Friday, 31 July 2009

Polkadoodle Challenge 11 - Card and Gift Combination

And yes! It's Friday again - it's Polkadoodle time!! For the challenge this week (and we are at week 11!) the DT were asked to make a card which could be a gift as well.

I decided to make a scalloped gift bag with a small bar of chocolate inside. Now although this photo looks fine, I can tell you that I had to hold the bag down with a fair bit of blu-tac because the chocolate made it fall over. And you will note that the little fastener thing is almost bursting open. Will make me think more carefully what to put in it next time! Mind you, that particular bar of chocolate won't be in it anyway.......hehehe, long gone!

I did make it for my friend who has a Birthday mid August and she is a very girly girl too and will love this!

Anyway, all paper based elements are from Candy Doodles. The handbag has been printed onto white hammered card and the edges have been inked. The fastener is one of my prized Queen & Co items (they were half price when I bought them so didn't feel too lavish!) I've tied the tag to the handle with some wide pink stiff organza ribbon and some lovely black thin satin ribbon.

The butterflies have been layered - bottom is printed onto card, cut out and then a vellum layer has been added. I've just glued the body bits so the wings can flap out. They did have antenna but I chopped them off - way too fiddly for me!

So there you go! Pop on over to the Polkadoodle blog for further details on this week's challenge and don't forget, you have until Sunday 9 August to enter. Good luck!
  • All paper based elements: Candy Doodles
  • Everything else: From my stash (or in my tummy!)

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Razzle Dazzle

It has been a while. A long while, really, since I took part in a Dottie's World Challenge (so sorry!) and well, I'll be honest as I've cheated a little this week.

The current challenge is:

Razzle Dazzle
And you would have thought with cheating I'd have got my act together sooner and entered the card! Anyway. I'd made the quite large tag with Holly in her fancy underwear some time ago for the Tag You're It Challenge and its been sat in my 'need to do something with it' box since. I noticed it last night and decided to add it to a silver card blank and enter it in the Dotties World challenge.

The red card is from my stash (its a lovely slightly textured card) as too the silver pearlescent card on which the image (pre coloured) has been layered. A little bit of glitter glue has been added to Holly's feathers with corners rounded and lightly inked. I've added two of my fimo hearts with ribbon tied through and two flowers with ribbon tied over the brad.
And this is one of those cards that I'm not going to want to send!
  • All plain card: From my stash
  • Image: Holly and Maddison from Charmed Cards and Crafts
  • Fimo hearts: Made by me
  • Everything else: From my stash

Chocolate and Marshmallow in a Sketch!

The Allsorts challenge this week is a combination of this sketch:

and a colour theme of:

Chocolate and Marshmallow

Again I've used the wonderful cupcake decoupage on Candy Doodles cd - I printed the two sheets out so they both fitted onto a sheet of A4, layered the elements and have added a bit of glitter glue here and there (sorry but took the photo before it was dry!)

The two backing sheets are also Polkadoodles - the spotty one is from the same cd and the dark chocolate brown is from Sugar Birdies. The sentiment is also from Candy Doodles.

All edges have been inked with pink and then brown ink. And its a simple as that! I do like this cupcake and I'm going to struggle to send any of the cards I make with it as I want them all for myself!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Funky Flower!

The Dare U2 Digi Stamp challenge this week is a sketch. And I do like sketches!

And although there is no image as such on this, I made the flowers the image! All the paper is a freebie download to celebrate the launch of Get Funky! It launches on Saturday at 9am!

The flower was easy to make - I drew 4 circles each smaller than the last (if you look closely you will see my pencil marks - must remember to rub them out next time!) then roughly ripped around the circle line, fringed the edges and then fluffed! The centre of the flower is a brad that I've had for a while with the off-cuts of the ribbon.

