Finally, a card!!

Boy have I been quiet here!! Between my parents arriving in London & anxiously awaiting baby’s arrival, card-making hasn’t been the top of my list. Yesterday I did manage an hour of uninterrupted card making bliss & it was a great distraction from being a week overdue! So, in honor of our upcoming arrival – a baby card!

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I have been following along with all the Papertrey Ink anniversary celebrations and wanting to play along & today my card fits the bill as these sweet animals have hearts on their bums. The colors are inspired by the fab piece of cake over at Moxie Fab for this week’s Tuesday Trigger.

Thanks for stopping by & hopefully the next post will be about our latest arrival – fingers crossed!

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Cupcake Challenge – Patchwork!

Good morning virtual crafty friends and happy Monday.

I’m here today with a fun challenge for Cupcake – this week we’re doing patchwork projects & your card must features patchwork of some kind. Our sponsor this week is the generous Simon Says Stamp who are offering one lucky winner a $20 gift certificate.

And, its a new month, which means we have a new monthly sponsor – this month we’re joined by Bunny Zoe’s, who are generously giving a Β£15 gift certificate.
So, onto this week’s project – this is a baby card and I made the ‘B’ by doing a messy arrangement of scraps onto a sheet of scrap paper & then die-cutting a large ‘B’ with my Cricut (thanks to some inspiration from the fab Betsy Veldman). The edges are messily stitched with pink and distressed with white ink.

Thanks for stopping by & don’t forget to check out the other DT projects – they are sure to inspire! Hope you have a chance to play along!

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Little Sweet Pea

Its been a very rainy day here in London – which meant I could justify some time for getting inky! 

Just a quick card to share today for the Mojo Monday sketch & card recipe over at a Passion for Papertrey – The recipe called for 3 colours — I went for green, light pink & dark pink – ribbon & 2 buttons.
This card is a little busier than I’ve been making recently, but I love all these gorgeous new papers from the My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist line (sorry for the bad photo – gloomy day = dark picture). 
Hope everyone has a nice end to their weekend & thanks for stopping by!
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Oh, Baby!

Wednesday evening already? I seriously don’t know where the time goes!

A couple baby cards to share today – I had so much fun using some sweet My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup chipboard for these.

This first card is a CASE of the super talented Laurie Willison’s card here. I was in love with this card when I saw it and really hope she doesn’t mind that I’ve borrowed the design & her clever use of gingham. She is one of my all time fave designers – I could CASE all her stuff!

Another simple & sweet little baby card – used some buttons & twine on this one for the current CAS-ual Friday challenge. Both cards also use stickers, so they’re going in for the current Wee Memories challenge.
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Cupcake Challenge!

Hope everyone has survived the Royal Wedding weekend! Today is a very special day – it is my first week as a design team member for Cupcake Craft Challenge & I’m so excited to be part of the team.

As a special welcome we’re doing a special ‘Hello Cupcake Blog Hop’. If you’ve just arrived from Poppit’s blog then you’re in the right place! While you’re here, please leave a comment and then hop over to Sari’s blog! Here is a peak at the candy:

Don’t forget to leave a comment on each Blog in the Hop, including Cupcake and our Guest Designer and sponsor, Hayley’s for a chance to win the Candy from Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn
Additionally, if you use the following code: CUPCAKEBH during checkout at Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn anytime up to midnight, GMT, on 09 May, you’ll get a 10% discount on your shopping basket.

The challenge this week was to create something beginning with a ‘C’.  The possibilities are definitely endless with this one, but I thought I would go with a cupcake for my inaugural week :-) There is a great prize this week of a $20 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp and the Icing on the Cupcake monthly prize will be from Crafts U Love.

This was definitely made with a baby girl in mind – I paper pieced the sweet little cupcake image from Papertrey Ink Baby Button Bits and finally inked up Mat Stack 4 for the background label. 

Make sure to play along with us this week & create something beginning with ‘c’ on your work; cupcakes, cherries, cars, circles, cerise, cyan, Christmas, clean and simple. You name it, so long as it begins with ‘C’, you can play it! Don’t forget to tell us what your ‘C’ is in your post.

You have until 8pm GMT on Sunday 08 May to place your entry for this challenge. Have fun & thanks for stopping by!

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Cheerful cards for a sunny day!

