Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Fall (Autumn) at For Fun!

I hope you're all having a great week - I am cos I have the week off work :) My mission this week is to buy some new winter clothes (every winter I get the same clothes out & put the same summer clothes away lol so I've decided I need a wardrobe overhaul) & I did actually buy a couple of things yesterday as hubby & I had a trip into Norwich :) (now I've just gotta start throwing old things out lol :s).

Anyway on to the business in hand: this week's challenge at For Fun is "Fall" (or as we call it Autumn) & we have a fab sponsor this time - Digi Doodles & the DT were lucky enough to be given images to use & I chose "Hoot Owl" (I love owls).  I paper pieced the owls body & 3d his wings, the rest is coloured with ProMarkers with chalk for the sky.  The papers are Basic Grey "Lime Rickey", I used a Martha Stewart border punch, the flower was made by dissecting a cheap bunch of artificial flowers & the leaf border was another bargain from the Ally Pally & is by LLB.  I finished off with a stamped tag with a free digi greeting from Pink Cat Studio & a brad.

There are lots of Autumnal challenges about at the moment - here's the ones I'm entering:
Sketch Saturday - Sketch!
Tuesday Taggers - Here Comes Autumn
Craftalicious - Harvest Festival/Autumn
Stamp Something - Something with Fall Colours
Sentimental Sundays - Let's See Some Dimension
Paper Sundaes - Things with Wings
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Daisy Doodles - Critter Mad
Creative Card Crew - Bloomin' Marvelous
Crafty Creations - Falling Leaves & now Owls
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes 

Monday, 27 September 2010

Squigglefly Monday Challenge...

This week's challenge at Squigglefly is to use your favourite embellishment.  This was quite difficult as I don't really have just one (though I've gone with flowers I love charms, ribbons & lace, buttons, gems...)  To enter the challenge you need to use a Squigglefly image & there are so many to choose from, this image is one of my recent purchases and is called "Tis the Season" by Robin Willis & I thought it was such fun :)  I coloured it with ProMarkers & Stickles.  The flowers were a bargain purchase from the Ally Pally on Saturday (£1 a bag) - I had a fab day with Zoe, saw some crafty pals & had a "little" spend (just a little one honest).  The papers are from Designer Digitals & I finished off with a ribbon, candy cane, gems & some card candy.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Winter Wonderland - Deck the Halls with Bows of Holly
Die Cut Dreams Christmas - Christmas Furry Things (not sure if feathers count)
Sparkle - Tags (optional)
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Sparkle
Paperminutes - Countdown to Christmas 
Pear Tree Designs - Celebration 

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Vintage at For Fun

This week's For Fun challenge is "Vintage".  I used one of the gorgeous S.W.A.L.K stamps I got for my birthday :) I coloured the cute image (this one's called "Little Madam") with ProMarkers, I used my Martha Stewart border & heart punches, the paper's are from my stash & I added lots of flowers & some lace.

The challenges:
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Stamping Vacation - Special Month (Fall Hat)
Sir Stampalot - All Distressed
The Stamp Man - Distress
A Pocket Full of Posies - Lavender & Old Lace

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Glitter Overload!

My lovely bloggy chum Jane gave some Bugaboo images for my birthday (thanks sweetie) & this is a Christmas card I made using one of them (Raggedy Angel - Star Hanger).  I think I might have gone a bit overboard on the glitter but hey it's for Christmas & if you can't o/d on glitter at Christmas when can you lol.  I coloured the image with ProMarkers, the papers were from my stash, the snowflake is a Nestie die & I finished off with oodles of Glamour Dust, some flowers, brad, gems & stamped greeting.

