I have made to combine several challenges.  Less is More this week wants us to use hardware so I added a snowflake charm on some ribbon to some white cardstock cut with a Memory Box die (does this count as using metal?!).  Snow is the theme at a new challenge blog, Addicted to C&S and the CAS-ual Fridays theme is winter blues.  I'm sure you can guess that I matted and layered my sentiment after I smudged the direct to card sentiment first time round!
My card is for:
Less is More - hardware
Addicted to CAS - snow
CAS-ual Fridays - winter blues

Friday, 16 November 2012

C&S = Christmas

 Today I have two C&S cards to show you.  The first, which is black and white with a tiny accent of red, is for TotallyPapercrafts' Clean and Simple Black and White Challenge.  I've used a Memory Box tree die a couple of times and then die cut with a Nestie octagon.  There are tiny red Stickles lights glowing in my tree and a Craftwork Cards sentiment is added to a Nestie scalloped circle.
My card is for:
Totally Papercrafts - c&s black & white
My Mum's Craft Shop - winter wonderland
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas

Crafty Cardmakers - more than one punch or die cut

The second card uses a Memory Box sentiment stamp, stamped in Majestic Blue Versafine on textured cardstock.  I've added some matting and a blue bow (looks almost black in the rubbish ligt we have today!) and this card is for:
CAS-ual Fridays - winter blues.
 LEJ - seasons greetings
Fashionista Challenge - blue Christmas
Great Impressions Stamps - holidays

Monday, 12 November 2012

New Baby Boy

Here's another card for the local baby boom, paper pieced in blue spots and stripes.  I've followed the sketch at Woodware Challenge, adding a Stamps by Chloe sentiment to my Woodware stamp.

Last night a bunch of us went to see Skyfall which was great fun.  Tonight I had a go at re-enacting the shower scene but not in such glamourous circumstances!  Stella the dog rolled in something that smelled like very rotten fish (unlikely as we're many miles inland and nowhere near the river) and the only thing to do was to strip off and get in with her, in the interest of confining the mess to the shower cubicle.
My card is for the following challenges:
Woodware Challenge - sketch
Catch the Bug - things with tails
Charisma Cardz - feeling blue
Divas by Design - let's get cute

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Pretty pink paper piecing

I have several friends due to have babies over the next few weeks and one of them, Laurie, has opted not to know the sex of her baby.  Good for her!  However it does mean I need a good supply of cards for both sexes!  I followed the sketch at Cute Card Thursday, paper piecing my Francoise Reed Woodware elephant and adding a bit of extra colout with a Copic.  The hearts and sentiment are part of the stamp set, they are popped up on 3D dots.
My card is for:
Cute Card Thursday - sketch
Stampin' for the Weekend - all stitched up
Allsorts - young at heart
Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes
Magic in the Air - pretty in pink

Safe as Houses or the Mysterious Missing Stamp

Good morning and for once I'm bright and early with my Less is More card.  I had a lovely time at the NEC with Chrissie, Lady Limette herself, earlier in the week and replaced my Little Claire houses stamp.  I've used this a lot since I got it, but somehow it has totally vanished, despite turning the draft room and house upside down searching.
Several friends have moved home recently and I spent yesterday evening making cards very similar to this, but with more vivid colours and a bit of matting and layering.  It was easy to modify and stamp up  a one layer, I've coloured very gently with my Copics in pastel shades, there is next to no show through on the back.  The line from the hill is extended with a Pigma Micron pen off the edge of the card.  Punch at the bottom is an EK success that I've had for ages.  Now I've got the stamp out I may do some Christmas scenes with it but they probably won't be one layer! 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Speedy Service

Here's a very quick, very clean and simple card I've made in my lunch hour, having got home to find my gorgeous new Waltzing Mouse stamps had arrived already; they were only released at the weekend!  It's loosely based on this week's Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge and I will be back later to enter some more challenges I hope.  I've cut out the Yonder Star image, stamped in red Versafine and added it to a strip of card.  Perfect for all my quilting friends this Christmas!  In case anyone is wondering about the quilt block, it is called Feathered Star and below is a 6" finished size feathered star, a spare from a cot quilt I made some years ago.  Yes I DID say 6" - madness!!!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Less is More - Pink Mark II

I'm a bit happier with this second attempt at a pink Christmas.  This bears a strong resemblance to last week's sketch challenge at Less is More.  I've used clear and silver WOW embossing powders and inked with Spun Sugar and Won Lipstick.  The stamp was free with this month's Craft Stamper, sentiment is Indigo Blu.
My card is for:
Less is More - pink
WOW Embossing - Christmas

Less is More - pink

This week's Less is More Challenge is to use pink.  I was looking through my cards yesterday and decided that I have a desperate shortage of masculine cards and need to concentrate on making a batch.  So pink wasn't ideal!  I also need Christmas cards so I made a non-traditional, pink, Christmas card with a Memory Box die, a Martha Stewart punch, ribbon, a bit of bling and a Craftwork Cards sentiment.  Now I've photographed it I see that my ribbon needs trimming - oops.  Hope this isn't too busy, if so I have an idea for Pink Mk II...