Saturday, 21 October 2017

Sweet Stampin' - bingo board for Halloween

Happy Saturday :o)

For this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' we have a Halloween bingo board... although there are a couple of lines where you could squeeze something 'un-Halloween' in too!


Here's my card... another one that I have absolutely no use for really, but I had fun making it.


I used the Halloween Squares set from DigiStamp Boutique, coloured with copics, with some old First Edition papers and a sentiment from a magical/ fairy themed set... which is so old I have no idea where it was from.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - photo inspiration
Allsorts - Halloween
Try it on Tuesdays - Halloween
Sweet Stampers - autumn or Halloween
The Crazy Challenge - Halloween
Pile It On - fantasy and/ or spiders/ cobwebs

Pav's off out tonight (drinking mucky beer, as Dex puts it), so I have pizza and the remote control all to myself... might even get my knitting out.  Ooh I know how to party eh?!

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Sweet Stampin' - distressing

Happy Saturday :o)

This week at Sweet Stampin' we'd like to see your 'distressed' cards... my cards tend to be quite neat and 'clean', but every now and then I do like to play with inks and distressing tools.  I've even been known to rip paper, but I have to be feeling very brave for that lol!


I couldn't decide what to make, so ended up playing with some new male sentiment stamps I bought from Polkadoodles - you can find them HERE.  Pav's birthday has been and gone, so I'm not sure why I chose the husband stamp... maybe someone will need one, otherwise I'll be super organised for his next birthday for a change lol.  I stamped the sentiments in black Archival ink, the distress inks are Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron.  Papers are an old First Edition pad and the star die was from Joanna Sheen.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Aud Sentiments - use a die-cut plus a sentiment
Creatalicious - anything goes with optional make your own background

Actually, thinking about it, I probably should have made a Christmas card shouldn't I?!  Think I've only made about 3 so far this year... oops!

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Basketball Owen - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Happy Saturday :o)

Today I'm sharing the card I made for Morgan's 15th birthday a few days ago.


Anything basketball related usually goes down well with Morgan, so I used Basketball Owen from DigiStamp Boutique.  I coloured him with copics and used the sentiment that's included with the image.  Buttons from my stash, and I can't remember what the papers are... will have to check later!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - anything goes
Crafty Addicts - use a brad/ button
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes

I met up with an old friend this morning for a walk with the dogs (hers and mine that is, I haven't been daft enough to get another dog...).  We went to school together and lived on streets next to each other, but haven't met up since we were teenagers... so, some time ago lol!  She's got a very handsome dalmatian, and Chester played with him while we walked and chatted.  I was really nervous about meeting up, but it was so lovely to see her and the dogs are as silly and hyper as each other, so I'm sure we'll do it again.

Thanks for popping in, hope you're all having a lovely weekend :o)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Boys Toys/ In the Garden - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Hello again :o)

I'm here with a card I made for an order, using images from DigiStamp Boutique.

I really am hopeless at taking photos of anything other than square cards, but I tried!




The golf cart and fishing images are from the Boys Toys set and the gardening images are from In the Garden - Veggies.  With most of them I printed directly onto the patterned paper, and then again onto my usual colouring paper, coloured them with copics, and then cut out the coloured bits and layered them over the printed images.  The number dies are MFT die-namics, sun die is Lil' Inkers, husband stamp is Clearly Besotted, the rest of the text is computer generated.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - pop it up
Tuesday Throwdown - more than one fold

We're off to my mum's for fish & chips, as it's Morgan's 15th (!!!!) birthday tomorrow, and he wants to go to Meadowhall (generally known as Meadowhell in our house) to spend his birthday money... so mum's tonight, Meadowhall tomorrow.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Sweet Stampin' - cute & cuddly

Hello again... at last!

Oh, I've been a rubbish blogger again... shame on me!  I'll waffle on about why at the end, so you can skip it if you like ;o)

Our challenge over at Sweet Stampin' for this week is 'cute & cuddly', which fit in nicely with a card I needed to make for my lovely step-sister (from her dad and my mum).



The image is Girl's Best Friend from Tiddly Inks, coloured with copics.  Papers and enamel dots are Doodlebug, the leafy die I think is Memory Box, the flower is MFT die-namics.  The sentiment is a mix of LOTV and Clearly Besotted stamps.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Tiddly Inks Challenge - anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky - floral embellishments
Daisy Chain - in the pink
Creatalicious Challenges - anything goes with optional leaves
Use Your Stuff - pets

So, what have I been up to for the last few weeks?  Well, I was chatting with my mum, casually saying how I'd quite like to pick up some knitting again, and maybe learn to crochet... that would probably have been the last I thought of it, but hubby heard me and the next time he went to the shop he came home with the first issue of one of those weekly knitting mags, where you get wool and patterns to make squares each week, and it takes years and several hundred pounds to make a throw lol... and then signed me up for the subscription for it.  So then I had to have a go, didn't I?!  And I've got rather addicted already.  It's probably going on 20yrs since I last knitted but it's all coming back and I'm really enjoying my 'new' hobby.  I've finished a hat for myself and now I'm working on one for Dex, so I'm sure I'll share pics on here eventually... apologies in advance to anyone who finds knitting deadly dull lol.

Oh, and if anyone's still interested in the boring weight loss stuff, I've now lost 40lbs!

Thanks for popping in, hope you're having a lovely weekend :o)

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Sweet Stampin' - swirls

Happy Saturday :o)

This week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' is 'swirls', so I got one of my favourite dies out - the pretty Memory Box corner bow.


I've used an image from an old Thomas Kinkade CD, which always feels like cheating... but as I have these things I might as well get them out occasionally!  I think it was bought years ago for an order and only used once.  The papers are retired ones from LOTV, birthday tag stamp is also from a LOTV set.  The dies are all Memory Box, apart from the numbers which are MFT dienamics.  Lace and enamel dots from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Try It On Tuesday - in my garden

We've been away this week for a last minute break... not planned, we just spotted an old cottage in Kent with a few days available so off we went :o)  We had our own little entrance to Mote Park, so we've done lots of walking and spent a day on the beach at Kingsgate Bay, which is a really lovely little dog friendly beach... had a great time!

Ooh almost forgot - I had my hair chopped off, want to see?


I soooo hate photos of me, but has to be done occasionally I suppose!

Thanks for popping in, hope you're having a lovely weekend :o)

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sweet Stampin' - flowers

Happy Saturday :o)

Our challenge over at Sweet Stampin' this week is 'flowers'... easy peasy!



I've used the FAB new Sweet Flamingo set from DigiStamp Boutique (sentiment included), coloured with copics.  The papers are Crafter's Companion, flowers cut with an MFT die with Doodlebug enamel dot centres, MFT frame die and ribbon from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says (Monday) - happy birthday
CRAFT - anything goes
Moving Along With The Times - things that fly
As You Like It - favourite embellishment & why (I love enamel dots as they add a bit of interest but they're quite flat, I also use this flower die a lot as it just seems to suit my style so works with loads of cards)

No whingy whining from me this week, as I'm feeling much better and I've driven the new car!  It's easy to drive and I'm not scared of it anymore lol.

Thanks for popping in, hope you're having a lovely weekend :o)

Saturday, 5 August 2017

A card and a car...

Happy Saturday :o)

Well this week has been a bit on the rubbish side... lots of rain and the worst cold I've had for a very long time!  I've had no energy at all and haven't been for a single walk - the dog hasn't gone without though, Pav's been taking him.  Finally feeling up to a short wander today so we're off out soon.

Here's a card I made for an order, using a free image from Sliekje HERE that luckily fit my customer's brief perfectly.


I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cards and More - dots, dots, dots
Creative Knockouts - furry friends
Moo-Mania - cats


And here's my new car... and me looking very rough after several days of this rotten cold!!  My face is flaky and spotty at the same time, and it looks like I couldn't even be bothered to brush my hair here lol.  I haven't driven the car yet, partly because I'm terrified, partly because I've felt too ill, and partly because I seem to be slightly too small for it!  I've had to buy a wedge cushion to boost me up a few inches and I'll need to add a mat under the pedals too, as my feet are too small to comfortably reach the pedals!  It's supposed to be a good car for short people apparently...

Thanks for popping in, hope you're having a lovely weekend :o)

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' - sympathy or thinking of you

Happy Saturday :o)

Our challenge over at Sweet Stampin' this week is 'sympathy or thinking of you', so I thought I'd use a brand new Hydrangea Set from DigiStamp Boutique, which includes the fab flower image and lots of useful sentiments.



