My Blue Summer House

My Blue Summer House

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Exceedingly Happy

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamps - Exceedingly Happy, Charmed, Splendor.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Petite Ovals Large.
Cuttlebug Die - Flower.
EK Sucess Punch - Retro Flower.
L-Em. Com Punch - Stamen.
Woodware Punch - Grass.
Embellishments from own stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
The back ground on this card was stamped with Kaleidacolor Pastel dye ink.  I then pressed the ink pad onto an acrylic block and used this as a paint palette.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge: Challenge #112 Bunnies.
Love
Linda xx

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Message From Above

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - Message From Above, Splendor.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Labels 17.
Embellishments from own stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.
The butterfly embellishment was part of a necklace that I had made and no longer wear.  I recoloured the butterfly to match the card and I will reuse the crystals another day.
Hints and Tips
The back ground on this card was made using just the top part of the Splendor tree.  I used Versamark watermark ink then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Challenge  #144 Recycling (I used an old necklace as an embellishment).
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week 96 For a Special Lady.
Stamp Something Challenge: Spring Somethings.
Penny Black Card Challenge: Embossing.


Love
Linda xx

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Happy Easter Edwin and Tilda









Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14cm x 14cm.
Magnolia Stamps - Edwin with Egg Basket, Little Hoppy, Bunny Tilda, Wooden Fence, Spring Tree, Tussock, Banner of Flags.
Cardio Stamp - Small Egg.
Forever Friends Stamp - Spring Time.
Sizzix Tim Holtz On The Edge - Ornate.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
This design didn't need all of the tree to be shown you can just use half of an image if it is too big for your design.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
A Spoonfull of Sugar: Challenge 145 Easter.
Fab'n'Funky Challenges: Challenge #65 "Do it more than once..!"


Love
Linda xx


Friday, 25 March 2011

Oh Baubles! DT Card

It's time for another challenge over at Winter Wonderland.  The challenge for this week was set by Kate she has chosen Oh Baubles! a card with baubles on it, so we want to see your Christmas creations with baubles on it.  Our sponsor for this week is


Here is my card.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Kars Ollyfant Stamp - Christmas Eve.
Card-io Tapestry Stamps - Baubles.
Trim Craft Smirk - .Christmas.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Martha Stewart Punch - Doily Lace.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.

Hints and Tips
I used pop up dots to adhere the bow to the card this works better than tape or wet glue.

Love
Linda xx

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Seeing Your Face

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - Seeing Your Face.
X-Cut Punch - Flower.
EK Sucess Punch - Retro Flower, Swirl.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
The back ground on this card was made using just the top part of this stamp.  The daffodil was stamped in white ink then I added a touch of green to the leaves with a Copic marker and gold Stickles to the stamens to highlight them.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Challenge  #143 Spring has Sprung.
Penny Black at Allsorts: March Challenge Welcome Spring.
Papertake Weekly Challenge: It's a Mom Thing.
Penny Black Card Challenge: Background Stamping.


Love
Linda xx

Monday, 21 March 2011

Tilda with Umbrella

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Magnolia Stamp - Tilda with Umbrella.
X-Cut Punch - Flower.
EK Sucess Punch - Retro Flower.
Martha Stewart Punch - Doily Lace.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
If you don't have a design paper to suit your project make your own, this paper was made using two flower punches it is also a good way of using up scraps of paper.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Just Magnolia Challenge: Week 98 Favorite Color Combo (Pink, purple, green).
Fussy and Fancy Challenge: Challenge 32 A Sketch by Mindy.

Love
Linda xx

Friday, 18 March 2011

Jolly Tilda DT Card

It's time for another challenge over at Winter Wonderland.  The challenge for this week was set by Suzi she has chosen Embossing Dry or Wet, so we want to see your Christmas creations with embossing.  Our sponsors for this week are

Sentiments 4 You

Stichy Bear
Here is my card.  I have used wet embossing on the stamped snowflake swirl using Versmark Watermark ink and Heat It Up! Red Tinsel embossing powder.  The dry embossing was achieved using a Cuttlebug Embossing folder.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Magnolia Stamp - Jolly Tilda.
Stampendous Stamp - Snow Swirl.
Doodlebug Designs Inc - Cheerfully Christmas Dots.
Sizzix Sizzlits - Snowflakes #5, #6.
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Divine Swirls.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Small Deckled Rectangle.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.

Hints and Tips
To highlight the dry embossing I have added glitter around the swirls.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges: Challenge #15 Elves.

Love
Linda xx

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Mimosa

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Bild Malarna Stamp - Mimosa Umbrella.
Doodlebug Designs Inc - Easter Assortment.
X-Cut Punch - Scallop.
EK Sucess Punch - Retro Flower.
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Spots and Dots.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
If you cover the wellington boots with glossy accents it makes them look like rubber.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenges: Challenge #110 Mother's Day.

Love
Linda xx

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - Sweet Surrender.
Martha Stewart Design Paper - Seasonal Pad.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Small Deckled Rectangles.
Sizzix Original Small Die - Shamrock.
Martha Stewart Punch - Lace Heart.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
I did not have a stamp for this occasion so I used the Sweet Surrender stamp and replaced the hearts with shamrocks.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week 94 Luck O' the Irish.
The Sisterhood of Crafters: St Patrick's Day.
Penny Black at Allsorts: March Challenge Welcome Spring (I have used St Patrick's day as this is in Spring).
Fab 'N' Funky Challenge: Challenge #64 Happy St Patrick's Day.

