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Friday, 19 September 2014


Good morning all.

Better Together...now everyone needs to work together to make it work for everyone!

I needed a card for a swap with the theme of fireworks!! Really had no idea what to do until this came to life....just hope my swap partner likes it and considers it follows the remit!

Another faux pearl background....this time I mixed some black acrylic in with my pearlescent one...I could probably have afforded to have been slightly heavier handed with this one but heigh ho! I then used various distress inks in orange and yellow tones to ink it up. Starburst die is a Signature Die from Joanna Sheen and the banner is from Spellbinders. Sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts. Card is finished with a few gems.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Sentiments Designs - autumn colours
The Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Crafty Girls Challenges - anything goes

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Get Well Soon

Good morning all.

Well today is the day when those of us living in Scotland get to vote for the future of the country, goodness knows what we will wake up to tomorrow morning the polls are so close! Whatever happens half of Scotland are going to be unhappy with the result! I know ours is a divided family with the three kids erring the opposite way to us two oldies and whoever listened to their parents at that age??

At least my upload button has decided to work!!

Some more faux pearl today...I discovered I needed a Get Well card for a male relative soon after making the birthday card I showed on Monday so set to and made a similar card with an appropriate sentiment.

The backing was one of my heavy handed spare pieces but I decided to use the reverse of it and start again...I think I've made a better job this time although I'm pants at random colours.....I've treated myself to some mini blending tools to see if that helps.  I used salty ocean and squeezed lemonade distress inks for this one.
Note to self...let your distress inks dry thoroughly before buffing!
Die is from Memory Box and sentiment from Wild Rose Studios. Bow from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Cardz 4 Guyz - no patterned paper
Cards Galore Encore - make a card
Creatalicious Challenges - flower power
Die Cut Divas - new things (new background technique)
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Crafty Boots - anything goes
My Craft Creations - anything goes

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Crafting for all Seasons #86 "Colours of Autumn"

Good morning all.

Grrrr!!! Why do they keep changing things....I can't upload anything from my computer unless I add it to my Picassa album first!! Just as well this post was already scheduled and most of the challenge post was already written...I'd have been tearing my hair out otherwise. Has anyone else got this problem?

Today it's time for our next challenge at CFAS and this time the theme is "Colours of Autumn". We're  looking forward to seeing all your makes. Our sponsor this time Limited Runs who gave the DT images to work with.

I've taken the opportunity to make a start on my treat bags for Halloween.

My image is called Halloween Sign and I've coloured with promarkers and added the wording with a stencil. Dies are all from Spellbinders. I've made the bag using a sheet of A4 paper printed on both sides two different papers from Bearly Mine. Ribbon from my stash.

Fabulous Sponsor 2014

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the girls inspiration, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Bearly Mine - colours of autumn
Come and Get It - digi plus autumn theme
Simply Create Too - fall/autumn
Milk Coffee Challenge - colours of autumn
Decorate to Celebrate - fall/birthday
Oldie but a Goodie - autumn (leaf and pumpkin die cuts are leftovers from last year)
Passion for Promarkers - make it digital

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Merry & Bright

Good morning all.

Holiday Monday and it was dreich and dreary here all day, hope it improves for the rest of the week!!

Another card using the faux pearl technique, this time a Christmas card.
Hmmm the layers don't look very straight on this photo but I have been back and checked it out and it is straight!

I used Festive Berries and Pine Needles to colour the card...I've been exceptionally heavy handed with the acrylic paint on this one but the recipient won't know that lol! The bauble dies and stamps and the sentiment stamp are from Spellbinders, gem, bows and cord from my stash.

....and it wouldn't be a Christmas card if it wasn't finished inside!!

Challenges entered:
Paper Creator's Crafts - early Christmas
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
CRAFT - Christmas
Crafting When We Can - Christmas come early

Monday, 15 September 2014

Faux Pearl Technique

Good morning all.

It's actually a holiday up here in Scotland, the kids had both Friday and today off school...we usually go away for the weekend but didn't get around to organising anything this year with all the bugs going around the family!

It was so nice yesterday to log in to my blog and be able to view most of it...wonder how long it will last this time!!

I had a play at the weekend after seeing  Karen's card showing the Faux Pearl technique....this was new to me but looked really nice so I thought why not?

I was a bit heavy handed with the acrylic paint but I'll know better next time! I used peacock feathers and spiced marmalade to colour the piece. Die is from Memory Box, sentiment stamp from a Daisy and Dandelion set and bow is from my stash.

You will probably see a few more cards using the technique over the next day or two as I painted several pieces of card with the acrylic to use up the huge squirt which came out of the tube!!
I'll definitely be having another go using less paint too.
Thanks to Loll Thompson for the tutorial.

Challenges entered:
A Creative Romance - anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - P for pretty petals
Crafty Catz - clean and simple
Delightful Challenges - simple times
OSAAT - anything goes with a die
Pile it On - flowers/feathers
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - create your own background

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Let it Snow!

Good morning all.

Eldest has announced he is going to Bulgaria next month....oh no a boozy weekend or such thought I....but no he's off with two mates to spend two weeks helping in an orphanage! He doesn't have any details apart from dates at the moment though...there's never a dull moment!

...and thanks to the helpful receptionist at the dentist we were able to confirm he would be back in time for his appointment which he'd forgotten all about.

Sorry my title isn't a plea for a change in recent weather lol!

Today's share is a Christmas tag.

Stamps are all from Anita's, part of a set I was gifted once. Everything was stamped in versamark then heat embossed with white EP. I've used various green and blue distress inks to colour the background. Decided I would resurrect my H2O's to colour in my snowman...I can't remember the last time they saw the light of day. Ribbons, cord and lace are from my stash. Tag is finished off with a few gems, some stickles and glamour dust was used to cover the sticky tape used to fix the lace on.

Challenges entered:
Delicious Doodles - fancy and frilly
Polka Doodles - tag you're it
Dream it Up - Christmas and the holidays
Southern Girls - winter blues
Loves Rubber Stamps - glitter and sparkle
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Wow - my favourite (white EP and distress inks)
Amusing - tags

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Candi Circus Little Abi

Good morning all.

No problems at the dentist yesterday thank goodness but if the new nurse had shoved the squirty, sucky thing any further down my throat during the scale and polish I swear it would have come out the other end!! On the other hand it was nice to find a helpful receptionist who happily checked up to see if eldest had any pending appointments and then changed his details to include his phone no for a reminder....the usual receptionist would have sat very smugly and told me she couldn't divulge any information due to date protection!!

A birthday card to share today, for our neighbour's little girl who will soon be one.

Image is from PPinky Dolls Art, coloured with promarkers. Sentiment from LOTV. Oval dies and circle die are from Spellbinders. All other dies from Marianne Design....the doily die and flower shape have been in my stash for ages and this must be the first time I've used them!  Border punch from Martha Stewart which I've edged with distress ink. Backing paper from Crafty Individuals. Flowers from Petal Lu.

Challenges entered:
Crafter's Cafe - card for a child
Crafting by Designs - pretty in pink
Digi Sketch Challenge - sketch and/or girly
PPinky Dolls Challenge - anything goes/add flowers
Use Your Stuff - border punch
Whoopsi Daisy - flowers
Lia Stampz - girly
Marianne Design Divas - anything goes with min 3 products (used 6 dies)
Wags n Whiskers - for the girls