Monday, 31 January 2011

Angels and Demons


It's Monday and that means it's time for another Macabre Monday Challenge at the Haunted Design House blog. This week the theme is Angels and Demons, and prizes will be goodies from The Angel Company. I used some free papers from the More Black and White set which is available FREE here, plus various pictures of cemetary angels. :D. I may actually make this into a notebook cover.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Stampin' Royalty - sketch
Paper Minutes - flowers
Play Date Cafe - black and white with a splash of purple
Art on the Darkside - where wisps lead you

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Button It Up!


We have another fab challenge for you over at Corrosive Challenges, and this week we want to see buttons! This is your last week to enter to be in with a chance of winning some of Kenny K's wonderful digi images, so dig out those buttons and get creating :) I've used the gloriously geeky "Cookie Guy" by Kenny K and teamed him with some papers from the Elizabeth Forgets set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
What If Wednesday - followed the sketch
Karber Weekly Challenge - dots and stripes
Craft Your Passion - use two different patterned papers
Crazy Challenge - dots and stripes
Totally Gorjuss - as you like it
Alphabet Challenge - M for Men
Crafts 4 Eternity - polka dots
Fairy Fun Fridays - for a sweetheart
Fussy and Fancy - Valentine with no red or pink
Delicious Doodles - spots or stripes
Aud Sentiments - use a love sentiment
Penny's Challenge - anything goes
Fab n Funky - use a digi
The Crafty Pad - something for the boys

Friday, 28 January 2011

Friday Challenge at Tellen's Place


Wow it's been a busy day post-wise for me. We have a new challenge for you over at Tellen's Place, and this time we'd like you to create a card/project suitable for a male. I've chosen to use one of the Edward images from Halloween, lol, he definitely looks like he's up to mischief doesn't he? You can find the Tellen's Place images at Etsy, and the stock is always being updated so keep checking back, and don't forget to check the blog too as Terry regularly gives away free images there. Papers are by Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
365 Cards - day 329, sketch
365 Cards - day 334 , use 10 items (brown mat, orange paper, brown scallop trim, 2 brads, brown oval, cream oval, image, 2 sentiment mats)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - anything goes
Penny's Challenge - anything goes
Fab n Funky - use a digi image
Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge - add a little friend
Aly's Sunday Challenge - for the guys
I Did It Creations - card for a child
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - M is for Men
Totally Papercrafts - one for the kiddies
Allsorts - men/boys

GDT at Frosted Designs!


I was so very shocked when Barb from the Frosted Designs Challenge Blog got in touch and asked me if I'd like to be a guest designer there, and of course I said yes straight away. The challenge this week is to make something monochromatic; any colour will do, but you can only use shades of that colour. The sponsors this week are Lauretta's Digital Stamps and CocoDingo, and I used the beautiful Rockette Wedding image by them.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Mojo Monday - sketch 175
Top Tip Tuesday - fabulous flowers (on the papers, in the image and as embellishments)
Paper Minutes - flowers
The Pixie Cottage - sketch and/or flowers
Creative Belli - the letter P (for purple in this case)
Crafts and Me - monochrome
Paper Crafting Journey - weddings
Crafty Catz - flowers
ResQ Me - get in line (my three pearls, plus all the individual bouquets in the patterned paper)

Simply Betty - my last GDT


I've had such a fun month playing along with the crew at Simply Betty, thank you so much to all of you for putting up with me. This week's challenge is to Bling It Up, and we want to see lots of sparkle and glitter. The DT have all used this very special custom image, which was a prize from the 12 Days of Christmas challenges. The ONLY way you caan get your hands on this little cutie is to win this challenge, so get sparkling :D
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
There She Goes - sketch
Totally Gorjuss - hot colours
I Did It Creations - card for a child
Crafty Creations - heat it up (hot colour scheme)
Ooh La La Creations - 3 of a kind (flowers under the sentiment)
Crafty Emma's Store - angels and fairies
Kaboodle Doodles - bling it up
Stampin for the Weekend - getting warmed up (hot colours)

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Time for chocolate!


