The challenge at Cute Card Thursday this week was to create a scene on your card. Great challenge I thought, it'll really stretch me, and it certainly did. It took me ages to decide what to do, and I'm not that happy with the end result, but I gave it a go. I used a tree stamp from my stash and added a Penny Black hedgie to look as if he's running past the tree on his way home to give his loved one a bunch of flowers. I watercoloured the images with pencils and chalked the grass and sky. I added stardust stickles to the the blossom on the tree and the flowers. I mounted the picture onto goldy brown card and put some photo corners on. Added a little pearly stuff to the centre of the flowers of the photo corners. Keeping up? lol Stamped a sentiment onto pic. Backing papers are vellum with gold dots and a swirly green paper that was a magazine freebie. All mounted on pink bazzill.
I had to make this card round a friend's house so hubby wouldn't see it. There are a few challenges about valentines, love and hearts at the moment, so thought I would enter this card. The challenge at Daring Cardmakers is to include a heart on your card. At Charisma Cardz challenge 3 is 'All you need is Love'. At StampARTic the challenge is to make a Monochromatic Valentine's card and finally Challenge 15 at Lili Of the Valley is a Valentine Card. I found the stamp in the bargain bin at my local craft shop, so not sure what she's called, but she's beautiful. I stamped her with red versafine. All 3 backing papers are DCWV stippled with dark red ink. Embellishments and ribbon added from stash.
Thanks to May for the lemonade award and the Kreativ award. May said 'I would like to nominate Julie for her wonderful attitude in spite of her health problems and for her inspiring creations'. Thank you May, what a lovely thing to say. Thanks also to Rozzy for the lemonade award and the One lovely Blog award (I've added her name to the earlier post when I received the award before). It's lovely of you both to think of me, and to know we are all becoming good friends. The lemonade award is passed on to 5 people who have shown great attitude or gratitude this week. The Kreativ award does what it says in the title. award to 5 creative people and say how they inspire you. I'm not going to pass these on, 'cos otherwise we'd be going round in circles as I'd want to award them back to the people who gave me them in the first place.
I've combined 3 challenges with this card. The challenge at Stamp Something is 'Birthday Somethings', to make a project on the theme of birthdays. I followed the fantastic sketch from the Friday Sketchers blog challenge 35. Last, but not least, the challenge at Secret Crafter Saturday 15 is a project with hearts. I used the Whiff of Joy Melinda hugging heart stamp coloured with pro-markers. Brown bazzill cardstock. Papers are 7gypsies and other from stash. Martha Stewart lace punch used on centre strip. 'Happy Birthday' sentiment stamped with majestic blue versafine. Prima flowers and Dovecraft brads. Swirls are silver foil ones got free from mag, painted the white side in sepia, then added glaze. This was a real fun sketch to follow, and one i will use again.
I've combined 2 challenges with this card. The challenge at Penny Black Saturday Challenge 32 this week is 'dotty creations' and at Dutch Dare Challenge 31 it is to use the colours green, blue and brown. This card is mainly blue and brown, but some of the colouring of the image is green, so it should fit in with the theme ok. I used a PB hedgies stamp coloured with pro-markers. Sentiment stamped with vintage sepia versafine and framed, gems added. 7gypsies backing paper and HOTP flowers and brad. I was going to throw this image away as it had a blob of ink leakage next to it, but I managed to cover it up ok with the frame and sentiment.
I've combined 2 challenges with this card. The challenge this week at Cute Card Thursday no. 43 is to add some humour into our cards. It gave me a chance to use this fab image which was kindly given to me. The challenge at ABC is to add an X somewhere on your card or project. I interpreted this as a kiss. I coloured it the image with pro-markers and stippled the edges with vintage sepia versafine. Added sentiment. Pink paper is DCWV matted onto brown cardstock. Backing papers were received in a swap. Again stippled edges. Brown and pink ribbon, and a brown Prima flower with HOTP brad complete card. I really enjoyed making this card, although it wasn't the easiest image to colour as I'm still trying to get used to my pro-markers.
Thanks to my friends May , Doreen , Rozzy and Katherine for this 'One Lovely Blog' award. I now have to pass it on to 7 people. Instead I'm going to offer it to any of the watchers of my blog, as they all have such fantastic blogs of their own that it's too hard to choose.
