Well... I actually made a card!

I popped over to Aifactory Challenge blog this morning and noticed their current challenge is Friendship.  I needed to make a card to say thank you to a lovely lady who hosted our Aromatherapy class and not only made us feel welcomed to the aromatherapy world but gave us a bag of goodies too.   So I combined a thank you, friendship and xmas card all in one.

The Pixie Cottage

I am happy to say that I put my hand up for Guest Designer at The Pixie Cottage and created a sketch and a card to play along in the Pixie Cottage theme!  Here is the sketch and my card.  Pop on over to the challenge blog and play along!  The theme is to use the sketch and add some metal!  

Dont you love a good craft day

I spent the day all alone today other than a few little must do jobs.. I crafted!
The day started with a few purchases.. namely from By Lori Designs (Lollipops), which I had been spying for a week or so.  I then played with print and cuts and digital kits and finally I had to copy the display card on By Lori Designs and I came up with this.    I used my copics and finally understand the numbers on the pens and how they work.. makes a huge difference with blending!
My sewing machine came out to play, my ribbon box was raided and i even managed to find a button to play with!  The paper is Cosmo from a 6 inch pack I have.  The image was printed on my normal printer and then cut with a print and cut on my Gazelle.  Following the instructions from the ever brilliant Alisa.

Tiddly Candy

Tiddly Ink Candy is up for grabs right the way through till November!!  Are you going to play along and try and win all these goodies?

Sweet Tooth... must have candy

Bizzy Bec's Store has some yummy candy up for grabs, you need to become a follower so you can be the first to get shop news... add your link etc.  Bec has some wonderful products in store, be sure to have a look inside and shop around.. be aware... all the products are so very very tempting!

Bizzy Bec's Challenge - October

I spied this challenge after visiting Cheryl's blog at My Cardmaking Haven.  I love my Tiddlyinks digi's and I wanted to use one of the girls for the card.  So here I am sitting at my friends house (hi deby) creating.. relaxing.. avoiding any responsibilities in life... (joy).. and I came up with this.  Its meant to fit into Bizzy Becs challenge theme of Grunge... Im going to have to call it a pretty grunge as the girl isnt grungy looking at all.!

some recent cards

Ive been playing with my copics and cutter and my new tiddly ink images and decided i should put some photos up.  The gazelle was really only used to cut around the images with a frame and one is a print and cut which cuts it really close to the outline of the image.  I have about 5 more images already cut and coloured i just have to put them together. The first image is a tiddlyink's image that i coloured with Prisma's just so i remembered how!
 This bright orange card was from craft camp as a last minute project
This image was printed and coloured long before craft camp and I took it with me to use it on a project, its from Robyns fetish. 
Another tiddly.. maybe my favourite.  Sorry the photo is so bright 
Again an image i coloured ages ago and took to camp.. the photo was too bright and i tried to darken it to make it more accurate.. didnt work!~!

I do like a bit of candy!

Oh me oh my.....Paper, Ink, Colour has Candy! Pop on over and check it out!!

Tree's Award for I did it creations

This week we are keeping it simple in our challenge and I tried my hand at  a male card!
I used this lovely image from Tree's  Award

I really quite like how this one turned out.  I used a simple block print Kaszazz sentiment on the edge of the card and simple mounted it up!

Now as always you dont have to use a Trees Award Image to play along in the challenge you do however need to use our sponsors images to be in the draw for the prize.  Check out the challenge blog as there may be a freebie on offer to play with!  We all love freebies!

Have your creations linked up prior to Thursday night to be in the running!

Creatalicious Challenge time

This month at Creatalicious Challenges we are playing with a colour combination of
Pink, Brown and Green.  As you all know I am studying full time now, so it was nice to play and make a card.  Its very simple compared to the other DT creations which as always are FABULOUS!!  Please visit them all and send them some love.
I used this great tiddly inks image and practiced with some new colouring techniques which basically reverses my colouring rules.  The website i went to to learn says dark first then light colours (for hair atleast)... it was a fun little learning curve trying out the techniques. (i'd like to link to the tutorial blog but i can't find it... ill add it later)

A very special thank you goes out to all of the creatalicious team for welcoming me into their creative family for many months.  It has been my absolute pleasure getting to know you all.

My Cardmaking Haven - Candy

The beautiful Cheryl has some candy up for grabs on her blog
Go and check it out and follow the instructions to be in the chance to win!
Its drawn on the 11th September 2010.


I did it creations with Stitchy Stamps

Do you ever find yourself using similar colour schemes with certain images, this is my second card using Stitchy stamps for I did it creations and I have found that purple and orange are my chosen colours yet again.
I absolutely love these images!

here is what I did with this little image!  I just love it!

Now as always you dont have to use a Stitchy stamp to play along in the challenge you do however need to use our sponsors images to be in the draw for the prize.  Check out the challenge blog as there may be a freebie on offer to play with!  We all love freebies!

Have your creations linked up prior to Thursday night to be in the running!

Guest Designer for Incy Wincy

This is a little bit exciting!  Im a guest designer for Incy Wincy this week, as Robyns Fetish is sponsoring their challenge!
I got to play with this cute image that is available over at the shop

and Incy Wincy wanted Buttons and Bows...
I really like how this turned out it was fun to colour the image in and I also got to play
with my Basic Grey 6 inch paper pads... I can't believe its taken me this long to 
cotton on to those!

I like how the image translated into a card, its not an image I would normally choose, so I really like the fact that it worked so well, and its made me realise I need to look at images a bit more closely when im shopping!
Maybe my "creative" side is starting to mature!

