Saturday, 30 November 2013

Fairy Wings

I have aimed for a look of elegance with this card.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Whoopsi Daisy - Things With Wings
http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/hello-to-everyone-and-welcome-to-our_24.html
Seems A Little Sketchy - Sketch
http://seemsalittlesketchy.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/sketch-53.html
2 Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes
http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.ca/2013/11/challenge-172-anything-goes.html

I have used a paper from Lemon Flowers matstack by DCWV.  The image is from Whoopsi Daisy.  The edging on the image is lace from my stash.  I have also die-cut some scallop squares from glitter cardstock (also DCWV) and embellished these with some Stickles - Yellow.

Digi Darla Flowers

This card was originally created with the Digi Darla challenge in mind - but I missed the deadline!

So, I am entering this card in these challenges only:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch #86
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/sketchie-time_26.html
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/pinspirational-challenge-85.html

I have used three different papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The image is from Digi Darla and the sentiment from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  I have used orange cardstock for matting and added two leaves cut with a Marianne's die.

Carnation Thanks

Carnations are my favourite flowers and this time I've combined them with my favourite colours too.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Shelly's Images - Give Thanks
http://shellysimagesblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/ttt-winner-and-november-challenge.html
Brown Sugar - Thank You
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-70-thank-you.html
Kaboodle Doodles - Buttons and Twine
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-199-buttons-twines.html
The Outlawz Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/birthdaycard/forum/topics/greetings-challenge-november-25th-anything-goes
Chocolate Coffee and Cards - So Grateful
http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-53-so-grateful.html

I have used a paper from a paper pad and then overlaid it with some yellow mesh ribbon.  The image is from Shelly's Images and coloured with copic markers.  The buttons are from my Mum's button box - three different styles of buttons this time and then embellished with some knotted twine.  I have added a sentiment from Pollycraft which I cut into a ribbon slider using a Spellbinders die.  The orange grosgrain ribbon is from American Crafts.

Lighthouse Birthday Card

A masculine birthday card:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Trimgym - Birthdays
http://trimgymsdigistampsandimages.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge-happy-birthday.html
CRAFT Challenge- Use metal/add a charm
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/challenge-235-28th-of-november-use.html
Papertake Weekly - Sketch #86
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/sketchie-time_26.html
Crafting For All Seasons - Birthdays
http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-66-birthdays.html

I have used papers from Trimgym for this card.  The image is also from Trimgym and coloured with copic markers.  I have added a metal charm to the card and

Friday, 29 November 2013

CAS Bird and Acorn

A CAS card to showcase this image:

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Sami Stamps - CAS
http://www.samistamp.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-006-winners-challenge-007.html
De Creatieve Zebra - CAS
http://decreatievezebra.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/maandchallenge-3-plus-uitslag.html
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration (colour)
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/pinspirational-challenge-85.html

I have used a background paper from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The image is from Sami Stamps and has been coloured with copic markers.  I die-cut using a Labels die and then doodled around part of the edge using a Distress Marker - Pine Needles.  I finished it off by adding some rhinestones to the corners.

Vintage Thanks

A Thank You card with a vintage image:



I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Robyn's Fetish Challenge - Vintage
http://robynsfetishchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/challenge-187-vintage-style-11242013.html
Craft Your Passion - Thank You
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-190-thanksgivinggivethanks.html
Brown Sugar - Thank You
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-70-thank-you.html

I have used a vintage looking paper from MME for the background.  The image is from Create with TLC and the sentiment from Pollycraft.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I have added a couple of flowers and then joined them together with a pearl centre.


Lil Girl Big Hat

Actually it is not that big!  Good to protect her from the sun's harsh rays.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Just Some Lines - Add 3 different embellishments
http://justsomelinesblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/new-challenge-3-or-more-embellishments.html
Love To Create - 3 favourite embellishments
http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-93-3-of-your-favorite.html

My three different embellishments are satin ribbon, pearls and flower.  The flower has been created using some red scrap paper and a Marianne's die.  The image that I have used comes from Just Some Lines and coloured with copic markers.

Christmas Bird

This is my second attempt with this image.  The first time I forgot that I wasn't supposed to be using red or green!


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Opal Manor - Christmas but No Red or Green
http://opalmanor.com/challenges/

I have used a paper from a paper pad (can't remember which one now as I started this card over a week ago!).  The image is from Opal Manor and coloured with copic markers.  The matting is blue cardstock.  I have also added a blue organza ribbon.

