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Friday, 30 September 2011

Noel Winter Wonderland DT Card

The challenge for this week at Winter Wonderland was set by Squirrel she has chosen How Charming. We want to see a Christmas card or project with a charm on it.



Our Sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps Shop.


The prize is a $10 gift certificate to spend in their on-line store, how fantastic is that.

Here is my card design for this weeks challenge:
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Papermania Stamps - Urban Stamps Noel.
Art Impressions Stamp - Santa's Face.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Design your own background paper keep it simple you don't have to colour it in, black and white can be very elegant.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
The Ribbon Girl Blog: Jingle All The Way To Christmas.
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes.
Love Linda xxx

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Pink Princess Nutcrafters DT Card

The Nutcrafters girls Katie and Colette and myself will be at the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show, Leigh on Sunday 2nd October, also we will be at the Happy Stampers North West Show, Port Sunlight on Saturday 8th October. I will be demonstrating all the fabulous new stamp releases, we would love it if you stopped by for a chat.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Why not enjoy crafting with this cute new Pink Princess Digi Stamp set by Nutcrafters? Click here to take a look.  This set costs just £4 and £2 from every sale goes towards this worthy cause. The Pink Princess Digi set was released on the 26th September.
This weeks challenge over at Nutcrafters is Think Pink. We would love to see a card or project with an pink theme.   Remember you card must have a Nutcrafters image on it to qualify for the prize. To help you along with this we have a freebie digi for everyone.


How cute is this image? Just pop on over to Nutcrafters Challenge blog to claim your free digi image. The prize for the challenge winner will be a £10 gift voucher for the Nutcrafters on line shop.

Here is my card for this weeks challenge.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters on line Shop - Pink Princess Digi, Mulberry Flowers.
Llewelyn Bowen Design Paper - Retro Rose.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Standard Circle Large, Petite Scalloped Circle Large.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Daisy.
Sizzix Sizzlit Die - Swirl, Decorative #3.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Burgundy is a good complimentary colour to pink.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Pink Ink Sketch Challenge: Sketch #6 Kylie's Sketch.
Stampin For The Weekend: Challenge 17 What a Cutie.
Crafts and Me Challenges: Challenge #54 Flowers.

Love Linda xxx

Monday, 26 September 2011

Snowy

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamps - Snowy, Mimi Dear.
Stampendous Stamp - Snow Swirl.
Spellbinders Frameabilities Die - Polka Dot Frame.
Martha Stewart Punch - Snowflake.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
You don't have to leave your die cut frame plain.  This frame was stamped and heat embossed to add a bit of texture.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black at Allsorts: September Challenge Get Ahead For Christmas.
Sir Stampalot Challenge: September Theme It's A Frame Up.

Love Linda xxx

J'aime Paris

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 10.5cm x 15cm.
Penny Black Stamps - J'aime Paris, Salutations.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using a black Sakura Stardust gel pen.
Hints and Tips
When you are designing a monochromatic card don't be afraid to add embellishments in the same colour it adds texture and interest into the card.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week 122 Keep It Simple.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Week 170 Monochromatic.

Love Linda xxx

Friday, 23 September 2011

Penelope and Percy Winter Wonderland DT Card

The challenge for this week at Winter Wonderland was set by Danielle she has chosen Christmas Across The Miles.  We want Christmas Cards or Projects that are especially for loved ones who live abroad.


Our Sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp.


The prize is a $15 gift certificate to spend in their on-line store, how fantastic is that.

Here is my card design for this weeks challenge:
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Daisy and Dandelion Stamps - Penelope and Percy.
Martha Stewart Designer Paper Pad - Winter Wonderland.
Woodware Punches - Snowflakes.
Martha Stewart Punch - Snowflake.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers and a Black Glaze Sakura gel pen.
Hints and Tips
If you don't have a sentiment stamp to suit the occasion just print one out using the computer and mat and layer it.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Creature Comforts.
The Paper Shelter: Challenge #32 Anything Goes. 
Love Linda xxx

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Nutcrafters DT Card Pumpkin Patch #2

Midway challenge reminder for the Nutcrafters Challenge Blog. The challenge is Autumn's In The Air. So create your card or project using a Nutcrafters image and an autumn theme. To help you along with this challenge Nutcrafters are giving away a free autumn digi.  Here is card #2 to inspire you it really is a cute digi.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Doodlebug Designs Inc Paper - Autumn assortment.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Reverse Wonky Rectangles.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Vine Trim.
Nutcrafters Shop Embellishments - Flowers, leaves.
The rest of the embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Remember you don't have to use all of the digi image you can just use parts of it like I have.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
One Stop Craft Challenge: Week #149 Girlie.

