Friday 31 July 2009

Yet another super award!

This award entitled 'Circle of Friends' is certainly living up to its name, as I have received it thrice from three wonderful ladies from among my growing circle of blogging friends.
Thank you SO much June, Linby and Jenny.
I am supposed to disclose five things about myself, before passing it on to other blogging friends.
Well, here goes
1. The sight in my left eye has deteriorated and today I have ordered (very expensive) new specs.
2. I love the sales and tend to buy things that are reduced even if I wouldn't have chosen them at full price.
3. If I see a card I like on someone's blog, I feel I really NEED the equipment necessary to make a similar card myself.
4. I am THE messiest crafter... I live in a sea of paper and snippings, stamps and dies!
5. I have a frozen left shoulder.
So now you know a little more about me!
I now need to pass this on to members of MY circle of friends. So Victoria, Sherry, Michelle, Sarita and Carolyn, this is for you!

ABC Challenge Y - Yellow 365 Cards Days 152 & 153

ABC's challenge has reached the letter Y and this time round it's for the colour yellow. 365 Cards challenge today is entitled 'Tag, you're it' and entails using a tag for journaling. I have used a stamp from Unity KOM for July, and added one the the same month's sentiments. I used my DIY Lego Stampamajig once more in order to place the sentiment in the correct position on the tag.
For the background I have have used a new Versamark Dazzle inkpad in Frost to add the clouds. It's just an experiment really, I'll have to find out how else I can use this inkpad. It does have a lovely sheen, and I'm sure has lots of possibilities!

For Day 153 the challenge was to make a fun flap.
Well this is not so much of a fun flap as a fun slide!
We went to a Ruby Wedding celebration last weekend, which took the form a cruise up and down the river at Oxford. We had a wonderful time and this card is by way of saying thank you to our hosts.... hence the choice of colour.
The die is from Quickutz and the arrow is a stamp from Unity KOM for July. The embossing and squares are Nesties. The word 'thanks' is from a Cuttlebug die.

Wednesday 29 July 2009

365 Cards A Certain Sentiment ~ Penny Black Recipe ~ Creative Card Crew - Girls wanna have fun

I think I fell into the trap with this one. I didn't have an appropriate image for the sentiment of 'You can do it' from 365 Cards today, so having decided on this new Penny Black acquisition, I thought that I would incorporate that challenge too... which is to use 3 ribbons, 2 flowers and a brad or pin.
It doesn't work somehow. The flowers are too ostentatious for the kind of image and font used. Maybe I could change the flowers for smaller ones, I did try a couple of different options but they all looked as bad as each other. I'll probably put it down to one of those things.
As the cow is a girl... apparently having fun I thought it would be OK for the Creative Card Crew's challenge this week too.
Hey Ho!

Tuesday 28 July 2009

A Spoonful of Sugar #62 Sketch ~ Pile it On - Watercolour ~ The Secret Crafter #42 Recipe

For this challenge, the recipe from the Secret Crafter is 3 buttons, 2 DP's and 1 Ribbon. The sketch is from A Spoonful of Sugar and the requirement from Pile it On this week was to use watercolour... besides combining with at least one other challenge.
I have used two papers from the Wild Asparagus range from My Mind's Eye and overstamped one with a flourish from Artemio. The watercoloured image is a digi stamp from Chris Dark, the Sketching Stamper. I believe that the sentiment stamps are from a Woodware set, but couldn't be sure as I don't keep the packaging, The ribbon and buttons are from my stash.
I hope that the someone that I shall be sending it to will like it!

Creative Card Crew - Polka Dots & Cute Card Thursday - Eyelets

I have wanted to use this chipboard flower pot for some time but didn't have the appropriate flowers to put in it. All that has changed and this lovely stamp from Unity Stamps seems to fit the bill perfectly.
I had to stamp it twice to fill the pot and I masked out one of the leaves so that there wasn't an overlap in the centre. Can you spot which one it was?
The backgrounds are from Canon and one being a polka dot design qualifies the card for the Creative Card Crew this week.
I'm afraid that it has only one eyelet... I don't know if that is sufficient for Cute Card Thursday's challenge. I realised that I could have added more in the top right hand quadrant, but the papers were stuck onto the card by this point, so too late to add an eyelet or two without the back side being visible on the interior of the card!
Hey Ho!

Awards A-plenty!

