Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Oh my . . . it's been a while . .

. . . since I last blogged! I had high hopes of being a good blogger this year but as always "life" got in the way. Unfortunately Steve had a car crash and wrote the car off, so we have been up to our ears in insurance paperwork and looking for a new car . . . that's where the arguments really began! I like driving a manual car and he likes driving an automatic . . so we've given up for the moment and are relying on my lickle jaloppie.

Well today is ICSketches time and I loved this weeks sketch and have actually made 2 cards but being a meanie, I'm only going to show you one. I have used the card to make a Sympathy Card as Steve's Nan died on Friday. She had a full life and was 95 when she passed.

Papers: glittered mulberry paper scraps
Pearlescent card
Nesties - lable ? 
Swirls and butterfly - Mariane dies
Flower - Oyster Crafts
Sentiment - unknown
Pearl Gems - MEI

 I wanted to make my card deliberately not look like a traditional Sympathy card but still keep the colours quite serene. The sentiment is simple but just what was required too.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Incy Wincy designs - Flowers
Lollipop Crafts - anything goes
Crazy Challenge - flowers
Die Cuttin Divas - anything goes
Truly Scrumptious - something forgotten - my something is the glittered mulberry papers I had carefully stored away!

I'm back off to bed as still suffering from a head cold and need to get warm!


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Have had a "numpty" moment . . .

Last week I could not photograph any of my projects because the camera was acting all weird. After much fiddling around with it, nothing still worked and I was becoming increasingly anxious that I would have to resign myself to getting it fixed or even replace it.

So being a good girl, I took it to the shop to see if they could help me/fix the camera. The nice man "said of course we can and it will cost . . . .  " (no surprise there then!!!). The nice man called me later that day to say you can collect your camera now and being so excited, I rushed over to the shop without enquiring about how they had fixed it. I waited patiently in a queue to be served to collect my camera and the nice man recognised me straight away and dashed off to get my camera. Handing it back I tentatively asked "how much?". He smiled and said "nothing as there wasn't anything wrong" !!!

It would appear that my camera had stopped taking photos because its internal memory was full and I had forgotten to put the memory card back in it after I had downloaded previous photos . . . this meant it just needed me to put the memory card back in and I could be "snap happy" again. Rather embarrassed at my complete and utter "numptiness", I retreated quickly from the shop. I just can't believe I had not checked if it has the memory card in . . .

Anyhow, I can now share with you this weeks card for ICSketches . . .

Papers: First Edition (Birdsong)
Edgeability scalloped dies
Marianne Creatablesoval and oval scallop dies
Stickers: Pebbles Inc
Felt flower cut with a Quickutz Die
Felt butterfly cut using a Marianne Creatables die
Baby pink bias ribbon
 Sentiment printed onto Safmat

I have made a baby card as my youngest sister is expecting her 3rd baby in mid-February and I thought I should start making her and her husband a card. They do not know what they are having so I will have made a little girl card first and will cover all bases by making a boys card later in the week.

I have had these Pebbles Inc stickers for eons, so dusted them off to make my card and not being a sticker person, am really pleased with how my card turned out.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Boots Challenge - new beginnings
Craft Your Days Away - new beginnings
CR8FN Colour Challenge - light pink, yellow & neutral
The Crazy Challenge - tic, tac, toe - my row: ribbon, embossing, diecuts

Have a great week everyone and I have to get prepping on my art project for school, so better get of here and make a start!


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Been wombling . .

 . . . but am not quite as hairy as those wombles . . . I hope!

The theme this week at Fab'n'Funky Challenges is to use recycled items on your project and over Christmas I squirrelled away many "useful" items and for once, was determined to use them sooner rather than later (and before they gathered dust!).

Now I've done something different and made something other than a card . . . . .

I made a "felt heart" which I have sent to my Mum along with her thank you card as a little keep sake. The felt came from inside a gift box, fastener from old trousers, flower from toiletries packaging and various buttons! that us crafters cut off unwanted items and store in jars or tins or bags etc etc . ..

I used a button in the centre of the flower to secure it to my heart and also to cover up the mess I made picking the glue off it from the packaging! The buttons were from my "random assortment" I keep in a large biscuit tin (recycled usage from another Christmas) and the large pins I have had in my stash for ages.

