Friday, 25 July 2014

Oh baby!

Have been working my way through a few commissions this week and this is one (can show it as the recipient doesn't do blogland!)

I had HUGE trouble taking a pic of this as it looked very peachy when in fact it is definitely PINK! And lots of it at that!

I stitched the polka dot paper with a zig zag stitch- am getting better with the sewing machine - albeit slowly!
The wide lace was from my stash and I've had it for absolute eons - stitched that then added a smaller picot edge lace to the right.
Hid the join with the pink ribbon which I wrapped round and tied into a bow.
Stuck it all down onto the white base card.

The shoes were made from a template downloaded from the internet and the card was inspired by a similar one I found on Pinterest.
I cut a base from the same paper, layered the inside with white then popped  up the top with foam pads which gave them a little dimension. Slightly distressed the top and bottom layer of the shoes edging in some Spun Sugar DI/

A pearl centred brad and a little lace finished the shoes and they were then glued onto the card.
Completed the card with some flowers from my stash, a few pearls and decorated the inside to match.

The new arrival- Xsara- is the latest addition to a family with two boys - I really liked the sentiment - 'One tiny baby, many happy hearts' - thought it fitted perfectly and I printed it out on the PC.

Challenges -
ABC - P for Pearls
Alphabet - L for Lace
Fussy & Fancy - Words
Deep Ocean - Lots of Layers
Bunny Zoe's - Stitching/Pearls/Sentiment
Whoopsi Daisy - Lots of Pink
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to call in today - and I hope the sun is still shining where you are! x

Monday, 21 July 2014

Graduate Number 2

Couple of weeks ago my neighbour's eldest daughter graduated from Edinburgh after obtaining her degree in
Veterinary Science and Medicine.
This week her younger sister also dons her cap and gown as she too graduates (Education) and I was told that the trim on her gown was 'a strawberry colour' so have tried to reflect that with this card!

I had a bit of fun making this, used up a few odd bits of coloured card and paper too.

The black and white card is linen textured and has quite a bit of 'depth' in real life. The red  card is from a Stampin Up pack - don't know what the actual colour is called!

I used a scrap of peach parchment paper for the neckline, added a teeny piece of silver 'beading' and a sparkly gem to make a 'necklace'.

I suppose the 'neckline' of the blouse could have been a bit tidier but the card was a bit thick to get a clean crease  - (hope it doesn't spoil the overall look) and I glued on a couple of tiny buttons from my stash.

Mortar board made with the same cardstock, the Tassel made with embroidery thread, another scrap of cream parchment paper rolled up and tied with the same thread and a PC generated sentiment to finish!

Challenges -
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Pixies Playground - Snippets - week 134
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
CFTH - Anything Goes

Played a bit of catch up today and visited some of your blogs - am still waaay behind though - slowly working through it!
Thanks for looking at today's creation! Appreciate any comments you have too. x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Summer's Day

My blogging and commenting has been sporadic lately to say the least, so if I haven't been round to you lately I promise I will do so!
I have been really busy and feel like I am constantly playing catch up - didn't work this hard when I was gainfully employed!! LOL
Anyway, before I have to go out again I have a card to share.
I made this earlier this week - locked myself away for a couple of spare hours- and as time again was short opted for a CAS style.
I inked up the background using Distress Inks in shades of blue, stamped a couple of flying birds and punched out a 'sun'.
The image is by Stampin Up and is one of a small pile previously stamped that I am currently working through.
Pained also in Distress Inks, I cut round the little boy and his sandcastle, sponging a tiny amount of blue to the edges where they meet the 'sea'.
I stuck him to the inside of a die cut square frame cut from linen textured card and then used 3d foam poads to raise him and the frame up from the background.
The shells and starfish were fussy cut after stamping and the sentiment is I think by Papermania.
Challenges -
Dream valley - Summer
Crafty Little fairies - Summer Fun
Inky Impressions - Summer Fun
Creative card Crew - Beach/sea
Addicted to Stamps - CAS
Fresh Brewed - Seaside
Cardz 4 Guys - At the Beach

It's a glorious day here - hope I can find some time later to sit out and relax in the warm sunshine!
Have a great day whatever you're doing and thanks so much for looking! x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Wet Feet

Made this for a friends birthday - this Wetlands set is being used to death at the moment - but I really like it!

