My Blue Summer House

My Blue Summer House

Friday, 3 December 2010

Frank

I made this Christmas card for our next door neighbours they have a beautiful boxer dog named Frank.

To create this card I used Stamps: Woodware Winter Trees.  Cardstock: White hammered, green, yellow, blue, brown, black, cream, red, silver.  Papers: DP K&Co Seasonal Pad.  Inks: Tim Holtz Distess.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four. Sizzix Sizzlits Kendra W/Mug, Kendra's Dog Champ.  Punches: Woodware Snowflake.  Embellishments: Deco Art Glamour Dust Crystal.  Papermania adhesive gems.  Green ribbon.
Hints and Tips
When die cutting Kendra instead of using skin tone card (I didn't have any) I used white and coloured it in using copic markers.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Diecut Dreams Christmas Club: Challenge 45 Use a die cut on your creation.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Vivi the Elf


To create these cards I used Stamps: The Greetings Farm Vivi. Daisy and Dandelion Penelope and Percy Christmas Greetings.  Free stamps with Crafts Beautiful Magazine.  Card stock: White hammered, blue, green.  Papers: K&Co Seasonal Pack.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Colourings: Copic markers.  Dies: Marianne D Creatables.  Embellishments: Green, blue glitter.



Hints and Tips
Make your own embellishments using rubber stamps.

These two cards are made for the two most special people in this world my son and daughter.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Moving Along With the Times: Challenge 75 for Someone Special.

Snow Boarder

To create this card I used Stamps: Papermania Snow Boarder.  Creative Impressions Christmas Set.  Card stock: White hammered, green.  Papers: Papermania Christmas.  Inks: Tim Holtz Distress.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Three.  Embellishments: Green ribbon.
Hints and Tips
The snow boarder was stamped using distress ink and then embossed using a clear embossing powder this gives the snow boarder an interesting texture.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: Challenge 79 Christmas Birthday.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Snow Trot!

To create this card I used Stamps: Penny Black Snow Trot.  Card stock: White hammered, white glittered.  Papers: DP K&Co seasonal pack.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Colourings: Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.  Punches: Woodware Snowflake. 
Hints and Tips
If the stamp you are using is too small for your project, mask it and stamp it several times to fill the space on your card. 

This card has been entered into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 140 Blast from the Past (challenge 37 Snowflakes.)
Daring Cardmakers: Spotty Stripy Christmas.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Frosty's Friend

To create this card I used Stamps: Stampendous Snowman.  Great Impressions Snow Flurry.  Card stock: White hammered, purple, green.  Papers: DP Smirk Noel.  Blue, pink, purple.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Tim Holtz Distress.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large.  Punches: Martha Stewart Scallop Dot.  Woodware Snowflake.  X-Cut Snowflake.  Embellishments: Papermania adhesive gems, tinsel ribbon.  Buttons own stash.  Deco Art Glamour Dust Crystal. 
Hints and Tips
To add more dimension to the scarf I used a shaping tool on a foam mat to make it more curvy then I attached it using foam pads.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Fab 'N' Funky Challenge: Challenge #50 Going with the Flow.
Crafty Creations Challenge: Challenge #95 Christmas is Coming.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Frosty the Snowman

This card was created using Stamps: Papermania Christmas Stamps 2009.  Great Impressions Snowman.  Card stock: White hammered, green.  Papers: DP K&Co Seasonal.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Tim Holtz Distress.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Dies: Spellbinders Labels Four.  Marianne Creatables LR0125 Snowflake.  Punches: Woodware Snowflake.  Embellishments: Flower Soft Polar White.  Deco Art Glamour Dust Crystal.  Papermania Adhesive Gems, brad.
Hints and Tips
To create a snowy background with distress inks, apply the ink to the card then spray with water using a fine mister then dab off with kitchen roll. 

This card was entered into the following challenges:
A Spoonfull of Sugar: Challenge 131 Anything Goes.
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge: Christmas With No Red or Green!
The One Stop Craft Challenge: Challenge #107 Snow People.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Joyous Hymn

To create this card I used Stamps: Penny Black Joyous Hymn.  Card stock: White hammered, green.  Papers: DP Dovecraft HoHoHo.  Green.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Tim Holtz Distress.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Sakura gel pen Glaze.  Dies: Spellbinders Labels One.  Punches: X-Cut Embossing Silhouette Holly.  Embellishments: Papermania Adhesive Gems. 
Hints and Tips
The embossing stands out more if you emboss on pearlized paper.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Week 128 A Sketch.
Penny Black at Allsorts: November Challenge It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club: Challenge #44 Christmas Anything Goes.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Thank You Angel

I was lucky enough to win this Digi Image from the Nutty Nutshells Challenge #27.
To create this card I used Stamps: Dovecraft Sentiments.  Digi Image: Nutcrafters Angel Nutshells.  Card stock: White hammered, blue, silver.  Papers: DP Dovecraft Christmas Blues.  Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.  Embellishments: Papermania adhesive gems.  Silver glitter.

Hints and Tips
When applying glitter to your project if it goes over the stamped image scrape it away with a craft knife to keep you image clear and defined. 

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Nutty Nutshells Challenge: Challenge #28 Thankful theme.
Moving Along With the Times: Challenge #73 Sketch.
Creative Inspirations Challenge: Challenge #47 Anything Chrismassy or Winter.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Tilda in the Snow

To create this card I used Stamps: Magnolia Winter Forest, Apples and Cherries Jolly Tilda.  Card stock: White hammered, red, white glittered.  Papers: DP Dovecraft Tis the Season.  Red, green, gold.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Three.  Marianne Creatables Poinsettia.  Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes.  Embellishments: Stickles Gold.  Dovecraft green ribbon.  Flower soft Polar White.  White flock. 
Hints and Tips
To add more interest to the acetate I embossed a snow effect.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Sir Stampalot Challenge: Christmas Traditions.
The ABC Challenge: H is for Holidays.
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge #138 Anything Goes!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Let it Snow

To create this card I have used Stamps: Magnolia Snowflurry Tilda, Swirl, So Snowy Snowflake.  Card stock: White hammered, blue, silver, white glittered.  Papers: DP Dovecraft Winter Wonderland.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Tim Holtz Distress.  Colouring: Promarkers.  Copic markers.  Punches: X-Cut Embossing Silhouette.  Woodware Snowflakes.  Martha Stewart Scallop Dot.  Embellishments: Papermania glittered brad, adhesive gem.  Deco Art Glamour Dust Crystal.  Silver glitter.
Hints and Tips
To make the snow effect appear more 3D I attached the snow to the card using foam pads.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Truly Scrumptious: Challenge 45 A sketch optional extra make a Birthday card.
A Spoonfull of Sugar: Challenge 129 Snow/Snowflakes.
Totally Tilda Challenges: Challenge #9 Icy Christmas Tilda use Blue and Silver as the main colours.
Just Magnolia: Anything Goes.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Little Mermaid

To create this card I used Stamps: Magnolia Little Mermaid Tilda, Seaweed.  Card stock: White hammered, blue, shiny blue, green, brown.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Tim Holtz Distress.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Dies: Cuttlebug Seahorse, Seaweed.  Sizzix Waves embossing folder.  Embellishments: Glitter.  Papermania shimmer dots.
Hints and Tips
If you don't have any glitter to match your project you can colour your own.  I use Deco Art Glamour Dust Crystal, I place it into a small bag and add mica pigments to the glitter and then shake the bag to mix the colour through the crystal glitter.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations: Challenge 92 Fables and Fairy Tales.
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: Challenge 75 Dry Embossing.
Moving Along With the Times: Challenge 70 a sketch.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Wonderful News


Wonderful news I have finally realised my ambition to become a freelance designer.  I have had my first piece of work published in the Docrafts Creativity! magazine issue 24.


Hazel in the Autumn


To create this card I used Stamps: Nutshells Hazel.  Kars Ollyfant Autumn.  Card stock: White hammered, orange, brown.  Papers: DP Doodlebug Designs Inc Fall and Halloween assortment.  Orange, brown, green.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cottage Ivy, Summer Sky.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Promarkers.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Petite Ovals Large.  Sizzix Swirl Decorative #4.  Punches: X-cut flowers.  L-Em.com stamen.  Embellishments: Papermania buttons, adhesive gems, bow.  Brown ribbon. 




