Thursday, 29 September 2016

Do you love flowers?

So, the cat is out of the bag! I'm so excited to let you know that I've been invited to work on a New challenge blog which is the brainchild of Aileen of Colour and Sparkle. Aileen loves her flower stamps and dies and had the genius/mad idea of starting a new challenge blog focusing on florals, and so The Flower Challenge Blog was born. Our first challenge starts on October 4th, so start sorting out your favourite floral stamps and dies now!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge

Wednesday again and time for another great challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge where our theme this week is Christmas/Winter and we have great prizes on offer from our two fab sponsors A Random Fan and As Cute as a Button. I used this great digi stamp from Cute as a Button for my DT card, coloured with my trusty copics of course. I cut out the image using tattered lace decorative circles and added a silver Miri mat behind. The papers are from a Lidl Christmas paper pad I got a couple of years ago and I embossed the blue using a crafts too snowflake embossing folder.  The large snowflakes are spellbinders create a flake cut out of white card. I added pinflair polar white to the fur around her face and touches of glitter to the snow along with some nuvo crystal drops in gloss white.
Apologies, for being late in posting this today, blogger decided to forgot to schedule it...

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A very quick make...

Phew, Wednesday tomorrow, I'm desperate for the break from work, but panicking about how much I need to do by the end of the month! Not helped by a trip to the hairdressers tomorrow, one of my least favourite things to do with a gammy neck. I have to say they're very good though, allowing me to bend my head over the sink rather than use the backwash normally. At least the grey will be eradicated for my parent's golden wedding celebrations this weekend.
I rustled up a quick shaker card so I had something to share today. I used the Crafters Companion Winter Wonderland card creator die (approx 5" square) on a 6" square of silver mirri and mounted it on a 7" square card blank. As I was crafting at speed I used a pre cut Hunkydory mirri mat rather than trim down everything to fit on a 6" card base. I used foam tape and acetate for the shaker element along with a few snowflake and smaller round iridescent white sequins. Think this might be the way to go for this years Christmas cards. Just to show you the die on a smaller 6" card, here's the non-shaker one I made when I first got the dies. Hope you all have a lovely evening x

Monday, 26 September 2016

Run out!

That's it, I've run out of cards to post! Got my design team cards ready to post on Wednesday and Saturday, but the other cards I've been working on I can't share just yet. Instead, you can see the flowers I've been making for another project. I stamped Heartfelt Creations vintage open floret on red shimmer paper and heat embossed them with Lindy's Gang red-gold embossing powder and then cut them out using dies and fussy cutting depending on what was on TV! I shaped them using the tonic flower tool kit and then assembled them using a glue gun and then shaping them further. Quite chuffed with how they turned out, even if I did have to go and buy a new glue gun. My glue gun takes the thicker glue sticks and I found that too much glue was coming out, so I nipped out to the craft shop and got one that takes thinner sticks which is much more controllable. A couple of other things might have fallen into my basket whilst I was there... Whoops.
Right, time to watch the second Corrie and then off to bed. Been a very draining day at work today, so looking forward to bed more than ever! Hope you've all had a good day x

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Marbles still AWOL. Hubby home.

Well, I take it all back, Hubby came second in the three man team event. There is a medal apparently, but as his bags are still in the boot of my car, it's not appeared yet.
I'm running out of cards to post! It's my parent's golden wedding anniversary on Saturday so I've been working on a special card for that, which seems to be taking forever, probably because I keep changing my mind. 
Today's card is one I made for a colleague who is leaving, she's not left yet, but I'm sure she doesn't look at my blog. I went shabby chic for this one, I used the stamp by lili of the valley and papers by them, not sure which, as as usual the front cover is missing. I distressed all the edges with a pair of scissors and scribbled a border around different elements. The flower is made using tonic flower dies and Sue Wilson's faux quilled leaves again. I added a couple of butterflies and have managed to lose the die for the largest one (rummaged through the bin with a magnet and everything, no sign of my marbles in there either). A sparkly dazzler and a few pearls to finish.
Right, off to see if Hubby is getting out of bed today, then we can watch Strictly together. Have a great Sunday x

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Has anyone seen my marbles?