Hey blog friends! TGIF! It is a beautiful day here in London, so don’t spend too much time staring at your computer ;-)

A pretty long post today – I managed to get a few cards done for some challenges finishing today, so wanted to sneak them all in under the deadline.

First up – a card for a little boy turning 2 soon. I never make cards for little ones (besides baby cards!) so this was a fun change to pace. The sketch is for the challenge over at Skipping Stones Design and the because it is colorful, it is also going in for Wee Memories Color Challenge.

Next up, a sweet little baby girl card using the colors from the Off the Wall Craftiness challenge and the sketch over at Card Patterns. As usual, using my new Lawn Fawn Plus One set – it is getting an unfair amount of inky time compared to some other stamps in my collection ;-)ο»Ώ Its hard to see in the picture, but the banner strip is stamped with the new Papertrey Ink Gingham background and its super sweet!

 Last up, a birthday card for my friends father-in-law. I struggle with masculine cards and am always inclined to keep them very clean & simple. Not sure about this one though – it is looking a little too simple for me right now, but can’t put my finger on what it needs! Suggestions welcome! I used the stapled twine element from the card by Angie Hagist on the CPS blog – thought it was perfect for a guy!This card is for the CPS challenge & CR84FN Color Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card details:
Look Who’s 2!
Cardstock: light yellow, gray (Bazzill), Pure Poppy, white (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Dooblebug Designs
Stamps: Stars from Bitty Backgrounds, letters from Jessie’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Cardinal (Versacolor), Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: chipboard animal (Cosmo Cricket), brads (Making Memories)

It’s a Girl
Cardstock: pink, yellow (Bazzill), aqua mist (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned paper: Yellow Distressed Dots (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: mobile from Plus One, sentiment from Sophie’s Sentiments, banner from Bannerific (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Copic markers, glitter (Martha Stewart), Glossy Accents, Ribbon & button (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery)

Banner Birthday
Cardstock: White, Ripe Avocado, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Origins (Basic Grey)
Stamps: sentiment from CL371 (Hero Arts)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: double-ended banner die (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery), Tiny Attacher (Ranger), sewing machine

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Pretty papers for a pretty girl

Hi everyone!

I finally have some computer access – we currently have no working computers at home, so I’m very grateful that my sister-in-law brought her computer this weekend for her visit to London. I am definitely struggling with the Swedish keyboard though! Anyway, on to the task at hand…

Another baby girl card today. I finally convinced myself to use some Crate Paper that I had been hoarding for a looong time. I used a pretty little rub-on (thanks very much Lucy!!) and didn’t stamp a single thing — very strange for me!

The sketch for this card is based on the current sketch over at Get Sketchy and also for the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today – off to pack for my Copic retreat this weekend!
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A new little someone…

I think this is my favorite sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Baby Button Bits, which is seeing a lot of ink lately!! I have another quick post today with a new baby card. The design is based on something I’ve seen on Maile Belle’s blog – I love Mat Stack 3 turned on its side and tucked away.

And the teddy bear in this set is just adorable – but those detailed cuts – ouch!

I genuinely can’t get enough of the October Afternoon Thrift Shop papers – I know they’ve been around awhile, but they are my all time favorite. 
Ok, off to work my last work event and tomorrow is my last day!!! Starting Monday, I’m working part time at a new job and taking the rest of the time to pursue some crafting ideas I’ve got floating around! Its been a wonderful 3 years at my job and so grateful for my experience there. Will miss them dearly, but ready for my next adventure!
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More baby cards…

Hi everyone!

Another baby girl card to share today. I got to use some yummy October Afternoon paper on this creation – I do loooove their papers. This card is for the current challenge over at Wee Memories, which is ‘Source of Inspiration.’

I picked up Paper Crafts Color Inspiration for Card Makers for this challenge – every page of this magazine is full of wonderful goodness – I could probably CASE something from each and every page. For this challenge, however, I chose the layout from Maile Belle’s card on page 139 and even used the same sentiment (as I needed a baby card!). I loved the use of twine and the cut off label so incorporated that as well.

Obviously, babies are very special someones, so this card is also for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card details: 
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Fly a Kite (October Afternoon)
Stamps: sentiment from Baby Button Bits (Papertrey Ink), squirrel from Critters in the ‘Burbs (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Die: Label 4 (Spellbinders)
Accessories: button (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery), foam adhesive

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