Sketch Saturday really inspired me !

Loving this weeks sketch at Sketch Saturday, really inspired me to make 2 cards. I was struggling for ideas as they were both for the "male species" and they can be so tricky to make and not look naff! Well I always think my cards for the men & boys look naff but actually like these 2 !

I have (selectively) ignored the little extra bits on the strip element as couldn't think of what to add to them to keep with my theme.

Card number 1: "My brother is . . . "

Papers: MME Bloom & Grow papers
Image: High Hopes (I think)
Words: Imaginisce rub ons

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday - used their sketch!
Creative Inspirations - recycle an object on your project. I have used a piece of cardboard packaging and the twine is also reused from a recent package I received.

Card number 2: "Built Tough . . . to party hard!"

Papers: MME Bloom & grow papers
Image: Sticker I kept which was supplied with hamster cage (from 3 years ago) !!!
Words: Imaginise rub ons

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday - used their sketch!
JUGS - Howdy Partners
Creative Inspirations - recycle an object on your project. I have used the sticker which was meant to be used on the hamsters cage . . . who has subsequently gone to "hamster heaven" ! The twine is also reused and was on a recent package I received.

Well gotta dash as have some boring housework related chores to do . . . yuk, yuk and yuk!


!st of a few posts today !

I am in the middle of decorating but took a break yesterday as I was getting sick and tired of all the "STUFF" I had to sort through! I mean . . how much "STUFF" do we need to keep ?!?!?

My first card is for "Fab'n'Funky" Challenges and the theme this week is "Flower Power". Great, quick & easy challenge and we have a FAB sponsor too who makes the most wicked flower embellishments. I have "cased" one of my own cards from a while back as I just loved how it turned out the first time around! I know . . how vain ! ! !

Stamps: Doodle for Daniel by Stamping Bella
Sentiment: Stampin' Up
Papers: DCWV & Funky Fairy
Swirl background: SU stamping wheel

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

The Pink Elephant
- ribbon and sparkle
Everybody Art Challenge - theme is "in the garden"
Colour Throwdown - sky, chocolate chip, kraft and celery. OK have to admit, if you click onto the photo you can see the green elements on the DP used for the flowers . . . I promise !
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - bow & buttons. The pearl centres of the flowers are actually buttons !

Happy Wednesday everyone and off to o another post . . . !


Simply "Colourific!"

You would of thought that this weeks Fab'n'Funky Challenge would be an easy one . . . make a project using your favourite colours . . . but I have really struggled. I have stamped and coloured over 30 images this week; using different mediums to colour them all and still can't work out what my favourite colour blends are ! In desperation, I have made this card taking the colour inspiration from the papers . . .

Papers: MME - Quite Contrary
Image & sentiment: Babsie Fairy from Polka Doodles
Other bits are from my stash

Now whilst I like this colour combo, I wouldn't say it is my favourite . . . I think it's gotta be said that I like ALL colour blends . . . yep, I took the cowards way out! The only FAB thing from this exercise is that I now have oodles and oodles of coloured images ready to go . . . just got to remember to use them !

Here is a close up of Babsie and loving her attitude! I coloured her with Sakura Gelly Roll pens which I haven't had out to "play" for a long time . . . eeek . . . another "must remember to use" moment !

Gotta dash as off to be "Mother's unpaid taxi" this morning,


Recycling is so therapeutic!

Last week we received something through the post and it was wrapped in all this corrugated card. I was over the moon with the stuff . . . although my family were not sure why . . . and it set my crafty ideas flowing! The string was also used to secure the corrugated card. The large felt flower was a great find: I found it hiding in a book I am reading (bought from the Oxfam Bookshop) . . . the previous owner must of used it as a bookmark! It comes in 3 layers, so I have prised it apart and can now use 2 other flowers for other projects . . . this recycling thing is just FAB !

Anyhow whilst blogging at the beginning of the week (when I had internet !), I popped over to one of my fav challenge blogs, 2S4U and have used this weeks sketch to make my card . . . with all my recycled goodies!

The main image is from a new line of stamps recently released by Nix over at Polka Doodles . . . Prim Angel and she is a dream to colour (I've used my Promarkers). This FAB paper is from the new Creative Christmas CD and comes in loads of great colours; will definitely be using more of this on my Christmas cards this year. All the hearts are hand drawn and then inked around the edges.

I am also really, really pleased to have found a use for my Whispers Ink Pads which were given to me eons ago. I never found that they worked that well giving un-crisp images and/or text, so they have been sitting in a drawer gathering dust. Anyhow I bought a new sheet of "Cut 'n' Dry" (felt version) and the ink pads have become good for inking around card edges of my card and paper; they are dry ink pads so they don't flood the felt . . . yet another form of recycling ?!?!?!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

- have used this week sketch
Cupcake Craft Challenge - theme this week is "distressing"
Moving Along with the Times - "Christmas"
Creative Inspirations Challenge - theme is RECYCLING !

Have a great Saturday everyone and I'm off to play with my yummy goodies I received from Letraset in the week . . . well have to make them a "Thank You" card at least !


Gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !

My internet has been really playing up for the last 48 hours and we have had no service, slow service or intermittent service. The company have been next to useless and I felt much better yesterday after speaking to someone in Customer Services and politely venting my frustration. I try not to lose my temper with the poor person who answers the phone in Customer Services Department as it isn't their fault . . . but still needed them to know how I felt . . . especially as I have pay to call them !

Anyhow, I'll stop as I can feel the steam coming to my ears AGAIN. The internet is still playing up so have nipped to a friends house and borrowed their PC so that I could get my Polka Doodles DT card blogged in time ! We had a great sketch to follow this week as it really allowed you to go with the flow with it.

For my card all the elements and papers are from the "Not for Girls" CD and I am soooooooo in love with this image . . . in fact I want Nix to give me permission to go to a photography shop and get it blown up really, really large! I have printed the image off several times in different colours and then using one image only, have used the other images to add random bits of colour, layering wherever felt good for me! The lickle tickets are also on the CD and make a great alternative embellie.

Iam also entering my card into the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - theme is "whateva"!

Well better dash as I don't want to overstay my welcome as you never know when I'll need to use my friends PC again.


"Spotty, dotty and stretchy stripes!"

. . . is the theme of this weeks "Fab'n'Funky Challenge". It's not an opportunity for me to show you all my aged skin with all it's blemishes and gorgeous silvery grey stretch marks . . . that's even too scary for me to contemplate !

I have used a great digi image from Elizabeth @ Softpencil for my card and the yummy MME free papers given away in Cardmaking and Papercrafts (Issue 81).

Papers: MME Papers - Quite Contrary
Image: Softpencil
Punches : SU and Martha Stewart
Ribbon: from stash
Sentiments: Letraset rub-on lettering (various)

A quick and simple card and in real life it looks so bright and fresh . . . naff photography skills on my behalf . . . one day I will master the art of taking a fab photo of my work . . . obviously not just yet ! I am really pleased with the sun image as I have just layered some punches (Stampin' Up) and then used the loops from a Martha Stewart punch to add the suns rays . . . will definitely try this again but might make a flower next time !

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

"Fab'n'Funky Challenge" - "Spotty, dotty and stretchy stripes
Papertake Weekly - "White and Bright" . . . not brave enough to use predominately white but hey, another idea for my technique book.
Incy Winsy Designs - "Summer Fun"
Creative Card Crew - "Cute and Girly" - I think that my card fits this theme . . doesn't it ?!?!?

Have a great day everyone and I am completely indulging myself today but putting my feet up and catching up properly with the blogging world . . . sooo many project to look at and techniques to write down in my little book !