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 :)

2Sketches4You - 23

Yoohoo, I've managed to make a card this morning using this week's 2Sketches4You sketch and it's not even 9.30 am! I picked out the image and went from there:
The image is a Penny Black called "Friendly Surprise", the patterned paper is Papercraft 4 You Mary Hughes collection 8 which is so pretty, some prima flowers, lace, ribbon and gems complete the card.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, 6 April 2009

Mojo Monday 81

It's not often I get a chance to use a Mojo Monday sketch on a Monday - I missed last week even though the sketch looked great (will come back to that one) - but with being on Easter holidays I have a bit of spare time today and need to make some cards. Here's my card based on this week's sketch:
I used Stampin Up card, Dovecraft pet papers, a Daisy and Dandelion clear sticker image and some bits and pieces from my stash. I'm pleased with how the card came out :) Thanks Mojo Monday - great sketch as usual.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

In Memory of dear Telford

We are sad at the moment and my brother David is devastated, on the advice of the vet, his beloved greyhound Telford was put to sleep Friday late afternoon. Unfortunately Telford had a kidney problem (after being poisoned in 2008) which became worse and the medication he took for it affected his back legs and spine. On Friday Telford couldn't even get up from his bed :( at least he isn't suffering and is now with Dad keeping Dad company, Dad always gave Telford lots of attention.The latest photo we have of Telford taken Christmas 2008 when he and the family were at ours.

He will always be loved and never forgotten.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Race for Life - Cancer Research UK

My sister Margaret is taking part in the Race for Life for Cancer Research in May - a great cause. Please find it in your heart to sponsor her: Margaret. I have also added Margaret's widget to the side of my Blog.

I haven't made any cards since the weekend but hope to do some after we break up on Friday. Wonder if the children will have played any "April Fools" jokes this morning. I don't start till 11.30 today so will probably miss all the fun.

Take care :)