Truly Scrumptious - Snowflakes

>> Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Hello and thanks for visiting my blog today. It feels like I'm getting less and less time to spend crafting at the moment. I'm planning to go fully self employed from January 2011 so I have a lot of organising to do which seems to take away my crafting time. It will be worth it in the end though and hopefully I'll be earning more and will have more spare cash to spend on stash!!

We have a new challenge for you on the Truly Scrumptious blog this week. This is the sketch

With the option of having snowflakes on your card.

It wasn't until I photographed my card that I realised I had forgotten to put a sentiment on the front of the card! I did remember snowflakes though; they are on my DP and a large Sizzix snowflake on the inside. I've used a Pink Gem image 'Skiing Snowgirl' which I've coloured with aqua promarkers and distress inks. Unfortunately the sparkle on the image doesn't really show in the photo.

The bow holds the card closed and I've used some more of the DP and a Papertrey sentiment to decorate the inside.

I hope you can join in our challenge this week and I'm going to try and get to visit all your blogs later this week I promise!


Celebrating 43 years

>> Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Hello and thanks for visiting today. This is going to be a very quick post as I've still got a lot of jobs to do and I need an early night for an early start tomorrow morning.

It's my mum & dad's wedding anniversary on Thursday and they will have been married 43 years! I picked layout #4 from the Clean & Simple blog and used some very simple papers teamed with embossed card. The brad is from Wild Rose Studio.

Hopefully I'll be back later in the week with another card and a slightly longer post!


Fabric flowers

>> Saturday, 18 September 2010

I'm going to post this card quickly before my internet connection drops out again. It was happening all yesterday evening and again this morning so fingers crossed I will get to the end of this post before it happens again!

A few weeks ago I bought some calico fabric with the idea to do something creative with it. I had a go at making some flowers last night and I'm quite pleased with the result. The flower needed a shabby/vintage card to go on so I came up with this;

The papers are from K & Co and I've been stroking them for a while, unable to cut them up! the lace is from Wild Orchid Crafts and I've also attached a couple of skeleton leaves behind my fabric flower. The metal brad is also from K & Co. Here's a close up of the flower. I did spritz it with glimmer mist but its not that clear from the photo:

I'm going to enter my card into these challenges:

Friday Sketchers - sketch

ABC - distressing
Cute Card Thursday - Tweet and a flutter

Have a lovely weekend. It's a fabulous day here so we going to make the most of the sunshine while it lasts.


Truly Scrumptious DT

>> Wednesday, 15 September 2010

It's Wednesday which means it's time for another Truly Scrumptious challenge. We have a nice simple sketch for you

With the optional extra of using blue & green. I had some lovely paper all ready for this card but then my Wild Rose Studio DT stamps & papers arrived and I just had to use them!

Christmas Millie is coloured with distress inks and I added plenty of stickles to her hat, coat trim and around her feet. The punched strip is made with a Fiskars punch and the snowflakes are an XCut punch (I think). The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

The rest of the DT have made some gorgeous cards and we have a fabulous prize from Wags 'n Whiskers so please hop over to the challenge blog and join in.


Clean & Simple

>> Friday, 10 September 2010

I finally feel like I've caught up after our holiday. There is a huge pile of ironing still waiting to be done but I can hide that away and pretend its not really there!

Thomas had two of his friends come to play this morning. I never knew that three 2 year olds could create so much mess and make so much noise. The only time they were quiet was when they were eating. It's lovely to see them growing up together and I really hope they will remain friends as they get older.

Onto my card and before our holiday a lovely blogging friend ordered some Papertrey stamps for me. I love this Boards & Beams set and this weeks Clean & Simple sketch was perfect to try them out.

I coloured the house with distress inks (Brushed Cordroy, Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood & Scattered Straw). I cut out the image and mounted it using sticky fixers onto some Kraft paper which the lovely Christine sent me. The gingham paper is by Nitwits and the sentiment is also from the Boards & Beams set.

I'm really enjoying these simple layouts. I'd like to build up a stock of cards to sell to my Pilates clients and these designs are perfect.

Have a lovely weekend. We're going to a barbeque tomorrow but the forecast is bad so I think it will be an indoor event! Summer is definitely over.


A Gem of a Challenge

>> Wednesday, 8 September 2010

It's the 8th of the month which means its challenge time over at A Gem of a Challenge. This month we have a lovely sketch designed by Janet;

There is an optional extra challenge to use lots of sparkle on your card.

I made my card a couple of weeks ago for my husbands birthday. I thought Tyson was perfect for a male card and I used distress inks to sponge the leaves using a punched template to give it a real jungle feel. I added stickles to some of the leaves for the sparkly element! The papers are MME Bloom & Grow.

You have a chance to win TWO Pink Gem stamps if you enter the challenge (and use a Pink Gem image) so I hope you will join us this month.


Back from our holiday

>> Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Hi everyone, long time no blog!! We got home from our holiday on Saturday and I've been busy with the washing and ironing and all the catching up you need to do when you've been away. We had a lovely week on the Isle of Wight. For once the English weather was fantastic and apart from one cloudy day, we had beautiful blue skies and sunshine. It wasn't hot but it was nice enough to sit on the beach in our T shirts and jeans. We met up with some friends one day and visited some lovely parks and attractions. Thomas had the time of his life and I'm not ashamed to admit that I enjoy building sandcastles just as much as he does!!

I arrived home to find my Wild Rose Studio DT package on the doorstep. Isn't this little dragon adorable? He's called Fergus and you can find a list of stockists here. I've coloured him with distress inks and added some Art Glitter to the icing on his cake and some diamond glaze to the cherry.

The papers and sentiment are also Wild Rose Studio and the diecut corner is a Cuttlebug die. The sketch is the current challenge from Sketch & Stash.

My craft room is a bit of a mess right now which is not good for my mojo. I cleared out a whole pile of papers and bits & pieces to give to Thomas' nursery but there is still lots to sort out. I can't believe I've accumulated so much stuff! I dread to think how much I've spent but I guess all us crafters are the same!


Truly Scrumptious 'Get Knotted'

>> Wednesday, 1 September 2010

We're up to challenge no.40 over at the Truly Scrumptious blog and we have another sketch for you;

And the optional extra challenge is to include a knot somewhere on your card.

I haven't used a Magnolia image for ages so I thought it was time this Tilda saw ink again.

I've avoided the temptation to buy any Promarkers or Copics but when I saw that Letraset had brought out a range of Promarker aqua pens I thought I would give them a try. I bought a few and have been trying out a few techniques. I need a lot more practice but I think I will be buying a few more. I used them on Tilda's dress, shoes and hair and then used distress inks for the other areas. The papers are Nitwits and I wish I'd bought more now as I absolutely love them.

The rest of the Truly Scrumptious DT have made some gorgeous cards so please pop over to the blog if you get a minute.


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