Winter Wishes

It is nearly 10pm and my mind is not coming up with very inspiring post titles!  I have a few more to do too although I may leave them until the morning.


I am entering the card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch #86
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/sketchie-time_26.html
Sentimental Sundays - Winter Wonderland
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-182-winter-wonderland.html
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snow
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html

I have used papers from Provo Craft matted with blue cardstock.  This is the third card that I have created with a combination of these papers.  The image is from Meljens Designs Studio and coloured with copic markers.  The sentiment is from Netty's Cards.

The Long and Winding Road

When I first saw this inspiration picture, I thought of The Beatles hit tune "The Long and Winding Road".  From there my brain went on to beetles and hence the image that I chose.  A bit random - but I can be like that sometimes!!!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Catch The Bug - Inspiration Photo
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/november-photo-inspiration-challenge.html
Stella Says Sketch - Sketch 146
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/stella-says-sketch-challenge-146.html

I have used some papers from MME for the background, matting and pennants.  The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and coloured with copic markers G85, G82,

Merry Maison

A combination of my two favourite colours and a Christmas Card! 


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Flat Friends - Christmas
http://flatfriendschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/challenge-14-christmas-cards-x.html
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snow
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html

The background paper comes from Provo Craft.  The image is Merry Maison from Flat Friends.  The die is a Marianne's die.  I have coloured with copic markers and added some Stickles - Crystal, some pearls and a button from my Mum's button box.

Frostina

This lovely "snowman" image is called Frostina.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Glitter n Sparkle - Snow
http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-60.html
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snowflake
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge.html
Christmas Challenges {with sketches} - Sketch + Twist
http://christmaschallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-101-sponsored-by-stampfairy.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html

I have used papers from Provo Craft matted with blue cardstock.  The image is Frostina from Sassy Studio Designs.  The snowflake is one that I bought in a grab bag a few years ago.  Just in case you haven't come across the term grab bag - it is when a retailer puts a few items in a bag and sells it at a discount price.  The bag is not see-through so it is a bit of a mystery as to what you are buying!  Usually the items are end of line or clearance items but not always.  I think from memory this snowflake was in a bag that I paid $20 for - but the value of the items was $60.  It is a bit of a gamble as to whether you will like what is in the bag but I remember not being disappointed with this one!!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Winter Wonderland

It seems so weird making a card in cool winter colours with lots of snow......when I am currently sweating in a humid environment.  Summer seems to have finally arrived and with it the over-warm temperatures that I am not fond of unless I am in the water. 

I am entering my snowy card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch #86
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/sketchie-time_26.html
CHNC - For A Child
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-152-for-child.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html
Glitter n Sparkle - Snow
http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-60.html
Sentimental Sundays - Winter Wonderland
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-182-winter-wonderland.html
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snow
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge.html
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes  *****
http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.gr/2013/11/anything-goes-hop.html

I have used some papers from a paper pad by Provo Craft which I matted onto blue cardstock.  The image is from Crafty Sentiments and the sentiment by Desert Diva.  Die-cutting is with Spellbinders oval and Labels dies.  Colouring is with copic markers plus highlights using Stickles - Crystal.  I have also added some bling from Rosies Studio.

*****  I had trouble uploading this one and started again so that it would include the image as well.  However, I forgot to put the #6 on the second time that I attempted to upload it.*****

Tis The Season

My Christmas lilies think it is already the season!  They starting flowering on November 24th - a month too early.  They'll be lucky to last out in flower until December!  Sadly, this is the last challenge at The Outlawz CFC progressive challenge.  I have really enjoyed this challenge and I wish to thank everyone who has played a part in it.

I am entering my wreath card into the following challenges:
The Outlawz CFC Challenge - Anne's Image
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/cfc/forum/topics/creative-freebie-challenge-nov-17-to-nov-30th
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html

I have used a wreath background paper for this card overlaid with some olive green mesh ribbon.  The image is from Anne Fenton as part of this last CFC Challenge.  I coloured the image with copic markers, die-cut using a Spellbinders scallop circle die and then doodled in the scallops with Distress Markers - Pine Needles and Forest Berries.  I added three pearls to the mesh ribbon for a bit of extra dimension.



Bit By The Bug - New Beginnings

This post was scheduled to go out in the middle of the night last night (while I was asleep).  It is my first time scheduling anything so you would think that I would have checked it when I got up this morning.  However, trusting soul that I am I had assumed that it would have worked.  Just discovered now (some 18 hours later) that it was still sitting there unpublished!



