Sunday, 13 November 2011

Percy on ice



Here is another Percy Penguin from Molly Blooms, available at Sir Stampalot I have coloured him with distress inks and added stickles-Diamond and Liquid Pearls-Platinum for a bit of bling. I love these penguins, they just make me smile and this one didn`t take too much colour on him and was a good one to do a quick and easy card with.
I`ve used my fave punch at the moment, Martha Stewart-Eyelet Lace. (I said a couple of posts ago that it`d be cropping up again soon !) I haven`t got any Christmas border punches but I think this one looks kinda Christmassy ?
The sentiment is from Create a Scene stamp set from Creative Expressions - Vintage Christmas.



The snowflakes are cut with Marianne Creatables dies and I`ve again added stickles to them for a bit of sparkle. The little snowballs are white pom poms also available from Sir Stampalot. The background paper is Magnolia. I needed a border on this and I couldn`t find another paper to mat and layer with that matched so instead I just glued a fine line around the edge and added prisma glitter ( which I got covered in !! ) I think it makes for a nice snowy looking border and you don`t have to be too precise with it !

I actually made this card over a week ago as I haven`t been able to craft all week as I came down with a chest infection, God knows where I got that from, I was fine one day and sick the next and it has knocked me off my feet a bit but I`m on the mend now and looking forward to crafting again, I`ve missed getting covered in glue and glitter this past week !

Thanks for visiting me, bye for now and happy crafting.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Percy Penguin


Another Chrissy card ( sorry, are you sick of them yet?) I fell in love with this Molly Blooms penguin when I saw him at Sir Stampalot and realized he HAD to come home with me, he just makes me smile every time I look at him :)
I`ve coloured with distress inks and added a bit of stickles-diamond for sparkle.


the background paper is Bo Bunny - 12" Noel Rejoice. The sentiment is Molly Blooms also and the trees and music background are Magnolia.
I cut the background shape from Go kreate die 6x6 pointy frame #3 and the corner punch is SU. The bit of jute was kindly donated by my friend Tina and I thought it went well with the colour scheme and added a bit of texture.
The trees were a labour of love to cut out but I realized I had used cream background for everything else and I only had white water colour paper left which looked too stark against the other elements so I had to cut them out ! I just added a bit of snow writer and prisma glitter to them.

I`ve just finished all my ironing so I`m going to sit and have a well earned cuppa and put my feet up for a bit, thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xx

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Silent Night



Another Chrissy card for my growing pile ! I can`t afford any more new stamps for Christmas now so I`ve had to have a rummage through last years stamps for my cards. This one is from LOTV, I love these images and I am certainly getting my money`s worth from them, this one is a favourite lovely tradtional image.
I`ve coloured with distress inks and added a bit of glitter for sparkle and some Glossy accents to the glass in the lamp but I don`t think it shows up in the photo.

I`d like to enter this into the Allsorts Challenge this time around they`d like to see a Christmas Easel.



The papers are Bo Bunny from the Dec 25th collection - 12" Noel cuts and festive, Martha Stewart punches eyelet lace and holly and the berries are off Christmas crackers that I`ve collected over the years !!
The background stamp is Magnolia - Silent Night availabel from Sir Stampalot. I tried to give it an aged look by distressing the edges and inking with antique linen distress ink.
The postcard is from Molly Blooms, also available from Sir Stampalot. I went to town on this card didn`t I ? I think I threw everything at it, punches, paper, ribbon, flowers, berries, braid, pearls ! I get a bit carried away at Christmas ! LOL !



In case it`s not apparant from the first photo, it is an easel card! Here is a side view. Is it just me or are easels hard to photograph, they always look flat in the piccies !
Anyway, I`m off to have a rest, I had a tooth out on Monday and had to have stitches and I am in quite a bit of pain with it, I always have a bad reaction to the injections and I feel a bit woozy for a while afterwards, ( I`m a bit of a wuss when it comes to the dentist ! )LOL !

