Thursday, 18 December 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #167

Thought it about time I took part in a challenge and posted something on my blog.

I really like this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

Here is the sketch


and here is the card I came up with


The papers are all Pink Petticoat, the penguin stamp and die are Lawn Fawn and the greeting is an old freebie stamp.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. Karen x

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #160

I had a few ideas when I first saw this week's challenge sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, but in the end I decided to use the Hobbycraft robin toppers and canvas sheets I bought from their clearance section the other week.

Here is the sketch


and here is the card I came up with



This is definitely a sketch I will use again for a variety of cards. For more inspiration on ways to use this sketch take a look at the Freshly Made Sketches blog.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Karen x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #97

Another great sketch for this week's challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch and one I'm sure I'll use a few more times.

Here is the sketch


and here is the card I came up with


The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp, the paper and card are oddments from my crafty stash and I've embellished the card with a couple off enamel dots.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today. Karen x

Monday, 27 October 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #159

Just about in time for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

Here is the sketch


and here is the card I came up with


The background stamp is PaperArtsy, the sentiment stamp and the snowflake die I used were both magazine freebies.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Karen x

Friday, 24 October 2014

Less is More : Week 194 : Little Creatures

For this week's challenge at Less is More I decided to use 'Flutter-By Butterflies' by Pink Petticoat. I played with my chosen image in Word to re-size and position it. I then paper-pieced the butterfly using a scrap of paper, probably also Pink Petticoat. Finally I added some pearls along the body.


Thank you for visiting my blog. Karen x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Two in One

This week's challenge at Less is More is a one layer card which includes 2 of something and the current challenge at the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge blog is for a one layer card with a fall or autumnal theme. I think the card I've made is suitable for both challenges.


I've used my freebie Craft Stamper leaf stamp again, as well as a PaperArtsy background stamp and a Hobbycraft sentiment stamp. The inks I've used are distress inks in spiced marmalade, rusty hinge and wild honey and Archival Ink in coffee.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. Karen x

Monday, 13 October 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #157

Another great sketch for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

Here is the sketch


and here is the card I came up with




The patterned paper is from the Papermania 'Spots & Stripes > Jewels' set and I cut it out using a die from the Die-namics Blueprints 10 set. For the snowflake I used my magazine freebie die again. The sentiment is from the Pink Petticoat ' Nordic Joy' set.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Karen x

Friday, 10 October 2014

Less is More - Week 192 Colour Challenge - Autumn's Bounty

At first I wasn't too sure what to do for this week's challenge at Less is More.
Then I found an old Craft Stamper freebie leaf stamp in my cupboard and decided to use that.

Here is the card I came up with


I stamped the leaf using Distress Ink in tea die, spiced marmalade and wild honey.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Karen x

Monday, 6 October 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #156

The sketch for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is one I can see myself using a few times.

Here is the sketch


and here is the card I came up with




The image and sentiment are part of the Digi Stamp Boutique 'Sweet Birdie' set.
The papers and flower are 'Garden Party' by Dovecraft and I bought both from the Buttons for Brains shop.

I am also entering my card for the October customer competition on the Digi Stamp Boutique blog.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #95

Another great sketch for this week's challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Here is the sketch


and here is my card


For the large snowflake I used my magazine freebie die and for the smaller snowflakes I used my dies from Papercrafts Ltd. The paper is from the docrafts Papermania 'Midi Spots - Festive'. The sentiment is computer generated.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Karen x

Friday, 3 October 2014

Less is More - 191

The Recipe for this week's challenge on the Less is More blog is 'Mostly Words'.

Here's the card I came up with


The sentiment is from a PaperArtsy set I've had ages and I stamped it using Memento 'Nautical Blue'.
I embossed the front of the card using the Crafts-Too 'Twinkle' embossing folder.

Thank you for visiting my blog. 
Karen x

Monday, 29 September 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch # 94

When I saw this week's challenge sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch I thought of all the stripy papers I have lurking in my craft cupboard and that's the idea I decided to go with.

Here's the sketch


and here's my card


The sentiment is from 'Everyday Words Happy Birthday' by Personal impressions and I've added a few embellishments (hopefully not too many for CAS).

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Freshly Made Sketches # 155

Another great sketch for this week's challenge over on the Freshly Made Sketches blog.

Here is the sketch    

and here is my card.


The patterned paper is from the docrafts '12 Days of Christmas' pack.
The snowflake dies are from Papercrafts Ltd, the tag die was a magazine freebie from last year and I also used a die from the Die-namics Blueprints 13 set.
The sentiment is from the Pink Petticoat 'Nordic Joy' set.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Less is More - Week 190

The theme for this week's challenge is FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE, cards with any reference to music or dancing in some form.

For this challenge I decided on an inchie card, something I haven't made for a while.



The squares were punched out of paper from a Papermania set 'Bookprint' and the greeting was from a Stampendous stamp stamp set 'Wildflower Sprigs'.

To take a look at the lovely cards entered for this challenge visit the Less is More blog.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

One - Layer Simplicity Challenge # 9 : Hip to be Square

Having enjoyed making a one - layer card for the 'Less is More' challenge I fancied having another go at a one - layer challenge. As a result I decided to join in with this months's challenge at the 'One - Layer Simplicity Challenge' blog. This month the challenge is to make a one - layer card incorporating a square in some way.

Here is the card I came up with


I masked a square and inked it using ink dusters and distress inks in wild honey, rusty hinge and barn door. The snowflake stamp I believe is a Papermania stamp and the greeting is a stamp I've had in my collection for years. Finally I finished off with a little gem.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Freshly Made Sketches # 154

Thought I would have a go at this week's challenge over on the 'Freshly Made Sketches' blog.

Here is the sketch

and here is the card I came up with


For the snowflake I used the freebie die that came with October's 'Quick Cards Made Easy' magazine and the for the greeting I used a stamp that was part of a magazine freebie set which I've had ages. (Is there are challenge which asks you to use freebies?!) The papers I believe we're part of a Papermania set.

I really like this sketch and can see me using it a few times.

For more inspiration of how to use the sketch visit the Freshly Made Sketches blog.



Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Less is More Challenge 189

The Less is More challenge this week is a one layer card with a beverage theme.
Here is the card I came up with.


The image and greeting are from a DigiStamp Boutique set 'Coffee Break' (not sure if it's still available) and the border was a freebie download from Delicious Scraps.
It's the first time I've combined digi images and then printed directly onto the card, so I was quite pleased with myself for doing this.
The heart is punched from black card and I've coloured the image with Spectrum Noir pencils
I couldn't resist adding a few little embellishments.
There are lots of lovely cards for this challenge at the Less is More blog, why not take a look.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Less is More Challenge 188

I really enjoyed taking part in last week's 'Less is More' challenge, so I thought I would have a try at this week's challenge.
It's a colour challenge this week, the colours being chocolate and mint.
Here is the card I came up with


The image is a Hobbycraft own brand stamp and the greeting is from the Inky Doodles 'Floral Circles' set.

Why not take a look at some of the other lovely challenge cards at the Less is More blog.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Less is More Challenge 187

The theme of this week's challenge on the Less is More blog is 'I do like to be beside the seaside'.

Here is the card I came up with


The image is a stamp from a Papermania set I bought ages ago, but haven't used until now. I coloured the image with Promarkers. The wording is computer generated using Splendid66 font.

It's the first time I have had a go at a 'Less is More challenge' so I hope it's ok.

Sunday, 6 July 2014