Saturday, 9 November 2013

James Bear's Pile of Presents

Deciding to play along with this month's challenge at LOTV Ideas to Inspire where the theme is pink & white, I chose a Christmas-themed image rather than a particularly 'girly' one. Isn't this bear a cutie? He is LOTV's James Bear with his 'Pile of Presents' & I coloured him with Promarkers.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to create all my cut-file layers from the basic card shape upwards, including the poinsettia & (pink) holly leaves too. The centre of the flower has pearly dots of Cosmic Shimmer but I went for 'real' pearls on the card itself, one in white & a white one coloured with my Promarker to the correct shade of pink. (How is it my pearls are never the same shade that I need?). Sadly, though now the right shade, colouring the pearl made it lose it's lustre rather.

Tag front

The image & it's pink scalloped mat were attached using glue gel to give some dimension which would allow  my tag to pop in neatly behind. Again cut with my Cameo, the tag with matching papers has a ticket sentiment from Cuddly Buddly on the front & on the reverse I created an off-set white mat to allow me to write who the card is to/from later.

The back of the card, also a scalloped design, has a few layers of it's own. I opted for a centralised circular sentiment (again from Cuddly Buddly) set on a another scalloped mat.

Bye for now,

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card for are:

LOTV's Ideas to Inspire - pink & white (using LOTV image)
Sweet Stamping - Christmas is coming
Penny's - lots of layers
Creative Card Crew - teddy bears
Digi Sketch - use sketch &/or theme of animals
Pile It On - animals with character
Squirrel & Fox - animal antics
Cards Galore - animals
Artistisc Inspirations - spots & stripes
There She Goes - pattern power - spots & stripes
Crafty Calendar - all things Christmas
Silhouette Challenges - anything holiday
Great Impressions - holiday card or tag
One Crazy Stamper - Christmas
Art Impressions - holly jolly (Christmas cards)
Paper Shelter - winter fun (shopping for presents!)
Colour Me Creative - winter frost cold
Die-cut Divas - let's celebrate
Heck of a Challenge - in the frame
Stampavie & More - die-cut embellishments (cut using Cameo)
Lady Anne - more than one layer
Hobby House - pearls
613 Avenue - anything goes
Papertake - anything goes
Penny Black & More - anything goes.

Friday, 8 November 2013


Just a quick post today & this card uses this cute little image from A Day For Daisies called 'Sami' peeping from a Christmas stocking. Coloured with Promarkers, I also paper-pieced the central part of the stocking.

I chose to use this week's MOJO's sketch & used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the image's tag (print & cut) & other elements too using papers traditional Christmas colours with a distinctly spots & stripes theme. The sentiment is a stamp from LOTV & fit onto the shape beautifully.

Tine :)

Mojo Monday - design sketch
Artistisc Inspirations - spots & stripes
There She Goes - pattern power - spots & stripes
Creative With Love - Christmas reds & greens
Crafty Calendar - all things Christmas
Silhouette Challenges - anything holiday
Great Impressions - holiday card or tag
Jingle Belles - holiday traditions - hanging up that stocking in anticipation
Pink Gem - Christmas is coming
Art Impressions - holly jolly (Christmas cards)
One Crazy Stamper - Christmas
Incy Wincy - use either ribbon, twine or fibres
Lady Anne - more than one layer
Crazy - B is for.....banners
Digi Makeover - layers (& use a digi - image, papers & cutter)
Timeless Tuesday - negative energy (heart 'embellishment' is negative space)
Sister Act - anything goes
Papertake - anything goes.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Little Elf Pipa's Christmas Wishes

I have used the fab MOJO sketch this week to create this Christmas card featuring Mo Manning's adorable little elf swinging on a bauble (Little Elf Pipa) & I coloured her with Promarkers hoping to give the impression that she is wearing a festive velvet & fur outfit whilst playing on a glittery bauble (again trying to achieve the look with Promarkers alone so no actual glitter on it).

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the designs, creating a bauble with loop to act as mats for the image & also for the accompanying bauble behind it. The design I added to this one in yellow is from 'Miss Vickie'). I then created a tag with the same looped top so the petersham/grosgrain ribbon would easily go through them both & popped onto the tag a sentiment I created on the PC.

The rectangular layer with the cut-out design is in pearlescent white card which I thought looked great against the 'woven texture' used for the black card base as well as the red card elements & the relatively plain, matt (though undeniably bright), yellow card.

I kept the inside of the tent-fold card pretty simple, creating a second sentiment in the same font as on the front & replicating, the cut-work border as on the front.

Thanks for visiting my blog & I hope you like my card!

