Friday 29 May 2009

PDD Friday / Studio G Challenges

This is my entry for the Studio G Challenges over on Paper Craft Planet, using a sketch by Marti.

I love this Studio G set (from series 8) and they are perfect for New Baby cards and layouts.

Card Ingredients: All linked items available on Pez-A-Doodle Designs
Doodlebug papers & Bazzil cardstock
Studio G - Series 8 - stamps
Glittered Skittles (new)
Scalloped rectangle Nestabilities
Distress Inks
Ribbons from Raspberry Ribbons kit.

Thursday 28 May 2009

Stamp Something / Basic Grey

I made this card from the sketch challenge over on Stamp Something.

".....So we thought one of Emily's sketches would be a perfect way to honor her this week:) Feel free to use this sketch or any of the sketches Emily has designed in the past to create your entry."

I am also putting this card in as my entry on Basic Grey Challenges which was "Doodling"

"This week we would love to see some doodling on your creations, this can be any type of doodling you can think of so let your imaginations run wild :), but please remember to use at least 1 item from BasicGrey somewhere on your creations :)

I used BG Two Scoops :) This will be the last BG challenge for a while as they are closing the blog down to completely update and re-vamp it. I'm gonna miss my Saturday morning challenge!! :(

Card ingredients:
BG 2Scoops papers
Whiff of Joy image from the new Summer collection
Distress inks
Nestabilities Ribbon Tags
Ribbon from Raspberry Ribbons kit.
Prima blossoms & Papermania brads.

Paperplay/Whiff of Joy Challenge

This is my DT card for PaperPlay Challenges this week. The theme was 'Buttons Galore'. Please do pop over to check out the other DT entries and play along with us. There is some exciting news to come next Thursday too!!!! It's all very hush-hush at the moment but I'm sooooo excited about it!!

It also fits the criterea for this week's
Whiff of Joy Challenge #32 which is 'Brown/Blue colour combo'.

I used the Willow with Flowers stamp and coloured her with distress inks, then ink distressed the background with Antique Linen. I machine stitched around all of the papers and distressed them with Heidi Swapp edge distresser. I also added some blue bazzil which I ran through the cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.

Card ingredients:
Basic Grey Granola papers & Bazzill cardstock
Whiff of Joy Stamp - Willow with Flowers
Distress Inks
Prima blossoms
Buttons/lace trim from stash

Wednesday 27 May 2009

Alcohol Inks Project - Buttons!!

This is a box I made for storing the random buttons I find lying around the house. I made it using a small cardboard box. First I painted the box bright green and left it to dry off for a day or two.

I used a 6x4 piece of Ranger paper, 3 Ranger alcohol inks (slate, currant & meadow) and one Ranger mixative (gold). I put a few drops of each of the inks onto the ink blender and dabbed all over the paper. Then I used Blending solution and blended the colours together. I then cut the paper into slim strips and then cut the strips to make tiles.

I added a little lace trim to the front of the box and then I stuck on the tiles randomly usingdouble sided tape. Then I added purple cardstock along the edges. To finish it off I stuck on some of the buttons from the box on the top.

This was the first project I'd done using alcohol inks and I loved it! They are such fun to work with and the effect if brilliant!!

All linked items are available over on Pez-A-Doodles Designs

Marti is having a blog giveaway!! So head on over to see what you could win ;)

Tuesday 26 May 2009

Whiff Of Joy Challenge #31

This week we have a sketch for you by our own talented Heather!!! I know you all love her sketch's. And boy has she got another gorgeous one again. I know I so enjoyed it. But this week Katharina is offering a surprise stamp that is from the new stamp kit as a prize!!!! How awesome is that???? This stamp kit was a knock dead gorgeous one. Were not telling which one you will get it will just be a surprise. So lets see lot of entry's again this week and one lucky person is going to win one of the new stamps. Just remember we have 1 rule!!!!!!! You must use a Whiff of Joy Stamp.

Heather's Sketch

This is my entry. I used Maid Charlotte for this one, and I finally got over the stroking stage of the BG Wisteria papers so I used those too, lol.

Card Ingredients:
Basic Grey Wisteria & Bazzil cardstock
Distress Inks
White satin ribbon and white buttons from my stash.
Image: Whiff of Joy Maid Charlotte
Prima Blossoms

Monday 25 May 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge - Week 6

Let's Get In Shape
"Our challenge this week is to make a shaped card - nothing square, lets see some shapes going on."

