Sunday, 29 January 2012

Workshop makes and my snippet card

I am off the starter blocks really early with this week's snippet card for Pixie's Crafty Workshop. After I had finished off the cards below from the workshop last week with Leonie I had some bits left - so, ideal time to make a snippet card, they didn't even see the snippet box LOL! Also, I have had this tea and teapot stamped coloured and cut out for months, it all just came together, literally as the PTI stamps I used got stuck on a glitter adhesive sheet snippet and so I used that too to cover the tea cup and pot. The flower at the top of the card is made up from the off cuts from the punched border, something I have seen Sue Wilson do and wanted to try, so no waste at all on this card!
I'd also like to enter the card into:-
Simon Says Stamp and Show - inspired by a song title which is Afternoon Tea by The Kinks
CES Challenges - checks.
So, here are my  finished from the workshop. First up a card made by cutting into some 12x12 card.
Next a circular card with nestie elements for the legs and top. The stamps used are from Leonie's website.
Then one of the cards I didn't get finished on the day because it was a bit messy - using mixed media - yeah! Want to try more of this so I bought some of the artists medium we used to create the texture in the top right corner. You will see this is where the snippets have come from.
Then we made this really effective slider card, I want to try and do one of these again.
Lastly we did some triple embossing. I had to assemble the elements at home as we didn't have time to finish, Leonie certainly packs a lot in a day.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

LIM week 52-sketch

Yeah! I've made it! I have entered all 52 weeks of the Less is More Challenge, I even got showcased one week too!
This week the challenge is a sketch. I've taken a prescored card and with my ink dusters used Antique Linen first on the card and then on the elements. The DP is by PTI and it is the same pattern but in two toning colourways. The digi image and sentiment are a freebie that Kirsty Wiseman has on her blog at the moment. I actually only used part of the image and took it into MCS and tiled it vertically. Then flipped the middle image. I then put a piece of ribbon behind to link it together and a tiny bit of bling.
I'd also like to enter the card into
Moving along with the times Challenge - Blooming marvellous
Creative Inspirations Challenge - anything goes

Monday, 23 January 2012

Facebook challenge card

The images on this card are free from Nikky at Polka Doodles if you are in her Facebook group. The challenge is to create a card with them by Sunday 29 Jan. I took the butterfly image into MCS and tiled it to make a border. I used an embossing folder for the background and the intention was to ink it to match the diamond paper from my snippet box - yeah - I was determined to get a snippet on a card this week. However, the ink pads were rather large and so it ended up a bit more inky than I had imagined. The sentiment is part of a stamp  from SU on a pedestal.
I didn't get as much time to craft today as I would have liked, unfortunately really had to do some housework!
I'd like to enter this card into
Snippet challenge 
Ooh La La - seeing double
MAWTT challenge- things with wings

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Needles and Pins and a right good workshop with Leonie

I've had such fun making this card tonight. In fact I have had a fun day all round. I went to the workshop I mentioned yesterday that Leonie was holding.
She is just like she is on the TV-so friendly I felt like I already known her for ages. I didn't get to finish all the pieces we managed to pack into the day - so I will post those hopefully tomorrow when I get them sorted out. I've got the day off as I knew I would be tired after a long day today - up at 6am and not back home til 6pm.

To get back to my card. I have used a free background paper and image from Free Vintage Digital Stamps blog. I am just in heaven on that blog and it is all free. I took the background paper into MCS to give it a green tint and green faded border. The little tape measure, needle pack and thread were free rubber stamps from Crafty Individuals with the order I received this weekend (what new year resolution??). I am so pleased with them, there were loads of other ones too. The sentiment is from a Sam Poole stamp set.
I'd like to enter this card into:-
Allsorts challenge- needles and pins
Auds sentiments challenge- use the word LOVE
Digital Tuesday challenge - a romantic card

Saturday, 21 January 2012

LIM week 51-cut it out

 and the inside...
This week the challenge on Less is More is "cut it out". I used a Waltzingmouse nestie friendly stamp, and cut out the middle section with the die it designed to fit. Not had a go at doing this before so it was a great way to get me using the die with the stamp. the sentiment of the front is also WM but the one on the inside is from Papermania. The image on the inside is from Crafty Indviduals and is part of a set of four scenes. I used Tim Holtz distress ink pads Old Paper and Antique linen to get a subtle effect.
I'd also like to enter the card into the Clean and Simple challenge over on Charisma Cardz challenges and "out with the old" on the Stampin for the weekend challenge.
I am going to a craft workshop tomorrow which Leonie Pujol (from C&C) is holding - can't wait.........

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Quilting Queen

I made this card earlier just before I went out to my Rock Choir practice. I decided to get in the snippet box and enter the challenge over on Pixie's blog, my second entry this year - yeah! I've also followed the theme at Crafts and Me challenge which is Pins - not sure if they will accept pictures of them? This card is for a friend of mine who is a very talented quilter, I am the lucky owner of several mini quilts she has made for me over the years.  The pink paper and picture/sentiment were a download from a craft magazine. Everything else is from the snippets, including part of a flower that didn't fit on the last card I made using this paper.
I'd also like to enter it into :-
One stitch at a time challenge-anything
DYSU challenge - patterns
Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes

Here is a snippet left over from a snippet and yes it is going back in the box LOL!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

New beginnings

I was having a bit of an experiment here with my new "key" mask by using it for embossing and trying to get an aged look by using various ink pads and my ink dusters. I've cut the sentiment from my Graphic 45 Wizard of Oz paper pad. The background paper is from a Kanban pad and I cut one of the keys out and mounted it on the card. All placed onto a Hunkydory postage style card.
I tried  to have a bit of a reorganising of my craft space today as it is getting hard to keep track of what I have. I don't think i am any further forward but it was at least a reminder of some stuff I hadn't seen for a while! also the need to get in the snippet box and make a card, unfortunately despite trying not snippets were used in the making of this card LOL!
I'd like to enter it into
Ooh La La challenge- new beginnings
Divas By Design challenge-new beginnings/thank you
Polka Doodles challenge- vintage/retro
Crafty Your days Away challenge-new beginnings
CES challenge - vintage dahling

Monday, 16 January 2012

Christmas Shoes!

Sorry to drag everyone back to Christmas so soon, but this is an image I just got and really wanted to use. I wrote the sentiment with a glitter pen in my silhouette and the Bugaboo digi was cut out with the silhouette too. I've coloured the shoes with promarkers keeping it simple due to the detailing.
I'd like to enter this card into Passion for Promarkers challenge - inspired by a song "New shoes by Paulo Nutini" and ABC Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

LIM week 50 - one layer, birds

The challenge over on Less is More this week is for one layer and birds. I am not a big fan of birds, but I did find that I had sets of stamps with a bird luckily.  I've used one of my new embossing folders for the basis of this card. I then added some birds from a tree stamp set and a sentiment stamp I won and have not used before. I added a touch of green perfect pearls to the embossed leaves to make the card less stark.
I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Crafty Catz challenge- use something new
Crafty Cardmakers challenge- no flower embelisments

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Let's go shopping

Lets so shopping - well I did today. I've been away with work and usually there are no shops to tempt me at lunch time but today I went into M&S just to get a sandwich but we had to pass the shoes! Next thing I know I am trying them on and my friend is saying these are nice and there I am with a new pair of purple shoes!
I've only been off the train an hour so I obviously didn't make this card today - I made it at the weekend and used my new Debbi Moore Fashion boutique cdrom for all the background elements. The figure is from a Charmed crafts download. I've also added some diamond sparkle to the chandelier and around the shop sign. I'm really pleased with how this turned out with a few added embellishments from my stash it's made for a really girly card.
I'd like to enter it into these challenges:-
Winter Wonderland - Let's go shopping
Cupcake Craft Challenges - something new
Anything Goes Challenge - anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - something new
Delicious Doodles Challenge - all things new

Hello to my new followers ( waves ) I'll catch up with you when life slows down a bit!

Monday, 9 January 2012

LIM week 49- predominately purple

I've wanted to try and do this for ages, but it hasn't turned out quite how I envisaged it - does it ever LOL! I cut with my silhouette a flower out of some coredinations card stock, then embossed it with a SU folder and rubbed back the card to expose the core. I then mounted it onto a white card and stamped into the aperture. I think I would have been better using some foam tape to keep the aperture showing more.......
Anyway, this is my entry for this weeks Less is More challenge- predominately purple, my favourite colour, so happy, happy me.
I'm out and about with work this week so I doubt I will be able to do much commenting. If I don't get a head start at the weekend (and I didn't) then I never get to it.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Follow your heart

Luckily for me Tickled Pink Challenge extended the deadline for entries into their challenge "your past fav challenge", I had this image already to go but it didn't get to a card until now. I've chosen the challenge "I (heart) you" from Jan 2011. I've edited the banner she is holding and instead stamped in the space a SU sentiment. I see this as a subtle valentine card to a man.........
The papers are Pink Petticoat and I have embossed the top one with a new folder I got.
I'd also like to enter the card into Crafty Sentiments challenge - Love and romance.
Now for a bit of a rant, not cardmaking related but I am beginning to think it is me, as it has happened to me so often recently, in fact today. You are reversing out of a space in the carpark, a car comes down the avenue you are reversing into, it sees you are part way out, you have reversing lights on - what does it do?? I would wait, but no they fly behind you. One day................. In fact the other day someone did it to me with a trolley, do they have a death wish????

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Wizard birthday

Sharing here another of my new stash of digis from Bugaboo - this time "Har Repotter - the chosen one". I decided that the background DP was sort of wizardy! and kept it simple and for some reason monochrome. They are also off cuts from my snippets box. I added some glossy accents for his glasses and just a touch of diamond sparkles to the "spell" from the wand, after all it is supposed to be a boy card.
First day back at work today. Struggled through - everyone telling me I looked awful (nice!). Feeling better tonight though, so perhaps I needed to work through it ha ha!
I'd like to enter this card into Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - use new stash. Aud's sentiment challenge- any sentiment but you must use scraps.
I'm also going to put it into Pixie's Crafty Snippets challenge which she has taken over from Jules, never got to enter this last year so here's hoping to more success this year.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Chance to win 20 promarkers

How would you like to win 20 promarkers of your choice? Jules from Always with a Heart has 20 to give away courtesy of Handy Hippo. Pop over to her blog to see how to enter.

Red and White

I just love Bugaboo Stamps and this is one of the new ones I have just acquired. They are also fabulous for cutting out on the silhouette - so that is what I have done. I used a Mary Engelbreight  backing paper which has preprinted the frame etc on to it.  I have coloured her with Promarkers, for her dress I used Cardinal Red but it appears magenta on the photo. I have also been having a play with my glitter sketch pens for the silhouette and the sentiment is written using those.
Well what an awful day. My friend was supposed to be coming over, we have been trying to meet up since before Christmas, but both of us have at sometime been ill. She rang earlier to say she didn't want to drive in the awful weather and I don't blame her, so we will need to fix a new date yet again!
I rang the automated Dr's appt earlier just for some routine meds but I have to be seen, and was SO surprised when it gave me an appointment for today!!!!!! How many times do you try and get in the same day and yet can't!
Anyway, I'd like to enter this card into
Catch the Bug challenge- photo inspiration
Joanna Sheen challenge - celebrate
Winter Wonderland challenge - red and white (doesn't have to be xmas)
Cupcake Craftroom challenge-anything goes

Through the window......

Continuing to play with my silhouette, I cut this curtain and window image from a file by Crimson Cloud. The houses stamp is a freebie from Crafty Individuals and then I added some Hobbyart trees etc to fill out the scene. The little cat is a papermania stamp and I thought added just the right touch to the scene. Struggled then as to what to use for a sentiment, but found this papermania one from the Chatsworth collection which I thought fitted nicely. Against my desire for real life correctness! I followed an idea from my new Barbara Gray DVD and took the scene outside the framing. I do like the effect.
I have an extra day to play today before having to go back to work. I still have a hacking cough and only yesterday really felt like tackling something that needed some thought which is why I got going with the silhouette. So much I wanted to do...............
I'd like to enter this tag into Polka doodles challenge - through the window and Ooh la la challenge - not a card

Monday, 2 January 2012

New beginnings

This is a card I have made for someone leaving from work who is to begin a new job. I've been having a play with my silhouette as I really wanted to do some shaped cards and knew it should be possible to cut them out. So this card and the layers and base flowers and leaves were cut with the silhouette, I then added some other flowers from my stash. I gently brushed with an ink duster around the edges of the card with a lavender SU pad.
I'd like to enter this card into the By the Cute and Girly challenge-New beginnings and Crafts and Me Challenge - Anything goes.

Then I couldn't resit having another go at a shaped card with the silhouette.

A little bit of folk

I've used the cd rom from MCS "A little bit of folk" for this card. The background I created using a stamp from the Waltzing Mouse labels 2 stamps, the sentiment is also WM. I was watching C&C and Diane from MCS demo'd how to change all your elements to the same shade at the same time - easy really but as I never read instructions it was new to me. So this card was an experiment to try out that technique and to enter the Waltzingmouse Challenge which every week I want to enter but it is over before I get a card done!
I'd also like to enter it into the Sir Stampalot challenge for mono cards.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year blog candy

Something I have never done before is to do a blog candy.  I really do appreciate all my friends in blogland so I have decided to give it a go!  You will get what you see above plus various papers and embelishments.

Please follow these steps to become eligible to enter
1. Become a follower if you aren't already
2. Comment on at least two posts during January/feb
3. Post about my candy on your blog and put the picture in your sidebar with a link back to my blog
4. Leave your name with Mr Linky below

I will post worldwide.
Closing date is Friday 4 Feb 2012

Penny Black & More DT card - Love and Hearts

Welcome to the first day of 2012 and A Happy New Year to you.

It's time for a new challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and this month it is Love and Hearts. For my DT card I have used a stamp from the PB Piece of my Heart stamp set. I used papers from Dovecraft Piece of Cake and one of my new spellbinder dies to cut and emboss the borders.
Thanks for looking and I do hope you can join in with the challenge this month, do visit the blog and see the other fab cards from the DT.

Pop back later for news of my first ever blog candy.