Thursday, 30 June 2011

Oooh New Boots- Amber's Crafts & Stuff #16 Red, White & Blue

Our Challenge over at Amber's Crafts & Stuff this week is Red, White & Blue, you can celebrate the holiday with your project, or as I have, simply use the colours. Remember we like to see all kinds of projects at Amber's, so feel free to make a household item, jewellery of whatever you can think long as it follows the challenge theme. 

This week we have a sponsor and was given this great Boots Image to play with, by Pattie. Please hop over to her Etsy site and take a look around at all the fun images she has here 
Having a sponsor means the winner will get a prize this week - 3 digis from Patties Creations - if you use one of Patties images on your project you will get two chances to win.  

A close up of my coloured image.
 I used promarkers and Sakura Glaze pens for this. 

My sheer red with hearts ribbon is Ribbon Girl, the blue is from my stash.
The Vintage looking button is one I pulled off a garment (previously made by me) before disgarding it. 

Receipe :-
Image ... Pattie's Creations
Colourants ... Promarkers & Sakura Glaze
Ribbon ... Ribbon Girl (blue from stash)
Button ... Stash/recycled
Die cut ... Nestie Fleur Di Lis Square

Some Challenges ...
Crafting for all Seasons - red white and blue
Digistamps 4 Joy - red white and blue
Divas by Design - die cuts/punches
My Mum's Craft shop - something old, something new (image & red ribbon new/ blue ribbon & button very old)
Penny's Paper-Crafty - red white and blue
Celebrate the Occasion - Red, White & Blue (sorry may not qualify as not celebrating)  
The Stamping Boutique - No design paper
Tuesday Throwdown - Red, White & Blue
Use It Tuesdays -   Red, White and Blue (blue ribbon & fancy button vry old)
Die Cut Dreams - Red, White and Blue

Monday, 27 June 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #28 Stars and/or Stripes.

Our Challenge this week over at Happileigh Scrappin' is Stars and/or Stripes. As you can see I went for the stripes option. My card looks like the cuckoo in the nest next to the rest of the DT who have used red, white and blue for the most part lol. Still, not everyone celebrates American Holidays and the challenge caters for us too. 

This is a photo of the card, but the colours are true above. 
My image is called Birdhouse and you can find it at the Happileigh Scrappin' Shop. I've used it before as a New Home card...I made a shaped card that time, you can see the post here. I paper-pieced it that time is so much fun to paper-piece. My tiny buttons are yellow and lemon...the lemon are looking a little green poor things lol.

I did a little shading with a mustard, and pear green promarker
...not showing up too well in the pix. 
The sentiment was written by Dorcas, I needed it to fit across my page so didn't use the actual one she did...just pinched the wording. You can find Dorcas' original sentiment and her other great and fun freebie sentiments on her blog  link in her side-bar.

My seam binding, and cute striped buttons are Ribbongirl.

The Flower is cut with the centre tiny of the nestie Fleur di lis
and then glittered up on the edge with snow-writer.

 What do you think of my great new watermark. Leigh made one for all the team to use on our DT projects.

You don't need to use a Happileigh Image to join us, but if you do - and why indeed not when there are freebies available - you will be given 2 entries into the draw. Also, not to be forgotten, for every 3 images you buy at the store, you will get one free. 

The rest of the Team  have some wonderful projects to share with you, pop over to the challenge and take a look. 

Receipe :-
DP's ... Craft Creations Summer Meadow range
Ribbon & Button ... The Ribbongirl
Paper lace (coloured green with Promarker ... Stash
Grunge flower ... Home made
Sentiment ... Dorcas Designs Freebie

A Few Challenges ...
Crafty Pad - Bold and Bright or soft pastels
Quirky Crafts - Recipe theme box
(3 backing papers, digi, Ribbon and/or Lace (paper lace-coloured green)
Marks Finest Papers - Make It Sparkle (glittered up Flower)  
Our Creative Corner -  Your Style (elaborate folds)
Totally Gorjuss - Ribbons & Lace 
Alphabet Challenge -  "H" for half-dozen  (tiny buttons)
Fairy Knoll - Sparkle. (on my flower)
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge -  Handmade flowers.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Stacey's Fab Fun Blogoversary Candy

Stacey has this great Blogoversary Candy.....many, many candies in fact and all you have to do to enter is confess your crafting addiction. Now personally, the draw for me was having a safe place to bare my craft addicted soul.....but all this gorgeous stuff is not to be sniffed at either lol. 