Thanks for looking in, bye for now and Happy Crafting xxx

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Anniversary in the Garden



Are you sick of Christmas yet? I am sick of making Christmas cards already so it was nice to have an opportunity to make an Anniversary card for my parents who celebrated 27 years together at the end of last month. This is the front of the card, I`ve used Martha Stewart punch around the page eyelet lace set, it`s my fave punch of the moment so you`ll probably be seeing a lot of it on my projects (until I get bored with it ! LOL )
The paper is from Regency A4 paper pack from Papermania Signature collection. The flowers are from Wild Orchid and Prima.



This is the inside, I didn`t want to over embellish as the picture is so cute I wanted it to speak for itself. This so reminds me of Mum and Dave in the garden ! Dave always wears his blue corduroy hat for gardening!
I`ve coloured with distress inks and used a cloud template for the background with chalk eyes inks.


I suspended the inside on a little hinge I made out of card so the image lifts up and the verse is printed underneath.



I haven`t done anymore crafting for the last couple of weeks, I keep sitting at my craft desk but not achieving anything, I seem to have lost my mojo ! If you see it anywhere please can you send it back to me so I can get on with some more crafting LOL ! I`ve even got two new stamps that my Mum treated me to but I can`t seem to summon up the enthusiasm to use them at the moment! not like me at all :(
Hopefully I`ll get some inspiration soon, until then, thanks for looking in, bye for now xxx

Monday, 17 October 2011

Winter House


Yet another Christmas card, I`m on a roll this year ! This image is from Molly Blooms and the little sign post is a mini Molly Blooms stamp too, both available from Sir Stampalot. The little group of birds is a Clarity Stamp.

I`ve coloured with distres inks and I just wanted to keep it simple and not over embellish for a change ! (I know, what happened to me ? no ribbon or background papers, a bit of a shock ) I didn`t want to clutter the image by adding a busy background, I wanted to keep it very wintery and cold looking.


I just added Snow Writer with glitter sprinkled over the top to give a bit of dimension and added a few flowers from Wild Orchid crafts, the punch is Martha Stewart holly using Tim Holtz cordinations card.

Thanks for visiting, bye for now and happy crafting xx

Monday, 10 October 2011

A very Beary Christmas


I`m on a roll now with my Chrissy cards, I`ve surprised even myself, normally I`m rushing around at the last minute trying to get cards made in time for Christmas but this year I am determined to get them all done in advance.
This image is Milton and Co available from Sir Stampalot, coloured with distress inks, the little robin image is from the new Penny Black Christmas Friends set also available from Sir Stampalot.
Background Stripey paper is Fancy Pants and the holly paper is another forgotton one from my stash I found on a recent sort out and rummage ! (I`m getting good at using up old bits and pieces now)
I finally got my head around my new Magnolia doo hicky doily, it`s a bit fiddly to line up so I only used a half of the design for this.



These beuatiful flowers are from Wild Orchid and now I`ve discovered them I`ll be buying a lot more in the future, I`ve highlighted with a bit of stickles - diamond to give a little Christmas bling, I can`t do a card without sparkle !n The holly is made with a Martha Stewart punch.

I`d like to enter this into the following two challenges :-
Wild Orchid Challenges - Christmas Fun
Allsorts Challenge - Bear with us

Thanks for looking in, bye for now and Happy Crafting xx

Friday, 7 October 2011

The " Micing " on the cake !!


I made this card for my friend Jeanne who`s birthday it is today, the image is one of my faves from LOTV, I just love these little mieces to pieces !
I`ve coloured with distress inks, The punch is Martha Stewart - Doily Lace,the background paper is one I`ve had forever from K&Co, it`s good sometimes to have a rifle through your stash to see what stuff you haven`t used in ages ! I also found these little butterflies that I got from a bargain bin for silly money ages ago !


They didn`t have any antennae on them so I just bent a little flower stamen in half and added behind with a glue dot, then finished off with some SU pearls to give the body some dimension, they are actually metal butterflies but with a little bit of pressure I was able to bend the wings slightly to give some movement.

The flourish is Tim Holtz elegant flourish Sizzix die available from Sir Stampalot

I`ve just finished the image off with some prisma glitter to highlight the icing sugar and Glossy Accents to give the jam and jar some shine! OOh yummy it looks good enough to eat ! ( not sure I`d want it after a load of mice had been tromping all over it even though they are cute ! ) LOL

Got to get busy with some samples for Kay Rutter today, she sent me a beautiful parcel full of hundreds of every coloured flower you can imagine yesterday which was a lovely surprise, I`ve just got to find somewhere to put them all now !!
Thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xxx

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Snow Friends



This is another Christmas card I`ve got made with my new Christmas Friends stamps from Penny Black.
I`ve coloured with distress inks and added stickles-diamond to highlight the snow and perlen-pen platinum for the little snowflakes.
The shape of the card is made using Go Kreate die 6" x 6" frame Pointy #3 the backing paper is Fancy Pants Holly Jolly.



I couldn`t find a round sentiment I liked and this one is from Magnolia but has a large solidly coloured Holly in the centre so I just covered it with part of the image selectively stamped onto a circle and raised it up on foam pads.
The circle is cut out from nesties on Tim Holtz coredinations - broken china which distresses brilliantly, I`ve just put it through swiss dots embossing folder and given it a light sand to bring out the little dots like snowflakes. The punch is ash branch and the little snowflake is from a pack my Mum put in my Chrissy stocking last year ! she`s always finding me little crafty bits and pieces bless her !

I`m off to take advantage of this glorious Indian Summer we are having here at the moment and I`m going to get some gardening done and wash my car !
Thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xxx

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A Purrrfect Wreath !


Now I`m not one to usually be so organized but this year I was determined to get a head start with my Christmas cards instead of waiting until the last minute like I usually do. So I had a play with my new Penny Black Christmas stamps that I got recently from Sir Stampalot. This is one from the set " Christmas Friends "

I`ve coloured with distress inks and used a Martha Stewart punch and Tim Holtz coredinations card for the holly, the nestie is labels ten and the paper is Fancy Pants. The scallop border punch is EK Success and the greeting and scallop circle are SU.
I love these little creatures especially the cats, this one reminds me of my Tessie when she was a kitten, always swinging on the Chrissy decorations LOL!

I`d like to enter this in the Penny Black at Allsorts challenge, this time around it`s "Get ahead for Christmas" which is exactly what I`m trying to do!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, bye for now and happy crafting xxx

p.s. I saw this on Fleur`s blog and thought it would be fun to play along,
the A - Z of me : -

A. Age: 42
B. Bed size: Double
C. Chore that you hate: Ironing
D. Dogs: used to have an alsatian/labrador cross called Tammy and a Jack Russell called Becky
E. Essential start to your day: Tea, not worth a damn before my first cuppa!
F. Favorite color: Sky Blue
G. Gold or Silver: Silver.
I. Instruments you play: Have played violin, clarinet, recorder, guitar and piano
J. Job title: Jack of all trades, master of none !!
K. Kids: none
L. Live: Spalding
M. Mother’s name: Nancy
N. Nicknames: Sussie by my family ( my best friend Sally calls me Mara !)
O. Overnight hospital stays: 1
P. Pet peeves: Bigotry, lateness, people who push in queues.
Q. Quote from a movie: " How do you like your Steak Sir " " Just knock it`s horns of wipe it`s ass and stick it on the plate son !" ( can`t remember the movie though !)
R. Right or left handed: Right mostly but a lot of things ambidextrous

S. Siblings: 1 brother 2 step brothers 1 step sister

U. Underwear: Big enough to cover essentials but NOT Bridgette Jones size !!

V. Vegetable you hate: Brussel Sprouts YUK !!

W. What makes you run late: I hate being late and hate people who are late so never !

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Chest, legs and foot.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Stroganoff and Lasagne

Z. Zoo animal: Tigers, my favourtite animals of all time.

Have a play along too !

