Friday, 30 July 2010

Crafty Ann's Challenge #20 - DT card


Time again for a new Crafty Ann Challenge -   and the challenge this time is

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer
 Anything that to you says summer.

The image on my card is a photo I took of one of the roses in my garden and means Summer to me. 
When these are in full bloom I know that summer is really here, whatever the weather, lol.

I have framed it in one of Ann's digi frames which I printed on to some Polished Stone digi paper. I coloured the bow with a pink copic to match the digi rose. I added an extra layer to the rose bud and leaves so it is nicely dimensional although it doesn't show in the pic.

The main BP is Mottled Stone.
I have not decided on a sentiment  yet,  though I will probably send it to a friend who loves her garden is quite poorly at the moment.

I made a tulle bow and layered it over the coloured bow and have added a small rose to the centre.

Frame - Ann's digi
BP's - Polished Stone and Mottled Stone - all available at Ann's Digi Shop
Image - personal photo
Tulle and rose from stash

I hope you will be able join us for the challenge at  Crafty Ann's this time and show us your idea of 
Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer. 
If you pop over to the challenge blog you can see the wonderful ideas the DT have come up with this time.

I didn't use a challenge sketch for this card but would like to enter it into these two 'Anything Goes' challenges

Thank you for stopping by :-) Your comments are always appreciated, many thanks :-)


Saturday, 24 July 2010

Sketch & Stash challenge #40

This is for a bloggy friend and I used the sketch over at
Sketch & Stash #40
It was also  for another challenge - Light blue, dark blue and yellow but I think I missed the deadline

BP - Bearly mine - new stash :-)
Image - Magnolia - RAK from bloggy friend, thank you sweetie
Flower - Crafty Ann's digi - ready coloured too :-)
MS border punch

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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Thank You Teacher

A request from our 7yr old grandson for his teacher. He is moving up to junior school in September....oh my, how time flies.

The easel is one of the images from Crafty Ann's new set - In the Artist's Studio. I printed it on to Woodgrain Effect paper, one of the earth tones collection
The apple is one of Ann's too and is coloured with copics.
I made the BP by printing some numbers and alphabet on to some neutral coloured Polished Stone paper

I fixed the back leg of the easel directly to the card but the rest of the easel is raised with foam tape.
I also cut around the top part of the easel to hold the 'canvas' in place.

An apple for the teacher is just right for the
Simon Says challenge this week which is 'Let's get Fruity'

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Friday, 16 July 2010

21st Birthday

A Special Commission

It took nearly as long to choose the paper for this card as it did to make it.
I used the sketch over at Pocketful of Posies but didn't follow it closely enough to submit to the challenge.

The Wild Orchid challenge #1 - Say it with Flowers - is still open until Monday and as I love WO products and  there is such a generous prize,  I am hoping another entry is not being cheeky :-)

Caardvarks July challenge is to make a birthday card

You can see the crystal spray here and the thoroughly gorgeous seam binding ribbon from My Wedding Party - I so love this ribbon :-)
It is a coincidence that the BP I eventually chose is called Sophie, a very pretty design by Gypsy Chick from Scrap Artist

Of course a box was necessary for this special birthday card.
I kept it simple. The bow is made from a piece of tulle and I've added a flower and some of the silky strands that keep coming away from my cushion tassles...waste not etc :-)

Thank you for stopping by and for all the lovely comments you have been so kind to leave :-)


Crafty Ann's Challenge #19 - DT card

It is time for a new challenge over at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog.
This challenge, suggested by Kym, is to use a

Cliff Richard Song
 as inspiration.

My choice is "Congratulations" for my daughter and son-in-law's wedding anniversary.

Papers - polished stone and mottled stone in neutral colours. Papers can be found in Ann's digi shop.
I randomly stamped a Penny Black  flowery heart on the  main BP on the front of the card and embossed with Enchanted Gold EP.
The image was originally coloured, but I changed it to a sepia shade to match the BP's
You can just see the 'sparkle' and the pink gems added for a bit of interest.
The image is edged with pentouch gold pen and fixed with foam tape.

Finished off with some of my lovely vintage seam binding ribbon and a 20mm flower.
Do pop over to Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog and see what great cards the design team have made
I hope you will have a go at the challenge this fortnight and look forward to seeing your interpretations.


Thursday, 15 July 2010

Lavender and Lace....  challenge#112 at  Rainbow Lady's this week and Kind Thoughts at
The CD Sunday challenge.
One Stop Craft challenge#88 is Monochromatic and
Sir Stampalot July challenge is Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

Oh dear!! What a bad close-up.....ironically more than a bit off colour....

The lavender is from Victorian Flowers CD

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Flowers and a Flutterby

It is nice to get back to making 'pretty' cards after a week of making cards for hubby

I have made this for the following challenges with a friend in mind

Sketch Saturday #111 - The sketch
Wild Orchid Challenge #1 - Say it with flowers

I have smudged the name on the sentiment in case the person it is for has a peek :-)

Image - The butterfly is one of the digi images I was lucky enough to win from Creative Inspirations challenge 67
Papers - one from Bearly Mine the other Sprout collection from Shabby Shoppe
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace and gems  from stash

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Monday, 12 July 2010

Crafty Ho's Challenge & Meljens Designs

This is the first time I've entered a card for
Crafty Ho's Challenge which is Black and White choice of orange!
Meljen's Designs  challenge 15 - Circles galore

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Another 70th

 Yup!! another of my hubby's birthday cards for the following challenges

Caardvarks - Birthday card
Paperplay #27 - Your number's up

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Hubby's 70th Birthday

PaperPlay Challenge #27 - Your number's up!

