Sunday, 25 October 2009

Create 4 Fun ~ Week 43 & DP2 Challenge 3

Create 4 Fun's challenge this week is to make something using the Fry Box template provided and the challenge at DP2 is "Anything But A Card". So what better than to combine the two challenges!

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Shabby Princess
Image ~ Loui & Bronte Digital Pencil Too
Spider ~ Poundland
Sentiment ~ Shabby Princess
Tools ~ Whisper Strokes, Tombo Blender Pen
I put some black tissue paper through the paper shredder just to fill the box. The biscuits are Lemon & Lime Cookies and the recipe is a Weight Watchers one. Each biscuit is 1 pt, although mine are probably less cos i used sweetener which is 0 pts rather than castor sugar.

Crazy 4 Challenges C4C7

I found another challenge blog whilst hunting for sketches and fell into this blog ... Crazy 4 Challenges. It has a new challenge every Saturday. Last weeks challenge was a fab sketch which i used to make my card ....

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Summer Driggs Giving
Image ~ Magnolia
Gems ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Nesties, Whisper Strokes

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Just Magnolia Week 28

This week Just Magnolia's sponsor is All That Scraps and the prize is any C.C. Designs stamp set of your choice!!

So onto the challenge ....
... a sketch by Martine you can rotate the sketch and resize the elements, as long as you follow the original sketch so your entry qualifies for the prize draw. The winner will be chosen by Random Generator next week.

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Mystic Winter Paper ~ Raspberry Road Designs
Image ~ RAK from my gorgeous buddy Tab .... mwahs xxx
Ribbon & Pearls ~ Stash
Pearl Brad ~ HobbyCraft
Sentiment ~ PC Generated using Edwardian Script ITC Font
Tools ~ Nesties, Carla Craft Corner Punch, Woodware Leaf Punch, Whisper Strokes, Watercolour Pencils, Woodware 2" & 1" Flower Punch, Sewing Machine.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Stampin' For The Weekend ~ Challenge 21 & Friday Sketchers #75

This week's Stampin' for the Weekend would like to see us come up with some Fangtastic Halloween Cards and the sponsor is Donna from Bearly Mine Designs . She is offering the winner a copy of the amazing Designer Extreme Volume III CD.
Claudia is the host for this weeks sketch at Friday Sketchers. This challenge is sponsored by Daisy May Designs and the winner will be picked with Random org and is going to get 4 cute images!
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Free Download from last year
Image ~ Mo's Digital Pencil Too
Spider ~ Poundland
Gems ~ Stash
Tools ~ Watercolour Pencils, Sewing Machine, Sakura Stardust Pens
I was lucky enough to be a Top 5 Winner again at Stampin' for the Weekend for last weeks challenge. Can't stop smiling and am amazed that people thought my card was good enough LOL!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

For Paula ...

This card i made a few weeks ago for my gorgeous real life friend Paula. I've set myself a bit of a mission really, to make sure that whilst she's unwell i shall send her lots of cards LOL! I'm beginning to run out of cat images/stamps, cos i've used something with a cat on for each card up to now.
Paula is in hospital at the minute undergoing stem cell replacement (she has Crohn's disease) in the hope that at some point she will be Crohn's symptom free. Since we met Paula 9 yrs ago (love at first sight LOL) she's been in and out of hospital and spent weeks being unwell. She has to get really sick before she gets better and could potentially have some rough weeks ahead of her. But here's hoping that this is all gonna be worth it and one of our dearest friends is back on her feet soon!
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Black Spotty ~ ~DS George, Yellow Check ~ Raspberry Road Flower Girl
Image ~ RAK from my VBFBF Diane
Buttons and Gems ~ Stash
Tools ~ Nesties, Sewing Machine, Whisper Strokes, Tombo Blender Pen

Monday, 19 October 2009

Stampin' For The Weekend ~ Challenge 20

This week at Stampin' for the Weekend we have a Sketch from the very talented Amy!
Amy got her creative hat on for this weeks challenge and came up with the Sketch below!

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Freebie Download ~Feeling Silly
Buttons ~ Stash
Sentiment ~ PC Generated
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Whisper Strokes, Glossy Accents, Sakura Stardust Pen, Tombo Blender Pen

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Just Magnolia Week 27

This week our sponsor is Jacobi Drachten and the prize is four cute little stamps. The challenge is to create something Bright and Zingy so dig out all your bright and zingy papers and embellies and a Magnolia image and get creative.

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Raspberry Road Baily's Room
Image ~ Another gorgeous RAK from my gorgeous buddy Tab
Ribbon, Eyelets & Gems ~ Stash
Sentiment ~ Free Wordart Downloaded from HERE, you really should take a look at the wordart on this talented ladies blog.
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Nesties, Whisper Strokes, Tombo Blender Pen

Last Weeks Friday Sketchers #73

I fully intended posting this card as soon as i'd made it last weekend, but i have no idea why it didn't get done! I'm so disorganised as far as my cardmaking goes just lately. Thank goodness i only have 12 days left to wedding. Although my plan is to have everything done and organised by next weekend, so that the week beforehand i do nothing thats involved with weddings at all!!!

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Raspberry Road Sally Ann Papers
Image ~ RAK from my gorgeous friend Tab .... thanks honey xxx
Flowers, Gems & Ribbon~ Stash
Silver Heart ~ My Stampin' for the Weekend Win
Tools ~ Nesties, Sewing Machine

I'm hoping to get some more of my Christmas cards made today, i've done 5 ... only another zillion to go then LOL!

Saturday, 17 October 2009

On The Mend ...

In between sorting out the wedding seating plan today i have managed to make a couple of cards and this is one of them .....

DH clearly took a leave of his senses this morning and allowed me to have a small purchase from Digital Pencil Too and i got another 2 fab images from Mo. Thought this one worked really well as a sort of get well card! So once again armed with my Ismaki sketches i went to work!!!!
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Feelin' Froggy downloaded from HERE
  • Image ~ Darn It, Digital Pencil Too
  • String ~ from a pair of jeans that held the label on!
  • Eyelets, Button & Gems ~ Stash
  • Sentiment ~ PC Generated using a selection of fonts
  • Tools ~ Nesties, Sewing Machine, Whisper Strokes.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #18 and DP2 Challenge 2

This week is a sketch designed by Mina and the theme for this challenge is 'Autumn'. This weeks DP2 challenge is to use colors that remind you of Fall and to use only 2 embellishments. Your image does not have to be a Fall image, although it can, just use colors that remind you of Fall. The limited embellishments will make sure that Mo's fabulous image is the main focal point of the card.
Flippin heck, thats harder than you think to only use 2 embellishments ... now i'm not sure if this counts, cos wasn't sure if it was 2 embellishements or 2 types of embellishments! Well thats my excuse anyway LOL! So my 2 embellishments are the flowers and the stitching.
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Summer Driggs Falling for Fall
Flowers ~ Stash
Sentiment ~ PC Generated
Tools ~ Whisper Strokes, Sewing Machine, Nesties

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Christmas Cards

Sunday was my well earned day of rest from anything to do with weddings, so i decided it was high time i at least tried to make a start on my Christmas cards. Armed with RAK images from last year and my Ismaki sketch folder off i went to work and managed 3 cards ... in between cooking and eating Sunday Lunch, chores and X Factor!

  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's & Sentiment ~ Winter Wonderland downloaded from HERE and designed by the fab Martine
  • Gems ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Whisper Strokes
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Shabby Princess Holiday Magic
Gems ~ Stash
Sentiment ~ Wordart download
Tools ~ Whisper Strokes, Cuttlebug Snowflake Die, EK Success Snowflake Punch, Sakura Stardust Pens.
CS ~ Stash
DP's & Sentiment ~ Winter Wonderland
Gems ~ taken off the returned wedding invitations and recycled!
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Whisper Strokes, Glamour Dust, Sakura Glaze Pens

Monday, 12 October 2009

My Last November Card ....

At last they're all done and with a bit of luck i can now concentrate on my Christmas cards. Who's idea was it to marry someone whose whole family have birthday's in November! I have literally 1 birthday per week in that horrible month, which equates to somewhere around 15 cards (that's a card from us, Fae and Scott, Ellie and Rylee) we've stopped sending cards to DH's 2 brothers, just to lighten the work load! So, this card is for the FIL, obviously from us LOL!

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Feeling Silly ~ Free Download
Image ~ RAK from my bestest blog buddy Tab ... mwah's honey!
Gems ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Cuttlebug Hippie Chic Alpha Dies, Whisper Strokes, Tombo Blender Pen.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

With Sympathy ....

Morning to you all! Hope you're all having a lazy Sunday morning, much like i am LOL! I'm still sat in bed with the lappy, blogging and facebooking ... but its Sunday! The meat is in the oven and i will get up soon to prepare the veg, just want to make the most of my lazy day and the peace and quiet .... well ok apart from the "Rag & Bone" man's horn i can hear!

I really don't like making sympathy cards but again i'm forced to make one. It was for a challenge, but i'll be blowed if i can remember which one it was for now! Its this wedding, its taken over my life LOL! ... not sure where or who i am at times!!!!

