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Monday, 30 September 2013

Double bubble!!

I made this card for a good friend of my son's who has just had twin baby girls.  The image is from Stampin Up and I teamed my two  up with some gingham paper from my stash.  
Love this image - it's so retro looking. Lots of gingham ribbon, along with a some gingham butterflies and I was done. 
I'm back to work today after a few days off, it's been a bit manic but enjoyable.  Hubby has also saidwe can go to San Fransisco at the end of October to take that holiday that wasn't possible when Harry had is accident!   Woohoo, Fran and Rich, here we come!!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Passion for Promarkers One for the Boys

Hi there - we have a new challenge over on Passion for Promarkers today with a theme of One for the Boys.  Lucky for me as I needed to make a card for hubby's birthday on Wednesday!  I have had such a struggle with the sentiment for this.  Just couldn't get my printer to read the words and it kept printing out blank - kinda ironic really given that it's a joke on hubby!  It says " Nick the Librarian couldn't work out how to get his new-fangled book reader to work!"   Nick is a librarian but doesn't read books and, as he is now in charge of the library systems for the boroughs he works for, it's also ironic that he doesn't have a phone and doesn't like face book, although he loves solving pc problems!

Anyway, I digress, so on to my card and I've chosen Trying to Read by Mo's Digital Pencil (see irony explanation above!).
Felt a bit daunted by this one and my colouring is far from perfect ( in fact I may I have missed a bit on his eye, which I've only noticed on the close-up, I'll have to rectify this!) Generally, though I'm pleased with the overall result using  a lot of distressing and aging to match the old wizard.
The papers are from a DCWV pad called Once Upon a Time and I've added some webbing, Memory Box  Die Cuts  - Spider Web corner and Bottles.  I think the little glass bottle was a pressie from matey, Lesley, and I filled it with a little Glamour Dust for his spells.

You can check out the fabulous makes of my PFP teamies here.  Do come and play along with us as we have a fab prize from Clearly Besotted Stamps with a stamp set  going to the lucky winner!

I'm hoping to get myself sorted over the next couple of days - you should see my little craft room, it's pushed back and piled high so that there's not an inch of desk or floor space in sight!  
Bye for now.xx

Monday, 23 September 2013

New Sketch N Stash Challenge

Well, where did that weekend go!  Yesterday was great at Ally Pally, got some lovely goodies and had a fab day with bestie, Lesley, and also managed to say hello to the fab Debby 4000 and her sister, along with Nikki, who's  our Stampin Up queen! However the journey home was awful, got caught up with the football at Arsenal, my Sat Nav wouldn't work and it took 3 hours to get home (should have been 1)!    Still, only a two day week at work and then I have a few days off. 
I'd also like to say hi and a big thank you to my new followers over the last week or so  - so lovely of  you, welcome!!

Back to today's challenge and we have a new challenge starting over on Sketch N Stash using the sketch below and we have an optional theme of birthdays.

We have two fabulous sponsors for this challenge, you lucky things!

£10 spend

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For my card I used this gorgeous new digi image from Saturated Canary and then layered up using papers from a Basic Grey Green at Heart 6x6 pad which has been in my stash a while!

The tree frame is from Memory Box, and the two flowers are cut with a Paper Trey Ink set of dies

You can check out the rest of the SNS teams fabulous makes here
Thanks for popping in!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Basic Grey Challenges - Autumn Colours

Happy Weekend everyone!  
We have  a new challenge starting today over  at Basic Grey Challenges and this is the stunning pic that we have for our photo inspiration challenge theme of Autumn Colours.

I've used a Mo Manning image called Harvest Fairy Apple - another fab cutie from Mo!  I coloured the image with my usual mix of Pro and Flex markers and then used my blender pen to create the texture on the apple skin.

My Basic Grey products are the papers from the Lucille 6x6 paper pad.  The corner shape is a Marianne die and the leaf borders were cut with a Memory die.  The flowers are all from stash and I also added a couple of wooden leaves which I coloured with Rusty Hinge distress ink.

Finally the sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink - seemed to go exactly with that oversized apple!

As always, our wonderful sponsor, Simon Says Stamp is offering one lucky winner a fab $25 shopping spree in the Simon Says Superstore

(Please note: This is a voucher code that entitles the winner to a $25 saving off their order in Simon Says Stamp, P+P charges will still apply unless the conditions are met to earn free P+P, please check here if you would like to see these conditions)

A big welcome to my lovely new followers - really appreciate it, and may have to sort out some Blog Candy soon!

Enjoy your weekend - I'm off to Ally Pally on Sunday for the Big Stamping show - anyone else going?  (Don't take all the bargains if you're going today!)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Hippity Hoppity with Mo's Dream Team!

Hi Everyone, I can't believe how quickly the weeks and months are passing us by  - scary!  But passing they are and that means it's time for our monthly blog hop over at Mo's Dream Team.

