Sunday 29 May 2011

Anything But A Card at Sentimental Sundays

I hope you're all having a great (long) weekend.  We went to Kent yesterday for our grandson Ryan's 6th birthday party, it was great fun & he really enjoyed himself (it was a very long day though an 8 hour round trip but definitely worth it) & it was so lovely to see him, his lil sister Abigail & my son Craig & DIL Zoe (I do miss them!).  So today I'm hoping not to do very much today (apart from some crafting of course).  

It is very exciting times at Sentimental Sundays as today the design team members are announced - all 14 of them!  The "old" team members have now been promoted to Senior Members (I've never been a senior anything lol) how cool :)  This week's challenge is "Anything But A Card" (with a sentiment) & I should have found this easy as I love papercrafting & making different things to cards BUT I couldn't decide what to make lol.  In the end I went for a  Christmas birdhouse ornament, I've made a couple of these before & they do look pretty on the tree.  The red card is from Dovecraft's Noel premium paper pad & the green (though it doesn't look green in the photo) is digi (can't remember which one sorry) printed onto card.  I didn't have the correct nesties for the roof & base as used in the instructions so I just measured & cut with scalloped scissors.  I finished off with some wire & beaded flowers, a pointsettia, punched tag stamped with Noel, a couple of gems, tinsel, eyelets & some stretchy cord for hanging. The instructions & template are HERE if you would like to have a go :o)

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
Delightful - Tags
Creative Inspirations - Christmas in May 
Crafting for all Seasons - Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - Anything But a Card
My Creative Moments - Scallops
Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times - Holidays
Dream Valley - Stamp Something 

Nearly forgot to say don't forget there are free sentiments available every Sunday too!

Friday 27 May 2011

Friday Release at StampFairy

Well it's Friday again thank & thank goodness the weekend is almost here :) & as it's Friday it means more fabulous releases at StampFairy.  This week's images are called "Herb Patriot".  I coloured Herb in with ProMarkers & added some crystal glaze to his nose, made some bunting (just cutting triangles & sticking them onto some gold cord) & finished off with a couple of brads & the free circle sentiment.

The challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Stars & Stripes
Paper Sundaes - Pop It Up
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes
Charizma Cardz - Boy Oh Boy
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Boys! Boys! Boys!
For Fun - Patriotic Colours

Thursday 26 May 2011

My First Post for StampFairy

The StampFairy DT are taking turns to do a post on the blog & today is my turn.  You can find my card HERE if you're interested.
I know we need the rain but I don't like biking to & from work in it (I think it should only rain when we're all in bed lol). 
Anyway better eat my soup as it will soon be time to bike back to work.

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Strawberry Lou

Hello again, wow I'm doing well with my crafting this week lol :)  I made this card using Di's fabulous "Strawberry Lou" image which I coloured with ProMarkers.  I've just Bearly Mine digi papers & thought these ones from their Delicious Delights went just perfectly.  I distressed all all the edges, added lace, a strawberry button, some flowers which I Stickled, punched leaves & a ticket (sorry I can't remember where from).

The challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes
Lili of the Valley - Here Comes Summer
Simon Says - Sparkle & Shine
Pollycraft - Embellishment Bingo (Lace, Buttons, Flowers)
Emerald Fairie - Anything Goes
Passion for ProMarkers - All The Twos (papers, leaves)
One Stitch at a Time - Bling It On
Digital Tuesday - Texture
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Things With Wings
Creative Friday - Summertime
Fairy Knoll - Flowers
Craft Us Crazy - Something New /& or Favourite Embellishment (new image & papers)

Monday 23 May 2011

Bundle of Joy

Well I hope you've all had a great Monday, mine started with the dentist at 8.30 (not good but luckily only a quick appointment)  then work from 9.30 - 1.30 so I've managed to fit in a bit of crafting this afternoon (though I should really be doing housework but that's no fun lol).

I made this baby card using this cute Baby Girl image from Di's Digi Downloads & I coloured her with ProMarkers & paper pieced her dress.  I used some Glamour dust on the cloud & her wings.  I finished with some velum, pearls, ribbon, felt flower, mini doily  & a button.  The sentiment is from Raindrop Echo.  

