Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Passion For Promarkers Challenge #303 - Clean & Simple

Hi Crafters,
I'm back today with my 'Clean and Simple' DT card for Passion For Promarkers. I'm using 'Clyde Birthday' image from Bugaboo Stamps our sponsor this time.
You know the drill by now, to enter the challenge you must follow the theme and use your Letraset Markers (i.e. Pro, Flex, Aqua, Tria, Metallic or Neon markers).
6 x 6 Red Card Blank
Clyde Birthday - Bugaboo Stamps
MFT Zig-Zag Border Die
Paper Strip - DCWV Glitter Sweet Mat Stack
LOTV Postmark Circle Sentiment
Challenges I'd like to enter:
I Love Promarkers - #275 Things with Wings
Little Miss Muffet - #114 ATG
Come & Get It - Cute Cards
The rest of the DT have been working hard on their samples too so take look at their projects and come and join in with us!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Wedding Season

Hi Crafters,
I hope you are getting some sunshine today wherever you are, it's a beautiful day here in Norfolk and set to stay warm and sunny for the rest of the week I think.
The wedding season is upon us and I have been asked to make a few wedding cards recently and here is one of them...
7 x 7 pearlescent card blank
Centura Pearl card for the embossed layer and Bride
Grey Pearlescent card for the mat and Groom
Bride and Groom Die - Britannia Dies
Words - Britannia Dies
Embossing Folder and Hear Flourish Stamp - Magazine Freebie
Silver Peel-offs
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Moments - #71 Wet/Dry Embossing
Sister Act - #112 ATG
Creative Fingers - #85 ATG
Scribble & Scrap - #47 ATG
Crafty Cardmakers & More - #141 Sentiment
I would like someone to invent a machine that allows me to stretch my day and get a few more hours out of it, lol. I just never seem to have enough time to get done what I want to. I try to be as organised as I can but bed time arrives and my check list still has a few things left on it. I will be round to comment throughout the day though and have a look at what you have been up to.
See you soon,

Friday, 26 June 2015

Sharing An Oldie On Friday

Hi Crafters,
A little late in the day but I'm here now, this morning was busy with my stall at the Farmers' Market and I didn't get a chance to post this before I went, so here is my 'oldie' for this week joining in with Erika of Snappy Crafts.
This is a thank you card that I made back in 2012 for a swap partner in Canada, we had both sent each other some goodies. The word die is from Sizzix and I cut this into the panel which was then covered in red micro beads. The photo is rubbish I'm afraid as the floral paper is flocked and the black 'thank you' is shimmery glitter but it doesn't show up at all. I have a different camera now and a bit more experience although that doesn't always guarantee great results :/
This links nicely into a big 'Thank you' to Erika of Snappy Crafts as I have just received a fabulous parcel of goodies today for a swap that we did recently. She really spoilt me and I have lots of things to create with - thanks Erika!
Well that's all from me, I have another stall to man tomorrow so I had better make a few cards to restock from this mornings sales. I will visit you all tomorrow evening for a catch up.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Another Father's Day Card

Hi Crafters,
It's taking me a while to get back in to my stride since returning from my holiday but here is another Father's Day card that I made before I went away..
Image - Papermania Stamp Set - Nostalgia 'Classic Cars'
Distress Inks
Heidi Swapp Large Background Chevron Stamp
White Embossing Powder
Verve Sentiment Stamp
Stampin' Up Word Window Punch
Star Brads
This card is similar in design to my previous Father's Day card but I swapped the image for a Porsche and heat embossed the background stamp with white embossing powder then used Distress ink over that.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafty Card Makers and More - #141 For a Man or a Boy
Sentimental Sunday - #264 Happy Father's Day/ Manly Cards
OSAAT - #239 ATG with Men
Creative Moments - #70 ATG/Father's Day
One Crazy Stamper - June ATG
Little Claire Designs - #58 Father's Day
Well that's all from me, I do hope that tomorrow brings some sunshine, I'm fed up with the heavy rain showers of today.  Up side, I was able to get some cards made for the two craft fairs I have coming up on Friday and Saturday though as I was stuck in my room.
Have a fab evening.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Christmas Card Club Challenge #13 - Pink & White

