Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Mum's the Word

Here is my DT card for the My Time to Craft Challenge which today is entitled Mum's the Word (or in my case Mam's the word ).The design is taken from the super Polka Doodles Paper Boutique I Cd which is probably my favourite PD Cd to-date.

The card is an A4 size and about 10.5" high.The flowers are formed and layered to give dimension. I added double layered MS punched butterflies which I glazed with Glossy Accents and added  letters die cut from TH's Vintage Market ( I might change the Mam to Mum for D in L to send to her Mum if she wants it).

It is embellished front and back.The Tags can be positioned where preferred or left off altogether.

The inside is decorated with a large matching flower.
I do hope you pop along to MTTCC and join in the challenge this week as it will be great to have your support and see your creations x

A Personal Message
A BIG Thank-You to everyone who has sent their best wishes and kind words for me and my husband. It is wonderful to know that there are such good people in this mad world. Your prayers must be working because he is remarkable well considering everything. The staff at the James Cook Hospital are looking after him really well and hopefully he will get his operation in the next week or two and then be on his way to a full recovery.Love to you all xxx

Sunday, 27 March 2011

An Update

My darling husband has been very lucky to have survived a heart attack last Wednesday as now we know his heart has been in a poor condition for quite a while. The result is that he is in hospital waiting for Bypass surgery.He is being very positive and looks remarkably well considering. I on the other hand am worried sick and not surprisingly my moods are up and down.
I want to thank the wonderful people who have sent me best wishes,love and prayers for hubby's full recovery.Thank-you so much xxx
I hope to be back on Tuesday with my DT card for MTTCC which thankfully I made last week-end x

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Excuse Me

This is just a short note to ask you to excuse me for a short time while I deal with a medical emergency to my darling husband.If you are able, a prayer would be most welcome. Love and hugs to you all xxx

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Ladies Day

My DT card this week for My Time to Craft Challenge is vintage style and the theme is entitled Ladies Day.

The first thing that came to my mind was The Races - Cheltenham and Ascot. Ladies dressed in hats and all dolled up to the nines.Well I haven't included horses but I really liked this scene of Ladies (and Nanny with the children of course ) strolling in the Park in their best gowns and the Pooch groomed and prettied for his stroll too.

Not a brilliant photograph but there is no doubt that my design is monochromatic. I have used white,black and silver.The base card is a white 8"x 8" square card and I have used black Bazzill card for the matting.

I made the Butterfly background paper by stamping and heat embossing in Silver. I can't remember where I got the stamp and I have never used it before but I thought it stamped very well. The white scalloped mat was cut on my Silhouette.The black and white stripe paper is from Papermania Monochromatic Collection as was the Butterfly and flowers. The silver ribbon was from my stash. The image is a Freebie from Clearly Vintage and I added Glamour Dust to the bodice of her dress and a little to her face veil. I made the frame with a Spellbinders Frameabilities in a silver pearlescent card from stash and finally I added a Mother's Day sentiment.

I would love to enter this card into the following challenges :
1.Crafty Creations 110 - Mother's Day
2.Charisma Cardz 11 - To 'Die' for
3.Digi Doodles 51 - Anything Goes
4.Crafty Catz 74 - Mother's Day
5.Stampin' for the weekend 6 - For Mum/Mother's Day
6.CES 28- Inspired by a Song  (Hello Dolly)
7.Ladybug Crafts Ink 20 - Monochromatic
8.Craft Your Days Away 16 - For Mum
9.Cup Cake 134 - Monochromatic
10.Incy Wincy Designs 86 - Embossing
11.Paper Cupcakes - Vintage
12The Shabby Tea Room 54 - Bingo (Die Cut,Embossing,Ribbon)

Monday, 21 March 2011

I'm a Bad Blogger

I know I'm a Bad Blogger  because I don't post more than once or twice a week but if I haven't made anything then I can't show you anything and then I get down because I think I am neglecting you (and I don't want to do that !). I don't particularly want to get into the habit of rambling on about my life. Firstly, because this blog is about crafty stuff and secondly,I lead a very dull life so I wouldn't want to bore you to death  (are you still reading this or have you switched off !  lol )
The other reason I am a bad Blogger is because I haven't always passed on Awards that I have received. There are a few reasons : can I cover the conditions ? ; who do I pass them on to ? ; will they want them and acknowledge them ?
What's all this leading up to ?? Well the lovely Pat (My work in Progress) has today passed on this Award to me and I want to be a good Blogger and this time pass it on as per the conditions.

First THANK-YOU Pat for thinking of me. Now I have to tell you 7 things about me ( Are you sitting comfortably ? Don't worry I'll be quick )
1. My parents were Italian
2. I was born in England
3. I lived above Dad's Ice Cream / Sweet /Coffee shop
4. I love Ice Cream
5. I love Espresso Coffee
6. I love my gorgeous husband and family
7. I love my blog friends
Now I will try to pass on this Award to 15 blog friends.  It is a pity I couldn't pass it on to all of my lovely 40 followers so my strategy this time is to go for the last 15 who joined me on my Journey UNLESS they already have the award (as far as I can tell). OK ? Please remember to acknowledge receipt of the Award PLEASE.
1. Alison -  Ali's Thoughts
2. Jacki - Cards by Jacki
3. Pat - Pip's Pastimes
4. Debbie - Debbie's Craft Time
5. Lisa -sorry I don't have a link for Lisa
6. Sarah - Lazy Daisy
7. Ann - sorry I don't have a link for Ann
8. Nicoletta - I love Scrapbooking
9. Donna - Morning Glory Craft Cottage
10.Laurie - Designer Diva
11.Sue - Scoopy's Stuff
12.Shirley - Nannieflash
13.Lisa Jane - Mess 2 Magic
14.Yenni Natalia - Scrapcollector
15.Giovanna - Le Piccole cose di Gio

Now then - that took me nearly two hours to compose so now you know another reason why I'm a Bad Blogger - I'm too slow but I hope the above lovelies accept the award,knowledge it please and pass it on. Fingers crossed XXXX

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Hand -Made Spiral Flowers

A while back I tried my hand at making my own paper flowers and after a search on the internet I decided to make some based on a spiral design. Most of you will have seen them and probably you have made some yourself. However,the other day a visitor to my blog ( that's you Donna ) asked how I had made the flowers I had added to my cards. Well here is my small attempt at a tutorial :
The Recipe.
1.Circles of paper of any size you wish ( I used my 1.5 inch and 2.5 inch punches )
3.Wet Glue

4.Cut into the circle to form a spiral
5.Starting at the outer point add a little glue and begin to roll up the spiral
6.Continue rolling and adding glue to the bottom edges of the spiral.Manipulate the tightness while the glue is still wet. Stick down the last bit which originally was the inner part of the spiral.Allow to fully dry.
These flowers can be made using plain,patterned and stamped papers and in lots of sizes. However they can be very deep so you have to take that into consideration when thinking about sending your creations by Mail.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Home Sweet Home

Ask anybody and they will tell you I am a bit of a home girl. I like everything to do with houses and household things,except maybe the dreaded ironing. Mind you I have that down to a fine art these days and I might tell you my secrets one day if you are good to me - he-he x But getting down to today's business I want to tell you about the challenge at My Time To Craft Challenge. The theme this week is Keys and I came up with this offering :

For me, I thought immediately of houses so no surprise there but there are many ways of incorporating keys into your design and you just have to check out the great samples for inspiration from the DT. As you can see I have kept my design fairly plain and simple,both with the actual image and the colour scheme. I did wonder if it was too plain so I tried some distressing but decided "No,not this time".What do you think ?

Showing optional distressing

I liked it but I didn't go with it in the end.Instead I kept it plain and hoped the simple design would work particularly because I wanted only to high-light the central house. I did this by only colouring that building as the home in question.

Showing the heat embossing

This is a very poor photo but I am including it in the hope of showing that I heat embossed the houses and the sentiment. The embossing powder is the brown shade from Sheen Douglas WOW powders and I must say they are very fine and really good. The stamps are from October Afternoon and I used Kraft Card,Bazzill and Mirri Card. I cut the keys with a Nestie Shapeability Die.

The cards are only 120cm square and I thought perfect for a little New Home card so I made two (anyone moving soon ?).
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :
1.Paper Sundaes 60 - Keep it Simple
2.Paper Cupcakes - Monochromatic
3.Do You Stack Up 10 - Layers  (my design was lifted with foam pads)
4.One Stop Craft Challenge 122 - Clean and Simple
5.Papertake Weekly  - Trio - Tastic
6.Try it Tuesday - Chocolate Therapy (The colour Brown)

Sunday, 13 March 2011

A Gift

It's a wonder I have this card to show you at all because everything went wrong and I had to re-do,re-adjust and re-photograph ! Grrr !! But I got here in the end even though the photo still isn't brilliant.

This is the other half of the Molly Blooms stamp I got free in a magazine a while back.I used the little boy with the balloons previously here. For the main ingredients I have used Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose papers (again free in a magazine) and Bazzill card for the base,mat and the Nestie frame. The design is based on a sketch at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge and I have added ribbon from stash,a sentiment from Craft Work Cards,foliage cut from a Marianne Creatables and a flower I hand made.

