Monday, 30 March 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

This is the first time I've entered the PBSC, but thought seeing as 60% of my stamps are Penny Blacks!!!!!

For Week 42 the theme is to 'think Spring'

Image was coloured with Watercolour pencils (waiting to 'upgrade' my colouring medium!) Then highlighted with Anita's 3d Gloss.
Backing paper was from my stash - random pack picked up from The Papermill shop AGES ago! Torn in half and layered onto mirri board. Gold sparkly, stary ribbon placed in centre.

Thanks for looking and use the link to pop over to the PBSC blog to see some fantastic PB work :)

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Back To Basics!

Sue @ Playing With Paper has a challenge running on her blog. It's just as the title says! No 'new-fangled' craft bits or equipment allowed!

Here's my effort...

I used wrapping paper and stationery split-pins! They look just like large brads but have pins about an inch long!!!
I decoupaged the pints of beer after strengthening them on card.

I really enjoyed doing this card - thanks for getting my grey matter working again Sue :)

Sunday, 22 March 2009

I've Done Another One!!!

Firstly, I hope all the mums reading this have had a good Mother's day :) Been spoilt rotten and allowed to craft ALL day!!! I'm just about to sit at my desk to do a bit now, but thought I'd show you something I did last week -

I love doing these Arty Farty Cribs :) They are so different each time I do them!

This one was fun to do too - I decided to add a 'Bead Bar' as I had on the very first one I made almost 2 years ago. My daughter (who's 21 in 2 weeks!!!) had a cot with this type of bead bar, which is where I got the original idea from.
This bar took a little working out! I started off with wire - but it wasn't srong enough to stay straight with the beads! After some playing around I came up with - a BBQ skewer inside an art straw! The pins from the brads you can see on the outside of the cot, are glued into the ends of the straws!
I love to use lace and ribbon to decorate the cots too. Oh, and I have NEVER used A3 card to make the box - I use the template but make 5 seperate pieces using A4.

Thanks for looking :)

Happy Crafting :)

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #3

As I left it so late to do my challenge 2 card I thought I'd get number 3 Truly Scrumptious done in record time!!!

As well as the sketch to work from for this one has to have something 'sparkly'.

My 'sparkle' comes from glitter embossed vellum (not a clue what it is as I've had it for AGES! Bought a few single sheets from The Papermill), silver ribbon, mirri card, 3d gloss and some fab holographic threaded lace!

The image I've used is one of Janets from Pink Gem Designs, she is sponsoring this challenge and the prize is one of her FAB stamps - I LOVE THEM!

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #2

Wow..................Only just made it!!!

Challenge 2 from Truly Scrumptious again was a sketch with the little 'extra' of adding 'home-made' buttons!

My buttons are cut with Nesties from Funky Foam - I'm quite pleased with them too ;)

The image is Penny Black and is coloured with watercolour pencils. I Highlighted the flower of the Water Lilly with Anita's 3d Gloss. Backing paper is from the Pocket Full Of Posies stack by DCWV.

Hope you like it & thanks for looking :)

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Dottie's Back(side!)

Loved these Back2Front Dotties from Charmed Cards and Crafts when I saw them a few weeks ago - then when I found Karen's fantastic Copic candy I had the perfect reason to get them!

I've used Watercolour pencils to colour my Dottie - although I'm sure she'd look much better with 'Clothes & Hair By Copics'!!! ;)
Highlighted her and the windows with 3d Gloss (wasn't untill after I'd put it all together I realised you couldn't see the bricks through the glass - Oh well, I'll know for next time!!!)
Used green flourishes and some Flowersoft for the climbing plants, and added some Penny Black Stickeroo wildlife!

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 14 March 2009

I Want To Pass My 'GAG' On To......

( in Great Attitude and/or Gratitude)

I would like to show MY Gratitude to:

Sue and Gill

I realise I'm not doing this as I should, cos I'm s'posed to nominate 5 people, but I wanted to recognise the 2 people that have helped me from day 1 in my card-making life.

For the Great Attitude you have shown in the last 2 years with your inspiration and motivation. For the support you have offered and the confidence you nurtured inside me (I should write speech's!).

Thank You :)

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

I've had another award!

It's been given to me by one of my lovely 'cyber-mates' from Docrafts, someone who always seems to be there when you need a friendly chat - Thank you Sue :)

If you pop over to have a look at Sue's blog you'll see what I mean. Thank you so much Sue - it was lovely of you to think of me - just wish I could pass it straight back to you ;)

The award is - Great Attitude and/or Gratitude (I've been GAGged!!!)

Will have to have a little think of the 5 I'm going to pass it on to - will do soon!

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Arty Farty Cherub

I LOVE doing these :)

A friend in work wanted a really girly one to give to her friend.
'The more frills the better' was the spec!
That was it - I was in my element doing this, and I'm really pleased with the final result.

Waiting to get all of the birth details now and will then attach a 'plaque' to the foot of the cot.
I have adapted the AF pattern a little to account for the cover at the top of the straws and to make the carry box using A4 card (5 seperate pieces - Front, Back, Bottom and 2x Sides)

Arty Farty Cherub Pattern
Pink Pearlised Card
Art Straws - side bars
Lace from local haberdasheries
Glittered Embossed Vellum from stash
Doll on a spring - taken from the top of a pencil!!!

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, 6 March 2009

Janet, the fantastic designer behind Pink Gem Designs has some fantastic candy on her blog!

Pop over to Pink Gem and you'll see she's celebrating her 1st Bloggerversary and when her hits reach 50,000 she will draw for one lucky person to pick any 4 of her fantastic stamps!

The image I used on the card I entered into the Truly Scrumptious Challenge last week is one of Janets - isn't she beautiful..........Mimi, not Janet!!!

Get over there, leave her a comment on her candy and then link back to it from your blog.......and Good Luck :)

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Truly Scrumptious

Thought it would be nice for my first ever blog challenge to be the new Truly Scrumptious challenge.
I've never worked from a sketch before!!! It was fab trying to think of ways to encorporate the elements - Hope you like it!

White Pearlised Embossed Card
Papermania 'Sweet Nothings' Paper
'Fairy Mimi' from Pink Gem Designs, highlighted with Anita's 3d Gloss
'Make A Wish' stamp from Penny Black - Critter Party, T.Set
Pins, Brads, Ribbon, Beads and Flowers from stash!

My 'craft-a-thon' has been going well! Not done as much as I'd have liked.......but with a hubby, 3 kids, 2 cats, 1 dog and shopping, washing, cleaning and cooking to do too......I'm happy :) Will upload more later this evening :)