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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Anything Goes Challenge 87 "Very Manly"

Happy Tuesday !!
Welcome to the start of another fortnightly challenge over at the 

We have been challenged to make a
for Challenge 87

My daughters have asked me to make cards for their Dad's Birthday so I have been able to combine real life and my DT card this time around

Whilst I'm on rest and recuperation I've been having a slow and gentle crafty clean up and came across some pretty Kanban foiled cards long forgotten in a plastic storage box and this lovely Zebra die cut topper

It's not my bad photography skills this time the topper is slightly blurred lol!!

I used a black A5 card for the base and cut some black glossy card, silver mirror card and Zebra tissue paper rectangles using the new soon to be released Spellbinder 5x7 card creator dies

I used  antique gold and antique silver Fran-tage embossing powders and Stampendous Silver embossing powder randomly on  all the elements to bring them together and stuck them down with Cosmic Shimmer glue

*Top Tip*
I used a tiny piece of a freebie blending foam pulling out bits of it to make a random pattern and "blodged" it here and there with Versamark ink from a refill bottle, this means the Fran-tage can still be heated from the top of the card and prevents the beautiful chucks from blowing away

I used Sizzix dies and my big shot for the happy birthday and "DAD" letters

Goodness only knows where the Zebra paper came from but I really enjoyed using up some forgotten treasures to make room for some more of  the lovely goodies available from Lynne over at the Craft Den

PS...The tiny photo corners are from the Tim Holtz Sizzix range and are designed to fit the ATC movers and shapers die. I Fran-taged a piece of black card BEFORE I cut them out !!

You have two weeks to make and share your own "Very Manly" card if you'd like to join me and the amazing design team over at the Anything Goes Challenge Blog. We will be around to see all your creations leaving crafty comments everywhere lol !!

Monday, 25 February 2013

FCCB Challenge #150 Fun with Puns

Happy Monday !!
Thank you for hopping over to see my card for the
Challenge #150
"Fun with Puns"

I struggled with this one no less because I am currently on rest duty having fallen over a loose brick in the path at work and hurt my back (again)!!
not to be down hearted 
I spent ages surfing the net, having a laugh at some of the dreadful jokes out there in cyber space and making my bright and cheerful card!!
My card is sending "Hoppy News" 
I used core'dinations card stock to emboss the pretty butterflies and sanded it to let the core color show through.
I cut the 2nd largest 5x7 Spellbinder card creator die, distressed and inked the edges before sticking it onto a 5x7 card blank.
I used my Promarkers to colour the frog stamp and matted it on matching card and added some gems.
The little bee's are made by craft time, so cute!!
Last but not least my cricut cuts ate the two frogs both from Paper Dolls Dress Up
This must be my fastest made DT card ever but the most fantastic thing about blogging and crafting is the fact that you can pick it up put it down and it will be just the same an hour later - perfect for me cause i don't know if I should sit stand or lay down at the moment lol !!

Please pop over to FCCB and see the fabulous DT creations, then make your own project and join in the fun

As always please remember to use a least one Cricut cut and name the cartridge  to be in with a chance of the weekly prize and top 5 project blinkie

Monday, 18 February 2013

FCCB Challenge #149 Kiss The Cook x

We all love the cook x

Hello and welcome to my Monday post for FCCB
Challenge #149 Kiss the Cook 
This week we were challenged by the lovely Janea to use a recipe on our project and here's what I came up with using the beautiful Lili of the Valley stamps "Sprinkled with Sugar" and "Recipe Sentiments" and of course my amazing Cricut Expression 2
I love my little pinny but it was the very devil to photograph but I have several close ups to share as always
 I used Every Day Paper Dolls Cartridge to make my pinny - cut at fit to page on plain white card, 12x12  Papermania Spring Time Papers and flocked white Doodle Bug card stock
I cut the little oven gloves, wooden spoon and rolling pin using the cut to scale button to make life easy. I then cut a white piece of Kanban stamping card at 90mm with a patterned shadow cut using George and Basic Shapes cartridge
I cut the top of the pinny in the flock card, stuck it onto the white card and then added the bottom half in pink gingham after pleating 2 paper doilies around the back to create the lace. They were glued in place with Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Every piece was highlighted around the edges with VersaColor ink in Baby Blue and Petal Pink
As promised to Lorraine out came the stamps and Promarkers, I used the blue Versa Color  ink again and embossed in holographic powder to keep the images soft but sparkly
I used seam binding for the ties and lots of lovely card candi sent to me by Lynn at the Craft Den to finish.
Please pop over and visit the fabulous design team at FCCB and then join us with your own project. Mr Linky is open from 0800 Monday until 2400 Sunday.
Please use at least 1 cricut cut and tell us which cart it is from to be in with a chance of a prize and top 5 Blinkie for your blog.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Anything Goes Challenge 86 Vintage /Shabby x