Hi Crafters,
Well I've just returned from a weeks holiday on the East Norfolk Coast and I'm relaxed and rested, it was a brilliant time away with family.
So I'm back to regular blogging now and I'm starting off with the Christmas Card Club Challenge which this week was chosen by Karen. We were to use Pink and White only,  with black, silver or gold accents and this is what I came up with...
Sentiment Stamp - Christmas Peace Wooden Stamp embossed in silver
Frame - Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles
Border - Marianne Craftables  Die CR1273 
Snowflakes - Marianne Creatables LR0123
Embossed Holly Berries Card - Limetree Crafts
Ribbon, Brad and Glitter from stash
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafty Creations - #291 Embossing
Creative Fingers - #84 ATG
CHNC Every Saturday - #234 Merry and Bright
CHNC Extra - June Challenge
As usual you can check out the other ladies blogs on the team for some more Christmas inspiration by following the links on my CCC tab above.
It's lovely to be back again, I have missed you all - there was intermittent internet access where I was staying and I think I started to get withdrawal symptoms, lol. We don't realise how much we all come to rely on things until they are not there.
Well that's it from me today, I will be round for a catch up later.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Sharing an 'Oldie' on Friday

Hi Crafters,
Friday again! how quick are these weeks flying by?
Friday's is when I join Erika of Snappy Crafts with her fun theme of sharing an old crafty make. This time I have managed to find a photo from 2012 of a card that I had made. I didn't regularly take pictures of my creations until I started blogging but I found a few pictures the other day taken on my phone and put on an old memory stick that had been in the back of the drawer.
The lovely lady who the card was for loves owls and these were made using my Stampin' Up Owl Punch. The sentiment and numbers were cut on my Cameo.
I'm off to comment on Erika's blog and let her know that I've joined in so if you would like to share an old crafty make come and join us.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Father's Day Card

Hi Crafters,
I started making some Father's Day cards for my stall last month but they sold and I have been asked for some more so here is one that I made yesterday..
Image - Papermania Stamp Set - Nostalgia 'Classic Cars'
Distress Inks
Verve Sentiment Stamp
SB Fancy Tags Die
Star Brads
Embossalicious Embossing Folder - 'Gun Metal'
I had some more inky fun yesterday with this card using the 'letterpress' technique. Firstly I inked up the embossing folder with Black soot DI before I embossed the card to get the ink on to the relief part of the pattern and then used Pumice Stone DI to highlight the raised parts of the pattern. The image was stamped and heat embossed so I could ink around it with Barn Door and Aged Mahogany DI and then spritz with water without affecting the stamped image. A little more Pumice Stone on the image and around the sentiment and that was it, just a case of putting it all together.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cardz 4 Guyz - #74 Texture
Brown Sugar - #49 ATG
Sentimental Sundays - #262 A Touch Of Vintage
Papertake Weekly - Something For The Boys
Crafty Creations - #291 Embossing
Creative Moments - #70 ATG / Masculine Creation
Thanks for joining me today, I do love to read your comments and will be round to visit you later.
Bye for now,

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Gypsy Caravan

Hi Crafters,
A friend of mine really likes Gypsy caravans and so I created this card for her birthday...
Tattered Lace Die Cut - Gypsy Caravan (Ebay)
Magnolia Lace Semi Circle Die made in to a circle
Magnolia Lace Border Die for edging
Trimcraft Fun Fair papers
Penny Black Sentiment and Banner Stamp
Glitter Ribbon
Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Embossing Powder
I have been itching to use these papers since I bought them from the NEC and I thought this card was perfect for the colours and patterns on the papers. Gypsy caravans are always painted and decorated very colourfully and these papers reminded me of that. They have encapsulated glitter on them in parts and I echoed this by using the Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder around the edges of the lacy borders. My friend was really pleased with her card and therefore so was I.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Eureka Stamps - #144 Three or More Patterned Papers.
Scribble & Scrap - #46 ATG
Well that all from me,

