Monday, 31 January 2011

Hi all, daylight went too fast yesterday. So here is another one of my recent wins pictured in proper light (natural). They're gorgeous vintage stamps from Paper Pretties called Timeless love, thankyou so much, I'm hoping to use this set quite a bit next month and today entering into their own challenge 'sewing'. I used a freebie d/load from Far Far Hill (lovely vintage papers if you're ever stuck), stamped with Black Memento, sewed my panels first, stuck them down with wet glue whilst my gift bag template was flat, put it all together with more wet glue, attached some brads to hold the flap together, red ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. The chocolates are still there, I've been good!


The back showing the fastened flap.

Other challenges entered are Crazy 4 'vintage, shabby look', new to me Sugar Creek Hollow 'vintage/valentine', Crafty sentimrents 'Favourite things', Paper Romance (new to me) is Anything but a card and they also had a fab hop which I joined in, CES is 'bold and bright', and Stamptacular Sundays 'whateva'. Enjoy a fab Monday until next time!

Sunday, 30 January 2011

One for Wild Orchid challenge. This time it's 'sentimental' theme and I'm continuing with my crafty fest weekend and hope to be back with another creation. Image is a stamp I bought last year from Bunny Zoes Crafts called 'skating girl' from Scrapmagasinet, just a wonderful image and with so much 'dancing on ice' on the television I couldn't resist this one (comes without the smile). Sentiment is from the wonderful Paulette! Papers are all off-cuts from last years project...all d/loads.


Other challenges entered are...I love promarkers 'lavendar & lace', used the fab sketch from Sweet Stampin, Craft Your days away 'love', Charisma 'valentine's/love'. I would like to enter into Winter Wonderland too, not sure it'll be accepted, it did say something about sentiments, but i'll see when i get there. Hope to back later, bye for now all!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

For my second post. It's the House Mouse challenge 'embossing'. I won a fantastic amount of stamps from their blog hop so a massive 'Thankyou' to them and Sue whose blog I won them from :))))) I love these mices and what they get up to illustrated in the images. This is from the Joanna Sheen JSHM004 sheet Birthdays. I've got so many now that I'm spoilt for choice but no doubt get round to inking them soon. Everything else from stash. Stripey off cuts paper from Janet's fab blog, stamped in Walnut Stain distress ink, washed over and a couple of Promarkers used, sentiment comes in the sheet.

Other challenges entered are...Simon says 'animal antics', Everybody art 'fave things'... mine at the moment would have to be these mices! Kaboodle Doodle 'bling it up', Totally papercrafts 'card for a kiddie', Crafty catz 'flowers', used the fab sketch from The Pixie Cottage and 'flowers, Cupcake Inspirations is a pic inspiration 'pink, red and white and lots of yumminess'. Hope to be back tomorrow.
Hello and welcome to my blog crafters! Today and for tomorrow too I've a very quiet house...everyone is doing 'their own thing'...so I thought I'd have a crafting feast and enjoy myself with alot of crafty goodies I've won lately in challenges and hops. You know what they say 'you've got to be in it to win it!' So my image is from Crafters Companion, (won a lovely bag full of various stamps last year) and for their own sketch challenge, handcut scallops, heat embossed using Stazon inkpad and very quickly sprinkling clear embossing powder and heating, added extra snowflakes from a clear stamp afterwards, sentiment is from CC too. Washed the image subtly with Koi's w/colours, corrugated white is my 'recycled' bit from a christmas chocolate box (the inside bit to protect chocs). This would be perfect for a male, i think.


So the other challenges I'm entering are...Allsorts 'nature' anything recycled, new #to me...Alphabet Challenge 'm for men', Inky Impressions 'emboss it', ABC Christmas 'black & white', Stamp Something 'winter something', Crafts and me 'Monochrome', Christmas Card challenges 'no colouring' (so sorry there's a minimal amount), and Incy Wincy 'winter wonderland but no xmas cards'. Back in a bit.

Friday, 28 January 2011

As promised, a quick tutorial (excuse the bad pics) on how to make this pyramid card. Originally it was alot smaller so I adapted the measurements to fit this cute couple of monkeys! I chose my A4 size d/load paper from the kit d/load...


