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Monday, 30 April 2012

It's Monday ....

and I have a 4 day week this week due to the school having to close as we have to become a polling station!!! The only downside is that it's Thursday, so have to be in on Friday but I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth as it were.

Was so pleased to see that Liz over at Pink Petticoat was showing off a set of cards I made HERE.

 
Chuffed to bits. The post I originally showed them off on can be found HERE.

I have still been playing with those lush Jessica Sprague papers and have made another card using them. I haven't added a sentiment as I wanted to leave it blank as that way I can choose the occasion I need it for!
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Papers: Jessica Sprague Circa 1934
Butterfly and swirl die cuts: Marianne Design
Flowers: Wild Orchard Crafts


I thought I would use a simple layout for my card, accented with black. It does have an oriental feel to it but that wasn't my intention. Can yo tell I am a little addicted to these papers .... thanks Ruth for showing me the way ...


I am entering my card in to the following challenges:


Lollipop Crafts - anything goes
A-musing Challenge - anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - strong colours
4 Crafty Chicks - no stamping

Right gotta dash as I need to make sure everything is ready for tomorrows post ... why ... check out all the details HERE !

Lou
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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Phew .... what a week!

Had a great weekend away with hubby last week but how things change ..... quickly. Suffice to say that last week was FULL and was shattered by Friday pm. However no rest yet as had to drop Luke back at Uni today, catch up with household chores (that word is so correct .... chore), shopping .... etc etc and before you know it, I am finally getting some "me" time at this hour.

Because things changed expectantly this week, I didn't have time to schedule my Fab'n'Funky Challenges card and it was a theme I had set .... I know "tut". The theme is not to use designer papers on your project and I had great fun making my card ......... got out my inks, embossing powders, recycled bits and bobs, dusted off a few neglected stamps and this what I came up with ....

Stamps: Serendipity (via Joanna Sheen)
Butterfly & fern die cuts: K and Co (via Mischelflo)
Distress Inks
VersaMark clear pad
Clear detail embossing powder
Recycled card, button and ribbon

 I stamped the images on to white stiff card with Walnut distress ink and then lightly inked the edges (with Denim distress ink). Using my VersaMark pad, I smothered the images with clear ink and then with detail embossing powder (at least 3 times) until I achieved the effect I wanted.I did exactly the same with the sentiment but "aged" it with Vintage Photo distress ink. Using a piece of corrugated card (from a box) as my backing, I layered the elements up. The ribbon and button are from my "saw it being unused, so stuffed it in to this box" box (!) I am really pleased how the card turned out and surprised myself as it didn't take long to make .... however I did make a mess making it, which took longer to clear up!!!



This is a close up of my card and those gorgeous stamp images. I really ought to use this set more often as they are so versatile. My next must have is some Stampendous stamps (so many I want, that the list would be endless) and IndigoBlu stamps ... so need the "Music Hall" set and also the "Discover your Dream" set ..... in fact all of them!

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - no DP
Crafty Mess Challenges - distressing and embossing
Our Daily Bread Designs - no DP

Well gotta go as am seriously tired and desperately need to catch up on my "zzzzz's".

Take care everyone and see you tomorrow,

Lou
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Friday, 20 April 2012

A male card!

Well that was my intention! The challenge at Polka Doodles this week is "Red and White" as St.George's Day is on 23rd April and the first card I made solely in those colours, didn't work for me, so I have added a little bit of blue! Sorry En ....



Papers and images: Pretty Tuff CD
Sentiment: Freebie with a craft mag
Buttons from stash

Such a quick and easy card to make .... I think the longest part was cutting the car out and making it a 3D embellie topper! I didn't have the right colour buttons so coloured some plain pearl ones with my promarkers and I don't think you can tell.

Will be back later tonight to have a good mooch around blog land but in case I miss you, have a great weekend,

Lou
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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Another JS card ....

.... using the fab Circa 1934 papers but this time I made a bird as the focal point. I really couln't think about wha sentiment to add so have left it plain!

Papers: Jessica Sprague "Circa 1934"
Flower and bird die cut: KandCo (Mischelflo Creative Crafts)
Scallop edgerability
Sequins from sewing box

Straight forward mat & layering on this card with an added scallop border for an extra, "why not"!


A quick close up of the bird image which is gorgeous and so layered. Am in love with these K and Co images as they are so versatile, plus extremely well made. You also get oodles and oodles in a pack!


Well, I'm going to dash as I am absolutely shattered tonight. A quick bath, mug of coffee, my book and then off to bed for a total relax session.

Back tomorrow and hope t catch p with everyone then,

Lou
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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Having a play ...

..... with some mouth-watering delicious papers from Jessica Sprague. I have to thank my Polka Doodles teamie Ruth for the "heads up" about these papers and Jessica's kits ... a definite "must have".

I had great fun playing with the papers from the "Circa 1934" paper kit and will have to buy the embellishment pack now that matches thee papers. Although Jessica is more in to scrapbooking, these papers are easily adapted to card making but I am now determined to do more scrapping and have an album on the go at the moment for my sister .... watch this space.

My first card:

Ticket: Tim Holtz
Sentiment: Serendipity Stamps
Marianne Design butterfly die
Labels 1 Nestability
Ribbon and tag from stash

I used lots of little offcuts and layered to create my background panel. Using my nesties I cut a panel and then used a Marianne Design die to cut a butterfly aperture. This was mounted on to a Tim Holtz ticket. I inked the tag and stamped the word "Bliss" at the top. I have also used the sentiment to stamp on the ticket.


To cover all my joins/layers, I used a piece of ribbon (originally off some packaging); knot at one end and decorative edge at the other. Finally a huge Flora Doodles flower to add an extra dash of colour.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Art with no boundaries - anything goes
2 sisters - flower(s)
I {Heart} to stamp - sketch
Delicious Doodles - loads of layers

Well gotta go as I am absolutely shattered and desperately need some "shut eye". Will catch up with everyone tomorrow,

Lou
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Friday, 13 April 2012

Oooohhh to be young .... I think!

Eldest son came in very late last night .... or should I say this morning. A quick shower and a bowl of porridge later and out the door he went to work. In my distant past (!), I vaguely remember doing a similar thing but my body just wouldn't allow me to do that now ..... I'd be asleep by mid-morning. Not sure when the ability to "burn the candle at both ends" leaves us but mine definitely has! A night on the razz can wipe me out the next day, not from a hangover, but from tiredness. Ooohhh how I envy his stamina .....

Okay enough of my jealous whining and on to this weeks challenge at Polka Doodles. The theme this week is "Pretty in pink" and I do struggle with girly cards and it doesn't help as I am really in to sentiments and paper pieced or stamped collage images at the mo but Nikky has kindly added loads of yummy sentiments to her newest CD's which, along with Safmat, are just up my street .... !


Marianne Design: Butterfly and decorative panel dies
Marianne Design: Pom Pom ribbon lace
Safmat, gems and organza ribbon (from my stash)
Promarkers 
X cut heart punch

The butterfly has been cut out of felt and just loving using this medium at the moment. It gives such a tactile, yet delicate feel to everything. Not much else to say about how the card was made as it has been simply matted and layered with the additional embellishments added but I think it fits the girly bill and hopefully, could be given to any age?

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
SJCrafts - 1, 2, 3 - okay ..... 1 butterfly, 2 ribbons, 3 small gems ..... other 3's are .... 3 different papers, 3 die cuts (panel, butterfly and tag), 3 stamped roses
Sugar Bowl - sketch (although have to admit the middle bit has been covered by everything else!!!
Crafts and Me - embellishments
Celebrate the Occasion - "just because" using pink

Finally before I go, I received a wonderful surprise in the post yesterday from a very talented lady Cheryl .... check it out here ..... just have to say it definitely does not fit the post title as the card and tag are stunning. Love Cheryls tip about the screws and chain too; a definite idea I am going to pinch!

Have a great day everyone and I'm off now as I am the "unpaid taxi" this afternoon.

Lou
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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Sunshine ......

Woke up this morning to a glorious sunny morning which really lifted my spirits, so sat out in the garden with my coffee with my dog, letting the world go by ..... the world in this case is 3 manic males getting ready for work or going. Far too much fuss and cross words at 6.30am.

Well this week over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges the theme is "on all 4's" ..... ! As you can imagine the naughty person inside me had a great laugh at that theme and I had to control myself from making something inappropriate and instead have made something cute ..... which is rare for me!

Papers: Tulip by Papermania
Sentiment: Polka Doodles
Butterfly: bought from £land
Nellie Snellen dies
Edgerabilities - large scallop
Ribbon from stash
Small heart - K and Co

I have used a backing paper as my background and focal image. Simple mat and layering finished off with a butterfly and sentiment. A really quick and easy card. Mum bought me the paper pack when she was over recently and it does have a lovely linen effect to it.