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Birthday Tea



This is a little project I`ve done for a friends birthday today and BOY! was it a labour of love ! The teapot is a great project but very fiddly to put together, especially for large fingered people like me ! But I think the end result was worth the effort.
The image is a favourite of mine, Tina Wenke from Stampavie - mouse on orange daisy. I`ve had a lot of mileage out of this one ! available from Sir Stampalot.



I`ve coloured with distress inks, the punches are punch-around-the-page set from Martha Stewart - eyelet lace which I`ve had for some time but my ones don`t seem to line up on the regestration marks on the top of the punch so I haven`t used it very often but I`ve figured out how to line it up now and put my own little marks on the punch so it`s easier for me ! MS punches are usually excellent I guess I just got the odd one in a million that was a bit wonky !
The gingham paper is Craft creations, the daisies are from Wild Orchid and the daisy leaf die is BossKut.

I`ve added a bit of Stickles - Diamond and some Glossy accents here and there to highlight.

The teapot is a template from MTME (you can find the link in my side bar)it`s a great project but like I said V fiddly !!
I`ve used Bazzill bling card stock as it`s got a bit more give in it and easier to manipulate without tearing when you bend it. The little charm is from The Ribbon Girl.

I`ve added some choccies to the teapot, mmmmmm Lindor my faves, they very nearly didn`t reach their destination ! LOL !



Thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xx

Sunday, 18 September 2011

One Man and his err..... Camel ?


This is another sample for Sir Stampalot from the new Molly Blooms Christmas range.
I`ve coloured with distress inks and added a bit of Stickles for bling !
The background is created using some cloud templates also from Sir Stamp, I cannot for the life of me remember what the make is as I threw out the packaging !
I needed a night sky as there are stars in the image so I just used a darker ink to sponge the clouds and I hope it gives the desired effect !
The glittered border is created by dipping my finger in some dries clear glue and rubbing in around the edge before sprinkling the glitter ( which is Pee Wee glitter )
I love the little camel on a string, again Clare Rowlands humour comes through in her great images !

Now I have the unenviable task of washing, housework and the bain of my existance.... ironing ! YUK ! so I`d better get on with it, the sooner it`s done the more time I`ll have to craft this afternoon. Thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xx

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Nativity



Here is another sample I`ve done for Sir Stampalot with the new Molly Blooms Christmas stamps, I`ve coloured with distress inks and added glitter to highlight the angels wings and glossy accents for the star.
the background paper is Kaisercraft - Dec 25th Collection - Faith, flowers are prima and the leaves are punched from Martha Stewart holly punch using Tim Holtz coredinations paper - peeled paint, distressed the edges with a sanding block and folded them to give a bit of definition. The berries are from my stash, they were wrapped around the ends of a Christmas cracker I had last year ! (everything ends up in my craft box !)
I love the Mary and Joseph in this image, it reminds me of a typical kids nativity play at school, notice how she`s got the baby round the neck and Joseph has pushed her headress over her eyes ! classic !! Clare Rowlands ( molly`s designer ) has a knack for really bringing her characters to life with little details like these ... I love them !

It took me ages to colour those bricks in, why is it the more random you try to make things look, the harder it is, trying not to get two colour bricks the same next to each other without making it look like a pattern was really challenging ! hopefully the end result justified the effort, I had a lot of fun with this little scene anyway.
I`m off for a crafty get together with some friends tomorrow so I`d better go and put a few things together to take with me to do, maybe have a play with my new doohickey and Marianne dies.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, bye for now and happy crafting xx

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Good enough to eat !!



Here is a card I`ve made for Sir Stampalot with the Gingerbread house from the new Molly Blooms Christmas stamps. I`ve coloured with distress inks and used Snow writer, Glossy Accents, Stickles - Diamond and Glamour dust to embellish.
The snowflakes are from the Marianne Creatables dies #LR0125, papers are Bazzill embossed dot and MME Stella Rose Gertie 6x6 papers ( which I love ).



