Today's card is one of my favourites for a long time. My favourite colours, beautiful Maja Design papers, a simple layout and I was quite pleased with my colouring (I've been practising 'blond' again!)
I'm just popping in today with a little reminder about The Great Penguin Challenge 2014 over on Squirrel's blog. It's running until the end of this month and all you have to do is create a penguin themed project and link it up to the linky tool on her blog post.
I've used my favourite pingy stamp again, but this time in a frosty blue theme. The papers are also from LOTV and I've finished it off with some snowflake dies and a strip of aqua and white ribbon.
I'm back in Christmas mode again with a lovely image of Bluebell and some Nitwit papers. These papers are really great quality thick card so I tend to use them on square cards which are easier to cut to shape.
I've also used a summery die, but since it included birdies which seemed to match the robin, I hoped they were versatile enough for me to get away with it! A snowflake die and a 'Merry Christmas' sentiment sealed the deal.
The challenge at As You Like It Challenge this fortnight is to use your favourite rubber stamp. I did have to think long and hard about this one, as I have lots of current favourites (some old, some new) but the reason I've chosen Posy trio from Lili of the Valley is because it's really versatile. I've used it on cards, gifts and tags.
The little bears are lovely and quick to paint and you easily can fit all three onto a card base, or focus on just one as I've done here ...
... and they are the perfect size for my Doohickey Scalloped Tag die. I cut around the metal die using a craft knife to create the coloured matted layers, and added some matching seam binding.
It's another Wild Rose Studio hat-trick day today with image, papers and dies from their new releases. I've added some rich red satin ribbon which brings out the red in the image, although I've tried to colour the image quite softly with my DI reinkers.
I was recently asked by the lovely Squirrel if I fancied a spot of random penguin mania this weekend, and since I am rather fond of our tuxedo-wearing feathered friends, I jumped at the chance to take part in her bout of seasonal silliness!
So if you've been p-p-p-pondering the p-p-p-purpose of the cryptic clues on Squirrel's blog this week, we can now reveal that she is hosting a p-p-p-penguin themed challenge, and all you have to do to p-p-p-participate is make something featuring our black and white fish eating friends.
So if you fancy some flipper related excitement, and to be in with a chance of winning a p-p-p-prize that is decidedly fishy, you need to pop over to Squirrel's blog to link up your penguin creations before 6pm (UK time) on 30 September.
I wouldn't say that yellow is a colour I would usually opt for, but it seemed to go quite well with the blues on the papers, so it inspired me to try it on an image. I picked a fun birthday image of Bella on Presents and matched it with some gorgeous yellow satin ribbon.
I usually prefer pearls to rhinestones, but I've gone overboard with the gemstones on today's card!
The challenge at Crafty Little Fairies this month Sparkle and Bling so I've used rhinestones in the corner as well as along the scalloped base. The sweet bunny image and pretty papers are both from Lili of the Valley, and the rich chocolate brown satin ribbon is less 'black' in real life!
I don't usual make a card without a stamped image, but today's an exception. It's an uber C&S card in a festive monochrome red. I've also managed to christen my new Merry Christmas die from Simon Says Stamp. Unfortunately I can't remember where I got the poinsettia die from. :0( but it's actually to support the challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge where the theme is R for Red Poinsettias.
Hubby bought me a mini binding machine about a year ago, and after making the calendar project that I had been itching to make, it's been in the cupboard collecting dust since then. So I decided to pull it out and put it to use for this fortnight's challenge at Top Tip Tuesday where the theme is Stationery.
I've designed and printed out a full year of a diary, with a week's view to each page and bound it all into a mini book using some mount-board covers (I had some leftover mount-board from making my clocks). I did actually put design paper on the front and back, but then stamped over it with some floral mini stamps to match the colour theme of the image, so you can't see much of the design any more.
I also tied little strips of matching ribbon around the rings, but wasn't sure whether I liked them after I'd done them. I did end up pulling them off, but they were on when I took the photos.
I designed the diary insert pages to fit four weeks on an standard A4 sized sheet of paper. I chopped the printed sheets into quarters and that's the size of the diary. I cut the mount board slightly larger to create the covers.
This is also my final challenge designing for Top Tip Tuesday. I've been on this fabulous team since June 2011 and have had a wonderful time with a great bunch of designers and our lovely leading lady, Samantha. But I've been feeling in a bit of a rut for the past couple of months and decided I need to inject some change in order to get my mojo back. I am addicted to crafting. It's a much needed 'release' from a stressful day job so over the next month I'm stepping back from four of my longest running teams, hoping that will free up some time to enable me to go in search of my missing mojo by trying some new creative challenges.