Thursday, March 31, 2011

Not so Young Love

This is my last card as Guest DT for Cute Card Thursday, :-( this weeks theme is to have a couple on your card. Pop over and have a look at the other inspiration, why not enter while you're at it!   I've made this for my Aunty and Uncles Anniversary, we're going out to dinner with them tomorrow evening and I'm sure they'll get a chuckle out of it.  
It so suits them: They are always in their garden and, while my Aunty doesn't knit that much she does needlecraft, almost as relentlessly as I do "other" craft.  My Uncle looks (quite a!) bit like the gentleman in the image, which is "Flirty Seniors" from Make it Colourful, I love their images, so quirky!  
The background is from this (Aussie) site too, it's called Daffodil Dell, I'm entering their challenge; this time around the theme is to Colour a Background, this is the first time I've really done a background!  I used Prismacolor pencils to colour the "sky" and shadows, but chickened out and went with my lovely Copics for the rest!  You don't have to use Make it Colourful images, but c'mon, why wouldn't you....digis of course so readily and immediately available to all!  And, just so you know, I DON"T have any affiliation with MiC, I just like 'em!
I cut the image out, and popped it up on foam dots - my favourite way to get extra dimension, I used thicker-than-usual foam really stands out from the background.
The background paper is Fairie Florals by Prima, The lemon panel, which I embossed with Cuttlebugs Textile folder, the green panel and the stripy paper are from Kaisercraft's Lilac Avenue collection. I used Martha Stewart's Doily Lace border punch on the green panel.
The purple card for matting is from American Crafts Weave range. 
Lexis Creations has "Ribbon but no bows or knots" as it's theme this time around, my lovely orange polka dot ribbon, which has been "hanging around" - literally - my studio for months gets me entered there.

The sketch is from Friday Sketchers this week, I really liked it, and I got the colour inspiration from Cupcake Inspirations, so I'm entering their challenge too, how bright and cheery are those cute little cuppies?!  They have such a spring feeling to them.  I'm entering my card in the challenge at Stamp Something and Totally Gorjuss this week which both have Spring as their theme.  
Delicious Doodles has Floral Fantasy as it's theme, not only are there flowers aplenty in the background, there are flowers on the corners of the image panel, so my Flirty pair would have been going there, but one of the other challenges I'm entering limits you to entering six and that would be seven, so I'll give it a miss this time, but next time I'll only enter challenges without restrictions!!  
I just couldn't find the "right" flowers for these corners, in the end I cut up some that came as a sort of ribbon and coloured them with Copics.  I left the one at the top right without a centre: I thought it looked like the sun and the corner piece on the opposite side looks like a sun umbrella for my Oldies to sit under!  
Sweet Stampin' has "Weather" as it's challenge theme, so I'm entering there.
I finished the inside of the card really simply, using elements from the front.
I hope you liked my card, and I hope my Aunty likes it the by, this Aunty is my mothers sister; my mum is unwell at the moment, she has just had Bronchial Pneumonia and now is suffering from two broken ribs - from coughing!! My Aunty, to go out in sympathy I'm sure, fell over a dog while out walking and has broken her wrist!!  Mmmm, yes it is a bit hereditary, my husband reckons I could trip over a leaf!
My niece (finally) had her baby, 9lbs 4oz - not bad for a first!  I'm off to visit, I've seen his picture and he is GORGEOUS!
 Hope you enjoyed this rather longwinded, not like me I know lol, post.  Until next time Happy Crafting, Dee

