Thursday, 29 December 2011

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! We had a great day, lovely dinner with family and the boys were delighted with their gifts. Then since boxing Day I've had a rotten cold - at least I didn't have to worry about going to work. bit better today so hope that I can see the New Year in sniffle free.  Thought I would share with you the last Christmas card I made. I had planned to make lots using this set but due to a wee mix up with Create and Craft they arrived far too late. Maybe next year! Anyway these are from Clarity Stamps and I was really pleased with the end result

Today I managed to make my last journal page for the He-art Journalling project with the Greeting Farm. Now I need to bind all the pages together. This week had to be a page about yourself.  I used one of my favourite Simply Sassy stamps and lots of shades of greens (my favourite colour).  Had to add a wee bit of sparkle too of course.
The background was made using Distress Inks and the image is coloured with Flexmarkers and Promarkers. Even the journalling is Emerald Promarker using a fine nib.
Here's a closer look at the image

My hubby bought me the whole range of Flexmarkers for Christmas and even built me a box to store them. It is the smaller of the two boxes, the other houses my Promarkers and yes, he made that too!
I would like to enter my journal page into the following challenges
Charisma Cardz - anything goes
I Love Promarkers - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

In case I don't manage to blog again until January may I wish you all a Happy New Year.
thanks for visiting

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Almost there now!!

Only 2 more Christmas cards to make after this one!! I was lucky enought to win this stamp from The Greeting Farm, she is called Holiday Anya.
I coloured her with Flexmarkers and added Icicle Stickles to the fur trim.  Papers are Fancypants Saint Nick, I am loving these.
I am entering this into the following challenges
Papertake Weekly - last chance for Christmas
Passion For Promarkers - mega Christmas challenge, entry number 3
Top Tip Tuesday- Anything Goes
Make It Monday - always anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - sketch

thanks for looking

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Yay I am on holiday!!!!!!!!!

I finished work yesterday and am now off until 5th January YIPPEE!!  Perhaps I'll manage to get the rest of my Christmas cards done and get myself organised.
This image is by Mo Manning and is coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The papers are Saint Nick from Fancypants and the sentiment is SU!
I am entering this into the following challenges
Crafty Catz - Santa's Hat
Joanna Sheen challenge - Christmas Wishes
Sundays with Crissy - Anything Goes
Sketch & Stash - sketch
Passion For Promarkers - Mega Christmas Challenge

Hope you all have a lovely weekend

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!!

Another Christmas card off the list thank goodness!! This image is Kai In The Snow by Mo Manning.

 The image is coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers, papers are Fancypants Saint Nick, they are gorgeous!!
I am entering this into the following challenges
The Sketchy Challenge - sketch by Jane
CES challenges - traditional Christmas
Passion for Promarkers - Mega Christmas Challenge

thank for visiting, hope you are all more organised for Christmas than I am.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Second post today

My last Christmas card using Pippi, wish it was the last card I have to make but I need tons more!!!!!! The snow is falling steadily here and it's freezing out. Perfect night for staying indoors crafting and watching X-Factor!! Anyway, here is my card

I made a big boo-boo when stamping the sentiment on the image so had to improvise and cover it up with some torn, distressed paper. Hope it doesn't look like too obvious a cover up!
I used shimmer paint on her wings but I don't think the camera picks up sparkle very well. Here's a closer look
I am entering this card into the following challenges

Simon Says Stamp - anything goes (2nd entry)
Sketch Saturday - sketch
Paper Shelter - anything goes

thanks for visiting, hope the snows stops soon or it won't be a pleasant journey to work tomorrow!!

Yes, it's more Pippi!!

I apologise if you are bored of Pippi Longsocks now but I had stamped out a few of her to make some Christmas cards. I promise to use a difference image next time :0)  I have enjoyed trying different colour schemes with her and even tried red hair on one of these.
Here is the first one

I am entering this card into  the following challenges

Simply Create Too - all about Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Quixotic Sketch challenge - #2

I'll be back with my other Pippi card later today

Monday, 28 November 2011

Another Christmas card done and dusted!

Well I don't think everyone will be getting  a handmade card from me this year because I am running out of time to make them. However, here's another I managed last night suing the gorgeous Pippi Longsocks from Sugar Nellie. The sentiment looks a bit blurry in the photo but it isn't in real life! The papers and vellum are Papermania. Pippi is coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and I added Stickles to her wings for a bit of sparkle. All of the papers are edged with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
I am entering this card into the following challenges
Craft Your Passion - Tis the Season
Make It Monday  - always anything goes
Stamptacular Sunday - anything Christmas
Sketch Saturday - sketch

Here is another card I finished off yesterday. The stamps are Clarity and I followed the Classroom lesson 4.

Do you think I could get away with this as a Christmas card if I stamp a Christmas sentiment inside??

Thanks for visiting

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Meet Pippi!!!

My latest purchase from the House of Sugar is the fabulous Pippi Longsocks and I just LOVE her!!
She is coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The ticket die and sentiment are Whimsy and the papers Basic Grey. This card is for the current challenge over at the Sugarbowl. I am also entering it into the following
Simon Says Stamp and Show - tickets
Make It Monday - always anything goes

Thanks for visiting, let me know if you love her as much as I do :-)

Saturday, 19 November 2011

New Distress Inks...yum!

I've been playing with the new Winter Distress Inks this week. I love each colour, can't decide which is my favourite of the three, I keep changing my mind.  Anyway, after watching a video over at Simon Says Stamp I was inspired to make a Christmas Garland to enter one of Shimelle's challenges which she set both on her blog and as part of the Pretty Paper Party

The sentiment stamp on the middle of the banner is the latest New Design Club stamp from Clarity Stamps and the other one is the freebie from the current Craft Stamper. Click on the pic for a closer view.
Shimelle also challenged us to share a Christmas mini album we had made. This is one I made in a class a few years ago and yes there are still photos to be put shocking!
This was the first time I had taken a class to make a mini-album. I loved learning how to assemble the pages as I was very much a novice. The MME papers and embellishments used were just fabulous. Also loved the little bell on the front.

Well I must go and get on with some boring old housework. My eldest is not very well this week. Turns out he has a chest infection. The doctor actually made a house call yesterday evening, something I didn't think they did anymore? He has to have a weekend of inactivity so he gets out of cleaning his room, much to his delight. He is parked in front of the X-box with his brother.
Hope you all have a good weekend

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

What I've been up to

I have a few things to share today. I was at a crop on Sunday and we had been challenged to make a Christmas card with a 3D element to take along with us. Here is my card
The image is Knitted with Love by Sugar Nellie, papers are Papermania and the rosette I made by pleating a strip of paper and gluing a button on top. You can just see the sparkle on her hat and pom poms which are covered in Stickles.
I am entering my card into
Make it Monday - always anything goes
I also managed to do a couple of scrapbook layouts for Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party. My friend Jo is also doing the class so we were able to help each other with ideas. Shimelle's prompts get you to use papers in a different way and work out of your comfort zone.
This page is Prompt 5 which was a sketch and you had to mess up your papers, either by distressing or tearing them.

The next page is Prompt 4 which was to mix papers with dots and stripes. I found these long forgotten papers, it was the closest I could find to dots and stripes

I am so far behind with the prompts but am loving every minute.

Finally here is this week's page for my He-art Journal. This week you had to do a page themed around food or drink you love.....what can I say, you gotta love cake!!

Thank you for stopping by, hope you like what you see

Friday, 11 November 2011

Sugar for the Weekend

Here is my card for the current Sugar Bowl challenge

This image was a Sweet Ebony one from Sugar Nellie ages ago. I coloured her with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. 
I also made a candle using Titania the other night but must apologise for the por photo, I couldn't get the light right at all and you cannot see the shimmer paint I used for her wings.

I am entering the candle into Simon Says - photo inspiration

Also want to share my journal page for this week, the theme was Heart to Heart

Hope you have a good weekend, I'm off to Zumba!!

Monday, 7 November 2011

A very sad day!

Sadly a fellow crafter, Katie Renz lost her battle against cancer this morning. You can read Katie's first post about her diagnosis HERE. I have followed her story since then and was very saddened to read her husband Kevin's  post today. Katie has three young boys and earlier this year Lori Boyd from By Lori Designs designed this digi stamp for her. The image is being sold to raise funds for Katie and her family, you can read about it and purchase the image HERE
Anyway, I actually had coloured the image last night and had this card ready to send to Katie and her boys

My thoughts and prayers are with Kevin, the boys and all their family at this very difficult time.
Rest in peace Katie

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Countdown to Christmas!

I really need to get some Christmas cards made so here's another one I can score of the list. This beautiful image is Little Christmas Angel from Whimsy Stamps. I coloured her with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and spent ages trying to get the pleats shaded correctly but without luck - need a lot more practice there.
 The papers are Papermania Festive Frolics and the snowflake is die cut and embossed with Tinsel embossing powder, The brad in the centre is Stampin' up!
I am entering this card into the following
Quixotic Paperie Sketch challenge
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Samuel Taylors - Christmas
Stamp Insanity - chill out (blues)

that's all from me today, I have so much to catch up on with Shimelle's scrapbooking class and a ton more cards to make. Hope you have a good weekend and enjoy Bonfire Night

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

I need a Sugar boost!!

