Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A Challenge or two...

Good evening all :)

I managed to get another little 'play' in tonight after work - scoured a few challenge blogs to get some inspiration and came up with this.....

I used a gorgeous Greeting Farm stamped image that I'd coloured with my Promarkers many moons ago and paired her up with my brand new TH Vintage Shabby paper. I followed Bev's gorgeous sketch over at WOC (I must admit to being mesmerised last Friday at the NEC watching Bev colouring - wow, that woman is good!), I used my trusty Gemstones card as the top panel along with some ribbon and the fab LOTV sentiment to finish off the layout. As I'd shifted the image to the left a little I had a large space that was just crying out for some gorgeous WOC flowers!

Aren't they beautiful!


Some challenges I'd like to enter my card into...

WOC - Sketch

Top Tip Tuesday #27

Good Top Tip Tuesday Morning To You All :)

Wow, what amazing buttons you all delivered last week,
they were fab!

Pop over to TTT now to see if you were one of our winners or if Samantha picked you for one of her Top 3.

This week we have an awesome tutorial from the wonderful Paula.
Have you ever wanted to create your own backing for your cards but not quite sure what technique to use - Paula's is amazing, you'll love it!

LOOK...you could create this......................

To go with Paula's 'Polished Stone' technique she has chosen a theme of 'Nature Inspired' cards, so lets see those leaves, spring themed or cards using natural embelishments: wood, twine, sand......
We want Nature INSPIRED cards please,
not just an odd flower or 2 ;)

We have more amazing sponsors this week with LOADS of prizes - pop over to see what!

Don't forget to follow the rules -
Link your project NOT your blog
Include a link to Top Tip Tuesday in your post
No more than 3 entries
Add your project by 9pm Mon April 4th so we can see all cards before picking the winners!

If you have Word Verification please consider turning it off and just having Comment Moderation - It takes soooo long to comment when you need to type illegible letters - and that's if you don't click off before you've noticed them! Yes I've done that many a time ;)

Sunday, 27 March 2011

For My Mum...

Had a little play today with a couple of my NEC goodies - how amazing would it be if money were no issue...I'd have been able to buy everything I wanted and had it delivered home in a taxi so I didn't have to carry it!
As it was I'd spent out after 2 hours (we weren't going to be there as long as I'd hoped, so I'd 'ran' around worrying I'd run out of time - then I had to sit outside for 1 1/2 hours cos I'd only have got depressed seeing more things I wanted!
Next time I'm going for the weekend and at least a 3 lap 'pootle'!

So on to my card.....

I used my new MS Punch-around-the-page, so easy to get a great look! and TH Adage Tickets on this card.
As well as a LOTV Die-Cut image, WOC Flowers, Ribbon from my stash, liquid Pearls and Stickles.

I use my sewing machine to sew around the Gemstones card backing piece and Cuttlebug die-cut letters for 'mum'.

Some Challenges I'd like to enter...

Lili of the Valley - Punch it!

Pollycraft - Pearls & Swirls

Simon Says Stamp - Mother's Day / Girlie

Truly Scrumptious - Tag (TH Ticket?)

ABC - Quilting / Sewing

Allsorts - For a Special Lady

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

A quick Wedding card....

One of my best 'customers' in work today asked of there was any chance I could do a Wedding card by Friday! She usually gives me plenty of notice so of course I said yes ....even tho I'm not in work on Friday, so had to do it tonight to take in tomorrow!

I knew I'd use one of my LOTV Die Cut images as they make the most wonderful cards when you've not got time to stamp & colour ...plus my colouring never looks as pretty!

I popped over to LOTV Challenge Blog to get some inspiration and Bev's sketch was just perfect - I'm too late to enter the challenge tho :(   ...I do wish the days wouldn't all roll into one!
As I was looking through some of this week's entries I came across a wonderful card by Laurie, it is absolutely beautiful - I had to try really hard not to get my CB out and emboss the panels - she's just done it all so perfectly.
I found my silver embossed wedding card and decided to use that..............phew, urge to mimic Laurie's card over!

I've used WOC Lace, Gemstones Cardstock, swirls that were sent as a RAK so not sure what Die they are!, LOTV Die Cut Image and Sentiment Stamp (I just LOVE these!!!) and MS Heart Punch.

Thanks for popping by, not sure if I'll get to do any blogging tomorrow as I'm travelling to mums after work to go to the NEC with her on Friday.....Yeh, my 1st Craft Show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some challenges I'd like to enter my card into......

Wild Orchid Challenge - Dieing to Punch it out!

Stamp Something - Something Sweet

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Exploding Box - 1st Birthday

Good evening all, hope you are all well :)

I'd like to share my latest project with you, an Exploding Box for the 1st Birthday of a work colleague's son. Mum was so organised and e-mailed me 12 photos titled from 'newborn' to '11 months' so I thought that was a perfect opportunity to create something that documented his first year - each photo has the corresponding age on a little tag.
I've blocked out his face as I know they don't put photos of him on FB. 

