Monday, October 31, 2011

OLL #92 Stitching

Get your sewing machine or your needle or your fine liner out, ladies, 'cos it is time to show your stitching skills over at Ooh La la.
The challenge will run until Sunday 13th November so you have plenty of time to practise (if like me, you need to, of course!)
I have never been happy using my sewing machine with paper (that probably shows, if anything, that my skill with the machine is not great :-)) so I tend to go for faux stitching. And this is precisely what I did with this Christmas card: all papers are from OLL; the die cut is Shapeabilities Nested Bird; gems from my own stash; alphas are Sizzix die cuts and so is the branch.
 Close up
Some challenges:
Raise the bar - Sew what?
Bah Humbug - Die cuts
Jingle Belles - Creatures
Dream Valley challenges - Anything goes

Saturday, October 29, 2011

You're HOW old?

My card today is for a good friend who celebrates his 45, I think (LOL), next week. Since the 40s are a bit of a sensitive age for some people, I decided to use a humorous sentiment (from TLC Creations, btw). The backing papers are a present from my dear friend Christine. The image is a colouring page which I coloured with Letraset Promarkers; Nestabilities die cuts; and I used twine and a wooden button to give it a more masculine touch.

Some suitable challenges:
Cards and THings - Colour challenge
Aud sentiments - Make us laugh
Whimsy Stamps - Buttons
Inky Impressions - Anything goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything goes
Sweet Stamping - Anything goes

Happy Halloween!
Don't forget to change the clock tonight!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thanks Merci Gracias

Today my card is a Thank you Card which I made with kraft, white and purple cardstock; it is a different style than my usual, but I was happy with the outcome.
(The reason why there are 2 of them is because they were made for the 2 kind paediatrician doctors that we were lucky to meet and be seen by recently.)
I used: kraft, white and purple cardstock; Cuttlebug embossing folder; lilac ribbon, lilac card candy; Rhona Ferrer Swirls stamp; Circle Nestabilities
Some suitable challenges:
Squigglefly - Thanks
Totally Papercrafts - Layer upon layer
Charisma Cardz - Embossing
Karen's Doodles - Emboss it

Monday, October 17, 2011

OLL Challenge #91 - Let it Snow

This fortnight at Ooh La la Creations we want to see cards and projects inspired by "Let it Snow"
My project is a little Christmas gift bag, and I used one of the templates that comes with the great Festive Funnies CD, which was released recently by Ooh La la. Isn't the bag great? And so easy to make! The tags and sentiments are also from the same CD.
If you want to see more of this fantastic CD and others, make sure you watch this program:
Create and Craft
 17 October at 5pm:
Featuring: Festive Funnies,
Boys to Men,
Christmas Presence
Sky 671 Freeview 36 Freesat 813

The snowflake on the back of the bag is made of white foam, handcut; organza ribbon and small snowflake punch from my own stash.
Come on, show us your Let it Snow project!! You have until Sunday 30th October to enter the challenge!

Other challenges:
ABC Christmas - U is for Unused stash (foam)
My Mum's Craft Shop - Inspired by a song (Let it Snow)
Crafty Ann's - Inspired by a song
Aud Sentiments - Winter Theme
Floweret Stamplar - Christmas
Polka Doodles - Bows and ribbons
Stampinsanity - Anything but a card
Stamptacular Sunday - You choose
Fab's Big Christmas cards - Anything with shine/snowflake

Friday, October 14, 2011


Cupcakes - They are so fashionable at the moment, aren't they? You find them in paper crafts, fabric, household items, as well as in any fancy cafe, of course... Around this neck of the woods we would have called them muffins, but since they got so famous, they have now been promoted to cupcakes. LOL! Anyhow, one name or another, they are absolutely yummy and we all love them :-)And here's a couple of cards feautiring this gorgeous dessert. The layout is the same in both cards as you can see, I simply used different colours.
The cupcake image is a digital from WinkWinkInk; unfortunately I cannot find the author of the ticket, sorry (I hate when that happens; designing digital images myself, I find it is only fair to receive credit after creating a digital. I always try to give credit and mention the author but this time I can't) ; backing paper from PaperCraft Inspirations; coloured with Letraset Promarkers, some gems and Stickles to add some sparkle.

Onto some challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Get in Shape (3 cupcakes, 1 rectangle voucher, 1 square card)
Little Red Wagon - Just the ticket
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthday celebrations

Have a nice weekend!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ollie the Giraffe

A new baby girl card. The cutte giraffe is a digital, Ollie, from Limited Runs, which I coloured with Letraset Promarkers.

Onto some challenges:
Mami Doodles - Mother Nature

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Keeping it simple

Here's a CAS card.  The leaf stamp is GStudio. I used white Ink It Up ink over blue cardstock, and an orange ribbon and blue flower to finish it.

Kaboodle Doodles - Leaves
Riley and Co - Leaves
Paper Craft Star - Leaf
Creative Inspirations - Single layer card
Crafts and Me - Orange (since it is a very clean card, there is not a lot of orange, but hopefully that will do!)
Make it Monday - Anything goes
Crafty Card Makers - Anything goes
Woodware USA - Anything goes

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Precious Moments

Good afternoon
Here's another card I managed to finish today. I am on a roll!! :-)
The cute girl is a colouring digital image from Precious Moments, which I coloured with Letraset Promarkers; the dress was paper pieced; the papers are all scraps; the picture is not great but the girl is highlighted with glitter; Nestabilities; white organza ribbon; faux stitiching; sentiment stamp from Blokum.

