Thursday, 25 December 2008

Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration Offer

There is a fantastic offer to be had from Stampin' Up for the months of January & February - place an order of £45 or more from the current catalogue, and you can choose a free stamp set of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration booklet (click on the link in the side bar to see the booklet).
As usual, I will only charge you £3.50 for postage (orders over £35), and this is a saving offer from ME, not Stampin' Up.
Please contact me if you would like any more info or to place an order -
Payments can be made by cheque or Paypal, and goods will be dispatched from Stampin' Up and delivered to you direct by courier.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

My Time to Craft, Papertake & Forever Friends

This card has been made for two challenges - Papertake Weekly which is a great sketch by Dawny, and also the Forever Friends Challenge which is "New Beginnings

And here are a couple of last minute christmas cards that I had to get done today, so coincidentally, they turned out green - just perfect for the My Time To Craft Challenge which is "Green".
Stamps used: Wondrous Gift, Stampin' Up (it's first proper outing - bought a while ago because I couldn't resist that tree!!!)
Inks used: Certainly Celery, Garden Green
Colouring method: n/a
Cardstock used: garden green
Other Embellishments: flat backed pearl gems, silver 3d paint

Monday, 22 December 2008

Here's what I've been up to this evening - making a necklace, and some glass charms! I always manage to lose my glass when I have family over for dinner, so I thought I'd make these charms so we all know whose glass is who's!!

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Printable

This is my DT card make for the Cupcake Craft Challenges which this week the challenge is "Printable". I made this card using a printed new baby greeting for a friend who had her 2nd baby this month (and he's so gorgeous!! The baby that is!) I used my nesties, some 3d stickers and the punched tab punch from Stampin' Up. By the way, there's a great offer coming up in January - spend £45 on Stampin' Up products and get a free stamp set. As usual, I'll be offering a discounted postage rate if you order from me click on the pics in my sidebar for a sneak preview!

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Todays makes

Well I've been busy crafting this morning, but sadly have no cards to show for it!! Instead, I decided to extend our kitchen worktop space, so came up with this extension of wood to go next to our Rayburn!! I made holes in it, so am hoping it counts as the paper piercing challenge on the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!!!! hee hee!

I've also made myself a necklace to wear out tonight - what do you think?? Not sure about the photo - tried to take a pic of me wearing it in the mirror!!!

Friday, 19 December 2008

Cute Card Thursday!?!

I HAD to make a card this week for someone who was leaving our school clubs, so I made this one and thought I'd enter it into the Cute Card Thursday Challenge - just hope it's eligible!?!
It took me ages to do all the letters and stick them on! and then I got all the kids from after school club to sign sheets of paper and made it into a sort of card-book! It's A4 size, and looks much better in real life!

Monday, 15 December 2008

Forever Friends Challenge Blog & Daring Cardmakers

I've made this card for this weeks Forever Friends Challenge which this week is A Christmas Carol, but I've combined it with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge which this week is to make a 10 minute card.

I just love the Forever Friends range so much that I decided to make a few more quick cards too!
... and I'd also like to say a really big thank you to Bridgett who sent me all this lovely candy that I won in her blog competition - thanks so much, Bridgett!!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Penny Black Challenge & Papertake

I can't believe I haven't been making cards for so long - over a week has passed!! Anyway, I grabbed an hour to myself today, and it was definitely needed! I was trying to make a card for my neice's birthday, but am still not sure which one to send her. Maybe I'll just do another!! Anyway, the first is for Papertake Weekly and the second is for Penny Black Saturday Challenge. Both challenges are sketches, both cards have been rushed, and I'm not entirely pleased with them but there you go, at least I had some time to myself!

Does anyone have a sizzix sidekick they no longer want? I'm after one if you do - please let me know,

Friday, 5 December 2008

Beads beads beads!!!

I must admit I've really been neglecting my blog lately, and the reason is linked to the photos above!! A couple of friends and I have been busy making jewellery for a couple of events this weekend - the first is tonight and it's a fete at our local school, and tomorrow we're going to the local farmer's christmas market!
So, what do you think of them? Just wish us luck that we sell some!!!

Monday, 1 December 2008

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Vintage

This week over on Cupcake Craft Challenges the theme is Vintage. Click on the link to go to the blog and join in the fun!
Stamps used: Inkadinkadoo Wine and grapes and SU circle of friendship
Inks used: Garden Green - Stampin' Up
Colouring method: n/a
Cardstock used: stampin up and basic grey
Other Embellishments: raffia, eyelets

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - no patterned paper

I stole 30 mins for myself at 10.30 last night, and came up with a quick card for this weeks Penny Black Saturday Challenge. The challenge is to use no patterned paper, so I used this silver paper that I got from the paper box the other day, along with some red gem things, some silver cord and decorated the watercoloured images with white glitter flock.

The Stampin' Up 20% discount on textured cardstock ends today, so if you need some, then get your orders in quick - email me for more details (see right hand side)

Stamps used: penny black
Inks used: stazon
Colouring method: watercolour pencils
Cardstock used: stampin' up
Other Embellishments: gems, cord, peeloffs

Thursday, 27 November 2008

all purple and pink!