It's official, my marbles are missing. I was getting a bit worried last night as it was 9pm and I still hadn't heard from Hubby and his flight should have landed at tea time. I eventually found the print off of his flight details and realised that he arrives back today... I think what threw me, was that he said he was coming back on the Friday and I didn't twig that that meant he was flying overnight. Whoops. Could have had an early night after all, oh well, and then I woke up at 7.30 and couldn't get back to sleep. So much for my lie in! Hasn't it turned autumnal all of a sudden? Much cooler and darker.
Enough waffle and onto the card. It was one of my colleagues 30th Birthday this week and of course I volunteered to make the card. I used Tattered Lace Wedding Table number dies from the Floral Folk collection in cream card and added nuvo drops around the edges. To give you an idea of their size, it's an 8x8 card. I embossed some centura pearl with a spellbinders m-bossabilities folder for the background and mounted it on some kraft card. I had some tape with 2 rows of pearls on it (can't think how else to describe it), so I snipped that down the middle to get single rows and added them round the edge. I die cut Sue Wilson's petite vinery in kraft card and tucked then behind the daisies and 2 sizes of blossom from Wild Orchid Crafts. Bit annoyed that the 30 isn't quite central but I'm sure no one will care except me! Right, off in search of my marbles. Have a great day x

Friday, 23 September 2016

Oldie Friday

Friday night and I'm looking for the matchsticks to prop my eyes open to watch the start of Strictly tonight. Plan B is that it's set up on series record. This may also be necessary as Hubby should have landed in England after his trip to the World Goldpanning Championships in California (don't ask, I think he did rubbish this year and got knocked out in the quarter finals), so I'm waiting to hear when they want picking up from the train station. I can enjoy a lie in tomorrow, Mum's coming round about 10, so I think I can get away with crawling out of bed about 9.30! Still got too much to do, but a good rest first will help. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
If you survived at that waffle, you'll have guessed that as it's Friday it's time to link up with the lovely Erika to share a crafting oldie. This crafting oldie was made as a thank you for one of our wedding presents, so that dates it towards the end of 2012. I know I used spellbinders cherry blossom die set and I can't remember the birdcage, possibly die-versions, it had several birdcages, swings and birds in a solid rectangle die anyway. I used the sentiment stamp that was from the Clarity Stamp club one month, but masked off the wavy line at either side. I think I filled the centre of the flowers with cosmic shimmer coloured PVA.
As you can see, I also used this design for a birthday card. Hope you enjoy strictly and have a restful night's sleep x

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Anyone got a spare time-turner?

Honestly, there just aren't enough hours in the day right now! There is so much going on that I've hardly got time to think. Lots of things in the pipeline to share with you soon, providing of course that my head doesn't explode in the meantime. It's my parent's golden wedding in just over a week and of course I want to make them a very special card. With that in mind, I had a play with some dies, including my new cheap heart die (£1.99) on eBay on a 6x6 card blank. This die was the one that doesn't quite cut for about a centimetre on the right hand side just after the bottom flourish. As you can see it was very easy just to snip that bit without spoiling the shape. I used the Crafters Companion anniversary die and used the matching alphabet set to spell ruby. I might add a bit of bling to it later. 
Right, off to cut out some flowers before bed, sleep well x

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge

Wednesday has rolled round again and so it's time for a fresh challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. As usual our theme is Anything Goes and we've a fab prize on offer from our sponsor this week, Lacy Sunshine.
Lacy Sunshine kindly provided the image for me to work with this week "Rory as courage" and so I printed it out and coloured it in with my copics.
Card size - 8x8
Papers - LOTV One birdie lane and yellow card from stash
Dies - tattered lace decorative rectangles, Crafty Ann leafy corner.
Sentiment - Clearly besotted Be Lucky
Flower - wild orchid crafts
Bling and faux stitching to finish.
Hope you're all having a good day and managing to get some crafting done!

