Distress Inked Paper Flowers

It’s time for a new challenge over at Sentimental Sundays – and this week, our theme is Anything Goes!

My time has been stretched quite thin recently – I’ve taken on a more active role in the family business, my school commitments have increased and I’ve had a lot of DT projects on the go, so it was quite nice to play along with this challenge and just switch off and see what happened!!

What happened was this: messy desk, very inky fingers; snippets of paper everywhere; buttons, brads and thread hanging from every available surface!!  And the result was this lovely flower birthday card….

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The flowers were cut on the Silhouette from a piece of aqua cardstock and shaded using a mixture of Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feather ink pads.  Some of the petals were embossed with Sea Foam embossing powder (although it wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped, I think it looks OK when the flower is assembled), while I doodled on other petals with a white Jelly Roll pen.  One flower had some silver Brilliance daubed in the middle and on the edges of the petals.

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The whole lot was popped together on a doily mat, on top of some Peacock Feather stained card, which in turn was laid on a dry embossed piece of aqua cardstock.

And then it was time to tidy up 😦

Head over to Sentimental Sundays to see how the rest of the DT played along with the challenge!

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Rugby Player Birthday Card

Today’s card features a cute rugby player digital stamp from Polkadoodles!  Nikky’s Work and Play collection features many little characters dressed for work or play including nursing, racing driver and footballer.

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This card was made specially for a little boy who plays rugby in his spare time – and I have to admit, I haven’t seen many other rugby player images on my travels!  These images are available for instant download in the Polkadoodles store, or you can buy the whole collection on a CD (the rugby player is on Work and Play 6).

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I’ve coloured the image with ProMarkers as usual (see below for a full list).  The image was printed and cut on the Silhouette, allowing me to pop him up on 3D pads, amongst the layers of grass.  The background was created with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and a cloud shaped mask.  The rugby posts in the background were just cut on the Silhouette to help add depth to the image.

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Pop over to the Polkadoodle Digiworld Store now to grab yourself a little rugby player, or a checkout girl, or ballerina or doctor….the list is endless (…well, nearly endless, anyway!).

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I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Let’s Celebrate Joyfully!!

I had a shop around earlier this week to find a cute little girl for my daughter’s 5th birthday card earlier this week.  It didn’t take long to stumble across Emma, the character in Tiddly Inks Celebrate Joyfully stamp.  I have a very soft spot for adorable images, and Tiddly Inks images are just that!!

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Unusually for a girly 5th birthday card, I haven’t chosen a pink or purple colour scheme – Erin’s favourite colour is yellow (as she announced as I was halfway through decorating her bedroom pink recently….), so, using Pro Markers, I have coloured Emma’s dress in yellow, as well as using a hair colour that is very similar to my daughter’s.

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The lemon and peach papers are by American Crafts, and have a lovely texture.  I added a little Scattered Straw Distress Ink around the edge of the lemon to add some definition.  The base layer is from the Snippets collection by Studio Calico.  The banner was a file from the Silhouette store, popped up on 3D pads for extra depth.

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I couldn’t resist adding the cute little patch of flowers to the inside of the card, on a mat of yellow and white polka paper from the Papermania Spots and Stripes Brights stack, which matches the die-cut flowers I made for the front of the card.

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All in all, it’s a card I know Erin will love!  And if you find yourself in need of a spot of retail therapy, head over to the Tiddly Inks store…you won’t regret it 😉

Now there is also the not so little matter of a DT call over at Tiddly Inks.  I have just had a peek at all the fabulous applications so far – and I’m quaking in my boots!  But, as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained…!

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I’d also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Natalie and Amy’s Challenge – Die Cut Flowers

Sarah Hurley 365 – Favourite Things (birthday card for my daughter using her favourite colours / spotty paper and paper flowers are some of my favourite things!!)

Cosmic Strawberry – Colour Challenge

Bearly Mine – August Challenge

Cards Galore Encore – Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – Anything Goes With Patterned Paper

Things With Wings

This week’s new challenge over at Sentimental Sundays is “Things With Wings”.  My image for this week is Peacock Birdie by Doodle Pantry, who are sponsoring us this week.

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We are away on holiday in the next few days, so spare time is running a bit short!  Can you imagine how delighted I was when I realised that Peacock Birdie is provided as a coloured image (with and without blue effect around the image), as well as a line drawing and there are co-ordinating papers, and several sentiments included in the file too!!  PHEW!  I managed to make this week’s DT card in just 25 minutes and that’s something that doesn’t happen very often, I can assure you!  In fact, I could probably have shaved a few minutes off my time if I hadn’t got distracted with my delicious Mowed Lawn Distress Inks!  With the exception of the Mowed Lawn mats, everything on my card is included in the download file, and in several different formats too.

All that’s left for me to do, is to remind you to hustle over to Sentimental Sundays with your entries for our “Things With Wings” challenge – hope to see you soon!



Kitty Bee Spotlight

It’s that time again!!  This month’s spotlight card for Kitty Bee features an adorable little Hanging Around Bear.  I cut the image using the Silhouette and coloured him using Pro-Markers.

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The background was made with the latest addition to my rapidly expanding  embossing folder collection!  I inked one side of the Darice Clouds folder with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, then ran it through the Cuttlebug to create a sky backdrop for the little bear, so that he looked like he was a long way above the ground!  The image was popped on 3D foam pads to add a little depth.

I chose a Kraft background layer to tie in with the colour of the bear and embossed it with the Darice honeycomb folder to tie in with the bees and hive.

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Finally, I attached a sentiment after inking the edges with a little Vintage Paper Distress Ink, and mounted the whole panel on a white card base.

This little guy is just one of many cute images over at Kitty Bee – hurry over there now to see the others!

