Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year !

Hi wanted to pop on and wish everyone a "Happy New Year". We are away visiting family for the New Year celebrations but plan to have a drink or 2; a yummy, calorie filled Chinese for tea (!); a silly game or 2 or even 3 . . . depending on how much "funny juice" we happen to sip and then after welcoming in the New Year, we will turn to my little sis and sing very loudly, "Happy Birthday"!

So as I raise my glass, I wish you and your family a "Happy New Year" and look forward to seeing you all in 2010.

Many thanks for all your support, encouragement and for letting me share with you my crafting adventures . . . some good and some bad. Also, for sharing your crafting lives & fab projects which constantly inspire me to continue with this addictive, sometimes frustrating but 100% rewarding hobby.

Happy New Year everyone,

Lou
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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Have been published ! ! !

Nikky over at Polka Doodles had said a while back that 2 of my cards were going to be published but have to be honest and say, wasn't 100% sure when ! ! ! That'll teach me not to read Nikky's instructions more carefully . . . sorry Nikky! Anyhow the 2 cards appear in Complete Cardmaking #21 and are part of a 5 PAGE feature on Polka Doodles . . . . WAY TO GO NIKKY & KRIS ! ! !

Both cards are made using the FAB "Not for Girls" double CD; the first card featured is this one and don't you just love this Jazz image? I have layered it several times (although photo doesn't show it !!!) and have also used the image on many a card too. It comes in loads of different colours which is fab and also some gorge music papers too !



The second of my cards featured is this "tongue in cheek" robot one. The robot's expression is just so mischievous that I had to do a silly card (!) with it. The alphabets & backing paper are also from the "Not for Girls" CD.





As you can gather am a little chuffed with myself and loved seeing them on the gloss page of the magazine . . . my really early Christmas present. Many thanks Nikky for thinking that my work was good enough to be published and for also showing my DT bits on TV via Create & Craft - hey, hey gotta bask in my 15 minutes of fame now ! lol All the girls on the Polka Doodles DT make such inspirational projects that it has been a pleasure to "feed off" that creative vibe . . . whoops . . . anyone would think I was giving a thank you speech at an awards ceremony . . will be quiet now . . . honest !

Off to make some jam tarts and brownies . . . well should say, tidy up after the boys have made them ! All I can say, thank goodness for "dishwashers".

Take care and if you weren't aware, Santa is going to be here really, really soon,

Lou
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Friday, 18 December 2009

Last minute card !

I suppose that this is better late then never but unfortunately my OH managed to have an accident (before the snow arrived) and that has left me a bit pre-occupied !

It is another fab sketch again this week by Shaz and it was just the stepping point I needed to get a card made for a family friend who is guitar mad!


. . . and I've made another easel card . . am getting into these for some unknown reason ! The image is from a royalty free clip art site which I have layered (even if the photo's don't show it very well) and the papers are from Funky Fairy's "Merry Christmas" kit. Again, this was another quick card to make with loads of matting & layering.



The sentiments on the larger card panel were computer generated and the bottom sentiment is an SU stamp.



I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Fab'n' Funky - sketch

Caardvarks - digital challenge ! Loving this challenge ! !

Creative Craft Challenges - waiting for Santa

Simon Says Challenge - just say "Merry Christmas"

C.R.A.F.T Challenge - which is simply a "Free for all" challenge . . simply translated . . make anything you like - my sort of challenge.

DU2DS - last minute Christmas cards - yep, this one definitely fits here ! lol

Have also noticed that Pile It On want us to use anything digital and yep my card fits that too !

Think that's it for now and I hope everyone is enjoying the snow !??!

Lou
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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

ICS challenge #46

My goodness the Christmas is almost HERE and I haven't even put the Christmas tree up yet ! ! Have to say that we never put our tree up until 20th December as Luke's birthday is on 19th, and we like him to feel that we celebrate his birthday before Christmas !

This is the last ICS challenge of this year and the next new challenge will be on 5th January 2010 . . . however this didn't stop Dawn producing a fab sketch (as always).



I decided to make another easel card as I wanted to use a photo of my nephew from last year as he looked so "darned cute" and I thought my sister & B-I-L would love a more personalised card . . well I hope they do!



Teague (my nephew) is wearing Aaron's hairy, claw slippers & Luke's Christmas hat. He loved them and walked around with this outfit on for ages ! How he didn't trip over, I'll never know.



As I knew which image I wanted to use this card came together really quickly and I have used several papers from different Funky Fairy's kits. All the papers complimented the photo perfectly. The " Ho, Ho, Ho!" sentiment was made on the computer; a bit of layering & it was done!