One of the cards for my hubby's birthday  featuring a BIG number...well 70 is a big number, lol

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 I don't often manage to do colour challenges but this one was 'perfect' for this anniversary card

Picture Perfect Creations challenge#21
Allsorts  challenge 60 - feature a big heart

I actually followed the Our Creative Corner sketch but didn't get it posted in time

The light colour paper has been CBugged with Swiss Dots and the star treated to some glamour dust

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Art Deco Lady

I had a rest from hubby's birthday cards to make this for

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #110 - Art Deco
CD Sunday Challenge - Just for You
One Stitch at a Time - Lace, Ribbons and Bows

The image is from Debbi Moore's Glitter and Glitz Magic Moments CD. The front of the card was put through the CB with the Divine Swirls EF then I glittered the swirls with glitter glue with a cocktail
I did the same to the lady's dress and headdress.

My photography is not up to much at the best of times. I've not been able to get a pic of this that was not blurred. This is the best I can do today.

Thank you for visiting today :-)


Monday, 5 July 2010

For a Friend

Made for the following challenges

Sketch Saturday - #110 - The sketch
Magical Crafts - #18 - Flower Power
One Stop - #87 -Distressing
Crafty Catz #39- Distressing
A Pocket Full of Posies #1 - One for the girls

BP's - Eva Kipler digi - edges distressed
Flowers - Wild Orchid and stash
Seam binding ribbon - My Wedding Party
Punched leaves coloured with ink pad
Computer generated greeting
 and pearls

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70th Birthday

For hubby

I had a look around for a sketch to use and found this was just what I wanted at

Inspirational Card Sketches  challenge # 72

7inch Easel card

It is a wonder I finished this today. I had nothing but interruptions from hubby this morning. He was replacing the outside tap and I was up and down a dozen or more times turning the water on and off. - and 'could I fetch this and fetch that'. Then he kept hovering.... looking at what I was doing - on purpose I'm sure, just to wind me up....grrr...I had to suggest he sat out in the garden.
Only got 3 more to make, unless I throttle him first. :-)

BP's - Summer Driggs - Fathers and Fedoras
Nellie frame
4 silver brads

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Saturday, 3 July 2010

New Baby Card

 Oops, just found this as a draft waiting to be posted

New baby card for Sketch and Stash challenge #38
I'm afraid the sketch has 'wandered ' a bit. I stuck the strip in the wrong place, grrr -  I'd got one eye on the footy.

New little flowers, new blue satin ribbon and a gauzy bow

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The Second 3rd Birthday

I wish I could take all the credit for this card but I have to admit I can't.
A crafty friend gave me some cute LOTV images ....aren't I lucky :-)
She rarely does cards for children and thought I would be able to make use of this one .....too right, as I have two great nephews with birthdays this month.

The blue BP is one of Crafty Ann's Woodgrain Effect Pastels. I drew a little boat, multiplied it and printed them on top.
Another thing I am pleased with is the frame. I only have the square Nellie frame but made this rectangle by cutting it out over folded paper.
The arrow was made, with a bit of fiddling, from one of the shapes in 'Word' and the 'Happy Birthday' badge in Serif DrawPlus.

I must apologise again for not getting around to visiting and commenting on your blogs my lovely friends.
I keep hoping I'll  get a bit more time to myself  soon :-/

Thank you for stopping by - your comments are really appreciated :-)


Third Birthday

There are so many family birthdays this month including  my hubby's 70th next weekend -  the most important one according to him :-/.  I really must get a move on to get them all done
Two great nephews have 3rd birthdays 2 weeks apart so I am getting these done first.

This is the first card and is for the following challenges

Creative Inspirations #67- Sketch
Paperplay Challenges #26 - Card for a child or teenager
ASFOS #110 - Animal Crackers
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge #32 - Something with a dog

I love this Mo Manning digi stamp and use it often for young children's cards. there is a smidgen of glitter on the stars

Digi image - Mo Manning
Digi papers - Gina Miller - Boy Blues
Hand cut stars
Satin ribbon

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Friday, 2 July 2010

CACB #18 - Shaped Easel - DT card

The challenge this fortnight is
Shaped Easel 
(any shape except square or rectangular)

I have used one of Ann's free templates which can be found on the challenge blog
The Backing Papers are from Polished Stone Pastels and Embossed Dots Earth Tones collections.
The short petal flowers are printed on to one of  Mottled Stone collection 2 - you might guess one of my favourite patterns at the moment :-)
I have glittered the edges of the flowers with glitter glue and the centre of the large flower is filled with Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Flakes. The flourish has been Glamour Dusted so this is quite a sparkly creation
My granddaughter has claimed this for her friend's birthday so I added a greeting to personalise it for her.

A closer view of all the sparkle

You can find the challenge and some inspiration from the the lovely Design Team cards here .
I hope you will be able to join in with us this time.

I would also like to enter this for 
Creative Card Crew #53 - Easel Card
Pollycraft Monday Challenge #50 - Pinkalicious
Tuesday Morning Sketches #52 - Sketch
Magical Crafts #18 - Flower Power