At StampInsanity we have a new challenge for you today and it's to create a card that reflects finding your Zen. Or chocolate :P I used an image and sentiment from the new Zen Morgan set, availavle in the StampInsanity store, plus papers from the Simple Pleasure set by Crafty Chaos Designs.
And we're currently looking for a few new Groovy Gurlz to join our team, so if you're interested pop along to the Designers Desired page on the blog and apply. It's a really lovely no-stress team and we'd love to have you join us :D
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
The Crafty Pad - something girly (pink and chocolate :P)
Karber weekly Challenge - dots and stripes
Cupcake Craft Challenges - food for thought
Crazy Challenge - dots and stripes
Challenge Up Your Life - clean and simple
Truly Scrumptious - brown pink and green
TechnoStamper Monday Lunchtime Sketches - follws thw sketch. This one's also a blog hop, feel free to join in :D

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Tree of love 4x4


Here's a 4x4 I made today, Twisted Tree image is by Tiddly Inks, papers from the Friday Living set at Crafty Chaos Designs and the quote is by Pearl S. Buck.
These are the challenges I made it for:
Tiddly Inks Tuesday - use a quote
Kaboodle Doodles - bling
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Craft Your Days Away - love
Theme Thursday - love
Riley and Co - add a heart
Order of the Opus Gluei - Key to my heart. This one's also a blog hop and if you'd like to join in, all you have to do is create something with keys or hearts or something you love. Easy peasy, right? And don't forget to pop along to the Opus Gluei blog so you get to see Rosemary and Jana's beautiful creations :)

Monday, 24 January 2011

Dream big!


June has released a new DezinaWorld sheet today called Child's Play, and here's what I made with just one of the images available. Papers are by Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sweet Sunday Sketch - followed the sketch
Papertake Weekly - ribbons and pearls
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Wee Memories - anything goes
Phindy's Friday Challenge - lace and pearls
Crafty Sentiments - vintage
Crafts and Me - monochrome
Penny's Challenges - anything goes

Smudgetastic!


Are you ready to fill your week with the dark and creepy? Of course you are, it's Monday, and that means you'll all be chomping at the bit for a new Macabre Monday challenge at the Haunted Design House.
Ok, my little pretties... your challenge this week:

Smudgetastic
You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based project using images that have been colored/rendered with charcoal, pencils, pastels, or chalk. (similar digital techniques allowed) And this week the prize will be some digis from our very newest Minion, Andrea. We've all worked with her images this week and it's been such fun! Mine's a 4x4 and it isn't nearly as dark and beautiful as some of the other pieces, AND you can barely see my smudged colouring, but it does make me laugh, which I always enjoy when crafting :P Papers are from the Creature Feature set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Paper Minutes - sketch
Colour Q - dark red, bright red, dark green, yellow
Paper Sundaes - distressing
4x4 Friday - winged men
The Stamp Man - distressing
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Gingerloft Challenges - things that fly
Stampin' Royalty - things with wings

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Re-use, renew, recycle!


It's time for another Corrosive Challenge and this week we'd like you to re-use or recycle something. Now, since more and more of my craft stash is digital, it means that everything is re-used all the time, so I used some creative license here, and created some torn newsprint and those hearts could be punched from any plain card that was previously used to package your groceries ;)
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Kaboodle Doodles - black and white + one
Crafty Cardmakers - mostly red and a die cut
ResQ Challenges - dry embossing
Craft Your Days away - love
Challenge Up Your Life - clean and simple
Aud Sentiments - use a love sentiment
Totally Papercrafts - add a heart
TechnoStamper Monday Lunchtime Challenges - followed the sketch. This one's also a blog hop :)

Saturday, 22 January 2011

A quick wicked fairy


I seem to have been running almost-late for the past couple of days, here's a fairy card I made tonight. The image is by Stamp It Crazy, she's called Zambie and I gave her wings so that I could enter the current SIC cjallenge :)
Here are the challenges:
Stamp It Crazy - fairy, pink and purple, glitter and ribbon
Get Sketchy - sketch 71
Winter Wonderland - pink and purple
ResQ Challenge - dry embossing
Cards and More - fairies and elves
Stamptacular Sunday - anything but square

Smiles or wishes; you don't get both :P


I messed up on timings so this post is being done in a rush. Image is by Bugaboo, ad hoc papers created by me.
Here are the challenges I made it for:
Catch the Bug Birthday celebrations - anything goes
The ABC Challenge - sketch + magical
Flutterby Wednesday - angel fairy or butterfly
Wags n Whiskers - fairy

Friday, 21 January 2011

Sweet birthday Cupcake!


Here's a card I made using a new Ava Cupcake image from Bugaboo and November Wine papers by Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sketch and Stash Challenge - followed the sketch, the papers and image are new and the heart buttons are old, but recoloured.
Catch The Bug Birthday Celebrations - birthday
Scrappy Frogs - Hey Cupcake!
Irish Teddy - cupcakes
Cute Card Thursday - 123 recipe (1 patterned paper, 2 ovals and 3 hearts)
Totally Papercrafts - add a heart
Stamping Vacation Cleand and Simple - use 3 of something
Speedy the Cat's Friends - use hearts
Challenge Up Your Life - clean and simple

Going dot dot dotty!


Time for another challenge at Tellen's Place and this time we want to see some polka dots! Paper dots, embossed dots, stamped dots, as long as they're polka-ing around somewhere, we want them! I've used one of the dark-side images from Tellen's Place, lol, I love these strange and hideous man-monsters :D And once again, there's a freebie for you to pick up on the blog, a sweet Granny this time around, so there's really no reason NOT to use a TPD image ;)
These are the other challenges I used when creating:
Mojo Monday - sketch 174
Simon Says Stamp and Show - polka dots
Craft Your Passion - buttons
The Crazy Challenge - buttons
Color Q - dark red, bright red, yellow, dark green
My Time to Craft - spots and dots
Pixie Dust Studios - button up

Want to feel great?

It's time for another challenge at Simply Betty, and we have a fab sketch for you by the talented Cheri
But, before I show you my card, I'm hijacking this post to tell you about Betty's daughter Rio. It's her 13th birthday next month and she's asked her Mom if she can donate her birthday money to St Judes Hospital instead of having a party or going to Disneyland. This brings me to tears every time I think about it, what a truly wonderful young lady. Now, Betty has created a FANTABULOUS "Rio-turns-13" digi stamp which you can buy at the Simply Betty store for the standard price of $3, but it will only be available for a limited time, and ALL THE MONEY WILL BE DONATED TO ST JUDE'S! So, you get this exclusive and fabulous digi, you get to make one 13 year old's day, AND you get to help countless other children with cancer, by contributing to the St Judes donation fund. Just how many ways can you get to feel good for only $3?

For full details (and Betty's mailing address so you can send a birthday card to this very special young lady), see this post.

Ok, hijacking over, I don't normally like direct selling but I just couldn't NOT tell you about this. Back to the regularly scheduled challenge post. Here's the sketch:

and here's what I did with it, using a Simply Betty Steampunk image and papers by Crafty Chaos Designs.

Here are the other challenges I'd like to enter. Normally, I'm quite strict with myself about making sure I've followed all the rules about how many times you can enter, how many challenges you can combine and whether or not I've followed the theme. With this card, I haven't, because frankly I want as many of you as possible to read about Rio and her special birthday wish. Yeah, I'm evil like that :P So, with that said, here are the challenges:
The Crafty Purple Frog - distressing
Crafty sentiments - vintage
Delightful Sketches - let's celebrate
Cute Card Thursday - 123 recipe (1 image, 2 torn pieces of paper, 3 keys)
Dare to be Sassy - cool frosty colours
Crafts and Me - Monochrome
The Sisterhood of Crafters - birthday
Penny's Challenges - anything goes
Anything Goes - eyelets and/or brads
Top Tip Tuesday - use a sentiment
Tuesday Morning Sketches - metal
Creative Card Crew - for men
Pear Tree Designs - free for all
Wild Orchid Crafts - use a sentiment
One Stitch At a Time - something new (keys)
Totally Stampalicious - for a man
Digis by Phooka - anything goes
Gingerloft Challenges - celebrate
I Did It Creations - blue
The Crafty Pad - something new (my keys)
Pile It On - anything goes
Cards for Men - time to party
My Partner in Crafting Crime - something new (keys)
Paper Cutz Challenge - your choice
The Stamp Man - distressed
Prairie Fairy Fridays - birthday
Crafty Ann's Challenge - old (the matting shapes) and new (keys)
Shannon's Sentiments - blue
Catch the Bug - birthday
Creative Inspirations - birthday
One Stop Crafts - card for a male
Craft Your Days away - anything goes
Mami Doodles - use mostly blues
Stamping Vacation - no tags

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Shades of you!



We have another fun challenge for you at StampInsanity this week. Beth has asked us to create a card in shades of our favourite colour. Now, if you ask me what my favourite colour is, it's purple. Automatic and un-thinking, I love it. BUT, a few of the Groovy Gals had also chosen purple as their favourite colour and, when it comes to cards, for some reason if I can't use other colours, I totally totally love teal. So I decided to go a teal/turquoise route and this is what I came up with. I have to admit, I'm really pleased with this one :) Image is Lilith by StampInsanity and papers are Broken Dreams by Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'll be entering:
Stamp with Fun - followed the sketch
Creative Cowgirl - turquoise and black or brown
Tuesday Morning Sketches - use metal
Paper Playtime - use the word "love"
Theme Thursday - love
Paperplay Challenges - use a black base
Cute Card Thursday - 123 recipe (1 image, 2 papers, 3 hearts)
Aud sentiments - love sentiment
Pile It On - anything goes
Lexi's Creations - say it with love
Penny's Challenge - anything goes
Crafts and Me - Monochrome

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Hallowtine, anyone?


Lol, I decided to mix up Halloween and Valentine's day, and here's what I came up with. The image is deacon Wings by Bugaboo and papers are by Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I made it for:
Catch the Bug Birthday celebrations - sketch
Off the Wall Craftiness - purple lime and black, using this photo
Magical Monday Challenge - gothic angels
Getting Crafty with Ann - Valentine card without using red or pink
Cooking It Up with Katie - make it cute, use green and add some brads
Creative Card crew - for a man
Tuesday Throwdown - Valentine
Delicious Doodles - use three colours (purple green and black)
Stampin' Royalty - things with wings
Paper Sundaes - pick your favourite past Paper Sundaes challenge. I used a few of them: Stitching, things with wings, fall or Halloween colours, adorn the corners, card for a boy or man, use something from your stash (papers), Valentine, at least three different types of embellishments (heart buttons, triangle brads, glitter corners and ribbon)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Clown Thank You


Image is a freebie from Bugaboo as part of their birthday celebrations, (see the blog to pick him up), papers are from Happily Clueless by Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Catch the Bug Birthday celebrations - use the freebie image and add some bling
Sparkles Forum Challenge - 5 gems (in the corner), 4 brads (around the sentiment), 3 flowers (in the image, I couldn't make my mind up whether to count these or add in some extra but in the end I decided to count the ones in the image), 2 buttons and 1 ribbon/bow
Sweet Sunday Sketches - followed the sketch
Pile It On - anything goes
Crazy Challenge - buttons
Ooh La La Creations - bling
Karber weekly Challenge - ribbon
Pear Tree Designs - free for all
ResQ Challenges - bright fun colours
Crazy 4 Challenges - thank you (have sent this one to a friend, just because)
Crafty Catz - thank you
Crafty Sentiments - thank you

Monday, 17 January 2011

Rock star tag



Here's a tag I made today, using an image by Bugaboo and paper by Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Bugaboo Birthday celebrations - blue and white
Tuesday Taggers - make a tag for a male
I Did It Creations - blue
Pile It On - anything goes
Paper Cutz - tag
Aud sentiments - only two words
Pixie Dust Studios - tag
Dutch Dare Challenges - all stitched up

I also followed the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, but I'm too late for the challenge, I just liked the sketch :)

Hell hath no fury

This week's Macabre Monday challenge at the Haunted Design House blog is called "Hell hath no fury" and we want to see all your takes on wickedly wanton female revenge. Bitter, twisted, and spiteful, bring it on! You really need to check out the work the other Minions have done for this one, they've outdone themselves. Seriously, these women are SCARY! :P



I used Elizabeth 1 from The Octopode Factory for my piece, and I bought it this weekend, so that will be my qualifier for the "new" challenges. I thought I'd giver her a Queen of Hearts look, what do you think? Lily does have a fantastic Queen of Hearts digi, but I thought there were just too many hearts for this particular project, so I went for one of her other queens and adapted :)
These are the other challenges that I'll be entering:
Crafty Emma's Store - no designer papers
Oh, Alice! - mostly white or mostly red
The Stamp Man - distressing
Crafty Purple Frog - new
Whimsical Wednesday - Alice in Wonderland
The Crafty Pad - something new
Pile It On - anything goes
One Stitch At A Time - new
Stamp Something - anything goes
My Partner in Crafting Crime - new
Creative Cottage - new
Do You Stack Up - distress it
Stamp Scrap and Doodle - anything goes

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Lace and Pearls and Kenny K!

