Thursday, 27 May 2010

Dare U 2 Digi Stamp Challenge

Good afternoon. Sorry for my bad blogging of late. I'm up to my eyeballs in TV samples and wedding stationery, not sure which to do first...................

So this is going to be a short post as I can hear Kieran wrecking the living room. This is the card I sent to hubby for his birthday. The image is done by Di, her link is over to the right of my blog. I was hunting for an image when I came across this cute fella, only he was asleep over a bottle of wine. My hubby is not particularly a wine drinker so I asked Di about a Beer Bear and voila, she drew this one for me. The papers are Pink Petticoat and the font is theirs too.

I am entering this card into the Dare U 2 Digi Stamp challenge.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Creative Expressions

If you live in the UK and are a crafter you will certainly have heard of Creative Expressions, the brains behind Cosmic Shimmer. If you haven't, where have you been hiding???????

Anyway, I went to Creative Expressions HQ yesterday and underwent Demonstrator training, which means I am now a fully fledged demonstrator for them. It was THE best day and our trainer was Sheena Douglass herself. Talk about down to earth, is exactly as she is on TV if you have seen her.

So......if you live in the Midlands and would like to see any of Cosmic Shimmer, Ranger or the new Eco range demonstrated, get in touch with your local stockist and ask them to speak to their Rep about having a Demo Day. You may well see me :-)

Papertake Weekly GDT Week 2

Good morning. A bit chillier this morning, I feel. Not going to get any better this week either I am told.

So, yesterday was the launch of the new Papertake Weekly challenge. I am sorry I am late posting this but I was a training course all day yesterday with Creative Expressions and it was hubby's birthday so I opted to spend time with him last night rather than at the computer.

This is Ethan Pirate. He is a Pollycraft image that was a frreebie a few weeks ago. He is still available but you have to buy him now :-) Papers are Creative Cottage which are also available from Pollycraft. The sketch was created by the fabulous DawnyP.

Please head on over and see what the other girlies have done with this sketch and have a go yourself. You could win a wonderful prize.

I am also entering this card into the Dare U 2 Digi Stamp challenge.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Hubby's Birthday

What a lovely weekend we have had. I hope it lasts for a little while.

Tuesday will be hubby's birthday. I made this card using the LOTV sketch and one of their stamps called Zoom. This is hubby's card off the boys. The sketch called for flowers but obviously they don't suit this image or the recipient so I used 2 buttons and a racing flag.

Well enjoy the rest of your weekend. Sorry it's such a short post tonight, loads to do and so little time.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Papertake Weekly GDT Card

Good afternoon. If I hadn't been at work today it would have been the perfect day to sit in the garden. Hasn't it been a lovely day?

This is my card for my first week as a GDT member for Papertake Weekly. The theme is Say It With Flowers as they are sponsored by Wild Orchid Crafts. I have used flowers from them on my card too. You really should hop over and see what the DT have created for this week's challenge.

I coloured the image simply with Promarkers and slapped some Stickles on the roses. I have decided to keep this card and send it to the couple who's Wedding stationery I am making. They get married in November, I think. The DP is Polka Doodles from their Love and Cherish CD.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges.

Challenge 1. Totally Papercrafts - Wedding / Anniversary
Challenge 2. Creative Card Crew - Sketch

Monday, 17 May 2010

Simon Says Sketch

I know, no post for days and then two in one day.

The DP is from the Popcorn CD (I guess you can't see it all that well). The stamp is huge so I had to move some of the elements of the sketch a little. Also, the sketch called for flowers but I didn't think that flowers suited the image or the recipient of the card. I made this card with one of Kieran's childminders in mind as she is 21 tomorrow.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and the ribbon is a self adhesive glitter ribbon from Anitas.

Night all!

One for the Girls

Good evening. Please forgive me for the lack of blogging of late. I have a weekend job as well as my normal part time job and did more hours last week at my weekend job than my normal one! This resulted in a serious lack of crafting time due to tiredness, lol.

Anyhoo, these are some of my favourite papers which work perfectly with the Fairytale Tildas. They are from the DCWV Fairytale stack. I have coloured the image with Promarkers and glittered her wings with Stickles.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (and just in the nick of time too!)

Challenge 1. I {Heart} Promarkers - Sketch
Challenge 2. Just Magnolia - One For The Girls
Challenge 3. Creative Inspirations - Fairies
Challenge 4. Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Metal

Thursday, 13 May 2010

It Takes Two and some news.

Good morning everyone. It's a lovely morning here, the sun is shining, Lewis is at school and Kieran is running amok! Well, that's what 2 year olds do best, isn't it?

I had some fabby news this morning.......My Random thingy picked my number and I have been picked as a GDT member on the Papertake Weekly challenge starting next week. I'll be on for 4 weeks and my final week coincides with my store sponsoring the challenge. I am so pleased.

So onto today's card. I am entering this into the Just Magnolia It Takes Two challenge. I didn't really have 2 images that worked together very well, but thought that the cat would work with most images. The papers are from Kay & Co and although you can't tell from this picture they are very heavily glittered. I have had them for about 5 years and thought they were so pretty I had only used a fraction of the one sheet and none of the other. I have the vellums that match and they are barely touched either.

