Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Crafty Ann's Challenge # 4 - Any Colour Except Red Or Green

Hi to my lovely visitors. Below is my entry for the latest Craft Ann's Challenge #4 and is as the title says you can use any colour and any subject to make the card except the colour red or green. The closing time this time is 6pm tonight 30th December so I have just crept in on the last day. Again the lovely Ann is putting up two of her super digi stamps and one backing paper collection as a prize to the lucky winner. The details of how to enter can be found here

I first have to apologise that my card is appearing on its side, where I save them it is round the right way but blogger has had other ideas. Lol!!!

The stamp used for this challenge is from Penny Black - "Cake Dance" 2352K from the Margaret Sherry Collection.

Bp is by DCWV 12 x 12 pad - "The Stack 6"

The colour medium is Promarkers although I have used Sakura Glitter pens in places.

I have used the Mega Nestabilities - Curved Rectangles S5 006 to cut out the stamped image.

The ribbon is from American Crafts and is Premium Elements.

Thank you so much for looking today and I do hope you take the opportunity to enter this super challenge.

Happy New Year to you all!!!

Cathy
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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

ABC Christmas Challenge Blog Hop


Just a quick reminder of the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog that opens this week on the 30th. Before it kicks off they are holding a blog hop which finishes tonight at midnight. Details can be found http://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/ .
Cathy
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Sunday, 27 December 2009

3 MCS Cards + 2 Others

Afternoon everyone. I do hope you have had a smashing Christmas and have had your fill of goodies. I have had to get my finger out to make some cards to replace the Christmas cards that are left in my sale basket. I will pop to the saloon Tuesday to take them out as I am not sure if they are open Monday.
This card is made from a free download from MCS as I have some of their CDROM's it was emailed to me. It is called Mystical Sunset and is a decoupage sheet with a setiment banner. The background is called Background 2. The bp and the image and sentiment have been matted on to silver mirri card. A little glitter bow has been added to the corner. This one isn't going in my sale basket because it is my friends daughter's 14th birthday on the 25th of this month so it will be going to her.
For this card the bp image is from Google and I have put it through MCS to alter the size and colour. The dragon is a free download from Cuddly Buddly Crafts and it is a line drawing. The colouring medium used is Promarkers.

This one again has the bp from Google and put through MCS to size and colour. The dragon is a line drawing image from Google. The colouring medium is Promarkers.



This one is from MCS " Whimiscal Ways CDROM. It is from the full images section and is called "Eating Cherries", it has been printed on to satin Photograph paper.


This last one is from MCS CDROM " World of Watercolour" and the image is called "Ducklings" The frame is "Frame 8". This also has been printed on to satin photograph paper.

I must close now and think about getting OH some lunch. I hope you enjoy looking at my blog today and thank you for taking the time and for any comments you have time to leave.
Cathy
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Sunday, 20 December 2009

5 Digi Stamp Cards + 1 Dufex Fairy Decoupage

Morning you lovely people on this cold and snowy day. We have had loads of snow here which came down Thursday evening while I was out at one of my Craft Clubs. Wow did we have a surprise when we looked out the window just before coming home. We were so involved with our crafting we hadn't looked out the window. Took me an hour to do a ten minute journey. Hence I haven't been out the door since. Cars were sliding all over the place and going into one another. Dustman didn't come on the Friday and I have had no post Friday or Saturday.

Four of the cards I have made this week are digi stamp downloads from Sketching Stamper. The backing papers for these four cards are from Colour My World Perfect Paper CD's "Chloe Rose" and "Cheeky Monkey". The colouring medium used is Promarkers.


Vicky

On the Phone.
Loving Football



Elise Prepares.



Elise ? (Not sure of the title)


This card below is a Dufex Decoupage Fairy Card.



Thank you for looking today and any comments you have time to leave at this very busy time of the year. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and wish you a Healthy and Prosperous New Year for 2010. I am not sure if I will have time to post again before Christmas.
Cathy
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Friday, 11 December 2009

Mixture of Four

Hi Campers - four different cards this week and only one is a Christmas card. I have made and sent all my Christmas cards so this one is a start on next years. Lol!!!!

