Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Through a Winter Window

Good Morning, today marks the start of another ABC Christmas Challenge. It is hard to believe that we are already more than half way through the year. This week we have reached the letter O and our theme is
O for Open it Up
We want you to see you decorate not just the outside of your card but the inside too.
We have two fabulous sponsors for this challenge who have generously offered prizes for some of our lucky participants.
who are offering


who have offered up this gorgeous selection of holiday goodies.
I decided to try something a little different this week,

I've made a trifold, shaker, window card. Try saying that 3 times fast. For the main image on my card, I have used this sweet little James bear who can be seen through the window behind a mountain of snow.

Here is a close up of the image.

On the inside panels, I have added a sentiment and a panel to write a little message to the recipient.

This card did have its challenges (lining up the window cut outs and running out of    
co-ordinating papers) but I do love the end result. That said, I think that it will be a while before I try another one of these. I do hope though that it has inspired you a little bit and that you will join our challenge. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FORE Your Birthday!

Hello there! I hope that you are all managing this heat okay. I have checked the forecast and the weatherman is saying that we get a bit of a break today. Only a balmy high of 27C! If the humidity has actually dropped like they are predicting, that will be considered beautiful golf weather to some.

I have been having some fun with another Teddy Bo image. masculine cards usually do not come easy but I have been loving these fun little bears. I have coloured him up in some nice bright shades and them matched him with some of the great MME papers from the Lime Twist collection.Shhhh, don't tell but I have even stolen some matching golf tees from the golf bag in the garage for embellishments.

This card will probably make its way to my neighbour for his birthday. I have left room to add a sentiment when I find one that is just right. If you have suggestions, please send them my way.  The guys love to play golf on the weekends but I can't count how many times I have heard the line "we will never speak of this game again" so I have a feeling that it will need to have a play on words around the score and age.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fashionista Top 5

I got some exciting news this week, I made the top 5 on the Fashionista Challenge with this card
Top 5
There is a lovely prize from the up for grabs and I would really like to have a shot so if you have a moment, do you think that you could pop over and vote for me? 
I should mention that there is also a lovely prize up for grabs to one lucky voter!

Thanks so much!

Favorite Animals with Charisma

Good Morning, I have not been around much lately. My back has spazzed out on me and it has been enough for me just to go to work so I have not been busy in my craft room. I did have a chance a few days back though to make my card for the start of today's new Charisma Cardz Challenge.  This week the challenge is to show us your favorite animal.

We have been sponsored this week by two wonderful sponsors
who are both offering up some wonderful prizes.

For my card this week I have used one of my favorite little James Bear stamps from LOTV however, I have coloured him up in shades of pink and grey as I was going for a soft and girly look. When I was done colouring I discovered that this image went perfectly with some older Basic Grey papers that I had in my stash. As the paper is rather busy, I have kept the embellishment rather simple adding just a few snowflake details.

I have even finished the inside of this one so that it will be ready to go. My Christmas card pile is slowly building and it will be nice when late November comes and I will just be able to sit down and fill them out before having to mail them away.

I hope that you will join us for the challenge. I can't wait to see all of your favorite animals.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

N for Not a Card

Good morning,it been almost a week since my last post. With the weather being they way it is I have been enjoying the summer sun and taking a bit of a break from my craft room.

Today over on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog we have another fun, new challenge for you.
Our theme is N for Not a Card.

We have two generous sponsors

Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp is offering a $20 gift voucher to spend in their store!!
In business since 2002, Simon Says Stamp is striving to offer you the best selection of Rubber Stamps, Altered Art, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards, and Paper Crafting Supplies in the world. We stock over 100,000 items in our warehouses so that we can offer you quick service and one stop shopping at a great price!
Happy customers are the heart of our business.
We work hard to find and deliver to you the latest in stamping and paper crafting supplies! Attending classes, workshops, and sales meetings around the world, our goal is to keep our product offerings fresh and current. Make us your one stop easy shop - and we'll deliver right to your door!

"Stamp Fairy officially launched on November 5th 2010. Gerda Burghardt, artist and owner, creates cute and whimsical digital images for the young and old, inspired by her life, love and 4 cute cats. You will find adorable teddies bears, young boys and girls, fuzzy little bunnies and whimsical critters. Stamp Fairy has new releases along with a free image every Friday and Guest Designers each month. Please visit the store and browse StampFairy’s wonderful images. We hope StampFairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity."

For My project I have created this little easel card box inspired by some of Norma's creations. It will be perfect for giving someone a little treat at Christmas. Maybe I will tuck some homemade candies or cookies inside.

I coloured the image with Copics and accented with liquid applique and stickles to as some sparkle and dimension and just give the image that little extra.

I have used some of my favorite dies from Tim Holtz along with a new Marianne die to create the background details and embellish.

I hope that you have been inspired. Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to head on over to the main challenge blog and see the rest of the beautiful DT creations.

I will come back tonight to link this to some challenges.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Charisma - Sketch

Good Morning! I am back today to tell you about the new challenge over at Charisma Cardz but before I tell you all about it, I muast sat that was quite a turn out for our Anything Goes challenge. You had some beautiful creations.

This week we have a fun sketch for you.

We have been sponsored by
Simon Says Stamp
who have provided a $20 voucher
for one lucky participant

Pink Cat Studio

Where another lucky Winner gets 5 Digi's of their choice

This sketch is perfect for a quick and easy card. I put this card together while tidying up my craft room a bit. I find the easiest way to tidy my paper scraps is to just use them up. These MME papers had been left over from another project and I had in mind to create a monochromatic card. I put together the base and then decided that I would use this wonderful bird image from Stempleglede as the focal point of my card.

Things changed a bit after I stamped the image and realized that it just got lost on the card when it was left as a black and white image. I restamped the image on watercolour paper and pulled out my Distress Ink Markers and a waterpen to add some colour. I love the result as this beautiful image now pops against all of the black and white. All it took was a simple bow to finish it all off.

I hope that you will join us, I am looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations. Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and see the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the DT.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Special Day

Good morning. I had intended to share another Christmas gift with you today but I spent most of the weekend at the lake working on my tan so I did not get that completed. I will take a moment to remind you though that you do still have one week remaining to enter the current ABC Christmas challenge where the current theme is M for Make a Gift.

I was asked to make a special card for a 50th wedding anniversary last week. This wonderful Teddy Bo image was just perfect for the occasion. I coloured it up to match my new Indie Bloom papers from MME that had just arrived in the mail a few days before. You gotta love happy mail. I have added lots of lace and flowers to further add to the romantic feeling of the card.  

The inside of the card was then decked out to match with the front using more papers from the same collection and a wonderful sentiment stamp that I had in my ever growing collection.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges: