Wednesday, 25 November 2009

"Fab 'n' Funky" Challenge

Good morning everybody. I hope you are all well? I'm hoping that this post appears when I have kindly asked it to do so as I will be at work tomorrow, so won't be able to change anything! lol.

Well it the 1st Challenge over at "Fab 'n' Funky" challenges and the DT were given a gorgeous sketch to work with. I have to be honest and say that the sketch stumped me at first and then I thought that if I turned the sketch over, all the different positions made it look like a present with the oval being a tag. Can you see what I mean?

Anyhow, that's what I did . . . a present! The papers & vintage image are from one of the exclusive downloads from the Funky 12 Days of Christmas Workshop. I have punched some decorative borders with my new SU punch and then further decorated these strips/bits with some ribbon scraps.

I do adore this image and never thought I would be into the "vintage" look but have to say that I am getting converted . . . very quickly. Must get me some Kraft card now as I think these images would look fab against the Kraft Card.

I finished off my large tag with some Basic Grey swirls, a heart button and a red felt poinsettia flower (which was a Tesco decoration !). Have dotted some Perfect Pearls around too just because ! ! ! All the DT are looking forward to you all joining in with us on our 1st challenge and hey, forgot to mention that there is a prize this week too !

I am also entering my card into:

Papertake Weekly Challenge which this week is "Christmas Crackers" - which is anything seasonal really !

Kaboodle Doodles - challenge to use buttons, bows & bling. I have used the heart shaped button on the tag; a bow on the top of my tag and sewn some seed beads onto my poinsettia which is my bling !

PollyCraft Challenge - the challenge has been set by Ria and it is "Wonderful Christmas Time". Even though I haven't used a Pollycraft image, I do think my card fits into the theme . . . !

My Time to Craft Challenge - the theme is "Vintage" and I hoping my Christmas card looks & feels vintage enough.

Phew, I think that's it because I don't think I could type another word !

Take care everyone and going to have a serious blog hop tonight.


Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Whoops . . I'm very late . . .

. . . . posting my DT card for Inspiration Card Sketches (ICS). Sorry Dawn . . I thought I'd scheduled my post but some how I hadn't . . . grovelling apologies.

Again Dawn has pulled out all the stops and created a FAB-A-ROO sketch for us to work with and I can see myself using this one time & time again.

My card came together really quickly and I have to say, I really like it . . . not in a "blowing your own trumpet" kind of a way but what was in my mind actually came out the way I wanted !

I kept my Drake penguin as monotone as possible as I wanted him to look as if he was on a frozen tundra somewhere and also so that he matched in with the backing papers I wanted to use.

All the papers are from "Shabby Christmas" at Funky Fairy's Papercrafts and the snowflake stamp is from Elzybells. I added a little doodling & some gems and my card was quickly completed.

I am also entering my card into this weeks Pollycraft Challenge which was set by Ria - Wonderful Christmas Time. I think he looks "Wonderful" in his snow filled land ! lol x

Gotta dash . . . my new back door arrives tomorrow and I have loads of clearing to do.

Take care & blog real soon,


Saturday, 21 November 2009

Fancy some candy !

The Funky Fairy Challenge blog is giving away some mystery candy if you can guess the Challenge blogs new name. So pop over and leave a comment but you better be quick as it ends on Sunday night !

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Now Debbi is giving away some gorgeous candy too. Pop over to her blog and read all about it . . . it's definitely a WOW moment.

Debbi is also giving away a huge amount of Promarkers as her prizes.

Happy Saturday everyone,


Friday, 20 November 2009

Polka Doodles Challenge

Another week has flown by . . or should I say whizzed by on a supersonic jet. Before we all know it Christmas will be here and then gone !

Well it's Friday so that means its "Polka Doodles" Challenge day. Nikky gave the DT a fab sketch to work with this week and DT members were asked to use the "Not for Girls" CD but to make a card or project that was not male themed !

I have had my eye on these train toppers for a while now and was determined to use the topper in this weeks challenge. So I have !

Paper & topper: "Polka doodles "Not for Girls" CD
Stamps: "Christmas Doodles" from Polka Doodles
Rub ons: Doodlebug
Punches: SU

I have also used some of the plain papers for my matting & layering and then cut our some holly leaves & berries. The sentiment was made using Doodlebug rub ons and reads "Hop aboard the Santa Express".

Now how to you fancy becoming a "Polka Doodler" ? If this appeals to you why not apply for a DT position. You must feel brave enough to have your samples shown on TV ! ! ! Gulp, I know . . . scary stuff but I loved watching my samples get shown . . my anonymous 15 minutes of fame ! Just email Nikky and tell her why you would love to join & don't forget to give her a link to your blog too. The DT call ends on Friday 27th November 2009

Hope everybody is in weekend mode . . . I know I definitely am - lol x


Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Funky Fairy's Challenge . . .

. . . or should I say that there is no challenge today. This is what has been posted over on the Funky Fairy's challenge blog . . . .

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Things have been a little up & down in Funky Fairy land as several of our DT members have left us for pastures new . . . so we wish Ria, Lorraine, Emma, Anne & Joanne all the very best with their "Crafting Adventures" and look forward to them joining in with our NEW challenges . . . yep, a new look challenge blog . . . !

After much deliberation we have decided that we needed a "Winter Spring Clean" and therefore we will be radically over hauling the blog over the next week, so keep popping back as we will be dropping little hints as to what is happening to the blog and of course, there will be a few surprises too ! !

Taking the above into consideration, there will be no challenge this week but we will be back with avengence next week, Wednesday 24th November with a NEW CHALLENGE, a NEW BLOG and lots of NEW SPONSORS . . . don't panic the ever so generous Shaz (Head Funky Fairy) is still involved . . . so keep popping over . . . you never know what you might find !

Happy crafting,

Fab 'n' Funky DT

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Oooohhhh sounds very interesting doesn't it ? Well keep popping over as I know that there maybe a prize or 2 on offer before the launch of the new look challenge blog.


Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Yep . . . it's Tuesday today

and that means it's time for a new sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches. As always Dawn has drawn a "stonking great" sketch which I have flipped . . . well, I had an idea you see and to make it work, I had to turn the sketch over ! ! !

Now when I saw the sketch I automatically thought of "Snow globe" . . . can you see what I mean . . it screamed out to me "snow globe", so that's what I did !

Papers: Funky Fairy's "Lil Blue Cracker"
Snowflake stamp: Elzybells
Rub ons: Doodlebug

I have cut 2 circles in different sizes; loads of chalking & inking and then stamped my snowman into the smaller circle. I stamped him again; coloured him with promarkers and raised him up with foam pads. I have even used GLITTER . . . This is momentous for me as the stuff seriously scares me ! Made a snow globe base which as been finished off with some ribbon and for some unknown reason . . . has a huge snowflake stuck to the side of it ! Stamped some extra snow flakes along the top of my globe and finished with a sentiment.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz - the theme this week is "merry & bright" and I think my card is definitely both merry (look at that snowman's expression) and bright.

Cute Card Thursday - the theme is "Glitter me silly" . . I know that the glitter on my card is a touch sparse but hey, this is LOADS for me. The stuff scare me half to death . . so going to be brave and enter my card as hey, this is a big step forward on the glitter front for me !

Secret Crafter - their theme is "Four Seasons". I have rather obviously chosen Winter.

Well gotta dash as have to have a further spring clean / declutter (!) as my new kitchen gets delivered tomorrow !


Friday, 13 November 2009

Polka Doodles Challenge #26

This is a quick post as my head cold is getting the better of me. I finally got up today (Thursday) at 2pm, had a soak, made my card for this weeks challenge and then went back to bed for a nap ! So I am now hoping that Mr Scheduler will do it's thing and post my card for the correct day . . :-)

Nikky gave us a fab sketch to work with and the DT were also asked to use the "Not for Girls" CD. I have wanted to use the music topper set for ages and they fit perfectly with this weeks sketch.

I printed off a page of toppers (different sizes) and used the largest one as my main background and chalked the edges. I then layered a smaller topper onto some black card and chopped up (technical term) another topper into small strips. I chlaked these strips and overlayered them onto the first topper. 2 other strips were layered to form my thingy's (another technical term) in the corner.

The sentiment & star stamps are from my stash. I then finished the card with some doodling around the edges. Quick card as I don't have the patience to sit and concentrate for too long !

Happy Friday everyone and can't wait to see how you interpretate the sketch this week,


Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Made a card in bed !

Not feeling 100% today so have been sitting in bed, laptop one side and my crafty goodies the other side . . . . however, it's does have it's downside . . . I can't cut a straight line with or without my guillotine ! ! Oh well, still managed to make a card which is suitable for several challenges:

2S4U - used Kazan's scrummy sketch as my inspiration
La La Land - theme this week is "Getting Punchy" !
Digital Tuesday - Holiday Wishes

So without further a do here is my slightly "wonky" card . . .

Image: Funky Fairy's Papercrafts "Vintage Images"
Punch: SU new punch
Stamps: Polka Doodles snowflakes

Simply adore this image . . can't say why but I really do. Have used my new SU punch to create the fancy edging everywhere. Stamped some snowflakes over my cs and then chalked the edges to try and look "vintage" to match the image. Also stamped some smaller snowflakes onto the image too. Finished with a fancy chipboard I found & tied some ribbon to it ! Looking at my card now, not sure that I like the words down the edge . . . too late now or is it . . . . ?


It's all "RetRo" man !

Yep, Funky Fairy's challenge has gone all "RetRo" this week which has been brill for me as it has given me a break from all the Christmas projects I have been making recently! I have actually made 2 cards for this weeks challenge but not 100% sure that they are truely retro, so might just have to get "my groove on" and try again "man" !

I have used the new "More for Men" kit for this card. Doodled around a star sticker I found, added a button; pleated paper to look like ribbon & finished this with some string. I have added a few extra stars too. I was hoping that this card could be for a "man or boy" but not sure now !?!?!

For my 2nd card I have used the same kit but made a more "flower power" themed card ! I stamped the "Funky Car" image twice; once onto the paper & the other time onto white card. I then punched circles from the white card & chalked the edges. I then layered the circles onto the original image. The idea was definitely "RetRo" in my head but not sure it is "RetRo" enough now it's made ! !

Hope to see you joining in the timewarp back to "RetRo" time this week - just pop over to the challenge blog to get all the details and also see the "fab-i-lious, groovy" work the DT have made.

Happy crafting and off to my bed now as I have a blinding headache & think I am coming down with a cold !


Tuesday, 10 November 2009

ICS Challenge #

Well I nearly gave up on this weeks Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) challenge because I just couldn't take a decent photo of my card - it was wonky, out of focus and then awful lighting . . . you name it . . . it went wrong ! Anyhow decided to just "go with the flow" and as I am running out of time to send my card off to Dawn, had to make a decision on the final photo !

This weeks sketch was fab (as always) and I have flipped it onto it's side:

We were also very lucky to be sponsored by the "Greeting Farm" this week and got to chose an image that we would like to work with . . I have chosen "Timmy in Stocking" - he is so darn cute.

Timmy has been coloured with Promarkers and I have managed to use up loads of my scraps whilst making this card - yippee! The sentiment is from SU and the felt flower was from a set of decorations Tesco was selling last year: I only bought the decorations for the flowers ! ! !

Gotta dash . . . things to do etc etc but do take care,


Sunday, 8 November 2009

My Workshop goodies!

Well, I thought I'd better give you an idea of what I have been doing for the last 2 weeks or so as I have been somewhat of an erratic blogger of late ! ! ! Well had to go and help out with the family as well, so that has added to absences . . . . saying that, had a blast with my 2 year old nephew - here he is early trick or treating . . .

I have been busy working away on the projects posted on the first ever "Funky Fairy Online Christmas Workshop" and I have used one of Shaz's idea's to turn the lid for a decorative box into a sweet container . . . . so in love with the idea, I've made 32 of these babies !

I decided to make the same bags but "tweak" them so that boys got "boyish bags" and girls received "girlie bags" ! I have used the fab "Countdown to Christmas" topper and printed the pink & lilac for the girls and blue & green for the boys.

Above photo shows the boys bags and instead of using ribbon, I have used string. I used grommets to highlight the "25" on the topper and a white gel pen to make it "pop" more.

The photo above shows the "girlie" bags. They have been made in exactly the same way but added ribbon instead of string. I have to say that these bags are super quick to make and the longest part was choosing the paper designs I wanted to use ! ! !

Here's a side view of the bag. The sweets are placed into a cello bag and that has been stapled to the top inside of my cover.

Wow, that's enough for now but will post more about my other projects - some of which are taking a little longer because they are albums . . . . (watch this space Ginny!).

Take care and actually off to have my 1st blog mooch for simply ages,


Saturday, 7 November 2009

Polka Doodles Challenge

Well I'm seething . . . that Mr Blogger person only forgot to publish my blog entry . . . how very rude of him ! ! !

The challenge over at Polka Doodles this week is to make a 3D decoration using any of the papers from any of the CD's - loads of choice there . . . in fact too much ! ! ! I chose to work with the Jingle Jangle's CD as the blue shades on there are "divine" and I've totally fallen in lurve with the reindeer image.

Here is my large 3D snowflake . . . which I just couldn't get a proper photo of however hard I tried. Have suggested to OH that maybe a photography course wouldn't be such a bad idea for a Christmas present this year!

Must dash as have several unfinished workshop projects to complete . . . oh, so loving the workshop . . .,


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

ICS challenge #40

Whoops I am so behind with my posting but things are still hectic a"Chez Lou" and don't look to be calming down just yet ! ! !

Anyhow, Dawn has done another cracking sketch this week for Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) and the DT were also allowed to choose an image from this weeks sponsor, "Digistamp Boutique"; I chose "Milly Singing".

Here is my card . . .

All the papers are from Funky Fairy's Papercrafts "Lil Blue Christmas" kit. Loving the shades and there's loads in this kit that will be fab for all year projects too. I have coloured Milly & her robin friend with my Promarkers.

My ribbon decoration"thing" is made up of scraps, knotted together & finished with some star beads held in place with a pin!

OK, really quick post as have to dash . . . I have loads of projects that need photographing and uploading else where and must get them done tonight ! !

Take care everyone,


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