Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year!


Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful New Year! A big thank you to everyone who has visited my blog over the past twelve months and left comments - always very much appreciated! And thank you to all the bloggers I visit too for all the inspiration and ideas.
Stay warm and safe and see you all next year!

Moving Along With the Times - Challenge 79


The new challenge on the Moving Along With the Times Challenge Blog is 'birthday and circles' so I've made a circular easel card using one of the new stamps from Little Claire Designs called Georgia. I've coloured the image with Promarkers and then layered it on to a pink scalloped mat and then on to the base card which I've covered with paper from The English Paper Company. I've added a Craftwork Cards greeting (on a small scalloped mat) and some paper flowers coloured with Promarkers to match my image.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

C is for Camellia


The current challenge on the Anything Goes Challenge Blog is to make a card which relates to the letter 'C'. This is a birthday card I made yesterday using one of my favourite Little Claire Designs floral stamps of camellias, coloured with Promarkers. I've kept it very simple using a scalloped mat underneath, some black peel off dots and peel off greeting.

Monday, 27 December 2010

I Love Promarkers Challenge 46


I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! I'm making the most of my time off work this week to get some card making done, starting with birthday cards for January. The image I've used on this card is from C&C Designs - I've coloured it with Promarkers. The paper is from Craft Creations and I've coloured the little paper flowers to match my main image. I'd like to enter this card is the current challenge on I Love Promarkers which is 'anything goes'.

Moving Along With the Times Challenge Blog


Here's another birthday card, this time made using a stamp from Cuddly Buddly. I've used a floral embossing folder for the background on pink card and then two pieces of ribbon across it. I've die cut the image into a circle and added a black paper scallop behind it. The greeting and the little dots are peel offs. I'm entering this card in the current challenge on Moving Along With the Times which is 'anything goes (no Christmas cards allowed'.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas - hope you have a wonderful day! Keep safe and warm!!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Charisma Cardz - Challenge 50


The theme on Charisma Cardz this week is 'New Year Celebrations' and here is my card for the challenge. My image is from Magnolia and I've coloured with with Promarkers and then die cut it into a circle. I've used green card with one of my Cuttlebug folders for one side of the background and some Basic Grey paper for the other side.

Let it Snow ....


This card is made with another Little Claire Designs stamp called 'Will He Find Us?' which I've had for just over a year - I know I had it last Christmas! It's good for making cards because there isn't much colouring to do!! I've die cut it into a circle and then covered my base card in Craft Creations paper and added some silver line peel offs. I'm entering this in three challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - one for the kids
Oldie But Goodie - You're a Star

Non-Traditional Christmas Card


The image on this card is from Wild Rose Studio - and I've coloured it with Promarkers and then die cut it into an oval and layered it onto a slightly bigger black oval. The paper is left over from last year - can't remember where it's from - and I've added a greeting from Craftwork Cards and some black dots. I'm entering this in two challenges which have 'non-traditional Christmas' as their themes this week - Corrosive Challenge and Cupcake Craft Challenge.

We Three Cats ....


Here's another Christmas card - this one is made using the 'We Three Cats' stamp from Little Claire Designs. The cats have been coloured with Promarkers and then layered onto red and green card with little red peel off dots at each corner of the image. My backing paper is from DCWV and the greeting is also from Little Claire Designs. I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Pear Tree Designs - Christmas
Crafty Purple Frog - Christmas

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Keep It Simple - Season's Greetings


This card is made with one of the gorgeous Pink Gem stamps - so easy to colour and really cute. I've used a silver gel pen on the star and Promarkers for the rest of the image. The backing card is from my stash - not sure which company it's from and I've also used silver paper and a silver "Season's Greetings" message from Craftwork Cards.

Crafty Purple Frog - Challenge 4


I found the Crafty Purple Frog Challenge Blog when I was blog browsing last week and spotted that their current challenge is to make an easel card - probably my favourite style of card at the moment! I've made my card using a Lili of the Valley image and papers from Craft Creations. I've added some red star gems and a greeting from Craftwork Cards.

A Little Bird Told Me .....


I've made this card using another stamp from Little Claire Designs - I've paper pieced the her hat and coat and used the same paper (from a Kars pad) on the main part of the card. I've added a paper flower coloured with my poppy Promarker and some nail head gems. I'm entering this card in the current challenge at Totally Papercrafts which is paper piecing.

Last Minute Christmas


Yes, I'm still making Christmas cards! These three are made using Urban Belles toppers from Kanban and paper from Doodlebug. I'm entering them in the the Allsorts challenge where the theme is very appropriately 'last minute Christmas'.

