Wednesday, 27 June 2012

#123 Rose Plaque

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - anything goes!
Sponsor & prize this week - Digi Doodle Shop - $10 gift certificate

My card this week for ILP uses an image from our sponsor, Digi Doodle Shop called 'Corner Roses' and it comes complete with a bracketed shape for you to add your own text if you wish. (P.S. Digi Doodle have a number of free sentiments if you are in need of any [though perhaps at this point I should mention, not this particular sentiment], so it might be worth your while checking them out - though please, not before you have finished reading about my card. LOL).  Of course, you don't have to use this added extra shape but me being me, removed it and then re-added my own cut out version. This shape I then replicated to make my own red card base (cut using my Cameo) and cut a second version slightly smaller version of the same bracket shape from white card. This had the digi floral image printed on it & was cut as a print & cut, again using the Cameo.  Next, I got out my Promarkers to colour the roses.  I wanted to give the roses a 'special' feel so made them one of the fancy varieties. What is more, in the language of flowers, yellow roses with red tips mean friendship & falling in lurve - so how perfect for an anniversary card to indicate you are still falling for the same person day after day. Ahh - how romantic, eh?  LOL. Probably totally lost on the recipient of course, but I can but try. LOL.

So, I then added my red satin ribbon topped off with a similarly cut sentiment (I actually used one from Raindrop Echo Designs) out of which I had also cut a small heart to reveal the red mat beneath.  The sentiment's mat was then attached to the card base using foam pads & I dotted a single gem to the cut out heart. The reverse of the plaque has another similar white version for the 'square-bracket shape' for me to write the recipients names on later. 

The reverse - even more CAS! - but you get to see the stand shape too.

As all this was totally flat, I needed to create my 'plate stand' and this particular version I made a little more upright than my previous ones.  The overall effect is relatively CAS I suppose -especially for me, LOL, but hopefully interesting enough just the same and what is more, even with the sentiment on foam pads, will lie flat in an envelope for posting.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog today.

Tine :)

Aud Sentiments - bingo ('happy', flowers, bling)
Crafty Ribbons - CAS
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - anniversary
DRS designs - flowers
Crafty Calendar - flowers in bloom
Lollipop Crafts - flowers in bloom
Totally Gorjuss - use yellow
Joanna Sheen - Summer daze
Allsorts - to die for
Great Impressions - dies or punches
ATCs With Attitude - anything goes
Crafty Ann's - memories are made of this
Totally Stampalicious - red, white and...... (yellow)
My Grafico - bright summer colours
Stamp & Create - bold and bright
Twisted Tuesday - use red
Whimsy - anything but square
Bearly Mine - anything goes
Daisy Doodles - anything goes.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

#122 '50s Vogue

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - 1950s
Sponsor & prize this week - Letraset (set of Promarkers)

For my '50s inspired card I used an image from A Day For Daisies called 'Powder Room' and kept everything pretty monochromatic & subtle other than the vibrant red of her dress, headdress and flowers.  Both the dress and headdress were paper pieced as was the cushion of the vanity stool she is sitting on.  I thought this image suited our challenge pretty well - film star looks, glam dress & perfume spray to hand. Such a high-maintenance movie-starlet has to have a mirror to hand of course, and this is where my Silhoutte came in.

I wanted to give her a mirror which echoed  '50s design cut cut, welded, recut & re-welded my way to this vaguely Sputnik/ sun-ray mirror design and I hope you are getting a feel of lights around the mirror with the circle elements! LOL. The mirror was cut from silver mirri card and I made a matching linear design too which is peeking from under the polka dot dp and this was cut from white card.

The main background is a very pale grey onto which I  printed the word VOGUE and then added a raised version above it using glue gel. I then added the central mirror/image, raising this layer higher still using foam pads & glue gel.

On the inside of the card I popped a sentiment in the same font as the front and added 2 monochromatic papers from MelStampz (not sure where the dotty one is from though) but the larger spotted one on the front was a p&c on the Silhouette Studio software.

Tine :)

Wags 'n' Whiskers - paper piecing
Annabelle Stamps - paper piecing
Allsorts - paper piecing
Di's Digi Designs - spotty & dotty
Little Miss Muffet - loads of layers
Paper Crafting Journey - colour it up
Can You Digi It - (colour - photo inspiration)
Crafty Ann's - it's a girl thing
Bunny Zoe's - girls, girls, girls
Great Impressions - die cuts/punches
Divas By Design - to die for
Paper Minutes - films/movies (given my 1950's theme, I have chosen the film, 'How to Marry A Millionaire')
Crafts & Me - anything goes.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

#121 James 21

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - tutti frutti
Sponsor & prize this week - Joanna Sheen (£10 gift voucher)

I chose to interpret the 'tutti frutti' theme with zesty colours - and a colour scheme which would suit my son down to the ground.  He has always loved zingy to the point of florescent colours.  Now, I am beginning to feel a 'bit ancient' - as you can see from card's photos, this card and matching box is for his 21st - which of course, just cannot be right as I never got older than 24!  Well, not in my head! LOL.  I fear cameras coming out in case they prove 'beyond reasonable doubt' that I am not.  However, I have been organised enough to have made the card in plenty of time for his landmark birthday as this isn't until September, but time marches ever onwards and I feel better that it is done now and 'out of the way'.  As long as I can find a good place to keep it safely until required.