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card for:

MOJO Monday - design sketch
Mo's Digital - use yellow
Christmas Cards All Year Round - getting ready for Christmas (not sure Pipa is helping or hindering!!!)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - anything Christmas
Timeless Tuesday - fussy cutting
Just Inspirational - tags
Bunny Zoe - ribbon
Creative Card - either sun, moon or stars (star on bauble)
Eclectic Ellapu - inspired by a film (Elf)
Corrosive - tic, tac toe (diagonally: bling, image, layers)
Word Play - anything
Craftyhands - anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
Crafty Little Fairies - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
613 Avenue - anything goes (with optional paper piecing)
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes (using uplifting sentiment or scripture).

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Holy Night

The layout for my shaped card actually uses the design from CLP this month but this time I have done something completely different with it & rather than rotating it, actually flipped it - so basically the design is as if were viewed in a mirror. Don't I just complicate matters! LOL. All those layers have been cut using my Cameo with a card base cut from a creamy pearlescent cardstock & there is also a subtle sheen from the gold layer which too is pearlescent. For some of the white layers I not only embossed using two different dotty embossing folders but I also inked edges with a gold ink pad as I had done for the starry patterned design paper. Glue gel gives some layers that bit of dimension, including the sentiment (from Bird's Cards).

 A fairly complex set of layers with additional dimension from the use of glue gel.

The little angel lighting the skies with her candle is LOTV's 'Holy Night' & was coloured using Promarkers. I gave her a golden glowing sky as if lit by her little candle (I have a big imagination, LOL). Yes, I know, theoretically, if viewed against such a background the image would have been silhouetted but then I wouldn't get to colour her now would I? LOL.  Having coloured her in I then added the glistening element to the snowy ground with a swipe of Stickles. Not that it ever really shows in photos, of course!

Inside the card

A slightly different version of the card shape for the back  - the top is the same as the front but has straighter sides from the middle down. Onto this base I added a muted version of the layering for the inside of the card and this time the circular, scalloped sentiment is from Tracy Wray.

Tine :)

The sketch was mirrored/flipped
Ideas to Inspire - anything goes using a LOTV image
CLP - layout
Addicted to Stamps - Christmas is coming
Crafts-Too - Christmas (plus twist: what Christmas means to you - a holy & religious celebration)
Emerald Faeries - sparkle (Stickles & gems)
OLLCB - things with wings
Delightful - winged things
Everybody Art - feather
Creative Card - either sun, moon or stars
Timeless Tuesdays - fussy cutting
Digistamps4Joy - embossing
DL.ART - word art
Moving Along With The Times - shaped card
Totally PaperCrafts - no squares allowed
Word Play - anything
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
Creative Craft - anything goes
Crafty Little Fairies - anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
Craftyhands - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes (using uplifting sentiment or scripture).

Monday, 21 October 2013


The card I am sharing with you all today is for my God-daughter, who, like her Aunty Christine, loves horses (only it is many a year since I last actually rode one!!!)  I chose this fabulous animal drawn by CrimsonCaveDragon (aka Heather), who seems not so much of a wooden fair-ground ride, but a real-life equine with flowing locks & feathers (hairy bits at the top of the hoof) impaled by the turned pole of the carousel.  Nearly every self-respecting carousel horse seems to be a dapple grey so I tried to oblige for this one too using my Promarkers.  Not the easiest colour of horse to have chosen, mind you!!!! LOL.

The shaped mat for my image was created & cut using my Cameo & the next probably very obvious use of my cutter can be seen on the inside of the card where I have cut out my God-daughter's name.  The font needed a little adaptation to get it to fit & weld into my rectangle where I wanted it & to do this I utilised the point-editing feature along with enlarging the heart in the centre of the 'o' & I also added a dot to the 'i' which isn't actually featured in the font I chose. I then popped some matching patterned paper behind the cut-work. The simple sentiment I created myself on the PC, recolouring my text to match the papers.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card for are:

Silhouette Challenges - critters
4 Crafty Chicks - layers
Emerald Faerie - sparkle
4 Krafty Girlz - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
OSAAT - anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
Crafting Cafe - anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - anything goes.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Sprayin' a Birthday Wish

Make It Crafty & Little Miss Muffet have been having a Graffiti Party to celebrate the launch of a new line of stamps & generously offered a couple of freebies to play along with. I thought that a graffiti style would make a fun, male card so even though I have been very short of crafting time of late, wanted to play along. I chose to use the 'Graffiti Krew Writer' image of a spray can with a 'bit of attitude' but actually flipped it over so it/he, was then looking in the opposite direction & so that 'he' became the letter ' I ' of birthday.

