VSN Saturday's Challenges K - P without the N & Q

These are the cards I made for the last 5 challenges apart from challenge N for the VSN over on Splitcoast Stampers this weekend. I didn't do challenges N & Q as I wasn't feeling inspired and had completely run out of mojo by the time those ones came around.

You can see the cards I did for challenges A - E here and F - J here.

Challenge K was to make a card showing how you "soar" for your vacation. I don't have any airplane stamps or anything like that really so had to use my faithful hot air balloons stamps instead. I used Mojo #34 and CC81 to use Mellow Moss, Bravo Burgundy and So Saffron for this one as well.


Stamps: Everyday Button Bits from PTI

Papers: So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Mellow Moss DSP from hostess pack, Sweet Pea DSP

Inks: Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Clouds Dies from PTI, Bravo Burgundy grosgrain ribbon, So Saffron brads

Challenge L was to use the Salted Background technique, which I have never done before. I gave myself some extra time so I could have a practise run before doing the real thing and I loved how this one turned out. Messy but good fun! I used Mojo# 60 for the layout as well. I left this one til the end and am so glad I did as it took so much longer than I thought it would do.


Stamps: Kitty in Jack O'Lantern from Great Impressions, Happy Halloween set from Hero Arts

Papers: Pumpkin Pie, Orchid Opulence, Copics white, Glossy white from stash

Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Orchid Opulence, Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Oval Nestabilities, Orange glitter brads from Imaginisce

Challenge M was to follow the given list:
- use at least one texture (crumpling, ripping, crimping, embossing, textured paper, etc)
- use only one embellishment
- don't forget the color yellow!
- use a stamp that you don't often use
- have fun!

I used distressing for my texture, which is not normally my style but I liked it with this image. I wasn't 100% sure if we could only use 1 embellishment full stop or one type of embellishment, so I went with the latter! I used Mojo #42 for the layout and CC41 to use Bravo Brgundy and So Saffron, so that covered my yellow base. And for the stamp I don't use often I used my never before used ever Out of the Box set!


Stamps: Out of the Box

Papers: Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Sweet Pea DSP

Inks: Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron

Accessories: Zoomz (like Dew Drops)

Challenge O was to pick your favorite summertime song and use it to make your card. We also needed to pick a colour and sketch challenge from SCS but they both had to be the same number! I chose Bryan Adams' Summer of '69 - I just love this song and it brings back happy memories of rock clubbing and was inspired mostly by the first 2 lines - I bought my first real 6 string, bought it at the five and dime! I used SC135 and CC135 to use River Rock, Basic Gray and Basic Black.


Stamps: You're My Hero from Taylored Expressions

Papers: River Rock, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Inks: River Rock, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Accessories: None

Challenge P was to make a card using flowers and butterflies - a nice easy one! I used Mojo #10 and CC52E to use Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie and Always Artichoke.


Stamps: Great Friend, Pocket Silhouettes

Papers: Apricot Appeal cs & DSP from hostess pack (retired), Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Tea & Crumpets DSP

Inks: Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: Circle Nestabilities

And that's all my cards for this VSN! I had great fun and can't wait for the next one. I might try out for a hostess position next time too - just got to make sure I read the forums more regularly!

VSN Saturday's Challenges F - J

I managed to do 10 of the challenges from Saturday's VSN - I only missed out challenge N as I just didn't have the energy to do any more! These are the cards I did for challenges A - E.

Right on to the cards! 

Challenge F was to use water in some way on a card, but a water image didn't count. I used my very little used watercolor crayons from SU. I haven't used these much, but only because I much prefer the sharper colours you get from Copics! However they worked well for the softness needed on this image! I also used Mojo #15 and CC32 to use Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel and Regal Rose for this card.


Stamps: Daisy Chain Teddy from Elzybells

Papers: Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, Sweet Always DSP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Watercolor Crayons

Accessories: Brads from stash, Caramel ribbon from Taylored Expressions, 1" circle punch, Daisy Pattern Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Challenge G was to make a card with a seashell on it or something that has a shell. My stamp collection unfortunately doesn't include any seashells - not my kind of thing. I do have 3 turtle stamps though and picked this one from the Lily At the Beach set for this one. I also used Mojo #16 and CC27 to use Handsome Hunter, Taken With Teal and Green Galore.


Stamps: Lily At The Beach from Pink Cat Studio

Papers: Green Galore, Handsome Hunter, Sweet Pea DSP, Copic White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Green ribbon from stash

Challenge H was to use the colours in the given poem which were amber and purple as the main colours with small amounts of white and a neutral. I also used Mojo #20 for the layout for this one. I did go over the time limit by 10 mins with this one - probably because of all the cutting out I did!


Stamps: Butterfly Dreams from PTI

Papers: More Mustard, Basic Black, Stampers Select White, Bride DSP

Inks: Elegant Eggplant ink & marker, More Mustard marker, Basic Black

Accessories: D'Vine Swirls Embossing Folder, Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Frosted Lace Stickles

Challenge I was to use anything farm related on a card. I've had this piggy pyramid stamp for ages but have never used it as I didn't really know what I would use it for. I bought it because it was cute but didn't think about the when! I also used CC65 to use Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke and Pretty in Pink.


Stamps: Piggy Pyramid from Dimension Fourth, Everyday Button Bits from PTI

Papers: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Copics White, Pretty in Pink DSP from hostes pack (retired)

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Bravo Burgundy

Accessories: Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon

Challenge J was to follow the given list to spell the word Brave:
B is "Blue"
R is "Ribbon"

A is "Accent" with something sparkly

V is "Vellum"

E is "Embossing" (heat embossing or by using folders/templates,etc.)
I also used Mojo #14 and CC128 to use Soft Sky and Groovy Guava. This one is my fave of all the challenge cards I've done this weekend. To make the background paper I embossed the impression plate onto the vellum paper and then using a tissue inked it on the reverse in Groovy Guava before layering it onto a piece of Soft Sky. I love how it looks like it has been coloured in 2 colours!
Stamps: In Bloom, Mega Mixed Messages both from PTI
Papers: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Vellum Paper, Stampers Select White
Inks: Groovy Guava, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories: Blue glitter brads, Groovy Guava ribbon, SOft Sky ribbon, In Bloom Impression Plate
And that's all for these challenges folks! Come back and check out the last 5 challenges I did too!

VSN Friday's Challenges A-E

It was Virtual Stamp Night over on Splitcoast Stampers this weekend. This is a set of 17 challenges over the Friday and Saturday and each challenge is on a similar theme, although there are a huge range of different techniques involved. This VSN was called Summertime in the Land I love and was all about summer! I love doing these as I get such a buzz from racing through them all to try and complete them within the 45 minute timeframe, although I don't always spend that long and sometimes spend longer but I don't think the VSN police will be on my back!

Anyway, Challenge A was to make a CAS card showing food related to summer! I don't do CAS very often as I always want to add more layers. This one in theory has 3 layers if you count the mount and image as separate ones, but I think I can get away with it! I combined this one with Just Add Ink's #32 to use material or ribbon on a card. Easy one me thinks!


Stamps: Mouse Holding Ice Cream from Tina Wenke, Everyday Button Bits and Polka Dot Basics both from PTI

Papers: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Copics White

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Oval Nestabilities, Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Pastel Raspberry Liquid Pearls

Challenge B was to use a window on a card either as a framed image or a cut out aperture. I used Mojo #153 and used it as a framed image. I also used CC118 to use Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery and for once I liked the Cameo Coral on this one!


Stamps: Upsy Daisy

Papers: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Spring Fling DSP

Inks: Certainly Celery and Cameo Coral markers

Accessories: 3D Gloss, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon

Challenge C was to use the wax paper Cuttlebug resist technique, which is to embossed a cuttlebug folder onto waxed paper and then iron it on to some glossy paper, ink over it and then you are left with a reverse embossed piece of cardstock. 2 problems with this challenge: 1. no wax paper and 2. no iron! Believe it or not I don't do ironing - I have an ironing service do mine for me. I do own an iron, but I couldn't tell you where it is and I'm not sure it even has a plug on it! So I improvised and embossed with versamark instead!

This one is also for Our Creative Corner's sketch #30 and CC11 to use More Mustard, Mellow Moss and Brocade Blue.


Stamps: Spiral Bouquet, Mega Mixed Messages both from PTI

Papers: Brocade Blue, More Mustard, Mellow Moss DSP from hostess pack, Stampers Select white from PTI

Inks: Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss, More Mustard, Versamark

Accessories: Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon, More Mustard grosgrain ribbon, Mellow Moss buttons, Playground Buttons, D'Vine Swirls Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder

Challenge D was to by inspired by camping! I haven't been proper camping since I was a kid and my parents bought their first 6-berth tent. The last time I did go camping was at Reading festival in 1996! I hate camping and completely miss all my creature comforts!

Anyway this card was inspired by the flowers and birds you usually see out in the woods where people go camping! I used Mojo #45 for the layout and Color Throwdown's #107 to use Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz.


Stamps: Garden Dream, Whimsical Words

Papers: Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Sweet Pea DSP

Inks: Certainly Celery, Rose Red, SU Markers in So Saffron & Pretty in Pink

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Rose Red grosgrain ribbon

Challenge E was to be inspired by a holiday at any age. My first holiday abroad was to the South of France to a little quaint town called Port Grimaud. It's opposite the bay of St. Tropez and is affectionately called the mini Venice of the South of France as most of the main town is made up of canals. I have such fonds memories of this place - the summer sun, pure blue sea, swimming amongst tiny fish, the stunning scenery around Millionaires Bay, the day trip to a perfumery in Grass, the trip to Monaco and Monte Carlo, buying lots of funky french clothes and jewellery, but most of all, fresh baguettes for breakfast everyday!

I also used old Mojo # 25 for this one with the colours of the Tricolore!


Stamps: Solid Stripes & Merci from SU, 12 days of Christmas from Penny Black

Papers: Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red DSP from hostess pack (retired)

Inks: Brilliant Blue & Real Red markers, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Red brads from stash

And that's all of Friday's challenges. Be sure to come back and check out all of Saturday's too!

A bit manic this week

I'm a bit behind in my blogging this week as I've had a crazy week. Not really sure why but it is always a rush to get last minute things done before the summer holidays are over and I have to go back to work.

Anyway here's just a few bits I've done this week. This first project is for 3 Papertrey challenges, with the main one being A Passion for Papertrey's Polka Dots challenge. I also used Papertrey Peeps #4 to CASE one of Nichole Heady's cards from the February/March releases and I CASED this card of Nichole's. I also made a little matching picnic basket to hold a gift for Papertrey Peeps #5 template challenge. I completely missed my friend birthday from the other week and will see her back at work on Wednesday so I made this matching set for her belated birthday pressie. I just need to go and get some pretty purple jewellery to go in the box as well now.


Stamps: Everyday Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics II

Papers: Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Stampers Select White

Inks: Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Whisper White (SU)

Accessories: Beautiful Blooms Dies #3, Vintage Cream felt, Lavender Moon Buttons, Picnic Basket template, Plum Pudding Swiss Dots ribbon, Bookmark Die

My next one is another PTI card with a bit of SU added. This one is for the Sketch challenge on SCS #295 and the colour challenge #285 to use Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive, with a dessert option of using a doily. I loved the doilies that Betsy Veldman made on her blog here so thought I would have a good at doing one myself. I don't quite have the same stamps as Betsy but I think it still looks kinda doily like.


Stamps: Take Note, Boxes, Bags & Tags, Giga Guide Lines, Fancy Flourishes, Mega Mixed Messages all from PTI

Papers: Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP

Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Old Olive

Accessories: Theater ribbons pack (retired), Scarlet Jewel button

My next card is late for the challenge but hey ho, that's nothing new for me really! This one is for Just Magnolia's #69 Let's Get Sentimental challenge, Just Us Girls #47 to use Lime, Hot Pink and Teal and for Mojo #55.


Stamps: Trendy Trees from SU, Tilda with Lolly from Magnolia, Signature Greetings from PTI

Papers: Taken With Teal, Gable Green, Pixie Pink, Sweet Pea DSP, Copics White

Inks: Gable Green, Taken With Teal, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Pink ribbon from stash, Pink glitter brads from stash, Cuttlebug Corner die

And my final is a lovely bright colour combo from Stacey for her Curtain Call #44 to use Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and Whisper White. As I haven't got the inks in the new colours I had to improvise and embossed in white on the cardstock instead and loved how the flowers came out! This one is also for Sweet Stampin's #40 for the sketch.


Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Well Scripted

Papers: Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Flamingo DSP

Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Versamark

Accessories: White embossing powder, Sizzix Butterflies Die, Circle Nestabilities, Glitter brads from stash, D'Vine Swirls Embossing Folder, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

And that's all from me today folks! It's Virtual Stamp Night this weekend over on SCS, which as you all know I love doing! I'm not hosting a challenge this time - I missed the thread asking for hostesses - duh! So I will be playing like the regular people this time LOL Gonna be a busy crafting weekend - exactly what I need before I go back to school next week!

Val's PTI day

There are a group of us over on the In Love With Stampin forum who have all confessed to being Papertrey Ink addicts (oops meant to say fans!) and one of the lovely ladies, Val, invited us all to her house yesterday for a fantastic PTI day. We were all to bring a shoe box swap for each of us to do and some card candy to swap as well. There were 8 of us altogether at Val's house and 2 more ladies who couldn't make it who were doing the shoebox swaps at home.

Val had made us all a beautiful goodie bag...

And this is what was inside - a covered notebook, bookmark, some covered Hotel Chocolat slabs, some felt die cuts, some ribbons and the cutest little paint pot tin filled to the brim with buttons. I forgot to put in the photo the Fillable Frames #6 set and die she also put in the bag for us. Boy were we spoiled!

After much chatting with old friends and new, we finally made a start an hour and a half after we were meant to get started on our shoebox swaps. I have photographed the projects with the card candy from the same person as well.

This is Dawn's card candy and shoe box swap. Unfortunately Dawn couldn't be with us but her project was a fun one to make.

This is Karin's shoebox swap and card candy. Karin is the lovely lady who started the In Love With Stamping forum with her husband Dave and made the most gorgeous Canadian sweet treats for us to all try as well.

This is Linda's card candy and shoebox swap, and boy did we have a lot of die cutting to do. Like me, Linda likes her layers LOL!

This is Linzi's card candy and shoebox swap. Linzi is just so funny - I love her! I did put the eyelets in the wrong place on the box so it doesn't quite close properly but the bag itself is so cute I think I might buy the template and do another one!

This is Rachel's card candy and shoebox swap. Now Rachel is slightly different to the rest of us - she doesn't actually OWN any PTI stamps - shock horror! But I think yesterday convinced her that she definitely NEEDS some! LOL

This is Sharon's card candy and shoebox swap. Sharon also couldn't make it yesterday, but I love her felt card candy flowers. The colours are just fab!

This is Sue's card candy and shoebox swap. Inside the cute little box are lots of the Friendship Jar die cuts. Sue also handmade each of us a pretty felt flower brooch too. I have no idea how she managed to sew so beautifully. If I had tried, it would have looked like my friend's 2 year old daughter had done them LOL

This is Val's shoebox swap and card candy. This box was a bit tricky to make so I left it til last and didn't get it finished on the day so did it this morning. I love this template and will definitely be buying this one.

And this is mine.

We had such a fantastic day crafting til our hearts content. Val's 2 little girls were adorable, lunch was delicious and it was great meeting up with friends from a forum that live miles away! I can't wait for the next one!

My new school stationery

I go back to work next week (boo hoo, but I guess I gotta earn some money to pay for all these stamps I keep buying!) and following on from the shoebox swap I made for the PTI day I went to yesterday I added a couple more matching pieces to take into school with me. As a primary school teacher I'm constantly using post-its to scribble notes and reminders on, so my Things To Do notebook is ideal as is the post its holder I made. I thought I'd add a matching bookmark too for when I start my class book - I always try to have a class book going although we don't always get the time to finish it!

Anyway here's my set, which I'm entering in Stampin' Royalty's School Days Challenge. This colour combo is one of my faves at the minute.


Stamps: Background Basics: Petal Power, Take Note, All Booked Up, Fillable Frames #6 all from PTI

Papers: Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Stampers Select White, 2008 Bitty Dot Basics DSP all from PTI

Inks: Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist all from PTI, Pink Passion marker from SU

Accessories: Beautiful Blooms Dies #1, Rick Rack Border Die, Fillable Frames #6 Die, Bookmark Die, Ocean Tides Buttons, Ocean Tides Ribbon, Hawaiian Shores ribbon, Hawaiian Shores Felt, Raspberry Fizz felt all from PTI, Shoppers notebook from Morrisons, Post-it notes, Circle Nestabilities, Pencil from Morrisons

A few more colour challenges..

I love trying out different colour challenges as they really do challenge me sometimes. I don't always like the combos and sometimes they don't like me, but I love to push myself and make myself try combos I wouldn't normally choose myself.

This first one is for Just Add Ink's #34 to use Real Red, Kraft and Chocolate Chip. I also used the sketch from my SU team's challenge blog Inspiring Inkin' for the layout. We weren't allowed to use any flower stamps for this II challenge so I went with hearts instead and love this one!


Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts, Live Your Dream

Papers: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, real Red, Whisper White

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Real Red

Accessories: Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Small Heart Punch

My next one is for Color Throwdown's #106 to use Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Kraft and Certainly Celery. I love the soft colours here. I also used Mojo #152 for the layout as well.


Stamps: Round & Round Anniversary set, Polka Dot basics II, In Bloom all from PTI,

Papers: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Stamper's Select White, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky cs & DSP

Inks: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery

Accessories: Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Edge Punch, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Beautiful Bloom II Dies #2, brown buttons from Elzybells, Blue buttons from Papermania

My next colour challenge is for Farm Fresh Friday's Color Me Farm Fresh challenge to use Hawaiian Shores, Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango. This was a nice bright combo and I instantly thought of the tropics and holidays and sunshine so dug out my Rain, Snow, Shine set and came up with this using old Mojo #19 as well.


Stamps: Rain, Snow, Shine from The Greeting Farm, Mega Mixed Messages from PTI

Papers: Tangerine Tango, Hawaiian Shores, Copic White, Bella Rose DSP

Inks: Tangerine Tango, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Tangerine Tango ribbon, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Crystal Effects, Frosted Lace Stickles

And my final colour challenge for this post is for CC284 to use Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and Pretty in Pink. I also used Papertake Weekly's Sketch #46 and Splitcoast's Free For All #26 to use 3 or more stamps from different companies.


Stamps: Ladybug Nora and Field Fence both from All That Scraps, Mega Mixed Messages from PTI, Dot Dot Dot from SU

Papers: Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink cs & DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Copic White

Inks: Basic Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Black organza ribbon from stash, Green embroidery thread from stash, Frosted Lace Stickles

Be sure to come back and check out my very long post on my PTI crafting day yesterday as well!

Some yellow cards...

Yellow is one of those colours I'm not too fussed about really. I'm not a particular fan of neon-bright-in-your-face kind of yellow but the softer more buttery tones I do quite like as an accent rather than a main colour. Howver this week I've managed to do three cards all with a yellow as a more dominant colour and I really like how these have turned out.

This first one is for SC294 and the ILWS Colour challenge this month to use Basic Gray, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Whisper White.


Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Vintage Wheel

Papers: Certainly Celery, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Whisper White

Inks: Basic Gray, So Saffron, Certainly Celery

Accessories: Fairytale Ribbons (retired), Square gem brads from stash

My new card is for another ILWS challenge - the sketch one from this month and for Papertrey Peeps #14 to use red, yellow, cream and white. I absolutely love this colour combo and yet it is so not me at all! Just shows how sometimes you have to try something to love it!


Stamps: All About You Additions, Polka Dot Basics II

Papers: Harvest Gold (PTI), Real Red (SU), Cream and white from old stash, Beautiful Blooms DSP

Inks: Real Red, Yoyo Yellow both from SU, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Harvest Gold stitched grosgrain ribbon, Sunshine Impression Plate both from PTI

And my final yellow card is a request from my MIL who needed a birthday card for her cat-obsessed friend, so I came up with this one using the old colour combo from SCS #34 and the sketch layout for Our Creative Corner #29.


Stamps: Thomas with Birthday Cake from Lili of the Valley, Mega Mixed Messages and Fancy Flourishes both from PTI

Papers: Close To Cocoa, Ruby Red, Copic White, So Saffron DSP

Inks: Close To Cocoa, Ruby Red, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Labels 4 Nestabilities, Cinnamon Stickles, ribbon from stash

Be sure to come back and check out my other posts with all the stuff I did over the weekend.

A Couple Of 3D Items

I've made a couple of more practical things this week. I have umpteen empty boxes that the PTI stamp sets come in and decided that I really should do something with them instead of just hoarding them, so I came up with this! It's not my idea - I think it was Dawn McVey who did one originally on Nichole Heady's blog for a stamp release sneek peek once - not that I can find again mind you! I thought I'd fill it with some random cards and give it to my mum so she has a collection to use.

This is the front view. I used 4 boxes and cut the flaps off one end. Then I covered the insides with So Saffron cardstock to cover the bits of tape that PTI stick the labels on with and then stuck them all together before covering the outside front, back and sides with DSP. I made a little tray to put them in using Old Olive with a So Saffron trim. I wrapped some retired Old Olive ribbon from the Theater pack and some So Saffron grosgrain that was in a special bundle last year round the whole thing. I added some simple tags for each section and voila all done!

I don't have an "Other" stamp for the last tab so I used a "Mother" stamp and masked off the M before inking it up! Fab idea huh?!

And this is the side view!


Stamps: Totally Tabs from SU, Mega Mixed Messages from PTI

Papers: So Saffron, Old Olive, Tall Tales DSP

Inks: Old Olive

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Theater ribbons, So Saffron grosgrain ribbon, Tabs punch

And the other 3D item I made this week is this ribbon box. The actual box itself comes from Kaisercraft. It's made up of pieces of MDF that I covered with Adirondack Raspberry acrylic paint and then added some of Stampin Up's rub ons! I used some of the Sending Love speciality DSP to the top with some pink ribbon from my stash and added the 2 largest flower rub ons to some Pretty in Pink cardstock before layering them on top of each other with a pink glitter brad. It's perfect for my new lace collection as well and holds 22 different ribbons!

This is the inside view - I even added a little rub on on the inside of the lid and you can see how full it is!

And that really is all for today folks!

Character Cards Challenges

Just a few cards using characters for a change instead of the usual flower/cupcakes/butterflies images I tend to use!

This first one is for Just Magnolia #68 for the sketch, CC102 to use Real Red, Basic Black and Gold and for Just Add Ink's #30 to use wheels, either wheels on something or the SU sheel stamps. I went for the wheel stamps! And I actually decorated the inside of this one as well. I always try to if the base colour of the card is dark, so I added a layer of red, then gold then white and ran the same wheel across the white in Real Red.


Stamps: Spanish Tilda from Magnolia, So Swirly wheel from SU, Mega Mixed Messages from PTI

Papers: Basic Black, Real Red, Copic White, Gold Pearlescent, October Afternoon DSP

Inks: Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Black satin ribbon from stash, flowers from stash, Icicle Stickles

My next one is for Stacey's Curtain Call #43 to use Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango. I just couldn't get the idea of oranges or basketballs out of my head when I read this combo and then saw my Dylan stamp in my stamps folder and knew what I had to do! I am a bit short on the Kiwi Kiss but I think I used enough to just count! I used Mojo #56 for the layout as well.


Stamps: Dylan and sentiment from Roll Call from The Greeting Farm, Sanded from SU

Papers: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Copics White

Inks: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip marker, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Bubbles Embossing Folder, Circle Nestabilities

And my final card is one of my faves so far! This one is for quite a few challenges: Farm Fresh Friday's numbers challenge - use a number on your card, Our Creative Corner's sketch challenge #28, Sweet Stampin's #39 to use your favourite stamp (I love this stamp - she's just so cute and is my current fave Anya) and for CC100 to use Cool Caribbean (which I subbed with Soft Sky), Blush Blossom and Chocolate Chip.

Look closely at the edges of my DSP and you might just see the stitching I did. I finally broke open my mini sewing machine and attempted to stitch the edges of the DSP. The machine was a cheapy £20 one and can only stitch straight stitches. It has sat in my spare bedroom for almost a year and I thought I'd get it out and try it for the first time on this card. I actually quite like it even if my stitches are not quite straight!


Stamps: Fleur Anya, Birthday Celebrations from Clear Art Stamps (for the number), Best Yet and Tropical Party from SU

Papers: Soft Sky, Blush Blossom, Copic White, Pink Paislee's Bayberry Cottage DSP

Inks: Soft Sky, Blush Blossom, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Chocolate Chip ribbon, Blue button from stash, Sewing Machine!!!

And that's all from me folks. Come back and check out my next post on some more practical 3D items I've made!

Some PTI cards

Thought I'd just show you some challenge cards I made this weekend with some stamps from Papertrey Ink.

This first one is another using the CHA limited edition set Four of A Kind, but using a different shaped flower head this time. This one is for Splitcoast's SC293 and for Color Throwdown's #105 to use Always Artichoke, Soft Suede and Elegant Eggplant.


Stamps: Four of A Kind

Papers: Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant all from SU, Stampers Select White cs from PTI

Ink: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Purple Rhinestones from stash, Victorian Fleur Embossing Folder from Papermania

My next card is for Papertrey Posse's Blog Hop #3. For this blog hop you had to use your favourite technique. One of mine is using the emboss resist technique to make pretty patterened papers for a background. This card also uses Mojo #62 and CC150 to use Real Red, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky.


Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, Fancy Flourishes, Giga Guide Lines

Papers: Real Red, Blue Bayou, Whisper White

Inks: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky

Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Butterfly Die from PTI, Blue Bayou ribbon, Red Zoomz (like Dew Drops)

My next one is for Stamping Royalty's #32 to use Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy and Daffodil Delight. It's also for Mojo #38 and Free For All #25 to make a get well or thinking of you card. You are meant to send it to someone but at the minute I don't know anyone who's ill and I just sent a card to a friend who needed cheering up so will keep ahold of this one until I need it.


Stamps: Asian Fusion

Papers: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Cosmo Cricket DSP, Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage DSP

Inks: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, So Saffron, Riding Hood Red

Accessories: Old Olive ribbon, Argyle Embossing Folder, Yellow rhinestones

And my final PTI card is for A Passion for Papertrey's Long and Tall challenge, Taylored Expressions #124 and for Papertrey Peeps #2 to be inspired by the cereal boxes picture. I chose the cranberry & raspberry box for my colours.


Stamps: Cupcake Collection

Papers: Scarlet Jewel, Lavender Moon, Stampers Select White cs, 2009 Bitty Dot Basics DSP all from PTI, Chocolate Chip from SU

Inks: Lavender Moon, Hibiscus Burst both from PTI, Chocolate Chip from SU

Accessories: Eyelet Die, Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot Ribbon, Diamond Stickles

And that's all for this post folks. Be sure to come back and check out my other ones with more challenge cards from this weekend.

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