Love To Scrap GDT

I’m delighted to share with you today the card I have made for my first GDT post with Love To Scrap!

The challenge this week is “BINGO” – simply pick a column from the grid below and make a project that includes all the elements listed in that column…simple, eh?!

LSC bingo

I choose the final column for my project, so I needed to include purple, brads, twine, embossing and any sentiment.  My image, Emmilou Boo, came from one of this week’s sponsors, Lacy Sunshine, who are offering 3 images for the winner of the challenge!  In addition, there is also the chance to win 3 images from the challenge’s other sponsor, The Stamping Chef!

I coloured Emmilou Boo using Pro-Markers.  I hadn’t thought about the lack of straw coloured markers in my collection….so I ended up spending a good while patch testing a variety of colour combos!  In the end I settled on Mustard, Tulip Yellow, Pastel Yellow and Putty, but to create some texture I tried my hand at Pointilism, putting down dots of colour rather than blending the inks.  I’m not 100% happy with the grass – I picked the colours in daylight, but it was late by the time I coloured and the end result is slightly more neon than I’d hoped, and not really in keeping with the pastel colours I’d used in the rest of the card, but on a positive note, I like the texture that the different shades of green have made!  Can’t win them all, eh?!  Stickles for the dandelion clocks and a glittery purple frame finished the image off.

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I was originally planning to base the card around the curent sketch over at Crafting When We Can, but I couldn’t find an element for the top corner that I was happy with – I tried a few options, but they either made the card feel to cluttered or they looked insubstantial.  For the base layer, I have embossed some white cardstock using a freebie flower folder that came with a magazine, then blended some Dusty Concorde Distress Ink and mounted it on a pearlescent purple Bazzill cardstock.  The next layer just uses half a doily, mounted on the same cardstock.

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The flower border is from the Silhouette Online Store, cut from a darker shade of purple cardstock.  The sentiment was created in Silhouette Studio, edged with Distress Ink, backed by some glitter cardstock and secured with a purple flower brad that has been living in my stash for a good few years, along with the butterfly beads, which I have secured using twine.

love to scrap gdt lacy sunshine flat

I have to confess that I had pretty much finished the card and was running through the list of required elements when I realised I’d missed something off – it went something like this “purple, check; embossing, check; sentiment, check; brad, check; twine……..ooops!”.  Luckily I was able to take the brad off, add the twine and butterflies and pop it all together pretty easily 🙂

Anyway, that’s just about it for now, make sure you head over to Love To Scrap for a look at the DT makes!  I’ll be back with another Love To Scrap GDT post later this month.

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

Make My Monday – Seasonal Colours

 Perfectly Rustics – Bling, Bling, Shine and Sparkle

Melonheadz Friends – Circles

Incy Wincy – 4+ Papers/Brads

Bunny Zoe’s – Distress

Card Mania Challenges – Embossing

We Do Doobadoo – Layers


Final Chance To Play At Unstampabelles

Today I’m sharing the last card I made for my Guest Designer spot over at Unstampabelles.  We’re nearing the end of the this month’s challenge, so there’s still time to enter if you hurry! In case you need a reminder, this month’s challenge is to incorporate an animal or bird into your project and the twist is to use pastel colours.  Don’t forget that fabulous prize too – a $15 voucher is being offered to the winner by Regal Press.

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This card has been made for my little niece, who will be two in early May.  I loved this file as soon as I saw it, and thought it would make a very cute birthday card, but would also easily fit a new baby theme.  The file is available from Miss Kate Cuttables direct or through the Silhouette Online store – they also list a free cutting file every day, so it’s well worth a visit!!

I used my Silhouette to cut all the pieces and then popped the bear back together with the help of some Mod Podge (perfect as it didn’t warp the card).  I created a mask to add the details to the hearts, and used a sponge dauber to add the Starlite Silver Brilliance pigment ink. I then cut a frame from Kraft card, ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Darice chevron folder and mounted it onto the white cardbase.  I popped the bear inside the frame, adding 3D pads to the back of the balloons.  Finally, I cut a 2 from pink card, then a slightly larger copy in yellow, glued them together and mounted them on the strip of vellum in the top corner, secured with a yellow brad.

unstampabelles gdt card 2 flat

Why not pop over to Unstampabelles now for a look at the final inspiration pieces from the Design Team?

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

Eclectic Ellapu – Birthdays

2 Sisters – Teddy Bears

A Gem Of A Challenge – Cute and Cuddly

Paper Crafting Magic – No Patterned Paper

A Creative Romance – Scrappy Cards (balloons, tab and number 2 all made from scraps)

4 Crafty Chicks – Embossing

 Fairytale Challenge  – Cute

Midway Post For Unstampabelles

Hello again!  I’m back with my second Guest Designer project for Unstampabelles.

We’re halfway through this month’s challenge, but that still leaves you plenty of time to join in!  In case you need a reminder, this month’s challenge is to incorporate an animal or bird into your project and the twist is to use pastel colours.  Don’t forget that fabulous prize too – a $15 voucher is being offered to the winner by Regal Press.

You might remember my first project was an Easter card, with little rabbits along the bottom edge….  Well, today’s post brings you the original, unaltered rabbits!  The file is actually an Easter treat holder, which I thought would be perfect as a little extra for my children and also as a token gift for school friends.

unstampabelles gdt bunnies front midway post

Apart from resizing the file to fit to an A4 page, I ran it through the Silhouette and cut it from a heavy cardstock.  Before assembling the box at the back, I ran the card through my Cuttlebug, with various embossing folders (in the photos you can see the results of the Darice chevron folder and an unbranded quilting style folder).  Then, to make the pattern stand out a little more, I dragged my VersaMagic Chalk Ink pads over the raised areas. (How cute are those little tails?!)

The treat box was then very quickly assembled with double sided tape.  I was delighted to find that it was the perfect size for a tasty MaltEaster bunny to fit snuggly in the box at the back!

unstampabelles gdt bunnies back midway post

Make sure you head straight over to the Unstampabelles to have a peek at some more DT projects to inspire you!

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

Alphabet Challenge – E Is For Easter

Craft For The Craic – Easter

Jellypark Friends – Easter

613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes With Twist Candy Treats

Cupcake Inspirations – see image below


Unstampabelles GDT

I’m very excited to share one of the cards I made for my Guest Designer Month over at Unstampabelles.  I have been asked to join them for the whole of April, so look out for a couple more posts later in the month too!  The challenge this month is to incorporate an animal or bird into your design, with pastel colours as a twist.  There’s even the chance to win a $15 voucher from Regal Press, so make sure you head over there with your projects – just remember no stamps allowed!

I have deliberately stuck with my favourite CAS style, choosing to have a bold sentiment, with smaller images.  The sentiment is from the Silhouette Online store, but rather than cut it out, I printed it directly onto the cardbase.  The letters have been filled using one of the Harper Finch Sherbet Patterns digital patterns, to ensure that it co-ordinated well with the rabbits below.

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The rabbits were also part of a file from the Silhouette store (you’ll see more about the original file in the mid-way post for Unstampabelles!).  I altered the file to show just the rabbits, which I then faux paper pieced with more papers from the Harper Finch Sherbet Patterns collection.  I loved the detail in the pattern, and felt that it lifted the card from a children’s card to a card suitable for an adult or family.  I doubled the rabbits up and stuck them together to make them a bit chunkier, then popped them up on 3D pads along the bottom of the card.

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Make sure you head over to Unstampabelles to find out what the DT members have been busy creating for this challenge!

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

Dream Valley – Easter

Alphabet Challenge – D Is For Die Cuts

Brown Sugar – CAS

 Cut It Up – Easter

Simply Create Too – Easter/Bunnies

Totally Papercrafts – Pastels

Wags ‘n’ Whiskers – CAS

YNS – Photo Inspiration

Time 4 Scrap – Easter

The Doodle Garden – Colour Inspiration


GDT and Blog Hop at All Dressed Up

I was over the moon to be asked to join All Dressed Up as a GDT for January, and even more excited to hear that they would be having a blog hop to celebrate a new release….not only would I get to be part of a blog hop for the first time, but I get to play with the new digis to boot!!  

