Saturday, 25 December 2010

Gift Card Money Wallet

I generally hate giving cash or gift cards as presents, but this year I just couldn't decide what to give my brother for Christmas and eventually time ran out. So, not wanting to just shove some cash in a card, I decided that I'd make a wallet (so at least it looks likes some thought and effort has gone into his gift).

I followed this tutorial, but have used faux stitching as I didn't have time to get the sewing machine out and set it up. I'll definately be making more of these for giving cash or gift cards as it was really easy.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, 24 December 2010

Stampin' With The Dragon Challenge #17

One more sleep til the big day!!! Are you excited??? I am - whhhhooooooo!!! :)

You're not going to believe this, but it challenge time over at Stampin with the Dragon and I'm sad to say that this is my last challenge with them. However, we figured that you'd enjoy a break from all the festivities and might like to make a card from your new stash! Sound good? Well what are you waiting for?? Oh that's right some details - ooopppsie!

This challenge is sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads who kindly let the DT have an image of their choice (thank you Di, you images are awesome!) and is also going to supply the winner of this challenge with five images of their choice (I warn you now it is going to take you ages to choose cos all the images are gorgeous). If you want to be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is make a card or project using your favourite holiday colour/s.

I used the image Christmas Kisses and really like the card I made with it (good job really as it's for my DH and so will be sat on my mantle for the next couple of weeks). I chose to use traditional red, green and gold for my card as nothing shouts Christmas to me more than those colours.

The image was coloured with Promarkers. I then added Stickles and Magic Soft to the fur trims. The mistletoe berries have been dotted with a Viva Pearl Pen and the leaves have been Glossy Accented. I've distressed the edges of just about everything in sight with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then added some faux stitching. I also added some ribbon from Lidl and heat embossed a gold flourish using a Papersoft Stamp.

I decided to decorate both the insides and back of the card. The text circle has been heat embossed with the same flourish stamp that has been used on the front of the card. I just hope that DH likes the card now!

I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that stops by my blog and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoes - Sparkle and Shine
The Crafty Pad - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Sarah Hurley Challenge - Last minute Christmas cheer
Crafty Cardmakers - First, Latest & Greatest

Thursday, 23 December 2010

New Home Card

My lovely friend moved house this week, so I made her this card. I hope she likes it!

I've used the Sizzix Birdcage Die, Little Claire's Fern Die and Nellie Snellen Floral Punch. The birdcage has been cut from a gold/brown glitter flecked paper. The DP's papers are from K&Co and the pearls were made using a Viva Pearl Paper Pen. I've added a bit of faux stitching to pull it all together.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoes - Sparkle & Shine
Craft Your Days Away - Punch it out
I Did It Creations - Anything goes
The Crafty Pad - Anything goes
Crafts and Me - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

We Three Kings Distress Ink Card

It's ages since I had my Distress Inks out to play and I've missed them. So as soon as I saw this image from Delicious Doodles I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. Please excuse the photograph, it was a complete nightmare to obtain and took me longer to get a half decent one than it did to make the card!

I inverted the image so that the kings, buildings and star were in silhouette, printed it out and then cut to size. I then blended Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot distress inks to make the background and finished it with a spritz of glimmer mist. The image was then mounted onto black card and the cardbase. I used a freebie sentiment stamp to finish off.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges - Holiday travel
Aly's Sundays - Anything goes

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

It's Maude Doodlebuns Again!!!

This old girl is certainly getting around this year! She not only gave my Grandad a birthday treat, but she's now found her way onto my FIL's Christmas card! You'll have to excuse the picture quality - the weather is still dreadful here and getting a good shot is almost impossible.

I've taken one picture with the flash and one without. Hopefully you can see where I've Glossy Accented her boots, glasses and lips. Also the fur trim and her bra and panties have been stickled.

The sentiment inside the card reads: This was one stocking filler that Bob wouldn't forget!

The image is available here. DP's Papermania - Home for Christmas

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
The Crazy Challenge - Let it snow
Totally Stampalicious - Faux It!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Candlelight Tilda Tealight Card

OK I'm officially hooked on these little cards! This time I've filled it with tea lights - I didn't think they'd fit, but as you can see from one of the pictures below, fit they did!!

I decided that I use Candlelight Tilda on this one as she is so gorgeous and I have to admit that this is her first outing. I coloured her with Promarkers and inked the edges of the die cut with Distress Inks. I added some stickles and glossy accents to the candle and her hairband. I'm sorry for the picture quality today, the light here is appalling and I just cannot capture the shimmer and shine of this card.

