Thursday, 22 December 2011

How many days until Christmas ?

I can finally admit that I am getting excited now that Christmas is only 3 days away. Have been a good girl and everything is wrapped and hidden and I am starting to tidy up the house ready for the weekend. I even managed to persuade eldest son to do a spot of ironing for me . . . being a penniless Uni student definitely helped!

Fab'n'Funky Challenges are having another Candy Giveaway this week in lieu of there being no challenge, so why don't you pop over and add your name to Mr Linky because you never know, you might just win it!!!

I have had several minutes between chores and to stop myself going into a "nag fest" with the family about their inactivity, I decide to make a few cards using a fab selection of postcards I obtained from Crafts U Print (link HERE) and this is what I came up with:

Papers: Prima
Postcard: Jason Jones (via Crafts U Print)
Butterfly stamp: 
Sentiment stamp:
Ribbon, pins, button, gem & metal charm from my stash
Papers: Prima
Postcard: Jason Jones (via Crafts U Print)
Border: Scalloped edgabilities
Ribbon & fibres from various packaging!
Butterfly: Marianne Creatable die
Stamps: free with a magazine
Button & gems from my stash

I made them both using the fab sketch from ICS (Inspirational Card Sketches) and have also been a fan of Dawn's sketch and projects but unfortunately haven't played along much this year . . . but this will change in 2012 as I AM making more time for me and things that I want to do as 2011 was taken up heavily by my family for different reasons. I uset to be on the ICS DT a year or so ago but my stint ended . . as is the way . . but would love to have another "crack at the whip" as it were!

In the 1st card, I have flipped the sketch but followed it (ish) in the 2nd card and both cards have been further distressed with inks. They were quick and simple cards to make . . . something I should do more often!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) - sketch plus a DT call
Flutterby Wednesdays - butterflies on both cards!
Carisma Cards - anything goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink - BINGO - I have used the bottom line on both cards

Well now I really have to tidy away my crafting stash as I will need the table for Christmas . . . or I suppose we could eat on our laps . . . ! Will be back tomorrow to share some of my Christmas cards with you,


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Fab'n'Funky Challenges . .

. . . do not have a challenge this week as the DT are starting their holidays early it an attempt to get organised . . . uuuummmmm not sure that is working for me though! Instead there is some candy on offer and there will be 5 lucky winners, so why not pop over to the Fab'n'Funky Challenge blog and join in. You never know you might be the lucky winner of an early Christmas present.

Before the challenge went on holiday, the theme was "Anything Goes" and I never blogged my card as I never got the time to do it and when I did Mr Blogger was playing silly whats-its with me! Anyhow, better late than never . . .

I have used a Sarah Kay image coloured with distress inks, some MME papers and my favourite embellishment at the moment . . . bunting! The huge flower was from Wild Orchard and the sentiment is a rub n from a K&Co pack. The little hearts are left over from a sheet of rub-ons and I don't know the companies name as I had cut these out as they were the only ones left!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Creations by Gill M - colour combo of green and red
Totally Papercrafts - anything but Christmas

Right off to put on my very thick woolly socks as my feet are like ice cubes and I can't go to bed with cold feet . . that will keep me up for hours!

WOW time flies by . .

when you have loads to do and no time to do it in! Unfortunately lots happening at Chez Lou and this has left me with little or no crafting time and as a result my blog has been sorely neglected, so apologies to everyone and many thanks for keep popping by.

I have had the chance this week to make a few crafty things as I need to get organised with my cards and presents. Here are some decorations I have been making for the girls at work to say "thank you" for all their support . . . now I hope they like them otherwise I'm scuppered as my idea pool is very dry this year . .

I have overdone the glitter on my chipboard snowflakes and it is shedding everywhere in my house and not being a glitter person, it's driving me insane! I then cut out some flourishes and layered up with scalloped and circle punches with the centre being decorated with a large button and some scrummy bias ribbon. Apologies for the poor photos and will try to take some more tomorrow, hopefully in better light.

I made some simple packaging to put my decorations in as am conscious that I my be running out of time and they need to be given out on Monday!!! (Whoops . . . photos of packaging was even worse than my decorations . . . need to take some more  . . .)Well better get going as I have made 5 sets but need to make another 3 . . .

I am entering my decorations to the following challenges:

Crafty Catz - anything goes
Fairy Tale Challenge - gift plus packaging (photo of packaging to follow)
Fussy and Fancy - photo inspirations and my inspiration was to make a Christmas tree decoration
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - buttons and ribbons
Crafts and Me challenges - snow/snowflakes

OK better get back to it as these won't make themselves,


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Did you know that . .

Fab'n'Funky Challenges are looking for new DT members? Age or experience (lol) do not matter but an enthusiasm to craft and join in with the weekly challenges are a must though! Why not check out all the details on this post HERE.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend,


Friday, 28 October 2011

Loving my new Tuff CD!

Well Nikky at Polka Dodles has done it again and produced another great CD but his time it's with boys/teenagers in mind - PRETTY TUFF ! There are fab selection of images and papers to die for . . . the thing I found hardest is when to stop myself printing.

Here is the first card I have made and its using one of the new images found on the CD. He looks so . . . teenager . . .

Card: Coordinations
Swiss Dots embossing folder
That Special Touch mask
Distress inks

I have cut out the "dude" from several different papers, inked the edges, embossed with my Swiss Dots folder and then matted onto black card. Lots of layering using other papers and co-ordinations card (again embossed and distressed) and finally added embellishments printed onto Letraset Safmat for the finishing touch!

Doesn't this lad have the true "stare into space / I don't care / whateva" expression or as my 13 year old son would say "I'm only letting you take this photo to get you off my back!"

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Moving along with the times: No Girls Allowed!
Southern Girls Challenge: Stripes and Polka dots
Charisma Cardz - Anything goes
Inspirational Card Sketches: there great sketch
Art Impressions Stamps: card for a boy

I've had a great Friday night . . fab meal with the family, eldest popped back from Uni, several pints of Guinness (to keep up my iron intake!) and then a good mooch around blog land . . heaven.

Have a great weekend everyone,


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Hubble bubble, toil and trouble

Here is my card for the Fab'n'Funky challenge this week and I have cased myself from last year!!! I loved making this card last year as it used up so many scraps . . . it was great. Also having no "staying power" at the moment it was very quick and easy to make, which is a bonus!

The only slight different is that the acetate layer over the spider lifts up to reveal him unlike last year where I had secured it into place.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:
Scrap-Creations: theme is "going digi". All the images and papers were from a free Polka doodles download last year.
Midnight Madness: used the MMSC127 sketch and flipped it 180!
The Shabby Tea Room - Halloween

Spooky wishes to you all and will be back later with some other things I have made,


Monday, 24 October 2011

Hi everyone

Sorry it's taken so long for me to come back to blog land but haven't been too well recently. With all the drugs I am on at the moment, I could sleep, sleep and still sleep. This also means I have the attention span of a toddler which is a complete pain.

My left shoulder is still frozen and aches if I sit in one position for too long but it's on the mend. The skin scrappings and biopsies have all been completed and it's just a waiting game now but mentally I am in a better place than I was a month ago. I have decided I just can't mope around for ever and need to get my brain back to being active and not just dwelling on things I can't really change.

So I am busy getting the lads to photograph some of my recent makes . . . jury still out on them as I couldn't really sit long enough to complete them as I wanted but at least I'm back making!!!

Now off to catch up with you all as I have missed soooooooooo much and just need to know what is going on . . . new products to admire, techniques to drool over and inspiration galore to kick start my mind . . . see told you that I was determined to look forward and not back!


Friday, 30 September 2011

Share the memories

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Friday, 2 September 2011

Something different from me today . .

I was a very lucky bunny and sent some great products to play with from Letraset - Safmat (have always been a fan of this GREAT under-rated product), adhesive papers, flexmarkers, aquamarkers to name but a few items and wanted to do something different with them.

Firstly I am going to share a project I recently completed using one of these products. I have chosen to show a different way of using Safmat. We all know about using it to create great rub-on sentiments for a projects but you can use it with photos too! I have patiently cut around different photos of my family, printed them onto the Safmat and then used them on top of different backgrounds to make it look the people were always part of that background! Example below . .

I took a photo of Mum, cut it out in a photo editing package, printed it onto Safmat an then placed it on top of this photo of loads of Guinness barrels. If you look closely, you can see it doesn't belong to the back ground as I haven't quite managed to line up her elbow onto the shelf !!! Oh well !

 Using Aaron's cut out photo I have placed him on top of the barrels and this time, I've made a better job of it as it look like he was meant to be there all along!

Here's the finished canvas which is 50cm x 50cm in size and I am really pleased how it turned out! The sentiments are obviously printed out on Safmat and then layered onto different papers etc.


I then decided to make a 2nd canvas with the left over bits I had from the 1st one and came up with this . . .

Again I have used different elements and printed them onto Safmat and then layered them onto the paper/back ground of my choice eg: the "Guinness Storehouse" logo was taken from their website.

Oh before I forget another thing I can't rave enough about is Letrasets repositional LetraTac adhesive. It was great to use to help me position my collage pieces before committing them to that location forever! I could "mock up" my canvas, hang it up and then after a while decide whether I liked the position of the elements or if not, start the positioning process all again!

I have used a fab selection of papers from the Polka Doodles "Not for Girls" CD as they have a great selection of bazzill inspired plain papers in one section and all yummy, earthy tones. I have printed the colours onto different effect papers - linen, canvas, water colour to create lots of texture to my back ground papers. I am entering my project as my DT entry for this weeks Polka Doodles challenge which is to use autumn colours and I think I have managed that!!

I am also entering my wall art into the following challenges:

Desert Island Crafts - I have used Kraft paper/thin card, sentiment and text print!
Tando Creative Challenge - theme is "rustic charm" . . I defo think my canvases have that!
Just for fun - theme is "words"
Totally Papercrafts - theme "not a card"

Well gotta dash as getting all my bits ready for the start of school next week. My "to do" list is so long it's getting ridiculous to say the least.

Take are and I am going for a good nose around all your blogs this weekend as I have neglected you all for too long.


Monday, 22 August 2011

Happy Monday!

I am up very early this morning as our puppy decided he needed company earlier than usual today but although I would love to moan, the sun is shining, he is sitting beautifully at my feet and I can actually get onto a computer without being shifted off!

Now apologies to my other Fab'n'Funky DT chums but my scheduled post didn't work and I have to say, I couldn't really be bothered to figure it out! Mr Blogger and I are at times at logger heads and I have now come to realise that it is him and not me at fault!!!

The theme this week was "All stitched Up" and your project had to be sewing inspired or have sewing on it. I used a fab image from this weeks sponsor, Pink Petticoat which spurred me on to make 3 cards . . . all looking similar but not quite  . . .

Images: Pink Petticoat "Material Girl"
Papers: Pink Petticoat "Perfect Papers"
buttons and lace from stash

Right off to have a shower, get dressed and walk the dog (while the sun is still out).


Sunday, 21 August 2011

Stamptacular Sunday!

WOW the week has flown by and lots going on here! The new router is working (although have to say the last new one should of done so too), I've had A'level gate with lots of tantrums, bad moods and atmosphere and finally, off to "Welsh Wales" as my brother calls it to see my younger sister . . . to get away from the latter!!!

This week’s challenge over at Stamptacular is going to be so much fun! We can’t wait to see what you create!This week's challenge is called…
For this weeks challenge you will create a card or a project that has the color “A”pricot, (shades of orange/peach), “B”ling, and “C”ute “C”ritter (animals or bugs) on it! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!
You will have from now until midnight (EST) August 27th, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by: The Paper Shelter

Well the colour side of things wasn't hard but as for the "Critters" thing, I don't have many animal stamps or even digi images so after a good rummage around my stamp collections I found this neglected set of stamps from "Technique Tuesday" which haven't been inked for ages and ages and ages!

Paper: MME Wild Asparagus
Stamps: Zoology by Technique Tuesday
Flourishes: Marianne Creatable
Gems from stash
Coloured with Promarkers

A bit of an OTT card really but it was great fun to make and colour. Not sure who I'd give it to though . . . !

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Crazy 4 Challenges - Bingo themed. I have chosen the diagonal line of square card, die cuts & 2 or more papers.

Gotta dash as loads to do today and time is already running out. Apologies for not leaving comments recently; I have visited but can't get enough time to do both visit and comment. Tonight is my night of uninterrupted blogging as all the lads are out at the cinema . . . bliss!


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Stamptacular Sunday!

 Edited to add: our new router has blown up and we were without internet again! After visiting the shop and explaining as politely as possible the problem, we no have a new singing and dancing router at their expense!

Phew, what a few hectic weeks I've had and way too much time spent in my car !!! Unfortunately my uncle died after a vey short illness (4 weeks) but thankfully he didn't suffer and the funeral was a fit sending off for him.

Because of the latter and the speed I had to travel to Ireland . . . funerals normally occur within 2 days of passing . . . I didn't post last weeks DT card for Stamptacular Sunday Challenge (which I had made). So before I get onto this weeks challenge, here is last weeks card which was based around a photo for our inspiration:

Stamps: Elzybells
Bias ribon & gems from stash

Now this weeks challenge over at Stampatacular is called "Fancy Folds"

Papers: Prima
Rub-on stickers: Bearly Mine
Stamps: Serendipity, dandelion clock
Ribbon and lace from stash

I covered my stepper card base with a softer paper from the same Prima pad. I then stamped the dandelion clock image onto a second paper from the same pad and inked the edges. Using a sheet of Bearly Mine rub-on stickers, (which I found in a plastic wallet in a cupboard . . .  not sure why I put them there!), I decorted different panels to fit on my stepper card. Finished with some lace and ribbon and a quick, easy card to make. I must now raid my sticker collections to see what I have as I thoroughly enjoyed making this card as it was out of the norm for me as not normally a sticker person!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: Fancy Folds
Glitter Geeks - photo inspiration
Use It Tuesday - Indian summer


Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Sorry but . .

can't join in with Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week as am winging my way to Ireland to attend a funeral. Will definitely be back next week but please do join the rest of the DT and this weeks challenge,


Sunday, 31 July 2011

Stamptacular Challenge

This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun! We can’t wait to see what you create! This week's challenge is a…
“FRIENDS are Heaven Sent!”
For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project with a friendship theme for your special friend. Tell us who you’ll be sending it to and why he/she is so special to you and be entered TWO TIMES into this week’s drawing for our fabulous prizes! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!
I have made a card for my Mum whom I consider to be one of my best friends. She is bravely nursing her younger brother who has terminal cancer and is not long for this world. I just wanted to let her know that I am thinking about her and admire her immensely for what she is doing.

Paper: Prima
Stamps: Serendipity wild flowers
Flowers: Wild Orchad Crafts
Butterfly stamp: Stamps Away
Lettering: Doodlebug
Sentiment: Polka Doodles
Ribbon, gems & lace: Crafts 4 U

This was a quick card to make with simple matting and layering. It has been embellished with loads of flowers, ribbon and butterfly, whom have gem trails! The stamped image in the centre is from a set I have had for eons and only recently reiscovered because I had no internet for ages and ages. I have now completed oodles and oodles of projects with this set. The images was stamped in brown and colored softly with Mica powder made into paint!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers - butterflies
Karens Doodles - "bingo" - I chose to use "gems, diecuts & flowers"

Will start to add all the items I have made over the last 4 weeks but couldn't share with you, in the next couple of days.


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Long time no blog!

Firstly let me warn you that this is a long post, so if you fancy getting yourselves a coffee and a cake before starting, please do . . . hee, hee, hee!

Well I've missed everything about the internet . . . food shopping online, catching up with friends, email, my wireless printer and loads more but am so happy that now after nearly 4 weeks my internet problems are over . . . if that changes, I will not be responsible for my actions . . . hint, hint to certain companies who know who they are !

Whilst away, I have still been busy crafting and playing with my inks, stamps, masks and loads of other fun stuff which at times, does get neglected and in this post, I am going to share my projects for all the Fab'n'Funky challenges I have missed and never got to share with you all. So here goes . . .

Challenge #78 - Summer Loving

Image: Sassy Cheryl's
Papers: MME and pearlised paper (from stash)
Sentiment: Stampin Up
Butterfly die cut and swirls: Marianne Creatables
Butterfly brads: unknown

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
KB Cute Monday - use a digi image

Challenge #79 - Bermuda Triangle

Papers: MME
Die cut frames, wand and frog
Card Candi 
Ribbon from stash
Flower from Wild Orchard Crafts
Sentiment: unknown stamp

Challenge #80 - Purple Haze
Papers : Prima
Image: Robyn's Digital Fetish
Sentiment: Stampin Up
Ribbon and Card Candi from stash
Holly leaves are handcut

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas in July
KB Cute Monday - use a digi image
The Crafty Pad - Christmas in July

Challenge #81 - Bakers Dozen

Papers: Funky Fairy's Papercrafts
Sentiment: MME
Image: Whimsie Doodles
Ribbon from stash

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
KB Cute Monday - use a digi image

Challenge #82 - Animal Magic

Images: recycled from an old Christmas card
Papers: DCWV
Card Candi, mini pegs and twine from stash
Holly leaves are hand cut

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Creative Craft Challenges - decoupage or lots of big layers
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas in July
The Crafty Pad - Christmas in July
Crafting for all seasons - furry friends

Phew . . . thinks that's every challenge entered now for each week I was away and have got bored now, so will add additional details when 've had a quick coffee.


Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Sorry but . .

I still have no internet and have borrowed a friends computer. Our router is knackered and being fixed as PC world wouldn't give us a replacement. We should get it back this weekend . . . fingers crossed. I am so pleased that it is getting towards the end of term as Aaron's level of homework has diminished so the need for the PC is less but he is not happy about having to stay afte school to do it if he needs a PC. This is further compounded as we have a wireless printer too!

Well at least I've had time to play with my stamps and inks more. Hope you are all well and if I owe anyone an email, please bear with me,


Sunday, 19 June 2011

It's Sunday and I have tomorrow off work!

Oh well that didn't work well . . . I had schedule this post only to find that I hadn't put in the correct time . . whoopsie!

Well it's Sunday and that can only mean one thing - Stamptacular Challenge Day! This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun and we can’t wait to see what you create! This week's challenge is called…

“Fun In The Sun!”
For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project that has something to do with having fun in the sun! What do you associate with summer, sun and fun? Let your creative skills roam! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!There are 2 great prizes to be won this week as well and our sponsors are The Stamping Boutique and Teddy Bo.
I have tried to create a "sea theme" for my card using my much neglected Stampin Up fishes wheel and also a fab sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS). It's been an age since I played along with ICS and I shall have to change this as I adore Dawn's sketches.

Stampin Up: fishes wheel (large)
Vellum, card & papers from stash
Dew Drops: Polka Doodles
Sentiment: ?
Stones from my garden
Twine from stash
Card Blank: 6" x 6"

I have stamped (using the wheel) on various papers ; vellum (2 different colours), linen paper and  plain, cheap copier paper. I then embossed the fishes with clear enbossing powder. Each layer has been torn and then layered to give a waves effect. I created a back panel to mount my waves onto and made a lickle boat using up paper scraps. The greeting was found whilst blogging but where I have played around with it in paint, I have lost the name of the kind person who created it . . . if anyone can help with the name, I would be grateful so that I can give them proper credit. Most edges have been either inked or chalked.

As a finishing touch, I stamped onto green paper with white and then cut out some swirls to look like seaweed. A bit of twine along the bottom to hide my gluing and then I went into the garden to find some lickle stones to add to the bottom of my seaweed. The seaweed was finished with some Dew Drops.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Rainbow Lady - theme is "I am sailing"
Crafting for all seasons - theme is "summer"
A Spoon Full of Sugar - splish splash
Shopping our Stash - SOS challenge - I have used Stampin Up fishy wheel, Ocean themed card and finally Seaweed . . . although there are some lickle seagulls as well!
Sweet Stamps - embossing
Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) - sketch
Crazy for Challenges - add twine, string etc
Paper Play - at the beach

Well off to celebrate Father's Day with hubby and the lads . . . all you can eat Chinese on the cards which should make them very happy!


Friday, 17 June 2011

Polka Doodles Friday

Yet another week whizzes by and I don't know where the time has gone. I am struggling to keep up with things this week and am so behind it's unreal . . .  need to send a few apologies out to certain peeps as I just couldn't finish some of my projects. OK enough of my woes, here are the winners from the Polka Doodles blog hop:

1st Prize: A sprinkle of Craft CD plus stamped images from the Wonderland set

The following people have won a selection of stamped images (plus a few extras):
Steph from The Apple Tree
Rose from Woolly Crafts
Sally from Sallys Bitz

Congratulations to everyone and if you could email, I will get your goodies off to you. Thanks everyone for joining in with the unusual Polka Doodles Blog Hop and we hope you had fun.

Now this week, Emma set the challenge over at Polka Doodles and wanted us to make something that was "all of a flutter". I used the georgeous butterfly image from the Fairy Flutterby Babsie stamp set which I have stamped 3 times, coloured lightly with Glimmer Mist (gold), smoothered in Crystal Lacquer and then layered all the bits up to create my butterfly.I used my Stampin Up punches to create the decorative edges. My card was finished with a delicious big bloom from Wild Orchard Crafts.

A very simple card which helped me use up loads of my scraps which I desperately needed to do . . . believe me. I'm starting to multiply scrap boxes similar to having a "rabbit outbreak" !!! I even used up some small ribbon bits I ave been too tight to throw away too!

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Delicious Doodles - Things that flutter
Totally Papercrafts - diecuts or punches

Well gotta go and wrestle now with Mr Blogger to get my other scheduled posts to work . . . wish me luck,


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Tempting templates . .

. . . is the challenge over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week. The DT would like everyone to dust off their templates and this could be a card template (ie swing card, stepper etc), shaped or number album templates, boxes, bags or gifts . . . the list goes on and on. However we had a secret weapon this week as the DT were given some great templates to play with from Creations by AR. I chose the "isn't she lovely" card template as my inspiration.

Well here is my first attempt and I've made a straight forward pretty dress using the gorgeous Perfect Papers from Pink Petticoat finished with some soft bias ribbon & liquid pearls. This card was so quick and easy to make; just under 30 minutes and the longest part was pleating the paper!

I have also added 3 different inserts in white, pale pink and pink to make it look the dress has loads of petticoats! Now this dress was so quick, I had an idea to make a different card using the same template and acetate. This is what I came up with . . .

I made an acetate base card and placed the dress over the top so that it stands proud. If you  look really, really, really closely in the photo you can just about see the acetate card base . . . ! I then embossed gold and white paper, some white vellum (with my Swiss Dots folder) as I wanted some texture to my card layers and to make the wedding dress. Now Adela (owner of Creations by AR) was telling me off (very nicely) for not using my Craftrobo, so I dusted it off and cut out the "Just Married" wording, the bubble thing they are placed inside and the hearts.

I pleated my wedding dress to give the impression of volume and stuck it down to my dress card base. I have covered my gluing with ribbon, a paper rose and a crystal. Loads of mini roses and crystals later and my card is finished. I also decorated the inside of my card to hide the glue but that does not show very well in this side photo . . .

I am entering my 1st card into the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes - girly girl
Hooked on Craft Challenges - anything goes
The Shabby Tea Room - colour inspiration
Crafty Creations - "dress up"

I am entering my 2nd card into the following challenges:
Die Cuttin Divas - wedding bliss
Sweet Stamps - embossing
Hooked on craft challenges - anything goes
ABC Challenge - wedding

Sunday, 12 June 2011

For the men!

I have struggled this week with Blogger and just can't seem to get it to upload my photo's. It kept saying "timed out" all the time. I know it's Mr Blogger because I checked my Internet connection and computer . . . they are working "a ok". Anyhow after much dithering, swearing and frustration from me, I remembered that I had a photobucket account !!! Why oh why didn't I remember this a week ago !?! So after a little renewing, I have uploaded my photos there and can now get on with my DT duties. 

So without further ado . . . . this week’s challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is going to be so much fun! We can’t wait to see what you create! This week's challenge is a… “DADS or GRADS!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project for either a special DAD or a special GRAD! The possibilities are ENDLESS! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing! This week's fabulous prizes donated by: MY FAVORITE THINGS

Well here is my card. I have used a lot of HOTP car elements on my card (acetate overlay, sentiments and map) but the fab checkered flags and background have been stamped, inked and chalked. The stamp is part of the Wonderland Set from Polka Doodles. I have deliberately left the red panel blank, as I'm not sure if I will put "Dad" or "Grandad" in here yet. Being me, had to add embellishments so have used some brads and grommets. I also got out my glossy accents and used it on the acetate to add a further dimension and also on the arrows.

With the left over bits  . . . HOTP stuff and my checkered stamping, I made another card but this time it is for a birthday rather than a Father's Day. I used similar techniques to the above card but for a change stamped the checkered design onto blinds! We recently had vertical blinds fitted and I kept the bits that were trimmed off as I thought I might have a use for them one day! Love how the checkered design is more subtle in the card below.

I've just decided that I have a real thing for bunting at the moment . . .!

I am also entering the following challenges:
Crazy for Challenges - masculine card(s)
One Stop Craft - Father's Day
Word Play Weekend - birthday (my 2nd card is a birthday card)
Delicious Doodles - Father's Day

Well gotta dash as I can no longer put off the house work or either the ironing. However I have a penniless student at home at the moment who is willing to do chores (obviously for money) who I might convince to do the ironing !!! He cleaned my oven and hob for me yesterday so might just take up my offer!


Friday, 10 June 2011

No:1 Dad

Well it's Friday and this week has flown by for me although I am struggling to see how and why it did!?! I hope it's not an old age thing creeping up too quickly but you never know.

This on the Polka Doodles Challenge blog we were asked to make something for Dad. So this is my 1st of many cards I need to make with Fathers Day looming . . . ooohhh should add that I don't have loads of Dad's but have been asked to make loads of different Dad themed cards . . . phew my Mum will now breathe a sigh of relief! I have used the fab Polkadoodles Father/Family download and love the backing papers as there are so versatile. Simple mat and layering techniques from me this week (nothing fancy), hand cut stars, punched hearts, some buttons and twine. The "Dad"was made using up old Letraset rub on letters.

Don't forget the POLKA DOODLES BLOG HOP doesn't end until SUNDAY, so you still have time to enter. All the details can be found at the top of my blog.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

C.R.A.F.T - Father's Day
Craft Us Crazy - male themed
Paper Play - Father's Day
Sisterhood of Crafters - Celebrating Dad
Delicious Doodles - Father's Day

Have a great Friday and up and coming weekend everyone,


Sunday, 5 June 2011

It's all about the colour . . .

Phew what a week and so glad another one starts tomorrow! I definitely needed a wee little crafting session and was so pleased to realise that this week at Stamptacular Challenges we were being allowed to play with an Elizabeth Bell image . . . so set about making my DT card.

This week's challenge is a…
                “COLOUR CHALLENGE!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project using ONLY the colours shown in the photo above (BLACK, HOT PINK, TAN, and WHITE)! NO OTHER COLOURS ALLOWED! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing! We have 2 prizes this week and you are going to definitely be spoilt for choice:


Here is my photo and I struggled a little using just only the colours prescribed and so desperately wanted to add a little green but I think I have managed it . . .

I have coloured this georgous image just using only the following promarker colours: tan, ivory, rose pink and dusky pink. I wanted her to appear like she had been plucked from a sepia photograph . . . I hope she does now and not just weirdly coloured !!! Image is "Patti's Kisses" from Elizabeth Bell.

I made my backing papers (which I have subsequently covered) by stamping a butterfly image (Stamps Away) randomly and then chalking/inking my card. You can just catch a glimpse on the side of this photo. The floral frame you can see is courtesy of Little Musings and they are devine to work with and must get me some more designs!

I am also going to enter my card into the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge: to add loads of texture
Delicious Doodles: Texture
Stamp Something: use a digi image
Cute Card Thursday: Embellish it!

Have a great Sunday everyone and I'm off to do a spot of gardening whilst it looks cool out there and then the dreaded trip to the dump!


What's new on my blog this week ...

' I'm happiest when I'm with you' hanging heart decoration