The back image for this card is from Google. The stamped image is Venetian Lofty LF204 from the Lofty range by Joanna Sheen. I have used Promarkers to colour the image. Tan - Raw Sienna - Spice - Chestnut - Walnut - Fuchsia Pink - Powder Blue - Blue Pearl - Cyan - China Blue - Ice Grey 1 - Black - Sunflower. Ribbon is Premium Ribbon from American Crafts.

The backing paper used is from my stash but I have a feeling I bought it from Joanna Sheen. I also can't remember the name of the punch I used at the side or the make. But it embosses as well as punching the pattern. The stamp is a clear stamp "Quiet Moments" by Sarah Kay SAKAM9B. I have used Promarkers to colour the image. Pastel Blue - Powder Blue - Blue Pearl - Blush - Henna - Umber - Black - Cool Grey 1 & 2 - Terracota - Caramel - Sandstone - Hot Pink - Poppy - Berry Red - Warm Grey 5.

Backing paper used here is from Elizabeth Brownd 6 x 6 Scrapbook Designer Papers by K & Company. The stamp is a clear stamp from Sarah Kay "Fanny's Cuddle" SAKANSK88. I have used Promarkers - Blush - Tan - Caramel - Sandstone - Raw Sienna - Buttercup - Primrose - Gold - Saffron - Tulip Yellow - Heanna. Mounted onto Spellbinders diecut Labels.


This one was made at one of my craft clubs and is of course is a Penny Roller card. I know the backing paper is from a 6 x 6 pad Victorian Christmas Designer Paper Pack by Dovecraft because I have the same papers in an 8 x 8 version.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at my blog today and thank you for any comments you have time to leave.
Cathy
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Crafty Ann's Challenge # 3

I have entered this card for Crafty Ann's Challenge #3. The theme this time is "Texture" You can use anything your little heart desires as long as it adds texture to the card. The prize once again is two of Ann's great digi stamps and one lovely backing paper collection of six papers. This challenge finishes 8pm on Thursday 17th December. To check out the rules and upload your entry go to here The backing paper is from Joanna Sheen's "Victorian Romance" CDROM and has been printed onto Satin Photo Paper.

The lace doily is from Ribbon Box.

I have used Spellbinders diecut S3 038 Butterflies cut using glitter card through the Cuttlebug.

The pale pink sash has been embossed by using a Cuttlebug folder "Swiss Dots" put through the Cuttlebug.

I hope you take up the challenge this week and good luck.

Cathy
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Friday, 4 December 2009

I Won !!!!!!!

I am so excited and delighted that I won Crafty Ann's Challenge #2 that ended last night. I have won two digi stamps and one backing paper collection of six papers from Ann's designs. If you have never seen the challenge blog or Ann's super digi stamps and backing papers they can be found here The digi stamps I picked were :-

Pig hitchin' a ride

Electric Guitar 1

The backing papers were :-

Polished Stone Brights Collection

Cathy
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Thursday, 3 December 2009

2 Baby First Christmas - + 3 Others!!!!

Morning on this very dismal looking day. Glad I am not going out anywhere today. Just waiting for my hairdresser to arrive. Appointment was 9am so I got up early and she rang at 8am and said she couldn't make it until 10am. Grrr!!! I know I promised no more baby cards last week but does Babies first Christmas count. Lol!!!!


This A4 card has been made with two downloads given to me by two dear friends as I thought the images went very well together. The snow has been produced by Polar White Flowersoft. The backing paper is from my stash.



This card was one of three cards that I made at my craft club last week. The instructions come from my craft friend Viv. It is a 6 x 6 square card. I do not know the stamps used as they were borrowed at the club. The Butterflys & Flowers were stamped on vellum and watercoloured with Frosted Mellow Cosmic Shimmer and Bronze Medallion Twinkling H20's. The pocket to put the sentiment in was produced this way.
1) Take a piece of patterned paper 19cm x 19cm. With pattern side down, fold in half. Turn and fold again (so you have 4 square sections)
2) Turn paper over so pattern is facing upwards. Fold one edge halfway to the middle, turn paper round and fold in the other side so that the edges meet in the middle. Repeat on the other 2 sides (so you have created 16 squares)
3) Lay the paper pattern side up. Fold the corners into the centre.
4) Turn paper back so plain side is up.
5) Fold the corners in half so you have 4 small triangles facing upwards on each other.
6) Push the sides in to make a square pocket.
7) Cut a piece of square card slightly smaller than 9.5cm
8) Slot inside the square pocket.