You are going to want to go and visit Creative Bug on the Loose today because a new Bug has been born. Naomi is sharing with the world her newest release:


Christmas Tree




Here is my card that I created using this wonderful digi:




I have used a paper from a paper pad.  I used the offcut from the card front and layered it on to pink cardstock to create some extra dimension.  The image has been coloured with copic markers and die cut with a Spellbinders die.   I have added a felt tree as an embellishment and then embellished that with some small gold glitter domes.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html







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I've caught the bug,



have you?

Thank You Teacher

Another Thank You card for a teacher - with more of a masculine feel to the card.  Now, I probably need to explain the addition of Christmas trees on this card.  Our school year differs from countries in the Northern Hemisphere in that it runs the calendar year.  The end of our school year is in December so we tend to combine Thank You and Christmas cards for the teachers of our children - both in school and at out of school activities.  My children then take a break - school starts back in February with some sports and cultural activities starting in January and the rest starting when school starts back.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch #86
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/sketchie-time_26.html
Meljens Designs - Black It Out
http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-187-black-out.html
Craft Your Passion - Thank You
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-190-thanksgivinggivethanks.html
Jingle Belles - Thank You
http://jinglebellesrock.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/thank-you-thank-you-very-much.html


I'm not sure whether my card quite fits the Jingle Belles challenge as it did say to "send out after the holidays" whereas as this will be given out before the holidays.  However, it is a Thank You and Christmas card in one, so I decided to upload it anyway!

I have used a black card blank.  The papers are from a Christmas paper pad by MME.  The image is from Meljens Designs Studio and coloured with copic markers.  I have also added some red and green buttons from my Mum's button box.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Framed Thank You

A bit of a framed thing going on with this card.  Once I started, I sort of ran with it!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Sassy Studio Designs -  Count Your Blessings
http://sassystudiodesigns.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/dtbst-204-count-your-blessings.html
Penny's Paper - Frame A Female
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-155.html
The Outlawz Saturday Challenge - Dies and Punches
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/saturdayscarpbookingchallenge/forum/topics/paper-a-la-mode-november-23-29-dies-and-punches
Craft Your Passion - Thank You
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-190-thanksgivinggivethanks.html
Chocolate Coffee and Cards Challenge - So Grateful
http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-53-so-grateful.html
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration (colours)
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/pinspirational-challenge-85.html

I have used a paper from Provo Craft for the background.  The image is Sally Honey Frame from Sassy Studio Designs. The sentiment is from Desert Diva.  The frame around the sentiment and the outer corners of the image frame are dies from Spellbinders.  The corner ones are cut from glitter cardstock from DCWV.  Colouring is with copic markers E00, G99, G85, E08, E18, R59, YG23.

Partridge in a Pear Tree

The original posting of this card was a bit on the brief side as I was running late to take my daughter to swim training and one of the challenges was due to close!!!  I am now back home and trying to catch up!  A bit of a non-traditional Christmas tree!
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
CRAFT Challenge - Photo Inspiration
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/challenge-234-21st-of-november.html
Beccy's Place - Christmas
http://beccysplace.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/a-month-of-holiday-cards-challenge.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html

The image used is from Beccy's Place and coloured with copic markers.  The paper is from a paper pad by Kaisercraft.  The matting is pink cardstock.

Holly Tree

This is the final post that was a bit sparse earlier on but I'm now updating after my daughter's swim training:



I am entering the following challenges:
CRAFT Challenge - Photo Inspiration
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/challenge-234-21st-of-november.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html


Image - Digital Delights
Paper - Digital
Die - Spellbinders Pennant
Ribbon - American Crafts
Wooden Embellishment

Christmas House

This post is a bit rushed as I need to get my children to swim training.  Will update a bit later.
I'm back again now so am updating the post:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
CRAFT Challenge - Photo Inspiration
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/challenge-234-21st-of-november.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snow
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge.html
Sentimental Sundays - Winter Wonderland
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-182-winter-wonderland.html
Eureka Stamps - Santa is on his way
http://eurekastamps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/eureka-stamps-weekly-challenge-67.html
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-69-anything-goes.html
Winter Wonderland - Santa
http://christmasblogchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/photo-inspiration-challenge.html

Image - Rick St Dennis
Printed straight on to cardstock for front of card
Colouring - copic markers
Added Stickles - Crystal
Dots doodled around the card using Distress Marker - Forest Berries
Sentiment - Sans Designs

Not sure where Santa has parked his reindeer!  Maybe that is why he is waving his arms about!!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Who is that hiding behind the snowman?

