Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Garden Pleasures @ CD Sunday

Garden Pleasures is the challenge on CD Sunday this week. I was going to use one of my garden cdroms when I remembered that Tatty is in the garden on this Tatty Button cdrom and I'm not sure I have ever used the cd!
All the images and papers are from the cdrom. I also used a SU vintage stamp wheel to roll over the background of the card. I've added my newest dies - the hearts and some butterflies. The sentiment was part of a magazine freebie set and I thought suited the card very well. I have also added some stickles to the sunflower centre, clouds and die cuts.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

July Rudolph day

Well it is time for Rudolph Day again on Sarn's blog. Last month I was very lucky to win the lovely stamps on offer. This month my cards are both made using an image from the MCS Bunny Snuffles cdrom, which I found contained not only the cute bunny but some lovely backgrounds. For the first card I added the sentiment using the "Jane Austen" font and the two bells. Then using a glue pen highlighted the baubles and snow and added different glitters, with some MCS "Frost" too.
The second card had an image of a carol which i wanted to use but not the rest of the image. So I cropped it out and placed it on this image instead and then added the greeting and musical notes in gold. I then added glitters again using the glue pen. Mounted on a mirri nestie and an embossed background.
I'd also like to enter these cards into the challenges on Crafty Catz and Polka Doodles who both have the challenge of Christmas in July.

Monday, 29 July 2013

I've been to see the Queen.......

I've spent the weekend in London, with some spectacular lightening on Saturday evening. Yesterday we went to Buckingham Palace, but the Queen wasn't in! It was so funny, a Frenchman in front of me in the queue was asking would he see the Queen and the girl who was working there said, no she was in Scotland, "what about her husband" he said "no said the girl", "well, what about the baby" - honestly you couldn't make it up. I asked the girl if she got to meet the Queen at the end of the opening period and she said she didn't think so, but they do get to meet the curators who have been on TV, and she seemed quite pleased at that!
It was a bit of a nightmare finding the way in and getting in, as there was no signage, but the audio tour was fantastic. Because it is the 60th anniversary of the Coronation there is a special exhibition with the dresses etc worn on the day and samples of the original dress embroidery. So, I was in my element. At the end there is a pop up tearoom  - I had this.......
                                                                                                                     and very nice it was too, even if it did cost £4.95!
Anyway onto the challenge at Less is More which this week is inspired by a Pinterest picture. I spend way too much time on Pinterest as it is! I couldn't wait to get back to enter and luckily I had today off to recover. I find that I have just about as many shoe stamps as I do shoes!!! My first is a stamp I got ages ago and has never seen ink. I used the background of the stamp to create the label too.
These shoe stamps are from the PB set Hello Gorgeous. I combined them with an new Anna Griffin embossing folder I have been waiting to use.
Lastly a paper pieced Hero art stamp. The sentiment is from another set of shoe stamps that I didn't get time to use. I'd also like toenter this card into the Divas by Design challenge -anything goes.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Dreams and Dragons @ CD Sunday

I wasn't going to enter the challenge on CD Sunday this week as it is Dreams and Dragons as I don't have any dragons, I looked on various cds where I thought they might be lurking and no - none! Then I thought why not use this dragonfly stamp which I have had since the year dot and hasn't seen ink in many a year.

The papers and image are from Debbi Moore's Garden Fairies cdrom and are the dream element of my card. I used the dragonfly stamp to make the background for the card by embossing, I also added some sparkle to the dragonfly using various diamond sparkles, as you can see better in the photo below.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Historical Reading challenge 2013

Being a prolific reader with eclectic tastes I decided to join this year's Historical reading challenge . You chose three books and as you finish each book and review it you are sent the next one. You need to have a blog or a website to enter. Unfortunately the entry date for this year has closed, but if you are interested you can look out for it next year.

Here's my first review for The ways of the world by Robert Goddard:-

This is the first Robert Goddard novel I have read, but have been aware of him as an author for many years eager to get around to reading one his books. I have to say I was a little disappointed having read he was the “master of the triple double-cross”. I felt apart from a couple of twists the book ambled along and was quite pedestrian. The book is very atmospheric and the backdrop of Paris well recognisable.  I realise it is set in 1919 but even so I felt there could have been a little more pace to the writing at times.
The main character was likeable enough and reminded me of Richard Hannay from the 39 Steps, probably due to a similar background, as in leaving the war and becoming an unlikely hero/sleuth. I also liked his sidekick Twentyman whose character I got a real feel for.

The biggest surprise came at the end of the book, when with only pages to go it felt like there was much more about to happen. Was I going to be left wanting? Then it said “to be continued” I hadn’t realised it was a part work, however, the book can be read as a standalone.

