Friday, February 24, 2012

DCM 'Marie Antoinette'

Yeah it's Friday and another exciting challenge at Daring Cardmakers. It's Sharon's turn and she wants to see your Vintage / Parisian / Palace of Versailles creations as the this weeks theme is

Marie Antoinette

Your card doesn't have to feature the Queen herself, but can be in a Baroque/Palace of Versailles style, or something inspired by the fantastic gowns and wigs she wore. Or, you could even opt for a 'let them eat cake' inspired card (even though she apparently never actually said that!)

Here is my card...

I was stumped for a while what to create and this slowly fell together. I'm not totally happy with it but still had such fun creating it. I'm trying to break out of my keep simple style and challenge myself using different colour schemes, techniques or products.

I was so lucky to find this sweet image in my stash from Crafty Secrets which fits the challenge perfectly! I placed it behind a chipboard frame which I covered with crackle glaze.

This beautiful soft peach rose is from Prima (I think!), I added a mini 'with love' tag and placed on top of a double from baby pink seam binding. I also folded a paper doily into a cone shape and tucked behind the bow.

I actually decided on creating this beautiful paper ruffle at the start of making my card, inspired by the truly talented Clare Buswell (you can find a tutorial on how to create these on her blog!). Okay, so it is no where near as good as Clare's but as my first attempt, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I added a length of Ivory & Lace pearl trim to hide where the papers meet.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT cards for some beautiful inspiration.

Charisma Cardz Challenge #7 - Love
Little Red Wagon #121 Chipboard
Simon Says Stamp - 3 different papers
The Shabby Tea Room # 102 - High Tea
Allsorts Challenge #142 Anything Goes

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Melissa Frances
Ribbon - Ivory & Lace Pearl trim and baby pink seam binding from The Ribbon Reel
Stamps - with love sentiment from WMS
Image - Mini Vintage Sheet from Crafty Secrets
Other - Prima rose, OA chipboard frame, crackle glaze, white acrylic paint
, paper doily


Thursday, February 23, 2012

DYSU #60 Distress

We have another new challenge up over at Do You Stack Up with week! A great excuse to get out your inks and get messy.

Here is my card....

I distressed the red spot and love papers with Walnut Distress Ink. I couldn't find my distressing tool so used my fingernail to distress the kraft paper. The love paper has also had the corners curled over.

I got to play with this gorgeous Bugaboo image, Ava and Deacon Love Word. I coloured with promarkers and layered on top of another label, again distressed with ink. I added a little bit of button twine and finished with a little bow!

For this week we have two great sponsors:

Winner's Choice of 7 Digital Images

Winner's Choice of 5 Digital Images

Supplies used:
Cardstock - MME Love Me from The Ribbon Reel
Image - Bugaboo Stamps
Other - Natural Button Twine from The Ribbon Reel, Distress Ink Walnut, Nesties, Promarkers


Monday, February 20, 2012

TRR Challenge #22 'Weathered'

Welcome friends to another fun fortnightly challenge at The Ribbon Reel!
is our fab host and has chosen this beautiful inspiration photo.....

...and ask that you create a card /project using the colours KRAFT, WHITE, BLUE with touch of RED, NATURAL TWINE/TWILL!

Here is my card...

I love when I see other cards that are full of layers and embellishments but can never seem to get it right or feel happy with the results, so most of my cards are quite simple. However, I decided to have a good go with this card and just love how it turned out!

I distressed the edges of the paper to give it a weathered look, as well as inking the kraft cardstock with white ink. Added a strip of hessian (which I recently found after digging around my craft cupboard - its amazing what you can find isn't it!) and folded a paper doily in half on top.

I chose just to use embellishments rather than images, layered up some circles cut with my nesties and covered with a gorgeous white tea rose and blue rose. Not forgetting that gorgeous red crochet heart. I just adore it! And of course, not forgetting, I layered red satin ribbon with our new white sheer box pleat and a little natural button twine!

Supplies used:
Cardstock - MME papers, Kraft cardstock
Ribbons - 25mm Red Satin, White Sheer Box Pleat, Natural Button Twine from The Ribbon Reel
Flowers - 40mm Ivory Tea Rose, 25mm Blue Rose from The Ribbon Reel
Sentiment - PTI Love Lives Here
Other - Paper Doily, Nesties, Hessian from stash, Crochet Heart from Etsy


Friday, February 17, 2012

DCM 'Postage'

I'm a little late with this weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge set by Rein. The dare is set around


I struggled for ages to think of something suitable as I was pretty sure I didn't have anything with a postage stamp in my stash. It's amazing what you can find when you have a good dig around your stash.

So here's my card....

I found the perfect PP from Fancy Pants, which is covered in postage stamps. I also remembered I had the postage stamp nesties! I used a sentiment from Pink Petticoat and added a gardenia blossom and tea roses to finish. Oh and of course a little pink butterfly too.

This card started off being quite dark with lots of black PP, which I just wasn't happy with but after playing around a little more I made it much lighter and love how it turned out. It's funny how you have an idea in your head and it turns in to something completely different. Please tell me I'm not the only one that does this!

Please check out the rest of the DT's amazing cards this week. We hope you'll feel inspired to join in.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Fancy Pants, Melissa Frances
Ribbon - Pink Sheer Ruffle from The Ribbon Reel
Flowers - Pink Gardenia Blossom, Tea Roses from The Ribbon Reel
Sentiment - from Pink Petticoat
Other - Postage Stamp Nesties from The Ribbon Reel, Butterfly from PTI


Thursday, February 16, 2012

DYSU #59 Layers

We have another fabulous challenge over at DYSU this week which is 'Layers'.

Here is my card...

Using lots of layers doesn't seem to come easy to me, after playing around for a while, I came up with this. A few layers of MME papers, paper doily and nesties labels.

Some of the design team were able to use images from Tickled Pink. If you haven't already, you must pop over and take a look at their shop. They have some absolutely gorgeous images just waiting to be inked! I used 'Party Pinkette Coraline' from the Lil Pinkettes range.

I inked the sentiment in Pink Grapefruit and added a sumptuous ivory silk bow with sparkly button to complete it.

For this week we have three great sponsors:

Winner's Choice of 2 Digital Stamps

$10 Gift Certificate

$20 Gift Certificate

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT cards, which we hope you'll be inspired by and join in for a chance to win one of the super sponsor prizes.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - MME Sunshine
Image - Party Pinkette Coraline from Tickled Pink
Ribbon - 38mm Ivory Silk and Natural Button Twine from The Ribbon Reel
Other - Sentiment from WMS, Button from stash, nesties, Promarkers


Friday, February 10, 2012

DCM 'Pretty Hearts & Paper Doilies

It's Friday already and another fun challenge is up over at Daring Cardmakers. This weeks challenge has been set by Nat.

With Valentines just around the corner, Nat wants to see

Hearts & Doilies

Here's my card...

I have used so much red/pink combos recently that I decided to be brave and use hot pink! This is quite bright for me but its perfect for a Valentines card!

I just love these crochet flowers from Etsy, they are just gorgeous (I really must learn to crochet!), I added a handmade fimo heart, 12mm candy stripe button tied together with cotton candy bakers twine.


Cardstock & Sentiment - Fancy Pants
Ribbon - Fuschia Mesh Ribbon and Cotton Candy Bakers Twine from The Ribbon Reel
Other - Crochet flower from Etsy, Handmade fimo heart, Candy Stripe button and paper doily from The Ribbon Reel


Thursday, February 09, 2012


Our challenge this week is 'Love' at Do You Stack Up? And what a fun challenge it is. I love all the pinks and reds that can be used with this theme.

Here is my card...

I got to play with the 'Lovely Couple' digi stamp from Birdie Brown Stamps - how cute! I layered some MME and Echo Park paper under the image, and finished with some beautiful seam binding, pearl stick pin, BG button and a super sweet 'made with love' heart charm.

For this week we have two great sponsors:

1 year PDF subscription

Winner's Choice of 3 Digital Stamps

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT cards and hope you feel inspired to join in our 'Love' challenge this week.

Card Patterns #151
Cardstock - MME and Echo Park
Image - Birdie Brown 'Lovely Couple' image
Ribbons - Rancho Red Seam Binding, Red Button Twine from The Ribbon Reel
Other - Charm from The Ribbon Reel, stick pin, pearls and Basic Grey button from stash, Promarkers


Monday, February 06, 2012

TRR Challenge #21 Shabby Chic Birthday

Welcome friends to another fun fortnightly challenge at The Ribbon Reel! Not only is Lenet our fab host this week but its also her birthday! Lenet has chosen this beautiful shabby photo.....

...and ask that you create a BIRTHDAY card /project using the COLOURS from the photo, plus RIBBON, LACE, ROSES and STITCHING!

Here is my card..

I used some gorgeous rose paper from Papermania, as well as papers from MME. I just love using these colours, they are so easy to work with.

I chose to use this beautiful blue Gardenia and a couple of pink cherry blossoms instead of roses, as the paper is covered in them. The sentiment is from WMS which I added stitching and pearls to. You can just about see my little bow underneath the Gardenia which is baby pink seam binding. I completed the card by adding white crochet lace to the bottom.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT cards and wish Lenet a Happy Birthday!

The Hybrid Chick: Card Caravan #12 Ribbon
Lily Pad Cards - Patterned Paper
Allsorts Challenge #140 Free & Easy
Do You Stack Up # 57 Anything Goes
Dutch Dare Card Challenges #150 Colour Photo Inspiration

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Papermania & MME
Ribbon - 16mm White Crochet Lace, Baby Pink Seam Binding from The Ribbon Reel
Flowers - Blue Gardenia and Pink Cherry Blossoms from The Ribbon Reel
Stamps - Sentiment from WMS
Other - Nesties and Pearls from stash


Friday, February 03, 2012

DCM - Monthly Colour Combo #2

This week it's the First Friday of the Month Colour Combo Challenge and it's Jo back again with her choice of colours:
'Pink and Red'

We're looking forward to seeing a blaze of pink and red shades when we visit your blogs this week - just the right colours to brighten February up, and of course a great chance to get ready for Valentines Day - though any sort of card is fine, of course. Just have fun!

Here is my card...

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #82
Do You Stack Up #56 - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon # 118 - Valentines
Tuesday Throwdown #83 - Hearts
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #149 - Diamonds or Pearls (diamonds are my fav!)
The Kraft Journal - So romantic

Cardstock - MME Love Me from The Ribbon Reel, Kraft
Image - WMS Seasons of Love set
Ribbon - Tim Holtz from stash
Flowers - Cherry Blossoms and Tea Rose from The Ribbon Reel
Other - Nesties, Pearls from stash


Thursday, February 02, 2012

DYSU #56 Anything Goes

Is it Thursday already?? This week has flown by with family life being very hectic over the last few days! Well it must mean that a new challenge is up over at Do You Stack Up.

This week 'Anything Goes'.

Some of the DT were lucky enough to create our cards using images from Stamp Fairy. Here is my card using 'Panda Paul & Pauline' image (how cute!).

Our fabulous sponsors this week are....

Crafty Individuals - who are offering this huge bundle of goodies!

Stamp Fairy - $10 Gift Certificate

LinkStamp & Create - $25 Gift Certificate

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT gorgeous creations.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - MME Love Me from The Ribbon Reel
Image - Panda Paul & Pauline from Stamp Fairy
Ribbon - Scallop Lace from The Ribbon Reel
Other - Pink Hellebore flower from The Ribbon Reel, Nesties, Promarkers