Friday, 29 April 2011

Guest Designer Bah Humbug - Ruffles and Pleats

Morning Everyone, 

Well this is the last card I need to make for my guest designer post at Bah Humbug Challenge Blog.
I have really enjoyed my time as a guest designer and do not want it to end. 
This card that I have got for you this week is a card using pleats and ruffles, and my word I had a real hard time with this one. The end card is one of 10 half finished cards that just did not fit the bill and got abandoned half way through. 

The card I have made is a DL size card, with holly backing paper folded into pleats, fixed half way across the DL card and finished of with a gold border peel off over the top of the pleated edge. 
The image is a beautiful Sarah Kay rubber stamp called "winter wonderland" I stamped the image using momento ink pad, and coloured in using promarkers. To give the definition of vintage I edged around the stamp with Tim Holtz Distressed ink.  The topper was put onto red backing paper and then mounted half onto the pleated paper and cream card base. 
To highlight the snow on the topper I used a Sakura jelly roll white pen.
The flower I have created using 18" off ribbon and to create the ruffle of the flower, I have done a runner stitch down one edge of the ribbon, the cotton is then pulled to create a ruffle, I then manipulated the ribbon into a circle and sealed it with a pearl brad. 
The card is then finished off with a Christmas sentiment and three red gems. 

The Card

The Ribbon Flower

The Pleats

The Topper

The Ingredients 
  • Cream Card Blank
  • Holly Paper - Joanna Sheen Vintage Christmas 
  • Black Momento ink pad
  • Pro marker pens - Caramel, Blush, Ruby, Henna, Sandstone, China Blue, Forest Green.
  • Sakura- Red Glitter gel pen, White Jelly roll pen 
  • Red card stock
  • Tim Holtz distress ink 
  • Gold Peel off
  • Red Ribbon
  • Pearl Brad
  • Red Gems
  • Christmas Sentiment


Well that's the card for today.
Thank you for stopping and having a look

Kelly x

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Holiday Time

Hello Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know why I have been so quiet, at this moment in time I am sat in the Lake District sunning myself whilst the temperature is raising all the time at the moment we are at 22 degrees....

So I am back at the weekend, and will rush back to the card making the second my birthday celebration is over.

So for now, thanks for popping past


Friday, 22 April 2011

Guest Designer Bah Humbug - Challenge - Santa

Morning Everyone, 

Well I have using the new software for blogger and at the moment I am liking, I also have sorted out auto upload (i hope) so fingers crossed this works. 

So for this week's challenge it is all about Santa, now I can tell you I had a bit of trouble with this one (but not nearly as much as the one for next week, but you'll have to wait till next Friday to find out more about that) I normally do Santa as a character i.e. popcorn, messy, but this time I was thinking off doing more off a traditional one, now it might have just been me but crikey I couldn't get my head around it, so after throwing a paddy I went back to my trusted characters, and pulled out the Joanna Sheen Messy Rabbit Christmas Collection, and found the Rat dressed as Santa trying to deliver the presents. So I went with this but changed the colour scheme to a colour I would not normally use for Christmas, but I think it works quiet well.

First off all I found the topper I wanted printed the topper out four times so that I could decoupage it up, then using the same CD printed of the two corresponding backing papers, I decided I wanted to make an easel card and went for a 6x6 square for a change (now just need to buy envelopes) One of the backing papers is a dark blue with presents on, I decided to work with the blue on the backing paper and this is how the card developed, I backed the blue backing paper onto white card, using a square of dark blue card I matted the white hat backing paper onto the blue card and mounted this onto the dark blue backing paper. I then mounted the decoupaged image onto white card, which was then mounted onto a chalked blue piece of card to give me 7 layers on the top (this will not be posted out, I think I would need a loan to post it with the postage prices today) For the easel part of the card I did exactly the same matting as the main image and mounted a Happy Christmas Banner greeting onto it. To finish off the card I put a dark blue satin bow on, three snowflakes that I promarkered, to get the colour to and three blue gems at the bottom of the topper section. On the topper itself I coloured in the presents with Sakura gel pens to give a bit of bling, The snow on the chimney, is created using "fake snow" that I got from a model train shop. The fluffy part of the coat, hat and trousers is created using a product called "fluffy stuff" however I didn't let it fully fluff up. 

So lets have a look at the card. 

