Friday, December 30, 2011

New Beginnings at Sweet Stampin'

Today  I have my last card as Guest Designer for Sweet Stampin'.  Thanks ladies, it's been a real pleasure being your guest - hope you'll have me "over" again some time.
The challenge theme, to suit this time of the year, is "New Beginnings".  You could make it a New Year project, something to celebrate a new house, new car or like me a new baby.  I'm sure you can think of more New Beginnings, and they all count :-)
My son's friends have added another little girl to their family, congratulations Sepida and Richard on the arrival of your "Lilly-Rose" and to Ella-Jade on being a big sister :-)  Addicted to Stamps has Something New as its challenge theme this time too, so I'm entering there.
I've used another Digistamp Boutique image, actually it's a composition using three of the images in the Baby Animals collection, they're so darling!  As this card is "from all of us" I thought a little group was the way to go image wise, lol.  I've coloured the image with Prismacolor pencils, I love the soft effect and while I am less proficient with pencils than Copics, I love putting in "extra" effort for special cards... even if the recipient can't tell, I know that there is extra love in my pencilled cards :-)  To enter the Digistamp Boutique challenge  all you have to do is use a Digistamp Boutique image, too easy! ... I've used three DSB images, but I'll only enter once, lol.
The papers are from Kaisercrafts Lullaby collection Kaisercraft and from my stash.  The pink cardstock is American Crafts. All my layers popped up on foam dots, per usual! The flowers are from my stash, and I got my lovely pink Card Candi from Crafts 4 You.  I've used some on the front and one piece as the centre of the flower on the inside of the card, I love how the little spots tie in with the spotty paper and the spots on the flowers.
I followed the sketch from the Gem of a challenge, gem of a sketch if you ask me!!  
The sentiment is computer generated; Welcome Lilly-Rose, With Love from all of us.  I'll have the second part on my freebies page as soon as I can.  The current Cutie Pie Challenge is to Use a Sentiment, so I'm entering there.
The inside of the card is finished, as usual, with papers from the front.  My "so sweet" paper is just about gone, I'll have to try and get more though it came in a pack so I might just try and make some up in Photoshop...wish me luck!
Digi Stamps 4 Joy challenge is "Anything (something old something new) Goes".  My papers are "old" and the images are new, so I'm entering there.  Simon Says ChallengeBearly Mine ChallengesCharisma CardzStampin' for the Weekend and The Secret Crafter all have Anything Goes challenges running, so I'll be entering there too!
Well I think that's about it for my New Beginnings card, do pop over to the Sweet Stampin' blog and check out the rest of the Team's inspiration, yummy.  There's plenty of scope in this challenge, so I look forward to visiting you when you enter it :-)  Until next time, hope you have a lovely New Year, Happy Crafting, Donna... and her little friends :-)  

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Christmas.....

Last Christmas cards for 2011 that is!!  
As promised this is my last post for Christmas cards I made for 2011... any Christmas posts you see from here on in are for early 2012 cards, lol.
 All of today's cards use Digistamp Boutique images from the Cute Santa Collection ... how aptly named.  They're really great images for these quick cards.  Digistamp Boutique monthly challenge is to use a DSB image, as I've said before; no challenge at all... I'm in!  My Time to Craft has Winter Pals as its theme, these little guys are clearly pals, so I'm in there too! 
The first card uses Kraft card, paper from Kaisercrafts "Tis the Season collection... you can't see the lovely red foil spots :-( and textured red and green cardstock.  The image is coloured with Copics with gloss on Rudolf's nose and Stickles on Santa's fur trim.  Ribbon is from a Christmas pack I bought in Spotlight.  The image mat is cut using Nestabilities Labels Twelve. The inside was finished very simply... I don't have a photo of it as I literally finished the card, took one pic and handed it over :-)  
The Santa in the second card is coloured with Prismacolor Pencils, which seemed to suit the paper better; he has gloss added to his boots and Stickles to his fur trim.  I used paper from Basic Grey's Jovial collection and the textured red and green cardstock again, and buttons from my stash.  The image panel is cut using Nestabilities Standard Circles, the red mat is cut using a  Nellie Snellen die (MFD 020).  Pollycraft  has "Punch It" as their challenge this time around, I've used a die on each of these cards, so I'm entering there.  Crazy 4 Challenges has It's Santa... I've got Santas aplenty, so I'm in :-)  The inside was finished with offcuts from the front, isn't it always?
Cupcake Inspirations has this Photo as inspiration for their challenge, I love the traditional colours so it was easy for me to make cards using them :-)
The final card in today's trilogy uses paper from my stash, the image panel is cut using Nestabilties Standard Circles and the mat with Nestabilites Lacey Circles.  The cord is from my stash, as are the little red gems.
The image is coloured with Copics, with Stickles on the snowballs and gloss on Santa's boots and belt.
One Stop Craft Challenge has Winter Wishes as their theme, Digital Tuesday has Winter Wonderland and Crafty Calendar has Cold and Frosty; I'm sure at least one of these cards fits at least one of these, so I'm entering there. 
Bizzy Becs and Paper Play Challenges both have Christmas challenges, The Secret CrafterCharisma Cardz Anything Goes (who are offering more yummy DSB images as a prize!!) and Simon Says Challenge all have Anything Goes challenges; I'm absolutely sure that ALL of these fit ALL of these so I'm in there too!
The inside of the card is embarrassingly simple... still a bit better than leaving it completely blank, I suppose.  I used Fiskars Apron Lace punch, I think it suits the Lacey Circles really well.
I only realised when putting these photos up, that not one of these cards has a sentiment of any kind on!  That's probably why they were so quick, sometimes I spend ages "making" a sentiment on the computer, or doctoring it after stamping it badly. lol.
Anyway, that's the end of the story...for today!  I'll be back on Saturday with my last Guest Spot for Sweet Stampin' and Sunday for Here Come The Boys  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Monday, December 26, 2011

