Thursday, 16 December 2010

Wrap up Warm

Well it looks like I've finally caught up on all the cards that I was asked to make apart from one which is not needed until January. I've posted all my cards and done my shopping and just in the nick of time too, as it's just started to snow again here in Essex.
This was a Christmas card a made for a dear friend of mine. It's a digital image from Craftsuprint which I have coloured with copics and then heaped on the glitter for the wrap around her coat.The twirly bits on and around her hat are done with stickles.
This card is for
Digital Tuesday Challenge 89 Sparkling Christmas
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge 46 Clean & Simple
Allsorts Challenge 82  Last minute Christmas Projects

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Creative Card Crew

Well not long now until Santa arrives. I've been beavering away in my workshop with yet more last minutes orders for Christmas cards and more of those landmark birthdays, hence why this is my first blog post in over a week.
This is one of those cards which I was asked to make for someone's son who loves fishing.It's a centre step card the same at the 21 card I did a couple of weeks ago.
It fits in to the challenge  at Creative Card Crew which this fortnight is Anything Goes.
The fish  have been covered in 3d gloss and stuck on. I cut an extra layer for front of the basket and put some just poking out the extra layer.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Let's Dance


Wow what a week all that snow but at last it is melting and lets hope it stays away we don't want another lot like this week no matter how pretty it looks.At least with the horrible weather and being confined to the house it has meant that I have caught up on all my orders and even managed to write my own Christmas cards. All I need now is to be able to get out to buy some stamps to post them.
This is one of the cards I was asked to make which fits into the challenge at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 112. The theme this week is Christmas.

Well after being stuck indoors all week must dash off we are off to a party. Thankfully it's very close to home and I can just see my destination from the lounge window so no need for a sat nav or car just some good old wellington boots.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Friday Sketchers 130


Good morning from a cold and frosty Essex where the sun is shining.Somehow I don't think I will venture out today far too cold.I'm still recovering from being woken in the middle of the night by yet another migraine. Those migraines always make me feel worse.
I thought I would have a change from Christmas cards today and make a different type of card. I don't know what it is with me at the moment but I seem to be into Vintage cards.Paper is Laura Ashley and the stamp is from Hero Arts.
I have followed the sketch at Friday Sketchers

Thursday, 25 November 2010

21 Today Oh I wish!!

Ok so I've been a bad blogger again but I've certainly not been a bad crafter these last couple of weeks. I've been beavering away making all sorts of cards which has kept the old grey cells working overtime.
At the moment I've orders for 21st,40th and 50th birthday cards. So when I saw my friend the other day I talked very nicely to her and she was kind enough to cut some numbers out on her Cricut for me.Thanks Gill your a star. First time I've actually seen one work which was interesting, maybe something else to add to my want list, although I am still unsure as to actually how much I would use it so maybe not.Time will tell.
This card happens to fit the challenges at
Papertake Weekly which is Cut it Out so a punched shape or die cut on your card.
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz 47 - One for the Girls

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Vintage Santa

Well the weather today has been awful rain, rain and more rain. So I've been catching up on family history which has sadly been neglected these last few weeks while I've been poorly.I've also been making a few more Christmas cards as the time for sending them is rapidly approaching.
I just love this jolly Santa stamp. His beard and hat are covered in glitter and I've used red stickles for the holly berries.Cuttlebug snowflake embossing border then I swiped the red card with white stamp pad to highlight the snowflakes. Sentiment is from Imagine That.

This card is for the following challenges

Crazy 4 Challenges -Christmas
The Secret Crafter - Sparkle & Shine I've lots of glitter on his hat and beard.
ABC challenge H is for Holidays

Thanks for looking and have a good week.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Sympathy Card


Challenge 45 at Charisma Cards this week is Sympathy. We all know how hard these can be to make and I've been asked to make a quite few these last few weeks.I like to keep these sort of cards fairly plain and simple.I stamped the butterfly then placed on the card with a dab of glue so it's wings were lifted off the card.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

