Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone and I wish for you a healthy 2011. I've made the card above using a  freebie and a SU sentiment stamp.
Crafty Cardmakers would like you to share your first and last card. So the above is my last 2010 card and below is a card which pre-dates my blog. I think I had begun to take photos so I would remember what I had made and who I had given it to.

Five fav cards of 2010

Debby over on A Scrapjourney is asking us to share our fav five cards of 2010 - what a great idea, plus she has candy! So why not go over and join in. Above are my fav five, getting harder to choose so I think my efforts are improving.

Christmas (still!)

Well folks I had this image printed and glittered and wanted to get it on a card before I forgot about it! So really my first Christmas card for next year. It's a Jut Inked image mounted on a piece of white paper run through the swiss dots folder. Little ticket is a freebie from Miss Cutiepie.

I'm off to the hospital later for an x-ray. As soon as I get one ailment sorted I find another one, it is like I can't keep away from the hospital LOL! This time it is my knee which the chiropractor has been treating for about 18 months with little effect and the exercise she gave me to stand on one leg - uhm I haven't done too much of that!

I'm entering the card into:-
ABC Christmas Challenge - choose a past challenge -this is W for Winter Wonderland
ABC challenge - K keep it simple
Stampin for the Weekend -christmas
Stamptacular Sunday-Snow much fun

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Purple reign

As soon as I saw this image from Delicious Doodles I wanted to use it (and that was only this morning!). My blogging buddy Kathleen at The Daisy Chain had used it and of course in my fav colour (again!), I must break out of this purple phase soon. I'm entering it into the Delicious Doodles challenge which is "Purple Reign". I am also entering it into :-
Aud's Sentiments which is for "anything goes"
C.R.A.F.T. challenge - thank you
Cute card Thursday - thank you


I am feeling a bit blue- was ill yesterday and missed an outing with a friend. I woke with a thumping head and then proceeded to violently throw up! Feeling better today but fragile.
This image won't be me! As my credit card company called to say they think my card has been "compromised" and I have had to cut it up. A new one will be here in 7 days, luckily I wasn't planning on hitting the sales in the shops as I did my craft shopping on Tuesday.
I'm entering this card into Dotties World challenge-anything goes as long as it is predominately blue, and I have also used one of their charmed digi downloads. I've added "happy day" from an SU set and the other sentiment is from "born to shop" freebie from docrafts. I'm also entering it into Crafty Catz which is "your choice".

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Purple Haze

Ladybug crafts challenge are looking for a card inspired by a song title. Well purple is my fav colour and so I chose "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix to inspire this New Year card. We have Winestool Niki sitting up at the top dressed all in purple - using promarkers, next to her is a chandelier courtesy of Jak Heath and at the bottom a 2011 freebie image from The Crafters Digital Art Center. The backing details are from the Debbi Moore cdrom floral fantasy.
I spent most of Christmas day in a pleasant haze due to my MIL insisting I have a large Sherry to warm me up before lunch! Then we had Martini Asti with the meal as OH was driving and MIL doesn't drink a lot you can imagine who had the rest. MIL cooked and wouldn't let me wash up so had a lovely time. Then when we got home we opened a bottle of pink champagne! You can see where the inspiration for this card came from now can't you LOL!
I'm entering it into:-
Ladybug crafts challenge-inspired by a song
Caardvarks-mono card (their last ever challenge)
I love promarkers - anything goes
Crafts and Me-anything goes
Simon Says-anything goes
Moving Along with the Times-anything goes but no Xmas cards!
Catch the bug - feature the New Year
Sweet stampin - celebrations
Die cut Dreams - girly

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas and five fav Christmas cards

Merry Christmas to all my visitors - thanks to you all for a great year of sharing ideas and techniques.
Over on Debby's blog - Scrapjourney she has a little competition if you share your five favourite Christmas cards. I didn't get to post all the ones I made and so here are five of my fav's. A couple will have seen before or variations of them.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Plum and white

I've just got a six Debbi Moore cd roms, so I was having a look at what was on them and came across these gorgeous roses. They come in several colourways but as this is my favourite colour I chose to print these and the other elements from the Flower Boutique cdrom. I have added a touch of glitter which hopefully you can see better in the close up below.

When I printed these images last night I was disappointed because they looked deep pink, however, in daylight they are just what I thought they would be! Should have put them under my Ottlite then I would have known they were true to colour.
I'm entering this into Colour Create challenge which gave this photo for inspiration

I have a day off today. Got B Gas coming to service everything sometime soon (I hope). I had to go for my check up at the vertigo clinic this morning. The exercises they gave me last time paid off and I feel loads better. Apparently because I had been trying not to do movements I thought would make me dizzy, all this has done is taught my body not to want to do anything other than be in a straight position.
I must have been dizzy though because I did something I have never done before when I left the hospital. I catch a free bus from the hospital which drops me at the tram stop. There are two tram lines, one which goes to where I live and one that doesn't. I got on the wrong one-doh! Just as the line split and I thought mine was the next stop I thought nothing looked familiar! Had to get off and catch one back to where the line splits and then another one - at least I had an all day ticket. In my defence I can catch either tram line if I am going to the Park and Ride, but because I had been to the vertigo clinic I wasn't driving.  Automatic pilot as they say!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Snow much fun

Well we had a short blizzard here this afternoon at precisely the time I had to be out in it! Then it stopped and so far (fingers crossed - no snow).
I've used a bugaboo digi image for this card and coloured it with promarkers. I've added glitter to accent various parts of the image. A piece of red mirri card with a MS punch used to highlight the image. The same version but corner punch used on the corners of the card.
I'm entering this into Catch the Bug challenge - winter project with lots of sparkle and glitter (sorry it doesn't show up very well in the photo).
Paper Cutz challenge who want to see a digi snowman or snowflake
Daring cardmarkers - snow much fun
Moving along with the Times Let it snow

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Moody blues

I've been asked to make a card for a lady to give to her son on the birth of his son, due on Christmas day. She said he and his wife are very modern and so to keep it simple. I do hope she is going like what I have done. The wording is what she specified she wanted on the card. So I have used two pieces of DCWV paper, mounted a piece of dotty paper punched with a MS corner punch and then a tile with a brad.
I'm entering this into "Moody blues" on Crafts and Me Challenge blog.

