Thursday, 30 July 2009

Polka Doodle challenge card

This week the challenge was to follow the sketch, apart from that we could do what we liked, so to be different I put it on the inside of my card!
The background paper is Polka Doodles dark orange curves, I changed the colour slightly in Photoshop E, and also used it for the butterflies.
The centre scalloped oval and the small scalloped squares were cut with nesties and the MS butterflies are Swiss Dot-ted. What a job it was to get the butterflies to hang the right way round, they kept flitting every which way but I finally got them to behave. I finished with a bit of doodling on the white areas and punch on the top border to finish.

Over the Hill

This is a card for my brother-in-law's 70th. I stretched the tortoise at an angle and cut him and the sign from WIMG. The '70' and the pattern in the shell are stamped with gold ink, there are also some birds in the clouds but they don't show up either! I have an 'Over the Hill' certificate to include in the card too. I feel the card is a bit plain but it is for a man, so!!!

Friday, 24 July 2009

It the men's turn!

Thought I would give the females a rest and work on some masculine cards. Gina aka GRIDDO has a card front swop on the Cricut MB and the theme for September is 'male' so this is my design for it. The background paper was designed by Liz Wagner and the image is from a collection called 'Boys and their toys!!' from Some of the colouring I did in Photoshop and the trousers are done with a patterened 'brush' from that programme. The remainder was coloured with Copics. A bit of inking around the edges and a sparkly brad for the golf ball to finish.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Sure Cuts A Lot

Wow, I have just bought the update to SCAL and Todd has done it again! Now you can group and ungroup, trace, layer etc., etc., and best of all have more pages. It's so exciting and I can't wait to try it out later today. I think it is well worth the $30 (limited time discounted price), for the upgrade. There are so many wonderful people out there who design and share their SCAL files also so many dingbats and fonts, all for free, that you really should check it out and if you are not sure then download the free trial first - you don't know what you are missing. Here's the link, and while you are there check out the forum and all the tutorials and free files you can get from there. Happy Buggin'.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Polkadoodle challenge card

This week's challenge at is to use the Tropical Bird download, with the option of using the sketch. I recently bought the striped paper and decided it would make a great fence, the flowers and greenery behind it are from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, these are such useful little peg stamps. The birds on the fence are decoupaged but it does not show on the picture.
Can you spot Lily crawling up one of the posts!
AMENDED - Oh, just watching Nikki again on C&C and realised it Lulu crawling up the post, sorry!!!

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Another Girlie card

I am on a 'girlie' trend at the moment! Here is another card using one of the girl images from These girls are georgeous and I love using them, can't you tell. The card is for the weekly challenge over on the Cricut MB, in the UKCrafters thread. We had to use plain cardstock and 3 buttons or brads. The stitching round the card is computer generated, I played around with Photoshop and made a brush. The colouring is Copic Caio's and the tiny weeny bow was made using the 'fork' method which is a bit fiddly but you can get such tiny bows.
I am going to be working on some boy/male cards next, for a change,lol, as I have some to make for a swop and Sam at lily-boos has designed just the image I need.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Design Team Call

If you are interested in becoming a member of lily-boo's design team just click on the title above to take you to her blog where you can find all the information. You get to use some fabulous designs and there are a few freebies so what are you waiting for - get on over there and take a look.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Here come the girls!

Here are my latest cards using some of the fabulous designs from Sam at I love being on her design team as I get to use all her images. If you would like to get some go to her blog, there are lots of wonderful desings to choose from and they are soooooooo reasonably priced. My girls are all coloured with Copic Caio except the last one, Betty, I had to use pencils for her hair and boots as I did not have any brown Copics. That problem has now been resolved as I just bought a few!
While shopping on the web I found a site that sells the plastic containers for the Copic pens, OK they are not cheap but I needed one. Now I will have to buy more pens as there is room in the new container, any excuse I hear you say and you are right, lol.

Friday, 10 July 2009

More Tildas

I love making Tilda cards and especially using the swing. These are a couple of cards I made on holiday, using some stamped images from my friends on the Cricut MB, UKCrafters thread. The cards have already been bagged by my sister-in-law! I have been practising using my Copics and have found a great lady on YouTube, she is teaching me a lot about shading etc., her name is suzannejdean, and here is a link to her videos.
Also here is link to her blog
More cards to follow using images from Sam at Lily-Boo's Boutique, when I can get the camera to behave!!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

72 Lovely Copics Blog Candy

Check out this fantastic blog candy. I love Copics and need more!
Click on the title to go to the blog