Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge #28

EDITED: My card was selected as a runner-up for this challenge! Such a wonderful surprise. Woo Hoo!! Will keep you posted on what I have won!
Over on Cuttlebug_Be_Inspired the challenge is to make a Home Sweet Home project.
As soon as I saw all the lovely examples, I just had to make the house card. It will be perfect for my niece who has just recently moved house.
I followed the instructions provided by Cassie Larson.

Using the Cuttlebug, I first embossed the 'house' section the cuttlebug using Swiss Dots, then the 'roof' using Tiny Bubbles. The bottom part of the roof section is raised using sticky dots, so that it slips over the 'awning'. Using my nestabilities, I cut out two windows and a door. Door & windows were attached using sticky dots. a stick-on 'congratulations' sentiment was placed on inside panel.

Hand punched flowers and handcut pots finish off my 'house' and turn it into a 'home'.

I am very pleased with how my little experiment turned out. I can't wait to give this one to my niece.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge #1

I came across a brand new blog during the week. The Just_Magnolia_Challenge Blog started off with it's first challenge - a sketch. The only condition is that it must have at least one magnolia image on it. Well, let me say that is all I needed to know. You most probably realise by now I have been well and truly smitten by Tilda.
When deciding what to do with this sketch, I was already lending towards doing it in soft tones - I like the way the watercolours are working for me. So I searched my stash and came across some lovely designer papers in soft muted tones.
I watercoloured Tilda, giving her a green top - there is green in the background paper, but I think I have covered it up - oops! paper flowers & bling (of course!) were applied, ric rac across the top and the final touch of a very fine border using Gold Gel Pen around the stamped image & sentiment.
I could not resist adding just a touch of kindy glitz on the wings! edited: better quality photos were added

Creative Inspirations - Seeing Double

Over on Creative_Inspirations the current card challenge them is 'seeing double'
I had to have a think for a while, but eventually came up with something. I hope this qualifies!
I heat embossed two different size Pointsettia stamps twice on red cardstock (one set for the large flower, 3 sets for the smaller flower). I then cut out flowers and layered them using sticky dots. Flowers were placed on green cardstock and a strip of patterened paper placed across bottom half. Bling was added to flowers, and 'left over bits' of stickers were placed on corners. No kindy glitz on this one LOL

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cuttlebug Spot Challenge #27 - take the cake

Over on Cuttlebug_Spot_Challenge_#27 the challenge is to make up a card using your cuttlebug using the theme of cakes - I can feel the weight piling on just looking at those cakes!
I made up my card using the happy birthday embossing folder. Magnolia Tilda was watercoloured, highlighted with kindy glitz, and raised up using mounting tape. Sentiment from Inkadinkado cupcake selection, stickers were added to corners.
I am enjoying my experiments with watercolour pencils and using the Magnolia images - they lend themselves to be coloured in this way.

I like the clean look of this card and think I will keep this one in reserve for an upcoming birthday for a girlfriend.

Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge #27 - numbers

over on cuttlebug_Be Inspired challenge_#27 the theme is numbers
I used the numbers cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss background, enhanced with chalk. Layered CB background on dark blue cardstock, then placed on light blue card. I then stamped the image of candles on white cardstock and printed words on computer and layered candle image & words on dark blue cardstock. Candles & wording were mounted on front of card using sticky dots to raise them off the surface. Kindy glitz was used to highlight borders of dark blue cardstock.

I came across a lovely saying about birthdays and I have just been waiting for an opportunity to use it. I thought it was perfect for this card.

Cuttlebug Spot Challenge #26 - shape it

This week over on Cuttlebug_Spot_Challenge the challenge is to make a card that is not a square or rectangle. Should be easy right? ....
this one was a challenge for me - but once I hit on an idea, it came together fine.
Influenced by a metronome, I made a card for a musically minded person.
Cardstock was run through cuttlebug using swiss dots & allegro, then sanded to reveal inner core. Gold sticker guitar placed on acetate, then cut out and raised with sticky dots, other musical notes placed at random over card.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #33 - multiples & TECC61

The challenge this week over on House_Mouse is to make a card using multiples.
I have picked my favourite stamp for this one. Although, with only 2 house mouse stamps, I could just as easily say the other stamp is my favourite as well!
I stamped the image twice, coloured it in twice and then separately layered the candle, little mouse and the icing & mouse on top of the base image. Image was highlighted with kindy glitz and chalks. Image was then mounted on dark purple cadstock, handmade paper and bazzil were layered over soft purple background paper. Paper flowers highlighted with bling. Layout for this was from Taylored Expressions Card Challenge TECC61

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #7

In the Magnolia_Down_Under_Challenge#7 the challenge was to make a card in sepia tones using a magnolia image.
I have been watching this blog for quite some time and since I had finally got access to some magnolia images, I decided it was time for me to take part in one of the challenges.
At first I thought I had made life difficult for myself and has chosen a hard one to start with, but as I sorted through my stash of papers, I came across just the right tonings I wanted.
I watercoloured the image, and then highlighted a few select spots with chalks - I think I have made the top just a bit too bright for a true sepia toning, but am still happy with the way my card turned out. Of course, it would not be a CrafteeCC card without any bling - I have put just the tiniest bit of bling (kindy glitz) on the wings ;) and added gold sticker sentiment and on corners.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired # 26

here is a card for the cuttlebug_challenge_26 a great be inspired challenge using cuttlebug, vellum & easter - it certainly inspired me!
I don't normally make Easter cards, but thought this might be a good one to try. I liked it so much, I gave to my BIL & SIL.
white textured card was corner punched, gold/pearl vellum was interlaced into corners. Easter eggs were cut using cuttlebug with oval nestabilities, then bottom trimmed off to give a more egg shape. Eggs were then run through cuttlebug tiny bubbles & swiss dots folders. White ric-rac added, highlighted with pearls and bling flower added to centre egg. Gold glitter border added across top and bottom.

SheetLoad of cards - April Challenge

I came across a new challenge site, thanks to one of the members of the CraftMad forum. It is http://sheetload.blogspot.com/ where they provide a sketch, and let you know all the supplies that you will need to make a 'sheetload' of cards.
I thought I would give it a go. I am very impressed with the instructions provided (even though measurements are in inches ;-( )
I decided to make one card first, and stuck with the black, white & red colour scheme.
I already had a black card, so I adjusted the measurments of the other pieces to stay relatively true to the layout.
Black & white doubleside patterned paper was used, along with red cardstock which was run through cuttlebug using swiss dots folder. Stamped images & sentiment came from Inkadinkado Cupcake set, paper flowers were embellished with red bling. Cupcake image was coloured in with watercolours and highlighted with kindy glitz/stickles.
EDITED: here are the cards I made following the sheetload instructions. I decided to get an early start on my Christmas Card stash.
Did you spot the odd one out? I had to use a different paper for the last one - the patterend paper I originally chose was not quite big enough to provide 6 squares.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

House Mouse Challenge 32 - sweet

this week's house_mouse_challenge is for something sweet - how nice is that!
This was a fun one for me - I ended up doing a card that was simple and not too fussy.
White textured card was run through Cuttlebug using Swiss Dots folder. Black & white ribbon was attached across the middle with three brads each side. Oval shapes made using Cuttlebug and nesties. House Mouse image was coloured in with water-colours and highlighted with Kindyglitz/Stickles. Image was highlighted with gold border sticker, sentiment 'make a wish' from Hanna Stamps.

two birds with one stone

My inspiration for this card came from two challenges - Hanna_Stamps_Challenge_ 63 over on Splitcoast Stampers and TECC62
The HSC63 required us to use black, white & red and TECC62 supplied the layout
I used black & white double sided patterned paper, red paper, black cardstock, red flowers & bling, cupcake is from Inkadinkado, sentiment from Hanna Stamps, all placed on a Square white textured card. Cuttlebug was used with Nestabilities to cut squares. I haven't got round nesties yet, so I did the circles the old fashioned way - with a compass.
I will use this card for a friend's birthday, so the inspiration came at just the right time!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My First Pop-up Card

In October 2008 I received a pop-up card as part of a CraftMad swap. I had always wanted to make this type of card and my swap partner, Kerry, very kindly sent me the instructions to save me disassembling her card - LOL
It is my soccer mad nephew's 13th birthday today and I have been working on making my first pop-up card.
I played around with a few ideas during the week, but once I decided on which images to use, the card just fell into place. I made up a paper one at first, and with a little fine tuning on the cutting measurements, the card came together wonderfully!
A white textured card was used as a base, with green cardstock run through the cuttlebug with tiny bubbles folder for the 'lawn'. Images of the soccer balls were done with the computer and printed on white cardstock. Front image was layered on green 'lawn' cardstock and matted on black with corners punched. Stickers were used for number and sentiment. These lovely BIG words are available from Blue_Edge_Crafts
I think the front needs 'something' maybe I should put markings on the 'lawn' as a soccer field ??? what do you think?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Crafty Goings On - Blog Candy ends 10th April

I have to thank Merry for the heads up on this blog candy
WOW! what a great blog candy! I would so love to win! So many colours to chose from - how good would that be?
So here is my card that I will link to their Blog - it is a stamped image, hand coloured in
As Merry says - You got to be in it to win it. :-)
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