Saturday, 30 April 2011

Three of a kind

I saw the challenge to make three of the same card, each using the same stamp/stamps but with different sentiments and different ink/cardstock on One Layer Wednesday. This is a new stamp from Hero Arts which I bought at Sir Stampalot last week. 
For the first card I simply stamped the image using the big and juicy "hyrandgea" pad (clue in the title ha ha!) which just fitted the stamp in all the right places colour wise. I then added one of my new A Griffin sentiment stamps. This is the card I would like to enter into this weeks Less Is More challenge too for a thanks or congratulations card.
For the second card I stamped the image using a versamark pad and applied purple embossing powder to the flower head. I then daubed some ink on the leaves and around the image adding another of the AG stamps.
The last card was again stamped with the versamark, but this time I used chalks to add colour. I then stamped with the versamark a sentiment from PTI to give a watermark effect, just rubbing chalk over one of the sentiments near the bottom of the card.

Friday, 29 April 2011


This is a book I put together using mainly Graphic 45/Material Girl by cosmo cricket papers and my cinch. I actually put the book together months ago, but I have only just had time to start to fill the pages. These are the only ones I have done so far, at the top is the cover and then two pages inside. the last one contains some torsos I actually did earlier in the year.
Right off to to watch the wedding now, just want to see the dresses then I will be happy.
Oh yes! I'm entering this project into Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Game boy

My OH has a Grandson who is always gaming, so Paula very kindly solved my problem of what to do by printing me the elements for this card. I generated the sentiment on the PC-I've photo shopped out the name, it's not bad crafting LOL! I'm really pleased with the effect and hopefully he will like it too.
I'd like to enter this into Crafty Catz-card for a child and Bunnny Zoe -one for the boy's.
Well my time off work seems to be running away with me, so much I want to get done..........

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Wedding Day

Well I had more than just a "chat" with Paula yesterday - as always, didn't get home til 1am!
I've made this card for my friend's son who is getting married soon. The colour of the invitations is going to this shade purple and spotty so that is why I chose this ribbon. I got the image through a link someone kindly gave on Less is More the other week-but can't remember where, who etc! Edited to say the image is freevfrom
I printed the image onto acetate and then used some Meltdust, which hasn't shown up too well in the photo. I had a nightmare with my printer, which I have changed since I last used acetate to print onto. In the end I had to use a repositionable adhesive and attach it lightly to a piece of paper to get it to print. Either there is a sensor which won't recognise that there is something to print on, or the acetate is too light.
Look at this little bargain I picked up today for £3!!!!

I'd like to enter this card into these challenges:-
Die Cut Dreams - wedding
Crafty Creations - white space
Kaboodle Doodles - here comes the bride
Simon Says - anything goes

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Have a cup of tea

I just love the sentiment which is from Create with TLC and I thought it went perfectly with this Sugar Nellie image by Leanne Ellis. The sketch I've used is from The Sugar Bowl Challenge and I'd like to enter it into that challenge and also the embossing challenge on Simon Says Stamp challenge.
I've embossed the background card and punched the edges. I've used some treasured paper from my stash which was starting to curl at the edges, so time to use it. Unfortunately I have managed to cover up all but one of the ladybirds. The other paper is  by DCWV and are black and white giant daises which I have rubbed over with a pink ink pad.
Off to see Paula this afternoon for a crafty chat!

Monday, 25 April 2011

1 tequila.........

I hope you have enjoyed your Easter and the Bank Holidays. The weather here has been lovely apart from Saturday evening when we just got in before hailstones came down!
The digi image is from Bugaboo stamps, the patterned paper is PTI and the cardstock is from SU. The sentiment on this card sums me up and three of any drink really - I had to catch the tram home the other week after a night out with the girls and it was full of people who had just come out of the theatre, so I sat there in a bit of a daze concentrating really hard at not missing my stop and not looking too out of it!
I'd like to enter this card into:-
Creative Inspirations Challenge for "digi day"
Charisma Cardz Challenge for "Jokes and laughter" a creation to make you smile
Papercutz pink, green, blue, purple, and white ONLY! 

Saturday, 23 April 2011

PTI Wedding

Do you ever get so excited by an idea that you can hardly craft? That's what happened to me with this card, I was almost holding my breath as it all came together with no fingerprints!
I've had lots of inspiration to make this card and I am so pleased with it. Firstly this card by Kate over at A Passion for Papertrey. Because I don't know the person the card is for too well I thought this was a safe card to make.
Then inspiration always from the lovely Sarita - I do so love her style. When I saw the set of Anna Griffin flourish stamps( I have used two of them top and bottom) I thought of her and the style I could maybe achieve. I only ordered them on Tuesday and they came this morning. I would never have dreamt of ordering such stamps in the past but I think they will be good for some "Less is more" cards too.  I created the Mr and Mrs on the PC and cut around with a label nestie. The papers are PTI. I also embossed the swirls with holographic powder, not sure if you can see it better in this photo
I used a new ink pad I bought yesterday on a recommendation from Brenda. So you see lots of people have helped me achieve this beautiful card. Okay - and breathe! off for a rest now, quite tired out LOL!
Oh yes, the card is for these challenges:-
A Passion for Papertrey - wedding
Fab 'n' Funky - here comes the bride
Crafts and Me - Pink and sweet
Stampin for the Weekend - Wedding

LIM week 12- off centre

After visiting a few of the Less is More "limettes" I noticed how many of them print direct to card, so I thought I would give it a go. However, silly me went to great pains to get it all lined up and then printed it on the left of the card instead of the right!!!!!!! So, this is why you see before you a layered card, 'cause I don't do "going in the bin" LOL!
I've used Pink Petticoat images and then created the text on the PC. The background polka dots were from Craftwork cards sometime ago.

