Monday, 30 August 2010

& The Squigglefly Challenge is...

to make a birthday card for a man - definitely not my favourite type of card lol but I do love this Squigglefly image by Jackie Matthews called "Gone Bananas" & have used it a few times.  To enter the challenges you do need to use a Squigglefly image but they have so many fantastic designers & so many great images that there is something for everyone & there are freebies too!  I coloured the image with ProMarkers, the papers are Digi & I distressed the edges & finished off with a computer generated greeting, a couple of staples, a clip & a banana button.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Bee Crafty - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Recipe: 3 Papers, 2 Embellishments & 1 Image
Papertake - Recipe 3, 2 1 (as above)
Cute Card Thursday - Dieing for a Punch

I also made a bookmark with one of this week's new Squigglefly  images (they have new images every Saturday) called "Happy Fruit" by Revi Devi Paat & papers from SBM which I'm entering for the Creative Inspirations challenge which is to "Make a Bookmark".

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Just a Quick Post...


It's my lunch break so I'm gonna have to be quick.  I made this card with a fab digi image from Squiggle Stamps, I made it a Christmas card cos I really need to be building up my stock now :)  The papers are from Designer Digitals (I think). I put some Stickles on the flowers & punched some gold foliage, I finished off with a greeting from Craftwork Cards & some gems. 
I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Squiggles & Giggles - Recipe: 3 patterned papers, 3 flowers & 3 brads
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas
Stamp with Fun - Card for a Girl
The Creative Cottage - Christmas 
Creative Card Crew - Sparkle & Shine

Monday, 23 August 2010

Decoupage at Donna's Den!

This fortnight's challenge at Donna's Den is Decoupage.  For my card I used Joanna Sheen's Gordano Studio Stamps "Friends Always".  Donna has lots diverse stamps & crafting items in her shop & postage is only £1.  The lucky winner of this challenge will win a £10 voucher to spend in her store :)  I coloured the image with Prismacolor pencils & decoupaged the dog & cat.  I glittered the blue flowers & put some Glaze Drops on the dog's nose.  The card is finished with gems, lace, flowers & greeting. 

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Glitterbabe - Sparkle, Glitter, Bling & 2 Flowers
Fab 'n' Funky - Flower Power
Everybody Art - In the Garden
Stamping Vacation - NO! NO! (No Brads or Eyelets)
Cupcake - Blue & Green
Sketch & Stash - Sketch (the stamp is new)

Lexi's Creations Challenge - Emboss It!

The week's are flying by & what IS going on with the weather?  The beginning of the week it was chilly & Autumnal but now it is hotter than ever lol.  This card is very simple & not my usual style but it made a nice change (& a change is as good as a rest they say ;)  ) I must admit though I still think I prefer to see pretty designer papers.

As the challenge at Lexi's Creations is Emboss It! I used my Swiss Dots embossing folder (I don't use these folders very much, I think it's because  they're a bit awkward to use with my old Zip-e-Mate lol) & some graduated coloured card (I can't remember what it's called but hopefully you can see what I mean).   The image I used is "Ballerinas" but as you can see only used one of the 3 & I hope Lexi will forgive me I had to give her a mouth lol.  I made a little skirt out of lace & coloured the rest of her in with ProMarkers.  The finishing touches are lots of pearls, tulle, flower & a greeting.  One lucky person will win a £10 voucher from Joanna Sheen :)

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Create4fun - Birthday Card
Just Inspirational - Hobby etc
Pixie Dust - Go Crazy with Polka Dots
Stamp Something - Digi Day
Stamping Vacation - Clear as Mud (Candy)
Charisma - Die Cuts

Sunday, 22 August 2010

"Time" for Some ATCs

Pardon the pun lol but The Stamp Man's ATC swap challenge this month is "Time".  I'm really glad I manged to find time to fit them in (sorry) as I was lucky enough to win their Blog Candy a little while ago :)  These ATCs are made from a flyer for Sky tv, when it popped through the door I thought it would be just perfect.  I used various alphabets, eyelet, cork, lace, stamped & digi clocks, gems, pearl & a jigsaw & chipboard piece that were sanded & inked.

Hope you're having a great weekend.  We went & visited friends who have just had a new little baby boy & I am smitten, he is so small & cute :)

I'm entering my ATCs for these challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles - Add a Little Metal!
One Stop - Not a Card
Polka Doodles - Vintage

Friday, 20 August 2010

Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything Goes! AKA a Bit of Triple Embossing :)

Nice & easy challenge this week at Stampin' for the Weekend - "Anything Goes".  Our sponsor this time is Sir Stampalot & there will be a fab prize for the winner :)

I wanted to make something different so made a pendant.  I cut a rectangle of thick cardboard & coloured it with raisin & currant coloured inks by Adirondack (Tim Holtz).  I inked it with a clear embossing pad & added ultra think embossing power, heated with at heat gun & repeated this 3 (might have been more actually) times & then while it was still hot stamped it with a butterfly stamp inked with Brillance ink in Platinum Planet (the edges of the pendant were also inked with this).  I added 3 gems for the finishing touch.

