Wednesday 26 February 2014

Art Deco Wedding

You know when a "great" card design idea pops into your head out of the blue and you can't wait to put it together and then when you do it's either not that great at all and ends up in the bin,( no! haven't had that happen? I have quite a few times LOL!) or a complete triumph, well today's card is one of those, (obviously a triumph or I wouldn't be sharing it hehe!)

I had the idea to make a bow fronted card using one of my dies to make panels at each side so that you could see into the card, I also have a thing about cards fitting into envelopes so decided to add the concertina folds at each end of the front so that you can press it flat for posting, but it pops open once out of the envelope.

Art Deco Wedding CD rom - Debbi Moore Designs
Memory Box - Lucienne Tile
Lifestyle Nesting Ovals
Pearls - Meiflower

I have to say that it looks so much better in real life, the photo's really don't do it justice, and it is one of my all time favourites. My daughter has already claimed it for her friends wedding later in the year.

I am entering my card into the following challenges -

Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Must Be Square #25 Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays  - #161 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - #184 AnythingGoes
Love to Create  - Anything Goes
Make it Monday  - Always Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Monday 24 February 2014

Box of Butterflies

I've seen a lot of these pop up box cards around recently so thought I would have a go, there are lots of video tutorials on You tube, but I came across this fantastic one, with step by step instructions, templates and even cutting files to download and thought that the way she had done the internal struts looked easier to put together than the others (I tried both ways and this was much easier).

Papers, butterflies, tag and flowers - My Beloved Digital scrap kit - Just So Scrappy
X-cut palm punch - Pointed Butterflies - small, medium and large.
Pearl embellishments, gems and ribbon - Meiflower

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Saturday 22 February 2014

Rectangles, Squares and Circles!

That's the theme of the new challenge over at Paper Creator today, you must use at least one of each shape on your creation and the card shape itself can be counted, pretty easy, so why not play along for a chance to win a £10 voucher to spend in store - you don't even have to use any Paper Creator products, but if you do you get a second entry into the draw.

My card is rectangular in shape, has two square image panels and a circular one, so got all the bases covered there, it also contains buttons (circles) and alphabet stickers (rectangular) and the paper is an Argyle design (squares turned 90 degrees!) even the gingham ribbon is made up of squares - so do I get extra brownie points LOL!

Grip it and rip it Max - Swing me a Story Max and Catch of the day Max - all Sassy Cheryl illustrations at Paper Creator
Papers - Ticket to Ride - Crazy 4 Monograms
Ribbon and buttons - Meiflower

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for dropping in,
enjoy your weekend,
Colette xx

Friday 14 February 2014

Cupid draw back your bow....

.... and let your arrow go..... straight to my lover's heart for me!  
 How many of you are singing that Sam Cooke song now? hehe!

I've been using quite a few images from Drawn with Character recently, and am doing so once again today, now I don't know whether you know this, but Kristi who draws the images does them to decorate cookies! - not cards, and if you want to see some fabulous edible art then check out the Drawn with Character Facebook page (scroll down the page for a couple of freebie images too) and the Cookies with Character FB page, you'll be amazed!

As it's Valentines day I've made a circle card because the unending circle symbolises everlasting love, unity and eternity...
... nah! not really, just felt like a change LOL!

Digital stamp - Cupid Shoot - Drawn with Character - Etsy
Digital papers - Yours Truly - Echo Park @ Jessica Sprague
Tonic Circle and Scalloped circle layering dies
X-cut palm punch - Large Heart
Red and black glitter paper - stash
Pink waxed cord - Meiflower

I am entering my card into the following challenges

Delightful Challenges  - Love Notes...add a heart, music or letters
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge -  Colour Red is Symbol of Love
Paper Crafting Journey -  Love is in the Air
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - #297 Red, pink, white
Paper Shelter Challenge - #145 Valentine
Papertake Weekly  With A Heart (include a heart)
Tuesday Throwdown - #181 Roses are red violets are blue
Digi Makeover Challenge -  must use digi - Hearts
Eureka Stamps  - Hearts / Love is in the air

Hope you have a lovely day,
thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Thursday 13 February 2014

I Kinda "Dig" you!