Santa's Turn To Party

I have another Christmas card to show today.... only one more post after this and I'll be done with Christmas 2011 - PROMISE!  I made this one for the staff of one of the swimming pool companies we work with, it is really appropriate for Christmas in Australia, and particularly so for our industry I feel :-)
The image is Santi Beaches (I love clever names!) and he's a digi from Dude Time Doodles.  He looks well relaxed, doesn't he?  He's finished with all that present giving (much of it at our house, I might add!) and is ready to Par-Tay!!!  Totally Papercrafts challenge is "Time To Party" and Crafty Emma's is Party Party Party, so I'm entering there.
I coloured the image with Copics, adding high gloss to Santa's sunnies and his lovely cocktail.  Crazy 4 Challenges has "It's Santa" for their challenge, so I'm entering there too.  I cut  the image panel with Nestabilities Labels 4, Pollycraft has Punch It as its theme, so I'm entering there.  The papers are from Kaisercrafts "Tis the Season collection, the glittery green card and the cord are from my stash (handy hint: melt the ends to stop them fraying...but don't set fire to them, hmmm, the voice of experience, lol).  I made the sentiment on the computer.  Cutie Pie Challenge is to Use a Sentiment, I have so I'm in.
The inside of the card is finished with papers from the front... isn't it always?! lol.
Bizzy Becs and Paper Play Challenges have Christmas challenges running Digi Stamps 4 Joy has "Christmas but no animals" - even though this Santa is a party animal, I'm entering there, lol.  Papertake Weekly "Last" Christmas - as in their last Christmas themed challenge for the year and Charisma Cardz Anything Goes so I'm in there too.
Before I finish this post I thought I'd share one of the ideas I use to ensure my digis are scaled correctly to fit the Nesties I want to use.  In this case, the Labels Four set. I scanned all the dies in each of the sets I have, saved them as .png files in a folder named for that set.  I then open the one I want, add it to my Word document (position it so that it's readily moved around) then add my digi image (which I have also saved as .png files with transparent backgrounds, though you can do it with .jpg files).  Once the two files (Nestie and image) are open, I resize the image (make sure you don't resize the Nestie!) until it fits inside the Nestie, or it has the "bits" hanging over the edge that I want like Santi has in this case.  All that's left to do is delete the picture of the Nestie from the document and print the image.  You know it will fit inside the Nestie, and you know you've left enough room on the page for the Nestie.  I use the same principle for adding sentiments to Nesties.
Well, that's it for today.  I'll be back in a day or so with the very last of my 2011 Christmas cards, until then Happy Crafting, Donna.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Witching You a Happy Birthday