This week at Corrosive Challenges we'd like to see you use some lace and pearls on your card/project. And that doesn't mean you have to do something beautifully vintage, although of course you can if you want to. But you can also use pearls and lace and still keep things edgy, if that's your thing. I've used a Kenny K image (don't forget he's our sponsor this month) with black lace and maroon pearls. The image is Kitty Katastrophe by Kenny K and the papers are from the Skullentine set at Crafty Chaos Designs



These are the other challenges I'd like to enter:
Simon Says Stamp - followed the sketch (I put it on its side)
There She Goes - black red grey and pink
Karber weekly Challenge - pearls
Magical Monday Challenge - gothic angels
Speedy the Cta's Friends' Challenge - hearts
Craft Your Days away - anything goes
Pattie's Creations Challenges - anything goes
Stamp Something - anything goes
Aud sentiments - only two words
Dutch Dare - stitching
Pixie Cottage - your favourite colouring medium. Mine is digital, I LOVE being able to zoom in, having virtually no colour restrictions and being able to change or undo any mistakes :)
Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes

Little Tots hop!


Simply Betty Stamps are releasing these adorable
Lil' Tots

Meet Ben, Suzi, Tyler, Jude, Lulu, and Tiff!
I chose to work with Tyler, and for this card he's thought up a fabulous money-making scheme. As soon as you close your eyes and lean in for a kiss, he's going to hold up his little froggy friend :P



There's a hop to whoecase all of the new images, and of course there will be prizes! One winner will be chosen from the comments on the Simply Betty Challenge bolog, and one will be chosen from one of the DT blogs, so be sure to visit everypne to increase your chances of winning :D Now I hope you've come here from the lovely Linda's blog, but if not then never fear, here's the full hop list




Here are the other challenges I used for inspiration while creating: (Please note, this post is scheduled to go live at 2am for me, so I'll actually be entering te challenges in the morning)
Incy Wincy Designs - go dotty
Crazy Challenge - animals
Cards for Men - followed the sketch
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - buttons
Pile It On - cute children
One Stop Crafts - card for a male
Paperplay Challenges - cutie patootie
Raise the Bar - use a child image

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Is it my birthday, or am I just getting old?

Lol, well it's not my birthday :P
Here's a card I made today, hope you like it. The image and sentiment are from the Gus range by Bugaboo, and the papers are from the Beach Dreams set by Crafty Chaos Designs.



These are the challenges I made it for:
Catch the Bug - birthday celebrations (Happy Birthday Bugaboo!)
Pollycraft - new things. I spotted the ribbon on sale this morning and snapped up a pack :D
Gingerloft Challenges - celebrations
Friday Sketchers - sketch 137
Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes

Thanks for looking! :D

Friday, 14 January 2011

We want to see ribbon!


It's time for a new challenge at Tellen's Place, and this wee we want you to use some ribbon on your creation. Stitch it down, tie it up, wrap it around the edges, we don't mind what you do with it as long as it's there somewhere! Now I don't want to shock you all but I went cute for this one :P I wanted to use Pera, the fairy, and I wanted her to have a fresh spring feel, so I made a new paper set, called Wake Up, Wendy! No grunge, no black, no skulls or spiderwebs. Oh, the horror! :P
You can buy the image at Tellen's Place and the papers at Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the other challenges I used when creating:
Sketch Saturday - followed the sketch
Sentimental Sundays - anything with wings
One Stitch At A Time - love and Valentines
Sparkles Challenge - new things (papers, just entering for fun as I'm sponsoring this week, so if you like my papers, why not pop along and enter?)
Creative Cowgirl - new things (papers)
Aly's Sunday Challenge - things with wings
Wags n Whiskers - with love
Crafty Purple Frog - new things (papers)
Meljen's Designs - square or round cards
Theme Thursday - spring (I used spring colours)
CRAFT Challenge - moving components (the dangly heart)
Creative Cottage - something new (papers)
Cards and More - fairies and elves
Karber Weekly Challenge - pearls
Pear Tree Designs - circles
Cupcake Craft Challenge - something new
Craft Your Passion - let's tie it on
Lexi's Creations - say it with love
2 Sisters' Challenge - getting girly
One Stop Crafts - a card suitable for a child
Fairytale Challenges - flowers
ResQ Challenges - bright fun colours
Stamp Something - anything goes
Phindy's Place - Valentine or love

Make it a classic with Simply Betty Challenges!


Simply Betty Challenge theme this week is to Make It A Classic! Using only Black and White (Silver optional) with the addition of ONE accent colour of RED OR PINK (but not both)!
I used Valentine Lola from Simply Betty, I just love this chick!
Here are the othet challenges I'd like to enter:
Fairymoon Crafts - followed the sketch
One Stitch At A Time - love and valentine
Pile It On - cute children
Lexi's Creations - say it with love
Craft Your Passion - tie it on
Freshly Brewed Challenges - black white and one other colour
Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge - heart's desire
Our Creative Corner - photo inspiration (I've used the colours)
Kaboodle Doodles - use a digi

Oriental at DezinaWorld


June over at DezinaWorld has a new collage sheet out today filled with Oriental ladies, and I made this 4x4 with one of the images. Here are the challenges I had in mind when creating:
Everybody Art - followed the sketch
Simon Says Stamp and Show - masking
Incy Wincy Designs - go dotty
Cupcake Craft Challenges - something new (the image)
My Partner in Crafting Crime - something new (the image)
Whoopsi Daisy May - no designer paper. I kept things simple with just polka dots on the red bg and some spray paint for the masking on the black bg
Frosted Designs - use paint (blue sparay paint on the bottom part)

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Let it all hang out!