Star of Wonder


This card has been made with a stamp called Star of Wonder from Little Claire Designs. It's been coloured with Promarkers and then layered onto silver paper and a snowflake blue paper from Craft Creations. I've added a peel off greeting and some peel off dots. I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Ellephantastic Challenges - wish upon a star and Christmas/winter
Papertake Weekly - red and green must not be seen
A Spoonful of Sugar - Christmas cards

Crafty Creations - Challenge 97


This is one of my quick 'last minute' cards made with a decoupage topper from Kanban - I think they're really cute! I've added some gold paper round the topper image, paper from Dovecraft and some peel off dots. The sentiment was included on the sheet with the topper. I'm entering the card in the current challenge at Crafty Creations which is 'a beary project'.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 142


And this is my card for this week's challenge on Cute Card Thursday where the theme is 'floral frenzy'. This card is made using a stamp which is part of the 'All Set Up for Christmas' set which is available here. The image has been coloured with Promarkers and then layered onto a scalloped circle. My background papers are from Dovecraft and I've added some gold line peel offs along the edges of the middle strip of paper. I've finished it with some red peel off dots.

Moving Along With the Times - Challenge 76


The theme this week on the Moving Along With the Times blog is 'lots of spots'. My card has been made using one of the new stamps from Little Claire Designs which is available here - it's called "I'll Be There for You". I've coloured my design with Promarkers and cut a circular easel card as my base. The paper is from Doodlebug and the little flower has been coloured with the Poppy Promarker to match the main image.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Christmas Teddy


I've used a Lili of the Valley image for this card - the first time I've used this one from the sheet I bought and I think he's gorgeous! The paper I've used is from DCWV and I've also used some red ribbon and a greeting from Craftwork Cards. I'm entering this in two challenges:
Teddy Stampers - Christmas teddies
Stamp Something - Christmas colours

Oldie But Goodie - Challenge 7


The current challenge on Oldie But Goodie is winter birthdays. My stamp on this card is from Whiff of Joy and is at least a year old as I know I had it last Christmas too! I've used unusual colours for me but I picked out this paper and wanted to fit the image with it. The paper is from Basic Grey and I've added a greeting from Craftwork Cards and some paper flowers coloured to coordinate with my image.

By the Cute and Girly - December Challenge


This month's challenge on By the Cute and Girly is children so I thought I'd use one of my Elzybells stamps called 'Santa's Little Helpers' - a really little cutie! I've used paper from DCWV from last Christmas (I have a huge Christmas paper stash!), some red ribbon and some nail head gems.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Cute Card Thursday - The Blues


The theme this week on Cute Card Thursday is "the blues" - cards made with a blue theme. For my card I've used an image from Nutcrafters called 'Snowfall'. It's been coloured with Promarkers and then layered onto a navy card scalloped oval and on to blue spotty paper. The paper is left over from last Christmas and I'm not sure where it came from! I've added a strip of card down one side, some white peel offs and a blue snowflake brad.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Still Having Lots of Fun - Part 1


This card was made using two of the tag die cuts from Little Claire Designs and one of the images from the new 'Lots of Fun' set. The background paper is from Craft Creations and I've added some punched dots and some pale blue ribbon to finish it off.

Still Having Lots of Fun - Part 2


Here's another card made with the second elephant stamp from 'Lots of Fun' set. The background on this is blue gingham paper from Craft Creations and I've used some ribbon and white paper flowers to finish it off. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Lots of Fun - Part 1


The new December club stamps are now available here from Little Claire Designs. There are two cute elephant stamps together with some sentiments and the set is called 'Lots of Fun'. This is my first card made with the set using a die cut easel card and a peel off sentiment also from Little Claire Designs. I've decoupaged the elephant on this one to give some extra dimension and added a couple of little paper flowers to the base of the card.

Lots of Fun - Part 2


Here's my second card made with the new 'Lots of Fun' stamp set from Little Claire Designs. I've used the oval Amazing Frames dies available here to cut the base for this card and then using Craft Creations paper and some navy card behind my stamped image. The sentiment is included in the set and I've die cut a smaller oval round this to use as the 'stopper' on the base of my card.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Charisma Cardz Challenge 47 - One for the Girls


The theme on the Charisma Cardz Challenge Blog is 'One for the Girls' so I immediately thought of this little cutie from Pink Gem Designs! She's been coloured with Promarkers and then layered on to lilac and white Kanban card. I've added some paper flowers and a greeting from Craftwork Cards.

