Monday, 28 December 2015
I hope you have all had a good Christmas. We had a fantastic few days from church on Christmas Eve through the excitment of Father Christmas filling the stockings at home and finishing with Boxing Day at my parents. I think it's safe to say my sons have had their best Christmas yet.
As the New Year approaches, I thought I'd share some cards I haven't had a chance to share before.
This card was made for a friend to give to a male friend she had recently made contact with after several years. She asked for a time theme and the colour purple, so I turned to the Docrafts Chronology CD and used these fabulous papers.
I simply backed the papers onto kraft and black card. The sentiment is printed from the CD and I finished with buttons and black pearls from Scrapberry's.
Thank you for visiting today and for all your lovely comments. Cathy x
Thursday, 24 December 2015
Monday, 21 December 2015
Good morning. Christmas is so close now- I have two very excited boys at home and we have lots planned for the week. We're off to see Star Wars later- I promise I won't share any spoilers.
Today sees our last Same but Different of the year over at the My Besties UK Challenge blog. Today we are using this fabulous Sherri Ann Baldy image called My Bestie Snow Day Ever, available to buy here. Don't forget to go to the blog to see all the fantastic DT cards and comment on the post to have a chance of wining this digi.
I have used Spectrum Noir markers to colour the image. Colours used are:
Hat and top: CR9 DR3 DR6
Jeans: TB1 TB3
Bows: LG3 LG5
Boots: EB1 EB2
Hair GB8 GB9
The backing paper and wooden heart are from Trimcraft. I have used Tattered Lace dies to cut snowflakes from Crafter's Companion Desert Storm Card and finished with Trimcraft pearls.
Thanks for visiting today and for your lovely comments.
Thursday, 17 December 2015
It's been a mad few days for me, so I haven't managed to either make many cards or write my blog. However, I have now finished work for Christmas and I'm looking forward to catching up with my backlog and with reading other people's blogs.
Today's card is a cute nordic card. The stamp is from the Crafter's Companion Nordic Christmas range and has been coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. The sentiment is from the same range.
I have teamed the image with these fabulous Trimcraft First Edition Christmas Wishes papers. I love the vivid colours of the papers and the Christmas jumper pattern of the green paper.
I would like to enter this card for the Spectrum Noir December Challenge Clean and Simple.
Thank you for visiting today and for your lovely comments. Cathy x
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Last week I told you how happy I was to get a new Design Team post at 2 Crafty Girls Challenge Blog.. Well, I can now share my first DT card as we have a new challenge starting today. The challenge is Anything Goes and our sponsors are:
You can visit the challenge post here - please do drop by to say hello as the DT have created some fabulous cards and we have some great prizes to win if you join in.
For my card I chose an image from Pattie's Creations called The Night Before Christmas, which is available to buy here. I love the traditional look of this Christmas Fireplace. I've coloured it using Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Sparkle pens:
Fireplace TN6 TN7 TN8 IG3 IG5 IG7
Fire OR1 OR2
Floor IG1 IG2 IG3
Clock TN7 TN8 EB1 EB2
Candles LY1 LY2 EB1 EB2 Sparkle pens: Red Berry, Holly Leaf
Stockings Sparkle Pens Red Berry, Clear
I've kept with a traditional look with these Docrafts Jolly Santa papers, backed onto Crafter's Companion Desert Storm Neenah card. I've finished off with a Jolly Santa ribbon and bow and some gems.
Thanks for visiting on this exciting day for me and thank you for all your lovely comments.
Monday, 7 December 2015
Good morning everyone. What a week I've had. Following on from my son's birthday I've ended up with a nasty cold and a terrible headache I can't shake. Not what I need at this busy time of year! Hope you are all keeping well.
Today sees a new challenge at My Besties UK and this month the option is Christmas (of course we still have the Anything Goes option too). Please do pop over to the blog to see all the fabulous DT cards.
