Sunday, 27 April 2008

what a scrummy baby

Over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog this weeks challenge is to create a baby something. I love making baby boy cards, no idea why, no idea why the preference for boy either, such is life.
So in all of the madness of the UKS cybercrop I found time to run up this little number. The cut duckie is cut from American Crafts Simply Chic papers using an adorable Bosskut die and a gem eye, he’s pulled by real thread and the message is a Pebbles Inc rub-on.

The background paper is from the 2008 DCWV spring stack, it was that simple.
Saturday, 26 April 2008

uks cybercrop artbase class

I have never been so productive in my life...

Not used to the pressure either, but here are my pages from the Artbase Class (which I did without a kit) but did stick to using a pad of BG (in this case Pheobe), and because I wasn’t hanging them the top is not always the top.
I’ve also used a few DCWV Doodle rub-ons.

Friday, 25 April 2008

uks cybercrop pre crop challenge

 More pictures can be found here.
Over on UKScrappers it’s the madness which is the cybercrop. Although I have enjoyed these vicariously previously this time I am taking part. I decided not to buy the kit so had the following ‘ingredients’...
 3 sheets of 12x12 patterned paper
2 sheets of 12x12 cardstock
2 lengths of 12" ribbon
10 Brads or eyelets 
1 sheet of A4 chipboard
1 sheet of acetate
Either - 6" ring wire for BIA OR 3 bookrings
1 blossom and 6 other flowers (blossom = large flower, flower = small/med flower)
Craft knife
QK/Robo/Die cutting tools
Sewing Machine
And other TOOLS

 Musical Melodies
~ Create a Musical themed layout/project ~
Musical / Dance Films are cinematic forms that emphasize and showcase full-scale song and dance routines in a significant way (usually with a musical or dance performance as part of the film narrative, or as an unrealistic "eruption" within the film). Or they are films that are centered on combinations of music, dance, song or choreography. 
I’ve made a minibook, which ‘features’ the lyrics to the Mark Knopfler song “Whoop De Doo’ al the way through and has pictures of my hometown, my backlot as it were.
I’ve used Basic Grey Two Scoops papers, in ‘Watermelon Ice’, Dreamsicle and Creme Brulee, white pearl card from the Papermill, Bazzill Bling in Pink Cadilac, American Crafts mini brads in Blush and Shamrock, Prima Hydrangeas in Pink/Cream. I also used American Crafts ribbon, from the Tie Rack and Downtown ranges.
I also used a white and black pen, a sheet of acetate (actually recycled packaging),  a sheet of chipboard (again recycled), white thread, black Staz-On ink, my ‘Whoop dee do’stamp from Hampton Art and my mini Karen Foster snap stamps.
I used the Cuttlebug paisley die, one of the Quickutz hearts dies and a Fiskars small circle hand punch.
The sewn swirls on the acetate were hand ‘drawn’ and there was a lot of hand cutting to make the most of the papers.
I’m not usually a minibook person but this was a great use of some photos which have not inspired me to scrap, and I quite like the look of a page entirely made up of a photo.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

stolen scrummy stuff

The challenge on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog this week was to ‘lift’ an idea out of the Scrummy Gallery...
I’ve never really lifted a whole design (intentionally), so found this an interesting challenge and I spent an age looking through the gallery trying to find something which really inspired me...
I chose to ‘be inspired’ by this card by the very talented Vanessa.

I chose to got for quiet a bold look, using American Crafts Simply Chic papers, Prima  Essentials ‘Baby Boy’ flowers, a button by Papermania and a Pebbles Inc duplicates rub-on.
Wednesday, 16 April 2008

i love doodley you

Arty Girlz have a challenge to use ribbon on a card, ribbon I do, but I wanted to use it in a slightly different way.
I’ve used Doodlebug Bubblegum bazzill card and Lovely Doodles paper, and also Doodlebug bubblegum ink to colour the felt heart. The felt heart was from the American Crafts, and message from Pebbles Inc. 

The ribbon, pin and beads origin has been lost in the mist of time, although I think the beads and ribbon are both Papermania.
Tuesday, 15 April 2008

daring doodles

The challenge this week on Daring Cardmakers is to doodle on patterned paper. I don’t normally doodle because I ‘m not very good at it and therefore I find it messy. However this was as good a reason to try as any.
I found I didn’t really have any suitable papers for the challenge (Basic Grey anyone?) so used the best I had, the DCWV spring stack from this year, I doodled with black and white pens and used a Pebbles Inc rub-on.

The stars were cut with the large Cuttlebug stars die.
Monday, 14 April 2008


The challenge this week on the Papertake blog is to use glitter on your project. Glitter I like, and I use it a lot so I thought I could manage this little task.
I’ve used really old doodlebug papers, Ladybug stripes and Lady bug dots, along with Ladybug and Lily White doodlebug glitter cardstock. The red ric-rak is a doodlebug paper frill from the primaries box, the message a Duplicates rub on from Pebbles Inc. and the tan card from the DCWV neutral card stack. I also used 3 silver brads.
The cupcake was cut from the Sizzix cupcake and ice-cream die first from chipboard then from the appropriate card stock. These were then layered to make 3D embelishment. The cherry if the lens die from the Quickutz camera - I love how this die ‘reflects the light’.

Thanks for looking.
Sunday, 13 April 2008

scrummy somethings

 Over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog the challenge this week was to use this sketch to make a project.
I adapted it for a card using Simply Chic papers from American Crafts as well as a flower from the Baby Boy set from Prima.
I used stamps from Hot Off the Press (swirl) and Collage Press (circle) and Barn Brown ink from Whispers. The message was cut using Quickutz Katie skinni mini alphabet from double sided tape and covered in Doodlebug Lily White glitter.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

more trees please

Caardvarks have a challenge to use trees on your projects right now. This is my interpretation of the challenge.
I used bazzill bling in blank check (tan), petty cash (light green) and bank roll (dark green), as well as bazzill orange peel cardstock in Java.
The shapes were all cut from Quickutz shapes (Merry & Bright set, Oval cookie cutters, Bottle cap set and planet dies).

The card was finished with a message from the Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbon set.
Friday, 11 April 2008

butterfly, flutterby

Over on the Daring Cardmakers blog the challenge is ‘Butterflies, Flutterby’, to make a project using butterflies.
Here I have used a Doodlebug butterfly stamp from the Teen Girls set, using Whispers Port Wine ink. 
A scolloped background was cut from Bazzill bling Lip Gloss using a Nestabilities die.

The card  was finished with a stamp from the Faux Ribbon set from Papertrey Ink and ladybird glitter from Doodlebug.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

alter that! really!

 This weeks challenge on the Scrummy Stash Cafe is ‘Alter it!’. There are loads of great examples which are really inspirational, but I’m too cheap  to buy anything to alter, so I recycle instead!
Here I have recycled a Maple Syrup bottle (not just any Maple Syrup bottle but a 100% glass ready to decorate Marks & Spencer’s Maple Syrup bottle). I used Basic Grey Two Scoops and some ‘In the Pink’ Bazzill Bling cardstock.
I handcut the plaque and edged it with a hand drawn white line. The bottle was decorated with a Cuttlebug die cut paisley shape and Quickutz Katie Skinni mini alphabet. I also used Prima Hydrangea Pink/Cream flowers, and American Crafts Blush Mini brads as flower centers.
I also used American Crafts Tie Rack ribbon and some of the embellishments from the Crackers at Christmas. Recycling rules!

Friday, 4 April 2008

birthday cupcake

Stamp with us have officially launched and the first challenge was a sketch. For this challenge I used the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set (111618) and the scalloped edge punch, along with some WRMK papers, promarkers, staz-on (note to self staz-on and promarkers don't mix) along with ribbon from east of india and my current favorites glossy accents and doodlebug glitter.
I played with the sketch a little and following all of the window cards on the Hero Arts blog last week I cut a window.
They're also searching for a design team, I don't suppose I'm a) what they are looking for or b) good enough, but as they say 'shy bairns get nowt' so I'll throw my hat in the ring, I've never entered a design team call before.
Thursday, 3 April 2008

whoop de doo for two scoops

Last time I was home I was really fortunate that my Mother bought me the Basic Grey Two Scoops collection pack. I have scrapped with it loads (4 pages in little over a week) and consequently have a few off cuts.
I’ve combined them together and added an American Crafts ribbon (which looks an odd colour on the photo but great in real life).
I also used a Hampton Art stamp for the message, only inking a small piece of the stamp and printing twice. (The stamp actually reads “whoop dee do, la tee dah, happy happy, kiss kiss”). It was finished with four tiny pink gems.
This ‘whoop dee do’ is the title and main lyric in a Mark Knopfler song which is one of my favourites.

I have been assured that a song lyric is a quote and therefore this is eligible for this weeks Scrummy Stash Cafe challenge ‘...and I quote’.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

with sympathy

If there is one type of card I hate making it’s sympathy cards, it’s hard because they have to be just right and the occasion is horrid.
I made this with some Crate Paper in Trendy, American Crafts ribbon, Prima winter flowers and adhesive pearls. The message was stamped using Karen Foster snap stamps.