The fern spray was cut using my Little Clare's Die and the flowers were punched using a Nellie Snellon floral punch. I edged the flowers with gold Stickles. The pearls in the centre of the flowers were made using a Viva Pearl Pen.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Your Days Away - Die Cut/ Punch
Paper Romance - No red or green
Fresh Brewed Designs - Merry Christmas
A Spoonful of Sugar - Christmas
Bunny Zoe's - Sparkle and Shine
Lexi's Creations - Glitter & Pearls
The Corrosive Challenge  - Non traditional Christmas
Paper Playtime - Anything Christmas
Craft Your Passion - Christmas Theme
Die Cut Dreams - Girlie
Passion For Promarkers - Anything goes

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Lily of the Valley Chocolate Gift Card

I've made this card for another of my close friends. We don't exchange gifts and as this is essentially a card I don't think she will be able to be cross with me for buying her a present, cos it's not really a pressie is it?

Anyway, I spotted this tutorial over a Tickled Pink Stamps for a tealight card, but knew immediately that it would be ideal for putting a handful of choccies in! It was really quick and easy to make and made even easier by the fact that I used a Lily of the Valley Cute Squares Die Cut :)

The DP's are Rusty Pickle. I ran short of the DP's, so had to raid my Papermill stash for some plain co-ordinating papers and as it happens I don't think I did too badly with my colour selection! I ran the band of red through the Big Shot in a Craft Concepts Embossing Folder. Die cut the Lily of the Valley square with my nesties and then added glossy accents to the holly, bow, boots and dog's eyes. I then added Picket Fence Stickles to the fur trim and Stardust to the snow. The snowflakes were cut using my Marianne Creatables and are topped with a Woodware button.

I placed a die cut scalloped circle and circle on the inside to write on. The box has been filled with a few sweets. Et voila a nice little treat card.

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
I Did It Creations - Anything goes
Aly's Sunday - Anything goes
The Crafty Pad - Anything goes

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Howdy Pardner - CDAC Challenge Card

Just in case you haven't heard, Stampin' With The Dragon is now running a monthly challenge over at CDAC. If you're not already a member head on over there and sign yourself up. Also, why not enter our charity challenge for the Ear Trust (full details can be found here) - every entry will receive a fantastic digi of Rupert.

So, onto the challenge:

The challenge this month is to create a male themed card using the above sketch. You can use any Dragons Lair Designs image, to create your card. However, the image Howdy Pardner is free until 31/12 after which time you will have to purchase it in the store. Before you dash off over there, I'd like to show you my card that I created for the challenge!

Tim Holtz Distressing Tool
Tim Holtz Blender Tool
Fiskers Star Squeeze Punch
Sizzix Big Shot
Nestabilities - Large Circles
Craft Concept Embossing Folder - Garden Swirl

Prima My Guy Papers
Distress Inks
Craftwork Cards Card Candy
Card Candy

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz Weekly - Your choice - Challenge 38 Lets go digital
Cute Card Thursday - One for the Kids
Mark's Finest Papers - Mustard, Blue & Green
Crafty Emmas (CES) - Anything goes
Allsorts - Anything goes

Friday, 17 December 2010

Delicious Doodles Challenge #4

It's me again - twice in one day!!! Anyway, it's time for another challenge over at Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog. This time we have a fabulous sketch for you to follow. The winner of this weeks challenge will receive five digi images of their choice from the store. I really hope you can find the time to play along with us.

I fancied doing something delicate and pretty this week, so after trawling the Delicious Doodles shop for images I found this gorgeous Blue Tit which I knew would work really well with this sketch and the papers I had in mind.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers, die cut with Nesties and the edges have been softened with Distress Inks. The DP's are Rose Garden from Papermania which again have been lightly inked. I punched some flowers and filled the centres with Soft Magic. The lace has been wrapped around a punched border strip. I've then pulled the whole card together with some faux stitching. I decided that the area just above the Blue Tit looked a little bare and so have popped a couple of butterflies on to break up the space. Finally, I added some Rock Candy Stickles and Glossy Accents.

For more inspiration, please stop by the rest of the DT's blogs as they've created some amazing projects.

