Blog Hop For Lisa!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

 Hi everyone!

A very special post for you today!
My bloggy friend and design team mate Lisa has been having a rough time lately, she's been very poorly and in and out of hospital so a few of us have got together to try to put a smile on her lovely face by having a blog hop in her honour!

It all starts with the lady who thought it up so please go there (if you aren't already coming from there!) to start then visit everyone and don't forget to leave some love along the way!!
Then you should arrive here!
Lastly, of course, you have to go to the lady herself and leave her some love and get well wishes - Lisa Tyrell

Here's the card I made for Lisa

As it's an especially special one, I made it a twisted easel card

The image is by Stitchy Bear Designs called Hot Flush and I coloured her with the following Copics: Skin: E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair: 100,C9,7,5. Etc: R59,37,24. W5,3,1. N5,3. C4 & Blender.

The papers are All Dressed Up by DCWV and I teamed it up with some glam ribbons and gems from my stash.  The sentiments were computer generated using the font Heleno Que Se Aprende Script.  It went over the text with a clear stardust pen to add a bit more sparkle.

Here's the inside where I left a little space for a message.

I hope you like it Lisa!!  I hope this hop goes a long way to making you feel better!  We all wish you a speedy recovery!

Don't forget to pop over to Lisa's blog to send her good wishes!

I'd also like to enter my card in the following challenges:

A Step In The Dark: Anything goes
Craft Your Passion: Use at least 3 patterned papers
Crafty Creations Challenges: Use something old - I've had these papers for years!
Crafty Girls Challenges: Anything goes
Oh La La Challenges Blog: Fancy folds
Papertake Weekly, To die for
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Favourite colour - Red, I especially like it teamed with black and white!

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

 Hi everyone!

I can't get over how cold it has gotten this week - a few weeks ago I thought I'd never feel cold again, now I can't get warmed!  There's no pleasing me, I tell ye!  A happy medium would be nice - I don't think we should be turning the heating back on in the middle of August!  It's meant to still be summer!  Ah well, not long now til the long dark nights with the rain beating off the windows and the wind howling through the trees - I must admit, I do enjoy sitting in the house, warm and cosy, listening to that.  I think it's because I'm a winter baby.

I'm back with another one that's a few days late, we have a challenge running on the Alphabet Challenge Blog and we're up to the letter N and it was my turn to choose the theme so I chose...


Use things that are natural like wood, feathers, real flowers (not paper ones) things like that.

Here's what I did

The natural things on my card are all bunched together, I've got feathers, skeleton leaves, dried flowers and leaves and raffia.

The papers I have used are First Edition, Desert Blooms and the sentiment is a stamp from My Sentiments Exactly.  I stamped it onto cream hammered card which I also punched the edge with a Martha Stewart border punch.  The paper has glittered elements on it and the cream feather is also glittered so there's a lovely sparkle off it!

For the inside I repeated the layout from the front but I only used one skeleton leaf this time.

So that's it, I hope you can join us over at the Alphabet Challenge Blog!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Bearly Mine Challenges; Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity; Something old - the dried flowers are one of the first things I bought when I started crafting and this is the first time I've used them!
Craft For The Craic; Something not used before - the dried flowers
Crafty Creations Challenges; Something old - the dried flowers
Crafty Girls Challenges; Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenges; Anything goes
Delightful Challenges ; 1,2,Punch
Moving Along With The Times; Vintage

Thanks for looking!

Feel Better Soon

 Hi Everyone!

I have come to the conclusion that I need to have at least 28 - 30 hours in a day, cos 24 just ain't enough!  I don't know how others fit so much into their days and some of them have children to deal with too!  It's now 2:30am but I couldn't leave this any longer, so here's one of the cards that I should've blogged last week but completely forgot about - sorry, too much goin' on in my mind!

There's a challenge running on the Creative Card Crew blog and it's got just under a week left on it so there's still time to enter.

We are being sponsored by Imagine That!  and they're offering 3 digi's as a prize

We also have our regular sponsors, Marianne Designs, who are offering a fab prize of dies and/or stamps.

Our challenge this time is...

Embossing - wet or dry.

Here's what I did:

My image is called Nurse Ashley and was provided by our sponsors Imagine That!  I coloured her with the following Copics: Skin: E21,13,00,0000,R20.  Hair; E27,Y26,24,21. Clothes; R59,37,24. 100,C9,7,5,2,1. Clipboard; E35,33,31. Eyes; YG07,05,03.  I then fussy-cut around the image before adhering to the card with foam pads.

I shaped the card by making my usual square card and then cutting 3.5cm squares out of each corner to make a cross, which would later become a red cross!
I didn't use patterned papers, instead I used a Cuttlebug swirly embossing folder - thereby fulfilling the challenge!  The swirly gems, ribbon and charms are from my stash.

The inside has not been decorated this time, instead I used a lovely wee verse stamp from LOTV.

So that's my belated card for the Creative Card Crew Challenge, I hope you can join us during the remainder of our challenge.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Girls Challenges: Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenges Blog; Anything goes
Patties Creations Challenge; Monochromatic
Sentimental Sundays; Monochromatic
The Sisterhood Of Crafters; Favourite colour - Mine is definitely red and I don't get to use it often enough!
Southern Girls Challenge Blog; Texture
Sweet Pea Stampers; Embossing

Thanks for looking!

Dream Home

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Hi everyone,

I'm a few days late getting my post done as one of my work colleagues died very unexpectedly at the weekend.  I work at my families business and everyone there feels a bit like family whether I'm related to them or not!  So it was such a shock to hear about Charlie.  He will be missed.

We have a new challenge over at Seems A Little Sketchy and our sponsor for this fortnight is QKR Stampede

Our sketch this time looks a little something like this...

Rotate it, flip it, stretch it, squash it, as long as we can see the sketch!

Here's what I did:

My image is by QKR Stampede and I used the following Copics: BV04,0000,RV23,21,10, Blender.  I then cut it out with a Spellbinders circle die and mounted it on a big scallop circle die-cut.

For a change I made it into an A5 card and I made the background by placing strips of double sided tape onto a pre-cut square and then coated the tape with some lovely clear glamour dust.  The sentiment was computer generated using the font Cardinal Alternative and then I cut the banners out by hand.  The ribbon and gems are from my stash, the corners are by Prima.

For the inside I copied the sketch again and for some reason I could not get a decent picture of the inside!  This is the best of a bad lot!

So please pop over to Seems A Little Sketchy to check out what the rest of our lovely DT have made and have a go at it yourself!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Bearly Mine Challenges; Anything goes
Crafty Girls Challenges: Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog; Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday; Clean & simple
Stamp & Create: Anything goes
The Squirrel & The Fox: Anything goes

Thanks for looking!

Life's A Beach

Friday, 1 August 2014

Hi everyone!

We have 2 new challenges up today at Eclectic Ellapu.  We also still have our last challenges running until the 10th.  So that's 4 challenges all running at the same time!  That has to be a record! lol!

So a reminder of the already-running challenges are:

The Pink team: Reis - Country, Travel, Holiday etc.

The Purple team: Anything goes

They are running til the 10th and are overlapping the new challenges to allow for our new monthly challenges which now start on the 1st of each month.

The new challenges are...

The Pink team: Seaside/Nautical


The Purple team: Anything goes/Water colour

So I took the opportunity to use my new Magnolia stamps and dies and this is what I did:

The stamps are Magnolia - Vintage Swedish Coast Cottage and Playing On Beach Tilda.  I coloured them with the following Copics: Huts; E27,25,23. Y17,15,13. RV25,23,21. YG07,05,03. Sand; E35,33,31,blender. Sky; B01,00,0000. Tilda; Same colours as on huts + Skin; E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair; E39,Y26,23,21. Frame; E49,27,25,08.
I fussy cut around Tilda and attached her to the frame with foam pads.

I used some sand paper for the sand, seemed like a good idea!  I also used some blue cellophane for the sea - and if you look closely you will see a jellyfish under the water, it's one of the Doohickey's that came with volume one of the Doohickey Club Magazine.
I cut the frame from kraft card and doodled some wood-y looking lines on it.  I then added the shells and a couple more of the club Doohickeys.  I stamped a sentiment from the Fancy Phrases set by Waltzing Mouse onto a scrap of kraft card and cut around it and drew lines to make it look like a piece of driftwood, and I added some string.

I used a bit more sand paper and a few more die cuts to the inside and another Fancy Phrases sentiment.

