Wednesday 21 December 2011

#97 Hooray! It's a Snow Day!

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - anything goes (runs for 2 weeks, 3 entries only still mind you!!!)
Sponsor & prize this week - Di's Digis ($10 gift certificate)

Yey, for 'anything goes' weeks - and this means I have managed to play along with Mo's challenge with this cutie called 'Snow Day', rejoicing in the falling snow.  Yes, I wasn't exactly leaping for joy myself when the real cold, wet stuff was coming down but I can at least still appreciate the excitement for a child. LOL.

She has of course, been coloured with Promarkers and I paper pieced her coordinating snow-suit to match in with my chosen red, cream/white & black colour scheme. Now, my followers might be getting fed up of my Marianne Creatable snowflake die cuts & those that are, will be glad that this is at least my last Christmas card of the year, but to be honest, I am just not fed up of them at all! I have used them so much that I should have shares in the company! LOL. The touches of sparkle on the snow are of course, Stickles & hooray for it coming out of the bottle with no problems at all. :)

Dorcas set the last theme over at Mo's challenge, asking us to use fabric.  Now then Dorcas, I don't want you to think that I have chickened out and just gone for a bit of ribbon (gorgeous though it is with beads on it - snowballs to me of course, LOL), but I have also been a bit creative with my favourite snowflakes this week. Yes, I managed to die cut some of the layers using a bit of old white shirt which I stiffened & glittered. How is that for tenacity & dedication to a cause! LOL. I even chose the card base to fit in with the fabric theme, choosing a white one with a linen weave effect embossed into it.

The fabric snowflakes.
I also cut snowflakes from my treated fabric using a Martha Stewart punch.  I wouldn't recommend trying this with smaller more delicate patterns and in fact, I am not sure that it is worth doing at all really as I am not sure this fabric variation adds anything particularly to the overall effect, but hey, 'nothing ventured nothing gained' as they say. All the snowflakes on the inside of the card were punched using MS punches from 2 different types & shades of card as well as the couple of fabric ones.  The circular sentiment is from Bizzybecstore.

...and on the inside.

As this is my last blog post before Christmas, I want to wish all of you a blessed, peaceful & happy Christmas and every good wish for the coming New Year.

Tine :)

Mo's - use fabric
Hot Shot Craft - use promarkers
Ribbon Girls - red, cream & black (plus ribbon!)
Marianne's Design Divas - it's Christmas! (plus use MC item)
Joanna Sheen - Christmas Wishes
Mark's Finest Papers - make a Christmas card
Dream Valley - Christmas
Card Makin' Mamas - Christmas inspiration
Truly Madly Crafty - Christmas image & colours
Card A Day - use a previous challenge (Christmas & snow)
Phindy's Place - scraps (well mine were scraps of an old shirt as well as white card for the snowflakes, LOL)
Card Crafters Circle - celebration
Critter Sketch - let it snow
Simon Says - bingo (ribbon/gems/sparkle)
Sundays With Crissy - anything goes
Crafts & Me - anything goes
OSAAT - anything goes.

Sunday 18 December 2011

Kenny K #74 ANYTHING GOES!!!!!!

Yes, Kenny K fans, today the challenge hosted by the gals on Team B is that favourite, ANYTHING GOES, but don't forget that if you use a Kenny K image you might be the lucky winner of not only 5 more digis from Kenny K's store but also from our other sponsor this week, the fabulous

who are offering a $15 gift certificate. You will have extra time to play along at this very busy time of year as this challenge will run until 8th January, 2012.

This will be Team B's final card of the year so why not go by & leave them some appreciation in their comments for all the wonderful cards they have made during the current run.

I wish all you lovely crafters a wonderful Christmas to all those who celebrate it and a great New Year to you all.

Tine :)

Wednesday 14 December 2011

#96 Blue & White

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - blue & white
Sponsor & prize this week - Crafty Emma - a £10 voucher!

Whilst not exactly CAS this one is heading that way - and this particular ice maiden is nothing like the one on the last card I posted.  This one is serene as she gazes at the falling (blue) snow of the dp and is an image from Beccy's Place called 'Mum's Coat'.  For the said coat, I paper pieced with a swirling blue design from FSS, & and like the image itself, has of course, been coloured using Promarkers, though the odd Flexmarker did sneak in today. You might notice too, that I was a bit creative with my Spellbinders die on the image as not only was my ideal size not included in the Nestie range but I was also awkward enough to only want the shaped cut on two of the corners.  To get around this I cut the image's mat to the rectangular dimension I wanted and then sneaked it onto the die, taping into position so one corner would be cut.  I then carefully ran it through the die cutting machine making sure I only went part-way over the die, before taking the image out of the Nestability & repeating for the second corner.

There is no sparkle on her fur, though it almost looks that way.

The snowflakes falling outside her window (well it is a window in my head! LOL), are a re-coloured digi from Crafter's Companion to which I added Waterfall Stickles for an blue-icy look. As you can see, as my imaginary ice maiden lives in a castle built of ice, it is apparently snowing inside too! LOL. This is a combination of not only the smallest of my Marianne Creatable dies, but Martha Stewart punches too in pale blue, navy, white & pearlescent shimmer card stock which hopefully shows up all the more against the pure white textured card base. The odd section of snowflake as also been spritzed with Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle for that extra bit of reflected light.

Happy Christmas crafting!

