Thursday, 28 July 2011

280711 - CAS-ual

I've joined in with the CAS-ual Friday challenge, CFC12, this week is to use a rub on or sticker.  I have dug out some embellishments and found some jelly labels, so that is what I have used to stick on my card. I've scallop bordered the card and then added more scalloped layers.  For the picture, I've used a Mo digi stamp, Bronte Kisses, coloured with Copics and Promarkers, using a nestie to edge the picture.  I am waiting for some different pens to come in the post.  These are Spectrum Noir pens and I am looking forward to having a play with them. One can never have too many pens!!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

270711 - yeah, yeah

I know, I've not blogged, not a lot has gone on you see, just meandering along.  And now, I find myself at the end of being off after my op and will be back at work on Monday.  I'm looking forward to having some different company during the day, not that I haven't liked being at home, but well, I have been kind of confined to quarters as I haven't been up to much!  I am back for a couple of weeks and then as Brian is off to RAF Valley rather than muck around trying to sort out the kids, I've used some holiday, so it's kinda two weeks on and two weeks off.  I know September seems far away, but in reality I fear it will be coming along and biting us on the bum!

It's also the first week of the school summer holidays.  When they go back in September, Genny will be in her last year of juniors, although I have bought some school uniform, she has clothes for a 12-13 year old.  She will be 11 in September, she doesn't fit age 11 clothes!  Morgan has had a tremendous 7 months at his new school, we are thankful for him being at a school that is attuned to his needs and he has excelled considering he missed a heck of a lot of school these past few years.  Ben had such a good school report for his first year, let's hope that he continues in doing so well.  He seems keen to go back as a year one.

I do have a list of things to do - or should I say things that involve playing - I keep getting waylaid but I found some time yesterday to do a Mo challenge.  This is challenge #92 summer challenge.  I've used the lemons digi stamp (one of my chosen stamps from my recent win!).  I thought summer = lemonade!  I've used some deja-vu papers in a pad that I have had for a while (!) some ribbon and some primas just to finish it off. 

So, I am off to meander some more :)

Saturday, 16 July 2011

160711 - having a bit of a strut!

Some posts down, I entered a contest that Mo had for her new stamp Trudy's party dress.  Well, I'm having a little strut as I was one of the winners of the challenge :)  I'm looking forward to having a little shop and playing some more :)  It certainly adds some sunshine to this rather soggy Saturday.

No chance of going out in the garden for fun stuff today.  I have gotten soaked checking on the chooks as I took the opportunity for a brief respite  in rain drops to pop out and then it decided to chuck it down whilst I was at the other end of the garden, hey ho!  This also means three kids indoors with periods of trying to beat each other up, at the moment {thankfully} they are playing nice - to which if you have ever seen Toy Story, think Woody speaking to the little guy and telling him to 'play nice'.

To entertain myself, I'm off to play with colouring pens and join in Mo's current challenge and also get my mojo tickled by some of the other bloggies that are in my viewing list :)

Sunday, 10 July 2011

100711 - Victorian and Steampunk

Whilst having an afternoon meander in blog-land I landed in the blog of Tiddly Inks, I thought it would be great to share something that is going to be happening soon, just a few days to go in fact.  Make it Crafty (Zoe) and Tiddly Inks (Christy) are joining forces to give digi stamp folk a collection of Victorian and steampunk images.  I can't wait to see what they come up with.  Of course, there is a sneak peak of what is to come!

Now... back to blog land for a while before I head down to the craft table, I have a work in progress but it needs to dry!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

090711 - Cas-ual {Saturday}

I've had a play along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge - CFC10 - this week it is for shaped cards.  So here is mine....

I've made this card using the nesties labels 16 biggest die and then used the next size down for the matting, using a sheet of Basic Grey porcelain (from a 6x6 pad).  I found a chipboard star in my chipboard tub and painted that with some willow paint dauber., had to add some sparkle with some lemon ice stickles!!  The 'a wish for you' is one of my Stampin' Up stamps from the 'in the stars set', punched out with a star punch.  I mounted up the chipboard star a bit, just to add a bit more dimension.  And so there you have it.

And this, the coming to an end of a cup cake, we had a few raspberries from the allotment, not enough to make anything big, so I shoved them in to the cupcake mix.  Quite scrummy, what with the bit of tartness from the raspberry mixed with the sweetness of the cake.  Sadly, the cakes are on the decline!!!

It was the school summer fair (Genny & Ben's school) so Genny went down early for the cricket match, I pootled on down at 2pm with a view to not staying too long as not feeling 100% today.  Genny is also part of the choir and so she with her choir-mates, opened the fair with some singing, she sings good that girl.  My idea of not staying too long didn't happen, caught the final of the cricket match and then 'crawled' home at not long after 4pm.  I didn't have enough ooompf to wait for the medal ceremony - but I knew that Genny's team won!!  (I ended up with a late afternoon nap!) And, thankfully, the rain held off, it decided to chuck it down later this evening, complete with rumbles and bright lights.  It's got that nice fresh look outside now and the grass is looking rather green.

Friday, 8 July 2011

080711 - it's not a card!