For my card, I chose this gorgeous My Bestie boy, he is Little Dimples Christmas Boy and and the digi can be purchased from the My Besties Shop. I hope you love him as much as I do.
I have coloured the image with Spectrum Noir pens:
Face FS2 FS4 CR2
Hat CR8 DR3 DR6 IG1
Clothes BG1 BG2 CR8 DR3
Slippers EB2 EB3 TN6
I have used Trimcraft products for the rest of the card- North Pole papers have been backed onto Crafter's Companion Desert Storm Neenah card and the ticket to Santa is cut from the papers too. The peg and button are from the same range with the cute wooden trees from the Dovecraft Christmas Basics range and pearls and twine from the Glad Tidings range.
I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Whimsy Stamps Anything Goes- Holidays
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes
My Besties Meet at the Scrappers Corner Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Anything Goes Option Christmas
Creative Craft Cottage Anything Goes
Thank you for visiting today and for all your lovely comments. Cathy x
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
This image is a Sherri Baldy My Bestie called Dragon Boy. He is such a cutie and available to buy in the My Bestie Shop. I've coloured him with Spectrum Noir markers, choosing red as my main colour as it's always been my son's favourite colour. Colours used were:
Face FS2 FS4 CR2
Hair TN1 EB1 EB2
Dragon Wings and Tail CR8 DR1 DR3
Jeans/ Eyes TB1 TB2
I've used papers from Graphic 45- they're from the Mother Goose 12x12 Paper Pad. The stars have been cut with an XCut die and Palm Punch.
In all the excitement of the last few days, I forgot to share some great news last week. The 2 Crafty Girls Challenge Blog is restarting on December 10th and I'm delighted to be a member of the new Design Team. All of the other DT members are amazingly talented so please do take a look at this post to find out more about them.
Thank you for visiting today, I really appreciate all of your comments. Cathy x
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US and, although we don't celebrate it in the UK, it strikes me that at the moment it is important to give thanks for all we have. I am lucky to be healthy, have 2 amazing children, a rewarding job and lots of great friends. So many people in the world live in poverty and in the midst of war that I am so grateful to live in safety and comfort.
This card has been made using Trimcraft First Edition Falling Leaves papers. The leaves have been cut from the papers using X Cut leaf dies and distressed with Walnut Stain distress ink. The sentiment was a free download from Trimcraft (they have a set of toppers and sentiments available here). I have finished off with some Dovecraft Glad Tidings Pearls
Thank you for visiting and commenting today. I hope all of my American visitors have a very Happy Thanksgiving. Cathy x
Monday, 23 November 2015
Good morning. It seems winter is finally here- I've just come back from the school run and, for the first time this term, we had to wrap up warm. My boys have new Star Wars hats and gloves, so were happy to wear them.
This colder weather makes me feel more Christmassy but also reminds me that I still have lots of cards to make. This little card with its vintage feel is a good template for the quick cards I need to make now- simple yet still stylish.
The papers are Trimcraft First Edition Christmas Wishes- I love this red and brown combination. The reindeer and sentiment stamps are from the Dovecraft Glad Tidings Clear Sentiment stamps pack. I've stamped the deer and sentiment using Vintage Photo distress ink onto Creative Expressions Milk card. I've used the distress ink on the edges of all layers to achieve a vintage look. The twine and pearls are also from the Glad Tidings range.
I would like to enter this card for the Fantasy Stampers Traditional Christmas Challenge.
Thanks for visiting today and for all your lovely comments. Cathy x
Monday, 16 November 2015
Hi everyone. Can't believe a week has gone by without blogging- such a busy time of year! Today we have a new Same but Different post over at My Besties UK. This time I got to choose our digi so I chose this gorgeous girl with her sack filled with love. You can buy this digi here in the My Besties store.
Pop over to the My Besties Blog to see all the DT cards, they are really fantastic. If you comment on the post, you will be in with the chance of winning this lovely digi image.