Love
Linda xx

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Penny Circle Sparkle

This card was made for the Penny Circle Card Challenge as you all know I am Penny Black obsessed.


Penny Black Stamps - High Spirited, Salutations, Petals.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Magnolia Stamp - Tilda with Heart.
Doodlebug Designs Inc - Love Spell.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles Large.
Nellies Die - Circle.
Martha Stewart Punch - Blossom Trim.
X-Cut - Flower.
EK Sucess - Retro Flower.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.

Hints and Tips
The bow was made using the new Papermania Bow Maker this makes it alot easier to make small bows.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Just Magnolia Challenge: Week 97 Bev's Sketch.
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: Challenge #125 Flowers for mum.
The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs: Challenge 112 Buttons.
Die Cut Dreams Challenge: Challenge #85 Mother's Day or a Special Friend.

Love
Linda xx

Friday, 11 March 2011

Tag it with a Shape DT Tag.

It's time for another challenge over at Winter Wonderland.  The challenge for this week was set by Miria she has chosen Tag it with a Shape (not square or rectangular), so we want to see your Christmas shaped tags.  Our sponsor for this week is Gill's Craft Studio.


Here is my DT Tag.
Tag Recipe
Sizzix Originals - Snowman #2.
Woodware Punch - Holly.
Fiskars Punch - Hole.
Embellishments - Own stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.

Hints and Tips
Die cut 2 snowman bodies glue the 2nd one onto the reverse of the tag this will stiffen it and give you a surface to write on.

This tag was entered into the following challenges:
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club: Challenge #56 Inspired by a Christmas song (Frosty the Snowman). 
Creative Cottage Challenge Blog: Challenge 34 Tag Your It!

Love
Linda xx

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Apple Mimi

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Pink Gem Stamps - Apple Mimi, Easter Sentiment.
Martha Stewart Design Paper - Seasonal Pad.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Petite Ovals Large.
Martha Stewart Punch - Daisy.
Tonic Studio Punch - Flower.
X-Cut Punch - Flower.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
The basket on this image had apples in it but I thought it would look good with Easter eggs in it.  The small eggs where stamped out separately and paper pieced on top of the apples.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge: Challenge 16 A Sketch.
Stampin' for the Weekend: Challenge #5 Springtime.

Love
Linda xx

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Penny Circle Colortrio

This card was made for the Penny Circle Card Challenge as you all know I am Penny Black obsessed.
Penny Black Stamps - The Horror Team, Be Very Scared.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Scented Garden

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - Scented Garden.
Martha Stewart Design Paper - Seasonal Pad.
Martha Stewart Punch - Flower Trim, Pine Branch.
Woodware Emboss Punch - Pansy.
Tonic Studio Punch - Flower.
X-Cut Punch - Flower.
L-Em.Com Punch - Stamen.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers, Derwent Inktense Watercolour pencils.
Hints and Tips
You can use seasonal punches for other occasions, on this card I have used a pine branch punch which I would normally use on a Christmas or winter card but it works just as well on a spring card.  Just cut the foliage out of coloured card that matches the season.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Sir Stampalot Challenge: March Challenge Spring is in the Air.
Penny Black at Allsorts: March Challenge Welcome Spring.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Snow Is Falling DT Card

It's time for another challenge over at Winter Wonderland.  The challenge for this week was set by Jane she has chosen Snowflakes, so we want to see your Christmas creations with snowflakes on it.  Our sponsor this week is Pollycraft.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Anita's Stamp - Snowman.
DP Doodlebug Designs Inc - Whimsical Winter Type, Winter Dots.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Martha Stewart Punch  - Snowflake.
Embellishments - Own stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.

Hints and Tips
Colour your image in to match your design papers it's much easier than colouring your image in first then trying to find a paper to match.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Sunday Sketch and Stamp: Challenge 48 Mandy's Sketch.
Christmas Card Challenges: Challenge #13 Use Punches.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

I Give You My Heart

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
House Mouse Stamp - I Give You My Heart.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Hearts.
X-Cut Punch - Flower.
Sizzix Medium Sizzlit - Branch W/Leaves.
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Flower Fantasy. 
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers, Derwent Inktense Watercolour pencils.
Hints and Tips
To save money instead of using gems in the middle of the blossoms I used a drop of stickles.

I entered this card into the following challenges:
House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge: Challenge #90 Multi-Fold.
One Stop Craft Challenge: Week #120 Spring Flowers.
Die Cut Dreams Challenge Blog: Challenge #84 Spring Garden Scene.
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Anything But Square.
Fab 'N' Funky Challenges: Challenge #62 Spring into Action.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Penny Circle Paper Piecing

This card was made for the Penny Circle Card Challenge as you all know I am Penny Black obsessed.
Penny Black Stamps - Sunshine in the Rain


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Feeling Fruity

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
House Mouse Stamp - Splish Splash A Citrus Bath.
DP Doodlebug Design Inc - Obviously Orange Asterisks, Tangerine Sweet Stripes.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Tonic Studio Punch - Flower.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Bubble Bath. 
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.

Hints and Tips
This House Mouse image is coloured lemon on the stamp but as you can see it translates just as well coloured in orange.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Colour Create Challenge: Challenge 65 3 Fruit Colours (apple, banana, orange).
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes, optional something old (Last years Papermania Capsule Collection ribbon).