Monday, 29 November 2010

Texture

Here is my newest stamp from Crafty Individuals. I just love anything in miniature so fell for this stamp as soon as I saw it but resisted until I needed it to make up an order (!).  I've used pink embossing powder and put some pink mulberry paper behind it. Finished with some adhesive ribbon all mounted onto a Brenda Walton card base. I'm entering it into Craft Your Days Away challenge who want to see "Texture" on your card this week.
It is soooo cold here. May have to walk to work tomorrow if the snow comes down thick in the night.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Joy

The theme on the Keep it simple challenge blog is JOY. So when I saw this freebie sentiment on Create with TLC today it fitted perfectly, without a hunt through any stash.
I also saw on a blog someone who had used just white layers of card run through various cuttlebug folders. That is how this card started out, but I couldn't resist running a Rose Red inkpad from SU over the swiss dots! I colourised the sentiment in MCS and added glitter around the edges and it also fits the challenge on If the shoe fits - scrap it,  which is white with a splash of colour.
So another card for the pile, be simple if I just made loads the same, but I get bored!

Life's uncertain-eat dessert first!

Life's uncertain eat dessert first is the sentiment on this card and I just love it. I added an SU stamp with lots of different desserts just for added effect. I'm entering it into the challenge at Fab n Funky for "anything goes" this week.
My friend and I had a fantastic day yesterday. We left this at home
and got to London where it was like this

A lovely bright day with no snow. This is the Albert memorial at Kensington Gardens. We didn't really do anything we had planned apart from the afternoon tea but had a lovely time. I had never seen the memorial before and it is really magnificent. This is another shot of the inside of the roof - amazing.


We also went in the V&A and I managed to get a Christmas present for someone so that was good. Then we had a mooch around before arriving to this.....

We were so busy eating I forgot to take any more photos! 

Friday, 26 November 2010

Ladybug crafts challenge

I've made this card using the sketch over on Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge blog. I've used one of the Nikki stamps from Ladybug crafts. This is for a colleagues birthday and she is not really into glitz so I just put a little bit of glitter pen as steam coming out of the coffee, and used it to highlight the choc box and the floral part of the sentiment. Papers are from Basic Grey - wisteria collection.
I'm so excited as my friend and I are off for another afternoon champagne tea in London tomorrow. I just hope the snow holds off at least to let us get there!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Housework won't kill you..........

I've used a TGF stamp coloured with promarkers and a freebie image I got from (???) together with a Joanna Sheen sentiment and little feather duster.. The DP is MME and I used my MS punches around the edges and on the corners. Punched a few MS butterflies too out of the DP.
A colleague who wanted this card for their partner, said it would be perfect as their partner is always saying "if this house was dusted for fingerprints, yours would never be found on the vacuum cleaner" I thought that was sooo funny.
I'm entering it into the A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge, which this week is Anything goes.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

New and old

I just got this image from Ann's blog "Love making things" - I think she is so sweet and perfect for a friend who used to be an avid knitter but now due to Parkinson's disease can no longer manage to knit. So sad, she used to knock up an arran sweater in no time and knitted countless cricket jumpers over the years.
I'm entering it into the challenge on Passion for Promarkers which is for old papers and a new digi/stamp. the papers and sentiment background are MME and were free ages ago with a magazine. The oval is pearlescent dotty paper from craftwork cards and I cut it out with my x-cut system of frames that I haven't used in ages. I didn't have a  nestie the right size and to think I was going to get rid of them the other week! I used an SU sentiment for the punched circle, they are just perfect for those small areas, so neat. The image is of course coloured with promarkers.
My fav programme of the week tonight - Turn Back Time - The High Street. Really been enjoying this series and this week it is the war years and the butcher is serving Macon - bacon made from mutton! I really enjoy history presented in this way.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Do I look like.....

