My Blue Summer House

My Blue Summer House

Monday, 30 May 2011

Life's a Beach

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 15cm x 10.5cm.
Artemio Stamps - On the Beach.
Cow Stamp - Supplier Unknown.
Design Papers - Scraps from own stash.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Haiwain Flower.
Woodware Punch - Leaf.
Embellishments from own Stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers and Sakura Glaze gel pens.
Hints and Tips
I stamped the palm trees using brush marker pens to give the background a softer look, this makes the main image look more prominent.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Moving Along With The Times: Challenge 100 Holidays.

Love Linda xxx

Friday, 27 May 2011

Winter Wonderland Blog Hop

Winter Wonderland will be 2 on 30 May and we are celebrating by having a week long blog hop. We have 11 sponsors this week, yes, that’s right 11!!! But that’s not all because each member of the DT has some candy to give away too. Both teams are playing along this week plus Janet who joins us at the end of each month so that’s another 11 prizes to be won.

We would like to have as many prize winners as possible so if your name is drawn for more than one prize we will draw again. That means 22 lucky people will win a prize this week. With so many prize winners we won’t be choosing a top 3 just for this week.
All you have to do to join in the fun is:

  • · Play along with this week’s easy and fun challenge
  • · Be a follower of Winter Wonderland
  • · Visit each member of the DT and collect a letter
  • · Leave them a comment and enter their candy draw
  • · Rearrange the letters to make a two word Christmas Carol
  • · E-mail the answer to Winter Wonderland

Of course you don’t have to join in the blog hop if you don’t want to. You can still enter this week’s challenge and be in with the chance of winning one of the 11 prizes this week but why miss out on doubling your chance of winning.
My Blog Candy
The prize is PaperCraft Inspirations - Birthday Card Ideas magazine.
Papermania - Festive Frolics 8" x 8" paper pack.
Joanna Sheen - Messy Rabbit Messy Kings Stamp.
Tim Holtz -Distress Ink pad Barn Door.

To enter my candy draw you will need to leave me a comment.  You don't need to become a follower but you can do if you like my blog.  The winners will be announced on Sunday 5th June on the Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog.

The letter you need to collect from me is ...........E


The next person on the hop is ........... Miria

The theme for this weeks challenge at Winter Wonderland is A Blue and White Christmas.  So we would like to see a Christmas card or creation using a blue and white theme.

The sponsors I have chosen are Kenny K Downloads




Here is my card.
Card Recipe
The digital images I have used are:
 Kenny K - Xmas Shopping.
Sentiments4You - Baby It's Cold Outside.
Dovecraft Design Papers - Winter Wonderland.
Martha Stewart Punch - Snowflake Trim.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hint and Tips
One of the advantages of a digital stamp over a rubber stamp is that you can print your digital image off any size you want.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew: Anything Goes!
Love Linda xxx

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Dad's the Word

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 10.5cm x 10.5cm.
Lilli of the Valley Stamp - Dad's the Word.
Echo Park Design Paper - A Walk in the Park.
Sizzix Sizzlit Die - Paint Brush and Pot.
This image was coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Don't be afraid to down scale challenge sketches, normally I would make the card 14.5cm x 14.5cm but this one is 10.5cm x 10.5cm.  If the stamped image is to large for the design just use part of it.

This card was entered into the following challenge:


This card was made for the Penny Circle Card Challenge as you all know I am Penny Black obsessed.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 10.5cm x 10.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - Hot Pants!
Woodware Stamp - Sentiments.
Doodlebug Design Inc Papers - Assorted.
Woodware Punch - Circle.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
I made this card smaller than I normally make so I could use up my scraps of design papers.

Love Linda xxx

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Cheers Bear

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 15cm x 10.5cm.
Lilli of the Valley Stamp - Cheers Bear.
Woodware Stamp - Sentiments.
Doodlebug Designs Inc - Assorted.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Petite Scalloped Circles Large, Standard Circles Large.
X-Cut Border Punch - Scallop.
Embellishments from own stash.
The image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Just because the card is for a man does not mean you have to use blues, browns and dull colours.  If the man in your life loves colours use them on your card.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: Challenge #74 Lets all go Cute and Cuddly.
Love Linda xxx

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Ups and Downs

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I had a great time at the Aintree craft show I am now well and truly spent up.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - Ups and Downs.
Martha Stewart Create Design Paper Pack.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Reverse Wonky Rectangles.
Woodware Punch - Embossed Buttons.
Joy! Crafts Die - Sewing Machine and Cotton Reel.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Derwent Inktense Watercolour pencils.
Hints and Tips
I have added some embroidery thread to the cotton reel die to give it more dimension.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Challenge #152 Fussy and Fancy.