Love Linda xxx
 

Nutcrafters DT Card Pumpkin Patch

Midway challenge reminder for the Nutcrafters Challenge Blog.  The challenge is Autumn's In The Air.   So create your card or project using a Nutcrafters image and an autumn theme. To help you along with this challenge Nutcrafters are giving away a free autumn digi.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Doodlebug Designs Inc Paper - Autumn assortment.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Scallop Dot.
X- Cut Botanical Embossing Punch - Leaf.
Embellishments and scrap of scarecrow design paper from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Just because you have used a digi image doesn't mean you can't layer it up.  Print off several copies colour the layers separately then cut them out and stick to card with foam pads.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Sketch N Stash Challenge: Challenge 70 Free Choice Sketch ( I chose Sketch 53).
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C105 Create a project with a pumpkin on it.
Love Linda xxx

Monday, 19 September 2011

Quack!

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamps - Leaf Edge, Quack!
Anita's Stamp - Happy Birthday.
Doodlebug Design Inc Paper - Autumn Assortment.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Wonky Rectangles.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.

Hints and Tips
I stamped the leaves onto white card using memento dye ink.  I then die cut it and left it in the die, then I applied Tim Holtz distress inks over the top of it.  This will give you a white border.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 182 Anything Goes!
The Ribbon Girl Blog: Colour Challenge #11 Greens and Browns.

Love Linda xxx

Friday, 16 September 2011

Jolly Tilda Winter Wonderland DT Card

The challenge for this week at Winter Wonderland was set by Marianne she has chosen a girly Christmas. So create your Christmas card or project with an image of a girl on it.

Our Sponsors this week are Whimsy Stamps
With a fabulous prize of a $15 gift certificate.
and

With a fabulous prize of $10 gift certificate.

Here is my card design.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Magnolia Stamp - Jolly Tilda.
Papermania Stamps - Old Christmas stamp I have used the wreath.
Papermania Design Paper - Festive Frolics.
Cricut Cartridge - Paper Doll Dress Up.
Cuttlebug Embossing folder - D'vine Swirls.
Hints and Tips
If the character stamp you are using looks like she is sitting down, sit her on something it makes the card design more grounded.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Christmas Card Challenges: Week 41 Vintage.
Moving Along With The Times: Challenge 116 Sparkle.
Love Linda xxx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Bouquet For You Nutcrafters DT Card

First of all I wanted to show you a photo of my handsome son who started back to school on Monday.  He just seems to be getting taller every day I think he is going to be  tall like his dad.


Today is challenge #1 over at Nutcrafters.  The challenge for this week is Autumn's In The Air.   So create your card or project using a Nutcrafters image and an autumn theme.  To help you along with this challenge Nutcrafters are giving away a free autumn digi.
How cute is this image? Just pop on over to Nutcrafters Challenge blog to claim your free digi image.  The prize for the challenge winner will be a selection of goodies from the Nutcrafters on line shop.


Here is my card for this weeks challenge.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters on line Shop - Stamp Bouquet For You, Mulberry Flowers.
Card-io Stamps - Autumn Leaves.
Dovecraft Design Paper - Abstract Prints.
The rest of the embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
This stamp is in the Nutcrafters Autumn Collection but if you coloured it in using different colours it could be used for many other occasions.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
The Crafty Pad: Challenge #138 Good Bye Summer.

Love Linda xxx

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Pink Princess Sneak Preview #2

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Why not enjoy crafting with this cute new Pink Princess Digi Stamp set by Nutcrafters? This set costs just £4 and £2 from every sale goes towards this worthy cause. The Pink Princess Digi is due for release on the 26th September.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Store - Digi Image Pink Princess due for release 26th September.  Pink paper flowers.
Llewelyn Bowen Design Paper - Retro Rose.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Labels Three.
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Garden trellis.
L-Em. Com Punch - Stamen.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
The paper flowers on this card came in pink but if you don't want to spend alot of money on all the different colours of flowers just buy white ones and colour them yourself using Copic markers, spray inks or ink pads.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Die Cut Dreams Challenge Blog: Challenge #98 Flower Power.

Love Linda xxx
 

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Coco

Card Recipe
Card Blank 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Store - Stamp Coco.
DCWV Design Paper - Grade School.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Petite Ovals Large, Labels Ten.
Cricut Cartridge - Doodlecharms.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
I only had one green Copic marker to colour the tee shirt on Coco.  If you want to add shading, after adding the base colour let the area dry completely,  then go over it where you would like the shading to be with the same colour it doesn't blend so it acts like a shadow.  You may have to go over it several times to make the shadow dark enough.

This card was added to the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 181 At The Office.

Love Linda xxx

Friday, 9 September 2011

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town DT Card

The challenge for this week at Winter Wonderland was set by Miria she has chosen Santa Claus is Coming to town.  So create your Christmas card or project with a Santa on it.

Our Sponsors this week are Delicious Doodles


With a fabulous prize of 3 digi images.

and



With a fabulous prize of  a Penny Black Stamp.

