Friday, 19 March 2010

The Crafty Pad Challenge #63

Good Afternoon A few weeks ago my first easel card won the challenge over at The Crafty Pad Challenge Blog and because of that I get to be this weeks Guest Design Team Member!!! WOW, yes I too was gobsmacked, not only the first time one of my cards had one but my first time to get to be on a design team as a guest - I am still grinning - well this weeks challenge is a sketch, which Debbie kindly sent me in advance
Unfortunately when I printed out the sketch out (which is what i do when working to a sketch to keep it on my desk so i have it ready to follow) the circle actually showed up as a oval opps..and because i didn't check the email again I used an oval instead of a circle....Sorry Crafty Pad Team! anyway here are some cards that I made using some of The Crafty Pads brilliant stamps - The brilliant Butterfly's are a digi image and this is the first time I have ever used a digi image but it was really easy and they are gorgeous to work with, I printed them on various card, paper and even vellum.

As you can see I have turned the sketch around on the first butterfly card so I was able to layer up the butterflies, I added lots of glitter to the edge of their wings and I loved using this image so much I now have about 4 sets of butterflies all layered up and glittered ready for future cards, The Easel card I have made using the butterflys I printed out onto vellum and used prismas to colour them in on the backs so the colours show though again I glittered the edges and layered them all up, using little sticky pearls for the body. Diggin Albert and Just Ted have been coloured with copics and chalk while Snoozin' Albert is coloured with prismas and chalk. I wanted to show how the sketch can be used for any card, Male or Female and with it being a great sketch (even better with a circle!) you don't need to add any more embellishments following the sketch can produce great cards as you will see if you pop over and see what the rest of the DT have come up with as always their work is outstanding - did you see the tee shirt design last week wow! Please go check them out, and I look forward to visiting all of your blogs if you decide to take part in the challenge, Oh and the prize this week will be A Crafty Pad Stamp!!!!
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your team Crafty Pad I have really enjoyed working with your sketch and the fab images
Hope you are all having a great weekend Thank you for visiting and for all the wonderful comments
Lou xxx

Friday, 12 March 2010

The SugarBowl Challenge #31

This is the sketch designed by Judy for the SugarBowl (The Sugar Nellie Challenge Blog).

and here is my attempt, its a shame the colours have not shown true as they are purple and black and look lovely combined, The challenge was for the sketch to include stars so I used some tiny silver peeloffs for her buttons and some silver padded stars in the corner, I have also decorated the inside but forgot to take piccys doh! The image is of course a Sugar Nellie Manga Girl and I have used copics to colour her in, after trying lots of different colouring mediums, Prismas, Pro-markers, whisper & Marvey Pens, Distress Inks, I keep coming back to copics, so now I almost have all the copic Ciao's I now am starting on the sketch Markers ...ouch.... Oh well if I can afford to buy a 5 a month I'll have a full set in about 6 years!!!! Maybe I better start doing the lottery!!!
Thanks for looking
Have a great weekend whatever you are up to and Happy Mothers Day to all those Mums out there xxxxx

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Sketch Saturday #93

This weeks sketch for Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog was designed by Maya and when I saw the prize that she was offering I just had to give it a go - I adore these stamps and wish that we could get hold of them here in the UK I think I and every other blogger have entered this weeks challenge just to try and get our hands on this beautiful stamp

So here is my attempt I didn't use a stamped image because the card is for my sister in-law who has a 'thing' for piggys and I had this decoupage sheet in my stash so used that

Quite a bad week health wise so no other crafting to show, I have been doing lots of practising trying various different colouring mediums, but theres nothing good enough to share with anyone other then the recycling bin!!!!
Thanks for looking xxx

Thursday, 25 February 2010

More Cards

Some cards I have made recently :-)

Friday Sketches # 90 & The Crafty Pad

This weeks Friday sketch was designed by Beatrix
Although not in time to enter this into the Friday Sketches challenge I still went ahead and used the sketch for my first easel card

I followed the tutorial posted on The Crafty Pad Challenge Blog by Maxine and so I decided to use one of the Crafty Pad Stamps I was talking about last week This is called Diggin' Albert

While looking for the links to the easel card tutorial I found The Crafty Pad Challenge blog and this weeks challenge (#59) is a Colour Combo - use Brown, Blue and white or cream, and as I have used those colours I thought i would enter this card there as I think I am in time for that one lol

Please go and check out the DT cards over at Friday Sketches and The Crafty Pad they are all Fab - I love this altered Cd by Debbie (The Crafty Pad) and I do believe the stamps are still on sale The Albert Images are great for those hard male cards!!