Love Linda xxx

Friday, 20 May 2011

P is For? DT Card

It's time for another challenge over at Winter Wonderland. I have some very exciting news Winter Wonderland will be celebrating their 2nd Birthday on the 30th May, so on 27th May we will be having a Birthday blog hop. We have some great prizes lined up hope to see you then.

The challenge for this week was set by Kate she has chosen P is for penguin, pink, purple you get the idea anything beginning with a P, so we want to see a Christmas card or project with something beginning with a P.


Our sponsors for this week are Stitchy Bear Stamps Shop

and Sentiments for You

Wow what great prizes

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Patchwork Kingdom Stamps - Christmas.
Daisy and Dandelion Paper, Stamps - Penelope and Percy.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Snowflake Trim.
Martha Stewart Punch - Snowflake.
Woodware - Snowflake.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Add a shadow behind you images to ground it.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
CES Challenge Blog: Challenge #36 Holidays.

Love Linda xxx

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Quack!

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamps - Quack, Charmed.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Labels One.
Woodware Punch - Buttons, Large Flower, Butterfly.
EK Success Punch - Retro Flower.
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Divine Swirls.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
To add more dimension to the background I embossed the large flowers and added flocking the the middle of the small flowers.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Truly Scrumptious: Challenge #57 Anything Goes.

Love Linda xxx

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Hanging Around

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters on line store - Hanging Around Stamp.
Lilli of the Valley Stamps - Sentiments.
Echo Park Design Papers - A Walk in the Park.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scallop Circles Large.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Vine Leaves.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
When using a very colourful background paper it is a good idea to use only plain coloured card or paper to cut out embellishments and borders so they will stand out on your design.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenges: In the Garden.
Sunday Sketch and Stamp: Challenge #55 Emma's Sketch.
A Spoonfull of Sugar: Challenge #152 Anything Goes.
Love Linda xxx

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Thursday

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
The Greetings Farm Stamp - Thursday.
Lilli of the Valley Stamp - Sentiments.
DCWV Mat Stack - The Rock Star.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Wonky Rectangles, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Classic Stars.
Sizzix Medium Sizzlit Die - Star #4.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
I have added Glossy Accents to the buttons on her hat to add more dimension.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Anyone for Anya? Challenge: Teen/Punk Challenge.

Love Linda xxx

Monday, 16 May 2011

Betsy Bluebell

Card Recipe
Card Blank 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamps - Petals, Betsy Bluebell, Salutations.
This image was coloured with Copic markers for the skin and hair.  The rest of the card was watercoloured with pigment ink.
Hints and Tips
The flowers where stamped with pigment ink, to make the image co ordinate with the flowers I pressed the pigment ink pads onto a clear acrylic block and used it as a paint palette.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Week 151 Clean and Simple.

Love Linda xxx


Sunday, 15 May 2011

Pirate Dreams

I went to the Happy Stampers Northwest craft show in Port Sunlight yesterday I had a wonderful time and spent too much money as usual.  While I was there I met the lovely Colette and Katie the owners of Nutcrafters their stamps are so cute.  When I saw this cute Pirate Dreams stamp I knew I just had to make a card with it because it reminded me of my son a few years ago.  Here is the photographic evidence to prove it hope he doesn't look at my blog this week.
Isn't he adorable.

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters on line store - Pirate Dreams Stamp, Sailing Boat Charm.
Doodlebug Designs Inc Papers - Summer Assortment.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Wonky Rectangles.
Sizzix Sizzlit Die - P is for Pirate.
X-Cut Punch - Scallop.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
To make the pirate earring I just twisted a piece of wire and then pushed the end into the back of the image and taped it down (I wanted the pirate to have an earring to match the photo of my son).

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Moving Along With The Times: Challenge #98 Two B's (I have used boats and a boy).

Love Linda xxx

Friday, 13 May 2011

Christmas Presents DT Card.

It's time for another challenge over at Winter Wonderland. I have some very exciting news Winter Wonderland will be celebrating their 2nd Birthday on the 30th May, so on 27th May we will be having a Birthday blog hop. We have some great prizes lined up hope to see you then.

The challenge for this week was set by Jane she has chosen Christmas Presents, so we want to see a Christmas card or project with Christmas Presents on it.