11 challenges in one


I had a great couple of hours at Imagine That this morning and came home all inky fingers from using Tim Holtz Distress inks.Good thing was when I got home there was no one telling me off for getting dirty like when you are a child. Somehow when you are all grown up it seems ok to get dirty when playing.
I haven't made an easel card for ages so thought I would make one using another stamp which was buried at the bottom of my box.
This is for the following 11 challenges. Not sure how I managed that many as I had made the card before I looked at any challenges.
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 108 - red& gold
Charisma Cardz challenge 44 - With love at Christmas
Allsorts Challenge 77- Twas the night before Christmas
Lexi's Creations challenge 26 - anything goes
Little Red Wagon challenge 53 - red
Critter Sketch Challenge 38 - anything Christmas
Patties Creations Challenge 3- Christmas card or creation
Christmas Card Challenges challenge 49 - Photo inspiration
The Burtonesque Dolls - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge 8 Christmas Inspired
Stamp and Create challenge 7 Tis the season- christmas or holiday card

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Five into one




At last I think my cold is finally going after two weeks of suffering, only to be replaced by yet another migraine.However before the migraine kicked in I found a little energy for another card.
Stamps are from Creative Expressions. The sunset was created using Tim Holtz distress inks. Image coloured with copics. Sentiment from Paula Pascual.Embossed background is one of Tim's Holtz fab embossing folders.
This card is for the following challenges
The Stamp Man - Cards for men
Wee Memories - Anything Goes
Cards for men - Challenge 22 anything goes as long as it's male.
Let's ink it up - create a scene
Papertake Weekly Penny for the Guy so men/boy cards

Monday, 1 November 2010

Ho Ho Ho!!



This is just a very quick card as I have been feeling rather poorly the last few weeks and have done very little.I have just not been able to shake off this cold.

This card is for the following challenges.

Papertake Weekly - Sparkly & Bright
Creative Card Crew Let's Punch it. I've used three different Nesties.
ABC Challenge G is for Glitter - Well there is plenty of that on his hat and beard.
Apologies for the bad photo but with the early nights now upon us it was dark before I had finished.Sorry I can't remember where the stamp is from other than I found it in the bottom of my box of stamps.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Friday Sketckers 125



This card is for Friday Sketchers Challenge 125. I sat staring at this sketch for a while thinking my mojo had also caught my cold and gone on strike. Just when I was giving up I started clearing up my desk and found all the left over bits from last weeks challenge and some Snow Ladies that I had coloured up a few weeks ago and not done anything with.So there it was this weeks card from last weeks leftovers and a perfect companion to last weeks Mr Snowman.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Friday Sketchers 124




Ok so it's time to get on and finish my Christmas cards. I think this is number 70 something. I've honestly given up counting at the moment.So for this card I have followed this weeks sketch at Friday Sketchers
Papers were a freebie download from Martine McKnight at The Craft Table.
There is some glitter on the snowman but as I have photographed it this evening it is not showing too well.

Friday, 15 October 2010

F is for Flowers


Oh yes I'm back. No I have not been sunning myself in warmer climates, although hubby has. He went off on his yearly retreat to Gibraltar. Instead I have been beavering away doing other things and trying to keep up with card orders. Just when I thought everything was ok and back on track we started to have problems with the electric, which led us to discover one cold morning the the pump on the boiler had gone. No sooner was that fixed than it sprung a leak onto the electric socket beneath and the power kept going off again.We now have to wait a week for a new part but at least we have heating and hot water again. We have also been having problems with our broadband which makes using the internet painful as it is so slow.Seems there is noise on the line somewhere between our house and the exchange. Looking for a needle in a haystack seems to spring to mind when hoping for a solution to this problem.
The challenge this week at ABC is F for Flowers. This is a card a friend asked me to make for her daughter's birthday next week.
Stamps are Greenhouse Garden from Stampin' Up. One is stamped on to the oval and the others were stamped then cut out and layered around the oval. I then added lots of sparkle to the embossing and the centre of the flowers and finished off with a dragonfly brad.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Two into one


Just time to post another card today. This is for two challenges and I've used one of my favourite colour combos pink and black.
Papertake Weekly Challenge this week is a sketch for which I have rotated a couple of bits but that is ok for this challenge as you can still see the sketch.
The second challenge at A Spoonfull of Sugar is Spots and Strips

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Friendship


Well I've had a lovely quite weekend after Fridays fab afternoon at Imagine That. I have to say I saw a sneak peak of two classes coming up next quarter and can't wait.I've not been idle though I've made a further 10 Christmas cards bringing the grand total to 64. I've also made a mosaic coaster which was a crafting gift from some friends as a thank you for feeding their guinea pigs, much better than the beer hubby got of course.I've also started decorating a little altered art birdhouse for the Christmas tree.
Now I've had to wait until hubby returned from his weekend in the IOW to post this as he had taken the camera. He has now returned with loads of photos for me to magically put on a disc for him so he can see them. He just doesn't have a clue how to do it and they say men are more technically minded, well not in this house.
Stamps are from Darkroom Door. Then lots of good old Tim Holtz Distressed inks, spiced marmalade, crushed olive and wild honey inks. I used Stampin'up chocolate chip to stamp the flowers. I did try stamping the sentiment in brown but it just didn't look right.

