Friday, 31 December 2010
Monday, 27 December 2010
The sentiment was from their Christmas range. I was too slow to get the rubber stamp versions and this is a digital version.
I used a fiskars edge punch on both sides of a strip of silver mirror board to create the two stripes.
The image is matted on a spellbinders die.
The snowflakes were from stash and the backing paper too.
I also used the sketch to make my Dad's card for my Mother.On this card I embossed the strips and used a Martha Stewart Corner Punch to add to the ends.
The image card was softened using a corner punch. This allowed it to fit inside a spellbinders die cut label.
The snowflakes were made from red pearlescent card with white pearlescent paper flakes stuck on slightly twisted.
I added a pearl gem to the centre of each.
The sentiment was a digital version of LOTV sentiments.
I added a heart charm with a red ribbon
Anyway I should be in work this morning but thought I would check out craft sales whilst the hubby is out!!! I came across 'Bev's' card on her site All the Things I Love. As always its gorgeous! Do you think she is the Delia or as The Vicar of Dibley calls her St Delia, of the card making world? Well I digress(again) and she used a sketch from Friday Sketchers to showcase a Sneak Peek of some soon to be released LOTV stamps. They are having a Blog hop with some great candy including LOTV vouchers and hanglar stamps!!
Check it out.
Friday Sketchers http://fridaysketchersblog.blogspot.com/
Pretty Pressings has some LOTV candy on hers. http://www.rosaswelt.blogspot.com/
Friday, 10 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
The backing papers are from the Penguins pack from Docrafts.
I matted the image on Spellbinders labels die cuts.
The ribbons were also from the Creativity collection. The brads from Docrafts website.
http://trulyscrumptiouschallenges.blogspot.com sketch and pink
I used teal coloured Doodlebug glitter card as the base mat.
The bp is from stash.
The sentiment is from 'Lakeland plastics' and I have had them for a few years!
I used papermania brads and set it out using a sketch from
http://2sisterschallenge.blogspot.com Sparkly Christmas
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
( Do you like the hand? Perhaps a career on Create & Craft lies ahead!!!!!!!)
The image is one of the Leanne Ellis images called Moon Beams from Sugar Nellie
Coloured using promarkers. and a Sakura 700 pen for sparkle.
The black die was the 'waste' or negative of a Nellie Snellen Circle die.
Snowflake embossed background was a recycled old card!
I added gold gems for effect.
I am entering it for the following:
http://acraftylittleplace.blogspot.com Anything goes
http://scrap-creations1.blogspot.com Anything goes
The first I made using the sketch and colour combo over at The Sugar Bowl
Its the first time I have used one of my Simply Sassy Stamps. The challenge was Black, white and another colour allow without a sketch outlay.
The matts are simply black, white and red card that I punched using on old Create and Craft punch( it was so blunt it nearly went backwards into my hand I was pressing that hard,)
Image Simply Sassy coloured using promarkers.
The sentiment was from LOTV perhaps shouldn't have mentioned that on a Sugar Nellie Challenge!!!!
I have also entered it for
http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.com birthday card
Image Lili of the Valley Die cut Cards
Backing paper form stash
Border - Martha Stewart Punch
White card embossed using the Papermania Snowflakes folder.
Challenges I am entering this for are:
http://scrappyfrogschallenge.blogspot.com Merry Christmas
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
The area is absolutely gorgeous and if it wasn't for the cost I would live there.
When i returned i had to make some cards quickly. On Monday it was my anniversary. I was married on my birthday. There was method in my madness as if he forgot either then there was a whole year to pay!!! Having reminded him I forgot to organise myself. In the end I made a card using digi images from The Cutting Cafe.
The challenge was the centre of the ring. It looked too sparse when a complete circle so I had to try to die cut a circle for the centre and another around the central sentiment. After three attempts I got it positioned probably. Using mu Nellie Snellen die to matt it on I chose blue and brown as masculine colours. So the flowers don't look too out of place. The strip across the middle was done using a punch along both sides of a strip of paper. I keep meaning to treat myself to a 'posh' punch like a Martha Stewart but can't justify the price at the moment as I can do things like this with my own little punch.
I have decided to enter it into the following challenges:
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/ One for the Boys
http://cardsformen.blogspot.com/ One for men or boys
http://papersundaes.blogspot.com/ For a boy or a man
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Started looking after a second school for two weeks whilst their head is off. Its like having two lives!!!!! In order to keep on top of things I have two bags , two files, two note pads etc. So I haven't had time to breathe. Then of all things my back went into a complete spasm last week and is only just relaxing!!! I have never had a bad back before and can't believe how debilitating it is. Will now sympathise with suffers!!!
Any way last night I sat and made a card as a means of theory!!!
I used a Pink Gem stamp and coloured it using promarkers. This time I tried my blender pen. Still need a lot of practise with that though.
Mind it reminded me of those pens you got years ago that sort of 'rubbed' (technical term there so concentrate) felt tip pen out. Many pro promarker users are now taking a sharp in take of breath!! Sorry don't mean to offend.
The web and spiders are OLS stickers that I mounted onto black card for effect.
The ribbon is from a papermania pack.
The 'Pumpkin Pie' stamp is from Pink Gem also. Stamped with Memento rich cocoa onto orange card.
The mats are cut using my new birthday present (early one) of spellbinders.
I attached the ribbon using Wackytac which is excellent to stick fabric with.
I am going to enter this for a number of fall/ autumn / Halloween challenges.
Mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com Ghosties & Ghouls etc
tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com Anything goes
letsinkitup.blogspot.com Halloween - no digi stamps
alyssundaychallenge.blogspot.com ASC27 Halloween
paperplaytime.blogspot.com pumpkins or spider webs
craftyourpassionchallenge.blogspot.com Orange/Purple & Black
crazy4challenges.blogspot.com Fall/ Autumn
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
I decided to make her a card and used a sketch from the Loretta Monday Challenge on Docrafts. Because of her carefree attitude and 'give- it- a -go personality I thought the Little Miss Attitude image from Sugar Nellie would be great.
Really into purple at the moment.
Image: Little Miss Attitude - Sugar Nellie
Image coloured with Promarkers
Backing paper from stash
Purple and pink Mulberry Flowers
Small adhesive gems.
Backing paper cut with Spellbinders Labels Seventeen
I decided to make one of my Book A Easel Cards using the ClipartFairy CD which I love. I am slowly getting to grips with the Open Office Programme and starting to change things using my own images etc.
I made the Silver Wedding Easel which was fine. The difficulty came when I went to decorate it. I had printed out the elements on linen card and pearlescent paper but hadn't put the couples names on. This left a large space on one side of the card. When I tried grey embellishments the card looked grey when i tried grey embellishments the card looked blue!!!!!
In the end I went for a grey/white bead heart and butterflies printed on acetate.
The brads i got on Sunday from Hobbycraft. I just loved them. the sparkle is glanour dust. its grogeous but gets everywhere!!
Image: Sugar Nellie- Sweet As Candy
Backing Paper: Dovecrafts.
Image cut using Spellbinders: Labels Fourteen
Middle strip cut using Fiskars Edge punch on both sides of the paper.
Flower: e. Embellishments coloured using Pink Carnation Promarker with a pink sticky gem.
Ticket: Freebie Digidownload - Lindsey's Stamps. Using Open Office I turned it cerise.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
I went to the cinema with our Swiss Exchange teacher this afternoon as we had arranged to go to Hawes and Aysgarth Falls today but the weather has been horrendous. Granted the falls would have been spectacular but we would have been drenched walking to them. So we went to see Eat Pray Love - with Julia Roberts. It was a long film - about 2+ hours mind it didn't feel like that when I was watching it. What was great about it was that fact she didn't look like a Hollywood star in it, in fact by Hollywood standards she could be said to look almost fat!!!!!!! She wasn't in the slightest but compared to some of these stars who you would mark absent if they turn sideways she looked like a real woman. There was a fantastic line in the film where she asks her friend- who is moaning about putting weight on- had she been naked in front of him (her boyfriend)and had he left - so what was her problem. She was going to eat the food and not count the calories because she was finished with the guilt trips. I could have kissed her!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway having not had time to make cards I went blog surfing and came across a Blog Hop at Whimsy Stamps and thought I would give it a go. Not sure what to expect as I have never done one before but hey I am up for anything. Also I like Whimsy Stamps.
Monday, 27 September 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Yesterday I took her off to York. Our last Swiss teacher was male and when he went to York He wanted to do the Minister, walls and Museums luckily Ursula just wanted to shop!!!! We did walk round the exterior of the Minister etc but there were sooooooooooo many tourists and it was cold yesterday.
I haven't been clothes or shoe shopping since about Christmas -spent all my money on rubber stamps!!!!!- and I hadn't realised what rubbish there is in the shops at the moment. needing an outfit for the Grand daughters christening not one thing jumped out and said 'Buy me'!! If I hadn't wanted anything or hadn't had any money I would have seen loads!! Sods Law really.
Anyway cards. My father despite his suspected heart attack made it to Westminster to the Pope's Mass. Its was by invitation so he asked for some Thank You cards for the Bishop and for the person who put his name forward. Now my LOTV images are gorgeous and there are a few that would make great thank you cards i didn't think they would be appropriate for this occasion. So I scanned the Internet for digi religious stamps and coupled with a prayer card made the following.
The paper was a beautiful digi-paper printed on to pearlescent paper. Using the spellbinders I cut out shapes to mount eh prayer card and verse on. The cross was printed out and added to give a little balance.
My second card was simply a verse from Psalms giving thanks.
I used eyelets and threaded a white ribbon through both tying a second piece on as a bow. Haven't quite got the hang of the bows lying flat yet!!!
The bp was another digi-paper that looks beautiful on pearlescent paper.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Next I came across a bag of last years Christmas cards. Excited to try my new Nellie Snellen Circley die out I picked a pure white card with a small silver image on it and tried it out. It was brilliant and for the price a great buy. I can see me getting a lot of use out of it. There are a number of challenges at the moment that are for clean and simple or monochromatic. So using the sketch from Cupcakecrafters challenge I made the following card.- Its the first one my husband has actually commented on without me standing in front of him asking if the card I have just made is Hand-made or Homemade.
I cut the largest circle spellbinder die I have out of black card that was an insert in a packet!!! This was mounted onto a white card . The white paper was from stash as is embossed with snowflakes but from this angle you can't really tell. The image went through the Nellie Snellen. I used a piece of black ribbon from stash. In the corners I put outline stickers that I had coloured black with promarkers as I don;t have any black.
As a result the card can be entered for a number of challenges.
cupcakecrafters - sketch
winter wonderland - monochromatic
craftycardmakers - clean and simple
Friday, 17 September 2010
What I hadn't realised was you could only do one entry. When this stamp first arrived from the picture on the front of the packet it had a rather evil/ sinister look about it however when it is stamped and coloured it is cute. it would make a lovely image for a christening card. It is named Guardian Angel.
I coloured the image using promarkers and then glittered the wings using Glamour Dust. For added sparkle I ran lines through her hair using a Sakura 700 Clear Star pen. I have no idea what made me add the sentiment Believe but I thought it apt at the time. No idea what I was on must have been away with the fairies!!!! Don't worry I'm not giving up my day job yet for a life in comedy!!!
the brads I bought last week at the Harrogate show.
Actually been really busy this week making cards etc but haven't had time or the light to get my cards posted. I thought I would multi-task today and get a card that hits three things. I signed up for the Christmas Swap on Docrafters but have not been Christmas orientated this week. As the month is fast running out I thought I had better get a grip.
I found a fantastic sketch to follow on Thesecretcraftsaturdaychallenge and married this with the faux/real stitching challenge on the Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge.
So here is the outcome.
As usual at the moment it has a LOTV image on it and I went for the green and red theme taken from the dress.
The poinsettias were punched from an old punch I had and added some holly leaves from the Docrafters stash.
The biggest challenge for me now is to make up a pack of all the bits I used and send them to my swap buddy and see what she does with the materials. We also send our card in a sealed envelope so they can compare when they have finished. I always find it fascinating what people do with the same materials.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
The image was stamped using memento ink and coloured using Promarkers.
Though you can't really see I did the background using the Straw yellow Aquamarker.
I double matted it first on silver card then gold.
To make the wings and the 'wish' to stand out I highlighted them with a Sakura 700 Clear star pen ( fast becoming a favourite of mine)
the three stars proved most challenging as i don't have a big star punch. So I punched 3 'star-like' shapes from the pearlescent card mounted them on gold mirri card that had been cut and embossed from the 'Blossom' spellbinders. They are attached using red star brads.
The sentiment seem apt. I stamped it with clear ink and embossed in gold. It was first matted on red card and then onto another 'blossom' die cut shape that had been cut and embossed in a cuttlebug.
I am really disappointed with the light as it is difficult to see the colours properly.
Happy at work, went out on duty sun was shining children were having a great time then dinner time arrived.
My Mother turned up at work, you know that can be a bad sign. From her face i could tell it was. My father had been rushed into hospital with a suspected heart attack. The hospital is about 18 miles away so I drove. Where he is they have been fantastic but it is a lot of sitting around imagining whilst they do the tests. So from arriving to leaving him was 7 hours. They are still not too sure and will be doing more tests at 10.00pm they think now that it may have been a serious Angina attack. During all of the wires and machines and testing and an irregular heartbeat that was all over the place he was worried they were going to keep him in for too long!!!!
So my mother has been asked to be dropped off at her house so she can phone people and try and get some rest. She is not too well and was absolutely shattered emotionally and physically but refused to have me stay over!!!!
The machines they hook them up to are amazing as well as mesmerizing. I also realised how old I am getting as the Dr only looked in his late 20's!!! Great staff though. They were patient ( what a pun) and explained everything thoroughly so you immediately feel better about leaving them there.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Floral Paper from Henbury - Do-crafts
Stamps from stash. i think they were on a magazine
Navy paper from stash.
I stamped the image with blue Whispers Archival ink
The images are raised slightly using Pinflair Glue as a 3d glue.