The sentiment is also part of the download and I've layered it onto an off cut. Ribbon is from my stash, and that's it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
  • All papers & elements: Freebie download on Get Funky!
  • Ribbon and brad: From my stash

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

X is for X on a Sketch

The ABC challenge this week is upto X and the X is in the sketch:I had a bit of a printing session with my Candy Doodles and Sugar Birdies cd and decided to use up some scraps from previous projects. Quite easy once I'd decided what I was doing!

I've rounded and inked all edges (with exception to the chocolate brown backing paper). The fimo cupcake was sent to me but I can't remember who from (agh!) and I've glittered the card candy dots and the cherry on the cupcake.

Ribbon is from my stash. I think I'm on a bit of a cupcake mission at the moment, so don't be too surprised if you see more over the week!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Are You Ready?!

Get Funky! will be launched on Saturday! And to get you in the mood, Anice is offering a free download - click here to go to the challenge blog and to find out more!

Hope to see you getting funky on Saturday morning - the Design Team are getting excited!

Fudge the Dog

This is a new challenge for me! I found this site whilst blog hopping and the current Lili of the Valley challenge is:


And yes, I know I've only got one, but its a big one! This is Fudge and he's from the new Candy Doodles cd from Polkadoodles - I've enlarged him some what, cut him out and added him to a card blank and surprisingly he still stands up!

I've added a heart dog tag, complete with chain, a dog bowl and two bones. And the word 'woof' has been cut with Sizzix Round a Bout alphabet set and I've dotted the edges with a white gel pen. The letters have initially been glued to a strip of acetate and then added to Fudge.

A fun card! There is also Marmalade the cat so that is probably a future project!

  • Fudge the Dog: Candy Doodles cd
  • Dies: Sizzlet bowl and bone, Sizzix Round a Bout alphabet set
  • Everything else: From my stash

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Golden Wedding Anniversary

The Inspirational Sketches challenge this week is this sketch:

I was asked to make a special Golden Wedding Anniversary card and decided to use the sketch (basically I was struggling what to do!) So two Anniversary cards in a week can't be bad!

The backing paper is Papermania 6 x 6 Simply Elegant which I have slightly trimmed down to size, rounded the corners and lightly inked. The two ribbons are from my stash (one was already handily tied!)
The numbers have been cut from gold card and then gone through the D'vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder and added onto two nestie cut shapes. The wording on the lighter brown nestie shape has been cut with my Cuttlebug Baby Face alphabet set and the little heart is from my stash.

I made the two wire and bead hearts and purposely kept them a little random and not too heart shaped.

  • Backing papers: Papermania - 6 x 6 Simply Elegant
  • Dies: Cuttlebug Baby Face alphabet set, D'Vine Swirls embossing folder and Spellbinders Nestabilities
  • Ribbon: From my stash
  • Beads & Wire: From my stash

Wedding Anniversary

The Sketch and Stash current challenge is this sketch:

And I have made a Wedding Anniversary card for a customer - it is actually a 10th Anniversary, which is tin or aluminum so I've gone with the silver pearlescent vellum to represent tin! I've used my slightly neglected Cuttlebug embossing folders - swiss dots and the swirls one and I've used my brand new Nesties! I have used them on a card earlier in the week, but this was my first play with them! I just don't blog my cards in the order of making! The ribbon is also new and was perfect for the card! The vellum is long neglected stash - I bought it a few years ago along with some gold as it was really cheap!

Anyway, the little people have been recreated from a photograph of the bride and groom 10 years ago and I've actually used a piece of real veil on the bride!

Most of the clothes have been hand cut - I've not used a die for many of them, or where I have, the cut part from Sizzix dies have been adapted to suit my needs. The champagne glass is confetti and I've added various seed beads to the brides head dress and gown.

The sentiment has been computer generated and I've used a nesties die to cut and emboss it.

  • Dies: Sizzix and Spellbinder Nestabilities
  • Embossing Folders: Cuttlebug
  • Sentiment: Computer generated

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Hoppy Birthday!

This card was intended to be very different from how it ended up! I did colour a Dustin Pike image and then just didn't know what to do with the background, so its in the 'finish later' pile that I'm not sure what its doing or where its going. So, I found my Penny Black Stickeroos and the frog themed ones. I'd had a small Tinker and Co backing papers printing session and decided that these papers would work with the image.

Anyway! The Pink Elephant Challenge is:


And I know there is only one on here! I've used the current Sketch and Stash challenge layout but I've created a separate card for that challenge - I just liked the layout!

The papers are free downloads from Tinker and Co - Spring Fresh and I thought they worked well with the image. The sentiment has been computer generated and the ribbon is from my stash. I think I need to use more of my stickeroos!

  • Backing papers: Spring Fresh freebie download from Tinker and Co
  • Image: Penny Black Stickeroo
  • Sentiment: Computer generated
  • Ribbon: From my stash

Polkadots and Buttons

The Creative Card Crew Challenge this week is:

The papers I have used are freebies from Tinker & Co - Vintage Dad and Strawberry Sundae. I've simply roughly torn circles from the papers, feathered the edges and then layered them up. The strip across the middle is left over paper then I've added a button to the centre and one to the bottom right with twine, and that's it!

I liked the combination of the colours and I certainly will be using the Vintage Dad papers again! I did think about adding a sentiment, but sometimes I just need a card that doesn't say anything.
  • All backing papers: Freebie downloads from Tinker & Co
  • String & Buttons: From my stash

Friday, 24 July 2009

Polkadoodle Challenge 10 - Sketch

It's Friday! And it's Polkadoodle time! This week the Design Team were given a sketch and were asked to use the brand new Candy Doodles cd - we could use anything we wanted but had to follow the sketch. I went for the Garden collection on the cd (and so did a number of the DT - great minds think alike!) and created this simple recreation of the sketch.

The backing paper is from the cd and so are the motifs. The larger oval is actually part of a backing sheet which I've just selected part of it to use. The smaller motifs are also within the collection - I've just cut them out and layered them.

A little bit of doodling around the edges and some inking and I added some ribbon from my stash. A nice quick and simple card to make and I do like this collection so expect to see more in the future!

This week, the challenge is open until Sunday 2 August - this gives you just over a week to enter, with the winners announced the following Friday. To enter visit the challenge blog! Good luck!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Poorly Dragon!

Another challenge - another sketch! And another Dustin Pike image too! This is the Sketch Saturday challenge:

I've used another dragon from Dustin Pike and again its been coloured with felt tips (but this time no highlighting - see - I can live without my white gel pen!) and layered onto Funky Daze backing papers.

All the papers are actually off cuts from a previous project - I do like it when that happens! I've handwritten the sentiment and added three card candy dots too.

All edges have been inked with an almost running out blue inkpad. But there is still life in it yet! These images are just so fab! I love them!!!!!!

Spots & Stripes

The Secret Crafter challenge this week is:

Spots and Stripes

I've made my own card blank from some lovely mottled / textured red card upon which I've layered a piece of stripy card - not sure where this originated from but I think it must have been a digital download because I've printed it off.

I treated myself to some Spellbinders Nestabilities - been looking at them for a long time and decided to take the plunge. Once I'd decided which one to buy that is! Was a little tricky to use at first as I need another spacer mat or something in my Sizzix Original machine but managed to use the smaller dies with the small black Sizzlets spacer plate. So ok for now, but will need to get myself sorted if I want to use one of the larger nesties.

The sentiment has been stamped with an acrylic Studio G stamp and I had to pick one that would fit on the shape! The ribbon is from my stash and the card candy is from Craftwork Cards.
  • Backing paper: Not sure
  • Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels
  • Sentiment: Studio G acrylic stamp
  • Ribbon: From my stash
  • Card Candy: Craftwork Cards

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Under The Sea

The Scrappy Frogs challenge this fortnight is:

Under The Sea
And I told you there would be more Dustin Pike images! All three images on this card are from the mega sale and all, again, have been coloured with felt tips and highlighted with white gel pen. The whale and sea have had a little glitter glue added for sparkle. Because water does, doesn't it?!