I am entering this card in to the following challenges:

Try it on Tuesdays - pampered pets
One Stop Crafts Challenge - pastel and die cuts

The 2nd card I have made took a little longer! Lili of the Valley are sponsoring Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week and as I did not have any animal themed stamps to use, I felt I should make another card using one of their images ..... so this is what I came up with ..... don't be too shocked as it is a little girly and very flowery ....

Papers:Fairy Flowers by Prima
Acetate wrap: HOTP
Image: LOTV
Flowers: Wild Orchard
Sentiment: Polka Doodles printed on to Safmat
Marianne Design Flourish dies
Glossy Accents

I have had this acetate overlay for donkeys years and finally had a reason to use it! The die cut toppers from LOTV were bought for me by my sons and again have never seen the light of day .... eek! I have added glossy accents to the image to make it stand out more from all the flowers.


Here is a close up of the cute image and all my flowers. I now need to have a reason to use it ..... ummm any birthdays coming up yet I wonder .....?

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Card Patterns - sketch
Everybody Art Challenge - Spring
My Time to Craft - "Fairy Nice" theme
Use It Tuesday - use hoarded supplies - my HOTP acetate cover and LOTV image

Well gotta dash as off to walk the dog up n the fields as it is such a gorgeous day.

Lou
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Monday, 9 April 2012

Another quick make ....

I am also very privileged to be on the Polka Doodles DT and Nikky has been so generous and supportive recently that I knew that I must join in with this weeks challenge especially as it was celebrating my teamie Ruth's significant "0" birthday!!!

Here is the card I "whipped up" for this weeks Polka Doodles challenge ....

Papers: Candy Doodles Collectors Edition
Cupcake and sentiment printed on to Safmat (from the same CD)
Marianne Design dies:  Frame and butterfly
Hearts: K and Co
Flower and button from stash

I didn't want to go all "guns blazing" announcing the significant birthday, (not saying that this is Ruth's "0" birthday) but instead have created lickle dots with a number on! All papers are from the new Candy Doodles Collectors Edition as they are such a fab selection of papers and so versatile. The embossed panel at the back is a Marianne Design "Designables die which both cuts and embosses.


I printed the sentiment on to Safmat and then placed this on to a piece of the bunting paper, which in turn was mounted on to a Marianne Design frame die cut. The cupcake was also printed on to Safmat and then onto a piece of stiff card, dotted with little icing dots.


I was also very brave and cut the Marianne Design butterfly from felt . . . it looks fab but was a little delicate. I have finished the butterfly off with some hearts and a flower.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafting when we can - things with wings
Pan Pastel - sweet treats
One Stop Craft - pastel and die cuts
Southern Girls Challenge - "you got something you wanna say?"

Well I didn't get far blogging this evening as I decided to re-organise my craft "bits and bobs" .... let's just say, this will be an on going project!

Lou
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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Feeling soooo much better

Apologies for not being around of late but have had a spell of bad health which knocked me for six .... literally. After much blood taking and tablet popping I am now on the road to recovery although still not 100% sure what my next step will be medically but I am determined that it's not going to get me down!

Well whilst I have been away the gorgeous and talented DT over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges have been looking after things (phew) and I owe them all a HUGE thanks for all their help and support. So today I have had a bit of "me" time so decided to see if my crafting mojo was still with me and made a card for this weeks challenge, "embossing".

Cuttlebug embossing folder: Paisley
Martha Stewart punch
Petaloo flower
Doily
K & Co TC die cuts
Sentiment from Polka Doodles printed on to Safmat
Ribbon from stash

I have used a much neglected Cuttlebug embossing folder for my card, Paisley  which created my background. I have then used the Martha Stewart punch and a doily to create my other layers, finished with a spotty ribbon. The huge, lush, fabric flower is a Petaloo one and I am so glad I bought oodles of these when Michelle at Mishelflo had her sale. My card is finished with some cute little K & Co bee die cuts.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - embossing
Robyns Fetish Challenge - anything goes
Delicious Doodles - texture
Little Miss Muffet - pastel shades
Waste not Wednesday - use something forgotten - my paisley embossing folder!


Well I'm off to upload another card and then it's coffee time whilst I have a long overdue mooch around blog land.

Take care everyone,

Lou
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