Santa is doing a bit of a hiding trick!  I haven't used this image for a while so it was good to get it out again!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Sketch
http://sweetsketchwednesday.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/sweet-sketch-wednesday-233-and-digi.html
CHNC - For A Child
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-152-for-child.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snowflake
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge.html
Glitter n Sparkle - Snow
http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-60.html
Eureka Stamps - Santa is on his way
http://eurekastamps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/eureka-stamps-weekly-challenge-67.html
Corrosive Challenge - Christmas
http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-188-happy-holidays.html
Winter Wonderland - Photo Inspiration (Santa)  ***
http://christmasblogchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/photo-inspiration-challenge.html

The papers that I have used are from two different paper pads.   I'm not sure where the main one is from as the cover is missing.  The other one is form Kaisercraft.  The image that I have used is a 2012 image from Digi Stamp Boutique.  I have also used a sentiment from Sans Designs, some satin ribbon from American Crafts, a snowflake crafted from pearlised paper using a Spellbinders die, and a pearl.  Colouring is with copic markers.  Matting is red cardstock.

Before I forget - this is the sketch that I followed:



*** I have just had a comment that this particular Santa is not acceptable for the Winter Wonderland challenge.  I am seeking clarification on that as he looks okay to me but at this stage, my entry into Winter Wonderland challenge has been disqualified.









Monday, 25 November 2013

Santa's Stack of Pressies

Santa is getting his presents ready to deliver!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Christmas Challenges {with Sketches} - Sketch
http://christmaschallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/sketch-100-with-bugaboo.html
ABC Challenge - W is for Winter Wishes sentiment
http://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/w-for-winter-wishes.html
Winter Wonderland - Santa
http://christmasblogchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/photo-inspiration-challenge.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html
CHNC - For A Child
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-152-for-child.html

I have used some papers from MME paper pads.  The polka dot one is the reverse of the Santa one.  The matting is silver pearlised cardstock.  I added some Christmas ribbon as well.  The image comes from Bugaboo Stamps and the sentiment from Bird's Cards.

Snowman in Traditional Colours

I seemed to have made so many Christmas cards in non-traditional colours, I thought it was time to use more traditional colours!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Seems A Little Sketchy - Sketch
http://seemsalittlesketchy.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/sketch-52-whimsey-stamps.html
Dilly Beans - Brads and/or Eyelets (brads)
http://www.dillybeanschallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/new-challenge-brads-andor-eyelets.html

I have used some papers from Provo Craft that fit very well with the image.  The image is from Dilly Beans and coloured with copic markers.  I have matted using silver pearlised cardstock.  I used a combination of red and green brads on this card.  The image was die-cut using a Nellie Snellen Multi Frame die.

A Cupcake - Just For you

The inspiration for this card comes from a challenge that is "No Designer Paper".  Anyone who knows me knows that I love working with papers so this was a bit of a challenge for me.  However, I am so pleased with the end result that I am glad that I tackled this challenge.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration (cake)
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/pinspirational-challenge-84.html
Delicious Doodles - No Design Paper
http://deliciousdoodleschallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-63-no-design-paper.html
The Outlawz Wednesday Challenge - Sketch
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/sketchchallenge/forum/topics/wednesday-sketch-challenge-november-20

I stippled the square card blank with some Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick using a shaving brush.  I embossed some red foil card with a Sizzix embossing folder and then rounded the corners (by hand as I couldn't locate my punch!). The image is from Delicious Doodles and coloured with copic markers E000, YR68, YR23, R35, R11, E50.  The sentiment is from Sans Designs.  I also added some pink pearls and peeloff border stickers.

The layout follows the sketch at The Outlawz Wednesday challenge.

I have to say that I was worried that the foil wouldn't photograph well but fortunately my worries were unfounded!

So Nice to Sea You

I love sentiments like this one!