Day off today and I am so tired, feel like I've been hit by a truck. I planned to tackle my Christmas shopping but ended up just browsing and only bought one gift. Just a quick post to show you my card for the current Sugar Bowl challenge which was a sketch and a clean and simple theme

Not very keen on this card, think I'm just having an uninspired day as I don't like the journal page I did either! The image is Sugar Nellie Bambino, papers are Prima.
Here's the journal page for this week's He-art Journal, you had to use stickers. Not very exciting I know but I'm sharing it anyways

Early night for me I think
thanks for stopping by

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Cute Card Thursday

I found some long neglected stamps the other day and had a lovely evening colouring them in. This image is from Whiff Of Joy and is by Elisabeth Bell.
Isn't she gorgeous? I coloured her with Promarkers and Flexmarkers, the papers are MME Stella Rose. The Digi Bells are having a Guest Design Team call so I was planning to enter this card. However when I went to link it up and read the post again, they had given a sketch to use and I forgot!!! Never mind, maybe next time. At least I rediscovered all my lovely Elisabether Bell images.It's one more thing in my day today that has not gone to plan. Should have known when this morning I put redcurrant jelly on my toast instead of jam that it was going to be one of those days!!
 I am entering the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday - sketch
Charisma Cardz  - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Here's my latest journal page, this weeks' challenge was just to use two main colours

thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Odd Girl birthday celebrations

Some Odd Girl are celebrating all month and there are still goodies to bewon. Check out this post to join in the fun

Monday, 24 October 2011

A little bit of Clarity!

Here is the card I made with my brayering attmepts the other week. The stamps are Clarity Stamps Split Tree. This is really my first Christmas card, think I may use this idea for some more but I need lots of practice as the mistakes are jumping out at me

The snowflake is made using Marianne dies and I have covered them with Tinsel embossing powder so they are nice and sparkly but it doesn't show up so well in the photo.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up!
I am entering this card into the following challenges
Midnight Madness - sketch #126
Make It Monday - anything goes
Ooh La La Creations  - Let it Snow
Christmas Inspirations - Die Cuts
Crafting When We Can - Christmas
Christmas Stamping All year Long - Christmas

Bye for now, thanks for visiting

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

My First two Shimelle pages

Day off today and I had some lovely crafty time while the boys played quietly - bliss!!!
Shimelle's first prompt was to create a page using strips of patterned papers. This is a great way to use up scraps. Here is my LO
The papers are a mix of Rusty Pickle and Basic Grey and were all scraps. The second prompt was to use patterned papers as your base instead of plain cardstock. I used a kit that I got at a bargain price from TK Maxx  and here is my page
I haven't added a title yet as I was struggling to come up with something and couldn't decide what colour lettering to use- any suggestions welcome.
My final piece of crafting today was my latest journal page for my He-Art Journal. This week was "think of a number"

Wish all my days off were as pleasant as this one has been. It's my birthday tomorrow, maybe I'll be allowed crafty time again :0)

thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

My first ever scrapbooking class

Yip I have signed up for Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party. I am hoping it will inspire me to scrap some of the photos I have piling up. The first task was to take a photo of favourite papers.

I just love these, they are Ella Blue from GCD. Definitely too pretty to use lol! Shimelle asked us to share what kind of paper person we were and this description below best fits me I think

The Pattern Contender: Most crafters agree that many patterned papers are beautiful, but Pattern Contenders face an extra battle. They believe some papers are so beautiful, they can’t be used in just an everyday project.Given the choice of taking a pair of scissors to their favourite patterned paper or the Mona Lisa, they might find themselves in one very heated dispute with the authorities at the Louvre! For Pattern Contenders, it’s a constant battle to find a paper that is lovely enough but not too lovely for the crafting project at hand.

I hope to be back soon to share my first page from the class
Mojo, where are you????

Monday, 17 October 2011

Charmed Cards Mega Candy entry

Chek out Charmed Cards and Crafts new blog for detail of their Mega Candy competition. Here is the card I am entering
This image from Charmed Cards and Crafts is Quiet Time from the Boy Oh Boy collection of digi images. I coloured him with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The papers are Basic Grey Marrakech Sentiment, cardstock and buttons are Stampin' Up! and the punch I used is a Martha Stewart one.
I am also entering the card into the following challenges
Make It Monday  - always anything goes
Deconstructed Sketch  - no 23

Finally here are my journal pages for last weeks He-art Journal over at The Greeting Farm. The theme was "watercolour" I used Nick Bantock Inks and spritzed them with water. The stamps are Paper Artsy. I haven't done any journalling on these yet though

Would love to know what you think

thanks for visiting

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sweet Little Baby

Seems to be a lot of people I know having babies just now. Here's a card I made to give to one set of new parents

The image is Bambino by Sugar Nellie.  I am keeping this short as Blogger is playing up. The card is entered into the following challenges
Sugar Bowl - sketch
Bunny Zoe- use lace

thanks for visiting x

Friday, 7 October 2011

Sweet, Sweet, Sugar!!

Here is my latest purchase from Sugar Nellie. This is Titania and she is one of many adorable images recently released. I coloured her with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. Her wings have been glittered but it doesn't really show in the photo. The paper with the scallop trim is also glittered.
I am entering the card into the following challenges
Simon Says - sparkle & bling - (next pic shows it a bit better)
Sugar Nellie Facebook challenge - photo inspiration
Addicted to Stamps - sketch
I have also shown below my latest journal page, the theme this week was Bloom & Grow. I used the Split Tree stamps from Clarity Stamps.

Hope you all have a great weekend, start of the school holidays here so hoping the weather improves.