Thanks for dropping in today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Southern Girls Challenge - Vintage
Crafty Creations - Photo Inspiration
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - Vintage

Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge

Well it's our final challenge of 2010 and as it's Christmas we've set a nice easy one for you..... Anthing Goes! This fortnight we are sponsored by the lovely Lynette from Sweet Pea Stamps who has supplied three stunning rubber stamps as a prize. Over the Christmas period she is running some amazing promotions, so please do stop by and check them out.

For those of you with good memory's you may recall I made a candle for our last challenge, well this is the card I made to go with it. 

I used a decoupage sheet from The Crafty Purple Frog. The image has been mounted onto silver mirri card and then layered up with silicone glue (boy does that stuff whiff). I've used Frosted Lace Stickles and Stardust Stickles to accent the image. The heat embossed sentiment has been matted and layered. The whole lot has then mounted onto an acetate cardbase that has been stamped with Stazon. I've added a ribbon and bit of bling to finish.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Purple Frog - Christmas
Alota Rubber Stamps - Bling It On
Simon Says Stamp - Blue, White & Silver
A Spoonful of Sugar - Christmas
Sew Many Challenges - Winter
The Stampman - any three colours

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Glass Block Christmas Decoration

Isn't it amazing what you find when you have a major relocation of your craft stuff? I've had this glass block for what seems like forever, but have been waiting for DH to make a hole in the block for me. So once I'd finished moving everything I decided that I try and put the hole in the block myself! As you can see I was successful :)

I know this one is very basic, but I just wanted to see if it would work and used the bits n bobs I'd already got in the house. I'm going shopping tomorrow for a couple more blocks and some more lights and ribbons. DS has bagged this one for his room.

Glass Block
LED Lights
Vinyl Window Cling

Friday, 10 December 2010

Stampin' With The Dragon Challenge #16

It's time for another challenge over at Stampin' with the Dragon and this time we're sponsored by the awesome Stitchy Bear who very generously gave the DT some fab images and a gorgeous scrap pack to play with.

The theme this week is Sparkle/Shine, so get out your glitter and show us what you've got! The winner of this challenge will receive 5 digis of their choice from Stitchy's Collection, Floppy Latte's Collection, and Kelly Kids Collection.

I decided that I'd make a contemporary coloured Christmas card and I have to say I don't dislike the end result!

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and then diecut with Large Oval Nesties. I've then inked the edge with Distress Ink. To make the image sparkle and shine, I've added Diamond Stickles and Glossy Accents. Finally, it's been mounted onto a brown scalloped oval.

The white of the card base has been knocked back with distress ink, the papers have then been matted and layered. I ran the organza swiss dots ribbon from Crafty Ribbons through my Xyron Sticker Machine and secured the bow with hot glue. The brown snowflakes have been given a light spray of Glimmer Mist and then dotted with Gold Stickles, the pink ones have had a light coat of Rock Candy Stickles. The centre of the snowflakes is Craftwork Cards Card Candy which has been coloured with Promarkers and then given a light coat of Gold Stickles.

The sentiment is from Catslife Press and I've again used Distress Inks to knock back the white.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to remind you that we have a couple of other challenges/events running over at CDAC. The first one is being hosted by the lovely Tams, who has a fabulous sketch and oh so gorgeous image for you to play with. The second one is the Ear Trust Card Drive. Please do pop over and check them out.

Don't forget to stop by the rest of the DT this week as they have created some truly amazing projects for your inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sassy Studio Designs - Non-traditional Holiday Colours
2 Sisters - Sparkly Christmas
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Christmas

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Winner of the £35 CSN Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to enter my CSN giveaway. I'm not going to drag this out today as my internet connection is seriously dodgy at the moment. I had eight valid comments, so I numbered them sequentially and then chucked the numbers into the random generator thingy.................

and it picked number 1 which is Carmen. Congratulations hun, if you'd like to send me an email and I'll get your voucher over to you. Enjoy spending it.

For those of you who didn't win this time, keep an eye out as I will be doing another giveaway soon.

Thanks for visiting

Claire x

Sunday, 5 December 2010

It's definately not a Christmas card!!!

Yay, second card in a row that's not Christmas (is it just me being Bah - Humbug?? but I'm getting a little tired of making Christmas things). I spotted these beautiful butterflies over at Dragons Lair Designs and thought I'd have a little play with them.