I love blue and silver for Christmas cards so chose that colour scheme for my card. I also wanted to use my new Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. They are really fantastic, particularly if, like me, you're not a fan of using glitter but love sparkle. I used the Clear Sparkle pen on the hat, cuffs, boots and snowflakes and Solar Red and Emerald Green on the hat decoration. You can really see the effect in this picture:
The rest of the image has been coloured with Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin: FS2 FS4 CR2
Hair: TN1 EB1 EB2
Hat and Dress: TB1 TB3 IG1 IG2
Bow and Boots: DR1 DR2 DR3
Sack EB1 EB2 TN1
To make the card I have used Crafter's Companion BeBunni Christmas papers and silver card from the Create and Craft Member's Gift. The snowflakes were cut using Spellbinders Dies (2012 set I think). The ribbon is from Next and I've finished off with some Papermania gems.
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Anything Goes Option Ribbon
My Besties 3D and more Anything Goes with a Bestie
My Besties Meet at the Scrapper's Corner Challenge #18
Crafts Galore Encore Use a Stamp or Digi/ DT call
Spectrum Noir November 2015 Challenge
Thanks for visiting today and for your comments, I really do appreciate them. Cathy x
Monday, 9 November 2015
Good morning everybody, hope you've had a great weekend. Today's card is a simple little Christmas card made using the Trimcraft North Pole collection with a few embellishments from other Trimcraft Christmas collections.
I began by inking the edges of a square of background paper with Tea Dye distress ink and added it to a kraft card blank. I cut two banner shapes, one slightly larger than the other, and added these to the left hand top corner.
I took a wooden tree shape, from the Dovecraft Christmas Basics range, and decorated it with some pearls from the Glad Tidings range. I first saw Dawn Wheeler do this when she demonstrated Trimcraft products on Create and Craft and love the effect.
I finished the card with a bow, frame and mini peg.
Thank you for visiting today, I really appreciate all your comments. Cathy x
Friday, 6 November 2015
The first one is from my sons, made using Trimcraft Dovecraft Back to Basics III and Serendipity ranges:
What makes this card a bit different is that the picture is actually a fridge magnet. I wanted to find a way to make this great picture into a keepsake and this worked well. Full details are in my Trimcraft gallery
The second card has been made using the new Crafter's Companion Downton Abbey CD-Rom:
This CD is fantastic, especially for fans of the show as my Mum is. I have chosen papers and a topper from the Dowager Countess Violet selection and added lace and pearls. I love the quote on the tag- in my opinion Violet has all the best lines in the show.
We will have a busy evening celebrating this special day and will be repeating it all again soon as my Dad is 70 in 8 days time!
Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate all of your comments x
Monday, 2 November 2015
Happy Monday everyone. October has been and gone so quickly. November is my busiest month of the year, with birthdays for my mum, dad and husband, followed by my youngest son on 1st December, but I do love this time of year.
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at My Besties UK and this is my DT card. Our theme this month is Anything Goes with option Gold, so I chose this festive My Bestie Image no 008, which is available to buy here. Please pop over to the challenge post to see the other DT cards, as they're all fabulous, and we look forward to seeing lots of lovely entries this month.
I have coloured the image with Spectrum Noir markers but have also used Wink of Stella in Gold for the dress and hat, so they sparkle. The Spectrum Noir colours used are:
Face FS2 FS4 CR2
Fur and Boots EB1 EB2 EB3
The papers I used are from Trimcraft's Jingle All The Way 12x12. These papers are really beautiful, with some foiled pages, so I kept other embellishments simple. I added a gold ribbon and bow, some sequins and some pearls to finish.
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Christmas
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Use a Digi
Thank you for visiting and commenting today, I really do appreciate it. Cathy x
Saturday, 31 October 2015
Happy Halloween to all those who celebrate it. I have two very excited boys today as they have parties to go to later. My youngest also had a birthday party to go to as well- one of his best friends is four today, so this is his birthday card.
The image is a Sherri-Baldy My Bestie IMG738 available here. It's such a fun cute image and I coloured with Spectrum Noir markers then added a few bats stamped around him.
The papers are fun and bright, perfect for a young boy. They are free downloads, available from the Trimcraft website. I've kept the design simple and just added two webs cut using my Tattered Lace die and some confetti spiders.
Thanks for visiting today. I appreciate all of your comments.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Good morning. I haven't had a chance to blog over the last week- I've been busy making some very quick Christmas cards for a church Christmas fair so haven't had much time spare.
Today's card is another Halloween card- although I've actually used this as a birthday card for a girl with a Halloween week birthday.
The papers, tag and cat are all free downloads from the Docrafts website. I added a spider web die cut using a Tattered Lace die (annoyingly I've lost the little spider die which came with it). I've simply finished the card with a ribbon and some gems. I think the overall effect is quite elegant, rather than spooky, but I like it.
Thank you for visiting today and for your comments, I really do appreciate them. Cathy x
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Hi everyone. I will be so glad when this week is over- half term next week which means no school runs or work for me :-) Hopefully I'll have lots of crafting time too.
Today's Christmas card feature Trimcraft First Edition Christmas Wishes papers and some stamps that were free with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine.
I've actually created a snowglobe effect by making a shaker card and adding the snowglobe frame over the top. This was stamped using the free stamp, coloured and cut so that it fitted over the shaker card aperture.
I love these papers with their slightly nordic feel and hope you like this card too.
Stamps free with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine
Trimcraft First Edition Christmas Wishes 8x8 pad, Dovecraft Christmas Basic gold glitter glue, snowflake ribbon, Glad Tidings Pearls
Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles
Crafters Companion Acetate
Papermania Silver Embossing Powder
I would like to enter this card for these challenges:
Crafting Musketeers Christmas with a Ribbon
Creative Craft Cottage Anything Goes
Thanks for visiting today and for all your lovely comments.
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
The images are stamped using stamps from Hero Arts (Skelton Dancing) and Hot off the Press (Bats with Swirls), which I recently won in a Facebook giveaway on the Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine page. I used Staz On ink for a crisp image. I then stamped the gravestone again separately using Momento ink and coloured with Spectrum Noir markers, adding it on top of the first image.
Fantasy Stampers Fright Night
Eureka Stamps Challenge 163 Halloween
Thanks for visiting today, I really appreciate all the comments from you.
Monday, 19 October 2015
Hi everyone. Somehow it is already the third Monday of October so I'm here with a DT card for My Besties UK.
In today's Same but Different post, we have all used Messy Bessy, a fab Sherri Baldy My Bestie image which you can buy here. Pop over to the My Besties UK blog to see the other fantastic DT cards- if you leave us a comment, you could win this image.
When I first got the image, I had plans to create an autumn inspired card. However I found these very pretty Lily of the Valley Nitwit papers and so ended up using pink and green.
This card sees me using a few things I haven't used before. I have used a Crafter's Companion square frame die and Tonic Flourish die (I cut the flourish into 3 parts) to add some interest. I never use ready made flowers but had these Scrapberry's ones in my stash and they seemed perfect. The lace, ribbon and pearls are definitely part of my normal style however!
I have coloured using Spectrum Noir markers. There were some new skin and hair combinations for me here too. The colours used are:
Hair TN1 GB1 GB6 GB7
Skin TN1 TN2 FS1 FS7
Clothes CR2 CR3 CR4 LG2 LG3
I would like to enter this card for the following challenge:
Cardz 4 Galz Pink and Pearly
Thanks for visiting today and for your lovely comments. Don't forget to pop over to the My Besties UK blog for a chance to win this digi and check out our current challenge whilst you're there.
Thursday, 15 October 2015
I can, and often do, take hours over making cards but as Christmas rapidly approaches I've realised that I need to make some quick cards that still look special. These three cards, all made with the Docrafts Jolly Santa range, fit the brief exactly.
