Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Creative Cottage Challenge 36 - White/Blank Space

Ok hands up, who's nicked all the white from my card?! I'm sure there was more white on it when I made it so someone must have pinched it! Nope... no one... ok ok I admit this week's challenge at The Creative Cottage Challenge really tested me (and I kinda failed) cos Mandi asked us to do a card with lots of WHITE/BLANK SPACE... well I just don't DO blank spaces! I did try to, so this is the little chap I came up with for my DT card, and isn't he a happy chappie! I have to tell you that this is the LAST challenge on The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog, but don't despair... The Creative Cottage Blog (not the same as the challenge blog) will be taking over the challenges from now on (well after this last fornightly challenge that is)! Hopefully you'll be able to contiue to follow us on The Creative Cottage Blog!

I've used the super cute Little Monkeys Wild West Full kit for my topper and corners, and the Simply Gingham Paper Pack (FREE at the moment but be quick) from The Creative Cottage. The little sentiment is from a Papermania Clear Stamp set. Finally I've added a few stars for my little sheriff to shine!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Scrap Affair Challenge - Pink & Brown

A quick post to let you know about a new challenge at A Scrap Affair... we'd like to see your Pink & Brown creations! There's a yummy prize up for grabs for one lucky random winner; you have until April11th to join in!

For my card I've used one of Rita's Chuck the Rat images from A Scrap Affair (kindly sent to me by Nadia - thank you), coloured with Promarkers. The yummy gingham papers are from The Creative Cottage, you can get them FREE (but be very quick) from The Creative Cottage Blog! The little sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly! I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
The Paper Variety - Tic Tac Toe (stamped image/sentiment, make a card, use scallops)

Please pop over to the Scrap Affair Blog to see all the lovely DT creations and get more information. There's also a picture of the yummy prize up for grabs!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge 135 - Flowers For Mum

Well the clock's have changed so we're well and truly going in the right direction for some nicer weather... I love Spring when all the trees start getting their buds and leaves and with are the lovely flowers and colours it really gives you a lift after the winter! So this week at Cupcake Craft Challenge the fab Denise has chosen 'Flowers For Mum' as our challenge... yep it's Mother's Day on Sunday (in the UK)! Easy challenge! We all have a soft spot for flowers!

For my card I've used paper from the Anna Griffin Paper Pack Old Paris Palette as a background, you can find this paper HERE at A Scrap Affair! The lovely verse is a stamp (Penny Black). I've done a little distressing and added some sparkle/gloss to the flowers on the background paper. The swirl is from K & Co (I added the gold pearls) and the little heart is handmade using pearls and Tim Holtz Crackle Accents. Finally I've added a bow and of course some more flowers!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges:
Allsorts - For a Special Lady
Simon Says Stamp - Mother's Day/Girlie
Stampin For The Weekend - For Mum/Mother's Day

Our sponsor at Cupcake this week is Sassy Studio Designs who are offering 4 images to the winner (you get to choose!), and also our monthly Icing on the Cupcake sponsor is Wild Rose Studio who are giving away 2 fab stamps from their Spring Collection!

Thanks for popping by today, have a lovely week!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge 134 - Monochromatic

Good morning all! Hope you enjoyed a lovely relaxing weekend, and for those of you who were lucky enough to go to Harrogate, hope you still have a few pennies left!!!

Today at Cupcake Craft Challenge the lovely Delphine has challenged us to do 'Monochromatic'! I have to admit I don't do many monochromatic cards, but I really got into this challenge and decided to make a box to keep my little treasures in! I should have really taken photos along the way, as this started off as an old Christmas Card box (which I almost threw away). I covered the box with torn bits of kraft paper using a glue/varnish, kind of like papier maché style, then added all the little details! The image is from Prairie Fairy (one of our sponsor this week), coloured with Promarkers then distressed with Ranger Crackle Accents and Distress Inks. I then added all the little flowers, pearls etc before finishing off with the lace/ribbon trim...

Inside the box I used a matching paper for the bottom and top (you can see the bottom in the photo)...

So what's the prizes this week? Well, we have two weekly sponsors... Prairie Fairy are offering 5 images of the winners choice, and Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn are giving away a £10 Gift Voucher and anyone who places an order during this week can benefit from a 10% discount by using the discount code CUPCAKEBLOG. Not forgetting our fab Icing On The Cupcake Monthly Sponsor Wild Rose Studio who are giving away two gorgeous stamps 'Mia with teddy' and 'Toby with butterfly' from their new collection.

