Friday, February 29, 2008

Best Friends Card - Arty Girlz Weekly Challenge 23 'Circles'

The Arty Girlz have a fantastic challenge this week (sorry I missed last airhead), Julie and Crissi have a lovely blog and this week challenge is 'Circles' can win stash too ! Yay !

I've use yet again the lovely Runway Circles and ribbons 'Retro' kit from Topline Creations (TLC). I love those colours and the various circles die-cuts. It's just because card for your best friend !

Hope you like it !

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

You're a Star Card - Sketch this card #43

Well you know me by now, once I open a Hot Fudge kit I can't leave it alone ! LOL That goes for the real fudge too (but I can't do that often.........shhhhhh diabetes !).

The sketch is from Sketch this Card #43, so again that fun Topline Creations (TLC) Hot Fudge 'One of a Kind' kit...and that's it ! Iwas tempted to use a stamp but thought better of it as I wanted the paper to 'talk'...beside I like stripes (wink to Andrea) ! I used a jagged edge scissor for the round effect around the die-cut and the strip.

Simply Irresistible Card - Di Hickman February Sketch #4

Lovely sketch this week from Di Hickman, it's the Sketch #4. I've used another Hot Fudge Kit from Topline Creations (I just got it yesterday) and it's called 'One of a Kind'. Love the bright colours and stars on these papers; the die-cuts are fun too. I created the paper flower (bubble whirl) with HOTP Fold it Flips template.

Mother's Day Card - Scandinavian Hearts Template HOTP

With Mother's day just round the corner, Vince needed a card because he wasn't happy with what he made (his card card was gorgeous.....but no ways of changing his mind).
I received my order from Hot Off the Press, yesterday (by the way they ship direct [great!], they don't use Herrschnerrs anymore) and I was dying to use this new Scandinavian Template from HOTP...I also got some gigantic brads (I know I'm greedy). So here was my chance to use it, and after a few moments of despair threading through the strips of paper, I've managed to create a decent heart shape. Papers are Bo Bunny 'Princess' and so are the cardstock stickers. Ribbons are Brenda Pinnick's.

I'm quite please with this card as it is a hidden message one ! Isn't that fun ?

Just for you Male Card - Oz SomeStamps Sketch #13

I needed to make a card for a male friend of mine...and yes cards for guys are a bit harder as you want to get the balance right. Heather came to the rescue with her weekly sketch.

I used the Runway 'Retro' papers, ribbons and Icicle slide from Topline Creations (TLC) and a The Angel Company Stamp set called 'Mini Occasions' for the birthday present image and 'just for you' sentiment.

Did it move for you too ? Earthquake in England !

Well I just fell asleep at around 9 pm yesterday night (very unusual for me as I go to bed late)...just woke up and Vince just told me there was a earthquake (BBC). So I missed it !

I still remember the mini one we've had a few years ago. Off to see if there's more news about it on television. Sorry about that no cards today but there's a new blog just created by Christina, she's a lovely lady from a swapping card group I belong her her visit and say hi, please!

Monday, February 25, 2008

JOY Christmas Card - Ismaki Sketch #8

Yay ! It's Monday that means another Ismaki sketch. Since I have my Big Christmas challenge going on (actually just started today) and I needed to make another card for it....I've combined the two. Very funky card with a lovely new Runway 'RETRO' Circle kit (if you want to purchase please click on this link first, thank you) from Topline Creations (TLC). Stamps are from The Angel Company (TAC)... I had to cut strips of the details on the paper and thread them through like ribbon, I have this punch, I wanted to use for a while, that punches two slits so you can put ribbon/paper through. I've used a small ribbon on top of the tag !

Fab's BIG Christmas Challenge - Make a Xmas card on the 25th of every month !


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Avoid the Christmas rush ! My challenge is a fun one. You just have to make one Christmas card on the 25th of every month, so save this blog to your favourites and come back every month to check other crafters' Yule Creations.....ho ho ho! (Here's the link to see all the monthly challenges on one page)

I have an extra option for the challenge for the more adventurous (or insanely addicted to cardmaking); you make 2 cards for February, 3 cards in March, 4 cards in April and so on ! That's a double dare as your output increases every month but the good thing out of it is: you'll find yourself with 65 cards to send in December...just in time !

Please pass it on, I want the Christmas feel just one day a month and it's going to be FUN !

The time limit on this challenge is until the next 25th of the coming for the February challenge you have until the 24th of March to make one Christmas card.

Here's my first card ! I'll create my second card later during the day. (Yes, I'm brave doing the extra option, LOL)... I've used a Brenda Pinnick blank card with a square aperture, circle chipboard, clear vellum sentiment and ribbons. The stamp is from The Angel Company - TAC (cute penguin). The turnmounts are Hot Off the Press (HOTP).

