Sunday 30 October 2011

Kenny K #67 Glitter & Bling

Theme at Kenny K - glitter & bling
Sponsors & prizes - Bearly Mine Designs (2 Christmas sets of your choice) plus Kenny K - (5 digi images of your choice too!)

We have gone all festive here at Kenny K's Krafty Girlz this week to celebrate the launch of some new seasonal images.  Yep, new Christmas ones which go perfectly with our 'glitter & bling' theme.  This fun two-some decorating their tree is called 'Xmas Tree' & I coloured them with Promarkers. I even used the Silver Metallic Promarker on the tinsel & star before adding even more glitz to it with silver glitter glue. I used more glitter glue on the spots of a present as well as for some baubles on the tree before popping on some red gems too for my 'blingy' element - along with the pale green ones on the stripy dp at the bottom.

I actually paper pieced the boy's pyjamas having to recolour my digi striped paper to match the spotty one of his PJ top (fortunately the terms of use of the papers allowed for such emergencies!). The trouble I go to just for a tiny bit of one card.  I know, I am mad!  I also paper pieced the large red spotted present at the foot of the tree.

I mounted up using some glitter card & will leave it to your imaginations as to the state of me & my workspace by the time I had finished! LOL. But hey, if you can't glitter up for Christmas, when can you? LOL.

Tine :)

Sparkles Forum Christmas  - Christmas songs (Wizzard - I wish it could be Christmas everyday)
Scrap-Creations - digi image & papers
Paper Crafting Journey - use a digi (image & papers)
Southern Girls - stripes & polka dots
Hanna & Friends - glitter
Totally Papercrafts - glitter it
Meljen's - Christmas
Little Claire's - Christmas
Phindy's - paper piecing
Totally Gorjuss - I remember (ooo to be a kid a Christmastime - magical!)
One Stop Craft - no sentiment (I think the image says it all really, LOL)
Simon Says - anything goes
Paper Shelter - anything goes
Sweet Stamping - anything goes.

Wednesday 26 October 2011

#89 ...Only Us Bunnies. Gulp! Tag

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

This week I am using this fun image from our sponsor, Digi Doodle called 'Turkey in Disguise'.  This 'dinner-in-waiting' has donned some bunny ears & gone undercover to hide his identity & comes with a few free fun one liner sentiments to illustrate his predicament - whether for Christmas or Thanksgiving . Of course, being in the UK, for me he is on a Christmas themed tag and has been coloured with Promarkers to what I hope is at least something vaguely turkey-like. LOL. I don't know about you, but I normally only see them when they are all plucked & in a shop freezer. LOL.  I made the tag circular as I hoped it echoed his rotund shape given that he will have undoubtedly been especially fattened up!  The addition a piece at the top maked my circle into a suitably Christmas-sy bauble & I hammered a slot into this for the ribbon to go through.  The backing papers, by the way, are both designs by HOTP from my stash.

The satin ribbon I folded into a rosette kind of shape & secured with a few stitches before adding a Marianne Creatable snowflake to the centre and finishing it off with a gorgeous spotted button.  The twine knotted through the button was a regular greyish-string colour but I recoloured it black with my Promarkers. The two tiny white snowflakes on the snowflake print dp are the punched out residue from a Martha Stewart border punch.

That's all for today then. Happy crafting!

Tine :)

Forever Friends - use a sentiment (+an animal)
Outlawz Paper A La Mode - Tag You're It!
Stamping With The Dragon - buttons & bows
Marianne's Design Divas - die cut (using MC die - snowflake)
Sparkles Forum Christmas - Christmas song [Elton John - Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd be a turkey at Christmas)]
Little Claire's - Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges - 2 dps, ribbon & bird
Cards for Men - animals
Catered Crop -  FTR23 recipe (I used fall colours, pattern paper, button, tags, ribbon, twine, die cuts & make us laugh!)
Christmas Cards All Year - Christmas, die cut (snowflake) + a colour of Halloween (black)
Challenge Up Your Life - photo insp
Paper Pretties - embellish
Whimsy - use one or more buttons
Simon Says - anything goes.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Shanna - for you

Well, I actually managed to squeeze in another card this week. I am sure that you will all recognise 'Sorry Shanna'  by Mo Manning & I paper pieced her dress having coloured her with my beloved Promarkers. She is so adorable, don't you think?

I chose to use the interesting sketch offered by Sketch Saturday this week & cleared my head of all these autumnal colours with fresh, spring-like papers instead. Of course, choosing pink is also so relevant this month as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As such, I am dedicating this card to the memory of a dear friend who had discovered BC, had it treated only to find some while later that it had in fact spread - & it was this secondary cancer that took it's toll on her.  She passed away this time last year.  Please remember to keep yourselves safe.