Hints and Tips
Paper piecing is a good way of using up small scraps of DP papers.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Nutty Nutshells Challenge: Challenge #27 A recipe.
Moving Along With the Times: Challenge 70 Card for a child.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Trick or Treat Mice


To create this card I used Stamps: House Mouse Attentive Friend, Mudpie Tells.  Daisy and Dandelions Aubergine and Pumpkin.  Sizzix Happy Halloween.  Card stock: White hammered, green, orange glittered.  Papers: DP Reminisce Sweet Tooth.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Tim Holtz Distress.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Dies: Nellies Multi Frame.  Punch: X-Cut decorative.  Embellishments: Green wire.


Hints and Tips
Mix and match your stamp sets to get more out of them. I didn't have a Halloween House Mouse stamp so I used a pumpkin and haunted house from other sets to create a Halloween image.


I created this bow by using black Stazon ink to stamp onto the ribbon.  The spider web button was created from black shrink plastic.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Sketch and Stash: Challenge 47. The House Mouse stamps are the new stash.
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Challenge 114 Sweet Treats with a Twist.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Flower Power


To create this card I used Stamps: Magnolia Flower Power Tilda.  Pink Gem Designs Happy Birthday.  Papermania flowers.  Card stock: White hammered, brown, orange glittered.  Papers: DP Doodlebug Designs Inc Fall assortment.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Versamark Watermark.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Sakura gel pen Glaze.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One.  Punches: X-Cut Embossing Silhouette flower, leaves.  Embellishments: Wow Halloween embossing powder.  Papermania brads, adhesive gems. 


Hints and Tips
Choose your background papers first then colour your stamped image to match the paper.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Sparkle Dreams Challenge Blog: Challenge #1 A sketch, sparkles and flowers.
Crafty Creations: Challenge 91 Halloween or perhaps Autumn.
Creative Card Crew: Let's Punch It!
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Sparkly and Bright.
A Spoonfull of Sugar: Challenge 127 Let's Get Punchy.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

October 31st


To create this card I used Stamps: Magnolia Broom Hilda.  Hero Arts Scary House.  Card-io Leaves of Autumn.  Card stock: White hammered, green, purple, black.  Papers: DP Doodlebug Designs Inc Halloween assortment.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Tim Holtz Distress.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Sakura gel pens stardust.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One.  Embellishments: Doodlebug Designs Inc adhesive gems. 


Hints and Tips
If you are unhappy about co ordinating your papers buy a pack of papers that have been put together by the manufacturer.  Doodlebug Designs Inc do a great range of themed packs like the one I used on this card.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Challenge #49 a Sketch.
Fab n Funky Challenge: Challenge #45 "Things that go bump in the night!"
Totally Tilda Challenge: Tilda Halloween Special.
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: Challenge 73 Spooky.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Happy Christmas Tilda


To create this card I used Stamps: Magnolia Apple and Cherries Jolly Tilda, Christmas Fir Tree Twig.  Card stock: White hammered, green, red.  Papers: DP Doodlebug Designs Inc Christmas assortment.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Summer Sky.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large.  Cuttlebug embossing folder Candy Cane Stripe.  Embellishments: Papermania adhesive gems, glitter brads.  Dovecraft Luxury Velvet red, green ribbon.  Green glitter. 


Hints and Tips
When applying the glitter to the thin double sided tape rub it in to make the glitter stick to the tape.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Just Magnolia: Week 77 A Sketch by Dawny.
Totally Tilda: Tildas Christmas using Red and Green.
The Ribbon Girls: Colour Challenge #2 Red and Green.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Want Some Candy!


To create this candy holder I used Stamps: Penny Black Be Very Scared.  Card stock: White hammered, black, red.  Papers: DP Doodlebug Designs Inc Halloween assortment.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk.  Colouring: Copic markers. Sakura gel pen Glaze.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Petite Scalloped Circles Large.  Punches: Martha Stewart border Scallop Dot.  Embellishments: Papermania adhesive gems.  Red ribbon.  Chocolate pumpkins.

Inside of the Box

Side View of the Box

Back View of the Box

Hints and Tips
The inside of this box was made very simply by using a score board.  Make your own boxes and you can save yourself alot of money.

