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Saturday, 28 February 2009

One card, two challenges

Today's card is for two challenges: firstly Friday Sketchers and secondly Ooh-la-la Creations which is for stripes. The background paper I have had for ages I think it's DCWV. The image is from Elusive Images stamp plates as are the baseball boots, skateboard (shrink plastic) and the Cool Dude stamp. The name and numbers were stamped with a Papermania Alphabet set. I have coloured in using my Promarkers. The central panels are from a playing session I had a while ago with Moon Shadow Mists. I hope you like my card and many thanks for stopping by and for all of the comments you leave, which are always appreciated. Beryl x

A couple of Awards

The first award from Lorraine, if you haven't seen her blog then do go and have a look. She does some of the most amazing work. I am supposed to pass this on to 10 bloggers, but I not sure I if I will be able to get 10 as a lot of the blogs I visit may already have it. But, here goes: Ann, Irene, Ann, Sandie, Irene, Cynthia, Frankie, Lorraine, Beryl, Christine Please check out these ladies blogs, they are well worth a visit.

The second award has been given to me by Eunice who is a new blogger. So please, drop by her blog and check out her work. I'm not sure about passing this one on so I will dedicate this to all of my followers, you are all appreciated so much. If any of you would like to put this award on your blog, please do. Beryl x

Friday, 27 February 2009

Anniversary Card

Today's card is for the same customer that wanted yesterday's 18th Birthday card. This is for her parents' Wedding Anniversary and I have followed the sketch from My Time To Craft, but I think I have missed off a couple of embelishments - sorry - and I have just noticed that my alignment is out - oops customer didn't notice it tho :). The image and backing paper come from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique. The base card and the Cuttlebugged card is Coral Stardream.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Variation on a theme

I have been asked to make another 18th Birthday card, and so I have used my Cute Companions Numbers again. Different recipient. This is for this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge which is a sketch. The backing papers come from the new cardmaking magazine again. The backing to the 18 and the name was made using Ranger Alcohol Inks, it blends in better with the backing papers better in real life, the camera seems to have drained the colour from the pink paper. I finished the card off with a Flora Doodle. I hope you like my card and thank you for stopping by today. Beryl x

Sunday, 22 February 2009


Today's card is for Sketch Saturday, and I have made it using leftovers from my craft box. The stamp is one of Anita's that I picked up from a craft shop whilst on holiday last year, I am not sure where any of the other bits came from as they have been sitting in my box of offcuts and embellishments for ages. Thank you for stopping by and many thanks for the comments you leave. Beryl x

Saturday, 21 February 2009

On a last!

Well, looks as if I found whatever it was missing and stopping me from making some cards. I actually made four cards last night, the two that I posted and another two for customers. This card today is for Sketch & Stash No4, and I am hoping it will qualify for Cute Card Thursday which is 'Signs of Spring' as I think the colours are springlike. I needed an 18th Birthday card for a customer and realised that I have only used one of my Cute Companions Tapestry Numbers and I used it on shrink plastic. While looking at them I decided they would look goood embossed in gold. The papers are what are left from the cards I made last night and they are the free ones from the new magazine. I managed to make 2 square cards and this one from just two sheets of it. I finished the card off with a couple of pink Flora Doodles, which pick up the pink in the patterned paper. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for all of the comments you leave, they really are appreciated and give my confidence a huge boost. Beryl x

Friday, 20 February 2009


Well I've managed another card. This one is for Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week which is for 'a scene'. I had no idea what to do and then whilst browsing my stamps I found this one. I have never used it before and have had it for about six months. It is a stamp from Sparkle and Sprinkle, I think it is just called Scenery. I have tried my hand at distressing, this is the best of about 12 and I'm not really happy with this. I have used Copper Stardream and some gold and white paper that came in a bumper pack. I added a couple of Flora Doodles to give it a bit of a lift. Thank you for stopping by and many thanks for all of the wonderful comments you leave, they really boost my confidence. Beryl x


Well, I've finally managed to do a challenge, the first one for over a week. This is for Friday Sketchers No.40. The papers are from the new magazine Creative Cardmaking. The stamp is from an Elusive Images Sheet. The flower and gems are from my stash and I have finished off with peel-off borders and text. I have just realised that the sentiment is squint and my matting and layering is not that good either, oh well, at least I have managed to complete a challenge. I hope you like my card and many thanks for stopping by and for all the comments you leave, they are really appreciated. Beryl x

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Oriental Fan

My card for today is for Rainbow Lady's Challenge. She wants us to use a fan on our cards in some form or other. I used Stardream Opal card which in real life is a beautiful buttery cream colour. The bookmark and fans come from one of the first stamp sheets I bought from Elusive Images (Glenda) I have stamped in Versamark and used a green Moon Glow ep, added a simple sentiment and a green tassel attached with a gold coloured brad. Thank for visiting my blog and for all the lovely comments you make. Every single one is really appreciated. Beryl x