While I've still got a few Christmas cards left to show for this year, I thought I'd mix it up a bit today with a birthday card I made for my sister Fiona who loves Witches, purple and butterflies in equal measure!
The oh-so-not-scary witch is L'il Haunts Lylah from Tickled Pink Stamps, how awesome is she?...my sis is going to LOVE her!!  I've given her green eyes, like my sister, and pink hair which is not like my sister...any more!! (yup, she did have pink hair - though not quite this pink - at one stage, orange at another even blue/black at another - she's the "out there" one, I am the conservative one, lol)  
Tickled Pink Stamps challenge this time around  is to use one of their previous challenges, I've gone for challenge #6 which is Birthday Wishes.... I've got a Birthday Witch, but I know it counts :-) but I could equally have gone for #21 which is Use Three Designer Papers.  Totally Gorjuss challenge is to make a card For Someone Special, my sister is certainly special to me so I'm entering there.  The Crafty Pad wants us to make Anything but Christmas, birthdays (even those on the 21st December) are NOT Christmas, so I'm in.
I've used the sketch from Sketch Saturday, I do like a nice sketch :-)  I've flipped it and used rectangles instead of circles, and tweaked the dimensions to accommodate the quite-tall Lylah (definitely NOT like my sister, she's a shorty like me...even shorter in fact, YAY!) but that's about as adventurous as I got; why mess with perfection? lol.
The image is coloured with Copics, Creatalicious Challenges  has Purple Green Pink and White as their current challenge theme, this ticks all the boxes (though admittedly there aint much green...it is there!) so I'm entering.  The papers are from Kaisercraft's Magic Happens collection.  The foil stars tie in beautifully with the micro corrugated purple foil card I used for matting. it's quite "blingy" IRL.  The gems at the top are Pebbles from the Boo collection, the ribbon is from my stash.  Simon Says Challenge has a Bingo challenge; I'm using the  ribbon/twine, gems, glitter/sparkle line hoping my very shiny foil bits are glittery enough!
I made the sentiment on my trusty laptop, I'll have it on my freebies page if you want to grab it... I've got a few waiting to get posted on there, I will get around to it, hopefully this side of Christmas :-)  Cutie Pie Challenge is to Use a sentiment, never a problem for me, so I'm in there too.
As usual I used some offcuts from the front to finish off the inside of my card, Fiona loves butterflies so I took the opportunity to add a gorgeous little butterfly I got in a pack from Lincraft, can't remember the brand, sorry.  It's mulberry paper with glitter on the wings, stamens for antenna and a wood bead for a body, so sweeeet!
Sundays with ChrissyBearly Mine Challenges and Charisma Cardz all have Anything Goes challenges on at the moment, so I'm entering there.
That's it for today, I have another card that my mum "made" for my sister, (well she did glue some of the bits on, lol).  I'll post that at a later date, there'll be a time, I'm sure when I'll be cardless and grateful to post even a simple card like that is :-)  In the meantime I'll be back in a day or so (that would be BEFORE Christmas, I hope!) with some more of my Christmas cards (not many left now, I promise). Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna (and Lylah)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Take It Easel at Christmas

I made the card I have to show you today for my blog friend and Here Come The Boys challenge host Woo.  I still have a couple of Christmas cards left to show you, but it will be over soon, I promise!  Well for this year anyway, lol.
The photo was a little dark, but as the card left for England some time ago I can't very well take any more pics... I've upped the exposure in Photoshop to lighten it but that has "flattened" it a bit :-( oh well, you get that!
Obviously it's an easel card, I just like them and as Some Odd Girl has Easel cards as their theme I've entered there.  Totally Gorjuss has For Someone Special as it's theme this time, Woo's pretty special - a thoroughly nice person - and so I've chosen this card to enter there. 
The little bear (is he not the cutest?) is Louie, he comes in various guises from Digistamp Boutique.  To enter their challenge all you have to do is use one of their images, no problem at all with images like this available, so I'm in there too.  Ready Teddy Go has Anything Goes for their challenge, as long as you use a bear; I have, I'm in!  Crazy 4 Challenges has "It's Santa", I think Louie with his little Santa hat fits the bill nicely.
The image is coloured with Prismacolor pencils, I don't have a huge range which makes shading a bit more of a challenge than Copics, but I love the soft finish, and am prepared to spend the extra time for my "special" cards, for "special" people :-) There's Sparkly Fluff on his fur trim, and Stickles on the snow too.
I've used paper from my stash, it's a shame you can't really see the glitter on the green mats, it gave it a nice lift.  The white background is embossed with Cuttlebug's Ice Crystals folder with some very light inking around the edge to soften it.  Addicted to Stamps has Snowflakes as its theme, so I'm entering there.
The sentiment is computer generated, I'll have a copy of it for you on my freebie page (eventually, can't find it on my computer!) if you'd like to grab it.  It simply says Seasons Greetings from Our House to Yours.
I cut the red mat behind the image with Nestabilities Lacey Circles die and the image panel cut and embossed with Standard Circles Nesties, the sentiment panel is mounted on a mat cut with a Scalloped Circle Nesties. The red strip used as a stopper for the easel is punched with Fiskars Apron Lace punch, it matches the Lacey Circles nicely. Pollycraft has Punch It as it's theme, so I'm entering their challenge.
Cupcake Inspirations has this Photo Inspiration, the lovely Traditional colours of Christmas always inspire me - even though I try to be all modern and aqua my natural choice is the red and green, lol.  Paper Crafting Journey  Bizzy Becs,  Copic Oz, and Paper Play Challenges all have Christmas challenges running, so I'm entering there too.
The charm is from my stash...though Woo has sent me a ton of charms, well not literally a "ton", who could afford the post, lol, this isn't one of them!  I got it years ago to decorate a fabergĂ© egg (which I will put pics up of one day) and ended up using gold trim instead.  I do that sort of thing a lot, so I have a VAST stash of "bits". 
Well, that's it for today, I'll be back with yet more Christmas cards in a few days - but at least I do have a couple of birthday cards and a baby card finished and ready to post-up as well; I tell ya, I's been busy!
I've just got to wrap ALL the presents I've bought, finish making the seven dozen truffles (I decorate them to look like little Christmas puddings) I've half done - yeah, I've been told, once again I've mixed up my aspirations with my abilities! do the final accounts for the couple of businesses I do paperwork for (we're all having a couple of weeks off, yay!), do the food shopping for Christmas (yup, at our house this year), take the trailer to the panel beaters - a drunk driver smashed into it when my hubby was working two weeks ago - his reading was .19 at 1pm...must have had a very early start :-O , and fit in some overdue spring cleaning by Sunday.  Oh well, there's time for resting when you're DEAD, lol.
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna...and Louie of course!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bling, Bling; who's calling?

