Bewitched!

Monday, 25 October 2010

I am supposed to be making Christmas cards, but I couldn't resist making a wee Halloween card - and when I found this digi stamp that I bought last year I had to use it!

Here is my card

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The fabulously bewitching stamp is from Sassy Studio Designs, coloured with copics and I went over some of the shadows with a paintbrush and some black soot distress ink. I also used 3 colours of distress ink sponged around the image.

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I had some small black roses but wanted a big one aswell, so I used a large white rose and coloured it black with a copic marker. I then dunked the roses in some wet glue and corresponding coloured glitter - it really sparkles in real life! The beaded leaf is from my local craft supply store. The black dangly is an earring! They were in a sale in Sainsbury's and when I saw them I knew they had to go onto a halloween card! And I still have another one to use - bonus! My sister hates going shopping with me as I'm always looking at things and thinking how they could be used on a card - she doesn't complain when she wants a card though!

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The papers are from the Basic Grey Eerie paper pad - love these papers, I've had this since last year and this is the first time I've used it! I also used Labels One and Labels Sixteen nesties and a couple of purple swarovski crystals to finish it off - just to add another bit of sparkle!

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I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations; Spooky
Haunted Design House; Smeared and smudged
Magical Monday Challenge; Halloween
Sassy Studio Designs; Spooky
Simon Says Stamp and Show; Something Spookay
Stampin' for the Weekend; Halloween/Fall
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge; Halloween colour challenge
The ABC Challenge; F for flowers
The Corrosive Challenge Blog; Halloween
Tip Top Tuesday; Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss; Sparkle

Phew, a marathon number of challenges!
I hope you like it, thanks for dropping by!

I also just wanted to extend my sympathies to the familes of the 3 men who were killed in the helicopter crash which happened a couple of miles away from home on Saturday. Such a tragedy.
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An Autumn Wedding

Friday, 15 October 2010

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun?! I made this card a couple of weeks ago but couldn't seem to find the time to get it blogged!
So I've managed to find ten minutes to do it now!

This is my card:

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I found this digi stamp at Tiddly Inks and just fell in love with it, so I got so excited when I got a call from a friend that she needed a wedding card!

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I coloured the cute couple with my copics and cut them out with a nestie oval. The names were computer generated and I cut them out, inked them up and stuck them to the back of the image.

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I thought the layers of the wedding gown would go so well with a technique that was shown on the Whiff of Joy tutorials and inspirations blog ages ago. The papers I used are from the DCWV Once Upon a Time stack.

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I used the same technique for the sentiment on the inside. I thought I'd leave it simple as there is so much detail on the front.

I also made a money wallet to match.

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The tab pulls out the slieve to reveal the gift.

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(See my generous gift??!! lol)

And here's the whole set together

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The card fits the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Blog; Inspiration from a song title - I just thought of the Beatles classic "I wanna hold your hand"
Craftilicious Challenges; Anything goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge; Nursery Rhyme/Song - again the Beatle "I wanna hold your hand"
Create 4 Fun; To use a digi stamp
Sketch & Stash; I turned the sketch around and my papers have been sitting untouched for ages!

I hope you like it, thanks for dropping by!

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Happy World Card Making Day!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Hope you're all having a good day!

Be warned, there are LOTS of pictures in this post!

We set up a card swap especially for today on the Mad About Cards forum and we were each allocated a partner to swap a card and some goodies with. This is the card that I made...

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It's always difficult to photograph an easel card, isn't it?!

Our cards were to fit an autumn theme and I thought this fairy from Charmed Cards and Crafts fitted that theme well. I coloured her with my copics in what I think of as autumnal colours.

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The paper is from the Basic Grey Pyrus paper pad which is full of all lovely autumny colours! The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! "Best Yet" set. I thought the new "Crown Circles" nestie shape went well with the stamp and I added flowers and pearls from Wild Orchid Crafts. The skeleton leaves are from my stash.

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I layered the frilly bit on the inside with ds tape on one side and foam pads on the upper end so the easel bit of the card had somthing to butt up to.

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We also had to send each other a wee (suitably crafty) gift. I ended up making this to put it in..

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I put some stamped images in with the tab to slide them out and stuck a wee box on the front for putting some ribbon and charms into..

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My card fits the following challenges...
Alphabet Challenge Blog; W for wings
Copic Creations; Orange
Craftilicious Challenges; Autumn
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge; Easel Cards
Simon Says; Autumn
Stampin for the Weekend; Autumn
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge; Season's Change
The ABC Challenge; E is for Easel

My swap partner for the card was the amazingly talented Andria from Iona Rose Designs. Her card actually arrived through my door on Tuesday and it took all my willpower not to open it until today!

This is her card

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She added a pouch to the inside for some goodies!

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And she also included this gorgeous tag as October is breast cancer awareness month

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Go and have a look on her blog to see some more stunning creations - not just cards either, her decorated candles are fantastic!

Thanks for dropping by! - and have a fabulous day!
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Oh La La!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Just a quick wee card this time.

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I used the voluptuous Bodacious Bev from Kenny K Designs, and coloured her with my copics.

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I used paper from the DCWV All Dressed Up stack. I made a shaped card by cutting it with my eyelet squares nesties. I then threaded some thin black ribbon through the eyelets and tied them in a bow. A few pink pearls from Wild Orchid crafts finish it off nicely!

