Friday 29 April 2011

Phindy's #52 Glitter, Glamour & Glitz

Yep, it's Friday again & that means a Phindy! Today's card uses 'Sudsy Suzi', and whilst my Followers might well have caught this digi on my blog only very recently, I knew she would be the perfect image for the theme this week at Phindy's - Glitter, Glamour & Glitz.

Now, most of you will also be aware of a certain Royal Wedding taking place today in London, but my card is for every girl who needs treating like a Princess, at least now & again. Isn't Suzi just right in the role, look at her out-stretched arm....don't you think she is demanding the cat to 'peel her a grape'. LOL. Not that he looks the kind to assist even if he could - he looks far too refined to dirty his claws in menial tasks. LOL.

The papers I have used (both for the background & the paper pieced bath) are from Bearly Mine and had the right kind of theme to them - pink & girly whilst essentially regal, with their strong, black heraldic imagery, and of course I added to the glitter & glamour element to the theme by adding Spray & Sparkle from Crafter's Companion to the bath.

Da bling!

I coloured Susi with Promarkers making sure she had matching pink slippers & rosé wine for stylish accessories & matted her onto silver mirri for yet more glitz.  I then drew myself a matching Fleur de Lis based crown with a fineliner, coloured it with Promarkers gave it a row of 'diamonds' before attaching to the mat. 'Pink diamonds' went onto the mat itself & onto the cat's collar & before it was all mounted onto the base card with foam pads I added fluffy pink feathers. True, they now almost hide the backing paper which is a shame, but I do think they do the trick of conveying pink, girly decadence. Now I would like to point out that no pink birds were harmed in making this card.....but a feather boa is looking a bit bare! LOL.

For the inside I repeated the simplistic layout (you can at least see the background paper better here), and used a sentiment from Scrapalicious.

Insert keeps same basic layout

Do join us a Phindy's Place this week & if you have one of Phindy's images why not use it on your card to double your chances of winning as you can pop your card on twice. Hope to see you there!

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card into are:
A Spoonful of Sugar - a right royal knees up
Creative Belli - royal
Pixie Cottage - either sketch or royalty/weddings
Craft Your Passion - layers
DDH - paper piecing
Creative Craft - recycled (feathers from boa)
Tip Top - square
Paper Crafting Journey - bling
Party Time Tuesday - anything goes.

Wednesday 27 April 2011

#63 Easter Blessings

I ♥ Promarkers theme - no papers!!!
This week's prize - $10 voucher from Digi Doodle Shop

First of all, I would like to apologise for the poor looking photo of my card. It is a lot clearer if you make it bigger by clicking on it though.

We at I ♥ Promarkers are asking you be a bit daring & to avoid using any design papers this week on your card. It is not as difficult as you might think. Suggestions....?  Why not go for embossed card for interest...or colour your way out of the predicament! My card here is kinda 50/50. One half is total image (all coloured with Promarkers of course!!!), and the other half relies on a more simplistic layout & textured card. The base layer of the Bookatrix is softly pearlescent card stock whilst the lilac card has a fantastic texture to it without me needing to add to it. To the right hand side I added an embossed heart using foam pads to attach it for dimension and went around all the card's edges with both fancy and straight peel offs before adding a peel off cross to the centre of the heart. The left hand side image is the beautiful 'Angel and Lamb', from our sponsor this week, Digi Doodle and between the two a most elaborate 'bookmark' consisting of a yellow grosgrain ribbon with a bouquet of lilac & yellow flowers.

I added a sentiment from Sentiments4You for the reverse of the card which also had a peel off border given to it and there is ample space on the opposite side to the sentiment for the 'to' & 'from' to be added later (it's going to my in laws). I then made it a stand as it is a flat card.

Hope you like it.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card into are:
Sweet Stamping - Easter
Craft Your Days Away - Easter
Crazy 4 - Easter
Paperplay - Easter
Bee Crafty - Easter
Scrappy Frogs - Easter
CRAFT -flowers
Fussy & Fancy - Spring
Crafty Emma - Spring cols/image.

Tuesday 26 April 2011

Mo's Carnival

As most of you will know, Mo has been having a mega blog hop this past week with the theme of Carnival & I have made this card using the fab sketch at Sketch Saturday, to tie in with this theme. The image is called 'Cotton Candy' (wouldn't touch the stuff myself - sickly sweet & e-numbers on a stick!!!! yuk!), and she has been coloured with Promarkers, paper piecing her dungarees. The papers are from Papercraft Inspirations and the ticket sentiment (given coloured letters courtesy of my Promarkers again), is from Mudmaven and has been mounted with foam pads.

Short & sweet today! LOL...

Tine :)
Challenges for this card are:
Sketch Saturday - design layout
Mo's - the carnival
DDH - paper piecing
Tip Top - squares
Catered Crop - recipe (stripes, go digital- image & papers & Cropadile-for white circles below image)
MIM - anything goes.

Sunday 24 April 2011

Springtime at Kenny K

Hi all, and I am soo pleased that the good folk over at the Kenny K challenge blog asked me to be GDT this week. Thrilled!...and the theme they are using this time around is 'Spring'.

I chose to use this happy young gal, a digi called 'Queen's Cutie' and I have her sat in a sunny, floral arbour, a gazebo I created using a Martha Stewart punch. I coloured her with Promarkers sat her on a bench in front of the white fence and then created a second fence which I cut down a little to narrow it before slicing it through to bend it over to form the archway.

The simply gorgeous paper towards the bottom of the card is from Bearly Mine and I printed more of it off to create the flowers running over the trellis-work & also to decoupage a few of the flowers on the paper at her feet. I then cut out some of the leaves from the extra paper and mounted them on the card at angles using Pinflair glue for dimension. More flowers were added from punching with a Woodware punch with centre circles which were residue from a Fiskars punch design and I popped on tiny leaves which were also the cut out bits from a Fiskar's border punch. For the swirling tendrils (which allowed the flowers to grow up the trellis), I coloured paper using my Promarkers and then punched out using an X-cut punch, only using the part of the design I needed. I then 'doodled' myself something akin to peachy coloured delphiniums with my Promarkers (I know delphiniums are shades of blue but I wanted peach ones today!), gave them a hint of sky around them & cut them out to layer behind the top of the fence - et voila.

The inside of the card

I also decorated the inside of the card the same way as the front, but created a pocket where the garden is at the lower half of the card. I created a tag to go into the pocket which is in 2 layers, sandwiching the de-constructed fence around to echo the 'gazebo' on the front. The sentiment is from Sentiments4You and I added more flowers to the centre of it as a bouquet. The tag therefore also acts as a 'To' & 'From' which can be written by hand for a more personal touch.

I would like to thank the Krafty Girlz over at Kenny K for have me play along with them this week & I hope you all like the resulting card!

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card for:
Digital Tuesday - punches (digi image & paper as well as 5 punches!)
Sentimental Sundays - punches (as
Kaboodle Doodles - thoughts of Spring or Easter
Fussy & Fancy - Springtime
Crafty Emma - Spring colours/image
CIUWK -recipe (flowers/for a lady/pink)
A Spoonful of Sugar - celebrate
Pixie Cottage - sketch &/or happy birthday
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - tags (mine is on the inside of the card)
Paper Romance - tags
Ladybug - anything goes
Tip Top - open challenge.

Friday 22 April 2011

Phindy's Place #52 Helping In the Garden

Phindy's Place theme - paper piecing

This is a special week here in Phindyville as we are celebrating one whole year of challenges & you have THREE chances to win: the blog hop, the random winner of the challenge and the pick of the week. So what are you waiting for? I hope you will join us if you haven't done so already! If you have arrived at my blog from Cec, you are on the right path - if not, and you would love to join in, head to the start - Phindy's Place Challenge Blog. :)

Now, I had better tell you a little about my DT card for today then. I have chosen to use Phindy's image of  'For You', a young girl who could either be weeding or re-planting, but either way she obviously reckons she is a BIG help in the garden, showing off her flower. LOL.

