Wednesday 25 January 2012

#101 Pinks & Purples

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - pinks & purples
Sponsor & prize this week - Digi Doodle Shops - $10 gift certificate

I have chosen to use the Digi Doodle Shop image of 'carousel' for my card this week & coloured it with  Promarkers - and using the specified colour combo this week, very girly I think it looks too.  I kept my variation of purples to the softer, lighter lilac variety and setting the merry-go-round horse in a circle he could almost be in a snow globe. LOL.

On the front, I have punched several of the dps corners using a Fiskars punch which also gave them an embossed finish that I thought tied in fairly well with the floral design on the carousel - it is just that photographing such intricacy is never easy! In case you are unsure which corners these are (because of the poor camera work of yours truly), I you can tell as I also dotted them with tiny 2mm gems - lilac & pink ones of course.  The white die cut border peeking out behind the pink horizontal paper is actually just the very top of a Nellie Snellen border punch. The flowers, this time sporting 3mm gems in their centres, where created using a Woodware punch & layering up.

On the inside I cut circles to accommodate my Irish blessing sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs but on the opposite side I went all arty & fiddled with the carousel image to make my row of horses go up & down. That is the trouble of having my head - prone to seeing other possibilities too!

Tine :)

Totally Papercrafts - make your own flowers
Hotshot - flowers
OSAAT - round & round (carousel imagery as well as circles)
Sentimental Sundays - dies/punches/digi cutters etc (& use a sentiment - just on the inside this time)
Clearly Inspired - pastel colours
Sundays With Crissy - beat the mid-winter blues (I think the pastels are so spring-like)
Truly Scrumptious - something forgotten (not used this punch in ages - but rang the changes by constructing the flowers differently to how I normally do them)
Joanna Sheen - celebration
Stamping With The Dragon - anything goes.

Thursday 19 January 2012

Pyramid of Prayer

Still, trying to catch up on myself!  So here is another thoughtful & prayerful project and I managed not to colour an image on this one too!  LOL.  Don't worry, my Promarkers aren't being made redundant. LOL.  Instead I went for shape & die cuts - as well as the sentiment needless to say, to convey my message.

A tepee card, it has of course got 3 sides - and with the symbolism of 3 in Christianity (Holy Trinity or even different aspects of creation as in birth, life & death or mind, body & soul or even past, present & future), not to mention the point going ever heaven-ward like a spire on a Gothic church,  this seemed perfect shape for a condolence card - one to hopefully be more uplifting than sad.

The card base, Spellbinders' crosses & fleur de lis borders were all cut from pearlescent card stock which I think does actually show up on the photos for once. I made a paper template for myself to make sure that each of the 3 design papers were cut to exactly the same size and I popped a matt, silver peel-off down the longest side of each of the panels. Why did I chose blue patterned paper? Well, I have to admit it is my favourite colour, especially when teamed with white (I'd say just like the clouds in the sky but our clouds are usually grey! LOL). There is another reason I used blue though, I thought this most appropriate too for the message of the card. A 'soft' blue is thought to be the colour of the spirit with calming & restful qualities.

I then added the Shapabilities fleur de lis borders to the lower edges and matted & layered the sentiment from Digi Doodle Shop which I had cut into a circle & embellished with 2 more fleur de lis die cuts.  The sentiment which I hope will prove of help in time of sorrow says, 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him shalt not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16'.

I used all but one of the Spellbinders' crosses in the set, layering each up using glue gel for dimension but I then added to this further by cutting two of the fleur de lis 'circles' & used gel glue again to attach them behind my cross. I then found a large pearl for the centre. Attached to the second of the triangle's sides, the third side is for the 'to' & 'from'.

Tine :)

Our Daily Bread - W-I-N-T-E-R (W-white ,T-triangle & E-edging)
Stamping Sisters in Christ - new something (this was the first time that I had made a pyramid card)
Mark's Finest Paper - use border punches
Lothian Crafts - die cuts
Pink Elephant - favourite colour/s (blue & white)
My Mum's Craft Shop - favourite colour combo
Little Darlings - favourite colour/s (blue & white)
Secret Crafter - anything goes with blue
Crazy4 - blue
Crafty Bloggers Network - monochrome
Inky Impressions - shaped card
I Brake For Challenges - shaped card
Simply Create Too - layers (the cross itself has 5, LOL)
Card and Scrap - clean & simple
Craft-room - clean & simple (logo on sidebar)
Crafty Cardmakers - no floral embellishment
Die Cut Dreams - sympathy.

In Sympathy

Well, I hate having to make these cards if only as it means there is a tragic loss of someone. For this particular card I have gone for a DL size, matting & layering my Spellbinders' cross (cut from varying hues of white, off white, pearlescent & gold card) and setting it into the arched window of a Joanna Sheen design from her 'Heavenly Cards' collection. I decided not to mat this image onto gold card but added wavy peel-offs to the edges instead.  The multi-flower head design is also from this CD and on top of this is a two-layered Spellbinders sentiment onto which I dotted a couple of tiny ovals which were actually peel-off 'residue'.

The layers of the cross & sentiment were set using glue gel for dimension.

I went for a traditional kind of insert, which I hope features a verse which the recipient will find gives comfort and I used a fancy blade to cut a pattern around the edges. I still haven't entirely got to grips with my new camera either, so apologies if my photography is still a little 'iffy'.

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card in for:
Die Cut Dreams - sympathy
Lollipop - no embellishment
Crafty Cardmakers - no floral embellishment
Truly Scrumptious - something not used in a long time or forgotten (a long while since I used this particular CD - & come to think of it, don't recall blogging any of my makes with it either)
Scrap-creations - die cuts
Card & Scrap - clean & simple
Craft-room - clean & simple (logo on sidebar)
Charisma - clean & simple
Dream Valley - anything goes
OSAAT - anything goes.

