Friday, 31 October 2008

Spoon full of Sugar and Lili of the Valley

Well, my crafting night was a disaster. 5 cards consigned to the bin, mojo completely gone AWOL, and a mess of crafting items all around me like you wouldn't believe in an attempt to get some crafting inspiration. Always the way isn't it? When you have the time and the peace and quiet to craft you get crafter's block.

Anyway, I did manage to make 1 card for A Spoon Full of Sugar and Lili of the Valley challenges.

A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge is all about 'Sparkle and Bling'. Boy does this card sparkle!

Lili of the Valley wants to see Christmas cards. These two challenges were made for each other this week. We all love plenty of sparkle and bling on our Christmas Cards.

Items used:
My own backing papers (see the freebie link on the right). I randomly embossed a Debbi Moore snowflake stamp in Silver Tinsel embossing powder.
Stamp: Rachael Ann Miller
Snowflake die cuts - gifted to me by Gina.
Silver Glitter, Silver gems, water colour pencils, a peel off and a little blue inking to define edges finished the card off.

I went crazy and glittered the edges of this card. It really adds to the sparkly effect but is sooooo messy!

I really don't think it needs anything else.

Bump in the Night

I finally had a try at the Penny Black challenge number 20 of 'Bump in the Night'.

" So onto this weeks challenge
Bump In The Night
As Halloween is approaching we would like to see your spooky cards/projects this week.
As always it's entirely up to you what you make - card, atc, altered art etc... As long as you use at least 1 Penny Black Image.

At first look, this card is not 'spooky' or particularly 'Halloween'. I decided to take the 'bump in the night' as the basis. Stay with me because you will see the PB image.

When you open the little door of the house you find.......

..... the drummer is the thing that goes bump in the night. Groan! Bad joke I know, but I couldn't resist it.

I've also decorated the inside.

Items used:

Stamp: Penny Black 12 days of Christmas - 12 drummers drumming.
Papers: K & Co
Buttons: Papermania
The night sky and the little ghost were both free downloads this week.
Everything else is from my stash

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Elaine's Promarkers Blog Candy

I stumbled across Elaine's site tonight and found that she has some Promarker blog candy on to celebrate her up-coming 40th birthday (Happy Birthday for 15 November Elaine). But, she's so generous that it's not just one set of Promarkers - it's 2 sets that will be won by a lucky person.

You must visit Elaine as she has some beautiful and sweet cards on display. Be sure to take a look at her Tilda step card as it is fantastic.

Elaine's blog candy is open until 15 November.

Whiff of Joy Challenge No 6

Oh my! What an exceptionally, manically busy week I'm having. Sorry for the lack of cards so far however here's my Whiff of Joy card, and while my hubby is out this evening I'm hoping to have a really crafty session.

This card was made for the 6th Whiff of Joy challenge which this week is a colour themed challenge of Burgundy (or red) and Green to be the predominant colours on the card.

I don't know what has gone on with the colours on the photo. That bright green isn't as bright IRL. I haven't quite finished the inside of this one yet, but as the light is fast disappearing I had to snap the front to upload it today.

Items used:
Papers: mainly Once upon a time
Create and craft stick on ribbons
Prima flowers
Stamps: the lovely Willow with her plate of cookies and Creative Expressions Swirls
Inks etc: Watercolour pencils, Tea Dye distress ink
Embroidery thread for the french knots.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Elisabeth Bell Blog Candy Give-away

Most of you will be aware of the name of the amazing 'Elisabeth Bell' and she currently has a fantastic give-away going on. Pop over to her blog at to see the super generous offer she has. It is amazing.


Monday, 27 October 2008

Sarah Kay challenge 17

I thought I would have a try out at the Sarah Kay challenge this week.

*Week 17* Animals
Jay Jay chose the theme for this weeks challenge which is Animals.We would love to see your creations.Many of the Sarah Kay stamps already feature animals so this should be a nice easy challenge.Please remember your work must include at least one Sarah Kay image.

I have even decorated the inside with the fancy stitching too ( although it did go a bit wonky - just shows it's handmade though, doesn't it?) ;o)

I thought this inside just finished the card off better.

Items used:
Papers: Making memories multipack Olivia, Floral Lattice and Baroque. Brenda Walton designer papers. Pink card.
Prima flowers, pearls, pearl flowers, swirl and sentiment from my stash.
Sarah Kay image gifted to me by my friend Pauline. Anita's Happy Birthday stamp.
Cream sewing thread.
Watercolour pencils and black stayzon.

A bit of fun

I posted about Pauline's blog candy for her first 5000 hits on Saturday and last night I made this for my entry. She wants to see people's party spirit and their cards created with the theme of celebrate. I thought, what better than to celebrate her 5000?

I just had to make the fancy fold card again (see yesterday's peacock card posting) because I love it so much. This time I've added wobbly balloons on coiled wire to add movement to the card.

I think this one is great fun. Hope you like it Pauline. Come on people, hop over to Pauline's blog and join in the party.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Friday Sketchers 25 - That Santa

My bestest buddy in blogland managed to get hold of 'That Santa' stamp for me which I was over the moon about (she knows who she is). This is the first time I've inked it up and I was so over-excited that I coloured it and stickled his beard. lol.

I've used the lovely sketch by Claudia Rosa over at Friday Sketchers challenge for this one.

Items used:
Anita's Christmas Vellum and paper.
Dovecraft Victorian Christmas paper.
Gold card.
Black satin ribbon
Letters cut out of black glitter paper.
Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamp
StayzOn black ink
Watercolour pencils
Diamond Stickles

Stamp a fancy fold Peacock

This card was originally made just for the Stamp Something challenge. They have a lovely theme this week which is:

Something For the Birds. Make a project using bird images; any types, sizes, shapes, and colors.

But then I saw the Basic Grey Challenge is all about getting
shapely by using squares, circles, rhomboids, triangles, etc on your creations.

I think this does qualify for both challenges because there are a few rectangle shapes in the folding and layering of the card, and I added 2 triangles as well as having the bird stamp. I hadn't intended to double up on challenges with this card but I really wanted to use the BG stamp. I bought the Basic Grey 'Birds of a Feather' stamp set a couple of weeks ago and was waiting for the right opportunity to use the magnificent peacock stamp in that set. Isn't it stunning?

The fold shape inspiration came from my friend Nikki (pop over to see her wonderful blog!) and the instructions on how to make these type of cards can be found here here.

Items used:
Bright Blue Card, Papers: Making Memories multi pack 'Lauren' (actual papers are 'Houndstooth' and 'Box Flower'), and DCWV Pocket Full of Posies.
Basic Grey 'Birds of a feather' stamp set
Bright Blue Ink it up Ink!, clear embossing powder and heat tool.
Blue Papermania buttons.
Prima cream flowers, inked with brown and bright blue Ink it Up Ink.
Mother of Pearl confetti, Blue raffia type threads gold brads and pale blue gems from my stash.
Swirly bits are Sizzix Flower Parts #2 Set #1

Hope you like this one.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Blast off!!!! New Challenge - My DT Items

Well, the new challenge is now live (does somersaults and shouts 'YIPPEEE!'). I do hope that you're all going to participate this week. I know I would, if I could, because I really, really, REALLY want that prize myself.

Anyway, it was my turn to host the the very first challenge (Woo Hoo! What an honour) and I thought that it would be a good start to give everyone one of my sketches to work to.

These are the 2 items that I created for my DT creations.

Firstly my little goodie bag.

I think this is so sweet....and if you're posh enough to be invited to a dinner party, what a lovely gift it would be for the hostess. I made this to show that we're open to other crafty items; not just cards.

The items I've used in this creation are:
Black Card
Creative Expressions Ball gown stamp (available from One Stop Card Crafts - I will put the direct link in as soon as I find it)
Black and white vine paper
Silver lurex ribbon
Silver card
Kanban Blings 3mm stick on gems
Computer printed sentiment
Black Heat it Up! embossing powder
Heat tool

I also made this little card. I just love that stamp that shouts out 'lie back and enjoy yourself' . For this one I rotated the sketch by 90 degrees to show that it is okay to do that too.

Items used:
Blue Fern Paper
Blue Pearlescent card and white card with little blue circles
Jolly Nations Rubber Stamp Luxury Bath Woman
Diamond Stickles
Dovecraft Brads
Water colour pencils
Cream thread ( Pricking Tool used to create holes for the sewing needle)
Ink it Up ! Bright Blue Ink
StayZon Black Ink
Peel-off sentiment

Hope you like them.

Oh, and I almost forgot. This is my sketch.

Congratulations Pauline. A Blog Candy Par-tay!

Wow! You should see the blog candy that Pauline has on offer to celebrate her first 5000 hits. Congratulations Pauline!

Pop over to Pauline's blog candy par-tay to see what you have to do to be in with a chance of winning. While you're there, look at all her recent posts ( make sure you stop at Spoon Full Of Sugar post because that card was sent to me and it is GORGEOUS) then make sure you scroll down to her slideshows. She makes some amazing cards in very different styles. So inspirational.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Lili of the Valley

This is my first entry into the Lili of the Valley challenge. The theme this week is
Red, Green and Gold

I was determined not to make a christmas card because those colours are used for Xmas a lot. .....well, that turned out to plan, didn't it? Yes, the card made itself as a Christmas one. lol.

I also took the Mojo Monday sketch as inspiration for this one. It is a fab sketch to work with. I did take a little liberty and just used the die-cut instead of another matted square.

Items used. Papers: Green snowflake paper and sentiment is a freebie with a magazine and the gold sparkly paper was recycled from one of my granddaughter's christening presents. Red paper from OneStop Card Crafts. Green and gold card from stash.
Ribbons: Celebrate.
Brads: I think are dovecraft.
Die cut: Lili of the valley - Scarlet
Glamour dust added to wings.

This time tomorrow.....

....the fab new One Stop Craft Challenge will be live (at 9am). Woo Hoo!

I can't tell you how excited the design team are. We've all been busy making things for the first challenge this week. We already have a few people who are following the blog to make sure that they don't miss out on the start. Why not pop over there now and follow as well to make sure you don't miss out.

Remember, it will be:
  • a weekly challenge
  • open to everyone
  • open to all crafty things, not just cards

Hope to see you there tomorrow.

Cute Card Thursday

This card was made for the Cute Card Thursday challenge.

The theme this week is:

Challenge 33 The Stars at Night. This week we would like to see some stars or something spooky on your cards.

Well, I made a Halloween card a couple of days ago so I have gone for the stars option. I also thought I'd go for a bit of a change as it seems ages since I made a DL card. And I've decorated the inside with the stars theme too.

Items used:

Papers: Papermania The Big One. Gold card
Glittery stars - Prima

Bronze star with swirls gifted to me by my friend Gina (isn't it gorgeous?)

Super PB image gifted to me by my friend Pauline.

Watercolour pencils

Blue Ink it Up! ink

Computer printed sentiment.
I'll be back later with my Lili of the valley challenge card.

Camilla's Whiff of Joy Blog Candy

The fabulous Camilla is giving away the super 'Charlie 007' WOJ Stamp as blog candy. Please do pop over to Camilla's blog and look at her beautiful creations and, while you're there, leave a comment on her blog candy. This is another really inspirational site and well worth visiting.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Whiff of Joy Challenge 5

Heather has created an amazing sketch for the Whiff of Joy challenge this week. I had so much fun working with all those layers......and I've given the stitching a rest!! No stitching on this card. at all. I think the spider's web on the card I uploaded yesterday finished me off with stitching for a few days.

Items used:
Papers: Making Memories Simply Fabulous Collection - Meg.
Lilac card and white card
Stamps: Whiff of Joy Willow with umbrella and sentiment
Inks: Ink it Up! Purple ink, watercolour pencils
Anita's 3D clear gloss
Lilac gems.

To add dimension to the card I have applied Anita's clear gloss to the umbrella, the puddle, and the raindrops. I also made large Raindrop embellishments instead of adding flowers because I wanted to make the most of the papers used and keep as much visible as possible.
Oh, and I just had to draw in a puddle again because I liked it so much on my lemon and grey card a couple of days ago.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Rach's Whiff of Joy Blog Candy

The awesomely talented Rach has some gorgeous Whiff of Joy blog candy to give away. You must, if you haven't already, visit Rach. I'm sure most of you will have come across her before since everyone seems to get involved in challenges that she is a DT member for. Her cards are truely inspiring.

Stamp Something, Papertake Weekly and A Spoon Full of Sugar Hat Trick

Second post of today! I made this card last night to enter into the following 3 challenges:

Stamp Something has a sketch challenge by that very talented Katherina Frei this week and the layout of this card is based on that sketch.
Papertake Weekly has a theme of 'Frightful but delightful'. Well I tried my best to fit this theme.
And A Spoon Full of Sugar want to see Halloween cards. Now, I don't normally make Halloween cards and this Kerry Jo Stamp is the only one I possess that would qualify for Halloween.

Items used:

Black glitter card, Orange pearlised vellum, White card, Kerry Jo stamp, PaperMania brads, button and ribbon. I got my sewing needle out and added the orange stitches to the ribbon and I stitched the cobweb. Bats are hand cut. Sentiment printed on PC and coloured with my Marvy Blending Blox (shades of orange) I also used this to heavily edge the image.

I tried so hard to make the spider friendly....but I think my brush was a bit too big because he looks quite scary to me!

A Wallet, A Win and a Christening

Just thought I'd show you this Wallet card that I sent to my friend Gina. I love the freshness of the yellow with grey on this Willow image.

Also, I'VE WON!!!! Woo Hoo! I've won my first ever challenge on the blogs. Thank you so much Crafty Creations (formerly SBS18). Why don't you all pop over to see this week's theme. They have a new challenge every Wednesday and if you get in quick you may have a good chance of winning something before the whole world learns about this challenge site. Go on, you know you want to!

Finally, here's a couple of pictures from my granddaughter's christening. (My daughters are the 2 closest to the priest)

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Three and a half

Yes, it's only three and a half days to go to the launch of the NEW CHALLENGE SITE.

I can't wait to get started. Of course, having some inside information, I can tell you that we're in for some really great and exciting challenges. The One Stop Craft Challenge designers have come up with some wonderful themes to work to. It should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you at the challenge and don't forget to bookmark or follow the site so that you don't miss out.

Basic grey and Sketch Saturday

Oh, I have such a lot of catching up to do now. Here is the first card.

Basic Grey Challenge 6 is all about stitching on cards this week....Yay! This is right up my street. I'm still hand stitching my cards when I can. For this one I also had a go at doing some hand stitching on the flower I've added too. If you're not into hand stitching then the challenge is also open to faux stitching too so pop over and have a look.

I've used the sketch over at Sketch Saturday. This sketch number 21 is a dream to work with and I can see that I'll be creating more cards this week using this layout. Why not have a go at this one yourself and enter it into Sketch Saturday challenge?

Items used:
Basic Grey Eva papers,green and pink card.
WOJ Willow with cookies stamp - water coloured
Making memories pink hydrangea flower,
Threads and leaves from my stash.

Happy Autumn Award

Many thanks to 3 lovely ladies who have passed this award on to me; Helen, Gina , and Pauline. I was so pleased to receive it from not just one person, but three! Thanks for thinking of me ladies.

The rules of the award are that I can pass it on to 6 crafting friends. Well, I don't know where to start because there are so many blogs that I love to visit. But 6 people it must be so I have chosen:
Karen, and

I know Maggie and Babs are both on holiday right now, so they'll have a surprise when they get back.

I'll be back later today with a few cards, and maybe a christening photo or two.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Friday Sketchers and Christening Keepsakes

Well it is a late post today; getting things ready for the christening has taken over - but more of that later. Here's a card I put together for the Friday Sketchers challenge this week. I used the great sketch given to us by Heidi.

I tried to make Tilda's coat look like a PVC mac, and IRL it does. Not sure if the photo has picked it up well enough.

Items used: Black card, Floral print from One Stop Card Crafts, Whit card embossed with stylised flowers cuttlebug folder, Red organza ribbon, red felt, Black papermania buttons, Threads by Darius, Black buckle, Tilda is water coloured and Anita's 3D gloss added to the coat and shoes.

Now, the Christening. The cake is all decorated but I haven't taken a photo of that yet. I had a special request from my daughter for me to make and send a bookatrix from my DH and I. Here it is, boxed and outside the box. The poem I've used is about a guardian angel on my shoulder.

My daughter (the Mum) wanted bootees for her to give, so here they are (template used from Keepsakes by design).

Finally my other daughter, who is being a Godparent, wanted a highchair. Again, the template is from Keepsakes by design.

Phew! been really busy, but the big day is tomorrow so I got it all done in time!