Truly Scrumptious Challenge #54

>> Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Hello and Happy Wednesday! Isn't it fantastic now the clocks have changed and the evenings are so much lighter. All the children in our road are out playing on their bikes and scooters after school and it feels like Spring is definitely here!

We have a new Truly Scrumptious challenge for you today and this time we have a sketch.

As its Mothers Day this coming Sunday I've made a card for my mum. I fell in love with the decorative 'shop sign' die when I saw it at the Craft Barn a few weeks ago and I've been itching to use it. The papers are Basic Grey Wisteria and I've coloured Tilda with a mixture of aqua pens and distress inks.

Our two new Truly Scrumptious DT ladies are making their debut this week and the whole team have created some really beautiful cards so please pop over to the blog to take a look and join in the fun.


Wild Rose Studio DT card

>> Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Thank for popping by today. The last few days seem to have flown by! At the weekend Thomas' pre-school held their Easter Fayre. It was a beautiful day which was great as everyone could get outside into the garden for the Easter Bonnet parade. Thomas had his face painted with a snake and ate far too much chocolate but he had a fantastic time.

Today I had a lot of fun choosing the stock for my new store - now I just need the bank to agree to lend me the money to buy it otherwise I will have to max out a few credit cards!

I've used a fabulous new Wild Rose Studio image for my card today. 'Get Well Toby' looks rather sorry for himself with his bandaged head and broken leg!

The papers are from the new Wild Rose Studio Cherry Cupcake pack and the sentiment is also from WRS. The layout is from the latest Sketch and Stash challenge.

Have a great week.


Happy Red Nose Day!

>> Friday, 18 March 2011

Hi everyone, have you had a good week? We've had a busy one in our house. I've finally started building the website for my new business which is really exciting. My plan is to 'launch' on the 3rd May, as long as the stock coming from America arrives on time!

It's the Easter Fayre and Thomas' nursery tomorrow so I've made some chocolate and raisin fudge to sell and we had lots of fun making an Easter hat for the Easter Bonnet Parade. I'll post a picture of Thomas in his creation over the weekend.

I've made two Clean & Simple cards this evening - in between watching Comic Relief on the TV (I think I liked Fake That almost as much as Take That!). This was a great sketch to work with. The trickiest bit was creating neat knots with the ribbon.

All the papers are from a Nitwits collection and I used my aqua marker pens to draw the stems. Both sentiments are from Wild Rose Studio.

I love to receive your comments so please let me know what you think about these two cards. Have a fantastic weekend.


Truly Scrumptious - Tag It!

>> Wednesday, 16 March 2011

It's challenge time on the Truly Scrumptious blog and our theme this time is 'Tag It!'. We would like to see your tags, tag-shaped cards or cards with tags on them.

I've wanted to make myself a bookmark so I made a tag-shaped one. I cut it from watercolour paper and used Spun Sugar and Bundled Sage distress inks for the background. The edges have been distressed with my Tim Holtz tool and Walnut Stain ink. I stamped the text (Crafty Individuals) with the same distress inks, masking off the section by using torn kitchen roll.

The layered flower has been made with a Stempelglede stamp that I stamped onto banana paper, punched out and scrunched up.

The rest of the DT girls have made some fabulous creations and it would great if you could join us.

I'm going to start using my bookmark straight away. The book on my bedside table at the moment is Advanced Google Adwords - exciting eh?


Two cards to share

>> Friday, 11 March 2011

I hope you have had a good week. I've been busy with my new business this week. I have finally decided on a name so now its all systems go to build the website and choose my stock. It's very exciting and quite scary at the same time. I've realised that you can do all the necessary research to make sure your plan is viable but at the end of the day there is no guarantee that anybody will buy anything!

I've got two cards to show you today. The first I started at the start of the week but a couple of images went in the bin so it's taken until now to finish it.

Tilda is coloured with aqua pens and distress inks and the papers are NitWits. I had planned to use a fabulous new diecut on this card but it didn't fit with the sketch so I'll save that for another day. I'm going to enter this card into these challenges;

Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Stampacular - Best Wishes

My second card is for the Clean & Simple challenge. I used some chipboard flowers which I covered with some scraps of Papermania paper. I'm really enjoying making this kind of card now. I love colouring images but it takes quite a long time and its nice to try different styles.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. The forecast is for rain on Sunday but hopefully we'll see some sunshine tomorrow. I dried my first load of washing on the line this week - Spring is definitely on the way!


Clean & Simple Friday

>> Friday, 4 March 2011

Yay, its the weekend!! I love Fridays - I meet up with some friends and their children in the morning for tea and cake. The children play and we get to chat (when we're not resolving squabbles over toys!) I decided to get the weekly shop over and done with this afternoon so now we have the whole weekend to relax.

There is a fab sketch to follow on the Clean & Simple blog this week.

I found this sheet of Cloud 9 paper lurking at the bottom of my drawer. I didn't have a suitable button so I layered two Prima flowers with button centre. The sentiment is Wild Rose Studio.

This layout is brilliant for smaller leftover pieces of paper so I think I will make a whole batch of cards to sell to my Pilates clients!!

Have a great weekend.


Truly Scrumptious - our 2nd birthday

>> Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Normal service has been resumed in our house! Thomas is back at pre-school and I am now trying to catch up on all the work I didn't do last week. The weather has turned so cold again - I think I became a bit too optimistic after a couple of mild days last week but winter has returned with a vengence! Trouble is I always eat more when its cold! I heard Pancake Day mentioned on the radio so last night, with Thomas in bed and Dave at work, I made some just for myself - they were delicious!! I will do extra running at tennis on Thursday to burn off the extra calories!

It's a very special day over on the Truly Scrumptious blog as we are celebrating our 2nd birthday! I can't quite believe it was two years ago when I started the blog; its been so much fun and so lovely to see the number of followers we have and the fabulous entries to all of our challenges.

We have a sketch challenge this time (designed by Mandy).

I used some gorgeous new papers from Creative Imagination and an old favourite Gorjuss girl. She is coloured with distress inks (except for her hair where I used an aqua pen).

We are looking for two new DT members to join our Truly Scrumptious team and there is a fabulous prize from Meljen Designs so I hope you will pop over and join in our birthday celebrations.


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