For each card I've used papers from the A4 or A5 paper packs, a decoupage image from the A4 decoupage packs, a ribbon and bow. All I've added to these core elements are a few embellishments from my stash.
For the Gingerbread Man card, my son's favourite, I chose to use the gingerbread man separately from the rest of the decoupage tag as a cute embellishment. I have added some pearls as buttons too.
The second card is probably the most traditional of the three and I love this backing paper. The bows in this range are quite large meaning that little more embellishment is needed.
The final card features my favourite colour combination this Christmas, blue and red. I've added a little glitter glue to this image for sparkle (I really don't often do glitter to be honest but this way is less messy) and some blue Papermania gems in the corner.
The great thing now is that I have some design templates that I can use to make quick cards using all of my favourite Christmas ranges.
Thanks for visiting today. I really do appreciate all of your lovely comments.
Monday, 12 October 2015
As a subscriber to Quick Cards Made Easy magazine, I'm lucky enough to already have the new issue which will be in the shops this week. This month there is a fantastic free gift- a Trimcraft Helz Cuppleditch paper pad and stamp. I couldn't wait to get started with it.
This card is, unusually for me, an A5 card. I've layered three papers on red card for the background and added a Trimcraft Christmas ribbon.
I stamped the image using Momento ink and it stamped beautifully. I coloured using Spectrum Noir pens and added a bit of Trimcraft glitter glue on Santa's hat. The background looked a bit harsh in white so I coloured a piece of watercolour paper using a Stormy Sky distress marker and a wet brush. I cut out my stamped image as closely as I could and added it to the background, then added some tiny Hunkydory gold gems to give a star effect.
The sentiment is from a Crafter's Companion Nordic Christmas stamp but I felt it worked perfectly for this card. I stamped in Paris Blue Momento ink and coloured the card using Faded Jeans distress ink. It was only supposed to be a distressed edge but I got a bit carried away and I like the finished effect .
Thank you for visiting today and for your comments, I do appreciate them all.
Sunday, 11 October 2015
Just a quick post from me today as my son has his first tag rugby match of the season today and I'm off to watch.
I made this pretty pink card as a Naming Day card. I sometimes find these cards a bit tricky as, inlike Christenings, there's no obvious theme to choose. However, I came across the Trimcraft First Edition It's a Girl paper pad and thought the designs would be perfect.
I made the topper using a sticker from the sheet in the pad. I softened the edges of the oval with Victorian Velvet distress ink. The rest was very simple, 2 different papers (aren't those teddy bears gorgeous?), some ribbon, die cut flowers and gems to finish. The finished card has also been personalised with the child's name.
Thanks for visiting today and thank you for your comments, I really do appreciate them all.
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Thanks for visiting and commenting today. It is much appreciated.
Monday, 5 October 2015
For my DT card, I created an oval easel card using this gorgeous digi Cherry Blossom. You can buy her in the store here.
Saturday, 3 October 2015
Today is World Card Making day, so I couldn't let today pass without making a quick card.
This card has been made from the Trimcraft First Edition Falling Leaves 8x8 paper pad. The butterflies, as in the last post, have been cut from one of the papers. The only additions are some Scrapberry Pearls and a printed sentiment.
I love the colours of these papers, perfect on a lovely autumnal day. What you can't really see here are the beautiful textures and sheens of the papers, they really are lovely.
Thank you for visiting today. I really do appreciate all of your comments x
Thursday, 1 October 2015
I was definitely not going to attempt making anything today but then I saw the glittery butterflies in this Paper Pad and changed my mind.
This card really fits into my comfort zone with the colours, layering and lace. The dies used are First Edition Flower dies and the Die'sire Chantilly Lace Frame die. The only difficult thing for me was fussy cutting the butterflies, but these papers cut so well that it was easy to do.
Monday, 28 September 2015
Good morning everyone, hope you have a good week. Today's card is another made with the Docrafts Folk Floral range. I do love the papers in this collection so enjoyed making this one.
