Tuesday 31 January 2012

I'm so excited! :)

Why am I so excited? 

Well today while I was out doing the boring grocery shopping Mr Postie delivered my new toy! 

It was my birthday yesterday and on Sunday I won an ebay auction for a brand new Cricut Gypsy ~ Thank you Mum & Dad! so I was thrilled when it arrived today I think that is really good service so now I am finding my way round it and looking forward to learning all the different things it can do and now all I have to do is build up my collection of cartridges, so if I go MIA you will all know why! lol

Crafty Sentiments - Punches & or Dies

This week over at Crafty Sentiments Jan is our host and she has a fantastic theme of punches & or dies, what a great theme.  For my card I decided to have a play with Steampunk so I used the very handsome manga image (Jack) Lets Go Out which is available over at Crafty Sentiments Designs, coloured him with my copics taking my inspiration from the paper which is Dovecraft Funky Vintage, I tore and inked the edges of the image and mat layer.  I stamped some papermania urban stamps on to the paper and then added cs cogs cut with a spellbinders die and stamped a little pocket watch between them, the film strip is a sizzix die as is the ric rak which I threaded through the film strip and finished off with a sentiment cut on the Cricut using the Beyond Birthdays cartridge.  Pleased with how this turned out, think I might be begining to get the hang of this steampunk! (Mind you by the time I really get it sussed it will go out of fashion lol)
So that is what I did this week, please check out what the rest of the DT have provided for your inspiration they are wonderful and then don't forget to join us we love coming to visit you.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Stampin for the weekend #2 ~ Embossing ~ my cogs have been embossed
2 Sisters #76 ~ Sketch
Sentimental Sundays #87 ~ Dry embossing
Chocolate Coffee & Cards #5 ~ Thinking of you/missing you

Sunday 29 January 2012

Just for you Mum!

This card came about following a conversation I had earlier on MSN with my Mum!  I was lucky enough to win the challenge over at Crafty Creations the other week and the prize was some digi images from Sew Many Cards and for this card I have used Harley Valentine, he is coloured with copics and I have used First Edition Papers ~ Daydreams with a little mirricard which I cut using my Cricut, I then added some ribbon and flowers from my stash, peeloff sentiment and the diamond in the centre of the flowers is some table confettii that my Mum collected a while ago.  Hope you like it Mum! lol

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy #55 ~ Polka dots
OSAAT #98 ~ Use a digi

Clean & Simple

I cant believe how long it has taken me to put this card together, not because it was difficult but because of constant interruptions (he has now gone out fishing!lol) and then my Cricut wasnt cutting properly but its ok it turned out to be the blade so I have replaced that and all is well again!  Papers are Papermania Regency, background, butterflies cut with Cricut Paperlace cartridge and the sentiment printed directly to pp is from Sentimental Sundays and cut out using a Nellies Multi Frame and then put on foam pads for a little dimension finished off with a few pale pink rhinestones.  Not my usual style but I like it.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Our Creative Corner ~ Hip to be square sketch challenge (love this sketch)
Crazy Challenge #103 ~ Vintage (Regency style papers)
Crafty Catz #117 ~Things with wings
Totally Gorjuss ~ K.I.S.S.

Saturday 28 January 2012

Celebrate Easter with Tobey

Crafty Sentiments Design is releasing a new set of rubber stamps at the craft show in February and tonight I am bring you a sneak peek of just one of these adorable Easter images.  Please meet Tobey!  I have coloured Tobey with copics, cs is some I picked up at a craft stall at a local market and the backing paper is DCWV Glitter Stack, the ribbon is some printed organza that I picked up years ago! but I knew it would come in handy one day and it was my inspiration for the colours for this project.  Finished off with some card candi.  Kept it simple as felt the image and papers spoke for themselves.  Hope you like it.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Sunday Sketch & Stamp #90 (only just made it!)
Crafts 4 Eternity #56 ~ Clean & Simple

Meet Mo Mo

So did you all pop over the Crafty Sentiments Design Store for Digi Release Day on Friday? 2 great sentiment ticket sets and 2 fabulous images,  I have already shown you Gaffi so today let me introduce you to Mo Mo, adorable huh?  I have added some very subtle shading using Copic E50 then I have used soem black glitter for the spots to give the image a little extra sparkle although it doesn't really show in the pic.  I then added some grass and stems cut using the Cricut to which I added some tiny wooden flower buttons.  The sentiment ticket is from one of the new release sets.  So if you haven't already checked the store out then be sure to pop over and see just what there is to tempt you!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
PaperTake Weekly ~ Happy Highlights (glittered the cow spots)
Sweet Stampin' ~ Let's see those animals

Wednesday 25 January 2012

Meet Gaffi

As I am sure you are all aware, Friday is Digi Release Day over at Crafty Sentiments Designs, well I have a sneek peek here for you of one of this weeks 2 adorable images.  This was a real fun card to make.  Meet Gaffi, isnt he adorable?  I coloured him using copics, my cs has been inked and embossed, then I dug out some very old ribbon that I have had for ever! added the buttons and the wooden giraffe button that I bought coz I thought it was adorable not coz I had any idea when or how I was going to use it! lol and I finally added the sentiment that was cut using the Cricut  and Straight From The Nest cartridge.  Dont forget that Gaffi is available from Friday over at Crafty Sentiments Designs.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges #120 ~ Childs Birthday Card
Creative Inspirations #147 ~ Anything Goes

He loves me

For this card I have used He Loves Me which is from the recent stamp release from Crafty Sentiments Designs, I have coloured her with copics and paper pieced her top and trousers using papers from the digi kit by Raspberry Road Designs called Fitting Room, I have used paper from the same kit for the background and the bloodheart flowers which were cut using the Cricut.  I added glitter in the form of askura pens to her flower, belth, patch and bracelts. (unfortunately doesnt really show in the pic) The flowers and heart charm are from my stash and the wonderful sentiment ticket is from a soon to be released digi set of ticket sentiments which will be available over at Crafty Sentiments Designs this Friday along with 2 more fab new images so dont forget to check the store out on Digi Day Friday.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Stamp Scrap & Doodle ~ Have a heart
Sentimental Sundays #86 ~ Die cuts
Paper Sundaes #104 ~ Paper Piecing
Cupcake Crafts #176 ~ All You Need is Love
Tuesday Throwdown #82 ~ So Charming

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Crafty Sentiments - Lace & Pins

This week over at Crafty Sentiments its the turn of Caz to host and the theme is Lace & Pins.  Now lace & pins aren't something I use a lot of, so this was a bit challenging for me.  I only have 2 pieces of lace, actually make that one now! lol (the other bit is pink) I decided to make a flower with the lace using a circle of card and lots of ds tape.  I filled the centre with some crystal glaze and little white beads then added some more beads to my pins before backing them all with a flower shape cut with the Cricut, the main background is also cut with the Cricut as is the sentiment and butterfly (I'm really liking the paperlace cartridge, can you tell! lol) I glittered the butterfly and added it using a foam pad for extra dimension.  My image is Patches Looking Out from Crafty Sentiments Designs who has had a touch of copics added, cut with nesties then mounted onto another oval cut with nesties and embossed.

Well thats what I did, I hope you like it, now be sure to check out the fabulous work by my wonderful teamies it really is amazing and then join in with our lace & ins challange, we love popping by to see your creations.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me #67 ~ Use pins
Totally Papercrafts #100 ~ Make your own flower
Sweet Stampin' ~ White on White
Allsorts #138 ~ Needles & Pins
2 Sisters #75 ~ Embossing

Sunday 22 January 2012

Sweet little Kai

This sweet image is Kai and she is available as a digi stamp over at Crafty Sentiments Designs she was released on Friday along with Patches Goes Fishing.  I have coloured her with my copics and added a little fabric bow to her hair band, papers are First Edition ~ Daydream (glittered) and all the other embellishments are from my stash.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sketch and Stash #79 ~ new image the rest is all old stuff
PaperTake Weekly ~ Buttons, Bows, Bling & Blooms (wow managed to get them all!)
Crafty Catz #116 ~ Buttons & Bows
ABC Challenge ~ H is for Happy Birthday

Saturday 21 January 2012

Get well soon!

Well I had planned on having a crafty day today but it didnt really work out that way, never mind I have managed to make this Get Well Soon card.  I have used an adorable digi stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs called Porly Bun Bun Bear.  My colours came from the background paper by Shabby Princess which I came across in my papers drawer and it went from there.  Don't usually use a lot of orange but it kinda felt right for this card.  Coloured the image with copics and cut out using a nestie, the border is a Crafty Cutters die from Crafty Sentiments Designs, the corners, leaves and sentiment were cut using the Cricut and the flower and brad are from my stash.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge #166 ~ under the weather

Friday 20 January 2012

Patches goes fishing

Every Friday over at Crafty Sentiments Designs its going to be Friday Digi Releases Day and that starts today, there are 2 fantastic new images available and I have used Patches goes Fishing for my card, isnt he cute?  I have coloured with copics and added a tiny bit of stardust (doesnt really show in the photo!) to the frog and the water.  My papers are K&Co  Classic K Bailey which I have had for quite some time now!  The green spot ribbon is actually papermania adhesive fabric ribbon from the Hampstead range, the swirls I cut using my cricut and the stamp is from the Portobello Road range again Papermania then just a few little gems from my stash.
So don't forget to check out the store every Friday to see some great digi stamps.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge #165 ~ On the spot & Ribbon
Sentimental Sundays #85 ~ Ribbon (+ sentiment)
Crazy Challenge ~ Tic Tac Toe (flourish/image/word)
Fab 'n' Funky #104 ~ Bingo (digi image, flourishes, lots of layers)

Thursday 19 January 2012

My 2012

Well some of you may remember that last year I took part in the Heart Journal at TGF and when it finished promised myself I would do something else so I have decided to document my year on a monthly basis by means of a scrapbook and the idea is that thru the month I will take notes of what has been happening in my life, take pics and at the end of each month put together a 12x12 scrapbook page.  So for now here is my title page.  I bought the Papermania Portobello Road papers just because I love them and am hoping to get hold of the album too, my local shop sold out but then they only had 2! so waiting to see if they get some more in!  The tags are cut on my Cricut as are the numbers then I got stuck and after much thought I remembered some VERY old month rub ons well it took me about 20 mins to actually find them and then I began to wish I hadn't!  Some of them didn't work very well and I ended up having to write over them with a black pen but I got there in the end and hey presto my title page. 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Paper Cutz #120 ~ For the new year
Allsorts #137 ~ Celebration of Nations
Truly Scrumptious #72 ~ Something Forgotten (definatley my rubons!)

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Crafty Sentiments ~ Anything Goes

Gosh another week gone!  That means its time for another challenge over at Crafty Sentiments and Jo has chosen a theme we know you all love and its 'Anything Goes' so no excuse not to join in the fun!  I have used another of the fabulous new release stamps, this time I have used 'Love Boat Bunnies' and the minute I saw this stamp I knew I wanted to use it for an anniversary card for my Mum & Dad, I have used the Cricut to cut out Happy Anniversary which I have added to the inside of the card as it really didnt work on the outside!  I have cut a panel for the background using my new Paperlace cartridge as it reminded me of waves then I mounted my image (available at Crafty Sentiments Designs) which is coloured with copics and a tiny bit of sakura on the water on top of the panel and then added a flower from my stash and some leaves cut with the Cricut.  Hope you like it.
Now dont forget to check out what the rest of the fabulous DT have been up to and then please do join us we love stopping by your blogs to see what you have been up to.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz #115 ~ Use something new ~ new stamp, new cricut cartridge
Crafts 4 Eternity #54 ~ Colour challenge Ice Magic
SCSC #168 ~ Anything goes with Blue
Crazy 4 Challenges #119 ~ Monochromatic in blues

Monday 16 January 2012

Ria's first project of the new year

Ria and I came across 2 t-shirts that were of a one shoulder design, they were too small for me and too big and a bit old for Ria so she decided to recycle them and as one was green which is one of her friends favourite colours an idea for a bag sprung forth! So with some triming and fiddling and trying out new stiches for stretchy material this is the finished item which she has given to her friend for her birthday.  Both seem very pleased with the outcome and it is helping to build Ria's confidence with the sewing machine! (it wasn't the easiest thing to photograph either! lol)

Ria would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky #103 ~ Recycle it 
Crafts and Me ~ Bumper Christams Challenge ~ Anything Goes
OSAAT #96 ~ Anything Goes

Wednesday 11 January 2012

He loves me, He loves me not.

I am just lovin' these new stamp releases from Crafty Sentiments Design.  I have used a gorgeous image called 'He loves me' and as soon as I saw her I knew which paper I wanted to use, its from a digi kit by Raspbeery Road Designs from a kit called 'Groovy Garb'.  I have of course coloured her with my copics and added little bits of stardust for a bit of sparkle.  The oval nestie I embossed with one of my new papermania folders and the heart border I cut using my new Paper Lace cartridge for the cricut which arrived yesterday, the red flowers are part of a candy bag I won over the holiday season at Fab 'n' Funky and the charm and brads are from my stash and the purple cord Ria gave me from her jewellery making stuff.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge #167 ~ Bingo (emboss/die cut/flowers)
Challenge Up Your Life #60 ~ Bingo (Purple/die cut/sparkle)
OSAAT #95 ~3 embellishments (flowers, charm cord)
Papertake Weekly ~ Die cut (and cute)
Crafty Creations #152 ~ Something New