Here is my card.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 8cm x 14cm.
Whiff Of Joy Stamp - Santa.
Card-io Stamps - Majestix Winter Flurry.
Cricut Cartridge - Winter Woodland.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
This base card was created using the Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge.  I used yellow in the windows to make it look like people are at home.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes optional extra shaped card.

Love Linda xxx

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Pink Princess Sneak Preview

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Why not enjoy crafting with this cute new Pink Princess Digi Stamp set by Nutcrafters?  This set costs just £4 and £2 from every sale goes towards this worthy cause.  The Pink Princess Digi is due for release on the 26th September.

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Store - Digi Image Pink Princess, Charm Princess Crown.
Papermania Design Paper - Henbury Lane.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Labels One.
EK Success Punch - Retro Flower.
X-Cut Punch - Blossom.
Woodware Punch - Grass.
L-Em.Com Punch - Stamen.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Not only can this image be used for Breast Cancer Awareness, it would also make a beautiful card for a little girls birthday.  There are four images in this set, the castle is one of them that could be used by itself to make quick party invitations.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: Challenge 119 Children.

Love Linda xxx




Hanging A Stocking

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Store -  Stamp Hanging A Stocking.  This stamp comes as a set of two, the little boy and a fire place.  Burgundy Mulberry flower.
Dovecraft Design Papers - Tis The Season.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
To add more dimension to the fire place I drew in a skirting board and wall paper, then I used a small stamp to decorate the wall paper.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Sunday Sketch and Stamp: Challenge #71 Maggie's Sketch.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: Challenge 119 Children.

Love Linda xxx

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Nutcrafters Sneak Preview #1

Today sees the relaunch of the Nutcrafters Blog.  In celebration of the blog relaunch they have a free digi stamp for everyone.
Lets Celebrate.
Isn't she a cutie.  Today sees the release of the fabulous New Winter Collection.  Pop on over to the Nutcrafters blog to have a little look. 
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Stamp - Christmas Cuddles due for release September 7th.
Dovecraft Stamp - Greetings Galore.
Daisy and Dandelion Design Paper - Penelope and Percy.
Woodware Punches - Snowflakes.
Nutcrafters Charm - Stocking.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
I used the sketch from last weeks papertake weekly challenge.
Hints and Tips
This stamp would make an excellent baby's first Christmas card.  You can colour blue for a boy or pink for a girl.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge: Challenge 16 Christmas Wishes.

Love Linda xxx

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Nutcrafters Sneak Preview #3

First of all I wanted to show you a photo of my beautiful daughter who started college yesterday, she is studying Media Make Up, we are all so proud of her.


Tomorrow sees the relaunch of the Nutcrafters Blog.  Here is a preview of another of their Winter Collection stamps due to be released tomorrow.
Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Stamp - Winter Walk.  This set has two stamps in it, the little girl and the winter fence.
Dovecraft Design Paper - Winter Wonderland.
Martha Stewart Punch - Snowflake.
Woodware Punch - Mini Snowflake.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
The sky in the background was created using Tim Holtz Distress inks Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire.  After the ink was applied I spritzed it with some water then dabbed it with kitchen roll, this lifts up some of the ink to leave a snowy effect.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog: Anything But Birthday.

Love Linda xxx

Monday, 5 September 2011

Nutcrafters Sneak Preview #2

Card Recipe
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Nutcrafters Stamp - Reindeer Rocker to be released 7th September.
Daisy and Dandelion Stamps - Penelope and Percy Sentiments.
Papermania Design Paper - Festive Frolics.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - Labels Three.
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die - Nested Pennants.
Nutcrafters charm - Stocking.
Embellishments from own stash.
This image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Liquid applique was used on the hat to give it more dimension.

This card was entered into the following challenge:
Sketch Saturday - Week #171.

Love Linda xxx

Friday, 2 September 2011

Winter Wonderland DT Card

The challenge for this week at Winter Wonderland was set by Lynsey she has chosen A Christmas Card for a Special Friend.  So create your Christmas card or project for a Special Friend.

Our Sponsor this week is Pollycraft Digital Stamps.


Who are giving away a fabulous prize of 5 digis.

Here is my card.
Card Details
Card Blank - 14.5cm x 14.5cm.
Penny Black Stamp - Winter Wonderland.
Martha Stewart Design Paper - Seasonal Pad.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies - Petite Scalloped Circles Large, Standard Circles Large.
Tonic Studios Punch - Ribblet.
Embellishments from own stash.
The image was coloured in using Copic markers.
Hints and Tips
Choose your design paper first then colour you image in to match.  The sentiment was created on the computer.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: R is for Recycling and Ribbons or Rhinestones (the ribbon is recycled).
Penny Black at Allsorts: Get Ahead For Christmas.
Love Linda xxx