The little sign post was created by first measuring the area inside the sign post and using my graphics programme on the computer typing in the sentiment and sizing it to fit, printing it out and then using a stamp positioner, stamped the sign post stamp over the top to make sure the sentiment was central, then colour, cut out and embellish. It was a bit of a faff but I think the end result was worth it as I don`t have any greetings small enough to fit in this little sign. It was such a cute stamp though from the mini Molly Blooms collection, I couldn`t resist it !

I had a lot of fun making this card but it took several days to complete as I had to wait for the distress inks to dry thoroughly before I put the Glossy accents on to avoid the colours running, then I ran out of snow writer ! then I had to wait for the snow writer to dry which takes several hours ! I hope the end result is worth the effort. I love this card and I am going to find it hard to part with !
I have a new bunch of Molly Blooms stamps to do samples with so I`d better get started, thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xxx

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Fairy Full Moon



I`ve made this card using my new Lavinia Stamps that I got at the Stamperama show. I`ve been playing around with different background techniques and this one was created using torn copier paper and ink dusters with distress inks - Dusty Concorde, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot. The moon was created using a punched out circle from a post it note.
I`ve stamped the images in Onyx Black Versafine and added a bit of watercolouring to highlight the little toadstool houses using distress inks - barn door.
The "Fairy dust" is liquid pearls with prisma glitter over the top for a bit of added Bling.

I am loving these Lavinia stamps, they are something different than I`m used to working with but I love the complete fantasy world it allows me to immerse myself in, I can`t wait until I get some more of them.

Thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xx



Sunday, 21 August 2011

Seeing Spots !


This is another sample I`ve done for Kay Rutter using the Hougie Board, it`s a peek-a-boo card and is great for giving a bit of dimension to cards. I`ve used one of my new Penny Black stamps here that I got from Stamperama recently.


The card used is from Kay`s citrus collection, this one is fudge - from the spotty pack. The flowers are a combination from prima and carnmeal cottage and the sentiment and circle/scallop punches are SU.


I`ve water coloured the image using distess inks and used chalk eyes inks and the fab cloud templates from Sir Stampalot for the background.

I`ve been practising with my brayer again and also experimenting with my ink dusters for background and I`m really pleased with the results I`ve achieved. I`m going to have a play some more today with my new Lavinia stamps too so watch this space for what I come up with !
Thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xxx

Thursday, 18 August 2011

A real Hoot !!



I am so chuffed with the way this card turned out, I have had so much trouble with brayering backgrounds in the past I always got lines, thanks to some fab demo`s by Tracey Dutton of Lavinia stamps at Stamperama on sunday I FINALLY got it sussed ! I love Tracey`s work and watching how easy she makes it all look!
After having a play with my new stamps and brayer it actually is a lot easier than I thought, it just takes a bit of practise.
I have used Big and Juicy pad - Spice for the brayered background in this card and versafine Onyx Black to stamp with, the moon/sun was created with a mask throught a post it note ( good ol` post it`s, where would we be without them !)and I`ve just added glitter for an extra bit of zing, I can`t do a card without glitter LOL!

I had a FAB day on sunday, it was a lot more relaxed than the NEC, people demonstrating have more time to chat and show you things one on one as there are less stands. I picked up some great bargain stamps and found a great supplier of charms - Meiflower , who only charge 99p p&p on their website. I will definately be going back to Stamperama next year.

Now I have to get busy, got some more samples to do for Kay, thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xx

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Kitty Christmas


This is one of the samples I have done for Kay Rutter for her up coming new book launch on Create and Craft. She asked me to come up with some different Easel cards and this one is a tri-easel.
The stamp is a penny black one from last Christmas, it`s actually all on one stamp but I selectively stamped all three images to give three seperate panels for the card.

I have coloured with distress inks and added some prisma glitter for a bit of sparkle.
The paper is from Kay`s own Hougie Craft collection, the border punch is icicle from Martha Stewart, the circle and Scallop and sentiments are SU and the snowflakes are Marianne Creatables dies - #LR0125 - available from Sir Stampalot.