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Crafty Sentiments - Water Theme

This week the challenge over at Crafty Sentiments is a 'Water Theme' and several of the new releases work so well for this theme, I chose to use Annabel the Mermaid and I teamed her up with a 'swimming Billy' from an earlier release both available at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  They are coloured using copics, I added some stardust to Annabel and some crystal glaze to Billy.  The background paper is a piece from my scrap drawers that gave me the impression of water (sort of!)  To this I have added a sandcastle and some vines cut using my cricut and I have created a little underwater scene.  I dont often create scenes but really enjoyed putting this one together. 

Dont forget to check out the rest of the amazing DTs work you will not be disappointed and then why not 'dip your toes in the water' and join us for the challenge.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me ~ Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes #102 ~ Saturated Colours
Crazy Challenge #102 ~ Lace and/or pearls, Annabel has a star of pearls in her hair
Crafty Cardmakers #59 ~ NO floral embellishements
Cupcake Crafts #174 ~ Something New
Mad for Markers ~ New colour combo challenge, I dont really use the BG so that is what I went with here.
I have used BG15, 34, 49, R00, 11, YR 04, 16, E57, 47, 49
TFL and now its over to you. xx

Sunday 8 January 2012

Ooops - a happy mistake!

Yes a mistake!  There I was quite happily figuring out the different parts to my card so I put the Crafty Cutters border die (available from Crafty Sentiments Designs) thru my Big Shot admittedly with some quite thick cs thinking nothing of it, till it came out! Now it had cut around the edge but all the wee hearts and dots didn't get cut all the way through, so I'm hunting round for some more scrap cs to use as an extra shim to put it through again when I took another look and decided I actually really like how it looks, so keeping it that way I added it to my card (with a mental note to self that when using thicker cs add another shim if you want to cut it all the way through!) lol  I have used some more new stash on this card.  The image is '2 hearts' from the new stamp release over at Crafty Sentiments Designs, isn't it adorable? coloured with copics (of course!) The background paper is from the new Portobello Road collection by Papermania as are the sentiment stamps (2 different stamps)  I have to say I love this collection and back in 2000 I was studying in London and Portobello Road was my local market and I loved it!  Anyway I digress!lol the bow and button are from my stash.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sketch and Stash #78 Majority is new stash except cs, button and bow
Crazy 4 Challenges #118 Do or use something new (image, paper and sentiment stamps)

Saturday 7 January 2012

New Baby Card

Treated myself to a couple of new crafting bits yesterday when I went shopping and one of them was a lovely hearts embossing folder which I have used for my New Baby card.  The image is the adorable Lucy with rattles which is available at Crafty Sentiments Designs (dont forget there is a sale on!) I have coloured her using my copics and added a touch of stardust to her rattles.  The pale blue squares are embossed with the new folder and the corner and rattles are from Cricut cartridges, paper is from a freebie pack and the alphabet ribbon is from my stash.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
PaperTake Weekly ~ Anything Goes (+ 'new')
Crafts and Me ~ Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky #102 ~ Use something new
Crafty Catz #114 ~ New beginning
Simply Create Too #4 ~ Layers, layers and more layers (more than 2 layers)
By the Cute & Girly ~ New Beginnings
Thanks for stopping by I hope you are all having fun using new stash! xx

Tuesday 3 January 2012

Crafty Sentiments - Love and Romance

Well here we are back for the first challenge of the year over at Crafty Sentiments, which is Love & Romance.  Hope you all had a great festive period and are now raring to go in 2012.  Crafty Sentiments Designs has a new release of stamps for your pleasure and they are adorable as I'm sure you will agree when you visit the other DT members blogs.  For my card I have used 'Gypsy Heart', coloured her with my copics and added some gold gel pen and sakura stardust, I have also crystal glazed her crystal ball!  I have also used one of the Crafty Cutters border dies also available at Crafty Sentiments Designs and used the 'waste' from the die to add rivets to her treasure chest and as hearts and jewels around her feet, (time consuming but really like the effect!) The red paper is from a digi kit called DirtyLove by JZ designs and the sentiment is computer generated.
Isnt she adorable?  Dont forget to check out what the rest of the DT have been up to, you wont be disappointed, then join in with the challenge, we love coming round to see what you are creating.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me #66 ~ Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays #83 ~ Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes #101 ~ Something Old, Something New
~ my old is the digi kit and my new is the fabulous new
Gypsy Heart stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs