Saturday 29 October 2016

Sweet Stampin' Challenge

It's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and our theme this week is
"Inspired by a song or film title" and we have a fab sponsor Crafts and me.
I used Frank Sinatra's "September Song" as my inspiration and I used Lili of the valley's September Fairy stamp for my image which I coloured with my copics. I embossed the brown background card with an old spellbinders m-bossabilities bark embossing folder. I cut out the image and surrounding gold mirri frame with Tonic's Oh Christmas tree die set as the frame isn't actually Christmassy. I then die cut a load of leaves using a sizzix Tim Holtz strip die, Autumn gatherings and added them randomly on the card. A few pearls and a little glitter to her wings to finish.
I actually made the card as a leaving card for a locum who left yesterday and so added this computer generated sentiment inside.
I'm looking forward to seeing your creations inspired by a film or song, just don't forget that we need to see some stamping on your project. Not that I totally forgot that on my original DT card or anything....!

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge

Wow, Wednesday already and time for another challenge over at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge. The theme this week is "Anything Goes" and we have two great sponsors, Little Blue Button and Fred She Said Designs.
I used the beautiful Magnolia image from Fred She Said and coloured it with copics. I thought the image was so beautiful that I wanted a simple layout to show it off and so I used tattered lace circles and decorative circles to mat and layer the image and added a strip of green card behind it. Some faux stitching and a little stickles in the centre of the flower to finish.

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #300

Wednesday again and time for a new challenge over at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge.
This week our theme is "Halloween" and we have two great sponsors, Lacy Sunshine and Sparkle n Sprinkle.
I've used an image and sentiment from Sparkle n Sprinkle for my card. I added some stamped bats using a stamp from Hunkydory's Halloween set from their Simply Stamps range. Looking forward to seeing your Halloween inspired creations x

Saturday 15 October 2016

Sweet Stampin' Spots and Stripes

This week at Sweet Stampin' our theme is Spots and Stripes and we have an amazing sponsor this week, Lil of the Valley
I used a lili of the valley stamp, coloured with my copics and added some washi tape to the card. A few gems to finish and a mat of black card. Simples!

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #299

Wednesday again, and time for a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafting Challenge. We have two fab sponsors again this week offering great prizes, Bugaboo and Di's Digi Stamps. Our theme this week is "Anything Goes".
I used the Bugaboo "Bunny block trio" to make my card this week. I'm determined to prove that bunnies aren't just for Easter. I imported the digi stamp into word and then added my own sentiment. Coloured the image with my trusty copics and then trimmed it to fit on a 6x6 card and added a green mat behind it. I added a frame to the card to tie in with the detailing around the blocks and job done!

Saturday 8 October 2016

Wedding Day

Well, continuing on the wedding theme, this is the 8x8 card that I made for our team to give a colleague who is getting married today.
I used a Stamping Bella stamp that I coloured with my copics to match their hair colours and groom's suit colour and I added a little glamour dust to her dress. I used a mix of centura pearl, soft gold and navy cardstock and the A4 tied together embossing folder. I managed to stick the embossed layer down at right angles to the way the pattern normally runs, but it gives a slightly different look. As is the law with that embossing folder, I added pearl nuvo drops to the intersections. I think the oval dies are Spellbinders, but no idea which ones! I die cut the letters for the names from soft gold card using a crafters companion alphabet set.
Loads of flowers and pearl loops in the colours of her bouquet to finish from Wild Orchid Crafts, along with a few Sue Wilson ivy leaves.
My colleague opened the card in the office on her last day, which happened to be my day off. I got a lovely text message from her thanking me for the card and saying that her Mum thought it was amazing, and saying they were going to display it at the wedding. Fingers crossed that it stays dry for her today.

Thursday 6 October 2016

This is the last one about the album, honest!

Apologies for the blurry ones! I used Trimcraft First Edition "The Promise" 12x12 papers for the album and a mix of heartfelt creation dies for the flourishes etc and Sue Wilson Mr & Mrs dies for the text and the little joined hearts. Things I have learnt. 1) Start early when making a project like this. 2) The red heat embossing on the roses cracks and rubs off leaving a mark on pages, so probably best to use a coloured pigment ink and clear embossing powder, rather than cursing and having to stick on extra bling to hide the marks when you open it up the next day. 3) Don't order a custom size mdf box to put it in and then stick on bits so that they stand out from the top of the album. 4) If I have any more* bright ideas to do things like this, just remind me of the saga of making this please.
Right, an early night calls. Been struggling with my health recently and so haven't been up to visiting you all recently, but I still love you all and will visit as soon as I can x

*I bought two of the book kits, one in white, with the intention of making my own wedding album as well.

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge

Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge. Our theme this week is "Anything Goes" and we have some fab prizes on offer from our fab sponsors All Dressed Up and Odball Art.
I used this the cute Lazy Louise image by Oddball Art for my card this week. I printed her off on my laser printer and coloured her with my fav copics. I die cut her out with a tattered lace pin dot circle and added a mat of dark apricot tattered lace decorative circle behind her. I used the same card for the base mat on a 6x6 card blank and used a Clarity 7x7 bubble stencil to draw the bubbles in with a fine liner pen. It doesn't show well on the photo but I added glamour dust to the bubbles and foam with a quickly glue pen to finish.

Tuesday 4 October 2016

The Flower Challenge

It's finally here, the launch of
The Flower Challenge 
This month's theme is Anything Goes (as long as it's floral of course)
My brilliant teamies have got some amazing inspiration to help get you started over on the challenge blog, whilst you familiarise yourself with the rules.
I whipped up this simple card using the Justrite Pinwheel Daisies stamp which I coloured with my copics and added a die cut scallop border in co-ordinating card. I'm so looking forward to seeing all your wonderful creations and we'll be back halfway through the month with more inspiration for you. Have fun!


Monday 3 October 2016

Golden wedding album part 2.

Apologies for the odd blurry photo. Hopefully they give you some idea of how the album opens out. I used a heartfelt creations Flip Flop album which has 5 pages and then you buy packs of inserts to add onto the pages to extend them. I left some empty pockets for them to add in details of the day and some of the stories. Mum made her own dress and veil, the bridesmaids dresses, her bouquet and the bridesmaids posies and the wedding cake. No idea where my love of crafting comes from... Third and final part to follow.

Sunday 2 October 2016

Golden Wedding

Apologies for the overload, these are the cover and first 3 pages of the photo album that I made for my parents. We had a fab time with neighbours and friends yesterday and went out for a lovely meal at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. More pics of my huge main course, there were about 10 tiny carrots (forgotten the French name of them), more broccoli and three huge roast potatoes! The hotel is an Art Deco listed building on the sea front. More pics of the album tomorrow 

Saturday 1 October 2016

Sweet Stampin' - Babies

Woohoo, Saturday! Been a pants week, so very pleased it's the weekend. Saturday of course means a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' our theme this week is BABIES and we have a fab sponsor, Freckled Fawn.
Amazingly my DT card, tied in perfectly with one that a colleague asked me to make for her. I pretty much CASE'd a christening card I made a couple of years ago. Stamp is lili of the valley and I used the A4 tied together embossing folder which cries out for bling, so I obeyed obviously. Some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts - well I had to use roses given her name and a computer generated sentiment. Spellbinders floral oval frame and Sue Wilson's Faux quilled leaves.
Right, time to get crafting, it's my parent's golden wedding today so I'm off to see them this afternoon and I still haven't finished my make....