Saturday, 25 July 2015

A Bit of Upcycling :o)



Hello everyone, I've missed blogging for a few weeks...several reasons: the main one is that work has been very stressful & tiring - we've had a new computer system & it is completely different to our old one & we haven't been given much training & we're short staffed too! Also I've just found Pocket Letters, have you seen them?  I love them, I've made 2 now (will post more about them another time) & I love the idea that they're a cross between ATCs & a gift (you put lots of crafty goodies in the pockets & swap with peeps) :o) We're also clearing out our loft & found lots of LPs, 45s, cassettes & floppy discs.  I hate throwing anything away & am always looking for how things can be reused or altered so I searched the internet & came up with some ideas & I made these cassette pen pots, a floppy disc post it notes holder & some vinyl record bowls.  I am quite pleased with all of them & it means less to throw away - so it's win, win lol.


I'm entering these challenges: (I did check the rules & think they should be okay)
Craft My Life - All Crafts
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Anything But a Card - Anything Goes

I hope you're all having a great weekend & finding time to craft (it's very wet here & hubby's watching sport on tv so I'm trying to catch up a bit but I'm also still trying to sort stuff from loft & rearrange my craft room).

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

A Little Birdie Told Me...



We're on holiday from work this week & are doing lots of sorting in the house  but we are making time for a bit of fun too though - today we played Foot Golf with our youngest son Stuart which was definitely fun! (It is what it says it is - you have a football & kick it into the (big) hole).  Then we went for a meal out & watched a movie at home after :o)

You get the idea

I've found a little time to blog this card I made for a close friends birthday recently.  I used an image that I've had for ages from Pink Cat Studio (& is one that I love using for birthdays) which I coloured with ProMarkers.  I used a punched cupcake border & die cut cupcake. I finished off with a doily, some pearls & stamped greeting.
   
The challenges:
Crafty Time - Punches or Dies
Cute Card Thursday - We Love Cake
House of Cards - Food &/or Colour Inspiration
Little Red Wagon - Birthday
Simon Says - Furry Friends (some DT members used birds so I guess its okay :o)


I hope you're having a great week xx

Thursday, 2 July 2015

All Dressed Up Challenge :o)



Helloo I hope you're all having a fabulous week.  We have some nice weather in the UK at last, although here on the east coast it's been quite cloudy & a bit windy (but at least it's not raining lol).  Today is the last  All Dressed Up challenge before our summer break (we will be back August 15th).  As always it's Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up image.  It's my son & DIL's 3rd wedding anniversary soon & I thought this Just Married image was perfect (unfortunately I had bit of a disaster with ink running so I had to cut it out & had to cut the 2 little birds off cos they were just too fiddly lol).  The image was coloured with ProMarkers.  The bunting is die cut & coloured to match the image.  The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat.  The papers are digi & from Snap Click Supply Co.& I finished the card with a brad, pearls, heart doily & flowers.  I hope you can join us & don't forget there are Freebies HERE so you have no excuse ;o)
 

The challenges:
Oddball Art Stamps - Summer Fun
Dragonfly Dreams - Special Occasion
Gem of a Challenge - Summer Time
That Craft Place - Lots of Layers
Get Creative - Include Flowers
Die Cuttin Divas - Anything Goes 
Stamp & Create - Summer Fun 
Whoopsi Daisy - Summer Fun
Scrap & Craft - Celebrations
I Love ProMarkers - Summer 
The Crafter's Cafe - Summer Fun

Inside the card
Thanks for looking :o)

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Christmas In June...



I've usually made a few more Christmas cards than I have by this time in the year but then again I much prefer making them when it is cold & wintery & I can have my Christmas music on :o).  Anyway this card was going to be for a Sentimental Sundays challenge sponsored by Fred She Said but for some reason or another it never got finished until now.  The papers are from my stash (might have been from a freebie pad with a magazine), the image is Pointy Poinsettia Flowers (pre-coloured) & I used some micro beads for the centre.  I finished the card with a die cut border, gems & a greeting.

The challenges:
Crimbo Crackers - Vintage
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas
Alphabet - J for Jewels
Natalie & Amy - Christmas
Simply Create Too - Shabby Chic
Crafting By Designs - Get Ready for Christmas
Open-Minded Crafting - Vintage
Crafty Hazelnut's - Christmas
12 Month's of Christmas - Vintage


At last the weather has warmed up here & we actually had some sun here so hubby & I had a walk along our local seafront after we'd been for a cooked breakfast with friends - so the perfect way to start the weekend.  Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend whatever you're up to!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Happy Father's Day!



Yes today is Father's Day (well here in the UK & some other places) & the Sentimental Sundays challenge is just that "Father's Day" (+ a sentiment).  It is going to be our last challenge for a little while but we will be back firing on all cylinders I'm sure :o)  My card was made for my Father-in-Law (unfortunately my Dad is no longer with us & hasn't been for well over 20 years).  I used images from Docrafts Wellington Past Times DVD & made a rosette from folded paper.  Happy Father's Day to all those deserving Dad's out there!  I hope you can join us & if you need more inspiration why not check out the other DT members blogs.

The challenges:
Get Creative - For the Boys or Father's Day
Cardz 4 Guys - Father's Day
Die Cut Divas - Masculine Theme
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Man in Your Life/Father's Day
Mod Squad - Father's Day
4 Crafty Chicks - Father's Day
Simply Create Too - Old Vintage, Shabby Chic
Kraftyhands - For the Dads 
Little Claire's - Father's Day
My Sheri - Masculine 
Open-Minded Crafting - Vintage
Quirky Crafts - Quirky Rosettes 


I hope you're having a lovely weekend.  I think I'm starting to get back to normal (though I have thought that before), fingers crossed.  Hugs xx

Thursday, 18 June 2015

A Couple of Quickies...



I don't know if you've heard of Pay It Forward?  It's when you surprise someone, sometime during the year with a parcel of goodies (can be anything you fancy).  I've already sent a couple of packages out at the beginning of the year & now I have another couple ready to go & I made these quick cards to go with them.  This is the first time I've used my Marianne Collectables dies ("Eline's Typewriter"), which come with stamps. The notepaper is made with an EK Success punch & I finished them the cards with Washi Tape (I am in love with Washi Tape at the moment).  I really like how they turned out :o)


 I was supposed to be going back to work today but unfortunately been ill again so it will be Monday now & hopefully I can start a fresh week feeling well & get back to normal - at last! (fingers crossed).

The challenges:
Sugar & Betty's - Anything Goes 
Just Us Girls - Stacked Die Cuts
Glitter & Sparkle - Include a Die Cut
Ladybug Crafts - Use Your Dies
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday - Cut It Out
Freshly Brewed - Anything Goes


I hope you're having a lovely week. Hugs xx

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Big Present for Daddy



This is my 2nd card for the All Dressed Up Design Team (luckily it was made before my holiday) using one of their fab new images "Present for Daddy".  I coloured it with ProMarkers & used several punches: star border, star & corners. I finished the card with a star brad & greeting from Pink Petticoat (which I had to put on as there was a mark on the card lol).  While I'm here & talking about All Dressed Up we would love it if you would join our Facebook Page.   Don't forget there are lots of freebies available if you want to "try before you buy" & join in our current Anything Goes challenge :o)


The challenges:
Get Creative - For the Boys or Father's Day
The Pink Elephant - Father's Day
Crafty Boots - Father's Day/For the Man in Your Life
Crafty Cardmakers - For a Man or Boy
Dream Valley - Father's Day
Eureka Stamps - Father's Day
2 Cute Ink - Father's Day
Sweet Stamps - For Dad
Cardz 4 Guyz - Father's Day
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Come & Get It - It's a Guy Thing


Thank goodness I'm starting to feel better at last & I'm back to work Thursday which will come very hard but it will be nice to get back to normal again.  Thanks for looking xx

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Normal Service Will Be Resumed As Soon As Possible!

Hello everyone, I hope you're all okay, I've missed visiting your fab blogs.  I've been ill after being on holiday in Pomorie, Bulgaria - the first half of the holiday was gorgeous but unfortunately 2 days before we came home I contracted a chronic stomach bug, it was absolutely awful.  We're been home a week now & it's only just starting to settle.  Hopefully I can start to feel normal this week & get some crafting done, I've missed it so much.  



Gorgeous Pomorie, before it all went pear-shaped!

Monday, 25 May 2015

I'm Sooo Excited!



Yes I have exciting news...I have been chosen for the All Dressed Up Design Team :o) How Fab is that!  Luckily All Dressed Up were the sponsors for Sentimental Sundays & this is when I first saw & fell in love with, their gorgeous images so I thought I'd try for the team (I was checking my emails daily & in the end I was convinced I'd missed out BUT I haven't! Hoorah).  For my first (introduction)  post I chose to use "Hippie Chick".  I coloured the image with ProMarkers, the papers are MME "Howdy Doody" & I distressed the edges finishing off with a doily, butterfly greeting with Glamour Dust, flower & pearls.  I hope you will take a look at the blog & check out the other new DT members & if you haven't seen the All Dressed Up images you really should & if you want to "Try" before you "Buy" they have some fab freebies HERE :o)


The challenges:
Creatalicious - Butterflies 
Card and Scrap - Flowers
Little Red Wagon - To Die For
Wags 'n Whiskers - Lot's of Layers
Crafty Calender - Things With Wings
Polkadoodles - Things With Wings
Inky Chicks - Pearls 

 
Thanks for looking & have a great week xxx

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sentimental Sundays Challenge



This week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "With Sympathy" (+ a sentiment), these have gotta be the hardest cards to make & I always think CAS is best for these type of cards.  We are sponsored by Pink Dolls Art & I used Miko with Flowers & I didn't use any colour apart from on her cheeks.  The DP are from Craftwork Cards & so is the greeting.  I just finished the card with some organza ribbon.  

The challenges:
Doodle Panty - Digi Image
4 Crafty Chicks - With Sympathy
Simply Create Too - Keep it Simple
Polkadoodles - Girly But No Pink
Lunagirl - Black & White
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Black & White
Suzy Bee - Anything Goes with Twist: Make it Girly
Di's Digi's - 2 or More Designer Papers 

  
I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.  I'll be back tomorrow with some exciting news...

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Give Us a Smile :o)



I've just heard that May 18th - June 18th is National Smile Month & this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Funny Sentiments" & we are sponsored by our very own Sandy!  I used Mr Wool Smiley & Celebrate Everything digis.  I coloured the edges of sheepy with light grey ProMarker, added some liquid embossing to his nose, chalked a cloud background & added some die cut grass; finishing the card with some punched stars & pearls.  We all need some fun in our lives so I hope you can join us :o)

The challenges:
Ruby's Rainbow - Humour
Southern Girls - Animals
Little Claire - Outdoors
Chalk N Stock - Chalk (sky)
Simply Papercraft - CAS/Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Die Cut or Punch
Natalie & Amy - Animals
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 
Tip Top Tuesday - Animals


I have something to smile about - we've just booked a holiday to Bulgaria  :o) We both really need a break from our stressful jobs so I can't wait! Hope you're having a fab weekend xxx

Monday, 11 May 2015

Let's Get Girly!



This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Happy Mother's Day/REALLY Girly" (+ a sentiment).  As we've already had Mother's Day in the UK I took the opportunity to make a card for my friend Kelly's upcoming birthday.  We are sponsored by All Dressed Up and I (& several of the DT) used their gorgeous "Party Frock" digi image.  I coloured her with ProMarkers, the paper is digi & I finished off with a greeting, lace, gems & flower (with Glamour Dust).  I kept simple cos the image is so stunning :o)  I also printed the image onto Neenah Solar White Ultra Smooth paper/card which made sooo much difference, there was no bleeding of the ink at all.  Nice easy theme this week so I hope lots of you will be able to join us.


 The challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps - Colour an Image
All Dressed Up - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - Flowers
Fan-Tastic - Pastel Colours (& square or rectangle)
Fab 'n' Funky - May Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown - Flowers for Her
Fussy & Fancy - Lots of Flowers
Sprinkle & Sparkle - Anything Goes with loose glitter...
Crafty Hazelnut - Patterned Paper
Come & Get It - Flowers 


I hope you've had a great weekend, they do go rather too quickly for my liking though lol.  I'm just off to work - have a great week everyone xxx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Work It Out!



There's nothing better than some exercise or meditation to make you feel better (though not always easy to find the time/motivation lol) & "Work IT Out" is the theme of this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge (+ a sentiment).  We are sponsored by Paola's Papers & I used their Yoga Pose Juno digital stamp which I coloured with ProMarkers.  The papers are various from my stash & I added some punched hearts, butterfly, paperclip with crocheted flower & a sentiment.  

The challenges:
Pile it On - Mother's Day/For a Lady
DoubleClick - For Mom or Girly
Simply Create Too - Pretty Woman
Kitty Bee - Girly
Dream Valley - Recipe
Whimsy Stamps - Colour an Image 
Come and Get It - Female Project
Hiding in My Craft Room - Let's Get Digital
Corrosive - Hip to be Square 
Eureka Stamps - Feminine Cards


I hope you're enjoying your (long) weekend. We're now off to see our youngest son Stuart for a meal & taking the inlaws :o)  Thanks for looking xxx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Colour Inspiration Challenge



Yes the Sentimental Sundays challenge this week is a colour challenge (+ a sentiment) & we are sponsored by A Day for Daisies & I used their gorgeous "Fairy Prayer" image which I coloured with chalk.  The papers are digital from Designs by Krista (I'm not sure if she even has a shop now they are very old lol).  The words are stamped with Brilliance ink & did some random stitching & distressed the edges, finishing off with some lace & gems.  I am a little late posting this cos we have been visiting my son & 3 grandchildren for the weekend (my DIL was away for the weekend) & had a wonderful time, although it went way too quick!

The challenges: 
A Day for Daisies - Add Lace
The Crafting Cafe - Flights of Fancy
CCC Digi Creations - Add Some Sparkle
Chalk & Stock - Anything Goes with Chalk
Crafty Catz - Things with Wings
Allsorts - Bring on the Bling
Melonheadz - Add Sparkle
Eureka Stamps - Add Some Bling
Crafty Boots - Things with Wings


Thanks for looking & I hope you will join us.  Have a fab week! xx

Monday, 20 April 2015

Get Well Mousey



Sunday AGAIN oh my goodness can't believe it.  Today is a very special day cos it's my wonderful hubby Mark's birthday :o)  He's out playing footy this morning so I've had time to catch up with a bit of crafting which includes finishing my card for this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge which is "Animal Love" (+ a sentiment) & our sponsor is The Doodle Garden.  I came across "Dearie Dolls" free digi stamps while browsing online and thought this image was cute (& it was coloured which I needed due to lack of time - I just added rosie cheeks).  The papers are various from my stash & I added some Liquid Embossing to the balloon & finished the card with a crochet flower, button, sentiment & pearl.  I hope you can join us!

The challenges:
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Oh La La - Lots of Layers (at least 5)
The Crafter's Cafe - Animal Antics
Crafty Creations - Seeing Spots
Di's Digi Designs - Include an Animal
Crafty Calendar - Add a Sentiment
Suzi Bee's - Anything Goes with a Twist...use a Die or Punch (punched border)
Dragon's Lair - Add an Animal 


Enjoy the rest of the day whatever you're up to - we're at the Inlaws for a birthday meal later :o) (yey I haven't got to cook!) & have a great week xxx

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Domino Art...



Helloo sorry I've been AWOL but we had family visiting for Easter which was wonderful :D & I had lots of sorting out to do (& moving of craft stuff lol).  I hope you all had a fab Easter & Spring is springing where you are.  On to this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge which for the first time in it's history (I believe) is "No Sentiment" lol.  Our sponsor is Fairy Tangle Art & I used their "Hoot Owl" digital image.  I wanted to do something different so I printed the image the size of a domino (hence the title), coloured it with chalks & stuck it to mount board.  I inked the edges with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink & triple embossed it - it was great fun, it's been ages since I had the heat gun out :o)  The hole was punched with my Cropodile & I used 2 gold jump rings to attach it to the chain.  As the challenge is nice & easy this week I really hope you can join us.

The challenges:
ABC - G = Go Digital
Art by Miran - Anything Goes
Chalk N Stock - Use Chalk
Deep Ocean Challenge - Things with Wings
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Anything but a Card
Sassy Studio Designs - No Cards Allowed
Simply Papercraft - Freestyle/Steampunk


Thanks for looking & Happy Sunday! xx

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Count Your Rainbows...

 
Well as promised I'm back with this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge which is "Buttons, Brads &/or Bling" (+ a sentiment).  This week are Sami Stamps & I used Umbrella Splash.  I paper pieced most of the image & added a brad to the umbrella.  I cut an aperture in my card with a circle die &  added some rainbow paper behind.  I finished off with a stamped sentiment & buttons.