The box has 3 layers of photos - each one decorated with an assortment of gems, buttons and charms.

The centre piece of the box is taken up with a gorgeous poem.

I'd like to enter this box into the following challenges.....

Simon Says Stamp - 'Happy Birthday'

Stamp Something - Something Sweet (I've not actually stamped anything so hope it's ok!)

Sentimental Sundays - Let's Get Sentimental

 Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Anything but a Card!

Top Tip Tuesday #26

Good Top Tip Tuesday Morning to you all!

Did you enjoy those amazing Gift Boxes from Heike last time - weren't they fab???

Have you 'popped over' to TTT yet to see if you are one of our lucky winners or one of Heike's Top 3?

This week it's my pal Samantha's turn to astound us with her knowledge!


"Hi Everyone its my (Samantha) turn to set the challenge this time
and its my first tutorial at Top Tip Tuesday! ekk!
The Tutorial/s are based on altered buttons.

The challenge I am setting you is

"Show me those Buttons"

Use 3 or more buttons on your project!

Optional extra
Alter your buttons and show us your before picture
on your blogs and your after on your project linked to the challenge.

Our awesome sponsors are

Get ya cuppa tea....I have been working on this for a while so hope you enjoy it!"
Now you'll have to go over to Top Tip Tuesday to have a looksee!!!!!
Here's what I did.......................

 (sorry for the awful pic - camera batteries ran out so had to use my phone!)

(got batteries for camera now!)

Top Left - took off knitted covering

Top Right - Stamped, heat embossed, added Gems

Bottom Left - Nail Polish & Twinklets
Bottom Right (Fabric Covered) - Coloured with Promarker and covered in Crackle Glaze!

I haven't managed to get around to using them on a card yet - but I altered them!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

More Green!!!

Well, it is St Patrick's Day!

I've used one of my gorgeous Penny Black Stickeroos for this card - so please don't think I've coloured this cute little frog to perfection!

I've followed a couple of challenges for this card and have listed them all below.

I've used... Gemstones Cardstock (I don't know what I'll do when my stash of 8 12x12 stacks runs out - and believe me it wont be long!!!), French Lace Doily, LOTV Sentiment, home-made ribbon flower and lace from WOC.

Some challenges I'd like to enter...

Allsorts - Luck o' the Irish (or lots of green)

Simon Says Stamp - Happy Birthday

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Irish Dancer - Green this time!

Here it is.... the Irish Dancer in green for Mo Manning's challenge this week!

I just love colouring this gorgeous little girl - I 've even lots of different colour ones ready to put more together like my red one in the post below - hopefully get those done at the weekend.

Mo's gorgeous image can be found here. The paper is from First Edition 'Love Letters' and I've used my trusty Gemstones for the matting.

I even managed to make another green one to fit in with a couple of other challenges too....

Challenges I'd like to enter my Green Irish Dancer cards into......

Mo's Digital Challenge - A Bit of Green

Stamp Something - Green & Cream (2nd card - although it's more of an 'off White!')

Allsorts - Luck o' the Irish (either card!)

Cupcake Inspirations - (1st card) Green, touch of Pink & Irish!

Top Tip Tuesday ...Still Time

Just a reminder that this week's 'Birthday' challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday is actually running for 2 weeks

Pop over to check out the tutorial and tips.

Don't forget you can add up to 3 projects :)

C&S Irish Dancer!

A quick uploaded before I retreat up the wooden hill!

Here's one of the cards I've made tonight - since discovering this style of 'directly and indirectly printed image' card many weeks ago I just love to do cards with all of those amazing Digi Images available out there.
For this one I've used one on Mo Manning's incredible images - I just love MM!

My daughter is an Irish dancer (I MAY have mentioned this before!) so I feel right at home with this image (I can almost hear the 'repetitive hum' of the competition music as I use it!)

I'm going to do another one tomorrow in green so I can add it to Mo's Challenge this week (I forgot to check the spec before my red pen jumped into my hand!)

I wanted a 'true' red to match the matt so actually used a Staedtler 'Triplus Fineliner' Pen to add the colour!

Thanks for popping by and see you soon :)

Sunday, 13 March 2011

A busy Weekend...

I've managed to get 14 cards made this weekend for my 'box' in work - Most of them were made using Penny Black Stickeroo's - don't you just love Stickeroo's!!!!

I decided I'd best make another card for a challenge tho so had a look at a few of my favorite challenge blogs and came up with this....

I've used  LOTV Die Cut Image, Papers from a freebie magazine stack! Doily, Gemstones Cardstock, Pearls and WOC Flowers with some Twinklets.

Sketch & Stash - I'm too late - that's what you get for getting engrossed in Crufts!!!!

