Wednesday 30 June 2010

Black, White + One Other at Karen's Doodles

Happy Wednesday Peeps,

Hope everyone in the UK has been enjoying the gorgeous weather we have had lately.

It's Wednesday and time for another challenge at Karen's Doodles and this week's theme is to create a card/project using Black, White and One Other Colour. Remember to use a Karen's Doodles image, available HERE, to enter and be sure to visit the design team's awesome inspirational creations.  That was a mouthful wasn't it, I must have swallowed the dictionary, lol.  I have chosen a Christmas image, thought I would try and get ahead of the game and every little helps, as they say.

And yes, it's stitching you can see.  I pulled out the sewing machine and away I went. And strangely enough the following day my son came home from school, I was in the front garden planting some summer flowers at the time, (just setting the scene), and he said, "Mum, have you still got that sewing machine out".  I said "yes", "why".  He said look at this and turned around so that I could see a 12" hole and all of his bottom showing!    Somehow he had managed to split his trousers from the crutch up to the waist band!  So off I went again.  Not like me at all, let's hope it holds for 3 more weeks!!!  Anyway, onto my card:-


Image coloured with copics
Magnolia Paper
Snowflake Vellum (small panel, not shown very well in the photo)
All matting is Bazill c/s
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Nesties for the scalloped Square
Sentiment from Craftwork Cards
Ribbon, Pearls (altered with copics to match colour scheme) from stash

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Die Cut Dreams Christmas Challenges - A for Artic
Sweet Stop - Sketch
Alice in Wonderland - Twinkle Twinkle
Papertake Weekly - Stitching
My Time to Craft - Zig Zags (stitching on bottom panel)

Wednesday 23 June 2010

It's Birthday Time at Crafts and Me

Me again Peeps,

I know Wednesday's are a bit busy, lol. So without further ado, here's my card for Crafts and Me.  It's Vix's nan's 90th and her Daughter's 2nd so this is why she has chosen the theme, "Birthdays".

I have coloured the Sweetpea (available from Crafts and Me) image in copics and finally got round to using my fantasy film which I have used on the wings, (available from Crafts and Me also).  The one I have used in sunkissed, looks beautiful.  The design papers are websters, just love those papers and the flowers are from my stash.  For the leaves I have used the Martha Stewart Frond Punch.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Totally Gorjuss - Sugar & Spice
Bunny Zoe - Nice and Girly
Paper Sundaes - Pretty as a Princess
Creative Craft - Stamp it up
Crafty Creations - Shine (Fantasy Film Very Shiny Wings)

Tag It at Karen's Doodle's UK Challenge

2nd Post Peeps,

This time it's "Tag It" Time over at Karen's Doodles UK Challenge Blog. As always you have to use a Karen's Doodle image to enter, and with Karen's new blog, it couldn't be simpler and she has created some really fun images of late. Click HERE to shop.  In fact the one I have used made me smile so much I just had to have it, so although I still seem to be on the summer theme, I just love it.

Everyone needs a workout, lol.  Bigsby looks like he's having a whale of a time, just so much fun.  I made this for my friend's birthday last Friday and it was late in the evening, so I know my picture isn't brilliant but I don't have the card to take another one :(

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

CRAFT. - Sketch
Isabella's - Summer
Diva Coffee Break - Real Red, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise
Crafty Creations - Shine (my huge sun is shining)

Last DT Card for Cooking It Up With Katie

Morning Peeps,

1st post of the day and some sad news.  I have decided this is my last design team card for Cooking It Up With Katie.  I have enjoyed my time on the design team but if I am honest I am struggling to keep up with design team cards and my life, so I have decided to step down so this is my last card.  Of course Katie and the team will still be seeing me in blogland.........

Today's recipe is to alter an embellishment, add some sparkle and use a die cut.