Used black card as the base and the coloured card is also from Stampin Up (treated myself!). Ran the top piece through the 'dots' embossing folder and the bottom piece through a houndstooth check one to give them a bit of texture, then matted onto the base card.

The string was 're-cycled' from a parcel !
Had a little bit of fun making messy with the distress inks and masking before stamping the wading birds and foliage.

The 'summertime' sentiment is an old one which was part of a set of floral stamps - can't tell you which company.
I was happy with this make and more importantly so was the recipient!
Challenges -
Allsorts - Splish, Splash, Splosh
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Choc, Coffee & Cards - For the Birds
Creative Corner - Water 

And whilst we're on the subject of wet feet thought I would share these two pics of our bowling green on Friday night taken during a County Pairs semi final- the 2 players ran for cover as we were treated to an immense (but quick) thunderstorm! First pic shows how deep the water was in less than 20 minutes - second shows it draining away 10 minutes later!

Talk about rain! The wading birds would have been quite at home here!

Thanks for stopping by today - I've had a busy few days but have a couple of free days now so will be round visiting!
Have a lovely (dry!) day whatever you're doing. x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Go Fly a Kite!

A crafting friend stamped up this image for me that long ago I can't remember when!
Found it amongst a drawer full of pre-stamped and printed out image snippets and decided it was high time they were coloured.
Have tried to keep the overall look of this card a bit 'in-betweeny' - not too fussy (cos it's for a boy) and not too CAS (as I thought it'd be a good card for a child).

I CONFESS - the papers were printed and not used from the paper mountain.............. {sigh} - naughty step for me.

Papers matted onto blue cardstock. (Thebackgrounds of the papers look a little creamy/pink in the pic here but in real life they are stark white)
Image coloured with Distress Inks
Sentiment (which I think is from a Papermania set) stamped in Stazon Midnight Blue
Red and Blue twine  and the buttons from my stash and the inside decorated to match.

Challenges -
Alphabet Challenge - K for Kites
One Sweet Challenge - Red/White/Blue
Sparkles Forum - Summer Fun
Crafty Bloggers - Red/White/Blue
Paper Girls - Red/White/Blue
Sentimental Sundays - Red/White/Blue
Opus Gluei - Ribbon or Twine
My Craft Spot - Birthday
Incy Wincy -  Summertime Activities

Hope the sun is shining where you are - have a great day whatever you're doing. x 

Monday, 7 July 2014

Crafty Cardmakers DT Post - Challenge #120

Time for another challenge at Crafty Cardmakers & More! Julie is hosting our challenge today and she has chosen 'Under the Sea'.
This image is called 'Mermaid Visiting' - don't you just LOVE those little cute jellyfish thingies bobbing about?!!

Coloured the image with Distress Inks and added some Cosmic Shimmers to the starfish in the mermaids hair and my new friends the bobbing thingies! They're quite shimmery in real life - sadly doesn't show up very well in the pic. Distressed the edges of the image with Peacock Feathers DI.

The background paper is from Raspbery Road's 'Seaside Chic' collection.
The hessian and string were from my stash and the fabric was torn from larger piece and got the DI treatment!

I didn't have any 'seaweed' so improvised by using a Spellbinders branch die.
The sentiment was a freebie from TLC.
Finished it all off by adding some buttons (shell and sea horse), a starfish charm and some Dew Drops (which were a Candy prize so thanks Caz!) and co-ordinated the inside to match.
Hope you can join us this time - two fab sponsors as always -  SIR STAMPALOT  and also DI'S DIGISTAMPS.

Other challenges -
ADFD - Monochrome
Digitally Sweet - Day at the Beach
That's Crafty - All at Sea
Digi galore - Use a Digi
Open Minded - Water everywhere
Glitter n Sparkle - Bling 

There may be trouble ahead........