With Sympathy

Whoopie! A lie in tomorrow and I'm sooooooo looking forward to it. Why is it that I drag myself out of bed when the alarm goes off at 6.35 (those extra 5 minutes are very important) and yet on Sunday I was wide awake at 6.30?
I seem to be favouring the very simple card making with dies at the moment (nothing to do with them being quick and easy, honest) and one of the forums alerted me to the fact there are a lot of very cheap dies being listed on eBay by middle eastern sellers. The prices have started to increase as the word is spreading, but there are still a lot of bargains out there. If you look in the Cardmaking and scrapbooking category and then look in the die cutters sub category, you'll find them. So far I've received 6 of the ones I've ordered and only one hasn't cut properly (there's a section on the edge about 1cm long that doesn't quite cut but can easily be snipped with a pair of sharp scissors).
I made today's 5x7 card using one of these cheap dies. It cut perfectly and has a seperate cutting edge so you can leave the design in the cardstock if you wish. It cost me £3.49 with free delivery! 
I simply added a mat of black card behind it before adhering it to the card with foam tape and stamping the sentiment. Simples! Hope you all have a great evening x

Monday, 19 September 2016

Yet more of that Sweet Briar Die...

Not very exciting, but two more cards that I made when playing with the pick of the week die sets. Pretty self explanatory in how they were made. Busy day at work today, so no crafting tonight, just catching up on my DT commenting, watching Corrie (that Phelan is a nasty piece...) and hopefully getting to visit all my lovely blog friends and seeing what you've all been up to. Sweet dreams when you fall into bed x

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Butterfly Challenge

Sunday evening, where has the weekend gone? The weather has been beautiful all weekend here.
I drove to a village near Harrogate yesterday for another talk by Frances Harcourt Brown, the leading vet when it comes to bunnies. She gave a lecture for owners about chronic health conditions in bunnies, which was fascinating as she doesn't "dumb it down" for us, even if that did mean there was a lot of pus featured on the slides! Absolutely fascinating and I learnt loads. I also got to catch up with some of the bunny owners I met last time, some I'd met at the forage day and met some more people off the bunny forum. It was a long day though, an hour and three quarters drive each way, I left home at 11.15 and got home at 8.45. My neck wasn't very impressed, I got up to nip to the loo towards the end and ended up sitting on the floor at the back of the hall when I went back in as it was more comfy that way. Lots of cake was involved though, so that helped the pain.
I was determined to join in with the Butterfly Challenge - L is for lavender and/or letters this time. I've not
managed to join in many challenges recently, and purple is my favourite colour so I had to have a play. Apologies for the photo, it's actually more of a lilacy lavender colour than the red shade of purple it appears, I blame low energy bulbs! 
I used another die set from the pick of the week bundle, Rosy Posy and inlaid it with centura pearl and also used centura pearl to put a mat behind it. I'm not that keen on the sentiment that came with the set and so I used Crafters Companion dies instead. To incorporate the required butterfly element I used memory box Dancing Butterflies, the strip die cuts the tiny little set of 5 butterflies, so cute. A few gems as ever to finish.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Sweet Stampin - Anything but a card

A beautiful Saturday morning and time for another great challenge over at Sweet stampin. Our theme this week is anything but a card and we have a fab prize on offer from our sponsor Live & Love Crafts.
I decided to make a wreath using paper flowers. I stamped Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret in various sizes on vellum and heat embossed them using white embossing powder on some and lilac powder on others. I then fussy cut them and shaped and layered them up adding a dazzler from eBay in the centre of each.
To make the wreath I die cut several pieces of scrap card with my circle dies and layered them up to give some rigidity. I covered the top with centura pearl incase any showed through. I die cut lots of Sue Wilson's Faux Quilled Leaves out of centura pearl and then assembled the wreath. I made a mistake in using glue gel to arrange everything, whilst it gave me more wriggle room than a glue gun would have done, it meant that everything took ages to set and so trying to angle it to get a good photo was impossible as things slid off it! Note to self, don't make things at the last minute in future!
Hope you all have a great day, please visit Sweet Stampin to see the amazing creations my tea miles made and join in the fun. Just remember that we need to see some stamping on your creation for you to be in with a chance of winning.

