Friday, 31 July 2009

SAV #9: Xmas teddy gift bag

Since I've rediscovered my Sarah Kays again, I've been checking out the company blog (Stampavie) more (as I am loving all the new stamps they have coming out by new artists soon and am making my shopping lists LOL).

Anyway, they have a bi-weekly challenge (with secret prize) and this week's one looked too fun and easy that I had to play along. It's to make a gift bag using the template by Lauren M which is given to you on the challenge post here. I thought I'd make a start on some christmassy things (current weather sure makes it feel that bit closer!) and made this gift bag (with this uninked teddy that I didn't get a chance to use last year!)
I wanted some glitz so used some MME glitter cardstock for the bag itself and thought this pattern & colours would work for Christmas even though it's not a christmas paper. Then I just added the teddy image, some punched out snowflakes and some white pom pom trim to wrap around bag at top. Here's close up of teddy;

  • Images: teddy stamp is RAM Stampavie stamp from last year
  • Colouring: stamped onto cream cardstock with Memento ink and coloured with Copics
  • Card: MME 'laundry line' glittered pad
  • Tools: scorpal, rectangle nestie for the teddy, MS & xcut snowflake punches, corner rounder punch, SU label punch for the bag handle hole (didn't have a suitable oval punch so improvised with this and like the result!)
  • Others: white pom pom string (fom Tescos wrapping section last xmas)


Off to drool over some more new stash that landed today (got the CC designs limited Autumn kit and wow, do you get a lot! . .plus a few sheets of new Cosmo Cricket xmas paper may have flown over with it too :D).

Have a lovely weekend but do stop back tomorrow as I've got my Whiff of Joy Project of the month (yup, remembered to do one this month!)

Thursday, 30 July 2009

CCT Fruity: '1 in a melon'

CCT this week wants you to get fruity. So I've gone for a quickie ;) and made this very simple card with a corny message to go with . .

The melon is a magnolia stamp which I have masked and stamped twice. All the texts are rub -ons. Erhm, not much else to say about it really but I quite like it. If you want more inspiration for fruity themes go check out the rest of the DT's creations over on CCT.

Hope you all have a fruitful day :p

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

T&F ATC: Black & White Anya

Morning, time for ATC again. This week it's black & white so no colour besides black and shades of grey(and that includes for any skintone). So I thought black & white photo which made me think of this Anya stamp as she looks kinda retro to me :)
I used just shades of grey Copics (W's & C's as that's all I have at present). It looked really odd at first as I started with her grey face and she looked really ill LOL, but I kept going till the end and then it all made sense! For a bit of shimmer I added twinkling H2O to her glasses, feather boa and her outfit. The little flourishes around her are from an Inkadinkado set. Then I just matted it onto grey and white card. Really simple but I love how it turned out. Will have to make a card in these colours sometime.

Have a good day.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

SWF: Lil' bird. . & an award

Evening! What a dreary old day it's been here - where's our summer gone? If you have it, can you return it please as it feels like autumn already and I don't like it!

Anyway, onto my card for today. It was supposed to be for Simon's Says challenge as I liked the sketch and thought it was about time I played along to one . . but looks like I'm too late! Luckily have been saved by Stamp with Fun who want to see pearls and I have those on there - yeah!
My new Sarah Kay stamps finally arrived last week and I inked this one up first as I wanted to use my bargain MS birdie border punch - isn't it cute?! I originally had this on preorder with Hobbyhouse when it was first released but then their deliveries got held up so I cancelled and ordered something else. Then the other week I happened to be browsing - like you do! - and saw they had it on special offer for £10.49 (only for that weekend) so I had to get it - I was obviously meant to have it!

The flower was made from a template I found (Dovecraft one) amongst my stash so I thought I'd actually use it - Love the 3d-ness of it but know why I won't be using it too often - too fiddly! Here's a side shot of it so you can see the dimension and also how I used that cute bird border punch again on the inside

  • Image: 'how sweet are you' Sarah Kay Stampavie stamp. Flourish around edge from Autumn Leaves Stampology stamp set 'on the edge' Sentiment is one of those 99p studio g wooden stamps (it had a little bird on it but I just inked the text)
  • Colouring: stamped with Memento ink & coloured with Copics (I obviously colour too many people images as my E000 is on it's last leg and I had to order refill)
  • DP: MME 'Bloom & Grow' & green & brown cardstock to match
  • Tools: EK and MS border punches, EK flourish punch, MS twig punch & rectangle nesties
  • Others: pearls and pearl brad


Onto the award I got given this morning from Kathy, isn't it so cute?! I've 'known' Kathy since pretty much the start of my blogging life and just seemed to click with her - I adore her cards (her blog title is so apt - love how she distresses!), we seem to have the same tastes in stamps and papers (although she probably has more of a paper habit than I do LOL) AND she liked my dodgy taste in music when I had the music player on my blog. So thanks Kathy, the feelings mutual!!