This card has been made by using a metal embossing template with white embossing paste. Afterwards glitter has been sprinkled over before it drys. Borders and greeting is silver peel offs. This was the second card made at my craft club and was Tina's idea.


This is the third card made at my club and was the idea of Natalie. Mine I afraid turned out a bit lopsided. Lol!!! The stamp was Natalie's so I am sorry I don't know which one it was.
Cut a piece of card
14cm x 28 cm
Score at 7cm
Score at 14cm
Mark at 21cm
Then mark 7cm up and cut from 7cm mark to mark with a craft knife. Fold along the score marks to produce this shaping of card.
For topper 9.4cm x 10.2 cm
Matting card 9.7cm x 10.5 cm



This last card is also an image off the download sheet from a dear friend. I have decoupaged the image. It is a 6 x 6 square card. The backing paper is from my stash. The sentiment has been computer generated.
Thank you so much for looking today and I hope the dismal weather isn't depressing any of you as I know that many of us get depressed in the Autumn/Winter dark days.
Cathy
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Friday, 27 November 2009

Crafty Ann's Challenge # 2 - Black & White Plus 1

Hi everyone it is time for Crafty Ann's 2nd challenge. It is Black & White Plus 1 other colour. This runs for two weeks and has to be in by 8pm Thursday 3rd December. The prize for this second challenge is 2 of Ann's super Digi images and 1 collection of 6 sheets of her adorable Backing Paper's from her collection found on here site. The choice is up to the winner. To enter this challenge and read all the details how to enter go here

I have made this card by using Paisley Positive Enamel Glazed card from Kanban CRD8185 for the main card. The stamp is from Papermania. This image has been mounted on to Black Satin card and has been coloured with Promarkers and glittered in places with Sakura Glitter pens. It is an A6 card and the plus colour I have chosen is of course yellow.
I know the image is probably more appropiate for Easter than Christmas time but I just fancied doing it. Lol!!!


I do hope you enjoy entering this 2nd challenge.

Cathy
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Last 6 Cards for New Baby Event!!!!

Hi Folks, it is a sunny morning here in Essex but I am not sure how cold it is as I haven't put my big toe out the door yet today. Here is the last of my Baby Event card order and I promise not to show any more baby cards for awhile!!! I am afraid that the photo's have had a will of their own this morning and have uploaded all different directions so I am sorry you will have to crane your necks this morning. So get ready for your exercises!!!!

This one is made with bp from Google and put through MCS. Image is also from Google and printed on Satin Photo Paper - mounted on to silver Mirri Card. Sentiment is from my stash.

Bp from Google put through MCS. Image from Google and printed on to Ultra Glossy Photo Paper.

Image from Google - printed on to Satin Photo Paper - sentiment from stash.


Bp from Google put through MCS - image from Google printed on to Satin Photo Paper. Bib from my stash.



Image from Google - printed onto Ultra Glossy Photo Paper - mounted on to Silver Mirri Card. Sentiment is a peel off.


Image from Google - printed on to Satin Photo paper - matted on to Silver Mirri Card.
Thank you so much for looking today and I hope I haven't bored you the past couple of months by displaying all the different Baby cards I have made for this event.
Cathy
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

4 baby Boy Cards + 2 Others.

Afternoon everybody. It is sunny here today but the wind is still biting. I hope not too many of you had trouble with the rain and floods. My thoughts are with you all. Well it has happened at last, the young lady that does my Manicures has had her baby at last. It was a little boy, well not so little he was 9lbs. She is tall but not big built so I hate to image what she went through. Everyone where she works is now of course asking for Baby Boy cards and I went today to remove the Baby Girl ones from my sale basket.


This card above was from Crafter's Companion - Popcorn the Bear CDROM- Disc 3 the Birthday section. Both the bp and image are from this disc. The sentiment is typed on the computer.

This one was made with an image from Google, the image was put through MCS to change the colour. The bp is from MCS and also put through MCS to change the colour. The sentiment has been typed on the computer.


This is another Google image and the bp is from MCS. The colours on this image and bp didn't have to be changed this time. The sentiment is typed on the computer.

Another Popcorn the Bear image and bp from Crafters Companion CDROM also from Disc 3 Birthday section.