At StampInsanity this week, we want to see you "Let it all hang out"
Now, while your wardrobe choice for today is entirely up to you, and you're absolutely free to flash your bits to whomever you please, I think Beth is talking about your craft creations. We want to see things overhanging the edges (again, lol, I'm not talking about my tummy :P)
My card uses the fabulous Angelika from the Devil Dolls at StampInsanity, and the papers and skulls are from the Skullentine set at Crafty Chaos Designs.


The diamond overhangs the card base, the image frame overhangs the diamond, the image overhangs the frame and the skull corners overhang the edges. Get the idea? I'm sure you do, so why not play along?
These are the other challenges I had in mind while creating:
Sketchy Colours - followed the sketch
Getting Crafty with Ann - hearts
Aly's Sunday Challenge - things with wings
Magical Monday Challenge - gothic angels
Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes
Cooking It Up with Katie - for someone you love, with embossing and pink
Paper Crafting Journey - let's get digital
Southern Girls - loved up
Meljen's Designs - square or rund card. Hmmm, does "square with bits sticking out" count?
Cute Card Thursday - monochrome
Catch the Bug - embossing
Simply Create - embossing
Digis by Phooka - anything goes

Monday, 10 January 2011

Happy Birthday, a la Haunted Design House



It's the start of a new week and for all you creeptastic crafters out there, that can only mean one thing - a new challenge at Haunted Design House! This week the challenge is Bizarre Birthday, and we want to see something that focuses on birthdays, but of course with the dark twists we love so much :D
My card uses Wednesday from Simply Betty Stamps, and the paper is from the Halloween Bride set at Crafty Chaos Designs
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Here are the other challenges I'd like to enter:
Get Sketchy - sketch #69
Stamp Something - use a digi
Crafty Catz - feature food or drink. Hmmm, I'm not sure if this really qualifies as there are no cake images, but it does specifically mention cake.
Creative Friday - let's have a party
Pixie Dust Studio - use two or more ribbons
Charisma Cardz - birthdays
Stampin' Royalty - birthdays
Gingerloft Challenge - celebrations
Crafty Hos - monochrome
The Crafty Pad - birthdays

Sunday, 9 January 2011

You WILL have a good time! :P


When I was still in primary school, two of the boys in my class had tried to slip away un-noticed because they had decided that the school Christmas party was beneath them, and I can vividly remember one of the teachers dragging them along the corridor saying "You WILL attend the Christmas party and you WILL have fun!" It amuses me still, and this New Year's card has the same feel, I think. You just wouldn't dare to NOT have a good time, would you? :P
The image is a digi called Vicky by Stamp It Crazy, and the paper comes from Admiring the Lovelorn by Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I made it for:
Stamp with Fun - sketch
Stamp It Crazy - happy new year
Etsy Inspired - be inspired by an item from La Pomme. I was inspired by the soft blue shades here and here, and the flowers are supposed to look like the pine cone here.
Karber Weekly Challenge - use flowers
Everybody Art - happy new year
Easy Craft Projects - use only old stash
For Fun Challenges - 1 image, 2 buttons or brads, 3 different papers. I've only used one patterned paper, but I'm counting that and the pale and dark blue plain papers as well, hope that's ok :)

Having fun!

It's Sunday, and that of course means it's time for a new Corrosive Challenge. This week we have a sketch for you to follow. Don't forget our prizes this month include digis by Kenny K, bling and stickers!
Below you'll find the sketch and my take on it, using the fabulous Alice Chains by Kenny K and papers by Crafty Chaos Designs.























Here are the other challenges I'd like to enter:
Die Cut Dreams - use a quote. This one is by Katharine Hepburn, and seemed just perfect for this image :)
Catch the Bug - embossing
Simply Create - embossing
Speedy the Cat's Friends' Challenge - embossing
Shannon's Sentiments - one challenge is blue, and one is ribbon, so I combined them on this one
Card Makin' Mamas - girls just wanna have fun
Tuesday Throwdown - embossing
Claudia and Co - use a tag

Friday, 7 January 2011

Use a punch!