Over at Sweet Stampin' Challenge today we want you to show us your Sparkle, your Bling, your Glitter, your Gleam, your Shine... you get it right?!  I've made a Christmas card for my Guest Spot, and I do believe that one can never overbling a Christmas card!  this one could take your eye out, lol.
Now, not a lot of that blingyness is showing up in the photo (what's new), so I've taken a few close ups that at least hint at it :-)
The challenge is being sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads, and so I thought why not use one of Di's fabby images for my card?  Its' called "Christmas for Big and Small" and it's being sitting quietly waiting on my cyber shelf since I bought it last year, all we had to do was wait for Christmas!
I've coloured the image with Copics, the scarf was a bit bright with the BG's I used so I desaturated it by going over it with a Toner grey, worked a treat!  The papers are from Kaisercrafts Carnival Christmas and my stash; how yummy is that teal foil... it's corrugated as well as shiny, so bling and texture, what more could a girl ask for? Bearly Mine Challenges and Lexis Creations both have "Untraditional Christmas" as their challenge themes, I'm entering there and hoping the little bit of red I've used doesn't disqualify me, but do "get it" if it does, lol.  Papertake Weekly has I'm Dreaming of a "whatever colour" Christmas, in my case it's a teal Christmas.
I used the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday, always a good source of nice sketches.  The sentiment is from Bizzy Becs, it was a freebie but I don't know if it is still available at all.  Cutie Pie Challenge is to use a sentiment, easy peasy, I'm in.
My little guys look like they're having fun in the snow, which fits Pollycraft's theme of Christmas Fun and Crafty Calendar's of Cold and Frosty and Digital Tuesday's which is Winter Wonderland. 

Cupcake Craft Challenges has  "Don't look at the light: Sparkle, shines, gleams or glints" as it's challenge (cool name, guys) and Stamptacular Sunday Challenge hasChristmas Glitz… glitter bling and sparkle and lots of it!  This really fits the bill, so I'm entering there.
The Pink Elephant has Snowflakes and Sparkle as their theme, I have snowflakes that sparkle, lol, punched with Martha Stewart's Glacier Snowflake and heat embossed with iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  Crafty Creations has Embossing and Glitter for it's challenge, so I'm entering there too.The centres are soooo sparkly IRL, they're Sparklets from Kaisercraft.
The inside of the card is finished simply, the sentiment is from Tickled Pink Stamps, stamped with Kaisercraft ink and embossed with Iridescent Sparkle.
Copic OzPaper Play Challenges , Paper Crafting Journey and Divas by Design all have Christmas challenges running, so I'll be entering there too.
Well, that's it once again for my contribution to the Sweet Stampin' challenge inspiration, do pop over to the blog and check out the rest of the DT's lovely makes: Now your Christmas card making is finished like mine (hahahahahahahaha) you can create your own bit of glittery goodness and be in with the chance to win $10 worth of your own Di's Digi Downloads, come to think of it, you don't even have to be finished with your Christmas cards - like I said, one can never have too much bling on a Christmas card :-)
I've still got a couple of cards that I haven't put a post up for yet, I'll do that over the "holiday" period and hope you get time to pop back and check them out -  I do love your visits :-) Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Bringing you Best Wishes