From Victoria & June

From June

What a lucky Blogger!
I am so privileged to have been given these awards by my wonderful blogging friends June & Victoria.
What is it about meeting people via our blogs that makes them seem to be such TRUE friends? Maybe it's a shared interest... or some sort of empathy... I know not, but I truly feel that these wonderful ladies are friends in the truest sense, and I thank them wholeheartedly for thinking of me in passing on these awards.
In turn I would like to perpetuate the compliment and send them on to Sherry, Eileen, Jackie, Julia, Victoria and Michelle.
Thank you ladies!

365 Cards an Eye for an I & Dare U 2 Digi Stamp

Just a quick posting before I head off for a spinning class at the gym.
This is the sketch from Dare U 2 Digi Stamp and the theme of using a homophone in the sentiment, is from 365 Cards.
I've just looked at the posting and the image isn't too clear...sorry about that. The sentiment reads 'Just for ewe!'
This is a simple card, I was longing to add a little something else but nothing that I could find or think of seemed to go, so it has stayed as it is.
The image is from Pink Petticoat and the sentiment is part of another stamp which I masked and handstamped. The papers are from Canon.
Job Done!

Monday 27 July 2009

365 Cards Day 149 - Sponging ~ Creative Inspirations - Distressing & Charisma Cards - Tag it

We had a lovely day on the river at Oxford yesterday and fortunately the rain held off although it was getting a little chilly towards the latter part of the trip. Sadly I didn't think to take any pictures, but if any turn up from other sources I might be able to post one at some later stage.
This card incorporates a technique that I haven't really perfected as yet. It is distressed by sponging some Tim Hotlz Old Paper ink around the edges and then a little darker shade after I had roughened up the edges of the tag with a file. I then over printed the images with a spotty stamp in a couple of colours.
The tag was made from an offcut of card with a circle punched to make the reinforcement ring, stuck to the tag and then the hole punched through both layers at the same time.
The sentiment was computer generated.
I feel as though I have been tearing around for the last several days... I could just do with a little RNR!

Sunday 26 July 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well today is my birthday and we're off very soon to a river cruise with friends in Oxford, to celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversary. You can see the card I'm going to give them a few posts back.
What a nice way to spend my birthday!
A quick card for the Super Sketchy SUNDAY for 365 Cards.
All the stamps are from Unity and I love them!

Saturday 25 July 2009

Friday Sketchers & 365 Cards Day 147 Scraplift Saturday

For this challenge from 365 Cards, we must take inspiration from one member of the design team. I chose Vicky and this is the posting which I took as inspiration.
I had to do a little improvising as I hadn't heard of Mod Podge, and am not even sure whether it's available in this country, so instead I used a little PVA adhesive mixed with water.
I coloured the dress with Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush and then coated it with the glue mixture and stuck on the crushed tissue paper, I then put on another layer of glue. When it was dry I cut it out and paper pieced it on to another stamped image.
I chose this particular stamp for the flower as it was the closest in design to the flower on the young lady's dress. It was a little larger, but I cut it down somewhat.
The sketch is from Friday Sketchers.

Friday 24 July 2009

365 Cards Day 145 Ad Inspired & Stamp Something, + Day 146 Mirror Me & Daring Cardmakers 'On the edge'

Yesterday was a busy day. We sang at a wedding on the Isle of Wight in the afternoon and somewhere along the way I lost my 'Whale Tail' pendant from my necklace which we bought in Alaska. The necklace had come undone and got caught in my clothing, but sadly the pendant was lost.
On our return, we received some terribly sad news, that a close friend of ours had collapsed and died that morning whilst out shopping. He and his wife had just returned from Canada the previous day, following a visit to their son in Montreal. So that was a real shock.
We had arranged to spend the evening having supper with neighbours, and so as you may realise, there was no opportunity to spend time blogging.

For Day 146, the card had to be symmetrical (apart from the sentiment). I thought I would try out a new punch from Papermania, I bought five for £5 from the Docrafts site, a saving of £43 apparently. Trying to get the punch square to the paper each time and to get the paper the correct size to turn the corner was quite a job in itself and quite a few pieces of paper ended in the bin, but this one isn't too bad. The butterfly is from a Cuttlebug die and the sentiment is from Unity stamps.
Daring Cardmakers challenge is entitled 'On the edge', where the edges should have some special treatment. Trying to use this punch accurately nearly sent me 'Over the edge'... so maybe that qualifies!

The ad inspired one gave me a headache!
I tried with all sorts of bits and bobs and hated everything I did, so discretion being the greater part of valour, I decided to take my inspiration from the content rather than the colours.
All the stamps are from Unity Stamps some from last month's kit, some from this month's... but I love them.
So here we also have butterflies and other winged somethings (the birds) for Stamp Something's Challenge... no bugs though this time!
The papers are Core'dinations and My Mind's Eye.

Wednesday 22 July 2009

Truly Scrumptious Sketch Challenge

Yet another of these fabulous digi-images from Chris Dark. This time for the Truly Scrumptious Challenge. A slightly odd combination of colours, but somehow I think that they just about work.
The ribbon is a pretty good match for the green background paper and the lime green seems to pick up the colour from the backing paper. As I didn't reduce the size of the image too much, I decided to cut it out and overlap the square mount. I coloured it with Derwent Inktense Pencils and a water brush.
The sentiment is from Unity Stamps, and the additional blooms are from an X Cut punch with a few random Cuttlebug die centres.

Daring Cardmakers 'Away with the fairies'

This lovely digi-image is another from Chris Dark at the Sketching Stamper. It is from a series called Butterfly fairies, this one is entitled 'Butterfly Caller'. I actually don't see any wings on this particular young lady, maybe they're behind all that fantastic hair!
The additional butterfly is Cuttlebug and the sentiment is from Unity Stamps.

Inspirational Card Sketches #26 & Papertake - Pick your Colour Combi

This is a bit of an experiment really. I had a pad of Papermania papers, which I bought when I first started cardmaking, which has sat in the drawer ever since. With all the fabulous papers around at the moment, this particular stack seems a little passe. (Don't know how to put the accent on the e) So I set about altering it somewhat. For the main background piece, I over stamped with a crackle stamp and a tiny text one. For the squares I over stamped with the crackle and a mesh stamp. It doesn't look anything like it did when I started, but I'm not sure about the colours I used.
The paper started off as green with a little grey and white, and these are my chosen colours for the Colour Combi from Papertake. The choice was from pink, black, white, yellow, green, grey and lilac.
For the majority of the overstamping I used Stazon Stone Grey.
The stamps are all from a clear set from MME.
The sketch is from Inspirational Card Sketches this week. I like the sketch, I'm not too sure if I like the card!

365 Cards Day 144 You raise me up

Today we must use two different ways of adding dimension to a card. There are probably three on this one... the bow in the ribbon, the foam dots under the tag and the adhesive stones.
The stamp is from My Mind's Eye and I love it, the corner swirl is also from this set of clear stamps. The sentiment is Hero Arts and the paper is from Laurence Llewelyn Bowen's Venaissance Collection. The butterflies are from an X Cut punch.
Yesterday we had Executive Club tickets for the cricket match at the Rose Bowl to see Hampshire playing Warwickshire. Sadly we saw only about half an hour's play as the rest of the day was rained off. We had a lovely lunch however, so who cares about cricket!!

Tuesday 21 July 2009

365 Cards Day 143 - Keep it to yourself - Sympathy

A difficult sentiment!
For the challenge, the sentiment must be implied rather than stated.
I prefer simplicity, I may stamp a sentiment inside, but often a few personal words from the sender are what is best appreciated.
The stamped frame and text are from MME, the butterfly is Cuttlebug, double layered, with the top layer embossed and sprinked with Glamour Dust. The front of the card has been embossed with a square Nestie.

Monday 20 July 2009

365 Cards Day 142 Movie Monday - Twilight

Well this one had me stumped!
I hadn't actually heard of the books or the film so I had to do a little digging to find out what it was all about. Anyway this is my take on the film.
I have used the required red & black and bling, I think it looks a little psychedelic, with the holographic wrapping paper cut with a Sizzix die into a flourish. It was the devil to stick on! This is my second attempt. I got in a pickle with glue and so put some double sided adhesive on the back of the paper before I ran it through the Cuttlebug. That way I could position it and then gradually peel off the backing as I stuck it down.
Not really sure that it's to my taste, but I'm not convinced that the film would be either. It sounds like the sort of thing that my husband would love.

Just Experimenting

I saw this Hero Arts stamp on their website and just loved it. I used it on a card a few post back and I'm still trying to see what I can do with it.
For the lilac card, I stamped it with three colours of Brilliance ink and embossed it with a powder called Crystal Sparkle. I quite like this effect. I think I should have used daubers to do this as I did messed up the stamps a little when overlapping the ink.
For the larger card, on which I dry embossed the square with one of my Nesties, I inked the stamp with the deepish red/brown inkpad from the Laurence Llewelyn Bowen Venaissance collection., and embossed it with enchanted gold.
I think that this stamp must have endless possibilities.
Any ideas?