There are four new releases this month, all of which can be found over on the All Dressed Up store.  The theme for the challenge is “Anything Goes”. A nice and easy theme to start the new year with.  The challenge will run until 15th February and the winner will receive 3 images of their choice from the store.  Please make sure you stop by the blog to check out the rest of the talented Dressy Girls creations.

Now as I said earlier All Dressed Up are also having a blog hop for this challenge, two lucky winners will receive 2 images of their choice from the All Dressed Up store.  In order to be in with a chance of winning you have to visit every blog on the hop list and leave a comment by the date shown below.  Two winners will be picked at Random by two of the Dressy Girls on Wednesday 22nd January . A whole week should give you plenty of time to hop along!If you have been following the hop list you have arrived here from Sharon’s blog.  Here is the hopping list so you don’t get lost along the way:
Good luck on the hop and make sure you check out the blog for the winners & all the challenge details.

Now, on to my project!!  I chose to use Little Bookworm for my project as I felt that I could make more than a card with her (I had a little free time over Christmas and the New Year!).  So, I decided to make a bookmark giftcard – I have no idea if these actually exist, I have simply picked a name for it that describes what I made 🙂

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To begin, I made the bookmark by printing the image on a long strip of card, which I folded in half.  I coloured the image using Pro-Markers, then cut a frame from a lovely yellow paper from Studio Calico, which I popped over the top of the image.  Next, I added two strips of magnetic tape to the ends and then lined the inside with a stripy paper from the same studio Calico stack, to hide the magnetic strips and make it look prettier inside (even though you don’t often have to look at it!)

The next step was to make the card – the background is text from Alice In Wonderland, found on Emily’s Image Garden, which I printed as a faded copy and edged with Scattered Straw distress ink.  The little flowers in the corner were made using a combination of petal punches, with heart buttons or little beads as the centres.  The petals were cut from the yellow Studio Calico paper used for the frame and the Alice text, printed smaller and in its original colours.

To mount the bookmark onto the card, I simply cut a strip out of the front of the card, and slipped the bookmark through, closing the magnets to hold it in place, which makes the bookmark the main image for the card.

All in all, a lovely little giftcard for any Little Bookworm!

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I’d like to thank All Dressed Up for giving me this opportunity to join them as a Guest Designer!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

The Crafting Cafe – anything goes

Silhouette Challenges – Anything Goes

Seemacrafts  – Anything Goes

Natalie and Amys – One for the Girlies

Cards Galore Encore – Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes 

Thanks for reading x

Final GDT Post at C…Is For Challenge

Today I’m sharing the card I made for my final challenge as GDT for Anna at C…Is For Challenge.  The theme for this challenge is Ornaments – my thoughts are turning to decorating the Christmas tree already!

C is for hallenge GDT Stitchy Bear

I’ve loosely borrowed From The Heart Sketch’s Sketch 42, as the layout reminded me of three baubles (or ornaments…see where I’m going with this??!!).  The image is from the Stitchy Bear Stamp Outlet; I coloured it with Promarkers and added some red glitter for the baubles on the tree and a little Stickles to the ribbon on the box.  The stripy paper is from a much depleted Trimcraft Christmas set – it was my last sheet of the stripes, I’ve been hiding it in my stash for far too long!  I cut the glittercard frames using the Silhouette, and embossed some white cardstock with the Darice Snowflakes folder, using the Cuttlebug.

C is for hallenge GDT Stitchy Bear close

I’d like to thank Anna for the chance to be a GDT over at C…Is For Challenge – I’ve enjoyed being part of her team and wish her every success in the future!

Head over there now to see what the other GDT girls created for this challenge!

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers – CAS 

Without Words – Getting Ready For Chirstmas

Lexi’s Creations – Christmas

Addicted to Stamps – Embossing

Thanks for reading x