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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Blog of the Week!!

Hi All,

A quick post to update you on my blog of the week award!  I was awarded Blog of the Week last Wednesday from a lovely facebook group called Crafting from the Heart.  I was in Scotland when I received the news and have only just today managed to get to a computer to load up my award badge (see right) as I couldn't do it on my phone.  The blog of the week award is announced every Wednesday (so actually my term is up tonight!  Just managed to sneak in my post in time!)

Crafting from the Heart have also just set up a new Challenge bog and I would recommend popping over to take part in some fun challenges with the chance to win some prizes!  the link is below:

Crafting from the Heart Challenge Blog

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Fun and frosty!

So the fun is building with Christmas looming and it was quite frosty here this morning which is very apt as I share card number four made on Sunday with my scraps of Bo bunny paper found in my marathon craft blitz - aptly named "Blitzen"!  I also used some indigo blu Christmas stamps (I will find out the name). I love this snowflake stamp!  I used a swirl from another indigo blu Christmas set and embossed it white (I was trying to tie in the theme of the sentiment in my stamping - hope it worked!  I rubbed round the edges of the card with the same blue ink as I used in the stamping just to bring out the white swirl a bit more.  My embellishment was like the reindeer of previous blogs, a plain wooden embellishment found in my stash.  I painted it with gesso, stamped the swirl in blue and embossed with ultra thick embossing powder.  I then rubbed a wee bit of pearlescent mica powder over it, heated again to set it and ended up with this lovely enamel look snowflake (in fact I loved doing it so much I made three so two more to look forward to!!). I think this is my favourite of the four and so quick to make!  Hope you like x


Monday, 9 December 2013

2 minute card

The card I am sharing today is one of the four that I made on Sunday.  It is a very quick card comprising just some leftover Bo bunny paper, a touch of glitter and a rub on! Quick and simple!  Now I just need to write them all now!! Hope you like!  X


Saturday, 7 December 2013

Pre Christmas tidy up!

Well this weekend's task has been to clear out and tidy up my craft cupboard.  I have a very small area that I work in on the top landing of the house and I have a small cupboard, some shelves and my desk to keep all of my stash.  It doesn't take much for me to make a mess and recently I have been struggling to know where to start with anything as I can never seem to find things!  So..... I pulled everything out of the cupboard and rearranged some stuff and actually threw out (big no no I know as I will probably regret it!!) some bits that I have had for years and have never ever used!  I even made myself a wee ribbon station!

Finally I could see what I have and decided that before buying anything more, I would set myself a challenge to diminish some of the existing stash!!

I found some lovely Bo Bunny Christmas paper and set about trying to use it up as it was just bits and pieces that I didn't have the heart to throw away.  I also found some rub ons that I got free somewhere and some Christmas wooden embellishments, again, no idea where they came from!!   I managed to make four cards in one sitting!  Tonight I will share two as they are similar and the others later.  The cards are plain and simple but I was pleased with the outcome.  I added distress ink to the wooden reindeers and then sprayed with spray and sparkle, iridescent. It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!!! Hope you like x



40 with a spritz!

Tonight I have been busy making a 40th birthday card!  I love these fabric frames which, unfortunately I didn't keep the packaging for so can't remember who makes them!  I love this paper from my minds eye.  Would you believe that the numbers were originally bright red glittered?? I didn't have any others so I added gesso, inks and a spritz of ink using the stamping up spritzer thingy and some pens and hey presto!!  I was asked not to go too girly but I am not sure if it isn't still a touch girly!!?  Hope you like x


Saturday, 30 November 2013

More JOFY Christmas

Quick post tonight! (Or early morning I think now!). Sharing another JOFY Christmas card.  Quite like this bright cheery scheme!  Christmas is just round the corner - better get my skates on and be a bit more productive!  I even missed all the bargains of Black Friday - Boo!  Anyway, enough bah humbug!  Hope you like x


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

JOFY Christmas

With the Christmas adverts on the TV and X factor hotting up who can deny Christmas is on it's way?!?  Like it or not, ready or not we have to face it and so I was trying to decide on my cards for friends and family this year.  Obviously it needs to be quick and simple to batch produce and so one idea I came up with was this simple card using a stamp set from the Jofy range.  I think they look great on kraft card and so I stamped out the tree, coloured with watercolour pencils, outlined in white, drew a white border line and added glossy accents and glitter to add dimension.  I thought it was quite effective for very little effort!  It might just make the judges houses for consideration as the 2013 Christmas card!!  Hope you like x



Sunday, 10 November 2013

Hip hip hooray!!

