Saturday, 23 November 2013

Simply Square Two!

I'm pushing my luck here but I've just finished making a second card for the CD Sunday Challenge Simply Square. It's way past the 1pm deadline but it's not a sponsored week so hopefully I've managed to sneak it past Jenny LOL!
A work colleague asked me to make a Christmas card for her mother. My colleague has lost her dad this year so wanted something special to give to her Mam. I took a craft magazine into work and showed her a card design which she liked so this is my interpretation of it.

Mirri card is very difficult to photograph - the colour is a bright red as in the swirl at the bottom left. The cd I've used was free with  Complete Cardmaking with your PC (Issue 46). I've used the text backing paper and the 2 topper images of Barkley which were all printed on photo paper. The Merry Christmas die cut (cut from red Mirri) has a Santa hat hanging over the 'M' and I've used some shiny glittery 'stuff' (similar to Stickles but cheaper) on the bobble and the edging of the hat. The 'To Mam' was made in Craft Artist and I'm quite pleased with the colour match. There's lots of mats, layers and die cuts on this one - not my usual style and I must admit I've become a bit bored with it because of the length of time it's taken me to make it. I've still got the insert to do but will check with my colleague on Monday as to how she wants it.
The dies I've used are:
Sizzix - Merry Christmas with Holly Sizzlit
Cheery Lynn -  Tropical Flourish
Marianne Design Craftables - Passe-Partout Round
XCut -  Nesting Dies Circles

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Simply Square

I'm usually the last person to enter the CD Sunday Challenge, rushing to get it blogged by 1pm, but this week I've managed to enter the day the theme was announced! The theme is Simply Square and today I've been busy finishing a card someone asked me to make for them. A work colleague asked me to make a card for her daughter's 50th birthday which is in December. When I asked what her daughter liked she told me she was quite trendy and was 'one of those people who liked a glass of wine with her evening meal'! I decided to use an image and papers from the Crafters' Companion Frou Frou Cd rom. I have both the CD rom and the Craft Artist digi kits so I played around with them in Craft Artist.

The '50' was also created in CA and I made the hatpins myself while watching Strictly last night.

The dies I've used are Cheery Lynn French Flair Doily Stacker (2 sizes), Cheery Lyn Dec Lace Corner and Sizzix Mini Paper Rosette. The largest pink Centura pearl mat was embossed using a Stamposaurus Stencil.
Confession time! I made a huge mistake when sticking the pink and white layers to the card. I had the card facing the wrong way and the crease is now at the top. I'm taking the card to work tomorrow to show her and if she wants it changed to a side opening I'll have to cut the front off and glue it to a new card blank. Fingers crossed that she likes it as it is!
I came second with the above card.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Travels Abroad

I didn't think I'd have time to enter the CD Sunday Challenge this week with the theme of Travels Abroad. But I've very quickly put together this digital scrapbook page:

Hubby and I have been to all the places depicted by the images. The photograph is of me and a street donkey statue in Gran Canaria on holiday in January this year.
I've used Serif Craft Artist and several digi kits - Euro Tourist, Paradise Island and Paddington's Tea Party (the small brown suitcase!).

Friday, 1 November 2013

Lothian Crafts November Challenge

A nice easy challenge at Lothian Crafts Online for this month so no excuse not to join in LOL! The theme is 'Must use Marianne Design dies' and the prize is £10 to spend at the online shop.

For my DT item I made a really simple and quick card.

I used a 6 by 6 scalloped card blank and then embossed a slightly smaller piece of card using a snowflake border embossing folder that was free with a craft magazine. I printed the Crafters' Companion Barkley image onto card and then cut and embossed it using the Marianne Design Creatable Circles die. I also cut and embossed the larger frame die from the same set. I finished the card off with some large clear gems to add a bit of sparkle.
I've been asked to make a 50th birthday card and I think this would look nice with the number 50 in the middle of the die cut (minus the snowflakes of course LOL!)
This set of dies are really pretty - there's 4 dies in the set. The picture of the dies doesn't really show how pretty the die cuts look after they've been cut and embossed.
Good luck in the challenge!