Friday, 18 May 2012

Fluttering by!

I'm really busy at the moment, but just nipping in for a quick post. I rather liked the sketch for the May challenge at The Craft's Meow, so I thought I'd use it for a birthday card for a friend.

This is the sketch. 
And here's my card.

I used Craftwork Cards background paper and small butterfly stamp, K & Co paper for the semicircles on the right, Hero Arts/Sizzix Framelits (stamps and dies) for the two larger butterflies, and a Craft's Meow frame and sentiment cut with a Nestie die, as were the semicircles.

I'm entering this card in the Craft's Meow May Sketch Challenge (my first ever entry in their challenges, but hopefully not my last!)

Thursday, 10 May 2012


The theme this week at Less Is More is Yellow. It isn't a colour I'd normally think of using, so to make a card with yellow as the predominant colour was a bit outside my comfort zone. But it's supposed to be a challenge, isn't it?! So here's my card.

Very simple, just sponged Versamagic ink in two shades of yellow down one side of a Nestie shape, overstamped it with an Inkylicious stamp in a darker shade of yellow (which shows up better IRL than it does in the photo) and a sentiment (Katzelcraft), with a ribbon at the side to finish it off. Not entirely sure that I like it, but at least the colour has brightened up a miserable, wet day! 

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Medals and Monarchs

Our Birthday Challenge and Blog Hop at Stampalot were a great success, and thanks to all those who took part so enthusiastically. But now it's May, and time for a new Stampalot Challenge. This month we're thinking about both the Queen's Silver Jubilee and the Olympics, so we want you to come up with projects on the theme of

Medals and Monarchs

This will give you many options: you can go very patriotic, or use lots of 'diamonds' on your work or take the opportunity to celebrate your own country's involvement in the Olympics using your traditional colours.

I had no stamps in my stash which would suit the theme and I didn't want to spend money on something I would use only once, so I was delighted to find that the May issue of Crafts Beautiful magazine had a free gift of a collage stamp and papers which would fit the bill perfectly. This is what I did with them.

I decided to make a rocker card, which I covered with the papers. The main image at the top is the stamp. The bunting was made by cutting out the pennants from one of the papers, ditto the Queen's head.

The "E2R" banner is a Waltzing Mouse stamp cut out by hand, with a crown from one of the free papers, and peel-offs for the lettering.

The Olympic topper is a Nestie shape, and the rings were made from Craftwork Cards' Candi, with holes punched out of the middle, then coloured with Promarkers. A few suitably coloured pearls and jewels provided the finishing touches to the card.

I didn't start with a clear idea of how the end product would look. I kind of made it all up as I went along, and it turned out gloriously over the top, but I quite like it! I think this is going to be a popular theme, and there's plenty of inspiration from my lovely teamies on the Challenge Blog, so do go on over and check it out. Oh, and there's a rather special prize too!

I'm looking forward to seeing all your creations in celebration of this year's great events.

Thursday, 3 May 2012


The winners of our Stampalot Challenge Birthday Celebrations have been announced! To see them all, go over to the Challenge Blog, where Brenda has all the details.

And I am delighted to announce that the Blog Hop winner for my blog is

Congratulations, Lynda, hope you enjoy your prize! Just send Brenda an email (her address is on the Challenge Blog, here, and she'll post it off to you.

Many thanks to everyone who took part for making our birthday celebrations such a success, and we hope to see you again each month at Stampalot Challenge.
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