I'm entering this Pendant for these challenges:
Sir Stampalot - Bring on the Bling
Simon Says - Make a Gift
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes 
Crafty Creations - Butterflies

Monday, 16 August 2010

Hot, Hot, Hot! at Squigglefly

Shame it's not hot, hot, hot outside anymore  lol but at least making a card (or whatever) for this week's Squigglefly challenge will cheer you up using "Hot Colours", reds, yellows, oranges :)  My card is made with one of this week's fab new images "Paddle Ball Babe" by Cheryl Alger.  I paper pieced her skirt & ribbon & the rest is coloured with ProMarkers with chalk for the background.  The papers are from my stash & I finished off with a "happy" card, ribbon, brads & embossed flowers.  Why not check out the rest of the DT's cards if you're looking for more inspiration or the Squigglefly shop for loads of gorgeous images & some freebies too!

I'm entering my card for these challenges:
Aly's - Get Dotty
Bee Crafty - Ribbons & Bows (the bow is in her hair)
Lili of the Valley - 4 Seasons (Summer)
Tuesday Taggers - Sunshine
Crafting Life's Pieces - Sketch
Penny's - Anything Goes 
Little Red Wagon - Summer

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Congratulations Craig & Zoe!

While we had the grandchildren to stay my son Craig phoned with some great news that he & his partner Zoe had got engaged!  We are all so pleased for them :)  So... this is the card I made for them.  I used Di's lovely "First Day Out" image  coloured with ProMarkers & paper pieced their clothes.  The papers are from the Sweet Shoppe, with lots of distressing going on.  I finished off the card with flowers (which I added Glamour Dust to), lace, stamped ticket & a punched heart.  I'm trying to catch up with my blogging/crafting but there just aren't enough hours in the day - this week has been sooo busy & I had to work yesterday, then we were out for a meal last night (not complaining about thatl) & we have a bbq this afternoon so this morning I'm trying to catch up (need a cuppa now though - thirsty work this blogging lol).

I'm entering this card for these challenges :
Bunny Zoe - Vintage
One Stitch at a Time - Pack a Punch
Digital Tuesday - Butterflies and/or Lace
Allsorts - Paper Piercing/Paper Piecing
Digi Doodle - Flowers
Cupcake - Lace
Alphabet - P is for Punches

Monday, 9 August 2010

Fabulous Free Digi at Di's :)

Just in case you didn't  know that  Di gives away a fantastic  free digi image every month & this month it a cute image called "Makeover Maisie Girlfriend Chloe" (such a long name for such a little girl lol).  While you're there why not check out Di's other gorgeous images, there is something for every occasion.

Hope you've all had a great weekend - we were on holiday last week & had fun with the grandchildren but it was definitely back to reality with a bump today as someone else off sick at work (we really are a skeleton staff now) & then my dentist appointment (I absolutely hate the dentist) turned into a root canal treatment so I'm still numb & my head is hurting - can't even have a cup of tea :(

Something Sweet at Donna's Den


The challenge this time at Donna's Den is "Something Sweet" this one is perfect for me as unfortunately I do have a sweet tooth (in fact I have to go to the dentist today for a filling - how awful is that especially after a lovely week off & I also have to work Wednesday this week which is normally my day off & it's my turn to work Saturday too! :(  ).  Anyway on to much nicer things - crafting & cake :).  For my card I used No Scissors Required - Cupcake 2 decoupage & glittered around the edge of the image, the papers are from Designer Digitals & I finished off with some gorgeous flowers.  The fabulous prize is a rubber stamp sheet (Cupcakes 1) from Craft UK, this is the first time I've seen these & if I wasn't on the DT I would definitely enter lol.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
ECP - Chocolate Brown
My Time to Craft - Let's Eat Cake or Drink It Up!
Your Next Stamp - Birthdays!!!
Crazy4Challenges - Cupcakes
City Crafter - Yum...

Lexi's Creations - Yellow & Orange

This weeks challenge at Lexi's Creations was a tough one for me, to use Yellow & Orange - I couldn't find the right papers & this is the second attempt at my card (& as you can see I only used one paper, even if it is double sided). I've no idea where the paper is from as it was lurking in the bottom of my stash, I turned the corner over & did some stitching.  The gorgeous  image I used this time was "Splashin' Fun Ollie Duck" & coloured him with ProMarkers, I used Glaze Drops on his goggles (though it doesn't really show up in the photo) & finished off with ribbon, button, flower & greeting from Pink Cat Studio. This fortnight our fab sponsor is Joanna Sheen.