Onto some challenges:
Sketch Saturday - sketch 176
Kraftin'Kimmie Stamps - Sparkle and shine
Sweet Stamping - In stitches
Truly Scrumptious - Distressing
The Secret Crafter - Anything goes with sparkle
One stop Craft - Anything goes
By the cute and girlie - Anything goes
Creatalicious challenge - Anything goes

Bratz with an attitude

Is it a miracle? It must be! I had a bit of time this morning and decided not only to post a new card but also to make a birthday card I will need for... ready? 17th December!!! Yes, you read it right. I started colouring this Bratz image (they are brilliant to colour, aren't they?!) and half way I remembered the birthday of an 11 year old girl (a family friend) coming up sometime in December, so I thought I might as well make a card and have it ready! LOL!

The DPs are from BMD - and I loooove them, isn't the pink one just perfect for an 11 year old girl??!; the digital image is a Bratz, coloured with Letraset Promarkers; Dymo label; Nestabilities die cut; circle punch; flower from own stash; Stickles; card candy.
Some challenges:
Anything goes - Punches and Dies
Card and Scrap - Embossing (Dymo label)
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Fab'n'Funky - Die cut/punch
Simon Says - Sparkle and Bling
Night Shift Stamping - Happy birthday

Have a brilliant weekend!

Groovy Girl

My card today features a Groovy Girl from the Coloring Book; I coloured her with Letraset Promarkers and gave her extra sparkle by adding some glitter. Square scalloped 5"x5". The gorgeous polka dot papers are all digital from Marie,; Fiskars border punch; Oval Nestabilities; Inkadinkado stamp; Distressed edges; pink organza ribbon.

I followed this weeks Crafts 4 Eternity sketch and the colour combination from Inkspirations: razzleberry, pink, chocolate and white.
Other challenges:
Anything goes - Punches and Dies
Card and Scrap - Embossing or Distressing
Created by Hand - Oval dies
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Fab'n'Funky - Die cut/punch
Simon Says - Sparkle and Bling
Truly Scrumptious - Distressing
Night Shift Stamping - Happy birthday

Thanks for your comments!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cool princess

Another birthday card, this time for a young girl, a bit of a princess :-)
The cool image is by My Inky Fingers; papers are downloads and so is the Princess ticket; coloured with Letraset Promarkers, highlighted with Stickles and some extra gems to add more sparkle.

Suitable challenges:
Crafts and me - Use a digi
Bee Crafty - Bling
Papertake weekly - Anything goes
ABC - Anything goes

Ahoy Mateys!

I have to admit that my 7 year old son keeps me fairly busy in many aspects, and especially when it comes to crafting :-)
He has so many little friends and birthday parties to attend to (with handmade cards by mum, of course), he surely has a better social life than me!!
This particular card is for one of his best mates, Darragh, who turned 6 recently. For it I used
Pirate Ethan, from Pollycrafts, coloured with Letraset Promarkers. The fantastic backing paper is from Free Digital Scrapbooking (thanks, Marie!
The sketch is an old one from Eat Sleep Stamp.
Some challenges:
Totally Stampalicious - Emboss it
Creative Inspirations - Friendship
ABC - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Penny's Papercrafty - Anything goes

Cupcakes anyone?

My second card this evening features an image from Lili of the Valley. I find this little girl adorable and so sweet organising all her cupcakes for a tea party!
I decided to use the image for a 6 year old girl birthday card; it is coloured with Letraset Promarkers. The designer paper is digital, but can't remember where it came from, sorry. The sentiment was computer generated; ribbon from my own stash.

Some suitable challenges:
Craft your Passion - Anything with ribbon
Digital Tuesday - We like to party
Aud Sentiments - Happy Birthday
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel - Anything Goes
Penny's Papercrafty - Anything Goes
Woodware USA - Anything goes

All pink

Good evening
Last week I managed to spend what I would call a "decent" amount of hours crafting and making cards :-) If I am lucky and do get some more "me" time tonight, I will try and blog about them.
For the moment, here's the first installment, a square scalloped card for a 9-year-old girl. Hope you like it.
The ticket sentiment is from Sentiments 4 you; image coloured with Letraset Promarkers; papers are scraps from other projects; ribbon from my own stash.

Some challenges:
Craft your Passion - Anything with ribbon
Incy Wincy Designs - Think Pink
The Crazy challenge - Think Pink
Dream Valley - Monochrome
Aud Sentiments - Happy Birthday
Crafts and me - Use a digi
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel  - Anything Goes
Penny's Papercrafty - Anything Goes
Woodware USA - Anything goes

Monday, October 3, 2011

OLL # 90 - Sympathy card

A new challenge starts today at Ooh La La until 16th October - make a Sympathy card.
This is a type of card that sometimes can be difficult to make due to the grieving feelings involved; so when looking for an appropriate image and colours I was happy with my findings: My card features papers and topper from the Algonquin Autumn folder from the recently released Carnival of Colours CD; I very much like the rich colours and the beautiful tranquil image; I hope you like it too.

Some other challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday - Photo Inspiration
Inky Impressions - Punch/dies
Stampin Royalty - Keep it Simple
Easy Craft - Autumn
ABC Challenge - Anything goes

Have a nice week!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bithday Bunny

This card is for a 3 year old girl; the stripy backing paper is a freebie from PaperCraft Inspirations; the one with a sentiment was computer generated. The cute birthday bunny is from Lili of the Valley, coloured with Letraset Promarkers and Stickles; Fiskars punch; oval Nestabilities; foam number and green ribbon from my own stash.

Some challenges:
Polka Doodles - Birthday age
Inky Impressions - Punches or Dies
Simon Says - Anything goes
Anything goes - Anything goes
Catch the Bug - Anything goes