Hi all, no card today as this is just a quick update from me to share my exciting news!  I have been selected to be a part of the Cards Galore Challenge Blog Design Team.  I am beyond excited at the prospect!! I begin my term in January so look out for new challenges posted from then.  In the meantime head over for a wee look and take part in the current challenge.  It's a lovely group and I am so pleased to be a part of it! Take care and remember to check out the blog:

Cards Galore Challenge Blog

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Deco image

Hi, sorry for my absence recently,  we are a headless chicken household just now with one thing or another!!  Anyway, I did manage to sneak away for a wee while today to make this card.  I don't normally use figures like this but I felt like trying something different for a change and this is the outcome.  The stamp set is a free gift from a magazine that I got a while ago and I kept the colour scheme quite simple, adding a bit of bling with the swirls and glitter and mounting the image on a die cut frame.  Hope you like x


Friday, 18 October 2013

Trick or treat

Tonight I have been having some fantastic fun colouring this digi stamp from Creepie Cute!  (Although that was a lot of hair!!). I decided to do a bit of a stepper card as I also had these lovely skull borders to use, also from Creepie cute.  I kept the card base simple and tried to let the image stand out.  The only bling I added was the gems in the flowers which I coloured black with pro markers. Hope you like x

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Digi Galore - Halloween
Paper take weekly - Halloween Hues
Incy Wincy Designs - Halloween
Paper crafting journey - use Halloween colours


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Baby

Today I finished a card for my cousin who just had a beautiful baby girl!!  I love this digi stamp from justinklined.  I printed it out and then reprinted on various papers and paper pieced it together.  The papers are all my minds eye, honey.  I had this lovely frame embellishment in my stash and thought it looked cute with the sweetheart sentiment!  Hope you like x

I would like to enter the following challenge:

Cards Galore October Challenge - Flowers


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Geekin' It

am setting aside some me time these days for crafting!!  I have managed to sneak some time in today while the kids were doing homework to play with this lovely Saturated Canary Geekin' It stamp from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps.  I decided to create a congratulations card maybe for a graduation or passing exams.  I used sugar loaf whispers pens and created a water colour effect.  I added My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody papers and a wee tag from Maggie Holmes Ephermera pack.  I also used Howdy Doody rub ons and some flowers and pearl jems to finish off.  Hope you like x

Hopefully it qualifies for the following challenges::

Allsorts Challenge Blog. - Week 226 - How does your Garden Grow









Saturday, 28 September 2013

Robin

Another Christmas card today.  A layout inspired by Rosemary Merry who demonstrated it on Create and Craft.  I have used this lovely Robin stamp and some co-ordinating Christmas papers.  I love how it turned out.  Hope you like x


Friday, 27 September 2013

Teenager!!

This week my son became a teenager!!! Where does the time go???  It is quite difficult to think of a card to make for him due to the fact that - he's a teenager and doesn't really take much interest in the card and so I thought I would try my way with words cd which has loads of fun words and sentiments on it.  It was a very quick card.  I printed it out on pearl card, added a bit of glitter and printed out another one so that I could cut out some letters and add glossy accents.  I was quite pleased with the end result especially as it was very quick and easy and he actually quite liked it!! Hope you like.


Monday, 23 September 2013

Christmas is coming!!!

Oh my goodness thoughts are turning to the festivities of Christmas already.  Today I made the following card which I thought was cute and very festive.  Really easy too!!  Hope you like x


Sunday, 8 September 2013

Normal Service Resumes!!!

After a long hot summer, enjoying being off with the kids during their school holidays, I have returned to my crafty corner at last.  The sun has disappeared and normal weather service of rain has resumed!!

A few months ago, I posted a Saturated Canary image that I had coloured "Summer".  It reminds me a lot of my youngest and I promised her I would make something with it and at last I have!! This wall hanging is perfect for her - she is certainly one of a kind, funny, quirky and loves to laugh!!  Hope you like x

I would like to enter this wall hanging in the following challenge:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 223 Butterflies


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Dragonfly

Hi there. Today I am sharing a card order make that I have just done. It was quick to do but I think sometimes the card looks very effective if it is not overworked!  But first, off the topic completely have a look at this cute picture I took this morning of a family of birds (great tits I think) having a bath in my garden. I was mesmerised sitting at my kitchen table watching them for ages.  So cute!!


