Thursday, 12 January 2012

First Challenges of 2012!

Well I have had a busy weekend-taking youngest daughter back to Uni in Lincoln I think my poor little car breathed a sigh of relief when we unloaded at her end, to say it was much lighter coming back is a understatement, it glided home up the A1. Although we had to say goodbye for another long stint as at Easter she is off to Salu in Spain with the Uni football team of which she is a team member, and doubt if she will be home over those holidays. Just having got over Christmas and today is my birthday hurrah! agh! Don't know why I am celebrating it will be a very quiet day, past the age of  caring now as my elder son says its only a number, it may be only a number to him but his number is twenty years younger than mine, so he can be flip and say that! Well back to business and I have sat today and made some cards for a few challenges so here's my first card and its for two challenges Papertake Challenge which is to use a die cut on your card and Promarkers Challenge which was to use a cuddly image on your card, so as you can see I have used the cutest bear in the world Winnie the Pooh and to colour him I have used Poppy, Ruby, Gold and Tulip Yellow.

My next card is for Winter Wonderland and that was to feature shopping, shopping bags or a shop, so this is my take on it, the stamp I bought in a set one year at the NEC so have no idea whose make they are, but she looks a bit like nan out doing her Christmas shopping!
Next card is for Saturday Challenge and this was titled Eat Cake, so I have used a Lili of the Valley image of a little girl dressed up with her mums shoes on too, and she is having afternoon tea with cupcakes yum!
This card is my first one for Joanna Sheen Challenge and it is Celebrate something and this  card is a new baby card and I have used this cute baby image and used Promarkers to colour it. This stamp was on one of the first sets I ever received and they were Joanna Sheen's baby images, so cute I have not used them for ages- I have used lemon colours so the card can be used for either sex and added some buttons shaped like hands but kept it quite simple really.

Last but one and this is for Cupcake Challenge and Lollipop Challenge which were New and use any new items received at Christmas. My card is for a New Home and I have made the picture into a lookalike picture frame. The new items I have used are the coloured base card which is from a 6x6 pack I received and the sentiment which was also new at Christmas. Hope you like my take on this theme.
And finally to my last card and my favourite I think so far. This is two challenges House Mouse Challenge which was again New Goodies, Hobby, Baby etc. So I have used a new stamp from House Mouse(which I bought at the NEC) and I have used my new card pack and my new flowers which I received at Christmas,and this is my first attempt at shading the House Mice. I have been reluctant to buy them but as I said in an earlier blog post due to the colouring of them but once I had watched the preview of how to colour them I have become addicted and can't stop stamping them and colouring them! I am also entering this card as a second entry to Joanna Sheen's Challenge for Celebrations, it is a dear friends birthday next week and she has had a rough year also, having to put her son into psychiatric care full time, so I hope this will cheer her up and help her have a as nice a day as she can have.

Well that is all for now- gosh I am worn out! Making all those cards after such a long break and putting them onto my blog. I hope you enjoyed looking and reading my rantings, take care and happy crafting. Love and Hugs Arlinexx


downrightcrafty said...

Gorgeous cards and great take on the shopping theme, thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
Hugs Kate xx
ps I have some new candy if you are interested :)

downrightcrafty said...

oops thank you for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow, so many cards to look at. Love the Pooh Bear, a fave of mine, and that shopping card is great for our challenge at Winter Wonderland.

Faye said...

Wow! How many fabby cards can you cram into one post?! Gorgeous creations. Thanks for playing along with our Something New Challenge at Cupcake this week. Good Luck. x

Tine said...

Hi Darcy. You have been busy - & you can't get a much cuddlier bear than Pooh can you. Great choice of image for our cute & cuddly theme & a lovely card. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers.
Tine :)

Donna said...

Gorgeous card, such a fab design and added detail! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at Cupcake this week...good luck :) Donna ♥ x

NGCARDS said...

This is a wonderful creation! Thanks for joining in over at PTW! xxx

Arline said...

They are all fab! Love the house mouse one and Pooh Bear! Fabby set of cards Mum and glad you enjoyed doing a bit of crafting on your birthday :) xx

Tracy said...

Great cards - lovely. Thanks for joining us at SCSC
Tracy x

Sue said...

Wow, you have been busy creating up a storm. Beautiful cards all, but those little mice in their flower hats are adorable. Love your new stamp. And the colors you chose are wonderuful. Pretty additional flowers too. Thanks for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Beautiful.


Liza said...

A gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining in with our something new challenge this week at CCC.

Liza x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards ,, all of them are fabulous but my fave just HAS to be the cute HM one :-)

thanks for joining us on the PTW and House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenges :-)
Lols x x x

Christine said...

Gorgeous HM creation the colour combo is so pretty & fresh..

thanks for sharing with us at HM & friends chall this time.

smiles Christine x

Violets Corner said...

Wow, you've been busy, a fab collection!

Many thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Craft Challenges.

Warm hugs

Sue said...

Hi ya
a gorgeous selection of cards, fabulous HM image, awesome colour work,thank you for joining us at House Mouse & Friends this week, sue,x

Jill said...

wow you've been busy Arline and they are all gorgeous thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Dora said...

Awww how fun and so cute and colourful all of them. Thank you for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week and good luck. Hugs Dora xx

Suzi said...

Fabulous cards. thank you for joining us at The Joanna Sheen Challenge this month. Good luck in the draw.
Suzi DT xx

Paula said...

Gorgeous cards hun! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge!

Paula DT :D x