The image I am sure most of you will recognise, is from Kenny K and is called 'Party Time'.  Isn't he just so perfect for a lad's card?  I coloured him with Promarkers but I paper-pieced his T-shirt.  For fellow Silhouetters who like to know these things, he is a p&c welded onto a frame that I had 'twenty-one' cut out along one side using the Rockwell font. I also cut out the white mat on the Cameo to include the word 'son' which this time was bound on all sides with a rectangular frame. I also used p&c for the bunting triangles which were added onto pale green twine.

On the inside of the card, I matted up a verse for the left hand side but a popped a frame I had used previously on the other which I like to match to the triangular bunting. Yes, I have used it before & yes it was one of my own cut files - but you don't use your Spellbinders the once & throw it out do you! LOL.

For the box lid I used the same pearlescent white card as I had for the card itself, replicating the orange Cameo cut frame but this time welded 'James' into the centre and cut it out using glitter card (which I had used for various mats on the card itself).  If you can't have a bit of glitter for a special birthday, when can you have it! LOL.  For the box liner (coz you know I am fussy like that, LOL), I added a more thought-provoking quotation.

Hope you all like it (not to mention James himself, come September of course), and I thank you again for all the lovely comments you leave me.  They are always much appreciated.

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this into are:
SJ Crafts - all about the boy (+old stash = glitter card)
PaperCraftingJourney - colour it up (hand coloured)
Passion for Promarkers - lots of layers
CRAFT - male card
Delicious Doodles - for the fellas
Dream Valley - for that special guy
Phindy's Place - masculine or Father's Day
Simply Create Too - for a male or Father's Day
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - masculine or Father's Day
Pan Pastel - boys or fathers
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - for the boys
Platypus Creek - for the boys
Sentimental Sundays - for a special guy
Crafty Pad - let's hear it for the boys
Great Impressions - die cuts or punches
Opus Gluei - it's all relative
Catered Crop - banners or bunting
Scrapbook Sisters - bunting
Lexi's - happy birthday
Ladybug - big birthdays.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Friend Linda

Hi everyone, and the card I am showing you today I have made for a friend of mine who has just got her first laptop.  She hasn't used a computer before so has taken herself off for a few lessons.  How perfect an image for her birthday card then than this one from Mo Manning called, 'Checking FB'.

I have coloured the image with Promarkers, giving her a paper-pieced dressing gown and matching slippers as well as providing her with a trendy green lid to the laptop. The fab papers I have used on this card are from Design House Digital, tearing the edges of some layers (& inking the edges of the bottom layer too with Distress inks).

I then used the same papers for the inside of the card, teaming them with a sentiment from Sentiments4You (within Crafts4You).

No, I haven't abandoned my cutter on this card. I created the scalloped edge border on the front, cutting it from plain white card as well as a design paper and used a 5-petal flower from Bird's Cards to echo the style of flower on the dressing gown paper. I then made myself the 3-petal bud style flower cut file to match the paper too. The sentiment I treated as a print & cut and I also used my Silhouette to cut the circle mat for that sentiment.

Tine :)

Mo's Digital - anything goes (using a Mo Manning image)
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - for the girls
Digital Tuesday - anything goes (+digital - image & papers)
2Sisters - inside & out
Ooh-la-la - girly
My Mum's Craft Shop - bingo (flowers, pearls & die cuts)
Paper Cupcakes - 3 in a row (punches, flowers, circles)
Celebrate the Occasion - use a flower
Crafty Calender - flowers in bloom
Hotshot - distress ink
Crafty Cardmakers - distress it
Catch the Bug - anything goes.          

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

#120 For a Little Girl

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - for a little girl
Sponsor & prize this week - LOTV (£10 gift voucher)

Using one of our sponsor's images called 'New Hat', I tried to keep this one attractive enough to a little'un and simplistic enough for them to walk around with without 'bits' coming off.  Nothing like a child pulling at a flower just to see if it can come off (you know I am right, LOL)....and what young girl doesn't try dressing up in her mum's hat & shoes at some point - therefore a perfect image.

So made this nice and colourful - and didn't go the whole 'pink' route. Why girls are force fed Barbie-pink all the time I don't know?  Trouble is they think they should like it because it is 'girly', but who tells them it is 'girly' in the first place. My sister used to love all the autumnal colours when she was a tot & I have always been more of a sky-blue/lilac kinda girl myself.  The colours I went for on this one are I reckon bright & happy (courtesy of fabby dps from Design House Digital), and chose what I hope a child would consider a 'pretty' shape too. Not too large a card either, so when she takes it out of the envelope she can cope with doing it on her own.  To the image I gave just the one layer behind but that is a sunshine-y lacy one and kept the embellishment to a bare minimum with just one strip of narrow satin ribbon (from Fantastic Ribbons).

Have a great week everyone and thanks so much for all the lovely comments you leave me.

Tine :)

Lili's Little Fairies - anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes for kids
Ooh La La - make it girly
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - for the girls
Crazy - childhood memories
Joanna Sheen - remember when (yep, there is indeed a photo somewhere of me in my mum's hat and carrying her handbag! LOL)
My Time to Craft - hats & handbags
Hotshot - dies
Cutie Pie - die cuts/punches
Ribbon Girls - ribbon or lace
Crafty Pad - ribbon
Ribbon Carousel - (spooled item +birthday)
Cooking It Up With Katie - celebrate, ribbon & die cut
Digital Tuesday - anything goes (digital papers)
Fatpages & Cards - anything goes or Father's Day
ATCs & Cards With  Attitude -  anything goes or Father's Day
Bugaboo - anything goes
Papertake - anything goes
Secret Crafter - anything goes.