Thursday, 23 September 2010

Crafting a cold away

I have a cold, one of those stuffy, pressure in your head type of colds :(
So I decided to try to make cards to help take my mind off it.
At first I had crafters block so I looked through the list of challenges in my sidebar and made a few notes, nearly 2 hours later I have made 3 cards! :)

The first is for the following challenges:
Passion for ProMarkers - make your own flowers
I {heart} ProMarkers - white on white (the only colour to be the image used)
Allsorts - use at least 3 punches
Wild Orchid Challenge - Ribbon & Bows
Papertake Weekly - Animal Magic
Colour Create Challenge - All white (with coloured image), with the optional extra of embossing
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Anything Goes

Here's my card:

The white base card was stamped with clear pigment ink and an Anita's snowflake stamp, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I wrapped white ribbon around and tied into a bow at the front.
The image is by Artful Stamper and is called 'Cat Nap', I coloured this adorable image with ProMarkers, the cat itself is a blend of caramel & buttercup colours. I added some white flock to the trim of the hat and a little glitter to the bell at the end.
Next I made my flowers, using 3 punches: SU 5 petal flower punch, All Night Media Snowflake punch, and the smaller flower with my SU boho blossoms punch. I added flat-back pearls to the centre of each flower to finish.

The next card is for Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog, who have a fab sketch to follow made by their new GD Jay Jay:

The SSS DT have all used Sarah Kay images this week so I thought I would use this Sweet Ebony 'picking apples' image by Elizabeth Bell who designed this image with inspiration from Sarah Kay. I coloured this cute image with SU markers.
The card base is SU creamy caramel cardstock, the paper is by Dovecraft and is from their 'funky vintage' collection. The flowers were made using x-cut retro flower punches and a woodware leaf punch. Sentiment is by SU from their 'pocket silhouettes' stamp set.
I added more flat-back pearls to complete the card.

Now, this card is SO CUTE! which suits this weeks challenge over at Pollycraft perfectly which has the theme 'Cute and Cuddly'...

The image is also by Pollycraft and is called 'Marleys Bauble'. Isn't he just the cutest?! :)
I coloured Marley with ProMarkers, then added some more white flock to trim his hat, and a little glitter to his bauble although it's hard to see.
The green patterned paper is by MME 'quite contrary' paper pack, the blue spotty paper is from Dovecrafts 'back to basics' paper pack.
The sentiment is from a Dovecraft clear stamp set (studio g)
I used this weeks sketch from Truly Scrumptious, who also gave us the option of using the colours blue and green too, hence my colour combo for this card.
As lovely as it was, I felt it needed something adding and so got my boho blossoms punch out again to make some flowers, my woodware punch for the leaves and added flat-back crystals to the centre to finish.

Phew! quite a long post for me! thanks for staying the course if you are still here lol.


  1. Such adorable cards. Thanks for joining us this week at PFP. Hugs Michele x

  2. Hi Jo, great to see you, this is gorgeous, what a cute little image too, thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.

  3. Great cards, your all white card is really lovely. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers and PfP. Sue C x

  4. Hi Jo. You have been busy! Lovely cards, and the white on white for our challenge this week is gorgeous. Love that image. Great card and glad you have found the time to join us at I ♥ Promarkers and hope you will play along with us again.
    Tine :)

  5. Hi Jo, what a gorgeous card. The image is adorable and your colouring is fab. The white flowers are stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x

  6. Adorable cards!!! Love the images and color combos!!

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


  7. Blimey! You go girl. Love the elegance and shape of the first, the gorgeous autumn colours on the second and the cuteness of the third. Feel better soon babe. xxx

  8. Wow these are all stunning, what a sweet cat, hope you are feeling better
    Thanks for joining my challenge at ALLSORTS this week, Good Luck
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  9. WOW Jo, you have been a busy girl!! I think all three cards are wicked, but especially love Marley, SO CUTE I have to agree!! :o)
    Lots of love

  10. Theses are adorable, i especially like the one you did for our challenge at I ♥ promarkers,thanks for joining us x

  11. WOW stunning cards Jo.

  12. They're all lovely, but I do like the top one. Such a cute image. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

  13. Three fab cards, love the white on white and that pollycraft image is sooo cute.

  14. Oh gorgeous cards - love them all! Thanks for joining us at PFP and Colour Create this week. Juliexx

  15. All such gorgeous cards Jo, adorable image and lovely colours.
    Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft / PFP and good luck.
    Hugs Emma x

  16. Wow! such beautifull cards. Thanks for playing with Charisma.
    xx Vee

  17. wow these are all so beautiful, the images are so cute and the designs are stunning. Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft this week, I hope you will join us again. Tracy x

  18. Hope you are feeling better by now, all three of the cards are lovely, I really do like the colouring on the first one, have never thought of combining caramel and buttercup,thank you for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week
    Ruth x

  19. Wow love your cards, hope your colds better, hugs Liz xx

  20. Gorgeous cards, I love the image on the first one, it is just adorable :O) Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for playing along with us on I ♥ Promarkers this week.

  21. Hi Jo,
    These are all beautiful. I especially love the clean & simple style of the first card, it's so elegant. Thanks for joining us at PFP.
    Andie xx

  22. Fabulous cards, especially the white one. The image is gorgeous, and coloured perfectly. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.
    Julie x

  23. Gorgeous cards Jo ,,, all of them are just fantastic but I must say ,, I love first one ,,, so simple and stylish !! stunning !! :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  24. lovely cards, Jo - i especially love how the image POPS against the white background on that first one! thanks so much for playing with the Charisma Gals this week!

  25. wow three stunning cards Jo...hope you cold clears up soon and your feeling better...thanks for joining in with the Truly Scrumptious challenge
    Mina xxx

  26. Your cards are beautiful.

    Thanks so much for joining us over at Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge Blog.

    Hugs, Mindy

  27. What awesome cards!!! Love them all! You did a great job on the Colour Create all white, sooo very cute!
    Thanks for joining the Colour Create Challenge this week and the Wild Orchids Challenge!
    Hugs, Dena