Monday, 9 February 2009


My card today is for the Sketch & Stash Challenge No.3. I have used my new - and first - Whiff of Joy stamp of Willow. I coloured her in with promarkers, but the pastel blue that I used for her trousers hasn't shown up very well. I scanned the card because the flash on the purple stardream card made all the colours scream at each other and not match. Apart from the image and the flowers everything else came from my odds and ends box. The flowers came from an unopened pack in one of my many embellishments boxes and I have no idea where or when I bought them. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for all the wonderful comments you leave. Beryl x

Sunday, 8 February 2009

4 in 1

Hi, I have managed to make today's card fit four challenges. I have used some new paper from Papermania, which has hearts on stalks; some copper stardream card and copper brads, cuttlebugged flowers, gold holographic card and a Penny Black hedgie, which I have coloured with watercolour pencils. The challenges are Sketch Saturday; Cute Card Thursday - 'Metallica'; Papertake Weekly - 'Hearts and Flowers' and my first entry into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge which is for 'Romance'. Thank you all so much for visiting my blog and for leaving me such wonderful comments, they really are appreciated. Beryl x

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Rainbow Lady meets Friday Sketchers

I have managed to get two challenges covered today with just the one card. The first is for Rainbow Lady's Challenge which is for a monotone card with one of the colours of the rainbow - as you can see I have picked violet this time, and the second is for Friday Sketchers. I really loved this sketch it is definitely a layout I will use again. I used the two colours of lilac from the stardream range and a piece of encaustic art that I was playing around with recently. The image is one of Glenda's faries from the Unicorn and Fairy stampsheets. I stamped her onto purple haze cosmic shimmer film and mounted her onto three nesties. I finished the card off with some purple gems. I hope you like my card and thanks for stopping by today and for all the kind comments that you leave. Beryl x

I've got another award

I have been honoured again, with this award. Thank you so much to Wendy: Frankie: Irene: you haven't visited their blogs please do so as they do some amazing work. I would like to pass this along to Lorraine: Hazel: Kym: and Suzanne: All of these ladies make some beautiful cards so please drop by and take a look. Thank you. Beryl x

Wednesday, 4 February 2009


Today's card is for the Tanda Teaser this week which is Seeing Spots. I used a backing paper from the new Papermania range and then cut some of the flowers from another sheet and layered them up making a very simple card from just a couple of sheets of backing paper - the layering doesn't really show in the photo. The idea for this came from the launch of Joanna Sheen's new CD Cottage Gardens. One of her DT made a card this way with one of the papers from the CD, it was Suzanne, and you can seen her card here. So thank you Suzanne for the idea and inspiration. If you haven't visited Suzanne's Blog you don't know what you're missing. Not only does she make fabulous cards , but she does some great tutorials and product write ups. Do pay her a visit you certainly will not be disappointed. I added a piece of black grosgrain ribbon from Poppicrafts and a couple of spotty Flora Doodles. Thank you for your visit and comments, all of which are really appreciated. Beryl x

Couple of Awards

Thank you so much to Sandie who gave me these two awards. If you haven't seen her site, do drop by because she does the most amazing fat book pages, atcs, and now a calender would you believe. Such small wonderful pieces of artwork. I have been checking out a lot of the blogs I visit and see that most of them already have these awards: so if anyone would like them, please help yourself with my gratitude for your continued support. Beryl x

Monday, 2 February 2009


Today's card is for Rainbow Lady's Challenge, which required windows on your creation. I was completely stumped until my neighbour came in and asked me to make her daughter a birthday card. Apparently, she loves purple - not that you would have guessed that would you! I got out my cd's and had a browse until I came upon this picture from the Joanna Sheen Pamela West cd. I used my oval nesties to cut out the centres of the smaller photos and layered them up pyramid style. The backing paper came from a special offer promotion from Crafter's Companion ages ago. I mounted the main image onto some purple holographic card and pale lilac stardream. I didn't have enough of the white and silver organza ribbon to do much with, so I tied it into a loose double knot and then glued the ribbon roses onto it. I edged the paper with peel off borders which I coloured with those peel off pens, I did the same with her name. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for any comments which are always greatly appreciated. Beryl x

Sunday, 1 February 2009


Today's card hopefully fits the bill for two challenges. Firstly Cute Card Thursday which is for a Valentine's Card. The other challenge is for the new Sketch and Stash callenge which is to follow the sketch and use something new or neglected from your crafting stash on your card. The stamp comes from Elusive Images (Glenda) and her gorgeous Harlequin Rose stamp sheet, there are some fabulous stamps in this set. It's the very first time I have used any of these stamps, I coloured the rose with watercolour pencils, using them like crayons and then blended with a water brush. All the papers have come from my stash - it's surprising what you find when you open boxes and files for the first time in ages. I have no idea where any of it came from. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and for all the comments made which are greatly appreciated. Beryl x