I'm entering this card for several challenges.
Secret Crafter - Anything goes
Let's Ink It Up - Use your favourite stamp and a charm too.
Paper Sundaes - Use fall or Halloween colours.
The ABC Challenge - D is for Distressing_ I used Distressed Inks
Creative Bellie - B - Themed Embellishments- mine has a bow.
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Fall in Autumn Colour challenge
Creative Card Crew - Autumn or Fall

Friday, 17 September 2010

Cards for Men 19




Well thank goodness this week has been better than last. Finally both cars and the fridge/freezer are once again in full working order. A whole tub of flake ice-cream in a day is a bit much just for two. It was too good to waste though so a girl just has to do what a girl has to do and eat it of course.
The challenge at Cards for Men this week is transportation.
This was a card I made a few months back for my brother-in-law, who as you may have guessed turned 60.He loves steams trains and even learnt to drive one for his birthday so this card seemed appropriate.I even managed to find a font for the steam 60's

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Give me a cuddle



When I saw the Sketch at Friday Sketchers this week I knew instantly what stamp I wanted to use.The papers are from a great designer Jak Heath . I just love her work and the soft subtle colours of these papers. If you've never been to her blog do check it out it has some great tutorials and these gorgeous free papers. Not only is she a great designer but she is also very good at beating me most weeks in Bejewled Blitz a very addictive game on facebook.
Snowflake was cut from velum using a Marianne Creatables die then I used Tim Holtz tumbled glass wiped over the back and some glitter on the front for some sparkle.Stamp is from Whiff of Joy. Sentiment and small snowflakes are from Imagine That.
I am also entering this into this weeks challenge at
A Spoon Full of Sugar where the theme is Animals.
Whiff of Joy Challenge 87 which this week requires that you have at least two layers on your card.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Where's my Tools


Just time to post a quick card whilst I wait for hubby to return with tea. He has been helping a friend erect a greenhouse today and is stopping off at the chippy on the way home. I can't wait not only am I now starving but also we haven't had fish & chips for months.
The The Paper Players Challenge 14 this week is clean and simple, which is just great when you have to make a man's card.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Stampin For the weekend 46



Ok here I am like a bus now. You wait for one to come along then two turn up.Two postings in two days.
Oh how I wish I had had my camera with me today.On the way to lunch with hubby we were privileged to see a Dakota, Lancaster bomber and a Spitfire Fly over Hornchurch on their way to London to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, it was a magnificent sight and one never to be forgotten.I will hopefully have my camera at the ready on Sunday when a Spitfire will once again take to the skies of Hornchurch to commemorate those that fought in the Battle of Britain.
This was a card I was recently asked to make for someone's mother who was in The WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) during the war.
It just happens to fit into this weeks challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend which is shabby or vintage. To make the vintage map I printed off then screwed it up much to the horror of my husband who asked" What you throwing it away for ?" men they just don't understand the talents of us crafty people now do they ?.I then shabbied with Tim Holtz tea dye.

Daring Cardmakers


Once again I find myself apologising for being a bad blogger. I just don't know where last week went. It was good to catch up with some old school friends one evening the time, just flew by.For the last few days I have been plagued by migraines once again. I would love to say it's because of all the fun I have been having but it's not.
The weather has turned all autumnal here in Essex today with wind a rain. It's almost time to start hibernating and only go out when necessary, well for me anyway. Which of course hopefully will mean more time for crafting.
The theme at Daring Cardmakers this week is Sapphires for September. This is fairly open to interpretation and if you want to see some more information on sapphires then pop over to their blog and have a nosey around. I have chosen to take the meaning blue. I haven't done much paper piecing in a while so it was great to dig out this stamp and use again. It is on of my favourites.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Gone fishing


