Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Pretty pastel freebies from docrafts-Pay it forward

I recently bought a copy of the docrafts magazine and in it was several freebies one of which was a sample of Bellisima decoupage samples and papers. Not something I do very often but thought I'd have a play and make some more cards for my son's charity box, sort of pay it forward.
The kit contained 2 complete sets and 4 papers but I decided to make 4 cards and split the decoupage sets into 2. I'm not normally a soft pastels kinda person, if I use pastels they are more pale brights I like to see my colours but these muted pastels are growing on me and they work so well with the images.

The first 2 cards use a dressmakers dummy holding a pretty summer cocktail dress with matching shoes and bag, the kind of thing you could wear to a summer wedding or similar event.

The first card I mounted the decoupage base onto cream card and cut around to make a matt and then stuck this to one of the freebie papers and this onto a base card. The sentiment is also from the freebie kit and I curved this and mounted with sticky pads and tape so the curve was supported. The card is finished with a cream hand tied bow, I think it makes quite an elegant card.

The other bits of this decoupage set I layered using sticky pads shaping the parts where necessary and mounted them onto a spellbinders die cut oval.

The pink base paper was mounted onto the base card, its quite pretty with the decorated corners which add extra interest.

The sentiment again came in the kit and co-ordinates well as it has the same flowers as appear on the base paper. 

There are still a few sentiments left over  and a cake stand and word image from the kit but the other decoupage is a parcel stack again in soft pastels.

I again made 2 cards from this set and found that one I found the base of the decoupage fit perfectly into a spellbinders die cut circle. I don't have many dies but am becoming addicted and find I am using them and the few embossing folders I have more and more.

The card again is kept simple so focusing on the image simly mounting the diecut onto a paper base and a sentiment added.Again the sentiment has the same flowers as appear on the base paper, something I might have to look at playing with when stamping (make a mental note to self to see if I have stamps that I can do this with).

The last card in the set again mounted the image on a die cut and then onto a base covered with the freebie paper.

This time I added a band of cream ribbon, cream just seemed to work better than white  and again curved a sentiment from the set and supported with sticky pads and tape.

Hope the chaps and ladies that work with my son not only need cards for their loved ones but think that these are pretty enough to donate some pennies for so he can raise some cash for the children's hospice.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:-

MAWTT-picture inspiration
order of the opus gluei-add texture
sketchy colours-green lilac and cream

Penny black birthday

Who wouldn't love a cheerful bouquet like this full of the joys of spring. This cute hedgy is from penny black and coloured with promarkers after being stamped on a spellbinders die cut circle. I added this to a mat of fine check paper from freebies by birdscards.com , a ribbon from my stash and a LOTV sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

eureka-no square cards
crafting from the heart-spots or stripes anything goes
artistic inspirations-anything goes
craft your passion-mum/mother's day/for the ladies
wags n whiskers-rainbows or rainbow colours
brown sugar-anything goes
love to create-bingo(pink/die cut/ribbon
daring card makers-use dies x cut preferably but others ok if like me you don't have any xcut dies as yet

Sunday, 23 March 2014

What a hoot

This digi image is a freebie from Beccy's place and I thought he would make a fab card for a male of any age or as I live near Sheffield  any Wednesday fan too. I coloured him with promarkers and mounted him on a cream circle to represent the moon. I mounted this on pearlescent royal blue paper to suggest a night sky.

To finish the card I made a base of blue gingham another freebie from birds.com and added a spellbinders cut label with a sentiment from a magazine freebie set which just seemed to fit perfectly attached to the card with a pale blue brad.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Oddball Art stamps-use a digi
The stamping chef-anything goes
Aurorawings challenge-anything goes
Dare to be sassy at sassy studio designs-use your favourite colours( blue is my favourite)
Cute card thursday-its a wild world
fab n funky-boys to men
hiding in my craft room-use a digi
Allsorts-all about the boy
Qkr stampede-use a bird
613 Ave-anything goes optional twist birds of a feather

Saturday, 22 March 2014

springtime flowers for a mum

I seem to be on a roll with LOTV stamps at the moment and this one is perfect for
spring and for sending wishes to any special lady. I used this cutie to send love for mother's day. It's not for my mum or mum in law but my son has decided he would like to raise some money for our local children's hospice and thought asking for donations for greetings cards from those at work may help him make a start.I have put together a mixed box and thought as many of his colleagues are male there may be the need for at least one mother's day card this week.

I first made this style of card at Christmas and love the stunning effect it gives, the papers are freebies from birds.com and I love the soft pastel colours. The edges are a Martha Stewart border punch. The image and peel-off sentiment are mounted on spellbinders die cut circles all finished off with a hand tied lilac bow.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

A gem of a challenge- mothers day /for a special lady
left of centre-anything goes for 1st anniversary
crafty ribbons-anything goes
my time to craft-mother's day/special lady
crazy for challenges-shake your thing
totally papercrafts-beautiful borders