28 October 2011

Fantastic Felties


It's Nat that has set the challenge this week over on DCM HQ and this week Nat would like us to make a feature of felt on our cards.
Now I've already admitted in my last post I've totally caught the Christmas bug early so yes I'm breaking out of my habit of rushing doing cards at the last minute and I've actually made a Christmas card, in October!
It's the stupid shops that have set me off with all the decorations, I'm a total kid in a candy store. In Paperchase they had some really cute kawaii decorations so when I grabbed my felt bag and set about making a card all I could think about were kawaii Christmas puddings! I think I'll have to do a set of them, maybe a bauble and a gift box and a stocking and a cracker?
I cut out all the bits of felt by hand and then glued them together. The eyes and mouth are just stitched on using french knots for the eyes. The dotty card is Kesi-art, the kraft card is Papermania and the alphabets are Thickers and October Afternoon minis.
Grab your felt and have a go! www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

27 October 2011

Holidays are coming around again!

Wow it doesn't feel so long ago I was pondering the starting of my December Daily last year and here it is coming around again already! Ok so I know I'm way early and I usually don't start still November but this year I've got so much on I figure I need as much of a head start this year as I can get.
I've been having a play putting my goodies together for my journal base. I started off picking the colour scheme, red and kraft, then I picked out the papers, {American Crafts Hollyday Cherry Nose and Santa Claus, Crate Paper Peppermint Ski Lodge and St Nick, October Afternoon Sidewalks Hide&Seek and Red Rover} along with some red, kraft and white cardstock.

I picked out all the embellishment bits and pieces from my stash just rooting out colours that would work.

I've got some postcard blanks that I'm going to use as my base pages and some pages I'm planning to make just from cardstock and maybe some envelopes. To go with the postcard idea I treated myself to some cute little postmark stamps - these are from Whimsy Stamps. I'm going to make them do double, {or triple I guess it would be} duty though too because I'll use them for gift tags and cards.
For the cover I've picked out a Hambly overlay then I've got some large book rings for the binding.
Can't wait to start putting it together! It's sat on my desk now looking all expectant. :)
Have you caught the Christmas bug yet?

21 October 2011

DCM - Sketch Challenge

This week Kathy has set a sketch dare for us over on Daring Cardmakers, www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

I'm in the process of sorting out my kit scraps so I decided to make another card from leftover kit bits and pieces.

It's  a real big mix up of stuff from Cosmo Cricket, Pink Paislee, Kesi-art, Sassafras, American Crafts and Elle's Studio.
I like using up leftover bits for cards because I'm not bothered too much about what gets covered over because the goal is to use up what I have in front of me so it's a nice simple process. Kathys' sketch made it really easy to work up a design too and there's loads more sketches to play with on the Sketch File Blog Kathy has here, http://kathyswafflesketchfile.blogspot.com/

Don't forget to have a go at this weeks dare, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

xx Leo

P.S I've got a giveaway going on to win the latest Quirky Kit, you've got till 25th Oct 2011. to enter it's on the CT blog, http://craftytemplates.blogspot.com/2011/10/win-hazelnut-coffee-quirky-kit.html

18 October 2011

A Little Bird Told Us...................

Over on The Daring Cardmakers it's Rein who has set the dare this week and has told us to make a card with a bird on it. So here's my got this week, better late than never right?
I had all these lovely papers from mixed up Quirky Kits sat on my desk to use so I set out to make a card just from patterned paper, so no card blank I just used the patterned paper chopped up. The base is a lovely Pebbles one so it's really thick and clunky just right for a card blank. I had to decorate the inside though too so there was somewhere to write on it. For the bird part I used a vintage postage stamp.
There's still time to make a card for this weeks dare and check out this week because there's a lovely ribbony prize up for grabs! www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

xx Leo

7 October 2011

Daring Cardmakers October Flowers of the month

Hey there! I'm back with another Daring Cardmakers card this week.This week we're being inspired by the flowers of the month again which for October are 'Calendula or Cosmos'.
As a starting point I used my own inspiration for this month - I've decided to make October 'the month of collecting'. I've planned another Create 10 class called 'The Collectors Diary' so all this stuff is swirling around in my inspiration consciousness and it's come out in this card. I used a vintage botanical drawing image printed onto patterned paper then just layered it together with a collection of different bits and pieces. The papers are Crate Paper and Kesi-art papers and the little rose trim is Maya Road.

Pop onto the Daring Cardmakers blog and have a go at this weeks challenge, www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
xx Leo