Saturday, 26 September 2009

Friday Sketchers

I haven't done this challenge for a week or two but when I get the time I do enjoy having a go at here is this week's entry for Friday Sketchers..
I've used Cored'inations paper and a Cuttlebug folder with a light sanding together with DCWV Retro prints paper.
The image is " Bunny Bathtime" from A Passion for Stamps which you can find in my sidebar.
I have used this stamp lots of times for baby cards but I thought it could also be used for birthday cards/Get Well cards etc.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Guest Designer for Basic Grey!!!

I'm really delighted to have been invited by Martine to be Guest Designer for Basic Grey Challenges for the month of October!!! I'm really chuffed and can't wait to get started on my cards! Why don't you have a look at the challenge and join in with us.You only need to use one item from the Basic Grey what's keeping you? See you there!

Mojo Monday

Judging by the amount of entries to the Mojo Monday challenge everyone else loves these sketches,too! I'm pretty new to this but I'm really enjoying it already.
I know I've used these colours on another card lately but I do love the combo and had to give it another go.
The paper is Boutique by Jesse Edwards.
The main image is "Morning Glory" from my range - A Passion for Stamps which you can find in the sidebar and I've coloured it with Promarkers.I've added a little flocking powder to the centre of the flower and decoupaged the buds.
The butterfly stamp is "monarch" by Stampendous.
The rich dark brown scallop at the base was sent to me by Tara and is self adhesive.I love the detail on it!

I hope to be back later with some more great news!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches

I've just found the Inspirational Card Sketches challenge last week and when I saw the great sketch I knew I could make a birthday card for my Mother using it.
This time I've used beautiful button paper which I bought in Craftworld in Belfast a long time ago and used my Martha Stewart doily border punch along the edges (again!)
The image is "Morning Glory" from my A Passion for Stamps range which you can find in the sidebar and I've decoupaged one petal and added a little glitter.
I've also used my fav Woodware punches (leaf and butterfly) and an Xcut flower punch.
The sentiment is computer generated and the ribbon and buttons are from my stash

Tara's Cards!!

These gorgeous cards certainly brought a big smile to my face when I saw them!!
I never cease to be amazed at what Tara comes up with!! Aren't they just fantastic?
She has used my "Bunny in the bath" stamp from A Passion for Stamps to create two wonderful baby cards using babygro shaped templates and they do look great!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Papertake /Secret Crafter

Good morning.
I've actually never entered either of these challenges before but over the weekend I've seen some beautiful cards for both on my blog hopping expedition.
Papertake Weekly Challenge want a card based on the theme "faking it" and Secret Crafter want "one for the girls".
I've made a really girly card with "Jenny in bed" from my Passion for Stamps collection which you can find in the sidebar.Because the clours of Promarkers I've used are so bold I wanted to leave some white showing on the card.
The "fakes" are the Martha Stewart doily border punch(fake lace) and the pearl buttons on Jenny's PJ's.
The little butterfly has been covered with flocking powder.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

3 in 1 challenge card

I got some gorgeous Basic Grey papers today from Martine and couldn't wait to use them for the Basic Grey challenge.The requirements are the use of Basic Grey paper and embossing so I've used my Swiss Dots folder in the Cuttlebug for the oval background as it always reminds me of snow and suits a Christmas card.I have used the sketch from Sketch Saturday.
It fits in with the Allsorts challenge where they want "snowflakes in September".
I have used "Andrea" and "Jonny" from my own stamp range A Passion for Stamps which you can see in the sidebar and coloured them with Promarkers.This time I've added leggings and a couple of bracelets along with a scarf to the Andrea stamp for a change..

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Jenny in Bed

This card was made to combine two challenges....Sketch Saturday and a Passion for Promarkers where the challenge this week is to use any colours plus polka dots.
I tried to make this on as bright and cheerful as possible for a Get Well card so I chose papers from Kate Knight's Wild Blossom collection by Dovecraft.
The stamp is "Jenny in Bed" from my own collection A Passion for Stamps, coloured with Promarkers.
I've used an Xcut flower punch and added a touch of glitter to the petals.
The heart border punch is from Dovecrafts and I layered it over green paper to show it off!

Design Team Member!!!!

