Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Wot! No Stamping?

Here is my entry for Raise The Bar where the theme for their current challenge is 'no stamping' I feel a bit cheeky even entering this card into a challenge as it was so quick and easy to make, especially as I haven't 'raised the bar' with this card! The colours are so pretty and spring-like though, I thought it was worth a go.

The spotty paper was a mag freebie and the stripy paper is by Provocraft, both of which I've had lying around in my stash for ages. I used some pink adhesive ribbon over the join and added the flowers by Prima which have also been knocking around for a while. The sentiment is a rub-on. As I said in my previous post, I am trying to make cards that use up stuff that I have had for a while.

Thanks for taking a look.

Fiona x

Monday, 22 February 2010

Simply Sepia

As I've had a couple of extra days off work this week I thought I would try some new challenges. I found Creative Inspirations through blog-hopping and this week they are looking for cards using only the colour Sepia.

The background paper is by Graphic 45 and I distressed it around the edges and inked it with Walnut Stain D.I. Then I cut a strip from a scrap of Kraft card and ran it through the cuttlebug in the Victoria embossing folder and gave it a light inking with Versafine Vintage Sepia. I made another border strip with brown Bazzill card and edged with the MS doily punch and attached a brown spotty ribbon. The stamped image is one I've had for a few years and again I used Vintage Sepia ink and coloured the flower in her hair with chalk. I cut out the circle using a nestie and embossed and inked around the edge with Walnut Stain and Antique Linen D.I.
By this time, I had realised that I didn't have any more brown Bazzill to layer the image onto so I had to fall back on Plan B, and found some ancient brown mulberry paper which I tore into, to give it an aged look. Finally, I added a rub-on sentiment up the side.

All materials came from my stash, I am trying to use stuff that I have had for ages so I have room for new things. My craft room is a very small box room and full up to the gunwales
as it is. Last week I bought a great new filing cabinet from Lidl for all my cardstock and cuttlebug accoutrements, (only £29.99) so now I am slightly more organised and it doesn't take so long to find what I am looking for as I have colour coded the drawers.

Another dreadful day for taking photo's, I'm so fed up with all this rain.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Fiona x

Friday, 19 February 2010

An Award and A Craft Barn Card

Thanks go to Georgia over at Kitty Krafts who kindly gave me a lovely award recently (see sidebar) which I must pass on to five other crafters. Therefore, I am passing it on to:-

Eunice-Cruising and Crafting
Fliss-Stampers Chef
Sarita-Little Princess Cards
Sandra- Sandra Dry Designs
Michelle-Midnight Crafter

These are all ladies whose work I admire and they have all inspired me at some time.

The Craft Barn have started a monthly competition, this month the theme is LOVE and here is the sketch you must follow.

Below, is my interpretation of the sketch.

I used Inkadinkado and Hero Arts stamps on this card and coloured with chalks. The red panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug Hearts folder and I dotted around some gold stickles on the stamping. After punching out several borders, I eventually settled on this red spotty ribbon instead! To finish off I made a gold cord bow and a tag with a rub-on sentiment. ( It had to be 'luv' rather than 'love' as I had run out of the letter 'e'.)

Thanks for taking a look and for all your lovely comments.
Fiona x

RSS No.15

Hello Folks,

Apologies for not leaving 'comments' on your blogs as often as usual, but I'm having problems with my computer and I keep losing the connection. It's VERY frustrating not knowing what's causing it and EXTREMELY annoying when you've just written a post or comment and then the connection goes. Fingers crossed I'll get this post done before it cuts out.

Here are the required items for the current Ready Steady Stamp challenge,

and here is my effort.

I embossed a scalloped edge on my base card with my score board and cut around it, then cut an aperture with my circle nesties. A circular frame was also made with nesties and I pierced this and then stitched all around with green embroidery thread. The stamped image inside the card was made using Stampin' Up (Floral Silhouettes) and the butterfly is Crafty Individuals.
I die cut a flower using some cerise felt, stitched on a button and lastly added a little 'flag' with a sentiment.

Hope you like it.

Fiona xx

Monday, 8 February 2010

More Cute

Here is another Valentine's Card, with this one I had the Crafty Calendar Challenge in mind where the theme this month is Love/Friendship with optional extra of hearts.

The image is by Sugar Nellie and I coloured her with water colour pencils. I embossed some red card stock with the CB Hearts folder, distressed this around the edges, and attached some raffia lace. I aged the calendar page with a tea bag and curled up a couple of corners and attached this to some backing paper which I've had for ages, (can't remember the manufacturer) which was also distressed. Then I inked all around the edges of the card with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. The final additions were a rose and some punched leaves and a button.

Not really sure I like this card, I think it looks a bit plain.

Thanks for taking a look.

Fiona x

Saturday, 6 February 2010

A Rare Cute One


I've been absent from blogland for a couple of weeks, have been busy with one thing and another and seemed to have run out of inspiration. However, I have had lots of requests for Valentines cards from the blokes at work recently, so am back crafting with a vengeance. This one fits the bill over at Tuesday Taggers where they want to see bears this week, and there is a prize from The Craft Barn.

I don't usually do cute cards as they are not really 'me', but they are very popular and I hope they will go down well at work. This one is not very elaborate as I have quite a few to make in a short space of time.
I used a Forever Friends stamp and coloured the image with water colour pencils. I cut it out using a circular nestie and matted it onto some red mirriboard. The heart backing paper is also Forever Friends and I inked it around the edges with a red inkpad. The strip across the middle is also red mirriboard and was punched with my Martha Stewart doily punch. Lastly I made some floral embellishments using punched red card and mirriboard, with gem/pearl centres.

Thank you for looking and for all your kind words.

Fiona x