Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Hero Arts, Stamping Bella and Changito Monkeys!

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing OK. I had a very exciting weekend picking up my new car and showing my Mum and sis round our (hopefully) house-to-be! I don't know about you but I think this cold weather is really starting to drag! Borrrrr-ing!! Roll on Spring, please!

So this card I've made for my other Auntie who was 80 last month. I've made it using these beautiful papers I got for Chrimbo in the DCWV Summer stack. I just love them! The two large flowers and the group of flowers in the left hand corner, I cut out of some paper within the stack to make them focal points of the card rather than just leaving them as paper. The stamp is a Hero Arts one from one of their large messages sheets. The butterfly would you believe was actually pink but I experimented by colouring black with copics- it worked! I then added a flower gem for contrast. The silver baubles were rescued from a Christmas cracker and I then trimmed the wire and twisted them around the ribbon.

I'm going to enter this for Cute Card Thursday who's theme is "Blooming Gorgeous".

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Hero Arts); Paper (DCWV); Assorted cardstock; Ribbon (recycled); Baubles (Recycled); Butterfly (?); Gem (Joanna Sheen); Copics

Onto my second make, a Valentine's card for my hubbie. I love this stamp from Stamping Bella as I thought it would be quite versatile. I thought you could mask out the hearts at the top and stamp different sentiments above her but for this one I thought I'd use her as she was intended! I coloured her with Lyra pencils and paper pieced her top, skirt and all the little hearts she is juggling. A bit fiddly and time consuming but I wanted the colours to match the paper exactly. The papers are by American Crafts. I then used 4 different stamps from the Elzybells Valentine tag sets I won (see last post). These sets are mega useful. I white embossed the decorative heart on pink paper and mounted on the "secret admirer" round stamp. The message at the bottom is 2 separate stamps which I stamped to form a sequence. Hope hubbie likes it!

I'd like to enter this for the following challenges:

Mojo Monday- sketch
Fussy and Fancy- "Hearts"
C.R.A.F.T.- "Paper piecing"
Pink Elephant- "Pink"
Sophisticat- "Love"
Secret Crafter- "Hearts"
One Stop- "Make it personal"
Papercutz- "Use pink on a male card"

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Stamping Bella; Elzybells); Paper (American Crafts); Lyra pencils; Assorted cardstock; Nesties; White embossing powder

Here is a little close up of my paper piecing. I also added some Lyra pencils to her skirt to add some depth

And lastly, my last post is for my friend's little boy who's birthday is up and coming. I got this Changito Monkey stamp and matching sentiment for Chrimbo and have coloured with Lyra pencils. I then used an embossing pen and clear glittery embossing powder to emboss the bubbles. The paper I think is Artic Frog (?) and the letter stickers are by Basic Grey. I embossed the brown strip to be reminiscent of bubbles.

I'd like to enter this for:

Cupcake Craft Challenges- "4 legged and furry"- do monkeys count? They walk on all fours??!!!
One Stop- "Make it personal"

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Stampendous); Lyra pencils; Paper (?); Assorted cardstock; Embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Stickers (Basic Grey); Clear glitter embossing powder


Mel said...

Beautiful cards Steph i think my fave would have to be the monkey one with fab sentiment so fun just love them.
hugs Mel

Christine said...

Gorgeous creations thanks for joining us at SCSC

Christine xx

Jennifer Bartram Designs said...

They are fab Steph - love the Monkey one. And I LOVE your new makeover. We will have to book a weekend to swap skills....I need to show you the felting, and I'd be keen to learn how to do all this wonderful bloggy stuff....mine's very boring in comparison. Congrats on the house....you'll have to send me a link to the estate agent site so I can have nose!

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Oooo a new car & a new house to be congrats & good luck with house move I know how stressful it can be!!

Fabby cards hun. Its really good to see you back into the crafty flow of things. I've got some cards to make but my mojo was elsewhere over the weekend.

Take care x

Leann said...

These are gorgeous!
Thanks for joining us on CCT :)
Hugs x

Anesha said...

Beautiful cards, love the first one, really striking. Anesha

{Jane} said...


Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Biscuitlid said...

yeah monkey's count!! Cute ones too!

Great to see you at Cupcake Crafts Challenge this week


gina g said...

Beautiful cards thanks for sharing and good luck moving too. Thanks for joining the OSCC this week. luv gina xx

Riet said...

What a gorgeous cards Steph.

Hugs Riet.xx

Mel X said...

Hiya Steph, a lovely selection of cards chuck!! They're all lovely with fab images and papers.

Thanks for joining us this week at Secret Crafter and good luck in the draw.

Mel X

Mandy said...

Beautiful cards Steph.
Thanks for joining us at Sophisticats
hugs Mandy xx

Avril Ann said...

Well you have been a busy girl Steph each and every card is a stunner, many thanks for playing along at Sophisticats this week. Hugs Avril xxxx

mckinkle said...

Oh Steph you've been so busy! Your cards are gorgeous, Stampin Bella is super and I love your paper piecing!

Fab new look blog! Very snazzy!

Good luck with your candy!

Keryn x

dstandard said...

Fabulous cards - just adorable!

Juanita said...

Wow great cards. Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.

sugar n spice said...

Fantastic cards Steph, Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. this week.

Hugs Suzi x

Jules said...

Hi Steph

What brilliant makes - you have certainly been busy!!

I can't choose a favourite .. .. I love them all!!!!

Hope you are keeping ok.

Love Jules xx

sugar n spice said...

Another great card Steph, Thank you for joining us at OSCC this week.

Hugs Suzi x

Hope Jacare said...

Thanks for playing along at C.R.A.F.T. in our paper piecing challenge! fab image - really fun! Cheers Claire x

Shelly said...

Monkeys definately count! Love the diversity of your image... it's been a while since I've seen Changito! Fab card! Thanks so much for joining us at Cupcake this week!
Hugs Shelly ;)

Patti said...

All 3 cards are just beautiful! I really love your Mojo card.... my favorite challenge!

Trimgym said...

Lovely cards, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge and good luck!


Larisa said...

Beautiful cards Steph ))) Good luck))

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Steph, what a perfect card for our challenge! The image is so cute and your papers are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Sharon said...

A fabulous set of cards Steph. I love how they all look so different. Such beautiful papers and images.
Thanks for joining us at the One Stop Craft Challenge.
Sharon xx

Donna said...

Super sweet little card and beautifully embellished! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake this week :) Donna x

Tammy said...

Gorgeous cards Steph! I love the Stamping Bella one!!

Hugs, Tammy

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Hi hun,
I have left you an award on my blog
Helen x

sophiesmama said...

Darling card! Thanks for playing PCC!

Lacey Stephens said...

Oh my goodness...3 cards in one post!! You've been a busy lady! I love them all, so cute!

Sarah said...

WOW what a lot of FAB cards!!!! You HAVE been busy.
I LOVE your Unscripted Sketches card...and that embossing is perfect for bubbles. Great take on a tricky sketch.
I am thinking from your post you MUST be in the UK...!I am from the UK and now living in the US ..:0)
Thanks for playing along with US this week
Sarah M
Unscripted DT

Anonymous said...

I love all of these cards! The valentine for your hubby is my favorite--so cute! Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday!

Liza said...

Gorgeous work and a great design. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x