I`m off to Stamperama in Stevenage for the craft show on Sunday with a group of good friends and it`s got me in the mood for some serious crafting ! I can`t wait as it`s a show I`ve not been to before and it will make a change from the NEC to see different companies I`ve not seen before. The only trouble is I`ll probably spend way to much money LOL ! Lavinia stamps will be there and I am addicted to those at the moment so I`m like a kid at Christmas waiting for Sunday to come around ! LOL

I`ve had a busy morning doing housework and a busy afternoon making samples for Kay so I`m off for a rest now, time to put feet up and have a cuppa, I think I`ve earned it ! thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting xxx

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Bestest Friends !


Here is a card for my Best Friend Sally`s Birthday next month. These two little girls remind me of us as kids ( a loooooooooong time ago ! )
I actually sat down to make her birthday card today and when I pulled some card stock out of my paper trays, this one landed on my desk ! I`d started it some time ago and completely forgot about it ! How about that for a senior moment! I had almost finished it, I just added the sentiment a couple of extra flowers and the stitched border stamp which is a Molly Blooms from Sir Stampalot.

The image is LOTV which I`ve coloured with distress inks. The papers are from the MME - Stella Rose collection and Craft Creations. The flowers are from Carnmeal cottage, punch is Ash Branch available from Sir Stampalot and the Sentiment is SU.

I`ve been crafting up a storm today, got my mojo back now my work troubles are behind me and I can finally relax a bit and get my life back in order. I`ve been making some samples for Kay Rutter who is launching her new techniques book soon to go with her FAB Hougie Board so watch this space....

Thanks for looking in, bye for now and Happy Crafting xx





Saturday, 9 July 2011

Snow Business


I know, I can hear you saying it ......... "CHRISTMAS !! "
No I haven`t gone mad ... ( not yet anyway ! ) This is a sample I have done for Sir Stampalot who will be having their Christmas launch soon, on the crafter`s calender it`s time to start thinking about all things Christmassy, when you have a lot of hand made cards to do, you need to get started early on in the year. I have to say I don`t usually start thinking about making mine until late September but making this one kind of got me in the mood for it !!
The stamp is a Penny Johnson clear stamp which I`ve coloured in with distress inks and added stickles - diamond and glossy accents just for the finishing touches.
The papers are Bo Bunny- double dot and Magnolia.
It`s quite a busy image so I kept the design simple and just added a red ribbon to pick out the red I`ve used in the image.

I haven`t been doing a lot of crafting lately, hence this is my first post for a month. Life hasn`t been treating me too well lately and I haven`t really had much inspiration to craft, plus I`m very nearly running out of some basic craft stash as I`ve been on a limited income since the start of the year, I haven`t been able to replenish. Hopefully things will start to look up soon but in the mean time, please bear with me as there won`t be many posts for the time being.
Thanks for visiting, bye for now xx

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Shutter Album


This is the shutter album I did for a mini workshop with 3 friends, they wanted a more 3D project and something to do with fantasy/fairies and this is what I came up with. I got the original idea for the shutter album from a tutorial on U Tube and I`m sorry but I cannot remember the ladies name who did the demo so I appologize for that but if you go on U Tube and type in " shutter Album" you`ll find it easy enough. It`s basically 2 shutter cards stuck together at the back with a couple of panels added to the front for flaps, very easy to achieve once you get the mechanics of the shutter cards in place (which took me a while I`ll admit LOL!)


Once you open the front of the album you get several layers of folds, there are options to which way you fold this but I opted for this version as it gives a little window area to peek through to glimpse the layers beyond. I have used Kaisercraft papers - Magic Happens collection - Topaz, Pixie and Enchanted all available from Sir Stampalot they went so well with the Lavinia fairy stamps which I adore !!



I`ve used ink dusters and distress inks to achieve the soft background colours and just added some liquid pearls - platinum and glamour dust for the fairy dust sprinkles. To get the effect for the moon and the glow within the secret doorway I just used masks made from good ol` post-it-notes.
I added a pocket on the left hand side just inside the flap as I thought this would be a great way to present a gift voucher to someone instead of just shoving it in a normal card, the recipient would have a lovely keep sake too.