Kept it relatively simple really, using my Cameo to cut a welded card base incorporating the Graffonti font (4 layers) & also to cut out my spray can. Of course, cutting out the can before I set about colouring it with my Promarkers meant due to it's relatively small size, it wanted to move around a lot so colouring it was a little tricky at times.

I also used my ever-present Silhouette Cameo to create an embossed mat for the brickwork layer behind the cut-work text. I used cardboard from a cereal packet for this & played around with the 'sandwich' for my Big Shot to get my heavy textured cardstock to give me the 'real brick' effect I was after. I then 'weathered' my bricks with a couple of Distress Inks.  So, not my usual style of card I know but don't you think it does you good to go outside your comfort zone every now & then?

Doesn't it just look like he is saying to himself, " I did that" & chuckling? LOL.

Thanks for visiting.

Tine :)


Graffiti Party - use the freebies provided
Crafts 4 Eternity - clean & simple
Word Play Saturday - anything
Craftitude - anything goes/things beginning with 'S' (spray can)
4 Krafty Girlz - anything goes
CMC - amything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

With The Baby

Still busy making Christmas cards as you can see.....& not a snowflake in sight either, LOL. Coloured as ever with my Promarkers, the image I chose to use for this one is by Mo Manning & is called, 'With the Baby' & I constructed all the dp layers following the gorgeous layout at CLP this month. The red poinsettia paper has a fancy lower border but even  the ever-so-slight angle of the photos means it isn't really showing, LOL- just the merest hint under the silver frame below the angel's trailing robes. The card I used for the poinsettias is a gorgeously glitzy one with sparkle on both side though I can't recall where I acquired that from. The silver card I used for the frames is too, albeit a little more subtle but as usual, failed to get all the sparkle to show in the photos. Instead it looks more like shine. LOL.

The fancy cut-work was done using my Silhouette Cameo but I have to admit that it struggled with the tiny dots around the circumference of my shaped card base. Whilst it did cut them, I had to poke out all the little bits which, due to the density of my cardstock, were more than happy to remain in place!

The inside has a replica, though smaller frame as the front but rather than the biblical quotation I was thinking of using, I opted instead for an elegant sentiment from Mudmaven - simply because it gave me enough room to write at the bottom later!

Thanks again for taking the time & trouble to visit my blog & I appreciate the comments you leave so I know you have dropped by.

Tine :)

PS - If anyone has any thoughts as to how I can sort my sidebar problems out, please do tell. The actual problem is that I can add the pictures/links but each remain stuck at the top of the sidebar itself. When I try moving them the Save doesn't seem to work. I get a pop up saying there are unsaved changes....but it won't save!!!!! Sigh! I have tried clearing the cache etc - but this has had no effect. Any ideas anyone?

Challenges I wish to enter this card for are:
CLP - design sketch
Mo's Digital -  'H' is for......(Holy ...not to mention, 'holey', LOL)
A Creative Romance - fairytale or winged creations
Squirrel & Fox - thing with wings
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - flowers
Happy Campers - flowers
Tip Top - flowers
Craftitude - something beginning with 'S' (shaped card)
Delicious Doodles - shaped card
Silhouette Blog - floral &/or frame
Creative Cutting NL - dots
Southern Girls - sing, sing a song (O Holy Night)
Tammy's Scrappin' Corner - song title (O Holy Night)
Miss Muffet - we wish you a merry Christmas
Digitally Sweet - digital + anything with wings (digital = Cameo, image, sentiment & papers)
Created With Love - any holiday
OLLCB - F is for.....(flowers)
Papertake - two by two (2 characters in the image)
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
Creative Craft - anything goes
613 Avenue - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Dancing Santa

I used one of the fab sketches at Christmas Stamping All Year Long for this Christmas card. It seemed just perfect for Elizabeth Dulemba's image of 'Dancing Santa' (coloured with Promarkers). I went for traditional Xmas colours & the shining star was glitzed using Crafter's Companion silver Spray'n'Sparkle. (Am I the only one that has difficulty with those sprays with the nozzles clogging?)

I repeated the basic layout for the inside of the card too adding a sentiment from Bird's Cards.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Tine :)


Christmas Stamping sketch #1
Christmas Stamping All Year Long - design sketch #1
Totally Gorjuss - traditional Christmas colours
ABC - 3 or more patterned papers
Christmas Cards All Year Round - (single entry or set of 5)
I ♥ Promarkers - songs (Here Come Santa Claus - Bob Dylan)
Bloggers' Challenge - bling
Emerald Faeries - sparkle
Crafts-Too - texture (embossing) with twist of shine/glitter (spray'n'sparkle +gem)
Digitally Sweet (digital elements: image & papers) - anything goes
Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes.