Truly Scrumptious - Brads Buttons & Bows

>> Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Hi everyone, I hope you are well and having a good week far. It's Wednesday so we're almost halfway to the weekend. We have a new challenge for you over on the Truly Scrumptious blog. There is a sketch for you to use

and the optional extra challenge is brads, buttons & bows; choose one, two or all three!

This challenge is sponsored by Sew Many Cards and some of the DT have used their images on their cards. I chose this gorgeous Tayla Baby in Tree and decided to make a new baby card.

I've had a lot of trouble colouring digi images recently. For some reason the ink has been bleeding which is really annoying and means I wasn't able to colour this gorgeous image as well as I would have liked. The DP is Bo Bunny and I've used some gingham fabric which I've had in my stash for ages and ages. I frayed the ages as my cutting wasn't very straight! I very nearly forgot the optional challenge (again) but remember just in time to add some button brads so two out of three isn't bad!

I hope you will be able to join in our challenge this time.


Friday Sketchers

>> Monday, 16 August 2010

It's been a sunny start to the week here in Kent but the forecast is now for 2 weeks of rain! Hopefully there will be a respite on Sunday as we're having a barbeque to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday and we really don't have space in the house to accomodate the 10 adults and 9 children who are coming!

We had a lovely weekend. I took Thomas on a steam train ride on Saturday and he absolutely loved it. It was only a 15 minute ride with time for a cup of tea and a chocolate bar at the station before the return journey but it was lovely to ride in an old fashioned carriage with wood interiors and the old slam doors that you have to open from the outside! Yesterday was a more practical day with a trip to Ikea to buy bedroom furniture. I really enjoy puting flat-packed furniture together so I did the whole lot as soon as we got home and now Thomas has some great toy storage with funky green boxes and plenty of shelves for his books.

I started this card last Friday but then our cable service went down so we had no TV or internet for 12 hours!

It's taken me a long time to bring myself to cut into this gorgeous K & Co paper. I didn't want to hide it all so this weeks sketch from Friday Sketchers is perfect. I used a piece of sheer fabric paper behind my image which is just about visible through all the embellishments! The two green flowers I made myself and the others are from Wild Orchid Crafts. It's my sisters birthday in a few weeks time so this will be perfect for her.

Have a good week, I'll have another card on Wednesday for a new Truly Scrumptious challenge.


hAnglar Tuesday

>> Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are having a good week so far. It has been really miserable here in Kent today; lots of rain (which the garden really needs) but it definitely didn't feel like summer. I think we have more of the same coming tomorrow but hopefully the sun will make a return on Thursday.

There is a fabulous sketch for this week Spoon Full of Sugar challenge so I inked up my favourite hAnglar girl who sits beautifully in a large nesties circle. The papers are MME - a freebie with a recent magazine - and the flowers are a mixture, some from my stash and some from the lovely Angela.

After visiting the lovely Christine's blog today, I decided to make the effort and decorate the inside of my card. My idea was to use the same layout but replace the image with a tag that would slot into a pocket. It was all going great until I stuck the pocket onto the card; all four side of the pocket!! No opening so no where to pop the tag. I'm afraid to say I couldn't be bothered to start all over again so this is another card that is plain on the inside. Maybe next time!


A new Gem of a Challenge

>> Sunday, 8 August 2010

It's the 8th of the month which means its time for a new Gem of a Challenge. We have a fabulous sketch for your to follow for this challenge with an optional extra challenge of using some material on your card eg. tulle, silk, satin, lace or ribbon.

This is my take on the sketch:

I'm terrible at remembering the optional extra challenges but thankfully I added some ribbon to this card. I have tweaked the layers on the card slightly to suit my image. This lovely Christmas Teddy is available now from Pink Gem Designs. He is coloured with Distress Inks (Vintage Photo, Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick and Pine Needles). The papers are Scribble Scrabble and SEI and I've used a MS punch for the decorative strip and a Sizzix die for the large snowflake.

The Design Team have made some gorgeous samples for you this month, so do visit the blog and see their gorgeous creations.


Truly Scrumptious

>> Wednesday, 4 August 2010

It's time for another Truly Scrumptious challenge and this week we are joined by our three new talented DT ladies for the first time - very exciting!

I've designed the sketch for this challenge

And the optional extra is a 'Golden Oldie' theme; use one of your older, neglected stamps.

I needed to make a birthday card for my Manager but I don't have many 'boy' stamps and the ones I do have are quite new so I'm afraid I didn't follow the 'Golden Oldie' theme.

I have to say that the LOTV images are fast becoming favourites of mine. They are fabulous to colour and so adorable. I find it hard to embellish male cards so I added a bit of garden twine and then went with the 'clean lines' feel! All the papers are DCWV Linen Closet andI thought the hAnglar sentiment suited the image perfectly.

I hope you are able to join in our challenge this time.


August already!

>> Tuesday, 3 August 2010

I can't quite believe it's August already! The time is just flying by and it won't be long until our summer holiday!! My parents got back from two weeks in Crete today. They had a lovely time but the weather was starting to get too hot; it was 40 degrees. I don't imagine we will have that problem on the Isle of Wight but hopefully the sun will shine so we can spend some time on the beach.

I really enjoyed making this card tonight. Sometimes a card comes together really nicely and this was one of those times.

Sorry for the slightly wonky photo! The lovely layout is from the Sketch and Stash challenge. My new stash is the lovely hAnglar girl who I have courtesy of Christine. The papers I've had a while and are by Rusty Pickle (isn't that a fab name for a paper company!). The tag is cut from Bazzil cardstock, distressed with Antique Linen distress ink and then stamped with a Crafty Individuals script stamp. The lace and flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and I'm going to enter this in their current challenge which is 'Lace'.

The inspiration for the colour scheme came from the Shabby Tea Room challenge which is run by my new Truly Scrumptious teamie, Debbie M.

I will be back tomorrow with my Truly Scrumptious DT card and I know you are going to love what our new DT ladies have created!


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