Well I hope you've all had a great week I certainly have.
I spent one day last week at Image That doing a class with the very talented Jo-Firth-Young called Stress Free Distress. Have you ever seen a bunch of grown women have so much fun with ink and shaving foam, I think not!!.
I came home with pink, orange and red fingers but who cares. It was such exhausting work playing that hubby took me for a lovely meal afterwards so I didn't even have to think about cooking.
This card is for the following challenges.
CES Challenge - Anything goes.
Sew Many Cards Challange - Happy Birthday.
The Paper Players - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything goes
This was a card I was recently asked to make.I think I am safe in putting this on my blog as the person concerned doesn't know me.
It' doesn't show too well in the photo but I used glossy accents on the little fishes and being thin card they also curled which makes them look even better as they don't lie flat.I also decoupaged the basket to give it a bit of depth.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Eight challenges in one



I've finally got my Christmas hat on and have now made a total of 52 Christmas cards yeah!!!!. Mind you 50 of them are identical. Still have about another 50 to make without any orders that will know doubt creep in.
Ok so I know I used this image a card or so ago but when I stamp up an image I tend to stamp up a whole page then sit down and colour the lot.I find it very relaxing to get out my colouring pencils as my hubby calls them.I also set myself another challenge to make six different cards using the same image so watch this space you may see more of this gorgeous stamp.
I made this card this afternoon whilst hubby was trying to get the goo out of my sewing machine, which died on me this morning.One of the small belts seems to have gone all sticky and mushy and fallen apart so I need to order a new one.
This card is for the following challenges
Friday Sketchers 116 - the sketch
Penny's Paper-craft 36 - Pink & Green
Creative Card Crew - Sparkle and Shine well I have lots of glitter and some gems although the glitter as usual isn't showing too well.
A Spoon Full of Sugar 117 - Christmas
Charisma Cardz 33 - Die cuts _ I used my nesties.
Winter Wonderland- Walking in a winter wonderland
Bah! Humbug 32 - Winter Wonderland
Stampin' for the Weekend 45 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Papertake weekly 46


When I saw the sketch this week at Papertake weekly it was the perfect sketch for an Anniversary card for a man as it was not too fussy. I realised it was my Wedding Anniversary on Friday so needed to make a card fairly quickly while hubby was out of the way. 22 years where has the time gone, it seems only like yesterday.I just hope he doesn't take a peak at my blog between now and then. Somehow I think I am safe as he doesn't look that often.
The hearts tumbling off the back of the lorry are some of the hearts which were left over from punching out the heart border.
Lorry and pile of hearts are stamps from Stampin'Up
Anyway have to dash.I also still have a birthday card to make today as it's also a very good friends birthday on Friday and I need to get it in the post to make sure it arrives on time.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Snowflakes, Snowflakes

Well once again I've been a naughty blogger and not posted anything in over a week. I sort of lost my mojo after all the crafting activities the week before.
All I have managed to do in the last week is the cards that I needed to complete for various orders from people. I still have three do to but I have plenty of time for those.
So to get my mojo back I set myself a couple of challenges. Firstly to make my first Christmas card, I'm so behind this year. My second challenge to myself was to put into practice something I learnt a few weeks ago on a course at Imagine That run my Jo Firth Young Masterboard magic which is basically making your own paper. So for my first attempt I used my lovely new stamps just released by Imagine That some gorgeous snowflakes. I then used this as my backing paper for my card.

This card is for the following challenges
Sketch Saturday Challenge 115 - The sketch
Papertake weekly - Something old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue the interpretation of this title is left to you. I used my old snowman stamp, my new snowflake stamps and the colour blue.
Penny's Paper-Crafting Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Papertake weekly


At last we have had some rain hooray!!
I have just spent yet another day with friends crafting and am now totally exhausted from all the girly chat and laughter so this is just a very quick post tonight.
This week I was asked to make a graduation card and the resulting card just happens to fit into this weeks challenge over at Papertake Weekly which is White & Bright so you have to have white combined with at least one bright colour, which in this case is bright red.I've used my swirls folder in the cuttlebug for the background.The hat is cut from card and stuck on with 3d foam. I made the tassel from embroidery thread.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