I have a lightening fast post today, it is in fact tomorrow... just ticked by midnight!  
I am so busy I can't even think straight.  Not only is it Christmas (no, really?!) but it is my sister's birthday on Wednesday and I thought that as it's not until Wednesday I could do a bit of card making & gift making/wrapping on, oh I don't know, Tuesday night?  Well, she's up and decided to go away to "the block" (their retirement project in the making) on SUNDAY, so I've had to fast track the choccie making, and gift wrapping and I'll have to race out and buy her "extra" Christmas gifts in the morning.
  I don't know if I'll even get to make a card for her, she'll have to get one from my stash, as on top of that one of my son's good friends had a baby on Thursday and he's going to see her...you guessed it, on Sunday, and I don't even have one baby card in my stash, so that's going to have to take priority.  We can add to the mix the fact that one of the companies we work with is putting on a work "do" tomorrow evening (so that's out crafting wise) and being the organized creature I am (?) I didn't decide to book the hairdresser until today and had to take the last appointment available, which is at 1.30pm slap bang in the middle of the day, just enough to break my shopping, wrapping, stressing rhythm, lol  It's nice to be invited to something like that though, and quite flattering as we are the only contractors invited... and last year the food was extraordinary; beautiful, dainty and delicious.
Anyway, deep breath, my card today features another of the digi stamps in review at All That Scraps; this is Winter Darby and her little friend Pudge, also on the scene is Juniper which is from the Penelope and Juniper stamp.  Don't forget that there is a DT call on for the digi team, you've only got a few hours left, so what are you waiting for? 
The sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches and they have a twist: a Bingo board, I've used Funky Colours, Embossing and Snowflakes.  The only embossing on it IS the snowflake, but that counts!!
I used digi paper from Nitwits Joyful Hearts Too, with the colour tweaked a little, ribbon from my stash and gold mirror card.  A couple of tiny buttons and a snowflake (blinged up with Iridescent Sparkle EP, of course!) Stickles on the snow and a sentiment made on the computer and, tada that's it!
I don't like to list challenges I'm entering, but unfortunately time is against me so, a list it is!
I am entering in the following challenges (if I get time to link up, of course!)


Tuesday Morning Sketches Sketch and Bingo
Divas by Design Christmas
Charisma Cardz Last Minute Christmas Makes
Cutie Pie Challenge Use a sentiment
Cupcake Craft Challenges Sparkle shines gleam and glints
Bizzy Becs Christmas
Copic Oz Christmas

I'll be back tomorrow (time permitting, again!) with a DT card for Sweet Stampin'.  It's a cutie, I can't wait to share it.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Polar Opposites? and a DT call

Today's card shows some more of the digi stamps "in review" over at All That Scraps.  I have used CC Designs "Teddy Emma", her little friend is Polar Bear and I've also used the Snowy Fence.  You can see some more of these lovely images in review, and read about the DT call that's on here... the call is only on until the 16th December, so you'd better get your skates on, (d'ya get it?!)
I've coloured the images with Copics and added Sparkly Fluff to Emma's hat and the Polar Bear.... aren't they just the cutest?  I added Diamond Stickles to the snow on the fence but it's hard to see in the photos, as per usual!  Digital Tuesday has Winter Wonderland as its theme Addicted to Stamps has Snowflakes Totally Gorjuss has Let It Snow and The Pink Elephant Snowflakes and Sparkle so I'm entering all those challenges.
The papers are from my stash, as is the ribbon, and I made the holly leaves myself; well at least I cut down some rose type leaves to look like holly leaves - they don't look bad and they were very easily done.  The flowers and gold glittery fillers are from my stash too.
I tried taking a photo of the little bear from a different angle, you can sort of see his glittery coat and his glossy nose; The Secret Crafter has All Creatures Great and Small as its challenge theme and Ready Teddy Go has Anything Goes (as long as you use a bear image), so I'm in there too.  Cupcake Craft Challenges wants us to show them our Sparkle, shine, gleam or glint, so that's what I'm doing, lol.  
I made the sentiment on the computer, as usual it will be available (just as soon as I get time to add it!) on my freebies page.  
Crafty Creations wants a Christmas card with a sentiment on and the Cutie Pie Challenge is Use a Sentiment, so I'm entering there too.  
I finished the inside of the card off with papers from the front, some gold border stickers and a Martha Stewart Snowflake cut in gold board but absolutely smothered in white glitter embossing, very sparkly!
PollycraftPaper Crafting JourneyCopic Oz and Moving Along With The Times all have Christmas challenges and Divas by Design and Cute Card Thursday have Anything Goes running, so I'll be entering there too.
Don't forget to head over to the blog and check out the rest of the team's work, why not have a read about joining the team for yourself while you're there? I'll be back in a day or so, I've got a few cards made and ready for posting but as usual time is my enemy.  
At least we're having a mild start to summer for a change (last December was stinking hot!), in fact we had our whole summers worth of rain in 45 MINUTES last night!  Now we do get very heavy rain here, as is the case in many sunny places, but I've got to say that 41mm in 45 minutes is very heavy indeed! We've got used to next to no rain over summer and are desperate to get the dams back up a bit (we're at 31% capacity and have been hovering there for years now, thank goodness for desalination plants!) It does tend to rain at night too, leaving the days nice and clear, so we'll not complain thank you very much, lol.
Anyway, I'm sure that's more than enough babble from me until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Monday, December 12, 2011