Happy Tuesday !!
Today starts a new challenge over at the

We are going vintage/shabby for this fortnights challenge so please pop over and see all the amazing DT projects and then share yours with us !!
I have opted for browns, gold and copper for my card this time around.
The base is 8"x8" and covered with textured chocolate paper,
I had flowers in mind to go with the beautiful stamp which I adore but have no idea who it was made by ...silly me !! Any offers??
 I started by embossing the image with a copper Versa mark ink pad and clear embossing powder. 
I used Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone embossing round the edges and distressing the edges with my Tim Holtz tool after I had done this, I ripped one edge and curled another to add to the vintage feel.
The beautiful die cuts are the new Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28 along with the amazing 5x7 card creator basics A ....both coming to the UK very soon!! The sentiment is cut with the smallest decorative elements labels 8.
My side panel is made with a strip of gold paper over laid with "holey" cream mulberry paper. I made the bow from more mulberry and a piece of white tulle blotted with the copper ink. 
My key was very brassy so I inked and embossed it making it tone in much better and secured it with twine.
Flowers are my very favorite favorites lol so I spent ages die cutting and rolling the Spellbinder dies and added some of my new Cheery Lynn butterflies to finish my card. 

Please pay a visit to Lynn's on line shop The Craft Den where you can purchase many of the crafty treasures used in my cards.
Bye for now

Monday, 11 February 2013

FCCB Challenge #146 Be My Valentine x x x

Oh my, it's way too long since my last post was published.
It has been a whirl wind fortnight and a very emotional one at that....
...but... a very wise lady once told me 
"How can we ever appreciate the good times if hard times don't some times appear!!"
in the words of one of my favorite songs...
...What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!!...
To all the people out there having bad times at the moment the sunshine is just around the corner for us all!!

FCCB's new challenge 
running from 0800 Monday 11th until 2400 Sunday 17th Feb
Challenge #146
"Be My Valentine"

I have two cards to share this week, one each for my daughters to give to their partner's in crime, "sorry" loveeee!!
I have made the basic shape for both cards from the Wild Card Cartridge cutting the heart at 12" making a 6x6 card when folded.
Basil Basics card stock is available from Lynn at the Craft Den and fantastic for cutting with all the Cricut Machines.
The bugs are cut using Simply Charmed using scraps from the base card and some black and pink scraps from my leftovers box.
Super simples !!
I cut more hearts using the "liner" key in various sizes for the front, insert and heart on the front-they are easily re-sized by taking them down in the desired increments (the largest cuts the same size as the card blank when using the Cricut key which cuts each part in proportion to each other.)
I inked all the edges with Black Brilliance ink to make them pop. 
Top Tip = Using the same card for the heart that is sticking out makes the inside look neater than if another colour is used. 
I matted and layered the Tatty Ted stamped image for the second card, my younger daughter adores him but I struggled to colour him even with my promarkers, silver ink and clear embossing powder, so please don't look lol !! - It looks a little better in real life I hope.
To finish both cards I used Papermania heart gems, some huge gems picked up cheap cheap cheap from The Range and letters cut from Artiste.

Please come and join the FCCB DT and have a look at their fabulous creations, then make a project of your own so that we can come and share them with you.
We love coming to comment on your blogs and receiving your amazing feedback. 
Please remember to use and name at least one Cricut Cartridge Cut.  

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