Graphicus March Challenge - Just a Note!

On the Graphicus blog this month the March challenge is:-

The colour theme is 'Yellow' and the challenge theme is 'Sing'

The colour theme was easy but I struggled with the challenge theme at first and looked for inspiration from my thousands of tracks in Itunes but nothing inspired me. Then I thought about singing - when we sing we sing notes! so to incorporate the colour scheme and challenge theme I have made a set of note cards and a gift box.

Each card is decorated with K & Co and Artylicious paper, stamped images, eyelets, brads, die cut flowers and lots of hand stitching! The hand stitching took ages but I think it was worth it as it's much neater than machine stitching, should I say much neater than my machine stitching!
The sentiment on each card is 'Just a Note'.

All the materials I used are available from Graphicus apart from the needle and thread!:-
K & Co Remake mat pad in Sunset Oranges
Briliance Dew Drop inkpads in Sunflower Yellow and Moonlight White
Elusive images Celebration Words themeplate
Elusive Images Texture Blocks themeplate
Artylicious Butterfly Bliss CD Rom
Crop a dile
Woodware brads
Cuttlebug Flower Die
Groovy Duo
Needle and thread

Basic Grey Challenge 27 - Texture

The Basic Grey challenge this week is 'Texture'. I took inspiration from DT member Anthea's stunning take on the challenge. I struggled with the proportions, mulling it over for 2 days, but at last I'm happy (sort of!). I used Offbeat papers.

Photos are definately improving ;-). both these shots were my 1st attempt!

DCM - One for the Girls


The DCM dare this week, as it's Mother's Day, is a card for the girls, so easy peasy! I made a gatefold card using Sassafrass Lass papers again! - just love the colour combo - stamped some swirls on the body of the card, inside and out and added glamour dust to the flowers. I've stamped 'Have a Great Day' inside the card too!

And now for something.......

completely different.....
My crafting 'to do' list this week included a 70th birthday card for a man! No ribbon, bows or bling! What was I going to do? Well I searched Ebay and found a PaperArtsy stamp that inspired me so I just had to have it. It didn't arrive until yesterday leaving me only today to make and post the card (I usually need to sleep on a design). Well I faffed and fussed around most of the day and came up with this...........

I'm quite happy with the result although I wish I stamped the 'Time Flies' and '70' in black now!

Raspberry Ribbons Sketch 17

Great sketch over at Raspberry Ribbons this fortnight. I've used Cherry Arte papers and ribbon from Scrapshed. The image and sentiment is another from the Pink Petticoat 'Simply Delightful' range. No pink or stitching for a change!

Another challenge for u!

This week the BG challenge 26 is 'all things round', so rounded corners and not an angle in sight! I've used BG Sultry papers. Embroidered the border and the sentiment. I've got the stitching bug, can't resist adding stitching to every card I make!

DCM - Ready Steady Cook

The dare this week over on DCM follows the theme of the cookery programme 'Ready, Steady, Cook'.
Here are the ingredients:
3 different papers
At least one piece of chipboard
At least 1 button
At least 1 piece of ribbon
optional: 1 extra item/element of your choice

I used 3 different papers from Sassafrass Lass 'Sew Fine' collection (a bargain from Scrapshed!), chipboard lettering and the felt butterfly is my extra item to which I've added the button and ribbon from Blooming Felt. Happy days!

Basic Grey Challenge 25 Sketch

The Basic Grey Challenge this week is a gorgeous sketch. I've used BG Sultry papers with some faux stitching here and there. I learnt a lot from this, my first, BG challenge! I'll definately be using photo corners again!

PTW Challenge Sketch

Lovely sketch from Dawny over at PTW. I used a gorgeous new image and sentiment from Pink Petticoat - part of the 'Simply Delightful' range, it's on offer 'til the end of the month - result!
The background paper is from PP too.
Also used the textured textile cuttlebug embossing folder and nestabilities and glamour dust.

DCM - It's a patchy one!

The DCM dare this week is 'its a patchy one!' Any theme as long as it is patchwork inspired. I used a K & Co Mat pad as the paper has a texture that gives the appearance of fabric - a good chance to use up all the scraps I was saving too! I used a chipboard shape as a template for the flower petals . Didn't have a fine pen for faux stitiching so got the needle and thread out!

Raspberry Ribbons Sketch 16

Another great sketch from Raspberry Ribbons. Thought I'd have a go at paper tearing this week as I've seen a lot of it about - enjoyed the experience!
Not my favourite 'make' - certainly room for improvement I feel.

PTW - Hot Chocolate!


Over on PTW the challenge this week is Hot Chocolate - Pink and Orange is the 'hot' part and the brown is obviously the chocolate! Bit unsure of the colour combo working for me at first but I found using such bright colours uplifting!

It's not easy......being green!


My second attempt at a 'manly' card. I find them so difficult! Still I think this one is better than what the shops have to offer - fishing scenes, footballs, pints of beer and unfunny jokes!
Even men like cupcakes, don't they?

All things circular!


This week over at the DCM blog the dare is all about circles. I thought it would be a great opportunity to use the embossed buttons from Craftwork cards I bought recently.
I used pink chalk (not showing up very well in the photo) to colour the embossed images and highlighted with glitter and crystals. Also had a play with the cuttlebug embossing the acetate with the swiss dots folder - more circles!