I used the Tim Holtz Die to cut the flowers and then layered them up and  sprayed them with water and scrunched them up.  I then added some distress ink and lots of glitter, so I think you could say I altered it.  I have also used the Martha Steward Frond punch for the leaves and die cut the scalloped oval using my nesties.  The image has been coloured using copics and the sentiment is craftwork cards.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Creatalicious - Sketch plus sewing (handstitched crosses on the left hand side)
Everybody Art - Green/Pink
Crazy4Challenges - Flowers
Stampin for the weekend - Summer
Totally Gorjuss - Sugar & Spice
Bunny Zoe - Nice & Girly
One Stitch At A Time - Seeing Double (2 Flowers)
Paper Sundaes - Pretty as a Princess
Creative Craft - Stamp It Up

Friday 18 June 2010

Lady with Fan Art Deco Stamp by Lilac Lemon Designs

Morning Crafters,

Were in for a lovely sunny weekend here in the UK and let's hope a win from the England Team, did I say that....... a little deviation from crafting there, sorry. Well today I have inked up my Lady with Fan Art Deco Stamp by Lilac Lemon Designs, available from Crafts and Me , just click HERE,  and what a fabulous image this is, I really enjoyed creating this card and I know my elder sister will be delighted with it.

Over at Sir Stampalot they want to see you use punches, so punch I did, lol. I have used the Martha Stewart Deco punch around the page punch to createthe main section of the Easel card. I then cut out a circle and used just the Martha Stewart edge punch to punch all around to create the deco edged matting circle and I have used the Martha Stewart Branch punch to create the leaves on the flowers.

I have used Glamour Dust Crystal Glitter to give her that extra sparkle and coloured the image with copic markers.

I just love this colour combination. The sentiment stamp is from Magnolia. I have coloured some flat back pearls using a black copic marker to match my project. I also used nesties for the matting.

The middle section is felt but I have had it such a long time I really don't know what it is called, but it is very striking and if anyone knows what it is called and where I could get some more I'd appreiciate knowing.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Sir Stamp Alot - Punches
Crafting Life's Pieces - Sketch
Bunny Zoe - Nice and Girly
One Stitch At A Time - Celebrations

I really appreciate you popping by and the comments that you leave.

Have a fab weekend everyone.

Monochromatic Madness at Craftalicious

Happy Friday Everyone,

You may have guess from the title that our 2nd Challenge at Craftalicious is Monochromatic, chosen by the Ab Fab Jan. The theme isn't a favourite of mine you may remember, but I'm kind of getting used to it now, lol.

Thanks to everyone who entered our first Challenge, the team really enjoyed visiting all your creations and we hope you will be joining us again this fortnight in our Monchromatic Madness challenge.

We are really appreciative of all our sponsors and this week we are lucky to have two. I wish I had time to do two cards as I would of chosen an image from both but my time is restricted and I settled for "Audrey at the Wishing Well" from The Stamping Boutique. Our second sponsor is Delicious Doodles. Please pop over to the Craftalicious Challenge blog to visit all the gorgeous creations the DT girls have created and join in the fun.  Here's little Audrey:-

Audrey has been coloured with copics and I have added some glamour dust crystal to give her a sparkle, unforunately I don't think you can see this in the photo.  I have added tiny pearls as buttons on her shoes.

A photo of the inside of my card above.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Bunny Zoe - Nice and Girly
Papertake Weekly - Ice-cream Flavours (Raspberry Ripple- Yum)
All Sorts - Lace and/or Buttons
Our Creative Corner - Focus on corners
One Stitch At A Time - Celebrations of Anything

Wednesday 16 June 2010

Hey Sunshine

Good morning Peeps,

It's Wednesday and you know what that means, yep, it's time to play at Karen's Doodles and this week it's a joint challenge with the theme of "In the Summertime". I decided to focus on the "Sun" as you will see from my card below and anyone who has a teenager will be familiar with the image I have chosen from Karen's new Teenage Doodles. Pop over and have a look, you will really be able to relate to them, lol! Click HERE to go shopping.

I have coloured the image using copic markers. I used string beads but cut them into the required lengths and coloured them with a copic marker to match my card. The flower looks blue in the photo but I can assure you its turquoise.  The template for the sun was from The Cutting Cafe, I printed it and layered it onto turquoise cardstock and cut around it to mat the sunshine.  I then added a bow, using my bow easy and there we go, simple!

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-
Pollycraft - Inspired By a Song - You are my Sunshine
A spoonful of Sugar - Sunshine Card
Quirky Crafts - Summer
Cute Card Thursday - Anything But a Square Card
Paper Play - Home (my card is with my daughter in mind chilling the back garden of our home)

Friday 11 June 2010

Winner of the Craftalicious Blog Hop

Morning Peeps,

Just wanted to let you know the winner of my blog candy is.................drum roll...........................Cheryl

Congratulations Cheryl, please email me  so I can get your candy off to you.

Here Come's Summer

Yayyyyyyyyyyyy It's Friday,

Thanks goodness! I have had lists of things to get done all week and I haven't been to bed before midnight this week and up at 6:30 and I'm still behind with everything. Hopefully I will complete all my tasks this weekend!

Today's card is using the images Rose Swing and Sitting Summer Willow by Whiff of Joy which are available from Crafts and Me. Please make sure you read the note on the website, these are available, and if you need any help Teresa is more than helpful, so please don't be afraid to ask.

I have coloured her with copics, isn't she adorable and isn't that swing awesome! I edged all my papers with olive green and broken china distress inks.

I have added sakura clear jel pen to the flowers are the swing which makes them really sparkly, but just can't be seen very well in ther above picture.

Here's a peek of the inside of the card.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

ABC Challenge - W for Weather
Crafty Creations - Child's Play
Diva Coffee Break - Gable Green, Bashful Blue, Pixie Pink
A spoonful of Sugar - Floral Delights
Paper Sundaes - Summer Fun

Wednesday 9 June 2010

Sketch Time at Karen's Doodles

Me again Peeps,

Sketch time at Karen's Doodles and here it is:-

This is just a short post as I am running out of time, I had a whole list of things to get done and there just aren't enough hours in the day!

Don't forget to pop by and visit the rest of the design team and were looking forward to seeing your interpretation of the sketch.  Here's mine, warning, you may need to put your sunglasses on, it's a little bright, lol.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Pollycraft - Ribbon/Bling
Stamp Something - Digital Stamp
All Sorts - Strawberries & Cream colour inspiration
Paper Sundaes - Summer Fun
Stampin Sisters - Animals

For Family or Friends at Crafts and Me - Happy Anniversary

Morning again Peeps,

Here's no. 2, over at Crafts and Me our challenge set by the wonderful Amy is "For Friends and Family". We are being sponsored by  Digistamp Boutique and the Design Team were fortunte enough to be given an image each to use. I chose the love owls with an anniversary card in mind. I thought I could do this for my husband but as I got started I seem to have added alot of pink, so maybe he could send it to me instead, lol.

Design Papers - My Minds Eye
Martha Stewart Frond Punch
Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts
Star Dust Stickles
Charm from Zoe Bunny Crafts
Letters/Ribbon from Stash

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Stamp Something - Digital stamp
Everybody Art - Things with Wings

Green, Embossing and Ribbon at Cooking It Up With Katie

Morning Peeps,

First post of the morning with two more to follow and first up is Green, Embossing and and Ribbon over at Cooking It Up With Katie.  I thought I hadn't captured it all until the last minute when I realised I had put the ribbon down the left hand side, lol, what am I like.  To tell the truth all this painting, the hall, stairs and landing, has left me no time at all.  I have lists as long as my arm of things to do and things I should of already done by now.  So without further ado, here's my card:-

We are being sponsored by Digital Delights and the Design Team have been fortunate enough to be have given an image each. She is coloured with copics and I have added some star dusk stickles to her petticoat, collar and bows, you know I love a bit of sparkle and for that matter I do love my flowers, so there are a few perched in the corned.  All edges and flowers are distressed with olive green distress ink and stickles added.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Feature Stamper atTuesday Morning Sketchers

Happy Tuesday Morning Peeps,

Woo Hoo, I won over at Tuesday Morning Sketches the over week on a judged week with a prize and the opportunity to be "a featured Stamper". Well today's the day you will see my card over at Tuesday Morning Sketches, just love their sketches, don't you, and this one is no exception, here's what I created:-

I have used a Hanglar Stamp, they are just gorgeous too.  I have done some hand stitching too you will notice and punched some holes.  I have coloured her using copics and distressed the edges of the paper with my making memories tool and inked with walnut stain.  The leaves are actually from the poinsetta die (Marianne Designs), which are embossed.  I just cut them out and added them around my arrangement.  I have also cut some sections of lace and layered it around the edges of the flowers.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Charisma - Flowers
Paperplay - Flowers and sparkle
Oh La La- Colours of the Challenge Blog

Saturday 5 June 2010

BBQ Apron - Karen's Doodles and Craft Sale on Ebay

Good morning Peeps,

Unusual for me to post over the weekend, but I had to whip up a card for my Brother-in-law's birthday today, and this fab image is one of Karen's new doodles, he is just fab, don't you think?

I made the apron card with a pocket but wanted to add this super image, so I cut the image out using my nesties and popped it on the front of  the pocket. I had to print it a little smaller than I would of liked, which made the colouring/shading a little difficult, but I love the overall card..

I also wanted to let you know that I have had a craft sort out and listed many items on Ebay so if anyone is interested in having a look, here's the link.  Alot of the dies listed are Discontinued, I do have more to list, so please keep checking back, it's taking me a while.

The utentisils were cut using silver mirri card and quickutz dies.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Rainbow Lady - Has to have a face on it
Dare U 2 Digistamp - Red/White/Blue
Simon Says Stamp - Male Card
Cupcake Craft - Summer Delights
The Pink Elephant - Bright Colours
Everybody Art - Summer

Friday 4 June 2010

Craftalicious Launch and Blog Hop and Blog Candy, Woo Hoo!

Hoppy Friday Everyone,

Boy are all the Craftalicious Design Team excited today, with TODAY being our L.A.U.N.C.H, Woooooooo Hooooooo! Now not only is it our launch with a prize for this week's challenge theme, but we also have a BLOG HOP too and, yes could there be any more, yep, Blog Candy from each of the Design Team!  Woo Hoo again!  So don't disappear as details of the blog hop are at the end of this post.

Our very first challenge over at Craftalicious Challenges is an easy and fun one, we want to see your creations based on the theme of "NEW". You can enterpret this as you like, New Baby, Wedding/Engagement, House, New stash, New Teacher, anything you can think of featuring "New". Our very first sponsor is "Sew Many cards" and the design team have been fortunate enough to have been given a digi to work with. Here's my card, isn't she cute?

I have used Bo Bunny Design Papers, Fiskars Sunflower Border Punch, Nestabilities, ribbon and bow from stash.  Magnolia/Prima/Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers with star dust glitter and a little diamond glaze for dew drops.  The leaves are quickutz and the sentiment is from Whiff of Joy.
I have entered my card into the following challenges:-

Stamp Challenges - Use a digital stamp
The Secret Crafter - Buttons and Blooms
City Crafter - Button and Bow
Creative Card Crew - Pink and Green
Everybody Art - Summer (love)
By The Cute and Girly - Something new (love)
Cupcake Craft - Summer delights (love)
Stampin Sisters - Use a heart
Paperplay - Flowers and sparkle
Shabby Tea Room - Dear to my heart

You have two weeks to get all your entries in and the design team are really looking forward to visiting you all on our very first challenge.


Now onto the Blog Hop.  You have to visit all the Design Team members in the order listed below, so if you have arrived from Tasha's blog then your on the right track.  If not, you need to start at the beginning at Craftalicious Challenges.

Craftalicious Challenge Blog
Return to the Craftalicious Site and email your completed sentence

Leave a comment on each of the design team cards and very importantly COLLECT a word.   All the words on the design team blogs will equate to a sentence, the word you are looking for could be in a different colour, mentioned once or several times, or may just say "this is my word", you will have to check on each blog.  You will then need to email  your sentence to the email address on the sidebar of the main Craftalicious Challenge site to be entered for the prizes.  Each design team member will have a little blog candy for you too which will be chosen by random org and here is my blog candy:-

Keeping in the lines of love/marriage my blog candy consists of:-

Two packs pink/blue Making Memories woven ribbon
An assortment of cabbage flowers in; fushia pink, baby pink, red, lemon, lilac,
rose coloured mini roses, cream bows with flower centre (approx 35 bows/flowers)
5 Exclusive Wedding Dress Die Cuts
5 Exclusive Groom Jacket Die Cuts
5 of each of  the words "Bride" and "Groom" (another Exclusive)
1 pack of Jolee white wedding gloves

The Blog Hop will run for ONE week.  Most of all we want you to enjoy the challenges and blog hop and have fun.

