Sunday 31 January 2010

Big Pink Owl!

How CUTE is this owl????
I just LOVE her pretty outfit.  I am just so happy Hero Arts have finally made this image digi - AND pre coloured.  YAY.
And the background paper is from THIS yummy digikit by Jen Martakis.  I just love this swirly paper.  And there's LOADS of other papers in the kit too.

Supplies: Image, Stamp and Notecard - Hero Arts; PP - Jen Martakis; Pearls - Joy Crafts; sewing machine.
Hope you have all enjoyed your weekend, my mum came to stay - and we had a LOVELY time.  (Love you mum, thanks for all your help with the house and garden. xxx)
See you soon.

Friday 29 January 2010

Happy Friday

OK, so I've no new cards to share.  It's been a crazy week and I've had no time for creating.
So... I thought I'd share 2 happy cards.  2 cards I made last year that make me smile a little bit :)
And I hope you like them too.
All stamps and embellishments - Hero Arts.
THIS set and THIS set ALWAYS make me feel happy. :)

And... given that I am in such a happy mood - I thought I'd share some things that have made me even happier recently.
First, THIS card by the lovely and oh-so-talented Jenn.  Isn't it just so adorable!!
Look HERE at what my friend Kryssi did with 2 sheets of 12x12 and one stamp set - AMAZING.
Wish, wish, WISH I could make cards like THESE.
I need THIS, THIS and THIS and I can't WAIT for THESE. :)

Happy Friday - have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday 27 January 2010

YOU are So Sweet...

This card is dedicated to YOU.  Yes, YOU.
Honestly, you all make my day with your generous comments and by taking the time to enter my little challenges.  So thank you.
I couldn't resist making another card with the Early Bird Chipboard Shapes from Cosmo Cricket and the yummy papers from October Afternoon's Farm Fresh line.
Supplies: Stamp - Hero Arts; Chipboard - Cosmo Cricket; PP - Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon; sewing machine; labels 1 nestie; button - Papermania.  
THIS alphabet stamp set has proved to be VERY useful... there are often sentiments I want but don't have, and I love combining the various fonts to make my own :)

And... to show my appreciation, I've picked a dedicated commenter to send a small token to.  And the winner is DAWN.  Send me an email Dawn and I'll post something off to NZ!!!

Tuesday 26 January 2010

Bring on the Cake

So I decided to make a card for my own challenge :)  Well, I do love glitter.  And what better image to glitterise (new word I just created) than Jane's newest digital image.  How cute is this cake??!! I tried my Copics again with this card... I LOVE seeing what people can do with Copics, I just wish I could do it too.  I am going to practice like crazy now...
Supplies: Image - Squigglefly; Notecard and Sentiment - Hero Arts; PP - Crystal Wilkerson; Glitter - Doodlebug.
As someone who has had trouble with glitter in the past, I thought I'd take this opportunity to share my favourite way of getting glitter to stick so that you don't get sprinkled every time you lift the card up :)  
I use Glossy Accents by Ranger instead of regular glue.  It works BRILLIANTLY.  Much better than anything else I've tried - plus it makes it that tiny bit more 3D.  I apply liberally, then sprinkle the glitter on.  Before it is dried completely, I gently press it down a tiny bit and tap off the excess.  this makes sure it is rock solid.
Hope you can make a glittery card for my challenge - I am so inspired by you all... would love to see what YOU do with glitter.

Monday 25 January 2010

Beat the Winter Blahs

My lovely friend Virginia is hosting a great challenge over at her blog.  You have to create a card that is a bit different - something with the 'Wow Factor'!
So I decided to overdo the bling on this GORGEOUS butterfly from the fabulous digikit - April 365 Challenge Kit.  I thought it would be great combined with this new HA sentiment stamp from THIS modern and stylish set. :)
Supplies: Image and PP - Crystal Wilkerson; Stamp and Notecard - Hero Arts; Gems - Hero Arts, Papermania; Glossy Accents.
Click HERE to check out the challenge details.
And thanks for the great challenge Virginia. :)

Sunday 24 January 2010

Michelle Underwood ROCKS

OK so I know I am biased because I am on her DT, but seriously, Michelle Underwood is amazing.  Her newest release kit, 'Sunday Kind of Love' (available HERE at 2Peas) is full of the loveliest images, and I've made a couple of cards to show you some of them.
First, these yummy yummy butterflies.  And I also love this gorgeous background paper too.
And how cute are these little birds?
Supplies: Image and PP - Michelle Underwood; Stamps - Hero Arts; Cardstock - Core'dinations

This last card is made from her last kit 'You Picked Me' - released at 'The Daily Digi'.  I love this pretty flower.  I added a bit of crazy stitching - this was deliberate wonkiness. :)
Supplies: Image and PP - Michelle Underwood; Stamp - Hero Arts; Button - Papermania
These digikits make cardmaking so easy - if you need a quick card, downloading the images, cutting them out and sticking them on is a wonder.  And if you, like me, have NOT managed to master Copics... pre-coloured images make a great solution.  (I WILL master Copics soon.  I WILL.)

Saturday 23 January 2010

A video... stitching on cards

Ok I did it.  I made a sewing video... not a very good one, I am not high tech at all, and I only have a regular camera with a movie setting... but I did one nevertheless.  And here it is.

And here are the resulting cards. :)  Made using YUMMY papers by My Mind's Eye from their Be Loved and Ooh La La collections. Love THIS die cut sheet, and THIS polka paper especially. Gorgeous.

Supplies: PP - My Mind's Eye, Rub-Ons - Cosmo Cricket
For this card, I made my own felt stitched heart.  I also added some light stamping to the die-cut using a Hero Arts flourish stamp. 

Supplies: PP and die-cut - My Mind's Eye; Stamp - Hero Arts; Rub-on - Cosmo Cricket; Gem - Papermania
So - there's my 2nd ever video.  Hope you have a good weekend.
P.S.  Have you've seen my new challenge?

Friday 22 January 2010

Lucy's Cards: Challenge 4 - Glitter

One of my favourite things.  Glitter.  Yum, yum, yum.  So now I'd LOVE to see your glittery creations.
The details:
Create a card using any type of glitter - glitter glue, glitter pen or good old fashioned sprinkly stuff.
Your card can be any theme.

Link me to your blog post or photo using the Mister Linky box below.  Remember to link directly to the card.
Challenge closes: Wednesday 3rd February 2010.
Hope you get a chance to enter. :)
1. Peggy
2. Patricia
3. Hazel
4. Chrissy
5. Hazel (another)
6. Marie B.
7. Sanne
8. Jennifer Styles
9. nikki schmaltz
10. Elena B. (Pelusa)
11. Brenda Urbanik
12. Nela
13. Deirdre
14. Michele Rezewski
15. Alice W.
16. byulgzr
17. Vera Ling
18. Esme
19. SmilynStef
20. Mabel M
21. Amie
22. byulgzr (another)
23. Fika
24. cinnamonsally
25. Marijke
26. Virginia L.
27. Lynn
28. Ashley M
29. Caroline M.
30. Beverley
31. Vera Ling
32. Sav O'Gwynn
33. adele robbetze
34. Katherine
35. Deirdre #2
36. Monika Reeck
37. Liz Baker
38. Janet
39. Hazel (another)
40. libeeti
41. Piali
42. Kathy Racoosin
43. Caroline
44. Tina
45. Jane (Croatia)
46. Moshie
47. Bev
48. Susanne Nilsson
49. lisa a.
50. Amanda P.
51. Alice W.
52. Sue-ann
53. Jenny M.
54. Ann Cox
55. Virginia L. #2
56. Lorena (Paperella)
57. Hazel (another)
58. Rainy
59. cinnamonsally (2 )
60. Susie Sugar
61. Katherine W.
62. Marie B.
63. Marie B.

Thursday 21 January 2010

Exciting news...

I've been published in Papercrafts Magazine's special stamping magazine, 'Stamp It!'  And I am thrilled.  I never imagined when I started making cards 16 months ago that I'd end up INSIDE one of the magazines I was devouring for inspiration...  I still can't quite believe it.  I probably won't fully believe it until I see the magazine in the flesh :)  Can't wait for it to arrive on my doorstep...
And the icing on the cake is the fact that the card is my first EVER digital creation: Birds on a Branch, using my all time FAVOURITE digi image - Vintage Skyland Birds.
Supplies: Vintage Skyland Birds. Image, Stamp and Notecard- Hero Arts; Paper - Little Yellow Bicycle.
Thank you Papercrafts - I am honoured.

 And I've been meaning to do this for ages... so:
I get lots of questions about my cards, and although I try to email people with the answers, I know I probably miss a few.  So I thought I'd post a list of a few of the most commonly asked questions and my answers.

1.  What products do you use for printing digital images and papers:
      I just have a regular Epson colour printer, designed for photo printing.   I usually use cheap, white cardstock - what ever's cheapest - but recently I've been using some ultra smooth, quality 120gsm cardstock from an office supply store, and I've noticed a difference.  It really helps with coloring images in too.  So although I like to save money (and spend it on pretty products instead) I am now realising that it's worth spending a bit more for a smoother finish.

 2.  How do you keep stitching so straight:
      Thanks! Truth is, I am not sure.  I have my machine switched to a slow setting, and I just watch the foot like a hawk...  I often turn the side knob manually rather than using the foot control - it takes time, but gives a much neater line.  If I can ever bring myself to make another video, I will do one on stitching.

3.  How do you finish the inside of your cards:
     Honestly... I don't.  But my favourite tip is to sew everything before sticking to the cardbase.  This means nothing shows inside.  But generally, I don't really mind a bit of neat stitching showing in the card.  It's nice to have that handmade touch ;)

4.  What string do you use:

The string I use on pretty much EVERY card (very boring...) is just crochet thread.  I bought a ball of thread for about £2 ($3) and it will last me forever I think. Love it.

And finally today... the winner of my last giveaway never claimed her prize, so I redrew, and have a new winner:
JILLIAN FOSTEREmail on its way Jill.

Wednesday 20 January 2010

You Stole my Heart

Time for a new Caardvarks challenge, and the theme is red hearts!

My card is very simple, I wanted it to be more suitable for a girl to give a boy.... think it might be a bit too cutesy for that!!!
It also fits the current Hero Arts challenge - Friendship and Valentine's.

Supplies: Stamp, Notecard - Hero Arts; Kraft Cardstock - Bazzill; Stickles; sewing machine.
I love this cute truck by Hero Arts - I've been wanting to use it for ages but haven't found the right card... and now here it is.  The sentiment is computer generated.
Click HERE to check out the challenge at Caardvarks, hope you enter. :)

Monday 18 January 2010

Challenge 3 winners and a little bit of love...

I had to get Andy to help judge this competition - there were just so many gorgeous entries I couldn't decide.  So here are our top 3.  Remember to click on the pictures and names to check out their work properly.  Oh, and I've just noticed that all 3 are BROWN. What a coincidence...
                    Krysten Ng                                                      Lynn

Thanks to everyone who entered.  You all inspire me so much.
And here's a quick card I made tonight to round off my monochromatic 2 weeks.  I used THIS cute digikit by Holly Brooke Jones - such sweet images, perfect for Valentines.

Supplies: Notecard - Hero Arts; Image - Holly Brooke Jones; Rub-On - Cosmo Cricket.
New challenge coming soon...  Let me know if you have any ideas on challenges YOU'D like to see :)

Sunday 17 January 2010

More Cards for Kids

So I cracked open my new products and had some FUN combining them with THESE adorable digi labels by Shimelle Lane. Love the vintagey feel of these. Had to use 2 of my favourite animals from my new K&Co Chip Box.

How CUTE is this little guy???

Supplies: Stamps and Notecards - Hero Arts; Chipboard - K&Co; Labels - Shimelle Lane; PP - My Mind's Eye.
I tried to add some humour by adding the fishbowl inside the card - I'm going to write "YUM" next to it.
This weekend's flown by - but I did a LOT of work in the garden.  Every muscle in my body is screaming.... I hacked down a LOT of ivy! :)

Friday 15 January 2010

i love ewe

Have you met my friend Jane?  She is not only an amazing cardmaker, but she also designs too.  She creates digital images for Squigglefly, and her images are ADORABLE.  
So... check out Sherman the Sheep.  I have to apologise to Sherman, as I've dressed him in a pink, glittery coat... not very manly, but very pretty!!!

Supplies: Image - Squigglefly; Sentiment - Computer generated; Notecard - Hero Arts; Glitter - Doodlebug.
And it's FRIDAY.  Hooray.  The snow's almost all gone, so this weekend Andy and I are going to do some serious gardening.  Can't wait.
Have a happy weekend everyone. 

Wednesday 13 January 2010

Cards for Kids

Isn't Jennifer McGuire the greatest.  She's ALWAYS doing something wonderfully selfless and giving.  If you haven't already seen it, she has a card drive going on at the moment for a number of sick kids who could really do with some nice mail.  Click HERE for details.

So I made a couple of cards - I am not great at kids' cards... but I've done my best, with the help of an ADORABLE digikit by Crystal Wilkerson.  Check it out here - it's FULL of fun.

Supplies: Stamps and button - Hero Arts; Papers - Crystal Wilkerson.
I plan to make more over the next few days, so I just bought some new items to help me. Haven't been supply shopping for a few months now (unbelievable...), so I thought it was time to treat myself.
Check out my purchases...
  I got this set of Prima rubons... Oh my goodness how adorable are they. I am so excited to get them open...

I got this box of K&Co Chipboard Animals... hooray

I also got the Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg Chipboard Shapes... the squirrel was actually calling to me in my sleep:

I'm determined to be more adventurous with my ribbons so got this pretty set to try out:

So... this weekend I expect I'll mostly be making ANIMAL themed cards. Hooray.
Happy Wednesday everyone - I love Wednesday - the week's half way through.  Nearly the weekend now.

Monday 11 January 2010

With all my Love

I made this card with this month's Hero Arts theme in mind: Friendship and Valentine's - this sentiment is one of my faves for Valentine's Day.  Another Dawn inspired flower here - this one was punched from stamped paper, then I inked the edges with my Tim Holtz blending tool.  Love my Tim Holtz products. :)

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts, digital PP and Leaves - Betsy Tuma (click HERE); Ink - Tim Holtz (Tattered Rose); Cardstock - PTI; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Button - from stash.
Happy Monday everyone - hope you are all well.  Just a reminder to bkeefe to email me - I have a prize package waiting for you.  And a reminder that my current challenge, monochromatic, is still running - hope you get a chance to enter.

Saturday 9 January 2010

Dawn McVey

I love Dawn McVey's blog.  She's been a source of inspiration to me from my very first card.  I just adore her style.  And now she's started doing videos too I am really happy.
So I made this card for Raspberry Suite Color Challenge No 21 and thought I'd try out her latest video tutorial on making these adorable paper flowers.  Click HERE to check it out. 

Supplies: Stamp, Notecard, Button - Hero Arts; Aqua Card - PTI; Nesties - Labels 8 and Scallop Circles; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Sewing Machine
Thanks for another awesome challenge Dawn, and for the fab tutorial.  I may be making these flowers all day... :)

Friday 8 January 2010

Challenge 2 Winners and Giveaway Winner

The entires for my 2nd challenge, Wings and Strings were stunning - and I REALLY struggled to pick my favourite 3.  But the 3 below especially stood out to me.  Such wonderful designs.  Click on the picture to see each amazing card in full.
                              Kathy Racoosin                    Kiara Lee        

                                                      Mariana Grigsby 
Thank you to all those who entered.  My 3rd challenge is up and running now (details HERE), can't wait to see what wonders you create - loads of lovely entries already.
And... on to the winner of my JustRite giveaway.
Thanks to, the winner is...
who wrote: 
I check your blog almost daily and always love what you create. Am following the caarvarks challenge too and enjoying all the creations. Thanks for a chance to win.   

See you all tomorrow with a card!

Edited to add: prize never claimed
So I redrew: winner = Jill