Monday, 28 February 2011

What's at the bottom of your garden ?

I'd like to think that we had a fairy or two at the bottom of our garden but we actually have a compost bin and lots of weeds ! Never mind, it's unlikely but I can dream.

This is Gracie,one of the Fairy Flutterfly's from Polka Doodles. I stamped her on to watercolour paper and coloured her with watercolour paints. She is mounted onto glitter card and finished with Glamour Dust.I tried to keep the colours delicate but as usual it all looks different on the computer.

The papers are Sweet Blooms from ColorBok. I embellished the design with 2 ribbons,3 punched butterflies, and I added a butterfly charm. The sentiment is from Craftwork cards.
I would like to enter the following challenges with this card :
1. Cute Card Thursday Challenge 55 - A sketch
2. Crafty Creations 107 - At the bottom of my garden lives ..
3.The Creative Cottage 33 - Fabulous Florals
4.The Pixie Cottage 58 - Sketch or Something Cute
5.Polka Doodles Week 8 - Stashbox Stamps and Extras
6.CES Challenge 25 - Flowers and Flutterbys
7.Paper Sundae 58 - How Charming
8.Creative Inspirations 100 - Stripes

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Do you wear a hat ?

I have the grand total of 3 hats. Big brimmed creations that I bought for Weddings but I have never really got used to wearing a hat and although I was happy to 'get dressed up' it is not something that I get the chance to do very often. Anyway I digress. Today the theme at My Time To Craft Challenge is (you have guessed it)  Hats !

I found the image of these gorgeous ladies at Clearly Vintage where Cora posts Copyright Free Images that you can use. She also has a range of vintage stamps that you can purchase. The image has been matted on to a die cut made using a Nestie.

I have used another Laura Ashley paper in a flocked Damask design in  dark grey and salmon.The base card is Bazzill, chosen to coordinate with the DP. I based the design on a Sketch at  Basic Grey Challenge . The other papers are Cosmo Cricket Material Girls and plain Velum.

The finishing touches are lace from Prima ,velvet ric rac from CandC,sentiment from Craftwork Cards and finally a metal charm in the shape of a hand mirror and 3 gems from my stash.

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges :
1.Basic Grey Challenge 38 -  A Sketch
 Silly ME !! I cant enter BG Challenge even though I used their sketch. I didn't include any of their stuff : (
 Have deleted my entry from their blog. boo hoo !!!
2.Crazy4Challenges 75 - Use Dies ...
3.Incy Wincy Designs 81 - Use punches or Dies
4.A Spoon Full of Sugar 140 - Birthday Wishes

Monday, 21 February 2011

Sweet Blog Award Update

Yesterday I wrote that the very lovely and sweet Dorcas sent me a Sweet Award and that I was chuffed that she had even thought of me and I said I would be back with more sweetness. Well in order to accept the award properly I have to tell you 3 sweet things about me and pass on the award to 3 other sweet people.

I found this very hard to do, hence the delay.First I couldn't think of anything 'sweet' about me so I went to the next best thing - my family.
Number one - My husband. He really is the kindest,most caring and loving man you could ever meet. I know because we have been married for yonk-odd years and he must be the 'sweetest' to put up with me. lol
Number two - My children - Three of the sweetest human beings you will ever find. Kind,caring and loving.
Number three - My Grandchildren - Eight of them (yes I said 8 !!) All sweet,kind and loving. Just one example of their sweetness was when I was ill recently and two of the youngest ones showered me with love by making me drawings.

Okay,now on to the even harder bit !! Who ?
I would like to pass this on to :
Chrissie - who is always kind and helpful and keeps me right : )
Debbie - who is generous and sweet and cheers me up : )
Laney - who is a sweet lady who visits me often : )
I hope they will accept this award and maybe pass it on to 3 other people. Ideally I would have liked to pass this on to you all xox

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Sweet Award

I got a Sweet Award yesterday from a sweet lady and I just had to show it to you because I am sooooooooooo chuffed !!
Thank-you Dorcas but I should be giving this to you. You are kind,helpful and loyal and I will add, fun. Hugs x

I will be back to tell you a couple of sweet things and pass on this award to 3 more sweet people.
Ta ta for now x