The challenge on Fab n Funky is to use a neglected stamp. I've only used this Rubber Romance stamp once since I got it. I think most of my stamps are getting neglected - too many and not enough time to use them!  I thought this sentiment that I made using the PC suited it perfectly.I've also used two of my new MS punches to created the background to the sentiment. A doily I won is lightly sponged with antique linen ink, the card base is a ready made one from a Brenda Walton kit.
I'm trying to rationalise my stash at the moment and use up those odd cards that don't have packaging anymore, because there aren't too many of them left - I doubt it will really make that much of a dint!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Maybe a cupcake.........

This card was inspired by the challenge on Tuesday Morning Sketches which is Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes! I've used a CC design digi, coloured with promarkers. The green die cut is from Susie at Die cut Dreams which I have punched with a MS corner punch. Then I used a nestie to cut a scalloped circle, which I have stamped with an SU stamp. Sentiment is a freebie from Create with TLC. The larger cupcake is a die cut from Susie too and I've put some glitter and a little bling on it for a cherry.

Non trad xmas colours

I've used the gingerbread man digi from Pink Gem again, but altered the colourway for the challenge at Totally Gorjuss. This week it is non traditional Christmas colours. I mounted the design on a lilac pearlescent card and added a "tile" with some silver ribbon threaded through.
I'm also entering him into Susie & Vicki's Christmas club - where " Christmas anything goes" is the challenge for this week.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Oh baby!

The challenge on Charisma Cardz challenge is for Baby cards. Here is a CAS card I've made with some Baby printed DP and then I embossed the stamped image over the top using fine detail black powder. I got this stamp in a job lot and it is not something I find that appealing - but it does have an amusing sentiment. The sentiment underneath is from my stash.

Look what I got today, Marth Stewart glitters. I have been after these for a while and when I was off on Monday they were on QVC-,I could just sit and gaze at them all day! I already have some in another set and they are soooo glittery - watch out for it appearing on my cards.


Not been blogging much this week, as the exercises for my vertigo that the hospital gave me are making me feel really yuk for most of the evening. I have to do it fairly early on as she said it wasn't a good idea to do it before bed or first thing in the morning as I may not be able to drive. I only got this card done tonight because I can have a lie in tomorrow!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Gingerbread man

Aren't these cupcakes yummy looking! They were the inspiration for my card from Cupcake Inspirations challenge.



I've used a Pink Gem digi stamp and coloured him with promarkers. I cut out the ribbon bow and heart from a second sheet of the DP and layered them up. I distressed the edges of the image using my electric pedicure set (don't ask! some of you may remember my utilising it before).
I'm also entering it into Creative Inspirations Challenge who want anything Christmassy/winter.
I've been off work today. I had to go to the hospital this morning to the balance clinic for my vertigo. I now have exercises to do from her too. So what with the ones from the chiropractor for my shoulder and now these I am going to be very busy! At least I got back early enough to have a lovely day crafting. Off to catch up with everyone's blogs now.

Remember

One of the themes for cards this month at Craftrak is Poppies. As Poppies are one of my all time favs (can you guess it from my blog background LOL!) so I have quite a few images I could use. This is a PB one and all of the images you can see are on the one stamp. I used the vintage SU wheel for the background and created "Remember" on the PC. Another blogger pointed out to me that the music is actually upside down! Wonder if PB know? Edited to say - it is not me that has put the music on upside down - the stamp is like that!
I'm entering this into Penny Black Saturday challenge - my fav things and Daring cardmakers who want to see cards for "A time to remember".
I found out today that Lisa on Mess to Magic creates a card for remembrance every year which I think is a lovely idea and one I may adopt. It was also my late Mother's birthday on 9 Nov and so it will have a double meaning if I do. Here are two more I created which aren't for challenges.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

new digi


I did put out a warning that I was going for it this weekend! These are two cards I have made with more of the unused before DP and a digi image and sentiment from Bugaboo stamps. Bugaboo have a half price sale on for November so it is worth having a look over there.
I'm entering into the Digital Tuesday challenge which is for a digi together with something unused from your stash, or something you just got-this covers both of those!
That might have to be it for today as I have just cut my middle finger on my right hand with a craft knife. It is only a small nick but the plaster is making it difficult to do anything - especially type;).

