Saturday, 22 October 2011

Free for all!

On the Wee Memories blog, this week's challenge is a free for all ie choose your own inspiration. I was inspired by these papers from Funky Hands (a freebie) and some sentiment circles I have been designing on the PC. Here's my creation:

  • A5 white card blank - top hinged

  • Papers from Funky Hands

  • Sentiment designed by me on the PC and punched

  • Ribbon and bling from stash

  • Fiskars border punch
Here's a link to the challenge:

Friday, 21 October 2011

365 Cards - Day 234 Opposites Day!

Today's challenge is all about opposites - making a card that describes the opposite of ourselves. Of course, I am sophisticated and mature, so my card deign is simple and childlike (ha)!

  • A5 white card blank

  • October Afternoon paper

  • Bazzill Card

  • Paperchase stickers
Here's a link to the challenge:

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Just for fun...

Thought I'd have a go with a card just for fun. Been having a clearout and found a whole load of Dawn Bibby card stock and diecuts so had fun making a quick easel card:

Monday, 17 October 2011

Mojo Monday 211 Sketch

This is the first time I have tried this challenge blog but as I was completely lacking in inspiration, I wanted to follow a sketch:

The colour combination I chose was due to an element that I didn't end up using but I really like what evolved and will use the colours again. Here's the card:

  • A5 card (fold at the top) in pale cream

  • Papers from Basic Grey and HOTP - from scraps box

  • Ribbon from stash - wide brown ribbed

  • Chipboard from Sassafras

  • Brads and Blooms from stash

  • Greeting stamp from Studio G

Here's a link to the challenge blog:

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Pastels & Lace

I really enjoyed making this card, which had the theme of "pastels and lace". I had some vintage lace from a pile of ribbon my mum gave me and layered it up with Basic Grey papers and some glitter stickers.

  • Bazzil Cream card blank, 6 x 6"

  • Basic Grey papers

  • Vintage lace

  • Papermania stamp

  • Dewdrop ink

  • Pack of glittery flower stickers from Back in Time

Winter Wonderland Robin Challenge

This week's challenge is to use a robin redbreast somewhere on the card so I dug out the papers I used earlier in the week:

  • Kraft 6 x 6" blank

  • Papers and Chipboard from My Mind's Eye

  • Ribbon and blooms from stash
Here's the link to the challenge:

Saturday, 15 October 2011

"Sophisticated" Design

What does "Sophisticated" look like? That's the challenge on the 365 card blog today. Here's my take using the lovely sophisticated Amy Butler bag 3D stickers from Making Memories:

  • A5 white textured card (top folded)

  • Amy Butler Bag & papers

  • Olive Bazzill textured card stock

  • Bling from stash
Here's the link to the challenge:

Friday, 14 October 2011

Ab Fab

The challenge to day is to use the word "Fabulous" as part of the sentiment:

  • Green Bazzil 6 x 6" card

  • Papers from stash and Kirstly Wiseman

  • Rub on from American Crafts

  • Die cut from Cricut Create a Critter

  • Digital Image from Kirsty Wiseman

  • Bling from stash
Here's the link to the challenge:

Ribbon Font!!

One of my daily blog visits is to "How About Orange?" and today she has a link to a fab font that resembles ribbon!

Go and download it here (apparently you name your own price!):

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

U is for "Unused Stash"...

...and goodness knows I have a bit of that! This is the challenge on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog. Here's what I started with - some freebies from My Mind's Eye courtesy of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine:

And here is the result:

  • Bazzill 6 x 6" card in brown

  • Brown & Teal Ribbon from stash

  • Papers & chipboard from MME

  • Woodware punch

  • Bling from stash

  • Cats Eye Chalk Ink

Here's a link to the challenge:

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Just a quick post to show another version of the challenge from yesterday in slighly different colourways:

  • Glitter card blank

  • Pink/Siver background paper and green papers from scrap box

  • Anna Griffin ribbon

  • Star bling

Monday, 10 October 2011

365 Card Challenges - Day 223

Day 223 was a sketch and I decided to hit the scrap box for this one.

Here's the result.

  • Glitter Card Blank

  • Paper from Doodlebug & Kirsty Wiseman

  • Anna Griffin Ribbon

  • Rhinestone stars

Here's the link to the challenge:

Sunday, 9 October 2011

The Ribbon Reel Challenge #12

Lovely Autumn inspiration over at the Ribbon Reel Challenge blog and the theme was "Orange/Neutrals/Flowers". Really enjoyed making this one:

  • Square card base (top fold)

  • Papers from Prima and stash

  • Orange Bazzill card

  • Punch from Fiskars

  • Rub on greeting from Love Elsie

  • Ribbon from stash

  • Blooms from stash

  • Brad from Sassafras

  • Shapes cut from Create a Critter cart on the Cricut

Here's the link to the challenge:

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Daring Cardmakers Challenge

The challenge over at Daring Cardmakers this week is to be inspired by this month's flower, calendular or cosmos. Here's my take:

I don't normally use yellow so this was a change for me:

  • Pale lemon card blank

  • Laura Ashley ribbon stickers

  • Various blooms and bling from stash

  • Sentiment stamp punched and layered

Here's the link in case you want to have a go too:

Friday, 7 October 2011

Cute Bag Alert...