Pop over to the Cupcake blog to see all the other DT creations, the girls have made some lovely creations this week!

I'm entering my box for the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad - Use a Digi
Creatalicious Challenges - Two tone (brown & cream)
Allsorts Challenge - Make a Gift Box
Wild Orchid Challenge - Dieing to punch it out (leaf)
Inky Impressions - Monochromatic

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Calming Green & Blue

Hello peeps! Well, it's cold here... perfect for crafting & blogging! I will definately be getting cosy in my craft room later! It's too cold for anything else!

I just wanted to share this little card which I made... I've used my fave colours, so calming... that's maybe why my last three cards are green!? The little fisherman is a clear stamp from Prima... I was kindly sent it by my friend Dianascarlett... thank you so much! I've coloured him with Distress Inks... it's been ages since I used these! I love the wash effect we can achieve with these! The papers are old ones from Papermania. You can buy the stamp and Distress Inks in 'A Scrap Affair' Online Store as well as lots of other lovely crafty goodies!

I'm entering this card for the challenge at:
Simon Says Stamp - Happy Birthday
Colour Create - Greens/Olive Green, Brown, Cream, Black
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Slugs, Snails & Puppy Dogs Tails

Well, hope you have a lovely weekend... especially those visiting the craft event in Harrogate this weekend (I am so jealous)!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Creative Cottage Challenge 35 - Spring Has Sprung

Hello hello hello! Hope you're all well and enjoying a bit of nicer weather! Has Spring sprung near you yet? Well it has at The Creative Cottage Challenge... Donna has chosen the theme this fortnight, so we'd like to see all your lovely Spring themed creations! You could be in with a chance to win two kits of your choice from The Creative Cottage... so get crafting!

My card has been created using the 'Much Love Kit' from The Creative Cottage... the papers and image are from this lovely digi kit! I've added embossing too and a few other embellishments and the little sentiment is a Penny Black stamp.

I'm entering the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad - Buttons
Allsorts Challenge - Luck of the Irish (I've used the colour green as my inspiration)

Ok, I've now got a HUGE task on my hands... I have to sort out my wardrobe which is overflowing with clothes that 'might' fit me again one day (like in another life) and I've been putting the task off for AGES now, but as I've bought a few new bits and bobs lately (that do not have the wrong sizes on them) I need to make space! Wish me luck!!! Or even better, send Gok Wan around pronto!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge 133 - Up in the Air with Optional Green & DT CALL

Good morning to all you lovely blogging peeps! Today at Cupcake we have a new challenge AND a Design Team Call! If you'd like to join our team you'll find more information on the DT Call over at the Cupcake blog!

Now this week's challenge at Cupcake Craft Challenge has been chosen by my lovely talented friend Catherine (La Chic) who has asked us all to create something 'Up In the Air with Optional Green'... so that could be butterflies, planes, ladybirds, bees, flying rabbits lol... the green option is because it's St. Patricks Day this week.

For my card I've chosen a cute Lili of the Valley image... is this the cutest little rabbit or what?! I've used Promarkers to colour him, but have also made my background papers by colouring plain white paper with my Promarkers. What do you think? The cut out border is done using my Martha Stewart Garden Trellis punch. The lovely ticket is a freebie from Jami.

Our sponsor at Cupcake this week is Digi Doodle Shop, who are offering a $10 Gift Voucher to spend instore, and our monthly 'Icing on the Cupcake' sponsor is Wild Rose Studio, who are offering two gorgeous stamps to our lucky monthly winner!

Right, I'm off work today so have promised myself a day out (the weather is AWFUL), I thought I'd maybe go to Ikea, which is an hour and a half away from where I live, so I might just have to buy something to make the journey worthwhile!

Well, thanks for popping by today, hope you enjoy the challenge this week!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kitty Love

Helloooooo! Ok I know that Valentine's Day has passed already but I had the urge to add hearts to this card... I kinda went for it! The little kitty image is a new 'Pampered Pets' stamp by Docrafts, my hubby bought me a few of these recently (do you think he wants something... or maybe he just wants to keep me out of his way while he watches the footie?). All the hearts are cut by hand... I don't have a fancy heart punch. The background paper is a freebie from Funky Hand, where I'm entering their challenge Get Funky - Show Us Your Heart.