Saturday, 19 February 2011

A Special Friend

I am still learning how to colour in with various mediums and I alternate between my few pens and few pencils but I very rarely feel I have done a good job. I actually find it very difficult. However,when I received my prize from Sketching Stamper I knew I would have to try harder to achieve a modicum of success. This is the result with the Sketching Stamper image called "On the phone".
You are probably thinking "That is very brown !" Well obviously it is and I think I have over done it a bit but I wanted to follow a few challenges. One specified Chocolate as the colour and the other Monochrome so that is why this design came about as it has.
As you can see I made an easel card mainly because I haven't made one for a while but I also thought that the image, which is quite big, needed a design that would allow room for embellishments. The papers are from Polka Doodles Cd Sundae of Seasons and the sentiments from my stash.
The close-up shows my colouring (don't look too close please) done this time with Copics. I paper pieced the dress and her hair band and added one of my hand made flowers to her shoulder which I thought was quite fashionable (Is it ?). I added 3 flowers that I punched with a Martha Stewart flower punch from the scraps of papers that were left over.
I am daring to enter this card into the following Challenges :
1.Polka Doodles week 7 - Chocolate
2.Stampin for the Weekend Challenge 4 - Monochrome ..
3.Totally Paper Crafts 54 - Do it with Digi's
4.Creative Card Crew - Friendship
5.Rainbow Lady's 140 - Use something from a CD
6.Phindy's Place 43 - Monochrome

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Spots and Shiny Beads

Just a little project to share tonight - can you guess what it is ?

Another view

Did you guess straight away what it was ?

I hope you guessed it was a cute,little bag because I made another of the little purses I am so fond .They are ideal for little gifts for little and not so little girls. For embellishment,I used 2 contrasting Prima flowers and added seed beads to the centre and used coordinating beads to construct the handle. I love ribbon for handles but I really like the look of this bead handle - I think it makes it more special.
I would like to enter this project into the following Challenges :
1.CRAFT Challenge 90 - Not a card
2.DYSU Challenge 7 - Dots
3.A Spoon Full of Sugar 139 - Anything but ....
4.Ladybug Craft Ink TLT 15 - Anything but a card
5.Moving Along with the Times Challenge 86 -  Anything for a Little Girl but not a card

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Going Around in Circles

How did Wendy, at My Time To Craft Challenge, know that the theme Going Around in Circles exactly matches how I feel this week ? Strange ? Odd ? Not really, as I expect that most of us will feel like this a lot of the time. Especially when we are trying to juggle family,home,work and our obsession with crafting lol . Anyway,I got there in the end and here is my DT card for the challenge this week :

It is a simple design and one which I have been wanting to try out for a long time.First,I want to say again that on my computer the colours are not quite true. In real life the colours are much more subtle - not dark brown but more of a taupe with creams.
The DP is Laura Ashley again and because it is highly decorative I allowed it to dominate the background. The gold and white circles and the sentiment are from Craft Work Cards and I used foam pads to adhere them to the background in order to give the dimension this design needs to make it more effective.I have been saving them for this type of design and now I have done it, I want to do more. Finally,to complete the design I added a few gems to the circles.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Over the Moon !

Today I was thrilled and honoured  to see my name on 3 (yes 3!!) different Challenges as a winner ! How lucky am I ? But I can tell you it has lifted my spirits and given me much needed encouragement to keep going.

This card was chosen at the CRAFT Challenge as 1st of the Top 3 and also one of the Top 3 at The Pixie Cottage Challenge. I really am honoured as there is nothing better than a fellow crafter liking your work.

With this card I was the Random Winner at Allsorts Challenge Blog and that was pure luck as I was number 266 and they had a massive 465 entries - wow !

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Hearts and Flowers

I have achieved 2 goals for today's post. First I have completed my card for the challenge this week at My Time to Craft Challenge which is Hearts and Flowers and secondly I personalised this Valentines Day card for my darling Hubby.

It is very feminine with the pale pinks and greens but I don't think he will see it as too fluffy and sentimental. He might not admit it but he likes a bit of fluffiness now and then - in moderation you understand as he is British and all that stereotypical thingy-mejig stuff  lol

Okay the recipe : I did well again this week because I purchased another craft magazine and to be honest only because it had what looked like a super free gift. It was. A super,free stack of Pink Perfection, Vintage Rose papers - gorgeous !! I used 2 of the papers which matched perfectly with the die-cut hearts from Carol Wilson that I have had stored away for a special project I hope to make one of these days. To complete the design I added  the gorgeous, sparkly letters and the silver ribbon bows. The final touch was the sentiment from Kay and Company which I had also in my stash.
Will he like it ?
I would like to enter this card in to the following challenges :
1.Allsorts Week 89 - It must be love,love,love
2.Crazy 4 Challenges  73 - Valentines Day
3.Secret Crafter Saturday 120 - Valentines
4.Polka Doodles Week 5 - With Hearts
5.Raise The Bar Challenge 52 - Hearts
6.Crafty Calendar Challenge 17 - Love

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Thinking of You

The shops are awash with Valentines Day stuff and you can't go anywhere or do anything without bumping into a red heart or two  !! I'm not against it - infact I love a show of love and affection however not everyone,for whatever reason,can join in with this fun. I'm not going any deeper with this but it's there and with this in mind I came up with this little offering.
Actually,the design of this card lends itself very well to many occasions. It just so happens that I decided on Thinking of You because the little bird seems so alone in his little cage but it could have been Missing You or even Welcome Home. Change the colours to red/pink and it could be that special Valentines Day card.
For this card and this occasion I have gone with  muted colours again. The papers are Laura Ashley, the cage,bird and foliage are from  Marianne Design dies and I pulled everything together with cream ribbon, buttons and flowers.I hand-made the central flower from  cream Moondust paper - my first attempt !!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :
1.Delightful Challenge - Come Fly with Me
2.The Pixie Cottage Challenge 55 - Sketch or Buttons
3.Dutch Dare Card Challenge 98 - Buttons,Buttons.Whose got the Buttons
4.CRAFT Challenge 88 - In the Roll of a Die
5.Sarah Hurley Challenge 28 - Die Cuts
6.Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes plus flowers

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Look what I got in the post today !!

Aren't I the lucky one ?
A fabulous card, lovingly and skilfully hand-made by Dorcas and sent to little old me as part of the Pay It Forward game (see my side bar) and it certainly made me smile all over my face !!

The image is such fun and your colouring is perfect. I love the colour scheme ,the way you mat and layer your design and the machining - how do you get your stitching so straight ? (Note to self -  practise every-day !!)

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

My First Blog Candy Winner

My First Blog Candy!
My First Blog Candy Winner!
I offered my Followers a Polka Doodles Cd rom called Love and Cherish .
All you had to do to win was be a Follower and follow the few rules.
The odds of winning were good as only 5 followers left a comment.

I was very happy to put all 5 names into the 'hat' and with the help of our super cute, youngest Grandson Joshua 

he picked a winner ...........drum roll ...............          

The WINNER IS PAT !!!!!  
Please email me your address and I will get this super Cd to you very,very soon xxx
As a thank you to all 5 who entered I will also send  Laney,Lindsey,Chrysalis and Anne either a card that I have made or a little bit of Candy if they too send me an email with their address.
Thank-you folks and I hope to hear from you soon xox

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

I'm in such a Flourish !!

Doesn't time fly when you are enjoying yourself ? I have been very busy this week and before I realised where I was it was Tuesday again ( funny how the days come around every seven days isn't it ?).

The theme at My Time to Craft Challenge this week is Flourishes and actually I love a good flourish so I was more than happy to get cracking on a suitable design - infact on two designs !

I chose the DP first,it's an Anna Griffin design that I bought a few years ago but I don't know the name of it and just in case your screen shows different ,the colour is green. I teamed the DP with a coordinating Bazzill cardstock from my stash and the base card is a square, scalloped card from Craft UK.

I had recently purchased a Marianne Design die which included these fabulous flourishes so I was able to incorporate these into my design. Frankly,I hesitated incase two were too much but I threw caution to the wind and 'blinged it up' with the two silver flourishes.(It's meant to be a special card for a special occasion anyway).
Finally,the image I decided to use jumped out at me from my little stash of stamps - the Papermania Signature Chatsworth Vintage Collection. I went everywhere to get these stamps (last year ?) but hadn't actually got around to using them until now! I absolutely love them - the bird cage,the chandelier,the chair,etc. x I love them that much I went on to make more cards in a similar design with similar papers but I will keep them for another time.
As you can see from the images,I machine stitched one of the layers and added a sentiment taken from the same collection. The final touch is the addition of a little more bling in the way of two sparkling gems. Finito !! I hope you like them xx
PS.I'm going to keep you in suspense about the winner of my Blog Candy - I will now announce it tomorrow xxx 
I would like to enter the following challenge :
1.Paper players Challenge 32 - Anything Goes
2.Gingerloft Challenge 10 - Things that fly ( Birds in the cage)
3.Kaboodle Doodles Challenge 52 - Make it Monochromatic !