I'm entering this card for these challenges: (opsie time to go back to work will finish blogging later...)
Right here goes:
Paperminutes - Countdown to Christmas
Sparkle - Distressing (optional, which is lucky cos I didn't)
Just Inspirational - Make a Christmas Card
Tuesday Taggers - It Takes All Sorts
Making it with Meslyn - Simply Christmas
Daring Cardmakers - Come Fly With Me


Those of you who like a challenge might like to know that there is a new fun sketch challenge with a Mystery twist over at Squigglefly's Papercraft Planet group & the more people that enter the bigger the prize - check the details out HERE :)

Monday, 20 September 2010

Picture Perfect at Lexi's

This fortnight's challenge at Lexi's Creations is to use a photo on your project.  I used some lace (I'm using lots of lace lately & I do love it), I also love this gorgeous ribbon (in fact I used it to make a watch strap for a watch that's strap had broken - just adding a couple of D rings & hemming it).  The paper I've had for yonks & was free with a magazine, I finished off with flowers, punched foliage organza & Lexi's Sugar & Spice digi sentiment which you can get (along with lots of other fab goodies) from Fairy Dust Crafts.  Our fab sponsor this time is Letraset.

The challenges:
Stamping Vacation - Start Here with Ivory Coloured Lace
ABC - D is for Distressing
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Cowgirls - It's Hip Not to be Square
Alphabet - U is for Unused Stash (paper)

Watch Strap

Friday, 17 September 2010

Monkeyin' Around!

This is one of Lexi's newest creations called "Monkeyin' Around" & I love him (he is just so cool) & you should check out her new shop Fairy Dust Crafts - she has lots of new stock & there is free P&P!  I coloured him (Felix I believe the lil chappy is called) with Prismacolor pencils, as you can see the card I used is a little textured but I think it looks ok?  The stamp was one of my new birthday  "Kid Quotes" from Inkadinkado.  I finished off with a metal clip, twine & buttons.  The paper is from Papermania.  

It's been freezing here today (especially biking home from work) so I'm now gonna have a nice relaxing bath to warm me up.  Have a great weekend :)

Here are the challenges :
Stamp Something - Digi Day
Southern Girls - Anything Goes 
Stamping Vacation - No! No! (Sparkle)
C.R.A.F.T. - Colouring Pencils Only
Daring Cardmakers - Come Fly With Me

Stampin' for the Weekend - Tag It!

Wow, the weeks are flying by,  there's definitely a chill in the air & it's time for another Stampin' for the Weekend challenge which is "Tag It".  This time we are sponsored by Meljen's Designs & the DT were lucky enough to be given some fab digis to use :)  I made a, hmmm I don't know what you call these cards lol.  I kept it really simple cos I thought there was quite enough sparkle & bling going on.  I used my Fiskars punch for the tag, stamped a little sentiment & added a brad, the papers are mostly Dovecraft I believe.  Why not check out the other DT members for lots more inspiration :)

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Gingerloft - Anything Goes
Creative Belli - B themed (old & forgotten) Embellishments (brad)
Simon Says - Move It!
Pixie Dust - Fur or Feather?
Glitterbabe - Anything Goes (with sparkle)
Fussy & Fancy - Christmas Colours
Daisy Doodles - Keep It Simple (1 Embellishment)

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Happy Birthday to Me :)

Hooray!  Today is my birthday & I'm soo glad I booked the day off work (especially as it is v stressful there at the moment).  Unfortunately hubby couldn't get the day off as his work is too short-staffed.  I had the perfect start to the day with my little grandchildren Ryan & Abigail singing Happy Birthday & talking to them via the web-cam :)  As you can imagine I got some crafty goodies so I'm going to spend the day playing with them, in between eating birthday cake & Thorntons choccies ;)  

Anyway onto the card. This is the first time I've made a double pocket card & I really enjoyed making it.  The papers are from Brenda Pinnock (& so are the sticker, corners & chipboard letters).  I used Greeting Farm stamps coloured in with ProMarkers & Frosted Lace (I think) Stickles.  I finshed off with eyelets, gold cord stuff & a gem.  

Ooh nearly forgot HERE are the instructions if you want to have a go :)

The challenges are:
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - Childrens Christmas
Sparkle - Christmas Tree
Aly's - Sparkle & Glitter
Our Creative Corner - Fun with Folds
Everybody-Art - Other Cardform
Alphabet - T is for Trees

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Puttin' on the Glitz!

