Saturday, 19 October 2013

Double Spooks!

Why 'double' spooks? Because I'm entering this card into two blog challenges and the theme for both of them is Spooky! I love Halloween and it's great to see so many other crafters like it enough to make Halloween themed items.
Every item I've used to make this card is more than 6 months old - in the case of the Fiskars Texture plate it's more like 7 or 8 years old LOL!
The hedgehog is half of a Penny Black stamp called 'Guess'. I put masking tape over his companion before inking the stamp up. The poor thing looks as if he's shaking in his shoes (do hedgehogs wear shoes?). I'd be just as terrified if a real spider was dangling above me but this one is too cartoony to bother me. I know it's irrational but I hate the things - especially when they start moving, that's me gone in the other direction!

I've used a backing paper that was free to download from Bearly Mine Designs.  A warning if you click the link - there's some seriously scrummy downloads and there's also an online shop. I've embossed black Core'dinations card with a spider's web Fiskars Texture Plate then sanded it back to reveal the Kraft card core. All the stickers are from Poundland bought about 2 years ago and I've still loads left. My local Poundland  doesn't seem to be stocking as much craft stuff now, I used to spend loads in there! Finally I added the Penny Black hedgehog that's been separated from his kind friend who was bringing him a birthday present.
The challenges I'm entering are:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Penny Black stamp 'Guess'
Oldie but A Goodie Challenge - Everything I've used is more than 6 months old.

Friday, 18 October 2013

CD Sunday - Butterfly

When I saw the theme for CD Sunday was Butterfly I knew there was only one CD to choose - Butterfly Bliss by Artylicious. The papers on this CD are so vibrant - I couldn't choose between pink or orange so printed them both off. Eventually I decided to use both colours and combine them by paper weaving them!

The butterflies are from the same cd. I've used a Sakura gelly roll Stardust pen to follow the veins in the wings but it doesn't show at all in the photo. I glued aurora borealis gems to the thorax and they've picked up the colours of the butterflies. 

Friday, 11 October 2013

♫ Fly me to the moon............♫

♫  Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars 

So why have I been singing this tune all week? That's down to the team at CD Sunday LOL! They've chosen the theme 'To the moon and back' and ever since I've read it I've had it in my brain!
I've managed a couple of cards to fit the theme this week. The first one was designed in Serif Craft Artist using backing paper and an image from DoCrafts Digital Designer Forever Friends Black and Gold and a moon image from one of my many digi kits. It's my wedding anniversary on Sunday so I thought this card would be very suitable.

And today I managed to make another card fit the theme using 2 cds. The star backing paper is from Sharon Duncan's Everyday Embossabilities. The silhouette is from a very old Card Creations Plus Cd dating back to 2000 that just has Silhoupage Images on it. I bought in the days of Alan and Barry having their own website before Card Creations Plus had even been on Create and Craft.

I've used a Marianne Design Craftables die for the frame called Passe Part-Out Round and finished it off with bling.
This week the challenge is sponsored by Creative Crafting World who have provided a mega prize of a CD, gift bags and card.

All together now:

Fill my heart with song and
Let me sing forever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Lothian Crafts October Challenge

Elaine at Lothian Crafts has used a sketch for the October theme.

I decided to make a Christmas card for my Design Team project and used a Marianne Design die that I bought recently from Lothian Crafts Online as prices were reduced in their birthday celebrations.
The snowflake backing paper is from a CD rom and printed into photo paper. I used an image from Greeting Card Factory Deluxe and framed it using white Centura pearl card die cut with the second largest of the dies in the set. I also embossed snowflakes in the corners of the frame using part of a Crafts Too embossing folder. I then die cut 3 small squares using the smallest die from Crafts Too Frames 9 and also embossed them with snowflakes from the Crafts Too embossing folder. I needed a mat to go under the mitten embellishment and realised the middle section of the Crafts Too embossing folder was the perfect size! I embossed it onto Centura pearl card and cut around the outside edge. 
The dies I used:
Marianne Design Craftables - Passe Partout Square (CR1240)
Crafts Too - Frames 9
The challenge will end on 31st October so plenty of time for you to make a card and enter - good luck!