The photo is a bit blurry as I used my phone.  I love the two others sitting on the side waiting their turn!

Anyway, back in the room! Hope you like my card. The brief was that the recipient loves green and dragonflies so, that's what she is getting!  Hope you like x


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Canvas card

Today I tried making a card using a wee canvas. I went on a card weekend run by Rosemary Merry a few years ago and she showed us how to make a card like this.  I really liked the technique. It invokes using gel medium to transfer an image from patterned paper onto the canvas. I used My mind's eye paper.  I then added a few embellishments and buttons and stamped a sentiment. I used the Tim holtz little book of words for the typed words. I attached ribbon round the sides to neaten it up a bit and stuck the canvas onto a card blank.  I would maybe do a couple of things differently but in all I am quite pleased and will definitely try this technique again! Hope you like x


Monday, 1 July 2013

Card order - Woodware Stamp set BD23 2DE

Hi folks,  today I am sharing a card that I made to order for a friend.  The brief was:

  • Girly
  • Blue
  • Birds
  • Birthday
  • Must refer to friend


So, I started by using my spellbinder dies to make a card base, I cut two of the same size shape and ran one of them through with an embossibility folder.  I scored the back section just below the lowest cut mark of the shape and attached the two together.  Then I cut another two smaller pieces from the same set of dies and used an even smaller one to cut an aperture in one to form a frame.  Phew! with the basis of the construction finished I got to work with my Woodware clear magic stamp set BD23 2DE which is a lovely bird set.  My friend doesn't like birds in cages so I avoided using the lovely bird cage and let the birds fly free!!

On the back panel of my aperture I stamped the branches, some leaves and some blue flowers.  On another piece of card I re stamped some more flowers and three birds.  I coloured the birds using the same ink that I used to stamp the flowers (Stampin up bashful blue).  I added some stickles to the hearts and wings (I had a problem as I had used distress inks and they didn't like stickles!! I ended up with a brownish tinge to the wings!! so I re-stamped the birds using memento Cocoa and stickled the wings and hearts, cut them out and added that as decoupage to my wee birdies!).  I cut all of these out to add later.

For the sentiments I used Stampin up sincere salutations and masked off a section of a stamp in My Mind's eye Miss Caroline "Dolled Up" to get Friend.  I used my Stampin up scalloped circle punch.  I inked round the edges with my blue ink and assembled the card raising the frame slightly using foam pads.  I then stuck down the additional flowers and put the birds in place, tied a bit of ribbon into a bow plus an additional blue piece to attach Friend sentiment and there we go card made to order!

Hope you like. x

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Twisted Tuesday Challenge - Sail the Seven Seas

Today is my last post as guest designer for the Twisted Tuesdays Challenge Blog.   I have been so pleased to be a part of it and have very much enjoyed every minute of it!

This week's challenge is "Sail the Seven Seas". The card has to have a nautical theme and at least 7 embellishments (there can be more but no less than 7).

You can check out the blog challenge here:

Twisted Tuesday Challenges

My card below has the following embellishments:

1. Twine
2. Crab button
3. Blue striped ribbon
4. Shell type 1
5. Shell type 2
6. Red fish sticker
7. Lighthouse sticker
8. Let your dreams set sail sticker




The boat and the "sail away with me" sentiment are stamped, coloured and cut out.

All the papers, stickers, ribbon and stamps are from the Papermania range "Ahoy There"

Big thank you to Twisted Tuesday again for asking me to guest design!!

Hope you like x

Monday, 17 June 2013

40th celebrations!!

I have two projects to post today!! At last I can show you the 40th "card" that I made for my close friend (I referred to this a few weeks ago but couldn't post it then in case she sneaked a peak!! I have various stages of photos for this one as it involved a bit of painting, kromer crackle, stamping and embossing!!











 The second picture is a card I made to order again for a 40th. Big year in my circle of friends this year!!!  Hope you like both projects x


Monday, 10 June 2013

Twisted Tuesday Challenge

Today I am posting a couple of cards I made for the Twisted Tuesday Challenge blog for which I am a guest designer for June!! I am thrilled to have the opportunity and will have another post in a couple of weeks on it too.  This week's challenge is to create a masculine card featuring clothes "clothes make the man".  My two examples are below, both using Little Claire Stamp sets.  Hope you like.  You can take part in the challenge by going to the Twisted Tuesday Challenge Blog. Have fun - I did!! X

Twisted Tuesday Challenges

I would like to enter the following cards in the Little Claire's Challenge Monthly Challenge #33


Card 1: Man Squares



Card 2: Man Tree


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Just Be You

 Quick card today. Got this lovely stamp set and was trying to think how I would use the bee. I thought this was quite girly and incorporated the bee in a way that sang summer. Hope you like x


Friday, 7 June 2013

Fabulous You

Tonight I am going out for a lovely meal with my close friends to celebrate a 40th birthday.  My friend has loads of shoes and so I thought that this Fabulous You set from Stampin up was very apt.  I used white Stazon ink, Stampin up card stock and a Stampin up embossing folder. I thought the white ribbon would lighten up the card and I added some gems etc to jazz if up a bit. I didn't want to put forty all over it, so I didn't!  Hope you like x



Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Busy, busy, busy!!

I do not have a card to show today but I thought I would update you on my activities!! I have been asked to be a guest designer for the Twisted Tuesdays challenge blog for June and I have been working on some cards for that. Also, it is my close friend's 40 birthday soon and I have made her a very special "card"!!!  Both projects are under wraps for now but as soon as I can I will post them!  Take care x

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

I won!!!

Before I show you a wee quick card I made I have to share my exciting news - I won a challenge!!!! I have not been entering challenges very long (in fact only in very recent months) and so imagine my surprise and delight when I found out I had won a recent Little Clare's challenge!!  This is the link to the Little Claire blog with my winning card!! I am so chuffed!

Gardening

Today my lovely prize arrived which I ripped open with much excitement as I love Little Claire products:


I cannot wait to get going and use these lovely stamps, particularly the Butterfly blossom and the Scotty Dog stamps!!

Now (tries to contain herself!), onto a very quick card I made last night without stamps! This time I just used paper, acetate, stickers and glossy accents!  I love an acetate card!  I used the Heidi Grace "Tweet Dreams" 12x12 paper pad and the Heidi Grace "Tweet Memories"  chipboard stickers.  The idea for the sentiment rectangle I got from Melanie Heaton on Create and Craft. I just backed it with some co-ordinating paper cut with a die.  On the wee bird, one of the bird houses and one of the love hearts on the sentiment I added glossy accents.  Bit of doodling on the inside paper (and the piece that I added to the back to hide the glue) and voila, done in about 5 minutes plus glossy accent drying time!!  I thought this would be a sweet engagement, anniversary or even wedding card due to the lovely words in the sentiment.  Hope you like x


Friday, 17 May 2013

Love is in the air....

I got these two cute stamps free with a craft mag recently and then bought this Mister Huey mask. I thought that they all went really well together to make this simple two minute card!  Great for Wedding, anniversary or valentine!  Hope you like x



JOFY mini

Can you tell I love JOFY stamps??  This time I used the JOFY mini along with the butterfly from another JOFY set.  I wanted to play with mixing colours and so used distress inks (mustard seed, dusty concord and old olive) and archival cranberry. I laid some ink onto my mat and sprayed with water, then I took a piece of card and moved it over the inks to mix the ink on the card. Once dry I stamped my images. I went in and filled in some detail with stronger colours (i.e the flower, stem and circles on the butterfly)I then triple embossed the two images to make them nice and shiny.  For the background paper I did the same thing with just mustard seed and cranberry. It was really wet so I left it to dry overnight. I stamped words onto different colours of ribbon, doodled round the edge of the background trying to imitate the JOFY style and used the JOFY stamp with the wee circles in the corners. Assembled it all together layered on pink card and then on a white card blank and tadaa!!  Hope you like x

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Stampin up Tea Shoppe

Hi. Sheesh, things are hectic round here!! Birthdays, parties, tests, life!! However, I thought I would take time out to share a card I made using the Tea Shoppe stamp set from stampin up. It is a small easel card and I like the pink and green together. Hope you like x

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Twisted Tuesdays - 2TC50 - A Girl's best friend



Monday, 6 May 2013

April Showers!

Not much rain today, in fact glorious May bank holiday here. Much fun had out and about in London with the kids. My card today is more typical of the British weather. Using a free digi stamp and some stash staples. Hope you like x

I thought I would submit this card to the following challenge:

Crafty card makers - http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/90-april-showers-bring-may-flowers.html?m=1

I hope it meets the criteria!  I have two flowers and a rain theme but perhaps the image flower won't count? Here's hoping anyway (crosses fingers!!)