4 challenges into one card



Phew!! what a week. I've had such a great week catching up with friends and crafting. I had a brilliant time at Imagine That in Upminster on Thursday doing a workshop with Jo Firth-Young what an inspiration she is. I can't wait until the next workshop. Now I have to do all the boring things like washing and ironing, but before I knuckle down to some housework I have just enough time to post this card. This is for the following challenges
Friday Sketchers. The sketch
Pink Elephant the colour theme Brown.
Mami Doodles - Anything goes.
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Friday Sketchers 112/Papertake Weekly


Well bloggers it's still warm in Essex and I am still eagerly awaiting some rain, which seems to keep passing us by. I now can't even remember when it rained for more than five minutes it seems like months ago.The grass is no longer green but a nice shade of brown. The heat combined with my FMS/CFS which is particularly bad at the moment means I seem to have lost my mojo, hence my lack of postings over the last week.
Mr blogger has also been playing up and my blog started having strange messages appear all over it so I have had to quickly change the template to get rid of them. It still needs some tweaking when I get around to it though.
However I was determined to do something today and this is what I came up with I hope you like it. I've followed the sketch at this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge 112. The challenge at Papertake weekly is "Cutie Patootie" so anything cute. Well I think this little bunny from Lili of the Valley is cute what about you?

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

In The Garden


At last the temperature has cooled down here in Essex although I am still waiting for the rain so I don't have to water the garden.All we've had so far today is rain for about five minutes if that, the grass is looking decidedly brown.
This weeks challenge at Papertake weekly is "In the garden." This was a card I was commissioned to make a few weeks ago for someone's Mum who loves gardening so it is just perfect for this challenge.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Allsorts challenge 60/Dutch Dare



This card is for two Allsorts Challenge 60 which is July Love. Your card must have a heart on it.
The second challenge is at Double Dutch which is to make a card or creation based on a movie title. So my inspiration for this card is from the film Love Story.
Heart stamps are once again from Stampin'up

Sunday, 11 July 2010

I do like to be beside the seaside


I know it's been nearly two weeks since my last post but it has just been so hot it has zapped all my energy, plus I have been having major problems with pain in my legs. The temperature on our patio which is in full sun yesterday reached a staggering 43 Celsius or about 109 Fahrenhei, far too hot.
I did manage to get to a friends this week for some crafting as she was just around the corner from me. I have also just spent today in the company of friends at another workshop which was also great fun.I was hoping to get a good picture before the light went but I think I was just a little too late in the day.The picture doesn't really show that I chalked in blue sky. I also raided hubby's decorating box for some sandpaper across the middle. Image is from Lili of the Valley
This card is for the following challanges
Friday Sketchers 110 - the sketch
Creative Card Crew - To Die for challenge
Little Red Wagon - Use your nestabilities

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Daisy Daisy


What happened when I plonked myself down armed with my copics and some images already for Holby City tonight. You guessed it they took it off and put the football on, so I'm not happy. I am truly fed up of all this football and tennis it's about time they had one sports channel and left everything else alone.
So I downed the copics and returned to crafting which is why you are seeing two cards in one day from me.
This card is for six challenges which is also rather an amazing achievement for me.

Allsorts - challenge 58 embossing
The Crazy Challenge - Make it in an hour
Practical Scrappers - flowers
Corrosive Challenge Flowers
Caardvarks - wet or dry embossing
Craft Ann challenge 17 embossing

Hearts


Isn't the weather lovely this week, although myself I find it a little too hot. Even so I've managed to find enough energy to get a bit of crafting done. I've even managed to get a card done on the day the challenge was set rather than sneaking it at the very last minute. I've also used one of my favourite set of stamps at the moment which is Hearts from Stampin'up.
This card if for several challenges
Papertake Weekly challenge - Stitching be it real,faux,doodling.
Sew Many Challenges - Anything goes.
Fresh Brewed - anything goes.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Papertake Weekly 43


Phew!! isn't it hot today. Had a great time with friends last night. Today I am just chilling out it's far too hot to do anything outside.
This card is for papertake weekly challenge 43 which is a great sketch to follow. Not sure why the flowers look so dark in the picture they actually match the papers fairly well.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Colour Create Challenge 47