It's my turn to choose the challenge theme over at Vintage Stamping and I was recently reminiscing with a friend about how when I was small I would watch Saturday afternoon TV with my Mum. She'd sit in her favourite chair, I'd sit on a cushion on the floor beside her, we'd close the curtains, get out some sweeties and watch all the old black and white movies on BBC2, pretending we were at the cinema!
My Mum was quite a good ballroom dancer when she was young and her favorite films were of course all those musicals in which Fred and Ginger took to the floor!
So my theme is 'Lets Face The Music and Dance'.
Anything that relates to Music or Dancing - you must have some form of stamping on your project too!
Here's my card -
All the papers are of course Graphic 45 Curtain Call.
The central stamp is from our sponsor. Inked in Memento Black and stamped onto ivory card. I then used Antique Linen, Old Paper and Vintage Photo distress ink, sponging over the stamped image.
I mounted it onto black card.
The flower is also Graphic 45 - several petal layers secured with a pearl brad and then fixed onto a crochet star.
Tickets and punched out stars glued on and the inside decorated to match.
looking at this pic the central image seems a much brighter shade than it is in real life... it's actually quite muted and blends well with the backing papers not so 'in your face'!
Anyway I hope some of you will join in with us this time round -love to see your take on the theme!

Challenges -
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping- Flowers
Pile It On - Flowers
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting - have a great day! x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Mortar Board!

A quick share of a card I have just handed to my next door neighbour to give to her daughter on Saturday.
The proud parents will be at Edinburgh University watching their eldest graduate having performed exceptionally well and obtained her  degree in Veterinary Medicine and Science. So well done to Katie!

The background script stamp is from Indigo Blu (I think) and the 'Congratulations' sentiment was a freebie from a magazine.
Stamped both in versafine black then mounted onto black cardstock.

The mortar board was made from black card which is slightly corrugated so has a 'ripple' fabric effect - looks quite good in real life even though I do say so myself!

I made the tassel from some embroidery thread and the polka dot ribbon was recycled from a card I received for my own birthday!
Made a little 'diploma', tied it with twine and secured to another piece of the same black card.

I found a free sentiment some time ago perfect for Graduation cards from desert diva - it reads -
 "Ending? This is only the beginning!"
 - Perfect!

Challenges -
Cards Galore Encore - Use a Stamp
Less is More - recycle
Imagination Crafts - Anything Goes
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiment - No patterned paper
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Been a warm, humid day here today - got all my washing dry... trouble is now I have to do the ironing!!!
Thanks for stopping by! x

Monday, 30 June 2014

In the Garden

After the last mad few days I have time to sit for a couple of hours before am off on yet another motorway drive later today.
I was doing some 'tidying' (for that read - shuffling bits of paper!) when I found several pieces of card on which I had stamped this birdcage image a long long time ago - (the stamp wasn't mine - I'd borrowed it and inked it to death I think before I gave it back!)

The biggest piece of card had the stamp on it already positioned so presumably I'd started something and didn't finish it....
I coloured the cage on the other images then cut them out.

Stamped a few branches round the edge of the card and then inked with Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar DI graduating towards the cage, leaving the area round the bird cage clear.

Inked up another scrap of card, stamped the sentiment then cut out with a nestie label die.

Layered the cut out birdcage using 3d foam pads then used some glossy accents - this gave the cage a lovely glossy hard shell.
Using the same colour promarker, I coloured the flowers and stuck on  the branches randomly, finishing them with a tiny sparkly in the centre.
Finally, I glued on a string of very small silver beads for the hanging 'bit'.

A bit of a 'made in a hurry' card but it looks OK I think.
Challenges -
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Flowers
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Stampin for the weekend - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Summer
Nat & Amy - Summertime

Thanks for calling in - off for a quick visit round your blogs - if I don't visit you today I have a whole day to myself tomorrow so will definitely be lurking about!
Have a great day whatever you're doing. x

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Summer Days

Inspired by the last few days of warm sunshine and blue skies I made this card! (Although today it is grey and threatening rain - as can be evidenced from the picture quality!)
I have had this stamp for a long time and used it little - I don't know why 'cos I think it's a really nice one.... that old I have no idea of the make.
It just conjures up images of when life was so much slower and tranquil - a lady sat on a warm summers day painting a scene - perfect peace.

I stamped the image in Versafine Sepia and clear embossed then coloured it with Distress Inks.
I used a pastel chalk for the sky which is in fact a very pale blue in real life but doesn't show very well here.