The challenges:
Willow Sketchie - Sketch ;)
Creative Card Crew - Cute & Girly
Charisma Cardz - Birthdays in Pink
One Stitch At A Time - Bling It On
PaperPlay - Sparkle Galore
Simon Says - Sparkle & Shine
Shabby Tea Room - Sweet Baby
Craft Your Days Away - White + One
Magical Mondays - White With One Other Colour
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Child/Baby
Pixie Cottage - Pink & Girly
Crafty Purple Frog - Mono Moments

Oopsie better go & get tea ready - time flies when you're having fun lol

Goodbye to Paper Pretties

It was a tough decision to leave the Paper Pretties digi design team as they have been a great team especially Jackie the DT co-coordinator who does a great job making everything go smoothly & I will miss using ARTish's quirky images, they are such fun but I feel it is time to move on & it is hard trying to do everything crafty that I would like (if I didn't have to go to work I could fit soo much more in lol).  Every Monday Paper Pretties has 2 new digi releases & this week I used "Sawyer Mouse" & coloured him with PrismaColor pencils, I made a sun from 2 punched flowers & a button & finished off with a computer generated greeting, brad, ribbon & a black pearl for his nose :o)

The challenges:
Totally PaperCrafts - Don't be Square
Totally Gorjuss - Water, Water
I Did It - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Use a Digi

Hope you all had a fab weekend & let's hope this week is a good one :o)

Friday 20 May 2011

Stamping for the Weekend is Back!

Stamping for the Weekend has has a little break & had a few DT changes but now we're back :) This fortnight's challenge is a Recipe "Blue, Buttons & Bling". I immediately thought of Christmas & so made this one using this cute Pink Petticoat penguin images, I love these images & have used them loads.  I coloured it with ProMarkers & added Polar White Flower Soft to his hat & some Glamour Dust around the edge of the image.  The papers are from my stash, the stars are punched & I finished off with some ribbon, buttons, silver cord & gems.  I hope you will join in the fun & there is a surprise candy box for the winner.  Why not check out the other DT members for lots of inspiration too :)

StampFairy Friday Release

Friday AGAIN, time flying by & this week the StampFairy new release is "Linda Cheerleader".  I printed her onto pink paper & paper pieced her dress & pompoms, adding a bit of Glamour Dust to her dress & bows.  The papers are from MME (not digi for a change) & I finished off with a punched border, punched flowers, stamped bunting, ribbon, & card candy.  The greeting is this weeks freebie!

The challenges:
Stamps R Us - Goin' Digital
Creative Card Crew - Cute & Girly
Allsorts - Teddy Bear's Picnic
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Cutie Patootie 
Daisy Doodles - Colour Fun

Monday 16 May 2011

Monday Wotnots at Paper Pretties

Every Monday there are new digital images released at Paper Pretties & this week they are "Pasha Panda" & "Beatrice Butterfly".  As you can see I used Beatrice Butterfly & I printed her twice  (flipping 1 of the images so they would fit together) onto DP, sprayed with "Spray & Shine" stuck the 2 images together with some pearl headed stamens for antennas, threaded some beads onto elastic & made a little bracelet.  Don't you just love digital images cos you can re-size them, flip them & do some many different techniques with them :)

The challenges: 
Emerald Faerie Garden - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Not Square
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Flutter By - Anything But A Card
Digi Doodle - Blue & Pink
Creative Cowgirls - Anything Goes
Dutch Dare - Winged Things

I had to model it myself  cos my lil granddaughter Abigail was unavailable

Sunday 15 May 2011

Sentimental Sundays Challenge

This week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Make Your Own Flowers".  I love this fairy image which is a stamp from Lili of the Valley & I haven't used it for ages so it was nice to ink it up.  For a change I used Distress Inks to colour the image (I like using them but I definitely need to practice a bit more).  The papers are from my stash & the ticket is a stamp by Raindrop Echo from Whimsy Stamps.  The flowers are made by punching a circle, cutting a spiral, curling it up & adding 2 punched & embossed leaves.  I finished the card with ribbon, charms, gems & Glamour Dust.  There are some amazing creations from the DT so you should get lots of inspiration for your flowers & don't forget there are free sentiments every week & the DT call is still on so if you want to be part of a fab n friendly team why not give it a go :o)