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Welcome Little One

Well, another baby boy card!  As I said a few months ago, there were babies on the horizon, and they were all boys!  
This is a card I have made for my niece, as of today she is 4 days overdue - it's nice to have a card ready instead of scrambling as I usually am!  I'm superstitious though (thanks to my Celtic/Gaelic background, lol) so I haven't made it "for Rachel" exactly: it's just a baby boy card that I can use when needed :-)
The sketch I've used is for Cute Card Thursday's challenge this week: this is my penultimate project as Guest DT, I can't believe how quickly it's gone!  It is a great sketch, you know I love the straightforward ones!  Why don't you pop over and have a look at the other DT inspiration, and have a go at the challenge yourself.
I've done an easel card, which is the challenge theme for Creative Inspirations this time.  I really loved how easily it came together and don't know why I don't use them more often. I popped everything up on foam dots because I really like my cards to be 3D, which is Delicious Doodles challenge theme this week, I hope this is 3D enough!
The image is another Tiddly Inks image; "Sleep Tight" from the Baby Inks range.  Digi, of course - you know I AM a digi kinda gal!  Coloured with Copics, again - Copic kinda etc.... I've added some Stickles to the stars and the swirls, of course it looks much nicer in real life: anyone who has EVER posted pics with bling knows how it never shows up, lol.
The yellow paper is from Inque Boutique's Cabana collection and the blue "oh boy" paper is from a pack from BigW! The blue card I used for matting is from American Crafts "weave" range, Creatalicious Challenges has "Two Tone" as it's theme this time, so I'll be entering there.  
The circle is blue vellum embossed with Cuttlebugs Swiss Dots folder, this is the first time I've used vellum on the front of a card - except for a sentiment panel -  and I like how it adds a layer without adding any real "weight", if you know what I mean!   Using this panel was going to help this card fit two challenges, then I realized it didn't satisfy the other criteria for EITHER of them, oh well, it made me try something "new".
The Baby Boy embellishment came in a pack with some other cuties - they will probably feature very soon on the next baby boy card!  The pearls are on a strip by Bella - how much easier is it to add them on a strip than one at a time like I usually do?!?  
Pollycraft has "Swirls and Pearls" as it's challenge theme, and as this card has both I'll enter there, The Crafty Pad has "Use a Digi", easy peasy for measy!!!  
Tuesday Morning Sketches has "KIDS: Keep It Delightfully Simple, with a kid theme" for it's challenge, cute!  I think this fits the brief, it is certainly simple and babies are kids, so why not, lol.  Sweet Stampin' has "Slugs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails" as it's theme, and that's what little boys are made of, so I'm entering there.
Finally, but not leastly (as they more or less say) I'd like to thank those of you who left your best wishes on the post for my Mums Get Well Card, it really cheered her up and she is well and truly on the road to recovery - she'll probably even come to the football with us on Sunday - though she is such a fanatic, she'd probably leave her deathbed to go!!
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Dee

