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Monday, December 26, 2011

Shhhhh! IT'S A SECRET!

It was secret santa time again and I racked my brains for what to do for my friend Karelyn on my craft forum. Then, I saw some of these house shaped shadow boxes and so I did one of them for her. I covered it with paper and then inked and sealed it. The wood frame itself was painted with acrylic paint, textured paint, metallic paint and then sealed. As usual, odds and sods were added. I filled the tiny apothecary bottles with micro beads, stuck some charms on, did some dye cuts with grungepaper and inked them, stamped my greeting with my Waltzing Mouse remedies stamp and painted the spools. The 'flowers' are done with my Tim Holtz die and the lace and other bits were in my stash. I'm well chuffed with how it turned out and I really struggled to part with it, lol.







Entering into:
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS PAINT - Anything goes. TOP 3
SPARKLES #27 - Anything BUT a Christmas card.
THE CRAFTY PAD #152 - Anything but Christmas. TOP 3.
ALLSORTS #134 - Blue and Brown.
MARKS FINEST PAPERS #87 - Anything goes.
SECRET CRAFTER #166 - Anything goes.
MAMI DOODLES #40 - Altered Art/Home Decor.
JELLYPARK CHALLENGES - Anything but a card.
STAMPIN' FOR THE WEEKEND #23 - Anything goes.
FAB 'N FUNKY CANDY CHALLENGE.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

SHAPE IT UP..

Hellooooo peeps. It's been a bit of a poorly time in this house so far this week, but finally I can get my I ♥ PROMARKERS card up. Challenge #95 this week is to make a shaped card and we're sponsored by the lovely JOANNA SHEEN. I used one of my own templates, available HERE and made an open book type card. It's the first time I've used it for a proper paper card and I have to say, I'm really pleased with it.




My papers are K & Co Handmade Speciality, Tilda is sitting on a piece of card punched with Martha Stewart's heart edge punch and the sentiment is from the fabulous Waltzing Mouse 'Rescue Remedies' set. It's a lovely sentiment to celebrate a friends birthday with. Punched leaves, flowers, lace, pearls and a charm finished it off.
Entering into:
ART IMPRESSION STAMPS #43 - Try something new.
CUTE CARD THURSDAY #194 - Anything goes.

COOKING IT UP WITH KATIE #86 - Anything goes.
DIVA'S BY DESIGN #16 - Anything goes.
WHIMSEY STAMPS #18 - Patterns and Pearls.

PASSION FOR PROMARKERS #129 - Celebrations.
MAKE IT MONDAY #66 - Anything goes.
CRAFTY BOOTS - Anything goes.
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes (option of a dangly).
CRAZY CHALLENGE #96 - Anything goes.
CRAFTY CREATIONS #147 - Card with Sentiment.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SNOWMEN & SNOWFLAKES.

Those of you that know me will know that I really, REALLY don't like making Christmas cards, but sometimes...we've just gotta do it. This week for challenge #94 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS the theme is snowmen and snowflakes. I was under orders but once I'd decided I wanted to go purple, it wasn't too bad, lol. Our sponsor this week is ROBYN'S FETISH and we were given her snowmen images to work with. I have to admit though, they are rather cute.

I combined two of the snowmen in Photoshop and cut them out and I also designed my own paper as I don't have much Christmas stuff. The frame is a Martha Stewart PATP and I cut the centre out with a nestie. The sentiment is also one of my own design and you can get this on a sheet of 15 different sentiments from DIGITAL DOWNLOADS.


Entering into:
SASSY CHERYL #92 - Winter.
MAKE IT MONDAY #65 - Anything goes.
ANYTHING GOES #55 - Altered corners.
CREATIVE CARD CREW - Monochromatic.
JENS DIGI STAMPS - No red or green.
PARTYTIME TUESDAYS #44 - Anything goes.
CRAFT YOUR PASSION #86 - 'Tis the season.
HOOKED ON CRAFT - Winter Wonderland.
POLLYCRAFT #120 - Winter fun.
PAPER SUNDAES #97 - Winter Wonderland.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

ANYTHING GOES..

I've been a bit lax with my blogging lately, but then again, I've been a bit lax with everything. I have, regrettably, stepped down from one of my DT's, The Crafty Pad but hopefully now, I'll have a bit more 'me' time as my crafting passions are changing again. I tend to go through phases, lol. Why not pop over and see my parting post, it's a tutorial for a lovely little cross ribbon folder. You can also find it at Make Something Nice too.

Anyway, on to the reason for this post. Challenge #93 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and the theme is Anything Goes. No doubt we'll be inundated, lol. Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Judy over at DIGI DOODLE SHOP and we, the DT, all used one of her images.

I hate making Christmas cards, so I chose to use this lovely image called 'Weighing In'. My papers are Papermania 'Hanoverian', I really like the vintage feel to these papers, Martha Stewart deep lattice punch, turned upside down, and everything else from my stash.


Entering into:
CRAFTS AND ME #62 - Shabby Chic/Vintage
PAPERCRAFT STAR #72 - Anything goes.
LOLLIPOP CRAFTS #58 - Anything goes.
SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS - Polka Dots (girls dress).
CREATIVE CRAFT CHALLENGES - Free for all.
SASSY CHERYL #91 - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY #64 - Anything goes.

Friday, November 11, 2011

LOVE YOUR LAPPY..

Challenge #91 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week is to follow a sketch. You can see the sketch on the Promarker blog. It's a nice one, so come and have a go with us. Our sponsor this week is LETRASET with a pack of Promarkers.



This image is one of the wonderful Mo Manning's and the sentiment is one of my own design, available HERE. The frame is Spellbinders 'Ornate Artisan Tags and Accents' and I cut the top off. Papers are MME 'Quite Contrary' and the flowers and ribbons are from my stash.

Entering into:
ART IMPRESSIONS - 2 or more ribbons.
CCCE STAMPERS - 3 different shapes. (squares, fancy, oval)
DUTCH DARE - Punches/die cuts.
RAINBOW LADY - Pink and green.
STAMPAVIE - Anything goes.
DIGITAL TUESDAY #136 - Anything goes.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

A MINGER AND OTHER STUFF....

They (whoever 'they' are) do say that it's the little things that please, well, I think it's possibly true. I've just won a brand new pair of Next jeans for my Granddaughter for £2.50 on Ebay and it's made my day, lol. I hardly ever bid in an auction 'cause I never win (lost 3 cardigans already) so I'm well chuffed today.

Anyway, who's the minger? Well, this is he:


My 19 month old Grandson Aidan. Absolutely filthy, but obviously enjoying himself, lol. He also has this face that he puts on when you ask him to do his 'thinking face'. Finger on chin, eyes skewed and eyebrows up....gorgeous, lol. All papers and embellishments are Echo Park 'Little Boy'.

Entering into:
BIRD IS THE WORD - Adore. (hope this qualifies, I have used 'adorable' in my text).
CRAFTING WHEN WE CAN - Anything but a card.
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS PAINT - Anything goes.

SIR STAMPALOT - Blue and Green.

What else have I been up to? Well, I decided I wanted rid of the table that I craft on and I wanted a long work surface instead.



So, I popped off to B & Q and brought myself this home. I love it and it's a great surface to work on. I've got plenty of room in there now too.




Today sees the start of Challenge #146 over at THE CRAFTY PAD and this weeks theme is paper piecing. The sponsors this week are LETRASET and CRAFTY RIBBONS. All the design team used 'Sammy Scarecrow' available from THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS.


I used my Promarkers to colour parts of him but his clothes and hat and the backing papers are from K & Co's 'Urban Rhapsody' pad. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the lattice and a Marianne D die for the leaves. In my stash I found what I thought was some rafia, but I think it's brown paper made into a trim actually. I'm really not sure, lol.

Entering into:
COME AND GET IT - Autumn.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Use a digi.
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - Autumn.
MARK'S FINEST PAPERS - Fall.
CRAFTY CATZ - Anything goes.
INSPIRE ME FRIDAY'S - Anything goes.
PIXIE DUST STUDIO - Paper Piecing.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TAG IT!

Well, it's been a couple of weeks since I blogged ....life and stuff but this week over at I ♥ PROMARKERS, it's challenge #89 and the theme is tags. Make a tag or add a tag of some sort to your project. I'm loving tags at the moment, I seem to just 'flow' with them. Our sponsor this week is DIGI DOODLE SHOP and the prize is a $10 spend in the store. Judy has some fabulous images, you really should take a look. I chose to use 'For My Love' and I split the elements for my tag.


