Friday, 22 April 2011

2 cards today

only because I found it hard to take decent photos of the cards. Acete and white on white cards do not make for easy photographs . . . especially if you're naff with a camera like me!

I have made another A4 card using the "A Double Sprinkle of Kraft" CD for the Polka Doodles challenge this week and have had a play with the alphabets section. Now I'm not at all computer savvy but I managed to make this huge topper very easily using Publisher (which is a normal desktop operation on my PC). I have used the cute daisy paper, layered some spotty strips and then finally placed my words on top. I have decoupaged some of the letter to give a further 3D feel. Also in a moment of madness (!) I have covered the huge topper with an acetate dome . . . which has then made it very hard to photograph my card! Card finished with oodles of yummy card candy.

Papers & alphabet: A Double Sprinkle of Kraft
Card candy 
Whie & Kraft card: Stampin Up

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Fab'n'Funky - theme of "here comes the Bride"

My 2nd card is for Fab'n'Funky Challenges and I wanted to have a go (!) at making a simple, unfussy card . . . . which for me is nigh impossible normally but I perserved and desperately tried very hard not to keep adding to it or even ink/chalk around the edges.

White card: Stampin Up
Ring & dove embellishment: found in a drawer hiding
Ribbon: from stash
Roses: Wild Orchard Crafts

I am also entering my card into the following challenge:
Simon Says - theme "emboss it"

Well I'm off to enjoy the sunshine some more and the decoratingcan now wait . . . until the weather becomes naff again!


Friday, 15 April 2011

Oh no. it's Friday . . .

which means one week of the Easter Hols has flown by with a blink of an eye! Eeekkkk, still got loads to do and time is again against me! One thing we are doing here is decorating and I have 2 helpers (unwilling and unpaid ones) to work off their combined debts to me. You wouldn't believe the moaning that is going on . . . if only they put the same effort into the decorating, we'd be done really quickly. Luke is playing "my hand hurts" card but all he has to do is undercoat the paint work with his working (loose term) hand and Aaron is crying out "child slavery". I am determined to ignore them and have decided to crank up the volume on my IPod and drown out their noise!

Anyhow, Friday is Polka Doodles day and the theme chosen by Emma is "Weddings" . . . which if I have to be honest, I do struggle with . . . but then again, practice makes perfect I suppose.
Papers, image & rose embellies:  A Double Sprinkle of Kraft" CD
Sentiment: unknown
Ribbon: from my stash
Diecuts: Marianne Design
Kraft card: Stampin Up

I have used the NEW "A Double Sprinkle of Kraft" CD for the image, papers and the majority of embellies on my card. The image has been framed and then I have used the roses embellishment sheet as a backing paper (because I can!), cut into 4 and then layered onto Kraft card. An additional layer of backing paper underneath, scalloped using my SU punch and then layered onto more kraft card.

I then used a Marianne Design Creatables die to cut my swirls (vines) and then decorated them with rose buds (from embellishment sheet). The sentiment was stamped several times so that I could add the hearts to it (for added drama!) but unfortunately I can't remember who made it. I have added a ribbon veil and handcut top hat to the owls to make them look more "wedding - e"!

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Paper Crafting Journey - theme "use a freebie" - well the CD was my freebie . . . thanks Nix x
Papertake Weekly - add dimension to your card

Well better get back to "cracking the whip" or they will have downed their tools !!!


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Whoops . . . been away longer than intended!

Well it's not quite a month since my last blog post . . . just 3 weeks this time! Unfortunately my eldest son broke his hand (badly) and it was not a simple "cast it" and then "walk away" break. When he phoned to tell me, I was obviously worried but with an added extra worry . . . he sits his A'Levels in 4 weeks time. Luckily it was his left hand and not his dominant right hand . . . phew.

Well I have finally finished my Fab'n'Funky DT card and what took me so long was I couldn't decide what sentiment to use, so after much faffing on behalf, I haven't added one and will do so later.

Papers: Pink Petticoat and Craftwork Cards
Flowers from Wild Orchard Crafts
Butterfly: Stamps Away
Sentiment: Stampin Up

The theme this week is "Spotty and Dotty" and I have had a great time using up spotty paper scraps to make my card. The image is from Robyn's Digital Fetish which has been coloured with Promarkers and then layered with oodles and oodles of 3D foam pads. All the flowers are from Wild Orchard Crafts and if you haven't shopped there before, I highly recommend the "shopping experience" as the flowers are "divine" and the difficulty is knowing when to stop adding bits into your basket!

The card is for a friend of my Mum's and I wanted to add a witty "tea or brew" related sentiment but didn't find any I liked or more importantly, would fit in the space I had left in the top right hand corner! Any suggestions . . . or at this stage I think it would be easier to add the sentiment/quote to the card insert.

I am also entering my card to the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - to add dimension to your card
Wild orchard Challenge - theme is "wings"

Right off to the hospital this morning with"himself" for another check up, but hope to be able to catch up with you all later today.

Take care,


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

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