Friday, 16 September 2016

An oldie on Friday (just!)

Woohoo! Friday and a lovely weekend looms on the horizon. As it's Friday it's time to link up with the wonderful Erika to share a crafting oldie.
Today's oldie was a card that I made for a friend who was having a tough time. I used a lili of the valley stamp (isn't it great that they are releasing their retired stamps as Digi stamps, means you never have to miss out and can resize them to suit). The gold ribbon was a leftover from making my wedding bouquet.
I almost forgot to blog tonight, just as well I was a dirty little stop up (still up at almost 10pm, shocking!)  as I remembered a few minutes ago. I swear my memory has gone AWOL. I went to add a report to a patient's file at our rehab unit and realised that I hadn't picked it up off the printer on my way out of the office. I then went to get my lunch box out of my bag when I got home to wash it and discovered I'd left it on the desk on the other side of the office where I'd been sat for lunch. Think I need to do a cognitive assessment on myself. Right, bed calls as it's ten pm. Hope you all have sweet dreams x

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Pick of the week

So, I mentioned I'd fallen off the stash diet wagon by buying the tattered lace pick of the week. The dies arrived last week and so I had a play at recreating the sample that convinced me to buy them.
I used the Sweet Briar set and die cut the frame out of the card front (6"square) and then die cut it out of gold mirri. The set has a "shadow frame" so I used this to cut the acetate. To cover the "workings" I cut the shadow shape again out of white card and then die cut the frame die out if that to give the aperture. I then stuck the shadow with aperture and the frame back on the inside to hide all the glue.
Hopefully that made sense.
Just noticed that I missed the dot off the i in birthday! Hope you all had a slightly cooler day today x

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog

It's Wednesday and so it's time for a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.
Our theme is as usual Anything Goes and we have great prizes on offer from Melonheadz and Di's Digi Stamps.
Unfortunately, real life got in the way of the DT getting the images to work with and so I've rustled up a card using Altenew Peonies stamp for you.
I mat and layered up the image on some deep purple cardstock from which I'd cut the sentiment die. In order to stop the card sagging over where I'd taken the die cut from I used 1mm foam tape (it is going down on the roll..). You'd never guess where I had a smudge or two on the paper by looking at where the butterflies are, would you *wink*. I die cut quite a few of the All Occasions butterflies and keep them in a little bag, so handy for saving a card with. Couldn't resist a bit of faux stitching to finish.
I hope to see your entry this week, so much talent out there.
Back to work tomorrow after a few days off, sigh. It's been lovely having some time and space to myself (don't tell Hubby I said that), the competition panning starts today so I'll be checking the website later to see how he's done.
Still, Bake Off tonight, can't believe it's moving to Channel 4 and that Mel and Sue aren't going with it. Not heard what the judges are doing yet. No doubt they'll keep it as an hour show and so we'll lose some of the action to the adverts. Ho hum, going to enjoy it whilst I can! Hope you're all sharing our beautiful Lancashire sunshine today x

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Ladybird or Ladybug?

The weather really doesn't know what it's playing at does it? Baking hot and sticky this morning, thunderstorms this afternoon and it's the middle of September! Spent most of last night and all this morning looking for my newish melded tattered lace dies. Looked everywhere and even got the bags out if the wheelie bin to check, two day old melon skin is icky. Finally checked that last possible place, the cupboard in the tv cabinet. No sign. I glanced sideways as I was getting up from the floor and saw them tucked in the storage basket on the table next to me. I swear I'd checked there at least once before. Oh well, they are safely stashed away now and I did find my cloud dies that I was looking for a couple of weeks ago. Every cloud and all that! 
When I went to the craft shop a while ago I came across this verse, a stamp by impression obsession. It reminded me that I had an Elizabeth Crafts Ladybird die in my stash that I had never used and a cunning plan was born.
I used some flowers and foliage dies from Tonic. There are two separate dies for each flower/ leaf, a solid shape and a more intricate shape. I die cut them both and layered them up. All mat and layered up on a 6x6 card blank with some gems and faux stitching to finish. 
It should be ladybird, even though bug is cuter and technically more accurate. What do you think?

