Monday 29 March 2010

PTW - sketch 37

PaperTake Weekly this week had a sketch for their challenge so I used it as a base to a book I decided to make to store my small stamp sets in. I have recently been collecting the Papermania Botanical sets and this seemed like the best way to store them, I have a couple of A4 binders with stamps in too but thought I would keep these together, I added extra pages to allow for more sets! lolPaper for the covers are Papermania from the colossal pack that I got when I first started card making and scrapbooking, I'm gradually working my way thru it!lol cs is from my stash the bigger piece is embossed with a daisy pattern, the image which is coloured with copics and sakura stardust is a cuddlybuddly image that I received as part of a gift. I added the ribbon tie to hold everything in place making them more portable. TFL

Sunday 28 March 2010

Club Anya & Friends Monday Mania - Gwen Sketchipe

On Monday over at Club Anya & Friends the challenge was a sketch and stitching, inking, painting and embossing - choose 2. I went with embossing (my oval background) and then I dug out my sewing machine and now that I have sorted my craft room I can actually use my machine so this is the first time I have actually used proper sewing on a card instead of faux stitching. I stitched round each of the gingham paper pieces, I have used the gorgeous little Anya that my good friend Sammi sent me coloured with copics, the rikrak is also cut from the same cs as the mats and oval the flowers and gems are papermainia and the sentiment is a cuttlebug die. I enjoyed doing the stitching so I'm sure that will be happening on more of my cards not sure if this is just too much gingham!lol TFL

Spoon Full Of Sugar #96 Bookmark This

The challenge over at Spoon Full of Sugar this week is to make a bookmark. So this morning I thought I would make a bookmark to go with the card I made last night here to go with the card as a gift. Again all done digitally using the Summer Lovin' kit by Stacey's Scraps and the gorgeous Holly in the garden image from Charmed Cards and Crafts. I added some text to the green cs using another freebie brush from Cottage Arts and then I used a quote I found online which I felt went well with the image. After printing it I laminated it for durability. I really enjoyed making this so thanks for the challenge.

Saturday 27 March 2010

4 challenges in 1 card

Well this card has taken me a long time today but I have had fun putting it together. Dotties World challenge this week was Step Into Spring so I went for Holly in the garden from the Holly & Madison Collection available at Charmed Cards and Crafts and I have actually digitally paper pieced her with papers from a kit called Summer Lovin' because it uses the colours pink & green which along with flowers is the challenge over at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. Although it wasnt difficult to digi paper piece I did find it time consuming getting all my layers round the right way! I based the layout of my card on the sketch from Sketch and Stash #31 and my new stash is the digi kit which I bought recently with my winnings from Scrap That Idea, this kit is by Stacey of Stacey's Scraps and I love all the different elements that go with it and the addon of plain card that actually looks like bazzil! the only other addition I used to Stacey's kit is the flourishes top left and bottom right which are actually brushes that were part of a freebie set from Cottage Arts. The 4th challenge I am going for is the one over at Cute Card Thursday which is Dimensions (or lots of layers) well I have gone for the lots of layers as this card has 13 layers not including the image which is made up of 7 layers on its own!

Friday 26 March 2010

3 challenges in 1card

Tonights card is for the Bling challenge over at Anya Ink, I have used dressy Joyce digi from TGF, coloured with copics and I have used sakura stardust in her hair, for her shoes, eyeshadow and little heart on the dress I have then used ultra fine glitter of 2 colours for the frills on her dress, my circle has glitter on it and doodling using the sakura stardust pen, I have used a sparkly brad and gem from the papermania Heather capsule collection so I think I got some bling on there somewhere! lol the card is based on this weeks sketch at Friday Sketchers - #95 and the challenge at Stamp Something was to do some doodling - this is never a strong point for me but I have used some around the edge of the scalloped circle. The sentiments and corner stars are from a small freebie set of Forever Friends which was on the front of the Creativity magazine. TFL

Thursday 25 March 2010

Friday Sketchers # 94

Only just made it this week for the challenge over at Friday Sketchers. Not overly happy with this card, tried a new pansy stamp from Papermania Botanical range, really like the stamp and coloured it with copics but dont seem to have got my blending quite right, definately need more practice! (oh and more copic! lol) the papers and vellum are all odds and ends from my scrap drawers, the brads and tiny buttons are from the Papermania Heather capsule collection and the silver paper is embossed using a BS texture plate. TFL and hope to get some crafting done over the next 3 days as no work! Yipeeeeeee!

Monday 22 March 2010

1 card 3 challenges

Right I'm starting the week with a combined card. PaperTake Weekly requested Lilac & Lemon, I followed the sketch from Sketch Saturday and the theme over at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge was Spring has Sprung. Image was sent to me by Sammi and I have coloured her using copics and a splash of stardust, paper is from a scrapbook kit I got in the £1 shop a couple of years ago, cs is coredinations and I've punched the border using the xcut border system and some tonic studios punches then added 3 of the tiny butterfly punch outs on the corner of the image. I have also stamped and embossed with silver pearl powder some butterflies which are from the new Papermania Botanicals build a range (Havent done the big one yet!). TFL

Saturday 20 March 2010

Club Anya & Friends Monday Mania - Mags Inspiration

Ok last card for me for tonight, another one I had great fun doing! At Club Anya & Friends along with a picture for inspiration the other stipulation for the Monday Mania challenge was altered TGF stamps, well I thought long and hard about this one and while I was playing in PSE5 today with another card I started playing with the digi images from TGF too and the end result is my card which combines the body of Dressy Edward and the head of Ebony. I have made this into a congratulation type card for someone starting a new job and felt it was quite modern with the suit and then the colours which I took inspiration from the picture. Image is coloured with copics anda touch of stardust too, paper is Dovecraft Hint of Pink by Kate Knight, sentiment is a peeloff that was blue but I used my copic to colour it black and the ribbon flower I made and the beads in the middle are from Monsoon! (my neighbour buys up old stock some of which is damaged and fixes it up and then sells it on - I get all the beads and sequins etc!) Right time for me to call it a night and get my head in work mode as its back to work tomorrow afternoon :( less crafting time for me next week. TFL. xx

Dotties World - Add-Ons

This week over at Dotties World Gunn layed down the challenge of Add Ons -You have to use 3 flowers, 2 brads, 1button and finally 1 charm. And ofcourse you have to remember to use a Charmed download. So go ahead and have fun. I had great fun with this one and at the very last minute realised I had got my brads and buttons the wrong way round so I hope thats ok! I have used the Pixies 2 collection for the background (which I altered slightly) the toadstools, the image and the flower pot. I put it all together in PSE5 and then once it was printed added the flowers, buttons, brad and charm, I also added some bling in the form of glitter glue and Sakura stardust pens. Thanks for a great challenge and TFL. x

Anya Ink - A Sketch

The challenge at Anya Ink this week was a sketch, really like this one definately one to use again. My papers are a digi kit called Summer Berries from Staceys Scraps at Scrap That Idea (it was a kit I bought with my winning voucher!) My image is the gorgeous Audrey digi stamp from TGF coloured with copics. The scalloped band is cut with a sizzix extended cut and the sentiment is a stamp from the freebie set with Papercraft Inspirations. When Ria realised I was going to be using PINK she didnt think it was the best colour for Audrey as she is such a tomboy but I think it worked out just fine! Will have to see what she thinks when she gets back from her friends! TFL

Friday 19 March 2010

Sketch Saturday #94

Only just making it this week for the sketch over at Sketch Saturday, paper is papermania For Him flowers and brad from my stash and the image is a freebie from this months stamps with Papercraft Inspirations, coloured with copics, ribbon is also papermania. TFL

Club Anya & Friends Saturday Sketch #10

This is my card for the sketch challenge over at Club Anya & Friends, the large b&w flower in the top left corner is actually cut from another piece of the paper and then added to the main piece (it doesnt really show in the pic), the paper is A Hint Of Pink by Kate Knight at Dovecraft. Image is a Dressy Miss Anya coloured with copics the flowery swirl is a sizzix extended cut and the little gems are from the £1 shop. TFL

Club Anya & Friends WCW - I see a hole

OMG! I cant believe I've just made a christmas card and its only March, mind you looking out the window right now you would be forgiven for thinking it was still the middle of winter! Cold, wet and windy! Anyway back to my card. I have made this for the WCW challenge over at Club Anya & Friends and the challenge was to have an aperture in your card, well while I was glancing thru my dies I saw my sizzix snowman and an idea formulated from there. The aperture has been filled with some acetate which is sandwiching some glamour dust for sparkle, the image is Miss Anya- Snow coloured with copics and some sakura stardust and glaze, papers are a christmas digi from Raspberry Road, the mittens and sentiment are sizzlits dies and the holly is an Ellison cut & emboss die. I'm actually quite pleased with how this turned out in the end. TFL

Thursday 18 March 2010

4 challenges in 1

Ok this card meets with 4 challenges which are the sketch at Friday Sketchers, the theme of Green & Cream at Stamp Something, Lace at My Time To Craft and Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge of Anything Goes. I have used a Dressy Miss Anya coloured with copics and a touch of sakura stardust, the flowers, brads and lace are all from my stash and the gorgeous papers are from the latest freebie digi kit at Staceys Scraps which is called 'I'm Not Irish But Kiss Me Anyway. Have also used x-cut corner punch and a nestability. TFL

Tuesday 16 March 2010

I'm a winner!

Yipee, how thrilled and excited am I. I clicked on the Scrap That Idea blog this morning to find that I had been chosen as a winner of Stacey's challenge with my digi lo of Keith Urban and I have won a $5 voucher for Scrap That Idea store. Sooooooooo excited and looking forward to spending my $5 these ladies produce some amazing kits. Right better go get on with some hw now but will be back later. xx

Monday 15 March 2010

And finally

This card is the one that Ria made for me in secret at her Grans for Mothers Day and to go with it she gave me a voucher for our local craft shop! LOVE HER TO BITS XXXXX

PaperTake Weekly - Sketch #36

Great sketch over at Papertake Weekly again this week. I have used MME bloom & grow papers, Wild Sprout Charlotte from TGF coloured with copics. The edge has been done using tonic studio edge punch and accent punch then I used one of the tiny punched out butterflies to make a build it brad (am really liking these can you tell?!LOL) also coloured the punched out areas with clear sakura stardust for an added bit of bling but it doesnt really show in the picture. Definately a sketch I will use again. TFL

Spoon Full of Sugar challenge #94 Recycled

For the recycling challenge over at Spoon Full Of Sugar I have used an old cd which no longer plays properly and I have coloured it using Meadow Green alcohol ink and blending solution I have then mounted a stamped imge of Dandelion fishing coloured with copics and a touch of sakura stardust. Paper is from my scraps and flowers and ribbon are all from my stash. The little green flowers were white and have been coloured with my copics. TFL
ETA: Ooops forgot about the 8pm deadline! never mind lol

Sunday 14 March 2010

Sketch & Stash Challenge #30 & MTTC - Kidz Kardz

Combined 2 challenges tonight as running out of time! but its great to be crafting again and should hopefully have the bulk of the craft room sorted by tomorrow night! Anyway I followed the sketch from Sketch & Stash and my new stash is the Build a brad kit that I used with the football stamp and the image is new to me and was sent to me by a friend, I believe it is a Cuddly Buddly but not sure which one, coloured with copics, the papers are all from my scrap drawers. And the challenge at My Time To Craft is Kidz Kardz. TFL

Scrap That Idea - Scrap Your Hunk

I have been following the designers from Scrap That Idea for quite a while now and have an extensive library of their freebie kits and these group of 4 ladies certainly do produce some awesome kits and I use their papers quite a bit in my card making. Well they also have a blog and the latest challenge was set by Stacey of Staceys Scraps (link in my side bar) and she wanted us to Scrap Your Hunk but I do not want any LO's of your hubbys, your boyfriends or children...NOOOOOO you need to scrap the 'secret' love (celebrity) of your life! lol well after not being able to craft much recently I decided it was time for a digi lo and here it is. I used a freebie collab kit called Let It Rock which is by Vicki - A Work In Progress and Sara - Sweet Blossom Designs. Really enjoyed this challenge and hope to be taking part in more of their challenges too. TFL

Saturday 13 March 2010

Dotties World - Pastel or Bright?

Well the challenge over at Dotties World was to make a card either using bright colours or pastel colours or even make a card in both colourways using the same image. Well I had hoped to make 2 but with the craft room upside down for most of the week this proved rather difficult and when I sat down to craft tonight we had a power cut so I have had to wait for power to come back on! But I have managed to make 1 card using the cornflower fairy cameo and decided on pastels. The background paper is a digi but not sure where from as it was in my scraps drawer, the flowers and gems are all from my stash and the leaves are a punch. The sentiment is a new stamp which came free with this months issue of Papercraft Inspirations. Considering this is a quick card (about 1/2 an hour) I am pleased with the way it turned out. TFL

Friday 12 March 2010

Club Anya & Friends - Saturday Sketch #9

Whoo hoo, I have managed to craft tonight and get a card done for the sketch over at Club Anya & Friends. I have used the new freebie image of Audrey who is just soooo cute. The papers are all from my scraps drawers so am not sure what they are or who they are by, sorry about that. While sorting thru my stuff this week tho I did find my slide mounts and in amoung all the grey ones was this lovely yellow one so I just had to use it, also found the mini scrabble tiles which were sent to me a long time ago and the little tortoises were another find but I have no idea when or where I got them!!! lol I love uncovering all these forgotten bits feels like I've got loads of new stash and havent had to spend out to get it!lol Audrey is of course coloured with copics (under my new lamp!) Well my craft room is certainly moving forward there are still some bits to sort thru and once the shelves are in place I will be able to put everything away properly but for the moment I have to keep moving baskets around the room (and the house)! Well thats me done for tonight, hope to do some more tomorrow. Night night and TFL. xx