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - Cut It Out

Hi Crafters,
Top Tip Tuesday challenge starts today and the theme is 'Cut It Out'.
We are sponsored by Shape EZ who are offering the lucky winner 2 Shape EZ templates as their prize.
The DT were given some templates to use and I had 'Baby Dress', here is the card that I made...
Shape EZ Template - Baby Dress
Scraps of patterned paper
Magnolia Doohickey lace border die
Scalloped circle and circle punch
Velvet ribbon
Heart Brad
LOTV sentiment labels stamps
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cute Card Thursday - #376 Summer Colours
Crafty Time - #2 Girls, Girls, Girls
Hope you can join in with us this week for a fun challenge.
See you soon,

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Christmas Card Club Challenge #12 - Christmas Scene

Hi Crafters,
It was Kate's turn to choose a theme for our friendly challenge this time and she has given us 'Christmas Scenes'.
I had a Papermania decoupage sheet with this beautiful Christmas Night Scene and thought this would fit perfectly in to the theme.
It had three layers to complete the picture but I feel as though I have cheated as it was die-cut too so just a case of popping it out and layering it up. I'm so used to taking hours to make one card by colouring the image and picking out papers, finding a sketch or design to follow and then putting it all together that this was done in a flash. However the fact that I need to make as many Christmas cards as I can to stock my stall and give out to family and friends means that these sheets are a Godsend.
But then I felt guilty so I made another card, lol...
Not a traditional Christmas Scene but a lovely wintry scene at that.
I used a Dreamweaver Stencil to apply embossing paste on to some thick cardstock and before it dried I sprinkled black glitter over it, this created the background trees. I then layered another tree-scape die-cut on top which I think is a Taylored Expressions die (I bought ten from Ebay and I can't quite remember). The deer and single die-cut tree in the front are both Memory Box dies and they were layered up too showing the deer coming out from behind the trees. A quick dusting of glamour dust on the branches for the snow.
The banner was cut using a Spellbinder die and the sentiment is from a Papermania set. A little silver metal snowflake and organza bow to finish.
A side view shows the dimension:
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafty Creations - #290 All Creatures Great and Small (2nd card)
Craft Dee Bowz - ATG - include a handmade bow (2nd card)
CHNC Extra - June Challenge ATG (2nd card)
CHNC Every Saturday - #232 Use some BLUE (1st card)
We are almost half way through the year so I hope you have made a start on your Christmas cards ladies :)
If you would like some inspiration from the group then pop over to their blogs using the list in the tab in the header.
Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Getting Inky

Hi Crafters,
I decided it was time to get my Distress inks out and here is one of the cards that I created. Now that my hands are multiple shades of green and brown I think I'd better invest in some plastic gloves :/
Image - Sheena Douglas Stamp - The Majestic Oak
Birds - Inkylicious Stamp Set
Sentiment - Woodware Stamp - Kim's Coppice
Distres Inks - Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed.
Wood Grain Embossing Folder
EK Success Corner Punch
I started by stamping the tree and birds and heat embossing them with black EP, masking the moon with a circle of paper and then layering up my inks. I used a wood grain embossing folder for the background panel and stamped and embossed my sentiments. Then it was a simple case of matting and layering to finish.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cardz 4 Guyz - #73 Birds (if the birds here are too small for the challenge then please delete my entry)
Brown Sugar - #49 ATG
Sister Act - #109 ATG
Creative Fingers - #82 ATG
Please join me again tomorrow for my Christmas Card Club make, see you then,

Friday, 5 June 2015

Sharing an 'Oldie' on Friday

Hi Crafters,
It's Friday again and time to share an old crafty make and join in with Erika at Snappy Crafts.
Here are a set of cards that I made quite a while back using a very large Dovecraft Punch which makes the elements for the ice-cream, a bit of jiggery-pokery on the computer to generate the circle sentiment, Spellbinders scalloped circle and standard circle dies and a 'Happy Birthday' embossing folder.
... a larger close-up...
These took a bit of time to design but once all the elements were sorted they were very quick to put together.
If you'd like to join in with us and share an old crafty make just post your creation, pop over to Erika's blog, leave her a comment to let her know that you have joined in and she will return the comment.
Thanks for joining me today. After the glorious sunshine of yesterday I'm sitting in my craft room with the light on as it is pouring down with rain here and very dark and dismal, how different two days can be. Hope it's better where you are.
See you soon,