I thought I'd post my daughter's 18th birthday card. Her birthday was on the 9th Jan. She went out with friends that evening, but on the 10th she came out to a lovely little restaurant in Denham with myself, hubby and her bf. We had a lovely evening together, especially as we don't see as much of her as we'd like now she's older. For the card I used green bazzill cardstock 12x12 folded to 12x6 to make a tall card. Added Heidi Grace chipboard numbers and frame onto a watercolour background.I thread silver metal letters through some fibres to say 'daughter'. Added chipboard flowers and ribbons. This was made quickly at midnight Jan 8th, I must get better organised this year. I've decided to enter this card into the Stamp Something Challenge where the theme this week is to make a card with NO stamping.
The challenge this week at Penny Black is the colour scheme pink and brown. I've had another go with my pro-markers, (I'll get used to them eventually) on a lovely hedgies stamp. I used Bazzill cardstock with K & Co backing paper. HOTP flowers and brad. Gems and tag from stash.
I thought it was time to get back into a couple of challenges. Cute card Thursday's challenge is to add something you received for Christmas on your cards. I've used a Martha stewart lace punch, and also some K & Co papers which I received for Christmas. The Charisma Cardz Thursday Challenge is to use the colour pink. Good luck to Charisma Cardz on their first challenge. CS is Bazzill. I've used K & Co papers and Bazzill swiss dots. Ribbon from stash with a MM slider. Prima flower with Dovecraft brad. Handbag and butterfly charms. Image is Cuddly Buddly I think, given to me in a RAK. Other embellishments from stash. I've coloured the image with my new pro-markers which i found a lot harder to use than i thought I would, but then this is the first image I've used them on so it'll probably just take a while to get used to them.
I've received 3 awards from katie at Bespoke Card Designer. Thanks katie for the Butterfly award, and the Encouraged and Fabulous blog awards. Katie has a lovely blog, so if you get a chance pop over and say hello. For the Encouraged and Butterfly Awards all you have to do is: 1) Put the award on your blog 2) Put a link on your blog of the blogger who gave you the award 3) Nominate 5 other bloggers 4) Leave a comment on their blog notifying them
For the Fabulous Blog Award you have to also state 5 things you are addicted to... 1. crafting, 2. chocolate, 3. smoking (I know it's bad for you), 4. my kids and hubby 5. sleeping (I sleep loads)
Now I have to think who to give the awards to:
1. Claire : A lovely person I've made friends with through Trimcraft. 2. May : Another lovely person from Trimcraft who is Claire's mum. May decided to award me back as one of her 5 recipients. Thanks May. x 3. Kim : Her blog inspires me so much. 4. June : Her new jewellery blog is fantastic. 5. Maxine : How she manages to make so many lovely cards is amazing.
My friend June at Paper Jewels is offering some of her gorgeous hand crafted jewellery as blog candy to celebrate her new blog and opening of her store paperjewellery.net The draw closes at the end of January. Good luck June, hope it does very well for you.
Carlz has started a new challenge blog at Charisma Cardz. New challenges will be set every Thursday.You can create a card, atc, scrapbook page or altered item using any type of image you like. This weeks theme is 'pink'. Carlz has also got some gorgeous blog candy to give away at carlzcardz. It will close when her blog counter reaches 10,000.
I received 2 lovely stamps from Spiral Whisper from their competition to win stamps from new designer Adam Clay. They're Buster the dog and wizard dan. They look fab quality, and I can't wait to have a play as they're perfect for cards for my 7 year old son and his friends. There are also some new releases from Kate Smith on the website too that look gorgeous for girls.
I haven't made a single card since Christmas Eve, and am dying to get back into it. Doubt if I'll get much done next week as I have a couple of hospital appointments, but I must make a card for my daughter who turns 18 on Friday.( That makes me feel so old.) I thought I'd post a couple of my last Christmas cards and a candle I decorated that I didn't get round to putting on here, then it's onto birthdays and Valentines. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I'm a 44 year old mum of 2, a daughter of 19 and a son of 8. I haven't worked since having my daughter as I became ill and was diagnosed with lupus 14 years ago. I wanted a hobby that would take my mind off everything, so crafting was suggested to me. I started in March/April 2008 and have been having fun learning lots of techniques ever since.