Image & Sentiment - Hydrangea Set - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - copics
(Flower B60, B21, B63, BV25  Leaves G21, G24, YG67, G99  Background E41, E42)
White linen card - Papermill Direct
Papers - Crafter's Companion
Flower centres - Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White
Twill tape - Fantastic Ribbons
Inked Edges - Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap
Pearls from my stash

I've been to test drive my new car today... eeeeeek!  For the last 17ish years I've driven a Corsa... the same Corsa for all those years, gradually getting more and more decrepit, but still plodding along and running fine.  I don't like change!  Recently I was driving along and the exhaust fell off lol, but that got fixed and all was well again.  But my lovely mum decided it was time for a new one, so she's only gone and bought me one!  It's a Nissan Note, not brand new, but a very swish and shiny upgrade from my old faithful falling to bits banger... it'll be coming home in a few days and instead of being excited I'm terrified, I can't imagine driving anything else!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend, thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Teacher thank you cards

Happy Saturday :o)

I meant to blog my teacher thank yous earlier in the week but didn't quite get round to it... the last week of school is always so busy!  The school holidays have now officially begun (yay!) and Pav's off for the first week too (yay again!).

So anyway, onto the cards... the ginger ones were for Dex's teachers (Dex always wants ginger cats to match Boris)...



The black ones were for an order... 


The blackboard/ chalkboard bases are an MFT die-namics set - I've smeared a bit of white ink onto black card for a slightly chalky effect, and kept the embellishments simple... sentiments were added using 'longandlean' font.  The fab little cat is from Gerda Steiner HERE, coloured with copics.

We actually went out last night (very rare occurrence) to see The Wedding Singer at the Lyceum theatre... I wore a (new) dress and (new) very very high heels... getting brave lol!  It was lots of fun, we really must make the effort more often.... it's much easier to throw my comfy boots on and go for a walk though!!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend... thanks for popping in :o)

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Flippin' Birthday - DigiStamp Boutique DT

It... is.... too.... hot... that is all.

Here's the card I made from the kids for Pav - Dex loves pancakes, and Pav makes them as a Saturday treat most weeks, so this image seemed appropriate!



It's Ralph - Flippin' Birthday from DigiStamp Boutique, coloured with copics - the sentiment is included with the image.  I think the papers are Basic Grey, they're old ones anyway... I keep all the smaller scraps of papers together with the pads, and sometimes I like to set myself little challenges to use leftover scraps exactly as they are, without cutting them down.  It gives me new layout ideas when I'm getting bored!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Crafty Cardmakers - lots of layers
Monthly Colour Inspiration Link Up - anything hand coloured goes
Come and Get It - use 2 or more designer papers

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Christmas in July

Happy Saturday :o)

Our theme at Sweet Stampin' this week is 'Christmas in July'... I'm so disorganised when it comes to Christmas, anything that gets me doing some of it in advance is a very good thing!



I have no memory of buying this stamp... I had a look through my LOTV drawer (yes, a whole drawer...) for inspiration, and there it was, the sneaky wee thing!  It's called Penguin Pals and it's coloured with copics.  The papers are Doodlebug, sentiment is Clearly Besotted and the scalloped border is an MFT die.  Glamour dust and Doodlebug enamel dots to finish it off.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything Christmas goes
Aud Sentiments - Christmas in July + a sentiment
Winter Wonderland - Christmas penguins

Thanks for popping in :o)

Friday, 14 July 2017

Cute Pup set - DigiStamp Boutique

Hello :o)

It's Pav's birthday today, so I'm just quickly sharing one of the cards I made for him... I did one from the kids too, so I'll blog that soon.



I've used an image and sentiment from the fab Cute Pup Set from DigiStamp Boutique, coloured with copics.  The papers are old ones from Prima (called Forever Young), and the twine and button are from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Monday - distress it
The Male Room - add texture (twine)
Crafty Girlz Challenge - anything goes + optional make it masculine

Right, I'm off out again... apparently even though we already walked for 2hrs this morning, what Pav really wants to do for his birthday is go for another walk!

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Pop up box card

Happy Saturday :o)

I spotted a fold that I wanted to try when I was browsing Silhouette files, but I don't have access to my Silhouette at the moment (long story involving the craft room move, bad planning, shelf units and plug sockets...), but I figured it couldn't be too difficult to work the fold out myself, so I did!  This one's for a customer, so the design gave me plenty of room to fit in all their requirements.

Photos from umpteen angles in an attempt to show you the fold...





To give you the basic gist...
1. Start with a standard square card (mine is almost 8" square), score and fold the front in half.
2. Cut a strip of card the same length as your card when fully opened out, and score the same folds in reverse... Stick this piece in place and that forms your box fold.
3. If you want the pop up sections (like the beer and sentiment in the centre of mine), cut strips of acetate (or card if you don't mind them showing) half the width of your card front, plus an inch.  Score and fold half an inch each side to form tabs.  Stick the tabs in place within your centre 'box', then add your pop up pieces. Done!

Items Used
Stamp - Deckchair Dreaming - LOTV (seems to be retired)
Beer digis - Fancy a Tipple Doodles - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - copics
Papers - Catitudes - Crafter's Companion
Sentiments - computer generated using LONGANDLEAN font
Stitched & Pierced dies - Circles, Scalloped Circles, Squares, Scalloped Squares - Craft Stash
Birthday Party Fun with Numbers dies - Crafter's Companion
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Gems from my stash
Glitter pen - Nuvo by Tonic Studios Aqua Shimmer - Craft Stash

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - summer sunshine
Crafty Cardmakers - tic tac toe (summer, 2 patterned papers, die cuts)
Addicted to Stamps - summer/ beaches

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' - stars & stripes

Happy Saturday :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Sweet Stampin', where our challenge for this week is 'stars & stripes'.



Morgan asked me for a card for his friend... now it's very easy to be unintentionally embarrassing to those teenage creatures, so I ran the image past him first, and I was also worried whether putting the age on was a no-go, but apparently that's ok too.  The finished article was deemed 'perfect'... high praise indeed coming from any male really, never mind a teenage one lol.

Items Used
Stamp - Oliver Kicking About - LOTV
Colouring - copics
Papers - Magical Adventure + Dots & Stripes - Echo Park
Number dies - Birthday Party Fun With Numbers - Crafter's Companion
Sparkle on numbers - Nuvo by Tonic Studios Aqua Shimmer (actually sort of showing up in the photos for once!)
Sentiment - Paper Smooches
Gems from my stash

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Allsorts - a question of sport
Simon Says - anything goes
Cardz 4 Guys - stars

We're off for a walk now as it's really lovely out... it's been a very wet week, but the rain has stopped, the sun is shining and it's not too warm (I don't do hot weather!).

Thanks for popping in, hope you're all having a lovely weekend :o)

PS. the photobucket nonsense all over my blog is due to my blog background... I had it designed years ago and the person who did it must have it all stored on photobucket which is now charging for that purpose.  Not really sure what to do about it, so might just end up taking my background off altogether if I can't get it sorted!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Cosmos Flowers in Blue

Hello... another midweek post, I'm on a roll lol.

This one's very similar to a pink card I made recently - mum asked me for another one.  I'd actually planned on making one in purples, so started with Shaded Lilac distress ink, which appears to be totally blue here... never mind eh?!



Items Used
Stamp - Woodware Cosmos Flowers
Colouring - Distress Inks and Nuvo Aqua Shimmer (glitter pens)
Creative Dies Stencils - Leaves
Background, stenciling & colouring - Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac, Shabby Shutters & Scattered Straw
Memento Ink in Paris Dusk (for the sentiment)
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White (dots around image)
Pearls & ribbon from my stash

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says (Monday) - stencil it
Ribbon Girls - any image + ribbon
Allsorts - flower power

Also, I've just set up Instagram (at last!)... I've no idea what I'm doing with it really, but if you use it I'm on there as wishcraftcards.  Finding it a bit scary and confusing at the moment, but I don't like new things... hopefully I'll get used to it!

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Mirabelle

Happy Saturday :o)

I bought Trimcraft's Mirabelle collection ages ago and then hardly used it (surprise, surprise...), but I thought Pav's mum might like it so used it to make her 'names day' card (a Polish thing).



The decoupage, papers, sentiment and pearl embellishments are all from the Mirabelle collection, the butterfly and flowers are old Prima ones and the ribbon is old stash too.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - patterned paper
Shopping Our Stash - think pink
In The Pink - special occasion
Alphabet Challenge - H for hearts

I've been for a fairly unsuccessful shopping trip with Pav today.  One downside of losing weight is that none of my summer things fit anymore, and I have absolutely nothing dressy to go out in.  The problem is, my idea of what suited me before was anything that covered me up!  Now I'm on the small side of a UK size 14 (still hoping to end up a couple of sizes smaller - I'm only 5ft 2") and I don't have any idea what suits me, let alone what's now 'in'.  After several hours of traipsing round the shops, I came away with a pair of pink pyjamas and some navy linen trousers... not quite what I had in mind lol.

Thanks for popping in :o)

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The yearly piggy card!

Hello :o)  I have a midweek post for a change, maybe I'll be back to daily posts one day, you never know!

Here's my 'yearly piggy card' - one of my mum's friends loves pigs, so I make a pig themed card for her each year (suggestions for next year's image gratefully received!).  This one's a wee bit bright, but Petunia's got her sunglasses on so she's fine lol.



Items Used
Stamp - Petunia in Love - Stamping Bella
Colouring - copics
Papers - Sunshine & Happiness - Simple Stories
Stitched frame & flower dies - MFT die-namics
Banner stamps & dies - Whimsy
Doodlebug enamel dots, twine & gems from my stash

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - use patterned paper
Dream Valley - square cards only

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' - children's birthday

Happy Saturday :o)

I really must get into the habit of blogging regularly again - I have cards to blog, but just forget to do it!  It's become a once a week thing, instead of a daily one... must try harder!!

Anyway... our challenge at Sweet Stampin' for this week is 'children's birthday', and I've no idea how I ended up with a girly one as I actually needed a card for a boy, but never mind lol.



I've used all older stash on this one, apart from the image which I just couldn't resist - she's called Helga Hippo and she's from Polkadoodles.  The papers are Forever Friends, sentiment is Paper Smooches and the die is Memory Box... image coloured with copics.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cutie Pie Challenge - all creatures great & small
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional spots & stripes
Polkadoodles - anything goes

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 10 June 2017

60th Birthday Fancy Fold

Happy Saturday :o)

I found some photos of cards that I must have forgotten to blog... here's one that I made using Crafter's Companion goodies when I was on their DT.



It was made using the Big Score board and was nearly 12" tall, so I had to alter an A4 envelope to fit it!  Products were mostly from the Birthday Party range.  I can't remember what the fold's called, if it has a name... any ideas?

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - make it masculine
The Male Room - off the edge
Crafty Cardmakers - for a special man/boy or Father's Day
Pile It On - fancy folds

I haven't updated on the dreaded diet thing for a while, so for anyone who's interested, I've now lost 31 lbs... slow and steady, I'm in no mad rush lol.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)


Monday, 5 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' - for Dads or Special Men

Hello :o)

I'm a bit late with my Sweet Stampin' DT card, as it was our 10th wedding anniversary this weekend and I just didn't manage to squeeze in blogging.  Our theme for this week is 'for Dads or special men', so I made Pav's anniversary card using a fun new stamp I bought recently...


It comes with a few different sentiments... I've just repeated the 'love you' one.  It's also huge, so I adapted a 6" square card to fit it.  Coloured with copics (badly, as one of my pens started to run out halfway through colouring!), the papers are scraps from an old My Minds Eye pad.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - special man/ boy or Father's Day
Addicted to Stamps - animals
Crazy 4 Challenges - repeat 3 times (stamped 'love you' 3 times)

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pink Cosmos Flowers

Hello again!  I've been a bit quiet lately, don't tend to make much when it's hot... I get very very slow...

I did manage to finish a card at last, so here it is.



I played with a leafy stencil and some distress inks to make the 'paper', and inks again for around the flowers.  The flowers were embossed in white and then painted with distress crayons (scribble them on a craft mat, pick up with a water brush), then covered in a fab new sparkly shimmer pen (wish photos would show the shimmer!).  The flower centres and tiny white dots around the image were made using Nuvo Crystal Drops... I just bought them in white to try them out, and I really like them - they dry a bit like enamel dots, but in whatever size/ shape you need, so now I want more colours!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - floral profusion

It's our wedding anniversary at the weekend, so hopefully I can make a card for Pav a bit quicker than I took with this one!  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Sweet Stampin' - things that go round

Happy Saturday :o)
 
Our theme for this week over at Sweet Stampin' is 'things that go round' (so wheels, clocks etc), which I must admit had me stumped for a while.  I rummaged through some images and spotted this one... hula hoops go round, don't they?  Well they do if you can keep them up long enough...
 

 
Items Used
Image - Hoop Rosie - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - copics
Papers - Echo Park Happy Summer
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted
Bow & Sun dies - Lil' Inkers
Doodlebug enamel dot
 
I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Crafty Friends - summer colours
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark
Little Red Wagon - you are my sunshine
Colour Inspiration Monday - anything goes with hand-coloured image
 
Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)