Friday, 11 June 2010

Scrappy-go-lucky International Blog Hop and DCM

Well here I am flying the flag for the United Kingdom. It is still Friday evening for me as I write this, but over in Perth it is Saturday morning - Good morning Australia.
I was asked to come up with a project that represented my part of the globe. After much thought, I decided to use as my inspiration
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
who has ruled our country faithfully for almost sixty years now





For my card I first made a 6" square base card and cut away the front on the diagonal like this.................




Then I drew a crown out from my brand new Cricut cartridge Wall Decor at 4 1/2" on white cardstock with a black glitter Cri-kit pen, then pressed load paper, and cut
The second layer was cut from DCWV glitter paper.
The metallic lines look like very neat doodling, you don't really get the effect in the photo.
I added a very narrow Martha Stewart border to the left edge, stitching it with black thread first.
I added a liberal sprinkling of 'diamonds' to the crown and the whole thing was stuck with foam pads along the line of the cut












the font on this cartridge is beautiful....................




The next card is representing the area of the UK where I have lived for all of my adult life. I was born in Wales, but have lived in the Birmingham area for years. Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK, a large industrial centre, and the home of the English Royal Ballet Company. So this next card represents that.
Again using the Wall decor cartridge I cut the beautiful ballet dancer at 4"
The border scallops are by EK Success and Martha







adding some red gems to the swirls of her skirt really bought the die cut alive. I used silicone glue to glue her to the paper, as this dries in 'blobs' and doesn't flatten, useful for giving delicate cuts dimension







Of course, if I am representing the United Kingdom, I also have to mention my second home, the USA, where we live for about six months every year, have many friends and feel very much at home




So here is my card for America.
Celebrating the 4th July, Independence Day (ironically of course, independence from British rule!), I made this card using Designers Calender. I drew the flag first with my white cri-kit gel pen, then cut, at 4", I realised later that I should have cut the main body of the flag in red and the star in blue, take it as an artistic interpretation. At least it's red white and blue! I was too short of time to make another one.

Happy 4th America, and thank you for making us so welcome
These cards fit nicely into the dare for this week over on Daring Cardmakers, so I am entering this post in for that challenge..........


I am giving away a set of 10 Cri-kit pens of the winners choice, and holder. The winner will be drawn randomly from all those who leave a comment on this post, all my followers will be in automatically, if you comment as well as being a follower, you will have two chances. You have until next friday the 18th June to leave your comment.
The main prize for the blog hop is FOUR of the very latest Cricut cartridges, including Wall Decor that I have used for this post (I love this one)
You need to follow the hop from Scrappy-go-Lucky's site to pick up all the clues, solve the anagram and email the answer to the address on the site
I hope you are enjoying this week of hopping around, as much as the design team are enjoying making the projects to show you
Here is your clue for today

For the final clue, visit Mandy at Scrappy-go-Lucky tomorrow to see what she has done with that gorgeous little fairy she cut out on monday
Good luck













105 comments:

iluvmybugs said...

All beautiful cards En...especially love the Queen For A Day one!!! TFS

Terry

Sharon said...

These are just beautiful!!! Awesome crown! Love love how you did that one!! :)

Net said...

Wow they're fab En!

I wouldn't have known where to start!

Kaye's Crafty Place said...

Good Morning Enfys from sunny Perth. The Queen would be very proud of your crown card, that card looks beautiful. The ballerina looks so elegant and beautifully show cased on your second card, and last but not least I'm sure all Americans are proud to have you as a citizen and would love to receive your third card. Great detail on all.

hugs
Kaye x

Kristina said...

En, all of your cards are so beautiful. I always enjoy reading your stories that go along with your posts. Even if you didn't post a project at all, I'd still stop by to hear what you have to say. The cards are just the "icing on the cake"
Hugs,
Kristina

~JulieH~ said...

Oh these are fabulous cards En those cuts on wall decor make this cart a must!!! Love the gel pen detail on the American flag. Thanks for the chance to win!
Hugs
Juliexx

Sandy Bayles said...

Enfys,
I have followed this all week. Yes, I am one of your followers. What is the chance of picking number one. I have 8 letters and not a clue. Maybe I will get lucky and win some pens. Hey, I won the stamps from you. Someone has to win. Great job as usual.......
Blog: http://lovethatexpressions.blogspot.com/
E-Mail: davidbayles@sprintmail.com

AprilsL8 said...

Love your cards! The Wall Decor cart is a must have - thanks to you!!

Mary Jean said...

wow I'm first! Love all your cards as usual!! But the dancer really jumped out at me! thanks!

jodilynn67 said...

You did a great job with each country!

Rufus said...

Enfys, I love coming to check out what you've been up to. All three of these are marvelous cards. Really like the dancer. Thanks so much for giving a shout to your "home away from home"!
R/

SusanC said...

Nice cards, I really like the font on Wall Decor, might have to add that one to the wish list. TFS

Jodie R said...

Enfys,

Beautiful cards! I love how you used the Wall Decor cart to make cards. I love that the cuts are designed for the wall, but look great on cards and LO's too! I have gotten so many great ideas on this blog hop and it has been so fun to see what everyone has created! Thank you all for this fun trip around the world!

JANLYNN said...

Love the crown. We are glad you feel at home here in the USA too. Your work is amazing.

JANLYNN said...

Love the crown. We are glad you feel at home here in the USA too. Your work is amazing.

cal8007 said...

Love the cards you created - that font is just so beautiful!! I need that cart now LOL

Thanks for sharing and for including our part of the world too!

Carmen Lucero
El Paso, TX USA
cal8007 at aol dot com

kim.mom said...

AWESOME as always!!!

AndreaA said...

These cards a great Enfys. I especially love the Queen for a day!

Carrie K said...

Beautiful cards! I love your work and your comical commentary on your blog!
Carrie

Melodie said...

Hi Enfys, your ideas are indeed limitless. I can only admire your new plants again
Hugs
Melodie

Maxine said...

You make beautiful cards. Would love to make the ballerina one for my neice.

Shelley said...

Just love all three cards buy my favourite would have to bee the Queen for a day its just gorgeous.

Alifen said...

Great cards. The font on the crown card is beautiful. One of my granddaughters dances and would love the ballerina. Will have to check out the Wall Decor cart. I come from England but have lived in Western Australia for 24 years now.

alisonfen@westnet.com.au

Riet said...

What a gorgeous cards Enfys.

Hugs Riet.xx

joyce said...

I love all of your cards................ I certainly ask you enough questions.
I had a Welch Terrie and told my nephew he was from Wales.
Joyce

Susan De Crafter said...

Great cards to represent your countries. I think the Queen for a Day is my favorite. Love all your bling.

Kendra-Sue said...

I'm so excited to learn about your blog. I read Diane's blog regularly and now I've found a fun one on the other side of the pond. I like your Independence day card but I love the Queen card.

gagirl said...

Love your 2 cards. The Wall Decor has some beautiful cuts on it and thanks for showing us 2 of them.
Love the Cri-Kut pen detail. It sure adds something to the cards!

Dana said...

Love all the cards. Your crown card is really nice. All of the lovely ladies here need to be "Queen for a Day", don't you agree? Thanks for your hard work and your sense of humor, that I just adore.

BettyBee said...

En, these are such lovely cards! Thanks for the tutorial on how you put them together, and how the little Cri-ket pens work. It's so nice the way you honored the Queen! You're the best!! Thanks for being with us 6 months of the years, and calling FL your home as well.
Hugs,
BettyBee

Gramjak said...

Wowser, Enfys!! Each of your cards today is SPECTACULAR. I adore the Queen (always wanted to wear the crown for one day). the ballet dancer is soooooo beautiful and just the right card for many occasions with my granddaughters. and the creme d'la creme -- your July 4th card!!

Thanks so much for sharing -- I have been a follower for a LONG time and you are always so inspirational!

coolnana72 said...

Beautiful cards, Enfys, as always. I have followed your blog for some time now and have never been disappointed. Thanks for sharing all of your projects with us.

flowerdisco said...

enfys....all your cards are just fantastic. love the crown and the ballerina.
thanks for the short bio too.

SueB said...

What fabulous cards! As always, of course! Felt like I was in the Tower of London looking at the crown jewels. You continue to amaze with how you take a premise and come up with such wonderful creations. So happy to have you in the US at least part of the year! Great tribute to both countries!
Love ya!
Sue Brailey
Proud En follower

Grandma Nancy said...

Hi again Enfys! I first saw you as guest designer on Everyday Cricut. I love your creative projects!

Helen said...

Lovely cards! I think my favorite is the crown card--just beautiful!

Stephanie said...

All of your cards are wonderful.Each one is totally unique. I aways enjoy your work.

- - Sheryl - - said...

Hi En,
Oh my you were busy - your three cards are beautiful! I subscribe through RS email feeds so not sure you are counting them so I wanted to comment anyways to tell you your cards are wonderful! (as always)

Crafty Sue said...

