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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

50 and Fabulous

Good morning all.

I've been going through my photo files and found a few cards I didn't have time to blog when I was up to my eyes with wedding stationery. This one was made for my sister's 50th earlier this year.


Image was a magazine freebie (I think), stamped onto kraft card with the flowers coloured with promarkers. Dies from Spellbinders. Embossing folder was a magazine freebie. Backing paper from DCWV Linen Closet. Hanging tag from East India Company. Ribbons, gems and flowers from my stash. 
Decorated inside to match.


Challenges entered:
Craft-Dee Bowz - anything  goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Crafty Bloggers Network - anything goes
My Craft Creations - anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - three of a kind
Timbroscrapmania Stamp - special occasions
Sweet Stampin - embossing

Monday, 1 September 2014

Diamond Wedding

Good morning all. Gosh, I can't believe it's September already!

Off to the hairdressers this morning so hope it stays dry as I like to walk there and back.

A diamond anniversary card to share today, commissioned by my Mum a little while ago.


Image is a LOTV topper. Square dies all Spellbinders, heart die from Tattered Lace. Embossing folder from Die'Sire. Sentiment computer generated. Ribbon and gems from my stash.


Challenges entered:
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - any sentiment but birthday
Charismas Cardz - wedding anniversary
Southern Girls - all about texture
Crafty Cardmakers - make an impression
Cutie Pie Challenge - two's company

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Muriel

Good morning all.

I hope you're all enjoying the same lovely weather we're having this weekend.

Another birthday card to share today for another sister who has a birthday in November.


Another rocker card using Muriel from Saturated Canary, coloured with promarkers , then die cut. Backing papers from Wild Rose Studio's Bella pack. Butterfly and fern dies from Marianne Design, all other dies from Spellbinders. Sentiment from LOTV. Flowers from Petal Lu. Ribbons and charm from my stash. Card is finished with some stickles.

(Promarkers used: lilac, amethyst and purple; soft lime, lemon and canary; forest, pine and meadow greens) 


Challenges entered:
A Gem of a Challenge - it's summertime
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Stemplesonnen - anything goes
Sweet Pea Stampers - lots of layers
Crafting by Design - dog days of summer
Little Red Wagon - girl power
Wonderful Wednesday - anything goes
That Craft Place - summery colours

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Art Deco (hopefully)

Good morning all.

The rain arrived as forecast yesterday and freshened everything up, it's definitely warmer than it was at the beginning of the week too.

I needed a card for a swap with the theme of "Art Deco". I'd nothing in my stash vaguely resembling Art Deco....until I remembered this C&C kit which I hope looks at least faintly Art Deco!


I've no idea what the kit was called as I was given it by a friend. I chopped a card blank in half and layered the front onto a white card blank. White die cut is a Spellbinders die, making it's first appearance and I used the back of the card blank to cut the inner die. Decoupage is layered up with foam pads. Card finished off with a bow and some gems.
Not really my kind of card but needs must!


Challenges entered:
Alphabet Challenge - O for ombre
Creative Corner - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Card - tic tac toe (die cut, bow, blue)
Crafts 4 Eternity - tic tac toe (something old - card kit, blue, something new - fancy die)
4 Crafty Chicks - something old, something new (card kit and die)


Friday, 29 August 2014

Ava

Good morning all.

Thank you for your comments on my makes over the last few days...Lora definitely wouldn't appreciate the new look to her empty bottle so it's destined for my bedroom or bathroom me thinks!

Well the rain has held off most of the week here so far, though I think it is forecast for this afternoon. Thank goodness the temperature has gone up a little though!

A birthday card to share today for one of my sisters who has a birthday in November.


I've made a rocker card using my favourite grand fancy circles dies, which I haven't used for a while. Card is centura pearl from Crafter's Companion. My image is called  Ava from Saturated Canary and I've coloured her with promarkers and fussy cut. Papers are from KandCo (a several year old 12 x 12 pad) and First Edition. Fern and butterfly die are from Marianne Design, all other dies from Spellbinders. Sentiment from LOTV. Ribbons, flowers, gems and charm are mostly very old stash.

(Promarkers used: Cornflower and China Blue; Honeycomb, Saffron and Vanilla; Oatmeal, Mustard Buttercup and Eggnog)


Challenges entered:
Crafty Ribbon - birthday with ribbon
Crafters Cafe - punches and dies
Divas by Design - happy birthday
Inky Impressions - anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - 2 or more patterned papers
Shopping our Stash - ABC (Ava, blue, circles)
Card Mania - butterflies and bows
Craft-Dee Bowz - anything goes with a handmade bow
Creative Corner - anything goes

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Altered Bottle

Good morning all.

We had a visit from this little cheeky chap yesterday...decided to help itself to Freya's food whilst she went for a walk....she was not amused when she got back!!


I don't know how many of you are like me and have dozens of articles queued up waiting to be altered/upcycled....I see so many lovely things done by others and look at my blank canvases and feel a bit daunted! However I saw this little bottle in Lora's bedroom the other day and decided to half inch it when she wasn't looking!! It's only about 5" high so an easy size to start with.
Typically being in senior moment mode yesterday when I started the altering I forgot to take a before picture but it started life as a jelly bean jar from a hotel mini bar. This is what it looks like now.


First I painted with Gesso, then Vintage Lace acrylic paint from Paper Artsy, I've then added some gold gilding to age it. The decoupage is a very old one from Anna Griffin...one of my very first craft buys! Ribbon, raffia, bows, button, fan and pearl are all from my stash.


Challenges entered:
Try it on Tuesday - use your stash (decoupage)
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
TokBobok - mixed media

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Poppies

Good morning all.

I think my senior moments are getting out of control...I sent hubby to the orthodontist with Lora yesterday after school when the appointment is quite clearly written in the diary for today...oops!!

I managed some more crafting yesterday, here is what I made.


I was mooching through all my digi stamps a few days ago and decided I wanted to colour up these poppies from Delicious Doodles. I have used the image once before but I left it uncoloured. Coloured with promarkers before being die cut. Dies all from Spellbinders; paper from Me to You; sentiment, lace, bow and charm from my stash.

I've spent some time trawling the net for promarker colour combinations as I always find it difficult to pick the right shades to blend...Letraset have a brilliant hints and tips section...why haven't I visited it before. I love how this image turned out :) I've decided to add the colours used to my posts so I have a record for future reference!

(Promarker colours used: Poppy, Crimson and Burgundy; Forest Green, Pine and Meadow Green)


Challenges entered:
Digi Choosday - blooms
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Come and Get it - anything goes with a sentiment
Delicious Doodles - anything goes with DD image
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - die cuts and flowers