The sentiments are from Lavinia stamps and LOTV and the little key (for the secret door!) is a little metal charm from the ribbon girl.


As the album is over 2 feet long when fully opened ! it`s difficult to photograph so I hope you get the idea of the layout from the photos ! but like I said, the demo on U Tube is very easy to follow.


Well I`m off to get ready for a lovely crafty morning with the same friends I did this workshop for, I have the next project to show them for a future mini workshop so I hope it`s as well received as this one was.
Thanks for stopping by my blog , bye for now and Happy Crafting xx

Sunday, 29 May 2011

A "Fairy" Good Birthday !


I made this card for my friend Louise`s birthday, she`s a fantastic crafter and makes such beautiful cards. I don`t know if I`m alone in this but I find it harder to make cards for other crafters than I do for any non-crafters ! Louise is a stamper like me and it`s difficult to find an image to stamp that she hasn`t already got LOL !
She loved the card though so ... phew !!

The image is a lovely one from LOTV, (I just cannot get enough of their stamps). I`d like to enter this one in the latest LOTV challenge which is " I believe in Fairies "
I have coloured with distress inks and added glitter to the wings and flower heads.
The papers are MME Stella Rose - Mabel "little lady" posies , K&Co classic K Bailey and MME Bloom and Grow. The flowers are from Prima and Carnmeal Cottage and the die cut is Sizzix extended cuts Swirly. The glittery ribbon is from an old Do Crafts pack that I`ve had for ages.
This was my first attempt at stitching on a card, my sewing machine is donkeys years old and I`ve made just about every soft furnishing in my house on it so it doesn`t owe me anything but it is a bit old and cranky now so it complained quite a bit at stitching through paper and cardstock, I need to invest in one of those handy mini sewing machines if I`m going to make a habit of sewing on cards. It seems to be a fashion to do it at the moment and when I see it on other peoples cards it looks fantastic ! Maybe I just need a bit of practice at it LOL !

My first mini class that I hosted last week went really well, it was just 3 friends (I thought I`d cut my teeth with people I know !) they all thoroughly enjoyed the class and want me to do another one and I was pleased with the project I`d designed (I`ll post here soon ) The only trouble is, now I`ve got to come up with another project for next time to top the one we`ve done, it was so well received that I`ve got my work cut out for me now !
I`d best get on and start designing, thanks for looking in, bye for now and happy crafting.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

A Day at the Beach


Over at the Allsorts Challenge they are having a Blog Hop and the theme of this challenge is to take inspiration from a picture of the seaside, here is my take on the challenge.
I`ve used Molly Blooms stamps available from Sir Stampalot. Molly sitting on the beach ball and the Donkey and I`ve actually pinched the Donkey`s hat from another Molly Blooms character! (hope she doesn`t mind LOL). I`ve coloured with distress inks and the backing papers are both Magnolia. The sentiment is SU and the starfish is from a Sizzix embossing set also available from Sir Stampalot. The aperture is cut from Nesties circle dies.



The little shells are some I have been collecting from beaches all over this country since I was old enough to walk. Each time I visit a beach I always pick up a handful of shells and bits and pieces from the sea that wash up on the shoreline. Some of the tiny shells on this card have come all the way from Arisaig in Scotland where I visited when I was 7 years old. See, us crafters never throw anything away ! ( Mum calls it hording !) I have over the years collected enough shells to fill a large biscuit tin and I still collect shells even now when I visit a beach.



I`m lucky enough to live only a 45 minute drive from the coast and I love being by the sea, I suppose it comes from being a water sign - Cancer, I`d love to go today, it`s a lovely warm day and there is hardly a cloud in the sky but I have to get prepared for a class I`m giving on Wednesday and I haven`t even got the project designed yet so I`d better get a move on !
Thanks for stopping by, bye for now and happy crafting xx