Wow, Enfys, you've been busy, an UK and a USA card. These are so great. Love the crown.

katschriber said...

i have to agree, 'wall decor' might be one of my favorites.
nice blog, and i'm already a follower.

kat

CraftyGirl said...

All of your cards are so beautiful!! I am really lovin the queen for a day one!! Who would't want to receive that one?!!
Barb :)

Margie said...

Beautiful cards! I am an email subscriber, and I don't always get by your blog to comment, but your posts are a bright spot in my day!

Lori in SC said...

Love the cards, but then, I love all your cards. Thanks

pcrusberg said...

Oh Enfys, I really love the "queen" card! Classy just like she is. Artistic interpretation is always welcome here in the states. Thanks for the giveaway. Pam
pcrusberg at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Everything you do is so nice looking. Thanks for being so inventive and willing to share your talent with us. Glad to have you in the US part time too! Rosie
motcm@verizon.net

Serendipity Stamping said...

Morning Enfys, two more of your beautiful and imaginative cards. I almost always start my day by opening your blog first, it usually sets the tone for my day. You give us laughs with your storytelling and I for one thank you. Can you believe it is still around 90 degrees at 5-6 p.m., at least it is cooling a little after the sun goes down. Enjoy your weekend.

Linda L said...

Well I am two day behind thanks to internet troubles at the cabin. I love your Queen card. I have a friend who wears a lanyard that says The Queen.
I can not figure out the letters. I am probably too late now anyway. Oh well I gave it a good try. It sure was a fun hop.

Dreama said...

Lovely...you ladies have been amazing this week. Thanks.

nanapuddin said...

Beautiful cards! Love your work! I'm a follower! TFS and inspiring!

MyAuntKath said...

Oh, Envys, as usual you have OUTDONE yourself! These cards are great. You have such beautiful and elegant ideas! Thanks so much. Would love some pens! Kathie

Chrisd said...

What lovely papercrafting projects especially the "Queen for a Day" one.

Dreama said...

So many cartridges...so much fun! You ladies have really been busy this week. Love the Queen for a Day.

Billie said...

Love your cards, especially the Queen for a Day. How clever. I want this cart very badly, soon I hope to get it.

Hestia's Helper said...

What an imaginative use for the CriKit pens. I have one set, but never thought to use them on colored paper as a highlight... BEAUTIFUL!

Jessica said...

Hey Enfys, I just wanted to tell you you did a great job with your cards! I love the Crown card, well, I love them all! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs
Jazzyjess49

KarenLinPA said...

all the cards are great. I don't mind that the flag is not "perfect" colors -- it's the creativity that counts! The wall decor font is lovely.

mary said...

Still haven't figured out all the letters yet. Will have to sit down and really look at it. Cute cards. TFS! mdot kdot schmidt athotmail dotcom

narutopenguingirl said...

Thanks for all your beautiful creations! And thanks for putting a smile on my face with all your fun stories :)

Char J said...

great card. thanks for all the takes from each country--lucky you. tx.

4kids4 said...

I might be American, but I must say that I enjoyed your crown card most. All of your details are fabulous...I know many ladies who would love to find this in their mailbox! Thanks for sharing!

GrannyCharlotte said...

Your cards are absolutely wonderful. Love the crown on the Queen for a Day card. I agree with you on the font. The 4th of July card is cool. Love the pen work on the flag. TFS.

Nannieflash said...

Well done Enfys youve done both countrys proud they are both stunning. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxx
By the way your blogcandy arrived today and Im thrilled with it, thank you so much.

DeMillio said...

I so love looking at your creations, Enfys! Always great ideas. :)

Kathy said...

Fab cards En - especially love the ballet dancer one - it's so elegant and whimsical at the same time

Katina said...

These are amazing En. I can't pick a favourite as I love them all x

Jenny Gibson said...

Love the cards. They are gorgeous.

AShu93 said...

Really pretty cards! And I think the red, white & blue is just fine. I didn't even notice the red & blue switched until you mentioned it.

Kris in Alaska said...

Wow you have done some stunning work! Thanks for sharing!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Kim. said...

These are all beautiful Enfys, you have done our and america's country proud. Love the queen for the day font, this is really special.
Kim xXx

The Memory Keeper said...

These are so much fun! You amaze me every time I visit your blog.

Kristie Maynard said...

Love your cards Enfys! Beautiful as always. I think my favorite is the ballet one, so lovely!

Krystal said...

Great cards! I love the 'queen for a day' one!

Tori said...

WOW!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!

The Card in pink is just GORGEOUS!!