I mentioned in yesterdays post that I was going to the theatre to see Ghost in the evening, well after a bit of a hair raising journey to get to the theatre - gale force winds making it quite scary - we arrived about 15 minutes before the start of the show, about two minutes after taking our seats all the lights in the theatre went out plunging us into total darkness, they came on about five minutes later and then continued flickering on and off, - about ten minutes after the show should have started an announcement was made saying that due to unstable electricity supply problems the show was being cancelled, so I never got to see it after all.
The show still has another week to run and it seems it's not too busy the second week, the theatre are confident that they should be able to accomodate people, so hopefully I will get to see it sometime next week instead.

Now what do sand and a bucket and spade have to do with Valentines day?
- well the answer is the quirky Drawn with Character digi image I've used on today's card and the cute sentiment that comes with it.

Digital stamp - Bucket n pail - Drawn with Character - Etsy
Digital papers and date circle- Love you - Just so Scrappy (no longer available)
X-cut palm punch - large heart
Organza ribbon, stick on gems and heart charm - Meiflower

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Creative Moments - #35 Anything goes/Love
Divas by Design  - Love
Fab 'n' Funky - #203 Valentine/Love
Through The Craft Room Door  - Always Anything Goes
Stamp n Doodle  - Valentine/Love
Thanks for dropping by,
Colette xx

Wednesday 12 February 2014

I Got Ya!

I think I am just about valentined?!!! out - I spent most of yesterday making my last few valentine's cards using some fab images from Drawn with Character, I will be posting one each day through to Valentine's day on Friday.
I love the face on this cupid, (I have another version too, which will feature on Fridays card), he is obviously very pleased with himself after managing to shoot his arrow through the heart LOL!

Digital Stamp - Cupid with Heart - Drawn with Character - Etsy
Digital Papers - Sealed with a Kiss - Crazy 4 Monograms
Marianne Craftables - CR1225 Hearts
X cut border punch - scallops
X cut palm punch heart - Large
Die-versions Alphabet - Little Lizzie font
Lace - Local Hobbycraft store
Pearlescent string - Meiflower
Beads - Stash
Paper Crimper

I am entering this card into the following challenges

City Crafter Challenge -  #198 Love Bug - Make a project including the word love
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge  -For The One I Love 
Artistic Inspirations  - Anything Goes / Valentine's Day
Cutie Pie Challenge -  Cute Valentine
Kaboodle Doodles  - To My Sweetheart

I'm off to the theatre tonight to see Ghost, with my daughter, my friend and her daughter, I shall pack the tissues just in case LOL!

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Birthday Candle bird brain

In my last post I mentioned that before I decided to enter their sketch challengeI had made a card for the February Digital Stamp of the month challenge over on the From the Heart stamps blog, you have to use their Stamp of the Month for the challenge, but if you enter you automatically get the next months stamp for free. 
Here's the card I made for the challenge.

Digital Stamp - Birthday Candle Bird Brain - From the Heart Stamps
Digital papers - Heartstrings - Crazy 4 Monograms
Tonic layering dies - Circle
CREAlies CLCS11 - Leaves
X-cut palm punches - Flower, large and medium
Brown pearls - Meiflower

The set comes with a choice of sentiments, here's the inside of my card showing you the one I used.

I am entering this card into the following challenges

From the Heart Stamps - February Monthly stamp challenge
Robyn`s Fetish - # 198- Animals or Birds
Make it Monday  - Always Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze  - Anything Goes
My Craft Creations - Always Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Sunday 9 February 2014

Birdbrain friends!

I was at the Craft show at Event City Manchester yesterday and you'll never guess what I bought? (If you're a regular visitor then you probably will LOL!)  Yes, I bought more dies hehe! After watching a couple of demo's I 'really needed' them, so look out for roses and fuchsia's on upcoming cards - providing I can remember how to make them LOL!

I've got a card to show you today using the I {heart} card sketches sketch no.52.

 I had bought some digi stamps from {From the heart stamps} earlier in the week and because I spent over $10 and entered the code from the blog I got the Stamp of the Month set for free. They have a monthly challenge where you have to use the stamp of the month , but if you enter, you get the following month's stamp of the month for free - just for playing along - so I thought I would give it a go. My card is made and ready to post, but before I had chance to blog it I noticed the sketch challenge, which only runs for a week, and decided to play along with that too, mainly because the circles in the centre of the grey panel, which I don't think are there other than for decoration, caught my imagination and an idea popped into my head straight away, once again using the Stamp of the Month set, so I made up the card and here it is!

Digital Stamp (inc sentiment) - From the Heart Stamps - Birthday Candle Birdbrain
Papers - Tweet Tweet - Just So Scrappy (only $0.75 in outlet store and contains 42 papers!)
Stick on Gems - Meiflower

The stamp of the month challenge card will be following in a few days.

I am entering the following challenges

I {heart} Sketches Challenges - Sketch
Love to Create - Birthday / Anniversary
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations -  for the birds
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #15 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, 
Have a lovely Sunday,
Colette xx

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Happy I do day!

Hi there!

Today I wanted to share a wedding card I've just finished - I may have mentioned once or twice (hehe!) that I am a die-aholic and have set myself the challenge of trying to use as many of my dies as possible this year, but that doesn't mean that I'm not buying any new ones, after all I have to keep feeding my addiction LOL! I bought some new Tonic and Joanna Sheen signature dies with my Christmas money and have used a couple of them on this card.

The wedding couple is a digital stamp from Time for tea which I have coloured in Photoshop and the happy I do day sentiment is a digi from Tiffany doodles, I glittered over the O and added a gem to make it look like a diamond ring.

Digital stamp - Wedding couple - Time for Tea - Etsy
Digital Sentiment - Tiffany doodles
Digital Papers - Forever and Always digital scrap kit - Just So Scrappy
Wedding Horseshoe Signature die - Joanna Sheen
Layering scalloped circle and circle dies - Tonic
Triple leaf set - Elizabeth design crafts
Mini hybrid heirloom rose (centre section only) - Die-namics
Metallic edged ribbon and stick on gems - Meiflower

I am entering my card into these challenges

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday  - #257 Red & Love
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes / Use Red
Digi Makeover Challenge -  must use digi - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Valentine's Day / Love
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze  - Love is in the Air

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
Colette xx

Monday 3 February 2014

Baby Carriage!

In my quest to try and use as many of my dies as possible this year , today I have a baby card made almost entirely from dies (5) - I used a couple of punches, organza and satin ribbon and some stick on pearls too.

White Linen card - Papermill Direct
Sizzix nesting hearts die
CREAlies CLCS11 - Leaves
Memory Box - Piestra Tile
Marianne Creatables - LR0218 Baby Carriage
Spellbinders - Decorative labels eight
X-cut palm punch - pointed butterfly - medium and small
X cut Daisy punch - medium and large
Liquid chalks ink pad - Ice Blue
Blue satin ribbon, White organza ribbon and various sized stick on pearls - Meiflower

I used satin ribbon for the hood and blanket of the baby carriage by applying a narrow line of Collall tacky glue around the edges and sticking the ribbon down, once dry I trimmed around the edge. I also did the same underneath the die cut border - for both the pram and border I used a piece of 25mm ribbon and 10mm ribbon. This could easily be done with coloured paper, but I liked the idea of fabric.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Saturday 1 February 2014

Another sneak peek - First Love Ultimate Kit

I have a huge collection of dies, and when I say huge, I mean HUGE! I have hundreds and any of my friends who have been in my craft room can vouch for that fact LOL!
I have so many that half of them (probably more) have never been used, so my New Years resolution for this year is to use as many as I can, and I've made a start with today's card.
I've used the image, papers, scalloped topper and sentiment circle from Paper Creators First Love Ultimate kit - (which should be in store very soon).
I've re-sized the image (included in kit) to fit on to the sentiment circle.

Papers, Image, Sentiment, scalloped circle - First Love Ultimate Kit - Paper Creator
White Linen card - Papermill Direct
Embossing Folder - A4 Cascading hearts
Lifestyle nesting circles die
Spellbinders Borderabilities - A2 scalloped borders 1
Butterflies - CC Cutters die
X-cut palm punch - Pointed Butterfly large
Ribbon and gems - Meiflower

Woohoo! four different dies used, I'm off to a good start, I've got a couple more cards made using the papers in this kit with some more of my dies, so I'm on a roll, hehe!

Thanks for dropping by,
Colette xx