The challemges at Tellen's Place Designs are back up and running and this week we'd like you to use at least one punch in your work, Easy peasy, right? AND Terry's provided you with a beautiful fairy freebie!
I've gone scalloping mad on my 4x4, which uses the glorious Hansel and Witch image from Tellen's Place shop, hehehe, I love this one! The papers are from the Gothic Bruise set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Critter Sketch Challenges - followed sketch #46
Stamp Something - use a digi
Moving Along with the Times - ring out the old and ring in the new (the image is new, and the paper set is old)
Pixie Cottage - sketch and/or punches
Cute Card Thursday - use up spme old stash (I've had the papers since last May)

Blog hop and challenge with Simply Betty Stamps!

Ack, I messed up and posted this early, I'm so sorry! I've changed the date so that it will stay at the top until the actual blog hop :)
Simply Betty Challenges are back, and kicking things off with a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of the new Valentine Emos!


All the Valentine Emos are now available in the Simply Betty Stamps store in digi form, the Pre-orders for rubber is also now available just remember that they will start shipping Feb. 1st.

All you have to do is hop along leave all the DT gals some lovin' and you will get a chance to win 2 Digi Valentine Emo's of your choice! Whoop whooop!


What's the challenge? The challenge is Two is Better than One... use two images to create a love card, or it could be a Besties card the possibilities are endless with two images!



My card uses Christian and Lola from the Valentine Emos, and the skull backing paper is from Crafty Chaos Designs Your next stop on the hop is Suzi's blog, but if you get lost along the way and want to start at the beginning, here's the order of the blog hop, to see all the wonderful cards made by the other DT members:
Simply Betty Challenge blog
Angela
Barb
Betty
Catherine
Eulanda
Gloria
Jennifer
Lady B
Linda
Meredith
Nicole
Patricia
Susan, guest DT
Suzi


I'd also like to enter the following challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - followed the sketch
Papertake Weekly - anything goes, with optional lace (around the image)
Paper Sundaes - something new. The stamps and the papers are new, and I also just figured out a new technique, digital emboosing :D
Tuesday Throwdown - embossing
Pile It On - something new
Simple Doodles - embossing
Craft Your Passion - anything goes

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Spread my dreams beneath your feet.


June at DezinaWorld has a brand new set out today, called Fairies 3, and here's what I made with one of the beautiful fairies in the set.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafts 4 Eternity - sketch and green
Little red Wagon - use a doily
Flutterby wednesday - use butterfly, fairy or angel
My Time to Craft - up in the air
Three Muses - old-fashioned
The Shabby Tea Room - use exactly 11 items. Mine are the green frame, the backing paper, the doily, the gold frame, the cream strip, the text stamp, the green matt layer behind the image (there was originally one of these behind the sentiment as well, but once I decided I wanted 3 buttons, one of them had to go :P), the image itself and the three pearl buttons.
Southern Girls - anything goes
Delightful Sketches - buttons
Frosted Designs - use a quote

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

You rock my world


Here's one I did today, using a brand new paper set that I just finished, called Skullentine, with lots of skulls and hearts :D The image is Kitty Katastrophe, by Kenny K.
Here are the challenges I made it for:
Sketch and Stash - followed the sketch and created a brand new paper set to use.
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz - hearts
Pile It On - brand spanking new (the paper set)
Getting Crafty with Ann - use something new
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenges - free and easy
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - metal mickey (embossed strip on top of the ribbon and the two metal buttons at the top)
Catch the Bug - anything goes
Drunken Stampers - use something new

Valentine Emos preview, Lola!



Simply Betty Stamps are previewing the new Valentine Emo line at the moment, and as guest designer I get to join in! The Valentine Emos will be available in digi form on Friday January 7th at 12 noon. Pre-orders for the Rubber versions will open at that time as well, however the rubber will start shipping Feb. 1st. Today you get to see Lola, isn't she just the sassiest little madam you've ever seen?
And here are the challenges I'd like to enter with this brand spanking new image:
Just Us Girls - followed the sketch
Paper Sundaes - new things
Pile It On - brand spanking new
Crazy Challenges - all things new
Simon Says Stamp and Show - your newest stamp
Shannon's sentiments - blue
Speedy the Cat's Friends' Challenge - use something new
Creative Inspirations - use something new

Monday, 3 January 2011

New Year Resolutions!


