Monday, January 30, 2012

Show us your bears




A little bit sad today as this is my last post for Craft Your Passion. It's been a great six months and I've really enjoyed my time, but I promised DH I would limit myself to 2 DT's. Hee hee, he actually tells me I should scrapbook more now, he doesn't really get the whole card making thing!
An easy challenge for my last one and the theme is: Beary Sweet. All you need to play along is a bear and isn't this the cutest little bear?

Anyway, a big thanks and goodbye to Jenn and my fellow teamies - see you around, I'll be back to play for sure!

Challenges:
Unscripted Sketches - sketch
ICopic weekly Challenge - Red Love (actually there was no red love with this card, I am having serious trouble keeping strong colours like red from bleeding on the XpressIt cardstock. Any thoughts?)
Crafty Boots - Song Title (Teddy Bear's Picnic, what else?)
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Spotted Chick - Use Kraft (second entry)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

All the news that's fit to print...





Boasting Alert - my Button tree card won the Catered Crop Challenge and I get to drop in as a guest designer! Yea!
The Catered Crop challenge is Text/print and this is what I've come up with. I just got this cute Fizzy Moon stamp and I thought the bear holding a sign would look great with a text background. Perhaps not the most original, but it turned out super cute.

Other Challenges:
Sketch - Mojo Monday
Shelly's Images - Use Text
Gingersnap Creations - Going Green
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Spotted Chick - Use Kraft
Pin It

Inspirational Eye Make Up?



This is certainly not your average inspiration photo, but it ended up being quite a fun challenge this week at Fab N Funky. The colours, the spots, the butterflies...there's so many ways you can go with this.



As you can probably tell from my card, I went with the green/yellow colours. They're so nice and fresh and cheerful in dreary old January. I also used an older Messy Rabbit stamp that I got from Joanna Sheen - love this little bunny although I did cut off his flowerpot he was sitting on!

Challenges:
Craft Us Crazy - Valentine's or Animals

Monday, January 23, 2012

Colour Bingo!




Bingo twice in one week? Sure, bring it on! Besides, this is colour Bingo with Craft your Passion! Grab some come colours from the Bingo card and get playing! I went with part of a line - my card is mainly brown and orange. And if you think my card layout looks a little like yesterday's card with all the circle - it's because it was the first attempt at the MME sketch. Luckily, I was able to rework it to suit this image from Limited runs!



Challenges:
Hooked On Crafts - Something Bright
Make It Monday - Linky Party
Make My Monday - Flowers and Leaves
Pollycraft - Warm it Up (warm colours)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

New stuff!






Woo hoo, it's always a good day when new stuff arrives! I placed an order from the Glitter Pot, and it got here to Canada in under a week. I also got a little package of goodies from Lou, thanks very much!
I don't order often from Britain as it's stinking expensive, but I had to make an exception for these cute new stamps. The line is called Hot Diggity Dog and they are so cute! I just love the dogs and all the hopping frogs!
This card was designed for the My Mind's Eye card sketch. I love My Mind's Eye papers and I really wanted to play along. However, I don't have anything except paper, so I'm not sure if this will make the 80% requirement. (It is all MME except the stamps and twine)

Other Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge blog - Summer in Winter
Craft A Scene - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Animals
Let's Ink It Up - Anything Goes (no digis)
Paper Sundaes - paper piecing (I did the surf board to match the colours, not sure if that's enough?)

Delightful doilies



Been a rough week around here, it's cold and snowy (I had to take a hammer to get into my mailbox) and my mojo seems to have gone south with the sun. Luckily, I got invited to a crop and managed to get things back in gear - I made a few cards, a few pages and I'm stuffed full of yummy food.

This week's challenge at Pile It On stumped me for a bit though - I don't have any Lace, none. However, that just means it's time to go shopping! Off to Michael's I went and found these cute little lace blooms in the dollar section, yippee! Funny enough, I already had the card base, I made it for another project and hated it, but I'm glad I didn't throw it out now!