I am entering my sea-horse card into the following challenges:
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration (Balloons)
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/pinspirational-challenge-84.html
Imagine That - Progressive Challenge
http://imaginethatdigistamp.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-14-birthday-sea-horse.html

I have used a balloon themed paper from a paper pad called Hootenany by MME.  The image and sentiment are from Imagine That as part of the progressive challenge.  I used a ribbon slider die for the sentiment and a labels die for the image and offset matting - both dies are from Spellbinders.  I added some faux stitching using Distress Markers - Dusty Concord and Picket Fence.  I also added three lavender pearls.  The grosgrain ribbon threaded through the ribbon slider is from Creation Station.

Set Your Heart on Something Beautiful

I thought this was such a lovely sentiment on the paper that I would work it into the sketch I was following!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
PINspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration (cake)
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/pinspirational-challenge-84.html
Nutcrafters - Recipe (Image + 2 papers + pearls, heart rhinestone, ribbon)
http://nutcrafters.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-56recipe.html
Sunday Sketch and Stamp - Sketch
http://sundaysketchandstamp.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-184-catherines-sketch.html

I have used a couple of papers from a girlie themed matstack by DCWV.  The matting is pink cardstock.  The image is Angel Cake by Nutcrafters which I coloured with copic markers E000, E29, E25, Y11, R11, G21, RV42.  The ribbon is a Christmas ribbon although the holly is sitting behind the image!  The green border was an offcut from the paper used to cover the front of the card.  I have also added a pink rhinestone and some dark pink pearls.

For the Men in your Life

I'm a bit late getting this post up.  It has been one of those weeks where time just seems to fly by!  The new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs is to create a card "For the Men in Your Life".  Always a difficult challenge for me.  This week our sponsor is Stamp Fairy and here is the card I made using one of their lovely images called Barry Fishing:



I decided to go with a bit of a monochromatic colour scheme with just a hint of other colours.  The paper is from DCWV - Natural matstack.  I have used some brown grosgrain ribbon from American Crafts along with some chocolate brown cardstock for matting.  The button is from my Mum's button box.  As I said above, the image is from Stamp Fairy and has been coloured with copic markers and then die-cut with a Nellie Snellen Multi Frame die.




Seeds

A gardening themed card - maybe to remind me to get in to the garden and do something about all the weeds!!!

I am entering the card into the following challenges:
Ike's World - Photo Inspiration
http://ikesworldchallengeblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/ikesworld-challenge-5-photo-inspiration.html


I have used a paper from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for the background.  The image is a freebie from Ike's World given as part of this challenge.  I could have used any Ike's World image but this one appealed to me.  Colouring is with copic markers - which of course I forgot to write the numbers down on a piece of paper!

Bonsai

I used to have a boss who would regularly bring a bonsai tree in to work.  It would be a different one every week - not sure how many he had at home but it must have been a lot!  This tree brought back memories of him:

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting For All Seasons - Stitching - Real or Faux
http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-65-stitching-realfaux.html
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Stitching - Real or Faux
http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-80-stitching-real-or-faux.html

I liked this paper from Kaisercraft the first time I saw it but have never felt it right for any card that I was working on.  For this card, I felt it was perfect!  I have also used some wide cream mesh ribbon and dotted some pearls in the flower centres.  The image is from Digi Stamps 4 Joy and colorued with copic markers.  I faux stitched using a Distress Marker - Pine Needles.  I also faux stitched on the green cardstock matting using a Distress Marker - Picket Fence.


Black and white christmas

I'm running out of time to upload this card:


I would like to enter the card into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.gr/2013/11/christmas.html
Christmas Inspirations - Black and White
http://natalduranteoanotodo.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/desafio-052013-preto-e-branco-black.html
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snowflake
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html
CHNC - For A Child
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-152-for-child.html
Clear It Out Challenge - Anything Goes + Snowflake
http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/11/the-snow-is-fallingchallenge.html

I have used a background paper from a paper pad.  The image is from Crafty Sentiments and coloured with copic markers and Stickles - Black Diamond and Diamond.  The snowflake is a Spellbinders die cut from black cardstock.

When you do things in a rush, it pays to take a breath and check what you are doing!  I had another older card open and accidentally linked that one up!  I noticed with about a minute left on the challenge and managed to make sure there was a link to this one.  I have posted a comment that #184 needs to be deleted but thought I would add it to this post too!  I had a few issues when completing this card as I couldn't find my black markers.  I ended up using a paint brush with re-inker dropped on to it so that I could colour the leaves.  I'm pleased to say that it worked!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Hang On

Although I haven't used the sentiment on this card - that is the sentiment that came with the image.


