Tuesday, 29 December 2009

I'm on Facebook at long last!!!

Well you'd never believe but I'm catching up with technology LOL David surprised me with a lovely pink mini laptop which means I can be online in the living room rather than be alone in the bedroom on my PC.

I therefore decided that I'd join Facebook so for those of you who know me, if you are on Facebook and would like to add me as your friend that would be great. I'll try to keep up. Already I'm finding it addictive what with my pet at Petsville and having a farm it's all go :)

I actually made a few thank you cards this afternoon, though couldn't settle for too long as I broke my folding chair and although bought another one it isn't that good so will have to wait until my new wooden chair arrives before I settle to a long stint of cardmaking.

Hope you all had a great Christmas. We did, with having my Mum and brother (and Chloe) over on Christmas Day and then again on Boxing Day. On Boxing Day we went to the theatre to see the panto Cinderella which was great fun.

Take care, will try and post some photos soon.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

A new member to the family

Sorry I haven't posted in well over a month, it's been a difficult few months, not least because I was working full-time in September at school, wasn't too well within myself and needed to organise carers for Mum, plus David hasn't been well with a trapped nerve in his back going down to his leg. Never seen him in such agony, but an osteopath is helping and David is feeling much better, also myself. Mum was 80 last week so we held a party for 50 (which I organised) which went very well.

Meet a new member to the family - my brother's new dog - Chloe.

She is 2 and a half years old and a retired greyhound from the Great Yarmouth Homefinders place attached to Great Yarmouth Greyhound Stadium. Chloe hurt her leg so had to retire, but she won 7 races, and her leg is now fine.

Chloe didn't know anything about a home life even her name as her racing name was Swift Second but she's coming along great and her character is coming out. Chloe loves playing. She and my brother came over last night for dinner. We'd bought her a squeaky pink spotted bone and she loved it had little spurts of playing with it. She is sooooo adorable. We can't have pets where we live but my brother doesn't mind us heaping love on Chloe, she is so loving and affectionate and her tail never stops wagging.

Hope to make some Christmas cards soon, I am way behind even more than last year :( and write some penpal letters, sorry to those who are still waiting letters from me.

Take care and thanks for reading xxx

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Snowflakes LOL

It's not snowing yet :) instead I made a snowflake card using a sketch my dear friend Kerrie put up on our cardmaking forum last week. Here's the card:

The first card in a while I really enjoyed making. The background patterned glittered paper is by DCWV and it's gorgeous. The metallic snowflakes I bought in a beaded/snowflake garland set only £1 from a pound store. I punched out some pink glittered snowflakes and layered up with a glittered white brad to keep them together. I'm quite pleased with how this came out, it's even better in real life.

Off to have something to eat and then we're going up the Cliffs as usual, it seems to tame my overactive mind at the moment and calm me.

Take care xxx

Crafty Cardmakers # 3

I do so love sketch challenges and a good friend is on the design team of the Crafty Cardmakers blog. Here's a "thinking of you" card plus a Christmas one.
This one was made using a Penny Black sticker, some cardstock and paper from DCWV. The large glittered flower I recycled from a birthday gift bag :) and think it works very well on this card.
The image on here by Daisy & Dandelion with some patterned paper from the same make and also from DCWV. I cut out the shape for the image using my new Slice and the Noteworthy design card.

I'm so behind with my Christmas cards but am determined to make them all this year, I've finally made the rest of the birthday cards for this month. Thanks for looking :)

Sorry ...

... again, I just can't seem to get motivated for anything at the moment. I'm working almost full time at present as we are one down in the office and everything is still manic there, I guess that's the norm until everyone settles down, there's so much "first of term" stuff we have to do!

I'm really sorry to my lovely friends (penpals) who haven't heard from me for a while. Please don't fret, I'm okay, just don't seem to have the chance to sit down properly and write a lovely long letter. I'll get there though, please have a bit of patience, I haven't forgotten you.

Can't seem to get motivated for cardmaking either though I'm way behind with everything, plus I've agreed to run another cardmaking afternoon for the residents here end of October and that's on my mind. Ummm, me thinks I've just taken on way too much and need some "me time". Roll on half term, saying that it's going to be a hectic week end of October as Mum will be 80 and it's David's birthday too. I've been organising Mum's 80th birthday party too, still Mum is terribly excited and it's lovely to see.

Right I'll scan in a card I made this afternoon using a sketch (to help my lack of mojo) and will put it up soon.

Thanks for listening xxx

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Mojo Monday # 102

I've missed a few of these sketches on the MojoMonday blog but here's the latest which I enjoysed using today to make a birthday card for a colleague:
I used the beautifully embossed and glittered Imaginisce paper Fairest of them All: Royal Procession (both sides) and my Slice to cut the corner and oblong shapes. The birdie image is from Imaginisce also, a rub on. Flowers, a sentiment and some Doodlebug glitter brads complete the card.

Hope Sue likes it, I just love the colours :)

Sorry it's been a while

Hello there, sorry it's been a while since I last posted, I didn't realise it had been nearly a month but can understand why. School summer holidays should give me loads of time to work on cards but in reality it didn't. Firstly we went on holiday to Somerset early in August, unfortunately David wasn't too well due to a trapped nerve in his back so we returned early and the rest of the school holidays at home. Not that we minded as it was easier for David to relax at home and also we still felt like being on holiday as the sea is only a few miles from us (about 5-10 minutes at the most) so we were able to get out and about every day. It also meant we were able to visit Mum who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes.

I was asked to run a crafting group on the court here (we live on an estate for the older person) on 24th August. It involved a lot of organisation and preparation as I put together 2 card kits and a bookmark kits and made enough for 20 to take part. I was extremely nervous - I hate talking out in a group - but it went very well apart from the initial "speech". Everyone enjoyed themselves and we had a laugh. In fact they enjoyed it so much I've agreed to run a Christmas cards and tag session during the half term week (last week in October). It should be a little easier this time but will still need a lot of preparation.

I had hoped to start on my Christmas cards but only made 1! I did manage to buy up loads of Christmas stash in anticipation :) I also bought a Slice (electric cordless die cutting machine). It arrived last week and I love it. It sits nicely on my PC/craft desk. I did make a Christmas card yesterday:
It's with a free pyramid card topper from CraftsUPrint. I layered it up and then added glitter glue to the angel wings and main star. I added mirri card in red and gold and then stuck it on to red card. A bit of gold glitter ribbon and the sentiment (from CraftsUPrint) and it's done. Sorry the picture is a little dark the light wasn't too good yesterday afternoon. The other Christmas card I made was using a fabric square which I bought at Wroxham Barns (Norfolk) during the holidays and had to try it out: I am going to try posting more often but if you don't see me for a while please don't worry. A colleague left at school and I'm working extra hours and it seems to be extra manic at the moment.

Thanks for looking, hope you are all well :)

Monday, 10 August 2009

Crafty Cardmakers first challenge

I'm always in need of a helping hand where cardmaking is concerned so have been inspired by the Crafty Cardmakers new blog to make this flowery card:I don't think you can see properly but on the white embossed paisley card inside each paisley design is a little bitty flower.

Everything on it is by Craftworkcards, some new stash I bought last week whilst down in Sussex.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Papertake Weekly - my favourite things

I just loved this challenge from Papertake Weekly - to use my favourite things. Easy peasy when I have so many favourite things:
I chose my new K&Co papers which I've been using a lot just lately and love, these are from the Berry Sweet pad. I edged the paper with my Colorbok chalk (lime pastel). I use these all the time as I love edging, and have all the queues and lime pastel is a particular favourite. The other favourite is the Fiskars corner scissors Nostalgia which I used on the corners of the stamped image. Not sure who the owl clear stamp is by (coloured in with my Promarker pens); the cardstock is Stampin Up another fav of mine and this is from the "bright" set; the "happy birthday" is a rub on by Pebbles. Another bright and colourful card which I just love.

That's it for today I must clear up now and see about doing dinner before we go up the coast for our usual evening of looking out to sea and may be a walk along the cliff tops.
Take care, thanks for looking :)

Stamp Something - pink, green & yellow

Oh I just love colour challenges and this one for Stamp Something in pink, green and yellow was just up my street. Here's my card:
I used Berry Sweet K&Co papers and the stamped image is a clear Imaginisce snag'em stamp called "chick". Prima flowers and a Doodlebug velvet brad finish off the card.
Don't you just love those gorgeous bright colours.

Friday Sketchers # 60

I'm on a role today :) here's a card I made using the lovely Friday Sketchers sketch:
The image is a clear Forever Friends, the patterned glitter card is by DCWV with two velvet brads to finish.
It's great being able to relax for a while :)

2Sketches4You - Kazan's sketch # 30

I took a fancy to this sketch from 2sketches2you and made this card:
Again it's using the Madeline K&Co paper and also an embellishment from the Madeline range. I hope my RAK for the month will love this card as much as I do.

Take care :)

Mojo Monday # 94

Another week and here's a card made using the Mojo Monday sketch which I love:
I used mostly K&Co stash, my new Brenda Walton Madeline paper and a pretty glitter flower from the Wild Raspberry range. I love the colours of the card.

Sorry I haven't been around, I'm taking antibiotics and painkillers for a sore/tender tooth which was causing me immense pain earlier in the week and it's been a really hectic and stressful week at school. Phew, only one more week to go :) I've been buying some new Christmas stash as I hope to get in the mood to start making some Christmas cards during the summer holidays. I have a thing for snowmen at the moment so have been buying snowmen stamps.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Mojo Monday # 93

My mojo has gone on holiday I think. I desperately need to make some cards and also some invites for my Mum's 80th birthday, but I just don't have the inclination or energy. Having looked at the Mojo Monday blog I liked the design so decided to have a go for a colleague's birthday card for the 14th. Here it is:
The image is from the Stampin Up set Crazy For Cupcakes and the image I am going to use for the invites. The pretty glittered and embossed patterned paper is by DCWV. We love cakes and cookies in the office at school so guess this card should go down quite well :)

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Willow Sketchie design

Ooops I forgot to use a Willow Sketchie download but here's the second 90th birthday card I made using their sketch:
Again I used the Papermania Blueberry Hill paper and flowers.

Thanks for looking :)

Ooops sorry - long time no see!!!

Sorry I've been lapse in blogging this month. I'm not sure where this month has disappeared to, except that I've worked the last couple of Saturdays and been out over the weekends too, time seems to have run away with me. Still I'm thinking of the extra money for craft buys in August when we're on holiday :) I've also had a cough/cold this past week :( which has kept my energy levels low, on a plus my sister/BIL visited us just over a week ago and my sister and I went for a girly night out to see "Menopause the Musical" which was an absolute hoot.

I haven't done any crafting the last couple of weeks either :( felt fed up this morning but on seeing the Mojo Monday blog I decided to have a go at their sketch as I need to make two 90 birthday cards for residents on the court. Here's the first one:
I used Papermania Blueberry Hill patterned paper and teamed it with some dotted paper I was given free with a magazine. The card is by Stampin Up. Flowers, ribbon, the button and Doodlebug brad and numbers I already had in my stash.

Thanks for looking :) Now off to find some other blog sketches to inspire me.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Friday Sketchers # 55

I saw the Friday Sketchers blog sketch yesterday but didn't have a chance to make a card until today:
I'm pleased with the way it came out although it is a slight variation of the sketch (at the bottom) - you can't get the real effect of the card from the scanned image - sorry. The cardstock is Stampin Up and the pretty patterned paper is a new one by Brenda Walton K&Co "Madeline". It was hard having to cut into it I must say :) I used lace, pearls, flowers and Doodlebug glittered letters to finish off the card. I hope my "aunt" likes it at the end of the month. She's my best friend's Mum so not a blood relative but is very much an aunt to me.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Mojo Monday # 89

I love Mojo Monday sketches and used the sketch today to make the other anniversary card for David:
I used Craft Creations patterned paper, along with a little Doodlebug worded paper. The silver card is stardream so it shimmers and the image is the other in a set of Forever Friends Elements. I enjoyed making this card :) thanks

Sketch & Stash Challenge # 11

Good morning, it's beautiful and sunny here, hope that continues though it was a little too hot in school yesterday. Sorry I haven't been around, been looking after Mum and also making her some cards for a fayre the court is having on 13th June.