Im looking forward to seeing all your Incy Wincy creations!

Crafty Pad for I did it Creations Challenges

This week the Design team was asked to create 
of course I thought ahead of my study plans and bookmarks came to mind, im going to be doing a lot of reading and this little bookmark will make me smile when I want to give up.
I used this image
and came up with this project, i used copics to colour the butterfly and did a print and cut around the edges on it.  I also used two Tim Holtz embossing folders, my new favourite things to grab!

To enter the challenge you are encouraged to use
an image from the current sponsor but it isn't necessary.
 To be in the weekly drawing for the prize you must use an
image by Crafty Pad.
You may find a freebie on the challenge blog to play with... go and have a look and see!
We all do love freebies!

Creatalicious Challenge Time

Yes I know last month i said it was my last DT post for Creatalicious, but the wonderful Bec of Bizzy Bec's asked me to hang around for two more months... of course I jumped at the offer!
Bec got to choose the theme this month and she wants
this is right up my alley at the moment... as i get to play with distress inks, edging and the like... sometimes I think I get vintage and distressing mixed up.. I know they are different but they do blend well together dont you think?

Can you see the slight swirl edging around the ballerina, I got this idea from Kylie (also on the DT for creatalicious) I saw it on her blog and had to try it.  I then uploaded my card to the Dt blog and laughed.. as Kylie had use her swirl edging on her DT card too. I said i would give her full credit for the fabulous idea and here it is!!  Kylie.. Its my new favourite technique!

I had such a ball with this card, when i made it i was NO motivation or MOJO going on.. so I sat and just played with some scrap paper, got my sewing machine out.. and used some punches oh and tried to use copics softly... this is the result.  I also copic'd the pearls as they were bright white.

Im really looking forward to seeing what everyone creates this month for this challenge..
Creatalicious challenges run monthly from the 15th of each month.  Be sure to visit!

Fanyella Designs for I did it Creations

Fanyella Design is sponsoring I did it creations this week and anything goes..
I chose to play with this beautiful lily image to try and work on my colour of flowers!

 I think I did pretty well.. even though im fairly sure the lily isnt meant to be pink!  I even dove into my stash of basic grey 6inch papers to find that perfect background paper!~  This card is only 4inch's square.  It also have some stampin up ribbon on it and a stampin up sentiment with the oval punch.
You do not have to use our sponsors image to play along, but to be in the draw to win images from Fanyella please be sure to use one of her images in your project, you may find a freebie on the challenge blog to play with.  
Entries close on Thursday night so be sure to link up your creations so we can all comment on your brilliance!j

a bit of an update

Talk about a whirlwind of a fortnight, I have started studying full time and have had to drop many of my DT gigs.. which upsets me....but something had to give.
So that said.. My I did it creations cards are uploaded and scheduled for a few weeks to come but I am no longer Dt'ing for Cooking it up with Katie and Aifactory.
A wonderful big big big Thank you to I did it creations, Aifactory and Cooking it up with Katie for allowing me to be on their DT's for the past 3-6months.
Im going to have some time on my hands "at some point" to actually craft for myself and start visiting blogs again....

Guest Designer For Crafty Catz

This week I did it Creations Shop is sponsoring the Crafty Catz Weekly challenge with a theme of Buttons and Bows.  I was given this beautiful image to play with

I used my new xpress it copic paper on this image, Im being very particular with its use.
I then decided to grab my spica, and gel rollers soufle's etc and i found out they actually stay shiny.. I had no clue!  Learning curve day for me, and Im happy!  I tried some blending techniques on the image wings and I really like how it turned out and Im playing a little with skin tones.. I must remember to write down what colours I prefer!  I even used dew drops... lots of my secret stash came out to play..

Now onto watermarking images.. I have to say I LOVE Digital scrapbook Artist (its a software program), but to add a watermark to your project its so easy...and i also use this program to open photos and save them in a smaller format for blog posting.  One click and its done.  Simplicity is the key!

Now pop on over to Crafty Catz Weekly challenge  and play along... and also to the shop to check out whats on offer!  Some of my favourite digi's are from here.

Cooking it up with Katie

Digi Doodle Shop is sponsoring Cooking it up with Katie this week and I was thrilled to choose my image!  Our theme is Pink Squares and flowers!  I really hope you like what I came up with.
Are you excited to try your hand at this challenge, I will be looking forward to seeing what you create!  Be sure to visit the Cooking it up Design Team for some more inspirational ideas!

Fancy Folds Challenge

This week at i did it creations we are into Fancy folds! I chose this beautiful circular frame image and LOVE it, its perfect for the easel card (which is my fancy fold).

To enter the challenge you are encouraged to use
an image from the current sponsor but it isn't necessary. To be in the weekly drawing you must use an
image by current sponsor Stampin Dragons, well worth entering as your prize will be from Stampin Dragons!!

Check out the challenge blog, there may be a freebie posted under the challenge. 
Dont forget to link up your creations byThis challenge closes 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 6th 2010

Dont forget to visit the forums too..

Aifactory - Christmas in July

This is my last post for Aifactory, as a new DT is going to be starting and I decided to step down.  Mainly as I just started full time study.. im only two days in and am in overload.  Here is my card this week following our theme of Christmas in July.. I used some older DP on this one, a tim holtz embossing folders and my Martha edge punch, add some remnant ribbon and a Kaszazz stamp and wallah.. i have decided I dont really like zig zag stitching.. pop on over to the Store for some freebies... and have fun.  The challenge will run till next thursday..