Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Challenge 17 at Karens Doodles Black White and one other colour

Good Morning ladies I hope you are all well. Firstly I would like to apologise for my lack of posting recently life seems to have taken over recently and I have only managed my challenge cards and my Brothers wedding invitations (which are coming along really well) I hope to be making some more very soon though as I have enquired about doing a craft fair in September/October so need to get some cards ready plus I am hoping to get some cards to woodgreen animal shelters again this year for them to sell as they made a lot of money from them last year (all money made was kept by woodgreen)

The challenge this week is Black White and one other colour I have chosen to use black white and red which I think is going to be a popular choice :)

I have used the 'Amanda Panda' image from the site I love this one to bits and have coloured it differently every time I have used it. This time though I coloured it after watching a tutorial by Suzzane Dean and I really think that there is an improvement here (the colours are actually darker in real life but I couldn't get the right light on the photo. Am going to have to invest in a light box I think.

The colours I have used are as follows; 
Blacks - C7, C5, C3, C1 
Reds - R59, R46, R37, R35

The papers I have had since i first started crafting all those years ago and are ivory black creative tones by Papermania. The buttons are from some of my clothes (the spare ones ) and the little red dots were given to me as a gift 

I really enjoyed making this card i think just having the one colour with the black and white is ver effective, I plan on using this colour scheme for some of my christmas cards I think it would look great and Karen has some gorgeous Christmas images in her store

I hope you have enjoyed my card this week can't wait to see what you guys create, don't forget we have 3 prizes up for grabs so get crafting :) 

I am entering this card in to the following challenges; 

Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Cute Card Thursday - Reduce re use recycle - I have re used some butons 
Just Cute Bears - Open as long as it has a bear  I have a panda bear on mine 
Rosie Dees Challenge Blog - Summer Birthdays - this card is for my sister in Law who has her Birthday on Tuesday 

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Good Morning ladies I hope you are all well, I am so excited today becuase I am going to be starting Suzanne Deans online copic classes - I have been wanting to do these for so long so my family paid for one of the classes for me for my birthday and I got the approval through last night from Suzanne who even though she is on the way to her holiday still managed to approve my application and send me an email - very impressed. Any who in the class Suzanne uses certain stamps and although she says you don't need these stamps to do the class I think it would help me if I could practice using thw ones she uses. I have listed them below - if anyone out there in blog land could help me by stamping any of these images out I would REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate it - I can stamp some up for you too and send them

Magnolia Stamps : "Christmas Morning Tilda", "wood fence", "tree", "Tilda Witch", "Tilda with Birdcage", "strawberry"

Lockhart Stamp Co. "Lighthouse", "Apples in Chintz Bowl"

SCACD Stamps: "Aurora with Cake", "Susan", "Heartstrings"

Verve Stamps "Beautiful You"

CC Designs "Itzie Inkies--Summertime Fun"

Whipper Snapper "Hugs for Ike"

The others are all digi stamps which of course have a different angel policy so I will be buying these on Monday. 

If anyone else is interested in doing the class here is the link - would be so much fun to know someone else who is doing it and Suzanne is a fab teacher and is copic certified I can't wait to start 

If you do decide to join please let Suxzzane know I recommended you :) I get €5 for everyone who joins on my recommendation not that you would need it once you see her site there are so many cool things to learn 

Anyhow I hope you all have a fab Sunday and don't forget the challenge is still on over at Karens Doodles there are 3 fab prizes up for grabs and only 2 entries so far so what are you waiting for, if you don't already have ne of Karens fab images you can grab a free one on her shop site but i promise you once you go to her shop you are going to want every single image and she has added loads of summer once recently too,the challenge this week is Tag your it which can be interpreted any way you want check out the other DT members for inspiration  xxx


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Challenge 17 over on Karens Doodles ' Tag your it'

Good Morning ladies I hope you are all well. I am soooooo sorry for the lack of postings on here lately I have been busy making my brothers wedding invitations and have been poorly for the last few days so haven't had time to get any done :( I know it's bad when I can't craft. 

