Thursday, 30 April 2009

Leaf it up to me!

I started with a card from the DCWV Sweet mat stack. I layered this on matching brown card and used a light green card as the base. Then glittered the decoration at the bottom and added gems to the centre of the flowers. I then took another sheet from the same stack and scalloped the bottom edge and matted with the same brown card as before. Next I added the sentiment and the two dragonfly friends.

What the heck?

Yes! That's what I thought when I saw the challenge over at 365 Cards! The task was to include "What" either on or inside your card. I really had to think about this one. Initially I was think of a Piratey them with "What! No Rum! Walk the Plank!" or something like that, and I started and it just looked a little bit silly!

So then I had another think about it! This is what I came up with!

I started with a DCWV paper and added a sticker which I first raised on 3D foam. Next I added a flat sticker and stuck the large glittery W (also DCWV) on top of this and then continued with smaller letters around the flow of the curl on the paper. To match the glittery W I finally added glitter on each of the small letters too.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

I got love in my tummy!

To celebrate over 100 followers Tammy has some amazing candy to give away, so make sure you go and check out her stash and inspirational creations! I am feeling the blog love today!

Missing my sleep!

So I was up at the crack of dawn today to the sound of the kittens doing the derby up and down the corridor! Now they have a collar with a bell it really is a bit of a racket when they are in full pelt! On the plus side I managed to get todays 365 Cards challenge done before heading off to work!

I started with a sheet from a DCWV matstack which I layered with silver card. I then selected a matt silver card to add 3 heart peel-offs with frames onto. Next I put another 3 hearts onto silver mirror card and cut around them leaving a border. These were then raised on the original hearts with 3D foam. I then added silver ribbon (the last that I have left!) with the sentiment: Miss You, with a heart button to the right

Although, because it is so early the light is a little bit funky in the photo! When I get home tonight I will get a better shot!

Just so you can see the terrible twosome, I have added pics of Tango and Pumpkin, on the right. They are now around 10 months old and will soon be too big to be called kittens!

Monday, 27 April 2009

Something Fishy!

I was tempted to do a fish card when the challenge was a clear card, but I'm glad I didn't as I got to do it today anyway!

I started with a piece of acetate, then added the holographic blue card on the inside of the last page, then I added a ripped piece of DCWV sand paper. I then ripped the other way on another piece for the front of the card.

I then went a bit crazy and started adding fish, squid, seaweed, shells and starfish all over the place! A very fun card to make!

Sweetie Pie!

Debbie has generously offered some sweet blog candy for her birthday, so make sure you check out her blog for some inspiration and a chance to win!

Bloggy generous!

Yes, there really is some fabulously generous people out there and if you would like to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous Blog Candy, take a visit to Jeanette's blog, and be inspired!

I want candy!

I am candy crazy today! Some fabulous pink goodies over on Caroline's blog but be quick, as you only have until 8pm tonight!


To celebrate having over 200 followers Tonya has some great Blog Candy to give away, so get over there quick to be in with a chance to win and be inspired by some lovely creations!

Sunday, 26 April 2009

New Beginning!

While browsing some other wonderfully creative blogs I also discovered this Challenge Blog: Mojo Monday!

With a sketchy challenge, this is what I came up with! I know I didn't tilt the top mat, but can I blame that on my Virgoan nature?

Pit Stop!

I found another great challenege blog Papertake Weekly, yes, you've guessed it I have had a couple of extra hours to myself today (Simon's watching the Grand Prix!).

The challenge was to follow the above sketch, which was a joy to do! I made a slightly smaller than average card so the dimensions are a little off, but I think it looks cuter that way! In the kittens are cuter than cats and children are cuter than grown-ups kind of way!

You can't quite see it but I have glittered the decorations on the gifts and the white mat is a DCWV super glittery mat too.

Cakey Goodness

The challenge of the week over at Cupcake Craft Challenges was to create a card based on the above sketch. I am still very new to stamping and have to have quite a few trys before I get it right, so I am very pleased with my little creation.

The stamp I used was by Whispers and the papers and letters are DCWV.

Sketch Matey!

It's Super Sketchy time over at 365 cards today! As soon as I saw the diamond I knew I was going to use my Sandy Lion Pirate papers!

I started with a burgundy base and cut down some coin paper to peep out from under the base paper. I then cut some more dubloons for the first diamond, then followed the rope around the Jolly Roger for the central image and raised this with 3D foam. Lastly I added gold brads and the sticker. With the message inside this reads Booty..........for the Birthday Boy!

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Hungry for Candy

There is some fabulous blog candy over at This and That as a celebration for over 5,000 hits, and all since January!

Maybe I should think about setting a goal, hmmmm.....

Picture This!

I am guessing most people will say, "what has that card got to do with that picture?". Well, I will tell you, when I first saw the photo I wa staken by the lusciousness of the flower, so I went in search of red floral epoxy stickers, which I don't have! So then I took another look at the photo and was marvelling at the tropicality of it, so I combined the two and took tropical juiciness as my inspiration!

So you can tell I struggled with this one!

Get fruity!

I am playing catch up this week on 365 cards and I have been lucky enough to see lots of everybody elses fab creations before I have done mine. There were some really great pear ones, but I don't have any pear designs, so I went with citrus fruits!

The paper is DCWV and I cut the larger fruits out of a different page and glittered them, so that they look juicier! They are layered at 3 different heights using 3d foam and the sentiment inside says: You're the Zest!


The challenge was to recycle something in honour of Earth Day, this couldn't be scraps of other crafting materials but something that really would go in the bin!

After eating a Marks & Spencer Tea Cake I flattened the foil out and cut out the shape of pair of undies to match with a basque peel-off I had used over purple glittered paper on the inside of an aperture card. I then used a pair of shoe peel-offs on the foil and cut this out and stuck them on the inside of the card.

To finish the outside I added a matching ribbon, sentiment and coat hanger. I was going to include a message on the inside and then thought a very personal message might be more appropriate!

Princess Bex

Tuesday's Trio at 365 Cards was a brad, blossom and circle. I really wanted to keep using my new dress peel-offs so I created a birthday card for a little princess. It could also be due to the fact that I have been looking almost non-stop at Disney World brochures for the past few weeks! Yes, we finally booked 3 weeks in Orlando!

The circle was the pink gem in the crown, the brads are framing the acrylic princess ribbon slide and the blossoms are on the dress.

Yum Yum

It's blog candy time! If you fancy winning a whole bunch of fabulous goodies, pop over to see Debbie, while you're there have a look at some of her wonderful creations and be inspired!

See through Saturday

The challenge was to use acetate as the base of the card, over on 365 cards today. I normally only do this at Christmas (with a snowman inside and snow on the acetate on the outside) but as I got these fabulous new dress peel-off stickers in the post today (what a bargain!) I had to use them straight away.

I started by cutting the acetate down and adding a square of American crafts rose paper on the inside. To cover the double sided tape I created the mat and stuck this to the last side (rear) of the card. I then stuck the peel-off onto the metallic card that came with the above kit and cut it out. Next I added a small peel-off rose onto the matching silver card, cut this out and raised it with 3D foam over the rose on the dress. This is on the front of the card, as is the sentiment which I added last of all.

I really like these new dress designs and you can see how I have used another one here and here.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Double the fun!

So I was thinking about the 365 cards challenge card I had put together this morning, and I suddenly realised what I could do with a big juicy pair of lips if I did it all over again, so instead of sticking with my usual style I pulled out some black card and did something a bit different for me!

The letters are white glittered DCWV stickers, the paper is from the Rockstar Range, also DCWV and I freestyle cut the lips out of the matching white glittered matstack.

Yes, I know I should be catching up on the cards I have missed this week, but this challenge really was very fun!

I love awards!

Yay! I received another award from lovely Fi! If you are need of some inspiration, hop on over to her blog for some very creative stuff! This one is especially fab as it is pink and matches my blog!

The rules for the award:
The winner may put the logo onto their blog.
Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
Nominate 10 blogs.
Put links to their blogs.
Leave a message for the nominees.

Lots of links to fabulous blogs coming soon!

Hey! Who's Counting?

Okay, so this is very un-virgo like of me to publish a card in the incorrect order! Yes, I almost wanted to wait until I have finished the ones I am missing before I posted, and then I realised, hey, who's counting?

Plus I had a very good excuse to be behind this week: dental treatment! Although saying that, the appointment was fine and I have had no pain since, just another 2 appointments to worry about now!

So I used the basic 'recipe' over at 365 Cards:
5x5 card (solid colored card stock - may be smooth or textured)
4x4 patterned paper (you may alter the edges if you'd like)
1 shape (circle, square, star, heart, etc.) - must be solid color
3 jewels
alpha stickers

The 3 jewels are the dot over the I, the blue butterfly and the pink flower, the paper is American Crafts and the sentiment is foam letters. I think it also needed pink letters to fully set it off, but after scrambling through my alphabet tray I didn't have any.

Ooooh! Talking of alphabets, I got a set of Paper Mania alphabet stamps yesterday so hopefully after work today I can have a play with them on some of those challenges I've missed!

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Just what I needed!

Well I am very thankful to 2 lovely ladies today for sending me these awards, they are just what I needed to cheer me up on the day I have to go back to the dentist for a root canal treatment!