Tine :)

Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas
Joanna Sheen - Christmas wishes
Moving Along With The Times - last minute Christmas
Glitter Geeks - let it snow
Crafty Purple Frog - it's cold outside
Hanna & Friends - a winter card
Dream Valley - Christmas
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Kaboodle Doodles - let's get together for the holidays
Passion for Promarkers - celebrations
Emerald Faerie - Christmas - non-traditional colours
Creatalicious - Christmas & sparkle
Scrappin' Chics - Christmas or December holiday
Paper Makeup - paper piecing
Everbody Art - blue & white
Sundays With Crissy - anything goes.

Sunday 11 December 2011

Kenny K - #73 Blue Christmas - Ice Maiden

Theme at Kenny K - Christmas blues
Sponsors & prizes this week -
Michelle's Scrapbooking Store ($15 gift certificate) plus
Kenny K Downloads - (5 digis of your choice)

I have gone for very subtle, icy blues for the background papers with deeper shades for the Promarkers colouring my image this week, one of Kenny K Steampunk galz called ' Helga Frost'. She with the pout & hynotic eyes (or should that be 'eye' given that she has this Veronica Lake thing going on with her curling locks), is just so brilliant to colour - but there again, I just lurve to colour!  LOL. Don't you reckon she makes a great enchantress, a latter day Snow Queen ready to capture an unwary male & take him to her Ice Palace?

The larger snowflakes behind the image's mat are die cuts created using a Marianne Creatables set of dies and the slightly smaller ones running in a straight line were cut using a Martha Stewart punch.  Some have been spritzed with Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle while others have been cut from matching printed paper and pearlescent card.  The circular sentiment was from Sentiments4You and has been set in front a snowflake constructed from die cuts & very narrow ribbon.  I have given this a longish 'tail' of wider satin ribbon, pleated into folds so the overall effect is rather like a snowflake rosette.

She is one sassy ice maiden!

Tine :)

Passion For Promarkers - celebration
Joanna Sheen (monthly) - Christmas
OLLCB - sparkle
Marianne's Design Divas - sparkle & shine
Crafts & Me - Winter snow/snowflakes
Crafty Sentiments - snowflakes
Glitter Geeks - let it snow
By the Cute & Girly - let it snow
Bearly Mine - untraditional Christmas - not red or green
Incy Wincy - non-traditional Christmas colours
Emerald Faerie - non-traditional Christmas colours
Ribbon Reel - ribbon & anything goes
ABC Christmas - Y for Yipee!
Hanna & Friends - a winter card
Crafty Purple Frog - it's cold outside
Papertake - anything goes
Stamping With The Dragon - anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year Round - anything goes.

Wednesday 7 December 2011

#95 'O Christmas Tree'

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - shaped cards
Sponsor & prize this week - Joanna Sheen, £10 gift voucher.

I thought I would try my hand at a teepee card, and whilst not exactly post-friendly, certainly makes a change from a regular square format. I thought it was just the perfect shape for a Christmas tree shaped card too, so made my variation with zig-zags at the base before layering it up with punched green card. Onto this I dovetailed a strip of  white pearlescent card to meet the zig-zagged edge of the green & then punching a bit more white for the snow-covered lower branches.  I used  a Martha Stewart to punch & a bit more pinking to add to the spiky fir tree feel.  I then added old-gold coloured satin ribbon and dotted clear glitzy gems & a row of yellow & gold ones.

Each of the three sides were treated similarly & each was also topped with star punched from more pearlescent card stock (though gluing them  to each other so they all met at the top was a tricky manoeuvre!)

For the front I coloured an image from Mami Doodles with Promarkers and mounted it onto gold mirri (cut & embossed using a Spellbinders decked oval). I backed this oval too with more mirri so that any protruding bits which might peep out on each of the other two sides would only show shining  gold - & this sandwich was popped onto the tree using Pinflair glue. For the side I am using for the 'to' & 'from' I typed a few words into the centre of a bauble image from Bird's Cards, mounting this onto more gold mirri this time cut into a circle.

Et voilĂ !  Hope you like it!

Tine :)

Fussy 'n' Fancy
Fussy 'n' Fancy - photo inspiration
Christmas Inspirations - unusual fold
Stamping Sisters in Christ - angels
Wags 'n' Whiskers - angel or fairy
Flutterby Wednesday - angel, fairy or butterfly open challenge
Rainbow Lady's - Christmas Carol (O, Christmas Tree)
Paper Variety - Christmas Carol (O, Christmas Tree)
Joanna Sheen - Christmas wishes
Passion for Promarkers - Christmas
Creatalicious - Christmas & sparkles
Hybrid Chick - glitter/sparkle
Winter Wonderland - Christmas or winter birthday
Crafty Creations - card with sentiment
Papercraft Star - tree
ABC Christmas - Y for Yipee!
Ribbon Girls - jingle all the way to Christmas (& use ribbon!)
DYSU - ribbon (or anything that ties)
Ribbon Reel - ribbon + anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year Round - anything goes
Stamping With The Dragon - anything goes (Christmas).

Sunday 4 December 2011

Kenny K #72 Texture

Hi all, just popping by to tell you that over at the Kenny K's Krafty Girls' blog today the challenge that Team B are setting you is to add some texture onto your cards. You are free to interpret that as you will of course but the prize for one lucky winner selected at random from those using one of Kenny K's images, is to win their choice of 5 digis from the Kenny K digi shop.  A great prize for all you Kenny K fans.

Have fun crafters!

Tine :)