This card was entered into the following challenges:

A Spoonfull of Sugar: Challenges 126 Boo!!
Creative Inspirations Challenge: Challenge 45 Halloween/Fall.
The One Stop Craft Challenge: Challenge 102 Halloween.
Crazy 4 Challenges: Challenge 59 Fall/Autumn.
Stamp Something Challenge: Halloween Somethings.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Hello Baby


To create this gift card holder I used Stamps: Baby stamp was purchased at the Happy Stampers North West in May.  Sentiment stamp was free with a magazine.  Card stock: White hammered, pink.  Papers: DP Shabby Princess.  Green.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Punches: Martha Stewart Scallop Dot.  Embellishments: Pink, green buttons.


Hints and Tips
This gift card holder can be used for any occasion just by embellishing it to suit the occasion.  The tutorial for this gift card holder can be found at Paper Garden Projects.
This card was entered into the following challenge:

Charisma Cardz Challenges!: Week #41 More than one fold.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Haunted


To create this card I used Stamps: Penny Black Ghostly Night, The Horror Team, Trick or Treat.  Card stock: White hammered, purple.  Papers: DP Doodlebug Designs Inc Fall assortment.  Brown.  Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Memento Tuxedo Black.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Punches: Martha Stewart Spiders Web.  Embellishments: Papermania Shimmer Dots. 


Hints and Tips
To create this card I used the Horror Team stamp but it had three animals on it and I only wanted two.  So I stamped it out and cut out all the animals.  I used the mouse and hedgehog on this card and I will be able to use the cat on another creation.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: 2 or More Penny Black Images.
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: Challenge #104 Distressing.
Sketch Saturday: Week #124.
Penny Black At Allsorts: Colours of Autumn.
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Challenge 112 Scary Creatures.

We Three Kings!


To create this card I used Stamps: Rubbadubbadoo Three Kings.  Card stock: White hammered, burgundy, gold.  Papers: DP Paper Cellar Traditional Christmas.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Forest Moss.  Colouring: Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.  Copic markers.  Sakura gel pens Metallics.  Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circle Large.  Cuttlebug embossing folder Devine Swirls.  Sizzix Sizzlit Stars #3.  Punches: Woodware Star.  Embellishments: Papermania adhesive gems.


Hints and Tips
The Three Kings are quite comedic so you could add a silly verse to this card if you like.  I just like this stamp because it reminds me of my children most of our photographs have bunny ears on them. 

This card was entered into the following challenges:

Friday Sketchers:  Challenge #123.
Winter Wonderland Challenge: Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
Stamp Something Challenge:  Something Punchy.
Allsorts Challenge:  Week 73 Inspiration from a song title.  The song being We Three Kings of Orient Are.
Craftalicious Challenges: Challenge #10 Anything Goes!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Money Box


To create this money box I have used Stamps: Pink Gem Designs Apple Mimi.  Card stock: White hammered.  Papers: DP My Mind's Eye Spring.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.  Orange Fine Liner.  Dies: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alteration Ornate.  Punches: X-Cut Botanical Emboss Leaves.  Ribbon punch.  Embellishments: Orange ribbon.  Mini brads.  Copper glitter.

Inside of the Box


Side View
Hints and Tips
The brads on the coat where too small to cover the button image so I coloured it underneath before adding the brad to make it less noticeable.

 
This box was entered into the following challenges:
Moving Along With the Times:  Challenge #67 'Anything but a Card'.
Charimsa Cardz Challenges: Challenge #40 Autumn Colours.
Cute Card Thursday:  Challenge #133 Make Your Own!


Monday, 11 October 2010

Coffin Card


To create this card I have used Stamps: Magnolia Halloween Edwin, Bat.  Stampendous Costume Kids.  Card stock: White hammered, dark brown.  Papers: DP Doodlebug Designs Inc Halloween assortment.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black.  Colouring: Copic markers.  Embellishments: Papermania adhesive gems.  Glow in the dark skeleton. 


This is inside of the card. 

Hints and Tips
Turn you card into a small gift by popping a small toy inside the card. 

This card was entered into the following challenges:

Nutty Nutshells Challenge:  Challenge #26 Stripes.
C.R.A.F.T Challenge:  Challenge #71 Shaped Card.
Crafty Cardmakers:  Spotlight Challenges Fancy Folds.
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge:  Challenge #21 Halloween