  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ A mixture of left overs from previous projects and free downloads
  • Image ~ Whiff of Joy ~ Melinda Blowing Kisses
  • Sentiment ~ one of those 99p clear stamp collections
  • Lace ~ Market Stall
  • Pearls ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Whisper Strokes, Martha Stewart Flourish Punch available HERE, Nesties, Woodware Leaf Punch, Glamour Dust, Autumn Leaves Swirl Stamps, Sakura Stardust Gold Pen.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Sketch Saturday #72

This weeks challenge, is sponsored by Simon Says and Heidi is once again offering another wonderful $25 gift certificate to spend on SSS goodies for this weeks very lucky challenger!!

Yes, i've finally made a Christmas card! I've made all but 3 birthday cards for this year and decided to have a good brevit through my image box to see what Christmas images i have before i get the stamps out and this was one of them.
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Shabby Princess Holiday Magic
  • Image ~ RAK from ages ago, so i have no idea who sent it me ... thanks anyway!
  • Sentiment ~ freebie Word Art
  • Ribbon ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Ribbon Slot Punch, Nesties, EK Success Snowflake Punch, Cuttlebug Snowflake Die, Whisper Strokes

My Piece De Resistance ....

I know i said that the posies were my proudest moment, but i think this has since topped it .....

Looking at the photo, i'm not sure that it does it justice! Especially since Angeline is wearing her PJ's LOL! Looks like we're gonna have to wait till the end of the month when they're all dressed up and in the right setting to perhaps get a half decent piccie. But anyhow, this is the first time i've attempted to make a cascading bouquet ... god, dont that sound professional (cascading bouquet) I must admit to making it quite a few times before i was actually happy with it. I was fed up with blinkin' sticky florist tape by the time i'd finished and i managed to miss a whole Strictly Come Dancing episode on the Saturday night whilst doing it ... i did hear the programme but didn't see any of the dances!

Hey, just thought i could enter this into the Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge LOL ... it fits the colour scheme perfectly!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Just Magnolia #26 & Stampin' for the Weekend ~ New Challenge!

This week the Just Magnolia challenge is sponsored by Dies to die for. The prize they are offering is two Magnolia stamps and a pack of Prima pearls/gems. Just follow this weeks sketch, you can rotate the sketch and resize the elements, as long as you follow the original sketch so your entry qualifies for the prize draw. The winner will be chosen by Random Generator next week so to be in the running all you need to do is ensure you have at least one Magnolia image on your card and link your card, have your card posted by 10 pm UK time on the 16th October.

Stampin' for the Weekend's challenge is a colour combo, which screams 'THE END OF SUMMER IS HERE!'
Orange, Brown and Leafy Green

and finally my card .....

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Summer Driggs ~ Falling For Fall
Image ~ Magnolia Winter Stamp Club Collection
Ribbon, Flowers, Pearl Bead ~ Stash
Sentiment ~ PC Generated
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Woodware Leaf Punch, Whisper Strokes, Tombo Blender Pen, Cuttlebug Hippie Chic Alpha Dies for the leather flowers, Nesties.

Loving this card, which is good really seeing as its one i've made for my parents to give Andy and myself on our Wedding Anniversary next month. Yes, 23 years of marriage ... i know i look young lol ... but thats cos we got married when i was 2!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

A Bit More Wedding Stuff ....

So, onto my proudest moment LOL ... never before have i made a posie ... but thanks to YouTube and some fantastic tutorials found along the way and about 4 attempts LOL ... here is what i achieved .....

Obviously, not one of the best photo's but i'm hoping to get some better shots the day of the wedding that i shall put on here as well as Facebook .... if your interested in having a nosey!

  • All Flowers ~ Dunelm .... not sure if you can tell from the photo, but they are chocolate brown and ivory roses. They came in a tied bunch of about 19 roses for £4.99 per bunch .... MIL thought that we (thats the royal we!) should leave them as is ... so the bride would have a bunch of ivory roses and the bridesmaid each have a bunch of chocolate brown ones! How crap would that've been?!!! I have no idea what the little orange flowers are, but they also came with the green whispy leaves that i've looped through the posie, they were £1.49 for a huge sprig!
  • Beads ~ I've had these so long i dont have a clue where they came from .... i do however have a vague memory that perhaps they were sewn to a cushion cover, but i can't be 100% about that! I got DH to stick the beads to a florist wire and then i wound the wire around a stem to make it a spiral. MIL thought beads were too fancy along with my suggestion of feathers ... cos i have brown ones in my stash ... as you can see she won on the feathers, but she's not having it all her way LOL and so i chucked some beads in!

The total cost for all the flowers, which have made 3 posies, 3 button holes, a corsage and a cascading bridal bouquet and i still have a bag full of flowers left over ... was £37! At some point i shall work out how much this wedding has cost them and let you know!