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Get Well Mum

My poor old mum has Bronchial Pneumonia at the moment, she has been very unwell but is on the mend now, I made her this card to cheer her up a bit
I would have put up this post a couple of days ago, but internet access in our whole area was down for TWO DAYS!  I didn't realise how internet-dependent I am! It's nice to be back online, that's for sure (even if it means my work email is up again too, lol)
Anyway, to this card:  All the images I used are from CC Designs Gingersnaps Spring Things digis, one of the sets heading for retirement at the end of the month - so if you like them you'd better head  here to get yours before they disappear; and they're on sale too!  The cloud is in fact a puddle - I didn't realise until I looked at the file name, oh well, it works as a cloud for me!
I used this sketch  by Claudia for Corry's Whopping Candy, using it gives another entry into Corry's Candy, which is, well, WHOPPING!  nice straightforward sketch to use, so an easy way to get an extra entry in.
The papers I used are from Kaisercraft's Bubblegum Hills collection, and the top strip is from paper my lovely son Chris got me in one of my super gift baskets he makes up for me.  It's all matted onto mustard coloured card from DCWV.
The mats for the image are cut and embossed with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 12.
I coloured the image with Copics, cutting around Ginger and popping her up from the background, and cutting around the duck and gluing "him" on the very edge of the sentiment panel.  All the panels on the front are popped up on foam dots so the card has four levels. Love my 3D!  I couldn't find the right shade of ribbon to match, so I used my magenta Copic to colour some almost-right pink ribbon; voila perfect match....I don't know why I haven't done it before!  Lexis Creations has "Use Ribbon but no Bows or Knots" as it's challenge theme this week, so I'm entering there.  The Crafty Pad has "Use a digi" so I'm already "there", lol.
The inside of the card is finished pretty simply, on a roll from colouring the ribbon on the front, I coloured a scrap of cardstock pink to edge the corner pieces.  I cut around the lamb and stuck him on the edge of his sentiment then pop dotted that onto the polka dot panel.  The "Better" are (is?) rub on letters, this was a bit of a happy accident as I had chopped the word better off the rest of the sentiment (which was computer generated) and didn't even realise until I had cut all the mats for it.... so I had to add it separately and this seemed to be a good way to do it!
I have started lining my envelopes, this picture shows the inside of the envelope for this card.  As you can see, I don't necessarily use the same paper, in fact I often don't have enough left, so what I use is something that matches or ties in with my card; the cheaper bulk pack paper is really good for this as it's not very thick, which is one of the things that makes it hard to use for cardmaking, and as you're not handling it much it doesn't deteriorate.
Papertake Weekly has "make something nice for your mumsie" as it's theme this week, and while it probably means for Mothers Day, it's not Mothers Day here until May and this card is for my lovely Mum so I'm going to enter it in their challenge.  
I had Bronchial Pneumonia when I was in my twenties -I'm asthmatic and get chest infections pretty regularly but never like this, it was tough: my Mum's 80 and I've got to say it wasn't any less tough!  She is very much on the mend, as she said today it will take more than that to put her in the ground!  All we have to do now is get some weight back on her (she is down to about 40 kilos or less than 90lbs: I don't remember that happening to ME when I had it, lol) 
I hope you like my little get well card, my Mum sure did!
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Dee  

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Music of my Heart

The sentiment on this card is a line in the N'SYNC hit "Music of my Heart", it's a lovely song here's a link if you'd like to read the rest of the words.
This card is for my GDT spot at Cute Card Thursday this week; the challenge theme is "Music".  Go and check out the rest of the DT inspiration, and why not have a go at the challenge while you're there?
The sketch I used is from Card Patterns weekly sketch challenge, great little sketch - you know I love the straightforward ones! 
I used the colour Recipe from Crafts 4 Eternity for their challenge this week, the papers I used from Kaisercraft's Lilac Avenue 6" collection have the exact shades of purple and green, the plain paper I used for the matting is the aqua in the recipe.The sentiment is computer generated, using free downloadable fonts.  If you'd like to grab it for yourself I have - or will have by tomorrow ;0) a jpg in my "Tutorials, Templates and other Freebies" page here is a link.   I cut and embossed it using Classic Circles Nestabilities.  The image panel and it's mat were too big for even the largest of these nesties, so I reverted to an old favourite: Fiskars circles templates and their cutting tool.  It did the job just fine, but it did make me realise how much easier it is with a die cutter: that Grand Calibur looks more appealing all the time!