You don't have to be a follower, but once you get there and see her beautiful work you are going to want to stay, believe me. You have until the 6th July....but why wait...go now and enter 

Friday, 24 June 2011

I've crossed a Black & White Day

This is a criss-cross card, been a  while since I made one of these. My papers are digital, a set of My Grafico which I won on a Digi's With Attitude Challenge some time ago. 

It's for a friend that I've not seen for quite a while due to us both having poor health, we used to spend a lot of time together. She has now moved to the sea-side.....even more reason to want to see her soon eh!! LOL. 


The beads are  black and a shimmery pearl...
I'm sad it doesn't show up. 

 My Receipe:-
Image ... Harlequin collage from Gingerloft
Vintage Music Sheet ... Lindsays Stamp Stuff
Papers ...My Grafico 
Die-cut ... Marianne Designs Corners
Creating... Stickers from stash
Stick-Pins ... Hand made by me.
Flat-backed pearls ... Kars

 A Few Challenges 
Crafty Sentiments -   Monochromatic.
Rainbow Lady's -  Use a digi.
Top Tip Tuesday - Cross it - cross something on your card 
Southern Girls -  Anything goes.

Some New Awards

I've recently been given a few Awards, but been having trouble fitting in the time to post about them...I do like to be busy lol. Please visit these lovely ladies and give them some love. I started this post in March, three months isn't too long to spend on one post is it lol.
Firstly I was given the Stylish Blogger Award by one of my new blogging friends (we meet such lovely people don't we) Sheree , thank you so much. I've been given this before so refer to the original post to see my 8 things. Check out her fantastic Stampscape Tutorial - Rocky Mountain Foothill here.. truly amazing work...Sheree blog is a must see.

Then Katrina at Flutterbytrina gave me the Versatile blogger, so lovely of you Trina. I've also been awarded it by Naush, and Angie Kay Thanks all of you for thinking of me.  You are all great and I find your work inspiring. For this I have to

1) Tell 7 Facts about myself (What do I have left to reveal lol)
2) pass on  the award to 15 fellow Bloggers 
1) I've become an Award Addict
2) I rarely wear a bra (I'm from the Twiggy, proud to be Flat Era lol)
3) I go bare-foot inside and outside as much as possible through the summer
4) I've moved home 8 times and still managed to stay within a 2mile area
5) I'm besotted with my grandson, which may not be news to many, but has to be said.
6) I'm on my second, but last marriage.
7) I'm always on the look-out for my next obsession

My 15 

This lovely little thing is also from Trina, thank you again sweetie, and right back at you. 
All I have to do it pass it on to 7 other... do I say all, how am I going to whittle it down to a mere 7. 

This is my newest award and I think perhaps my favourite. It's from Anne, my teamie on Amber's Crafts and Stuff. I admire her work so much, please pop and give her some love

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Manly Men like Flowers, Don't They!!??

This card is for a friend who was just Baptised. I find this kind of card for a man very difficult, and I think this is my favourite male card to date. My DP is from my 6x6 V&A pack, ribbon is Marianne Creatables, as is the ribbon carrying border die. My Flower is cut from the tiny centre of the Fleur d lyes squares by nesties. I'll get back to you on the stamped sentiment. It was all in one, but I cut it so I could put it around the square. My digi is Arthurs Clip-Art. 

I thought the Flower in a matching warm grey wasn't too girly lol....besides many men like flowers. 

A Few Masculine Challenges I'd like to enter...

My Mum's Craft shop - for a male
Tuesday Throwdown - Masculine Card 
Catch The Bug - It's A Man's World 
Wags 'n Whiskers - Masculine.
Little Claire's  - Cards For Men
 Paper Creator's Crafts - For The Men
Fashionista Friday - For men.
 Glitter Geeks -  Male / Father's Day.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #27 Bright Colours - Oranges, Yellows, Reds

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm a brand new member of the Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge Design Team.

The Challenge this week is to use Bright Colours - Oranges, Yellows, Reds, and for my very first DT project I've made an ATC using the delightfully cute Sea Turtle which you'll find by popping over to the Happileigh Scrappin' Shop

I've coloured him using Promarkers - slightly shaded my background with a aqua blendable pencil (blended with a dry stubby thing). I've added sand coloured Flowersoft...well as sand, some Basic Grey fibres as water plants and scattered a few undersea themed beads about - not forgetting the little mini faceted gems I've added to some of the air bubbles. 

You don't need to use a Happileigh Image to join us, but if you do - and why indeed not when there are freebies available - you will be given 2 entries into the draw. Also, not to be forgotten, for every 3 images you buy at the store, you will get one free. 

The rest of the Team  have some wonderful projects to share with you, pop over to the challenge and take a look. 

Some Challenges ...
Creative Inspirations Paint - Bright Colours
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - Under the sea.(Top 3 Award)
Delightful Challenges -Anything goes
Southern Girls -  Anything goes.
Divas by Design -  anything but a card
For Fun Challenges - summer or bright colors
A Spoonful Of Sugar -  Splish Splash

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Ambers Crafts & Stuff #14 Vacation, All I ever Wanted

The week at Ambers we want to see your Vacation related projects - a card about Travel or your Favourite Vacation or a scrapbook page. I haven't been on vacation for many, many years (difficult when there always seems to be a least one member of the household housebound I hear the sound of violins lol) and as,  quite frankly I still haven't got my scrapbooking into gear yet - I've made a card that reminds me of holidays (vacations) when the kids were little. We used to go in a big family group and there was always one of the males amongst us getting himself buried in the sand. 

I've made this masculine because, as I said, in my experience it's the males of the species who like getting buried up to their necks....personally I think it's because it gets them out of trooping off the buy the ice-creams and soft drinks lol. 

This is from a new set of House Mouse Decoupage I've just'll be seeing it a lot I'm sure. The images are so large and full, just lovely...I felt this one cried out to be an easel card. 

 The easel stand, with matching if you need to tell a man to 
take it easy on vacation eh!! ...or is it just the men I know lol. 

Close up of my lovely manly buttons, 
with a little Basic Grey fibre for added interest. 

Pop over and see what the rest of the DT have made this week, right here. Remember you can make any kind of project you like for Ambers Crafts and long as it follows the theme for the challenge.

My Receipe:-
Decoupage ... House Mouse Designs
Fibre ... Basic Grey - figgey & Two Scoops
Die Cuts ... Marianne Creatables and Nesties
Card-stock & Buttons ... Oh so old Stash.

Some Challenges I'd like to enter ...
Anything Goes Challenge - Here Comes Summer 
Top Tip Tuesday -  Open Challenge
Bows 'n Berries - Masculine.
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - Father's Day / masculine
Hooked on Crafts - Anything goes.
Incy Wincy Designs - Father's Day/Masculine
Squigglefly   Make it Masculine
Sentimental Sundays -  Father's Day or Masculine

Pixie Dust Paperie Give-away

Pixie Dust Paperie are giving away this fantastic kit. You only have until the 18th to enter for a chance, so if like me you are a pink nut (and I know who you are lol) you'll be wanting to rush right over there. It's not all entirely pink of course...something for most peoples tastes I think.  Click here to enter.  

Monday, 13 June 2011

New Challenge Blog Starting 4th July

UnstampaBelles Challenge  is a great new challenge blog, the first challenge will go out 4th July. Meanwhile they are giving away candy.....not as shown in pic above, as wonderfully colourful as it looks. 

I love the idea of these challenges, it's for all kinds of long as you don't have a rubber or digi stamp image....sentiments allowed. I makes me feel normal all of a sudden for not always wanting to colour an image for a card lol. 

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Hop to it, Adorn with Jewels.

My second post....don't think I've ever posted two cards the same day before.

I've made this card for a Friend who has just had an operation on her foot. She has pins in it and will be hobbling about on crutches for 6 weeks, poor thing. 

This is one of my favourite housemouse stamps...think they are just so cute and look like they are having a whale of a time - I've used it previously for a new home card too....very versatile. Not quite sure how long I've had the stamp, it's pretty old, a good few years. 