Thursday 11 March 2010

Craft room update

Well today we had planned to get the shelves sorted but as is usually the case, it did not go according to plan! and that is where I will leave that subject until hopefully we achieve them on Sunday!lol So anyway am still sorting and throwing and re boxing various bits and pieces and deciding where they are all going to go. While I was doing this I thought I could put my nesties into one of the new drawers (yesterdays post) but I didnt really want them just floating around and suddenly had a brainwave (they really dont happen very often!lol so I make the most of them which is why I'm telling you!lol) years ago when I first started scrapping and card making I took part in circle journals - really enjoyed them and have about 5 lovely books full of others artistic works, anyway back to my story, well I had to have book rings to hold them together which were a problem to find so when I did find them I bought loads, silver & coloured and 3 different sizes - I never was one to do things by half! so after rooting about abit this evening I found them and now each set of nesties is kept together on its own book ring and they are safely sat in a new drawer and I'm feeling pleased with myself - how sad am I!!!!!!!!!lol Am really missing my crafting but there really is no room in here at the mo tho I might just have to sit downstairs and do a little digi scrapping instead to prevent any further withdrawl! well thats it for now, hopefully I will have more to show or tell tomorrow. Take care and thanks for stopping by. xx

Wednesday 10 March 2010

Some New Storage

After spending half the day wandering round Yeovil, we ended up back at the first shop where we had looked at storage! lol So I got the drawer sets (3 in total) which will end up sat on the stairwell filled with all sorts, havent decided what yet and also got 6 of the red baskets (3 filled already!) which will go on the shelves the Adrian is going to put in the old wardrobe. I'm really trying to have a good sort out while I'm at it and have sorted out some old stamps mainly foam type that I bought right at the begining and I am going to take them in to be used at work but right now my craft room really does look like a bomb hit it so much so that I dont even have the room to craft tonight. Oh also bought a new table lamp with a halogen bulb so it will give good light for colouring with! Well I'm not doing anymore tonight going to have a bath and early night for a change and then hit into it big time tomorrow and then hopefully I will have time to craft tomorrow night too. Night all, take care and thanks for popping by. xx

Tuesday 9 March 2010

Copic Colour Challenge & Sketch Saturday #93

Another combo card tonight this time its for the Copic Colour Challenge and I didnt actually have any of the colours they were looking for so I used my closest which were BG01 & 05, B95 and Y17. I followed the sketch from Sketch Saturday and the image is a stamp I won a while back by Dare 2 Stamp, the paper is Raspberry Road Cowgirl Cool Addon, I added some glamour dust to the cut out in the corner but it doesnt really show in the pic and the sentiment is some metallic confettii that I found whilst sorting out my craft room (which is a slow progress!) but I love finding things I had forgotten I had!lol TFL Sorry bout the wonky picture.

Friday Sketchers # 92 & SCSC #73 Shades fo Grey

Another combined challenges card this time I have used the sketch from Friday Sketchers and the theme of shades of grey from Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. My image is Madison in China from the Madison & Holly World Tour collection available at Charmed Cards & Crafts which I have coloured with copics and sakura stardust & glaze, the papers are from the Joanna Sheen Oriental Dreams cd, the silver rikrak and fan are from my stash. I did actually finish this last night but was too tired to upload so am doing it now before I set to in the craft room again today. HOpefully be back tonight with some more cards. TFL

Monday 8 March 2010

Having a busy time

Well I'm on leave for 2 whole weeks and have started my leave with a stinking cold! Typical lol so I went to chemist and got some Actifed so hopefully that will do the trick it does seem to be helping a bit. Anyway I decided that I would use this leave to overhaul my craft room coz boy oh boy does it need it! Kept at it today but it looks worse than ever lol. Although I have managed to clear this cupboard and we are going to put a load of shelves in it to hold baskets which in turn will house various crafting bits and pieces. That may not look like a lot of stuff in that cupboard but believe me it was crammed and I have managed to get rid of so much stuff, just aswell the recycling is being collected tomorrow! Hopefully going shopping on Wednesday to pick up some storage baskets and other bits so when its all finished I will put some pics up but you really dont want to see what it is like at the moment but I did leave myself just enough space so that I can still do some crafting during the evenings! LOL

CCT - #102 Lucky Green

In honour of St Patricks Day Cute Card Thursday would like to see a card where the predominate colour is green. While I was thinking about this card I remembered that I had bought some Rock Hard Fairies quite a while back and I knew some of them were green and sure enough I found Jinx. The papers are also from the Rock Hard Fairies but I added some silver holographic card and the brad at the bottom of the card is made using the Papermania Build A Brad kit, which I have wanted for ages and finally bought about 2 weeks ago and this is the first time I've used it!lol Thought this would come in handy for one of Rias friends as they are all turning into teenagers this year! TFL

Sunday 7 March 2010

Spoon Full of Sugar challenge #93 - Beads & Pollycraft Monday Challenge #35 Distressing

Combined 2 great challenges for this card. The Spoon Full Of Sugar challenge was to use beads and I have used mine in the centre of my ribbon flower (lovin' making these at the mo! lol) and Pollycraft Monday challenge is to use distressing, which I have done around their gorgeous spring time follow the leader image and also on the mat. Image coloured with copics and peeloff sentiment coloured to fit in with the card too. TFL

3 challenges in 1 project

My Time To Craft this week wanted soemthing 'For Mum', this is actually for my MIL and is a wallet which I am going to fill with stamped images for her and some cut with nesties, this is to go with the little book of sketches I made a couple of weeks ago. Papertake Weekly's challenge was Buttons, Bows Brads & Bling (1 or all 4) I managed to get all 4! Paper is is MME winter Wonderland but I thought the colours were ust right and this paper is glittered, the image is a Cuddly Buddly - Charley Points - coloured with copics and sakura stardust for more bling! Brad button and ribbon are all from my stash and off course it is done up with a bow. And Stamp Something wanted Something Girly well I think this hits the mark for that one too. TFL

Saturday 6 March 2010

Dotties World - Destress with some Distressing

Fabby challenge over at Dotties World this week Destress with Distressing - I am now feeling totally destressed as I have got my card finished - only just! mind you it probably has something to do with having just finished work for 2 whole weeks Yeah! Anyway my card was actually a super quick one as I didnt get home til 11.20 and here it is finished in the nick of time!LOL Papers are BG Sugared which I have sanded and torn, the pale pink background paper is from a digi kit but cant remeber which one and the image of the Darling Scruff from the Animal Magic collection available at Charmed Cards & Crafts has been printed onto canvas and the canvase has then been frayed. Thanks for a great challenge. TFL

Anya Ink - Not a card

Great challenge! Anya Ink want us to make anything but not a card so I have made a plaque for Ria's room using an old cd as the base which I then covered with a digi paper by Sweet Blossom Designs then I added WS Dressy Edward & Camile both coloured with copics. She is really pleased with it and we have decided to make some more so that she will have a set. Yes she is definately Twilight mad! TFL

Thursday 4 March 2010

Club Anya & Friends - Saturday Sketch #8

A great sketch over at Club Anya & Friends again this week. I have used Hope & Grace - Sing (thanks Sammi) coloured with copics and a little bit of Sakura stardust too. Papers are all from a digi kit called You Are My Sunshine by A Work In Progress aka Vicki, flowers and gem are all from my stash and I used blue cs for the swirl which is a sizzix die and the hello friend is a cuttlebug die. TFL

Stamp Something - recipe & Friday Sketchers #91

I combined 2 challenges for this card, the recipe challenge over at Stamp Something which was : Designer paper, button(s) and ribbon, my paper is Joanna Sheen as is the silhoutte image which are both from the dancing with shadows cd all the other bits are from my stash and I followed the sketch from Friday Sketchers.

Tuesday 2 March 2010

Club Anya & Friends - Monday Mania - Seeing Spots

Wow there have been some awesome goings on over at the Greetings Farm and Club Anya and some fantastic new releases which I would love to get hold of, but will have to wait a bit longer! :( Anyway the Monday Mania challenge over at Club Anya is ...Recipe: There must be a minimum of 3 Circles used and at least 1 piece of polka dot patterned.
Challenge: Is to create a card using as many circles, dots, spots, or anything round in your card. Be creative use punches, create your own dots, buttons, lollipop flowers, anything round. So here is my card, definately 3 circles and some polka dots! The polka dot ribbon flower is made from a tutorial by ScrappyFairy and you can find it here. I'm quite pleased with how my first one turned out and shall definately be making more of these. The image is Dressy Ebony and I have added a little purple gem to her necklace and she is coloured using copics. Background paper is from a digi kit called Purple Passion and is by Stacey Towers (aka Stacey's Scraps) oh and the gren mat is embossed with swiss dots! TFL