I needed to make David's anniversary cards for the 14th and wasn't sure what to do. The sketch and stash challenge blog sketch gave me an idea:
I'd just bought the Forever Friends elements especially for an anniversary card so used that, along with some new Papermania paper. I used some old heart ribbon and Doodlebug dotted paper, along with Stampin Up card. I'm pleased with how it turned out. Sure David will love it.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Our Creative Corner

This is my other card for today using the "Our Creative Corner" sketch for this week:
I turned the sketch round as I already had the image I wanted to use: Penny Black "For You". The patterned, glittered and flocked paper is all by Doodlebug. Colorbok queue inks and gems finish off the card. The sentiment is by Hero Arts.

Thanks for looking :) now I must get ready for school.

Sketch Saturday # 50

I've enjoyed making this duck card this morning based on the Sketch Saturday blog sketch:
The card is Stampin Up and the patterned glittered card is by DCWV. I used a corner punch on the Penny Black "Duckling" image and the Stampin Up edge punch. Velvet ribbon, prima flowers and Doodlebug sugar brads finish the card. Hope you like it as much as I do :)

Monday, 11 May 2009

Mojo Monday #86

I've been struggling with making cards just lately and it was just too nice weather to stay in over the weekend. Thankfully the Mojo Monday blog sketch this week gave me the inspiration I needed to finally make a Silver Wedding Anniversary card:
The card is all stardream so it glistens. The gems and ribbon is by Papermania. Not sure where the pearl hearts or the pretty worded paper came from. The peach heart I cut from the Cuttlebug Textile Hearts cut and emboss set.

Thanks for looking, hope it'll be well received, I must send it abroad tomorrow! Thanks too for your get well wishes for Mum, she's now out of hospital but is taking strong steroids to get rid of the fluid on her lung and to calm down her COPD, but is much better than she was.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Mum's in hospital

Just to let my friends and family know that Mum is in hospital. The GP wanted her to go in yesterday as Mum's oxygen levels weren't right and the last couple of weeks Mum's had antibiotics for an infection of some sort which hasn't cleared. Anyway it looks like Mum has fluid on one of her lungs, a probable infection of her chest (which should show up better after the fluid is taken off her lung) and a flair up of her COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). COPD is said to be a "smoker's disease" but Mum has never smoked in her life! Mum's a bit muddled and pretty confused so hoping a few days in hospital will see her better.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Mojo Monday # 85

I haven't had any inspiration these last few days, even though it was a Bank Holiday Monday here yesterday. Having a look at the Mojo Monday sketch for this week I decided to have a go, here's my card:
I used some new paper "Papermania Signature - Regency", along with some card from the DCWV spring card stack and a DCWV rub on quote. The image is a Penny Black one. Hope you like it, considering my mojo has left me I'm quite pleased with it.

Better get going now, I have school/work shortly.

Take care :)

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Where are those cards then? LOL

Ummmm well I haven't made any cards yet. I got home from school around 5 ish and decided it was too lovely to be inside so I changed and drove to some cliffs (5-10 minute drive) for a walk, here's a couple of photos:
It's the first time I've driven there and had a walk by myself. For those that know me that's very good.

In contrast, after school on Monday lunchtime David and I drove to a lovely little town further down the coast when it was dull and blowy:
What a difference huh? Hope to do a few more of those walks, with David's bad knees he can't walk far so will sit on a bench whilst I walk :)

21st birthday card

Ooops sorry I haven't been around this past week, school was busy and we had an even busier weekend as Mum was poorly so spent quite a bit of time with her. I went to the theatre with my brother Saturday evening to hear The Songs of Sister Act with the London Gospel Choir and Rowetta (from X Factor); Sunday afternoon we all went to a 90th birthday party and that evening a friend and I went to see Jane McDonald at the local theatre. Jane was absolutely brilliant and I would love to see her again, soon.