Back on the subject of the card, I rotated the sketch so that the oval was on the other side - so basically, the sketch was now upside down. Never managing to make life easy for myself, I chose this Nellie's oval die to use behind Shana & layer it up. I cut it out of both green & pink card so that I could inlay the tiny pink triangles. As this die doesn't cut an outer oval shape I had to freehand cut the white oval I placed behind.  This acted as a base to adhere the die cut & those tiny triangles to as well as allowing white to peep through where I hadn't inlaid the pink.  I typed up the 'for you' sentiment on the PC & then die cut the oval (again, a Nellie's die) which already had the slots in ready for the narrow ribbon.  I made the 3 flowers using a Marianne Creatables die but treated them differently than usual, cutting slits to the centre of the flower shapes & folding the resulting petals down the centre which gave the flowers a different look. I then popped a gem into the centre for good measure.

See you all again tomorrow.

Tine :)

Sketch Saturday - sketch
Mo's Digital - use your favourite Mo image + sentiment (how do you choose? LOL)
Totally Papercrafts - layer upon layer
Marianne's Design Divas - use MC die (flower)
Squirrel & the Fox - one for the girls
Critter Sketch - 3 different dps
My Partner In Crafting Crime - colour palette (white, mint, green, bright pink, light pink)
Clearly I Stamp - pink
Papercutz - in the pink
Whimsie Doodles - think pink
Outlawz - Greeting - breast cancer/pink awareness
Crafter's Companion - pink/green breast awareness (CC product used - permanent glue tape runner)
Emerald Faerie Garden - flowers
Catered Crop - FTR23 recipe (I used: pattern paper, polka dots, thread,ribbon, paper piecing, sewing, die cuts).

Sunday 23 October 2011

Kenny K - Get Dotty!

Hi, and the theme this week at Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge is to Get Dotty!  Team B would love to see you dig out all your polka dots this week & join in with their challenge & don't forget if you use one of Kenny K's fab digi that you are in with a chance of winning the prize this week which is a fabulous $15 gift certificate from

and also up for grabs from our regular sponsor,

who are, as always, offering a chance of getting your mitts on 5 digis of your choice.

Have fun!
Tine :)

Wednesday 19 October 2011

#88 House Mouse & Friends

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - cute
Sponsor & prize this week - Crafts4You (Sentiments4You) - £10 gift voucher

All together now, aww!  Don't you think this stamp is just so perfect for our 'cute' theme?  How adorable are they!  An image of friends helping one another.  I have made this card for a lovely girl who gave me this stamp  last week - she had made a few cards in the past but gave it up & she knew I would appreciate it & give it a good home. :)   Isn't that so kind of her.  I thought I would take the opportunity of thanking her using this image in conjunction with a sentiment from our sponsor this week, Crafts4You (Sentiments4You) which I used on the front of the card.

The image (House Mouse, in case you couldn't tell, LOL), was coloured with Promarkers & a couple of Flexmarkers & mounted up to follow the sketch over at CLP this month. Now, as you might know, I rarely manage to make life easy for myself, LOL, and I wanted to replicate the image on the insert but lighten it so that it was just in the background and so that the message of thanks would take precedence.  Now, this might have been easier if I had a 'dying' ink pad or even a grey one so this is how I got round it. I inked up with a dye ink pad & then scanned the stamped image.  I then opened this in my photo programme & lightened it.  I then measured the actual stamp & made sure that the now digital version was the same size. This meant I could print it & add the internal circular sentiment (from the Frugal Crafter) to echo the layout on the front, as well as adding my own few words over the greyed image. Yes, I know, why didn't I scan the image I had stamped for the front of the card before I coloured it in to save me having to stamp a second time!!! LOL. Well, you know me - too happy to start colouring in! LOL.

Tine :)

CLP - design sketch

Forever Friends -  anything goes  (+ always inc. an animal)
Catch the Bug - animals
Sweet Pea Stampers - thanks
Sunday's With Crissy - thank you or Thanksgiving
Simon Says Stamp & Show - stripes
Glitter Geeks - two's company (2 images & 2 lots of sentiments - inside & out)
Stamping Sisters in Christ - use 2 of anything (2 images/2 lots of sentiments)
Mark's Finest Papers - seeing double (image inside as well as out)
Cardmadfairy- spots & stripes
Whoopsi Daisy - free & easy
Outlawz Greeting - anything goes (using a sentiment on the front)
By the Cute & Girly - anything goes.