One image - two colourways

I'm really pleased with the way this card turned out. I have had the backing DP for ages and it is difficult to know what to do with it! This PB image fits nicely into the blank area and I have used some freebies from a mag as embellies down the side.
I'm entering this into the Totally Gorjuss challenge who want to see a Christmas card with traditional colours.

Another piece of DP which I am never sure what to do with, and also pleased this image fits in nicely. This time I have gone for the contemporary Christmas colours for a change. I'm entering it into the challenge on Penny Black at Allsorts challenge - "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas".

My blog has attitude!

Merry over at Merry Made Cards and Crafts has given me this super award-thank you so much.

I must state three things that make me different from everyone else-so here they are!:-
1. I still don't really like vegetables-but try to be good and eat them
2. I don't like marmite but eat marmite crisps and even had it in chocolate this week
3. I can't resist buying anything in a miniature form - although resisted a dollshouse and accessories so far

and nominate five other blogs. I'd like to pass this award to

Fiona at Lil Daffodil
Lisa at Mess to Magic
Anne at Liverpool Lou
Paula at Paula's Paperplayground
Kathleen at The Daisychain

Now there is a catch to this award.......and that is....this award comes with a $5 gift certificate from Digi's With Attitude Store! All you have to do is follow a few simple steps!

To redeem your gift certificate click HERE and follow the instructions.

'Tis the season darling!

Had an evening of Christmas card making, and now I think it is time for bed! But just before I go I thought I would share one of the cards I've made. I've just realised the challenge has ended for one of the others I've made, because it is now actually Saturday!
This is a digi from Bugaboo stamps mounted onto some sooo sparkly red glitter paper. She's coloured with promarkers and the DP I think is papermania.
I'm entering her into:-
Bugaboo challenge- anything goes
Stamp Something challenge-use a digi
ABC challenge- H is for Holidays
I'm on a mission this weekend to get sooo much done - so watch this space ;)

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Time for tea!

I've been to the chiropractor today. I have regular appointments for my back but since May I have had trouble with a pulled muscle in my left arm. I'm supposed to do exercises, but when it feels better I forget - so I am now to try and do them when I do something else, like having a drink, so I don't forget...... We'll see, although it is all for my own good. Plus today she really whacked my arm several times (usually it is only once) and then did another manoeuvre which had me nearly crying for her to stop, I just ended up yelping really loudly! So I came home feeling all sorry for myself. I decided to use my new Fee J Designs CD rom - Time for Tea. The big teapot and cups are printed separately and mounted on foam pads. At the bottom of the card is a piece of acetate to show the dark blue ribbon inside the card. This is actually a cover up as I messed up punching the bottom of the card which when I then cut that off, wouldn't obviously have stood up!!!
I don't usually rant on here but when is 2 minutes silence not silence. When one of your colleagues uses the mouse and you can hear click, click, click. To me silence is not just the verbal kind - enough said!
I'm entering the card into Cute Card Thursday challenge - anything goes and Moving Along with the Times challenge who want to see nice and bright cards.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

All white???

I've had a set of tree stamps for a number of years and never really used them. I got the idea that the winter one might work as a Christmas card. This is the result, with snowflakes stamped in the corner using a Clarity stamp.The sentiment was free with this Month's Docraft mag, quite a handy stamp as it is in two pieces so you can split the sentiment as I have done here. I have also tried to use one of my nesties to emboss a rectangle around the tree, freehand not use the cuttlebug. I found it a bit difficult to get a clean impression though. I have churned a few of these out this evening so that has boosted the Christmas card to do list.
I'm entering the card into-
ABC Christmas Challenge-Winter Wonderland, optional theme white
Craft your days away challenge - all white
Sir Stampalot challenge- Christmas traditions
Simon Says challenge-Simon says are you all white?