For this one the bp is from Joanna Sheen's RHS CDROM. The stamped is from Penny Black "Team Efforts" 3980K. The image has been coloured with Promarkers. The lace and flower are from my stash.


This one is a free download from Crafters Companion, but I think the image and bp may be found on their double CDROM called Occupations & Hobbies. This is a pyramage diamond image matted onto gold mirri card.
Thank you for looking today and taking the time to make any comments.
Cathy
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Yet 3 More Christmas Cards!!!!!!

Morning crafty people. I hope the weather is better where you are, it is really blowing a gale here this morning. I went to the shops and I got blown in the opposite direction. Lol!!!! Here is another three cards for Christmas today just for a change.

This first card I have used for the bp "Contemporary Christmas Colossal Paper Pack" 8 x 8 from Papermania. This has been matted onto Silver Mirri Card. The next layer I have also matted onto Silver Mirri card a blue pearlised card put through the Cuttlebug with a Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder. I have used a black ink pad with detail clear embossing powder to stamp the Snow Choir image. This jolly stamp is from Creative Expressions HH912K. The image has been watercoloured with Twinkling H20's. I have also picked out the snowman and snow with Polar White from the Diamond Range Flower Soft.
This card is one of the three cards that I made on Saturday at Leonie Pujol's workshop which was held in Harlow Essex. We also had a great play at the end of the afternoon with different spray techniques and triple embossing.

This last card is an A5 double sided pearl card. Bp is from an 8 x 8 Designer Paper Pack - "Victorian Christmas" by Dovecraft. Stamp is from Creative Expressions LL09K. I have also used cream pearlised card put through the Cuttlebug with a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the sentiments plate. The stamped image has been watercoloured with Cosmic Shimmers and Sakura Glitter Pens.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look today and your comments are appreciated. I am being very naughty this week as we went out with friends for a meal last night and I am going out again tomorrow with one of my Craft Clubs for our Christmas meal so bang goes the diet again this week. Hope you all keep well until I blog again.

Love

Cathy

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

My Second Entry for Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog #1 - Let's Celebrate.

This is my second entry to Crafty Ann's first Challenge Blog - theme of 'Lets Celebrate' details can be found here Pop over to the challenge blog to check it out, you can as you can see you can enter more than once.
Ann is a very talented lady and has produced some lovely digi stamps and backing papers which can be found for sale on her site. To celebrate this first challenge there will be a prize for one lucky person. The winner will receive any 5 digi stamps and 5 backing paper collections of their choice. Currently there are 12 backing paper collections and 18 digi stamps - although there will most likely be more to choose from by the time the winner is announced at the end of the two weeks. You can check out what you might win on the pages at the top of the blog and they can of course be purchased from Ann now.
For this entry I have again used The Royal Horticultural Society Collection CDROM from Joanna Sheen, this is a 3 disc set and I have used Disc 2 for this 8 x 8 square card. It is from the Vintage Catalogue Covers section. I just had to use this CDROM as the card is for my Brother in law's 80th birthday early next year and he is a very keen gardener. The main card is made with Stardream card. The matting and layering is with gold mirri card which has had the edges embossed on a scoreboard. Both the topper and the backing paper have been printed from the CDROM, although I have altered the date on the topper as it had the date of 1905. He was born in 1930 so I altered it by using the snapshot tool and saved it and altered it through Paintshop Pro . The 80 and the name RON have been cut using Cuttlebug dies through my Cuttlebug. The insert has various photo's of him through his life.
I wish everyone the best of luck and hope you enjoy yourselves in taking part in this challenge.
Cathy
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Crafty Ann's Challenge # 1 - Let's Celebrate

This is the very first challenge of Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog and can be found here . It is a first for me as well as I have never had the nerve to enter any before and I do hope I have done everything correctly. This first one has the theme of 'Let's Celebrate'. Pop over to the challenge blog and check it out!

Ann is a very talented lady and has created many digi stamps and backing papers which can be found on her site.