I covered my tag with text paper and inked it well with Walnut Stain distress ink. The smaller tag was done the same, but I stamped on this as well. The cardboard strip was one of those rip strips to open a cardboard box and the sentiment strip is another piece off some junk mail that I kept. The pen nibs, key and corner were in my stash and when I'd coloured the image, cut out and split the pieces, I covered the candle and ink pot with Diamond Glaze.

Entering into:
SIMON SAYS STAMP - Anything goes.
TOTALLY PAPERCRAFTS #89 - Layer upon layer.
ANYTHING GOES #52 - To the Letter.
BEARLY MINE #22 - Anything but a card.
CREATIVE CARD CREW - Fallin' for You.
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS #39 - Anything goes.
HOUSE OF GILLIE - Recycle and Texture.
MAKE IT MONDAY #60 - Anything goes.
LOLLYPOP CRAFTS #54 - At least 3 embellies.




Also this week I want to tell you that there's a two week competition running over at THE CRAFTY PAD. It's based around stitching and wall hangings and there's two great prizes on offer, so why not pop over and join in. Crafty Ribbons are giving some fabulous new design ribbons and buttons and Debbie at The Crafty Pad Designs is giving her complete set of Sewing Images AND her dress form trio too. Definitely worth an entry folks.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

YOU.

I was in scrapping mode last night so did this layout of my 4 year old granddaughter, Mia. Papers are MME Lost & Found 'Blush' and I painted the chipboard pieces with acrylic paint, dotted them white and sealed with mod podge.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

FROM THE GATES OF HELL!!!!

I've just done an online workshop with the amazing Andy Skinner. This guy is awesome if you're into altered stuff. This is my very first attempt at 'properly' altering a bottle. I started with an empty sherry bottle:


and finished at the gates of hell.



I totally enjoyed doing this and truth be told, I don't think I ever want to make another card again, lol.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME.

Well, at least, I hope so, lol. I'm on a diet AGAIN! and I really want to be this shape. It's challenge #142 over at THE CRAFTY PAD and the theme is vintage. The DT all used Debbies trio of dress forms available from THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS. These images are on sale for 59p at the mo, so why not treat yourself. We're sponsored this week by CREATIVE CRAFT WORLD and there's a £10 spend for the winner.



As soon as I saw the image we had to work with, I knew just what papers I would use, (mind you, I'd rather stroke than use these papers, lol). They're from MME Lost and Found 'Blush'. It's a totally fabulous pad. I printed my image onto acetate and made a slightly raised frame from it. The sentiment is my own design and the flowers, as always, are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Entering into:
DI'S DIGI DESIGNS - Girly.
ONE STOP CRAFT #152 - Anything goes.
FAIRY FUN FRIDAY #63 - Girly.
INSPIRE ME FRIDAY #27 - Anything goes.
DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES - Make it dimensional.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME #83 - Anything goes.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

SPOOKY!!!!

Wednesday again already and time for another challenge over at I ♥ PROMARKERS. This week is challenge #86 and the theme is Spooky. Our sponsor is JOANNA SHEEN with a £10 spend again.

I'm a bit of a misery and I just don't 'do' Halloween so I don't own an image or anything to suit. Off on a web search, but as always in the end, Elizabeth Dulemba came up trumps with this witch. The papers I also made myself as that's something else I had none of and the black cat is a photoshop shape. The sentiment was a freebie from Limited Runs Digi Stamps.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

ONE FOR THE BOYS.

It's challenge #141 at THE CRAFTY PAD this week and the theme is One for the Boys. Debbie has recently released a Pocket Watch and Steampunk images over at THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS and the DT worked with them. I have to say, I really love these. There are so many things I'll be using them on.

Fed up with making cards, I thought I'd make a tag for a change. It's a nice six incher which I took out of a Junkitz tag book that had been in my drawer for a couple of years. I figured I'd never make the book, so just get on and use the tags, lol.


I started in Photoshop with a six inch rectangle and placed some of the digi elements where I wanted them. Doing it this way ensured that my DP would be printed exactly how I wanted it to be, (not realising of course, that most of it would be covered up, lol). I printed this onto copy paper, then stuck my piece of DP over it and ran it through the printer again. Edges were all inked with Walnut Stain distress ink.
I printed two sizes of watch faces and the ruler and inked them. The vintage image was actually from some junk mail about a lottery, so I kept the leaflet knowing I'd be able to use it. Recycling at its best eh? The black clock hands were cut on my Robo and the gorgeous reinforcement ring is a Tim Holtz Ideology bit. I found the sentiment in some more long forgotten stash and inked it and finally the watch face and little watch parts are from my stash.

Entering into:
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY #30 - Tag it.
SUGAR CREEK HOLLOW - Trash to vintage.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME #82 - Use a digi.
PAPER SUNDAES #89 - Lots of layers.
CARD AND SCRAP #17 - Distressing.
CREATALICIOUS #26 - Anything goes.
ONE STOP CRAFT #151 - Just for men.
STAMP, SCRAP & DOODLE - Anything but a card.
INSPIRE ME FRIDAYS #26 - Anything goes.
SIMPLY CREATE #53 - Older than 6 months.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A DISTRESSING DAY.

Well, not for me lol but challenge #85 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week is distressing. One of my fave techniques, I just love the tatty look. We're sponsored by the lovely Judy at DIGI DOODLE SHOP and there's $10 to spend for the winner. Judy has some fabulous images so if you haven't been before, you really should take a look. All the design team used one of her images this week, and I chose to use 'The Day Off'.


My papers are all from the Basic Grey 'Recess' pad. I scuffed up all my edges using a scissor blade and inked all the edges with my walnut stain distress ink pad and a little black soot too. The birds were done with a Marianne Die, one in paper to flip and one in black card and the little swirl at the top left was also a Marianne die, but I just used the top of it. The sentiment is my own design.

Entering into:
DIGI DOODLE SHOP #76 - Autumn colours.
GINGERLOFT #25 - Vintage or Distressed.
ANYTHING GOES - Anything goes.
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS #35 - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY #56 - Anything goes.
OUTLAWS 26th sept (Greeting challenge) - Anything goes.
WOODWARE USA - Fall.
CARD CUPIDS #38 - Fall.
THE SQUIRREL AND THE FOX #1 - Anything goes.
FRESH BREWED #66 - Fall/Autumn.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME #81 - Favourites.
HOUSE OF GILLIE #17 - Fall.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'M IN STITCHES.

It's challenge #140 over at THE CRAFTY PAD and this week it's STITCHING. We want to see stitches on your cards. The sponsor is CRAFTY SENTIMENT DESIGNS and 3 digi images of your choice is the prize for the winner this week.

To make my card, I designed my own papers.


All of the elements (see below) were taken into Photoshop, resized and placed around the paper and I used this as my background. The patterned paper was also done in Photoshop and I used a border punch and pearls to just enhance it a little. The buttons were stamped and cut out and a piece of lace finished it off.

Debbie has just released some new silhouette images with a sewing theme, and this week all the design team used the sewing machine and elements.


You can buy the images separately or as a set, so why not pop over and treat yourselves.

Entering into:
MY SHERI CRAFTS #69 - Sew Simple.
SHOPPING OUR STASH - No colouring.
(T3)
OUR CRAFT LOUNGE #84 - Patterned paper.
WAGS 'N WHISKERS #63 - Lace.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

YOUR NUMBER'S UP!

It's week #84 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week and the theme on your projects is to include a number. The sponsor this week is CRAFTY EMMA and there's a £10 gift certificate for the winner.

I thought about doing a card with a birthday number on it, but then decided to think outside the box a little, so this is what I came up with. I love steampunk but don't find it easy and the same goes for monochromatic (hence some colour added, lol) so combining the two was a bit of a challenge for me.


My papers are MME 'Gertie'. I used two embossing folders, Cuttlebug 'Clockworks' and Tim Holtz Alterations 'Collage', both lightly sanded. The steampunk girl is from the wonderful Krista Smith and the clock and gears are from Kim Lariviere. I have lots of watch parts in my stash, so I added a few of those too. I don't really know why I stuck the doily on, but hey ho! it's too late now, lol.

Entering into:
CRAFTS AND ME #53 - Stripes.
DIGI STAMPS 4 JOY #28 - Anything goes.

FAB 'N FUNKY #91 - A hard theme.
PAPER SHELTER #32 - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY #55 - Anything goes.

ANYTHING GOES #50 - Anything goes.
SCRAP CREATIONS - Anything goes.
DAISY DOODLES #42 - Raise it Up (Embossing).
HOUSE OF GILLI #16 - Embossing.
MAKE MY MONDAY #16 - Metal steampunk.
THE SQUIRREL AND THE FOX #1 - Anything goes.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ARE WE THERE YET?