Right, better go and check if my homemade bread has risen... it'd better cos I'm counting on it for tea tonight!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pretty Purples & New Challenge

Hello bloggers! Just a quickie post as I have a quick break (I'm back at work boo hoo)... here's a little card I did using the sketch from Bev at Lili of the Valley Challenge... hubby bought me lots of the lovely LOTV stamps recently so I thought it'd be rude not to use them! So here's my little purple pretty... coloured with Promarkers again! The sentiment is also LOTV. I've added fibres, ribbon and (Nellie Snellen) punched flowers and a few pearls... Have to admit though I stuggled a little with the sketch, just didn't know what to put on the left side of the card... it still looks bear to me! Oh well... back later in the week when I'll have a bit of time to pop around your blogs!

Now, I mentioned that I was now on the DT for A Scrap Affair... well our first challenge went live yesterday... it's a sketch (the one I used for my card on Friday)... pop over to the blog for more information, there are some lovely images up for grabs!!!

Also entering the challenge at:
Little Claire's - Flowers

Monday, March 7, 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge 132 - Pink Polka Dots

Today at Cupcake Craft Challenge we're running the challenge chosen by Em who won our 'What's the Challenge? You Decide!' competition back in January! Em has chosen PINK POLKA DOTS... luuurvly! So onto my card... well it was for my friend who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl two week's ago... Alexandra. I've gone a bit different this time, no coloured images etc but instead I've used elements from my Taylored Expressions stamps 'Tweet Hearts'... these stamps are so lovely! And so versatile! Everything from the main image to the little leaves is stamped from this one set. The paper (which I love) was a freebie from Marisa Lerin (Pixelscrapper), you can find it HERE. The sentiment is from a Lili of the Valley stamp set, I coloured the stamped image with my Promarkers. The frames were cut using Nestabilities. Here's a view of the inside of the card...

This week we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who are giving away a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner! We also have our monthly Icing On The Cupcake prize, which is sponsored by Wild Rose Studio who are offering 2 stamps from their 2011 Spring Collection! Pop over to the Cupcake blog to see what lovely creations my other DT buddies have made!

For the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Just Tracy's - New Beginnings

Thanks for popping by today!

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Scrap Affair Now Open & Candy!

Hi peeps! Just a quick post to let you all know that the store is open at 'A Scrap Affair' and there's some yummy candy up for grabs! It's based in the US but they ship to anywhere in the world so why not take a peek?! Click on the link HERE to take you to the store's blog and the chance to win some scrummy candy (including some Copics, Martha Stewart punch...)!

I've made my card using a 'Chuck the Rat' stamp from the store (mine's a digi but they'll be available in rubber from the store). The flowers are done using my Nellie Snellen punches and the centres are Card Candy from Craftwork Cards. The little sentiment is a Lili of the Valley one! I've added a few gems and some fibres to finish!

I'm entering the challenge at:
Stamp Something - March digi day
Simon Says Stamp - Recipe... 1 image, 2 papers & 3 embellishments (flowers, fibres, gems)

OK that's it for tonight, I'm gonna make a card now as I've neglected my new LOTV stamps for too long now! So it's takeaway pizza me thinks tonight! Have a lovely evening ;)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bottoms Up!

Yes well, I'm not sure I'd be that much in a hurry to drink this little potion, but I have to say I do like this little Kraftin Kimmie stamp... and oh how I have neglected her!!! Shame on me! So here she is, using the sketch from Chrstine at Cute Card Thursday! I've coloured with Promarkers, used paper from Papermania (an OLD pad), added flowers punched using my Nellie Snellen punch and a few little extras! And there you have it! Voila! My card also fits the following challenges: Passion For Promarkers - Sugar Rush, ABC - P is for Pink.

The Creative Cottage Challenge 34 - Tag You're It

Good morning to all of my lovely blogging friends! Are you seeing the signs of Spring yet? It was lovely and sunny here yesterday, but still rather chilly... better stay wrapped up a little longer!

The Creative Cottage Challenge has a new challenge today, chosen by the talented and lovely Rebekah... Tag You're It... basically you must add a tag to you card or project. So my card is done using the cute Poppy Delight Owl Set and Paper Pack from The Creative Cottage, I've just added a little red tag, some gloss on his eyes, a button and (in the words of Raymond Blanc as seen on tv lol) VOILA! Sorry I had to add that, I watched Raymond's series last night on BBC2... Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets... and I could help giggling at how many times he said VOILA! It's a bit like a geordie saying PET after every sentence... becomes annoying after a while! Having said that, his cakes were DELISH... and yes patisseries in France do look like that!

Ok so I'm digressing a little... there's two kits of the winner's choice up for grabs this fortnight, so don't miss out! And pop by the blog to see the lovely cards the DT girls have made!

I'm entering my card for the challenge at: