Saturday, 25 February 2012

Happy Birthday to Ewe !!

Just where has this week gone??? I'm sure that Old Father Time has got himself  a Segway!!!

Anyway, the card I've made this afternoon is for 2 challenges.

The first is  CAS-ual Fridays with this recipe of using a Pun.

and the second is over at Less is More where Mandi and Chrissie are saying "DONT SCRAP IT!!" and use our left overs ( of which I have plenty!!)

 This is just a handful of my scraps which I keep in a 12 x12 box so I can easily see what colour I'm looking for............well, that's the theory anyway!!

Here is the card I came up with using a black faced Suffolk Spring Lamb as my focus. My sister used to rear this breed and if she doesn't see this blog entry she will have this for her birthday in July!!

Recipe :
Card = Real Red, Bashful Blue, and white card from my stash
Stamps = Simply Said and Verve
Inks = Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride and Grey ProMarker
Tools = Big Shot, Sizzix Stuffed Lamb die, and a Butterfly punch ( Fiskars I think?)
Extras = 3D pads, and gems

I hope the sentiment isnt too cheesey and obvious.

My old neighbour is due out of hospital tomorrow, so the next few days are going to be quite busy again but I hope to get the craft stuff out at some stage.

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Just for you

Today's card I am going to enter in for the Simply Stampin challenge where they have this lovely warm colour palette,

and the Pals Paper Arts challenge where they have this sketch

I went around to Jacqueline's today to craft ( and chat as usual!!), and the first card I made was admired by Louie ( the handsome black cat), but he decided it needed a little something extra so inked up his paws and added his marks to the flower design!! Aaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!

So after his help, I redid the design and ended up with this card

The ribbon was some candy I won ages ago, but it matches the Melon Mambo perfectly.

Recipe :
Card = Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, and Clarity Silk card
Stamps = Just Believe
Inks = Wisteria Wonder, and Melon Mambo
Tools = Martha Stewart punch
Extras = Ribbon

Thanks for looking today, and I hope to have time to visit some of your blogs to see what wonderful creations you've been making.  

Monday, 20 February 2012

With Sympathy

Today started with the sad news that one of our close friends has lost his battle with Cancer, so when I sat to make his wife a card I decided to go monochrome.

For my layout I used the sketch over at the Clean and Simple challenge , and as it's made with several die cuts, I'll try the Less is More challenge again.

Here is the card

I stamped the flower buds in Versamark and heat embossed them with black powder (that's why the camera flash has reflected off them!!). The white card was put through the Big Shot and Nestabilities labels, the side ribbons are SB border dies, and the corners are Marianne designs. The center panel is raised with 3D pads for added dimension.

Recipe :
Card = Whisper White, Basic Black, and card from my stash
Stamps =  Ornate Flowers and Woodware sentiment
Inks = Versamark and Basic Black
Tools = Big Shot, Nestabilities Labels and Border, Marianne corners, Heat gun
Extras = 3D pads, Xcut corner punch, and Black embossing powder

That's me for today, I cant concentrate after hearing the news, plus I'm still worried about my old neighbour who's still in hospital. The WRI hospital is still in Lock-Down with Norovirus so I cant even visit him, just phone him on his bedside phone, which is not the same as a personal visit, and I seem to always call when he's seeing the Dr, nurse, or is in the bathroom!.

Anyway, I may be back tomorrow, I just don't know how I'll feel.

Thanks for dropping by today and looking at my work.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Hello Flower!

Today's card is for the Less is More challenge where Mandi and Chrissie want us to use PUNCHES OR DIE CUTS

I need a Birthday card for my friend, who calls everyone "Flower", So out came my beloved Big Shot, and here is what I came up with

Card = Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, and cream card from my stash
Inks = Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Lovely Lilac, and TH Tea Dye
Stamp = Verve
Tools = Big Shot, SB Shapeabilities Daisies, Marianne vine, and SU Butterfly Punch
Extras = 3D pads and Lilac gems

The pansies were made by punching out 2 butterflies, sponging the edges with lilac, and then sticking them together, the centres were darkened with a write marker and a gem added for some bling. Once the daisies were cut, I sponged through the die to add some shading to the centres and petals before removing the metal.

I hope she likes the bright colours.

Hope to be back again soon, and thanks for dropping by

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Happy Birthday

Today's card is for 2 challenges.

The first is Stampin Royalty where they have this sketch

and the second is ColourQ where they have this colour palette

Here is my card

Recipe :
Card = Very Vanilla, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, and cream card from my stash
Stamps = Baroque Motifs, Ornate Flowers, and Verve
Inks = Real Red, Pretty in Pink, and Pool Party ( I don't have Cool Caribbean )
Tools = Big Shot, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Swirl embossing folder, Martha Stewart border punch, and Readicut 2 step flower punches
Extras = 3D pads and white Pearl gems

I wasn't too sure about the blue flower stems and Baroque Motif at first, but I think because they are so pale they can pass as bluey green foliage. What do you think??

I've had a terrible few days............On Thursday night, I found my old neighbour ( a widower who is on the verge of  Dementia) in a Diabetic coma again and had to get the ambulance out. Thankfully, he is still in hospital and the Dr.s have found more complications that I wasn't aware of, so he is now getting the right treatment he needs. I hope for his sake he will be there for a while yet, so that some Home care can be sorted out for when he comes home, as his son lives in London and there is no one else other than me.

I hope to get some more crafting done in the next few days, but who knows what will happen??

Thanks for looking today

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Mum's the word!

I've been really busy again over the last few days, but I have managed one card which I'll be entering into the Clean and Simple challenge where they have this sketch

and Make My Monday challenge where they are looking for HEARTS AND FLOWERS with die cuts if possible.

So of course I have had to have a go and decided to combine the two.

Here's my card

I started by sticking a semi circle of vellum stamped with hearts on the left of the card ( I used a snail tape pen so that the glue did not show through the vellum). I then coloured my flower stamp with write markers and stamped it on a cream circle. The daisy flower dies looked similar to the stamp so my faithful Big Shot came out and cut 4 daisies.

I have to admit my mistake now...........After the final touch of the word 'Mum' was added, I dropped the acrylic block on the stamped flower disc........AAAAAAAAaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!! So the mark had to be covered with something. I decided on this butterfly die, as although it is large, the wings are very dainty and don't swamp the design too much. What do you think??

Card = Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, and cream and blue from my stash
Stamps = SU Ornate Flowers and Papermania
Inks = Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, and Lucky Limeade
Tools = Big Shot, Nestabilities circles, Shapeabilities, and Marianne
Extras = 3D pads, and blue gems

Thanks for stopping by today and hope to see you again soon

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Neopolitan Mothers Day

I hope I am successful in submitting this card on time to the 2 challenges I've chosen to create for!!!

My card is in the colours of Neapolitan ice cream, as this is what I thought of when I saw the photo inspiration at Stampin Royalty #110 

and the layout follows this sketch at Mojo Monday

Here is the card I came up with

Recipe :
Card = Pretty in Pink, Melon Mango, Soft Suede, Whisper White, and cream card from my stash
Stamps = Upsy Daisy, Fiskars and Papermania
Inks = Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, and Soft Suede
Tools = Big Shot, Nestabilities labels, Cottage Floral embossing folder, and Stamp-a-ma-jig
Extras = Ribbon, 3D pads, and Gems ( added to vowel i's in text after photo taken!)

I hope you like it?

I'm off to link it before my time runs out, so TTFN

Too Late!!!

I don't believe what I've done!!! I spent ages making the flowers for the MMM card, and I've missed the deadline!! Doohh!!
Not to worry, there is next week to come. I'll just have to make sure I'm organised!!

Love Letter

Today's card is for Make My Monday Challenge . Their theme is ROMANCE and this week it's also SCRIPT OR VERSE

 This is my card

I've torn all the cards and sponged the edges to age them, and the letter I've rolled up each end to make it look like a scroll. The Fimo wax seal has had the Postmark stamp pressed into it and then stuck down to hold the ribbon in place. I made the rose buds by cutting a circle of card into a spiral and then rolling it up, and added a pearl in the centres.