Sunday 19 July 2009

Stamptacular Challenge - Build a Card

A fun way to build a card... look for the component elements hopping around DT's Blogs!
I'm not sure if I'm listing these things in the correct order as my blog-hopping went a little awry part way through. I think I have them all now though.
1. Something blue - I have several shades of blue paper and pearly paint
2. An oval - the shape my butterfly is stamped on
3. Matting - several examples of that!
4. A stamped image - the butterfly, a Hampton Arts Stamp
5. 2 more colours - I have silver and the palest green for the leaves and the flower centres
6. Ribbon - the blue spotty piece
7. Flowers - made from punches and embossed & inked
8. A Charm - the little hand
9. Some sparkle - Glamour dust on the butterfly and adhesive gems on the flowers
10. A friendship themed sentiment - Friend to friend

These are the right elements I'm sure but the sparkle got out of line somewhere along the way.
The picture looks a little pale and interesting, but the paper actually is a pretty baby blue.
There you go!

Stamptacular Challenge #16 Shapetacular Card

Well this is one shapetacular card alright. I don't remember if I got the template from a magazine or a book, but I have made something similar before.
After I had cut out the shape and folded it, I stamped it firstly with the old writing in Stazon Stone Grey, then the flowers which I embossed in gold and lilac. Feeling that I hadn't done quite enough stamping I decided to go over it yet again with random dots, which I also embossed in gold.
The tag is from a Cuttlebug die and the sentiment is Hero Arts. I discovered that one of my Nestie squares with the corners rounded, just fitted inside the tag. Lucky huh!
The antennae are just a piece of wire with a couple of glass beads attached.

Stamp Something - Sketch Challenge & Secret Crafter Spots and Stripes

I am so grateful to Stamp Something's Blog for introducing me to the digi-images from Dustin Pike. I bought several as soon as I went to his website, (I posted some cards using his dinosaurs yesterday... do take a look) but decided to use this freebie download for this challenge.
The image is coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils and blended with a water brush.
The sentiment stamp is from Wood Cellar Graphics.
What a great prize for this challenge... more images from Justin Pike!
For the Secret Crafter Challenge, spots and stripes are the order of the day... and here we have spots and stripes!
Have a great Sunday.

365 Cards Day 141 Super Sketchy Sunday

The sketch looked a little daunting at first, but after having looked at the fabulous examples from the design team, this idea popped into my head.
I was a little worried whether the card would go into my corner rounder to cut the double thickness at the top of the card, but fortunately it worked like a dream.
Lots of punches were used for this card. The leaves are Leonie Em, the border is Martha Stewart and the flowers are made from a Woodware punch.
The sentiment is from Unity stamps. Another Kit Club shipment is on its way... I can't wait for it to arrive!

I had been working with a lot of red as I had just made this Ruby Wedding card for friends whose Anniversary is on my birthday next Sunday! They are celebrating by having a cruise on the river near Oxford. Should be fun! I used a new set of Stampin Up tulip stamps, part of my purchase on eBay that the fab daisy stamp came from, which I posted yesterday.
I could do with instruction on how to exploit all the stamps to their potential, but couldn't spot any Stampin Up videos on You Tube to help me.
The sentiments on this card were computer generated.

Saturday 18 July 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge - Humour

I really love these cute digi images from Justin Pike.
Sorry about the bad joke, but I think it's the kind of thing a kid would find amusing!
The image is coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils and a water brush. The embosing is Cuttlebug and the sentiment has been computer generated.
PS I have had a question about what I use to print digi-images... well I use a Lexmark All in One Inkjet and I have printed these images onto bog standard linen weave white card from The Paper Mill Shop. It is fairly absorbent and I have had difficulty colouring directly onto it with pens etc, but the pencils are fab, with no 'bleeding' when I use my water brush!

Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Anything but a card

I discovered the digi-images of Dustin Pike this morning whilst trolling around a few blogs. I don't actually remember where now... senior moments and all that, but I loved them and bought some straight away. Isn't this dinosaur the cutest thing? I coloured him with Derwent Inktense pencils and love the effect.
As you can see, my 'anything but a card' is a door hanger for a child's room. It was just a bit of an experiment really, but quite fun to do!
The embossing and lettering is Cuttlebug.

