Saturday, 31 October 2009
I then decided to have a go at making some more bits and pieces for the Christmas Fair. I decided to make the Paperclip bookmarks as I thought they would be a nice quick and easy make.
These were very simple to put together. I stamped some small images. The cupcakes are Kraftin Kimmie, the cup and flower are from Elzybells and the Football is from my stash. I then cut out the images with my nesties, coloured them with Promarkers and embellished with Kanban bling. I cut 2 scalloped circles for each Bookmark and sandwiched the clip between 2 large foam pads and stuck the scalloped circles either side. I then added the stamped image to the front and finished off with Gingham ribbon.
Here is the Bookmark in action! We are off to the Vyne in Basingstoke now to take a look around the National Trust Property then hopefully back for more crafting!
Have a nice Saturday!
Friday, 30 October 2009
The pom pom trim is from John Lewis and is quite expensive so I am using it as sparingly as possible. I think I should get 4 more cards out of the 50cm I bought.
I have prepped 4 more of these so am off to make them up now.
Can't believe half term is nearly over!
Hope you are all having a good week.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Before setting off out today to the Look Out to take Charlie for a walk, I had a bit of a play with my stamps and Cuttlebug. I had bought 4 Gingerbread men cutters earlier in the week with this idea in mind.
I die cut some tag shapes, stamped the Gingerbread man rhyme from Elzybells and die cut it into a label shape. I inked the edges and mounted it on to the tag.
I stamped the Elzybells Gingerbead man and coloured him in with Promarkers before cutting him out and adding him to the tag with foam pads. I then added a bit of bling and tied to the Cookie cutter with paper string.
I have a table booked at the Crosfields Christmas Fayre so I am making lots of bits and pieces to take with me. I have Post-it note holders, Tooth fairy money bags, bookmarks and lots of other things planned besides cards so now I just have to get on and make them!
Now on to my news! I found out when I woke up this morning that I have made the Design Team for Susies Sassy Challenge. I am so excited! I cannot wait for the Challenges to start.
The Design Team girls that Susie has chosen are so talented. Make sure you join us soon for the 1st Challenge.
Off to tidy my desk now so I can start creating again.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
So the desk is quite tidy today. I have a new lamp since last Wednesday. The daylight bulb in my desk lamp had blown to I bought a real daylight lamp that was on offer at Hobbycraft. Makes a real difference with the dark nights returning and also makes the photos much easier to take without a flash.
There is a little matchbox on the basket my lamp is on that is for a matchbox swap on the Magical Crafts forum. I am so excited to be taking part in this swap as I had so much fun making and filling mine.
In front of the basket are some of my new ribbons and linen thread I treated myself to yesterday.
Lurking on my scissor pot is my 1st DT card for the Cook up a Card recipe Challenge blog.
My nesties are on the desk as I bought some magnetic tape yesterday, hoping to tidy them up into some kind of folder. As you can see my pegs are still firmly in the basket and have not yet worked their magic on my box of ribbons...
There is a copy of Papercraft inspirations on my desk today, I bought it yesterday from Sainsbury's as it had a free copy of Docrafts magazine with it, I always buy Docrafts magazine so it was quite handy to get a free copy with a lovely Forever Friends stamp on it.
Am off now to Basildon Park for walkies with the Puppy and the kiddies, the sun is hiding at the moment so let's hope it puts in an appearance soon!
Why not join in the fun and show us what is on your Workdesk today? Post it on your blog and link it up to Julia's post so we can all have a peek!
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
I did a bit of shopping today. I have taken a week's holiday from work. We are not going away but have planned a few relaxing days out. We are hoping to take Charlie to Basildon Park tomorrow for a walk around the woods and the grounds but today we had a quiet morning and then went into Reading to buy my Eldest some clothes and I took the opportunity to go stash shopping.
We had a trip to John Lewis and I treated myself to a yummy box of ribbons, some little gold bells, some magnetic tape (to sort out my Nestabilities), some paper roses, some linen thread and some nice card blanks. I also bought a massive stack of Papermania Christmas coloured papers from WHsmith which will come in very handy for my Christmas cards.