Yesterday I went to Sir Stampalot for a demo Brenda was giving. I've long been an admirer of her lovely work so I felt the 1.5 hour drive would be worth it. She didn't disappoint and everyone I met was so lovely, oh and I also managed to do a little retail therapy whilst there LOL! So many ideas going round in my head now.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

You can deal with anything.........

I love this Kraftin Kimmie Cinderella so much, I was itching to use her again. When I saw the digi background from Paulette at Create with TLC I thought she would look perfect running down those stairs. I noticed afterwards that it was actually titled "church background" but I think it still sort of works if you don't study it too much! I've just washed over the background with a vanilla promarker, grey for the steps and added some greenery, as I didn't want it to detract from the main image which I have mounted on foam pads and added a tiny bit of lavender glitter to. The sentiment is a freebie from Scrap-a-licious-times she has some great ones to choose from.
I'd like to enter this card into
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT - Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - Sassy
Sir Stampalot-ladies and fashion
Aud's sentiments-anything goes

Sunday, 17 April 2011

LIM week 11- acetate

Oh dear, my heart sank when I read this weeks Less is More challenge yesterday morning. It was not the use of acetate but to do it with a LIM style. This is what I have come up with and I am not sure I have followed the LIM ethos!

Thanks for all the good wishes on my weight loss. Unfortunately I fell off the wagon this weekend due to the mexican meal and the drinks on two nights. Those of you who asked what Corrie the play was like - brilliant! There are only 6 actors and they take all the parts through the ages. I was amazed how they slipped in and out of each character (and costumes) they had all the mannerisms and so even before they spoke you knew which character it was. Also the lady behind me felt she had to announce it to everyone, so we were in no doubt! The best of the accents was Hilda Ogden, she really had her down to a tee and the chap who did Roy Cropper was good too.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Inspired by chocolate

I've felt a bit listless this week. Long days at work and then coming home and going on the Wii haven't left much time to craft, after starting to surf for five minutes and taking a few hours! Good news is I have now lost 17lbs since Christmas. I was really worried that the week away on my course would pile on the pounds but I was careful and luckily the colleague who went with me is trying to lose weight also, so we supported each other through the week.
When I saw the challenge on Moving along with the times was chocolate, I remembered these decoupage sheets I had bought ages ago. The circle with the bow flips up to reveal the message underneath!
 This is the inside of the card.
I am going out for a Mexican meal tomorrow night to wish a colleague farewell - hopefully one meal won't hurt the weight loss! Then going to see "Corrie"  live on stage at the weekend. It is  "lovingly "cobbled" together from 50 glorious years of Coronation Street". A cast of 6 actors play all 55 characters and are supported by a genuine Corrie guest star at every performance. It is billed as the funniest play of the year-so we will see.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

LIM - sentiment focus

My SU "word" stamps came to mind as soon as I saw this weeks Less is More challenge, but what to frame it with? I've used a butterfly from SU set "Butterfly prints" and the flower from SU "flight of the butterfly". I then added a little bling to the flowers as it seemed a bit too plain.
This was what I was aiming for the first time -but I got ink on the edge of the stamp and so added a row of flowers to cover it.
I also learnt today that the butterfly "body" goes over the butterfly - doh! You can see I got it right second time around.
After a week away on an intensive course I am finding it difficult to get back into creating. I've been studying LEAN in a bid to become a practitioner - assuming I pass my exams. Now for those of you that think I am a glutton for punishment after just finishing an MBA - this is a new role I have at work and so am required to undertake the training. I had my crafting head on whilst away! They were talking about "dies" in an article relating to Toyota, I assumed it meant engineering dies -die cuts- just like the cuttlebug but on a bigger scale- it was only on the second day I realised they meant colour dies!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

LIM week 9 - A touch of red

Now you probably know I like poppies (big clue on my blog!) and I did think about doing a poppy for this weeks Less is More challenge. Instead I went with SU Greenhouse Garden stamp set. I haven't used the solid flower, I've just used the two of the filler stamps. I used SU rose red and then added a hint of green. I got this sentiment stamp for a £1 when I went to The Range, never usually find anything in those stamp bins but am pleased with this as I didn't have a stamp with this sentiment.
Sorry I won't be able to comment on many entries this week as I am on a course, in fact I need to do the pre reading some time today.
Right off to watch Barbara Gray!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

feather light

I had a bit of a play with the spotlight technique again, this time with the centre of the peacock feather of this stamped image. The card fastens in the middle and is part of some cards I got from K&Co ages ago, I find them difficult to know what to do with! Added the SU label and sentiment that seems to be stuck on my desk right now LOL!
I'm entering this card into Stamptacular Sunday - No kids allowed, birthday.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Spring showers

This card all began because I had just bought a set of Henbury Lane stamps reduced in The Range. I think they were only reduced because they were the last set. In fact the Range was sadly lacking in crafting goodies - the shelves were literally bare - has there been some stampede I am unaware of? I was only there because next door at Hobbycraft there was 20% off last night, and it would have rude not to attend. Anyway, by using the wellies on this card I justified the purchase right??
The image, and toppers are from Debbi Moore - Funky Divas -Kerry Jo designs. The paper is was free from a mag, so a good deed for today to use half a sheet of the mounting stash LOL! The sentiment is from my faithful Paula Pascale set.
I had a day off today and me and a friend went for lunch at the Caunton Beck (see below) - yummy. Pity we had some of those spring showers and couldn't sit out.

Oh yes nearly forgot! The card is for the following challenges:-
Sweet Stampin-the weather
Crafty Catz-Spring showers
Stamp Something - digi