The Card

The side view of the card

The Ingredients 
  • White Card Base
  • Blue Card
  • Messy Rabbit Christmas Collection CD Rom by Joanna Sheen 
  • Blue Ribbon
  • Blue Gems
  • Blue Pro marker (Royal Blue)
  • Three Silver Snowflakes
  • Happy Christmas Banner Greeting 
  • Fluffy Stuff
  • Fake Snow
  • Sakura Glitter Pens
That's all for this post. 
I hope you like and I would love any comments on the card good or bad. 

Thanks for popping along to have a look

Kelly xx

Friday, 15 April 2011

Martini Girls Have Fun

Afternoon Everyone,
Here is a card I have made today for a couple of challenges. The card is made using an A4 card blank folded in half to create A5 size, in baby pink card. The card was then covered with a cream and pink backing paper, then an additional piece of complementary backing paper was added in creams and brown, to pull out the cream flower topper. This backing paper was mounted onto the same baby pink card as the card blank, on both off the backing paper and baby pink card all the corners have been rounded off. The topper has been cut using a cut from the nestabilities range, the pink is a deeper shade of pink then the backing paper, to "show" off the topper. The image is a digital image that I have had for about a year now, which has been printed using a laser printer (which is best as the ink doesn't bleed as bad as an ink jet) The topper was then cut using the a smaller nestabilitie, and then coloured in using promarker pens. I picked a pink to complement the colours off the card and backing sheets. I have handmade the six flowers that are on the card, and each flower has a small pearl in the centre, to create the finished look with the flowers I have used my Cricut Create machine and the Wild Cart Cartridge to cut the dark green leaves out and the pink swirls. To finish the card off I have put a small swirl onto the bottom off the card and attached a pink bow with pearls on to the swirl, added a few swipes off clear glitter pen to the glass to give the illusion that the glass is shiny, and to her lips to create the feel off lip gloss on. Then a sentiment topper saying "On your special day" was added, I went for a simple topper so that the card could be used for numerous occasions.

The Card

The Topper

The Embellishments
Flowers Top, Flowers Bottom, Bow

The Challenges
My Mums Craft Shop Challenge Blog - Challenge 1 - Anything Will Do
Ladybug Craft - Pam's Challenge - Celebration

The Ingredients
  • Baby Pink Card Blank
  • Cream and Pink backing papers
  • Rose Pink Card
  • Martini Girl Digital Stamp
  • Cricut Create
  • Wild Card Cartridge
  • Bow
  • Pearls
  • Promarkers for the following; Hair Sandstone, Dress and Gloves Pink Carnation, Skin Blush, Shoes Black, Cocktail Sticks Henna, Olives Lime Green, Drink Pastel Yellow, Eye brows Sandstone, Lips Red.
  • Clear Stardust Pen by Sukura

Well I hope you like this card and please feel free to leave any comments good or bad. A bit off constructive Criticism doesn't harm anyone

Kelly xx

Guest Designer Bah Humbug Challenge - Stockings

Wow has another week really gone past.

This card is for the Bah Humbug Challenge Blog, of which I am lucky enough to be a guest designer.

This week’s challenge was to create something using Christmas Stockings as the theme, and Boy did I have to think long and hard about it.

I come up with the following, I started by thinking about what techniques have I learnt but don’t very often use, and one of the techniques was Iris folding…. Now I will admit, I love doing Iris folding as I find it peaceful but it does take me a while to get used to the card once it is made up, this card took me nearly three full days to actually like it.

To create the card I used a free template from Circle of Crafters, of a Christmas stocking, now to try and make it slightly different I went for more contemporary colours for the card, and fell in love with the papers I used. The actual card base is a plain white A4 card folded in half to create a A5 card base. The papers were added to the base, along with a strip of purple card that was cut using a rough scalloped cutter on my guillotine. Purple organza ribbon was added to the card and a bow was tied at the end. The topper is as said a Irish folded Christmas Stocking, before I started the Irish folding aspect of the card, I ran the topper through my Cuttlebug and used a Holly Cuttlebug embossing folder. The edge of the stocking was bordered using a gold peel off and the top of the stocking was created using cotton wool that was stuck down, and then using stickles glue and my finger I glittered the cotton wool up to create a dimension to the stocking (and Christmas stockings always seem to have fluffy tops) the card has a simple greeting of “Winter Wishes” and finally to finish the card I have added four pink gems one to each corner of the stocking topper, to give it that extra bit of bling.

The Card

The Stocking

The Wool and Stocking

The Challenges

This card is entered into the Bah Humbug Challenge Blog – however this is as a guest designer.

The Ingredients

A4 White Card Stock

Baking papers – Pinks/Greens/Blue/ Browns

Cuttlebug Embossing Machine

Holly Embossing Folder

Gold Peel Offs

Cotton Wool


Organza Ribbon

Four Pink Gems

Well that is the card, hope the information helps you to recreate the card, and please feel free to leave me any comments good or bad, I won’t be offended.

Hugs for now

Kelly x

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Floating Sheep

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all having a fantastic day, It has been reasonably sunny here today, but I just wish it was a bit warmer..

The card I have for you today is a card that I made at my local craft class last night. This card is going to be submitted into the challenge on the blog "Cards for men which has a challenge of Easter"
The card itself is a square card blank, with swirly green backing paper, the "topper" as such is two scalloped circles in green card that have been cut in half. a strip of green card that was backed onto stripy paper was attached to the two half circles using white brads. the strip was then decorated with a sparkly flower and three sparkly circles... The flower has been "jazzed" up with a circle of striped paper and green florist string. The three sheep have been created using a sizzix sheep die the head has been cut twice for each sheep and has been mounted together using foam pads to give the sheep dimension. The sheep have then been put onto acetate and the acetate has been slipped into the "circle topper" the sheep can then be moved around the card and the sheep can be adjusted to sit at different heights.
The card is a brilliant Easter card and or birthday card, and couldn't be better for a man.

The Card

The Sheep

The Challenges
Cards For Men - Challenge No. 8 Easter

The Ingredients
  • White Card Stock
  • Swirly Green Backing Paper
  • Green Card Stock
  • Glitter Card
  • Google Eyes
  • Green String

That's it for today, I hope you like my card and please leave any comments good or bad.

Hugs for now
Kelly xxx

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Country Cottage Birthday Card

Hello Everyone,

Here is a card I have created today for my Grandad's birthday at the end of the month, To create the layout off the card I have used the I love Promarkers Challenge Blog Sketch my grandad used to cross stitch country cottages and cottages in little scenes, so when I seen this image I just knew it would be perfect for him.
The card is created using a cream a4 card blank, folded to create a A5 size. The top and bottom banners are cream card that has been distressed using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy, the topper of the card is the stamped image using Messy Rabbits cottage from Joanna Sheen, i have mounted this onto dark brown card with a texture on, and then matted this onto cream card that has again been distressed using the same distress ink as the other pieces. The wording "Happy Birthday Grandad" has been cut using my Cricut Create machine and the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art Cartridge, using the same coloured card as the base card. The topper has been coloured in using pro marker pens and the card has been finished with embellishments I got from a scrapbook kit that I bought many moons ago, I simply popped out the centre of the circles, used the "polo" type circle at the top off the card and the centre off the circles just to the side off the topper.

The Card

The Cottage

The Wording

The Challenges
I have put this card forward to the I love Promarkers Challenge Blog - as for the layout of the card I have used their sketch.
My Mums Craft Shop Challenge - Anything Goes

Card Ingredients
The items I have used to create my card are listed below
  • Cream card blank
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
  • Messy Rabbit - Cottage
  • Promarkers - Cottage Blush, Roof Sandstone, Top part of roof Caramel, Chimney Pots Ginger, Bricks Caramel, Windows Caramel, Lights in windows Buttercup, Door Poppy, Bushes Leaf Green and Forest Green Grass Lime Green, Path Cool Grey 1, Sky Powder Blue
  • Cricut Create
  • Cricut Cartridge - Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Cartridge
I hope you have enjoyed looking at my cards and I appreciate the time it takes for you to read through my posts, I welcome any comments left good or bad.

Bye for now
Kelly x

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Picking Flowers

Hello Everyone,

Today I have for you a lovely card I have made that fits two challenges one from Moving Along With The Times and the second challenge from the blog Anything Goes Challenge Blog.
I have created a A5 card with which I have used a sketch from Moving Along With The Times, to create the design, the backing paper was from old stock I have (I think it might have come from a magazine), the strip across the middle is thin pastel lemon, which I have tied a piece off ribbon around and then tied a bow at one end. The image in the center is on water colour card, coloured in using promarkers, and then matted onto a square that I have cut out using the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art cartridge. To finish off the card I have added yellow stickles flowers and in one corner I have created a swirl design. In the top two corners I have added two large pearls, and in the bottom left corner I have created a flower display using one lemon flower and two white flowers.

