Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Not a Teacher card hahahaha

A wee break from all the Teacher appreciation cards I've been making!  I've had this one in mind since I saw the new Muse challenge #23 - here's Anita's original:
All stamps from Paper Smooches - pink birdie popped up on dimensionals.
Creative Card Crew #39 - no designer papers
Charisma Cardz #24 - pink and green
Crafty Catz #188 - pick'n mix - anything goes
Bunny Zoe's crafts June challenge - wings

And yet another Teacher card!

This week's challenge at High Hopes is
Lots of Layers
My card is clean and simple, but at the point of the flower there are 5 layers, 6 if you count the flower, so it shows that you can still add lots of layers without adding weight and bulk to your card.  (you need to use your High Hopes stamps to play along and you could win a new one of your choice)

I love this School Girl image from High Hopes - I think it's great that you can personalise her uniform to suit - this teacher's school uniform is a yellow shirt, blue jumper and grey skirt.  Mrs McVeigh won't get another card like this LOL!
Just wish I'd stamped my sentiment better - I started from the bottom up, instead of the top down, so kinda ran out of room to get my spacing right :(

Layout from MFT Wednesday Sketch Club MFTWSC129
Sister Act #12 - anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles #177 - pastel colours
Top Tip Tuesday #104 - office supplies (I used staples)
Party Time Tuesday PTT#126 - anything goes

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Another Teacher card

Another card for a teaching assistant, this time inspired by Tina, this week's featured stamper at Splitcoast.  Here's Tina's original - I kept the thank you theme and basic layout, but didn't do any embossing and had intended to have a different strip down the right side, but completely forgot.

All stamps from Paper Smooches, no real colouring required!

Simon Says ... summer fruits  (though would apples be classed as an autumn fruit??)
Stampin for the Weekend - anything goes
A little bit Crafty June challenge - something sweet
Oozak #16 - anything goes with a sentiment

ETA: Challenge winner over at A Little bit Crafty :)

Teacher Thank You card

After my cardmaking bonanza last week my mojo's been missing all week, and I'm not convinced he's back yet!  Maybe it's our 'lovely weather' ... we'd a great day today if you fancied a bit of kite flying with your wellies on LOL!

This card is for a teaching assistant, using Mouse Tales from High Hopes.  Coloured with pencils and lots of bling added to my butterflies - I'd started off with just the 3 top butterflies and then decided the bottom bit needed 'something'.

Layout inspired by Sketch Saturday #264 - using sketch #259
There She Goes #212 - anything goes
Fab'n funky #176 - animals
Sister Act #12 - anything goes

Monday, 17 June 2013

Boys and their bikes

Sorry, its been blogger overload here this past week!  Thankfully most of my special orders have been completed (except I got another request for 3 teacher cards today, great to be so popular, but boy do I hate making specific cards!!)

This is a wee quickie card, inspired by Sue's card here - this week's Featured Stamper over at SCS.  I used the same image but changed the colour theme and embellishments.

Papertake Weekly - hello boys
Simon Says - transport
Colour theme from Annabelle stamps AC165
Joanna Sheen - Father's Day or Male
Dream Valley #59 - Father's Day / Male theme
There She Goes #212 - anything goes

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Apples for Teacher

Another special request card, this time for a teacher.  And what better for a teacher than a row of nice juicy apples!
My gingham apple was inspired by a card I saw in blogland this morning, but I can't remember where I saw it (if it was you, let me know and I'll give you the credit!)
3 of the little apples are popped up on dimensionals and red stickles added to the wee hearts.

Layout from Sketch Saturday #263
Penny Black and More June challenge - CAS
Challenges 4 Everybody #22 - anything goes

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Starring Ruby-dooby-doo!

This is one of those stamps that I bought 'cause it had a Ruby on it LOL
Super dooper quick card - the only thing that took any time at all was cutting out the wee squares!  I tried to keep embellishments to a minimum so that it would be OK as a masculine card.  Doodled some faux stitching round border.

Layout and DP design inspired by the Fusion Challenge #11
Tuesday Throwdown #151 - masculine
Simply Create Too #39 - Father's Day or male
Card Crafters Circle #79 - in stitches

40th Anniversary Card

I mostly don't like making specially commissioned cards as my brain just flatlines, and I'm even worse when it comes to lovey-dovey cards!  This one's for the wife of a colleague - I know it should have had some Ruby red in it somewhere but I don't have any nice reddy coloured DP.  I also misjudged the layout - if I'd measured it properly it would have been more balanced, bit too much space at the bottom and I couldn't find anything suitable in my stash to stick in it!  Ah well, I'm not overly happy, but it will have to do!

Inky Chicks #06 - love
Daring Cardmakers - flower festival
Sister Act #11 - anything goes
Stamping Sensations June challenge - summer blooms

Friday, 14 June 2013

My first gift tag!

I've never made a proper gift tag before, but won these dies a while back and thought I'd better get them out.  I'd bought this wee memo holder for my SIL's birthday so made the tag to match ... the stamp was another one 'found' during my craft tidy up!  Happy Birthday Andrea!  We both share the same birthday ... except I'm giving her 5 years ;)  I've no big plans for today, just out and about with Greg and Ruby-doo, and some drinkies with friends later.

ART #01 - summer
Challenges 4 Everybody #22 - anything goes
Alota challenge #108- summer feeling

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Flying Kitty

I've discovered lots of cute stamps when I was having a root round my stash / tidy up today and am determined to use them more!  This one's another old Penny Black stamp - coloured with pencils and balloon paper pieced. Dotty background round image done with grey marker instead of usual blue so that it tied in with my colour theme better.

Sketch from Crafty Creations #226
Divas by Design - Happy Birthday
Colour theme from The Play Date cafe
Fab'n Funky #175 - Happy Birthday
CAS on Sunday #10 - black, white, plus one
Penny Black and More June challenge - CAS

Card for Rafika

This card is for a girl in work who's leaving for a new job in London.  I'd been wrecking my head for ages trying to think of what to put on her card, and when I had a root through my stash and came across this old Penny Black image I knew it was perfect - she's such a fun, happy-go-lucky person and loves all her brightly coloured clothes, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if she really does have a pair of bright pink bunny slippers!  I kinda wish I'd done her name in a less harsh colour though, don't think it looks quite right here.  (in case you're wondering about her name, her Dad is from Ghana - I'd never heard it before)

Sketch from Sweet Sunday #186
I took the colour theme from the inspiration pic at There She Goes TSG211 - Pink, yellow, turquoise
Choice of DPs inspired by the Mixy Matchy challenge at Moxie Fab World
Bunny Zoe's Crafts June challenge - wings

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Summer Time Patti

It's a Summer time challenge at High Hopes this week, very appropriate for our weather here (for a change LOL!)
I've used Beach Girl Patti and Fillable Beach Scene.   Though little Patti has turned out a bit pink - she needs to use a higher factor suncream me thinks.  Patti is popped up on dimensionals and clear gloss added to her diving accessories and ring.  Little anchor charm from stash.

Other Challenges:
Creative Card Crew #38 - metal
Cutie Pie #46 - one for the kids
Layout from Sketch 'n Stash #115
The Squirrel and the Fox #45 - summer or winter
Oozak #15 - blue, stars, stripes

Monday, 10 June 2013

Thank you Teacher

I was asked to make a card for a teacher and I thought this wee School Girl from High Hopes would be perfect.  I've coloured her in the school colours of a green jumper and grey skirt, and the little girl giving the card has blond hair ... don't think Teacher will get another one so personalised LOL!
In the top left corner is a little pencil button from a recent candy win, how cute is that!!

Layout from Sketch Saturday #262
Joanna Sheen challenge - spots and / or stripes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - buttons
No Matter Which June challenge - bingo - I used die/buttons/bows
Stampin for the Weekend - cute

Oh, and if you've never been to Northern Ireland here's a pic of what you're missing.... (contrary to everything you read on my blog, it's not ALWAYS raining )  We went out for fish'n'chips earlier and ended up going for a scoot up round the North Coast!  It certainly tastes nicer eating them at the seaside, and the ice cream for afters was just as delish.  (not a very Slimming World friendly day though!!)  (This pic taken from Waterfoot)

A purrfect kitty

I haven't entered the 10 minute dash for ages, so thought I'd have a go this evening and combine it with the Paper Smooches SPARKS sketch challenge.  Card time - 9 mins 14 secs.  It looks more complicated than it actually is as most of the shapes are die cuts and there's virtually no colouring in it.

Colour theme from 10 minute craft dash #19
Layout from Paper Smooches SPARKS Designer Drafts
My Mum's Craft Shop #6 - dies
The Corrosive Challenge #176 - animal antics

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Too hot for little doggies!

8-)Well Summer finally arrived, it's been scorchio all week!  Hateful when you're stuck in work but I've all of next week off so finger's crossed for a few more nice days :)

Ruby LOVES the warm weather and spends most of the day out baking in the sun and then taking refuge in the shade.  She'll be glad to get her hair cut next week, I'm sure it's HOT in there!

This card is for a friend of mine who runs a doggy charity which is celebrating their 25th year.  It's not wonky in real life (I think!), just a wonky photo!  Image from High Hopes: Watson - coloured with pencils.  I'm lovin this flower die set from CC Designs, the flowers are just the right size for me.

Sketch from Card Crafters Circle #78
Creative Card Crew #37 - punches / dies
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
My Mum's Craft Shop June challenge - dies
ABC Challenge - O for Open (anything goes)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

High Hopes Challenge #175

This week's challenge at High Hopes is to make a
Thank You card
So anything with a thanks theme using your High Hopes stamps.
My card uses this cute Writing Mouse - isn't he a sweetie!  (He'd make a great card for a teacher too!)
For lots more inspiration pop over to High Hopes and see the fab creations from the rest of the Dream Team :)

Other challenges:
Simon Says ... anything goes
Joanna Sheen - spots and stripes
Totally Gorjuss #186 - anything goes with flowers
Pile it On #22 - stripes and/or plaid
Penny Black and More June challenge - CAS

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Andrea's birthday card

This card is for my SIL.  She also makes cards, so it's always a pressure to try and make her a nice one that she hasn't seen before!  She loves a party and is a great gardener, so hopefully she likes it.

Image and window and flower dies from Taylored Expressions; CC designs fence; Martha Stewart grass punch.

Creative Card Crew #37 - punches/dies
Party Time Tuesday PTT#122 - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday #102 - numbers
Fab'n Funky #173 - for the girls
Simon Says - anything goes
Totally Papercrafts #169 - anything goes
Totally Gorjuss #186 - flowers
The Squirrel and the Fox #45 - summer or winter

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Wine and cake!

Just a quickie post from me tonight - still recovering after a wedding we went to yesterday!  Though it was a lovely day - the bride was stunning and groom very handsome, great food, and good craic!
But how come it takes weeks of planning for a woman to go to a wedding (finding a dress, accessories, manicure, hairdo, etc, etc) and a man just has to polish his shoes????

I finally got my hands on one of these fabulous Uptown Girls stamps, and I love it.  Coloured with pencils and sparkle added to the frills on their dresses and to the cupcake topping but doesn't really show up in pic.

Flower die from CC Designs
Allsorts #209 - here come the girls
Totally Papercrafts #169 - anything goes
Simon Says - anything goes
Sketch flipped from Sieze the Birthday #18
The Hobby House #01 - anything goes