Monday, 28 June 2010

Revenge of the Mirri Board!

Today I wanted to make a card for a competition that specified Turquoise, Cream and Gold.... hmmmm... gold.....
So I thought, 'Oooh,  I have heaps of much-maligned mirri-board just sitting in a box.  I wonder why its out of fashion'? :) lol... I now realise - its because you cannot photograph it to save your life!!..  :) tut.  This actually looks really nice IRL, and not as brassy as it looks in this pic. (Thats my story, and I'm sticking to it!)

Anyway, I turned off the flash on my camera, and this is the best I could do.  I went for a shabby-vintage look to this card, and used K&Co Addison papers and embellishments, some die cut leaves and a papermania wire word from stash.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Just Magnolia - sketch by Bev - link to her fab site on my blog!
Stamp Something - Vintage with flowers
Simon Says Challenges - Friends
Creative Inspirations - Turquoise, Gold and Cream
By the Cute and Girly - Something old, something new, something blue etc.

thanks for looking! xxalisonxx

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Easel Card

Well we wont mention the World Cup..... (ahem)... ;) So sticking to girly stuff, I spent my day sorting through my stash, and making this easel card.  Easel cards are a great way of making sure you dont have any scraps left, and really are so nice to do. 

This card uses one of my favouite Lili of the Valley stamps (I have to get more of these!) and I hand-stitched the panel just behind the image.  I used K&Co Brenda Walton paper, Crafty Bitz flourishes, and punches.

I am entering this card in the below challenges:

Lili of the Valley - Sketch by Dawny
Ooh La La Creations - Flourishes and Pearls
Fab n' Funky - Sew n Sew - I hand stitched the panel
Creative Card Crew - Easel Card
Allsorts challenge - Embossing - I used my bug to emboss the panel behind the Fairy.

Good luck to everyone in these challenges, and thank you so much for looking xx

Friday, 25 June 2010

Flying High

I dont know where yesterday went at all?... but this card was meant to be done by then! lol.
This was one of those projects where I started off with something in mind, but had no plans on how
to do it!. :) Anyway, after several changes of direction I ended up with something that was nothing like I planned at all!

I really like this Kraftin Kimmie stamp, and I was inspired by this weeks challenge of  using Tan, Blue and Yellow on the KK blog. I used K&Co paper, Joanna Sheen paper and the image was coloured with my much loved pro-markers. 

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Kraftin Kimmie - Blue, Tan, Yellow
ABC Challenge - X is for Xtra Dimension.  My stamped image is on 3d pads, and I have raised the sentiment, and layered the paper flowers.
Passion for Pro-markers - Favourite things - this had to be on a theme.  I chose travel, holidays and summer for my inspiration for this card.

Monday, 21 June 2010

A lovely sunny day

The weather here is gorgeous today - and I can see buttercups, grass and trees in all directions.

So today I have made this card for the SCS Sugar Nellie Challenge.  This week the challenge was NO EMBELLISHMENTS!!... eeek!  I have said before, I'm definately not a 'less is more' kind of girl, so I have had to be very strict and walk away :) lol. 

I followed the sketch from the allsorts challenge, as I felt it gave me good scope and inspiration for keeping it layered, yet simple.  I used 'Dreamy Manga' from the Sugar Nellie range, and K&Co Brenda Walton papers.  I used my cuttlebug to die cut and emboss, and have inked the edges with gold.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Great sketch for this card!
Paperplay Challenges - Something old.  I have had this K&Co paper for at least 4 yrs, and the parchment card easily as long.
A Spoonful of Sugar - Enjoying the sunshine - Buttercups, grass and sunshine in this card. :)
Forever Friends - Not a Forever Friends image.

Hope everyone else is managing to enjoy the weather.

Thanks for looking xx

Saturday, 19 June 2010


I made this card for Father's Day - to celebrate my 2 heroes from Nottingham - Robin Hood and my dad! :)
I followed a sketch from Cute Card Thursday by Claudia - and it was brilliant! I loved making this card!  I was also inspired by the theme on Papertake Weekly which is this week Ice Cream Flavours - me thinking Mint Choc Chip here ;)

I made the arrows out of cocktail sticks and feathers, and my husband David thought they looked hilarious (Tut - Heathen!)  The paper was Joanna Sheen, and a textured hand made paper I found in stash.  This image so was nice to colour in - Edwin as Robin Hood from the Magnolia Stamps Fairytale range.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Just Magnolia - Garden theme - Sherwood Forest innit? :)
Cute Card Thursday - Fab Sketch
Papertake Weekly - Ice Cream Flavours - Mint Choc Chip
Crafty Cardmakers - Cards for Men
Cup Cake Craft Challenges - One for the boys.

Thanks for looking, and good luck to everyone in these challenges.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Marlene's sketch

This card is my entry for the Sugar Nellie SCS  forum challenge.  This week we had an 'anything goes' challenge - which was great.  I just finished my exams this week and I was running out of time :)

This sketch was from the Sugar Bowl and its a sketch by Marlene.  I found this a real challenge, the sketch is great, but could I cut out an octagon??....could I heck!  :) It drove me nuts, and took 7 attempts, but I dont like to let something like that beat me.  I tried the 'draw a circle and divide it up' method, but that just made me cross!! :D  Anyway, I have decided that I dont have enought nesties!

I am also entering this in the below competitions:
Charisma Cardz - All about bling - dont need much of an excuse for that!! :)
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Nice and girly
Sir Stampalot - Punch it - I just love MS punches! I have layered them on this project.

For this card I used a Sugar Nellie stamp called 'Reflective' by Elisabeth Bell,  I used K&Co papers (Brenda Walton), a hand-made dangly, vellum butterflies, and paper flowers. 

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Just no getting away from it.........

..........the world cup that is!... :D lol  I had to laugh yesterday when shopping round asda with my dad, they had some poor assistant walking up and down the checkouts with a placard saying 'over ere' guiding people to the less busy tills!!  They looked to be really getting into the spirit....... (not). ha ha.

I have made this card today for the SCS Sugar Nellie Forum gatefold card challenge.  This is the first chance I have had to make a card for over a week or so, but I love the SCS challenge, and I cant remember the last time I made a gatefold card.  I won this stamp from Sugar Nellie/Funkykits last week for a spot prize banner, and was really chuffed! :)

I chose neutral colours for the football theme (best to play safe) unless I have randomly picked colours for an obscure sunday league team :) though I confess I am a Nottingham Forest fan myself (ahem - we were robbed)! lol

I am also entering this card in;

sketch saturday - This is a great sketch, and quite suited the gatefold.
charisma cardz - Stripes and spots
Simon says - recipe - 1 image,  2 papers (I embossed white paper to contrast patterned) and 3 types of embellishments. (Tag, footballs and buttons)


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