Monday, 13 December 2010

CAS Christmas

I had today off from work to bake cakes to take to work for my birthday which was last Saturday, put up the tree, finish my Christmas cards, do some washing take last parcels etc for overseas to the post office, and I got it all done. Now I'm exhausted and need another day off!
I've had the Stampin Up medallion stamp out again, and made this card for a man for Christmas - so no fancy bits! I'm entering it into
Kaboodle Doodles challenge- CAS Christmas
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Challenge - Christmas Carol

I also used it to make this card
I'm entering this into CES challenges -anything but a Christmas card.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Birthday bear

I've been playing with my Forever Friends cd rom and this is what I came up with. I designed the whole card in MCS and then mounted it on some pink mirri card then some patterned DP. I punched the edge of the card and added some glitter. I just love the glitter on the blusher brush the most.
It's my birthday tomorrow! Not doing a lot, just going out for lunch. With a December birthday you never know whether you will make it anywhere due to the weather.
I'm entering the card into
Crafty Catz Weekly challenge-birthday bear
Forever Friends - card in less than 45 mins

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Oakley with bauble

I just love the image of Oakley. I've teamed him with DP from my stash and a sentiment that was from a decoupage kit. I've lightly inked the edges of the sentiment and added some glitter to the baubles.
I'm entering it into :-
Cards for Men challenge- xmas.
Paper Cutz challenge - use two kinds of papers and any colours

Flashback Friday 5.0

I can't believe that Amy (Tsuruta Designs)  has reached Flash Back Friday 5.0 already. The challenge this time is to post a card on which you used a particular technique for the first time. This card is from October 2009 and was the first time I had done wholesale paper piecing. Her whole outfit and hair is paper pieced. I was so proud of this card, that I actually still have it myself! Amy has a fab prize on offer, so why not give it a go.
It is our office Christmas meal tomorrow night and the pavements are like ice. I was already going to be wearing sensible flat boots, but even those slip on the ice. But look what came today

They fit over your shoes and tiny spikes give you grip. It says "not suitable for wearing with high heels" you don't say! I don't care what I look like if it means I stay upright. I got mine from QVC and they have rave reviews.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Baubles, but not as you know them!

I've had my MCS Winter Wonderland CDrom out again. This time I played in MCS with one of the bauble images and placed a free digi sentiment from Create with TLC onto it. Then added some glitter. I used pink pearlescent cardstock, that is why you can see it underneath the open card.
I'm entering this into a new challenge to me at Top Tip Tuesday-anything goes challenge. 

Really pleased with how it came out, so I did it again with another of the images. I stamped the sentiment at the bottom using a rockablock,  I am definitely converted. I know, better let than never! 
The DPs are by Kate Knight and were free with a craft mag this month.

Sunday, 5 December 2010


Popcorn the bear that is. Now I have my super large rockablock I was able to stamp this image in one go, including the sentiment. I coloured him with my promarkers using slightly different shades on each of the cards. With such a big stamp I decided the way to go was with a simple mount of mirri card with those punched corners again. Once I get an idea..........!
Now I thought I had cut them both the same size but the top one the little punchout fitted over the edges but the for the bottom one it wouldn't.
I'm entering Popcorn into the challenge at Stamps R Us - which is for holiday cards.
I just found out that my JOY card was picked as one of the top three on "Keep it simple"- thanks very much, and it was featured on the Create with TLC blog.

Snow angel

I must admit I didn't really understand what a "snow angel" was, until the other day when someone put the pattern in the snow on their blog that they had left when they had done this - ah the light came on!
This is a digi from Fred she Said, I've coloured her with promarkers then simply mounted her onto green mirri card punched at the corners with one of my MS punches.
I'm entering it into By the Cute and Girly - children challenge.

Winter but not Christmas

The challenge on Bee Crafty this week is a card that is a winter scene, but not Christmas. I needed to make a male birthday card for December. Stuck for ideas I used this challenge as my basis together with Paperplay who want monochrome cards. I have never done a "winter" birthday card before but am pleased how it turned out. It is low on embellishments as it is for a man. Instead of using glitter I did a technique I saw Sheena Douglass use, which is to use glue and add embossing power, I did this to the bulrushes and parts of the tree to give some dimension. The images are all from a MCS cdrom called Winter Wonderland.
I'm entering it into:-
Bee Crafty-winter but not Christmas
C.R.A.F.T challenge-Christmas birthday
Cute card Thursday-The blues

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

For a girl

I've made this card by printing a digi onto printable acetate and then using meltdust powder over the image. I've attached the acetate over a piece of white card put through the script cuttlebug folder and some glitter paper. The sentiment is from a PTI set and I used my new rockablocks to do it. I've resisted them for ages but saw Sheena Douglas using them on C&C so decided to give them a go. I bought the two largest as Sheena said they do even small stamps unlike the acrylic blocks. It also means a very large stamp Xmas Popcorn bear stamp I have, I can now use.
I'm entering this into the challenge on Paper Cutz - anything goes.