Saturday, May 23, 2015

Designer Paper's All The Rage

Back I am with my DT card for Di's Digis Challenge Blog:-))  The theme for the challenge starting today is "Use Two or More Designer Papers"... always easy for me, I like nice paper, but interestingly it's "Two" I've used on today's card and not "more" :-)
The image I've used is Get Well Mice, how cute is it??  I coloured with Copics adding Glossy Accents to the jar and Viva Red Pearl to the jar lid.
The digital papers are from Nitwit Collections Ouchies Collection, available here. The teal coloured card I used for matting is from my stas as is the Card Candi. 
I punched the edge of the Get Well Soon panel with Fiskars Apron Lace punch and cut the image panel with Nestabilities Labels One, I cut the mat freehand using the outside edge of the die as a guide; popped the The faux stitching is red gel pen.
As usual I finished the inside of the card to match the outside.
I followed the sketch from Stella Says Sketch this time around, great sketch :-) and would like to enter my card in the following challenges

Digi Sketch Challenge
Sketch and/or Theme: Animals (I used the theme)
Flora and Fauna (flowers or animals)
To Die For
Layer It Up
Anything Goes for Kids
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Hope you get a chance to enter the challenge, great prize on offer as always... and don't forget there's extra "opportunities" if you use one of Di's fab images... check them out here 
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Friday, May 22, 2015

...and now for Nathan

Well as promised (?!) I am back with Nathan's birthday card from last March... as you can see it "matches" his sister's .... well I'm sure the "twin" thing isn't going to wash forever so I thought I'd make hay, lol.  I'll be back tomorrow with a DT card so I thought I'd better get this one in or another few weeks will go by without it hitting my blog!
As with Emily's card I used a Wee Stamps digi... it "matched" the Birthday Baby Girl and is called... you guessed it "Birthday Baby Boy"!! Like I said mine are digis, but that's a problem... hopefully only for the time being, it is available at Whimsy stamps as a rubber stamp if you're so inclined :-)  I coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils adding some Stickles and Gloss highlights, here's the images "side by side" as it were
I (in the matchy matchy mood I was in, lol) used the same fold as I did for Emily's card, but used a more "masculine" embossing folder; Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots and a more masculine punch which is one my folks got me from one of their many trips to Malaysia.  
I used the same foam letters (Coloured with Copics and "Stickled" to sparkle!) to spell out Nathan's name and coloured and heat embossed the rocking horse - which was in a Christmas set from Bunny Zoes Crafts, not available now... but another one with "other" goodies in has grabbed my attention :-))  Instead of pearls (as I used on Emily's card) I used gold flatbacks, they matched in well with the gold foil card I used for matting.
I used the same font to print the greeting inside the card and Versa ink to distress around the edges of, well, everything :-))
That was it!  I'm hoping that the layout of my card fits the sketch from My Time to Craft (albeit switched around) In addition I'd like to enter the following challenges.
I'll be back tomorrow with my DT card for Di's Digi's.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Dots and or Circles
More Than One Fold
Topping: No topping
Anything Goes for Kids
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Emily's First Birthday Card

Well I've finally found a bit of time to drag a card out of my Drafts Folder; it's the oldest I have in there... the card I made for my granddaughter Emily's first birthday; FIFTEEN months ago - ye gods and little fishes, where did the time go??  I was going to put both the twins' cards in one post, but decided to make two posts out of it, better value for money  Here's Miss Emily's card.

I don't know if this fold has a name... all it is is a piece of A4 card (in this case cream pearlised) with one end folded over to make a flap and the other end folded so the main front piece just fits under the flap when it's closed.  It's size is always determined for me by what punch I use to decorate the edge of the flap; if I use a shallow-ish punch (like the Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge punch I've used here) the fold at the other end is made in one place, if I use a deep punch (like another Martha Stewart punch I use, Garden Trellis... which is being discontinued apparently, I'd better check out any I want before they go!!) it's made in another.  I usually then cut the "height" to make the card square, but as I have some rectangular envelopes in my stash I decided to cut it down to fit one of those.
I embossed the main part of the card with an Embossalicious Folder, Floral Frenzy, and inked all the edges with Orchid Versamark ink.  The letters making up Emily's name are self adhesive foam, from the kids section at a local craft shop (pack of a gazillion for $2) I coloured them with Copics then coated them with Ice Stickles... I did heat emboss one and it distorted a bit... not as much as I was expecting, but still wonky :-) .... so I defaulted to the ol' Stickles.  The inside of the card has a simple computer generated sentiment, mounted on gold foil card.... the embossing on the front of the main panel actually adds to the texture of the inside, I haven't bothered taking a pic though, you'll have to trust me on that one :-))
Now we get to that GORGEOUS image; it's one of Sylvia Zet's fabulous Wee Stamps images, I've had it for a while, saving it for a special occasion... my only granddaughter's first birthday qualifies, lol.  It's called simply Birthday Baby Girl and is a digi; imagine my horror when I popped over to Whimsy Stamps to grab a link and saw that the dreaded new European VAT laws have caused a (hopefully temporary!) closure of the digi section of the store... it is available as a rubber stamp so if you (unlike ME!!) "do" rubber you can still have it.  I SERIOUSLY hope it... and so many of my other favourite digi stores can find a way around these problems, I may have a LOT of digis, but there's still a LOT I'd like to get!
I coloured with some Copics and Prismacolor pencils (mainly the face with Copics, this is printed on linen card and I don't do a great job with pencils on faces with textured card!) I matted on gold mirror card, just for a little lift.
The flower is foam... can't remember the punch I used, coloured and Stickled, the pearl centre is from my stash as are the pearls

