Saturday 31 October 2009

Crafty Calendar Challenges DT card..November

It's time for the 2nd Crafty Calendar Challenge already.Thanks so much to all who took part in last month's challenge,we hope you will become regulars.
This month's theme is "weather" with the added option of using pearls and is sponsored by Nikki at Bunny Zoes Crafts.
The DT members have come up with a wonderful array of "pearly" cards so nip over and check them out.
For my card this month I've tried something different for designer paper!
The main focus of the card is the little robin which I drew myself and coloured with my trusty Promarkers.
I've just discovered ArtDeco Snow Writer and can't get enough of it! I've also added glossy accents over red glitter on the berries and in real life it's great.
The card itself is made from Petit Scallop circles Nestabilities with a little bow of Celebrations red gingham ribbon at the top.

I'm looking forward to all your lovely entries this month again! Ruth

Basic Grey Guest DT card

Well,they do say that all good things have to come to an end some time.I really enjoyed my month as Guest designer for the Basic Grey Challenges.Thanks very much to Martine for the opportunity and also to all the other DT members for welcoming me on board.I must say that not only is Martine a very talented card maker but a very helpful and willing friend.Thanks very much,Martine, for's much appreciated.I'll be back to join in the challenges anyhow.
I made the card a couple of weeks ago when I had some free time to spend just looking and thinking about it and I really enjoyed making this one.It's not often that I'm entirely happy with the end result but I don't keep looking at this one thinking I should change anything.
This easel shape is so easy to make and looks great that I'm sure I'll make more,too.
The challenge was based on a beautiful inspirational photo chosen by my lovely friend Tara so I really DID have to try hard!!
Okay....onto the card!

I used the "Jenny in Bed" stamp from my own collection A Passion for Stamps. For those of you who are on your first visit,it's one of my own drawings in stamp form which you can buy by emailing me at

The papers are Basic Grey/Perhaps,Red Riding Hood and Sultry,Classy which I've used with white Romance from the Paper Co.
The punches used are Dovecraft heart border,Woodware buttonhole,Xcut flower and alphabet feom Banana Book shop.
The beautiful flocked star was in some candy from Kelly .

Gosh, that was a long post but I'm off now to do some blog hopping before clearing up the week's ironing.....

Wednesday 28 October 2009

For a gardener

I'm having a really hectic time at the moment,working late,rushing out again and generally running round like a headless chicken...but I just couldn't resist the great sketch provided by the lovely Claudia for Friday Sketchers
My card is made with papers from My Minds Eye and I drew the garden images a while ago for another card and saved them.
The Xcut impress fence punch which I used left a great little cut out which I made into a garden rake by adding a cocktail stick as a handle. This was a good chance,too to use my Carl Craft grass punch on the corners of the image.I added a little raffia for texture and a couple of Woodware punch leaves.
There is a drop of Inkssentials glossy accents on the watering can to look like water,too.

Friday 23 October 2009

Colour Create

This must have been one of the quickest cards I've made for a long time!It's for this week's Colour Create challenge where the card has to be all white except for the image which can be coloured.
To compensate for the lack of colour I decided to make the front a little different and made a box card,cutting the "window" out with a Nesties scallop shape.
I drew the roses and coloured them as brightly as possible!
The rest is pretty straightforward - Woodware flower and leaf punches with some ribbon and pearls.
I love the shape of the card and I'm sure I'll be making more of these.....

Thursday 22 October 2009

Christine's card

This is Christine's 2nd DT card and I'm sure you'll agree it's a beauty! The red flower contrasts beautifully with the black and white background.I really love those Nesties..
This stamp has proved to be my most popular and can be used in so many different ways.Do have a look in the sidebar for details,Ruth

Saturday 17 October 2009

Double Challenge card

Back again!
Last night my 15 year old son took one of my cards made with this stamp to a girl's birthday party and both sons have had texts from her today saying how much she loved it so I thought I'd give it another whirl today!!
There's a great sketch to follow over at Stamp with Fun ( I made a card for their DT post ,too but I see lots of beautiful entries)and I've added the BLING required for Stamp Something
I've used "Bunny Bathtime" from my own stamp range.. A Passion for Stamps
The beautiful striped paper is DCWV/Rose Tinted Christmas and the pink paper has been run through the Cuttlebug with a D'vine Swirls folder.
The ribbon is Colour Collection,gems from Jewellery seal,flowers Xcut and woodware punches and the photo corner is DCWV Alphabet.
I've added extra bling by using glitter on the bubbles.

Friday 16 October 2009

Basic Grey Guest design team challenge card

I've had a strange kind of week at work..I've met some really lovely people and some not so lovely and I'm really glad it's the weekend. Not to mention the fact that I took time off to visit the dentist only to find that she was off work and no one told me.It's the third time it's happened and on the only occasion that I was late for an appointment I had to pay a fine before I could make another appointment.No justice,is there?
Well ,here I am back with my second card for the Basic Grey challenge as a guest designer. This time we had a colour combo to work,green and blue.
I've used mainly red and green with the edges of the image shaded in blue and there's also a little blue in the DP.
The paper is,of course,Basic Grey and is from the Boxer range.I've teamed it with plain green which I got from the PaperMill
The image is "Morning Glory" and is from my own stamp range A Passion for Stamps which you can see in the sidebar.
I think the gorgeous gingham ribbon adds a cottagey feel to the card.