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Hoppy Easter Card (cute bunny hiding)

I just had a bit of fun using the leftovers from my previous Oriental Marvelling Card... Used the HOTP 'Fold-It Flips' to make the flower, Brenda Pinnick paper and ric rac ribbon. Another fun card ready for Easter ! That Bunny hiding in the pot is so cute I couldn't resist...The Angel Company stamps.
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Oriental Marveling/Marvelling Card - Jessica Sketch on KT Crafts

A little bird told me about some card sketches Jessica has posted so I thought I picked the most unusual one. It was a total challenge this time and I'm still not sure about the card but the 4 circles were too much an attraction to pass this challenge. Brenda Pinnick paper and ribbon, Oriental Stamps 'Far East' (Inkadinkado), the plastic tag (Icicle Slide -TLC).

Joyful Day Card - Daring Cardmakers Challenge (Plastic)

Another day another challenge this is the Plastic (recycling is le mot du jour) Challenge from the Daring Cardmakers blog. I didn't know what to do but a project from The Angel Company (TAC) website creating a pocket from a circle of cardstock got me started. I used for the challenge the plastic wrapping my new webcam came in (lovely birthday pressie from my sister). It's that shiny red paper I used for the two wraps and the flower (top-left). The rest is totally Hot Off the Press this time, template for the two flowers (star flower), Classic paper pack and instant card art (the sentiment, faux ribbon) and finally I used HOTP button brads in white. It's just a fun card !

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thank you Jodi for my E award ! - I don't deserve it really...

Thank you Jodi for thinking of me, I shall wear this badge with honour !

I've decided to give this Excellent blog award to all the members of the design team at Crop 'Til You Drop ! So girls deserve it: Alix, Looby, Roo, Guv and Shary .

Enjoy the limelight ! LOL

Always Cherish Card - Simply Rose1 Sketch #1

Simply Rose1 has created her first sketch on her blog and I had to do it ......yes you guessed it, using the bottom of the jar of that TLC Hot Fudge Kit 'Together' (can you believe there's till enough to make another two cards ! LOL). I've used the Fold it Flip template from Hot Off the Press (HOTP) and the black button brad on the flower. Red ribbon is from the gumdrop collection (TLC).

Friday, February 22, 2008

Cherry Blossoms Oriental Card - 4X4 Friday Watercolour Challenge

I came across this watercolour challenge on 4X4 Friday and decided to pull my trusty watercolour pencils...I've used the same stamp from the Oriental Crane card and just mixed different colours to merge them in the background. Finally stamped that Cherry Blossom and watercoloured it plus added Anita's 3D glossy accents on the blossoms. I use one of the big chunky coins from the Oriental TSV and smothered in silver metallic cream and accented it with a plum colour. Notice the slight smudge on the purple mat....whilst scanning the card I inadvertently touched the coin and the edge of the can hardly see it in 'real life' but the scanner picked it up very well! LOL, I can live with that...

Oriental Crane Card - Di Hickman February #3

Oh I couldn't sleep on that one ! I've been thinking about creating a fan like shape with raffia on thick cardboard. I created the indents with the Crop-a-dile. Stamps are from a set I got on QVC UK, I believe the make is Habico. I've stampted the chinese script twice on the lower card portion first in Versamagic cloud white then with Versafine black onyx. I chalked over it in white shimmer. It's also a card with a flapt the upper portion (with the fan) just lift up !

Well it's another take on the brilliant Di Hickman Sketches...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

So Happy Together LO - TLC Hot Fudge 'Together'

Yes ! I've finally made a scrapbook page ! That TLC Hot Fudge 'Together' kit is on its last leg, I had to tip the cellophane bag to get to the last bits. I've use again The Angel Company 'Mini-occasions' stamp set, I thought that tiny heart would really enhance the composition and it matches the flourish on the pink paper.

Vince helped me making this page as I asked his expert eye when I wasn't sure about positioning some elements. You can clearly see I 'fudged' some stamping but we're all humans and it adds to the 'charm' of being hand-made.

I haven't filled the journaling section yet as I wanted to put some personal stuff (so don't be nosey, LOL).

Now I took a digital picture and scanned the page in two halves.....I preferred the scanned page but you are missing the chalked edge all around the page, it was too big too all fit so I cropped, trimmed the edges.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Purple Ladies Card

I was playing with some Die Cut with a View (DCWV) papers and I thought that would be very nice to match them with some Victoriana images. I came across a sheet of royalty free Victorian images Vince printed a while back....I knew I had to use those ! LOL
The matting is subtle but it's all there with a different hue paper and cardstock. I also used a rimmed tag from Papermania kit I have. I added the stamped image 'Mini Occasions' T-2754 'The Angel Company' (TAC) of the flower in the middle with some bling. I used another TAC stamp for the corner effect (that stamps set is retired I'm afraid).
Finally I threaded a bit of that mat silver card used for the matting through the tag ! I've also coloured the eyes and the lips with a lilac pastel pencil and blended in with Sansodor.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Arty Girlz Guest Designer Spot - Challenge #22 Green

Yes I've made it ! LOL

The lovely Christine and Julie (ARTY GIRLZ) have picked me as a Guest Designer and I'm chuffed to bits !

