Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Papertake Weekly Challenge

Well I haven't done this challenge for a while so I thought I'd better give it a go this week. The challenge was for 1 circle, 2 ribbons and 3 stamps/images.
Here's my effort

I've used an image by Digital Stamp Oasis called "Rebecca rabbit the painter". You can find her here along with her other friends.I coloured her with copics and promarkers. So that's 1 of the 3 stamps/images. I then stamped around her using a Stampin Up stamp from Watercolour garden. I used the promarkers to stamp it. No 2 of the stamp/images. The sentiment is from Stampin Up again warm words, no 3 for the stamp/images. I stamped it onto a circle (1 circle) cut from my cricut and layered that onto a scallop, again from my cricut. All the papers are from a Stampin Up designer paper set called Cutie Pie. And then for the last requirement I have added the two ribbons, one red and one yellow.
The Papertake Weekly challenge is here.

Monday, 30 March 2009

A Spoon Full Of Sugar

This week's theme for the A Spoon Full Of Sugar is actually a sketch by Lim. It's a gorgeous sketch. Here it is

And here is my card

I've made a hybrid card this week. That is the main image is a stamp and the papers are a digital scrapkit. The image is from Sugar Nellie and is one of the Gorjuss Girls and she is called "Just a girl". I've coloured her with promarkers. The papers are from a Suzanne Woolcott scrapkit called The Gorjuss Goth Scrapkit. The words also come in the kit.

This week we have my friend Debby from "A Scrapjourney" blog as a guest designer. I'm always drooling over her work and when I asked her to be GD I was over the moon when she said yes. Her card for this week's challenge is gorgeous!!!

We also have a fantastic prize this week for one lucky winner of two new release stamps from Whimsy stamps. They are rainy day Emma and Baseball Connor. So it's well worth having a go at Lim's sketch. You can find all the details for this week's challenge and browse over the DT's cards here.

Friday, 27 March 2009

In Style Stamps Blog Hop

There is lots going on today over on In Style Stamps.
Here's what Virginia (the boss) says about it...

Come and join us for the first InStyle Stamps Blog Hop this Friday from 11:30 am EST to 10pm EST. Chat it up on our blog hop thread on the InStyle forum that will open at 11:30 am EST. The blog hop itself will begin at noon with the DT revealing their fabulous projects that they have been slaving away all week on.

Come join the fun, and be on the look-out for contests to win some great prizes throughout the day! Plus, make sure to vote for your favorite DT member project, as well as play “Get to know our DT Trivia,” and be entered into our drawings for the grand prizes to be held at the end of the hop!

You can find the In Style Stamp blog here and for all you UKers the time will be 4.30pm that it starts. The In Style Stamp forum can be found here.

So all the In Style DT had to make a project for the blog hop and everyone that gets to visit the blogs then votes for their favourite. So here is my project or should I say projects!

I first made this candle holder decoration for Easter. I used a brand new digital image from In Style Stamps called Teacup with chick.I printed it out twice and then coloured them with promarkers.I then cut out the flowers, chick and ribbon from the second image and layered them onto the first image to give a 3D effect. I then used glossy accents on the 3D elements. Simple but brightens up a plain candle holder.

My second project is a gift pocket holder made out of ..... a kitchen roll. All you do is fold it in half and then cut it and there you have your two "pockets". I covered the pockets in Papermania retro flowers paper and then stamped along the top and bottom of the pockets with a Stampin Up wheel stamp in distress brown ink. I also sponged all the edges with the same ink. Next I added the ribbons and then adhered the two pockets together. The image is a stamp from In Style Stamps called Suzie Q. I thought she was just right for the holder if you were to put in shopping vouchers.I stamped her out and then cut her out leaving a small margin around her. I coloured her with promarkers. I then used 3D pads to adhere her to the top pocket. All you need to do is slip whatever you'd like to give as a gift into the pockets. I have put some euros into my pockets in the photo just to show you.Here is a side view.

If you would like to see all the other DT's projects and vote for your favourite, the DT's blog addresses are in my side bar under In Style Stamp DT. And this is where you can vote. Here.

So onto the next contest! "Get to know our DT trivia". All the DT had to answer some questions about themselves. Here are the questions and my answers....

1.What is your favorite color combination for crafting? Pink, brown and green.

2.If you were stuck on a deserted island, and a box washed up on shore, what 5 craft supplies would you most want to find inside? Papers, promarkers, card, ribbon & tape writer.

3.What is your favorite coloring medium? Promarkers.

4.What embellishment can you not live without? Ribbon.

5.What are your hobbies (other than papercrafting)? Reading, computer games, spending time with my family.

6.What’s your favorite spring time activity? Walking with my family and dog.

7.If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go? Egypt.

8.When you were little, who was your favorite super hero and why? I don’t think I had one!

9.What is one item that you really should throw away, but probably never will? Paper scraps.

10.If you were an animal, what would you be? Cat.

11.If you could have an endless supply of any food item, what would you get? Chinese food.

12.What is your favorite movie? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

13.Who is your favorite actor/actress? Will Smith.

14.Do you have a pet? If so, what do you have? A dog, Milly. A cat, Jinx. A bearded dragon , Harry.

15.How did you first get introduced to stamping? I saw a little plastic starter case with stamps, peel offs, card , ink, pens and glue and thought hmmm will I use it? OMG you should see all my stuff now!!

If you enter this competition there will be draws for prizes.

Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Digital Stamp Oasis Candy

Ellie from the Digital Stamp Oasis is celebrating her new DT today over on her blog. So she has set a sketch challenge to win some candy. Ellie says:-

To win this blog candy you will have to
1. make a card using the sketch below...but there is a catch...you have to use something digital on your card. It can be a digital image (from any [digital] stamp company), a sentiment you make on your computer, digital Designer paper, or anything else digital you can think of.
2. Post your card on your blog and post about this blog candy challenge with a link to my blog.
3. Post a comment in the comment section with a link to your creation.

Here's the sketch

And I have made a card for the challenge.

I have used a Papermania pad for the papers called Retro Floral. The image and sentiment are from Digital Stamp Oasis and she is called "Susie Squirrel in the rain".I've coloured her with copics and promarkers. I also added some clear star pen and glossy accents to the flower and rain. The decorative border has been made with a Martha Stewart punch and the brads are from Stampin Up.

I now have a pic of the candy...

I know this challenge is a bit different but like me how many digital images do you have just sitting on your computer? Well nows the chance to get them out and maybe win some candy into the bargain! I'd love to see what you all come up with!

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Cute Card Thursday

This week's theme for the Cute Card Thursday blog is

Family Affair

I have used a Digital Oasis stamp, isn't she cute? You can find the images here. This one is called Rebecca Rabbit. I have coloured the image with promarkers. All the papers and embellies come from a HOTP cardmaking kit. I thought they were ideal colours for the challenge. The sentiment has been printed out from the computer and layered onto the same papers.
The DT have made some great cards again this week, well worth popping over to have a look. We also have a guest designer too. For the next two weeks it's Joanne aka Bubbles. You can find all the details on how to join in with the challenge here. There is also a prize this week for one lucky winner of a Bling Bet rubber stamp set from My favourite things.

Inky Impressions Freebie

Ok we all like freebies but you gotta see this one, how cute is she? Nicole put her up on her blog for everyone to grab as a thank you for all who took part in the DT call out. Isn't she gorgeous I just had to make a card with her.

So first of all I coloured her with promarkers and copics. I then cut her out, it was quite fiddly in some places but worth it I think. I then used 3D pads to adhere her to a nesty square. I then layered that onto a bigger square. All the papers used are from Basic Grey Sultry range. The scallop edged layer was made with a Martha Stewart punch. The "thank you" sentiment was made with an Around the block tape writer.
If you'd like to get hold of this image you can find it on the Inky Impressions blog here.

Tilda & Friends ATC Challenge

Well the theme for the Tilda & Friends ATC challenge this week is


This week our theme is 'Spring Time' and you can create anything you like with this theme, as long as it's cute and is the standard size for an ATC. Take a look at the Design Team's work for some inspiration.

Hmmm I don't think Germany knows that yet. We have snow!!! And it's bitterly cold too. Not happy , just getting used to a bit of weak sunshine and then Winter comes along again!!!

Anyway I've made quite a bright ATC this week to make up for our weather, here it is.

I've used a House Mouse image called "Easter Surprise" and coloured it in with copics and promarkers. It has been stamped onto a nesty square and then layered onto a green card. The papers are just scraps from my bit box. The bottom layer has been punched out with a Martha Stewart punch. The blooms and ribbon are from my stash and I made the sentiment with a dymo tape writer.

We have a new GD for this month and that is Hazel. Her blog is here.The DT have made some great Spring ATCs , why not go over and take a look? You can find the Tilda & Friends ATC blog here.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Finding Friendship

Here is the card I sent off for the Digital Stamp Oasis DT, I can now show it. Ellie created a sketch to follow. This is the sketch.

And here is my card

I used a House Mouse Gruffie stamp called "Finding Friendship" and coloured it in with promarkers. The papers are by Basic Grey and are from the Perhaps range. The sentiment is from a Stampin Up set called Riveting. Buttons and ribbons are from my stash.

Here is a close up of the image.

Digital Stamp Oasis

I have just been accepted to design for a new digital stamp company. It's run by Ellie and is called "Digital Stamp Oasis". The images are really cute, there are 11 out at the moment and if you go here you can see all 11.
I will be showing you a card on Thursday for the Cute Card Thursday challenge with Rebecca Rabbit on it.

A Spoon Full Of Sugar Challenge

Blimey we've had some bad weather here, rain, strong winds but this morning looks better at least it isn't raining yet! So this week's theme on the A Spoon Full Of Sugar challenge blog is

Easter Creations

Here is my Easter card

I've used a Stampin Up paper set called Le Jardin and layered the papers onto the same papers but the more solid olive colour. I then sponge inked a piece of card with blue and green chalk inks for the background masking some clouds. I then stamped out the flowers which are a clear stamp.I then coloured them with promarkers. The image is from last year's Magnolia Easter stamps. She has been coloured with copics and promarkers.I then cut her out and adhered her to the background with 3D pads.The swirls are a die from Quickutz called Flourish and I added little gems to them. The blooms are from Prima and I have set them together with a metallic brad. The sentiment is made by using the computer.

You can find all the details on how to join in with the challenge here. The DT have made some gorgeous cards and one lucky winner will receive a prize from Silly Monkey Crafts.

Monday, 23 March 2009

House Mouse Monday Challenge

This week's challenge on the House Mouse Monday challenge was to make a shaped card, not rectangle or square. Well anyone who visits my blog regularly will know I only really do the rectangle or square cards, so this was a good challenge for me.
Here is my round card

I've used another of my HOTP cardmaking kits for this one as I coloured the image first and then thought the colours of the papers were ideal. The image was stamped onto a nesty circle and then layered onto a bigger one. The image is called "Grape Dreams" and I've coloured it with promarkers and copics. The sentiment is from a Stampin Up set called Riveting and has been stamped onto a circle and then layered onto a scalloped circle. All the scalloped circles have been cut with my Cricut using the Mini Monograms cartridge.
You can find the House Mouse Monday Challenge blog here.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Inky Impressions 1st Design Team Call

Inky Impressions are looking for their very first DT ever. Well I have to admit I had never heard of their stamps but I went to the blog to have a nosey, as you do! Well was I impressed the little girl stamps are adorable and right up my street IYKWIM. I just love LiLi, she is saying shshsh and is really cute. So anyway Nicole says that she is looking for members from "all over the world" so I thought I'd give it a go. The criteria was to make a post about the call and submit two of your cards using some sort of colouring medium. Well you know I always use promarkers , so these two cards have been coloured with them.

My first card is a card I did only a little while ago but I loved the way it turned out, so I decided to show this one.Details can be found here.

And my second card is this House Mouse card that I made for my MIL for Mother's Day.
Details are here.

So I have everything crossed as I'd love to work with the Inky Impressions images, they are so cute!

Friday, 20 March 2009


I'm not too sure if I want to buy some stamps or if they are something I will use a lot of so.... I was wondering if anybody wanted to do an image swap? This will help me to decide. I am after some of the Messy Rabbit stamps, preferably the toadstool ones, the one of him sitting on a plant pot and the village buildings.I have House mouse stamps, Gorjuss girls, Alota or anything that you have seen on my blog. I'd be really grateful if someone could help me out.


Thursday, 19 March 2009

Thankful Thursday sketch challenge

Each week one of the DT members for In Style stamps must create a sketch for people to follow. It must also have some kind of Thank you on it as a sentiment. It was my turn this week. I'm not that good at making sketches but I had a go and came up with this one.

So here is my card using the sketch.

I've used an In Style stamp called Pam for this card and coloured her with promarkers. All the papers and the flowers are from the Basic Grey range, Mellow. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear stamp set. The brads,gems and ribbon are from my stash.
You can find all the details of the sketch challenge on the In Style stamps blog here.

Cute Card Thursday

The theme for this week on the Cute Card Thursday blog is

A Recipe

Take something ripped;
2 papers and
4 embellishments

Here is my card

I've used a Penny Black image and sentiment and the image has been coloured with promarkers. Both the image and sentiment have been sponged with an olive chalk ink. The papers and embellies are from a HOTP cardmaking kit. I'm trying to use all these up before I buy some new papers.

You can see all the lovely cards made by the DT members and details of how to join in here.
There is a fantastic prize this week for one lucky winner. A sheet of unmounted stamps called "Happy Chef" from The Greeting Farm.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Can anyone help me please? German speaker.

I had an email from Magnolia saying that they will be at a show in Dortmund Germany this month. I went to the site which is Creativa here http://westfalenhallen.de/messen/creativa/index.php but unfortunately my German is not that good that I can understand it. What I would like to know is.....

Will there be stalls there selling cardmaking/scrapbooking products?
If so which day will that be?
Can you tell me what sort of sellers go, will there be stamps and is so which manufacturers?

Many thanks.

Tilda And Friends ATC Challenge

The theme for this week is

Horizontal Hold

This week we would like you to make your ATC in landscape format, hence the theme is called 'Horizontal Hold'. You can use any kind of craft or make of stamp as long as the overall look is cute and apart from being 'horizontal' the rest is entirely up to you. We are also looking for someone to be our Guest Designer for the month of April so if you would like to join us please put GD in the comments with a link to your ATC.

I've used another Gorjuss girl image from Funky Kits. She has been coloured with promarkers and copics. The papers and embellies are all from a HOTP cardmaking kit which I've had ages.
You can see all the gorgeous DT's ATCs here.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

A Spoon Full Of Sugar

This week's theme is


Here's my card

I've used for the main image an Alota frame stamped and coloured onto a nestie circle. I then stamped and coloured a Gorjuss girl with her chicken and an Alota wheelbarrow and cut them out and adhered them onto the circle with 3D pads. The papers are from the March Sarah's cardmaking kit. The ribbon is also from the kit.I then added the little gems, one on the wheelbarrow wheel and 3 down the side.

We have a guest designer this week Lena Katrine. She has made a gorgeous card for the challenge. The prize this week for one lucky winner is a Sporty Edwin stamp from Nutcrafters.

Monday, 16 March 2009

House Mouse Monday Challenge

This week the House Mouse Monday Challenge blog have a sketch to follow. Here it is

And here is my take on the sketch

I've used a House Mouse image called "Happy Pops". It's been coloured with promarkers and I've added some glossy accents to the lollies. The papers and embellies are all from a Stampin Up kit.

As always the DT's cards are gorgeous, so inspirational. You can see them all here.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Sketch Saturday

It's my last week this week for being GD for the Sketch Saturday challenge blog. I really have enjoyed it, thank you Debbie for asking me. I had two great sketches to work with. Here is this week's sketch

And here is my card

I have used a House Mouse stamp called "Java Jumpers". I've used both copics and promarkers to colour the image. All the papers, ribbon and embellies are from a HOTP kit. The sentiment has been printed out using the computer.

As always the DT have done a stunning job with the sketch, you can see all their cards and details of how to join in with the challenge here.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

New Release Alota Stamps

Helene from Alota stamps has just released a new set of stamps following on from the Robot stamps. They are great for ATCs , inchies and T bag folding. They've all been designed by my fellow DT member Susan Uncle. Susan makes great cards with the robots which you can see on her blog.

The unmounted sheet is called "In Gear with Robot" and you can find them here on the Alota website. The set is on sale at the moment with $2 off.