The large arrows, holly leaves & trees are all hand cut but the stamped sentiment is from SU. I must also take the time to apologise to every one who entered the ICS sketch last week as I unfortunately have not had the time to visit you all and see your gorgeous projects as I have been a little busy (see post below) but I PROMISE to visit everyone this week.

I am also going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz challenge which is to use "Red, Green, White or Silver "- as you can see I've opted for red, green & white!

DU2DS - they also have a colour challenge with is "red, green & your choice of neutral". Although I haven't used a digi image all the papers used are from digi downloads !

One Stop Craft - they have asked us to make something for the theme "Christmas Love" and I think this card falls into this category because of all the reasons that it was made!

Caardvarks - digital challenge in honour of the Hero Arts Digital showcase they are running at the moment.

Take care,

Lou
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Monday, 14 December 2009

Phew . . . what a week !

Must start this post by apologising to my "Polka Doodle" team mates for my non existent post on Friday . . . but hey those girls made some "awesome" cards for this weeks sketch. If you haven't seen what they have made, please do pop over to the Polka Doodles challenge blog for a good nose !

Unfortunately my friend was involved in a nasty car crash which meant I was on emergency baby-sitting duties. Thankfully she is well, minus several large bruises and a frozen shoulder from the whiplash but her car is very poorly to say the least. Maria was stationary when she was hit by a car and the force of the impact sent her into the opposite lane and into the path of a skip lorry - the story was enough for me to want to change my underwear and I can only imagine the horror she must of felt. She is on the mend but will not go into a car at the moment - not sure if that will change very soon either. As I said I was babysitting and had to relinquish my role on Sunday which I was thoroughly enjoying but, it had to end !

However, I had made my cards . . . yep more than one as I was inspired by a previous DCM challenge where you had to use your offcuts to make your card blanks. I made 3 similar cards using the same papers etc and have to say, made loads more for the kiddies at school.





Well better dash as I have so much catching up to do that it's not true and I hope this weekend to have a totally uneventful blog mooch as we have broken up from school.

Take care,

Lou
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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

A "Male" card . . . I hope!

It's my eldest son's birthday on 19th December and am trying to be organised . . . I blame Shaz personally as her "organisational" skills are rubbing off ! The only thing is that I am very organised at school but not at home and this new me is starting to frighten my family !

I have used the sketch from "Fab 'n' Funky" challenges for my card . . .


and papers from the "More for Men" kit from Funky Fairy's Papercrafts. Now at "Fab 'n' Funky" if you use the additional theme which is "All that Glitters" you get 2 entries into the draw for some gorgeous Doodle Palace images. Well, I absolutely, categorically, emphatically dislike using glitter, so this was not a comfortable thing for me to do but I took a deep breath and just got on with it ! lol x



Here is my card and my "Glitter" bits are the circles which have been glittered and beaded (in a manly way of course !) and also I have used extra glitter around the edges with my Stickles Glitter Glue. Just now hoping that I haven't iver done things with the glitter and Luke thinks his card is a touch too feminine !

I am going to enter this card into the C.R.A.F.T Challenge which is "Christmas Birthday's" and this is my 2nd card for their challenge. Well it was the motivation I needed to make the much needed Birthday cards I require.

Well gotta dash . . seems to be my standard mantra at the moment but have loads of prep to do for my "Glitter Morning" at school tomorrow fingers crossed, Mr Scheduler will pop my post up to appear tomorrow (Wednesday) !

Take care,

Lou
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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

For my Lil Sis !

It's my Little Sisters birthday on New Years Day and I am feeling organised ! It doesn't happen often but when it does . . . watch out world ! Decided that I really must make an easel card and love the look and when made, they are so striking and what's even nicer . . . easy to make !

Now Dawn over at Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) has drawn another great sketch . . . where do you get your ideas from for all your sketches ?



ICS have been sponsored by The Stamping Boutique and we got to chose an image to play with . . . I chose "Jennifer Latte (moped)" because it reminded me so much of my Lil Sis ! Not sure she would agree though but hey, TOUGH sis ! So in love with these images and feel the need to collect them all . . the next one I HAVE TO HAVE is the "Hairstyle Latte".



Here is the top bit of the easel card and I have used some old DCWV papers from the Teenage stack, some MM ribbons & the flowers are from my stash. The image has been coloured with Promarkers and I have then layered parts of the image to fit Dawn's sketch.



Here's the card in full. The sentiment is from SU and designed to work with their oval punches. The strip has been left deliberately blank as I'm going to write here.All card stock used is also SU . . . but don't know each colour . . . sorry !

Now I am also going to enter my card in to the even more challenges (other than ICS) and they are as follows:

Cute Card Thursday - theme this week is "Swirly Girly" and this is my 2nd card into this challenge.

Cardvaarks - who want you to use a digital image or some digital . . . and yep, have done that!

One Stop Craft Challenge who want us to use fancy folds. OK, I concede that my card doesn't have that many folds, but hey, I think it's a fancy one . . . tenuous I know.

2 Red Banana's - new challenge blog (well it is to me !) I found whilst have a visit around everyone's blogs and love their theme this week to make something "reflecting warmth". Definitely think the "Jennifer Latte" image does just that.

C.R.A.F.T Challenge which is "Christmas Birthday" and I know my Sisters birthday is !st January but hey, the date is still part of the festive season so I am going to chance y arm and enter this challenge too ! ! !

Now after all this typing am off for a rest and a quick blog hop. I have visited loads of people but have to apologise as I just haven't had the time to comment on everyones blog but I hope to remedy that real soon.

Lou
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Friday, 4 December 2009

Polka Doodles Challenge

Am so pleased it's Friday as it has been a L . . O . . . N . . . G week to say the least - gosh I need some "me" time but unfortunately can't see that happening very soon! Oh well!

As it's Friday it means its Polka Doodles time and Nikky was a real task master this week and came up with quite a tricky sketch and the DT had to use scallops on their project, plus stamp in 3 of the squares . . . see what I mean by "task master" !



I used papers from the Jingle Jangles CD as my background and then stamped over them with snowflakes from the "Christmas Doodles" stamp collection. I then stamped out 3 trees (from same stamp set), coloured them with Promarkers & layered them in my torn snow ! Finally added a false window to match the sketch and hand wrote my sentiment. The hardest thing about this card was taking the photo . . . my "£$%^&*(+ camera is still playing up and this is the best photo I can get and that's taken nearly a week to get !



Right this is a quick post for me as I have loads to do and not much time to do it in . . . when do we break up !?!?!? lol

Lou
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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Fab 'n' Funky challenge #2

Hi everyone,

Boobed a bit on my original post and posted it too early . . . then thought I had copied it and hadn't . . . by then run out of time to re-do a long post as bed time is looming ! Am now hoping that I can actually work Mr Scheduler properly so that my post appears tomorrow (Wednesday) and not today ! Please don't ask . . . ! lol

Another great sketch to follow on the "Fab 'n' Funky" Challenge blog and this weeks challenge is sponsored by Squiggle Fly - oh, that is one lucky winner.



I have followed the sketch (more or less) and have stamped all my images onto different papers from the same kit, "Cupcake Crazy" from Funky Fairy's.



Quick simple card inspired by both the sketch and the sentiment sticker I found when tidying out a cupboard!




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Edited on 03.12.09 - Since posting my card, I went over to see what was happening on Charisma's blog this week and noticed that the theme was "I'm dreaming of Summertime" and guess what, I think my card might just qualify ! So am being a touch cheeky and putting my card into this weeks challenge.

Also noticed that Cute Card Thursday's challenge was Swirly Girly and yep, you guessed it, I am entering my card for that challenge too !

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Have to dash as time has simply flown by and I need my zzzz's !

Lou
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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

My *%&*%!* camera!

I have really struggled this week to get any decent photo's of any of my projects this week as the macro setting on my camera is playing up. I know my camera is quite old (4 years) as technology leaps forward each week . . . but this is not the time for it to be mucking about ! ! ! Enough said . . lol

Dawn over at Inspirational Card Sketches as again drawn a great sketch for us to work with and my card flew together. The longest part was waiting for the silicone glue to dry . . it seemed to take an age.


My card also goes with this weeks theme over at Charisma Cardz which is "Anything Christmas".

I decided to go all "girly" and make quite a pretty Christmas card which is unlike me but hey, gotta try different things every now & then haven't you. I have stamped my stocking & then water coloured them to be monochromatic. They are mounted with wire & mini pegs. Finally the card is finished off with some beaded flowers. Quick & simple, although I think the flowers are a touch over kill now !


Stocking stamps: My own design
Card: SU
Sentiment: Funky Fairy's Papercrafts
Flowers & wire from stash

The stockings are actually my own design which were produced into rubber last year and even if I do say so, I like them as they work so well and if you don't want to colour them totally, you don't have to !



Well better go to bed now and hope Mr Blogger schedules this post to appear tomorrow (Tuesday) as I have a L . . . O . . . N . . . G day tomorrow at work.

Take care everyone,

Lou
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