Saturday, 30 January 2010
This one was from Oona, and came with some stamped images and 3 promarkers.
Then I got this one from Jane (Bunbun) as a thank you for the Sizzix dies I sent her:
and finally this one arrived yesterday and is from Tom to say thank you for the stash I sent him.
Friday, 29 January 2010
I was so impressed that Louisa's 9 year old son Tom, made cards to sell at his school to raise some money for Haiti, that I wanted to send him a little something to say well done for thinking of others, so I sent him his very own crafting stash. Now we all know that we all have too much stash to ever get through, so I spent an hour or so last Saturday, sorting some bits and pieces out that I thought he might like to send him. I forgot to take a photo of it all, but there was lots, I got carried away a bit and there was enough to fill an A4 jiffy envelope.
Having done a craft stash swap in the past with Louisa through Crafty Place, I had sent her a box, that had a few sections in it and would hold things like embellishments and brads etc, and I know from what Louisa told me, Tom wanted it. So as part of the stash I sent him, I sent him his very own 'bits and pieces' box to put some of his new stash in.
This is the card I made to go with it:
I found the image on my PC, and thanks to the girls on MSE I know now that it is called Edwin Fishing, and thought it would be perfect to use on a card, so I coloured it in with paintshop pro, and matted it onto an easel card.
All the card/paper used to make it came from a pack from poundland, and the letters for Tom, were printed out on the craft robo.
I was really please how the card turned out, I enjoy making easel cards, as they are so easy to do.
I hope Tom liked it too.
I made this card before the promarkers arrived, so this is an image that I have had on the PC and coloured it in using paintshop pro - think it will take me a while to get up to this standard of colouring with promarkers!
The image has been cut using deckled rectangles in the cuttlebug, and the silver sparkly matting is the glitter film, that I picked up in hobbycraft the other week. The ribbon is some from my stash, and the purple card, an off cut.
I had to go to our local haberdashery shop on Saturday, to get some ribbon, and wanted to get a few buttons to try them out on cards. I was looking through the racks and there was so much choice, but didn't really want to pay 10p a button. I just happened to look down on a lower shelf and found a mixed box full or shapes and colours, and a sign that said 'the whole lot 50p'. Not one to turn down a bargain, I bought them, and when I got them home it sorted them out into colours. Having counted them, there were 232. I was well impressed!
There was a huge variety of colours, design, and, so once sorted out they now look like this:
Thursday, 21 January 2010
For the sketch taken from the Sketch and Stash blog, I have used a square white card from Anita's, and a lot of stash that I have had for a while. The backing pink card, and the light pink card are bits from the very first box I ever bought from the PaperMill about 2 years ago. I've 'swiss dotted' the pale pink card through the cuttle bug. The scalloped and plain circles were cut with my nestabilities, and the scalloped circle is some gemstone card that I got for Christmas, and I love it!
The image was a freedown load a while ago from The Creative Cottage, and I have printed out the spots and striped paper from part of the Creative Cottage kit. The ribbons were from my stash, and although you can't see them very well I have added 3 clear stones to the middle of the 3 dots on the bottom of the spotted paper. The 'New Home' sentiment was printed out on the PC in gold and cut using lables 4 nestabilities. I really like this card, and have enjoyed following the sketch.
He is very pleased with himself for doing a boy's card, and I have to say it does look pretty effective. Everything on this card was cut with the robo, from the letters to the football and goal.
I think it looks fab, and I guess we could do the writing and add a logo in appropriate colours for any football team. Think my oldest will get this one for his birthday in March.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
I've had this image on my PC for a while, and thought that the colours I had used to colour it in paintshop pro, fitted in perfectly with this Challenge.
I have used a square white card, onto which I have put a base card of grey, which has been 'swiss dotted' through the cuttlebug. I have then matted the image onto a pink scalloped square.
To the corners I have added some card flowers that my OH has designed and printed on the craft robo - I love these as you can 'lift' the middle of the petals to give the flower a 3d effect. I have added a green eyelet to the middle of the flower, now that I have worked out how to do them with my crop-a-dile (it's only taken me about 9 months to get it right!).
In the corner I have added a length of ribbon from my stash with a 'Happy Birthday' peel off.
I am still managing to keep up with him in using what he designs and cuts out and below is the latest card that he gave me to work with. When he gave it to me it was just a pink card with the heart 'stencil' in the middle cut out, and I thought what the hell do I do with this. I couldn't put red with it as it would have clashed badly, and after a few days of pondering I decided that pink and black go, so here we have my very first valentines card for this year.
Having asked my OH for a bit more design to go with this card he has printed me out some black heart corners, which when I put them one made the card look better but there was something missing for the middle, so I decided to add a circle of black to the card to highlight the pink heart 'stencil' better. To finish the card of I have layered a black and pink love heart to the middle of the black card, and think it looks quite effective.
Not sure whether I like the card or not, as I am not into pink, but think the card has come out quite well, and would like yo enter it into this week's One Stop Craft Challenge which is corners/fancy edges.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
I've used a piece of red paper from Papermania 'Simply' Elegant, that was the first paper pack I ever bought about 3 years ago, which I have backed onto a piece of red handmade paper. Since I am in love with the 'craft robo' butterflies I have added one to a circle of handmade paper, which is matted onto a white scalloped circle.
I have added a piece of ribbon with a peel off for the sentiment to finish off the card.
Really pleased with this card, and using up some of my very 'old' stash.
Having made the challenge card above, I liked the layout so much that I had to do another using some black and white paper that I ordered off ebay the other day.
For this card I have cut 5 strips of paper/card, 2 of which have been 'swiss dotted' in the cuttlebug, and added the same butterfly to a piece of black card backed onto a white scalloped circle.
On the left I have tied a black bow with organza ribbon, and added a 'Happy Birthday' peel off to the bottom of the card straight onto some black cardstock.
I so love black and white at the moment, not sure why, but think it is just so elegant.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
- to try and use just card stock, that doesn't need covering with backing papers; and
- stick to just two or three things to put on it ie. stamped image and ribbon.
Well this is the card that I have made using just black and white.
I have used a blank white card (51/4" x 5 1/4"), which I have embossed with a 'happy birthday' folder. Onto this I have put a black square, which has been put through the cuttlebug using 'swiss dots'. My OH has made the butterfly topper with the Craft Robo.
To finish the card I have just added a length of black ribbon down the left hand side.
I think the card looks fab and pretty elegant, and will definitely be making more like this in the future.
It will also be one way of using up my coloured scraps of card.
Thanks for setting a fab challenge Susan. I really enjoyed making this card, and have to say it is probably the quickest one I have done at 15 minutes! Hope it doesn't look like I've done a quick job on it!
He thought it was a great idea, until I told him that I think it was Rusty, who made one like this using the PC sometime last year!
He is cuffed with it, and impressed that it only took him about 3 minutes. However, as I told him, it looks like that is all it took him!
He is currently doing some printing out on the craft robo, so will shortly be submitting another entry.
Friday, 8 January 2010
This is what it looked like 'pre-kids', soft, white and snowy. Really picturesque, with only our cat's footprints in the snow:
They had a great time playing out, and really enjoyed being 'snow angels'!
I've loved doing sketch cards lately, as it gives me inspiration, which recently has been severely lacking.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
The image is the same one I used on the MSE challenge the other day, and I think the paper is Basic Grey - Sultry. I have used verious 'nesties' to cut the squares, circle and scalloped circle, and then just added some glittery ribbon and gems from my stash.
Monday, 4 January 2010
With all the bits and pieces he bought at Hobbycraft at the weekend, it looks as though our house will have a his 'n' hers crafty corner!
I have used an digital image that I have had for a while, which has been coloured in using Paintshop Pro. This has been cut out using the 'bug' and deckled rectangles. You can't really tell from the photo but the scalloped circle has been cut out on some self adhesive glitter film, which I managed to pick up at the weekend from Hobbycraft for 62p for 3 A4 sheets. I couldn't resist this bargain and ended up getting it in 3 different colours. I love it as I don't have to fiddle with DST/glue to stick it down!
The image and scalloped circle was backed onto some purple card run through the bug with swiss dots, and to finish it off I used a bit of glitter ribbon on the left hand side, and cut out a label on the glitter film and added a peel off. Really happy with this card, and love the sketch used. Thanks Rainmac on setting a great challenge.