The aqua "lace" is in fact plastic with little rhinestones in it, it's translucent so it is nice and "light" looking.  My lovely Mum and Dad got it (and loads of other goodies) for me when they were in Malaysia on holidays last week, as a reward for budgie-sitting!  Bargain really, as the bird is so easy and quite entertaining - my mum hand reared him from a featherless three day old and has taught him to say quite a few things.  My dad is Welsh, so it's quite funny to hear the bird ask for a cup of tea with a Welsh accent, no REALLY!!  All I can say is he must hear it A LOT!
I used Valentine Zoe from Digistamp Boutique, coloured with Copics.  Isn't she just adorable.  There are loads of great little images over there, I used Blooming Lullabelle on a card for my niece, here , and one of the cards I did in the first few weeks of cardmaking used a DSB image "Love Owls" here is a link to that one; my colouring has certainly improved since then - at least I think so, lol!  I've got about 20 more I haven't got around to using yet.  But I will!  DSB have a monthly challenge, and all you have to do is use one of their images, which is no hardship, so I'm going to enter this card there.
The purple flowers are from Prima, the lime green brads in the centres are from my stash, as are the purple rhinestones in the centre of THOSE.  Whoopsi Daisy Challenge this week has "Use Flowers" as it's theme, so I'll be entering there and as Papertake Weekly has "Triple Tastic, use three of something" I'll be there too with my three flowers.
ABC Challenge has "Q is for Quote" as it's theme this week.  Usually there is a limit on how many challenges you can enter along with their challenge, but this week they have lifted the restriction (for the next couple of weeks, apparently) so yay, I can enter there too. 
The inside of the card has been finished very simply, I cut some of the stripy paper on an angle  reflecting the diagonal-ness(?!) of the front.  Some more of the trim and a butterfly cut from a scrap of Kaisercraft Utopia paper using Martha Stewart's Monarch Butterfly punch.  I decorated the inside flap of the envelope (which I have recently started to do) with some more stripy paper, but a pale version  - it looks pretty good.  
Well that's about it for my Music themed card.  I'll be back in a day or so with some more waffling.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Dee

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Relax and Unwind

Relax and Unwind, I thought was the perfect sentiment to go with this gift basket full of bathtime goodies.
The sentiment and the images are part of the My Rubber Ducky set from CC Designs, which is going into retirement at the end of March.  I made a tissue box with some more of the set, if you haven't seen it, here's a link.  You can get this set, and quite a few other digis being retired at the end of the month at All That Scraps: Use the code "olddigi" and get your 10% discount!!  Pop over to the ATS Blog and see what the rest of the digi Design Team did with some more of these soon-to-be retirees.
The main tag was cut out and embossed using the largest Lacey Circles Nestabilities, the white circle was cut out (and embossed) using the largest Classic Circle Nestabilities.
I added a patterned circle on the back of the tag (Kaisercrafts Bubblegum Hills 6" collection) with a plain circle to write on inside it, using the same set of Nesties.  The images (all from the same set) were coloured with Copics; I made the Ducky on the back of the tag bigger (being able to alter size and "flip" images is one of the reasons I LOVE digis so much!) and popped him(?) up on foam dots for dimension.  I added Jo Sonja's Texture Paste to the soap bubbles, which is a separate image (which is another reason I love digis, they're so easy to mix and match).  I dried the Texture Paste with my heat gun and it puffed up beautifully - I've been using this stuff for years in my decorative art and it has never done that, I've always used a hair dryer so maybe it's the extra heat that does it; for whatever reason it's perfect!  I just hope I can replicate it when I want to.
Some Diamond Stickles around the edge front and back and some pink ink around the plain circle and it's finished - or so I thought!!
I tried four different ribbons to tie this on to the basket, who'd have thought that it would be that hard!  I didn't want to clash with the main ribbon on the basket.  I settled on this ribbon because it is neutral in colour and being organza is still nice and "light" looking. 
This is the first tag I've ever made, I find I like the concept (you don't always need a card, so a tag is like "card lite")
I'm going to enter my tag in Fab 'n' Funky's challenge this week "Make it Girly". Simon Says Stamp has Anything Goes" as does Craft Your Passion so I'll be entering there too.
I'll be back in a few days with a project using some more of the retiring digis; I want to get them out there before they go forever - I will have to get on to some of my other images - I had a quick look at my digi images folder this morning and there are over 100 that I've bought but haven't used yet- that's not counting freebies and prizes or other images in sets I've used one of - OR CHRISTMAS!!  Oh My, am I the only one that does that: Sees likes buys stores, repeat!? If only these talented artists didn't keep putting out more and more gorgeous stuff, I'd be fine, hmmm.
Anyway, until next time Happy Crafting, Dee

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Which would you rather be....?

The sentiment (computer generated) on this Easter card gets you thinking about which you'd rather be at Easter: a cute cupcake with bunny ears, or a brightly coloured egg! 
This is the second Easter card I've done using CC Designs new Funny Easter Images - available from All That Scraps on the 12th March, just in time to make your Easter projects! If you want to see my first card it's here.
I drew the bands on the egg, it comes "au naturel".  If you want to see some more cards using these images go and check out the rest of the DT inspiration on the ATS blog - if you leave a comment under the preview post you're in with a chance to win the whole set.
The cupcake has been coloured with Copic markers, which is what I now use most of the time; but for the egg I reverted to an old method - coloured pencils.  These are run of the mill coloured pencils (usually I use watercolour pencils) blended with odourless solvent.  The result is okay, but I think I will invest in some Prismacolour pencils as I've read so much about them and am interested to see if the result is "superior".   
I added some Stickles and some dots to the egg with a metallic gel pen, and some Royal Coat Gloss to the cupcake, I think the little googly eyes (which I've had in my stash for YEARS) have these little guys looking like they're a bit on edge, which they would be - wouldn't they! 
The background paper and the colourful stripy panel are from Kaisercrafts Magic Happens collection, love it!  The polka dot paper is from a budget pack and the white and sparkly purple strip is from wrapping paper I got on a gift at some time.  I matted everything onto purple foil card that came in a pack of six different colours, the circle was cut and embossed with Circle Nestabilities.  A couple of purple rhinestone brads finished it all off.  Of course I layered it all up with foam dots, it's what I do, lol.
The inside of the card is finished off very simply with some of the paper from the front of the card and some wavy shaped pearls I got from a craft show.  I couldn't believe how well the colours matched the colours on the stripy paper.  A strip of pearls conceals the "join" at the bottom of the card.
I am entering this card in a few challenges:  Cupcake Inspirations has this lovely cupcake as it's inspiration, The Pink Elephant has "Spring", Stamping for the Weekend has "Springtime" and Lexi's Creations has "Easter".  I used a lovely sketch by Friday Sketchers but (yet again) missed the deadline for their challenge - this time I thought I had it nailed, but I'd noted the wrong date (a week out, dunno how!!)  Must be getting tired, or old, or both!!  Next time I'm going to get it right, honest!  Just watch me!
Anyway I hope you enjoyed my Funny Easter cards.  I'll be back soon with a tag I've made using some more CC Designs images that are due for retirement (which I've got to say is how I'm feeling getting towards the end of a very long, hot - and so for us, busy - summer). 
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Dee

Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy "PEASter"

Well, as the image for this Easter card is a couple of Peas in a pod, I thought I'd do my favourite thing and play on words, so Happy PEASter, d'ya get it, huh?  Okay, so it's not THAT clever, but cute don't you think?
The image is one of CC Designs new images out TODAY available at All That Scraps, it is part of a set called "Funny Easter Images" and I do have another card I made with a couple more from the set that I will post later today, maybe, or in the morning, Western Australian time, if I get will be here "soon", lol.

