Thursday 29 October 2009

Furry friends...

... for Allsorts challenge. This is a precious moments free digistamp (can't remember where I got it from but you can easily find it by doing a google search). This is one of my first copic colouring images, and I'm really pleased with the way the dog coloured in.

White card
Image - Precious moments
Other - Organza yellow ribbon, Papermania colossal paper, brown paper, whispers permenant brown marker, copics, big shot and nesties.

Orange dino

Yes, you will notice a theme, probably for quite a while knowing me! I've finally taken the plunge and purchased a set of copic ciao's. I was gutted that they were rubbish until I bought the right paper (many thanks to Amanda on splitcoaststampers) and wow they're amazing, I love the way the colours pop.

I love this dino, he's a new DigiSparkle product and was just waiting for the right way to use him. I found several challenges that just called out for him.

This card is for these challenges:
Digital Tuesday - kraft, orange and 1 other plus a digi image
Sweet sketch - sketch
Bee Crafty - Distressing (around the edges are slightly distressed)

White square card blank
Image - Dino from DigiSparkle
Sentiment - handwritten
Other - Orange, kraft, brown paper from stash, hole punch, whispers permenant brown marker.

Wednesday 28 October 2009


I don't know how many of you suffer from 'Mummy brain' but I seem to be really suffering at the moment, I seem to forget things the minute I'm told them! Doesn't help that the kids aren't particularly sleeping well at the moment! The joys of parenthood!!!

Anyway, what I was trying to say is that I saw this post from Mercy a while back and in attempt to organise myslef I had a go at creating my own challenges diary (I tried to find a cheap one but apparently they are either really expensive or the normally cheap shops haven't got any!!)

I created a little book (the way I did when I was teaching!) by putting together the cover and pages and sewing, simple but effective. The pages inside have got a basic grid layout so I can write down each days challenges. I then tick them when created and then again when I've finally posted them. This seems to be really working for me, I really like the inspiration of challenges and it helps having them there in a book instead of getting the laptop out and then trawling throuh all the challenges.
Hope you like it, I know certainly like the oranisation of it even if it isn't the most creative front cover!

More candy

It's amazing how generous some people are. This is candy from Claire aka CraftyC's Crafting Library. This is a great blog, I just love all the characters on her cards - and of course I look careully at her colouring (I must get better!!!)

Sunday 25 October 2009

I forgot ...

... to blog about these. I put them all on Splitcoaststampers in my Gallery (I call myself twinmummy!)but haven't put thum on my blog! I blame it on Mummy brain! These were all for the Christmas Card Challenge - you work out how many you need to make each month in order to get all your Christmas cards made by December! A great idea so I jumped on the bandwagon! The first pic shows all 8 of my cards and the next 2 pics are close ups of my fave (the cat!) and one that followed a Fall to layout sketch!

A new challenge

This card is for a new challenge site By the Cute and Girly. Anything crafty suits this challenge, although I have predictably gone for a card for this autumnal theme!

Saturday 24 October 2009

Blog Candy

To celebrate her 2 year Blogaversery Julie (from Julie's Japes) is giving away some great candy. This is one blog I can't live without! She always inspires me, so pop on over and have a peek!

Monday 19 October 2009

Beer Monster

Another male card! As much as I say I find them difficult I seem to do quite a few of them!
Hope you like it, I think my favourite part is the sentiment, I'm really enjoying handwriting sentiments and exploring different types of fonts - how long it will last is anyone's guess!
I did this for the Get Sketchy challenge, I even managed the bous challenge a hand doodled sentiment! Loved this sketch especially as it appealled to my simple nature and my love of nesties!

Square white card blank
Beer selection from DigiSparkle
Paper: free digi paper (can't remember where from)
Other: Nesties, funky labels die and big shot, Papermania white gel pen, Derwent Coloursoft pencils and sansador, black cardstock (WHS), Ink it up black ink

Monday 12 October 2009

Wedding sketch

I was really inspired by Fall to Layout 63 over at Clean and Simple and I made this card straight away. The paper is a piece of wedding wrapping paper that I have kept in my stash and not known how to use, but this seemed to work!
White card blank
Other: Wrapping paper and black card from stash, black ribbon, Anita's stickers 'congratulations' peel off

Sunday 11 October 2009

Winter wishes

Don't you just love this stamp! I've seen it around recently and really liked (but not thought about it because I'm trying to be good and not buy any more stamps at the moment!). I was looking at some magazines the other day and saw it came free with Cardmaking and Papercraft, well no decision needed! I'd been struggling with Mercy's latest sketch as I didn't seem to have and rectangular stamps that I thought would work, but my new acquisition does!!!

White card blank
Image: Bentley Bear stamp free from Cardmaking and Papercraft
Other: Purple card, handmade white paper, snowflakes

Saturday 10 October 2009

I did it ...

... I got 5 S's on the card!

The challenge for Pollycraft Monday Challenge was to use at least 2 of the following S words : SNOWFLAKES, SPARKLE, SPOTS, STRIPES, SWIRLS

I have managed to get all 5 on to my card but you might hav to look closely!
The background paper has got spots, stripes and dotted swirls, there are spots on the borders, snowflakes around the edge of the nesties and sparkle on the teddy's hat and sentiment - phew!
Really enjoyed this challenge and I've ended up challenging myself by using colours that I wouldn't normally use for a christmas card. Hope you like it!

Card blank: square white
Image: Clear stamps designed by Adam Pescott free from a magazine
Other: Paper free from magazine, big shot and nesties, snowflakes, card from stash, gel pens

A Blue Christmas

My card for Mojo monday. I like this sketch but I thought I'd make it a bit clean and simple. hink it works, although it's a shame I mucked up the sentiment - got one bit wrong and went over it - you know when you just want to shout at yourself - STOP!!!

Card blank: white square
Image: Penny Black 'T for transparent' Christmas set
Other: Paper free from Quick cards made easy, ribbon from ikea, blue gel pen.

Friday 9 October 2009

U Rock

Boys cards, inspiration always seems to be lacking! I was going for a teenage boy card, shouldn't have used the oval nestie but I'd already cut it! Must get the square and rectangle nesties soon! The image is another one from Digisparkle and I wrote the sentiment myself.

This is for a couple of challenges:
Digital Tuesday - music
Crazy 4 Challenges - stitching (I hope faux stitching counts!)

Card blank: white square
Image: Punk from DigiSparkle
Other: big shot, nestie, red ink, black gel pen, card from my stash

Thursday 8 October 2009

Lord's heart

Sorry I've not blogged in a while - things seem to be a bit hectic without a real reason! Anyway here's a card I've done for the SCS Divine Design Bible Verse Challenge. It's another digistamp from Digisparkle (you know me!) and I've continued with my black theme - I do like this black base and once I get started on one thing it takes me a while to change course!

Card base: black card from WHS
bible sentiments from DigiSparkle
Other: heart punch, pink card, Pink grosgain ribbon (from the market!), big shot, nesties

Friday 2 October 2009

Fall to Layout

This is my go at the Fall to Layout at Clean & Simple. A beautifully simple sketch and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I used a DigiSparkle stamp from the Beer selection. I always find male cards hard but this one seemed to come together really easily. I wrote the sentiment myself as I didn't have any suitable stamps!

Square card blank
Image: Beer from DigiSparkle
Paper: Ikea
Other: Ribbon from ikea, nestie, bigshot, black gel pen