The papers were from an old papermania pad I think, and distressed, layered and stitched onto co-ordinating card.
Used the same card for the die cut frame.
A scrap of old lace, some pearls to finish.
Have left the top right corner bank for a sentiment which I will add at a later time and used up the remains of the papers decorating the inside to match.

Challenges -
Fantasy Stampers - Here Comes Summer
Crafty Bloggers - Bingo (Die Cut/Lace/Pearls)
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Whimsy Insp - Bingo (Summer/Lace/Pearls)
Ruby's Rainbow - Stamping
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes

 Am away tonight as I have a meeting tomorrow so off to chuck a few things into an overnight bag! Thanks for visiting, have a great day whatever you're doing. x

Monday, 23 June 2014

Reading lists?

Seems there's a few people having the same problems as me with their reading list and the 'view more' button only showing one blog and not loading others..!category-topic/blogger/something-is-broken/TM9QlkTp6zc
Allegedly Google know about it - but HELLLLOOOOOO could they fix it please????
I am beginning to get a little bit irritated.
I can't scroll down the side reading list and individually look at each one.. I look at your blogs when they're updated so I apologise if I miss out visiting you.

Bump the Bear! (and can anyone help?)

What a way to treat a tablecloth!
In a mad hurry but needed a card for a child's birthday so had a bit of a 'lightbulb' moment and remembered this LOTV offering called 'Birthday Bumps.

Although this started off it's life as a pre-coloured image, I added a bit of pastel chalk to the sky (as the white background was really stark) and some watercolour and distress inks on the actual image to darken it a bit.

I kept the layout quite simple and straightforward and used up  a couple of odd pieces of paper that co-ordinated with the check background.
A simple layering job, stamped sentiment, a couple of pearls and some ribbon and job done!

I have been doing my 'domestic goddess' impersonation today - caught up with the washing, ironing, hoovering and general housework so am feeling quite smug....  LOL
Have a free evening so am hoping to be able to do something constructive and a bit more fun than using the duster!!!

HELP? - All the blogs I follow have disappeared from my reading list- only one at a time is showing in the feed - when I click 'view more' nothing happens! Anyone any ideas??

Thanks for calling in - will be round to do my catch up with you all later  IF I CAN FIND YOU ALL - hope the sun is shining wherever you are. x

Challenges -
Gem of a Challenge - For a Child
Opus Gluei - Animals
OSAAT - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - 1 for the Boys
Whoopsi Daisy - Summer is Here

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


I had a bit of an inky day yesterday, stamping some images from sets I have had for a while and not used a lot and this new Wetlands set - which I have craved for a long long time!.
So had a little bit of a spendie, bought some coloured cardstock at the same time and am now surrounded by stamped images and coloured card and Mr Mojo is still AWOL!
I saw a similar card to this (I think on SCS) and thought it would be either a card for someone who likes birds or a good 'man' card even though the shades of the paper are pinky!

The background paper is from the Prima Fairy pad (another old pad hardly used!), distressed the edges, used some Antique Linen DI and then some 'Weathered White' embossing powder, randomly over the paper.
Matted it onto some of the newly purchased cardstock - cheated a bit here cos I just cut a square frame to fit under the patterned paper which left me with a nice big square bit to use on something else - so I cut out a 'frame' using two of my very oldest circle dies and made the tag all from the same piece!
Attaching the sentiment through the frame with string was a CASE'd idea from Pinterest.

The birdies were stamped using memento ink.
The colours used on the background were a mix of Adirondack Sandal and Butterscotch for the 'ground' and the sky was done with Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender and Tattered Rose.

I have kept this card as plain as possible - no fancy pearls/embellies/candy anywhere - I might add a couple of white card candy but then again might not!
Challenges -
Cuttin n Stamping - Birthdays
S.O.S - Oldest punch/die
Love 2 Create - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink - For Him
Oldie but Goodie - Masculine
Clear It Out - Anything Goes
Crafters Cafe - Distress It

Thanks for looking - have a great day whatever you're doing - I'm off in search of Mr Mojo! x

Monday, 16 June 2014

Time well spent?

I cannot believe where the last week has gone - talk about life passing you by.
I blinked yesterday and missed my birthday and I feel completely wiped out today and thankful for a day at home to catch up with things and re-charge a bit, although I am out later this evening.

This is not a new make but thought you may all think I'd left the country if I didn't post something!

