Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sew Sweet Vintage

Thanks to this weeks challenge at My Time To Craft Challenge I have managed to get my creative juices back on track.It is a great theme and we would like you to make a card with a Vintage feel. The theme allows for many interpretations for all sorts of occasions.My contribution will eventually travel several hundred miles to my sister in Italy for her birthday early next year (shh don't tell her).

Sewing was one of our favourite pass-times when we were still at home,infact we both went on to study Textiles/Dressmaking in further education. When the kids were little I made most of their clothes and it's only in relatively recent years that both of us haven't done much sewing.

I love the colours of these papers from Cosmo Cricket called Material Girl although I would not have said they were my favourite colours before I saw these papers. In real life they are vibrant and I think they suit the vintage feel of this card perfectly.Altogether I used 4 different designs from the paper stack and teamed them with cream,greens and a deep orange.

The sentiment label and cotton reel circle are also Cosmo Cricket,the Tailor's Dummy is from Clarity Stamps and I have added ribbon,buttons and lace from stash. The pins are also from stash but I coloured them with Promarkers to match the design.One last thing - I machine stitched the papers to the cream base card.

I hope to enter this card into the following Challenges:
1.Paper Cupcakes Magical Monday - Anything Goes
2.Papertake Weekly - Cut it out
3.Tip Top Tuesday - 12 Anything Goes
4.Ladybug Crafts - 5 Caz's Colour Wheel

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Cute Christmas Bunnies

Hello my friends I hope you didn't give up on me this week ! I have been looking at all your fabby creations but it has taken me until today to pull myself together and get some crafting done.It helped that I finally received a prize I won many weeks ago (Mr. Postie has been very naughty) and I have used one of the LOTV Cute Square which was the prize from the lovely Dawny in a Blog Hop.

Aren't these Bunnies just so adorable ? I have been wanting some LOTV images for a while so I was over the moon to win some.
I followed the Sketch from the LOTV Challenge this week and used my never-ending stack of the Daisy and Dandelion Christmas Collection - A Winter's Tale. I die-cut the papers and mirri card with a Nestie, punched a Martha Steward Snowflake Border and added some glittered K and Company Snowflakes. To finish I added a silver sentiment circle.
I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges :
1.LOTV Challenge Blog 75 - Bev's Sketch
2.Allsorts Challenge 80 - Monochrome
3.2 Sisters Challenge 15 - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
4.Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club Challenge 45 - Use a Die Cut

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Tag Along

Apologies for not being around since last week and I'm afraid it might be like this for awhile as appointments and family commitments have caught up with me.I hope you won't abandon me as I will be here but maybe not able to share my crafting as much as I would like. However,today is Tuesday and I wouldn't miss  Challenge 116 at My Time To Craft and I hope you won't either. This week the theme is Tag Along (add a tag to your card).
I think you know how much I loved the Martha Stewart Gingerbread Stamps I used before so no surprise then to see that I have used them again.

This time I have used them individually on A6 size Kraft Cards but the techniques and materials are very similar.I used the Distressing Ink and Gingham again but this time used Stickles for the eyes and buttons and I felt the reversible red and green ribbon was ideal to compliment the colour scheme.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Window Fun

Another week has passed and here we are with another super challenge at My Time to Craft Challenge today. The theme this week is entitled Window Fun. The DT have made some fabulous samples to inspire you and it would be great if you had a look and joined us this week with your wonderful offerings.

I chose to do a layered design with a scene showing a room which is set for Christmas.The tree is ready with it's tinsel and shiny red star and the wall is decorated with a Christmas picture.

I designed and cut out the window on my Silhouette and assemble the scene using papers from stash to represent  wallpaper and a carpet. The tree was taken from KW Colourful Christmas Cd and double layered using foam pads for depth.I decorated the tree with Stickles for the tinsel and added some star gems for extra sparkle.The red star was highlighted with Glossy Accents to make it shine.

I  order to make the window more realistic and to give it a little more strength,I added acetate to the back of the frame before it was adhered to the front of the card. Finally to finish,I added a little Flower Soft Polar White to represent snow on the window frame.
I hope to enter this into the following challenges:
1.2 Sisters Challenge 13 - Christmas
2.Craft Your Days Away Challenge 8 - Christmas Trees
3.Totally Gorjuss Challenge 56 - Traditional Christmas Colours

Monday, 15 November 2010

A Heathy Option

Healthy eating and the obesity 'bombshell' especially regarding kids is such a worry, so I hope this more healthy option of a favourite fast-food meal will be just the thing for one of my Grandson's this month.

I have made this design before and it comes from Polka Doodles Not for the Girls Cd again.The Burger and Fries have been cut out and layered with foam pads for dimension and the printed blue paper folded to make the carton or pocket for the Fries.The tickets and sentiment strip are both on the Cd .

See what happens when you get a 'lift' - you start making cards again !!!! (see previous post!)

I needed a 'lift' today and I got one tonight

Hope you don't mind me posting this but I have been struggling to produce anything crafty for days and 5 minutes ago I checked one of the challenges I had entered to see if winners had been announced. I actually let out a scream when I saw my name in the Top 3 !! I am excited,thrilled and very happy and I feel 'lifted'.

Thank-You 2 Sisters for liking this card :-

It may be because I am fairly new to this and I don't know about other crafters but I really do love people looking at my work and liking it. I enter challenges to share my work,not necessarily to win (although that is great) but most importantly for me are the lovely comments I get - that's the real buzz for me. Comments are the nourishment I need to feed my creativity  xox

Saturday, 13 November 2010

A surprise win

Isn't it great to get a nice surprise ? Well I got a message today from Trish to say my handbag card had been selected at Simple Doodles for a Top 3 win and it was just the 'lift' I needed today.Its very exciting to know that people like some of my work and it gives me much needed encouragement to stay on this particular journey.
This is the card in question -
Thank-You Simple Doodles and thank-you everyone for looking xox

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Rapsody of Roses

Didn't I tell you I would be back with this design idea ? I might as well apologise now because I just can't get enough of this design and I know I will use it again. Do you forgive me ? Do you mind ?
This time I have made a bright and summery version as a very special card for a special friend who is celebrating her birthday this month.It is also my DT card today for My Time to Craft Challenge this week.

The fantastic flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the papers are K and Company Madeline.
As the papers are quite 'busy' I wanted a contrast to break-up the detail, so I chose quite a bright green Bazzill card stock as the base. To be honest I am not sure if it isn't too bright but at least it is cheerful.
The Roses are definitely the best bit of this card and if you haven't got your hands on some yet I would head over to have a look at them here - I'm sure you will love them too.

As for the rest of the design I used :-
Scraps from my box for the leaves,
2 Xcut Botanical Punches,
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch,
Spellbinders Fancy Labels,
Sentiments from Craftwork Cards,
Ribbon and pearl-head pins from stash.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
1.2 Sisters Challenge Blog 12 - Birthday
2.Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge  6 - A sketch or One for the Girls 

Monday, 8 November 2010

Wishing You a Sweet Holiday

At last I have had the inspiration to use the Martha Stewart Gingerbread Men stamps I purchased at least a year ago and although the photo doesn't do the colours justice, I am inclined to think that I have found THE Christmas card design I will reproduce to send to a lot of my friends. I looove them !!

I have based my design on a sketch at Waltzing Mouse but I also hope to enter other challenges too.

I don't do a lot of stamping mainly because I am still learning and I don't always get the results I want as you can probably tell with this effort and it puts me 'off '. Other reason's are my lack of stamps and inks - crucial you will know for this technique lol x However, I am hoping the subject justifies using far from perfect images - since when where gingerbread men expected to be perfect !
Now for the details.I have used Kraft Card for the card base,the mat and the tags. I distressed/inked the edges with Rangers Distress Ink (Brushed corduroy) and stamped with Archival Ink (Coffee). I cut,frayed and machine stitched red and white cotton Gingham to the base with red embroidery thread. To complete the design I added RED stitched ribbon and RED and GREEN bead gems to the tags - contrary to the colours in the photos!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :
1.Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge - 22
2.Totally Papercrafts Challenge  41 - Tag it ..
3.Delightful Challenges - Stitching
4.Charisma Cardz Challenge 44 - With love @ Christmas
5.Dutch Care Card Challenge - 90 - Clean and Simple

Friday, 5 November 2010

It's Windy Today !

Actually it is windy today but although it is overcast and dull,the rain hasn't arrived - yet !!!
Today I would like to share with you a little project I attempted this week- a large card with a little extra !!

The card is 8"x 8" and I have used all papers and card from stash, as used in other recent designs.The fabulous image is from Polka Doodles Paper Boutique Vol.II (again) but this time the 'extra' is inside.
I added 2 page pockets that hold notepapers and envelopes which are designed to be used to say Thank-You for Christmas gifts.I used a stationery set design from Cute Companions Christmas Collection CD.
Typically after I had taken the photos I realised that the inner pages were a little plain and although I have now added stamped snowflake images and a greeting, I am sorry that I haven't been able to retake photos.Forgive me x
I would like to enter this into the following :
1.Dottie's World Challenge - Anything Goes - A Christmas Project
2.TipTop Tuesday Tip 8 - Christmas Inspired Challenge
3.Pollycraft Monday Challenge 68 -"It's Chill Time"
4.Patties Creations Design Challenge 3 - A Christmas Card or Creation
5. Bah! Humbug Challenge 43 - Fancy Folds

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Even more Candy to be won and a new Blog to follow

In my travels for MTTCC I visited Dorcas Designs Blog and I liked her work so much I became a follower. She is offering some great candy to celebrate getting 100 followers :
For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave her 3 interesting things about yourself and you don't even have to become a follower. Why not go and see what I said  and leave your own comment ? Let me know if you win mind !!

More Candy to be Won

There is some fabby delicious Candy to be won HERE and you have until next Monday to enter so be quick!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Happy Birthday Brother

You have probably worked out by now that I am a big fan of  Polka Doodles - Nicky Hall's fabulous designs. In this latest card I have used her Not for the Girls - definitely for the Men CD.
I made this card for one of my brothers as it is his birthday this month.I'm not saying he is as old as the cars on this poster but I think as a car lover,he will appreciate their classic style and design.
All of the papers and images were taken from the CD and all I added was the cream base card,gold mirri card,a bit of ribbon and 2 fancy tool brads.I used the 'poster' of the cars as the main focal point of the card and arranged it so that it could be removed from behind the ribbon to be viewed properly.
The sentiment and image on the back are from the CD too.
I hope to enter this into the following challenges:
1.Cards for Men Challenge 22 - Anything Goes (as long as it's male)
2.Papertake weekly Challenge - Penny for the Guy
3.Paper Sundaes Challenge 42 - For the Boys

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A Win

Forgive me for being excited by another win but I found out this morning that I was Challenge 65 Winner at OLLCB and I am very happy that people thought my work was good enough. It was with this card :

AND while I am here I want to add a BIG THANK-YOU  to my lovely followers and I am sorry I haven't posted much this week but I am suffering with the dreaded C O L D !!! I'm still managing to do a little crafting but rather slowly however "I'll be back asap" xox

Quick and Cute

It is Tuesday again and time for another challenge over at My Time To Craft. This week the theme is Quick and Cute. It is a perfect theme after the stress of half-term holidays and Halloween. Why not relax and enjoy making something quick and easy and instead of nasty ghosties and creepy things you can indulge in cuteness and sweetness ? Ah !

This card was definitely quick and easy to make and the mouse image is so cute. Not only that but the total cost was minimal because I used the My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary papers that came FREE in a Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine which I bought back in August and had never used.They are lovely summer colours and a nice change at this time of year.Even the sentiment was included in the paper stack.
The layers are raised using foam pads to give dimension,the image was coloured with Promarkers and I couldn't resist the final cuteness - two tiny pink flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Pop over to MTTCC this week and show us your quick and cute creations as I would love to see your fabby creations xox