So here is my effort :) I used the x-cut circle cutter to make the base card and then did a 'tag' effect with the Tilda image.

Card Ingredients:
Papers: BG Euphoria
Distress Inks for colouring image and distressing background
Prima Bling
Magnola Image: Tilda picking Lilacs.
Prima (Strawberry) Hydrangea

Don't forget to pop over to Pez-A-Doodle's today for the MEMORIAL DAY SALE. With 25% off of everthing in stock you'd be crazy to miss it.

Sunday 24 May 2009

Memorial Day SALE & Studio G Challenge

To celebrate Memorial Day there will be a FAN-TAST-IC one day sale over on Pez-A-Doodle!! 25% off of EVERYTHING!! So now is the time to stock up on supplies or try out the NEW Glittered/Bug Skittles & Blackberry Nesties Frames.

So don't miss out!! Pop over to Pez-A-Doodle's on Monday for ridiculously low prices!

There is also a new challenge up on Paper Craft Planet using this sketch by Marti.. and of course your STUDIO G stamps!!

Friday 22 May 2009

Alcohol inks & Skittles

Today I played around with alcohol inks. I am working on a project using them and have been practicing with blending/adding colour/changing effect/adding metal mixatives. They really are quite addictive!! The best thing I've found so far is that if I don't like the colour it's coming out I can just add a different colour or a little blending solution, onto the applicator tool or straight onto the paper, and it changes the whole look of it. And there are so many different colours to choose from, the colour combinations are endless.

I am using Ranger paper specifically designed for the alcohol inks and that also makes a world of difference. I tried using regular glossy paper but the inks soaked in too much and it was impossible to blend them. It's just so worth it to have the right paper.


Here is something else I wanted to show you...

These are the new GLITTERED skittles now available on Pez-A-Doodle Designs webite!! They are just gorgeous!! Notice the melon ones too??? Well there are also Bees, Ladybugs and Snails. Check them out HERE!!

Thursday 21 May 2009

PaperPlay Challenges DT

This is my DT card for PaperPlay Challenges this week. The theme was set by Deirdre.

As Summer is around the corner I want you to think of the colours of sunshine (wishful thinking...I've just turned on the heating!),fire and heat.... I've found a picture to inspire you!

Card ingredients:
Image from Whiff of Joy Summer Kit
Basic Grey Marrakech papers
Distress inks for colouring image and distressing background
Ribbon & Ice-Cream Charm from Raspberry Ribbons Kit
Prima (Strawberry) Hydrangea
BG brads (not sure which range they are from as I've got them all in one jar!)

Nestabilities Scalloped and Classic Oval

Wednesday 20 May 2009

Split Coast Stampers Sketch & Just Magnolia Challenge

Split Coast Stampers Sketch #229.

I stamped Butterflies A-Flutter with TH distress ink and then brushed Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls over it before it dried completely. It's hard to see in the picture but the image shimmers. Then I distressed the background with Antique Linen and spritzed it with glimmer mist. The background papers are Papermania - Exquisite and Core'dinations cardstock, which I ran through the cuttlebug and then sanded to bring out the core colour. I just added some adhesive pearls to finish it off.

Just Magnolia Challenge

"Here's this weeks sketch, you can rotate the sketch and resize the elements, as long as you follow the original sketch "Week 5 sketch
Magnolia Card ingredients:

Basic Grey Bittersweet papers
Distress inks for colouring image and distressing background.
Prima Winter White Blossoms
Adhesive Pearls.

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Whiff of Joy / Papertake Weekly

Today's card combines two challenges -

1) Whiff of Joy's Challenge 30:
This week we have a theme for you to use for the challenge!!! We are asking you to make a Friendship card!!!

2) Papertake Weekly's Sketch by Dawny.

Card ingredients:
Papers: BG Urban Prairie
Image: from Whiff of Joy's new Summer kit!
Distress inks used for both colouring my image and distressing the background.
Adhesive Pearls.

Monday 18 May 2009

Whiff of Joy - Summer Kit

Finally, my WOJ Summer Kit arrived today!! I must have looked so sad with my face pressed up against the window waiting for postie!! I love every single stamp but the one I used today has such a serene, sweet look that I just had to ink her.