Oh what a naughty blogger I have been no postings in over a week.All I can say in my defence is I've been having fun fun and more fun. I've lunched with the ladies. Been to a fabulous workshop at Imagine That where we covered a book using Grunge paper and Tim Holtz fab distressing inks, stickles and glaze. Then my friend Gill took me and another friend Val out on a little tour of not one but three crafts shops, how lucky can a girl be to have such a fab week.
This is a very quick and simple card as I don't have much time today. The challenge over at Colour Create this week is Mad as a Hatter. We had to take inspiration form a picture of Johnny Depp playing the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.An optional extra is to use an element from the picture i.e. satin, bow, gems.Their is a tiny gem on her waist,
Well that it for now folks. we are having some friends to dinner tonight and I have hubby on commis chef duty as my feet are killing me after such a hectic week and I can barely stand let alone cook dinner on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Mine's a pint


Mine's a pint,well not literally I would prefer a glass of wine myself.Red or white not fussy as long as it's wine. This card is one I was busily making last week for someone who I am pleased to say was delighted with it. This card is for two challenges firstly over at Incy Wincy Designs where the theme this week is "One for the guys". The second challenges is at Cards for Men and the theme is Fathers Day.
Not sure of the make of stamp as it's one I borrowed from a friend. Coloured with copics and liquid appliqué used for the froth

Monday, 14 June 2010

Sketch Saturday 107


Finally I've got around to finding time to make a card for another challenge which is the challenge over at Sketch Saturday this week.. I have been a busy bee this last week making cards for various people once again and visiting friends. I've also got back into looking at my family history, as well as helping someone else to do their family tree. Time just seems to slip by when delving into family history.
Hubby and I had a lovely time at his aunt and uncles on Saturday for our annual family get together of aunts,uncles,cousins and 2nd cousins.It was a very long journey Essex to Dorset and back in a day.I will probably take a week or so to recover even though we went by train.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Die Cut Dreams challenge 50


The challenge at Die Cut Dreams this week is to make a celebration card and it must have a number on. I just happened to have just finished a card that I was asked to make this week for a lady who is 30 so this card fits nicely into this challenge.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Anniversary Waltz



The challenge this week at Daring Cardmakers is Anniversary Waltz.
Which was an ideal challenge for me to ink up my new Hearts stamps from Stampin'Up. I think I must be in simple mode this week as all the cards I've made have had very simple layouts and this in another of them.I've used this layout many times before as it it so versatile.
Not sure why the top paper looks purple when it is in fact beige guess it's just a trick of the light. Sentiment is from Imagine That Papercrafts.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

It's a Man's World


Well what did I say about Bank holidays and rain. Yes you guessed it it's tipping it down so bang goes my chilling out in the garden.
The theme at Tuesday Taggers this week is It's a man's world. Now we all now how hard men are to make cards for,It's pointless putting any of those lovely embellishments on they just don't register in their minds.So with this in mind I just made a very simple card but with one of men's favourite topics other than football and that is cars.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Kaboodle Doodles 31/ABC challenge



The bank holiday weekend is here once again I do hope that doesn't mean rain. It would be nice to spend some time chilling out in the garden this weekend. This card is for two challenges. The first over at Kaboodle Doodles where the theme is monochromatic. My card is sepia which give a nice vintage feel to the card. This brings me nicely on to the second challenge this card is for,which is over at ABC challenge whose theme this week is Vintage whether it be lace, flowers, paper, colours used etc

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Papertake Weekly 41/Crafty Creations


I'm back just in case you missed me. No I hadn't disappeared off of the face of the earth or gone on some luxurious holiday, if only!!. I have just been at home resting and getting used to a house with no decorating going on.Yes hubby has finally finished decorating so life returns to normal hooray!! and just in time for my birthday on Sunday.

This card is for two challenges first the sketch over at Papertake Weekly. The second challenge is at Crafty Creations where the challenge is to use your favourite stamp and that at the moment just has to be Henry from Whiff of Joy and coloured with Copics.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Charisma Cards 39


Just a quick card and post as I am not feeling too great today.This was a really quick and simple card to make which only took a few minutes to colour and I just love the sentiment."Life is unpredictable eat dessert first."
Both are from Pink Petticoat.
This card fits the Challenge over at Charisma Cardz this week which is "Sweet Treats" so your card must include food or drink.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Sketch Saturday 103/Penny Black 101


Finally managed to uncover some space to make a couple of cards. Who would believe that emptying one hall cupboard would take up so much space elsewhere. Never mind at least the end is is sight and hopefully all decorating will be finished this week.
This card is for two challenges. I followed this weeks sketch at Sketch Saturday. The second challenge is over at Penny Black and the theme this week is flowers. I've used this cute little stamp from the Hugs set which was yet another purchase at Ally Pally a few weeks ago.I've coloured with copics.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Friday Sketchers 101/Cards for Men


