Friday, 25 April 2008

Girls Just wanna have fun

Cute card thursday's #7 challenge this week is Girls just wanna have fun.
I printed of a Dottie image and coloured her with a micture of solid ink and watercolour.. The backing papers and glitter on the design so gives it a bit of bling. A ribbon was added through some eyelets and 3 gems at the top added a bit more bling.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Ismaki #16

Here is my take on the ismaki #16 sketch.
The option is to use 4 colour-coordinated patterned papers.
The papers i have used I got from Nikki so not sure of the manufacturer. the stamp is Dungaree Maggie from bootiful stampz, coloured with my water colour pencils. The sentiment and proverb i printed on the computer.

Birthday Girl

A friend of my daughters has askd me to make a birthday card for a one year old girl. I always seem to find this a difficult age to make for as they are not really babies anymore and they are too young as such to have a favourite that you can use as a theme. In the end i just searche through all my images and papers to find something suitable and this is what i cam up with. The backing paper is a lovely patchwork velum that i had in my stash, which I backed with a pink card stock with brads.The letters and the number i printed off my computer an coloured with my sakura stardust pens as a wash to give a suttle shimmer of glitter. The little bear image is Party bear from the bears all year collection by Gina Jane Johnson. It's then finished off with a ribbon and i think it has turned out ok. I hope my daughters friend likes it, as i had very little information of what they wanted

Sandy's Blog candy

Sandy has some fantastic blog candy up for offer on her blog. All you have to do for a chance to win is to put a Sandy-Link on your blog and leave her a comment by the 27th April. It's a fantastic candy go and take a look

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Sketch this #47

Sketch this have just added their new sketch. They have merged sketch this and sketch this card into one so one sketch will cover both LO's and cards.

This is what i have come up with for this sketch. The backing papers are out of my scrap box and this stamped image is one that was sent to me by Nikki which i have coloured using my water colour pencils. i backed the image onto some mulberry paper and finished the card off with some ribbon

Birthday Boy

Here is the card I have made for this weeks Papertake Weekly Challenge. It is based on Katharina's Sketch #2. The Image is a stamp that was sent to me by Nikki and as i haven't many cards for boys i thought i would put it to good use. I choose bright orange and yellow as my colour scheme to try and brighten up my day a little, and I love the way it has turned out

Monday, 21 April 2008

On a Roll

Here's another card for tonight. I'm definitely on a roll. This one is for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge. The Theme for the challenge is 'It's a Mans World'. As i'm trying to build up my stock of fathers day cards, I thought that i would use this as starting point.
Backing paper from my stash, Holographic papers is then layered with mulberry paper and then George, by louly and coloured with water colour pencils is added. Sentiment is hand written.

2nd card of the day

After a craft drought of over a week, I have finally the the bug again today and here is my second card of the day.
Using the CPS sketch #61 I used a number of backing papers from my stash. I stamped out all the images with my whispers stamps and coloured them using whispers strokes.

Black/White + One

Caardvarks challenge this week to to create a card using Black and white plus one other colour.
I chose Turquoise as my plus one. I uses a bland and white flower velum for the background attatched to the card with turquoise brads. I then matted and layered turquoise/white and black and white dots/white. The stamped image i had sent to me by Shirley which i coloured with my sakura stardust. Card finished with a bit of blingy ribbon

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Fathers Day

Ila is running a sketch challenge at the moment to win some blog candy, so I thought i would have a go and see what i could come up with for the sketch. I have very few male cards in my stock at the moment and i had this stamp image that i recieved from Nikki that i had already coloured with my watercolour pencils so I thought I would see what i could do with it.
the backing paper is some i had printed off ages ago from a sample scrap kit, the ribbon is from my stash, the buttons and sentiment are printed from the computer and then embossed with extra thick embossing powder to give them a bit of depth. I have used mulberry paper behind the stamped image to give it a bit of the look of turf on a golf course.
The whole card is a bit dark to me but that could be because i normally tend to use a lot of bright or pastel colours but it seems to have worked out quite well

Saturday, 12 April 2008

my first play with george

Thank You to louly for your scrummy George i just couldn't wait to have a play.
The first card George the diver i have made using sketch #8 on My Paper World. I used one of my cuttlebug folders on mirror card for the back part of the card, layered onto blu glitter card, the next layer is a blue watery paper from my stash yet again layered onto blue glitter card. I coloured george with my Sakura stardust pens to give his wet suit a wet glossy look, the bubbles are made with 3D Crystal Laquer. I finshed it off with some seaweed and fish that i found in my scaps box and the sentiment is from the george print.
The second card i just made because i loved the image, (As do i all the dottie and george images). All the cardstock i have used is from either my stash or my matting and layering box that i bought for a £1 from the craft show at the NEC (can't remember which stall as i bought sooo much). Mulberry paper is used on one of the matting pieces. George is coloured using my watercolour pencils and the sentiment is hand written with sakura stardust. The card is finished off with faux stitching

Anniversary Card

I had a few anniversary card to make this month, then i noticed the challenge on Di Hickman's Blog. I used her card sketch #2 and her theme for thursday is Anniversary cards.
The backing paper is part of some i recieved from Nikki, I stamped the sentiment from my see d's collection and then added a flower die cut with my cuttlebug and then added a couple of silk flowers. Card finished with a border peel off. the card looked a bit too plain so i then scalloped the edges of my card, to give it a bit more definition.
Hope you like it

Butterfly, flutterby

Daring Cardmakers this week is Butterfly Flutterby. You must have a butterfly somewhere on your card. So here is mine. The backing paper and butterflies are from a scap kit by Lilybelle
I Added some wire to the butterlies to make the tendrils.
I have sat them on a felt die cut That i recieved free with a magazine and then finished that card off with some glitter peel off borders and 3 little heart gems
I hope you like it

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Things with Wings

The challenge on Cute Card Thursday this week is 'Things with Wings'. The stamped image i have use is one sent to me by Nikki., coloured in using felt tips used as a wash with a paintbrush. Baking paper from my scrap box layered onto holographic card

DC mid week challenge

Now this weeks mid week dare is inspired by Rachel and is called 'Folded' ! This is not folds in the card blank itself, but rather folds ON the card- whether it be some kind of paper folding technique or folded embellishments or even just a folded over message of some type.
For My card I printed off some flower embelishments and then folded the petals so that they were 3d. I used backing paper that i recieved in a PIF annd the stamp is a small whispers stamp.

'Arte y Pico' Award

Thank You to Shirley for Awarding me this Award. This is the first award I have recieved and it means a lot.
I now have to award this to five other people, they in turn (I hope anyway) will do the following...
1) You have to pick 5 blogs who deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and also contributes to the blogging community no matter what language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to the blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award .
4) Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "arte y pico" blog (linked in my title) so everyone will know the origin of this award. (Cut and paste the info into your blog to make things easier)

Thank You again Shirley

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Look what I got in the post

I had a lovely surprise in the post this morning. Loads of stamped images from Nikki. Thanks Nikki they are lovely and i can't wait to use them, and the card is just sooo cute.

Claudia's Box Challenge

The challenge on Papertake weekly this week is to make a box from the tutorial. There are some lovely examples on the blog and I know mine is nothing in comparison, but here it is. I printed out the wording on the computer and used another one of the dottie images to decorate it with. I did have a bit of trouble with the ribbon around the lid so it's a bit wonky, but at least i've got somewhere to keep all my stamped images tidy now

Monday, 7 April 2008

'Planes, trains and automobiles'

Here I go again, Well actually i made this card about a week ago but think it is perfect for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge 4. The images are from the mod squad collection from pc crafter. I decoupaged them to give them a bit of depth. The car is mounted onto card that I embossed in my cuttlebug. The backing paper is out of my stash.

CPS #59 Hybrid

I have been a busy bee today with my crafting. After setting up the kids at the kitchen table with some crafting stuff, I sat at my crafting table and started going through the challenges. I really did have my craft head on today, think it was because a friend came by to visit and use my cuttlebug.
This is my 3rd card of the day and it is for the challenge on CPS.
There challenge this week is to make a hybrid card (they explain all about hybrid on their blog).
I found a scrap kit on my computer that i had downloaded ages ago, brownies by happy-scrap.

I Printed the first backing paper directly onto my card stock, the rest i printed onto Asda value glossy photo paper ( this is my favourite photo paper to use as you don't leave finger prints on it). I digitally typed the sentiments onto the ribbon and journaling tag before i printed them out. I then sut out the various pieces and assembled the card as i normally would.

I have had various free scrap kits that i have downloaded for ages and never thought of using them on my cards like this but i am quite please with the results.

Flight of Fancy

Caardvarks challenge this week is flight of fancy, they have asked us to 'think wings'. I decided this time to make a kiddies card and fell in love with bearie Fairies so decided to use one of these on my card, i also thought i would build up a little villiage for my bearie. The background paper is a glitter paper. i have added glitter to the bearies wings, and also to the computer generated sentiment.
Hope you like it

Shrink to fit

Daring Cardmakers challenge this week is Shriink to fit.
You are allowed to cover no more than a 5x5cms area of your card with paper or embellishment - the rest of the card must be left plain.

So, this is my card. I have to say i cheated a little as i had a lovely topper that I hadn't know what to do with, but when i saw this challenge I thought it would be perfect. I then hand wrote the sentiment using sakura stardust.
I love this simple look and might do a few more of them

Sunday, 6 April 2008

My new banner

Well I thought i had got my banner sorted. It looks ok on my computer and on other computers in my house but I have just had a message that it is too long for the screen. Just out of interest I would like to know if anyone elses computer is showing it too long. If so it looks like i am going to have to play again to get it sorted. This is sooo frustrating

Update: I have now made my banner smaller as other people are seeing it run off the screen. Didn't want it this small but can't think of anything else to do at the moment.
Thanks for those that replied

Shout Out to SheetLoad

I recently stumbled upon a great blog Sheet Load that has a monthly e-zine, that has designs, cutting guides and instructions to make 9 cards and get the best from your sheets of paper and cardstock. The April issue is now out, and you can also download back issues.
Why don't you pop by and take a look

New Look

Well what do you think to my new look.
I was getting bored with my old look for my blog so this morning decided to design a new banner and change the layout of my blog. It did take a while to get the banner to the right size but eventually i got there. I have even (with a little help from a friend) managed to get a signature into my posts, which i have wanted to do for a long time but didn't have a clue how to do it.
Now all I have to do is find a more flattering photo of myself as i hate the one i have on here now.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Scrummy Stash Alter it Challenge

Scrummy stash are doing a challenge for Altered art so i had a look around my craft area and found this frame that i got free with a magazine. I then looked through my scrap box to see what materials i had to play with. I found a nice scrap of backing paper that was just the right size for the frame. The hardest part was getting the twisted cord to stick to the frame but eventually it stuck and then i could go on and search for some embellishments to set it off right. Using sequins, glitter flowers, fabric flowers and butterflies, this is the final result.
Now all i have to do is find a nice picture to put in it.