Wednesday 18 January 2012

#100 Round 'n' Round

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - anything goes
Sponsor this week - our very own Lorraine! aka Digital Downloads by L R Design -£10 spend

It is that favourite of favourites amongst you craft bloggers this week here at I ♥ Promarkers - yes, 'Anything goes'!!!!  So if you use Promarkers or any other marker from Letraset head on over & enter our challenge this week - but please not before you have seen my card! LOL.

As this card is relatively CAS with a fair bit of 'white space', I wanted a bit of interest in the card stock base itself so chose this one with a textured weave which fortunately is on both sides of the card. I say fortunately as I wanted it to show on the inside of the card too but whether or not you can actually see the texture is another thing of course. Mind you, I have had to get a new camera after the sad demise of my own before Christmas.  I had borrowed my daughter's for the last couple of cards but couldn't really keep doing so. Hence the new camera & I don't know my way around it yet.  The image you might recognise as being from Mo Manning (and I have actually used this at least 3 or 4 times before - but I like it! LOL)  He is called 'Georgie Cartwheel' & I coloured him with Promarkers to match the single dp I have used on the front as well as the inside of the card. I cut myself a few circles of card to match the dp & layered them up - one of which features a circular 'hello' sentiment I acquired once from My Grafico.

Rolling on to the inside of my card, this time the circles are bouncing around a bit, LOL and whilst one has a small uncoloured version of Georgie another features a sentiment from Sentiments4You/Crafts4You with a larger space being kept blank for the 'to' & 'from' being added by hand at a later date.

Tine :)

Mo's Digital - CAS (using an image of Mo's)
Moving Along with the Times - spots and/or stripes
Joanna Sheen - celebration
Sundays with Crissy - beat the mid-winter blues (he seem full of the joys of Spring to me!)
Sassy Cheryl - bright & cheery
Charisma - happy birthday  
Catch the Bug - birthday
Craft-room - clean & simple (logo on sidebar)
Truly Scrumptious - something forgotten or not used in a long time (ages since I last used Georgie)
Dream Valley - anything goes.

Wednesday 11 January 2012

#99 Barry Balloons

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - cute & cuddly
Sponsor & prize this week - Stamp Fairy ($10 gift certificate)

The I ♥ Promarker team have all been given an image from our sponsor this week, Stamp Fairy to create their cards with and this image is one from the 'Barry Birthday' range and I have given him some bright & happy party colours around him, even if he himself looks a bit perplexed. LOL. Maybe he has just eaten too much ice cream! LOL.

The image has, of course, been coloured with my ever-ready Promarkers and whilst I still cut my circles by hand I have Spellbinders to thank for the scalloped circle and scalloped edgability. Whilst I was very good and kept this card nice & flat to make it post-friendly, I can never resist a little bit of dimension so set Barry's mat up using  glue gel.

The inside of the card vaguely echoes the design layout of the front but this time the circular mat supporting the sentiment from Sentiments4You (Crafts4You), was kept flat so that it would fit into the envelope more easily.

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card for are:
Sunday's With Crissy - beat the mid winter blues ( he is too colourful to be dismal!) LOL
Paper Sundaes - saturated with colour
Fussy 'n' Fancy - happy birthday (or animal print)
Whimsy - happy birthday
Joanna Sheen - celebrations
Simply Create - layers
Jellypark - old/new (scalloped circle die is old/ edgeability die is new)
Lothian Crafts - die cuts
Papertake - die cute special
Crafty Cardmakers - no flower embellishment
Corrosive - use something new (edgability die + image)
Passion for Promarkers - inspired by a song ((Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear  -  Elvis Presley)
Crafty Emma - anything goes
Crafts & Me - anything goes
Cupcake Craftroom - anything goes.

Wednesday 4 January 2012

#98 Christening Day Angels

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

First of all, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year - & for my first card to post in 2012 I have used an image from A Day for Daisies called 'Angels Resting' to create a christening card. These angels contemplating the Spellbinder's cross, were coloured with Promarkers and Stickles applied to their wings. This was then matted onto silver mirri and a touch more sparkle comes from the gems added to the layered cross.

The white card layer beneath the image's mat was run through an embossing folder, well twice actually, as these things really are not made the right size for our regular square cards are they?  Whilst the join wasn't actually too bad, any discrepancy in the design was covered up anyway with the narrow floral lace onto which I also added a flower made using a Marianne Creatables die with the obligatory button in the centre.

The insert was given a deckled edge and uses a verse from 'verses4cards', altering the font & alignment.

As this was of course, a rather special card, I decided to make it a coordinating box, so used the same pearlescent cardstock as the card base & part of the cross for the box's top & decorated it with another Spellbinders' cross as well as a lacy shape from the Lace Doily Accents set.  The four tiny sections which had popped out of the die cut silver cross I used as embellishments & added them to the corners of the box lid.  I then created an insert for the box (well, it isn't as if I didn't have enough to do is it, LOL), and this time used a sentiment from 'verses-for-cards'.

Tine :)

Glitter Geeks - brand spanking new (image & new life as a Christian)
Simon Says - new something
Allsorts - new beginnings (for a baby & new life as a Christian)
By the Cute & Girly - new beginnings (for a baby & new life as a Christian)
Bling It On - new beginnings (for a baby & new life as a Christian)
Emerald Faerie - flourishes/swirls (embossed)
Sparkles - anything but a Christmas card
Joanna Sheen - celebration
Phindy's Place - scraps (the crosses & flower were all taken from off-cuts and the button was from an old shirt)
Crafts & Me - anything goes.