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This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Pollycraft Challenge #100 - *//Celebrations\\*

Monday, Monday! ;) Heehee. How is everyone? Did you enjoy the weekend?! The sun was beating down here aaall weekend. It's had me worn out! I can't complain though - I got a few hours in the garden with a good read. This one is Cold Kill by Neil White.. incase you're reading Coops! ;)

I guess you're wondering what is going on? If you're even in the right place. Well let me tell ya!! As most of you already know I was picked by Pollycraft to be a new DT member late Monday night, along with three other very lucky ladies!! This is such an awesome opportunity - I was totally debating whether or not to even apply - but I bit the bullet on the Sunday before the DT call closed and just went for it. Boy, I'm glad I did!! :D So, this is my first ever post as official Pollycraft DT member!! *high five*

pollycraft monday challenge    

So this week.. we have a very special challenge for you all.. this is the 100th Pollycraft challenge.. and we want to see..


Woah, that could be anything, a birthday, an anniversary, the birth of a new baby. I've chosen 'friendship' - because friendship is a gift to celebrate, right? I can't wait to see what you come up with.

The PRIZE this week?! Well, it's a special one.. check this..

I know you like that! ;) Damn, I wish I could enter!! LOL. Plus.. since this is the 100th challenge - which is a milestone in itself - Paula is throwing in a disc of 100 digis?! HELLO!! You can't pass up on an opportunity like that. Anyone entering using the celebrations theme, and the optional stars and stripes will get a second entry.

Stay tuned for another surprise later in the post!

Here is my card for this challenge. I have used the cutest 'Swinging Friends' from the Swings and Slides collection. She and her little kitty friend are available HERE at the Pollycraft Shop. I have coloured the image using Copics and PMs. Oh.. I have a thing for cats. I love cats. Of all sizes. Especially ginger cats. So naturally her little kitty friend had to be ginger. Isn't he cyoooot?!

These images just BEG me to use pink on my creations. Honestly.. for someone who had a phobia of pink when I first started crafting.. I really think I'm warming to it. Pink cardstock, pink patterned paper, pink sentiment, pink t-shirt, pink embellishments!! Come onnn! ;) Pink button, pink distressing. HA!

I have distressed the edges of my panel using Victorian Velvet DI, again.. pink.. and added some faux stitching using a brown fineliner. But you knew that, right? It's just standard with me these days! LOL. I have adhered the panels all skewed - I sorta like it!

As for embellishments, I have added a few flowers which I have punched using a MS punch, some white liquid pearls and Diamond Stickles, and a gorgeous blue bow with ribbon from The Ribbon Girl with a pink button and some twine tied around. No WOC I hear you say, well.. stocks are dwindling.. I gotta tread carefully! ;)

How do you like my first ever attempt at a sky background?! HA! I don't think it's too bad! I mean.. it could be worse :) I quite like the effect. It adds something else so as the image panel isn't totally blank. I have created my sentiment in word using Nizzy's Font and created two seperate banners which I have curled to add extra dimension.

I managed to squeeze in some stars (a star stamp around my image panel) and some stripes (my patterned paper). Get me!! Going all out here! LOL.

Here you can see the dimension of the banners. Neat effect achieved by simply curling your paper around a pencil or the end of a brush.

As for the next surprise.. I (courtesy of Paula) am giving away the 'Swinging Friends' digi which I have used on this project to one lucky random commenter. Can I hear a *yaaaay!!*

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× I Love ProMarkers - Include Flowers
× My Mum's Craft Shop - Something Old, Something New - New Image, Old Ribbon and Button
× The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
× Stampavie and More - More than 3 Layers
× Bearly-Mine Designs - Summer Time
× My Time To Craft - Yes, Here Comes The Summer

It's been aaages since I included a supplies list, but I thought I would start again on certain posts, just so I can keep track of stuff.

Cardstock: Bazzill - Kraft; SU! Pretty in Pink
Patterned paper: MME - Oh La La for Her
Images: Pollycraft Swings and Slides - Swinging Friends
Stamps: PTI - Star Prints
Ink: Victorian Velvet DI
Embellishments: Basic Grey Button; The Ribbon Girl - Pink Bakers twine; Blue Organza ribbon
Tools: Bow Easy, MS 3-in-1 Hydrangea Punch
Misc: White Liquid Pearls; Diamond Stickles, brown fineliner
Colour Mediums: Copics - Skin E00, 11, R30; Hair E35, 57, 59; ProMarkers - Clothes Carmine, Salmon Pink, Cocktail Pink, Petrol Blue, Marine, Turquoise, Lush Green; Shoes Cocoa, Burnt Sienna; Kitten Oatmeal, Ginger, Blossom, Cool Grey 1; Swing Cocoa; Burnt Sienna, Walnut, Red

Thanks for stopping by today!! Don't forget to head over to the Pollycraft Challenge blog to see the inspiration the other awesome ladies have for ya!!