Challenges:
Pile It On - Use Lace
Alphabet challenge blog - Y for You can choose
Card Making' Mamas - Something Old (the whole card base is one I gave up on months ago and re-used)
Clearly Inspired Challenges - Pastels
Fairytale Challenge Blog - Inspired by a movie (this sweetie reminds me of old Shirley Temple movies)
Joyful Stamper - Inspire me Fridays linky party
Stamping With the Dragon - Anything Goes
PaperPlay Challenges - Ribbon Every Which Way (look close, it's there!)
Scrappy frogs - Lace

Saturday, January 21, 2012

B-I-N-G-O







Catch up post alert - yup, here I am on Saturday night with Wednesday's post. Let's just say it was a busy week, shall we? (I had good intentions, I started this on Thursday night...) The top card is my card for Fab N Funky and this week's challenge is BINGO. I choose 2 papers, bakers twine and butterflies for my card. Be sure to head to Fab N Funky to see the whole Bingo board, there's lot of fun choices.

The other two cards belong to my boys, these are their masterpieces for this month's Craft Your Passion Kid's Challenge - Hearts. As you can see, they went a little wild with my Nesties! (They're really more about colouring the images than making the cards - they do love seeing their work online though!)

Challenge (Brown and Pink Card):
Mojo Monday - Sketch

Challenges (two heart cards):
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Anything Goes
Stamp, Scrap and Doodles - Have a heart
Simply Create Too - Love Is In the Air
Just Us Girls - Colour Challenge (red, pink and white)

Monday, January 16, 2012

A big slap on the wrist



A slap on the wrist? For what you might ask? Well, apparently I can't read and missed the whole 'handmade' part of the 'In the Bag/Box' challenge this week at Craft Your Passion. For those of you who would like to play along correctly, this week's challenge is:

To make a handmade gift box or bag

I had this gift bag stashed away (cough cough) and thought it would be fun to dress it up for my oldest son's birthday. I kept it super simple with fun, bright colours and a huge dollar store (cough cough) bow. It turned out super cute, even if it's only partially handmade! (cough cough)

Ah well, there's always next week!

Challenges:
Incy Wincy - Bold and Bright
Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Linky party
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Not a card (not sure if this is ok, it's not vintage!)
Pink Elephant - Fave colours (bright!)
Truly, Madly, Craft Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Button, buttons and more buttons



Since discovering Feline Playful, (which is a wonderful site) I haven't been designing so much with challenges in mind. Rather, I design and then find challenges, kwim? So when I saw the button challenge at Catered Crop, I decided to really go for it and try something new.
I spent some time on Pinterest, browsing buttony things and came across a few button trees that I thought I would like to recreate. This is the result, pretty huh? I tried to keep the card simple, leaving the tree as a focal point. Not so sure about the banner, but I wanted something that would break up the long tree trunk.

Challenges:
Catered Crop - Buttons
CPS -Sketch (although my tree covered more of the background that I planned)
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Something New (new to me technique, lots of buttons)
Heart 2 Heart - use a stamp you haven't used in a while or haven't used (this stamp is an oldie, but I love it and should pull it out more)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recycling Day



I like to recycle. In fact, I like to recycle so much that I didn't have much on hand for this week's Fab N Funky challenge - recycling. Maybe it's too many episodes of Hoarders, maybe it's genetic, but I have to purge my stuff on a regular basis or go crazy!

In the end, I found some tissue boxes with neat patterns - they're very artistic these days! I cut the circle from the side of the box and then found some cardstock to match. Added a bow and some bling and it looks pretty good. Unless you had the same box, I don't think you'd guess where it was from!

Challenges:
Sketch n Stash - Sketch (neglected item is purple cardstock, I never use purple!)
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Use a die cut and make it cute
Partytime Tuesdays - save the eagle/feathered friends
Shopping Our stash - Glitter, sparkle or shine

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mythical Creatures



Before we get to the new Craft Your Passion challenge, I'd just like to say thanks to everyone who's stopped by lately. I've had a ton of sweet comments and a few new followers and I really appreciate the love!
This week's Craft Your Passion challenge is a fun one for me - Mythical creatures. I love dragons and don't seem to get to use them enough, so I jumped on this sweet dragon from our sponsor - Day for Daisies.
I used some old Basic Grey paper I had - I almost never use purple, so this was kind of fun. Don't look to closely at the stitching though, I cannot for the life of me keep my paper straight in the sewing machine. Any tips?