I'm entering my card for these challenges:
Totally PaperCrafts - By the Sea
Papertake - White & Bright
One Stop - Summer Fun
Fairy Fun - Frame it in a Circle
Crafty Catz -Buttons & Bows

Sunday, 8 August 2010

A Gem of A Challenge

When I was asked to be Special Guest Designer for Gem of a Challenge I jumped at the chance.  I love Janet's images & I chose Mrs Hoot digi download to work with (isn't she cute). The challenge this week is a Sketch with the optional extra of using material on your card ie tulle, lace, net, suede, ribbon etc.  The papers I used are by MME & were free with Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine & I paper pieced Mrs Hoot's body, ribbon & the flowers.  The rest of the image was coloured with ProMarkers & chalks.  I finished the card off with gems, pearls, lace & a greeting.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
By The Cute & Girly - Animal Antics
Frosted Designs - Celebrate Life
Fab 'n' Funky - Let's Get Spotty, Dotty & Stretchy Stripes
Creative Card Crew - Let's Get Cute & Girly 
Alphabet - O for Ovals (the greeting)
Raise the Bar - Pearly Whites

Friday, 6 August 2010

SFTW - Back to School

This post is going to have to be quick cos we have the grandchildren staying & there is no time for crafting or blogging (+ I'm too tired from all the playing lol).  

The theme at Stampin' for the Weekend this week is "Back to School".  I used a digi paper & made the School is Cool paper in Word.  The image is from SJ's Little Musings (I love her images) I used the coloured one for quickness (as no time this week). I finished the card off with staples, chipboard & a paperclip.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Cutie Sunday - School
Dutch Dare - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Whateva
Stamping Vacation - PICK 3 (Metal Embellishment, light green paper & image with a hand)

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

For Fun Challenge - Water

This week the challenge over at For Fun is "Water" & this can be interpreted however you want.  The image on my card is from Di's Digital Downloads & is called Quality Time.  I coloured it with ProMarkers with a bit of chalk for the sky & some Glaze Drops for the bear's noses.  The papers are digi but I can't remember which ones (it took me ages to choose some to go with the image) & I inked the edges with Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink.  The fish was from another digi kit & glazed.  The finishing touches are string, button, eyelet, brad, punched tag with computer generated greeting and an anchor charm.  If you're looking for more inspiration why not check out the other DT members blogs :)

 I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Digital Tuesday - Use 2 Different Digi Stamps
Cowgirl's - Animals/Bugs
Charisma - Something With a Tail
Alphabet - N for Nature

We've got the grandchildren staying with us this week so I'm not going to be around much & I'm desperately trying to get organised with my DT stuff etc as hubby is now picking them up from Kent today (Tuesday - this post is scheduled).

Monday, 2 August 2010

Use Ribbon Challenge at Squigglefly :)


Over on the Squigglefly blog this week's challenge is to Use Ribbon on Your Card or Project - nice & easy, most of us like using ribbon, I know I do & have boxes of the stuff overflowing all over the place lol. For my card I used the gorgeous new Shy Bear image by Lynne Stansbery called "Birthday Baking".  I used my pearly paints which I haven't used for ages & it made a nice change.  I paper pieced the curtains & used Perfect Pearls for the icing.  (I have put some pearls for the cupboard handles now but forgot before I took the photo - I'm always doing that lol).  The finishing touches are the ribbon (of course), gems & I used 3 punches: EK Success border punch,  circle & flower & the greeting is from Craftwork Cards (the paper is digi but I can't remember where from).  I hope you'll be able to play along & check out the Squigglefly images - they are so diverse with lots of designers so there's definitely something for everyone & you can always grab a freebie & "try before you buy".

I'm entering this card for these challenges: 
The Crafty Pad - Ribbons & Flowers
PaperPlay - Anything Goes!!
One Stitch At A Time - Sketch or a Little Pink
Challenge Up Your Life - Celebrations
Hand Stamped Sentiments - Watercolouring
Bee Crafty - All About the Image

Sunday, 1 August 2010

A Bag for Abigail

Several of my colleagues at work have started knitting & as I used to knit when the children were little I thought I'd have another go - we have a knit & knatter group once a month & that is basically the only time I have time to actually do any knitting (what with everything else  & not least of all my paper crafting lol).  This is my first attempt for a long while & I know it's not much & was very simple (it needed to be simple as it really isn't that easy to talk & follow a pattern).  My granddaughter Abigail is a real girly girl & loves handbags (as you can see from the photo - she has 3 bags on the go lol) so I made this for her.  I'm entering this for the Creatalicious challenge which is 3D (& doesn't have to be a card).

Isn't she Sweet, I can't wait to see her & her brother Ryan when they come to stay this week - & no work for me!  Hooray!