Christmas Cuties


Here's another Christmas card I've made using one of the gorgeous Lili of the Valley stamps. As always, it's been coloured with Promarkers and then layered on to red card and another patterned paper from the Papermania Silent Night pack. I've added red nailhead gems to each corner of the stamped image to finish it off. I'm entering this in two challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge - Christmas cuties
Crafty Creations - Christmas is coming

Opening Presents


I couldn't resist this cute little stamp when I spotted it a couple of months back! It's from Nellie Snellen and has been coloured with Promarkers and then die cut into a circle. I've added a peel off greeting from Little Claire Designs and backing paper from Kars. I'm entering this in three challenges:
Totally Papercrafts - untraditional Christmas
A Spoonful of Sugar - anything goes
Creative Cottage Challenge Blog - untraditional Christmas

Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Week 26


This week's theme on the Anything Goes Challenge Blog is animals. I've used a stamp from Little Claire Designs called called 'Warmest Wishes' which is available here on their website. The image has been coloured with Promarkers, layered on to red card and then on to patterned paper from the Papermania Silent Night pack. The circular greeting is from Craftwork Cards.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Winter Anya


My final card for this evening! This one was made using one of Greeting Farm Anya stamps, coloured as always with Promarkers. The striped background paper is from K&Co and I've added some punched snowflakes, nail head gems, crystal gems and ribbon to finish it off. I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Pear Tree Designs - where the theme is 'colourful'
Anyone for Anya - girlie fun

Winter Birthday


The current theme on Just Cute Bears is winter birthdays so I immediately thought of this cute Elzybells stamp of a bear posting a letter. I know that it's really a Christmas stamp but I thought it would fit for the winter birthday theme too. The image has been coloured with Promarkers, the papers are from Dovecraft and the little circular greeting is from Craftwork Cards.

Thank You Card


I've made this card using a stamp from Wild Rose Studio - coloured with Promarkers and then layered onto silver card. I made my base card into a fold back card (I'm told it's called a 'kick card) and then layered Kanban card onto the base. The little circular sentiment is also a stamp from a Personal Impressions set. I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Raise the Bar - this week's theme is 'thankful'
Stamp Somthing - something with thanks

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Fun in the Snow


This card was made with the "Christmas Pals" stamp from Little Claire Designs which is available here. The image has been coloured with Promarkers and then layered onto a circular scallop, navy snowflake paper and then silver card. I've used my Martha Stewart snowflake punch to create the border down the side. The circular greeting is from Craftwork Cards. I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts - snow and snowflakes

Friday, 19 November 2010

A Blog Award from Maria


It's been a mad busy and stressful week at work (and I've had to bring a pile of work home with me too) so it was a lovely surprise to find that Maria had left this lovely award for me on her blog. And what's even better is that this award comes with a free gift - the full details are on the Digis With Attitude Challenge Blog. To qualify, I need to say three things about myself that make me different from everyone else (only 3?!) and then pass this award on to three other blogs. So here goes -
1. In the 'real world' I'm a solicitor specialising in divorce and childcare work
2. I'm a Soroptimist
3. I love ironing!
And here are my five blogs -

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Calendar Card - Part 1


This is the first of two calendar cards I've made today using an easel card as my base. For this one I used a Penny Black stamp coloured with Promarkers and then layered onto a scalloped circle and Craft Creations pink gingham paper.
I'm entering this in the following challenges:
One Stitch at a Time - your favourite colour
Cute Card Thursday - challenge 138, anything goes
Lili of the Valley - anything goes (using any stamp range)

Calendar Card - Part 2


This is my second calendar card - this one is made with an image from one of the Crafty Individuals pad. I've also used a piece of Black Magic card which I've put through my Cuttlebug with one of the embossing folders and then sanded the surface off to reveal the purple underneath. I've finished it off with some purple and black card.
I'm entering this one in the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts - challenge 42, black and purple

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

WOYWW - Week 75


Here's a photo of my desk for this week's WOYWW. You can see the sheet of LOTV stamps that I've finally got round to using and the card in progress is the one that I've just posted a photo of today. You can also see my trusty cassette hole punch, my punch collection and some snowflake brads (I used three of these on the card I posted yesterday). My black Versafine pad is there too - I use this on every card I make embossed with the detail fine powder that you can also see. Will try and leave as many comments as I can for everyone else but it may be tomorrow before I get round very many blogs!