ATS Winter Review....and a Digi DT call!

Today I have some cards to showcase more of those lovely little Sugarplums by CC Designs available from All That Scraps...these are digis, of course!
This little darling is Brr Emma... she can't really be cold with those fabulous sparkly earmuffs, can she?  Crafty Calendar has Cold and Frosty as its challenge theme, and Totally Gorjuss has Let It Snow so I'm entering there.
Oh well, just in case it is "cold outside" I've made this card into a little treat holder; inside there's a pouch for a sachet of hot chocolate.  I gave the edge of the card a gusset so it sits flat when the sachet is inside, you can sort of tell in this picture (you get a better idea of just how many foam dots I get through too, lol)  
I've coloured Emma with Copics with Diamond Stickles on her earmuffs. Allsorts Challenges want us to use only two colours and Fairy Fun Fridays  wants Monochromatic, using only blue and white, I think this is "only blue and white" enough!
Papertake WeeklyDivas by Design and Cute Card Thursday all have Anything Goes challenges, so I'm entering there.
I'm quite proud of my sparkly background paper; I stamped the snowflakes with Royal Blue Kaisercraft pigment ink and a little snowflake stamp that came in a sentiment set from Tickled Pink Stamps then heat embossed them with Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder... you can actually see some sparkle in the last photo in this post!  As I made a piece of 12" paper, using different shades of blue and clear, I have quite a bit of the paper left too, so expect to see it again, lol.  Addicted to Stamps has Snowflakes and The Pink Elephant Snowflakes and Sparkle; my snowflakes definitely sparkle, so I'm in.
I cut the image panel with Nestabilities Labels Four, embossed it with Cuttlebugs Ice Crystals embossing folder then distressed the embossing with the Royal Blue ink, adding extra around the edges.  I embossed the horizontal panel with Cuttlebugs Swiss Dots folder and gave that the same treatment.  I used the same again for the pouch inside the card.
The polka dot ribbon is from my stash.  The sentiment is computer generated (as usual you can grab it from my Freebies page if you like it).  The chipboard snowflake is from Make It Crafty... they're so hard to get out of the sheet without breaking the "legs" off, but so lovely and fine it's worth it.  I painted it with Jo Sonja Titanium White then embossed it with sparkle and even added extra Stickles then a rhinestone centre: I'm tellin' ya... that thing SPARKLES!
That's it for Brr Emma, who won't be so brr after her Choccocino!  I'll be back with a second post later with another little Sugarplum and her friend.  Hope you pop back to check them out.
In the meantime, if you like working with digis and would like to be part of a great Design Team, All That Scraps is looking to add to their digi Design Team.  If you'd like more details pop on over to the blog and check out the rest of the review, the DT call details are on the same post.
I'd love to see you later, until then Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Rock On or Rocking?....that is the question