AAA Cards is celebrating their first birthday and have a birthday theme using this pic as inspiration (and CAS or Near CAS as an ongoing requirement) so Emily's First Birthday card is going to be entered there as well as in these challenges:
Make an Impression (Dry embossing)
More Than One Fold
Anything Goes for Kids
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Always Anything Goes
Anything Goes
I'll be back in a day or so with Nathan's FIRST Birthday in a day or so... truly!  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Thanks Mum

The new challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog has "Load on the Flowers" as it's theme.  As it's Mother's Day here in Australia tomorrow I thought I'd take the opportunity to make a card for my lovely Mum.  Happy Moither's Day to all those who celebrate this weekend too :-) 
The reference may be subtle, as to why I used this image, but the message I wrote on the back of the card says in essence thanks for showing me the right path, and for always being by my side.  I made a diorama card, Mum likes the cards I make that are a little bit different, and she doesn't like too much "stuff" on them, so I kept the flowers to a small "load" :-))  Another good thing about diorama cards is how they fold flat for postage... in this instance I made sure the flowers didn't protrude past the edge of the card when it was flattened, then thought about the fact that I won't be posting it anyway, lol
Both the images I've used are from Di's Digi Downloads... the background is Path and Fields and the little girl and her dogs is a new image called Daydream Izzy.  I inked the clouds and coloured the background image with Prismacolor pencils, Izzy was printed on textured card and coloured with Copics... with a few Prismacolor details.
It's hard to see, but I added another layer between the background and the front (which has acetate in it, I discovered last time I made a diorama that they're a bit wobbly with such a narrow frame, acetate helps a lot!) On the mid layer (which I just coloured green to look like low hills, I added small gemstone flowers.  The flowers on the front are Joycraft dies, the leaves are a new die I just got; Creative Expressions Faux Quilled Leaves.  I coloured some pearls from my stash with a Copic to add to the centres of the flowers and added some yellow ricrac from my stash.
The gorgeous patterned paper from a digital pack I got from My Memories... called Impressionists Canvas.  The back of the card is where I wrote my message, I just added a strip of the DP and some ricrac to jazz it up.  
Anyway that's it for today's card, hope you get a chance to check out the rest of the Design Team's flowery offerings.  Hope you enter the challenge too, great prize on offer as always, and an extra opportunity if you use one of Di's images too!!
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges: 
Let's Get Digital
Flowers for Her
Celebrate Spring
Mother's Day/For a Lady
 May Flowers
Anything Goes Special Lady
Always Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fun Folds at Di's Digis

Yet another fortnight has flown by, meaning there's a new challenges starting over at Di's Digis Challenge Blog.  The theme this time around is no challenge at all for me... it's "Fun Folds"; I LOVE trying out different folds for cards, it's one of the things I stalk blogs for. ideas for something just a little bit different.  Having said that my card today uses a very straightforward fold :-))
It's a stepper card, of the simplest variety,  In fact I haven't seen one THIS simple I don't think... I just put a couple of folds along the long side of a sheet of A4 card and decorated it!  The bonus is that, when folded flat, it fits in a standard business size envelope (DL) so it will go for standard rate postage, yay!
It's a bit hard to see the stepper effect in the first pic, here's a pic from side on.
I made a Christmas card as that is the one type of card I NEVER have enough of... and my Mum will be super thrilled if I actually have a few spare this year... I think I managed to let her have one last year, even though she asks me in about September if I'll have any available for her to give her "special" friends... which is nice, and makes me feel "special" as I did when the daisies I picked for her when I was six made it to a proper vase :))
The cuter than cute image is "Not a Creature Was Stirring" and you can get it here .  I coloured with Copics, adding lashings of Star Dust Stickles to the snow, snowflakes and fur trim.
I followed the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches
with the first step of my card being at the position of the ribbon... I added a diecut "Peace" (from a great set of Christmas word dies by Sizzix) that I slathered in Xmas Red Stickles ... and a bit of a Memory Box Snowflake Corner die on the "other" side of the image panel to add some interest to the edge of the step.
I matted the image panel and the patterned paper panel behind it with gold glittery cardstock from my stash... I've learned my lesson though after the last time I used this stuff and the glitter went EVERYWHERE; I sprayed it with Workable Fixative that I've had in art stash forever!! It hardly dropped a grain of glitter - meaning that despite getting a lot of handling the mats stayed nice and glittery too.  Hard to see in the pics... of course.