Monday, 12 September 2016

Selfie time

A lovely day off today, even if I spent most of it cleaning and trying to find the kitchen table so I can craft at it rather than in a 6 inch square! Hubby sent me a quick email to say they'd got there safely so no doubt he'll be enjoying himself. Now, just need to send mental instructions to make him go into a craft shop over there and buy me presents...
Once again I used the good to be bad set from Clearly Besotted. I stamped the ogres and coloured and fussy cut them. I stamped the mountains from the Hip Hip Hooray set in the background with London fog memento ink. I die cut a photo frame using a square and rectangle die and added some faux stitching. Simples as they say.
Loved Corrie on Friday so off to settle down with a cup of decaf coffee to watch tonight's instalments. Hope you all had a good day x

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Girls just wanna have fun

Sunday afternoon/evening already, honestly, I don't know where the time goes these days!
An early start this morning, the alarm went off at 6.10am. I didn't even know that time existed on a Sunday. Turned out I could have had a bit more of a lie in as Hubby thought his flight was an hour earlier this than it was. I dropped him and his mates off at the airport and was home by 9am. I will confess to wandering back to bed for a mid morning nap though!
I've been carrying on with the wedding card and a 30th birthday card for a colleague today. I cursed slightly when adding the nuvo drops to the card embossed with a tied together embossing folder and the pearl spray I'd tucked away flicked back into it. Seriously, when will I learn to do the dodgy bits first rather than waiting until the card is assembled!? Oh well, with the help of a cocktail stick and a tissue I rescued most if it and then extended the flowers and added in a few ivy leaves to hide the mess. I didn't even have to add a butterfly!
Onto today's card and I'm keeping with my clean and simple style at the moment, (much quicker to make). I used some characters and a sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Good to be bad set. You can't really tell but I added the crystal to her staff with some nuvo glitter drops so it has dimension and added the same over the pink coloured potion in the cauldron. Apologies for the rubbish photo, the silver mirri card frame didn't want it's photograph taking.
I'm going to take this card over to the snippets playground as the frame is made from a snippet. I don't seem to be getting over the the playground very often these days, but as it's the start of a new term I'm going to make more of an effort.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Hip hip hooray (again)

Whoopsie! Almost forgot to blog today, that'll never do. It turned out to be a beautiful day here in northwest England, let's hope the good weather continues.
I've spent this afternoon making a Wedding card for one of the girls at work, I'll share it later. Sadly, I had a bad case of drippy head syndrome (don't know why I bothered washing my hair this morning!). Exercise, even light housework in fact sets it off (if that's not a good enough reason not to do housework, I don't know what is) as does stress. I didn't think that card making was that stressful, but my head disagrees. It's either that or my brain is overheating!
Another quick card to share with you today using a Viking from the Clearly Besotted set. I added a frame made out of kraft card and added a little faux stitching to finish. 
Right, off to bed, got to be up at the crack of doom to take Hubby and his mates to the airport. They're off to the world goldpanning championships in California. I shall stay home and bunny sit. No martyrdom going on here, I'd rather he went off and enjoyed himself as the hanging about all day would be no good for my pain management and this way he's not worrying about me. Now, how much stash can I smuggle in and hide whilst he's away....

Friday, 9 September 2016

Oldie Friday

Yay and double Yay! Friday evening is here and a day of crafting is planned for tomorrow (well, apart from doing a few jobs like cleaning out the bunnies, cleaning the bathroom, cleaning the inside of the car... I spot a theme there.)
As it's Friday it's time to link up with the fabulous Erika to share an oldie. This week I'm following her lead and posting a Christmas card that I made for the 52 card Christmas throwdown challenge. I think the theme was Christmas elves and I used the stamps that were a magazine freebie to create this card. Right the first episode of Corrie calls, have a great weekend x

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Hip Hip Hooray!