I'm late with this one, or rather I missed the deadline to post, but I'm posting here anyway!  This is (was) for the PaperPlay challenge anything but a card {wk 26}.

Honest, it is not a card!  I made this off the top of my head, I haven't had a bump or anything, it is just one of those things, sitting playing with paper and this is what happens.  I've made a little mini book for Genny, something she can put some notes in {I was thinking along the lines of for when she goes back to school in September, she can use it for her timetable}.

I've used the leftover bit of cardstock from making a card for Mo's challenge blog.  Trimmed some of it down to make a little journal book for inside and used scraps to make the 'covers'.  I had a scrap sheet of some Love Elsie paper which has journal lines on it, just the thing.  I've used other odds and ends of paper, cropodiled a hole and added some ribbon so it can be tied up.

Well, I hope she likes it {and you too}.

Happy Friday :) I'm going to see what else I can play with before the onslaught of kidlets.

080711 Vintage - Distressing & Lace

This is the challenge on Mo's challenge blog - challenge #90.  I've used Mo's little Irish dancer digi stamp for this challenge.  For the card, it is kraft cardstock trimmed down to 6" x 6".  I have used Basic Grey motifica as it has that lovely vintage look.  Also got the distress inks out to make it a bit more distressed.  I have also layered up some lace, for one of the pieces, I stained it with some walnut stain, added a button and a bit of polka dot ribbon, oh I shoved a couple of brads in the button holes!  I hope you like it :)

Another post is coming along on the heels of this one.....

Thursday, 7 July 2011

A single layer...

...card. This is Cupcake challenge #149. How hard is it to not stick anything else down on a piece of card.  Well, I so wanted to stick something on it, a gem, ribbon, anything, but I came through it and here we go.  A plain and simple, single layer card!  I used a nestie scalloped circle die and some Verve stamps, got out the embossing powder for the balloon stamp, coloured using promarkers and some sakura, to give the bird some glitter :)

I also made another card for Mo Manning's Trudy's Party Dress challenge.  This time I have used the Tim Holtz kraft resist papers which I have distressed in various colours.  Also edged the scalloped circle with some distress inks.  Trudy is coloured using copics and promarkers and I have glazed her dress.  Nothing like a bit of shine.  I'm going to have to find some different silicone glue, the one I have currently is 'bleeding' through the card, which is making me an unhappy bunny.

I'm in the middle of something else, which is not a card!  Hopefully I will  have that finished for tomorrow which is also Friday which means that Morgan will be home (yay) he has had an exciting week as this has been his school activity week - going to places like Bewilderwood and the Dinosaur Park {lucky fella!}.  But, I am also going to be sad as some crafting buddies are having a weekend get together in Essex and I can't go (getting over the op & kid duties) well I have a bottle of Pimms by Lidl = Jeeves {thanks to Debbie for passing on that info, a word of warning Debbie makes nice stuff which includes food!!} to wash away my sorrow and so I will be there in spirit {sorry about that!}. 

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Sunny Sunday 3 July 2011

Happy birthday to Coralie, 18 today.  Here is the card that was sent, with some Euros as she is off to Zante in a few days!  I hope she liked it!

I have been crafting today, on my cleared up desk, it does make it easier to find things!  I sorted out my die cuts into a new tub, sorted out the stamped images and had a general clear up, although looking at it now you may not believe me :)  I've made this card for a Cupcake challenge. This is challenge 148, cooking up a storm.  I have used a mix of patterned papers, which is me coming out of my comfort zone.  I hope that it works for you, it's papers out of my scrap box - waste not want not and my scrap box is a bit full.

Card number two is for a Mo Manning challenge.  Mo has created this wonderful digi image which she has generously created and given away for free for followers of her blog to have a play with - I follow Mo on Facebook (Mo's blog).  So this is Trudy's party dress.  I have, used them separately, I created the hanger all by myself {woah}.  I've made this as a 6x6 card, I have printed Trudy a bit smaller as well, but wanted to make a 'big' card (for me anyway) to begin with.  I've got the stickles out and Sakuras to add some glittery effects and 'popped' the dress.  

Well, mojo is calling.... a cup of coffee first though methinks :)  Happy Sunday y'all.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Saturday 2 July 2011

As you see, I have been playing with making paper flowers! I have a little box of them now ready to do something with them! I've also had a pot of bedazzled beads out - which go everywhere so I will finding little beadie things for weeks. The flower at the front is made from just scallop punched circles, I made them smaller - snipping into the middle and then folding them along one scallop, the final one is about 4 scallops in.

And a card, I played with nestabilities and used a digi stamp.  I love the little multicoloured gems, they add a lovely bit of colour.  Not sure if it can be seen, but I have mounted up the eyelet circle die cut.  I've got a couple more cards in progress, they are taking their time coming together, I think that I need to give my craft table another clear up, it is a bit cluttered which is probably the same state as my brain at the moment - cluttered with ideas that need to come out and onto paper!!!

You see what I mean!  There is a table under that lot {somewhere}.

And finally, we had a lovely rainbow on Thursday evening.  Pointed out by Genny and Ben who should have actually been in bed endeavouring to get some shut eye rather than peering out of Genny's bedroom window.

That's it for now.  Gonna see if I can clear that table that is under paper etc :)

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