So a quick inky make with some silhouette stamps from different companies (one or two of them were magazine freebies) and a few sprinkles of sparkly bits for added interest.

I don't feel particularly creative at the moment as there's so many other things going on but am hoping the feeling is just a passing phase as I am beginning to get annoyed with myself just sitting staring at a ridiculously tidy desk in the craftie space!
Challenges -
Open Minded - Wings
Come and Get It - Fairy fantasy
Dragonfly Dreams - Wings
Crafting Musketeers - Stamped Image
Crafts & Me - Wings
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes

Have a lovely day whatever you're doing. x

Monday, 9 June 2014


Marie is hosting for us today at Crafty Cardmakers & More, and she has chosen 'Going Round in Circles' as her theme.  
Circular cards or at least one circle (of an obvious size please, buttons DO NOT COUNT) on your project and two fab sponsors again this time in Hobby Art Stamps and Di's Digistamps.
Shaped cards are a little out of my comfort zone but I have recently tried to use the Grand Nesties which have been gathering dust in the drawer and make some different shapes.

I used ivory linen textured card as the base and lightly sponged the inside of the nestie with Crushed Olive DI - this colour was the nearest match to the green card which I had laid out ready for the layering.

The papers are from the Botanical pad by Prima and were just saved snippets from a larger project.
Layered them onto the green and stitched together then added some cream vintage lace andstitched it all onto the base card.
Cream seam binding for the bow and glued the lovely rose cameo in the centre before adding the two pearl pins.
The sentiment was stamped using the same DI onto a scrap of the same paper and tucked behind the lace.

Challenges -
Pixies Snippets Playground- week 128 
CTFH - Anything Goes
Crafting when we can - Leftovers 
Scribble & Scrap - Anything Goes
Graph'it - Frilly and Fancy 

Thanks for calling in - and hope you'll find time to share your creations with us this challenge! x

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Robin's Egg Blue

I spent a quiet time last night just making a few CAS cards with some stamps that had never seen ink - yesterday was Mum's anniversary (4 years - time may REALLY have passed but it doesn't seem like it to me) and after a visit to some friends I went and took some flowers and then once we came back home I just sat and fiddled about with basics - nothing too fussy as I wasn't in the mood.

I bought some SU stamps a little while back and this is from the Morning Meadow set.

The pigment ink I used was a real cheapie (99p I think!) and has the lovely name of 'Robin's Egg Blue'! Bought just 'cos I liked the colour!
Just basic white card and stamped the floral sprays then ran an inked sponge along the edge of the card. In the middle of each of the larger flowers I used some Perfect Pearls.
The flourish, sentiment and larger blossom are also from the same set.
Cut out the blossom and then used Perfect Pearls on the stamens and then glued a larger pearl in the middle.

I intended to make this a One Layer card but ended up with the large flower stuck on with 3d foam pads!

Challenges -
Craft for the Craic - Summery/Flowers
Get Inky - Summer
Stampin with the Dragon - June - CAS
Paper Shelter - Flowers
Kraftyhands - Floral Fancy
Stampin 4 the Weekend - Anything Goes

Weather here today has been horrendous, thunderstorms and really heavy rain - but the sun is now in my eyes through the window! Thanks for calling in, enjoy the rest of your weekend, whatever you're doing. x

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Time for Tea

I go missing for ages then turn up two days running!
Had some 'me' time yesterday - chill out after a very busy couple of weeks - our holiday seems such a long time ago now!
So during my 'me' time I had a bit of a messy play in the craft space (I should have been doing the cleaning but hey - there's only us here! LOL).
A couple of inky things started then set aside, I mooched about in the paper mountain, pulled a few out and made two cards  mainly to satisfy my craving for frippery as I've been doing quite a bit of CAS lately!

The papers I think are from a Papermania pad? Anyway there's a couple more sheets now used up whoever made them!

The second paper layer was stitched onto the background. I added some cotton lace which for some reason reminded me of a tablecloth with it's pointed edge!
The image is of course from LOTV - love her turban (wonder if she's got a few rollers underneath?? LOL)
Machine stitched the main image onto some co-ordinating textured card and raised it up with 3d foam pads onto the paper doily and then fixed to the base card.
Dusty Concord DI used on the sentiment stamp.
Finished it off with some lilac shoestring ribbon which secures a little metal tea bag charm.
Inside co-ordinated to match (to use up ALL the paper!)