The first part of my sentiment 'Hop to it' is fitted onto one of the retro flowers, with the 'and Get Well soon' acting as the bar to hold the easel in place. My image is coloured with water colour pencils - I coloured the image, and wet the area's afterwards. 
Wish I could remember where I had the card stock from, I really love the texture, and these sheets are pearlised too. 

Close up of my Retro Flowers 


Receipe :-
Image ... House Mouse Designs
Die Cuts ... Marianne's Creatabilities, Nesties & Go Kreate
Cardstock & Gems ... Stash

Some Challenges ...
House Mouse Challenge - Adorn with jewels
Crafts and Me - Stamp something
Dream Valley Challenges - Stamp Something
Pixie Cottage - shaped cards
Your Next Stamp Challenge - shaped cards
Stampavie and More - more than one fold 
Claudia & Co - Fancy Folds 
Top Tip Tuesday -  More Than 1 fold 
 Deep Ocean Challenge -  Anything Goes 
Oldie But Goodie Challenge -  Lots of Layers (stamp over 6mths old)
Card Cupids - More Than 3 Layers
Anita Be Stampin' - Go Crazy with Layers
Cupcake Craft - Things with tails.
Word Play Weekend Challenge - Anything with a Tail
Alphabet Challenge -  Easel cards.
Stampin With The Dragon - Easel card.

It's a Bit Of a Grey Area

The Challenge at Less Is More this week is Monochrome. It's been a couple of weeks since I've been able to join in, and it's fun to participate again. I actually made 6 CAS Monochromatic cards, but I liked this best. 

I've used a pre creased card, and my Papers are 6x6 Linen Texture from the V&A collection....except that the striped that's sandwiched in-between is a sheet of notepaper I found in my stash. Little flower shaped, clear gems are from Craft Creations. 

A few more Challenges ...
Crafty Emma - Clean & Simple 
Just Some Lines -Monochromatic 
Marks Finest Papers - Flowers 
Guylou's Inimitability - Monochromatic.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Ambers Crafts and Stuff #13, Special Man

Over at Amber's this week the challenge is to make something for a Special Man. 

You can make a scrapbook page about your favorite guy

Make a card for your Dad.

Make a gift for your Grandpa,

Anything you want as long as it is about or for some special man in your life.

Pop over to the Blog here and take a look at the great inspirational projects  the team has produced this week. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Amber's Crafts & Stuff #12 Teen Celebration.

At Amber's Crafts and Stuff this week we are making projects with a Teen in mind. My teen project is my very first easel draw box, which I've made for the lovely daughter of a good friend of mine. She has the most beautiful red gold hair...which I've tried to imitate on the image. 
I'll be stuffing the draw with crafting goodies for her to make a few cards - it was orginally going to be chocs but there were just toooo many to she's getting a extra gift lol. 
The pin is made using some beautiful purple glass beads that Joan kindly sent to me a few days ago. The 'draw nob's' are also made with some of the beads she gave me.  My image is coloured with promarkers and the flowers and butterflies are highlighted with Sakura tira glitter pens, and glazed with the glaze pens. I used a couple of Marianne Design corners to 'frame' my image and made some roses with matching cardstock. 
Inside the easel. 
I hope you'll pop over to Amber's and check out the work the rest of the DT have made for your inspiration, and join us this week. 
My Receipe..
Colourants ..Promarkers, Sakura
DP's ...Craft Creations
Die's ...Marianne Creatable & QuicKutz
Stick pin & Roses ... Homemade
Teal Cardstock... TBA
Ribbon & Gems ...Stash

Challenges I'd like to enter :-
A Spoonful Of Sugar - Flower Power
Anita Be Stampin' -  Layer it On Me
Claudia & Co - Fancy Folds
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge -  Make Your Own Embellishments (Stick pin and Roses)
 Paper Minutes -  Something in Quadruplicate( 4 Roses)
Tuesday Throwdown - DIY  Embellishments (Stick Pin and Roses)
Happileigh Scrappin - Lots and Lots of Embellishments
There's Magic in the Air - Easel Cards
Allsorts -  Things With Wings

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