Christmas Shopping


This is the first card that I've made with my new LOTV stamps - I bought a sheet of four designs a little while back and have been meaning to use them ever since! I've made an easel card using papers from Do Crafts. a white snowflake and a paper flower coloured to match my image.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Keep it Simple - shape up
Raise the Bar - let's see those curves

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Snowflakes


This is a card I've made today for several different challenges using an image from Pink Gem Designs. I coloured the image with Promarkers and a silver gel pen and then stamped the central star again on silver pearl paper, cute it out and placed it over the main image. The background was made from Whitewash cardstock which I ran through my Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder and then sanded. I've added three snowflake brads and a greeting from Craftwork Cards. I'm entering the card in the following challenges:
A Spoonful of Sugar - snow or snowflakes
One Stitch at a Time - winter wonderland
I Love Promarkers - snowflakes

Monday, 1 November 2010

A Little Bird Told Me - New from Little Claire Designs


November's club stamp from Little Claire Designs is now on their website here - a very cute little girl and tiny bird and also the words 'a little bird told me .... it's your birthday" which you can see on the second and third cards I've made. For this first card I've used the stamp to make a Christmas card - my background paper is from Craft Creations and the peel off greeting is from Little Claire Designs. I've punched some silver snowflakes for the four corners and used an oval and scalloped oval die to cut out the main image. I'm entering this card in two challenges:
One Stitch at a Time - Christmas, traditional or modern
One Stop Craft - anything goes

A Little Bird Told Me - Part 2


This is the second card that I've made from the new "A Little Bird Told Me" stamp set - it's an easel card made using papers from Dovecraft and I made it as a winter birthday card. I've also used green Nailhead gems at the corner of the image panel to finish it and backed this and the greeting panel onto green card.
I'm entering this card in the current challenge on Moving Along With the Times which is to make a card for a child.

A Little Bird Told Me - Part 3


This is the third card that I made using the new "A Little Bird Told Me" stamp set - both the main image and the words are from the set. I have paper pieced the little girl's coat and hat using the same paper as I used on my base card (from Dovecraft). The base card is an easel card which I cut away at one side to make a slightly different shape. I've added some punched flowers and some black peel off lines on the base.
I'm entering this card in this week's Stamp Something blog challenge which is to stamp something with some pink.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Pear Tree Designs - Second Entry


This is my second entry for the "Free for All" challenge on Pear Tree Designs. The image is from the Pansies set made by Papermania as is the sentiment. I've coloured it with Promarkers and used some green and purple card for the background.

One Stitch at a Time - Challenge 35


This is my card for the current challenge on One Stitch at a Time which is "Embellish It". I'm not that good at putting embellishments on my cards and I always worry that too much on them will look a bit overdone but I do use paper flowers quite a bit, usually coloured with Promarkers as I have for this card. My other favourite is punched paper dots - as you can see! The image I've used for this card is one of the SWALK range from Crafters Companion and my background paper is from Dovecraft.

Decorating the Tree


This is another Christmas card which I've made today for three different challenges. The image is from Elzybells, coloured with Promarkers. The background papers are from Doodlebug and the circular greeting from Craftwork Cards.
I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Teddy Stampers - week 22 "Anything Goes"
Pear Tree Designs - challenge 22 "Free for All"
Moving Along With the Times - challenge 69 - "Use Promarkers - Anything Goes" sponsored this week by Letraset

Anything Goes Challenge Blog Week 21


The theme on the Anything Goes Challenge Blog this week is black and white so I thought I'd make a Christmas card using one of my favourite Christmas stamps bought a couple of years ago. The stamp is from a company called Inkwell Stamps who make some lovely images. I've kept the card simple with black and white layers, an oval and scalloped oval die cut and some black peel off dots.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Charisma Cardz Challenge Week 41


Here is my card for this week's challenge on the Charisma Cardz which is "More than One Fold". I've used a stamped image from Wild Rose Studio, coloured with Promarkers and backing papers from Dovecraft. The 'stopper' on the base of the card is from Craftwork Cards.
The base card was made by folding an easel card and then cutting away a portion of the folded part - just a little bit different to a standard easel card.

A Blog Award from Maria


Many thanks to Maria for another blog award and for cheering me up at the end of a stressful few days at work!
I have to pass the award on to fifteen other people so my list is:

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

WOYWW - Week 71


Here's my photo for this week's WOYWW showing a card in progress and some of my recently purchased items. The card is an iris folded one - it's just waiting for a border to be added using black straight line peel offs and a greeting in the bottom right hand corner. My sheet of iris folding patterns is underneath the card. To the side of that sheet you can see my new stamp from Craft Individuals as well as my new Basic Grey Christmas Cuttlebug folders and on the other side two of the stamps I bought with my gift voucher from Nutcrafters for winning one of their challenge blogs.

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