My Fab Followers

Monday 31 January 2011

My first card for Sketch N Stash - Challenge No 54

Time  to show you my very first DT card for the Sketch N Stash Challenge Blog!!  It's been great getting know the lovely ladies there for the last couple of weeks, and they have been such a welcoming, friendly bunch so I feel really at home there with them!

The sketch for this week's challenge has been set by the gorgeous Vicky and here it is:

We have two sponsors for this fortnight's challenge, Kenny K and Meljen!

Meljen Designs

I used this gorgeous Kenny image for my card, although some of the DT at Sketch N Stash have made cards using both designers!! Some fab inspiration there so pop on over and have look.

Very few embellies from me but I felt the image was so strong, the papers too, so not much embellishment was required. This is the first time I've coloured a KK girlie image (with my Promarkers) and I loved her!! Can't remember the maker of the papers, they were in a bargain bin somewhere- but the grungy feel to them is perfect for this little lady  but they have definitely been neglected by me. The Goody Two Shoes badge was cut from Pink Paisley Old School Papers and the spotty paper came from there too -  a far more recent purchase from Crafty Emma's!

Have fun with this great sketch - looking forward to seeing your makes with it!!

Sunday 30 January 2011

Card for Sugar Bowl and I thought another that was black, white and one other colour but can I find it anywhere challenges!! and Vixx has just pointed me to Polly Craft!!!

Morning! Hope you're not watching the tennis - it's too depressing!  I'm still a woman in her dressing gown so am gonna post this, get dressed and then sort out my wardrobe! After that, I'm having a play in my  craft room.  Which is what I was doing last night with this little lovely!

Couldn't wait to use this image so thought I was using a colour challenge of Black, White and one other colour (turquoise) but can I find it, or indeed even remember, which one this was for?  I tell you, my memory sucks at the moment - must be an age thing - I've got a big one NEXT year, ending in 0!! Well, it's definitely the current sketch over at the Sugar Bowl and it's definitely a Sugar Nellie challenge, so it's being entered there! (I did flip it, though.)  EDIT: THANKS VIXX - YOU STAR, IT'S POLLY CRAFT!!
Papers I think are from a Papermania Teal set (12x12) - double sided and so lovely!  Flowers are from stash, I've coloured with my promarkers and the sentiement is from Lily of the Valley.

Wish me luck finding my way to the bedroom, with my shot to pieces memory, I may be gone some while!!

Saturday 29 January 2011

Crafty Emma's feeling Bold and Bright

Here I am again with my DT card for this week's challenge over at Crafty Emma's.  Firstly though, clap yourselves on the back for all those gorgeous angel and fairy cards for last week's challenge.  So many lovely fairy images out there and just not enough time!!  As always don't forget to check back to the blog to see who has won the honours for the Angels and Fairies challenge.

On to this week and the challenge is Bold and Bright as chosen by my wonderful DT buddie, Amy - get your shades on, we're all bolded!    One of our regular sponsors, The Stamp Fairy, is with us this week and you could win three images from their great range.

For my card, I've used this great Ronnie digi image which is available from Emma's store, here.  What's really special about it is that Emma is selling them in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance so all proceeds go to support them.  Isn't he fabbie and perfect for a male card I think.

My lovely bright and bold papers are from the Prima Paisley Road set, as are the candy dots, - so lots available from Emma's store and she has lots of new goodies arriving all the time!! 
 I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the checkered background with White C'ordination paper sanded off.  There's a little glossy accents on his beer foam but it's not showing in my pic.

The DT team at CES have made some fabulous cards, as always, for the challenge so do go and have a peek ( sunnies optional!!)

I also followed Sketch Saturday's sketch but of coures I'm too late to enter for that!  Hopefully the same can't be said for the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge which has an animal antics theme!!
My thanks as ever for stopping by - I always get a thrill each and every time some one leaves me some love!!


Friday 28 January 2011

Wheeeeeeee! Top three at Pixie cottage and a card!!

Really happy tonight as my card  made for Lesley (a couple back) was picked for the top three at Pixie Cottage!!  My side bar is now proudly displaying my top three banner!!  And it's Friday night  - my cup runneth over!!