The theme over at Here Come The Boys starting today is "Rock and Roll".  Now, you don't have to take a musical slant on it, I sort of have and sort of haven't...just so you know that it's not just music that "rocks"
 On the front of the card I've used Kenny K's fabulous "Rock Dude" digi image.  He's coloured with Copics, and for once there's not a bit of glitter or bling to be seen, who could compete with those teeth? lol
The sentiment (computer generated) says "Hope your birthday really rocks"...then, as this card is for an older gentleman, I added the rocking chair image inside the card as the "kicker", it's a freebie (and I mean proper freebie, not royalty free pay $15 stockphoto free!!) from Microsoft Office online...very easy to download too. The Paper Shelter has Celebrate as its theme, so I'm entering there, and Totally Papercrafts has Anything but Christmas so my birthday card is going there too.
I nearly used "Rockfont" (another of the free fonts I have downloaded from dafont.com) as a further rock reference for the sentiment but it didn't suit the image (both versions will be available on my freebies page) - it does give you a further way of looking at "Rock" and Roll as a theme.
The brilliant rock and roll paper was also a freebie (you know I like my freebies, lol) from the very generous "other Donna" over at Bearly Mine Designs; I tweaked the colour in Photoshop.  The rest of the paper is from my stash, as is the black card I've used for matting and the black corrugated card.  The border punch I used is Martha Stewarts Modern Garland.
I followed the sketch from Sketch and Stash; haven't missed the deadline on this one....Yay!!
I used bakers twine in the place of ribbon and added Pebbles from the Boo collection on the two corners.  Craft Your Days Away has buttons or bows, I have a bow so I'm entering their challenge.
Papertake WeeklyDivas by Design and Cute Card Thursday all have "Anything Goes" challenges, so I'll be entering there too.
Don't forget to pop over to the Here Come The Boys challenge blog to check out some more inspiration, and as we know how busy everyone is over Christmas the challenge is running until 6th January... so you've got plenty of time to get your Rock and Roll entries in!
That's it for today, I'll be back tomorrow with my cards for the review/preview that is going on over at All That Scraps.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Friday, December 09, 2011

Things With Wings

Things With Wings is the name of the game over at Sweet Stampin' this week... or at least the name of the challenge!  I wouldn't call my lovely little owl a "thing" but he does have wings so technically he is a thing with wings.  Why don't you pop over to the blog and see what other "things" my teamies have come up with?
The image is Christmas Owl from The Paper Shelter, my Aunty LOVES all things owl so when I saw it I knew what card I was doing for her for Christmas!  The Paper Shelter Challenge is "Celebrate", I'm hoping that celebrating Christmas counts!  Monsieur Owl is coloured with Copics with added Stickles to his fur trim and gloss to the berries and candy cane (just thought I'd point that out, as you sure as eggs can't see it! lol)
The Secret Crafter has All Creatures Great and Small as their challenge so I'm entering there.
The papers are from Basic Grey's Jovial collection; I love these lush papers! The red cardstock is textured and the green is from American Crafts.
I embossed the image panel with Cuttlebugs Swiss Dots folder, cut it with Standard Circles Nestabilities then cut the green mat with Scalloped Circles.  The image is cut out and popped up on foam dots.  The strip down the side is from corrugated white pearl board punched with Fiskars Apron Lace border punch.  The Crafty Pad challenge is to use 3+ punches - no challenge at all really, so easy to use three punches, lol.

The sentiment is computer generated, it reads: "Merry Christmas to You-Whoo.....From Owl of Us" There's a copy on my freebies page if you want it, don't forget how easy they are to crop and format using Word!  Crafty Creations challenge is to make a card with a Sentiment on it: here's a sentiment, I'm in!
used this sketch from Sketch Saturday, it's another goodie! and as usual I missed the deadline (that's what I get trying to post on the run using mobile broadband!) took forevvvvver...too late!! 
Cupcake inspirations has this great photo to inspire us, fabby traditional Christmas palette; perfect for my card!  CES challenge this week is Traditional Christmas, so I'm entering there too.
Paper Crafting JourneyStampin' for the WeekendAddicted to Stamps, Copic Oz Bizzy Becs and Pollycraft all have a Christmas challenge running, Moving Along With The Times has Last Minute Christmas and I suppose some of you super organized people out there would consider this last minute so I'm entering there, though this really isn't that last minute to me: I can DO last minute, like last year - drying the glue on my cards with a heat gun so they didn't stick to the envelopes on the way in :-)  Wait a minute, that's EVERY year!
Papertake WeeklyCute Card Thursday and Sundays With Crissy have Anything Goes challenges running, which is great at this super busy time of the year, so I'm gratefully entering there too.
Well that's it for my Owl mate and me, I'll be back tomorrow with my Here Come The Boys DT card and I have a cute little CC Designs review coming up too - until then Happy Crafting, Donna

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Happy Birthday, dear Elaine...