I'm not a big sewer, but I am a big hoarder of material. I think I've found the perfect (easy sew) pattern to show off some of my stash:

Rae does lots of other patterns and her blog is full of inspiration. Here's the link to get the pattern, which is only $8:

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Dusting off the BIA

My poor BIA thinks I've disowned it. Not likely, but I did lose all my wires for 8 months during the move. However, now rediscovered, I have put them to good use with some lovely flocked paper, but I can't for the life of me remember where it's from!

Size A5, will be used for some pics of the house renovations I think.

Monday, 3 October 2011

And another one...

I enjoyed the layer challenge the other day and as I had yet more die cuts, I used them to create another simple Thank You card. Hoping to have a pile ready in time for Christmas!

  • Paper from Basic Grey

  • Brad from Sassafras

  • Stamp from Dovecraft

  • Flower petals from Craft Robo template

Saturday, 1 October 2011

365 Cards - Day 215 - Lovely Layers

The challenge today on 365 cards was to include 5 layers on your card. I over did it a bit with 6 and managed to use some flower shapes I cut out ages ago on my Craft Robo.

  • White A5 card base

  • Papers from Basci Grey

  • Brad from Sassafras

  • Papermania stamped greeting

  • Yellow flowers cut from CraftRobo file and inked

Here's the link for the challenge:

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Why don't my scraps look like this?

Kirsty Wiseman has done it again and made a fab scrap page out of scraps! I can barely manage a card, but she has pulled off a lovely scrapbook page and a card.

Go and see her genius for yourself here:

Friday, 9 September 2011

365 Cards Challenge - Day 193 - Geography

The challenge on day 193 was to make some cards inspired by a holiday destination. I've chosen the Botanic Gardens in Wales, hence the flower inspiration. Why stop at one card when you can have 3:

  • Bazzill Card

  • Ribbon from stash

  • Die cut flowers from old QVC kit

  • Giant brads from Papermania

  • Chipboard from Autumn Leaves

  • Bling from stash

  • Stamped sentiments (Papermania I think)
Here's the link to the challenge:

Saturday, 3 September 2011

365 Cards Challenge - Day 187 - Past/Present/Future

When today's challenge was to use the following...

  1. Pick an item/technique/tool from the past that you haven't used in a while

  2. Use your favorite color at present

  3. Use a theme that is relevant in your life in the near future (a holiday or upcoming event)
... I struggled a bit, but eventually came up with:

  1. Making Memories transfer roller thingy - used for the flower stalks

  2. Green is rocking my world at the mo

  3. Theme is gardening as I am spending time trying to sort out the garden

Very simple this one:

  • Paper from scraps box

  • Scalloped and plain circle punches from Woodware

  • Bling from stash

  • MM transfer runner
Here's a link to the challenge:

Friday, 19 August 2011

Love is in the air...

We are going to a wedding of one of my best friends tomorrow and I can't wait to see how the menu's, favours and name cards that I made turned out. The invites went out a while ago and I can't say that I am sad to see the back of these little blighters:

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

I {heart} retro cars - Freebie image alert

These images from The Hamndmade home are as cute as can be and a real help for man-cards, which I always find hard.

Love the Orange one in the middle. Here's the link if you want to download a copy:

Friday, 10 June 2011

Another Home Tweet Home card from me...

Lovely Paperchase stickers and die cuts from the Create a Critter Cricut cart (say that 4 times quickly!).

Saturday, 9 April 2011

There is something about Kraft...

...that I just enjoy! Not sure if it is the simplicity of the colour, the slight grungyness of an imperfect finish or just the contrast that it has with some colours. This card makes me smile - used up some scraps I had in my scrap box and various round punches. Edges sanded with nail files from Poundland and buttons from my button box. Simple and effective.

Friday, 8 April 2011


I love the ease of using my Cricut, but every now and then I will dig out the CraftRobo to have a go at welding words. Here's the result on a Thank You card - very, very simple and using up one of my Basic Grey 6 x 6 pads:

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

UKS Card Swap - March

The UKS card swap for March was all about florals, so here is one of the card versions I came up with: Digital image is from Kirsty Wiseman as are the polkadot papers. Gems and ribbon from stash, flower stickers from Tesco, I think!

Monday, 21 March 2011

Boy Cards

You'd think growing up with three brothers and having a little boy that I wouldn't have a problem putting boy cards together - not so! I find it very hard to find inspiration and usually rely on a paper design to help me out.

With a few boy borthdays coming up, I dug out some lovely spotty paper and bright bazzill card and came up with these:

I'm sure they will hit the spot - just need to find some large suare envelopes to fit them now!

Papers and greeting from Kirsty Wiseman CD printables.

Kirsty Wiseman's Buglets

I love Kirsty Wiseman's designs and she has just released a series of digi stamps called "Buglets" here:

My favourite is the Geek Bug - I was a bit of a geek at school! I've enjoys playing with these and using Promarkers to do a bit of colouring in too.

Late Christmas Card Design!

UKS has some great swaps and in November last year, I took part in a card swap. Make 5 cards the same, send them to the host and get 5 different ones back from other designers.

Here's my design using old Blitzen Basic Grey papers, buttons and stash: