Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Not the last day of February this year!

It is always seems weird to me the concept of "leap years" and why we felt the need to invent them. There is probably a very valid reason but one that's obviously not captivate me though!

It's ICSketches day again a we had yet another great sketch to use . .


and here is what I created after rotating the sketch 90 degrees clockwise . . .

Paper: Polka Doodles (Pen and Paper Circle)
Stamps: Pink Petticoat
Dew drops: Polka Doodles
Gems: MEI
Seaweed (!): MME

I have had these Pink Petticoat freebie stamps for ages and routed them out as I fancied doing a bit of stamping. The sketch helped me create my underwater themed card and have to say, am loving the mixture of the dew drops and gems as my fishy bubbles. I also discovered these vines by MME whilst tidying out my ribbon drawers and they make brilliant seaweed.

I also learnt a valuable lesson whilst making this card - make sure your items are stuck down securely before adding glaze otherwise it cracks when it dries and you try to restick it in to place!
I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Been playing today . .

Ha a little time to play today without any interruptions. What was even nicer is that I have successfully ignored all the housework and ironing too ........ bliss! Not being a domestic goddess is something that has never bothered me and whilst I take my hat off to those who love nothing better than a good clean, I have always believed that people come to visit me and not my house! The latter statement makes "Chez Lou" son like a hovel and I assure it is not, it just isn't squeaky clean ..... it's lived in!

Well today I decided to make some "Thank You" cards as I never have any in stock when I need them, so after a rummage through my sticker stash, I found these adorable butterflies . . unopened (eek!) and had to use them . .

Papers: First Edition
Nellie Snellon dies
Gems: MEI
Butterfly: stickers bought in £land
ribbon recycled from a present
Sentiment: DoCrafts

I used the sketch from Sketchy Colours as my starting point as it is such an easy sketch to use. Lots of layering and loads of crystal gems (with a few pearl ones too). The ribbon I have recycled from a present I received in January. It has writing on the back, so had to turn it over as the writing didn't fit in with my card!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Sketchy Colours - sketch
Die-ing for a Challenge - anything goes + die cuts
PanPastel Challenge - use a ribbon
Cute Card Thursday - winged things

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My second "Thank You" card is a little different an more vintage themed inspired by these mulberry paper strips I found in one of my scraps boxes.

 Mulberry paper from stash
Nellie Snellon die
Felt flowers cut using a Quickcutz die
Wooden reel found in my buttons box!
Buttons, ribbon & pins from stash
Diecuts were a magazine freebie
Sentiment: Pink Petticoat

Another quick card as I had all the elements already cut or had discovered whilst rummaging for things to use. The longest part was deciding how to they lay them out on my card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

My Time made Easy - sketch challenge
Allsorts - anything goes
DCM - Marie Antoinette  - it was the colours & textures on my card that gave it a regal feel (not the subject . . does that make sense?)
Simon Says - use 3 different papers - which I have even if there isn't much of them used!
Little Red Wagon - use chipboard. One of the dress making manikins is chipboard, covered in paper
Papertake Weekly - get krafty

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Finally I decided to make another card using up scraps and a bag image I found . . . and I have to say that I really dislike this card . . can't say why but I do!

I think there are too many patterns vying for attention and this just then makes everything look "blurgh". Will put it away and pull it apart on a later date and see what can be done with it . . .

Off to catch up with a bit of blogging as haven't has time all this week to see what everyone else is up to and I need a good blog fix.

Thanks for popping over,


Thursday, 23 February 2012

Finally . ..

hubby has finished faffing with someone elses computer, using mine to help sort out their problems, leaving me with no computer . . . I ask you . . . what cheek!

Here is my DT card for Fab'n'Funky Challenges which for some reason Mr Blogger chose not to upload . . . what is it with men?!?!? The sponsor this week was Bugaboo Stamps and I have used one of their images:

 Papers: From stash box
Scallop Edgabilities
Image: Bugaboo Stamps
Ribbon from stash
Gems: SEI
Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Chalks & distress inks
Ultra fine glitter

This was a really quick card to make as there was not much colouring! I printed 2 images and chalked/inked around the edges of one and then coloured the flowers on the other so that they could be layered. Finished with some gems in the centre, glitter on the edges and ribbon bows. As an extra I used a doily as a ruffled ribbon under the image for extra height and interest . . . however it has now hidden my scalloped strip!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafts and Me - shades of spring
Sisterhood of Crafters - use a digi image
Sweet Stamps - BINGO - my line is die cut, ribbon & bling
Digital Tuesday  make it sparkle

Well gotta go as it's Parents Evening tonight and I better get there on time . . oh the joys of standing in queues for ages just for a lucky 5 minutes with each teacher!


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Half term is a distant memory

Well it's ICSketches time again and half term is becoming a distant memory already . . . back in school and it feels like we have not had a week off . . . how does that work? I still do not know how you can lose your holiday feeling so quickly?!?!?

We have another great sketch for you to try this week . . .


and I wanted to make something for Mother's Day which isn't too far away and use my Poundland buys which were less than a £1. Here's what I came up with using the sketch (rotate 180 degrees) as my inspiration:

Papers: HOTP and DCWV
Flower and glitter leaves: Pondland
Lace and ribbon from my stash
Rub-ons: Doodlebug
Heart punch
Scallop Egdeabilities
Heart acetate topper: HOTP

I have had this heart topper which is on acetate for absolutely ages and recently found it when tidying up my craft "stuff" the other day and knew I had to use it quickly for fear of losing it again!

I have layered on to a HOTP paper for added effect and used Doodlebug rub-ons to create my sentiment adding the "m . .u. . m" on to 3 punched hearts attached to the my card with 3D foam. A quick scalloped border covered with bias ribbon and lace.

Now that flower and leaves . . . well I was in Poundland to buy some cheap tennis balls for the dog and came across there Christmas sale section and they had these white poinsettia flowers and glittered leaf bunches so I grabbed a whole load for next to nothing! I then created a double bow with ribbon and lace to finish the flower off and to hide the fact that it is a poinsettia!

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Bloggers Network - Shabby Chic
Lollipop Crafts - anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - let's get sentimental
The Corrosive Challenge - add dimension
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - use a die or punch
Totally Papercrafts - ribbon and/or bows

Well off to walk the dog and put some washing out on the line as it is a beautiful day here . . hard to believe 2 weeks ago we had 15cm of snow!


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Oh no, just realised . .

. . . that I haven't blogged my ICSketches DT card . . . again. Not sure where my head is these days as I start out with a list of things "to do" and never seem to then use that list to complete all my tasks! I think my new obsession with MCS and getting that blogged didn't help and also making samples for Nikky at Polka Doodles . . .  who has a new CD to share with everyone on Sunday over at Create and Craft.

Here is this weeks sketch . .

and here is what I made using it as my inspiration . . .

 Papers: K & Co BW Flora & Fauna Mat Pad
Flower Diecuts: K&Co BW Flora & Fauna Die cuts and Vellum
Butterflies: K& Co BW Flora & Fauna Botanical Butterflies layered accents
Sentiment: K&Co Serendipity Stickers
Velvet Ribbon: K&Co Flora & Fauna Emphera pack
Lace: from my stash
Glossy Accents
Ultra fine glitter

I have followed the ICSketches sketch (!) for my card layering up all the elements. The butterflies and small flower have been covered with Glossy Accents and sprinkled with ultra fine glitter for added dimension whilst still wet. This was such a quick card to make; the longest part was choosing which elements to use as there are so many in each of the packs. Have to say that these are absolutely chocker with yummy goodies and will last anyone ages and ages!

I was a very lucky bunny and had all my goodies sent to me by Michelle from Mishelflo Creative Crafting as I am now proudly on her shop DT. Please do pop over to Michelle's shop as she has a great K & Co sale on at the moment and I grabbed myself loads of bargains . . . as you do when you see the word "SALE" !

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Diva's by Design - wings and things
Flutterby Wednesdays - anything with wings 
CES Challenges - lots of layers
Still trawling my way through all the insurance stuff but determined to get it all sorted ASAP!



Have been given My Craft Studio as a present and thought it would be brilliant to use this as part of this weeks challenge over on Fab'n'Funky Challenges - "Try something new" - as digital crafting is definitely new to me! I don't mean printing off digi images but creating digi scrapbook pages and decorative pages/toppers.

However blogger will not let me upload my finished project and I have tried for over 3 hours and can only assume that I have now saved my page incorrectly. Can anyone help as was so proud of myself as this is really "jumping" out of my comfort zone; normally I prefer to matt an layer my own elements in the "flesh" as it were, not create a total page by using the computer!

Pulling my hair out . . . .


Tuesday, 14 February 2012

A quick tutorial for half-term!

Well for all you lucky peeps who grabbed the 1st issue of the Polka Doodles "The Creative Chronicles" magazine, (part of the Pen and Paper Circle) a big well done and as one of Nikky's DT members, I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this issue and the projects the DT put together for you which the exclusive stamps set and papers. The 2nd issue is out very soon and you can find out all the details HERE.

One of my little extra projects was to make a bookmark which is just perfect for a quick and easy project for the half term to do with the children. I'm going to attempt to write the instructions here for you, so would love to know if you give it a go so I can visit and see your twist on the bookmark.

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 Quick bookmarks

This is a great project to do with the children and colours/design can easily be changed to suit their personalities. It is also a clever way to use up our precious scraps!

The super quick bookmark

All you need for this bookmark is an envelope; any size or shape will do! Beware though that the bigger the envelope the bigger the bookmark but using an A4 envelope produces a WOW result!

Cut away one corner and then cover it with your chosen paper or alternatively, colour/doodle. With the children at school, we have covered the envelope corner with old comics! This part is the bit that will slip over the corner of your page.

I have made a topper for my envelope bookmark (details below) and stuck the topper in place (as shown in photo).

A quick bookmark

1] Choose the paper you wish to work with and on the reverse draw out the bookmark template.

2] I began by cutting 7cm x 7cm square from scrap card (as my template) and then drew around it, on the reverse of my paper, 3 times to form a chunky L shape (as shown in the photo). Cut around the solid lines but not the areas scribbled out.

You will be left with shape shown here

3] Fold the top triangles inwards as shown in the photo and stick the top triangle down onto the lower triangle.

Now create a topper of your choosing. I have used elements from the stamp set included in "The Creativity Chronicles" but you could use anything to decorate your bookmark.

Next I cut out a scalloped square with a Marianne Designs die, matted onto pink and white card. I have then stamped 3 roses and coloured them with my promarkers/flexmarkers. The topper is then finished with a name plate and ribbon.

Stick the topper to your base ensuring that the corners of the topper align with the bookmark base. Your bookmark is now ready to be used.        


So now I am sitting here with my fingers crossed, as I hope you enjoyed my very quick tutorial and I do have a version of this saved on my computer which is a little more detailed, so if you want a copy, please email me. I have been struggling get this on blogger as he was mucking about, so apologies if this tutorial seems a little disjointed.

Have to go and sort out the insurance man now . . .  joys of joys . . . not!


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