Here's that 21st birthday card I promised you:

The image is by Magnolia, the paper are odds and ends in my stash, the 21 was made using Doodlebug mini-alphas and Stampin-up punches. Black adhesive pearls finished off the card. The style is an old one on the MojoMonday blog.

Would you like to see the website my brother created in memory of Telford? Here's the link: Retired Greyhounds. David enjoyed creating the website even though it was upsetting for him. Telford was a very special dog.

My David's in London today/tomorrow so this evening when I get home from school I'm hoping to do some crafting. I've already printed off some blog challenges ready.

Take care :)

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Mojo Monday # 83

One last card for today before I have to get ready to go to school. Loved the Mojo Monday sketch, here's my take on it:
I used Old Olive and Rose Red Stampin Up papers and card, part of a Penny Black image called "Ladybug Love" and some prima flowers and crystal brad.

Thanks for looking :)

2Sketches4You - 24 Laura's sketch

I love working part-time but felt a bit off this morning so didn't feel like doing any horrible housework (don't we all :) ). Came in here to look at some blogs and decided to have a go at making a card or two. These are the cards I came up with for the 2Sketches4You sketch and bonus sketch this week:
Both are made using DCWV cardstock and Daisy & Dandelion patterned paper. The bear image is also by Daisy & Dandelion. The glittered flower on the 2nd card is by K&Co.

Thanks for looking, feel a little better now - off to school this afternoon for my 3 hours work today.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Sketch Saturday # 47 - last one for today

Yay I managed to get the Sketch Saturday challenge done today, a lovely sketch. This is what I made:
Apart from the Stampin Up card, the patterned paper and image is by Daisy & Dandelion.

It's a shame I have to go back to work tomorrow, I've enjoyed my blog challenges this past week, not sure I'll have time to keep up next week, but I'll try.

Take care and thanks for looking :)

Penny Black challenge # 45

I didn't have a chance to work on Penny Black's challenge yesterday, but as I love sketches and Penny Black I couldn't resist this afternoon:
The Penny Black image (coloured in by H2Os) is called "Poppy Fields", I used Stampin Up card and "bashful blue" and "rose red" co-ordinating patterned paper. A rub on sentiment, prima flowers and a couple of Doodlebug glitter brads finish off the card. I love the colours :)

Colour Create - Black, Pink and White

After such a lovely carvery meal and dessert I thought I wouldn't have any energy for making cards but after looking at the Colour Create blog and the challenge for this week I decided to have a go :)
The image is a clear sticker from the Daisy and Dandelion range, card stock from Stampin Up and the patterned paper is from Doodlebug.

Talking of Doodlebug has anyone seen my Doodlebug rub-on transfer tool? I had it yesterday but it's disappeared today. I've hunted everywhere, even in the bin, but no luck - ummmm wonder where it's lurking :) If you see it please let me know :)

Scrapbook layout collage of Telford

My brother David received the ashes back from the vet's on Friday and decided to hold a little get together yesterday in memory of Telford. I'd been wanting to give David a little something in memory so decided to do a 12 x 12 inch scrapbook layout. Here it is:
Sorry I can't remember who the paper is from but thought it was apt. The black rub ons were from Papermania and Kaiser Craft. The title is raised chipboard letters I bought some time ago from QVC. It's my first LO since I've moved to Suffolk and I was pleased with how it turned out, in fact I like it so much I'm going to have to do myself one and hang it in my craft corner :)

The afternoon went really well, we didn't have a service or anything but we spoke about our memories of Telford. One story brother David told us was that a while after he got Telford he went out to work as usual but had left a huge big tin of Roses chocolates on the table in the kitchen. Now the tin was about 5kg or more and is quite heavy even for us, it hadn't been opened and was celotaped around the top. David got home from work and didn't see anything amiss but when he went into his bedroom he found the tin of chocolates on Telford's bed. How Telford got it there we don't know. He must have nudged the tin off the table with his paw or nose and then rolled it from the kitchen into the bedroom and onto his bed - there wasn't a scratch or dent on the tin :) What a story - I love that one so much. There is also the episode of the two family sized Christmas puddings that got eaten but that's another story.

We will miss Telford so much but he'll always be in our memories.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Saturday Challenge # 28

When I first read the Saturday Challenge blog for this week I thought "blimey that's a hard one", well for me it is. I'm not really into creating scenes. Here's my attempt:
I had already coloured in a Magnolia Tilda and chair so used those as the main feature. I dug out some grass paper and edged it with my Martha Stewart punch. The rub on flowers and butterfly are from Imaginisce. The ladybird on Tilda's hand I purged from a button - and drew blood in the process from my pointed tweezers when I was unsticking the ladybird from the flower button. Ribbon, background paper and an oval sentiment finish off the card. I enjoyed creating the card.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, 17 April 2009

Friday Sketchers # 48

I so love sketch challenges and with the help of the Friday Sketchers blog here's my card:
The card, patterned paper, ribbon and image is all from the Forever Friends "Just for you" kit. I used flowers, Doodlebug brads and a Craftworkcards sentiment from my stash to finish off the card.

Thanks for looking :)

Stamp Something - colours

I just love spring colours so when I saw the colour challenge on Stamp Something I knew I'd enjoy this challenge. The colours are (yellow, blue and green):
I received the new Penny Black "party animals" stickers in the post today (only ordered them yesterday!) - yippee - and the chick sitting on the present was perfect for this colour challenge. The paper/card is by Stampin Up and Doodlebug. The flowers are by Prima and Papermania and the velvet brads are by Doodlebug. I used some assorted adhesive gems to finish off the card. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Wow - what a lovely surprise ...

... I've had today. I've just been looking at today's challenge blogs and on Stamp Something notice that I am the random picked winner of this past week's shape challenge. How lovely is that? I love Sugar Nellie stamps and have some of them already but not the one I will be receiving so I have something to look forward to. Ummmm, I must go and do this week's challenge :)

I did create a beautiful 12 x 12 inch scrapbook layout this morning as a surprise for my brother. I will put an image up tomorrow as sometimes he checks my blog. It's the first one I've done since we moved to Suffolk back in October and I'm pleased with the result.

Thanks Stamp Something you've made my day :)

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Stamp Something - shape challenge

This is my last challenge for today - I think :) The Stamp Something challenge is to have at least two shapes on your card:
Ummmm after using brown and orange in my last card, I happened to pick up some Stampin Up paper called "Sweet Always"in brown, pink and orange :) I've used a number of shapes for this challenge: triangle, round, square, oblong (sort of), petal shaped. The image is a Penny Black called "Frolic".
Thanks for looking at my blog :)

Secret Crafter # 27

Wow, orange and brown is stunning together and is the challenge, along with a sketch, on the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge blog. Here's my card:
I used nearly all Stampin Up products: card, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip patterned paper and Pumpkin Pie ribbon. I found the die cut decoupage image in my pile which seemed to go well with the colours, along with some prima flowers, brads and orange gems (though they don't look orange in the scan). The card looks even better in real life. I'm also going to add this card on the cardmaking forum weekly comp which is "flowers".

2Sketches4You - 24

Don't you just love it when your Mojo is working well. I saw this week's sketch on 2Sketches4You and thought "ummm I'm sure I have a round stamped image somewhere in my box of images". I rummaged around and this is what I made:
The image is one of a set I paid for and downloaded some time ago from Pink Petticoat and coloured/glittered in. The pretty background card is by DCWV the "Sweet" range and gorgeous it is too with embossing and glitter - yummy. The pink card is by Stampin Up.

ABC Challenge - Jagged Edge

Woohoo I seem to be on a role today. The ABC Challenge this week is J - to make a card with jagged edge. Here's mine:
The jagged edges are on the bottom of the cream and light blue card. I've used nearly all Stampin Up products bar the cream card and prima flowers. The image and wording comes from the "Close as a Memory" stamping set. This card will be winging it's way to New Zealand later today, I am so sad for my penpal Sue who lost her Mother earlier this week. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sue {{{HUGS}}}

Truly Scrumptious - Challenge 5

Oooh I thought when I saw the sketch and design cards on the Truly Scrumptious blog, absolutely gorgeous I must have a go. Unfortunately I didn't read the challenge instructions correctly and made an anniversary card, ooops the card had to be for a child as well as using the sketch, so I made two cards :) both of them are needed though.