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

ABC - P is for Pearls

LOTV - Say it with Flowers 

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Flowers for Mum

Friday, 11 March 2011

Less is More Birthday

Good morning peeps :) I'm just off to work but wanted to get this card up for the Less is More challenge first! The theme this week is Pastels.

I've stamped the Penny Black image directly on the card blank and coloured it with Water Colour pencils.

I used MS Doily edge punch on the card blank and backed with some lilac card for the side detail.

I'd also like to enter this card into...

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Wild Orchid Challenge - Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday - Happy Birthday

Off to work now :( 
Thank Crunchie it's Friday!!!!!!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Another post for today!!!

Seeing as I'm not feeling too sorry for myself after my trip to the dentist (see post earlier today), I thought I'd better start on some 'general' cards for my box in work! I've managed 2 !

I've used some Penny Black Stickeroo's that I've had for ages and not touched - they were still out from when I was organising my Diecut Images and my Stickeroo's the other day, I'd run out of Polypockets so this sheet was just floating from surface to surface!!! It's called Romance of Flowers.

The butterflies are from the same Stickeroo sheet.

This next one then was a little bit of a 'play&see', I was trying to do a more than 1 fold card, but without being too predictable!

(this one the card is lying down - wanted to show as much of inside as possible)

Challenges I'd like to enter...

Truly Scrumptious - Sketch (1st Card)

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - More Than 1 Fold

Wild Orchid Challenge - Anything Goes (2nd card uses WOC flowers)


A quick post with a couple of cards....

.........before I go to the dentist - Aaarrrhhhhh! I just HATE going to the dentist, I'm such a baby! I have to have x-rays to see if there's nerve damaged before we decided whether to have a root filling or take the thing out! I've never had a tooth out whilst being awake - 18 years ago I paid private so I could be knocked out but I'm sure the price has risen 10 fold so can't do that now! I REALLY don't want a root filling tho - it's bad enough having a normal one!!! Anyway, that's enough of me blabbing - I'll tell you in an hour or two if I have more metal in my mouth or less teeth!

On to my cards (awaiting any comments will give me something nice to think about in the chair!)

These are both for the same girl - as I'm sure you can tell by the photo's! They are for a friend for her daughter's 21st...1 from Mum and one from Grandmother...

Off Grandma..

I've used 2 different LOTV Calendar Stamps, First Edition papers, Computer generated sentiments, WOC Lace, WOC Flowers and gems.

Challenges I'd like to enter...

Wild Orchid Challenge - Anything Goes (Grandma's card as it has WOC flowers and lace on it)

Charisma Cardz - Easel Cards (Grandma's Card)

LOTV - Say It With Flowers (Grandma's card - as the main image is a photograph of the birthday girl rather than a different branded image, I was hoping the fact I've used the LOTV Calendar Stamps would count???)

Update....Silly Mr Dentist gave me an option! The x-rays showed possible beginnings of nerve damage so he asked me if I wanted to try a week of antibiotics to see if that settles the intermittent pain and another appointment in 4 weeks!
He should have a note on my records saying "Do not to give a choice, she'll chicken out every time"

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Top Tip Tuesday #25

Good Top Tip Tuesday morning to you all :)

Have you popped over to TTT yet to see if you're one of this week's lucky winners?

Heike has written our tutorial this week and are you in for a treat - She has shown us how to make a stunning 'Gift Box'
It is just amazing and you have to give it a go!

This week we are sponsored again by.....


Our challenge this week is....

'Birthday Celebrations'

How simple is that!
Don't forget tho - only 3 entries, make sure you add a link back to TTT in your post and no back-dating.
Leave a Top Tip in the comments section over at TTT and you have another entry for another prize!

The card I've made for this week's challenge is using one of the gorgeous digi images from Robyn's Fetish that we were allowed to play with - and this was a treat
(or should I say a 'tweet'...sorry!!!) to colour!

She is called 'A little Birdie Told Me' and I really wish I'd incorporated that into the sentiment - but I forgot!

I used Gemstones card as the backing piece, 2 patterned papers from CraftWorkCards 'Vintage Rose' paper stack (that was a freebie with a magazine this week!), some gorgeous rainbow ribbon, pearls, some punched flowers and a punched butterfly.
This was also my first time to 'doodle' around the edges of the pieces and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!

I used my Prismacolours to colour the image and Promarker to add the blue 'Ready Brek Glow' around the image.
(Not sure if you'll all know what I mean by that...so have a look here!)

I used some 3d Gloss for the flowers, wings, beak and tail tips.

Some challenges I'd like to enter my card for...

Simon Says Stamp - Recipe; 1 image, 2 patterned papers & 3 ebellishments (flowers, pearls and ribbon)

Creative Inspirations - In the Garden

Cute Card Thursday - Signs of Spring

Dutch Dare - Who's who in the zoo! (any animal)

Cupcake Inspiration - Flowers and Colours from inspirational photo

Ellephantastic - Cute with a Butterfly

I think this is the most challenges I've ever managed to squeeze into one card!