Recipe :
Card = Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, and cream card from my stash
Stamps = French Foliage and Baroque Motifs
Inks = Sahara Sand and TH Tea Dye
Tools = 2 Step Bird Punch
Extras = Fimo, Ribbon, and White Pearls

Thanks for looking today and I hope you'll come back soon

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Just Peachy!!

This is the second card of the afternoon, and I'm entering it into the ColourQ Challenge where they have this picture and colours for inspiration

This is my card

I stamped the text image with the pink and red leaves, and then used write markers in peach and pink to colour the flowers. This was layered on nestabilities labels of the 2 colours. I then stamped three Versamark flowers on peach card, and heat embossed them, cut them out and arranged on 3D pads for dimension.

Recipe :

Card = Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla, and white card from my stash
Stamps = Fresh Cuts, Vintage Vogue, and Papermania
Inks = Poppy Parade, Regal Rose, Peach Parfait, and Versamark
Tools = Big Shot, Nestabilities, Marrianne die, and Heat gun
Extras = Clear embossing powder, 3D pads, and gems

 I hope you like it, and can come back tomorrow

Always Elegant

Today I have sat down in my study at my desk surrounded with crafting goodies, AND my laptop that is receiving an EXCELLENT signal!!!     Oh such Bliss, to be out of the lounge so I can leave stuff out all night and no one will know what a mess lies behind the study door!

So with a few spare hours I've created 2 cards.

The first is for the OLW Challenge #78 where the theme is Circles Everywhere and must have more than 5 circles

Here is the card I made using the ornate stamp in the set, and repositioning it in each quarter of the card to create the design. I have purposely left a sentiment off as I wanted the pattern to be the focus.

Recipe :
Card = Square white card from my stash
Ink = Wisteria Wonder
Stamps = SU Always Elegant
Tools = Stamp-a-ma-jig
Extras = Purple and Lilac gems

I love this stamp and have been itching to use it for months.

Thanks for looking, and please come back again soon

Friday, 10 February 2012

Army Elf

For those of you who dont know, my 4 year old nephew Nathan, has been army and elf crazy since seelng the 3D movie "Arthur Christmas" last December.

Now he is at the age where he is flexing his behaviour muscles, so I came up with a Special elf called Boris whom Santa has given the task of watching Nathan all year to see if he's good or bad ( just like the film!!). Recently he has gone a bit wild and naughty, so Boris has been forced to write Nathan a letter and send him a photograph of what he looks like!!

We didn't know if this would work or not, but the excitement on his face when the postman delivered a letter just for him, was enough to melt the coldest of hearts. He said he felt really special and straight away said " Nana, I've got to write back to him after tea" !!, so it looks like I need to make more army camouflage note paper for all the corresponding Boris and Nathan could be doing!!

Thank goodness I can use the internet again without fear of the connection going down half way through something important.

I'll be back tomorrow with something else I've been asked to make for my friend Pat.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Flower Pot cards

Hi crafters, I think I've finally managed to sort out changing all my email address and passwords everywhere now, so it's nearly business as usual. Thanks for all your patience and good will messages.

Yesterday at our Craft club we made a flower pot card, and I made mine with Mother's Day in mind.

When the flowers are pulled up they reveal the insert with the message.

I added a piece of card on the back like a photo frame to support the card to stand upright. I then made another one for my sister to give to her Mum in Law.

Most of the flowers are die cuts, but the pansies were made with the SU large butterfly punch. Two yellow shapes were sponged with lilac ink and stuck on top of each other in different directions, and the centres coloured with write markers and finished with gems.

Recipe :   Card = SU Cherry Cobbler, Orchid Opulence, Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, and Terracotta from my stash
Stamps = sentiments borrowed from Jacqueline and Joan
Inks = Wisteria Wonder, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, and TH Tea Dye
Tools = Big Shot, Spellbinders shapeabilities, CreaLies die, SU Build a Blossom and Butterfly punches, SU and Martha Stewart border punch
Extras = Ribbon, gems, and padded hearts

I hope the Mums like them?

I've not got alot of time tomorrow, but I will try to show you what else I've been up to, so please call back if you can.

Thanks for looking here today