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Monday, 25 February 2008

Tilda &Co Challenge - Wishing You Well

Any excuse to make a Tilda card!!! Here is my attempt at the latest Tilda & Co Challenge to make a card to cheer up a sick friend:

I coloured my Tilda with pearly paints and Sakura pens. The lovely papers were a gift from a friend. The mini flower is Prima. The letters were free on a craft mag last year. I finished off my card by threading bright pink yarn through eyelets down the left hand side and added some strips of sticky ribbon in pink and green.

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Theme Thursday 'Warm Colours'

Yet another challenge card!!!! This is for Theme Thursday's 'Warm Colours' challenge. (

I have used a Stampingbella stamp coloured with brush marker pens matted and layered onto Artylicious damask paper, red mirri card, pink and orange cardstock. I then wrote on the sentiment and fixed the topper to my card (embossed with Cuttlebug's birds & swirls) with pink and orange eyelets. I finished it all off with pink and organge bows.

Tanda Teaser - Toy Box Treasures

I am trying to take part in more challenges and here is my card for the latest Tanda Teaser Challenge entitled Toy Box Treasures ( The stamp I have used is Joanna Sheen Past Times stamped in Versafine sepia onto linen card. I then did some punching and added a bow and 2 little teddies plus a birthday greeting.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Acetate Card Challenge

Tonight I have made a card for Rainbow Lady's first challenge which was to use acetate somewhere in your creation. I actually started off by stamping a piece of acetate with Versamark using a stamp from Elusive Images Damask Squares set and heat embossing it in purple. The lady with a fan stamp (Artkure) is embossed in gold and watercoloured.

The main card is purple mirror card embossed with the Cuttlebug. Finally I stuck the embossed acetate onto a piece of green mirror card, mounted it along the bottom of the card with foam tape and threaded the pearl rope through the corner of my card punched out with a rose corner punch.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Spring in your step

I'm not convinced spring is around the corner as it's so cold but it's nice to think spring at least! Tonight I made a card for the Papertake Weekly Challenge which was to make a spring themed card and here it is. The frame is by Cuddly Buddly and the hippo is Henrietta by Pink Petticoat coloured with pearly paints. The blue backing paper behind the frame is by Basic Grey. I made the blue flower with sentiment myself and it reads 'spring is nature's way of saying let's party!' which is a quote by the actor Robin Williams.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Theme Thursday 'By The Sea' Challenge

I think I've caught the challenge bug this week! Tonight I have made an ATC for the Theme Thursday challenge 'By The Sea' ......the background is stamped with a ship stamp in Adirondack denim ink on a background created with various shades of blue and sepia inks. The image of Admiral Lord Nelson has been stuck onto navy mountboard and triple embossed.

Monday, 18 February 2008

Friends Forever Card

Here is my card for the latest Daring Cardmakers challgenge which was to make a card with a love/friendship theme. The duck stamp I have used is Duck in Boots by Sugar Nellie, coloured with Sakura/Whispers pens plus Tinkabella inks. I cannot remember the make of the Friends Forever stamp! The paper is Basic Grey's Gypsy.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

I had never heard of the 'you make my day' award until today...when I was lucky enough to recieve THREE from the following lovely ladies whose craft blogs I visit on a very regular basis...most days in fact!

I would like to return the honour and say thanks Edna


and Cynthia make my day too!

(I don't think this blog template allows me to use link words of my choice when inserting hyperlinks into posts so apologies for having to link to your blogs this way girls! If it's just me being HTML challenged could someone point me in the right direction please?)

There are some wonderful craft blogs out there. I also enjoy looking at Jane's gorgeous card creations and would like to give this award to her too Jane you have inspired me to actually use my Keepsake boards, thanks :)

Finally, another blog I have to single out is the very talented Glenda Waterworth's Artylicious blog Who could not fail to be inspired by her stunning artwork and encouraged to have a go at different techniques after reading the great tutorials both in her blog and in the monthly Graphicus Guild newsletter. Elusive Images rubber stamps are a joy to use!

I think this award is a wonderful idea and for anyone else this post and would like to make similar awards, here's how to do it:

1) Write a post with links to 5 blogs you find of interest and that inspire you.

2) Acknowledge the post of the award giver.

3) Display the logo 'You make my day'

4) tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.

Fashion Boutique Cards

I feel as though I have made lots and lots of cards this month but posted very little! These cards are from Joanna Sheen's latest CD Fashion Boutique. The envelope card is an engagement card and the other 2 are birthday cards.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

My latest card is for a friend's 40th birthday and it's the first time I have used a great new envelope template which is being sold to raise funds for The Samaritans on the Costa Blanca.

I stamped the oriental lady onto black card then onto white and heat embossed with black magic embossing powder, coloured her with H2O paints, Sakura pens and decoupaged the image which was then mounted onto grey mirror card and pale blue card both embossed with a Cuttlebug swirly folder. It's very difficult to tell due to the scan but the base card is linen printed with a lovely blue silk effect from Joanna Sheen's latest CD set Fashion Boutique.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Red & White Tilda With Buckle

I set out tonight to make ONE card to fit TWO challenges - Daring Cardmakers Red & White only card and Tilda & Co Challenge card with buckle and this is the result:

The floral paper is Pink Petticoat and the red paper used for Tilda's dress is by HOTP. I have used various Sakura pens to colour the stamped images and Irridescent Red Twinking H2O paint on the house windows and Tilda's wings. The flower is a mini Prima. I punched the border of the card with a Fiskars border empuncher which I very rarely use because it's a bit like weight training at the gym (only harder to do) and nearly always results in a sore hand and wrist!