I used this sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday, but as with my Guest DT card (here) for Cute Card Thursday I missed the deadline for entering their challenge because I haven't quite nailed the timing of posts/challenges/releases... I will get better - I hope!!  Meanwhile I thought I'd credit the sketch because it's "theirs" not "mine", and it's good!
The card is a lovely Pea Green - perfect for my pair of peas!  It's from Kaisercraft, as is the patterned paper - that's from their new Bubblegum Hills collection, the new pads come slightly bigger (at 6 1/2" instead of 6") than they used to.  It's really great if you do 6" cards as you have a bit of room for trimming if you don't quite line it up correctly: Not that that has ever happened to me, ho hum!  If you make a slightly smaller card (as I usually do at 14cm, whatever that is in Old Speak) the bit you have left over is of a usable size - and if you know me, you know I NEVER throw anything usable away.
The only paper not from the Bubblegum Hills Collection is the pink behind the image panel.  I can't remember the name of it, but it is coloured one side and white on the other, then when you emboss it (as I did here with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder) the embossing comes out distressed; you can then rub it back a bit more for more effect, as I did.
I matted everything onto green, and used my favourite thing: foam dots to really build the card up.
The image panel was cut using my Classic Oval Nestabilities, and the mat was cut using the green from Kaisercrafts Neutral mat stack with Scalloped Oval Nestabilities: I pricked the little holes in each scallop with a pin (actually with a broken pair of compasses I've had for yonks, I'd have shot my kids if I'd seen them wielding said "tool"!)
The gold lace across the card is self adhesive papery sort of "stuff".  It's so easy to use, I have it in a few colours and will definitely be using it again!
The inside of the card is pretty straightforward.  I just added a panel of white, with a strip of patterned (yes, from the same pad) paper at the top and bottom.  I added more of my sticky-paper-lace across the "joins" to blend it in better, I softened the edges (well, of everything on the front and inside actually) with a warm brown pigment ink for the same reason.
I'm entering my Two Peas in a Pod in The Pink Elephant challenge this time- the theme is "Spring", Simon Says Stamp has "Anything Goes" (yay!!), Digistamps 4 Joy has "Lacy Days", I'm sure my sticky-paper-lace qualifies! and Lexi's Creations has "Easter", and this is a "Peaster" card, which is a very close relation :-)
Thanks for visiting me and having a "gander" at my card, don't forget to come back later and check out my "other" Easter card.  
Until then, Happy Crafting, Dee

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cute Card Thursday Turns 3

Cute Card Thursday has turned three, so their challenge for this week is to make a card suitable for a third birthday. As Guest DT member for March, I've made this card:

I used the sketch from Eat Sleep Stamp for this week, I've missed the deadline for entering the challenge, (I'm still working out posting times for DT work vs cutoff times for challenges, lol)  but I've used the sketch anyway as I  love their sketches: they're always nice and straightforward.  This time there was a circle in the image spot, the vast majority of the time I would USE a circle, this image just wouldn't fit - at least not without using a circle that covered about 80% of the card, lol.
"Wink Pretends" is the name of this cuter-than-cute image, which I think is perfect for a little boy.  He is a digi, of course, love my digis! and you can get him, and many more gorgeous images from Pixie Dust Studios.  Just so you know, I don't have any affiliation with Pixie Dust, I just love 'em.  Wink, and his little green friend, were coloured with Copics, some Platinum Stickles on the flag and some Star Dust Stickles here and there on the water. 
The green polka dot paper is from a discount store "budget" pack, I have found that it is perfectly acceptable to use as background paper, it just doesn't take a lot of handling - so not so good for some techniques.  The stripy paper is from Kaisercrafts Up, Up and Away 6" collection, the light brown stripes are glossy which unfortunately (but typically) doesn't show in the photos, it "lifts" the paper. I've matted everything onto card from DCWV Neutrals Mat stack, which is self-adhesive - good if you're sticking it to the background, like the stripy piece but just STICKY if your'e popping it up on foam dots like the image panel.  I've worked out that sprinkling a bit of talcum powder on gets rid of the stickiness making it easier to work with - and giving your card a pleasant scent as a bonus!
I painted the wooden number 3 and a couple of stars with Jo Sonja's Geranium acrylic.  Then I coated the number and all three stars with a thick coat of Royal Coat Gloss, I'm really please with how 3D they came out.  I added the rhinestone star to the gold ones to add interest.  The ribbon is from my stash, it's lovely and chunky too! The raspberry coloured brads have sparkle on them and I used a Bic marker to add faux stitching around the edge of the green panel to help tie the colours together.  
The inside of the card has an embossed sentiment and some trim from the front
I've use this colour combination for Bizzy Becs March colour challenge, which was Chocolate, Mint, Raspberry and Cream.  I'm also entering the Creatalicious challenge this time which had "make something for a male, use brown and add three stars", now technically I've used four stars, but I'm sure that it will be okay :-)
Sundays With Chrissy has "Add Stitching" as it's challenge theme: and YES, you can draw it on (which is probably the closest I'll ever get to stitching on a card - of all the crafts I do or have done, sewing isn't one that's figured hugely!)  The Crafty Pad has "Use a Ribbon", Stamp Something has it's digi week, like I said I love my digis! and Simon Says Stamp has.... Anything Goes - the easiest of all challenges.
Hope you liked Wink ;-)  Go over to Cute Card Thursday and check out the rest of the inspiration - why not celebrate their birthday by having a go at the challenge - and a chance to win a yummy prize!
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Dee