Challenges:
Just Inspirational Challenges - mythical/fantasy pic
CCEE Stampers - Grimm's Fairy Tales (was there a dragon in a Grimm tale? Can't quite remember)
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum Challenges -Anything but Christmas
Squirrel and the Fox - Something New (new digi)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Getting manly



Hi all and welcome to my second post (and last night, what seemed like my last post!) for Pile It On. Woo boy, I'm still not 100% with this card, but after 4 versions, 3 images printed out, too many paper scraps to count and 3 episodes of Downton Abbey, this is the finishes results. Of course, the fact that I was watching Downton Abbey may have had something to do with my general lack of crafiness! (I got season 1 from the library, and only have a week to watch the whole thing.)
Hopefully, your efforts with a manly card will go easier than mine! (Cause that's the challenge this week!) Come play along!

Challenges for Emma:
Pile It On - Manly cards
Dude Time Doodles - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Calender - new new (new image)
Crafty Emma's Challenge blog - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Something New
Card Patterns - Sketch
Delicious Doodles - All things New
Fairy Tale Challenge blog - Something New
Simply Create - More Than 2 layers
Glitter Geeks - Hand in hand (men and gears)
Whimsical Designs - On the Edge (border punch)

Friday, January 6, 2012

More bunnies



A friend of mine said 'that I must really like these bunnies' when she saw this latest card. I gotta say she's mostly right. I love these bunnies, don't ask me why. Something about their giant floppy ears maybe...
Anywhoo, this is my latest bunny, flying away in a balloon. I used some CTMH that was part of a special, I've got just enough left to squeeze out another card or 2. It's silly, but I'm happy to use it up (and God knows, I've got lots to use) but sad to see the end of a pretty pack. Good thing the new CTMH catalog is on it's way, more new paper for me!

Challenges:
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Card Makin' Mammas - New Year or Something New (new stamp)
Inspire me Fridays (Joyful Stamper) - Linky Party
Cute Card Thursday - What's New
CASE study - inspiration (I'm all over the balloons)
My Mum's Craft Shop - Something New

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hopping with Fab N Funky





Woo hoo, we're hopping! Yup, we're having a blog hop at Fab N Funky to ring in the New Year and to welcome you back after a bit of a break. The Fab N funky DT took a much needed break, but now we are back at it!
To play along with the hop (and yes, there's prizes, so make sure you check out the FnF blog to see what you can win.) just visit all the DT and collect a number. Add all the numbers up and leave your answer on the FnF blog to win! I'll make it easy for you, my number is:

9 nine 9

But wait, there's more!
We're also running a new challenge this week, and the challenge is NEW. We want to see new scrap goodies, new cameras, new ideas...you get the picture! To play along, just add your card or project to Mr.Linky! I got some new SU stuff just before Christmas (Merry Christmas to me!) including this sweet snowman and fun banner punch. Love it!

You should have come here from Sharon's blog, and when you're done, hop over to Anne-Marie's blog. Just so you don't get confused, here's the hop order:
Fab N Funky
Alexis
Rachel
Ginny

Pat
Lou
Wendy
Sharon
me!
Anne-Marie
Fab N Funky

Challenges for my card:
Crazy Amigo challenge - winter
Creative Card Crew - Snow Day
Everybody Art Challenge - Snow
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Old and New (new - see above, old - Nestie and Liquid glass)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes + new
Partytime Tuesdays - Something New
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Shiny New Year (shiny snowflake)
Ribbon Carousel - Anything Goes



Monday, January 2, 2012

So very distressed!





Hi all, hope you're all good. I'm a little bummed, as it's my last day of vacation today. Sigh, how can 10 days fly by so quickly? They never go that fast when I'm sitting at my desk...

Despite that, it's a new week at Craft Your Passion and the first challenge of the New Year. We're looking for:

Anything Goes + Distressing

I realized after I picked my image that cute Westies and distressing don't really go, so my distressing is fairly subtle. I used paper that were already a little 'shabby' and then crumpled and inked them a bit more. Turned out cute, I think.

Challenges:
Critter Sketch - Celebrations
Kaboodle Doodles - Let's Celebrate
Lawnscaping - Birthday (ooh, would so love to win some of those cute stamps!)
The Kraft Journal - Anything Goes
Paper Creations Ink - Punches/die cuts (good old nesties!)
The Crazy Challenge - Party