I would like to enter the following Challenges with this card :
1.Fussy and Fancy - A sketch by Mindy
2.Phindy's Friday Challenge 46 - Thinking of You
3.Daring Cardmakers - Home Baked (Make your own embellishment)
4.Raise the Bar 57 - Create your own G.R.E.E.N acrostic (G=Girl,R=Ribbon,E=Embellishment,E=Embellishment and N=Nestie)

Thursday, 10 March 2011

More Pics as Requested

I hope it's okay to show the card I got from Dorcas in it's full glory (I haven't asked her so I hope she doesn't mind).
It's a gorgeous creation, perfectly coloured and even more gorgeous in real life.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

I got a surprise package in the Post today

Here is a peek at the fabulous surprise I got in the Post today -
Do you know what it is,where it came from and who the fabulous person is who sent me this surprise TOTALLY OUT OF THE BLUE ? (The watermark is a bit of a give away lol )

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Birthday Wishes

Hope you don't mind but I've added an extra pic :

Good Morning friends x How are you today ? I'm happy today because it's Tuesday and you know what that means don't you ? Yes,you are so right,it's another fabulous challenge at My Time To Craft Challenge and this week the theme is Jewels. Isn't that a great theme ? We would love to see your creations that have anything to do with jewels. I had loads of ideas for this one from a Pirate Chest to a String of Pearls but I am still in 'fairy' mode so this is what I ended up making.

A sugar-sweet colour palette (very Spring-like) and I do think lemon and pink go well together especially when we are talking dressy-uppy little girls don't you think ? The whole design started with the Jewelled Crown which I bought over a year ago thinking it was perfect for adding to a card for my Grandaughter. The next thing was this perfect image from Polka Doodles which already had a crown but I was able to mask it to leave a space for the gem crown.She is actually a Christmas Stamp and her name is Fairy Polly. Say Hello to Polly lol

I stamped on to watercolour paper and coloured with watercolour paints again.I actually did 4 images altogether in order to practice,improve and make sure I had something worthwhile in the end. I'm happy to say that I now have 3 decent images all completed and added to a card design (yay!!Hope to show you another time). I added Glamour Dust to the wings and Stickles here and there for that fairy touch.

The DP's are BasicGrey Porcelain (all so pretty),the image is matted on to glitter card,the flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and the sentiment is Craft Work Cards. I based the design on a sketch at Sweet Stampin Challenge.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :
1.Sweet Stampin Challenge - A Sketch
2.Basic Grey 39 - Wings
3.Ladybug Crafts Ink 18 - Spring Colours
4.Stampin for the Weekend 5 - Springtime
5.Crafty Calendar 18 - Spring 
6.Incy Wincy Designs 84 - Pastel Colours 
7.Wags n Whiskers 49 - More than one fold 
8.Papertake Weekly - Lemon Zingy

Saturday, 5 March 2011

In the Garden

I don't know if this little girl has a name but I think she is really cute and I have been wanting to use her for a while. She was kindly given to me by Lindsey who has been encouraging me to colour in images. (It's not perfect Linds but I'm still trying x )

I coloured the image with Promarkers this time and used ink from a Big and Juicy ink pad to create the sky ( I didn't have anything else, so needs must !). The card base is Bazzill and the vibrant DP's are BasicGrey Lime Rickey.

I love dimension and layers on my cards so this time I have added flowers taken from a Polka Doodle CD - I think it was Sugar Birdies and I computer generated the sentiment which I have mounted on to a Piggy Tale Spring - quite appropriate I thought considering the 'Spring' challenges I hope to enter lol x

I would like to enter this into the following :
1.Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge 25 - Spring
2.Fab'n'Funky Challenge 62 - Spring into Action
3.Creative Inspirations Challenge 101 - In the garden
4.Crazy4Challenges 77 - A Sketch ( I used this sketch for my card today)

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

I picked this Just for You

Isn't this little girl just so cute ?

She is from the Sheena Douglas A little Bit Sketchy stamp set and I think this one is called Busy Doing Nothing. I picked her Just for You and of course for my DT card at My Time to Craft Challenge this week which has the theme of Infants. The theme is very broad and we would love to see your creations that include children or something for children.Come and join us as it would be wonderful to see your crafty makes.

My effort is another easel card but I based the design on the sketch at Phindy's Challenge Blog. As the image is quite large and my card is based on a 6"x6" card. I went with the easel design in order to allow more space for the sentiment. It also gave me the chance to use more of the pretty Pink Petticoat papers called Vintage Rose.

I have mentioned before that I struggle with colouring in images. I've tried Promarkers,Copics,Watercolour Pencils and a mixture of all three. This time I used watercolour paper and watercolour paints and I think I found it a little easier but it's early days and I will see how this works out. (Yesterday I posted a card that I also coloured with watercolour paints but this little cutie was my first attempt ).
I would love to enter this card into the following Challenges :
1.Phindy's Challenge 43- A Sketch
2.DYSU Challenge 8 -Anything Goes
3.Incy Wincy 83 - Spring is in the air
4.One Stop Challenge 120 - Spring Flowers
5.Crazy4Challenges 76 - Use Flowers
6.Sir Stampalot Challenge - March Challenge 
(I hope the yellow hair counts !)