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Rubber Ducky You're the One....

Rubber Ducky you're the one, you make bathtime lots of fun, Rubber Ducky I'm awfully fond of the Sesame St Song goes, and why wouldn't you be fond of this little Rubber Ducky?
This tissue box cover was made using a template and tutorial from Diane at Splitcoast Stampers, here's a link.  All I had to do was "metricate"; and the template is readily adaptable to different brands of tissues; Kleenex have a funky new OVAL tissue box out now, I'm going to have to make a template for a cover for that - it's gorgeous!
The image is from another one of the CC Designs sets that is heading for retirement at the end of March: My Rubber Ducky.  You can get it at  All That Scraps, and on sale at 10% off too!  
The patterned paper is from Starfish Lane, and yes it was in the basket of goodies my lovely son Chris gave me for Christmas :-)  So is the "plain" brown paper, which isn't plain at all - it's shiny brown and matt black stripes, which you can just see in this photo.  
I cut the mat for the image and the hole in the top of the box cover using Spellbinders Scalloped Squares Nesties.
The image is coloured with Copics and there's Royal Coat Gloss on the bubbles, which helps them "pop".  I used foam dots to attach the image panel to the box, helping it  stand out, quite literally!!
The ribbon is from my stash (bought at a craft show a few months ago -  I bought about a pennys worth of about a hundred ribbons - the man serving me was VERY patient with me, lol) 
Creative Inspirations has Use a Template as it's challenge this week, Stamp Something has it's Digi Day, yay - as I've said before I am a Digi kind of girl! So those are the challenges I'll be entering my little bit of monkey business in. If I weren't on the DT for All That Scraps I'd be entering their Wednesday Challenge which has an Open theme, love those!
Hope you liked this little offering, I really did have a ball making it. I've made a tag using different images from this set, I'll be posting that shortly. Until next time, Happy Crafting, Dee

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Life's Too Short....

The card I've got to show you today has "Life's too short to eat one scoop" as it's sentiment.  It is a mantra by which I live, though more "square as in chocolate" than "scoop as in ice cream" to be honest!
 The images and sentiment are from CC Designs Sweet Treats set, there's plenty others in the collection for me to use Ron (later-on, or is that an Aussie saying??).  Can you believe Christine is going to retire these little cuties (and quite a few other sets) at the end of March, so if you want some you're going to have to grab them soon.  Pop over to All That Scraps and check out what's going, going before it's GONE! I'll be posting some more projects using some of the other retiring sets over the month, as will the rest of the ATS Digi DT so you'll get to see some great projects using them at the ATS Blog.
The little wall the bear is sitting on is from CC Designs "Take a Seat" Sugarplums collection, and while that's not retiring it's well worth a look, it's got some really great "prop" images - I use them a lot.  Mine are digis - of course - but they do come in rubber for those who like to ink it up.
The maize coloured card is from DCWV.  I coloured everything with Copics, matted the images on bright pink card and glazed the ice cream with Royal Coat Dimensionals (equivalent to Glossy Accents)  It actually shows in this photo!  For this card I resized the ice cream cone in the smaller squares, and used one in the inside of the card too. The light strip inside the card says "oh so sweet" all over it and is a scrap, the dark pink patterned strip is a scrap too - very frugal of me! 
Such a simple card, primarily because I thought the style suited the image, and also because I want to enter in Less is More's challenge which has the theme "Three Squares".  
I'll also enter the ABC Challenge for this week with "Pink" as it's theme, Whoopsi Daisy has Cute and Cupcake Inspirations has this photo as inspiration, there's something innocent and fun about these little cuppies: I think my card reflects the sort of mood of these cupcakes - if in fact cupcakes have a mood, well you know what I mean!!
Well that's about it for this post; did you see the card I posted earlier in the day?  Go here and have a look, she's a Fairy nice little lady :-)
I'll be back tomorrow with another post....and maybe even a day or so after that, 'coz I've been busy with the Copics (and I just got another load in the mail that I ordered a few weeks ago, so I've just got to do my Work work quickly so I can get on to my craft work, lol.
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Dee  