Challenges -
Use Your Stuff - Patterned Paper
Suzie Bees' - Layer It Up
My Besties UK - Tea
Path of Positivity - Happiness (is a nice cuppa and cupcake!)
Desert Island Crafters - Itinerary - No Flowers/Use Ribbon/Use Metal
Inky Chicks - Metal Embellie
Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes

Off out to the club again now then to another club this evening to support the other half and his band of merry men! Have a great day whatever you're doing and will catch up with you all later - thanks for visiting! x

Monday, 2 June 2014

Summer Blossoms - VSC DT

This month at Vintage Stamping Brenda chose the theme of Summer Blossoms.
With a fab prize on offer from our sponsor I hope many of my followers will join us - and remember your make doesn't have to be vintage although you do have to stamp!
(I have scheduled this post so if you pop over to Vintage Stamping and the challenge hasn't yet uploaded please check back later!)

I chose this pretty floral spray from Flonzcraft, stamped it onto kraft cardstock and heat embossed with white ultra fine embossing powder.
I coloured it with Distress Inks in shades of Worn Lipstick and Crushed Olive than added a few sparkly gems.
The sentiment was also stamped and heat embossed

The white line round the edge was done with a gel marker and a white shoestring ribbon popped around the card then it was stuck with 3d pads onto a bright white base card.

I just wanted a CAS look to this card which is for my 'pink stash'  - many people have mentioned how expensive postage costs are for heavily embellished multi layer cards so I am trying to do some with minimum embellies as well as the more frilly and fancy ones!

Other Challenges -
Card & Scrap - CAS
Inkspirational - Bloom
Choc, Coffe and Cards - Embossing
Less Is More - More than 1 Stamp

Have a great day whatever you're doing. x

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Another Birdie

I have met myself coming back this week - can't believe it is almost a week since my last post and to all my blogging buddies I am really sorry for not getting round to visiting you - once the weekend is over I think things may become a little more calm.
Decided to finally blog a card which was made ages ago- the lunatic start to the summer bowling season has lessened a little bit , the 'madness of May' gets me every year! And we've been more so this year as we had the Bowls England Commonwealth Games Squad come for practice against us as part of their preparations for Glasgow and on Thursday the Bowls England President brought a different team to play too. Have some great pics - but here's one of the club side (I'm the first in white in the front row in the middle) and the Commonwealth squad - 

I have made nothing at all this week and my stash is getting seriously low so I really do need to get stuck in- there's just not enough time!!
We had a County game yesterday and this weekend I am away supporting the other half whilst he plays for County (today) and Club (tomorrow) - but at least the sun is shining!
Anyway back to the card - the image was a challenge win from Beccy.

I printed it onto hammered cardstock for some texture, masked off the birdie and inked the background with distress inks, then painted the bird and added a coating of glossy accents.

Cream base card, and matted used some left over DP from the 'not big enough to cover an entire card' drawer, hiding the gap with some dark brown grossgrain ribbon!
Image matted onto same scrap card and fixed on with 3d foam pads
The ivy and bird house were also cut from the left over drawer and the two wooden buttons were from my stash.

Thanks for visiting and bearing with me whilst I chase my own tail -will try and visit you all very soon.

Challenges -
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Outdoors
Crafts 4 Eternity - Die Cuts/Male/Buttons
CCC - Anything Goes

Enjoy your weekend! x

Sunday, 25 May 2014

A Little Birdie

Am still playing catch up - not only in blogland but also with the housework and ironing! Too wet to do anything outside so decided to have a rest from all the boring chores and play about with some stamps and ink! (Doesn't take long for me to get fed up cleaning! LOL)
Made a card relatively free from any embellies - I think my crafting goes in cycles - I have recently become very addicted to CAS and trying to perfect that look which others seem to achieve so effortlessly! I've found that at the mo I am making more of these than the heavily embellished ones (which isn't help using up my paper mountain either!) - this though is one in which I DID actually use some paper from the stash!

The houndstooth check paper is I think Basic Grey (but I may be wrong!). Layered it onto textured card in as near a shade as I could match.
The same textured card run through the embossing folder and used as a background for the image.

Image of course is from Stampin' Up Simply Sketched set. Stamped in Brushed Corduroy DI, oval nestie placed over and then sponged inside the nestie, adding a few paintbrush strokes of peeled Paint DI to the 'reeds'. Birdie was coloured with Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed.
Sentiment stamp also from the same set and the ribbon and buckle were a candy win.
This card was intended to go in the 'man' stash but am now not sure it's 'manly' enough with the addition of the ribbon?

Challenges -
Crafty Catz - Embossing
Crafting For all Seasons - Wings
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Suzie Bees- For a Man
Simply Create Too - For a Man
Deep Ocean - Wings
Sentimental Sundays - Things with Wings

Thanks for calling by - I am still trying to visit you all after my absence - coffee now and another stroll through blogland coming up! x

Thursday, 22 May 2014

No Marmalade for the Toast!

Arrived home at 4am - lovely holiday - fell into bed, got up to .......... RAIN! There's a surprise. Thought about just leaving everything in the case and going straight back! LOL
Missed my making messy though if not anything else and have had a chill out day finishing off a few bits and pieces as I have a busy weekend coming up.
So here is a change from cards -
 NOTHING is safe in our house according to the long suffering other half. If it's not cutlery it's marmalade jars!
In my defence I tell him that I use up odd scraps for these projects so am not buying stash.. he believes every word - love him to bits!
So the rinsed out marmalade jar which was waiting to be taken out for recycling walked up 3 flights of stairs on its own to the craftie den and sat looking at me on the desk.

I lifted out the lacy scraps drawer and found a bit of burlap big enough just to wrap round the entire jar. Once glued and dried I added a piece of wide pink lace to the bottom and a smaller width piece to the top then tied some shoestring ribbon round it (in the ridge of the screw top).
The lid was first painted with primer and once dry  overpainted in a pale pink acrylic paint. Some more lace suitably glued on the top and then stitched together in the middle to create a ruffled effect. The vintage drawer knob was in my stash and I fixed it to the top.
Finished the rather untidy edge with some pink braid.
The label was cut from a scrap of paper and I just stamped a bit of text over it with Memento London Fog  (which doesn't show up very well in the pic!). Two pearls to the edge.
Finished it with a pink lace flower (cut from a tatty scrap) and three pearl pins.
Quite happy now! Pretty jar now sat with some of my other bits on the shelf - much better than it being crushed at the recycling centre! LOL (and because it's from scraps and odd bits it's off to the Playground for me!)
Challenges -
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Shabby/Vintage
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Lexis- Ribbons/Lace
All Crafts Challenge - Anything but a Card
Clear it Out - Vintage/pearls
Craft Room Challenge - Recycle
Craft Your Passion - Pearls/Lace
Fashionable Stamping - 3D Object
Pile It On - Shabby Chic

Thanks for looking in. Now off for a proper trawl through blogland to catch up with you all! x

Friday, 16 May 2014


Here I am surrounded by beautiful hibiscus, bougainvillaea and the most enormous geraniums with a view out across the sea - Bliss!!Thought I would do a quick post and share one I made before I came away.  I understand the weather has finally taken a turn for the better back home and I hope it stays that way cos I don't want to be coming back to cold and wet next week!

So here's my card -
a CAS offering inspired by Pinterest (where else?) done with a Memory Box stamp which I bought some time ago and another that has only just seen ink!
I used my fave linen textured card and stamped the flowers with Pickled Raspberry and Crushed Olive DI, then matted it onto another slightly larger piece of white card.
Scored round it on the base card then punched out a border using a very very old Fiskars border punch - took some doing as I think the punch is blunt!!! A thin scrap strip of pink paper then stuck behind.
Finished with a stamped sentiment, (same scoring round) and added a few sparklies.
Challenges -
CASual Fridays - Thirds
Inky Chicks - CAS
Fantastic Tuesday - CAS
Crafty Sentiment - Flowers
Inky Impressions - Flowers
Pixies Snippets - (pink strip and card used for stamping/matting all odd bits!)

Thanks for visiting - hope I will be forgiven to not commenting on all your wonderful creations whilst am here sunning myself - promise will come visit you all very soon! x