Following the sketch over at CLP this month, I gave her a layered effect of sky (the image has sky, so does the mat behind it not to mention the one on the main dp). I was hoping to get across the feeling that her image was a photo, a moment in time captured from the scene around her. The image itself was coloured with Promarkers and I gave her a paper-pieced outfit - the blouse, dungarees and shoes. The main dp is from a cd by Create & Craft and I picked out the colours of those flowers to create my own from various small punches to decorate around the fence. This was created with a Martha Stewart punch which I am sure all of you will recognise and I then dotted some tiny flowers onto the image itself as well as the grass (two strips of green card punched from another MS punch). To finish off the card I added several card clouds cut free hand firstly from textured cardstock for the top layer (just looked like puffy clouds to me!!! LOL) and then for added depth, cut more clouds this time from plain card which I layered behind the textured ones and then mounted them onto the card using foam pads.

Right, of course I would love it if you could leave me a comment as you go along, :) as would all the great gals on the DT, but it is not compulsory, just nice. LOL. The next thing you all need to know is the word you are collecting from my blog & that is 'digis'. Next stop on the blog hop is to the talented Dorcas but if you get lost, just browse back to the Challenge blog for the full list order.

Tine :)

Challenges I am entering this card into:
CLP - design sketch (I rotated it)
Little Red Wagon - clouds
By The Cute & Girly - cute & girly!
Crafty Calendar - April showers bring forth May flowers...(they are certainly growing all over this garden, LOL)
Kaboodle Doodles - thoughts of Spring or Easter (definitely Spring-like I reckon)
Cupcake - layers
Digi Design House - paper piecing
Digital Tuesday - punches (digi image, punched fence & flowers)
Incy Wincy - bright & bold
A Spoonful of Sugar - celebrate.

Wednesday 20 April 2011

#62 Daydreamer

I ♥ Promarkers theme - Anything goes!!!!!
Sponsor this week - Sentiments4You

Hi and I am sure you Promarker gals (& guys!) will be able to play along this week as it is a great favourite, 'Anything goes....' here at I ♥ Promarkers.  For my DT card I have used the gorgeous image called 'Between' from Mo Manning illustrating this adorable girl wistfully gazing into space, lost in her own thoughts. I made her into a real 'girly girl' with my papers and have her looking up at the sentiment which comes from our sponsor this week, Sentiments4You, set in an outer circle made from a Spellbinders die with an inner flower of a Marianne Creatables die topped off with a little gem.

As long as you use Promarkers on your card, why not join us this week as we love to see your creations.

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card for:
Come And Get It - colour challenge (pink, turquoise, purple & yellow)
Catered Crop - recipe
CIUWK - recipe -flowers, for a lady (young one in this case), a little/lot of pink
Frosted designs - make your own embellishment (not much admittedly!...but I thought the flat flower shapes around the sentiment suited the card better).
Fussy & Fancy - card or project for a child
Mo's - start of something new (well, not only a new 'age' but a new book I reckon)
Cupcake - layers
Stamp Fairy - for the girls
Pixie Cottage - either/or sketch/happy birthday
Pixie Dust - "say it out loud!" (include a sentiment)
A Spoonful of Sugar - celebrate.

Friday 15 April 2011

Phindy's #51 Purple & Teal

Phindy's Place challenge : Purple & Teal

Hi everyone, and today's card uses Phindy's 'Flower Wagon' and I have paper pieced the little girl's hat, top & trousers to coordinate with my backing papers.  Her pinafore dress, like the rest of the image has been coloured with Promarkers. The lilac paper (with the flower heads on), is from Create & Craft and I have teamed it with the horizontal teal print from TLC. The sentiment is from Scrapalicious. The lilac flowers are a Woodware punched design with some of my 'spare' tiny flowers - residue from a Fiskar's punch.

I hope that you will be able to play along with us at Phindy's this week and don't forget, if you use one of Phindy's images you just need to enter your card twice to double your chances of winning! Hope to see you there.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter my card into:
Incy Wincy - flower frenzy
Crafty Pad - Spring is in the air
Stamping Sisters in Christ - purple as a main colour
Tip Top - Spring has Sprung
Stamp Insanity - flower power
Aud Sentiments - anything goes.

Wednesday 13 April 2011

#61 Cheers Dude

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - sketch
This week's prize sponsor - Kenny K

We've not had a sketch for you to work to for a while here at I ♥ Promarkers but I think this is a nice simple one for you to play along with this week, and don't forget you can always rotate it should you wish. The DT are all using fab images from our sponsor, Kenny K and the one I have chosen to use is called 'Cheers Dude' and I think he is just so perfect for a male card. This handsome hunk with his pint-pot in hand is great for toasting the 'birthday boy' even if they don't actually drink themselves, don't you think?

Coloured with Promarkers, needless to say, I paper-pieced his polo shirt so that it had a nice weave to it, and having matted & layered according to the sketch I added a sentiment ticket from, though recoloured it to match the papers and give it a different 'edge'.  The wording also helps to give it a young feel so more suitable for a late-teen/early twenties guy about town I reckon.

I hope you will play along with us this week and we look forward to visiting your blogs.

Tine :)

Challenges for this card:
My Partner in Crafting Crime - 3 or more layers
Artful Impressions - black, blue & tan
For Your Inspiration - photo inspiration (I used the colours)
Samuel Taylor - distressing
Bunny Zoe - one for the boys
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight - teenage boy's card (for an 18-19 year old I reckon he is a perfect image).

Friday 8 April 2011

Phindy's #50 Easter Bunny

Phindy's Place theme: Easter or Spring

Hi, and my DT card today uses this adorable Easter Bunny from Phindy's Place called 'Easter Joy' and isn't he just full of the joys of Spring?  I coloured him with Promarkers and matted him up in fresh Spring colours adding small flowers punched from a Woodware punch (with centres which were the residue from a Fiskar's punch) and a Martha Stewart punched edge runs along the very bottom of the yellow gingham.. The yellow grosgrain ribbon is from Fantastic Ribbons.

I hope you will be able to play along with our Challenge at Phindy's this week. Don't forget, if you use one of Phindy's images for the challenge you can enter the card twice to double your chances of winning!

Tine :)

Challenges I am entering this Easter card for are:
Oh-la la - Easter
Bee Crafty - Easter
Everybody Art - Easter
Stamps R Us - Easter
Digital Tuesday - Easter parade
Craft Us Crazy - Easter or Spring
Simon Says -  Easter or Spring colours
Aly's - bunnies
Corrosive - pastels
Shabby Tea Room - photo inspiration (Easter eggs)
My Partner in Crafting Crime - layers
Catered Crop - recipe (hope I am doing this correctly! - embellishment: ribbon, colours: yellow & green, tools:sewing machine, techniques: sewing, pattern paper: plaid check gingham)
Papertake - anything goes.

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Do Not Disturb

Yes, it isn't a card (shock horror!) but it is a sign for my bathroom door - and I took the photos against the bathroom wall over the bath which perhaps accounts for the odd lighting. LOL. It came about as I wanted to join in the extra challenge over at Crafty Pad to use an old CD and then in a moment of inspiration I knew what I wanted to create - a 'do not disturb' sign for my newly refurbished bathroom. Of course, there is a story to accompany why I would need a sign - but suffice to say, the new bathroom suite is so popular that I am finding it difficult to try out the new bath without someone else chasing me out.

The reverse

The idea of using a CD just seemed so perfect as a base. Onto this base I added holographic card & then  matted up black & white papers (to match the bathroom of course!) The gorgeous image is from Phindy's Place and is called 'Sudsy Suzy' and she & her elegant cat were coloured with Promarkers. Not too easy to colour white!  The 'mwah' is from TLC but the other 'signs' & instructions I created on the PC adding them both onto the front and the reverse. Satin ribbon was used to suspend the 'Goddess Within' and also to go over the door handle embellishing with a few gems for good measure.

As if to prove why I need a sign in the first place, my husband came home early from work and chased me out of the bathroom (fortunately having taken a couple of snaps) so he could try out the bath again!!! I'll never get in it at this rate. LOL.

Tine :)

Crafty Pad - altered CD
Lexi's - monochrome
Claudia & Company - monochrome
One Stitch At A Time - 3d
Kaboodle Doodles - let's get girly!
Sentimental Sundays - let's get wet!

#60 Easter Eggs

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - Easter
Prize sponsor this week - Joanna Sheen (£10 voucher)

Another Wednesday and another challenge for Promarker fans and this week are letting you get some Easter cards done. This rather dashing young rabbit with his stylish jerkin & cravat is from Elizabeth Dulemba and doesn't he just look like he has fallen from the pages of Alice in Wonderland - all he needs is a pocket watch and he would be good to go. Instead he is hiding Easter eggs in the grass - or picking them up - or, given my Prestonian roots, has gone to Avenham Park to Egg Roll on Easter Monday.