Thought I'd also show you a card I made a couple of weeks ago on a crafty day with Alex and Lesley.

The first thing you will probably notice is that it has no colouring!!  Just thought I'd try something different and used my gorgeous new Rosette die from Tim Holtz - it's fab and makes it so easy to create this lovely flower or whatever you want it to be.
The papers are Basic Grey Capella  and I think Dovecraft - but they matched nicely !!  A bit different for me but I like it anyway.  Hubster didn't - it was for a colleague of his who's moving departments but he wants one that I've coloured!!  Ah well, can't win them all!!  I've already entered into the current Basic Grey challenge of Flower Power but going to do a double entry ( that's got to be a first for me!!)

Be back tomorrow with my DT card for Crafty Emma's Challenge - Toodlepip!!!

Thursday 27 January 2011

Colour Create No 63 - Lemon, Green and White

Hello - I'm back with our next challenge at Colour Create, and the colours and picture have been chosen by my fabbie teamie, Liz - Lemon, Green and White - lovely, fresh colours to get us all thinking of Spring and warmer days. And your optional extra is to use a charm.
27 January - Challenge 62 - Sharon L Lemon Green White
Isn't this a lovely, tranquil looking room - wouldn't be like that round mine, I can tell you!!  

I don't really think of using these colours in my cards, but that's what a colour challenge is all about and I really enjoyed using them.  It also meant I could use the gorgeous Origins Papers from Basic Grey and enter the current Flower Power challenge on the Basic Grey Challenge Blog.  (The checked background paper is My Mind's Eye).  Now this little Tilda is meant to be a  Christmas stamp but apart from the holly in her bunches, I think she is great for any occasion so have masked the holly berries with a couple of pearls.  The little Hugs is from a bigger Cuddly Buddly sentiment stamp.
 I followed the great circular  sketch over on Create 4 Fun from which my card evolved as I was going along!! Having rotated the sketch to suit my image, it seemed to need a little more and I remembered this technique I'd seen people use in blog land of edging your circle with a   border using a straight edge die.  I've done this with a Martha Stewart doily punch.  I've cut my strip and then snipped the opposite edge to the pattern at intervals to enable you to follow the edge of the circle, glueing small sections as I went.  It then still seemed to need more, so I copied a lovely idea my great crafty friend, Alex, used when we had a play day with her recently - wrapping thread or string around the edge  of her image.  I've used some glittered thread and wrapped it a couple of times round the edge of my layout.

The flowers are mostly from stash with the little crochet ones having been purchased only recently when I went to the Sandown craft show. 

Our sponsor for this fortnight's challenge is The Rubber Room and I'm looking forward to feeling brightened by all your gorgeous and fresh entries for the challenge!!  Hop on over to the Colour Create challenge blog too, to see the wonderful makes from my fellow teamies and too see who won last week's prize!

To recap, my challenges for this card are:

Create4Fun - Sketch
Basic Grey  Challenges - Flower Power using Origins papers

Monday 24 January 2011

Pixie Cottage Challenge 53

Evening everyone - well, that's Monday over with thank goodness, and was expecting to go to parent's evening tonight, but youngest DD, Emily has said it's not absolutely necessary.  We've had her report and her tutor  said in that that her report was faultless, so it seems a little pointless going up there to be told how wonderful she is - we already know that!!

Instead, I thought I post my card for bestest matey/partner in crafting crime, Lesley's Birthday card!!
I saw her on Saturday, the day of her birthday, so I know she has it!  We went to the Stitch and Creative Craft Show at Sandown, it was great, although we were reasonably good!!  I then went back to hers for a bit of a play and some colouring!! While we were out, her hubby had been out and bought lunch and laid it all out with candles, flowers and wine and everything! We then went up to her craft room and there were choccies and more flowers!!  Wasn't that lovely!!  I reckon I could have got away with going out with them for their celebratory meal too but didn't outstay my welcome!! 

