Monday, 1 September 2014

Time To Party!

Good morning, happy 1st September to you all! We had a great time in Kent last week. My other half and the boys went driving round a field in a tank on Saturday. They had a great time! Jack went back to rugby yesterday so that's Sunday mornings taken care of till May 2015 ;-) It's back to reality now, I've only got 2 days left of my time off, back to work on Wednesday but to a new school - eeek! Having a catch up day today - ironing, cleaning etc and got my food shopping being delivered too.

A good friend celebrated her birthday a week or so ago and this is the card I made her. I coloured the image to look similar to my friend. I do love the fun image and she was fab to oolour :-)

 Close up of the image...

Supplies:
Image & sentiment - Party Zara from Digistamp Boutique coloured with Promarkers & Flexmarkers
 Paper - RSVP by Basic Grey
Seam binding - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers, buttons & corkscrew charm - stash
Other - Spellbinders circle & scallop circle dies, twine, brown inkpad, kraft card

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking x

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Early Christmas Makes...

It's time for a new challenge at Allsorts today and our theme is 'Early Christmas Makes' hosted by the lovely Mervi. Our wonderful sponsor is Flonzcraft.

 Flonz $20 store gift voucher Also 12% discount offered on purchases to those entering the challenge

I decided to make a festive decoration. I found a bare wood Christmas tree shape by Papermania for 89p and coloured it in with Promarkers. The colour took really well, I wasn't sure if it would. I decorated the tree simply with a couple of crackers (cut with a die) and buttons and threaded some bells through my hanging ribbon and twine...


Supplies:
Decoration - Christmas Tree by Papermania (got mine from Hobbycraft) coloured with Promarkers (Pine, Cocoa & Cinnamon)
Cracker die - Joanna Sheen (a snip at £1.99 and cuts beautifully)
Buttons - Dovecraft
Ribbon, twine & bells - stash

Please do come and join us over at Allsorts this week for our challenge x

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Hope you have a lovely weekend and I hope you can join in with our festive challenge:-)


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ho Ho Ho...

This was a super quick card to make, literally took 5 minutes! Even though it was quick to make I do really like it as it uses some of my fave Xmas paper from last year...


Supplies:
Paper - 25th & Pine by Basic Grey
Die cut sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Ribbon, twine & charm - stash

Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

From Our House To Yours...

Good morning, it's rather mad in our house this morning as we are off to the seaside for a few days. The weather forecast isn't looking the best so I have researched indoor activities in case it's too wet to be outside. We are staying in a hotel in Ramsgate right on the seafront and I for one can't wait to smell the sea, raining or not!

This was a very quick and easy card to make using a few supplies from my newly found Craftwork Cards Christmas goody box. I've used a card blank, a strip of paper and 3 die cuts from the box and only added a red dew drop in the centre of the flower and a bit of ink round edges...


Supplies:
Paper, card blank & die cuts - Christmas Post by Craftwork Cards
Dew drop - stash
Other - brown inkpad

Thanks for looking x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Questions, questions...

Morning peeps, this is an unusual post for me as I have been nominated by Tracy to participate in a hop of sorts to share a bit about our creative process.  I am privileged to be a craft buddy with Tracy on the Allsorts DT. 

Thanks for nominating me.
 
I have four questions to answer:

1. What am I working on?
As I am on school holidays (yay!) I have been trying to get ahead with my Allsorts DT work. I've done pretty well having made all my September projects already and I am just about to start on October. I love cross stitching but haven't completed any projects for such a long time. I have recently started stitching a design which I hope to complete and give as a Christmas present - not sure how I will finish it yet, my head is a mix of ideas...

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my work is influenced by the work of others and I love spending time seeing what others have been up to. I think my cards tend to follow a certain style, it's a style I like and feel comfortable with. I have tried hard more recently to buck this trend and make things that don't 'look the same'. But, I have to say I love - gorgeous paper, flowers and buttons and these do show up on most of my cards ;-)

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I started papercrafting as a hobby but I continue it after all these years because it keeps me sane. I do sometimes feel my life runs along at 100 miles an hour and crafting gives me a way of almost stopping the world and spending time doing something just for me. I am a firm believer that we all need our own space and crafting is what I do when I am in my space.

4. How does my writing/creating process work? 
Unlike lots of crafters I don't have a craft room or even a craft table. I store my craft stash in the cupboard under the stairs. I colour sitting on the sofa (prefer this to at the table) and use my guillotine and die-cutting machine while sitting on the floor. For my cards I tend to colour an image first then choose papers and embellishments. I naturally lean to blues, greens, browns and pinks.
Hope that's been interesting ;-)

I am nominating Tammy to carry on this hop from me so please pop and see her next Monday. Tammy and I have known each other for err lots of years ;-) We 'met' via an online craft forum and have been friends ever since. Tammy has a fab eye for colour and design and makes the best Minecraft inspired card ever!!!



Take care,


Saturday, 23 August 2014

It's a bright, bright, sunshiny day...

Good morning, I'm off to the opticians first thing then back home for a bit then out to see the inlaws.

It's time for a new challenge at Allsorts today and our theme is 'Warm Sunshiny Colours' (yellow, orange, red) hosted by the lovely Brenda. Our wonderful sponsors are Marianne Designs and QKR Stampede.

http://www.mariannedesign.nl/ 
http://www.qkrstampede.com/

This was a slightly tricky challenge for me as warm colours are not what I naturally gravitate to. I like blues, greens, browns and pinks. As I enjoyed the stenciling challenge so much last week I decided to have another go. This time I have used 2 stencils...
 A close up of the curved sentiment...
Supplies:
Image - Rose Can by Bugaboo coloured with Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Button & twine - stash
Other - That Special Touch Polka Dot Mask, That Special Touch Large Polka Dot Mask, Tim Holtz Mini Distress Pad Kit 1, Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
 
Please do come and join us over at Allsorts this week for our challenge x

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Hope you have a lovely weekend and I hope you can join in with our challenge:-)