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

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


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Rockin' Robin...

Well the weeks are rushing by, I'll be starting my new job soon - eeek! My eldest, Jack, had a nasty fall off of his bike on Tuesday afternoon. He really hurt his arm and I cleaned him up the best I could but did get him checked by the nurse at the doctors too. The nurse managed to get more dirt out of the cuts than I had the bottle to do and she said hopefully the rest will come out over time. It is pretty nasty bless him. We went to a country park with friends yesterday and we have a friend of Thomas' over for the day today, giving me time to catch up at home and hopefully squeezing in some crafting ;-)

I had a bit of a sort through some of my crafty stash the other day and found a whole box of Craftwork Cards Christmas papers, die cuts, cards etc that I ordered in a sale months and months ago and had forgotten all about, oops! Well here's my first card using some of it and a gorgeous cute bird button that I am pretending is a little robin...


Supplies:
Paper - Christmas Post from Craftwork Cards (last year's design)
Robin button - Little Gingham Bear
Ribbon & twine - stash
Other - kraft card & brown inkpad

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - These are a few of my favourite things (kraft card, patterned paper, button, ribbon & twine - basically everything I used!)

Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Star Is Born...

Good morning, we had a great day at Whipsnade on Saturday. The weather was breezy but thankfully dry. We are off to my new school later so I can drop off some paperwork that I needed to complete then the boys and I are out for lunch. I am hoping after a lovely lunch they will be more inclined to get their hair cut ;-)

I have a baby card to share today. I absolutely loved making it. Unfortunately my rubbish photography skills have left me with a rather washed out photo :-( The paper is pale but not as pale as my pic suggests...


Supplies:
Image/sentiment - A Star Is Born by All Dressed Up coloured with Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Paper - Baby Papers by All Dressed Up
Ribbon, charm, buttons, pearls - stash
Kraft card blank - Dovecraft
Other - Spellbinders circle & scallop circle dies, Quickutz corner die, twine, brown inkpad

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

Thanks for looking, hope you have a good day x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Have A Relaxing Day...

Good morning, it's my gorgeous dad's birthday today :-) We are off to Whipsnade Zoo to celebrate, he loves Whipsnade, especially the big cats. Fingers crossed for lovely weather!

It's also time for a new challenge at Allsorts today and our theme is 'Masking and/or Stenciling' hosted by the lovely Helene. Our wonderful new sponsor is ACE Envelopes and this is the fabulous prize...  

http://www.ace-envelopes.co.uk/ 

I chose to use Stenciling for my card. Now, as you know up until a couple of weeks ago I had never owned or used a stencil and I have so far only had a little dabble - I am an absolute novice at this inking stuff ;-) I now own 4 stencils and 4 coloured inkpads! On this card I have used the same stencil 3 times at slightly different angles and different coloured inks - blue, yellow and orange. I love how the colours I have used look on the kraft card background.

 A close up of my stenciling (it is supposed to look messy!)...

Supplies:
Image & sentiment - Sea Scape 1 from Digistamp Boutique coloured with Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Other - Dovecraft kraft card blank, Texture Mesh stencil by Memory Box, 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

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