Now I'm usually really bad when it comes to passing awards on but this award really means alot to me as it is only given to a single person and I was chosen so it's only fair that I play along. So for the tough bit.

The following 'Rules' are applicable for this award:

1 - Forward this award to one person only.
2 - State why you give this award to that persons blog
3 - Have you been given this award for the 2nd time - No 1&2 are applicable
4 - Mention rules when passing on this award.
So, having thought about it I would like to pass this on to Debby (debby4000). For pretty much the same reasons as Kathy. I've 'known' Debby since the beginning (through our failed SBS8 group!) and I think she could rival me in the rubber stamp collection dept :D as we seem to own the same ones! Debby makes the most amazing 3D cards so I always look forward to reading her blog plus I love her sense of humour - often find myself chuckling at what she's written. Not to mention the fact that I love all the scrapbooking she does (am hoping it will inspire me to start someday as I still not done any yet) and she still can't beat me in Bejewelled Blitz over on facebook :p! Never mind eh Debby, have this award instead ;)

Monday, 27 July 2009

WoJ: Party Animals

A couple more cards today using the new Alison Acton, 'party animals', release from Whiff of Joy. For some reason I looked at them and thought 'male cards' so went to my Basic Grey pads and thought colours in 'Granola' pad seemed to work with all of them.

First up, is 'Thomas Eagle' and I've gone with a more collagey look on this one using the sketch over on WoJ Challenge (I've rotated the sketch onto it's side). The magic mesh and the metal tabs kinda reminded me of bird cages so used them. I played around with scrap piece of the mesh and used it as a mask when I sponged around the edge of the image, just to soften the white a bit (which I like to do when using vintage/distress colours on a card)
Then for my second card, I've gone for opposite style and kept it very clean and simple (it was so hard not to add more stuff to it!), using 'Claude giraffe' (love his outfit!) and this fortnight's sketch & stash sketch. Left sentiment off until I come to use it or may just leave it off all together.

  • Images: Animals - new release from Whiff of Joy stamps, happy birthday seal - Cats Life press
  • Colouring: Copics (didn't make a note of colours - should I for future cards? feedback welcome)
  • Papers: Basic Grey 'Granola'
  • Others: Petite oval nesties, magic mesh, brads and metal anchors

Have a lovely Monday.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

My WoJ Candy winner

Wow, it must have been some party last night as I had so many blog hop visits!! Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and I hope you all had a good time - shame I missed it but I did have a little catch up and loved all the fab and varied creations on the hop, not to mention the sneek peeks of the upcoming christmas stamps (too cute!).

O.K without further ado the winner of my mini candy, (the cute monkey stamp and some papers) is . . .

daisy said...
tha card looks so ute fran! love the way
you've mad it. and happy birthday!hugsdaisy

Congrats Daisy! If you could just email me your address I will send you your prize.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

WoJ: Hippity Hop!

fancy frame around photo is from xtina's (I love how Camilla's photos look and wanted to try - thanks for the link!)

Hello & welcome! Hopefully you have come from Camilla's (and I'm sure it was a stunner :)), on your WoJ Anniversary Blog Hop in which case come in and have a nosey! If not, but you'd like to join in the hop then please start over on Katharinas blog first.

We're celebrating the first birthday of WoJ the same way it started . . yes, it's a new stamp release by Alison Acton. Collection of 9 party animal stamps, fab to combine (as I think you will see as you hop) and great fun.

I knew as soon as I got these stamps I wanted to try and make a step card with them. The actual card base is really quick and easy to make (mine's 5.5 x12 and all you do is score at 1.25, 2.5, 4.25, 6. 8.25. Then you just fold concertina style and you get the base part of the card. Then it's up to you how you decorate it. I've just added square back panel for my backdrop as I wanted monkey to hang down but otherwise you wouldn't need that)

Here's some more shots of it so you can see the 'step' concertina folds better and also how I decorated the back;

Here are all the stamps that I have used from the new release tonight, starting from the back (all photos can be clicked on for closer look) and I've listed the copic colours I used;
(don't have their official names yet)

Monkey: E21, E27, E29, E43, E44 with E02 for cheeks and inside ears

Lion Cub: YR20, YR23, YR24 for fur. E02 for cheeks/inside ears. Y28 for feet

Elephant: he's not actually grey he's BV23, BV31 and V91 for inside ears/cheeks/highlights

Bear with cupcake: E31, E33, E35, E37 and again E02 for cheeks etc

All other colours where just ones that matched the DP. Then for a bit of shimmer I've given them all light coat of twinkling H2O (think it was 'natural linen' for most of the animals)

Shall leave you with shot of card closed flat - will fit in regular 6x6 envelope

Hope you've enjoyed your little visit.