First, a big thanks to Audrey for this Lemonade Stand Award. She is an amazing lady who has lots of fabulous creations on her blog, which inspires me often. This award is for being a blogger who shows great attitude and gratitude, so thanks again Audrey!

To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award:

- Comment on this blog. - Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog. - Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude. - Link to your nominees within your blog post. - Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award. - Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

I would like to nominate the following awesome bloggers for this award:







Then to top this off I received an award from Kristie who is on the design team over at 365 Cards and shares her creativity and generous nature with everyone, so thanks for the inspiration and award Kristie!

The Karma Award: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.

Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I would like to pass this award onto:









How to choose was so tricky as everyone I have 'met' so far on my new adventure has been amazingly friendly! Plus so many of you are so creative and wonderful that you have these awards multiple times over!

Monday, 20 April 2009

365 Cards: Day 50

Super Sketchy Sunday

I love sketches! Especially those over at 365 Cards!Although the flower looks 3d it is actually a flat holographic sticker with a polished gem in the centre.

I cheated a little here because I don't have a die-cutting system (yet!) so I used a rounded rectangle instead.........and lets pretend that I didn't swap around the swirls too, they're a great bunch over there, I'm sure they won't mind!

Wow I can't believe it has been 50 days, it has been really great fun and I have got to see so many fabulous creations from other crafty people out there in blogsville, so thank you!

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge 5

Following Michele's sketch over at Truly Scrumptious Challenges the task was to create a card for a child. For this one I made a card for a teenager and so I needed something a bit funky. I used a variety of American Crafts, The Goods papers and stamped in black. Finally I added the removable badge using 3D foam.

365 Cards: Day 49

Accordian Card

I am just about all caught up now on 365 Cards and today (or yesterday) the challenge was to create an accordian card.

I used a green base and added strips from a 12x12 DCWV paper, then split a sticker into 3 parts so that it would match up on the front. I added a DCWV matching chipboard to the first 'page' which overlapped to the second, with 2 flower gems added in the 'hidden' part of the card.

Finally I used 2 more strips from the paper to contain the card which slide on and off.

365 Cards: Day 48

Score a pattern

The challenge of the day was to score a pattern on your card. I started by making diagonal lines with the plan on using the American Craft diagonal striped paper. However it just looked a bit samey, so I made it into cross hatching and added gem flowers (as if on a trellis). I then added floral paper and over laid the sentiment using double height 3D foam.

365 Cards: Day 47

Pop-Up Card

I was expecting to be at this one for a while but it was suprisingly easy to make. I first cut 2 lines at right angles to the centre fold to create the structure for the pop-out section. I then covered this gap with DCWV paper on both sides of the card and added matching glittered stickers to the front. Plus I scalloped the edge using a round corner punch (told you I would be using that quite often now I know how to do it!)

On the inside I mounted the centre of a flower behind the petals using 3D foam. I added ribbon at the base to cover the back of the structure and then over this I laid the same paper as on the front of the card. Then I mounted the 2 layered flower on the structure which pops up when opened.

I think I will definitely be making more of these and when I have more time I would really like to try the style that Amy made, as it looks fab!

365 Cards: Day 46

Matchbook Card: So I was very literal and made a card the size of a matchbook!

I used American Crafts double sided card for this one and scored this using my trimmer (it's a Rexel Smart Cut A425). I added the acrylic sentiment on the bottom part of the card so that it would be visible on the inside as well as the outside. I accented the paper with flower gems and on the inside added a pink flower peel-off with added blue glitter in the centre to match the sentiment.

365 Cards: Day 45

Tri-Fold Card

I discovered today that I can use my newly aquired round corner punch to create scallops! You may see them quite a lot on my next few cards because I think it looks lovely, and it is so easy to do! After scalloping the edges of the card I added a strip of American Craft paper in the centre and mounted a gold peel-off onto mirror card.

On the outside I added 3 matching tiny rose peel-offs and mounted a larger version on gold card and cut it out. I then added this to the ribbon using 3D foam

365 Cards: Day 44

Money Holder

The second task of Scor-it week was to make a money holder. I try not to give cash as a gift and if I REALLY don't know what to get someone then it will be a gift card. So I made this so that it would fit a gift card (pictured) or money.

I used double sided American Craft paper and added a peel-off sentiment on the reverse of the paper and mounted this on DCWV textured paper. I completed this masculine card with 2 blue buttons tied with string.

365 Cards: Day 43

So I am currently a week behind with 365 Cards and I am now back in gear and here is the first from Scor-it week!

I created a pocket using 3d foam and acetate, then backed it with Happy Birthday paper where the gift card can be inserted. The message inside reads: Especially today! Happy Birthday!