I have a super quick post today, you know how it is at this time of the year... and I DO have to go to work :-)  Monday was my Daughter in law's 32nd birthday.  I made her this card;
 The super cute image is from Kenny K - digi of course!  Her name is Soho, and I love her sassy attitude, my DIL is actually very sweet, but this does look like her, which is why I've coloured her (using Copics) with dark hair and eyes.  Kenny K's Krafty Girlz challenge this time is  "Add some Texture"; there's plenty of texture here with all the layers and that fabulous rhinestone trim (gift from my folks)
The papers are from my stash, and a cheapie pad I got in BigW!!  I bought the border pre cut from Poppy's Cabin, but I think it's a Martha Stewart punch, I've also used Classic Oval and Scalloped Oval Nesties; The Crafty Pad wants us to use 3+ punched shapes for their challenge, so I'm entering there.  The sentiment is computer generated, even the little flourish at the bottom (using a free Floral font "Floralia" from dafont.com)  Crafty Creations Challenges want us to make a card with a sentiment on it... too easy!
Gem of a Challenge this time around is for a monochromatic card,Not Christmas plus a sentiment; tick tick tick, I'm in!  Fairy Fun Fridays has a Blue and White theme, so I'm in there too.
As we gave Elaine a gift voucher for a massage and an itunes card as her present, the inside of the card serves as a double gift card holder: really easy, all you have to do is only glue on three sides of the dp panels, as seen in these pictures: 


The Paper... Shelter has Celebrate as its challenge theme, 
Divas by Design both have Anything Goes challenges so I'm entering there too.
Well, that's about the fastest post I've ever done, I'll be back in a few days with my second Sweet Stampin' Guest spot.  Until then Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, December 04, 2011

It's Snowin' at Sweet Stampin'

I love the Sweet Stampin' challenge blog, so I was rapt to be asked to be their Guest Designer for the whole of December... this is the first of my cards, the theme this week is "Snow".  I've got snow, snow-people and snowflakes...but you don't have to take it THAT seriously, lol.
This super cute image is "Snowmen Caroling" from Karens Doodles, a digi of course (it's what I do, lol) that I grabbed the other day...along with a few others.  So many images, so little time :-)  I've coloured with Copics and added a load of sparkle with Stickles.  Creatalicious Challenges has "Christmas and make sure it sparkles" as its theme, so this definitely qualifies!  By the Cute and Girly and Totally Papercrafts  have Let it Snow for their challenges, so I'm in there too.
I used the sketch from Friday Sketch Challenge, I do love a straightforward sketch that lets your image shine (and your yummy papers too, of course).  The background paper is kind of sparkly/translucent and slightly textured, really very nice, with shiny gold snowflakes; of course none of this shiny goodness shows in the photos (well actually you can see the Stickles on the image in the last photo, so can't complain, lol)  I inked around the edge with Burgundy to soften the overall look.  The panel of vintage style paper is from Kaisercraft, again, what I do! It's from the Dear Santa Collection, that panel and the image are mounted on green card from American Crafts then gold foil board.  
I glued the ribbon (from my stash) strips on to gold board too, just to give it a bit of a lift.  The sentiment panel and ribbon strips are popped up on foam dots, again what I do :-) it also made it easier to attach the snowflake charm with a little black brad.  Bearly Mine Challenges has All my Favourite Things as its challenge this time, it's really no challenge to use all your favourite things, but I'm entering anyway with so many of my favourite things featuring here!
I didn't have a gold snowflake charm, so I used one of my YR Copics to colour a silver one, it certainly looks the part to me! a tiny red pearl, smothered in red glitter went in the centre.  The large snowflake embellishment is from a chipboard sheet, painted with Jo Sonja paints and Stickled up!  A brad in the centre finishes it off, I forgot to colour the silver frame of the brad, oh well you get that sometimes, lol.
Addicted to Stamps, Stamptacular Sunday and Copic Oz have ChristmasPollycraft has Christmas Fun and Craft Your Passion has Tis the Season as their respective themes this time around, so I'll be entering my card there too.
The inside of the card is finished with papers from the front with a different sheet from the Kaisercraft pad, this one has gold foil stripes on, and some of the ribbon.  Once again I inked the edges to soften the look.  The sentiment is a wood mounted stamp I got for $3 in a craft shop, I love it and use it quite a bit.  Its stamped with Kaisercraft ink. The snowflake inside is Martha Stewarts Glacial Snowflake punch (I think - can't remember even though I just bought it!), cut in gold board, smothered in Stickles with a rhinestone in the centre.
Lots of challenge blogs have taken pity on us busy crafters and have Anything Goes as their challenge themes, I'll be entering my card in these ones: The Paper ShelterDivas by Design Simon Says ChallengePaper Crafting Journey and Sundays with Chrissy.
I'll be back in a day or so with a card I've made (well, I'll have it finished by then!) for my Daughter in Law's birthday.  
In the meantime, pop on over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge and check out the rest of the DT's work...gorgeous, and at this time of the year you're bound to have a card with some snow on it to enter in the challenge...I live in AUSTRALIA, and still manage to make my share of snowy cards, lol. 
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna  (and her sparkly Caroling Snowmen!)