It has been lovely to enjoy some sunshine today, let's hope it stays this way for the rest of the week!
Monday, 26 October 2009
Now I have to write 5 things about myself and then pass it on to 5 more people so that we are spreading the smiles.
1. I grew up in France and am fluent in French
2. I am really scared of Frogs
3. I love Dorset and would love to be able to live there
4. I cannot crochet and really wish that I could learn but I can't get the hang of it
5. I failed my driving test so many times I have lost count (I think it was 7!) before finally passing in 2004.
I am now passing on the award to 5 other Bloggers whose blogs I love to read and who make me smile with their gorgeous creations.
1. Dolly - for her gorgeous unique cards and fabulous stitching
2. Jane - for her beautiful whimsical designs and beautiful colouring
3. Claire - for sharing my Elzybells addiction and crafty chats
4. Jane - for her buttons and her unique cardmaking style
5. Hazel - for her dedication to Challenges and swaps and always producing such inspirational DT cards.
Thanks once again to Paul for this award!
I decorated the box with Daisy and Dandelion papers and a little Elzybells robinn. I also used a printable template
It was so much fun to make and even more fun finding little bits and pieces to fill it with in Christmassy colours. I had a first rummage through my stash but am sure I can cram lots more in there so will have another look around for bits later on.
Why not come and visit the forum and take a look at all the swaps that have been organised. There are ATC swaps, bookmark swaps, inchies swaps, I think that if you make it there is a swap on there for it!
Hope you are having a Happy Monday.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
I coloured her in with Promarkers and Copic Spica pens and inked around the image. I then matted the image onto My Minds Eye papers and added some Card Candy to finish.
Here are all 3 finished ATCS. There is still time to take part in the swap this month. Pop on over to the blog to find out all the details, we always welcome new people and are a friendly bunch. The swap is lots of fun!
I thought I would also share some photos with you of the wonderful cake my Friend Petra made for us to take to the Party.
Petra and I run the Addicted to ATCs swap together. She is so multi-talented! She makes the most wonderful cakes as well as cards. The picture above shows the back of the cake with my Dad made from Marzipan relaxing on a chair in his back garden.The cake is modelled on my Parent's new house which is L-shaped too. I just love all the little flower details.
The cake tasted even more delicious than it looks too! A big Thank you to Petra for taking so much time to make a wonderful cake. My Parents were so happy with it!
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!
Saturday, 24 October 2009
I used DCWV textured card for my matting and layering and a Stampendous sentiment stamp that I cut with Nestabilities. The flowers are Prima and I added some Flower soft to the white one to look like snow.
Here is a close up of the coloured in image. I used Promarkers to colour the cute little bear in and paperpieced the present with some of the backing papers. I used Flower soft on the hat and a little bit of glaze on the nose to make it nice and shiny. I am quite pleased with the colouring of this image and used 3 shades of brown on the bear. I am still a novice when it comes to the colouring so am still having to put in a lot of practise.
I got a new daylight lamp yesterday and it's really powerful, I am so pleased with it! The dark winter nights cannot stop me from Crafting now!
It's raining here but I am going to meet my friend Lizzy for a coffee this morning so we should keep nice and dry while we catch up with each other's news!
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
I had a plan for the card but it has taken ages to put together. The sewing kept going wrong, my daylight bulb in my desk lamp has blown so working with the colours was difficult and the photos I have taken do not look very good.
I am worried the card is a bit plain but I am completely stuck as to what else I can add to the card as it is a card for a man! No flowers or bling allowed, buttons don't look right...
I am going to put it away now and tidy up as I have turned all my Craft stash upside down looking for something to add to the card and am giving up now.
I hate it when a crafting session ends like this :-( I had a really good day though as I won the Elzybells blog Challenge with my little Halloween box! I won a voucher and spent it within 20 minutes! I can't resist the Elzybells new releases!
Friday tomorrow, my boy is coming home!!!
Here are the 3 ATCs together. I wanted to add 'Make a Wish' to the front of the ATCs but it didn't seem to look right so I am not 100% happy with the finished result.
Today is an exciting day, it is Elzybells release day! Pop on over to check out the new releases at 12:00 today. Elizabeth and the Design Team have been giving us sneak peeks of the stamps all week and I have already seen a few I will be adding to my wishlist. Elizabeth is also looking for a new Design Team so if you have a passion for Elzybells stamps make sure you apply before the 31st of October.
My son is coming home tomorrow after his week away at PGL. It has been a long week without him! Can't wait to have him home and give him lots of cuddles (after his Bath!)
Hope you are having a good week.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
The desk is littered with Basic Grey scraps and some gorgeous Basic Grey ribbons. You can also see my new Stampin up index tab punch which I received on Sunday. I really love it but have yet to use it in a Project. The clear index file box to the back left of the desk has all my ATC bits and bobs in it. On the top of it are my ATC protector sleeves. These actually did exactly what they say on the tin this week when my naughty puppy got hold of one of my little Mummy ATCs and decided to have a chew on it. Luckily only the protector got damaged and I was able to rescue the ATC!
My pegs are still in their packet awaiting their moment of glory when they will sort out my ribbons... I promise I will get around to doing it one day! There are 2 more things on my desk which I will mention. A pack of electric tea lights...I bought this as I thought I just HAD to have them and had visions of Halloween pyramid cards lit from inside but this was abandoned in favour of the little trapezoid box I made Monday, you can also see a bargain I got recently...packs of Imaginisce button brads I got for just £1.00 per pack instead of £2.50 per pack, I do love a crafty bargain!
Hope you have a lovely Wednesday! Wednesday is my favourite day as when I come home from work there are no scheduled activities so I can just cook and have a good crafting session!
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
I am entering this into the Kraftin Kimmie blog challenge with is 'Buttons, buttons....whose got some buttons?'. I used Imaginisce Button brads on my card.
I stamped the image on Canson Card and coloured it in with my Promarkers. I then glazed the dog tag with glossy accents. The Backing papers used are all Basic Grey as is the ribbon. I layered up Nesties shapes on foam pads to mount the image on to.
I finished the card off with a layered Prima flower. The sentiment used is from Elzybells. I really love this cute little dog stamp. It was lovely to stamp with and lovely to colour in. I can't wait to use my other Kraftin Kimmie stamp to make more cards.
I hope you are having a good week and I would like to Thank all of you for the lovely comments you have been leaving me recently when you have been visiting. It is lovely to get positive feedback on the things I make. It really means a lot! Thanks so much!
Monday, 19 October 2009
I used a template from Mirkwood designs to make the Trapezoid box. I printed the template directly onto Kraft cardstock before cutting it out. I then stamped the Spider's web and spider from the Elzybells seasonal sentiments. I covered one side of th box with black textured cardstock and then I stamped the Halloween Trick or treat trio onto white card and coloured and cut out my favourite little Mummy!
I mounted the Mummy topper onto a Nesties scalloped circle and stuck him to the black panel. I punched holes to form the ribbon closure as per the template and then assembled the box with strong glue.
I made a little Nesties tag and stamped the Trick or treat sentiment. I inked the edges of the box with a black chalk inkpad and then stuck orange punched stars randomly on the box. I filled the box with yummy treats and tied with a ribbon adding the tag to the back of the box.
I love the way this little box has turned out and I love how versatile the Halloween stamps I have bought have turned out to be. This is the 4th Project I have made with them and I still have loads of ideas!
I tried a new way of taking my photos for this post. No flash and set up under my Daylight lamp onto white card. I am hoping this will show off my Projects better.
I hope you had a good Monday!
I stamped the trio and coloured in the little Mummy and then cut him out. I mounted him on to a background cut from Nesties. The paper is Daisy and Dandelion from the Halloween stack. I love the Daisy and Dandelion paper stacks, they are really versatile even though they are themed. I cut little tags from a Sizzix shape, inked the edges, stamped an Elzybells sentiment and tied with a ribbon.
Here are all the 4 ATCs together. I just need to get them in the post now and hope they don't get lost in the strikes!
Sunday, 18 October 2009
I had a busy evening yesterday while Hubby was at the Pub with his Friends. I had an order for 20 Thank you cards. I can take no credit for the design as I was asked to make them this way and any card making skills are totally outshone by my Friend's cute Baby whose photo is on the front of the card. Isn't he just the cutest! It didn't take me long to put the cards together once I got into a rhythm things came together quite quickly and I made a nice box tied with organza bow to deliver them in, unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it!
I hope you are all having a nice weekend. Hubby and I took Charlie to Virginia Water today for the first time. He had a lovely time meeting lots of Doggies and running around in the leaves.
This is us having a little rest. Charlie was exhausted when we came home! I spent some time this afternoon unblocking our drain (oh the joys of home ownership!) and having a little play with my Stampin Up Trendy trees stamps. I finally found a way of getting the trunks stamped in the right place so hopefully I will make a card with them later. My youngest Son is off to PGL for a week tomorrow so we have to finish off his packing tonight.
Hope you had a good weekend!
Saturday, 17 October 2009
For my latest Fiskarettes Design Team Project, I decided to make a card with a bit of a summery feel as an antidote to these dark and cold mornings we are having lately.
1. Score and fold a piece of A4 card in half and cut down to make a square card using the Fiskars paper trimmer.
2. Cover the inside of the card with spotty paper.
3. Cut a diagonal with the finger tip knife and a ruler from the centre crease to 4cm from the bottom front of the card. Cover with stripey paper.
4. Punch a scalloped green strip of paper with the Fiskars Border Punch - Scalloped Lace and stick to bottom front of the card. Stick a strip of lace over this.
5. Stamp the Joanna Sheen Messy Rabbit bees using the Easy Stamp Press onto white linen card. Colour in and cut into a circle. Mount onto a scalloped circle.
6. Cut a leaf using the Leaves Template and ShapeCutter. Handstitch to represent the veins on the leaf. Cut a second shape and stick to back of stitched shape to hide the stitches.
7. Assemble topper on the card finishing with a button and paper flower.
8. Add an Elzybells stamped sentiment in a die cut circle.
I love the mixture of colours and textures in this finished card. This would work just as well with more leaves and ladybirds or autumnal colour leaves and a spider for Halloween.
I hope you are having a nice weekend.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
It is made from a sheet of A4 card folded in half then cut down to 15cm x 15cm. I then cut another square 14cm x 14cm and cut in half diagonally and stuck to inside to make pockets.
I wrapped ribbon around the folder and then covered it in My Mind's Eye papers and also added papers to the pockets.
I stamped and coloured an Elzybells Cardmaking Stamp and mounted it on Nesties to the front and then finished off with a sentiment mounted on Nesties shapes and topped it off with some Prima flowers.
Then I filled it with yummy stamped images!
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Anyway, I was determined to take part today so I have cheated (a bit), I tidied up first :-) Maybe next week I will be brave enough to show my mess!
There are a few things on my Desk today, a finished card that I made this evening for my DT Project for the Fiskarettes blog which is due in tomorrow, have to write it up in a minute. There is a Basic Grey pad and a coloured Kraftin Kimmie stamped image ready to make into a card tomorrow, my Cuttlebug embossing folder which I thought was lost forever but appeared in my ribbon box tonight (don't you just love it when that happens!!) in my bits and bobs basket on the left I have a bag of dolly pegs which arrived today. I am vaguely optimistic I may be able to organise my ribbons using them. That's a job for this weekend :-)
Anyway enough waffling from me! Am off to post my Fiskarettes project now!
All the papers used in this card are from the DCWV blossoms and butterflies stack. I used 3 different papers for the front and coloured this gorgeous image I received in a RAK from Claire with my Promarkers. I bought 5 of the new colours recently and the yellow I used for the hat is one of them. It is lush!
I used Sakura pens for the polka dots on the ribbon and trim detail on the top. The flowers are some of my new Primas and the metal flower in the centre was in a Let's Make cards pack. The sentiment is Elzybells.
I made the card base from some gorgeous rich Turquoise Paper Mill shop card so had to make inserts so you could write in it. I used 2 more patterned papers from the stack and another Elzybells sentiment stamped onto white card and cut with my lovely label Nesties (this are one of my Favourite Ally Pally purchases).
