My Blue Summer House

My Blue Summer House

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Nutcrafters Sneak Preview #5

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Stamp - Autumn Breeze released 1st September.
Dovecraft Design Paper - Abstract Prints.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Petite Scalloped Circles Large, Standard Circles Large.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Vine Trim.
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Leaves #4.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
I didn't have the right colour of brads for this project, so the brads where heat embossed using copper embossing powder.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Crafty Creations Challenges: Challenge #134 Dies and Punches.

Love Linda xxx


Monday, 29 August 2011

Nutcrafters Sneak Preview #4

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Stamp - Walk In The Park due to be released 1st September.
Echo Park Design Paper - A Walk in the Park.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Leaves #4.
Cricut Cartridge - Winter Woodland.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
The tree I made using the Winter Woodland cartridge was meant to be a winter tree but just by die cutting it out of autumnal colours it has now become a tree in Autumn. 

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Card for Men: Challenge #18 G is for... Grandad.

Love Linda xxx

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Nutcrafters Sneak Preview #3

Card Recipe
Card Blank 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Stamp, Umbrella Embellishment - Huddle Together released 1st September.
DCWV Design Paper - Nana's Kids.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Wonky Rectangles, Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Tim Holtz Alterations Die - Carnivale.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Bubble Bath.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
If you don't have a sentiment to suit your card make your own this one was created on the computer then it was die cut.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week 118 Back To School.

Love Linda xxx

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Nutcrafters Sneak Preview #2

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Stamp - Falling Leaves due to be released 1st September.
Dovecraft Design Paper - Abstract Prints.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Petite Scalloped Circles Large, Standard Circles Large.
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Leaves #4.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
I used mulberry paper to make the leaves, it gives a touch of realism to the leaves because of the texture of the paper.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Here Comes The Boys: Challenge #9 Brown and Oranges.
Crazy 4 Challenges: Challenge C4C102 Male Themed Cards.
Love Linda xxx

Friday, 26 August 2011

Fluffles Tree

The challenge for this week at Winter Wonderland was set by Kate she has chosen Trim A Tree as her theme.   So create your Christmas card or project using a tree being trimmed or already trimmed.

Our sponsor for this week is Simon Says Stamp. 




The prize is a $15 Gift Certificate to spend in their online store.

Here is my card.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 10.5cm.
Stampendous Stamp - Fluffles Tree.
Design Papers - Free Gift with the Crafts Beautiful magazine.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
The baubles were coloured in using Sakura Gel Glaze pens.  To add more dimension to the card I used stick on gems on some of the baubles.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Divas By Design: Challenge 9 Christmas In August.
Love Linda xxx

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Did You Miss Me?

I know I missed all of you while I was away and my Blue Summer House and yes I know I am very sad but I get withdrawal symptoms if I don't make a card for a while.  I have been on holiday with my family we went to Lagos in Portugal for a weeks sunshine.  Here are some photos of my husband and children taken while we where on holiday.


Jenny and Mike.

Jenny and Peter.

Now onto business.  I don't know where to begin so I'll just get straight to the point Katie and Colette from Nutcrafters are relaunching their  Nutcrafters Challenge Blog and have asked me to join their design team as the DT Coordinator how fabulous is that I am so excited as you know I love their designs they are so beautifully drawn and easy to colour in, and I love the fact there is always a stamp or image to use for the current season.

Here is some exciting news for anyone else who would love to be a DT member for Nutcrafters.  We are looking for 2 more new members to join us on the design team simply go to the Nutcrafters Challenge Blog where you will find all the details.

Coming soon New Nutcrafters Autumn Stamps these will be available from 1st September.  I have to say the images are just perfect for autumn.  Here is a sneak preview of one of them.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Stamp - Singing in the Rain due to be released 1st September.
Papermania Inspirations Design Paper - Cool Tones.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Reverse Wonky Rectangles.
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Spots and Dots.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
I chose the Cuttlebug Spots and Dots embossing folder because it looks like raindrops in puddles.  Glossy Accents where added to the splashes to give them a wet look.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Cards For Men: Challenge 17 Anything Goes.

There will be more sneak previews of the Autumn Stamps over the next few days. 

Friday, 12 August 2011

The Light Brigade DT Card

The challenge for this week at Winter Wonderland was set by Kate she has chosen Light It Up as her theme.  So create your Christmas card or project using Christmas Lights.

Our sponsor this week is Dragons Lair Designs.

The prize is 3 digi images from their store.

