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February Virtual Stamp Night - Saturday's Challenges M - P

This is the last post for my VSN cards. You can see my other challenges here and here . Challenge M was to take inspiration from one of the given quotes. I used the "Long live our friendship, year after year!" part of the first quote. I also used old Mojo #23 for my sketch and CC12 to use Bordering Blue and Ruby Red for my colours. Challenge N was to be inspired by the song Wild Thing by the Troggs. I love this song! And went straight for my Wild About You. This is a very plain and simple card, simply because my craftiness level had run low by the time I did this card - it was the last one I did today and you can tell! I used old Mojo #50 for the sketch as well. (I don't necessarily do them in order as I can't do them at the same time as the challenges are released and tend to do my faves first hehe) Challenge O was to use a large background stamp, but you can't stamp the whole background of your card. I used my En Francais to decorate my flowers.

February Virtual Stamp Night - Saturday's Challenges F - L

As there's so many card challenges during VSN , I thought I'd split them up into a few separate posts. These ones are the challenges F - L from Saturday. Challenge F was to be inspired the photo on the post, which was basically a basket full of sweeties! I used 3 colours - red, pink and white from the photo as well as the sweeties idea for my card. I also used Papertake Weekly's Challenge #53 for the sketch. Challenge G was use the lyrics of the song, When my dreams come true by Rebecca Lynn Howard as inspiration. I instantly thought of this sentiment when I read the challenge, so that's what I went with. I used Viva La Verve's Sketch #1 for March and Color Throwdown's Challenge #130 to use So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Tnagerine Tango and Chocolate Chip. Challenge H was the soot stamping one, which I didn't want to do! Challenge I is one I'm going to do tomorrow using my first teddy as my first love! Challenge J was to incorporate shee

February Virtual Stamp Night - Friday's Challenges

It's time for another fabby VSN over on SCS this weekend, so guess what I've been doing?! I tell you I have made a heap of cards and am now completely crafted out. I managed all of them except for 3 - 1 I didn't want to do (it used the soot stamping technique and me and fire and card don't go well together hehe) and the others I just ran out of craftiness for, but luckily all the cards have to be uploaded by Monday 7pm EST so I can get them done after work tomorrow! On to Friday's challenge cards then...I have combined so many other challenges with these (VSN's a good excuse to use some of the SCS colour and Mojo sketch challenges I haven't yet done!) and all the details will be in my SCS gallery if you wish to look. Challenge A - a sketch challenge. I also used Just Add Ink's challenge #57 to use Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and River Rock and for Truly Scrumptious' challenge #51 to use swirls and pearls. Challenge B was to be inspi

Papertrey Ink's February 2011 Blog Hop

It's that wonderful time of the month again - Papertrey Ink's Monthly Blog Hop . This month the challenge is to use scallops. Nichole said "We want to see your best use of scallops, of any sort, on a project!  This can include scalloped borders, offset-scallops, stamped scallops, scalloped mats, scalloped frames, layered scallops, scalloped tags or anything else you can dream up! You can use dies, patterned scissors or even circle punches in a row to achieve your special look." OK I wasn't overly adventurous, but I did use a scalloped border die and scalloped square nestabilities on mine. This card is also for   SC321 for the sketch, Paper Pal Arts Challenge #82 , which was also to use scallops and for Colour Create's Challenge #65 to choose 3 fruits from the inspiration photo to use as the colours on your card. I chose a melon, a banana and an apple for mine to give me Melon Berry, Lemon Tart and Spring Moss and what a gorgeous combo this turned out

And cards from Sunday

These are a few challenge cards I made today! This first one is for Waltzing Mouse sketch #35 , Our Creative Corner's Getting Wordy challenge  and for CR84FN16 to use light pink, medium violet and gray. My card is only loosely based on the sketch as I cannot draw stars for the life of me (can never get them even!) and I don't have any star nestabilities so I used my Labels 1 instead for a cute little 4 inch card. I love this colour combo too - such a pretty one and here is CR84FN's inspiration swatch piccy: And here's my card for it: Recipe: Stamps: Frame It, Fun Faux Circles both from Waltzing Mouse Papers: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry all from SU Inks: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry markers all from SU Accessories: Labels 1 Nestabilities, button from stash, Oyster Grey baker's twine from The Ribbon Reel, Rich Razzleberry ribbon (retired) from SU My next one is for Sweet Sunday's Sketch #105 , Just Us Girl

Cards from Saturday

I didn't get around to blogging these yesterday, but I did a few cards for a few challenges. My first one is for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge #2 to use a vellum strip for the sentiment, Paper Pal Arts Challenge #81 for the sketch, CC310  to use Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point and So Saffron and for Papertrey Princess Joyce's It's All About Technique Challenge to use at least 4 layers, sewing (I did faux stitching as I forgot until the very end!), white embossing and a vellum sentiment panel - what a lot of criteria! But I managed it all hehe! Recipe: Stamps: Little Bitty Birds, Friends Til The End both from PTI Papers: Wild Wasabi cs and DSP (from old hostess pack - retired), Pacific Point, Whisper White, Vellum cardstock, Tea Party DSP (retired) all from SU Inks: Pacific Point ink and marker, Whisper White (both from SU), Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Pacific Point Ribbon (retired), Clear Embossing Powder, Scallop Border Punch all

February's Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz

Each month on the 17th, Walzting Mouse Stamps host a Blog Waltz with a given theme. You do need to use their stamps to participate and as I have just got myself 3 sets I thought I'd join in this month. The theme for this month is designing with buttons. And here's my take on this challenge, using stamps from all 3 of my new sets! I did also use old Mojo #40 for my sketch - you know how I love to combine my challenges! Recipe: Stamps: Faux Fun Circles, Frame-It, Victorian Frippery all from Waltzing Mouse Stamps Papers: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Whisper White all from SU, After Five Collection from Kaisercraft Inks: Sahara Sand, Basic Black both from SU Accessories: Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (retired) from SU, Circle Nestabilities, Primas, Oyster Grey Baker's Twine from The Ribbon Reel, Big spotty button and tiny flower buttons from stash, Small black buttons from Papermania I had lots of fun doing this blog waltz and can't wait to join in again next m

Sharing on a Sunday

Well it's Sunday again and I spent most of the day crafting away! I love being able to do that! My first card today is for A Passion For Papertrey's Tag - You're It Challenge , using the colours Betsy Veldman used on the PTI colour challenge they hosted the other day. I didn't get chance to make a card for it, but I love this combo so used it today! This is the tag I made... And this is the card I attached it to, using old Mojo #36 for the layout! Recipe: Stamps: All Booked Up, Mat Stack 1 Collection, Everyday Button Bits Papers: Naturals Ivory from SU, Hibiscus Burst, Scarlet Jewel, Distressed Dots DSP all from PTI Inks: Kiwi Kiss (retired) from SU, Hibiscus Burst, Scarlet Jewel Accessories: Hibiscus Burst ribbon and Buttons, Harvest Gold felt and Buttons, Scarlet Jewel Buttons, Mat Stack 3 die, 1 3/4" Limited Layers Circle Collection Dies, Medium Butterfly Die, Signature Series Butterfly Die, Double Ended Banner Die all from PTI My next card is f

A few colour challenges

Just a few cards I made today using some colour challenges I need to catch up on. This first one is for CC308 to use River Rock, Basic Gray and Whisper White and for SC319 for the sketch as well. Recipe: Stamps: Guide Lines Two, Friends Til The End, Background Basics: Botanicals all from PTI Papers: River Rock, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Ginger Blossom DSP (retired) all from SU Inks: River Rock, Basic Gray both from SU Accessories: Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch both from SU My next one is for Farm Fresh Friday's Color Me Happy Challenge which was to use pink (well hot pink, but I wanted to use this DSP so ended up with a soft pink in the end), turquoise and a colour of your won choice, which for me was black! I also used Mojo #177 for the sketch, which I actually really struggled with. I could not get the slanted side panel in the right size! Recipe: Stamps: Miss Anya Collection from The Greeting Farm Papers: Pretty in Pink, Ba

A couple of Valentines

As it's Valentine's Day on Monday I thought I'd best make my boyfriend a card. However I made the Edwin one first and then remembered he doesn't like these stamps (he thinks they looks like mooses - poor Tilda and Edwin) so I then made the second one, which actually I do prefer. It's not the custom over here yet to send Valentine cards and gifts to loved ones like it is in America, and while I did do last year, I just haven't had the time to do so again this year! Must try to get more organised next year! So on to the cards... this Edwin valentine is for several challenges (only because so many challenge blogs are Valentine themed at the minute). So this one is for Just Magnolia #93 for the sketch, Totally Tilda Challenge #15 to use 3 different heart elements (I have 5 - the background stamps, hearts on the DSP, hearts on the ribbon, heart punchies and the heart balloon Edwin is holding!), Papertake Weekly's Have A Heart challenge , Stamping Royalty'

Thursday Night Crafting

I needed to do a couple of quick cards tonight - one for my TAs birthday and the other for the same TA to give to her Hubbie on Valentine's day. And as is the norm I manage to squeeze in a couple of challenges too hehe This first one is for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge - a new challenge set every week on Nichole's blog. This first one was to use sentiments from various different stamp sets and make a worded background. My TA LOVES turquoise so I used a mix of Hawaiian Shores and Early Espresso and came up with this one using the sketch from Walzting Mouse #33 . Recipe: Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, Signature Greetings, Round and Round, Calendar Basics, Make A Wish, Just The Ticket, Everday Classics, Around & About Sentiments, Take Three: Summer, Mega Mixed Messages, Sign Language, PIece of Cake (and probably some more I can't remember!) Papers: Hawaiian Shores, Stampers Select White both from PTI, Early Espresso from SU Inks: Hawaiian Shore

PTI Anniversary Tag

Papertrey Ink are giving away an even better prize than yesterday's in their 4th year anniversary celebrations! I mean seriously how fab was yesterday's prize - I honestly didn't think they would be able to top that one, but they have. The prize for today was a guest designer slot for a month AND the opportunity to design your own stamp set alongside Nichole's fab artwork! How great would it be to have your own stamp set designed, made and sold by PTI?! The only requirements to this contest was to download the free anniversary tags, make a project with one or more (up to a maximum of nine different projects) and leave a comment again! I was at Monica and Bekka's training day all day today so by the time I got back, chatted with my boyfriend, had dinner and finished my book (I'm telling you I am so addicted to reading on my Kindle at the minute!) it was about 8pm when I was blurffing and saw the contest. At first I couldn't be bothered to get all my craft

Papertrey Favourites from the Past Year

This month is Papertrey Ink's 4th year anniversary. How far they have come since their first release! Not only do they have a huge range of stamps, they also have an increasing colour palette of matching cardstock, ribbons, buttons, felt (in some colours) and inks to come, a huge range of dies, lots of which match their stamp sets, gorgeous patterned paper packs and a hugely inspirational design team. To celebrate Papertrey Ink are giving away an unbelievably huge prize which you can read here . The prize is simply fantastic and who wouldn't want to win all that?! And all you have to do post your favourite PTI project from the last year and leave a comment on Nichole's blogpost. Easy! My favourite project from the past year was the matching set of card, gift box and gift tag I made for all my friends' Christmas presents this year. These are the photos of each one as I made them, but I didn't take a photo of all 3 together - doh! I just loved these pastel colours

First post of Feb

Hello and good evening! The first weekend of February is usually a good one for me - it's payday! Yay!!! I ordered myself some new stamps from PTI and Waltzing Mouse, some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, some Card Candy from Craftwork Cards and 6 new books for my Kindle! And that should be all my splurges done for the month, but I bet I find something else I need sooner or later! I'm at Monica's Stampin' Up training event tomorrow, so I won't be able to get all my challenges done this weekend, so a good excuse for doing a bit more crafting during the week. Anyhow on to the cards...This first one is for Viva La Verve's February Sketch #2 , Color Throwdown's Challenge #127 to use Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake and So Saffron and for Farm Fresh Friday's A Sew Easy challenge to use sewing. I painstakingly handstitched the cross-stitches down the centre panel as I cannot use a sewing machine for the life of me and I really wanted real stitching on t