The challenge over on Karens Doodles this week is Tag your it. This can be interpreted however you wish as long as you use a Karens Doodles image. I have chosen to make a tag for one of my Christmas presents for this challenge. I am hoping to do a few more too before Christmas I think it is nice to add that little extra touch. 

Here is my tag which I made using Santa's list isn't he cute 

I coloured the image using copic markers as always :) and added a bit of clear stickles glitter glue to Bigsbys hat. I have heat embossed some snowflakes around the edge of the tag and then distressed using Tim Holtz Distress inks in tumbled glass and stormy sky. This is the same technique I am using for my brothers wedding invitations I will be sure to post a picture when they are completed.

Please be sure to enter the challenge this week over on Karens Doodles - what a great chance to get some christmas cards done too :) if you are needing some inspiration don't forget to check out the rest of the design team to see how they interpreted this challenge.

Look forward to checking out your creations.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Karens Doodles challenge 15

Good Morning ladies I hope you are well. I am really crossing my fingers that this post has worked - the last few times I have tried to schedule a post I seem to have done it wrong. 

Anyhoo welcome to Karens Doodles 15th Challenge - wow can you believe it has been that many :) Our challenge this week is in the Summer time and it is a joint challenge with all of the other Karens Doodles challenge blogs over the world, you can enter each one but it has to be a different card for each one even if you use the same image :) 

Here is my interpretation of the challenge using the - you've come a long way baby girl image from Karens Doodles (you can also get a boy one)

I have made this card for my little sister Chloe who has just finished her Law finals at Oxford University I am so proud of her this is a picture of her coming out of her final exam -

As you can see for my card I have used Summery colors rather than a summery image however if you check out Karens shop Here she has just loaded loads of new summery images they are PERFECT for this challenge. I have coloured my image using copic markers, and have added highlights with my inkassentails white pen.
Also for those rubber lovers out there who don't know -Karen now has some of her stamps in rubber over in the shop so what are you waiting for. 

Go on over to the UK challenge blog now to enter your first card, and dont forget you can also enter the Netherlands, USA, Kids, Scandanavia but please do remember it must be a different card or project for each challenge 

There are some great prizes to win xx Good luck ladies 

I am also entering my card in to the following challenges; 

My Time to craft - Xtra Special
Stamp Something - Happy something - what could be better than finishing finals
Stampin for the weekend - Summer/travel theme

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Karens Doodles Challenge 14

Good Morning All I hope you are well. It is time for another exiting challenge over on the Karens Doodles United Kingdom Challenge blog. This week we have a sketch for you to follow which can be seen below.

I have used a new technique which I learned at the class on Saturday I love it have bought some new colours to play with too :) I am not sure really how to describe it but basically it is using Distress inks which you rub on to the card in a circular motion using the lightest colour first and then the darkest colour over the top. If you want you can clear emboss some pattens on to the card before you add the ink - the darker the ink over these parts the more the embossed shapes will stand out. I really love this effect I wish i could describe it better for you - you will be able to see more cards using this effect on Brendas blog HERE

I have used Barn door and Rusty Hinge Distress inks for this card. The flourish stamp i bought on ebay and the sentiment is from a See D's set of stamps. The main image was a freebie last week at Karens Doodles (there is a new one up for grabs now so don't forget to check it out) I coloured the image using my copic markers and made it 3D by printing the image twice and certain parts of it. 

Here is a close up of the image 

I have used my inkassentials white pen to add highlights on the flowers and have also used it to give the dotty effect. I have again used the punch I borrowed from my friend Fiona to stamp out some butterflies and dragonflies to add to the card. I have added little gems to these. I have given the punches back now so had better get myself one :) 

I also made these little roses aren't they great. I also learned how to make these from Brenda she has a tutorial for these on her blog too if you would like to have a go. I think these will feature on my cards quite a lot from now on - I never got used to working with pre made flowers you can buy in craft stores but these are PERFECT and i can make them to match my papers. In this case I used some card which had the same colour ink on it and edged the flowers with  the barn door red and then added some glitter to the edges.  the stamens were bought in a local craft shop, I really think they finish it off well. 