This A5 card has been produced by using The Royal Horticultural Society Collection CDROM from Joanna Sheen. This is a 3 disc set. Both the image and backing paper have come here and are from Disc 1 and is taken from the Caroline Maria Applebee section. She was born in London in 1799 and appears to have been the daughter of a wealthy middle-class family that had conservatories and greenhouses. Very little is known about Miss Applebee. It is believed she was a talented amateur artist whose work were unpublished. Her paintings feature a large range of plants, including the more rare exotic varieties of the day, that would only survive under glass. I have used Stardream card for the main card and also a contrasting colour for the matting and layering card, both have been embossed around the edges on a scoreboard. The bow is from my stash. The pearls on four corners of the topper are also from my stash and are Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards - Style # 1952 size 5mm.

I hope you can join in the fun and this challenge lasts for two weeks, details on Ann's blog. For this first challenge Ann is offering a prize for one lucky person. The winner will receive any 5 digi stamps and 5 backing paper collection of their choice. Currently there are 12 backing paper collections and 18 digi stamps - although there will most likely be more to choose from by the time the winner is announced. You can check out what you might win on the pages at the top of the blog, and they are of course available to purchase at Crafty Ann's now.

Have fun.

Cathy
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Sunday, 8 November 2009

3 Lyra Aquacolour cards/4 Promarkers.

Hi Folks - Had a great day yesterday but very tiring. I went to the Hobbycraft fair at Birmingham NEC with my dear friend Marianne. She is always a little angel and drives us all over the country to different fairs and workshops. I don't know what I would do without her. The following seven cards have been made with colouring with Lyra Aquacolours or Promarkers both I have bought from Joanna Sheen. I am still a novice at using the Promarkers. I usually get the best results with Cosmic Shimmer's but I think I am improving slowly with the Promarkers. All the papers used are from my stash.

This card has used the Lyra Aquacolours. The stamp is a Sugar Nellie stamp " Jingle Bells" I have used the Twinklets Diamond Dust to pick out the snow. It is the first time I have used this and I was pleased with the results. I was warned before hand by Marianne not to go to heavy handed with it though. The card is A6.

Again I have used the Lyra Aquacolour's but I have used the Sakura Glitter pens to pick out bits. The stamp is a Penny Black one " A Great Surprise!" 2623L. The card is DL.

This card is A5 in size. The images have been coloured with Promarkers this time. The stamp plates used are from Joanna Sheen. They are in the Messy Rabbit range. The church is from "Rabbit Couple Extra Bits" MR119 and the other images are from "Choirboy Rabbit" MR147.

This one again has been coloured with Promarkers and bits picked out with Sakura Glitter Pens. This is an A6 card. The stamp used is another Sugar Nellie stamp "Trimming the Tree"


Another A6 card coloured with Promarkers. Stamp is called "Christmas Kisses!" from Sugar Nellie. An A6 card.

This one has again been coloured with Lyra Aquacolours. The stamp is from Joanna Sheen and is called "Christmas Hoot" HO405. An A6 card.


This one is a lovely delicate one, again A6. It took me a time to pick out all the different bits and pieces to colour in with Promarkers and bits picked out with Sakura Glitter pens. The stamp used is "Noel Eve" SAK-FET-07 from Sarah Kay.
Thank you for once again taking the time to look today. I hope you are all well on the way to finishing your Christmas cards. Lol!!!!
Cathy
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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Seven Daisy & Dandelion Decoupage/ Three Disney Cards

Hi Folks, hope you have all been well in the six days since I last posted on my blog. The weather is still mild which unfortunatley will not help to kill all the bugs but it is nice we haven't got to have the heating on full blast.

I have been busy making cards both for sale and personal. Not sure how we will stand with posting cards but thought I had better go ahead and make them incase a miracle happens and the strike is over by the time they have to be posted.

The three cards below have been made by downloading the Disney images fromm a free site on Google. They are just outline drawings to colour in. I have used Promarkers to colour them and it is my first attempt of using them. I didn't try to do the shading being as it was the first time, I just wanted to get the feel of them. Other half said it looked like I had downloaded them coloured, not sure if he meant it as a compliment or not? I cut round the images and mounted them on to Spellbinders diecuts put through my Cuttlebug.






The seven cards below are from a Daisy & Dandelion kit I bought from QVC. They are a mixed kit. There was some nice stamps both Christmas and Birthday images. Also decoupage images on a sheet again both Christmas & Birthday. Along with peel offs. The cards below of course are easy and quick ones from the decoupage sheets.

































Thank you for taking the time to look today and any comments you may leave are very welcome.
Cathy
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