The easel base was made using my nesties. I printed the butterflies onto heavy weight paper, cut them out and then gave them a spritz of Glimmer Mist. When they were completely dry I shaped the wings to give them some dimension.The vines were printed onto card and then cut out and given shape and dimension with an embossing tool. The flower was die cut and then spritzed with Maya Road Shimmer Mist (wow that stuff is messy!!) and finished with a pearl brad.

To soften the feel of the card and pull everything together, the edges of the card and calendar were inked with Distress Inks.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Artful Inkables - Die cuts/Punches
A Crafty Little Place - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Embellish it
Karber Weekly - Sparkle
Little Papershop - Funky Edge
The Shabby Tea Room - Get in shape
Woodware USA - Anything goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Easel Cards
Alphabet Challenge - F for Foliage

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Grandad's 90th Birthday Card

Just what card do you give a 90 year old man for his birthday??? My Grandad is a lovely old man with a wicked sense of humour, so after consulting with my Gran I decided that I'd present him with Maude Doodlebuns! I'm sure he'll appreciate her and it will definitely make a change from the scenic cards that seem to be deemed fit for older gentlemen.

The image was a freebie from Just Inklined a few weeks ago. I've simply removed Maude's hat so that she not a "hot Christmas chick". I coloured her with Promarkers and then added Glossy Accents to her glasses, boots and lips and Stickles to her skimpys. She then been mounted onto a nesties oval which has been embossed and inked. I've made the card base from black card and have matted and layered gold glitter adhesive paper and black embossed card onto it. The stars have been punched using a Fiskars squeeze punch and the number 90 has been die cut with Tim Holtz Vintage Market Place.

The sentiment was generated on the computer.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Prairie Fairy Fridays - Star
Moving Along With The Times - Someone Special

Friday, 3 December 2010

Delicious Doodles Challenge #3 Use a Digi Image

I know it's hard to believe but over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog we are on challenge number 3 - doesn't time fly when you're having fun!

This weeks challenge is a nice easy one - use a digi stamp. I've used a brand new release Snowy Postbox and have made a shaped tent card. This another one of Teri's really versatile images that can either be coloured, left as a sketch or as I have done, partially coloured. I do hope that you will join us this time and I look forward to seeing your creations.

I cut the card and frame using my Nesties. The image has been partially coloured with Promarkers and I've added two different types of stickles to the snowy areas. The frame has been embossed with a Sizzix Texturz plate.

The sentiment is a freebie from the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog, which has been coloured with Promarkers.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
AiFactory - Winter
Digi Doodles Shop Best - Let it snow
Paper Romance - Winter
Stampavie & More - Snow/Snowflakes
A Crafty Little Place - Anything goes
The Shabby Tearoom - Shaped Cards
Crafty Cardmakers - White & a splash
Wild Orchid - An old fashioned Christmas
Passion for Promarkers - Brand new digi image and my old faithful nesties
The Stampman - take any three

Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge - Altered Candle & Charger Plate

I can't believe it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Pea Stampers! This time the theme is to use Purple, Silver and White on your project. The winner will receive three Sweet Pea Rubber Stamps as their prize (pop over to the challenge blog to see which ones are on offer this time). I do hope that you will join us. This is my project for your inspiration.

One of my non-crafty friends has fallen in love Sweet Pea Stamps and has none too subtly requested that I use the images on her Birthday and Christmas cards. I'm going to use this image on her Christmas card, but thought that I'd also use it on a small gift for her. As she has an obsession with fragranced candles, I thought this altered candle and charger plate would be the perfect gift.

I have to confess to having cheated a little with this project, but to be honest if the materials are there why not use them? So can you guess what my cheat was? Yep that's right I didn't stamp or colour the image!! I used one of the fantastic decoupage sheets from The Crafty Purple Frog. I won't bore you with the details of how I did it as I'm sure you've all seen these altered candles floating around blogland!

The charger for the candle to stand on, is a cheap 29p glass one from a local bargain store, over which I've dabbed with alcohol inks and glued some mini mirri board snowflakes.

Image - The Crafty Purple Frog
Tissue Paper
Greaseproof Paper
Ribbon - Lidl
Glass Charger - local bargain store
Alcohol Inks
Mirri board
Glossy Accents

Heat gun
Ink Blender Tool
Snowflake punch

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers - White & Splash
Magical Mondays - Wings
Crafts & Me - Snowflake
Creative Inspirations - Christmas Decorations
Cupcake Craft - Light it up
Bunny Zoe's - Christmas but not a card
Crafty Cardmakers - oldest, latest and greatest
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