LIM week 129 - handmade flowers

The theme on Less is More this week is "handmade flowers". I took a SU Itty bitty punch and two snippets from my box. The patterned one is a PTI paper, the middle is a piece of SU cardstock I embossed but haven't used yet, I quite like how the embossing has worked with the punch, even though it is so small. The sentiment is computer generated.
Bit dull here, but still hot. Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Mid month reminder for Penny Black & More- Dies & Punches

Time for a little reminder about our challenge over on Penny Black & More which this month we want to see your Dies & Punches. Remember you can use any make of stamp to enter, just no digis.
I've used PB1656K stitch in time for my DT card. I then used the following spellbinder dies 
  • sewing elements
  • venetian accents
  • gold circles one
I then added a sentiment from Flonz. I used a "sew" embossing folder for the background, cutting the top line into squares and mounting separately.
Thanks for looking and I look forward to seeing what you share with us this month.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Christmas in July @ CD Sunday

 The challenge on CD Sunday this week is Christmas in July, so in blazing heat I have found myself looking for Christmas images. I used MCS Papercraft Library vol 9 Christmas with Bunny Snuffles & friends. I got this cd when they were on offer and hadn't looked at it before thinking it was just full of Snuffles images. So I was very pleasantly surprised to find these backgrounds on the cdrom, and as you can see got carried away and made three cards, not just one! I love the image of santa against a moon (can you tell) so printed both versions, the first being a DL card and the one below 5x7. I added a sentiment using the font Jane Austen and a little holly berry, adding diamond sparkles to the stars, moon, rooftops and trees.
 I then made this one which is very small only 3x3. I added the text using the alphabet from the cdrom and the little bow. Again lots of diamond sparkles, but not showing up in the photo.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

LIM week 128 One layer shaped card

The challenge on Less is More this week is a shaped ONE LAYER card. I had to remind myself as I had a few ideas and nearly forget it was one layer! I had a pack of shaped cards so that part was easy, then I spied my set of chocolate baroque stamps yet to see ink. I've chosen one of those stamps and then used two inks to stamp up the image. The sentiment is from PTI. Thanks for looking and I hope you are enjoying the sunshine, I am afraid it knocked me out yesterday, tried to do so much but then fell asleep about 3pm!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Quite simply hats @ CD Sunday

The challenge on CD Sunday this week is "quite simply hats".I have been itching to use the new Fabulous Fashion cd rom from Katy Sue designs, and so this was the perfect opportunity. I printed three hats from  the cd rom and some stripped backing paper. I combined them with a set of C Dees hat stamps by overstamping the hats and making the background. The sentiment is from Flonz.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Favourite things from snippets

At this risk of boring my followers with yet another poppy card - sorry but it had to be done. This card uses an snippet left over from this card. I cut the poppy di-lite out and then cutting from two other snippets fitted it back into the frame. the background this time is made using the smaller inkylicious poppy stamp as this is a smaller card. The tag is an SU punch and SU tiny tag stamp.
I promise to leave poppies alone for at least a few days now LOL!
I'd like to enter this card into the Allsorts challenge "favourite things" where incidentally I made the top five last week - woo hoo! thanks ladies. Also I am venturing into Pixies Crafty snippets Playground with this card week #80.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Dies and punches at Penny Black & More

Here we are half way through the year already, where do the months go? This month the challenge on Penny Black & More is "dies and punches". You don't have to use a Penny Black image or sticker but we do want to see some stamping as the main focal point on your card, and please no digis.
For my DT card I've used PB4036K Poppy Poem. I inked the stamp using several different shades of red and green and then spritzed it and stamped directly onto the paper to give this washed out look. The sentiment is from flonz stamps.
I used pink paisley papers and taking a flonz border stamp embosed some detailing around the edges with a cranberry embossing powder. I used A2 distressed edges, basic latice and deckle circle small spellbinders together with a SU round punch. adding some twine in green and red.
Thanks for looking and I do hope you can join us in our challenge this month. As always there are some wonderful prizes on offer.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Poppies of course!

I've got a day off today but I need to go to the chiropractor, as the gardening exploits at the weekend have left me in pain still and with a numb leg! So once again I am crawling into the playground Pixies crafty snippets week #79 with this card which uses a couple of snippets for the background and for the die cut poppy. I actually embossed the snipped before cutting out the poppy.  I used an inkylicious poppy stamp to stamp and emboss the background. I used some of the gleams and creative expressions gilding wax over the poppy embossing which is a new A Griffin folder, which as it is poppies, I just had to have! The image is from sweet pea.
I'd like to enter into these challenges:-
Papertake weekly - anything goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT - birthdays
Polkadoodles - make your own background

Monday, 1 July 2013

dance @ CD Sunday

The challenge on CD Sunday this week is "Dance". I've used MCS The Finishing Touch cdrom as I had remembered seeing these dancers on there when I made my kimono card the other week. It's great having cdroms but I do tend not to remember what is on them apart from the obvious ones!
I decided to do something different and design the whole card in MCS and print straight onto the card as I have had some rather nice smooth 300g from The Papermill delivered.
I took one of the embellishments which was a red rose and tiled it to make the background. I also shrunk one down to tiny proportions and put it in the dancer's hair. I used a background paper and recoloured it to match and put a vignette around it, adding another rose and using the font Magento for the greeting. Finally I added two rows of lace flowers.