Here is my card.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamps - The Light Brigade.
Karen Foster Design Paper - String Of Lights.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Scallop Dot.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
I coloured the light bulbs in using Sakura glaze gel pens this gives them a glassy look like real light bulbs.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: Challenge #85 It's Christmas.
Moving Along with The Times: Challenge #111 Fantasy.
Love Linda xxx

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Paisley Cricut

Straw Recipe
Plastic Drinking Straws.
Cricut Cartridge - Paisley.
Ladybug, Bee, Dragonfly Cut at 2.5".


Hints and Tips
You could use these straws for a summer themed party.  When making the straw toppers cut two bugs out but decorate only one of them glue them together and attach to a tab to slide onto the straw.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Fantabulous Cricut: Challenge #72 Let's Get Buggy.

Love Linda xxx

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

My Flower!

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - My Flower!
Me & My Big Ideas Design Paper - Sunshine.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Bubble Bath.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
To add texture to the frog I used a Copic colourless blender.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Challenge Blog: Penny Black Nature.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Week 163 Anything Goes.

Love Linda xxx

Monday, 8 August 2011

Teddy Romeo

Card Recipe
14.5cm x14.5cm.
Lili Of The Valley Digi - Teddy Romeo (gift in a papercraft magazine).
Baker Ross Design Paper - Valentine's Pack.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Classic Hearts.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Trellis.
Embellishments from own stash.
Image coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
When applying self adhesive gems I use a scapel to take them off the sheet they come on and then apply them to the card with the scapel, this helps you to fix them in the right position without applying them to your self and loosing all their stickiness.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week 115 Red Card.
Lili Of The Valley Challenge: Challenge #108 Roses.

Love Linda xxx

Friday, 5 August 2011

Santa's List DT Card

The challenge for this week at Winter Wonderland was set by Suzi she has chosen White on White only the main image can be coloured.  So create your Christmas card or project using White.

Our sponsor this week is Sassy Studio Designs.
The prize is 4 Digis.
As you probably know I am not a lover of cards without colour.  I do love bright colours but sometimes it does you good to come out your comfort zone and I actually enjoyed making this card shock horror.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 10cm x 10cm.
Sassy Studio Designs Digi - Santa's List.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Standard Circle Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Snowflakes.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
When making a white on white card remember there are lots of shades of white, add lots of glitter and  use layers of embossing it all makes the card stand out and not look flat and boring.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Paper Play Challenges: Week 31 Christmas In August.
Bah! Humbug! Challenge: Challenge #32 White On White.
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge #176 No Designer Paper.

Love Linda xxx

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Wild Card Cricut

I have been looking to buy a Cricut machine for about three years now but I didn't want to spend all that money.  About two weeks ago Cutting Edge Crafts website finally had it at the price I wanted to pay a Cricut Original for £129.95 so I just had to have it.  What a fantastic machine it is boy am I having fun with it.  To make sure I use it often I have decided to enter the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog every week.  So here is my first creation.

Front of the Card

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 30cm x 15cm.
Doodlebug Designs Inc Paper - Summer Assortment.
Cricut Cartridge - Paisley, Wild Card.
Embellishments from own stash.
Inside The Card.

Hints and Tips
Use chalk or ink to highlight the edges of your images.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog: Challenge #71 Let's Be Friends.

Love Linda xxx

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Little Girls Swing Time Digi

Card Recipe
Card Blank 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Lili Of The Valley Digi - Little Girls Swing Time (they came free with a card magazine).
Papermania Design Paper - Summer Blooms.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Petite Ovals Large, Labels Ten.
X-Cut Embossing Punch - Flower.
L-Em.Com Punch - Stamen.
EK Success Punch - Flower.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
The bow was made using a Mini Bowdabra.  You can use up any scraps of ribbon using this.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Sir Stampalot Challenge: August Challenge Whatever You Fancy.
Die Cut Dreams Challenge: Challenge #95 Holiday Fun.
Lili Of The Valley Challenge: Challenge #107 Sketch By Domi.

Love Linda xxx

Monday, 1 August 2011

Treatin' Witch

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamps - Treatin' Witch, Be Very Scared, Trick or Treat.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Small Octagons.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Spiders Web.
Embellishments from own stash.
Images where coloured using Copic markers.
Background made using Penny Black Stamps and Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
The Slapstick Stamp Treatin' Witch is rather large, I don't own an acrylic block large enough to mount it on so I used one of my cutting plates off my big shot to mount it on.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black Challenge: Penny Black Spooky.
Penny Black at Allsorts: August Challenge Free and Easy.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Week #162 Penny Blackground.

Love Linda xxx