Inspirational Card Sketches #25 & 365 Cards Day 140 Paint It

This fabulous stamp arrived this morning with a shipment I just bought on eBay. I was thrilled when I saw it! The idea of clear embossing onto a dark background sprang to mind immediately. I painted randomly over the image with a mixture made from Perfect Pearls and sprinkled a little additional dry powder over the top.
The paper is the Wild Asparagus range from My Mind's eye. I just love it. This particular piece is double sided and it was a difficult choice which side to use, as either would have been appropriate.
The sentiment is from Unity Stamps.
Do click on the picture to see a close up of the detail in this gorgeous stamp!

Friday 17 July 2009

Use It Challenge #19

This is the recipe from Use It this week.
1.Dive into your old papers box and search for some "scrap" papers in MONOCHROMATIC colors.
2 Add a TAG or a LABEL to your card.
3 Use at least one of your favorite STAMPS.
I found this scrap of Pink Petticoat Sweet Flourish paper in the drawer. Sadly it wasn't quite large enough to cover the entire card so I added a piece of bog standard white paper inked with Old Paper Distress ink behind it.
The large stamp is a new one from Hero Arts. It's just arrived and I'm experimenting with it. I saw a tutorial on the Hero Arts website, but I don't have all the bits and pieces to try it yet, but they should be coming soon. This one was just inked with gold and embossed with clear embossing powder.
I made the tag from an offcut of the main card blank. The flower is made from my spray from the Pound Shop, with a couple of blinks and a pearl added. The leaves are from a Leonie Em punch.
I guess that's it!

365 Cards Days 138 & 139, Papertake Weekly Challenge, Colour Create - Blue & White, Cute Card Thursday - Christmas in July, & Dutch dare

When I go to Bath to look after Daisy on a Thursday, it seems that the challenges pile up. To quote, 'it's amazing what a difference a day makes.' However, we had a lovely day yesterday and I have returned home suitably exhausted! Just look what a cutie she is!
This card covers several challenges... 5, I think. The basic sketch is from Papertake Weekly Challenge. I must admit that I prefer simpler layouts and I think that this one is particularly pleasing. The colours are from Colour Create - Blue & White, for Cute Card Thursday it's Christmas in July, for Dutch dare it's using dies or punches and for 365 Cards it's Paper Piercing. The papers are from Pink Petticoat and the embossing is Cuttlebug. The oval shapes are Nesties.
The sentiment, which I couldn't resist adding is Penny Black.
Here we have yesterday's 365 Cards challenge of incorporating a quotation. I have had this stamp for quite some time and have used it a few times, but find it difficult to colour. In fact I'm quite pleased with this attempt. I used a mixture of watercolour and ink pencils with a little pearly wash. I overstamped the image with a spotty background stamp in gold and red. The sentiment reads 'The magic of music warms the heart and soothes the soul.'
Ain't that the truth!

Wednesday 15 July 2009

2 Sketches 4 You

My neighbour on one side, asked me to make a card for my neighbour on the other side for her 70th birthday.
I did this and took it round to her, so then I thought I should make a card for her from us.
This is it. I used the sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You in a very minimalist form. Still playing with Stampin Up flower component stamps.
The background was not a good choice with so much white on the card, but I hope you can see it. The sun was shining so brightly on the camera screen that I couldn't really see what I was taking!

365 Cards Day 137 'I'm in a bind'

A card with something bound together!
Oh dear, this really is a challenge.
I have used eyelets and ribbon to attach the topper to this card, I don't know if you can see them, I tried to lift the ribbon a little, but they are there.
The flowers were a bit of an experiment. I've had a set of Stampin Up flower component stamps for ages, but have never really got to grips with how they can be utilised. Maybe I should look for a You Tube video of someone with a little imagination!
I quite like these little flowers, I shall have to play a bit more!

Tuesday 14 July 2009

The Pink Elephant Challenge #23 Red, Light Blue & Darker Blue & Our Creative Corner A Pet Parade

This is a Pink Petticoat image which I dropped into Paint and coloured on the computer, bit of a cheat really, but I thought I'd try it. The paper is also a download, I think it's Shabby Princess, but I'm not exactly sure about that.
The sentiment is an Inca stamp.
The chosen colours are for The Pink Elephant's colour challenge and I think that as people do have fish for pets (albeit not blue ones with red stars) it would qualify for Our Creative Corner's theme this week too.

Truly Scrumptious Black, White + 1 Other Sketch & ABC Challenge V- Vellum

I saw this quote somewhere, and decided that I would like to make a card to use it. I love the Cuttlebug Cut & Emboss butterflies and so decided to use one of them for this.
The papers are as on my previous posting... didn't have to bother putting away the scraps that way.
The embossing is all Cuttlebug and the sentiment which reads 'Love is like a butterfly... it goes where it pleases... and pleases wherever it goes', is computer generated. It's so true!
I quite like it!
The vellum for the ABC challenge is on the outer wings of the butterfly, embossed and sprinkled with Glamour Dust

365 Cards Day 136 What's black & white & red all over? & Use it

This card is redolent of one I made quite some weeks ago now, but when I saw today's challenge, this layout immediately came into my mind.
The papers are Clare Curd's Signature range (the polka dot one) and Canon Scrapbook. The flowers are from a Woodware embossing punch with fabric flowers from my Poundland sprays in the centre, surmounted by a couple of blinks. The leaves are from a Leonie Em punch.
For Use It's Challenge this week the recipe is:-
Texture - I used the flowers
2 Punches - In fact I used 4... flowers, leaves, and 2 different centres
Favourite Paper Manufacturer - There are 2 here, but the free downloads from Canon are some of my real favourites.
The bonus element is pearls - I have used these for the centre of the flowers.
I think that's it! Time for breakfast!

Monday 13 July 2009

Hero Arts Giveaways

Hero Arts are having a big week of 'give aways' on their blog.
Take a look to see what you could win!
Wonderful, wonderful things!
Good Luck!

Stampin Chic Colour block

A card using several of Clare Curd's Signature Range papers. The squares have been inked and faux stitched.
The gold butterfly is from a Unity stamp with wire and glass bead antennae attached.
The sentiment, also from Unity stamps, reads ' Everyday holds the possibility of a miracle'
I wonder if I'll see one today!

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Sketch

I have used another image from Chris Dark, coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush. The sentiment, one of my favourites, is from Stampin Up. This lovely paper is from Pink Petticoat and the embossing is Cuttlebug.
Just black, white and olive, but I think it works!

365 cards Day 135 'On the outside looking in'

The mission today is a window card!
In fact my mission is something a little different, as in making this shaker card I stuck the image on upside down... so I cut the front off the card and I now have to figure out a way to to add a new back to the card to make it look like a purposeful, really good idea!!!
The acetate has a little glare reflected but I hope you can see the image, which is another from Chris Dark at the Sketching Stamper (there's a link on my sidebar).
I coloured it with Derwent Inktense pencils and added a little pearly shimmer at the end.
The paper is from Pink Petticoat, printed on my new craft room printer. I don't have to push past my husband in the study to use the other printer any longer. I had little a little trouble printing from some programmes yesterday, but I've sorted myself out now and all systems are go!

Sunday 12 July 2009

Cuttlebug Spot $1000 Following!!

The Cuttlebug Spot Blog is trying to reach 1000 followers and when achieved, there will be a random draw for $1000 worth of goodies from Custom Crops!
They are nearly there so you'd best hurry!

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #40 & One Stop Craft - 'Furry'

A card for my son's birthday, which happens to fall the day after mine towards the end of the month... what a nice birthday present he was for me all those years ago!
He has just moved into his first mortgaged home and the image on the front of this card will become very familiar to him over the next few months, I imagine.
The sketch is from the Secret Crafter, the papers from Canon and the stamps are Daisy and Dandelion. As it's a furry creature, it's also for One Stop Craft's Challenge this week.
I'm sorry that the card is practically out of the picture, but I couldn't see any image clearly with the sun shining on the screen of the camera.

365 Cards Day 134 Super Sketchy Sunday

I like the proportions of this card.
I think that rectangular cards which are A4 halved then folded in half... (can't think what you actually call that size) are a bit too elongated for some designs. Since I worked out how to make an envelope for a card of these proportions, I've used this size a few times.
For today's sketch I have used Papermania chipboard brackets and corner, A sentiment stamp from Unity stamps and flowers and leaves from a £1 spray from Poundland!

Mojo Monday #94 CONTEST

I love this gentle digi-image from Chris Dark.
My daughter danced for many years and I don't suppose it will be too long before my granddaughter begins. She'll have to learn to walk first however!
After I had coloured the hair on this image, the colour scheme just popped out. Pink leotard & tights, brown hair. There it was.
The papers are from Clare Curd's Signature range, the sentiment was a free clear stamp from Creativity magazine and the embossing is Cuttlebug.
I found it strange how the spacing of the polka dots fitted exactly with the dimensions of both the card and the elements within it! Bit of luck!