Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Happy birthday to us!

Good morning, peeps!

Yes, it's happy birthday to Team Doodle today because we're celebrating our third birthday and we're asking you to join in the celebrations by entering our challenge to make a birthday card for a special friend!  The only other proviso is that you must use 3 of something - easy to spot my three on this card:

Well actually, there's two lots of three - roses and leaves both made with a Marianne Creatables Die and these are my first attempt at rolled roses and I can say that the process was not as bad as I feared and I was actually quite please with the result.

Everything else was printed from the lovely Sugar Plum Daisy CD and layered on to Stampin' Up card and finished with some matching Stampin' Up seam binding ribbon.

If you haven't yet tried a Polka Doodles CD yet, I would heartily recommend them.  I work slowly and it usually takes many hours to make most of the cards you see here but these CDs make life so much easier even for a slowcoach like me!

Thanks for looking today.


Friday, 18 May 2012

A final taster

Good evening, peeps!

Well I thought I'd just pop in and give you another glimpse of the lovelies you can buy for yourselves tomorrow if you can't resist, which I'm sure you can't!  Yes, it's another of the cards I've made for the lovely Sheena's shows tomorrow and I thought we'd have a look at the Provence plate again.

This card reminded me of a touring holiday we had in Switzerland, Italy and France a few years ago.  We went in September/October and the sunflowers were in full bloom.....oh, happy days!!

Like me, I'm sure you can't wait to see the shows!


Wedding Card with a Difference

Good morning, peeps and I'm back with a new Polka Doodles Challenge, which is to create a Wedding Card with a Difference.  Here's my example:

To join us in this challenge, your card must have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue so now I must explain to you how my card fits these criteria!

Something old - I used the PD Love and Cherish CD, which has been around for a while now but is absolutely invaluable for any 'loving' occasion and that's from where I took the central picture with the wedding rings.  The second thing in this category is the Spun Sugar DI used to distress the edges of the card.
Something new - I opened my new packets of Which Craft 'Additions', both the Rectangle and Squares and the Heart Toppers.  These are so useful when you need a quick but different card.
Something borrowed - similar to the above, in a way.  When I bought the Additions, there was a young lady demonstrating on the stand and she had used the Rectangle and Square Additions to make a twisted easel card so I 'borrowed' the idea from her - I hope this counts!!
Something blue - well this one's fairly obvious!  Firstly, there are blue hearts in the lovely paper on the base of the card, which was one of those on the CD that was part of Pen and Paper Circle Issue 2 - not available now but at least you can pre-order issue 3!  I then picked up that blue in the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The lovely leaves underneath the flowers were cut with a Marianne Creatables Die.  This is a die I use fairly frequently because I do love the swirly style of it.

The ticket sentiment is from the Sugarplum Daisy CD.  There's a wonderful selection of these sentiments - one for every occasion and I just love them!

Well, I hope you like my wedding card with a difference and that it's helped to inspire you to make your own and join in the challenge fun!

Thank you for looking today.


Thursday, 17 May 2012

This may be the last one....

Good afternoon, peeps - or is it evening?  Anyhoo, I know I'm being a bit late today with showing you another sneaky peek at another of the lovely Sheena's new stamp designs:

The images on this card are from the 50s plate.  They're coloured with my beloved Copics, mounted over some Craft Creations DP and finished off with some poppies from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Why might it be the last one?  Well the stamps are being launched on Saturday so it's not long at all now until you'll see all the cards from the whole DT on the telly and I may not get to post another one tomorrow.

Whatever you're doing tomorrow, enjoy it and don't miss Sheena's shows over the weekend.


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bonne sante from Provence

Good morning peeps and a lovely fine and sunny one it is too!

Don't be deceived, I'm not on holiday but the sneeky peek I 'ave pour vous aujourd'hui (oops, sorry! it's becoming an 'abit but I'll slap myself and get back to normal!) is from the other stamp plate that Sheena is presenting on Saturday on C & C TV, which has Provence as its theme:

I can just imagine sitting under the shade of vines heavy with grapes and drinking the odd glass of the juice!  Hey ho!  Never mind - I'll just get back to my work, not that you can really call crafting work - so many cards, so little time!

The shows are on at 11.00 a.m., 4.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. so don't forget to tune in or set to record - they'll be a real treat!

See you all again tomorrow!


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Bonjour mes amis!

Or in other words, good morning, peeps! ..... and what's the reason for this O Level French I'm sure you're asking yourself?  Well it's to give you a little sneeky peek of the treat that's awaiting you at the weekend when Sheena appears on Create and Craft TV to launch the latest wonderful stamp plates that she's created.
Here's just one morsel to delight your palettes and I'm sure I'll be tempting you with a few more delicacies as the week progresses:

This only shows a couple of the images and one of the sentiments and there are two inspiring A5 plates with loadsa individual stamps on them - you know how generous Sheena always is with the images!

Anyhoo, I'll be back with more to show you soon.  The tree, by the way, is a Memory Box die called 'Orchard Tree Frame' and the DP is Melissa Frances.



Friday, 11 May 2012

A Monochrome Fairy

Good morning, peeps!  It's that day again - the day for another Polka Doodles Challenge and this week, the challenge is to produce a monochrome card.  I'm actually trespassing into the group I'm not normally in to catch up because I wasn't able to make a card last week for the group of which I'm usually a part.  That means you'll be seeing another one of my cards again next week to get back into my normal sequence.  Anyhoo, here's my Monochrome Fairy:

I do believe that this is the first time I've ever created a monochrome card and I found colouring the image really interesting and challenging.  It's one of the gorgeous fairies from the Sugar Plum Daisy CD and they're all lovely - it was really hard to choose but this little cutie seated on the toadstool won the day because it fitted with my red/pink theme.  The lovely ticket sentiment is from the same CD, which is packed full of goodies including loads of wonderful papers.

The ivy sprays are cut with a Marianne Designs Creatable die - I've used this one a lot - so useful.  The edges of the ticket sentiment and the Go Kreate central panel are distressed with Barn Door DI.

Copics used:  E000, E00, E21, R20, R11 for the skin and the rest of the image was coloured with R000, R11, R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, R30, R59 oh and a little black Promarker on the ladybird!

I do hope you can join us for this challenge, I can assure you it's great fun colouring an image in tones of one colour!  Thank you for looking at my efforts for this week.


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Flowers and Butterflies with Bling - part the second

Good morning, peeps!  It's long past time I showed you this second card with a similar theme to the last one so, ta-daah!!  Here it is:

As you can see, it's one of those impossible to photograph easel cards featuring a Spellbinders Lacey Square backed with the one of the gorgeous The Scrapcake, One Moment in Time Collection papers.  I was hyperventilating as I cut into this and had to go and buy another two sheets of the same one to replace it!  The whole collection is wonderful but the two variations you see on this card are two sides of one of the designs.

I've used just the Stampendous Frilled Butterfly stamp on this card blinged up again with the Stampendous Fran-tage Gold Halo Mix Glitter - this stuff is so effective and really shines!  I love it even though I'm not particularly a glitter fan.  I've used the same bling on the centre of the Prima flowers, which were from my stash, as was the ribbon.

I'm teaching a workshop on both of the cards (this one and the one from the last post) at Samuel Taylor, Brighouse tomorrow and there are a few places left if you want to sparkle!

Thanks for looking today and I hope you like what you've seen.  I'll be back on Friday with a new Polka Doodles Challenge so I hope to see you there.