Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Retirement Card

I was asked by my manager at work to make a retirement card for the Dr's as on of their colleagues is retiring.  I wasn't sure if I'd have the  time (or the energy lol, I've been so tired lately) but I managed it!  I used this gorgeous Lili of the Valley stamp that I've had ages but is soo useful & I coloured it in with Prismacolor pencils for a change with a touch of Glamour Dust for a bit of sparkle.  The papers are digi (Bloom & Grow by Zoe Pearn from the Sweet Shoppe), I added some lace, flowers, punched butterfly, gems & computer generated greeting.  

The challenges:
Scrappy Frogs - Flowers & Lace
Lili of the Valley - Punch It!
Pile it On - Cutie Patootie
Stamp Insanity - Punch it Out
Totally PaperCrafts - Cuddly & Cute
Southern Girls - Add an Animal
Allsorts - Special Lady
Crafty Ann's - Elvis Song (Teddy Bear)
Let's Ink It Up - Die Cuts or Punches
There She Goes - Markers Down!
Tuesday Throw Down - Florals

I'm really looking forward to my day off today  & hopefully catching up with some crafting as I didn't have much time last week with all my gallivanting lol.  Hope you're all having a great week & getting a least a little bit of Spring weather ( isn't it lovely now the evenings are light :o) ).

Friday, 25 March 2011

StampFairy New Releases

First I want to appologise for not being able to do much commenting this week - it's been a funny week with being in London Saturday & then Sunday/Monday in lots of pain with an infection in my gum (the antibiotics have helped & it's getting better luckily) & yesterday I went to the Ideal Home Show (London again lol) with my hubby & had a lovely (but very long) day & I  got lots of ideas :o) Then Thursday & Friday I work til late - so you can see, no time.  I will try & make up for it at the weekend.

Anyway on to the job in hand...todays gorgeous new images from StampFairy are called "Lilly Playing" & there is a fab free image of some balloons too!  I coloured her with ProMarkers & paper pieced her dress (& the balloon).  The papers are digi & the flowers are from a cheapie artificial bunch that I dissected (I love doing that lol).  I finished off with a stamped ticket, pearls & some brads.

The challenges:
Heart Song - Sketch
Pear Tree - Happy Birthday
Gingerloft - Die Cuts or Punches
Everybody Art - Happy Birthday
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - 2 or More Embellies

Monday, 21 March 2011

A Few Things to Show & Tell...

The first is as I said in my previous post I went to the Stitch & Craft Show at Olympia in London with my friend Duang & had a fabulous time, the only problem was it took us over 5 hours to get there! It was really hot on the coach with the sun pouring through the windows & very bumpy lol - I can't tell you how glad I was to get there.  There were 3 levels with knitting on the lower floor, sewing & jewellery making on the ground floor & papercrafting on the top floor.  I brought a few bits & pieces & the highlight of the day was doing the jewellery workshop (I have just started to dabble in jewellery making so it was nice to get some hints & tips :o)  (you can see the necklace I made below).  4 1/2 hours on the coach to get back home & I was shattered.

Secondly it's new digi releases at Paper Pretties on Mondays & today I've made a bookmark using this fun Easter image called "A Basket For You".  I coloured it with ProMarkers as usual, added a stamped Easter egg, Glamour Dust & the papers I used (which I printed on both sides) were a free download from Printable Heaven & I finished off with Ribbon & some staples.

I'm entering my bookmark for these challenges:
Stamp Something - Something Sweet
Crafty Calender - Spring
Aly's - Happy Spring
Secret Crafter - Anything But a Card
Polka Doodles - All About Books
I Did It - Spring
Stampin with the Dragon - Bring on Spring
2 Sisters - Furry Friends

& last by no means least Gerda at StampFairy has another new release today too called "Lenny Cupcakes" which are really cute & yummy :o)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend & have a great week :o) I'm off to work now but luckily only until 2.00 pm (which IS good as I'm still catching up from the weekend lol.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Let's Get Sentimental!

I am late with my Sentimental Sundays challenge post but I have a good reason: I was at the Stitch & Craft show yesterday & didn't get home til late last night & have been catching up all day (I had a fab time & will tell you more in my post tomorrow, no time now lol).   This week's challenge is "Let's Get Sentimental" & the sentiment I used is from Raindrop Echo's Christmas Sentiment set, the papers are digi (can't remember where from but might be Designer Digitals), I coloured the image with ProMarkers & Sakura glitter pens.  I finished off with with some flowers (with added Stickles), metallic ribbon & punched leaves.  Don't forget to check out the fab cards from the DT & the free sentiments :o)

The challenges:
Bah! Humbug - Metallics
Christmas Cards All Year Round - 3 of Something (flowers)
Sparkle - Challenge optional
The Crafty Pad - Use a Digi
Your Next Stamp - Make it Sparkle
StampInsanity - Finding Your Pot of Gold
ABC - Q is for Quote

Friday, 18 March 2011

StampFairy New Releases

Today's new releases at StampFairy are these gorgeously cute Betsy cow images & there is another fab freebie Too!  For my card I used digi papers (  from my box of scraps :o)  ), I coloured the image with ProMarkers, used my fav Martha Stewart border punch, ribbon, button & twine & finished off with a computer generated greeting.

The challenges:
Simon Says - Happy Birthday!
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad - Buttons
Art Impressions - Get Punchy 
Do You Stack Up - Add a Bow
Shelly's - Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - Spots & Dots
Clear It Out - Buttons
Scrap-Creations - Anything Goes

Monday, 14 March 2011

Pieces of Eight!

There are 2 new digi releases at Paper Pretties today & I used this fab one called "Parrot Hani", I think he's such fun.  I coloured him with ProMarkers & used lots of glitter, gems & glitter gel pens for the treasure.  The papers & treasure map I got years ago when I was on Kaboodle Doodles Design Team (my first DT position & it has fond memories for me) as it was so long ago I'm not sure if you can still get them.  I punched the border with an EK Success punch & finished off with a computer generated sentiment.

I'm entering this card into these challenges:
Bling It On - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Keep It Simple
Stampin' B's - Bling
Creative Belli - Animals (I hope my parrot counts) 
One Stitch At A Time - Glitter & Gems 
Creative Inspirations Paint - Animals

Well that was a short weekend lol, that's what happens when you have to work Saturday morning! Have a great week everyone :)

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Go Green!

This week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Go Green", so to use either the colour green  (which is handy cos it's my fav colour) or recycling.  I did a bit of both: I used lots of green & I recycled too!  The holly leaves are made from last year's crackers & the berries are from a choc wrapper.  I love this image from Di's Digi Downloads called "Eskimos Delight" which I coloured with ProMarkers & Glamour Dust.  I made a rosette thingy by gathering some ribbon (it started off as a bow but I couldn't get it how I wanted it lol) & adding a pearl - I really like the look of it so I know what I'll be doing with all my scraps of ribbon now (& there are many).  I finished off with 2 ribbons, a greeting & a charm.  Be sure to check out the fab DT creations for lots more inspiration & don't forget there are free sentiments every Sunday too!

Craftyhazelnut - Go For Gold
Simon Says - Anything Goes
PaperPlay - Shades of Green/Good Luck
Digi Doodles - Pearls
Daring Card Makers - Home Baked
Allsorts - Luck of the Irish
AiFactory - Luck of the Irish
Delicious Doodles - Use Green for St Patrick's Day
Penny's - Green
Scrap Creations - Going Green
Little Miss Muffet - Designer Papers
Shabby Tea Room - Luck of the Irish
Stampin' Royalty - Go Green for St Patrick's Day
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Corrosive - Green
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Green Theme
House of Gilli - Green
Shannon's Sentiments - Distressing
Sassy Studio - Going Green/Recycling

I hope you're all having a great weekend - no cooking for me today {hooray!} we're out to lunch with some friends :o)

Friday, 11 March 2011

Easter Basket

Friday's release at StampFairy this week are these gorgeous Clementine Easter 2 & there's a free "Hoppy Easter" greeting too (see below).  I made a little Easter basket using my Ulitmate Pro from Crafter's Companion, the image is coloured with ProMarkers & some Glamour Dust.  I finished off with a punched butterfly, ribbon, eyelet, a tag made from the free greeting &some pretty shredded stuff & chocolates (hubby kept trying to eat them though lol).

The challenges:
Alphabet - Ribbon
Passion for ProMarkers - Food & Drink
Incy Wincy - Pastel Colours
Creative Cottage - Tag You're It
Creative Card Crew - No Flowers
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes (with a digi)

Monday, 7 March 2011

A Day For Daisies

I just found this new challenge site called A Day For Daisies & they have some gorgeous images & there is a free one too!  I love this image & wanted to use it as soon as I saw it :o)  I've kept the card simple to focus on the image which I coloured with ProMarkers & chalk for the background.  The papers were from my scraps box (which is overflowing lol) & I did some distressing & stitching, finishing off with a couple of flowers, the smallest one is a spiral paper flower (I used shaped scissors).

The challenges:
A Day For Daisies - Girly Girl
MyGrafico - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Digi Day
I Love ProMarkers - Green & Purple (hopefully they'll let me off the yellow flower)
Gingerloft - Use Those Flowers
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Little Claire's - Flowers

I hope you all had a good Monday , it was lovely to see the sun here (why not at the weekend?) hopefully Spring is on the way at last.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Monster Under the Bed!

I hope you're all having a great weekend :o)  I'm trying to get a bit organised with my crafting (nothing new there then) & not leaving things to the last minute, though it is difficult when it takes me sooo long to make anything lol :os  This card was made using a digi image from StampFairy's "Monsters Under My Bed" & their "Baby Girl" digi papers.  I coloured the image with ProMarkers, used my Martha Stewart border punch, some die cut & punched stars, Bakers twine & a button.  The sentiment was free from MyGrafico.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Fairy Fun - Inspired by a Song (Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers)
Aly's - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust - Seeing Polka Dots
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Fairy Tale - Childrens

Sentimental Sundays Challenge

This week the challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Pearls & Lace"  & sponsored by Deedee's Digis.  My card is very simple: I embossed a panel of card & inked it, mounted the sentiment onto some glitter card & finished off with lace, pearls & flowers that have been inked & glamour dusted.  The sentiment was a freebie on the Sentimental Sundays blog a while ago (don't forget there are free sentiments every Sunday!).  

The challenges:
Little Claire's - Flowers
One Stop - Black, White & 1 Other Colour
Annabelle - Say It With Love
Totally Papercrafts - Pearls & Lace
Simply Create - Power of Flowers
Raise The Bar - Just Sayin'
Digi's With Attitude! - Anything Goes