The image has of course, been coloured with Promarkers but I have also paper pieced his jacket & cravat (or is it a stock, I can't decide?). Anyway, I also then paper pieced all the eggs in his basket making sure that one of them looked as if someone had painted a face on one, in this case, a rabbit's face - & also one that might well have been coloured using onion skins (so a yellowy brown) which I am sure I did as a child too, though my recollection is rather vague on that one.

I have cut down the front panel at an angle to give me my shaped card ( & the hill his eggs have been rolling down), and layered up Easter colours on the front and back panels, dotting flowers cut using a Woodware punch and added tiny bitsy flowers to the centres. These theoretically should have been remnants from a circular Fiskar's punch design but I purposely only punched the bits I needed on this occasion. For the spears of 'grass' I just cut into my paper by hand and having cut the basic slits I then went back into the slits at an angle every so often to shape some blades. I carefully cut along the rabbit's outline to tuck my grass behind him before adding the yellow grosgrain ribbon from FantasticRibbons.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card into are:
Aly's - bunnies
Bee Crafty - Easter
Oh-la-la - Easter
Everybody Art - Easter
Stamps R Us - Easter
Simon Says - Easter or Spring colours
Digital Tuesday - Easter parade
Craft Us Crazy - Easter or Spring
Paper Sundaes - Spring blossom
Ellephantastic  - anything but a square or rectangle
Crafty Purple Frog - anything but a square
Sassy Studio - fancy fold
Stamp Something - digi day.

Friday 1 April 2011

Phindy's #49 Nana's Pies

Phindy's Challenge theme - humour

Hi everyone, and today's card uses Phindy's adorable 'Nana's Pies'. Doesn't she look like 'grandma' is supposed to? However, in this instance I have made her into a Mother's Day card for a Nan with a wicked sense of humour - or one who infamously gets things wrong in the kitchen & doesn't mind you pointing out her deficiencies. LOL. You know, how much rice pudding would you like, one slice or two? I coloured Nana here with Promarkers adding a bit of black fineliner pen into corners of the lattice top pie on the table, where the smallest of Promarker nibs wouldn't dare to go. I have also paper-pieced her scarf so that she has a nice Paisley design that any grandma of 'a certain age' would be proud of.  The mats behind the image were cut using a Spellbinder's Nestie and layered to create what I hope passes for the edge of a pie. Maybe it is just my over active imagination again & only I can see it. LOL.

I made my own sentiment on the PC and added a punched edge (using a Crop-a-Dile), as if it were a recipe taken out of a folder, and I inked the edges to make it look as if those recipes were well used. In fact all the papers & card (other than the glossy black base card), have been given a good dose of Distress Ink around their edges to add to the 'homely' feel. The punched flower is from Woodware & I gave it a centre of a button (hand sewn on) and placed ribbon behind. The ribbon was some more of that fab white ribbon from FantasticRibbons once again recoloured with my Promarkers to suit the colour scheme.

The 'button' on the inside is made of card, coloured with Promarkers
The punch-line of the sentiment (if you can call it a sentiment?), I popped onto an white insert (with Tim Holtz Distress Ink again around the fancy-cut edges) & with matching papers to the front. The flower on corner of the insert has a central 'button' cut from card and Promarker-ed to make it match the real one on the front but will keep the inside the card flat.

Hope you like it and that you will join in with our challenge this week. We would love it if you could use one of Phindy's images to play along and if you do, just enter your card twice to double your chances of winning.  It isn't necessary to do so though, just keep to the theme, but if you have never visited her store before why not pay a visit as I think she has some fab digis.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter are:
Stamping Sisters in Christ - paper piecing
My Partner in Crafting Crime - buttons
Lexi's - ribbons (no bows or knots)
Dutch Dare - distressing
Stampman - anything 'Tim' (Distress Inks - Antique Linen & Tea Dye)
Ooh-la-la - Mother's Day or special friend (well you gotta admit it makes a change from a floral card! LOL)
Crafty Pad - for mums
Creative Inspirations -Mother's Day/ mum
Craft Your Days Away - mum or special lady
Allsorts - for a special lady
Freshly Brewed - cook it up
Stamp Challenges - digi day.