Now it's time to hop on over to Jacqui's blog, here to see what she has come up with.

Have a great night. (Afraid I'm working so won't be able to join in the fun but will try and catch up later - have fun!)

Stash Used:

  • Images: WoJ stamps all cut out with white border to make them 'pop' against the background and monkey has been raised with foam pads.
  • Colouring: Memento ink on smooth card & Copics
  • DP: MME 'Magnolia' with dark brown card base
  • Others: sentiments are mix of rub ons and stickers from stash

To get the party started, I will put all comments on this post tonight into a draw and winner will receive the cute monkey stamp, courtesy of Whiff of Joy, and mini stack of 6x6 papers from me (including the ones I've used on this card).

CANDY CLOSED. See here for winner.

Quick note

Hiya, no card yet but come back tonight at 7pm (GMT) for the Whiff of Joy blog hop/party.

In the meantime why not pop on over to Debby's to see her gorgeous cards and she also has this fab blog candy on offer as thank you to all her readers, you've got till Mon 27th. (I've got half the items so I won't enter, but it's tempting as that BG pad does look rather yummy and is the part i don't have!)
Another fabulous candy which I want (so don't enter o.k :D) is from Camilla who has just joined the Magnolia DT and has some fab stamps in her give away. So go drool over all her gorgeous creations and congratulate her whilst you're there! This one is open till Tue 28th.
click on photos to take you to the relevant post.
I saw I won last week's Fri sketchers prize from 'Ribbon Mad' so am hoping my lucky streak will continue!

See you at 7pm . .ish (and I may have mini candy of my own too!)

Thursday, 23 July 2009

CCT~ "eye eye": 'Bro'

CCT this week wants to see eyelets on your card. I think that's something we all have stashed away somewhere but doesn't get used often . . so go dig them out girls!

Now, don't know about you, but I tend to use them as my 'go to' for when I need to embellish 'masculine' cards. So with that in mind thought I'd kill 2 birds with one stone as next birthday card needed in this household is for hubby's brother next month. He works for Cathay (planes) so when I saw this dp in my stash with the clouds and planes, the idea came to me and I came up with this, using the fab sketch over on Sketch Sat

Rather than use my nesties I thought it would be fun to make my own cloud shape to frame my image (just followed the cloud shape in the dp and roughly sketched and cut one out by hand). Thought the sentiment of 'across the miles' on the seal stamp fitted with the plane theme (plus he is all the way over in Hong Kong). Then I just used the one jumbo eyelet in the corner, lots of edge distressing and faux stitching just to give it all more definition. Nice and simple (had to be as I made this early hours of last night!)


  • Images: 'Hello Ian' Greeting Farm stamp, 'sending love seal' stamp from Cats Life Press (after using the ones Kathy sent me, it made me dig up the seals I have!)
  • Colouring: black memento ink, smooth cardstock & Copics
  • DP: Cosmo cricket 'little boys' got them in sale last year (glad I got 2 lots now ;)) and kraft bazzil card for matting. The 'bro' lettering are stickers from the pack too.
  • Tools: Heidi swapp distresser tool, pricking tool and fineliner pen for faux stitching
  • Others: anita's sticky ribbon, SU jumbo eyelet and PM adhesive shimmer dots

Have a good evening! Not sure if I'll have another card for tomorrow, but if not I'll see you Saturday for THE whiff of Joy Bloghop (7pm start here)

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

3 for 1 with Sarah kay

I know, 3 posts in 1 day but this one should have gone up last night until AOL had other ideas!

Wanted to play along to the Stampavie challenge #8 (as using Sarah Kay the other day has just made me want to go use more . . do you have phases like that?!) and I was hoping to use some of the new ones this week but my order's still not here (trust me to go pick the one store who hasn't had their stock in yet!). Never mind, perhaps it's a good thing really as it's made me go ink up what I do have! So looking at the ones uninked, I thought this one would fit the gardening theme. I've also used the fab sketch over on Friday sketchers and Spoonful this week wants to see swirls and I've got those on there too.