Turned it over to mark some measurements, not sure if you can see...all long lines are 18.5cm and the 3 base lines are 9.7cm each. My paper is checked so I placed my measurements along the bottom of paper, if paper is random flowers, small pattern etc, I would place my template (using the long line 18.5cm) along the the shorter edge of my A4 paper to save paper.

Cut out and score along the long lines...

...and stand up...Mine was backed onto some inexpensive card on the inside before I decorated it. Scroll down one post it's all there to see the end result.

Hope it was of interest to some crafty bloggers, if so please do leave a comment. Have a good Friday all!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

One for the Creative Cottage. For my second post and card for today I've created this New Home pyramid card using the Wild West Little Monkeys digi pre-coloured kit from Creative Cottage followed their theme 'shaped card', Polka Doodle is New Home, Crafty Calendar 'new beginnings', Sweet Stampin 'clear as mud', Sew Many 'monkey business', Secret Crafter 'couple thing', One Stop Craft 'more than one fold' and lastly new one to me The Fuzzy Wuzzy challenges ' anything goes' as long as there's a critter as focal image (does a monkey count?). Used some braid which matches perfectly, punched and embossed border running along the bottom.


Inside...hung a ticket from here as picture frame and lined the inside to make it more homely, gold card candy to finish.

A bit blurry but the idea's there, come back tomorrow to see a quick tutorial about measurements for my card which I adapted to make it this size. Have a fab evening all, Bye for now.
It's that time again. Faith has give this wonderful 'bears big gift' digi image, just what I've been looking for teenage male cards (love his boots). Faith's images are just fab for cutting around and popping them onto foam pads for a lift to the card. Papers are left over cuts from fab Nikky over at Polka Doodles, made my own card candy in the corners, coloured with Koh-i-noor pencils, round stamp came with Craft Stamper mag free, bottom text is stamp from Personal Impressions (QVC).

Other challenges entered are Fab n Funky 'delight in your digi's', Allsorts 'male/boy', Creative Card Crew 'colour of country' (this would be suitable for here in th uk or overseas), Paper Play 'layer it up', followed the Cute Card Thursday sketch, Teddy Stamper 'anything goes', Crazy # 'dots and stripes' and Craft Your Passion 'use 2 different patterned papers'. Back in a bit.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

One for The Pixie Cottage. Ballerina Fairy is the stamp used on my card from Michelle's store following their sketch and who do you love? theme ( I love everyone around me, that includes my blogland cyber crafty friends). Wow, Michelle is sooo generous that I received one of Faith's latest rubber stamps in the post, can't wait to create with that one too, so a big 'thankyou Michelle'. Papers are all mix of offcuts except the pink stripe which is ofcourse Janet's freebie. My camera is playing dead at the moment so I'm sorry for the bad pics. Some ribbon, flowers and pink card candy, sentiment from American Crafts clear stamps, spellbinders dies used too, coloured with my Promarkers, Pink glitter and gems to finish.


Other challenges entered are Stamp Something 'cute', The Crafty Pad 'something girly', Reasonable Ribbons 'hearts & ribbons', Whoopsie Daisy 'valentine & love',CES 'angels & fairies'as is Wags n Whiskers, new # to me is Oldie but a Goodie challenge (my old stamp is the sentiment), OSAAT 'anything goes', Stamptacular Sundays '3 is a crowd' 3papers,3 flowers, 3 ribbons. Winter Wonderland 'purple & pink) challenges are non-xmas til mid feb, Lexis creations 'valentines' as is ASFOS, Promarker # 'let it shine' and another new one for me Magical Monday # 'flowers'. Sooo many challenges there...please feel free to disqualify if they don't count but i do try to double-check specifications.

Just one thing before i go, I have a pic of Luke at the top side bar, there's a card drive for him and his family, so if you could spare a thought for this special boy whose life has changed in a split second it would be greatly appreciated. I sent a card off this morning(one I'd just made for Postpals...it seemed very fitting as it was going overseas). Sorry it's a long post, thankyou for reading, bye for now.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

One for Sparkle's challenge. I've used Cafe Lucy, their beautiful stamp for so many occassions and made a 'just because' card for my emergency card stash. The theme is a pic inspiration and I hope I've not missed it...the friend sentiment from crafters Companion Girls set, long sentiment from magazine i bought at the weekend.

