Friday 30 October 2009

Another Embellish It Mini Card!!!

Seeing the half notecard left over from yesterday's mini card made me sad.  It was crying out to be used :)
So I made another card for Embellish Magazine's Blog Color Contest!  I love this colour combinaiton and I embellished it with grey beads and a tiny heart pearl.
Just Because...
Supplies: Stamps (dots, sentiment), Pearl and Notecard - Hero Arts; Die Cut - Provocraft; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Versamark; Clear Embossing Powder; Silver thread and sewing machine; Grey beads.
Pink has taken over my craft table... and I love it.

Thursday 29 October 2009

Embellish It Mini Card!

This mini card is for the current colour challenge over at Embellish Magazine's blog. Check the challenge out HERE.  It's not just about colour - you need to add BLING... love it :)

upplies: Digital Images (dotty background), stamps (sentimentbutterfly) and notecard - Hero Arts; Button and Gems - Papermania; Nesties - Labels 8.
TIP: For this card I created my own background paper using a new Hero Arts digital image - Dot Lines.  I recoloured it, then copied and pasted it multiple times in Word.  I then printed it out on a similar coloured paper to create the tone on tone look.

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Mini Cards!

I'm a big fan of mini cards.  In fact, I'm a big fan of anything mini... perhaps it's because I'm only 5 foot tall. But anyway, I've decided to do a mini card focus for the next few days.  And apart from being mini, they will all have something ELSE in common... you'll never guess. :) 

Supplies: Image and Stamp - Hero Arts; Digital PP - Scrapartist (FREE here); Nesties - Labels Trio; White Inkssentials Pen; Sewing machine; Copic marker.
Tips: For a bit of a change, instead of sewing on this card, I used my sewing machine to punch holes.  AND - after colouring the butterfly with a Copic marker, I added white dots with a gel pen, inspired by my lovely friend Kathy .  Click here to visit her AMAZING blog.  She's an amazing colourer / cardmaker / person. 

P.S. - Emily - this one's winging it's way to you as I type :)

Tuesday 27 October 2009

I ♥ Aqua and Pink...

I just can't get enough of the 2 together... they just look so pretty!!! A while back I made a quilt (it's still unbacked due to my new "hobby" taking over my whole existence) and these were the main colours.  Making all these cards reminds me that I ought to finish it.
Anyway - this is the other "Thank You" card for my sister - and another extract from her dissertation!  Does this extract make it any easier to guess the subject ;)  Didn't think so.

Supplies: Stamp and Ink (on butterflies) - Hero Arts; PP - Zoe Pearn Digital (here); Punch -Martha Stewart; Nesties - Labels 1; Sewing Machine; thread.

Tips: I sponged the pool ink onto the sentiment using a Hero Arts Silky Sponge.  I punched the butterflies out of some paper scraps that had been stamped with the Hero Arts Antique Flower stamp.  I lined it up carefully so the pattern was mirrored.

Sunday 25 October 2009

Something for my sister...

My sister asked me to make her some very specific cards.  She is just finishing her dissertation and wanted to thank a few people who helped her put it all together.  And she wanted me to try to use an extract from her dissertation ON the card. So I did!  Can you guess what her dissertation is about??? No, me neither :)

Supplies: PP - Cosmo Cricket; Flower - Hero Arts; Button - Basic Grey; Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters; Nesties - Labels 8
I'm not usually a big fan of orange, but I do like this Cosmo Cricket "Early Bird" polka dot paper.
Oh, and still time to enter my little giveaway - I'm busy gathering some goodies...

Friday 23 October 2009

Birthday Deer

It's school holiday time, and I have a WEEK OFF!!!  Couldn't be more excited and happy right now.
This is my last scrap card - thought I'd try out a text paper deer... such a coincidence that the work 'endeared' happened to be in the middle of the paper. :)

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (deer, Background, sentiment); PP - Cpsmp Cricket; Square Print Paper (digikit - available HERE); Distres Ink; Nesties - Labels 8 
And if you haven't seen my little 40,000 visitors giveaway, check the post below. :)

Wednesday 21 October 2009

I can't believe it...

... it only feels like yesterday that I had a 30,000 visitor giveaway, and now I've reached 40,000.  This makes me very happy.  Time for a little RAK?  Leave a comment below to be in with a chance to win some random goodies from my stash :)  
So... here's another of my scrap challenge cards.

Supplies: Stamps (background, sentiment, butterfly) and gems - Hero Arts; Kraft Cardstock - Bazzill; Pink - Papertrey Ink; Blue - unknown; corner rounder; sewing machine.
Does anyone else think this week is flying by?

Tuesday 20 October 2009

A Tall Order...

Caardvarks have posted their new challenge.  You have to make a tall card to be in with a chance of winning some yummy goodies from Nikki Silvis, Scrapbooker.

So, what could be taller than...

Supplies: Stamps (giraffesentiment), notecard and buttons - Hero Arts; PP - Pebbles Inc; Coloured pencils - Faber Castell.

I stamped, scanned and enlarged the giraffe to make it twice as tall :)
Hope to see you entering the challenge, click HERE for more details.

Monday 19 October 2009

Feeling pink

Happy Monday everyone.    
This weekend I set myself a challenge and decided to sort out my scraps and have a personal colour challenge.  I put all my bits into piles of similar colours, then worked out what went with what. 
 There are a few more "Personal Colour Challenge" cards to follow later this week.  It was a pretty productive afternoon... and all from scraps.  Yay.
I discovered that I have a LOT of pink scraps... I do love pink!!!

Supplies: Stamps and gems - Hero Arts (stem, sentiment); Punch - Martha Stewart; Die cut - Spellbinders Labels 8; PP - Jen Allyson (free HERE); Kraft cardstock - Bazzill; Ribbon - Creative Impressions

Supplies: Image and stamp - Hero Arts; Digital PP - Nancie Rowe Janitz (free HERE)
Speaking of pink - have you seen there's a pink colour challenge going on HERE in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Can't wait to make a card for that!!!

If you are feeling like it, paste a link to your favourite pink card in the comments below - I'd LOVE to see your creations.

See you soon  xx

Saturday 17 October 2009

Circle Colour Challenge

It's not like me to post twice in one day, but I couldn't resist this circle colour challenge over at Embellish Magazine's blog.  

Supplies: Stamps and Ink - Hero Arts (sentiment, background); Punch - Martha Stewart; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Liquid Pearls; Nestabilities - Circles and Labels Trio; Inkssentials Gel pen; Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters; sewing machine.
These have to be my favourite colours... and although my husband always quotes the old phrase: 'Blue and Green should never be seen without a colour in between', I just LOVE them together.  ESPECIALLY with some white!
I got the idea to use Liquid Pearls on my butterfly from THIS card by the WONDERFUL Jennifer McGuire.  She is a daily source of inspiration and loveliness. 
Happy Saturday.

Quickie Cards

 I needed some cards, and I needed them fast.  So I made these two five-minute cards using my fave Cosmo Cricket Earth Love paper.

Been working on lots of top secret projects today! Can't wait to share.

Thursday 15 October 2009

Mon Ami

Just another simple card made using the fab Ah Paris! digikit .  Love the sentiments included in the set.

Supplies: Images, notecard, button - Hero Arts; PP - Papermania.
I also created this collage photo the other day and thought I'd share - this has to be my favourite digikit, and I've made a lot of cards with it.  I do so love that row of birds, and love that you can enlarge it and use just the one bird on your card :)

It's nearly Friday! YAY.

Wednesday 14 October 2009

Happy Anniversary

Short post... just sliced my thumb with my craft knife and can't type well.  Moral of the story - take care when using new blades.
I still have a card though...  proof of my dedication...

Supplies: Image, sentiment, notecard - Hero Arts; Blue paper - Michelle Underwood free HERE 
A super simple, flat card, using the lovely Vintage Lifestyle digikit from Hero Arts.  I printed it directly onto the blue paper, then used a white gel pen to highlight the dress and parasol.

Tuesday 13 October 2009

Background yumminess

Jennifer McGuire's 2Peas 'Fall Stamp Camp' background stamping class had me swooning, so I had to get out my embossing tools and have a go.

Supplies: Stamps, pearls, notecard - Hero Arts (background, sentiment); Ink - Tim Holtz (peeled paint); Paper - Papermania; Punch - Martha Stewart; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Nesties - Labels 8
I LOVE what she did with the Antique Flower stamp (see here and here) and can never resist my distress inks.  And I love the result.
Thanks for another awesome class Jennifer. x

Monday 12 October 2009

Ah Paris!

This week I've been playing with Hero Arts' gorgeous new digital set 'Ah Paris!'.  So much to LOVE in this set.

I wanted the chocolate box to appear as if it was being offered to the recipient of the card so I pop dotted it to create the dimension...  Look at the gorgeous fleur de lis background.  I recoloured the image in Photoshop, lined it up in Word and printed onto a Hero Arts pool notecard.  The sentiment is also from the digikit.

Then I combined the chocolate box with my fave Antique Flower Background stamp and used a sentiment stamp from the HA Thank You Sayings set.

Supplies: Images, Stamps, Pool Ink, Notecards - Hero Arts; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 1; sewing machine.
Hope everyone's Monday was OK!

Sunday 11 October 2009

Friends Always

I love this October Aftrenoon paper, and I love these die cuts by Lily Bee Studios.  They go so well together.

Supplies: Stamp, Gems - Hero Arts; PP - October Afternoon (Cherry Hill); Die Cut - Lily Bee; Ribbon - Creative Impressions.
And I do so love my sewing machine...
What's YOUR favourite patterned paper at the moment???
Happy Sunday.

Saturday 10 October 2009

I'm Dreaming of a PINK Christmas :)

THIS card by the FABULOUS Tami Hartley knocked my socks off.  I would never have been brave enough to try pink for a Christmas card, but she inspired me to give it a go.  I made this card for the Hero Arts paper piecing challenge going on this week.

Supplies: Stamps (image, sentiment) and Pool notecard - Hero Arts; PP - Bo Bunny and Cosmo Cricket; Pearls - Papermania; Sewing machine.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday.  I have a day to myself... and I'm creating ALL day. :)

Friday 9 October 2009

Sponged Poppy

I recently got a "Silky Stamping Sponge" from Hero Arts, and I love the effect created by sponging distress ink onto an image.  It gives such a soft, delicate look.

Supplies: Image, sentiment , notecard, ink (pink, green) - Hero Arts.
Happy Weekend!!! YIPPEE.

Thursday 8 October 2009

Beautiful Bloom

OK, OK, I know... more flowers.  But I do love flowers. :)

Supplies: Flower Image, Leaves, Sentiment, Notecard - Hero Arts; Text Paper - Own design; Twine - May Arts; Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters, Old Paper: Tim Holtz; Coloured Pencils - Faber Castell.
And I LOVE May Arts twine...

Wednesday 7 October 2009

Baby Boy Card

I love making baby cards... there are so many cute stamps to use.  And I love this buggy by Hero Arts.  For this card, I used 3 digi kits from 2Peas - the HA buggy from the Vintage Lifestyle collection, and 2 background papers (here and here).

Supplies: Image, sentiment, buttons - Hero Arts; Background; Overlay; sewing machine.
Happy Wednesday! :)

Tuesday 6 October 2009

JustRite FUN.

The people at JustRite are sooo kind.  They've sent me some stamps to play with and I've had a ball with them.  This little gingerbread man is from THIS set here, and I am in love.  How cute can you get???

Supplies: Stamps- JustRite; Notecard - Hero Arts; Copic markers.

Check out their gorgeous products HERE and their blog HERE.  And look out for more JustRite cards from me over the next few weeks ;)

Monday 5 October 2009

Caardvarks Challenge... RIBBONS!!!

Caardvarks current challenge is up, and it's a good one.  Create a card using ribbon in a wonderful way!   Love it! The sponsor of the challenge is May Arts Ribbon, and they have a FAB prize up for grabs.  Check out their blog here for inspiration.
So here are my cards:

Supplies: Image, stamp - Hero Arts; Background Paper - Colouroverlay; Polka Dot Paper - Michelle Underwood - FREE HERE ; Copic marker; Nesties.

Supplies: Image, stamps (script, sentiment) - Hero Arts; PP- Bo Bunny and Bazzill; Ink - Walnut Stain Distress Ink; Pearls - Crystal Stickers; Twine - May Arts; Copic marker.
This twine is so yummy - and so great to work with.  It actually does what it's told if you know what I mean!
Lots of FAB Hero Arts digital images here... love those Winged Friends and that bird is from my FAVOURITE row of birds image.
Hope you all get a chance to enter the challenge - click HERE for details.

Sunday 4 October 2009

Flowers and Penguins...

Happy Sunday everyone!
Today I made a card using this gorgeous Hero Arts digital flower image - this tulip set is so versatile!  I also thought it was time to bring back Mr Ladybird.  He's been absent for FAR too long.  I've missed him.  I made this card using the Labels 8 Nestabilities and my own text paper. (See here for details)

Supplies: Image, sentiment, ladybird - Hero Arts; Text paper - home made; PP - Bo Bunny; Colouring Pencils - Faber Castell; Nesties - Labels 8.
Also today, I made my final ATC for the Hero Arts challenge... any chance to play with my FAVOURITE little penguin.  There are ready-and-waiting cut-out penguins all over my craft desk. :)
They are just screaming to be stuck to something.

Supplies: Image, sentiment, gems - Hero Arts; PP - Cosmo Cricket; sewing machine.
ATCs are seriously addictive - I am sure I will be coming back to these pretty soon.  Hope everyone's had a good weekend.  Love Lucy xx
P.S.  The new Caardvarks challenge posts at midnight tonight.  Don't forget to check it out. :)

Saturday 3 October 2009

Happy World Card Making Day!

Hope everyone is getting a chance to create today to celebrate World Card Making Day.  I certainly am.  I planned to make a card an hour... but with one thing and another, failed miserably. However, I got a few things made.

First I made a pair of ATCs for the Hero Arts challenge.

Supplies: Stamp - Hero Arts; Deer - Cut from American Crafts paper; Lined Paper; Pink Paper - My Little Shoe Box Ribbon - Creative Impressions.

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (tree, owl, letters); PP - Bo Bunny, Core'dinations; Ribbon - Unknown.
Then I though I'd better make a card... it is World Card Making Day after all!

Supplies: Stamp - Hero Arts; PP - My Little Shoe Box; Gems - Papermania; Silver thread and sewing machine.
Have a GREAT day everyone, love Lucy xxx

P.S.  Don't forget to sign up for the International Hero Arts ATC swap.  I'm in charge of the continental Europe swap, and there are still places available... click HERE to check it out. :)