I used Kaisercraft Paper, from the Christmas Carol pad.  I actually forgot to mat the background papers so I added some gold peel off sticker borders to make them look more finished, and some peel off corners on the largest panel too.  I had already distressed the edges of everything with gold ink, the only other thing I added were some red rhinestones from my stash (on the largest panel at the back, in case you can't spot them, lol)
I finished the inside of the card in the simplest manner... no point in overdoing the inside of a Christmas card; that said, I'll probably stamp an appropriate Christmas message on it before sending it - for standard postage of course, lol
So that's it for my card... another one for my Christmas card stash - it's better than last year when I had about two done by November, lol.
Hope you get a chance to check out my teamies fabulous work... you can pick up some ideas for Fun Folds of your own, and of course you could then enter your card in the challenge.  There's a fab prize on offer from Crafty Ribbons and of course as always if you use one of Di's sweet images you go in an extra draw!
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges, and hope to be back soon (then, I always do intend to be back "soon", life just gets in the way, lol) with something from my draft folder.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Seeing Spots
Seeing Spots
Bring on the Bling (stickles & rhinestones)
Clean and Simple (there's hardly any embellies, hope it's CAS enough!)
It's a Celebration
Any Holiday
Trees (The meeces are IN a tree, lol)
Twinkle Twinkle -All Sparkly and Bright (The Stickles and rhinestones)
Anything Goes: Christmas Twist

Always Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Di's Digis Latest Challenge... Include an Animal

New challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog - geez those fortnight's go fast don't they?!  The theme this time around is to "Include an Animal".  Di has so many cute images of Animals so the "challenge" was to pick one :-))  Here's what I came up with
The colours are not 100% accurate on the picture, but it's a lot closer than the pic that's up on the challenge blog... I took that one in my light tent and this one outside next morning; all I can think is that my (photographer) son Chris has changed a setting on my camera when he used it to take pics at the Twins' birthday last week... ah well, close enough is what we have today :-))
The image I've used is "You're Beary Special"... available here, cute or what?! Sparkles Monthly Challenge has a Teddy Bears theme, so I'm entering there.  I've coloured with Copics, with a bit of Prismacolor pencil shading and some Stickles on the presents and Glossy Accents on the noses and wheel.  As You Like It want to know if we like Alcohol Markers or Distress Inks, and why; I have only done a bit of "inking" and had trouble with the paper I used (user error more like, lol) so I prefer Alcohol Markers as they are so easy/reliable to use and blend... no special papers required; that said Distress Inks are a "one day" challenge for me :-))
Once again I've used a sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2... love their sketches!  I've turned it 90 degrees, but apart from that left it "as is"... why mess with perfection :-)
So the card could be suitable for a gal or a guy I've tied the cord (which is sparkly IRL) in a knot rather than a bow.  I added faux stitching with gel pen, Inky Chicks has a "Stitching Real or Faux" challenge so I'm entering there. 
The papers are from Kaisercraft's Fine and Sunny pad and Echo Park's "Walk in the Park" pad.... I think!  Nice "Spring" feel to it, I'll be entering the Spring themed challenges at Hiding in my Craft Room Gem of a ChallengeLittle Red Wagon and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge too.
The brown Pearls are from my stash... as is the brown card for matting.  I used a Memory Box die to cut the clouds, which I mounted at different levels with foam squares, so I'm entering Pile It On and Whimsy Inspirations Challenges which have Die Cuts as their themes, and the sentiment on one of those clouds (cut down from an oval sentiment from Craftworks Cards) means I'll be entering Crafty Calendar's "Add a Sentiment" challenge and Aud Sentiments "Add a Birthday Sentiment" challenge too!
I finished the inside of the card with more of the same from the front :-)  I'll be entering Creatalicious ChallengesThrough the Craftroom DoorClear It OutCrafty CreationsArt by MiranPapertake Weekly and Catch The Bug's "Anything Goes" challenges as well, why not??
That's it for today's card.  Hope you get a chance to join in with the challenge, nice and easy as usual.  Great prize on offer too... as well as the usual "extra" chance to win if you use one of Di's cute images :-)
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

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