The Card

The Challenges this is entered for are:
Moving along with the times - Challenge #93 A sketch
Anything Goes Challenge #38 Pearls

Ingredients for the card
  • White card stock
  • Yellow backing paper off your choice
  • Strip off Lemon card
  • Lemon ribbon
  • Flowers in your choice off colours
  • Pearls
  • Stickles - Yellow for swirl and flower centre
  • Promarkers to colour in image: Hair Sandstone, Top Blossom, Pants China Blue, Pocket and Patch Pastel Blue and Blossom, Skin Blush, Grass Leaf Green, Flowers Canary Yellow, Leaves Leaf Green.
  • Cricut Create machine
  • Cricut Martha Stewart Cartridge - Elegant Cake Art
I hope you like the card I have for you today, and Please leave any comments good or bad.

Hopefully tomorrow I will have at least one more card done for you.

Hugs for now
Kelly xx

Friday, 8 April 2011

House Mouse Hits America

Hello Everyone,

I contacted House Mouse America with the card I made for the Bah Humbug Challenge Candy Cane. Have a look at the site to see the card in America, they have also put the stamp sheet that corresponds with the card next to the card so if you want to buy it you can. Here's the link to the card House Mouse America.

Thanks for looking
Kelly x

Sad to say and A Thank You

Hello Everyone,

Well I am sad to say that I found something disturbing earlier, I have been looking around the many blogs today, and commenting where appropriate, and to my shock and horror, I come across a blog that has my card on it, the lady clearly had copied my card and published it in her blog as her own work, I cant tell you how upset I was to see this. So I decided to start putting my name on everything I now publish on my blog and on forums. However I could not work out how to do it, so I contact Bev from who is an amazing card maker and she kindly explained to me how to do it. So I just wanted to a massive Thank You to Bev for showing me how to do it.

Kelly xx

Guest Designer Bah Humbug Challenge Candy Cane

Morning Everyone,

I have been working hard on my card for my Bah Humbug Challenge where I am a guest designer for the month of April.
This weeks challenge was to make something with candy canes. I just could not resist this little stamp, such a cutie pie, and holding his candy cane as tight as he can.
The card is made using Green card base, the backing paper is pr
inted from Joanna Sheen House Mouse Inserts CD Rom, as is the insert that I have custom made with my own verse. The image is also from Joanna Sheen and is from her range of House Mouse unmounted Christmas range. Which have being coloured in using Promarkers. The borders at the top and bottom of the page are from my new Cricut cartridge from Martha Stewart which is just adorable. The flowers again at the top and bottom are cut from my Cricut and I have hand made them into roses, the leaves to are from the machine and the swirls are made from funky foam, that I have twisted around a pencil, and heated up slightly to create a tight curl that stays put. The "Merry Christmas" is from stock that I am using up, but again I believe it was cut from the Cricut machine.

Front off the card

Close up of the topper.

The Flowers

The Inside

The Verse

The Ingredients used to create the card.
Card Base-Green Hammered Base Card
Backing paper and Insert - Joanna Sheen House Mouse Insert CD Rom (Please note the wording is not included on the cd)
Topper - House Mouse unmounted rubber stamp from Joanna Sheen
Cricut - Create Machine
Cricut Cartridges - Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Cartridge, All Mixed Up (flowers), Wild Card (leaves)
Ink - Black Memento ink pad
Swirls - Green funky foam
Flowers - Pearls for the center
Promarker's used. Meadow Green, Forest Green, Poppy, Caramel, Sandstone, Pastel Pink, Ginger, Blush, Cool Grey 1

Thank You
Thank you all for taking the time to have a look at my blog and I hope I have giving you all the information you need to re-create this card.
I look forward to reading any comments you have on this card and on any others.
Well for now I will wish you all a good day
Speak Soon
Kelly xx

Monday, 4 April 2011

Busy Bee

No Cards for me today, but just wanted to let everyone know, that I am in the middle off a few cards that I will be able to put up on here by hopefully the weekend.

Hope everyone is having a great start to the week

Speak soon
Kelly xx

Friday, 1 April 2011

Guest Designer Bah Humbug Challenge -Humourous Card with Tartan

Hello Everyone, Well I have sent in my first guest designer card to the Bah Humbug Challenge Blog.. This week I was asked to create a Humorous Card with Tartan. To complete, this task, I used a image I had off a group off dancing snowpeople, decoupaged a few off the snowpeople, and then mounted this on to tartan and white card. The card base is white card covered in tartan paper, and created into a easel card. To complete the card I put a funny sentiment off One Eggnog, Two Eggnog, Three Eggnog, Floor... To finish the card off I used Christmas confetti and scattered pieces over the card. Hope you like and any comments would be greatly appreciated. Hugs for now Kelly