Friday, 5 November 2010

Quick and easy

The challenge on Polka Doodles this week is to make a quick and easy Christmas card. This has got to the quickest and easiest! Background is SU very vintage wheel and the tree stamp is a Clarity stamp. I've embossed the word stamp with gold powder. When my Mum was alive this was her favourite Christmas Carol, so I bought the stamp in memory of her. It also fits the challenge on Winter Wonderland who want your card to "Sing a Christmas Carol".

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

WOYWW 3.11 and a digi xmas card

I had a bit of a clear up after the state of my desk last week. Stamps so far unused were getting to a toppling over stage, so I have moved them to some trays just out of shot to the left. They are still unused, but in eyesight so they are not forgotten! Remnants of the card below and some stamps to remind me of things I want to do - til I think of something else and push them to oneside LOL!. New box lid appeared on the left with xmas images etc for xmas cards - otherwise, out of sight out of mind......
If you want to join in with WOYWW pop over to Julia's blog.

I've made this card using a digi image from Pink Gem. I'm entering it into :-
Bee Crafty - use xmas digi
One stitch at a time - christmas traditional or modern
Die Cut Dreams Christmas club-use xmas digi

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

It's five o'clock somewhere!

I love this phrase and the song it comes from. I made this card for a dear friend who also loves this sentiment. for inspiration I followed the challenge at Creative Inspirations challenge to use Sage green, brown and cream. My card base is SU sage green, I then added some very old paper (been saving it you know!) with butterflies on and topped it with a stick on glass made from bling. The image is from Bugaboo.

Monday, 1 November 2010

A bookish post

It was the Nottingham Literary Luncheon today and I made these bookmarks for the ladies I was going with. They all thought they were lovely, which was nice. I also put in some bookplates that clever Ann from Lovemaking things had kindly stamped for me, as I don't own the stamp set or dies. I used a mixture of In Bloom PTI paper and some scraps from my box with the papertrey ink bookmark die, stitching two together on my sewing machine (a tip from Ann) and adding some fab vibrant orange ribbon.
Gervase Phinn was the speaker at the lunch and he was very, very entertaining. He used to be a school inspector and has written a number of books on his encounters in schools. Here are just a few of the gems I can remember:-
He met twins called Sam and Ella (get it!). A boy called Dwayne Pipe, loads more but can't remember any!
He was at a literary event and didn't have a copy of any of his books and was told that he would need to read from one of them. So he had to go into Waterstone's to buy one of his own books. He asked at the counter if they had any Gervase Phinn books and was told it was pronounced Jeervase Fine and HER books were over the other side!
He was on a cruise and someone was reading a book of his. His wife prompted him to go and introduce himself to the reader. In the end he did by saying "hello, that is my book you are reading" to which she promptly replied, "I only found it here, it isn't very good, you can have it back!".

Here are the handmade graduation cards I received -thanks so much to you all.
From Paula and Lil Daffodil.


From Sue -who doesn't do blogging!

A commission for a male card - agghh!

I make a few cards for this friend and normally she just leaves me to it. But when I said I would make the card for her Husband's 70th in a few weeks time she told me "he likes Nottm Forest, bowls, sudoko and he spent his working life in the lace industry. I was scared! Thank goodness for My Craft Studio cdrom "mens collection". I used the football background and two players, and changed the colour from black to red. I found the bowls picture, soduko and piece of lace on the web. What I loved about doing this card is that I could plan it all out in MCS before printing it. To add some dimension I actually printed the background and then the other elements on photo paper, then matted and layered the sentiments with some PTI in bloom ('cause it is in red and white and you can't see the flowers!) and silver mirri card. For such an occasion and from a special person I thought the card ought to be large so this is 9x7.
I'm entering it into Cards for men challenge which this time is anything goes,  as long as it is for a male.