Here's the correct card for a child:
I used a Forever Friends clear sticker on a nestability die cut. The papers are by Daisy & Dandelion, prima flowers, a glitter brad and gems finish off the card.

This is the other card which I also love even though it wasn't quite right for the challenge:
I used an image I'd already had coloured in by Penny Black "Long Kiss". All the papers are by Papermania "Scrumptious" and just right for anniversary cards.

I love brown/cream and pink at the moment :) I still have loads of cards to make to send off later this week better see if I can find some more challenges. They're great fun :)

My Time to Craft Challenge 57

Phew another male card made. I hate making male cards as I never know what to do but the challenge sketch from My Time to Craft came up trumps:
The paper is by Personal Impressions and very useful as it's based around masculine activities like fishing, gardening and DIY. The two images are from the Forever Friends clear stickers, quite apt as the person I'll be sending this to later this week used to be a cabinet maker and is very handy around the house. When we lived next door to him he was great at coming round to help us out :) thanks Don.

I have also made 3 other cards this morning for a competiton on the cardmaking forum based on the colour "purple" (with my own designs) but I'll have to show you those another time, once the competition and voting is over.

Thanks for looking :)

Challenge 47: To Die For

I wasn't too sure how to make this week's A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge work but after punching out some nestability die cuts with my Cuttlebug this morning, I then found a set of Karen-Marie-Klip paper gardening die cuts so clipped some of those out to go on the card, to make a gardening card for David's colleague:
The paper is oddments from my stash as are the gems. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Sketch & Stash Challenge # 8

I find it so hard making mens cards and to boot this is for a 90th birthday! The Sketch and Stash Challenge sketch came up trumps:
I was stumped for an image but decided upon a personal photo of my sister's Father-in-Law with my nephews and brother-in-law from their holiday last Summer. I used Stampin Up card and paper and Doodlebug mini just my type alphabet for the 90 and name, some Doodlebug velvet brads finished off the card. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

I've also made a 21st birthday card this afternoon but am unable to put it up until next week in case my nephew gets wind of it :)

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Mojo Monday week 82

Woohoo I have so many cards to make this month I need to get my act together. I liked the Mojo Monday sketch today so decided to try and make a Diamond wedding anniversary card for a friend's parents. Hard but here it is, the colours are actually white and cream (the scanned image doesn't do the card justice):
I used Cuttlebug embossing folders in my Bug to create the white background including cutting out the two hearts in cream. I coloured Doodlebug white alphabet a cream colour to make the "60th". Lace, flowers, champagne gems (from Kaiser) and a sentiment finished off the card. The sentiment isn't in exactly the same place as the sketch but I didn't think I'd have room there and thought it'd be better underneath the lace, hope that's okay for the challenge.
Thanks for the challenge :)

Sketch Saturday on a Monday!

I've been wondering how to make my brother's card for a while but finally I managed to make him one using the Sketch Saturday sketch this afternoon - phew. Here it is:
The image is a Forever Friends clear sticker. The "brother" has been made using Papermania "alpha minis" foam letters and the paper is a combination of Daisy Bucket and others from my "bits and pieces" stash. I hope he'll like it. I never know what to do for him.
Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Papertake Weekly Sketch # 12

I'm loving this week's sketch from Papertake Weekly. I made one card but wasn't sure it was quite how I wanted it to be so made another. The first one is:
The background paper is by Papermania: Amethyst Infusion. The image is a clear sticker Forever Friends as is the sentiment. I wasn't sure about the buns I'd stuck down the right hand side.

The other card is this one which I'm delighted with. I absolutely love the colours:
The cardstock is Stampin Up. The background paper, sugarcoated card and brads are all by Doodlebug and the image is another Forever Friends one.

It's a shame I have to send the cards out straight away as I'm behind with my cardmaking and these are for birthdays this weekend! Better get on and make the inserts.

Ummm for seeing it's supposed to be raining this afternoon at the moment it isn't bad at all. We're off to Mum's this afternoon as she's feeling a little low and has no "Tuesday club" today, and will take her out for afternoon tea.

Thanks for looking :)