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Digi Sketch Challenge – Bears

Just Inspirational – Embossing

Passion For Pro-Markers – Add A Sentiment

Tip Top Tuesday – Cute

Flat Friends – Include A Sentiment

Natalie and Amy – Embossing

The East Wind – Use a Sentiment

Come And Get It – Bears In Mind

The Squirrel and the Fox – All Creatures Great And Small

Things With Wings….

As Spring starts to arrive, the new challenge over at Kitty Bee’s Aloha Friday is “Things With Wings”.  We were very lucky to be sponsored by Dilly Beans, and I had a great time playing with this little bee image!

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There are actually three bees included in the set, the other two are side on views of the bee.  However, for my card, this little fellow was just perfect!  I printed him in a circle and cut it all on the Silhouette.  I coloured the image with Pro-Markers, then ran a little Scattered Straw Distress Ink around the edge of the circle.  For the honeycomb panel on the right hand side, I embossed an off-cut of white card with the Darice Honeycomb folder and then dragged the Scattered Straw Distress Ink across it until I had reached the depth of colour I wanted – I love the way there’s still a little white edge inside each of the hexagons!

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For the banner, I used the print and cut option on the Silhouette again; the font is Minya Nouvelle….my latest favourite!  For the black and yellow mat on the banner, I cut the shape from a piece of Dovecraft Back To Basics Monochrome stack, then ran my Gold Pro-Marker over the pattern to colour in the white bits and make it more bee-like.  The final layer of paper is from the Studio Calico Snippets collection.

I based the layout on the current challenge over at Seize The Sketch:


Don’t forget to head over to Kitty Bee’s Aloha Friday Challenge to show us how you’ve used “Things With Wings” in your projects!

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Seize The Sketch – Challenge 15 (see sketch above)

Crafty Little Fairies – Things With Wings

Melonheadz Friends – Bright Colours

My Crafty Spot – Cute Critters

Perfectly Rustics – Hexagons

A Random Fan – Birthdays

Splendiferous Creations/Bloggers – Birthdays

Anything Goes at One Stitch At A Time!

Here’s my card for the new challenge over at One Stitch At A Time:
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I used the Steampunk Sailship collection, which includes the image of the ship, plus three complimentary papers.  I cut the four cog shapes on the Silhouette, three from a lovely bronze cardstock, and the final one from plain white cardstock, using the print and cut option.  I coloured the image with Pro-Markers and then blended some Starlite Silver Brilliance ink over the top, to create a foggy, smoggy look to the cog as it looked far too crisp and clean for steampunk!!  The bronze cogs were also dirtied, using Black Soot distress ink.

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The paper is one of the three included with the image.  I popped the card together, using 3D pads to give a bit of depth.

It’s a nice, easy theme over at One Stitch At A Time and you could win all the images used by the DT for challenge 196 as we are sponsored by the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet!  Make sure you pop over and have a look at the other DT projects too.

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Running Like Clockwork…

It’s Sunday and that means new challenge day over at One Stitch At A Time.  This week’s theme is Anything Goes, so it’s a really easy one to play along with!!  This week’s main prize is sponsored by the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet; the lucky winner will win all the images used by the DT in Challenge 188.  (Don’t forget to be included in the main draw you must use a Stitchy Bear image) There’s also a runner up prize of for an entrant not using an image from the store.

This week, I have used BB Kakes Steampunk 3 Piece Set, which includes the image of the girl alone, a stand alone frame and also a file of the two images combined .  I have to admit to being a little out of my depth when I first received the image as I have never tried anything even vaguely steampunk and I didn’t really know where to start!!  After several false starts, I pulled my thinking hat on and decided to push myself totally out of my comfort zone – after all, that was one of the reasons I wanted to join a DT!  I picked a few “must-try’s” (sepia toning, distress inks and easel card) from my mental list, added steampunk into the mix and this is how it worked out..

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Firstly, I recoloured the image to print in brown, then gradually built up the colour in shades of brown.  I found Almond, Putty, Tan, Cinnamon and Burnt Sienna worked best for me, as they gave enough variation in colour to create shading and depth without straying too far from the monochromatic colour scheme.  Next I distressed the background of the image to age the white card, using Tattered Rose and Vintage Paper by Tim Holz.  Colouring the image in this way reminded me of the old photos at my grandparent’s house when I was small – presenting it as an easel card made it seem even more like a portrait of an old family member!

I used the image of girl unframed as I happened to find some small Tim Holz cogs that I wanted to use on the card.  I reproduced a frame from feltmarked white card, then distressed it using Vintage Paper – the combination of distress ink and texture on the card has created some lovely colour variation, which reminds me of a wooden frame.  The little cogs were mounted on the bottom left corner, in the same place as the cogs on the frame that is included in the set.

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For the base of the easel card, I found a steampunk DP on StampinDamour, which worked perfectly with my coloured image.  A small sentiment on oval of distressed feltmarked card doubles up as the stopper for card.

Now that it’s completed, I can’t believe I was so worried about trying steampunk – I’ve had a lot of fun with the distress inks, and I have really enjoyed trying something out of my comfort zone!  What will you try for the first time today?  Maybe it will be your next entry over at One Stitch At A Time – I look forward to seeing it!

I’d like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Robyn’s Fetish Challenge – #186 Use Metal

Scribble and Scrap Challenge – Anything Goes

Corrosive Challenges By Janet – Fur and Feathers

Emergency Crafter’s Challenge – Steampunk

Feeling Crafty – Steampunk

Heck Of A Challenge – In The Frame

Chocolate, Coffee, Cards – Monochromatic

Challenges and Candies – Chocolate

Crafty Hands – Vintage

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge – Cream and Brown

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