Our sponsor for this week is Pink Gem Designs
The lovely Janet is giving on lucky winner 4 digis of their choice.
Here is my card
Card Recipe
Card Blank 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Trim Craft Stamps and Design Paper - Sing Along.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Labels Ten.
Martha Stewart Punch - Holly.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
If you don't have an image with a present on it you can always use a design paper with presents on it.

This card was entered into the following challenges:

Love Linda xxx

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Quack!

Card Recipe
Penny Black Stamp - Quack!
Sizzix Original Large Die - Train Engine.
Embellishments from own stash.
The image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
This card is quite small but it would make a really cute birthday party invite.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black at Allsorts: May Challenge Shape Up!

I have another card to show you today this was made for the Penny Black Challenge, Penny Circle the challenge for this week was to make a tall card.
Card Recipe
A5 white hammered card folded in half.
Penny Black Stamps - J'aime Paris.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Lace Heart.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
You could make this card in advance but don't stamp the I Love You then you could use it as a wedding card or an anniversary card.

I also have a fun project to show you this wreath was made for the door of my blue summer house.
Wreath Recipe
From the 99p Shop - Decorated wreath (I undecorated it), wooden bug.
Plastic File Dividers - These where recycled from my accounts folder.
Sizzix Original Large Die - Flower Daisy #2.
Buttons from my stash.
Most importantly a hot glue gun.

Hints and Tips
The buttons are hand sew on to add extra dimension and strength to the flower.  The bug and the flowers were all stuck onto the wreath using a hot melt gun.

Love Linda xxx

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Mimosa with Umbrella

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Bild Malarna Stamp - Mimosa Umbrella.
Lilli of the Valley Stamp - Sentiment.
Martha Stewart Design Paper - Seasonal Pad.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Woodware Punch - Pansy, Blink, Butterfly.
EK Sucess Punch - Retro Flower, Wave Flourish.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Butterflies.
L-Em.Com Punch - Stamen.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was stamped onto frosted shrink plastic with Stayzon ink and coloured with Derwent watercolour pencils.
Hints and Tips
The shrunk image was attached to the card using Glossy Accents.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge: Challenge #130 Birthdays.
Crafty Creations Challenge: Challenge #118 Anything Goes.

Love Linda xxx

Monday, 9 May 2011

Cheers!

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Pennyblack Stamps - Cheers!, Beach Day.
Doodlebug Designs Inc Paper - Summer Assortment.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Labels Ten.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Bubbles.
Sizzix Embossing Folders - Summer Fun Set, Summer Set.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
To make the background on this card I used Coredinations card which I then distressed by rubbing it with sand paper.  I have highlighted the waves with icicle stickles.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Challenge #150 Distressing.

Love Linda xxx

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Sunshine in the Rain

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - Sunshine in the Rain.
Doodlebug Design Inc Papers - Summer Assorted.
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Spots and Dots.
EK Sucess Punch - Retro Flower.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured with Copic markers and paper pieced.
Hints and Tips
If you don't have the right coloured buttons for you design you can colour them in with permanent markers.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: Challenge #133 Dust off your stash. 
Penny Circle Challenge Monochromatic.

Love Linda xxx

Friday, 6 May 2011

Colours of Christmas DT Card

It's time for another challenge over at Winter Wonderland.   I have some very exciting news Winter Wonderland will be celebrating their 2nd Birthday on the 30th May, so on 27th May we will be having a Birthday blog hop.  We have some great prizes lined up hope to see you then.

The challenge for this week was set by me I have chosen The Colours of Christmas, so we want to see a Christmas card or project which has the colours of Christmas on it.  I have chosen Contemporary Brights.
Our sponsor for this week is PollyCraft Designs.

They are offering a fabulous prize of 5 digis.

Here is my card.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Joanna Sheen Stamps - Messy Rabbit Baggy Jumper and Extra Bits.
Studio G Stamps - Snowflakes.
Dovecraft Stamp - Greetings Galore
Sizzix Extended Cuts - Christmas Lights.
Embellishments from stash.
Coloured with Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
I used Sakura Glaze gel pens for the Christmas lights as it gives it a nice glossy finish like glass.

This card was entered into the following challenges:

Love
Linda xx

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Wooly Dames

Card Recipe
Card Blank 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - Wooly Dames
Doodlebug Designs Inc Paper - Bubble Blue Sweet Stripes.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Standard Circle Large.
Woodware Punch - Grass.
EK Sucess Punch - Retro Flower.
Embellishments from own stash.
The image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
To make the faux stitching look more real I used a piercing tool around the edge of the stitching.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Circle - Penny Lift.

Love Linda xxx