I LOVE IT!!

WELL DONE!!

Torixx

Hey Jude said...

wonderful job on all of your cards they are stunning. thanks for sharing JSharer417@aol.com

Indira said...

Beatiful cards. Thanks.

Lainey said...

Enfys, these are beautiful projects and wonderfully reflective of your two homes:o)

sucor said...

All three of these are awesome! I love the beautiful crown, and darling ballerina and pen detailing.

freetimegone said...

What great cards and so nice of you to do one for each of the places you live. I love the 4th of July idea. Thanks also for a chance to win a gerat prize. You are the best and I love your daily emails.

Lythan said...

love your takes on the dare Enfys and the Queen card is just adorable. thanks for joining in with DCM this week :)

Ola said...

All of your cards are beautiful.... I especially love the Queen For a Day!!!

Thanks so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Pauline said...

Fab cards, the Queen for a day is very inspiring, some thing to try even without a cricut! Love them both! Pauline xx

sandra(misty) said...

fantastic cards enfys would love a set of those pens

Kate said...

Great projects!! The queen card is just stunning with all you've done. Perfect colour combination too. Wonderful work!

Glen said...

Hi Enfys. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment. *Ü* I am a Collector of Stuff and am always collecting little ditties along my way. The flag was on a website and I downloaded it. You are welcome to do the same with mine. *Ü* I didn't realise you had a flag on your blog, so when I came here and saw it, I thought it was a symbol of the World Cup! LOL. How wrong I was....and so I say...for one long month....it is the best time to go shopping... with not a lot of men around ...and more parking spaces - for those who drive! LOL. Make the most of the time scrapping and enjoy doing things that you might not otherwise do with them on tow! Love the cards BTW. *Ü* TFS. ~Glen~

Lynda said...

I struggled with just the one card! All 3 of yours are fabulous and very inspired! Thanks for joining in with us at DCM En!

Love Lynda xxx

My Creative Time said...

WOW, these cards are FANTASTIC!! YOU are the BEST Enfys!
BIG ROYALTY HUGS,
Emma;)

Hope said...

All of the cards are beautiful! I particularly like the ballerina!
Thanks!

Sandy said...

Love the cards!!!! Very unique and beautiful!

mary stuart said...

Check out that hair-do! Perhaps you should have given it a chance, Efys!
These cards are so darn cute. Love your work.

di said...

Just lovely.. We all need to be Queen for a Day !

Audrey Frelx said...

Wow!!! Enfys, these cards are just beautiful -- all of them! I especailly love the first one "Queen For A Day" with the crown. You did a fantastic job as always!!!

Thanks too for your visit and the love you left on my blog. I always appreciate when someone drops in; you're always welcome!!!

Hugs, my friend!

Judy B. said...

Really like both of your cards! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Jill said...

Beautiful cards! I find it very funny that you selected to include a 4th of July card. :o) LOVE the crown card!

Jill
jwinholt@comcast.net

Bobbi said...

All of your cards are cute. I really like the border feature of the Wall Decor & More, this is one of the carts on my wish list. TFS

Marty said...

The cards are really pretty I love the Fourth of July not only our independance day but this year it will be my frtieth anniversary. Yes we got married with a bang and celebrate with more fireworks every year! Thanks for sharing would love to try the Cri-Kits.

Mary said...

Great cards! I love the font on the Queen card especially!

Enfys said...

email from Helen Barrowman asking for her name to be entered.

Jennifer said...

Enfys,

I didn't need much persuasion, but how could I not buy Wall Decor after seeing your amazing creations?! That font is incredible...I love it!!! :) And I love both of your cards (all 3 actually, but I was referring to the 2 that you used Wall Decor and More on). That was so clever the way you cut the "Queen for a Day" on an angle like that.

Thank you so much for sharing,

Jennifer

zoe said...

Wonderful cards. I love the Crown one.
Zoe

Renae said...

Your ideas are all quite lovely! The crown was amazing!!

:) Renae

renaejune99(at)gmail(dot)com

scrappingnana said...

Beautiful cards Enfys. All of them are awesome. TFS

Natalie said...

Lovely projects. Thanks for sharing them! bearcatnat(at)hotmail(dot)com

gabyangel said...

I agree with all you visitor. I love all your cards, it's hard to pick and choose!!!!

chignon said...

You always have such wonderful cards. I love how you tilted the crown for the Queen for a Day card. Very creative!

Rima said...

Hi Enfys, its been awhile!!! I am so loving being back & seeing your gorgeous cards!!!! :)
xRima