Thanks for looking Lou xxx

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs

Hello All

I just wanted to spread the word about a wonderful blog Called The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs
I came across this blog while hopping about and wow they sell Clear stamps and not only that but they are on sale right now and i do believe there is candy up for grabs have a look HERE(they also sell digital stamps) so straight away I placed an order and the customer service I have received is outstanding, my stamps arrived today and they are gorgeous and I can't wait to get them inked up Thank you soooo much Debbie.

While I am singing praises about some of my shopping experiences I have recently been shopping at BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS if you have not seen this shop please check it out the range of Stamps available is amazing and again the customer service is outstanding with my products arriving the following day.
Now this is just my opinion I do not work or have any ties with The Crafty Pad or Bunny Zoes Crafts I am just a very very happy customer .

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Pink Gem Birthday Hoot

More Birthday celebrations over at PINK GEM I can't begin to tell you how addicted I am to these stamps and if I ever get around to showing more cards you will see how often I use a Pink Gem Stamp. Anyway It is Janets birthday this month - Happy Birthday Janet and to celebrate this and that Pink Gem now has a Challenge Blog, A GEM OF A CHALLENGE she has 6 of her wonderful stamps on offer, so pop on over and take a peek, and while your there check out the first challenge sketch, The DT cards are gorgeous!

Linda's Crafty Creations

Please Take a peek at this blog, Linda's creations are wonderful, her work is a great inspiration to me and This month it is Linda's Birthday - Happy Birthday Linda she says she was very spoilt but I think she deserves it :-) And on top of sharing all her lovely creations with us Linda has some amazing candy to give to one of her followers, how generous is that! Wow its a lovely blog and well worth a visit, without the candy offer!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

A Few Cards I've Made lately

Just a few of the cards I have made in the past couple of weeks - just to show you I have not been Idle lol
The Bookatrix was an made for an order, it is HUGE - the card it is mounted on is A4, and i altered a paper mill box to go with it (hubby didn't take piccy of that!) The Handbag shaped one is a card I made for the CraftyUs Card Group swap - It has a white satin ribbon handle with a tiny pink tag saying Happy Birthday Friend (as we had to include hearts & A Friend sentiment on the card )- this is on its way to Australia I am almost sure recipient doesn't read this so its safe to show you, I love making shaped cards this is made using the WS template and is sooo easy to do, the Lilac Mum birthday card is Flower Soft with one of my crocheted flowers - Thank Goodness for UTube - however did we learn anything before??? hehe I could only do crocheted squares but was determined to learn how to do flowers and after hour after hour of watching tutorials this is one of my attempts - The other two cards are made using sketches found on other peeps blogs, there is soo many wonderful sketches on wonderful blogs I find them, save them to my computer for inspiration then forget where they come from so if they are one of yours Thank you - I have no idea where the bug' image came from but the lovely Anya girl was sent to me by my mate Em.
Phew took me ages to remember how to do a post! lol Hope I've done it right!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Well wasn't that a rubbish attempt at a BLOG

Hello If there is anyone still there - I Know lots of you have been busy keeping your lovely blogs updated and coming up with wonderful crafty creations, as I have been a silent stalker and still visiting the blogs i adore - I haven't been idle I did have a break from crafting as i had just been to unwell and couldn't keep up with anything, but I have made the odd card for relatives and friends, and managed to do all my Christmas cards and even sell a few so blogging didn't happen - so why am I here well 2 reasons really The first is to say I think I might give bloging another go, now i have a bit more time and less commitments so continue to watch this space....
And Over at Tales From PollyCraft there is two new fab digi designs due for release and they are in need of naming so hop on over and take a peek and while your there check out the friday freebies that Paula so kindly gives away each week, They are soooo lush... lol Don't you just adore Gavin and Stacey, what a shame it was the last ever episode, lets keep our fingers crossed that they change their mind! Oh nearly forgot Paula is offering a prize to the person who's names she likes best so check it out!