The challenges:
Crafty Boots - Spring
Crafty Creations - Chevrons or Stripes
Time Out - Clean and Simple
Crafts 4 Eternity - Pastel Shades
QKR Stampede - Think Spring
Inky Impressions - Pastel Colours
{PIN}spirational - Spring Photo Inspiration 
Simon Says - Spring Pinterest Inspiration 
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations - Pastels
Little Claire - Springtime


I hope you're all having a nice weekend. My week ended horribly (with a visit to the dentist for a crown fitting & 2 filling in wisdom teeth & my cheek is still sore from the injections) so I was glad to have 2 days to recover.  Managed to do a bit of crafting which always helps me feel better :o) & this afternoon it will be watching tv with hubby & drinking tea :D  Hopefully the working week won't come around too quickly.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Better Late Than Never?



Well considering it's Saturday & there is a new Sentimental Sundays challenge tomorrow I'm pretty much as late as you can be lol BUT I have a good excuse... my mojo went walkabout :o(  We were given fabulous images from our sponsor Polka Doodles (I used Octavia Moonfly Wistful) so I really wanted to showcase them.  I had so many problems with this card, the colouring, the background (done with twinkling H2Os), the liquid pearls smudged etc, the list goes on, so don't look too closely!  I finished off with a doily, lace, die cut border & corner, pearls, punched & glazed butterflies, sentiment, Glamour Dust and a gem. 

The challenges:
Whimsy Stamps - Use a Die Cut
Just Inspirational - Flourish & Bling 
2 Cute Ink - Glitter 
C.R.A.F.T. - Mother's Day/Female 
That's Crafty! - Wings 'n Things 
Fussy & Fancy - Girly 
Card & Scrap - Use Layers  
Pile it On - Use 3 of Something (butterflies)


 See you tomorrow for the new challenge ;o)  

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Lace & Pearls (& a bit of Kraft for Good Measure!)



Wow! It's Sunday again & time for another challenge at Sentimental Sundays which is "Lace & Pearls" (+ a sentiment) & we are sponsored by the wonderful The East Wind & the DT were lucky enough to get some gorgeous images from them.  For something different this time I coloured my image with chalk.  The papers are The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady & were free with a mag ages ago.  I distressed the edges & finished off with lace, flowers, punched heart & butterflies, pearls, liquid pearls & stamped sentiment.  

The challenges:
Stampavie & More - Butterflies
Fairy Tale - Kraft
Brown Sugar - Spring
Creative Corner - Nature Inspired
Allsorts - Spring is in the Air
Digi Galore - It's All About Her/Mother's Day
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Be Part of a DT
Cute Card Thursday - Die Cuts & Punches 
The Pink Elephant - Girly Girl


I hope you're having a lovely weekend.  I went to the Knit & Stitch Show at Olympia in London yesterday which was fab, I got a few goodies & a few ideas :o)  Today was spent catching up with my crafting & the Voice (tv prog) & baking/eating buns.  Hugs xxx

Monday, 2 March 2015

Last Challenge at Jellypark Friends



I have always loved Jellypark images & I was lucky enough to be part of the DT since Claire started the blog.  Unfortunately all good things must come to an end & this will be the last challenge for Jellypark Friends.  The theme is "One For The Mums" & I hope you will join us & help us go out with a Bang!  For my card I used "Flowers in a Vase" which is one of my favourite images as it is so versatile & coloured it with ProMarkers.  I used Cheery Lynn doily die & added ribbon, pearl & a button, finishing the card with Glamour Dust & a greeting.  

The challenges:
The Paper Shelter - Make it Digital
Pile It On - Adhesive Embellishments (pearls)
Inky Chicks - Flowers
Freshly Brewed - 1 Image, 1 Sentiment
That Craft Place - Mother's Day/Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy - Flowers
Digi Galore - All About Her
The Ribbon Girl - Add Flowers
Cheery Lynn - Doilies
Crafting Musketeers - Ribbons & Pearls


Have a great week :o)

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Happy Anniversary



This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Anything Goes" (+ a sentiment) & I've made an anniversary card for my In-Laws (hence killing 2 birds with 1 stone, which is great for time saving :o) - I've only just realised how horrible that saying is though lol).  The paper was free with a magazine, I used a heart doily, punched hearts & butterfly & a die cut sign finishing off with some pearls.  Are fab sponsor this week is Rick St Dennis :o)  You have a free reign this week so I hope that you can join us!

The challenges:
Whimsy Stamps - Use a Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Fancy Corners
Little Claire's - Love
Crafty Catz - Use Your Dies/Punches
Crafter's Cafe - Lots of Layers  
Penny's - Lots of Layers
Incy Wincy - Distressing 


Hope you're having a fab Sunday xx