Thursday, 4 June 2015

LOTV Summer Special Challenge

Hi Crafters,
This is my entry for the Summer Special Challenge At Lili of the Valley.
Image - Goalie Saves - LOTV Stamps
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Kraft card
Papers - LOTV Heartfelt - Up, Up & Away - 'Twas The Night 8 x 8 Paper Pads
Sentiment - LOTV Stamps
MFT Stitched Vertical Strips & Blueprint 14 Dies
Memory Box - Grand Happy Birthday Die (negative)
Football  and Button Brad
Bakers Twine
Metal Charm
I love this action figure stamp, just in mid save. This card is going to be for my Great Nephew who will be seven soon and plays for his local under 9's football team.
I made a sort of polaroid aperture with my MFT dies and put the image behind it, I thought it looked like a snap shot from a match, what d'ya think?
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Fussy & Fancy - #140 Fun in the Sun
Penny Black & More - Dies and Punches
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Buttons & Bows
Little Claire's Designs - #57 Outdoors
Crafty Cardmakers & More - #140 Stitching, faux or real
Deep Ocean Challenge - #105 Add A Charm
Well it's been a lovely day here today, the sun has shone non-stop and all my washing is dry so I'm a happy bunny. Hope it's shining where you are too.
See you soon,

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Fun In The Sun

Hi Crafters,
Well there was no 'fun in the sun' here yesterday I can tell ya! and it doesn't look like it's happening today either - unless it warms up soon.
I have made a summer photo album and hope to put some pictures in it from my holiday this year on the East Norfolk coast but if it doesn't warm up soon I will be pictured in my warm woollies instead of summer T-shirts :/
It holds standard 4" x 6" photos but I plan to collage them with an editing program to get more than that to fit in.
You may remember the tag I have used on the front, it was made for a recent DT project for 613 Avenue Create and thought it would make a fabulous addition to the front cover. Details of that can be found in this post. What do you think?
The title and crab embellishments were cut on my Silhouette Cameo and the wave is a La, La Land Die-cut.
I constructed the pages and covers from kraft card and folded them in half and glued for strength. These were then covered with digital papers from Snap, Click, Supply Co using Bo Bunny - Barefoot Bliss and Echo Park - Walking on Sunshine papers and the album was bound with my Cinch. This is probably only about the third time I have used this binding machine and I really should make more books and albums with it as it is a fabulous piece of kit. I just can't seem to find the time to make many things for myself, they are all commissions or DT work nowadays.
Each page has two die-cut corners attached diagonally to tuck your photos under and these were cut using a die from the Spellbinders Floral Doily Accent Set.
Here is a collage of the album showing all the pages and papers...
...and some larger photos showing more detail...

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Moments - #69 ATG/ Inside Out
Crafty Creations - #290 All Creatures Great and Small (Crab)
Fussy And Fancy - #140 Fun In The Sun
Noor Designs - #7 Here Comes Summer
Not Just Cards - #20 ATG
Crafty Cardmakers and More - #140 Stitching Real or Faux (on tag)
Well thanks for stopping by, it's a bit of housework for me (the dreaded ironing :/ ) then I've earned a play in my room, so I will be round to comment a bit later.
Take care

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Passion For Promarkers Challenge #299 - Use the Colours of your Country's Flag

Hi Crafters,
Lovely to see you here again, thanks for popping by.
This weeks challenge at Passion For Promarkers is to use the colours of your Country's flag, you must use your Letraset Pro/ Flex/ Tria/ Aqua or Metallic markers of course to be eligible to win.
The Union Jack is of course red, white and blue so here is my card...
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Ringlet Kidz
Papers - Forever in Time and Docrafts Capsule Collection
1 1/4" Square Punch
1 1/2" Scalloped Square Punch
Spellbinders Oval Floral Nestabillities Die Frame and Banner
Recollections Flowers
Sentiment - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Sketch Saturday - #363 using sketch #227
Cute Card Thursday - #375 Too Cute
Sister Act - #108 ATG
OSAAT - #238 ATG with Flowers
Our Sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments Designs and they are offering 3 digital images to the winner so good luck every one!
Check out the DT's inspiration on the PFP Blog and come and join us.