The challenges:
Lili Of The Valley - Ribbons & Bows
Dutch Dare - Winged Things
Creative Inspirations - Glitzy & Bling
Pixie Dust - Make It Shiny 
Paperminutes - Wings
Freshly Brewed - Photo Inspiration
Frosted Designs - Ribbon or Twine
Sew Many Cards - Anything Goes
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Old Supplies (stamp & papers)
Designed 2 Delight - Handmade May Flowers
2 Sisters - How Does Your Garden Grow?
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes

Ooh before I go I must tell you that if you remember in my last week's Sentimental Sundays post I had been given a fabulous digital sentiment set from Raindrop Echo to give to one lucky random commenter & that is (fanfare...) Lisa from Lisa's Paper Addiction.  Congratulations Lisa & if you email & we will get your prize sorted for you.

Friday 13 May 2011

Arghhhh Silly Blogger!

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has lost posts because of Blogger being down today.  I scheduled my StampFairy new release post for today at 11.00 am & where is it?!  Nowhere to be found, so here we go again...
This week's fab new release at StampFairy is "Pig Cowboys".  I coloured the image with ProMarkers, added a desert background (c/o Google images) & made a frame with my Nesties.  The papers are digi & I finished off with some string, an eyelet & the greeting is this weeks StampFairy freebie (I used my oval punch).  I hope you will check out the other DT members & see their fab creations.

The challenges:
Stamps R Us - For The Men In Our Lives
Creative Belli - Letter S (string)
Crafts & Me - Punches
Papertake - Fancy A Punch
My Mum's Craft Shop - To Die For
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Scrap-Creations - Circles
Flourishes - Anything Goes
Penny's - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Anything Goes

Have a fabulous weekend everyone - hubby has his last Saturday game of footy tomorrow & he hasn't got a game Sunday so we're having a day out :o)

Thursday 12 May 2011

Paper Pretties Happy Birthday!

Oopsie I forgot to get something organised for the Paper Pretties birthday blog hop but I have had a lot on lately (that's my excuse anyway).  We are celebrating Nancy's birthday today & as always there is a birthday blog hop to celebrate.  If you are hopping you should have come from Janet's blog & then finish with the birthday girl Nancy herself - Happy Birthday sweetie :)
OMG better go now gonna be late for work...

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Card For A Special Person

Happy Wednesday everyone, I love Wednesdays cos it is my day off (although I have got to go to the hospital for an Endoscopy this afternoon so that's not too much fun).  This card was made at the request of my Aunty for her daughter's 50th birthday.  She didn't give me any brief so it took me ages to decide what to do (& especially what image to use, I've been looking at loads lol).  I find it's always harder making a card for someone special as you want it to be perfect (well not perfect but special - you know what I mean).  I decided on this cute image from Pollycraft & coloured it with Promarkers, I did go over the top with the Glamour Dust but my cousin is a real girly girl like me & loves all that sort of thing & so I used lace, ribbon, lots of flowers & a charm.  The papers were free from Computer Scrapbook & I finished of with some stamped, punched & glittered butterflies & some gems, a brad & a button & a made a matching box.

The challenges:
The Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
PaperPlay - Show us Your Style
One Stop - Birthdays
Moving Along With The Times - Have Some Cake 
Incy Wincy - Mother's Day or Girlie
Everybody Art - Flowers
Papertake - Fancy a Punch
Creative Craft - Distressed and/or Vintage
Creative Inspirations - Glitzy & Bling
Kaboodle Doodles - Lots of Layers
Prairie Fairy - For The Girls
Crafty Calendar - Teddy Bears
Bunny Zoe - Lace
Ellephantastic - Birthday/Party
Claudia & Company - Butterflies
Paper & Such - Make a Birthday Card
Dream Valley - Flowers
Creative Card Crew - May Flowers
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Sunday 8 May 2011

Sentimental Sunday 1st Anniversary , DT Call & The Chance to Win!