This month the theme of Circles has been chosen by our awesome Gretha.  You should have arrived here from her blog which is also the first stop and I just know she had a fabulous card to kick things off.  

For my card, I've used Baby Bow - this so reminds me of my niece Charlotte when she was little and dressed ready for her ballet lessons in a blue leotard and pink tights (hence my colour choice).  My  daughters went to the same ballet school but this image is definitely Charlotte who is expecting her own little ballerina at Christmas!
My papers are mostly First Edition with a little random blue gingham card to tie in with the leotard.  I've then used  various dies, including a Memory Box circle die and for the flowers, a Marianne die for the mount round the image, a Joy Craft die at the side and a Magnolia die for the gingham edging.
I finished off with a Lili of the Valley sentiment and a bit of vintage seam binding, a few pearls and a resin flower from Stampin Up and voila!

Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Debby Y - prepare to be wowed!  You can see the full order of the hop below in case you've got lost (links are on my side bar).

Gretha, Julie, Debby Y, Heidy, Alice, Vili, Alexandra, Anneke, Danielle, Kaly, Mina,  Jak

And don't forget to leave a comment on every blog as there are two $5 dollar vouchers for Mo's Store for a couple of lucky commentors.
Thanks so much for popping in and leaving a comment,  they so cheer up a dull day at work!!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Mo Manning - Kai is One Boy Version

I knew I had to have this Mo image, Kai is One B,  when I saw it - I love the 50's feel of it and felt it would be perfect paired up with this Kaiser Kraft 12x12 paper that I purchased recently. 

He's coloured with my usual mix of Pro and Flex Markers and then I just didn't want to add much more to him as the paper is quite busy and had a sentiment already sorted!
The other great thing is that there's also a girl version which you can find here.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Postcard Christmas

I saw a load of fabulous Christmas cards last year made with this stamp from Stampendous so had to get it to  make some cards for this year's stash.  These are the first few that I've made using various dies and copious amounts of Frantage!

Products used include Tim Holtz Snow Flurry border die, deer and 25 die, Memory Box Poinsettia die, Lili of the Valley Sentiment. 
Thanks for popping in.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Passion for Promarkers - Perfect Pets

Hi there - today's card is for our new challenge over at Passion For Promarkers where our lovely Shelly has chosen a theme of Perfect Pets.  Don't know  what could be more perfect than your pet howling along to your drumming ( as long as I have earmuffs on!)
My image is Shall I Play For You from Mo's Digital pencil which I've teamed up with some Dovecraft Christmas papers, a couple of Tim Holtz Tattered Tree die cuts and a PTI sentiment.  More frantage on the edges and the chipboard bells - you should see the floor in my craft room - it's covered in the stuff!
This challenge is being sponsored by Michelle R designs with a fab prize of $10 dollars worth of Michelle's gorgeous digi papers!


Hope to see you join in with our challenge- if you'd like some more inspiration, check out the rest of the DT's fabbie cards here.

Monday, 9 September 2013

New Sketch N Stash Challenge

Me again after my first day back at work and it only took me 21/2 hours to get there - blooming trains!!
Anyhow, our new challenge starts today over at Sketch N Stash and this fortnight we're using the sketch below with the optional theme of TIME.  
I've shown a close up of my sentiment from Cat's Life Press which  has time in the definition.
I love the dark wintery colours  of these My Minds Eye papers with this Lili of theValley image.
The tree is a Marianne Die and the Mittens are cut with a Memory Box die - these are the only new item that I've used - everything else has been in my stash for at least 6 months - shocking!!

  Live and Love Crafts are  sponsoring us for this challenge with a fabulous £10 voucher for the lucky winner!

Hope you will plat along with us and if you'd like some more inspiration check out the stunning makes of my SNS teamies here!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Anything Goes at Basic Grey Challenges (using Basic Grey stash of course!)

Hi all  - it's time for a new challenge at Basic Grey Challenges and this fortnight we have a great Anything Goes theme.  I've used one of Saturated Canaries new fairy images, Sweater Socks Fairy - so love these!
My papers are a mix of Basic Grey Lauderdale and PB&J 6x6 papers and of course coloured with my usual Promarkers.

The frame is cut with a Spellbinders die set, with a Marianne Die used for the Poinsettia and a Cheery Lyn die used for the Holly leaf flourish. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and then I've used lots of Frantage Chunky White embossing powder for the snow effect.
My teamies over on BG have made some wonderful cards to share with you - check them out here.

As always, our wonderful sponsor, Simon Says Stamp is offering one lucky winner a fab $25 shopping spree in the Simon Says Superstore

(Please note: This is a voucher code that entitles the winner to a $25 saving off their order in Simon Says Stamp, P+P charges will still apply unless the conditions are met to earn free P+P, please check here if you would like to see these conditions)

I'm at the end of my fortnight's holiday and have got up early to wait for a builder to come and give us a quote on our chimney stacks, and he's not turned up!  Grrrr!

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you're doing!