The theme this week is Green so I made a card using Déjà Views pad and Making Memories brads. You can see my card for the Guest Designer spot HERE.

I thought I would add more cards to the green theme, I've done them with the same pad a little over a year ago. One of the card is made with Artilicous paper printed from one of their CD collection and the chipboard is TLC.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Heart and Butterfly Card - Daring Cardmakers Challenge ' Love and Friendship '

What do you do with leftover use it ! LOL

I had some Hot off the Press (HOTP), Brenda Pinnick left from previous cards. A TAC plastic container with various stamps was sitting there on my desk and I saw the little butterfly who begged me to be used... I honestly don't know which brand the ribbon is, sorry ! 8-) ....oh nearly forgot the big heart was cut with Xyron personal cutter.

I've decided to use this card for the Daring Cardmakers weekly challenge. This week the theme is 'Love and Friendship'......I hope they like it !

Bird of Paradise Card - Oz somestamps Sketch # 13

Yet another sketch this time by Oz SomeStamps, again I've used the Topline Creations (TLC) Hot Fudge 'Together' kit and The Angel Company (TAC) stamps, I particularly like the Bird of Paradise, funnily enough all the stamps used on this card are from the same stamp set.

Paisley Flowers Card - Ismaki Sketch #7

Yes ! It's the Ismaki challenge (#7) ! Our weekly Rendez-vous of sheer sketch madness, LOL. This is what I've made with it. Papers are Topline Creations (TLC) Hot Fudge 'Together' kit and stamps are from The Angel Company (TAC). White brads, Hot Off the Press (HOTP). Et Voilà!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

True Love Card - Hot Fudge Kit 'Together' - Glee Sketch #7

I wanted to follow Glee Sketch challenge (#7) but couldn't find anything appropriate until I received my new Inspiration range from Topline Creations (TLC). This Hot fudge kit just jumped out at me, the contrasting colours are so unusual I thought...'That's it, that's my challenge' LOL.

Everything I've used comes from the Hot Fudge Kit 'Together' apart from the addition of three gems (on the heart) and the white cardstock for the base card.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Three hearts Card - Di Hickman February Sketch #2

Here's my take on Di Hickman latest sketch. Nearly went into the bin as I was frustrated cutting those hearts (I was in a bad mood too, damn you Diabetes, LOL). That background paper with roses just popped out somewhere so I had to use it. I used the Fiskars textured templates to create the dots and the flourish on those three strips of white cardstock. Then I smothered them and the heart's squares with these metallic creams you apply with your finger. It doesn't show up much on the scan but they are sparkling. The stamp is from The Angel Company (TAC) and the ribbon, Topline Creations (TLC). I'm not sure about the card but since I made it......what the heck ! LOL

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Thank you Lesli !

Thank you Lesli for your mention of my blog on yours, truly appreciated. Lesli creates stunning LO as well as her friends Da Queen (Annette) and Chris ! Trust me these gals are talented ! So please pay them a visit...

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Slice from Making Memories ...I want one !

Just came across this video of the SLICE a new die cutting machine from Making Memories...I want it NOW ! LOL

I'm just adding that it seems it will retail for $150 and will be available in most craft retail stores beginning June. KT Crafts is one of the store that will stock it.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Fairy Card - Di Hickman February Sketch #1

Here's my take for the Di Hickman weekly sketch challenge February #1 .

I've used the gorgeous HOTP friendship 8X8 paper and cardstock pad plus for the stitching stamp, still Hot Off the Press. The little Fairy and the Butterflies stamps are from The Angel Company (TAC- Stamp on the Month January), I've coloured the Fairy using my brand new pastel pencils and the Sansodor. I cut the heart and the circles with the Fiskars templates and cutter.....go on fly little fairy, fly away ! LOL

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Oriental Card - Ismaki Sketch No. 5

I know I know, I'm a bit late since the Ismaki Sketches are released every Monday but once you read what it took me to make that card ( I nearly gave up half way through ! LOL ).

I started using a pearlescent cardstock in blue for the background but textured it with my trusted Fiskars templates, I picked those little rounded blocks because they reminded me of woven bamboo. Then I proceeded to mat a piece of paper with a lotus on it which it from the Oriental QVC TSV kit in the meantime in that kit they were some small playing card like vignettes so I went on and used Anita's 3D glossy accents to turn the round image into an almost like epoxy sticker.

