Di Hickman and some tags

This was the card I made with the Di Hickman sketch this week, I was a bit stumped at first as I don't tend to like sets of 2 on a card, I like 3, 5 etc. However, I persevered, and am pleased with the result.

Can you tell I am totally loving my new fern punch?

Prima Flower, punches by McGill, Punch Bunch and Martha Stewart, siticker by Brenda Walton, mini repro postcards and ribbon from stash and Pebeo pearl touch.

These are some tags I have done for a Christmas tag swap over at the Crafts by Carolyn forum. I am finding it a lovely community of crafters, enough going on to be interesting, and no preassure to participate at everything. Pop over and have a look...

Prima Flower, punches by McGill, Xcut, Martha Stewart and Punch Bunch, Quickutz swirls, printed out music from ChristmasCarolMusic.org, brads, pin, fibres and ribbon from stash and Pebeo pearl touch.


To all my American readers

SALT - Comfort in Suffering

Kim set the theme this week over at SALT, it has been so timely.

Knowing of the suffering some of my dearest friends have endured and then a lady I know from a church I used to go to died this week, it has been good to contemplate the Sovereignty of God in such matters. The hymn `What a friend we have in Jesus' came to mind, and seemed so apt for this theme. Thanks Kim! Please go to SALT and read what she has written.

Paper by K and Co and HOTP, Tag by TLC, Martha Stewart Doily punch, Mc Gill pine punch and a leaf punch, Pebeo pearl touch AND glitter, Ribbon, rose, pin and brad from stash.

CPS no 91

Used a lovely sketch from CPS for these cards...

Paper by DCWV, Prima flowers, Stamps by Stampin up! and Runner Stampede.

Stamps by Anna Griffin, Stampin Up! and EK Success, punch by McGill and EuroHobby, Pebeo Pearl touch and glitter.

DCM - Birds birds birds

I have to confess I don't have many birds in my stash.

It seems that birds have been quite popular oflate in scrapbooking and cardmaking. Not really got into them myself, but have loved seeing what other people have done with birds.

I did have some papers I got from my sister in a stash swap we did that had owls on them.

So here are a couple of cards made for DCM challenge this week.

Paper by Paper Mania, Stamps by Lavinia Stamps and Hero Arts, Ribbon, button, string and pin from stash.

Arty Girlz - Who inspires you?

This week the Arty Girlz have asked us to create a piece of work inspired by someone's blog.

As you may have gathered, I have been SO inspired by Karola's blog lately. Although I don't understand a word of what she writes, her work is beautiful. She attends to such detail, and her use of colour is wonderful.

So, it wasn't hard for me to create a card.

I also tried to use up some scraps from my craft table, had some left over punchies and flowers etc. So made a 2nd card too.

ALSO! I love how the experiment with sprinkling fine glitter over the Pebeo pearl touch worked, I also dabbed some pva onto the brad and dipped in glitter. The result reminds me of Christmas cards I got as a child, with glitter that looked like frost.

Anyway, here they are, thanks for looking, and thanks for the lovely comments you leave too!

Paper and Stamp by Anna Griffin, Pebeo pearl touch, Prima flower, McGill pine punch, Leone Em leaf punch, glitter, gingham heart, lace and brad from stash.

Paper from stash, McGill pine punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Prima Flowers, Pebeo pearl touch, polka ribbon from stash.

DCM Sparkle and Bling

Made this for DCM's sparkle and bling challenge...

My card design style was recently described as understated, her the bling is very understated, not the top of the pin in the heart and the other 4 small bling!

Paper by ?, stamp by Anitas, leaf punch by Leone Em, Prima flower, heart, pin and bling from stash.

Been playing with my Craft Robo again, regretted using the patterned paper, it made the word birthday unclear. Hence all the extra doodling!

Paper by Anna Griffin, Prima flowers and Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

CPS no 90

Made this for a very sweet 2 yr old girl I know...

Used CPS sketch no 90.

Paper by DCWV, Hero Arts stamp, Prima flowers, leaf punch by Punch Bunch, scrabble letters by Paper Mania (I think) Corner rounder by Creative Memories.

Name boxes and scraps

After my dabble using the robo to create letter boxes, I thought I'd have a go doing whole names.

A very belated birthday present for a lady I used to work for.

Used my lovely new pine punch from McGill, I had spotted it on Karola's blog and had to do some searching for it.

My sis Esther laid the scrap gauntlet down on her blog, so here's a card using some scraps from my table, I have to confess to reaching for a jar of Primas as the ones I had on my table were the wrong colour.

Salt - HOPE

Hazel set the theme of HOPE this week on SALT, here is a little of what she wrote...
We are living in uncertain times, so it's understandable if folk feel that there is no hope. As Christians, we have hope because of what Jesus did for us at Calvary. This hope isn't an airy-fairy 'maybe' for the future, but it is a certainty that we can claim now.
I've been inspired by Karola's blog a lot recently, I love her use of punches and flowers. This piece is very much in her style, with my own twist!

The letter cubes I designed and cut on the Craft robo. They were then stamped and decorated before assembling.

Stamps by Anna Griffin, HOTP and Rubber Stampede, Butterfly punch by Marth Stewart, Leaf punch by Leone Em, Prima flowers, Pebeo pearl touch. Ribbon and buttons from stash.

CPS 89 - Man's birthday card with VW

I've been comissioned by a friend to do a her husband's birthday card, he likes VW beetles. Used the CPS sketch of this week.

Paper by DCWV (I think) Stamp by Hero Arts. Ribbon and string from stash.

Someone buy me this bracelet please!

I don't often do this... be so blatantly wanting of an object... but when I saw this...click on pic for more info...

Baby Shower bunting

Made this for my sister who is organising a baby shower for her friend.

I used the craft Robo to design and cut out the bunting and the lettering, then I used DCWV Nanna's nursery paper behind the letter apertures. Also punched cute little shapes and decorated the inked bunting.

The cropodile made easy work of the eyelets, although I think I ws being too heavy handed with it initially and the eyelets were looking over squashed!

CBC challenge - Paper plus!

Thursday's challenge on the CBC forum was this

Today's challenge is to use patterned paper as the focal point of your project. The "rules"

  • make the patterned paper your main focus
  • you can add other embellies (ribbon, buttons, brads etc)
  • you can add a sentiment if you want it (stamped, printed, rubons etc)
  • no stamped or downloaded images - show off some of that beautiful paper you usually cover up with another layer!
So here's my card...

Paper by Basic Grey, sticker by EK success and ribbon from stash.
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