And the little crab is very clever - he can jump up high and hold a lifesaver at the same time! I've handwritten the sentiment, layered the whole lot onto some dark blue pearlescent card, inked the edges of the card stock and added card candy to the corners.

Watch out for more Dustin Pike images - coming to this blog in the very near future!
  • Images: All Dustin Pike downloads, coloured with felt tips with white gel pen highlights
  • Sentiment: Handwritten
  • Card Candy: Craftwork cards

Tuesday, 21 July 2009


The ABC Challenge this week is:

W is for Windows

And because I treated myself to the bargain of all bargains (oh yes!) last week as Dustin Pike had a mega sale I am feeling the need to use his images a lot. Maybe not so far this week, but there will be more - I promise!

And because I found the fab £1.25 (half price) brush felt tips in Tesco last week and I am liking the effect they have (and also rediscovering decent felt tips and shading) I needed to use them!

So, I resized this image from Dustin Pike, printed it onto decent card stock and then coloured it in with felt tips, a little bit of watercolour pencils over the top and then a smattering of white gel pen over the top for extra highlights. I also used the pen for doodling a border around the edges of the card and for writing the sentiment.

The black card is from my stash.

And that's it! The claws actually hang over the edges of the card a little. Only because I cut the card too small. Me and measuring are not always on the same number......
  • Cardstock: My stash
  • Image: Dustin Pike, coloured with felt tips, watercolour pencils and white gel highlighter

Christmas Cards All Year Around - July Challenge

With the weather being decidedly wintry (again) I decided to have a bash at the Christmas Cards All Year Around Challenge. This month it is a colour challenge:

Red, White and Blue only

I found some blue card blanks which I cut down to be squares. The red slightly embossed and mottled card is from my stash and I've used a Martha Stewart punch on the bottom. I've doodled around the edges of the card with a fine black pen. The blue grosgrain ribbon has been threaded through the top of the red card by holes that I made with a ribbon punch. The actually slots were not quite wide enough so I double punched the holes and the ribbon fitted perfectly! I then threaded some white thin ribbon through, on which the snowflake hangs.

The snowflake is a Sizzix die and I've used white funky foam. The brads are from the Dovecraft Ho Ho Ho collection and I've been wanting to use them since I bought them (2 years ago!)

The sentiment has been stamped in black ink and is a Studio G acrylic bargain stamp. 5 really easy and simple cards to make, once I'd decided what I was doing!
  • Red card: From my stash
  • Ribbon: From my stash
  • Punch: Martha Stewart
  • Die: Sizzix snowflake
  • Brads: Dovecraft Ho Ho Ho collection

Monday, 20 July 2009

Hey! Cupcake....!

Sometimes, when I see a sketch, I know just what I'm going to use! And this one was no exception! It's Carol's (my very fab fellow Funky Hand DT mate) Fun Sketch:The image I've used is actually one inserted into a joke email that I received, so have not got a clue where it originated from, but I thought it would be a good one to use!

Starry backing paper is the same one I used on a previous post - from Funky Daze, just my ink was running out so it's not really supposed to be this colour! The blue is from The Funky One. Edges have been inked in either pink or blue and then black, some edges have also been rounded with a punch.

To make the loops on the sketch, I've threaded ribbon through some holes - the ribbon I used specifically wider than the holes so it would bunch up.

I've had written the sentiment (can't you tell?!) and the little fimo cupcake was sent to me a while ago along with lots of other little makes by someone I can't remember their name! So sorry!

I think I may be using this sketch and image again!

  • Backing papers: Pink & stars - Funky Daze, Blue - The Funky One from Funky Hand
  • Image: Don't know
  • Ribbon: From my stash
  • Cupcake embellishment: Can't remember!
  • Sentiment: Handwritten