I coloured Tilda and the cat with my Promarkers and the ribbon is from my stash. I've kept it quite simple as the papers are quite busy.

Hope you like it. Have a nice day. xx

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Orange & Purple Fairy

Good afternoon. What happened to the sun? Which one of you was singing again??? OK it was me, but don't tell anyone, lol.

I think I took this picture at the wrong angle, quite a bit of shade has fallen on the one side from the raised sentiment. If I get time I will take it again, but I'm at work tonight. Shows the sparkle off quite nicely though, don't ya think?

So, this image is Fearn and she was a Friday Freebie at Pollycraft a few weeks ago. I love Paula's Lilybean Fairies. I coloured her with Promarkers (surprise, surprise) and the border is a Nestabilities border cut from some Basic Grey paper. I stamped a bit of a swirl on it to give it a bit more interest. The backing paper is also from the Green at Heart paper pad......... (thanks Simon Says :-) I followed the sketch on the Papertake Weekly challenge and although the ribbon part isn't on the sketch I thought it suited the colours in the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Challenge 1. Papertake Weekly - Sketch (GDT)
Challenge 2. Simon Says - Birthdays
Challenge 3. Creative Inspirations - Orange, Hot Pink & Purple

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xx

Thursday, 6 May 2010

My First Sweetpea

Good afternoon. Been a bit of a dreary one, but I've managed to make a couple of cards and do a few more wedding invitations. Not my wedding, of course, but an order I have.

I ummed and ahhhed about buying any of these stamps as I felt my colouring skills weren't up to doing them justice. However, after a chat with Randi from The Dark Mermaid blog (you must visit there if you haven't seen her work) and some reassuring words from Teresa at Crafts and Me I took the plunge and this is my first attempt.

The stamp is called Dark Royalty and I coloured her with Promarkers. I have added Stickles for some sparkle. I made the background with my Alcohol Inks to give a polished stone effect. I tried to mask a moon but it didn't work, so I punched one out and added a touch of Stickles to give an ethereal effect.

The cherry blossom stamp is one from my stash and is embossed with some Moonglow 2 tone embossing powder. The vellum has some Kanji on it but I have no idea what it says.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.
Challenge 1. Crafts and Me - Sparkle
Challenge 2. Passion for Promarkers - Gratitude
Challenge 3. Create4Fun - Sketch
Challenge 4. I {heart} Promarkers - Wings

As a note to any blogs that need a link back, I still haven't worked out how to do this within my post so there is a permanent link in my side bar for many of the challenges that I participate in. I hope this is OK.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

You have to kiss a lot of frogs......

....before you find your handsome Prince. (ain't that the truth, lol)

In my opinion, these Fairytale Tildas are the best that Magnolia have released to date. They are so pretty and span a wide age group.

So, quite a boring blog from me today, just the recipe for this card. Nothing exciting has happened.....oooooh except my Simon Says Papercraft Planet win. I am such a dosey mare! I got an email last week telling me to hurry up and claim my prize! I had completely forgotten that I entered. I won the most wonderful Basic Grey Green at Heart paper pad and all the brads and goodies that compliment it. I scampered straight over to the group (tripping over my keyboard on the way), apologised profusely and my goodies arrived today..........barely a week after it was despatched. Thank you to Chris from the PCP group and Heidi at Simon Says.

OK, onto the card, lol. The papers are again from a Forever Friends CD, the ribbon is from my stash, Tilda is coloured with Promarkers and I used some of the prettiest blue glitter board to pull it together. I Stickled Tilda's wings. The card still looked a little boring though, so I added some wee roses from Wild Orchid Crafts and Stickled those too!

I am entering this card into one challenge......Just Magnolia for the sketch.

Thanks for looking, enjoy the rest of your week.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Princess Tilda

Isn't this image adorable? It has almost killed me to have to wait for these stamps having them on pre-order. Some of us weren't so lucky as to be able to go to the NEC in March and buy them early. Maybe November..........

The papers I used are from the new Forever Friends CDs. They are so pretty I was spoilt for choice. I made the flowers using punched flower shapes, a Brilliance Ink Pad and some Moonglow Glimmer Mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang. A fairly simple card, coloured with Promarkers. But I think it is soooo perty (pretty for those of you that don't speak silly)!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (would have been one more but I missed the Pollycraft deadline)
Challenge 1. Passion for Promarkers - Sketch and handmade flowers.
Challenge 2. Cute Card Thursday - Make Your Own

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Sugary Sweet

As soon as I received my Sugar Nellie prize I just had to have a play. It took a while for her to get here but wow, she is as beautiful as the website shows her. I can see why it's such a popular stamp.

Following my watercolour pencils hissy fit, I decided to use them on this image too. As soon as I saw these papers from Kirsty Wiseman I knew they would go perfectly with this image. I picked the deep pink and blue from the papers to colour Daisy with and I think it works really well.

I followed the skecth from The Sugar Bowl challenge. I nearly forgot to use my punch, but was able to use the border punch for the centre horizontal panel and (I'm not sure if this counts but) used a Nestie for the sentiment panel. I edged the sentiment with a Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid ink pad.

The papers are a little out of my comfort zone, being so bright. But, I am pleased with this card.

Hope you are all keeping dry. Have a great Bank Holiday.