Hi everyone, I haven't had much time for crafting this week, but manage to have made 3 cards this afternoon.
The first card has been made for this weeks Cute Card Thursday challenge which this week (as you can tell!) is lilac. I used some flowers that I made from fimo, along with ribbon and mulberry paper, a tag and some gems. It's going straight into the post to a friend who's fave colour used to be purple (when we were at school), so I expect it'll make her giggle!!

This second card has been made for a little girl who's 6 (obviously), but I have no challenge to enter it into, but I just had to have a go with my new Hello Kitty dies!

This last card has been made for two challenges - Penny Black Saturday Challenge which this week is funky christmas and also the A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge which is a great sketch. I coloured the image with sakura stardust, so it's lovely and shimmery, but hasn't really come out in the pic. I also used my new sizzix snowflake die and my cuttlebug die too.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Forever Friends Challenge Blog

I've made a quick card for this weeks Forever Friends Challenge. I couldn't bring myself to crop the photo out of the photo if you get what I mean - it's such a nice pic of the kids!! Anyway, back to the card, I made it using ff papers and stickers, with some ribbon - like I said, very quick, but I like it! Ooooh - I nearly forgot - I used my new nesties - their first outing, just need some time on my own to play with them now!!
I think the card could do with some tarting up - I'll maybe do this tomorrow. Click on the pic for a closer look.

Daring Cardmakers, Cupcake Challenge & Lots To Do

This weeks challenger over on Daring Cardmakers this week is "Cafe Chic!" so I decided to get my fimo out this morning to make a few embellies!! I first had fimo when I was about 12 (22 years ago) and I still have some of my original fimo - it's a bit crumbly at first, but once you have it warmed up, it's as good as the stuff I bought 6 months ago!!
I used a shimmery card blank, some handmade paper (lakeland) and a quotation that fits in with the Lots To Do challenge which is "quotations".

I also used more fimo to make some sweets for the Cupcake Craft Challenges. This didn't turn out exactly as i had planned, because when making the sweets I didn't really plan what I'd do with them, and with them being so "lumpy", I wish after I'd made holes in them and used them to thread on wire or something! Never mind, it's done now! Hope you like them.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Forever Friends Challenge Blog

Here's my very first entry for the Forever Friends Challenge Blog. I can't believe it's been going for about a month now and I've never even heard of it before yesterday!! Anyway, I used a deckled edge card blank, with some ff paper, circles cut with my creative memories circles (don't have the nesties!!), added some more paper strip and 2 stars. A very quick card - took me all of about 20 mins to make! (A bit rushed for time again today!)
Stamps used: n/a
Inks used: Orchid versa
Paper used: forever friends
Other Embellishments: chipboard stars, inked up and covered with UTEE

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Cuttlebug and SC203 challenges

I've made two cards, the first is for Challenge SC203 over on SCS and the second card is for Cuttlebug Challenge which is one that I've not entered before. The cuttlebug challenge is to use crayon resist technique where you emboss a piece of card, then go over it with crayon and then use ink over that (I think!). I then used my embossing pen to just silver emboss the single bird!
For the first card I used my sanded stamp to make the backing piece, then embossed a piece of darker with the swiss dots. I used the tree for all seasons, embellished with some glitter glue.
Stamps used: A tree for all seasons, sanded
Inks used: close to cocoa, bashful blue
Colouring method: crayon resist
Cardstock used: bashful blue and dark blue, and tim holtz distress inks
Other Embellishments: cuttlebug die slider, embossed with UTEE

Daring Cardmakers - Birds, birds, birds

My mum went shopping yesterday and bought me a little strip of 3d stickers from the £shop. It's not something I'd normally buy, but she thought of me, so thought I'd better come up with something with them, and I was actually quite pleased with the results - they made 6 cards, and one of them has a bird, so ideal for the Daring Cardmakers challenge!! Click on the pics for closer views!

Cardstock used: red and green from stash, plus handmade paper from stash
Other Embellishments: stickers from the pound shop and some peel-offs!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Sketch by Rosette

Here's my DT card for this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenges. This week is a sketch by Rosette, so click on the link and check it out!
Stamps used: forever friends
Colouring method: watercoloured with pencils
Other Embellishments: fabric flowers, brads

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Elzybells Challenge - Sketch

Here's a quick card I made for the Elzybells Challenge. I used a waterbrush with some distress ink pads to colour the image and when i'd done that I realised they came out all shimmery - the last time I used that brush pen was when I used my (fake) twinkling h2o's!! It has given the image a really nice effect, but you can't see it if the pic! I embossed the cardstock with a cuttlebug folder and cut out two smaller pieces to use as embellishments. Also used the scallop and circle Stampin' Up punches with the circle of friendship stamp. Click the pic for a closer view!
Stamps used: Elzybells, Circle of Friendship (Stampin' Up)
Inks used: Stampin' Up - grey and almost aubergine
Colouring method: distress inks
Cardstock used: Stampin' Up Soft Subtles - pretty in pink, pale plum and perfect plum
Other Embellishments: Bow