Sunday, 27 October 2013

October Rudolph day

Just sharing a Christmas card with you for Rudolph Day over on Sarn's blog. The DP and sentiment panel is a free download from Crafters Companion. I then used my new snowman die to cut snowmen in blue and silver mirri with a red mirri scarf. The stamped sentiment is also from crafts companion. I added a little bit of glitter snow to the bases of the snowmen.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

LIM week 143 - string or twine

Well I have had such a busy day today and managed to get my Less is More challenge card done - hoorah! When I saw the challenge was twine I immediately thought of the set of lovely coloured american crafts twine I bought earlier in the year. Of course any excuse to bring a challenge around to fashion and I am there.  I had a flash back to a vintage Valentino dress I saw in the exhibition in March. Where pieces of cord had been wrapped in silk and stitched onto a dress covering it in downward piping. I can't find a photo and you couldn't take any in the exhibition so you will just have to imagine it. stitched by hand I remember thinking I would not have the patience to make it.
So, this is my take on it.  I used one of the Julie Nutting doll stamps, stamped it and then glued two colours of twine onto the image along the fold lines. I then cut with a spellbinder distressed edges die. Adding the sentiment and Eiffel tower from a stamp and die set by Hero Arts/Sizzix.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Fox and friends @ CD Sunday

The challenge on CD Sunday this week is Fox and friends. I only just noticed the friends bit and this fox has no friends -  sorry. I have no stamps I can think of with foxes and no cdroms, until today when my new Country diary of an Edwardian Lady arrived courtesy of CC at a great price of 9.50 for inspire club members and a free stamp! I was going to buy this cd back when it was released but could not justify the price, so glad I waited.
So, I thought there must be a fox on here somewhere, and just when I had given up I found one.I printed a backing paper from the cdrom too and cut two labels from it to mount the images and then finished with a tattered lace ivy die.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

London, New York

If you've been here recently you may think this card looks familiar. I did one with the San Francisco stamp the other day and thought I would try it out again with the London stamp. This card is for a work colleague who is leaving our Croydon office to work in central London, so I thought it fitting. 
I then tried a different approach and overstamped with a flag from Inkylicious and part of a keep calm stamp. I then embossed the London stamp in blue powder. 

Finally I used the New York stamp and then added a "happy birthday" from the PB wishes set. 

Sunday, 20 October 2013


I've used one of the new Clarity tree stamps that come in two parts for this card, which is for this week's Less Is More challenge of trees. I put a mask over the card to form the aperture and used ink dusters through it. I then removed the mask and for the lower part took the landscape outside of the frame. Adding birds and a sentiment from inkylicious and a fence from Sheena Douglass.

Friday, 18 October 2013

mid month reminder for Penny Black & More

Time to remind you about our challenge on Penny Black & More which this month is "anything goes" so it couldn't be simpler and you can use any stamp, just no digis please. Once again we have some fabulous prizes on offer and of course the chance to be a GDT for a month.
For my DT card I have used PB San Francisco stamp and the sentiment is from Critters Party. I stamped the image in sepia versamark over a brayered background created with a mask from Clever Cuts. I love this stamp as it reminds of my time in San Francisco earlier this year.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Butterfly @ CD Sunday

The challenge on cd Sunday this week is Butterflies. I've used a mix of them. First from the MCS cdrom Young at Heart, which is really a childrens cdrom but I think this could be for any age. The backing papers and images are from this cdrom. Then I used my butterfly TH die, which I ran through some ink on my mat and then stamped over with the swirl above the quote. I also added a butterfly from a pack I bought ages ago from craftwork cards. The quote is from a Creative expressions stamp set.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

LIM week 141 Witches & layer

The challenge on Less is More this week is witches and wizards (and monsters) but it has to be one layer. I got this digi free from Tiddly Inks a few weeks ago and the sentiment comes courtesy of one of my fellow DT members who used it when she made her card with this image.I took the image into MCS and used the text effect to "bend" the sentiment to fit around the image. I've coloured with promarkers and then added some glitter to her wand and shimmer to the "Birthday" and around the hem of her dress.
We've had a wonderful time in London and this is where we were on Friday evening.....

the House of Lords. I had an invite through my Alumni to a drinks reception and tour.
As our tour guide informed us:- no chewing, eating, drinking or sitting down or use of mobiles allowed! It was so tempting when we got inside to sit down as we stood between the rows of seats, even though we had been told not to I had the most awful natural urge to do so - but managed to overcome it! We weren't allowed to take pictures either, so this picture is courtesy of the internet.We also went into the House of Commons and it all seemed so much smaller than when you see it on the TV.
Yesterday we went to the Sir John Soane museum which I have walked past many times on my way to work when our HO was just across the park. I finally got around to paying a visit. But again no photos, you even have to put your bag into a plastic bag they provide.

It is crammed with so many things to see.Well worth it if you haven't been - and unlike most things these days it is free!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Anything goes at Penny Black & More this month

Good morning everyone and welcome to another challenge at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts, this month the challenge is "anything goes" - so nice and simple and you don't have to use a PB stamp to enter but no digis please.
For my DT card I've used a stamp I had trouble tracking down - "Whispers". I really wanted to have a go at paper piecing with it and I'm not disappointed in the results. I've used it with a couple of Pink Petticoat papers and a little piece of striped washi tape. The sentiment is from the PB set Lace delight.
Thanks for looking and I look forward to seeing what you do this month for the challenge. Lots of lovely inspiration as always from my talented teamies.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

LIM week 140 - christmas white on white

I got my housework done early this morning and then had a lovely indulgent afternoon tea with a friend at The Lace Market Hotel - and very nice it was too, especially as I had a coupon for two for the price of one! So, onto my card for the white on white Christmas challenge on Less is More. I've used the memory box die country landscape and then a couple of embossing folders. Finally cutting a frame with two nesties. The sentiment is from the new Crafters Companion Snowman set. Following on from Jen using grey for her stamping I used a momento London fog inkpad.
Before I go I have to share what I still think is an outrageous overcharging experience I had early this week. Myself and two colleagues were away on business and dining in the hotel. We all decided on the cheeseboard for dessert. The amount of cheese was fantastic - a meager amount of celery some grapes and onion relish. There were about 6 biscuits, so as you can imagine we ran out of biscuits for our cheese. We were pondering asking for more biscuits when the Manager appeared and said "Oh ladies, I can see you need more biscuits, would you like some"? So we all thanked him and he returned with one plate with 6 biscuits on it and said "do you want anymore" - so being polite we said no it was fine. We made do with the biscuits and to be honest we were all full. The bill came and there was "fat fries £3.95" which none of us had ordered or had. So we queried the bill and were told that was the charge for the extra biscuits we had!!!! Needless to say we had the charge removed from the bill. That makes a single biscuit 65p..................

Friday, 4 October 2013

1950s @ CD Sunday

Only just made it for the CD Sunday challenge this week. I have been away with work and so not had much time to craft this week.
I was going to use the MCS fab glam 1950s cdrom as I love that cd, but instead decided to break out Parisian Chic by Card plus creations for the main image. The papers are from Pink petticoat and I hope Liz doens't mind, but I took them into MCS and recoloured from the original yellows to this blue colour. I used my newest die that I got at a fab price in the sale from Sticky Tiger - the TH butterflies on the edge and then ran them through an embossing folder and applied some inks.