Other challenges entered are,Stampin for the weekend 'getting warmed up', The Beary Scrap # 'friendship/love', Paper Pretties 'paper piecing', Daring Cardmakers 'all about me' (tea drinker), Lexis Creations 'say it with love', Craft Your days away 'love', Pink Gem is 'ribbon& lace' and Totally Papercraft 'add hearts'. Just wanted to welcome some new followers to my blog, hope you like the ideas and I really appreciate all your visits. Until next time bye!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Card No 2 for PostPals. Hope these posts aren't too much for a Saturday, I'd got a feeling I may forget about these cards and just post them off! So, my 2nd instalment for Post pals, I do get stuck for Male teenagers so always on the look out for something different, i won this digi image from ASOS some time ago (it's from KLM) and i think i only used this one once...Young Cowboy is coloured with Promarkers, 'birthday boy' sentiment is an inexpensive stamp i bought some time ago (forgot i had it) but I changed the 'b's into capitals with my black pen, tag is die cut from Baby Face Dies, text from American Crafts stamps, used some stripey paper from last card from Nikky, green plaid is freebie from Crafters Companion Dec 2010.

Challenges entered are Paper Play 'back to BLACK', Inky Impressions 'tag it', Creative card crew (2nd entry), ASOS 'blue & green', used fab sketch from Sunday Sketch & stamp, Digi Doodles is 'anything goes', Rainbow Ladys are having some celebrations, so their theme is Highland Fling (something scottish, paper),Crafty Catz 'forgotten stamp, bottom sentiment) and 3rd and final entry for I love Promarkers 'keep it sweet & simple'. Have a fab weekend all!
Card No1 for PostPals. It's been a long time since i took part in Nikky's Polka Doodle #, they've still got last weeks challenge up 'Sketch, colours red & blue and white and freebie d/load papers have been given away'. I really love it when there's something to start you off on a challenge...I needed to stock up on some male teenage card for Post Pals so i used fab digi manga image from Nikky's Back to Nature CD, coloured him with my Promarkers. Sentiment is from Personal Impressions set from QVC.

Other challenges entered are Creative Card Crew 'men' and I love Promarkers (2nd entry) Keep it sweet and simple. There's another post after this, hope everyone's having a good Saturday!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

One for Designed 2 Delight. Faith gave a lovely cupcake digi image for this weeks challenge, and sister challenge Double Delight is to use any 2 D2D images together. I found 'mice wishes' in my files and tried to put it onto mousys hand (didn't work) as you can see my computer skills only work when the kids are around. So a quick cut around the cupcake and there it is! Some fab ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. Hope you like it.

Other challenges entered are Crafty Cardmakers (they've got 2 challenges running at the same time) one is to use ONLY pencils as a colouring medium...no promarkers, copics, felt pens etc. I dug out what seems to be an ancient method of colouring for me now as I've moved onto other colouring methods. Slightly w/coloured, hope it looks ok, their other # is 'red and die cut' (hope I interprated it right),CES 'no designer paper), Cute card Thursday is 1,2,3 (1 embossed paper,2 Digi Images and 3 buttons), Charisma is 'magic numbers' and Pixie Dust is 'button up'. Have a wonderful day all!
One for Allsorts. Their theme is Brown and Teal Blue, brown being kraft paper and blue is an old d/load, combined with Penny Black 'buffet table' (like the idea) so chose 'paper, ribbon,3flowers and 3gems(pearls) hope it still qualifies, image from Hugs set stamped with walnut stain distress ink and washed a little with water, also Penny Black at Allsorts monthly # is still 'all u need is love' as is Promarker #, chose the fab sketch from Sketch & Stash (new ribbon and old stamps, paper), I love Promarker is 'keep it sweet & simple'(used the pastel set), Papertake Weekly is 'ribbons & pearls', Fab n Funky is 'animal magic', Stamp Something is 'anything goes', and For Fun # is Glitter. I make that 10 challenges, feel free to disqualify if my little card doesn't fit. Back in a bit with another.


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

One for Pink Gem. Hi all, today it's a pre-coloured freebie image from Janet's blog along with some freebie stripey paper d/load for their sketch challenge. It's a 'with love thankyou' card using stamped corners and sentiment from American crafts clear stamps with walnut stain distress ink pad. Handcut shape, Pink grosgrain ribbon from market, lime copic pen for backing to give illusion of paper, same for the heart, everything else from my crafty stash.