Wanted to go distress/vintage (the card, not me - though I'm probably already there LOL) and I just love the effect of colouring on Kraft card, so dug some out along with my poor prismacolor pencils which have been gathering dust. Added bit of sparkle to her dress and hat with twinkling H2O and sponged around her with tattered rose distress ink whilst my nestie die was still on so that you get the border all the way around the die cut. Here's close up of her (both photos can be clicked on for better view)

  • Images:'time for apple pie' Sarah Kay stamp. The 2 circle seal stamps were images sent to me by Kathy (mwargh x perfect timing as I was just looking for something to put there :D) but I know they are by 'Cats Life Press' and will be getting my own soon ;)
  • Colouring: stamped and clear embossed onto Kraft card (mine's Bazzil cardstock and from 'Scrap Revolution' but have seen them in few other stores too, just check their bazzil cardstock section - found mine under 'browns') then coloured with Prismacolor pencils/Sansodor and touch of twinkling H2Os
  • Paper: Cosmo Cricket 'little girls'
  • Tools: decorative scissors to cut round circular bit, labels nestie, EK flourish punch, MS twig punch, woodware flower punch, Heidi swapp distresser, corner rounder punch, MS flourish border punch
  • Others: Prima flowers, paper roses, pearl ex mixed with water and sprayed onto roses, raffia ribbon, white bellas baubles
O.K no more posts for today now, off to work (if you're looking for announcement of my candy winner it's in post below this one).

Have a good evening!

And the winner . .

of this little lot, using, is . . .
Here are your random numbers:26
Timestamp: 2009-07-22 12:34:33 UTC
which, ignoring double post, I make to be . .
Andrea said...
Thank you for giving us the chance to win so
much candy - wow, I would so love to win!! I am already a follower of your blog,
and I will add a link on my sidebar.Andrea

Congrats Andrea! If you could just email me your snail mail I'll pop it in the post to you.

Thank you for all the entries, couldn't believe how many there were . . where'd you all come from, LOL?!! Extra thanks for those who liked what they saw and are now followers (but really, you didn't have to if it was just the candy you wanted! So feel free to unfollow, I'm a big girl and can take it!) If you weren't lucky, never mind I'm sure there's plenty more candy out there for you to try your luck and I'll be having another mini WoJ candy soon, so watch out for that one!
Got one more post today which I'll do before I head out for work so hopefully see you then. If not, have a fab day and see you tomorrow for my CCT card (which I've yet to make, so best get me skates on!)

ATC: 'life's a beach!'

ATC time and oh, what an apt title! Running behind today as AOL decided to crash on me last night just as I was about to blog & schedule my ATC. So have only just added it to the Tilda blog now (sorry for being late Caz!) and writing this as quick as I can! (If you're looking for my candy winner I will get to that in a seperate post after I've done this!)

So for my ATC thought I'd go back to using some Magnolias and lucky me got a fab little belated birthday card and goodies from my blogging buddy Kathy yesterday and in it was some images I didn't have, including this surfer Edwin - so just perfect! However, I didn't have a suitable background and wanted something quick so went and doodled my own! I actually impressed myself as it was done on my first try and I made the scene up as I went along! Here it is before I plonked Edwin on top (kinda like it as it is but didn't have the 'cute' factor!)
Do you like my attempt at wet footprints in the sand?!!! :) All coloured with Copics and the sentiment typed out with my ATB tapewriter.

That's all for now. Will be back in a bit with my Candy winner and a card which was supposed to have gone up yesterday!

Monday, 20 July 2009

WoJ: card and birthday blog hop news

Hello, my card today is for the WoJ Challenge - 'piercing/paper pricking'. So after writing up the news about the WoJ blog hop (will come to that later) I just had to dig out cute Henry mouse again for my card.
I saw this stand up fold card during my travels which I just had to try (sorry, can't remember who's blog now but they did point me to SCS here, which is where I got the measurements from). I really love how this looks and will definitely be doing more as it's so easy but I'll use double sided cardstock next time (instead of just using up some scraps on my desk!).

  • Images: 'Henry mouse' & stack of presents on the back are both WoJ stamps by Alison Acton
  • Colouring: Copics with stickles in the flame and glaze pen over the choc sprinkles on the cupcake
  • Papers: DCWV ('sweet') offcuts & scraps that have been sitting on my desk for months waiting for the right image!
  • Others: Blossom nesties, vellum for the pink mat behind Henry (thought the vellum looked like cupcake casings). I used the same nestie that I cut Henry out and used that as a template for the vellum, paperpricked it all the way around then carefully tore the shape out before gently embossing around edges. Lots of paper pricking around edges both front and back of card. Found some old pricking tools I've kept from when I tried Pergamano years ago and went a bit mad with it as they are nice and sharp so very easy to use! (knew I kept them for a reason)
Right, onto the WoJ news. Just a reminder that it's the birthday blog hop this coming Saturday. Yup, to celebrate WoJ's first birthday and also new release of stamps that night, we're having a party . .
Blog hop will start over on Katharina's WoJ blog and end over on Papercraft Planet forum for party chit chat and lots more. I'm afraid I'll be working that evening but I will be there in spirit as I'll pre-schedule my bloghop post! For full details see PDF poster here .


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