After that I went stamping using both stamps that come with the Oriental kit from QVC: the geisha and the background with cherry blossoms. The geisha was coloured with watercolours whilst the cherry blossoms were done with my newly purchased pastel pencils using Sansodor (you're right Andrea it's a dream to use). After that I matted the geisha unto mat silver mirri card and used the strip left as a border across the card as per sketch I punched holes alongside it with my cropadile and used Papercellar raffia in white to create a blanket stitch.

Finally I pulled my quilling kit that was shouting to be used and decided to create arabesques in white, when all those curls were drying, I découpaged a matching lotus (still from the QVC Oriental Kit) and finally I assembled the card ! I was so glad it was finished...I'm a very slow crafter and like to do a little bit and come back to it.....I usually do that in an afternoon but this card was over three days ! LOLOLOL I'm too slow !

I have Pastel Pencils, Paper Stumps and Sansodor ! (Thank you Andrea)

After seeing so many blogs mentioning Pastel Pencils and Sansodor, I was very intrigued and asked around what was all the fuss about. I took the courage to go out again today with Vince (I promised him for his Birthday) and we went in Central London, I'm pleased we went as China Town was all done up for the New Chinese Year. I went into this little Art Supplies shop called Cass Art on Charing Cross. I just needed the Sansodor and the pastel pencils as I already bought the paper stump on Ebay (the big white crayon).

I was very lucky as Cass Art had their sales on as you can notice from the piccy I got 24 pencils for half the price and also the Sansodor was half-price.....very happy bunny ! LOL

I'm nearly finished doing yet another follow-a-sketch-card (Ismaki one) and I have used already the pencils on the stamp from the Oriental QVC TSV; the technique works a treat. A big thank you to Andrea who took the time to write to me and explain how to use the Sansodor. Basically you use your pastel pencils (not watercolour) on the edge of the image you've stamped then you dip the paper stump in the Sansodor and you drag the colour in using circular motions...
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Happy Birthday Vince ! 3D Découpage card with cute bunny

It's my hubby's birthday today and since he saw my book of découpage with bunnies (3D Some Bunny to Love), he wanted a card made from it ! LOL You can't really see it from the scan but the bunny and the four corners with daisies are all with a few layers. It was a fun card to make I made the mat with the Xyron Personal Cutter and created the mat for the greeting using a corner punch. Fabric flowers from a Hot Off the Press kit (HOTP) and the brads are from a Brenda Pinnick scrapbook kit.

Monday, February 04, 2008

What do you get when you mix a Kanban Flourish kit with the 'Two Cute' stamp set from Stampin' Up ? (Card for my friend Marzia)

Well apart from the rethoric question, here's a card I made whilst I was playing with my new 'Two Cute' stamp set from Stampin'Up: it's a two step stamp system. You stamp a lighter color solid imprint and then again with another stamp the darker outline...I love the principle but I was hesitant I could pull it off. I so wanted to create a lovely SU style card; usually a clean, minimalistic card, unfussy but chic. Anyhoo, I digressed and had to add my own touch of bling and some noise in the form of the flourish imprint on the cardstock. So to recap, stamps and ribbon Stampin' UP; gems, mat shiny grey card, black cardstock and scalloped edge with Xyron personal cutter; cardstock and die-cuts of bigger flowers 'n' vase......Kanban. Oh nearly forgot, punched the stems with my poker tool using a foam stamping mat.

Please excuse the little bit of Italian below, the card is for my friend Marzia as she gave me a ring when I was in the middle of doing the card so I decided to give it to her....ain't I nice ! LOL

Ciao Marzia eccoti il tuo biglietto che ti mandero' domani (o dopodomani se non faccio in tempo). Grazie per la telefonata e puoi vedere il resto del mio blog andando su 'Archive' e il mese di Gennaio (January per te, ahahahhaha). Baciotti Fab

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Earlier Oriental work (2 years ago - Gulp ! )

Going through my pictures folder I came across my first attempts at Oriental cardmaking. I used Artsy Collage (HOTP) Oriental pad. I also utilised some handmade paper I had at that time. Just realised it's two years ago....awwww bless !

Friday, February 01, 2008

KT Craft Sketch #6 (Designed by Glee)

Glee left me a very kind comment so I visited her blog and what do I see......oh my, a sketch ! I was in the middle of doing an extra card from the Oriental QVC kit. I stopped everything and thought three is a charm. So here it is Glee, I made a card out of your sketch ! LOL

I've used the 8X8 Hot Off the Press Friendship pad and the HOTP Friendship cardstock. Cut the two hearts with my trusted Xyron personal cutter (it's always on just in case, ah !). HOTP Icy rainbow ribbon and generic pastel brads.
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