  1. Hey Babe, high five! This card is completely fantastic. I can totally see why you were chosen to join the DT. Love, love, love all the pretty details and that you made the image so big. I must try this out. Yummy. xxx

  2. Yowsa honey - your card is HOT! I love all of the details! So pleased you're on the team!!

  3. Wow this is so pretty and it is easy to see why you are on the DT :D I like the sky effect you have used.
    Thank you for the chance to win this cutie.

    Huge hugs

    Amy xx

  4. Woohoo Fabby card - love, love, love it! And your faux stitching is sooo straight!! Sheena xx

  5. Beautiful Lou! What a sweet girl with here cat on a swing!
    Hugs Mieke

  6. High 5 back at ya Lou and welcome to the team! Love your first card you designed with us and of course your ginger cat! I think your background looks fab. I too have just done my first background a couple of weeks ago. It's fun for something different.

    Hugs, xoxo

  7. Congratulations - kraft & pink are super. Love the look you've settled for on the blog. The crochet flowers make me smile!!
    Paula (PEP)

  8. WOW, I really love this card. The colours, the details, the colouring and your sky are fab.

  9. Beautiful card! I love the little flowers and pearls you added to the image.


  10. fabulous card,lovely colours-thanks for joining us at I♥ promarkers-Kate

  11. Hiya Lou - glad to be teaming with you again :) Beautiful card! Your coloring is amazing and that sky looks fab. Love the pretty bow and button too.

  12. Hiya Lou

    Oh my goodness I adore this card, the layout, the 3d element to it, your colourwork everything works so perfectly! think you nailed the pink thing! lol

    Joey xxx

  13. Hi Lou! I love all that pink! And the curly tags look awesome! This is such a cute image... love that ginger cat!


  14. Lovely, lovely card, Great image and great design!

  15. i really love this card, the layout is excellent, the image a perfect choice and the banner arched like that really makes the card

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs , Kenny K and My Time To Craft

  16. Ooooooo, totally rocking card teamie, loving all the pink!! :o)

  17. Fab card, love the depth of colour, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers this week
    Ruth x

  18. wow!! fantastic card lou.love the image, she is gorgeous and your colouring and details are stunning.love the dimension and fab sky background ;D

    xx coops xx

  19. Woohoohoo! Lou, amazing news on the DT hun, you so desrve it. I just love this stunning creation. Beautiful colouring and yummy bow.

    Donna x

  20. Terrific card! What a cute image, and fabby papers! Love the ribbon and bow, too! Ace!

    luv, Mags x

  21. Gorgeous Lou.
    So sweet and perfectly pretty.
    And congrats on your dt position.

    Hugs Elaine xx

  22. Beautiful cards...such cute images...thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine ……..
    Hugs Judith

  23. beautiful card, gorgeous colouring and a fab design

    Congrats on pollycraft DT:)

    Thank you for joining us at MMCS


  24. Hey Lou! This is just soo gorgeous i love it lass! hugz Sal x

  25. Love your card. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter challenge.

    Hugs Liv.

  26. Gorgeous card sweetie :)
    Now I don't have to miss you when your time is up at the Sassy dt :) 'bighug*

  27. Lou, what a lovely card and your sky background looks great! Congrats on becoming part of the pollycraft team!

  28. Such cute card! Adorable image too. Sweet colouring. Thanks for playing with us over at TPS challenges.
    Love n hugs

  29. This is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers.

    Julie W x

  30. Well done for making the Pollycraft DT team. Love how you have used this image. The pinks and browns really work and the sentiment banner is fab.

  31. Such a gorgeous card Lou. Love the image and the colours also. Hugs Michele x

  32. Lou - doing the happy happy dance for you... fantastic news... Congrats to you.

  33. such pretty colours love your card

  34. Hi Lou
    A gorgeous and beautiful card
    Hugs Dianne xx

  35. Wow, love it. Thanks for joining us at Stampavie and more.
    Hugs Nadell

  36. Really beautiful card:)
    Thank you for your participation in the challenge to the SAM.
    Hugs New DT Marika


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