Card ingredients:

Papers: BG Two Scoops
Image: WOJ Summer Kit
Flowers: Prima Winter white - distressed with ink
Distress ink for colouring the image and distressing the background.
Ribbon: Raspberry Ribbons Kit

Saturday 16 May 2009

Basic Grey Challenges - Challenge 35 - Ice Cream

This weeks challenge is a really tasty one :), as its nearly summer what better way to celebrate than to have a challenge inspired by a hot summers day favourite treat , that's right Ice cream :), this weeks challenge we would like you to be inspired by your favourite ice cream flavour, you can be inspired many ways by your favourite ice cream (as you will see by our DT creations), so let your imaginations run wild, and we cant wait to see your tasty creationsI used Basic Grey Archaic as my favourite ice-cream is Mint Chocolate Chip and greens/browns in these papers suited perfectly.

Card Ingredients: Papers: BG Archaic
Image, Magnolia Edwin with Football

Distress inks for colouring and distressing background.

Sentiment : SeeD's

Ribbon: Raspberry Ribbons Kit.

Friday 15 May 2009

PDD Friday and Stampavie & More


I made this card using a Flower Soft Stamp from Pez-A-Doodle Designs. I just love the image and knew it would work really stamped with distress inks. I used TH Frayed Burlap and the colour is magnificent. I distressed the image background and the white primas with Antique Linen, and added some cute Pez-A-Blings to the centre of the flowers. I've got a feeling this stamp will used quite a lot!!

Stampavie & More

This week we have a great sketch from Mandy Thanks so much!

Here is the sketch.


This is my entry:
I made this card using the ooooooooooh so sweet Pen Pals stamp by SAE. I coloured her using distress inks. The papers are BG Porcelain, and I'm in love with them, lol! The flourish stamp is from Inkadinkadoo (and they are on clearance over at Marti's store!!) The sentiment is a Studio G. I added a pretty Strawberry Hydrangea with an adhesive pearl in the centre to finish it off.

Wednesday 13 May 2009

Cleo's Cupcakes - PDD Wednesday

I made this card for PDD Wednesday!! I'm so into cupcakes right now and wanted to do something a little different but still using the gorgeous Princess Cleo stamp from Pez-A-Doodle Designs.

I stamped one cupcake, from Polka Dot Pie Chocolate Treats 1 .... masked it and stamped another cupcake to both the left and right of it. Then I stamped Princess Cleo and cut her out. I coloured all my images using distress inks, added some stickles to the cupcakes and then used foam dots to mount them onto the backing paper. I added some Pez-A-Blings to the corners and some pink ribbon to finish it off. The sentiment is one of my Studio G's... love 'em!!

**Marti has added a clearance page to the site.. so if you are in need of some inks, stamps or some fabby Tim Holtz Grungeboard get yourself on over to Pez-A-Doodle Designs and pick some up before they are all gone. Limited stock available so you'll need to be fast!! **

Tuesday 12 May 2009

Spaghetti Face & A Football Star

Just a quick post as I'm fighting a flu today and have zero energy. I made both of these layouts last week using BG Ambrosia which is fast becoming a favourite for me :)

Now I'm off to do a quick blog hop and then bury my head in a Lemsip and hope the meds kick in quickly.

Monday 11 May 2009

Hugs for my Niece

I made this card for my 3yr old niece, who fell yesterday and broke her leg. She was in such a lot of pain and had to endure surgery last night, as the bones had moved and needed to be set right. Hopefully she will be home today :) She is such an active child who loves to run around and be outdoors all the time so this is going to be so hard on her. She's too young to have crutches and will have to be pushed around either in a wheelchair or stroller. I've no doubt that it's going to be equally as tough on her mum.

I also carried the design to the inside of this one. This is the first time I've done the inside and I like it!!!!

Card ingredients:
Papers: Pink Paislee Fascinating, K & Co. Que Sera Sera
and BG Urban Prairie
Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Broken China, Frayed Burlap, Dried Marigold, Tattered Rose & Spiced Marmalade.
Blossoms: Prima - Got Flowers Winter
Ribbon - East of India

Sunday 10 May 2009

Friday Sketchers - Sketch #51

"Here's sketch 51.......have fun creating.....I look forward to seeing what you've made :-)
As this is our One Year Anniversary week, the members of the Design Team are giving away the cards that they have made for this week's challenge, AND, as well as the card, each member will also be including a small gift/RAK. Each designer will select a winner next week. We will then get in touch with the winner for postage details. By visiting the DT's blogs this week you just might get a peek at some of the RAKs!!"