The challenge at For Fun this week is "Putting on the Glitz". For this card I used lots of bits & pieces that were lurking in my stash & not being used, the result is I'm not sure I like this card lol.  What I do love however is that cute image from Di's Digi Downloads which is called "Makeover Maisy Girlfriend Susie", I coloured her with ProMarkers & added some ribbons to her hair. I hope you can join us this week as we all love a bit of Glitz :)

I'm entering this card for these challenges :
Card Patterns - Sketch
Stamps R Us - Child's Birthday
Scrappy Frogs - Flower Power
Papertake - Photo Inspiration
Die Cut Dreams - Sweet Little Girl (Digi)
Scrapbook Sisters - Scalloped Circles 

Monday, 13 September 2010

Favourite Image at Squigglefly :)

This week's challenge is to use your favourite Squigglefly image.  It was very difficult to choose as there as so many gorgeous ones, so I actually chose a new image that was released this week by one of my very favourite designers Cheryl Algar called "Sassy Dress Up".  Isn't this image such fun!  I coloured her with ProMarkers, the papers are DCWV & I finished off with flowers, gems, greeting, lace, ribbon & Glamour Dust.

Here are the challenges I'm entering this card for:
Bee Crafty - Fall Into Fashion
A Pocket Full of Posies - Floral Fantasy
Paper Sundaes - Minimun of 3 Different Embellishments
Fab 'n' Funky - What'eva

Ooh I've just found out that there is a fab double "Bucket List" challenge over at the Squigglefly Group on  Papercraft Planet, the details are HERE & there are prizes to be won :)

Friday, 10 September 2010

Bit of Christmas Stampin' All Year Long!

I was delighted to be asked to be a guest designer for Christmas Stampin' All Year Long this week & it is even better because they are sponsored by In Style Stamps so I got to choose one of their gorgeous images to use :)  The challenge this week is "Brads or Eyelets" as you can see from my card I had a bit of brad overload (1 gem brad, 3 snowflake brads & 2 plain!) .  I coloured the image with ProMarkers & added gems to the tree & the snowflake,  The papers are from my stash & I finished off with a greeting from Craftwork Cards, ribbon, Flower Soft & gold Glamour Dust.  

Here are the challenges:
Sweet Stampin' - Winter Wonderland
Sparkle - Clean & Simple (optional - luckily)
Sketch & Stash - Sketch (the snowflake die is new)
Crafts & Me - Gems & Sparkle
Craft Your Days Away - Girly & Glitter
Pile it On - Layers
Creative Cottage - Celebrations
Crafty Sentiments - Use a Digi
Oh Alice! - Shine or Sparkle

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Sassy Studio Designs at For Fun :)

Hello hope you're all having a good week.  I had a return trip to the dentist this morning but only to take the stitches out which was painless & only took a minute (phew).  Wednesday is usually my day off but unfortunately as we are so short staffed I'm having to work today from 2.30 - 6.30 so I'm trying to fit as much in before then as I can.  Anyway, on to the challenge...
The For Fun challenge this week  is "Black & White + 1 other colour" & sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs & we were give some fab images to work with. I coloured the image with ProMarkers & used some Glaze Drops on the bubbles.  The papers are from Pink Petticoat & the finishing touches are a ticket, some pearls & a flower I made from lace & a button.

Spot the deliberate mistake - I actually stuck the papers & image on the wrong way so had to make the card into a sort of easel type thingy lol
I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Penny's - Happy Birthday
Aly's - Pretty in Pink
Stamptacular - Distress It
Everybody-Art - Handmade Flowers
Cowgirl's - Anything Goes

Monday, 6 September 2010

Lexi's Creations "Flower Power"

The challenge this fortnight at Lexi's Creations is "Flower Power" & some of the design team were lucky enough to be give some gorgeous handmade flowers by Craftbrulee to use (me included :) ).  The paper I used was lurking in my stash & is double sided  (I used both sides).  I used Lexi's "Lifetime" sentiment, plaited some silver thread, added a couple of peel off butterflies, some gems, lace & a charm. Lexi is just starting up her new online craft shop with lots more goodies coming soon (& free p&p too!). 