Macabre Monday at Haunted Design House is back! Hurrah hurrah, hurrah, I love being able to give free rein to my darker side :D This WONDERFUL screaming digi is by Andrea, who has agreed to join the HDH team as a Minion! :D For our first challenge of 2011, we'd like you to think about those New Year resolutions that may be well-intentioned, but that you never follow through on. Or, because we're like that, those resolutions that aren't even vaguely well-intentioned :P
Here are the challenges I'm entering:
Order of the Opus Gluei - anything new, or year, or baby. Well, as Meatloaf said, two out of three ain't bad :P
Crazy Amigos - new year
Riley and Co. - new year resolutions
Cards and More - distressed
For Fun Challenges - new year
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Gingerloft Creations - distressing
Incy Wincy Designs - ATC
Kaboodle Doodles - anything goes

Valentine Emos preview, Day 3!

Simply Betty Stamps are previewing the new Valentine Emo line at the moment, and as guest designer I get to join in! The Valentine Emos will be available in digi form on Friday January 7th at 12 noon. Pre-orders for the Rubber versions will open at that time as well, however the rubber will start shipping Feb. 1st. This little hunk of fun is Christian, poor Christian always seems to get put into costumes, but he put his foot down this time and refused to take off his normal clothes underneath. Maybe he has a concave chest or hairy knees that he doesn't want to expose?

Papers are from the Zombie Catwalk set at Crafty Chaos Designs Pop over to the Simply Betty Challenge blog to see the rest of the DT creations, and, if you missed days 1 and 2, you can see Valentine's Rio and Betty over there too :D
And with my so-new-he's-not-even-in-theshop-yet-digi, here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sparkles Forum Challenges - new things. Not really an entry as I'm sponsoring this week, but it gives me a chance to say "Hey, go enter, the DT have done some BEAUTIFUL inspiration pieces" :P
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Paper Sundaes - something new
Digital Tuesday - anything goes
My Time to Craft - brand spanking new
Top Tip Tuesday - embellishing
Scrappy Frogs - sentiments
Drunken Stampers - use something new

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Feeling Corrosive?

I have a shiny new DT badge! I won a Corrosive Challenge last year and got the chance to be GDT for Corrosive, and when Janet found she had a spare DT slot, she asked me if I'd like to join permanently. They're a fantastic bunch over there, and the challenges are always fun, so of course I said "Yes!" :D Whether your style is dark and edgy, cute and cuddly, or completely off the wall and esoteric, we want to see it, so come on and join in. And the sponsor for this month is Kenny K, so for a chance to win some of his fantabulous images, come and join in :D
The challenge this week is Purple and Yellow, a combination that colour wheels always recommend but that I just couldn't get to work until quite recently. If you look at the other DT samples you'll see such a wide range of shades that it doesn't sem like we were all working to the same colour scheme at all!

My card uses a freebie image from Tiddly Inks and papers from The Princess and The Pea set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges that I'd like to enter:
What If? Wednesday - I followed sketch D2910
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Thank you
Papertake Weekly - thank you
Fab n Funky - quick and easy. Hardly any embellishments and very little colouring, just some simple layering of papers and a sentiment make this a remarkably simple card for me :)
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - thank you
Cute Card Thursday - thank you
Winter Wonderland - thank you
Allsorts - thank you
Phindy's Friday Challenge - thank you

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year from Tellen's Place Designs!



Happy New Year to all of you from the whole team at Tellen's Place Designs! I'm so thrilled to see these images pop up more and more regularly when I'm browsing blogs, and if you'd like to get in on the action, pop along to either the Etsy shop or the blog, where Terry regularly posts freebies for you all. We'll be back with a new challenge in one week's time, hope to see you there :D
This card uses the digi Celebrate Handsome by Tellen's Place Designs, and papers from the End of the Day set at Crafty Chaos Designs. Thanks for looking! :D

These are the challenges I used for inspiration while creating:
365 Cards - Super Sketchy Sunday
Getting Crafty with Ann - New Year bling
Ooh La La Creations - a toast to 2011
Crazy Amigos - new year
For Fun Challenges - new year
Simon Says Stamp - time to party
Fresh Brewed Designs - celebrate and/or New Year
Theme Thursday - patterns
Dutch Dare - new beginnings
Stampin' B's - celebrate
Rainbow Lady - New Year
Your Next Stamp - anything that is party related rather than the usual birthday cards, so ... Party invites, New Year's cards, Party decorations, Food decorations, Party bags, Party favours