I hope you have enjoyed my card today. Don't forget to enter the challenge over on the challenge blog there are some fab prizes up for offer. 

Thank you for visiting and good luck in the challenge this week. 

I am entering this card in to the following challenges; 
Crafty calendar challenge - Bugs and beasties
Challenge up your life - Critters and bling
Our Creative Corner - Summer inspiration

Blog Candy Winner

Right ladies firstly sorry that I have taken so long to post the winner i completley forgot have been so swamped with work.  I used the random org thingy and it has selected number 36 as the winner of my blog candy as you can see below - so Katerina that is you Massive congratulations :) I see from your blog you have not long started card making so hopefully this will help you :)

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- so Katerina that is you Massive congratulations :) I see from your blog you have not long started card making so hopefully this will help you :)

EDIT - I have noticed that although the blog is called Katerina the ladies name is actually Cheryl - Cheryl you are the actual winner of this blog candy but as it was my mistake Katerina I will be sending some goodies to you in the post including some sugar nellie rubber stamps and flowers I am really sorry about this it was my mistake so congrats to the two of you :)

Please contact me at with your postal address so I can get your goodies sent out.

Thank you to everyone for entering my blog candy and to those of you that did donate for the race for life thank you :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My Weekend

Good Afternoon Ladies I hope you are all well. Boy have I had a busy weekend I managed to sleep through my alarm on Saturday morning meaning I was late for the beginning of my craft class at SirStampalot I have never been as un organised as I have been this weekend honestly. Anway once I got there I was welcomed and really enjoyed the day, everyone was so friendly and I had so much fun learning new things. First we made a little recipe holder, I haven't finished mine yet but when I have I will be sure to post it up on here for you to see. I am also going to try making a bigger one for little note car sets.
Afterwards we tried distressing with Tim Holtz Distress inks - I have never used these before but had always wanted to try and now I am hooked. I have just been online and bought some more after my little shop on the day and am going to use the technique on my Brother and his fiancees wedding invitations. Here is the card I made.

This is the front of the card - I wish I had written down the name of this stamp it is gorgoeus (I remember it was expensive but thats all lol)

This is the first page - I used a stamp that Brenda brought in I love it, It is a penny black one - think I will have to try and get this one it is brilliant. This page was spritzed with glimmer mist. Yet another product which I now NEED :) 
And this is the final page where the message can be written - I am giving this card to an old work friend who wanted a card made for a wedding. I think this will suit. 

This is a close up of the roses. I made these using a flower punch. You can find the tutorial on Brenda from Floral Fantasies blog I am so chuffed with these I sm going to be making them all the time now. 

I would like to say thank you to Brenda and Chris for their patience with my millions of questions (that are still coming lol) and to all of the ladies for making me feel so welcome. I hope we can all meet again soon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Karens Doodles - Distress it challenge

Hello ladies. I hope you are all well. Sorry for the lateness of this post I have just started a new job this week and it seems that I am keeping all job related info in but everything else seems to be dissappearing. This weeks challenge on Karens Doodles is distress it. I have made a card this week for my sister in law is due to have a little baby boy very soon.

The papers were a gift so I am afraid I have no idea who they are by. Wish I did though they are gorgeous. The image is Peekaboo boy which you can of course purchase HERE in the new shop. There is also a version for a little girl should you need a girly card. I will be making a card with that image soon so keep your eyes out. You can find this challenge on the Karens Doodles challenge blog.

As always there are some fab prizes up for offer you can see these below;

1st Place - 3 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles

2nd Place - 2 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles

3rd Place - 1 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles
If you do not yet have any of Karens digi images we currently have a sale going on on the new and improved site which you can find HERE  
there is also a freebie on the site if you have never used a digi image before what better a way to try