Anyway, back to my card, I followed the sketch for challenge 53 at The Pixie Cottage. I used the Linen Closet stack of papers from DCWV that Lesley actually gave me for Xmas - she had them and knew I coveted them, so she got me some from her last trip to the States!!  That brings me to the other part of the challenge, which is the option of making something for someone you love!! Well, I loves her, I do, known her since we were 11 and she really is my best friend!!

Other things to note:

Image - Leanne Ellis new release, If Only from Sugar Nellie, Seam Binding from The Ribbon Girl and flowers from Wild Orchid and Crafty Emma's.  The sentiment is Stampin Up and all coloured with Promarkers.

Time for a cuppa  now - thanks for popping in!! 

Saturday 22 January 2011

Crafty Emma's Challenge No 20 - Angels and Fairies

Morning everyone - I cannot believe that it's nearly a week since my last card post, it's been a bit of a hectic week at work - that's my only excuse!  Have managed a bit of crafting and this is the card I made for our next challenge at Crafty Emmas.
I was totally bowled over by all the cards without DPs for last week's challenge - you were all so creative without your papers!!  Don't forget to check on the challenge site here to see who's won last week's prize and who is in the top pick's list!!

Think you're gonna like this week's challenge too as the theme is Angels and Fairies as chosen by our wonderful teamie, Vicky!!  Really enjoyed the theme, Vicky - spoilt for choice over which image to use.  My teamies have made some fab cards with the Wild Rose Fairy Stamps that Emma now has in stock at her store - here.  I didn't use one of these but I have used lots of other goodies that Emma has in stock but first here's my card:
The things that I've used that are available from Emma's are  Prima Floral Fauna and Annalee papers, Promarkers, Dew Drops and the Peacock charm. 
Of course the image is a wonderful Sweet Pea image which I've not used for a while.  I did use the sketch from Sketch Saturday but think I may be a bit late for entering as they're about to post their new sketch a little later!! The other challenge I had in mind is A Spoonfull of Sugar current challenge of using the colours Blue and Green - check!

Hope to see lots of wonderful angel and fairy cards this week - there's a Memory Box 6x6 pad of your choice up for grabs from Emma's store too!!  Emma has so many delicious goodies in her store so do check it out - I particularly love my papers and the selection Emma has in stock is to die for and it just keeps getting better!!

 Enjoy your day, whatever you're doing!

Monday 17 January 2011

Doing the Happy Dance!!

Not only because Monday is out of the way and Glee is on in a moment, but I've been picked to be on the Sketch and Stash DT - woop woop!!  Thrilled that I've been picked along with Angie, Faye and Danielle - hiya teamies!!  The  Sketch and Stash challenge is one that I've always enjoyed entering and as I've not got much experience of providing sketches I'm looking forward to learning something new!!  I'm also looking forward to getting to know all the lovely ladies on the DT - thanks for having me girls!!

Right, I need to go and get blinkied up!!

Sunday 16 January 2011

More sassiness!!

Oh don't you just hate Sunday evenings with the thought of another week of work looming.  I had the most wonderful Saturday too, full of craftiness from start to finish!  I spent the day with oldest best matey, Lesley, and fabby crafty matey, Alex!  We met Alex at the new Glitter Pot shop in Burgess Hill, and then went back to Alex's for a brilliant day of crafting!  Loved it, thanks Alex, for being such a great hostess, and thank you both for your great company! 

This is the card I made, whilst there, with my other new Simply Sassy set from Sugar Nellie - Romantic Dreamer and Lost in Thought!  I decided to use them together, for an engagment card needed for a family member.  I think it looks like he's just about to propose, and she's hoping wistfully that he does!!

I used Alex's Copics for my colouring here, and they require  a slightly different technique to Promarkers - what do you think?   The paper is Basic Grey Indian Summer which I won as candy from the oh so inspiring Maddy - you must see her blog here, if you don't know it already!

The sentiment frame is from Waltzing Mouse cut with Nesties labels five, sentiment was courtesy of Alex, and the flowers are Wild Orchid buys. 

I followed the sketch over in The Sugar Bowl so will be popping it into their challenge.

Need some cheering up before work so going to do a bit of hopping now. Thanks for paying me a visit!!

Thursday 13 January 2011

Getting Sassy for Colour Create!