I really loved this sketch.. there are so many layers!! Here is my entry:

Card Ingredients:
Papers: BG Mellow
Stamp: Sarah Kay 'Time for Apple Pie'
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Black Soot, Brushed Cordoroy, Fired Brick & Tattered Rose.
Blossoms: Cafe Prima

And to everyone celebrating today - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!

Saturday 9 May 2009

Basic Grey Challenges - Challenge 34 - Anthea's Sketch

For this weeks challenge, our fabulous Design Team Member Anthea has created this fabulous sketch for you to play with :), feel free to twist, flip and stretch the sketch in any way you would like, as long as the sketch can be easily recognised you are good to go :), But remember the golden rule, there must be at least one item from Basic Grey used on your creations :) :)

And here is my take on the sketch :)

Card Ingredients:

Papers: BG Lily Kate and Romani/Gypsy
Image: Gorjuss Girl, Kit #2
Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Worn Lipstick & Scattered Straw
Sentiment: Studio G
Ribbon & Flower brad from my stash.

Friday 8 May 2009

Studio G Challenge 7

2 posts in one day!! This card I made for the Studio G Collectors Group.

Studio G Challenge 7 - Create an item (card, LO piece, anything you want) using Paper Tole or Paper Piecing technique.

Card ingredients:
Papers: Doodlebug, Bazzil Cardstock
Sentiment and Paperpiecing Shuttle: Studio G Stamps
Ribbon: American Crafts

Just Magnolia - Week 4 - In Stitches

"This week the challenge is for Stitching - now this can be faux stitching, hand stitching, machine stitching, whatever takes your fancy. Some of the DT have done amazing stitching - hand and faux. In fact I struggled to work out what was real stitching and what wasn't on some of them. So if you haven't got a machine please don't be put off, grab a pen and get drawing!!"

So, out came the sewing machine!! Yes, real stitching :) The light here today is just awful, it's so dull and overcast, so it was hard to get a good picture.

Card Ingredients: (all linked items are available at Pez-A-Doodle Designs)
Magnolia Image : Tilda with Rose
Papers: MME & We R Memory Keepers
TH Distress Inks - Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Brushed Cordoroy & Vintage Photo
Sentiment: Studio G $1 stamps
Lace trim: Kelly Paper Crafts (ebay)

Thursday 7 May 2009

PaperPlay Challenge - Week 16 - Flying High

This weeks Challenge was set by Jackie

The challenge is to use Wings on your project, Birds, butterflies, fairies whatever you like as long as it has wings.

This week I did a tag for my challenge entry.

How I did it:
I distressed the background with Fired Brick, Antique Linen and Broken China distress inks and stamped the swirls using Brushed Cordoroy and then brushed some Rust Perfect Pearls across it before it dried fully. I used crackle paint on the wings and heart and used a heat gun to both dry it faster, and to curl the wings up. I glued the wings onto the tag and then the heart onto the wings. I'm not sure what brand the sentiment is as it was sent to me by my dear friend Dee Dee. When everything was just about dry I spritzed the whole tag with copper Glimmer Mist and again used the heat gun to dry it off.

Tag ingredients: (all linked items are available at Pez-A-Doodle Designs)
Tim Holtz - Grungeboard Wings & Heart, Crackle Paint,- Fired Brick, Old Paper Distress Stickles - Fired Brick, Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Antique Linen & Broken China
Swirl Stamps -
Perfect Pearls - Rust
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Copper.

Once I had that one finished I did another -

This time I applied a TH Mask and distressed the tag using Faded Jeans, then I removed the mask and applied Fired Brick. I spritzed the whole tag using glimmer mist. Then I distressed the edges of my patterned paper and glued it to the bottom of the tag.. then added a little bit of ribbon, a button and a tiny tag onto which I stamped a cute bird from the Inkadinkadoo Flourishes.

Wednesday 6 May 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge #29…Sketch by Katharina.

This week we have a sketch for you from our very own Katharina.


Just remember that there is only one rule…to use at least one whiff of joy image on your creation...

So this is my entry :)

Card ingredients:
Papers: MME Bella Bella
Distress inks
Image:Melinda with Muffin Basket

Tuesday 5 May 2009

A Gorjuss Day

As I said... it was a Gorjuss day and I couldn't resist playing with the new kit. Of course then I couldn't decide which stamp I wanted to use.. so I ended up closing my eyes and picking 4 randomly, LOL. I still haven't decided if she's a blonde, brunette or jet black!