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Alphabet - S for Scallops
One Stitch at a Time - Blooms, Butterflies, Blings
ABC - C is for Charms
Your Next Stamp - Anything Goes

Friday, 3 September 2010

Not so Shabby at Stampin' for the Weekend!

This week's challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend is "Shabby/Vintage" & I really enjoyed this one (though I must admit I enjoy most of them lol).  This image & sentiment are were free from TLC& I added a bit of colour with some chalk, the papers are from my stash (K&Co & Anna Griffin I think).  I finished off with some lace, peeloff corners & lots of little pearls. Our generous sponsor this month is Simon Says Stamp :) & why not check out the other DT members blogs for lots more inspiration.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Creatalicious - Vintage
The Crafty Pad - Simply Pearls
Simon Says - Pearls & Lace
Digi Doodle - Write me a Message
Die Cut Dreams - Soft Shades of Vintage
Cute Card Thursday - Material Girl
Cupcake - Let's Get Digital
Crafty Emma's - Anything Goes
A Crafty Little Place - Anything Goes
Artful Inkables - Distressed Out!
Partners in Crafting Crime - Vintage 

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Sorry You're Leaving Card

OMG I had the worse experience at the dentist - 2 hours in the chair with my jaw clamped open: the dentist tried for an  hour but the root canal treatment didn't work so he had to take the tooth out only he couldn't get it out but bless him he tried for another hour to no avail (he worked all through his lunch hour plus an extra half an hour but in the end he had to give up) so now I he has to refer me to the hospital.  It was literally like a nightmare with one nurse holding my head, the other squirting the water & the dentist pushing & pulling.  So my mouth, jaw & head are all throbbing & I'm now going to bed.  

I wanted to quickly blog this card though as I have to take it to work tomorrow for everyone to sign, it's for our phlebotomist (blood nurse) Carol who has had to leave due to ill health :(  The papers were in my box of bits & pieces (I love actually using some for a change instead of just adding to them lol), the image is from Stamping Boutique & coloured with ProMarkers & edged with Glamour Dust.  I made a lace flower & added a button.  The card is finished with 2 corners, computer generated sentiment & ribbon.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Pile it On - Farewell to Summer
I Love ProMarkers - Myth & Magic
Fab 'n' Funky - Living in a Material World
Cowgirl's - Flowers
Christmas Stampin' All Year Round - Not Christmas 

Free Cupcakes at 2 Cute Rubber Stamps!

I recently found the 2 Cute Rubber Stamps site & it does just what it says on the tin lol - their images are very cute & at the moment they have a challenge going with a gorgeous free cupcake image to use (well actually there are 4 variations of the image).  I coloured the image with ProMarkers & added a touch of sparkle with some Glamour Dust.  The papers are from my stash & I did a bit of machine stitching around the edges.  The card is finished off with some flowers, a cherry button & the greeting is free from Pink Cat Studio.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Lili of the Valley - Dotty for Circles
Pixie Dust - Stitch it Up
Everybody-Art - Sketch
Frosted Designs - Circles
Stamps R Us - Stitches 
Alphabet - R is for Roses

Something New For Me...

This is my first scrapbook page (I know you can probably tell lol) which I made for this week's For Fun challenge which is to make a Goodbye Summer Scrap Page & I did enjoy making it, mainly cos it meant looking at photos of my 2 gorgeous grandchildren & I was also able to use some foam stickers that I'd had for ages too.  The papers I've had in my stash for ages & I finished off with some word stickers & I made a pinwheel with a gem for the centre.

I'm entering this page for these challenges:
Charizma - Hot, Hot, Hot!!!
Crafty Sentiments - Summer Inspiration
Daisy Doodles - Anything Goes
By the Cute & Girly - Indian Summer

Have a great Wednesday - I'm off to the dentist for more root canal treatment & absolutely hate the dentist & am feeling sick already :(