Saturday, 27 April 2013

Swirly Curly Kitty

For the Simply Betty Fan Page challenge this month Betty gave us fans this awesome digi of her sister, Elaine, to play with.

When I took a photo of my card the kitty cat looked almost white and the rest is all a bit off colour so here’s a close-up of the detail of the front.
I decided to use her on a twisted easel card and took inspiration from a simply gorgeous card by Jenny at Jennifer D’s, go and check it out and the rest of her wonderful creations.

The challenge required ribbons and swirls so I loaded up on both with paper that has swirls on it, swirly die cuts and crystal flourishes and loads of beautiful ribbon I got at my LSS, The Crafter’s Haven.  I’m also trying my hand at multiple challenges, to make life more interesting, so I went with the colour purple for my card to match the theme at Crafty Catz for their challenge 180 – the colour purple, used several die cuts (not just the swirly) for the Stampin’ for the Weekend die cuts and/or punches challenge, added a couple of gorgeous blingy buttons for the Digi Haven use a button challenge and finally made this into a special birthday card (but shhh, I can’t say for who) for the Fairytale challenge #66 – a very special occasion.


Skin E000, E000, E00, E02, E50 (E93 cheeks)

Eyes E23, E25

Eyeshadow B00, B02, Spica Clear

Lips R22, R24, R46

Hair E84, E87, E89

Dress V09, V12, V15, V17, V93, V95, RV99, Spica Lavender

Cat C00, C1, C3, (E93 ear, E95 nose)


Memory Box Big Splash border

Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles Large

Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large


Flourish with a Bling pearl

Green Tara gathered ribbon

Kaisercraft paper roses

Prima Say it in Crystals flourish

Ribbons and rhinestones from stash


CTMH La Belle Vie patterned paper and mauve plain paper



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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Morella Momento

Today’s post is a special one; it’s my first as a design team member for Simply Steampunk Challenges.  And I have a simply gorgeous image to share with you, from the Simply Betty Stamps' Classic Collection Steampunks, The Child of Morella.

To remember my time on the design team I am going to make a series of projects to go inside a Graphic 45 altered art box, using each month’s release images.  The box came with a kraft accordion album inside, I’ve just cut the pages so I could embellish them.  On the back of each I’m going to add the details of the post and my ingredient list.
Skin E000, E000, E00
Hair E50, E51, E53
Dress B37, B41, B93, B95, B97
Chair R24, R29, R46, R59, R89
Candles C00, C1
Candelabras T2, T3, 0
Flame Y00, Y11, Y13, Y17, Y38, YR16, 0
Furniture E23, E25, E27, E29
Skeleton and shoes 100, T2, T3, T4, T5, T8, T10, Spica Clear and Silver
Floorboards E000, E000, E00, E50, E51, E53
Wall V09, V12, V15, V17,V 91, V93, V95
Kaisercraft Timeless Collection Fob Watch
American Crafts Black cardstock
CTMH Haunted Assortment gems
Prima Say It in Crystals flourish
Spellbinders 5x7 Matting Basics A & B
Simply B Stamps The Child of Morella
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Monday, 22 April 2013

Chocolate Thief

So ages ago the challenge on the Simply Betty Fan Page was to do a non-traditional Easter colours Easter card.  I did a box holder with Bunny Ears Scott but I also had another image in the series, Bunny Ears Judy, and I coloured her up too.  Well I finally got my butt in gear and put her on a card tonight and here she is.

I am the Queen of the Last Minute and this really is a last minute entry for the Simply Challenged Challenges’ current Easter challenge.  I checked out some other challenge sites at the same time for some added inspiration, I already had pink on Judy’s dress and the Hybrid Chicks’ current colour challenge also gave me turquoise (at least that’s what the background paper looks to me!) and the colour carnation, which looks like the card blank I used, although it’s hard to see it as I left only a small frame around my background paper.  And finally, the Pile It On #16 challenge colour inspiration gave me green, which all led me to the background paper and to colouring the sentiment egg in pink with turquoise and green spots.

To add a bit of interest I decoupaged the egg banner and rounded the sentiment egg and Judy so they would pop off the page.

Skin E000, E00, E02, E11
Lips R20, R22, R24
Eyes V04, V06
Hair Y13, Y15, Y17, Y38
Ears and dress R000, RV02, RV13, RV14, RV17
Shoes, skulls on dress and belt V12, V15, V17
Eggs G03, R24, Y13
Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Spring!
Easter egg clip art

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Simply Sweet

This is a fairly simple birthday card I made for a colleague, no embellishments and fuss as this one is for a guy.  I followed a sketch from The Sweet Stop for their SSS207-Sketch with a Spin challenge.  The spin was to make a birthday card.
I decided to leave the front with just the cupcake and stamped my sentiment on the inside instead.
American Crafts black cardstock
DCWV Bewitched matstack
Purple cardstock from stash
CTMH Art Philosophy
The Sweet Stop SSS207-Sketch with a Spin

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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Curiouser and Curiouser

I made this shape card for a colleague who is off on a secondment.  It features the very cute Cheshire Cat Betty image from Simply Betty Stamps’ recent Mad Tea Party release.
The card shape is the Mad Hatter’s hat, which I just cut by hand, and wrapped with some ribbon.  I printed the sentiment on some white card to use instead of the 10/6 card in the real Hatter’s hat.  The sentiment follows through into the inside.
With all the green on this one I’m going to enter it over at 2 Sisters Challenge Blog in their current colour challenge.

Skin W-1, W-3, W-5, W-7
Hair, outfit & facial features C-1, C-3, C-5, C-7, B93, B95, B97, 100
Creative Memories Happy Holiday cardstock sampler pack
Ribbon from stash maybe Jillibean Soup or Webster’s Pages
Crushed Olive Distress Stickles
Simply Betty Stamps Cheshire Cat Betty
2 Sisters Challenge Blog #140 ~ Color Challenge Blue and/or Green

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Monday, 8 April 2013

Fashionably Late

This card is fashionably late for a friend’s birthday, well, so the card is late and the image is sporting a bit of 1920’s fashion.  He’s 1920’s Kody from Some Odd Girl.  I followed the sketch at April's sketch challenge over at the Some Odd Girl blog.

As this card is for a guy I kept it pretty simple and just used the elements from the sketch as the embellishments.  I didn’t have a stamp that would fit in the pennant diecuts so I just used some rub-ons for the ‘HbB’, which stands for Happy belated Birthday.
Skin E000, E00, E02
Eyes E33, E35, E37
Hair E21, E23, E27, E29
Clothes C-1, C-3, C-5, C-7, 100, Y28, Colourless Blender, Spica Black and Gold
Spellbinders Pennants
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eighteen
Making Memories Rub-ons Alphabet
Creative Memories stickers
Ribbon from my stash
DCWV Garden Party Matstack
Some Odd Girl 1920’s Kody
Stampin’ Up Happiest Birthday Wishes

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Saturday, 6 April 2013

In the Arms of an Angel

I made these two cards following the same design and using the same beautiful image from Simply B Stamps, the Angel Betty drew in honour of the Newtown school shooting tragedy late last year.  The sentiment also came with the image and, as I needed sympathy cards it was ideal so I merged the two in Photoshop and printed them together.

I kept the colours muted and the embellishments low-key also, in keeping with the purpose of these cards.  I used the same paper roses on the inside but I only had two of the black buttons so instead I used a single flower cut from a lace chain.  I added another sentiment of sympathy on the inside to finish off the cards.

I’m entering these into the Perfect Sentiments current challenge.

Skin E000, E00, E02, E11 (cheeks E93)
Lips R22, R24, R59
Hair E50, Y21, Y15, Y38
Dress B00, B02, B32, Spica Baby Blue / RV000, RV21, RV23, Spica Blossom
Wings C-1, C-3, B00 / RV10, Spica Clear
Kaisercraft Paper Flowers
Button from my stash
BoBunny A Gift of Love and Enchanted
Graphic45 A Ladies’ Diary
Kaisercraft Twig & Berry Collection
Making Memories Wedding
7gypsies Camden and Epicurean
Simply B Stamps – Angel

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