Well, my leg still hurts but it's not as bad as it was, so I'm getting about. Mind you, I've got a poorly arm now, lol. I think I'm falling apart at the seams.

Anyway, does the post title give you a clue on this weeks I ♥ PROMARKERS theme? Yep, it's Travel/Transport. The sponsor this week is LETRASET with a pack of Promarkers on offer to the winner.


This week I did something I rarely, if ever, do. I used some digital papers I'd downloaded as I loved the map and the blue colour. The arrow elements were also part of the download and I just cut them out and stuck them to card. They came from Cottage Arts and I'm seriously tempted to get more of their stuff. This set is called Road Trip.

The image of the car is one I'd seen some time ago and bookmarked for if I ever needed it as I thought it was fabulous, especially with the cases in front. That was downloaded from Doodle Pantry. Coloured with Promarkers and cut out with a nestie and that was that.

Entering into:
CRAFTING FOR ALL SEASONS #9 - Birthday
CRAFTY BOOTS #1 - Anything goes.
CREATIVE STAMP FRIENDS #33 - Card for a man.
HEART2HEART - Die cut.
MAKE IT MONDAY #54 - Anything goes.

MY PARTNER IN CRAFTING CRIME #31 - Planes, trains and automobiles. - Random Winner
PAPER CREATIONS INK #8 - Vintage or distressed.
CRAZY CHALLENGE #84 - Birthday.
PINK ELEPHANT #116 - Vintage.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

DINGLE DANGLE.

As I write this post, I'm looking for a bit of sympathy. I fell over this morning and landed with such a thump that it made me really queer. Anyway, the nausea passed, but I can hardly walk. I can't put any weight on my right leg at all..it's killing me. Nothing's broken so probably really bruised the bone, but oh! I could cry.

Anyway, who doesn't like a bit of dingly dangly eh? Over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week, the challenge is to use metal or a charm on your card. Now, I very rarely use charms even though I've got loads (I don't know why..probably too lazy to get them out), so this made a change for me and I love my little scissors and sewing machine. Our sponsor is JOANNA SHEEN with £10 to spend for the winner. Because Joanna doesn't provide images for us it means we can use anything we like, so I rooted through my hundreds of stamps and decided to use a plate I bought a long time ago (and almost forgotten about) by Oxford Impressions. It's an A4 plate called 'The Art of Being Beautiful' and there's some fabulous stamps on it.

To go with the theme of the images, I decided to go a bit vintage, and hopefully I've succeeded. Apart from the papers (K & Co) and the lace, everything was stamped and coloured with my Promarkers. I then cut out some of my stamped pieces and 3D mounted them.



Entering into:
FASHIONABLE STAMPING #3 - Ribbon or lace.
ARTISTIC STAMPER - Numbers.
ANYTHING GOES #49 - Vintage/Shabby Chic.
CRAZY AMIGO - Sewing.

CREATIVE CARD CREW - Anything goes.
CREATIVE CRAFT - Just Charming.
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes.
SWEET STAMPS - Lace.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

GOT THE BLUES (and browns).

Helloooo! It's CRAFTY PAD time again and this week, challenge #137 is to use the colours Blue and Brown. I love those colours together and it meant that I could use my fave Ella Blue papers again. The sponsor this week is CRAFTY RIBBONS and there are some exclusive Christmas ribbons on offer to the winner.

For my card I combined two images: Just Ted and Ball and Just Ted and Flower, both available from The Crafty Pad Designs. As they're both jpeg's I had to do a little layer masking in Photoshop but I do like them joined together. I coloured them with my Promarkers and then just added a paper rosette made with my Tim Holtz die and a bit of ribbon.


If you pop over to The Crafty Pad Designs, take a look at the new Steampunky images Debbie has just released. This is a little taster...there's some fab new sentiments too.



I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
DO YOU STACK UP #35 - Friendly critters.
ALY'S SUNDAY CHALLENGE - Bows.
CRAFTING WHEN WE CAN #1 - Do it your own way.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Use a digi.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CLICKETY CLICK!