Other challenges entered are Ribbon Girls 'pink & green', Truly Scrumptious is 'brown, pink & green', Flutter by wednesday, Digital Tuesday is 'tropical warmth', Die Cut 'use digi and rubber stamps', Crafty Pad 'something new' (image), Crafty Sentiments 'thankyou' as is Crazy 4, The Secret Crafter is 'with love' (heart), Cute Daisy May 'pretty in pink', Simon Says is a 'Bingo' board (love it) and gone with 'ribbon, glitter and gems'. Thanks for visiting crafty people, enjoy your day!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Good evening, hope all had a good start to the week. My pics are bad today as it got darker quicker and this card was made ages ago so no excuses really for me not to have taken the pic earlier, but I'll go on to explain this is a d/load sheet from Crafters Companion Beatrix Potter range (I think from their website free). I'd made this from a scrappling into a gate fold. It will do for a winter male card so it's going for Cards For men 'let's party', One Stop Craft 'male card', Pollycraft 'sweet pastel colours', Crafty Purple is 'new goodies' (the decoupage set), Digi Stamps 4 Joy 'button up' as is Craft Your Passion, Totally Papercrafts 'happy birthday', Papertake Weekly 'cold & frosty morning', CInspirations 'pic inspiration' and Creative card Crew 'different folds'. I make that 10 challenges in all. Thanks for visiiting today.


Friday, 14 January 2011

Good afternoon all! I think I've managed to fit this card into one of my old fave challenges using their own Penny Black stamp, papers from Crafters Companion free d/loads from their website (July 2010). Stamp is called Dream a Dream and used some Promarkers to colour it in,R738,O225,C719,G356 and pastel beige for outline of image.


Other challenges entered are Penny Black at Allsorts 'all you need is love', followed sketch from Simon Says Stamps, Allsorts is 'fancy fold' as is Paper Pretties, Promarker # is baby cards as are Crafty Creations and Cupcake Inspirations, I Love promarkers is Punches (2nd entry), MAWTT is 'dreams', Teddy Stampers 'celebrations' and Winter wonderland is 'Paws for thought'. I'm still trying to shake off this virus which doesn't want to go away, you may have noticed the lack of my posts, but that's life as they say. Enjoy a fab weekend all!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Hi all, it's that time of the week again. Faith has given this cute sheep digi image, comes with a fence and lovely text too. Gone with another aperture card, quite small in size and used a variety of embossing folders for texture and bit of tearing on the inside, given it a moving component with scrap of grey ribbon I found.


Other challenges entered are Digital Tuesday 'white except image', Stamp Something 'digi', Bunny Zoes crafts monthly # 'love is in the air' as are Wags & Whiskers and OSAAT, Secret Crafter is 'tonnes of texture', CRAFT is 'moving components', Crafts and Me 'tearing', I love Promarkers is punches (well i got one in there) colours used are G457,R738,Y717,R455 and NG03. Cute card Thursday is Monochrome and Paper Play is Cutie Patootie. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Hello all! I've got this card to show for the House Mouse # which is 'New', they're also having a fab New Year Hop so I'm hoping to find time to get through it. Stamp used is their own House Mouse Apple Harvest I believe (rather a large stamp but there's so many parts of it I could use as i have here (moving of the apples). Paper is from Kaboodle Doodles, I love using their downloads and this particular kit I won some years back, sentiment made on the computer using Calligraphy font, some inexpensive blue paper flowers. Hope you like this one as much as I do even though at one stage i never thought I'd get it finished through everyone being under the weather here. I do hope it's going away now, not a nice start to the new year.




Other challenges entered are, House Mouse and Friends 'celebrate', Crazy # Animals, The Stamping Bazaar Lace & Ribbons, Craft Your Passion Tie one on ribbon/lace, Craft Your days Away Anything Goes as is Top Tip Tuesday, CES Creatures great & small, Sew Many challenges Flagging, Rainbow Ladys It's all New, Pixie Dust Tie it with ribbon, and Stampin for the Weekend New (home and blue flowers) and Blue (paper). Bye for now!