Sunday 16 October 2011

Kenny K # 65 ....Out of Control

Theme at Kenny K - Autumnal / Fall colours ( green, orange, yellow, brown & reds)
Sponsor & prize this week - Crafty Ribbons - Bev's bag Autumn Cascade

Here at Kenny K it is the turn of Team A & we have a very seasonal colour challenge this week. Just let the colour of those autumn leaves inspire you. I have chosen to use an image to which I am sure most mothers of boys can very much relate to - 'Remote Control'. LOL. Oh, the hours they can spend trying to get to the next level if you let them, but that of course, makes it a perfect choice of image for a lad's card, don't you think?

I coloured him with Promarkers, but actually paper-pieced his T-shirt. Now, I used digi papers for this card & whilst they looked great on my screen, printed off so much lighter than they should be & sadly much of the definition of pattern was lost along with the intensity & depth of colour.  :(  Needless to say, the soft pattern on the paper I used to piece his T-shirt is just not showing up on the photo at all so I might as well have not bothered. LOL. Ah, well! That aside, I think that an autumnal colour palette lends itself so well to a male card don't you?  I also had the perfect sentiment to team with this image to go on the front & this was from Jedi a while back. Hope you all like it.

Tine :)

Southern Girls - for the men in your lives
Sweet Stamping - masculine
Stamping for the Weekend - colours of autumn
Delightful - colours of Fall/Autumn
Digital Tuesday - fall colours
Deep Ocean - fall colours
Wags 'n' Whiskers - fall colours
Crafty Emma - shades or images of autumn
Paperworks - colour inspiration
Stamptacular Sunday - anything goes.

Wednesday 12 October 2011

#87 Autumnal Armchair Bear

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - Autumnal colours
Sponsor & prize this week - Letraset - Promarkers!!!!! YEY!

I inked up this week with a totally gorgeous LOTV image that I think is called 'Armchair Bear' & he was, needless to say, coloured with Promarkers though I did use the odd Tria pen too. The scene itself might not be autumnal in particular, but I have gone with the idea of my bears keeping snug & warm as the days & nights are getting colder & using leaf printed papers as well as card in autumnal leaf & berry hues.

The image & its mat were cut out using Spellbinders Labels Two dies & the beautiful flower was made with Spiral Blossom One - well, I think it is beautiful anyway. LOL. I actually have some roses blooming at the moment, but I don't think they can work out what season it is - & who can blame them. If you live in the UK you will know exactly what I mean!  I have attempted to make these two more autumnal though with my paper choice, going for golden tones rather than the summery reds that I have in the garden, & although it might be 'rose-shaped' it reminds me of the crisp, crunchy leaf-fall that has that particular autumn smell to it as you walk through them. I am sure you know what I mean.  The side panels of my shaped card have also die shapes both by Marianne Creatables - creamy swirls & veined leaves (which was cut down so that I only had two leaves on each side).  A further spiral 'frond' on each side was made of green wire coiled into shape.  Hope you all like it & enjoy your day everyone!

Tine :)

Allsorts - bears
Raise the Bar - animals
Totally Papercrafts - animals
Artistic Stamper - (must use rubber stamp) Autumn colours
Stamping with the Dragon - Fall/Autumnal colours
Stamping for the Weekend - colours of Autumn
Fussy & Fancy -Fall or Halloween
Digital Tuesday - fall colours
Paperworks - photo inspiration
ECP - autumn or thank you
Marianne's Design Divas - bloom & grow (+MC products - swirl & leaves)
Emerald Faerie Garden - punches/dies
Papertake - at least 3 different shapes
Craft Your Passion - general/any occasion card
Scrap Affair - photo inspiration (the autumn colours)
Crafty Cardmakers - anything goes.

Sunday 9 October 2011

Kenny K - shaped card challenge

Hi everyone and those talented ladies on Team B are asking you to join in with the Kenny K Challenge using shaped cards this week. Added incentive to get you away from those beloved square cards comes in the form of a fabby prize from this week's sponsor,

as well as our regular sponsor of course, digis from

so don't forget to use one of Kenny K's images if you would like a chance of winning.

Happy crafting folks!
Tine :)

Wednesday 5 October 2011

#86 Spooky!

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - Spooky
Sponsor & prize this week - Joanna Sheen who has kindly offered a £10 gift voucher

Well, as you can see I have put my own slant on our spooky theme, creating not a Halloween card, but a birthday one! LOL.  It didn't stop Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' running through my head the whole time I was making it though! LOL.

The slightly confused looking zombie is from Make it Crafty & both he & the background have been coloured with Promarkers. Do you reckon he looks 'spooky' enough. LOL. The haunted house background I gave him is, if I labelled it correctly, is from Stampers Best but it came with 'Happy Halloween' written below the image so I had to remove this so it could be a birthday card & so it wouldn't be obscured with my zombie. This too was coloured with Promarkers until it was little more than a silhouette.

