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Sunday, 29 May 2011

Stamptacular DT and challenge

Well I am a very proud bunny today as Priscilla from Stamptacular contacted me to ask if I would like to be part of the DT. Well . . . uuummmmm . . . let me think . . . OF COURSE  and this is my first official week . . . so please be gentle with me!!!

This week's challenge is a…
“BUGS or BOYS!”
 
For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project with either BUGS or BOYS on it. Create a card with both and you’ll have your name entered TWICE into this week’s drawing for our fabulous prizes and the sponsors for this weeks challenge theme are THE PAPER SHELTER  (PRIZE: $10 Gift Certificate) and SPESCH STAMPS (PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of 3 Digi Images). Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!
 
So I have dusted off a very unused stamp for this weeks challenge . . . in fact this is the first time it's been inked . . . ! Also being a good girl, as it's my first week, I have included both a boy and a bug.

Stamps: Edwin from Magnolia
Papers: MME
Rub-ons: Imaginese
String, gems & button from stash
Frog cut from a sizzlet die
Dragonfly stamp: Stamps Away
Grass bits have been hand cut!

Edwin has been coloured with Promarkers and subtle white gel pen highlights (!). I wanted to add some string to my card, so did some cross stitch with it  to add texture. Edwin originally was running in mid air, which annoyed me a tad, so quickly cut out some grass and added it along the bottom. I think he now looks like he is running in a field.


I am also entering my card into the following challenges:


Friday, 27 May 2011

Polka Doodles Challenge and Blog Hop

WOW it's Friday already and I am shattered. We have had a great time at school this week doing lots of science activities and of course Art & DT ones too on our chosen theme "Water". I aM so glad it's half term next week as it will take me all that time to recover . . . and tidy up!

Well the theme this week over at Polka Doodles is . . . make a MALE themed project". Why do crafters squirm when we have to do the dreaded MALE/BOY cards? The one's that completely throw me are the awful MALE TEEN cards . . . other than the recipients are a whole new evolutionary species . . . they also have so many things that they are into these days, it's hard to know where to start! Well I cheated . . . but only a little . . . and made a card for my adorable nephew who turned 4 on Monday . . .

I have used the "Fathers Day / Family" downloadable kit from Polka Doodles for all the papers on my card, plus on all the stars. However the robot toppers/ elements are from the "NOT for girls" CD. Teague's name has been made using left over rub-on letters from various alphabet sheets and they have been mounted onto "Fathers Day / Family" papers. A little manly twine for an added embellishment . . . only because ribbon wouldn't do and my card is finished.

Now I know by now you are shouting at your PC for me to stop waffling and explain about the Polka Doodles Blog Hop and here goes . . . .

  • collect a WORD from each of the DT blogs . . . keep these in a SAFE PLACE  as you will need these words at the end of the blog hop as they give you a special message !!!! Can't say any more !!!
  • Each DT member is offering candy along the hop, so make sure you comment on each of their blogs to be in with a chance of winning some yummy candy.
  • The blog hop will end on Sunday 5th June (noon GMT), so you have a while to enter and also hop along with us!
  • There will also be a prize offered on the main Polka Doodles Challenge blog too, so you have oodles and oodles of chances of winning.

OK . . . you should of hopped over here from En's (Envys) Blog, collected her word and of course entered her candy draw . . . you now need to collect my word, which is . . .  remember . . . and now don't forget to enter my candy draw before hopping over to Em's Blog.

Here's a photo of the goodies I am offering one lucky winner . . .


. . . the new Sprinkles of Kraft CD and a selection of stamped images from the NEW Wonderland stamp set. I will also be sending 5 other runner's up a selection of the same stamped images too (with a few extras thrown in!). Please note that Nikky has given ME permission to stamp a selection of images and share them as prizes for the Blog Hop only.

Have fun hoping and thanks for popping over to see my card and join in with all the fun!

Lou
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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Ummmm cute and cuddly

can be interpreted in may ways and I have probably stretched the remit just a little but I'm sure the girls over on the Fab'n'Funky DT won't mind too greatly . . . !

I just adore this image by Di's Digi Downloads an just had to use it for this weeks challenge. You all have to agree that his is indeed one "cute and cuddly" baby ?!?!?



I have only coloured the baby part of the image (with promarkers) just to make this lickle cute stand out and then cut the coloured image out with a Nellie Snellen die. I have then threaded some adorable bias ribbon through the loops to soften the effect. Simple mat and layering using up scraps from my scrap box . . . see there is a reason why I keep all these bits !?!?!


The background card was cut out using a MS punch and I'm loving the loopy look. Sentiment is a rub-on I found in a box (!) but am unsure which company it is from. Well now you've seen my project, I hope you agree that I can cheekily enter this card as my Fab'n'Funky DT card.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Fab'n'Funky Challenges - theme is "Cute and Cuddly"
Make It Monday - anything goes
Shabby Tea Room - baby theme
Stamps R Us - use a digi image
I Did It Creations - anything goes
Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges - baby (with animal)
Papertake Weekly - pastel colours

Art and Science week is going really well and we have been making fog silhouette pictures with powder paint, sand and acetate today!

Lou
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Friday, 20 May 2011

TGI Friday . . .

 . . although to be honest this week has flown by . . . so quickly days are blurring into one . . . or is that old age? Well before I begin, I must ritualistically embarrass my son LUKE (who probably doesn't read my blog . . . but you never know . . ) by saying "GOOD LUCK" with your exams his A'Level exams start today! He's got 11 different exams in all to sit and is a little peeved as some of his friends only have 4!

Now onto the Polka Doodles challenge this week which is to make anything but a card. Unfortunately I don't have any birthdays now for a while so couldn't think of what to make . . . . so made a tag instead!


I've made a tag using my newest "love" . . .  the Wonderland rubber stamp set. These are just so much fun to play with; getting messy and inky . . . uuuummmm heaven! The papers are also from the Wonderland CD which go beautifully (not surprisingly! lol) with the stamps.


All the images have been coloured with Promarkers. The cards are from an old battered deck we had in a drawer and complete my tag. The ribbon bit which has the sentiment on, is actually folded paper and is actually 3D'd !

Oooohhhhhhh before I forget (and also as a reminder to myself . . . only joking Nix and Ruth), next week there is something exciting happening over at Polka Doodles and it's a . . .


I am also entering my tag into the following challenges:

Creative Craft Challenges - distressed or vintage theme this week
I Love Promarkers - use promarkers and an animal
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - tags or banners
The Paper Shelter - distress
Digi Design House - anything but a card
Paper Romance Challenges - anything but a card
The Rubber Cafe - vintage style tag

Well gotta dash as have loads to do today/tonight/this weekend as its Arts and Science week at school next week and as the Art & DT Co-ordinator, I've got oodles and oodles to do. I am hoping though to have a good nose around blog land on Sunday, so can't wait to catch up with you all then,

Lou
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Thursday, 19 May 2011

What a month!

It just seems that I finally get organised . . . well in my head I do (!) when things literally knock you sideways and recovering from them takes longer than anticipated. Could waffle for hours about all the sad stuff but then decided to lighten the mood before this post becomes very heavy indeed!

Well one thing I am going to share is my complete numptiness this week with a certain technical object . . . my camera. Went to take photo's of DT cards and the blasted thing wouldn't work and kept throwing up error messages. I was becoming increasingly frustrated as nothing worked and then I was reminded (rather cheekily I might add) of the fact that I have an instruction booklet . . . who seriously reads them all the way through? I flick through the sections that I want to know about and ignore the rest! Anyhow it turned out that the error message was the camera telling me that I had to reset the number counter . . . bingo . . . job done . . . and then the blasted thing sprang back into action. Only took me 5 days to work it out !

Now I have finally photographed my Fab'n'Funky DT card . . . which should of appeared on Wednesday (!) and here it is . . .


This week F'n'F is sponsored by PaperMakeup Stamps and I have used  "The Heart Fairy" image, coloured with promarkers and a little glitter on the wings. The theme over at F'n'F was to make your own flowers and I have used a heart punch to make mine.


Lots of mat and layering, a few fancy edged punched border, my "blooms", several buttons and gems . . . et voila . . . !

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Fab'n'Funky Challenges - make your own flowers
Papertake Weekly - bloom or grow theme
Crafty Creations - use a flower
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog - anything goes

Truly Scrumptious - anything goes

Well better get my act together and get some more posts written as I've made loads of stuff but either haven't had the time to blog them or couldn't use the camera properly to take photo's !!!

Lou
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