The scissors charm I bought at a craft show but can't remember from whom and have been dying to use them for ages. The spool of thread has been made using a large wooden bead and sewn on using the centre hole. Other ribbons and trim are from another "useful box" I probably accumulated from last Christmas . . . !

I'm really pleased how this turned out and since then have made 5 more different themed hearts which I will share with you when I work out away to photograph them in an easier way!!!

Off to catch up with you all now,


Edited to add: Apologies for not blogging my DT card for ICS but I have done something to my camera and can't get it to work. I was lucky that I could share this post with you as I had scheduled it a while back. Fingers crossed, all will be sorted really soon.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Blog Hop and a challenge . .

Welcome to the 1st Fab'n'Funky Challenge for 2012 and to celebrate the start of New Year we are having a blog hop . . . well why not especially as Christmas and the New Year are now over and we need to have a bit of fun before the January Blues set in!

Okay . . . you should of hopped over from PAT and collected her number, however if you have popped over to visit me just to say hi but now want to join in the fun, please pop back to the Fab'n'Funky Challenge Blog where all will be explained. Now my number is 6 (six), make a note of it because you will need my number and every other number on each DT blog at the very end of the blog hop. To collect your next number pop over to WENDY who has another number waiting for you.

Don't forget to also enter this weeks Fab'n'Funky Challenge and the theme is  . . .

"Something New"

Here is my project and my "Something New" is those fabulous 1st Edition papers and Creative Images stamps.

 The swirls were printed onto Safmat and then rubbed into place! I even rubbed one onto a skeleton leaf . . . which was a little tricky as the leaves are so delicate.

The sentiment is from SU and I finished my card off with lots of crystal gems. The bias ribbon and roses ribbon are from my stash and I can't remember where I purchased then from . . . sorry

The card is made for my Mum to say "Thank You" for a wonderful Christmas; she did us all proud and we had a wonderful time. Have to say that we did eat and drink far too much so I will need to walk these extra pounds off (the dog is happy about this idea!).

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

The Artisitic Stamper - vintage
Papertake Weekly - anything goes plus something "new"
Flutterby Wednesday - to use a butterfly or fairy on your project

Thanks for popping over and don't forget to join in with the Fab'n'Funky Blog Hop which is running all week and of course the challenge too!


Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Oooohhh I have news!

Many moons ago, I uset to be on the ICS DT (Inspirational Card Sketches) and it was for an allotted 6th month time scale. Well, I saw that they were recruiting again, so I thought I'd try out again but did totally understood if Dawn said "no" (as I had already had had a go on the DT) . . . however I was a very happy lickle Lou as Dawn has asked me to play along again . . . yippee!

Well this week at ICS, the theme is called "any sketch goes" which means you can use any sketch from another challenge blog to create your card/project so that gives you loads of flexibility. I have used the sketch from last weeks challenge over at Papertake Weekly . . .

and here is how I interpreted it . .

Papers: Bird Song by First Edition
Postcard, ornate border, lock & key from The Graphics Fairy
Butterfly stamp: Crafty Individuals
Pearl Gems: MEI Flowers
Floral seem binding ribbon, skeleton leaves and elastic from my stash

The images from The Graphics Fairy  have been printed onto Safmat so that I can use them on what ever material I want and also where ever I want . . . this is the beauty of Safmat . . . .  a crafting necessity that I could not live without now . . . I know . . . a touch melodramatic but sooooo true!

Okay, I admit that my text isn't in the middle but the butterfly is . . . but when I had it the other way round, it just didn't look right/balanced . . . you know what I mean . .  ! ? ! I loved making this card as it came together so quickly.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

The Graphics Fairy
Craft Your Passion - anything goes plus distressing
Heart Song Inspirations - anything goes
The Pink Elephant - Anything goes
The Shabby Tea Room - theme is "time flies" with photo inspiration
Papertake Weekly - anything goes with a "new" twist. My "new" thing is the fab 1st Edition papers.

Well back off to the crafty table to make oodles more "thank you" cards  . . . so watch this space as I have decided to send individual cards to people this year rather than making "a mass make" . . . I wanted to keep it personal and heart felt.

Must also catch up with my blogging as it has been an age since I sat down and had a good mooch around blog land . . . oohhh how I have missed that.

Take care everyone,