I am entering the card into the following challenges:
A Creative Need - Add Ribbon or Buttons (buttons)
http://acreativeneed.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/november-acn-challenge/
Craft Your Passion - Buttons Galore
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-189-buttons-galore.html
Seems A Little Sketchy - Sketch
http://seemsalittlesketchy.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/sketch-52-whimsey-stamps.html

I have used some papers from DCWV - Safari.  The image is from A Creative Need and is called Panda 2.  I have coloured the panda with copic markers.  The buttons are some that I got from my Mum's button box a few months back.

Cinnamon Brown, Pure Gold and Candle Cream

That is the basis of the colour scheme for this card:

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
The Outlawz Tuesday Challenge - Cinnamon Brown, Pure Gold and Candle Cream
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/colorchallenge/forum/topics/november-19th-color-challenge-2
Just Inspirational - Wooden Embellishments (buttons)
http://justinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/stitchy-bear.html
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Buttons Galore
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-189-buttons-galore.html
Friday Sketch Challenge - Sketch
http://fridaysketchchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/sketch-57-by-alison.html

I have used a couple of papers from a Glitz paper pad called French Kiss.  I also used some white mest ribbon which I coloured using Distress Ink - Old Paper and Wild Honey.  The image is from Stitchy Bear and coloured with copic markers E00, YR23, E08.  The die-cut is a Nellie Snellen Multi Frame die.  The sentiment is from Sans Designs.  I also added some Stickles - copper; some wooden buttons and some twine.



Here is the Just Inspirational Photo:

Thank You Merci Gracias

Another Thank You card ready for when needed:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Love to Create - Sketch
http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-92-sketch.html
Penny's Paper - Anything Goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-154.html
QKR Stampede - Give Thanks
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/qkr-stampede-weekly-challenge-65-give.html
Little Tangles
http://littletangles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-25-give-thanks.html
Digi Haven
http://digihaven.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/we-give-thanks-sponsored-by-beccys-place.html

I have used some papers from MME - actually only two papers as the triangles are the reverse of one of the other papers!  The image is from Di's Digital Downloads and the sentiment from Netty's Cards.  I have coloured the image in copic markers.  I have also added some diamond shaped rhinestones to the card.  Matting is some peach coloured cardstock.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

With Thanks

It's that time of the year when I need a few Thank You cards on hand.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Whoopsi Daisy - Give Thanks
http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/give-thanks-challenge-thanksgiving.html
Love To Create - Sketch
http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-92-sketch.html
The Outlawz Monday Challenge - No Rubber Stamps
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/birthdaycard/forum/topics/outlawz-greetings-challenge-november-18th-no-rubber-stamps

I have used a paper from Kaisercraft for the card.  The cream and purple are metallic papers die-cut with Spellbinders dies.  The image is from Whoopsi Daisy and coloured with copic markers.  The sentiment is from Pollycraft.  I have added some doodles around the die-cut image and sentiment and I have also added three lavender coloured pearls.

Oops....almost forgot to show you the sketch that I used:

Pussycat Thanks

A Thank You card that will appeal to cat lovers:

I am entering the card into the following challenges:
From The Heart Sketches - Sketch # 043
http://fromtheheartstamps.com/community/2013/11/18/i-heart-card-sketches-no-43/
Sentimental Sundays - Give Thanks
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-181-giving-thanks.html
Kaboodle Doodles - Give Thanks
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-198-thanksgiving.html
Corrosive Challenge - Fur or Feathers (Fur)
http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-187-fur-and-feathers.html
Eureka Stamps - Give Thanks
http://eurekastamps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/eureka-stamps-weekly-challenge-66.html
The Outlawz Thursday Challenge - Animal or Animal Print (Cat)
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/prismaandothermediums/forum/topics/twisted-thursday-challenge-nov-21st-27th-twist-animal-or-animal
QKR Stampede - Give Thanks
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/qkr-stampede-weekly-challenge-65-give.html

I have used a background paper from a paper pad and overlaid it with some glittery cream mesh ribbon.  The image is from From The Heart Stamps and is coloured with copic markers.  The sentiment is from DIY and Digital.  I used Spellbinders square and pennant dies for the die-cutting and then added some faux stitching using Distress Marker - Dusty Concord.

The layout for this sketch is based on the current sketch at From The Heart Stamps which I rotated:

Give Thanks

I love fresh fruit - just bought some apricots and strawberries at the Farmers Market this morning.  Looking forward to eating them!