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The inside is just another die cut square with ribbon threaded through it again - not a lot of room for much else as its quite a small card. The sentiment is from Lily of the Valley.

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I'm not sure if this would be given to a man or a woman lol! But it fits these challenges;
Charisma Cardz Challenge; Anything goes.
Copic Creations; Shading on & around images
Wild Orchid Challenge; Ribbons and bows.


I've been busy making a card for a swap that we're doing on the MAC forum for World Card Making day which is 2nd of October. So mark your calendars and have a good and crafty day!

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Thanks for dropping by!

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Ahoy There Matey...

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

It's my little nephew's 3rd birthday tomorrow and after our team lost the All Ireland final on Sunday, I decided to steer clear of the gaelic football theme...

So I decided to go with a hearty pirate theme!

Here's my card:

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I used the fabulous "Captain Scurvy" from Kraftin' Kimmie and I coloured him with my copics. The die cut letters are from a Sizzix set called "Tina thinks you're cute" - strange name, but that's what it's called!

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The papers I used are My Mind's Eye - The Spiders Web, Cauldron Bubbles and Witch's Lace. The wee bit of map is from Crafty Bitz. I wrapped some thin leather for making jewellery around it.

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I used the papers again on the inside

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I also made a tag to match

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Again, I used stamps from Kraftin' Kimmie, coloured with Copics.

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And here's the set

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I'm entering this into the following challenges;
2 Sketches 4 You, A great sketch
Copic Creations, Shading on and around images - not sure if there's a limit to how often you can enter...
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Mostly black and white
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge, Anything goes
The ABC Challenge, D for distressing

I hope you like it, thanks for dropping by!

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Up Down!!

Saturday, 18 September 2010

We have a big weekend this weekend - It's the All Ireland Final, the senior gaelic football championship final and our county is in it for the first time in 16 years! I remember being at the final the last time we won it in 1994 and the excitement was electric!
County Down's colours are red and black - my 2 favourite colours - and the whole county is covered with flags and banners and paint - lots of buildings have been decorated especially - it's brilliant to see everyone with All Ireland Fever!
I just got my ticket last night for Croke Park and I can't wait to see Down beat Cork! Fingers crossed anyway!

It's also my Da's birthday today, so I made a card appropriate for the weekend!

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Of course I used our county colours!

I used a download from Mo's digital pencil and I blanked the football out of the main image so as I could place it like it has just been kicked. I coloured it with my copics.

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I didn't use any design papers as such, but the holey paper is from Creative Imaginations. The die cut swirl is a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder on the red block to tie in with the circles from the rest of the card.

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The inside is just red and black again!

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It's also my nephews 3rd birthday on wednesday, but he's having his party today (which I'm now late for! :P) So I thought I'd stick with the theme and make a tag for the part of his present that I'm giving him today - it's a wee mini Down football strip! so cute!

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Another image from Mo and also coloured with copics. The ribbons are from a collections of ribbons I bought ages ago and never use cos they're so narrow, but they're perfect for a tag.

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These two projects fit a few challenges:
Alphabet Challenge Blog; U for unused stash (the ribbon on the tag)
Copic Creations; Shading on and around images
Creative Inspirations; Tag It
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge; Anything goes (I actually followed the sketch from last weeks challenge but didn't get it blogged on time, so lucky that I can still enter this week!)
Simon Says; Move it (that ball won't move by itself!)
Stampin' For The Weekend; Tag it

That's it, I hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by!

Oh, and..... UP DOWN!!!!
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An Anniversary

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Yesterday was my sister and brother-in-law's fourth wedding anniversary - how time flies! I remember the day well, right from being 40 minutes late to the church to persisting and keeping my shoes on my aching feet til the very end of the night! T'was a great day!

Anyway, this is my card, I followed the beautiful sketch from this weeks Just Magnolia challenge.

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I've only just realised that the green colour matches the colour my bridesmaid dress was on the day! I should really say that was intentional! lol!
I used this lovely Tilda and masked her off to get the Magnolia heart in the background. I coloured her with my precious Copics. I tried a new technique when I coloured this one, and I think I like it better. Rather than starting with the lightest shade and working my way up to the darkest and then blending with the lightest shade again, I started with the darkest shade and worked my way down to the lightest shade, blending as I went.

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I cut the image with my nesties using the Out of the box technique and then, before I removed the image from the nestie, I shaded around the image with distress inks.
I struggled to find something round that was the right size for the large circle. The only thing I could come up with was a saucer, which was still a bit too big, so I used the saucer as a guide and drew a smaller circle just inside and cut that out. As my cutting of circles is not the best (lol) I used a distressing tool to rough up the edges of the circle and that disguises my bad cutting nicely!
I stamped the heart into the corners of the base card using Versamark to give a watermark look and added some pearls from Wild Orchid Crafts

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I made the flower out of organza which I cut into various sized circles and singed the edges with a candle, sewed them together and added a little bead to the centre. I saw a demo for it somewhere and while back, I'll have to have a think where that was.
The flourish is a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die that I love! I also added a few brown skeleton leaves.

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A fairly simple inside, just a couple of nestie shapes to follow through from the front and a few pearls to finish it off.

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This card fits with quite a few challenges;
Just Magnolia, Sketch
Scrappy Frogs, make your own flower
The ABC Challenge, D for distressing
Totally Tilda Challenge, make your own flowers
Charisma Cardz, try something new (my new colouring technique and the flower)
Copic Creations, shading on or around your image

That's me, I hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by!
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