Good morning!
I'm really delighted to tell you that I've been chosen as a Design Team member for the great new challenge blog Crafty Calendar Challenge which goes live on Oct2nd!! It's a monthly challenge based on a relevant theme so you'll have plenty of time to think about your creation..please be sure to join us!
I've been looking through the rest of the DT's work and I'm really going to have to keep on my toes!!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches DT call

I just noticed yesterday that there was a Dt call for Inspirational Card Sketches and I thought I'd give it a try!
I've used the "Orchid" stamp from my newly released A Passion for Stamps range and you can find the details in my sidebar.
I coloured it with Promarkers and used Glossy accents to highlight the stripe on the plant pot.
The papers are Core d'inations (Cuttlebugged) and Jesse Edwards Boutique. The beautiful turquoise flower and the pin were sent to me by Tara and the gems are from my stash.
I've used the Martha Stewart doily border punch on the corners of the image again as I love the lacy effect.

See you later with some great news!!.....

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Gentleman's Card

I've been doing some work for a very charming gentleman for a few weeks and when I realized it was his birthday tomorrow I knew just which card would "suit!" I had seen the tutorial for this card on Melz blog and if you have never visited her before you'll be amazed at what you find there!
I do realize that my card doesn't have the classy look that Mel achieved but I did my best!!
Next time I'll have to have the pinstripe paper to do it properly.
I do hope he likes it!

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Tara's card

This time Tara has made a beautiful card with my "Kitten at Wall" stamp fromA Passion for Stamps and isn't it just gorgeous?
I think the beauty is in the detail...the little paw prints in the flowers and the way she has stamped the ribbon etc.Poor Tara is not too well at the moment so it is a surprise that she was able to make this at all.
The card has now pride of place on my mantlepiece as she sent it to me ..

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Sketch Saturday DT Call

There is a DT call over on Sketch Saturday so I thought I'd give it a go. I follow their sketches almost every week and love the cards of the existing DT anyhow..
It's been a while since I really enjoyed making a card as much as this one!! I took the sketch to work and thought about it and drew it out at lunchtime.This is also how I actually drew the original sketch of the kitten! It came to life on my sketch pad over lunch at work,too...
I used the "Kitten at Wall" stamp from my newly released range A Passion for Stamps which you can find in the side bar but made a Christmas present in place of the "wall" and coloured it with Promarkers.
The papers are from the Kars X-mas collection and Jesse Edwards. I have added little bits of glitter paper to catch the light.
The corners of the background have been rounded with a Martha Stewart doily border punch and the grey card from the Paper Mill shop has been run through the Cuttlebug with a Swiss Dots folder.
That's it..I'm off to work now and have my pencil and paper at the ready for lunch time!!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

For Him

It seems like ages since I posted a card of my own! Things have been more hectic than usual with a family wedding,work,back to school for my sons etc. so I haven't even had time to make a card until now.
This one is for Sketch Saturday and also for Allsorts where this week's card is "something for the boys".
Well this time I've used the top half of my "Jonny" stamp from my Passion for Stamps range which you can find in the side bar.
The papers are Papermania/Jesse Edwards and I've used a Woodware leaf punch.

I thought the stamp was versatile enough to use either whole or just the top half...what do you think?

Monday, 7 September 2009

New Challenge

Georgia is starting a wonderful new challenge which will run once a month and she is looking for DT members.You have until Sept 15th to apply and can find all the details here.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Tara's card

Well this one just left me wondering if I should ever make another card.......isn't it gorgeous? This time Tara has used my "Morning Glory" stamp and made a better card with it than I ever could.
I'd never have thought of using black for the flower but it looks great - the petals look like velvet.
This looks great and I'm so chuffed at what she has come up with this time again!!
Those Nesties are fantastic,too and show off the image so well.

Erin's Card

I must apologize for the delay in posting this card. Sorry,Erin!
This week Erin has made a beautiful card for the ABC challenge using my "Jenny at the Beach" stamp.
She has done a wonderful job,the whole card is so bright and cheerful. Jenny has been coloured beautifully and the colours she has used are just gorgeous.I really love the yellow of the Martha Stewart punched paper on top of the turquoise.The flowers are scrummy,too.
Thanks again,Erin,you've done a great job,it's beautiful!

Winner of the stamps

Sorry this post is so late, but better late than never!
Without further ado, the winner of the free stamps is Kathleen.
So if you could please email me your address and which stamps you would like I'll post asap!
Sorry I can't stop to blog hop as I've had a manic few days and am trying to get my head back together! I hope to visit you all tomorrow,Ruth x