Tuesday, 31 August 2010
What a day! It was back to work today after the summer and it was such hard work. I have really enjoyed the break this year after a manic year last year. This summer I have managed to spend time with family and get to know Paul's family even more I know his mother drove me spare last week but at 83 I suppose she is entitled to. I have come to the conclusion that at that age you know what you like and you like what you know and pasta isn't necessarily one of those things as its too bland!!! That's with a mascarpone cheese and tomato sauce but hey I'm no Nigella (except in chest size and the fact we both own a kitchen!)
So this evening I have frantically being making a card for the
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Let's get Digital
Sketch & Stash Challenge
My stash well was most of it.
The digi stamp is called Hollie, that was a freebie.
Coloured it with promarkers.
Paper was a digi- paper from Clipartfairy CD - called Totally Christmas CD
The tag was from a Craft Clear -out buy I made last year and never really known what to do with.
The snowflake stickers were from A Hobbycraft sale at Christmas.
I embossed some old card to put behind the image, and cut it out with spellbinders.
Monday, 30 August 2010
Whilst surfing blogs i came across the most beautiful card and contacted the maker. She put me on to the Clipartfairy website. Here you can buy some excellent Cd's. So I purchased the Book a Easel Card CD and have had a go today. The CD arrived a few weeks ago but I didn't have any linen card or pearlescent paper so have had to wait to do it.
Its different from the original as I didn't have the flowers etc and had to improvise but actually even if I say so myself I am quite pleased that it has turned out so well. In fact I am going to enter it in The Pink Elephant Challenge of 'White' for this week!
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
I bought a craft room clearout from ebay and it had some Little Claire Design Kits is it. I made them up as they come with most of the stuff. I added some glitter using a Sakura 700pen.
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Had some time yesterday afternoon and decided to make a card for some of the challenges that are around. Being the summer holidays and the weather not being great it has given me a chance to have a go at some blog cards.
I have just purchased some Pink Gem stamps and decided to use one of the images to make a card for both their new challenge and one on http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/. It must have been late or I was being true to my name - Dizzy Blonde but I sat for hours trying to get a diamond around the design and still get it to fit on the card. I have just checked on some of the design team cards all I can say is what a bozo! People just stuck the image -cutout- on top of a piece of diamond shaped card. Do you know they allow me to teach as well!!!!!!!!!!
The one on Christmascardchallenges asked to you used a border punch. Well I don't have one so had to improvise and make my own using a punch I had. Anyway the end product looks like this:
It gave me chance to use my promarkers again and also an embossing folder with the cuttlebug. In fact I got so involved in making it I forgot the time and we were going out for a meal for my husbands birthday, with tow other couples. The three men all have their birthdays within a week of each other. So being harassed at the lack of time I then hit the 'I have nothing that fits me any more situation.' Bless him my husband then replies well we''ll just buy some new clothes. You know when you are in that spiral - or maybe its just me- the reply he received was ' I am not buy clothes that are a bigger size etc etc!!!' In all honesty he was in a no-win situation.
I resorted to a huge blouse and a big cardy and off we went the situation got worse as one of the Ladies , who you would mark absent if she turned sidewards then proceeded to say she wasn't having a starter as she needed to lose weight!!!! In the end we had a great evening. the best duck starter I have had for ages. Justified it to myself in that duck fat is the kindest kind of fat you could eat!!
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Using my promarkers I drew a road down the centre of the card. What I didn't realise was that the promarkers soak through the card hence I had to back the inside of the card!!!
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Saturday, 7 August 2010
We have a magnificent bedroom with a window seat through the trees you can see the mountains. During the night you could hear what I think were night-hawks. Bliss. Just wish I had bought some crafting to do if the weather does turn completely inclement.
Whilst reading blogs I follow this morning came across this one offering promarkers as a blog candy. What a fantastic and generous candy. Check it out at
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Our SAT-NAV sent us west across the A66 into Penrith before going north round Glasgow. Having missed breakfast we stopped in Penrith. Here I happened upon Penrith Crafts in St Andrew's Yard. What fantastic shop the staff were great - so helpful and friendly. Sandra was brilliant. She showed me how to use my Cuttlebug using Tan Mats and even gave me the card she had cut out and embossed.
If you get the chance drop in and talk to her. I ended up buying a Sakura 700 pen from her after she showed me how to add sparkle to images without glitter. Even my husband was impressed with her service.
blog is www.penrithcrafts.blogspot.com
We came up with the idea of travelling the country finding great Craft shops with excellent Real Ale pubs nearby. Making it easier for women to spend time - lots of time & money!!!- in a craft shop without the guilt factor, comfortable in the knowledge her other half is being babysat close by!!! Do you think it will take off?
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
Made these two cards a few months a go and found them when looking for my pens. Was supposed to be tidying my office but have found other things to do!!! If I only put as much effort into doing things as I do into not doing them I would be a top something!!!!
I love this card even if i say so myself. I tried pink ink with pearlescent white powder and then used a metallic pink gel pen to colour inside the stamped image.. then i cut round it and matted onto cream card and cut the same outline. Down the side of the card I added holographic peel offs and a sentiment.
With this card I used a water brush and whisper pens. For the middle matted piece I used a make-up sponge and distressed ink. First attempt at both techniques.