The card was for my friend Petra who runs the ATC swap with me. It was her birthday at the Weekend so I gave her the card Monday.
Hope you are having a good week!
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
I made this cute card using my new Lili of the Valley stamp I bought at Ally Pally a few weeks ago. It was
the first time I had inked the stamp up after mounting it on my Ezi - mount and it stamped beautifully. The image was so crisp and clear. I made a card with Heidi's sketch for the Moving Along with the times blog challenge.
The challenge element this week is Paper piecing so I paper pieced the cushion on the swing and part of the girl's clothes. I coloured the rest of the image with Promarkers and the sentiment is Elzybells. I used My Minds Eye papers for all the matting and layering. I loved using so many different patterns on the card. The layers really show them off and I hope they coordinate well. I decide to use Bling instead of strips of card or ribbon for the finishing touch, a decision I nearly regretted as it was virtually impossible to get them in a neat straight row but hopefully they don't look too scruffy! I have loads more bits and pieces to catch up on and some new Kraftin Kimmie stamps to play with but not much energy at the moment! Hopefully I will feel better as the week goes on.
Monday, 12 October 2009
I wasn't able to go as I got flu :-( but loads of people did. About 200!
I decided to make a gift box in the shape of a house and fill it with some mini scrapbook albums. I made the base shape of the house in 2 pieces tracing around a square Nestie to make the roof shape then scored, folded it and then stuck it all together. I cut some grass freehand and stuck it around the base of the house.
A door was cut from Burgundy card and layered up with foam pads and a brad for a handle. I then added Basic Grey stickers to the door. The flowers were stuck onto some climbing leaves cut with a Fiskars border punch and embellished with pearls.
I cut a Fiskars border to add to the roof on the side of the house, added a window cut from Nesties and another Fiskars border for a window box was filled with more leaves and flowers. Flowers were dotted around the grass.
I cut a piece of card for the roof which was scored and folded and edged with the border punch. I stuck it down at the back to make a hinged roof and added velcro to the front top to close the box. I added Petra and Peter's initials to the back of the box in a Nesties panel.
I then made 3 mini albums with my Bind it all to add to the box to record the 105th Birthday of the house.
All papers used were K+Co and the letters are Basic Grey and K+Co.
I love how this Project turned out and wish I could have given it to Petra and Peter on Saturday but they will receive it today.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
This is another wedding card I made for an order I received from a Friend. The Wedding theme is red so I used some Debbie Moore designs backing paper matted and layered on red and silver card. I made a frame using a Fiskars border punch and added the stamped Elzybells wedding couple image which I coloured with Promarkers.
I added some ribbon and a Flower to finish the card off and I will personalise the inside of the card with the Bride and Groom's name and the date of the wedding.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
October's recipe was:
- 2 Rectangles.
- 1 Button.
- 1 Ribbon &
- 4 Pattern papers.
I used 3 different K+Co papers and the spotty paper is Basic Grey - for my 4 patterned papers.
The green ribbon is from my stash an I think I might have bought it in Cornwall.
I cut 2 rectangles with my scalloped rectangle nesties and embossed the kraft one with a Cuttlebug folder to give it some texture.
I then cut 4 Nestie scalloped circles from the patterned papers, distressed them and layered them into a flower held together by a button from my stash threaded with string.
I added a Thank you sentiment with stick on letters.
Why don't you come and join in with the Challenge, there is a little prize up for grabs and the recipes are really good fun.
Hope to see you there! The link is on my side bar.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
There was a great sketch to follow by Clare C, I love the squares and thought I would use some of my Labels Nestabilities for them. The brown card is Kraft card that was a birthday present from Petra, the backing paper is Crate paper which I bought from Ally Pally, the button was from a pack at Quixotic Paperie and the letter stickers are Making memories.
I really enjoyed this Challenge, the no stamping rule made me 'think outside the box' and was a perfect excuse to use up some of my Sizzix shapes, I have loads precut and they are always abandoned in favour of my stamps!
Hope you are having a good week so far...