I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Digi Darla - Copycat + no square cards
http://digidarlas.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/dd-89-copy-cat-with-twist.html
Sentimental Sundays - Giving Thanks
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-181-giving-thanks.html
Kaboodle Doodles - Give Thanks
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-198-thanksgiving.html
Eureka Stamps - Thanksgiving
http://eurekastamps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/eureka-stamps-weekly-challenge-66.html
QKR Stampede - Give Thanks
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/qkr-stampede-weekly-challenge-65-give.html
Digi Haven - Thanks
http://digihaven.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/we-give-thanks-sponsored-by-beccys-place.html

The paper I have used for this card comes from Provo Craft.  The image is from Digi Darla and is coloured with copic markers.  The sentiment is from DIY and Digital Designs.  I have added some faux stitching around the card, image and sentiment using a Distress Marker - Spiced Marmalade.  I also added three small green pearls.

Peanut Brittle

I can't say that it is something that I have ever tried!  Peanut Brittle though is the name of this lovely image:

I am entering the card into the following challenges:
Lacy Sunshine - Bling
http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.gr/2013/11/lacy-sunshine-challenge-21-its-bling.html
Penny's Paper - Anything Goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-154.html
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-69-anything-goes.html

I have used a muted paper from a paper pad.  I added some slightly glittery mesh ribbon over the top.  The image is from Lacy Sunshine and coloured with copic markers.  I used a Nellie Snellen Multi Frame die which I then embellished with some bling.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Ava Swing

A girl and her cat:

I am entering the card into the following challenges:
Catch The Bug - November BINGO
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/november-bingo-challenge.html
Glitter n Sparkle - Tag It
http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-59.html
Sentimental Sundays - Giving Thanks
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-181-giving-thanks.html
Kaboodle Doodles - Give Thanks
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-198-thanksgiving.html
Jellypark Friends - Give Thanks
http://jellyparkchallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/new-challenge-time-at-jellypark-friends_15.html


I have used a background paper from Kaisercraft.  I layered an orange starry grosgrain ribbon from American Crafts over the top of a brown organza ribbon.  I also tied a knotted piece from the leftover orange grosgrain.  The image is Ava Swing from Bugaboo Stamps which has been coloured with copic markers and then matted on to both orange and brown cardstocks.

Poinsettia Tag Card

A combination of a card and a tag for this card:

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Glitter n Sparkle - Tag It
http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/challenge-59.html
Penny's Paper - Anything Goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-154.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html



I decided to add my tag to a card when I found this lovely poinsettia paper in a paper pad.  I thought it was the perfect backdrop for this tag.  The tag is created from a Floppy Latte image which I coloured with copic markers.  I hand-cut the tag shape - so it could be a bit wonky but surely that adds to the charm!!  I also added a couple of green glitter domes on the diagonal.

Stars and Snowflakes

A slightly more traditional Christmas card this time:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Outlawz Saturday Challenge - Stars and Snowflakes
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/saturdayscarpbookingchallenge/forum/topics/paper-a-la-mode-november-16-22-stars-and-snowflakes
Stella Says Sketch - Sketch
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/stella-says-sketch-challenge-146.html
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snowflakes
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html

I have used a Christmas paper from a paper pad by MME.  The pennants have been cut from various offcuts of cardstock.  The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and coloured with copic markers.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Sans Designs.

Butterfly Christmas

An unusual image for a Christmas card:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
2 Sisters Challenge - Uncommon Christmas
http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.ca/2013/11/challenge-170.html
The Outlawz CFC Challenge - Sandi's Image
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/cfc/forum/topics/creative-freebie-challenge-nov-17-to-nov-30th
CHNC - Anything Christmas


I have used a paper from a paper pad.  The image is from Sandi Huggett as part of The Outlawz CFC Challenge.  I have coloured with copic markers.  The other additions are some orange mesh ribbon and three white pearls.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Snow Lady


Another non-traditional colour scheme for my Christmas card since I had a snow lady image to work with!
I am entering the card into the following challenges:
Lady Anne's Progressive Challenge - Snowman
http://www.cardsbyladyanne.com/3/post/2013/10/christmas-progressive-10.html#comments
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snow and Snowflake
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/november-challenge.html
CHNC - Anything Christmas
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november.html

The image this time is from Fred She Said and is called Snow Lady.  I have coloured her with copic markers.  The snowflake is a Spellbinders die cut from pearl paper.  I have also added a candy striped ribbon from American Crafts and some pink pearls.