Well I don't know what happened to last week is just disappeared in a flash. Maybe I was just having too much fun to be at my pc.I did spend a day at my friend Gill's and had a lovely lunch with the girls another day. I even spent a day with hubby visiting Grand Designs live in London. The downside to all my activity was I spent the next three days doing absolutely nothing.
When I saw this weeks sketch at Friday Sketchers it was just what I needed for inspiration for a man's card.The challenge at Cards for Men this week is the theme "outside".
Sorry about the poor quality photo but it was hard to take indoors without the light bouncing off the mirri card.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Sketch Saturday 101


What an awful weekend we are having all this rain but then I suppose it is a Bank Holiday and it always rains then.Hubby has got his decorating hat on once again and has started on the hall. All those doors poor hubby has 8 1930's panelled doors to paint plus the picture and dado rails and the skirting board and that's not counting the walls as well. I can see it will take him a few weeks to get it all done.As for me I spent some quality time with my friend Val on Saturday visiting Imagine That. Well they did have a 10% off weekend and a girl can't ignore that now can she.
This card is for Sketch Saturday. I've used my new Hero Arts cupcake stamps which I chose as a prize a few weeks ago when I won the Friday Sketchers challenge sponsored by Simon Says Stamp, weren't I the lucky one.Backing papers are from Carol Ann Sweet Treats CD.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Friday Sketchers 99/ Tuesday Taggers



Well I think I have finally recovered enough from my weekend to find some energy for a card. This weekend just flew by. On Saturday we were celebrating my brother-in-laws upcoming 60th birthday. Boy don't the years go fast I think he was about 18 when I first met him. Anyway we had a great day at the Bredgar and Wormshill Railway where he learnt to drive a steam train, then we all took our life in our hands and got aboard for a ride.Sunday I spent with friends making cards of course and having a good old girly laugh and chat.
This card is for two challenges Friday Sketchers challenge 99 I've rotated the sketch to accommodate my cute little birdies from Whiff of Joy.Once again I've coloured with copics which I am very very slowly getting the hang of.The second challenge is at Tuesday Taggers and the theme is "Memories" what better memories than of a wedding.
Sorry for the poor quality photo but I took it tonight as I won't have time tomorrow as it's my friends funeral.
Enjoy the rest of your week.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Papertake Weekly 39


Hope you've all been having a good week apart from the havoc caused by the Icelandic volcano and no flights. Hasn't the weather been glorious if a little chilly. I hope the good weather keeps up for the weekend. My brother-in-law is celebrating his 60th Birthday by learning to drive a steam train and we are off to join in the fun for a ride on the train which hopefully he will drive.
This weekend is looking a lot better than last weekend when my good friend Gill sadly passed away. I will miss her terribly.
This card is for Papertake Weekly challenge 39. Stamp is from Rachelle Ann Miller and is coloured with my copics, which I am still trying to get to grips with. I've added some drops of glossy accents to the umbrella and the puddle for the water.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Four into one


Hi folks hope you are having a good week.I had a great time with my friend Val on Sunday at Ally Pally but boy was I tired by the time I got home.
Hubby once again has the paintbrushes out and the house is in chaos once again. Hopefully for the last time as we are now onto the dining room which will only leave the hallway so the house should soon return to normal and more time for crafting. Today's card happens to fit four challenges
Crafty Creations - 1 design paper, 1 image & 1 embellishment
Papertake Weekly - Cutie Pie isn't Henry just so cute. He is one of my buys from Ally Pally this weekend.
Creative Card Crew challenge 48 is Happy Birthday
Tuesday Taggers challenge this week is cakes & balloons

Stamp is from Whiff of Joy and coloured with copics. I also coloured a button to match the paper.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Colour Create/Crafty Creations


Just time for a quick card today. This is for two challenges. The first over at Colour Create where the colour combo this week is Lilac, Grey & White. The second challenge at Crafty Creations is paper piecing so this card fits neatly into both challenges as I paper pieced the dress. It also uses one of my favoruite stamps by Clarity. Sentiment is from Stampin'Up Vintage labels. The swirls around the edge of sentiment are from part of one of the stamps in the vintage labels set.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.