This is the first time I have used the large heart stamp from the collection and must say it stamped beautifully. I used Momento ink as I have coloured using Spectrum Noir markers and the image was really clear. The sentiment and banner are stamped with Staz On for a crisper look.
The card itself is very simple to make the heart a real stand out element. I began by layering paper on to a kraft card blank. I cut a circle aperture from one of the papers to place over the heart and added this centrally. I die cut flowers using a First Edition die and finished with contrasting buttons.
Thank you for visiting and commenting today, I really do appreciate your comments. Cathy x
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing a card made for a little girl who is the daughter of some of our best friends. We met when our children were tiny babies and we've built up an amazing friendship since. Special people deserve special cards so I have used the beautiful Docrafts Santoro Gorjuss collection for this.
The stamped image is Little Red and I have coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens. The papers are from the 2014 collection. I have cut a border using a Crafter's Companion BoBunni Floral die and placed this behind a strip of paper layered with lace. The flowers have been cut using First Edition Flower Dies and finished with Scrapberry pearls.
Thank you for visiting and commenting today.
Monday, 21 September 2015
Here is my DT make for the post:
As usual, I have used Spectrum Noir markers for colouring. The colours used are:
Clothes: PL1 PL3 BG1 BG2
Skin: FS2 FS4 CR3
Hair: TN8 EB3 EB4
Thanks for popping by today. Don't forget to visit the My Bestie UK blog to see the other fabulous DT creations.
Friday, 18 September 2015
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Monday, 14 September 2015
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Thursday, 10 September 2015
We are well into September now and I must admit I'm beginning to panic about how far behind I am with Christmas card making. This week I'm trying to catch up, so I have gone back to this year's fabulous Lelli-Bot Christmas collections.
Everything on this card comes from the Lelli-Bot Little Red Robin Redbreast Fullworks kit. I love the ribbons and embellishments in the kit, especially the charms which look great peeking out from the bow.
I would like to enter this card for the Lelli-Bot Craft Challenge Ribbons and Bows
Thank you for visiting and commenting today, I really appreciate all your comments x
Monday, 7 September 2015
For my card, I chose this gorgeous, elegant Sherri Baldy My Bestie image (img031) and teamed it with Trimcraft Dovecraft Monochrome papers.
This gorgeous image is available to purchase here in the Etsy shop.
I finished the card with some daisies made using a Sue Wilson die, a Lelli-Bot Crafts ribbon and some black Scrapberry pearls.
Prior to the challenge I'd never coloured in black and white. I discovered it is quite tricky but I'm pleased with the results. The Spectrum Noir colours I used for the dress and hair were from IG3 to IG8. Her skin is coloured using FS2, FS4 and CR3.
I'd like to enter this card for the following Challenges:
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge #74
Creative Craft Cottage Let's Get Spotty
Don't forget to pop over to the My Besties UK blog and look at the other beautiful DT cards. We look forward to seeing all your entries. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today x
Saturday, 5 September 2015
Monday, 31 August 2015
Good morning everyone. For today's post, I have gone back to the Trimcraft North Pole collection.
As before, the main work in this card was layering papers from the pad but they all combine so well. I used the striped paper in the background to create an airmail feel.
One of the papers in this fab collection has tickets to Santa on it, which I felt would be good cut out separately. I added this to the card using a cute little peg to hang it from a piece of twine.
Finally I stamped a Crafters Companion sentiment using Fired Brick Distress Ink and used a North Pole frame to frame it.
Thanks for popping by and commenting today, I really appreciate you taking the time to visit.
Friday, 28 August 2015
Today I'm sharing a card I've made using the Trimcraft Belle and Boo Christmas range. I love the Belle and Boo characters and the papers in this range are just fabulous, perfect for layering.
This is a sweet and simple card, featuring a decoupage image from the decoupage pad and finished with a wooden shape and button. The sentiment stamp is also from the Belle and Boo range.
Thanks for popping by today, I really do appreciate all your lovely comments xxx