Saturday 10 October 2009

Stamp Something Challenge

I noticed this morning that the theme for Stamp Something was "brown and something" and thought I would make a card to suit as the prize is....Copics! Now,I've never used Copics but am more than willing to have a go!
I drew these little puppies earlier on in the week and decided to use red along with the brown to compliment their fur colour.I hope it works?
What I've used..
Papers........... from Docraft swap
Stamp............ my own drawing
Border punch..... Dovecraft hearts
Flowers.......... Xcut and Woodware punches

Sketch Saturday

Saturday again!! I do enjoy looking for the new sketch each week over at Sketch Saturday and I decided to use this week's for a Christmas card.
I drew the little robin and coloured him with Promarkers,I've also added a little glitter to the berries but it's not showing up on the pic.
The papers were sent to me last year by Tara so I'm not sure what they are(beautiful aren't they?)
The big flower is from an Anita's sticker sheet and really shines!

I just thought I'd share a pic which I took today of my passionflowers which are still blooming at the bottom of the garden.

Thursday 8 October 2009

New DT Member!!!

Good evening! I'm really delighted to tell you that Christine has agreed to be on my Design team.I've been a follower of her blog for a while and couldn't help but notice that her cards just get better and better! She has her own unique style but a great range of techniques so I decided to ask her aboard A Passion for Stamps.
Her 1st DT card is fantastic,using my "kitten at wall" stamp and monochrome colours.I'm really impressed by the colouring!
I'm sure this is the 1st of many great cards!!

Tara's Card

Tara has created another gem of a card this week,this time using two stamps from A Passion for Stamps ...."Jonny" and "Andrea".
I love the way she has used the top of the two stamps and the beautiful ticket sentiment.
Seeing this card just makes me so happy to have Tara on my Design Team.

I have another new DT member to introduce to you soon,so keep an eye on the blog for more fantastic cards!!

Saturday 3 October 2009

Guest DT card for Basic Grey!!!

I'm really chuffed to be joining the wonderful DT of Basic Grey Challenges as a guest designer for the month of October! That means that I'll be making 3 cards for them!!
The first follows the super sketch by Martine and I used it to make a Wedding Anniversary card for my brother to give to his wife.
I've used gorgeous pink and lime Basic Grey (!) paper teamed up with pink DP from Papermania's Blueberry Hill.
The image is "Orchid" from my own range A Passion for Stamps (found in the sidebar) and is coloured with Promarkers.I know I always use Promarkers but I really love them and the different shades you can get by shading.
I got a new Cuttlebug embossing folder and as it has hearts on it, I just had to use it for this one.
I've also used my Dovecraft heart border punch along the bottom of the computer generated sentiment and added some flat backed pearls.
The two little X's at the top are actually made with a miniature alphabet punch set which I bought ages ago in Banana Bookshop.
Well,that's one down and two to go!!
I feel like starting the next card now!!
See you soon,Ruth

Friday 2 October 2009

Mojo Monday

Have you ever made a card in a rush and didn't even know how it would look in the end? Well, this one was a tall order at the last minute!
The card was for a 90 year old man who has spent most of his life in,here it is. The photo was taken as the card was about to be written and taken away so please don't even think about zooming in as it's even more blurry then!
Anyhow,it was great to have a sketch to work to. I followed Mojo Monday's layout and used some Basic Grey papers very kindly sent to me by Martine. I was asked (or rather,told) to draw a lion on the card and this was my best attempt at it in the time given(my excuse anyhow!) so the papers were just fantastic with it. I kept it quite simple as I usualy do with a man's card and just hope it makes someone smile when they see it.

First DT card for Crafty Calendar Challenges!!

Well, this is my first DT card for Crafty Calendar Challenges and I'm very happy to be a part of the action!
This new challenge starts today and runs on the 1st Friday of each month with a new challenge based on the month's theme. This month's theme is "Autumn" with the optional extra of adding vegetation or plants.
As it is my Mum's birthday I thought I'd make the DT card for this event!
I hand cut the letter templates on papers from My Mind's Eye..(they are just fantastic for Autumn) and popped them up on foam pads.

The stamp is from my own range A Passion for Stamps and is called "Kitten at wall" but actually he can be "kitten at 'anything you like!'

The colouring is done with Promarkers and I've used various Woodware punches for Flowers,leaves butterflies etc. The fronds were sent to me by Tara and I didn't really want to part with them but the card IS for my mum!
I'm also entering this card for the Allsorts and Crafty Creations challenges as it fits in with their "Autumn Days" and "Autumn leaves" themes this week,too.
Please do join us at Crafty Calendar Challenges as we'd love to see your creations!