So pop over to Eclectic Ellapu to check out the rest of the DT's inspiration, and there's bound to be a challenge you'd like to enter!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Craft Challenge: Wish you were here
Craft For The Craic: Use a craft item not used before - cellophane.
Crafty Boots Challenges; Summer holidays
Creative Inspirations; Here comes summer
The East Wind Challenges; Beach
Love To Create Challenge Blog; Summer Lovin'
My Time To Craft: Use kraft
Ruby's Rainbow; On the beach
Whimsy Stamps; Summertime
Totally Tilda; Anything goes

Thanks for looking!

Christmas Cutie!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

 Hi everyone!

I hope you're all well today?
I have been kept busy at work, this is a particularly busy week for me but it's OK, next week will be quieter.  I've been doing the 5-2 diet and today is one of my fasting days so it's good to be kept busy and then I don't notice that I'm hungry! lol!

We have a new challenge up today at the Creative Card Crew.
Our sponsor for this fortnight is Whiff Of Joy
 They are offering a rubber stamp to one lucky winner!

The challenge we have for you this time is a scary one!  We want you to make items with a theme of...


It scares me anyway!  It seems like no time at all since last Christmas and there's less time til next Christmas than there has been since the last!

But I knuckled down and this is what I did..

The image is Harry Hugging A Christmas Bauble by Whiff of Joy.  I coloured him with the following copics: E29,27,25,23,21,13,00,0000. R59,39,37,24. YG07,05,03. N5,3. Blender.  I used a metallic gold gellyroll pen on the hanger and other um, gold bits!
Again, I wasn't overly happy with my colouring on this one, I guess I just need to get back to practising again!

The papers are Helz Cuppleditch "Santa's Workshop" by Trimcraft.  The sentiment is also by Whiff of Joy from the Seasons Greetings set.  The ribbon came from Next and the kraft card, tag, pearls and button are from my stash.  The string on the tag is reused after I kept it from some clothes tags.  I used Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle to cut out the image.

The inside is much of the same with another sentiment from the same stamp set.

Please take a look at what the rest of the DT have done over at the Creative Card Crew blog and have a go at entering too!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Bearly Mine Challenges; Lets go digital
Crafty Ribbons; Anything goes with ribbon
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog; Anything goes
Delightful Challenges; Add ribbon
My Time To Craft; Use kraft
Sentimental Sundays; Christmas in July
Southern Girls Challenge Blog; Christmas is a coming
The Corrosive Challenge Blog; Christmas in July

Thanks for looking!

Slightly Steampunk

Hi everyone!

It's been tough going for the past week or so, with the heat!  I don't know how people who live in hot countries cope every year!!  Thank God the last couple of nights have been a teensy bit cooler and I've been able to sleep a bit.  That's 2 years in a row that we've actually had a bit of a summer, even if they were only short ones! lol!

We have a new challenge up today on Seems A Little Sketchy and we have a fab sponsor in Teri at Delicious Doodles!
Teri is offering 4 digi's as a prize to our lucky winner!

The sketch for you for this fortnight is...

A nice simple one for you, but it's amazing what some people can do with just a few elements!

Here's what I did..

The fab image 'Steampunk Mermaid' was provided by our sponsor Delicious Doodles and I coloured her with the following copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair;E49,39,R39,YR24,23. Tail etc.;E37,35,33,29,27,25,23,09,08,07,04. Rock;BV04,W5. Eyes;YG23. Sky;BV0000,RV10,blender. Sea;YR02,RV11
I wasn't entirely happy with my colouring on this one but considering it is the first thing I've coloured in well over 3 months I suppose I can tolerate it!

I used my new wavy die from volume one of the Doohickey Club Magazine to cut waves out of a sheet of copper - a proper metal copper sheet!  I've had this for years but was afraid to use it.  I added some different metal eyelets along the edge and in the corner with my crop-a-dile.  I cut out 3 little strips of the copper and ran it through my paper crimper which worked a treat on it as it is so thin!

For the inside, I used the waste from cutting the wave for the front and I also cut a Memory Box Majestic Anchor from the copper sheet, attaching it with glossy accents and an eyelet.
The sentiment is by Whimsy Stamps from the Film Strip Sentiments set.

I do hope you can join us at some point in the next two weeks over at Seems A Little Sketchy, go check out what the rest of the DT have done for more inspiration!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

A Step In The Dark; Anything goes/Use some metal
Bearly Mine Challenges; Lets go digital
Delicious Doodles Challenges; Anything goes with DD image
Eureka Stamps; Swimming
Left Of Centre Challenges; Black & White plus one - Copper
QKR Stampede; Swimming
The Sisterhood Of Crafters; Die Cuts

Thanks for looking!