I love these funny images from La Pashe's Flippin' range but I don't like decoupage. So, when they brought out the lot in a clear stamp range, I had to have them and I've got the whole range of women and the men. Some of those are soooooooo funny, lol. Just like the decoupage you get the front and back of the character and although they look their best backed onto acetate in a window, I think they do just as well stamped inside the card. They come with sentiment and greeting stamps too.

Anyway, challenge #81 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week is an Anything Goes, so I was able to use one of my stamps and chose the bingo one. She proper looks the part doesn't she? lol. Our sponsor this week is LETRASET with a pack of Promarkers for the winner.



The papers I've used are MME Stella & Rose 'Gertie' and all the text elements were stamped. Everything was coloured with my Promarkers. The white bingo panel is a Tim Holtz embossing folder and the ribbon was also coloured with my Promarkers to match. I stamped the back of her onto card and coloured it and then cut it out and stuck it inside. The sentiment went inside too and it's obviously a little play on words, lol.

I have to say, she makes me smile. :o) And, I've been chosen as Featured Blogger over on Make It Monday this week...and that made me smile too so thank you.

Entering into:
CITY CRAFTER #72 - All dressed up.
CREATIVE CARD CREW - Anything goes.

PASSION FOR PROMARKERS #115 - Anything goes.
TUESDAY THROWDOWN #64 - Punny Sentiment.
(T3)
MAKE IT MONDAY - Anything goes.
HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN'#37 - Birthday.
HEART SONG INSPIRATIONS #13 - Anything goes or Fave colour combo.
FASHIONABLE STAMPING #3 - Use ribbon and/or lace.
DIGI DOODLE SHOPS BEST - Anything goes.
AI FACTORY - Anything goes.

Friday, August 26, 2011

TOO COOL

Well, I might have been planning to use the stuff from my embellie box, but yet again, I didn't. To be honest though, I don't think the Lil' Robot papers need anything else. I seem to have got myself right back into scrapping mode and it's making a nice change from making cards.



Entering into:
AUD SENTIMENTS - Anything goes.
CASE STUDY - Signature style.
DO YOU STACK UP - Boys or men.
CRAFT US CRAZY - Anything goes.
DUTCH DARE - Anything but a card.
PAPER CRAFTING JOURNEY - Anything goes.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

IT'S ALL ABOUT EMBELLIES.

I struggle with embellishments when I'm doing my scrapbooking. Even though I have plenty littered about the craft room, I tend to just use what's in front of me, usually just my papers and printer. Which is pretty much what I did with this layout of my grandson Aidan yesterday (inspired by page 37 in the new Craft Stamper mag). A few rub-ons are always handy too.




Today I was planning another layout and I decided to start using more of my stash. So, I got my 'embellie box' out to see what I had that had been long forgotten. I can't actually remember the last time I opened this RUB. It was like an Aladdin's cave in there! Chipboard, die cuts, Tim Holtz metal, alphabets, felt borders, paint...all sorts of stuff. And, that's not all - I have stuff in various drawers too.


I reckon I've got no excuse now, lol. I'm going to have to work my way through this lot.

Entering into:
INCY WINCY - Anything but a card.
MAKE IT MONDAY - Anything goes.
PAPER PLAYTIME - Anything goes.

AI FACTORY - Anything goes.
CREATIVE CRAFT CHALLENGES - Anything but a card.
DEEP OCEAN - Light blue.
EVERYBODY ART - Blue and brown.

A BIT OF A PRICK.

Time for challenge #80 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and this week it's paper piercing. Not piecing..piercing, so we want to see you pricking your cards or whatever you make this week. We are sponsored by the fabulous Digi Doodle Shop with a $10 voucher for some of her terrific digi images up for grabs.

The image I used is one from Digi Doodle Shop (as are all the design team)and I think it's a lovely image for a boy's card. Coloured of course, with my Promarkers. I have pierced the card all the way around the edges as well as around the image and under the ribbon. The rosette was made with my Tim Holtz die and the papers are from a massive pad (180 sheets) from My Minds Eye called 'Complete Boy'. Ticket sentiment from The Crafty Pad Designs. Buttons and ribbon from stash.



Entering into:
AI FACTORY - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY - Anything goes.
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - Dimension and texture.
TOP TIP TUESDAY - Masculine card.

CARDS FOR MEN #17 - Anything goes.
PAPER PLAYTIME - Anything goes.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

SHAKE IT UP.

Challenge #135 over at THE CRAFTY PAD this week is to make a shaker card. I've not made one of these for years I don't think, so I quite enjoyed making it for a change. As always the DT used Debbie's images from THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS and I used Butterfly and Verse. We're sponsored this week by JOANNA SHEEN who has a £10 voucher as the prize for the winner.

Oh yeah, we've got a DT call out too if you're interested.

My papers and plain purple card have been hanging about in my stash for eons and then I just used my M.S. punch and that's pretty much it, lol. I wanted to keep it simple though and let the verse take centre stage. I cut the frame with nesties Labels 2.




Entering into:
ALLSORTS #117 - You've been framed.
DESIGNED 2 DELIGHT - Anything goes.
SEND A SMILE FOR KIDS - Punches & diecuts.
SIMPLY STAMPIN' #21 - Punch it up.
CRAFTY ANNE'S #47 - Scallops and/or fancy borders.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

IT'S ALL IN THE DRAWER...

Phew, Wednesday again already and time for another challenge over at I ♥ PROMARKERS. It's #79 this week and the challenge is to make an easel card. Our sponsor this week is STAMPEEZEE and there is a £10 voucher up for grabs and boy, do they have some nice stuff.

I really like the easel cards on a drawer, so that's what I made this time. My image is from The Paper Shelter and my papers are from the pad 'Julianne' by K & Co. Prima flowers and a bit of ribbon from my stash and the knob on the drawer is a Tim Holtz hitch fastener. The sentiment which says 'You make me Smile' is from Pollycraft. I even got my sewing machine out for this one too. I'm stitching more and more for some reason.




Entering into:
SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - Birthday.
ANYTHING GOES - Birthday.
CELEBRATE THE OCCASION - Birthday Easel Card.
TRY IT ON TUESDAY - Anything goes.
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - Non stamped sentiment (assuming that digi counts as non-stamped).

CUPCAKE CRAFTROOM - Soft and sweet.
BUNNY ZOE'S - Easel Card.
MAKE IT MONDAY - Anything goes.
PAPER PLAYTIME - Anything goes.
PINK ELEPHANT - Stitching.

ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Anything goes.

And, naughty, naughty me forgot my DT blog post for THE CRAFTY PAD challenge. This week #134, is Cute 'n Girly and all the DT used girlie images available from THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ILPM # 78

Wednesday already!!!! Time is going way to fast for my liking lol. Anyway, this weeks challenge over at I ♥ PROMARKERS is to follow a sketch. We are sponsored this week by DI'S DIGI'S and the prize is 5 images of the winners choice. Most of the design team used one of Di's images and the one I used is called 'One Each'.


I don't use a lot of sketches, but I really liked this one. So much in fact, that I've used it for another card too.

I think I went slightly over the top though, as this is very busy and soooooo not me, still nobody can say it isn't bright and cheerful, lol.


My papers are all from the pad 'DeLovely' by Cosmo Cricket. I coloured my image with my Promarkers and the lace and doily were in my stash. The flowers are by Prima (the ones in the bra shaped pack) and I just added a pearl to the centre. The sentiment is from The Crafty Pad Designs.

Entering into:
AI FACTORY - Anything goes.
STAMP SOMETHING - Use a digi.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Use a digi.
A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - Birthday inspired.

ANYTHING GOES - Birthday.
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - Birthday.
KB CUTE MONDAY - Use a digi.
MAKE IT MONDAY - Always anything goes.
VICTORINE - Birthday.
INCY WINCY - Something old, something new (new pearls and image, everything else from stash).

Sunday, August 07, 2011

GONE FRUITY.

This weeks challenge over at THE CRAFTY PAD is gone fruity, so you all have to have some fruit on your creations. The DT all used this lovely 'Berry Sweet Strawberries' image which is of course, available from THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS. Our sponsors this week are Letraset who are giving a pack of 5 'Brights' Promarkers and Debbie at The Crafty Pad is giving 3 single digi images of the winners choice.

I decided to keep it clean and simple this week, so nothing much to tell you about this card other than where the image came from, lol.


Entering into:
A GEM OF A CHALLENGE - White on white.
CATCH THE BUG - Anything goes.
MARK'S FINEST PAPERS - Not standard size.
INSPIRE ME FRIDAY - Anything goes.
RAISE THE BAR - Anything goes.
CRAFTUSCRAZY - Anything goes.

AI FACTORY - Anything goes.
KELLEY KID'S - Anything goes.
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