Hip hip hooray, it's almost the weekend! A quick and simple card again today. I coloured the Viking from the Clearly Besotted Hip Hip Hooray stamp set with my copics and fussy cut him. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set on a 5" card base and added my Viking with some of my foam tape (got to use it up somehow! As this was do quick and simple I made another!

It's a game of spot the difference! Hint - shoes. Hee Hee! Hubby is off playing darts tonight so I might be able to sneak in a bit of crafting in front of the telly. Have a fun evening x

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #294

It's Wednesday, so it's time for a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.
Our theme is the wonderfully open "Anything Goes" and we have a fab sponsor Bugaboo stamps.
I chose to work with their fab flower jar image this week. I think the flowers would work in any colour but I chose to colour them in the style of sunflowers. Yellow and orange are colours I usually avoid, but I'm challenging myself to use them more at the moment. Having coloured the image with my copics I then decided to write on the blank label. I did consider adding something like with love, but decided to make it look like a reused jam jar. The fact that there was a stray hair on my pen, only added to the shabby look (it's obvious in reality!).
As I'd printed the image quite large I used an A5 scalloped cream card blank and used a large tonic oval die set to cut the image and the decorative frame out of orange. I decided to emboss the cream background and tapped the card into the folder with low tack tape, of course I then ripped the surface of the card when I tried to remove it, hence I used the debossed side! I had a few gold mirri and gem butterflies left over from making a card a while ago and so I decided to add a couple to finish off.
Looking forward to seeing all your entries this week, remember it's anything goes and there's a great prize on offer!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Thank you

Yay, day off tomorrow, spent the evening trying to tidy up a bit so that the bloke can get near the boiler and fuse box to try and fix it. You can even see a bit if the kitchen table now!
So, today's card is actually one that used up some left over flowers from another card. Yes, if I had a brain I would have photographed and shared that card first, but why be logical?!
I stamped the distressed looking sentiment from lili of the valley on a 6" card blank and then added some flowers and foliage created with tonic flower dies (apologies that I can't remember which ones - I bought them as a bundle send they've all got a bit muddled up now. I doodled a border and added some bling to finish. Very simple.
I suppose that I'd better confess to not doing great on either of my diets. Weigh in tomorrow, but I've not been as good as I should have been, I'm just consoling myself with the thought that every small step is still a step closer. I fell off the stash diet on Saturday with the Tattered Lace pick of the day. Whoops. In my defence it was very pretty! I also had to do an order to Wild Orchid Crafts last night as I need some more flowers for a christening card, 30th birthday card and a wedding card that I need to make by the end of the month. I did think about making my own flowers, but time is short as I have another project on the go that I need to finish by the end of the month. Too much crafting to do and not enough time in the day! Hope you all had a great day x

Monday, 5 September 2016

Sending positive vibes

Monday evening, and another early night is on the cards, well, after both episodes of Corrie obviously! Only working 4 days a week with Wednesdays off does make life more manageable. I can always think, just tomorrow to get through and then I can rest. Mind you, not sure about the rest this Wednesday. Our boiler packed up a couple of weeks ago and I've finally got round to arranging for someone to come and look at it on Wednesday morning. Amazing how you can cope without it in warm weather, with a washing machine, dishwasher and electric shower, the hose of which will stretch to the sink if you try.
Today's card was made using the Clearly Besotted Be Lucky set that was released last month (sitting on my hands tonight when their new releases go live at 10pm - just saying the time in case anyone else wants to mosey on over there). I'd previously stamped, coloured and fussy cut out the images during a crafting session last week. As the cloud stamp from trouble in a tutu was still sat on desk I added that to my background and coloured in the clouds with clear wink of Stella so there is a subtle sparkle in real life. I added the sentiment from the be lucky set (totally why I bought this set along with the bunny character, as we often send and ask for positive vibes on the bunny forum I post on) a doodled border and some tiny gems to finish.
Off to clean the kitchen floor now, I sliced up a small melon to take to work for lunch tomorrow and managed to drop the entire box on the floor before I put the lid on. My kitchen floor now resembles the sticky carpet sponge in Bake Off!