Hello there - yay, it's Thursday, which means not only that it's nearly the weekend but also time for our next challenge at Colour Create!  The colour combo is shown in the picture below and has been chosen by the lovely Liz on the DT and the colours are Pink, Blue/Grey and Cream with the optional extras of flowers or gems.
13 January - Challenge 61 - Liz pink, blue/grey,cream

We're being sponsored by  our fab regular sponsor Michele's Scrapbooking for this fortnight's challenge so I hope that this will spur you on to make as  many gorgeous cards for our this new challenge as you did for our last one!

As I said, I'm getting Sassy and I've used my very first Simply Sassy stamp, Fairy Tale, from Sugar Nellie.
 Now I have to confess, that these have been a bit of a slow burner for me and I wasn't too struck by them at first.  However, I've seen more and more fabulous cards using them in blog land that I finally succumbed and bought a couple (which arrived next day delivery!) - now I think I'm hooked!!  She was an absolute delight to colour too!
I followed the current sketch over on Sketch Saturday - I just rotated  it to better suit my image!!  My papers are a mixture of Prima Annalee and Basic Grey Two Scoops, the senitment is Cat's Life Press, the paper flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and this fabby chiffon bloom is from Bo Bunny - love it!!  A bit of distressing and here she is!!

I'm also going to enter into the latest Basic Grey challenge where the theme is Spots and Dots - I hope I've fulfilled this with my pink spotty paper and my candy spots!!  As I've also used Basic Grey paper, I think this qualifies!

Hope you can play along with us this fortnight!

Sunday 9 January 2011

Card for my daughter Emily who will be Sweet 16!!

Can't believe it but my baby is 16 tomorrow!!  She had some friends round on Saturday night for a bonfire, fireworks, pizza and a film - she has a really great group of friends, and a lovely boyfriend, so I can't say sweet 16 and never been kissed!!
Love this Tokyo girl image which is a digi stamp from DewDrop Craftz. Coloured her with my PMs and added a bit of bling with these gorgeous swirls which I got as part of a Secret Santa with the fabbie Colour Create girlies.  I didn't think I could bear to use them but then I thought if I can't use them on my daughter's card, I'd never be able to use them!!
 The sentiment frame is from My Paper World and the sentiment is from a Crafty Secrets set, Cupcakes - I cut the Sweetie word down just so I could say Sweet 16!  Finally a view, from the side to show the easel shape a bit more. 
We're having a chinese takeway tomorrow night for Em's actual birthday  - perhaps it should be Japanese seeing as she's Tokyo girl!!! 

Challenges I'm Entering:

Allsorts Challenge this week is for a fancy fold card - so I hope this qualifies!
Stamp Something - use a digi image.
By the Cute and Girly - Bling it On
Charisma Cards - Birthdays and Celebrations
Fab 'n' Funky - Anything Goes

Saturday 8 January 2011

All Creature's Great and Small at Crafty Emmas.

It's time for our next challenge at Crafty Emma's Challenges but firstly can I just say WOW to the record number of entries that we had for our Anything Goes challenge over Christmas!  Amazing cards too - don't forget to check on the blog to see the winners and top picks!

Well it's a new year and we have a new challenge at Crafty Emma's set by the lovely lady herself! Emma has chosen the theme of All Creatures Great and Small.  I'm not usually one for using animal images on my cards but when I saw the challenge, I knew that I wanted to use this darling image from Di's Digi Downloads - isn't it a cutie!! She was a freebie too - even better!

I've coloured the image with my PMs then used these gorgeous papers by Prima from their Paisley Road pad.  Emma has this pad, as well as promarkers and Tim Holtz goodies ( my love ticket) for sale in her on-line store here.

This week we're being sponsored by The Doodle Pantry and there's a $15 dollar voucher up for grabs to spend with them!  Some of the DT girls have made some gorgeous cards with a couple of their images so do hop on over to Crafty Emma's and have a look.

With any luck I'll still be snoozing when this post appears - so tired this week so looking forward to a lie-in in the morning!!

Have a great weekend - hope you manage to fit some crafting in!!