I'm Fairy Excited!

I'm excited.....again!  I've been asked to be Guest Designer for March by one of my favourite challenge blogs, Cute Card Thursday.  This card suits their challenge due on Wednesday 9 March (8pm GMT to be precise, I love GMT: I always have to try and work out "Mountain Time" or Pacific Daylight Saving time or whatever time to Western Australian time - GMT is MUCH easier, lol).

Actually I got "the" email weeks ago asking if I was interested in the Guest spot and completely MISSED IT!!  I was sorting out my inbox yesterday and found it... I dashed an email back telling Caz "Of COURSE I'm interested, and was I too late, sob". They obviously took pity on me and I"M IN! (March has five challenges this year, so I'm there for the next four anyway) I got this card made as quickly as I could, it may still get posted for this challenge, albeit late - not as an entry, of course!!
Phew, that was a bit long winded, wasn't it?  The rest will be short and sweet, promise (well short and sweet for me, lol)
The gorgeous image is Fairy Fae and she is from Tiddly Inks whose byline is "the spot for cute digitals" - got that right I reckon!  Fae was coloured with Copics including some of my new ones that came in the post TODAY, Yay!  Some Ice Stickles (Diamond) on her wings give her a little lift.  The light source is from the top left, which I never use; I was going to enter the challenge at Make It Colourful which was to use this light source, but I missed it, oops! Oh well, now I've tried something different.
I embossed the pink mat the image panel is sitting on with Cuttlebugs Textile embossing folder then sponged dark pink on it: hardly any of it shows, but I still think it adds a nice frame and some texture.
The patterned paper is from Prima "Faerie Florals" it's gorgeous, I've used it before on a few cards and, as there are three or four sheets of each pattern in the pad I've still got plenty left, goodie!
The tiny rosebuds at the bottom of the sentiment add a bit of texture too, as does the lace (which I scabbed - Aussie term for begged or scrounged) off someone in the family.
 I cut into the lace so that it would fit around the sentiment oval more easily and stuck pale green flat backed pearls in the centre of each little shell shape on the front (well I don't know, if it's not a shell what is it? - I didn't want to call them lumps, lol) and alternate pink and green on the lace in the inside.  The oval for inside the card was cut with Spellbinders Nestablities Classic Scalloped Ovals
I used this sketch from 
Sketch and Stash for their challenge this week, and a whole load of challenge blogs like Fab'n'funky ChallengesDelightful ChallengesDie Cut DreamsBy the Cute and Girly have "Spring" or a variation of it as their challenge theme this time around, so I'm entering there with my "springy" card.
Flutterby Wednesday has an open theme this time, so my Fairy Fae is going there, Creative Craft Challenges has "Thankyou", Totally Papercrafts has Pearls and Lace, Copic Oz, a challenge just for Aussies, has "A Little Magic" this month and  Stamp Something has it's Digi challenge this week - always a favourite challenge for me!  That's 10 challenges, THAT'S a lot of challenges, I love going and seeing how other folk in blog land interpret challenges - oh and I love showing off my little creations too, let's be honest!!
Until next time, tomorrow with any luck, Happy Crafting, Dee