Sunday, 4 September 2016

It's your day to twirl

The weekend goes far too quickly, it'll be the C word before we know it.
I managed to spend this afternoon crafting, whilst hubby was off playing with his bees. Think I made 11 cards in total, although some a duplicates.
I had one lonely little hippo left from my stamping, colouring and cutting session, and so I thought she deserved to be on a card. I used the cloud and one of the sentiments from the trouble in a tutu set on a 5" scalloped card and added the hippo with some of my ample supply of foam tape. A few 2mm AB gems and a bit of faux stitching to finish. Simples!

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Sweet Stampin'

It's Saturday and so it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'
The challenge theme this week is Anniversary/Wedding/Love, so plenty of scope there, and we are sponsored this week by Crafts and Me.
I had intended on using a wedding card that I was making for my DT card this week, but I suddenly realised that I didn't know the groom's hair colour and so couldn't finish colouring in the stamp! I quickly came up with Plan D (we won't mention Plan B - in the bin or Plan C - rejected on the table under a pile of stamps and paper).  There is stamping included in it, but only a teeny bit, (remember to include some stamping on your entry to be in with a chance of winning).
I used some white with hint of gold centura pearl card to die cut the Sue Wilson Granada die from her Spanish collection, (it is whiter in reality, honest!) I used the same card to die cut the Sue Wilson bride and groom and also to add two base mats on a 5x7 card blank. I stamped the Clearly Besotted mini message on the centura pearl and used the smallest die in the Granada set to cut it out. Obviously, I used some of my humongous roll of 1mm foam tape to add some dimension to the card. Hopefully the second picture shows some of the definition which is more obvious in reality. Think I need to go on a photography course! 
Have a great day and keeeep stampin' (to be said in the style of the Strictly Come Dancing "Keep dancing" - totally looking forward to seeing them being paired up tonight.).

Friday, 2 September 2016

Oldie Friday

Woohoo! Friday evening, a whole weekend lies ahead to enjoy. I shall continue yesterday's whinge fest, by complaining that I couldn't get comfy in bed last night. When Hubby came in from Darts at midnight, I was still awake and in pain, so he gave me a shoulder rub to try and ease it off. By 2.30, I was still awake and in pain and counting the minutes till I could take more painkillers. I was awake before the alarm went off at 6.30 and so I threw caution to the wind with my diet and out came the tin of emergency, double shot Starbucks coffee drink that was in the fridge. Divine taste and full of caffeine to wake me up! I feel an early night coming on though.
Well, as it's Friday it's time to link up with the very lovely Erika, to share a crafty oldie. I know this card was shown languishing on my table during a WOYWW during 2015, but I'm not sure if I ever showed a close up.
I stamped the Woodware special bird stamp on linen textured card and coloured it in with my then new spectrum noir pencils. Fussy cut round the image and glued to an A6 card blank. Simples. Still quite impressed with my colouring actually, bet I couldn't do it as well nowadays!
Have a wonderful evening and I'll see you tomorrow with my DT card for Sweet Stamin'. Slightly worried that they might kick me off the team for not doing enough stamping on the DT cards. Hee hee, see tomorrow's post to find out why...

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Wishing you well

Just sneaking in a quick post before I wander off to bed. This card is white in reality, just dodgy artificial lighting as the nights are starting to draw in now. It'll be the C word before we know it!
A quick card I rustled up for someone at work. We have to walk through her team's office to get to ours and so we always have a bit of a chat first thing. She's having an operation next week, so I decided to make her a card that our team could sign wishing her well. 
I used some of the cute critters from Clearly Besotted that I had stamped and fussy cut some time ago. I quickly coloured them in with my copic and added them with foam tape to the 6x6 card blank that I had mat and layered up. I stamped the two sentiments from the stamp set to finish. Well, aka you, I stamped the sentiments several times on squares of card before sticking them down - learnt that lesson!
Apologies if I've not visited you recently, my neck is really playing up at the moment and so I'm just managing to keep up with my DT commitments and trying to blog each day. I still love you all and will visit as soon as I can.
PS Day one of diet - both ok!