The Sentimental Sundays challenge this week is "Anything Goes" (with a sentiment) - it doesn't get much easier than this, you can let your creativity flow & make what you like!  It was our 27th wedding anniversary on Thursday (I was a child bride lol) unfortunately I didn't feel that good (& we both worked late) so not much celebrating was done & I wanted to make something different instead of a card for my lovely hubby Mark.  I've never made an exploding box so I thought I'd have a go, I used THIS template & really enjoyed making it.  The papers are  from Designer digitals & printed on to both sides of some thin card, I cut a couple of hearts from the papers & stitched it together & made a springy thing using a couple of strips of card.  The sentiments are from TLC again.  There is lots of inspiration from the DT as usual & don't forget the weekly freebie too!

ALSO as it is Sentimental Sundays 1st Anniversary you have several chances to win a fantastic digital sentiment  set of your choice from Rainbdrop Echo Designs Whimsy Stamps digital collection by commenting on each DT member's post (every member will be giving away set) & that's not all... we are having a DT call too so if you would like to be part of our fab team check out the post on the main blog :o)

The challenges:
Stamps R Us - For The Men In Our Lives
Scrappy Frogs - Anything Goes
Delightful Sketches - Mother's Day or Someone Special
Pear Tree - Free For All
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - No Cards Allowed
The Rubber Cafe - Anything But a Card
Pixie Cottage - Sketch and /or One For The Boys
Pollycraft - Anything Goes
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes 
Emerald Faeries - Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday - Open 

Ooh just one more thing before I go (sorry for the mammoth post lol) if you want to view some more fab blogs Paper Pretties have another birthday blog hop  & next on the hop is Nancy & we are celebrating for Janet - Happy Birthday Janet :o)

Friday 6 May 2011

Advice From A Ladybug...

(although I call them "Ladybirds" lol).  I love this new release from StampFairy called "Donny Ladybug" & I've coloured him with ProMarkers with some Glamour Dust on the wings.  The papers are from Nitwit Collections & I did some faux stitching around the edges.  The sentiment was free from TLC & I thought it went perfectly with this cute image :)  I finished off with some flowers, punched foliage & a wooden ladybird (bug).  Why not check out the rest of the DT for some gorgeous creations & lots of inspiration & don't forget there is a freebie too!

The challenges:
Lili of the Valley - Animal Antics
Pear Tree - Free For All
Papertake - Anything Goes
One Stop - In Stitches
Cupcake - Something Beginning with C (circles)
Craft Us Crazy - Mothers Day and/or Flowers
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Scrap-Creations - Bugs Life
Crafty Catz - Give Us a Quote/Saying

Monday 2 May 2011

Paper Pretties New Release

Monday again, times flying as usual but at least it's another extra long weekend here :)  Paper Pretties have new digital images every Monday & I love this one, he's called "Webster" & I think he's such fun.  I made an easel card (haven't made one for ages), the image is coloured with ProMarkers, the papers are from Designer Digitals & the sentiment is from Raindrop Echo Designs.  I finished the card with some ribbon thus keeping it REALLY simple but I wanted to focus on the image :)

The challenges:
Sparkles Forum - Anything Goes
Bows & Berries - Bright & Bold Colours
Scrappekammeret - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust - Let's Play
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Sew Many Cards - Easel Card
Stamp Something - Something With Wings 
Scrappy Frogs - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Sunday 1 May 2011

Sentimental Sundays Challenge & One for the Kiddies too

This week the Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Mother's Day or For a Woman" & we also have an optional extra fun challenge for the children :)  As here in the UK we've already celebrated Mother's Day I have made a girly card.  I used a rubber stamp I've had for ages & paper pieced it, stitched some lace around the bottom & added some ribbon.  The greeting & papers are all from Craftwork Cards & I finished off with some flowers.  Don't forget the free sentiments every week & I hope you & your children (family member or otherwise lol) we be able to join us this week.

The challenges:
Totally Gorjuss - 1,2,3 (1 image, 2 papers & 3 flowers)
Miami Doodles - Let's Get Girly
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes
Just Add Ink - Just Add a Flower
Scrap Creations - Flowers 
Ladybug - Fashion

I thought I'd share this jewellery set I made with you too (I'm starting another blog for my jewellery but it's hard finding time for this blog let alone another one).  We had a wedding reception last night & I made this to wear (I also made a wire wrapped ring after I'd took the photo) & for a first attempt I was really pleased with it (& it didn't fall to pieces while I was wearing it!).