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Sugar Nellie - Little Star

I have been playing all day today and so have been able to make another card, this time using a cute little Sugar Nellie stamp "Little Star". I was practicing painting with Tim Holtz distress inks and I think she turned out not too bad! I had the Thinking of you sentiment in my stash (I think it came free with a mag) and I used my favourite paper by My Mind's Eye. I added some extra detail with Rub ons from My Min's Eye and some buttons and a star brad from my stash. Hope you like x

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

The Sugar bowl - Challenge 103 - May 2013
Crafty Ribbons - Challenge 44
Twisted Tuesday - 2TC49



Acetate and buttons

I am still playing with my JOFY 09 stamp set by Paperartsy! Today I stamped on acetate and added buttons to hide where I stuck the pink card behind! Hope you like x

Paper artsy

It was my birthday recently and on my wish list was some JOFY stamps by Paperartsy. I was delighted to get them from my sister and made this card! I used paper piecing using my minds eye paper and rub ons (all dolled up and howdy doody). Hope you like x

I would like to submit this card to the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - Happy Mail

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Puppy

Sorry for the delay since my last post!! The sun has been out and my garden has been in need of some attention!! Anyway, here's a card I made for my friend when she got her labradoodle puppy!! He's soooo cute. Hope you like x

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Magic Birthday!

It is my nephew's birthday today and as he is Harry Potter mad, I made him this card. I made it using my first ever digi stamp which I got from Karber stamps. The sentiment is just done in Word using the shape tool and the name is cut on my cricut using the Don Juan cartridge. I resized the image as I wanted him large and I coloured him with pro markers. Hope you like (and I hope he likes it too!!) x

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Gardening

Today I thought that I would give the Little Claire challenge a go. I am a member of the Little Claire club which sends me a stamp each month with some instructions on how to make a particular card. I love the designs of all the Little Claire stamps I have had so far.  For my card today I went a bit grungy.  I used the Garden set (as I am finally starting to see some colour in my garden and am thinking i should make a start with planting seeds etc!!) and so I decided to "muddy" up the card with distress inks. I had a little doodle too which was fun. I used papermania dew drops but I only had the grey so I coloured them with one of my flex markers to make them a bit more pink.  My sentiment was from a selection of Little Claire  sentiment stamps that I have.  Hope you like x

I am entering this card for the Little Claire Challenge #32 "Spring and a Sketch"

Looking at some other challenges I thought I might also enter this card for the following:

Penny's Challenges (123) "Use a Sentiment"
Crafty Ribbons (43) "Pink and Green"
Stamping for the weekend (32) "Friendship"



Friday, 19 April 2013

Saturated Canary - Summer

Today I shall be mostly playing with Summer!!! She reminds me of my 8 year old!! Never wants her hair done, loves gardening and strawberries. I just need to think what I will do with this now.... Maybe another wall hanging, a picture, a card ??? Decisions decisions!!!!!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Saturated Canary Wall Hanging

I made this wall hanging for my daughter using the Saturated Canary Honey Stamp. I coloured her with pro markers and cut her out. Then I cut a grey backing with my Grand Labels Twenty Three. I cut down two pieces of chipboard and painted one with Martha Stewart acrylic paint (pink carnation). I inked the edges and random parts of the chipboard with silver ink and then spritzed with back ink. I stamped the sentiment from The Art Houses stamp set by Creative Expressions. I then used the heart rub on from She Art rub ins (artsy textures). The pink dots are taken from an idea I saw on Pinterest where I bunched five pencils together with erasers on the end, dipped the erasers in adirondack cranberry ink and stamped! The black circles are an old toothpaste top dipped in memento and stamped (a technique I learned from Kath Stweart at my recent retreat!). The superstar ticket is from the stamp set by docrafts Papermania happy days (Ticket Stubs) which I cut out, inked round the edges and stuck on. Once everything was dry I stuck my backing chipboard to the grey background, added my ribbon (from create and craft) and then stuck on the front chipboard. Finally I added a grey bow and tadaaa I was done!! Hope you like x

I would like to enter this for the following challenge:
http://saturatedcanarychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/challenge-41.html?m=1

Cupcakes

Morning, today I thought I would share my paper piecing card. I stamped out various cupcakes using Hero Art Stamps, masking them to get some behind thos in the front row etc. Then I stamped the paper cases onto patterned paper, cut them out and stuck them on to the images. I did the same with the cake toppers. It took a while but I thought it looked quite effective in the end. Hope you like x