Thursday, 10 June 2010

Job lot....3 Cards lots of challenges!

I have had fun today - after a bit of a lazy start have flittered away the hours catching up with birthday cards I need to make for my family.  I have a large family and having been busy finishing my degree studies had got a  bit behind...but I've made some progress today and managed to fit them into challenges too....

This one is for my niece Jessicas' Birthday...guess what, she's 21 and she's a real pink loving girly girl! I used 'Damask' stamp from Penny Black which is one of favs at the moment for backgrounds, combined it with some pretty girly papers from my stash and added some dewdrops - oh and I used my new Tim Holtz Sizzix 'elegant flourishes' die for the first time - it's a dream and going to be used a lot I can tell!!

I'm entering this into the Penny Black Saturday 'swirl' challenge ; Totally Gorjuss sketch challenge ; Quirky Crafts 'Girly Girl' and Craftalicious No 1 Challenge where the theme is 'New' (I thought using my new dies counted and also as Jessica is 21 she's entering a new grown up stage in her life!).

Next came a card for Jess' older sister Becky, who's a bit of a Forever Friends fan...she's busy planning her wedding  at the moment and I've just finished helping her with her invites...(cutting out 60 fantasy film butterflies seemed like a good idea at the time). I used Judikins stamp ' Arabesque background' with distress inks and water for the background paper, and Hero Arts Cling dots for the strip.  I painted the image with distress inks - oh and the image is actually two separate stamps which I masked to create this cute group.
I stamped the bear with the balloon first, then stamped again on some eclipse masking paper which I cut out and used to cover my original stamping, then stamped the two other bears so they appear slightly behind (using my stamp positioner to get them just where I wanted).

This card is going into the Paper Take Weekly Challenge which was a sketch with the optional theme of Lilac and Lemon - mine's more like purple with a blob of bright yellow, but still I tried, good job it's optional !! I'm also linking it to the One stop Craft Challenge who's theme is to make your own desinger paper.

And finally this is a 2nd birthday card for my great nephew  - gosh that makes me feel old!! He wouldn't appreciate flowers and ribbons and all the things I usually love to throw on so I've kept it's actually a money/voucher envelope and has a little car inside it too..I'm sending this on it's way to Stampin for the Weekend for their summer/travel theme challenge.


  1. gorgeous card esther and isn't that flourish just cuts beautifully and hey 4 at a time out of cardstock with the Big Shot...thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC...hugs kath xxx

  2. Gorgeous Card, love the use of the punch and sizzix die. Thanks for joining in with the Quirky Crafts Girly girl challenge!

  3. Lovely card, I love the colours, thank you for joining Quirky Craft's 'Girlie Girl' Challenge this week, hope to see you next week too!

  4. Great cards!

    Thanks so much for joining our first challenge at Craftalicious

    Jan x

  5. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Craftalicious for our first challenge. luv gina xx

  6. what great cards...all slightly different!!

    Love the cars lol...

    Thanks for joining us at one stop crafts xx

  7. Fantastic cards, thanks for joining us at One stop craft challenge
    and good luck!

  8. Hiya

    3 fabulous cards and each so different, love those ff bears, thanks for joiningus at penny black saturday


  9. Wow, you have been busy. Lovely cards, all of them.
    Thanks for joining us for our first challenge over at Craftalicious

  10. You've been a busy bee. All your cards are fab. Thanks for joining us on our very first challenge at Craftalicious. Hugs Tracy x

  11. Gorgeous cards.
    Thanks for joining us for our first challenge at Craftalicious
    hugs Mandy xx

  12. Hi, your cards are very lovely!
    I enjoyed having a look around at your creations.


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