I distressed my background paper at the edges before inking with Tim Holtz Distress Ink & then added some white acrylic paint. I added paint to his 'bandages' behind the images mat too. The sentiment I created myself on the PC using a suitably spooky font, putting it onto a scroll - and apologies if now you too start singing 'Thriller' for the rest of the day! LOL.

Phindy's Place - autumn
Moving Along with the Times - spooky Halloween
Art Impressions - Halloween
Little Darlings - Fall/Halloween
Secret Crafter - Halloween
Victorine Stamps - Halloween
Crafty Calender - spooky birthday
Stamptacular Sunday - photo insp (see pic above)
Crafty Purple Frog - layers
Paper Sunday - layers
Barely Mine - 3 dps (the sentiment is printed onto a dp too)
ECP - autumnal project
Crafts & Me - use a digi ( I used two)
Crafty Cardmakers - anything goes
Papertake - anything goes.

Sunday 2 October 2011

Kenny K #63 Girlz

Theme at Kenny K - Girls & die cuts/punches (use more than one image for this challenge)
Sponsors & prizes - Whimsy Stamps - $15 gift certificate / 5 digis from Kenny K

My KKKG card this week uses 2 of Kenny K's images - 'Hot Weave' & 'Soho' who both seem to be girls who know their own minds & I hope the paper choice reflects their attitude & dynamism & the embellishments their feminine sides.  The images themselves have been coloured with Promarkers.

The theme as you will have noticed is to use dies &/or punches on your card & on this design I have used a Martha Stewart border punch on the dotted papers in the background, a floral Woodware punch for the smaller flowers, 2 differing Double Do dies for the leafy flourishes & a Marianne Creatables die for the larger pink flowers. Now, I do admit it is a bit difficult to see the MS punched work on the front of the card as most of it is hidden behind the image & its mat, but at least it is clearly seen on the inside of the card. LOL. I love this Marianne Creatable flower die as it produces a lovely sized floral embellishment which is quite sturdy when glued together too. I was going to punch out of pink dps but finding the same colours as my PMs was a bit tricky so decided to colour the flowers with my Promarkers too so they would perfectly match the girls' outfits.

For the inside of the card I used the same papers & glossy black card as the front, as well as the same MS punch.  The cleverly worded sentiment in two sections (on the left hand side as you are looking at it), is from Marlene (at Disguised As a Grown Up), and on the opposite side I used one of Paulette's at TLC - a heart with 'friend' on the side - but faded it out to a grey so that I will be able to write who the card will be going to over the top. The 'happy birthday' on the top of this I added myself on the PC.

Tine :)

Bearly Mine - use 3 dps
Scrap-Creations - it's a girl thing
Crafty Emma - pretty girls
Ooh-la-la - dies/punches
Paper Crafting Journey - dies/punches
Emerald Faerie Garden - punches/dies
Marianne Design Divas - bloom & grow
Crafts & Me - flowers
Wags 'n' Whiskers - handmade (flowers)
Party Time Tuesday - anything goes
Simon Says - anything goes.

Saturday 1 October 2011

GDT Gingerloft - Argh!

GDT Gingerloft GL26 - this week's theme - use orange
Prize is the choice of 3 digis from the Gingerloft store.

Hi & my post today is especially for the guys at Gingerloft who have asked me to play along with them this week using the colour 'orange'. Surely the perfect colour choice for a Gingerloft challenge & what better an image to use then than that of a ginger cat. This fun feline is by Dustin Pike & is called 'Scaredy Cat', & in this instance is scared of yet another birthday - & one year closer to a BIG birthday!  LOL.  He has been coloured with Promarkers & the odd Flexmarker & mounted onto this 'popping' card shape so it will 'ping' out of the envelope. LOL. I have also done my trick with the folded acetate for even more dimension & movement - & it can still lie flat in an envelope!

The sentiment to the right hand side as you look at it is from Sentiments 4 You but I added the relevant numbers to the middle whilst the other side's message I created myself on the PC.

Incy Wincy - fancy folds
Ladybug - fall/fancy folds
Card Makin' Mamas - folds
Pile It On - fancy folds
2 Sisters - fancy folds
Pixie Cottage - pop it up (&/or sketch)
Aud Sentiments - happy birthday
Deep Ocean - happy birthday
Little Miss Muffet - animals or monsters
Crafting For All Seasons - fall/autumn colours
Stamping with the Dragon - fall/autumn colours
Outlawz - Greeting - anything goes (always with sentiment on the front)
Critter Sketch - anything goes
Party Time Tuesday - anything goes
Simon Says - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes