Sparkly 60!

I have a sparkly 60th birthday box card to show you today.  I have used a basic box card template and added on the stars and numbers to create the internal flaps, using the Silhouette to cut each layer out.  I added the spotty paper (Papermania Spots and Dots collection) to dress it up the internal sections a little – I don’t usually like using white cardstock for these box cards, but I’m a big fan of red, white and sparkle, so I had to give it a go, and I was very pleased with the results!

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The bunting on the side flaps was made using left over scraps of the spotty paper, red cardstock and red glitter cardstock, threaded onto some red and white twine.  I popped a little glue behind every other flag to secure them along the twine.sue box card side

The final touch was a strip of white grosgrain ribbon with red stitching, which I added to the bottom panels of the card – the perfect finishing touch, I reckon!

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New Challenge At Crafting From The Heart

Time for a new challenge over at Crafting From The Heart!  We are lucky to be sponsored by The Doodle Garden and Bugaboo this week and, as always, it’s Anything Goes!  Sadly, The Doodle Garden closed last month, but you can still win the lovely images we used for our DT makes!

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I used Flight Lesson for my card – it’s such a sweet little image!  I coloured it with ProMarkers with a very slight touch of Wink Of Stella on the wings and hairclip.  I made the background with some Distress Inks and a water spritzer – I was a little heavy handed with the DI, so I needed the water to lighten things up a bit!

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Don’t forget to head over to Crafting From The Heart to have a peek at the other DT makes.

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Let’s Go!

This week’s challenge at Sentimental Sundays is all about Vehicles!  We are sponsored by Doodle Pantry – they have some great value packages available; I especially like the pre-coloured images for those days when you just don’t have time to break out the pens!

My sample this week features the Mustang from the Classic Cars 2 collection.  I used the pre-coloured image, along with four of the digital papers included in the set.  As I have Designer Edition of the Silhouette software, I was able to drag the papers straight from the folder to fill my shapes – meaning  I had print and cut all my pieces within about five minutes!!

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The wheel is not part of the set – this was made using a wheel cut file from the Silhouette store.  I added the sentiment to the wheel, then print and cut it.  The chrome was from a scrap of adhesive foil that was lurking in my stash!

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I’ve based the card around the latest sketch challenge at Techno Stamper – I didn’t even have to take a moment to plan my card out! (How lazy was I??!!)

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Technostamper – see sketch above

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A Cautionary Tale…..

I’ve spent most of the afternoon colouring a gorgeous little Emily, a new digi available now in the Polkadoodles digi store!  Isn’t she cute?  I love the splodges of cupcake mix in her hair :)

She is coloured using ProMarkers – I’m having a bit of a pink day today!!  For the bow, I printed the image onto a scrap of Bazzill polka dot card, cut it out and mounted it on small 3D pads to create some more depth.  I used the pink ProMarkers to give some subtle texture to the fabric of the bow too.

I sat back to check her over and make sure I’d coloured the image all in, then took a photo of the finished image to see how the shading was looking….and then disaster struck!!  I’d forgotten that I had a glass of orange squash on my desk, caught it with my arm and knocked it over :(  Poor little Emily nearly needed armbands…….!  I’m thanking my lucky stars that I avoided my Cameo, computer and printer!

I’ve rescued Emily, and for now, she’s drying out on some kitchen roll – I’m trying to be positive and hoping that my hard work won’t have been wasted – maybe I’ll be able to salvage the image by fussy cutting?  Who knows, only time will tell….

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I’ve learnt my lesson – in future, I’ll be keeping my drinks well away from my crafting!

New Bear On The Block!

There’s a new bear in town over at Polkadoodles HQ!!  The latest CD, featuring Winston and Etty, crammed full of adorable images, gorgeous papers (including some delicious Kraft papers!) and all the embellishments and bows you could ask for, launched on Create and Craft this weekend.  There are even some decoupage design sheets to try your hand at!!

As usual, the images are such good quality that they can be enlarged to suit your project, and the papers are so easy to print on your home printer – even at standard/normal quality settings they print perfectly.

Here’s my sample:

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Everything you see on the card is from the new Winston CD collection!  Even the buttons, and the fabric style sentiment!  The only extra thing I did was to add a little Glossy Accents and twine to the buttons, after cutting them on the Silhouette.

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I hope you won’t just take my word for it – head over to the Polkadoodles store and order your copy now – it’s such good value, you won’t be disappointed!!

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My First Post For Polkadoodles!

Remember my sneaky peek for a week or so ago…?

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Well, it’s time to share the whole card with you today!

There is such a lot of choice in the Polkadoodles digi store that I almost struggled to make a decision on which one to pick first!!  But then a gorgeous background paper caught my eye, and the rest of the card came together soooo easily!!

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I chose the Lantern image from the Dollie Goes East collection.  In order to avoid having any white border showing around the fabulous Dollie, I merged her with the background paper, before printing and cutting on the Silhouette – I put a little offset border around her so that I could work out where to place her back on the image once she was coloured.  I love the way this has made her become part of the scene, whilst at the same time making her stand out against the background.

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I coloured Dollie with ProMarkers, and added a light coat of clear Wink of Stella to the dress and her eye shadow – so sparkly!!

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The papers and sentiment are also from the Dollie Goes East collection; it is so easy to find a co-ordinating paper from the amazing range of colours available – the hard part is narrowing it don to just one!!

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Head over to the Polkadoodles blog now to see what the other Digi Queens have to inspire you with today.  And don’t forget that you can pop into the Polkadoodles digi store for instant downloads any time of day or night…!!  Don’t be surprised if you end up buying more than you planned though!

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Future Rock Star!!

Here’s a birthday card I’ve made for a young boy, which is based on the current sketch over at Sketch ‘n’ Stash.

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The image is from All Dressed Up; I’ve had it lurking on my desk, uncoloured for a while now, so it was good to finally get around to giving him some colour and pop him on a card!!

I’ve coloured him using Pro-Markers, then created some mats using cardstock embossed with two different folders.  I was very lucky to spot a bargain American Crafts cardstock pack in Home Sense earlier this week – it’s lovely cardstock to work with!  The chequered mat is a snippet from the Papermania Happy Days stack.

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Finally, I punched six small stars, glued them in a stack and dabbed a little Brilliance ink directly onto them.

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Sketch ‘n’ Stash – see sketch above