The prizes for the main blog hop will be as follows:-

2 Digital Stamps from Stitchy Stamps
2 Brand New Single Fhiona Stamps
A Crafters Companion Double CD
A Joanna Sheen Poppy Fairy Garden Collections Stamp

So come and join in the fun with the Craftalicious Challenge Girls.  Next on the hop is Diana, so hop on over to Diana to see what gorgeous creation she has made for you, find your word, and don't forget to leave a comment for the blog candy too.

Anyone for Lemonade - Belles & Whistles

Morning Peeps and a Happy Friday to you all, and if your in the UK it's going to be a glorious 24 degress, woo hoo!

Well, I don't know about you but I am completely whacked! I have had this week off work to do some decorating and I am shattered. I have satinwood painted 7 doors, yes 7, the skirting boards and banister and my little arms are aching from holding the paint pot! There has been no access to my craft room, why is it that everyone see's my craft room as the dumping ground. Good job I was organised with my card for this week prior to the bomb hitting.

My hands are like prunes from washing the paint off. For some reason at the end of Day 1 I thought it would be a good idea to squeeze my little roller out in the sink, ummmmmm, it was like I was wearing white gloves up to my elbows and ummmmmm satinwood paint, whoops, this doesn't come off with a bit of fairy, oh no, so I went to turn the tap off, whoops, tap now covered. This went on for a while until I found the turps. Anyway for some strange reason I had forgotton all about this last night, on Day 2, and I did it all over again, lol. It's a good job my painting is better than my clearing up. Anyway enough of boring you, here's my card for today. She is from Belles and Whistles and is called "Anyone for Lemonade", available from Teresa at Crafts and Me. I love these stamps.

The Design papers are Basic Grey, distressed with my making memories tool and inked with Walnut Stain distress ink.  I then added star dust stickles. The image is coloured using my gorgeous copic markers, just love these.  I made the flowers using several different punches and again added walnut stain distress ink and stickles and a little button to two of the centres.  The leaves are cut with Quickutz and again distressed and stickled.  I have added little flat back pearls from  my stash which I have coloured using my copic pen.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Creative Card Crew - Pink and Green
Everybody Art - Summer
Simon Says Stamp - Pink or Blue with Green and Brown
The Secret Crafter - Buttons and Blooms
Cupcake Craft - Summer Delights
Belles and Whistles - Make Your Own Flowers

Wednesday 2 June 2010

Oh I say, I do love to Tango!

Morning Peeps,

Let's hope the sun shines today in the UK. Yesterday was a horrible drizzly day but according to the forercast the rest of the week is supposed to nice and sunny. Would be nice for me as I am off work this week but then saying that were meant to be painting the hall, stairs and landing. Not good if it is a hot one, but then again, everyone needs to take a break, don't they, lol.

Well today is Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Karen's Doodles UK Challenge blog. This week's theme is....... "Distressing". Not everyone's favourite but personally I love it!

I chose Tango and if you haven't already heard Karen has opened a new online store, instant downloads and all the images are easy to view, and Karen has just added a brilliant range of images with Men in mind, ideal for Father's Day. So if you haven't already had a peak, hop on over especially as there is a SALE on of 20% off.  Click HERE.

Now, onto today's card. I chose the image, "Tango". Thought this would be lovely as an anniversary card for Hubby. Not that he knows that yet and I have made it in good time as it isn't our anniversary until 19th July, so well done me!

The design papers are all basic grey, I distressed the edges and added walnut stain and of course my gorgeous star dust stickles.  I have added lace and doily from my stash and again the doily has been distressed with walnut ink and stickles. The flowers have had a makeover as well, lol.  I inked the edges, added some puff paint, glitter the works!  The leaves are quickutz and again they went through my little production line of distressing.  I added a stamp in each of the corners and that little embellishment key.  The key is one of my favourites.  It's airdry clay available from Crafts and Me.  You simply pop it in the mould, leave on the window sill and that's it.  I wanted to keep it white, with a little sparkle, but you could paint, ink, colour, whatever you would like to it. 

The image is coloured using copic markers.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Basic Grey - Sketch (used basic grey papers)
Daring Cardmakers - Happy Anniversary
Kaboodledoodles - 3 papers, 2 embellishments (flowers/key), 1 image