Can't wait to see the girls holding them with all their finery on. They are soooo excited, its the first time they've been bridesmaids! Ellie is doing everyones make-up on the day and has done everybody's colours and has done practise runs on Angeline and myself. Fae said that she'll have whatever Ellie has ... but Ellie hasn't decided yet LOL!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Miss Anya

Well, we're still on the scheduled posts ... which means i'm still busy with Wedding stuff and no time to craft! Although i suppose the Wedding stuff could be counted as crafting, seeing as i'm probably just about ready to start filling the favor boxes and sealing them up!CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Alexa Crazy ~ Free Download
Image ~ RAK from my bestest blog buddy Tab .... thanks honey big mwah's x
Tulle ~ available HERE at the most fantastic prices and super speedy delivery too!
Charm & Gems ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Whisper Strokes, Martha Stewart Flourish Punch also available HERE

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Mo's (Bronte & Bella's) Challenge #1

WooHoo this is the very first challenge for Mo's Digital Pencil. Of course, we know that "Perple" is Bella and Bronte's favorite colour. So, the challenge is to make a card using the color purple but we must use a Mo Manning image on our creation but we can use as much or as little purple as we like, it just has to have purple!
Even though i say so myself i'm really pleased with this card.
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Lottie, Dottie and Jack Collection
Image ~ Mummu's Bike
Stamps ~ Autumn Leaves Swirls ... i think!
Flowers, Ribbon and Eyelets ~ Stash
Beads ~ Left over from wedding bouquet and posies
Sentiment ~ Free Download Express Yourself Digikit
Tools ~ Woodware Leaf Punch, Whisper Strokes, Woodware Dragonfly Punch, Glamour Dust, Sewing Machine

And Yet Another ....

Yes another card that i made ages ago, but never got round to showing on my blog. So as promised whilst i'm away wedding planning/organising i'm scheduling posts showing those cards that had been sitting on my hard-drive. CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Basic Grey ~ Boxer (i think, but am typing this post Sunday morning sat in bed lol)
Image ~ Forever Friends RAK from my gorgeous blog buddy Jill ... thanks honey x
Button & Gems ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Whisper Strokes, Cuttlebug Hippie Chic Alpha Dies.
Happy 51st Wedding Anniversary to my Mum & Dad .... god knows how they've managed to live with one another that long and not caused serious harm LOL!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Friday Sketchers #72

Tanja from Germany is hosting again this week! Friday Sketchers have a wonderful Sponsor and a fantastic prize this week: Dreams2stamp is a German rubber stamp company managed by Any and her husband. We offer a wide range of beautiful self designed stamps for card making, scrapbooks and more.
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Mysteria ~ Free Download
Image ~ Digital Pencil Too
Sentiment ~ PC Generated
Ribbon & Gems ~ Stash
? ~ Word Art
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Whisper Strokes, Hairspray (to fix the printer ink), Tombo Blender Pen

Wedding Stuff

I'll start by showing you the invitations or imbitasyon's (tagalog ~ filipino language) that i made. The invites are all recycled ... the wedding invitations that i made for the other BIL's wedding were returned to me and being one of those people that hates waste, i have managed to recycle 22 of them and turned them into these beauties ....... DP ~ Summer Driggs Golden Sunshine
CS ~ was nicked off the FIL who'd just had a delivery of artist card/paper for drawing on with chalks or pastels!
Raffia ~ Poundland

The flourish is from an ornamental font that was a free download ... all i did was Google Wedding Font! The other fonts i've used are Scriptine and Apple Garamond Light.

Please excuse the fact that the menu is not centred on the card, but i though Angeline would like to help make them ... bless her. I just left her to get on with them. Although i'm not happy with them, she was!

Even though i've put an RSVP date that is only 1 week away my BIL and MIL still have no sense of urgency and there are still a pile of invites to be given out on the bookcase!!!

You'd never guess that they were the other invites that can be found on one of my previous posts!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Just Magnolia Week 25

Following on from the tutorial that was posted yesterday on Just Magnolia, they are having a special challenge this week based around the tutorial. If you don’t have the die (none of the DT did) please don’t worry – all they ask is that your creation has hand made flowers, cut with a die, or punched or even cut out by hand. This Special Monthly Challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp, and the prize is a $50 voucher to spend in their shop on anything that takes your fancy.

I did make the flower in the tutorial using my Woodware flower punches but i posted that card a few posts down. So here is another card i made using the same punch ....

  • CS ~ Stash
    DP's ~ Bohemian Summer ~ Free Download
  • Image ~ RAK from my gorgeous buddy Tab ... thanks honey xxx
  • Sentiment ~ PC Generated
  • Beads ~ Stash (left over from Wedding bouquet and posies)
  • Flower centres ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Martha Stewart Flourish Punch available HERE (fab for any sized image), Woodware Leaf Punch, Sewing Machine, Woodware Dragonfly Punch, Glamour Dust, Whisper Strokes

Truly Scrumptious missed Challenge #16

There appears to be a lot of challenges i've missed lately but did manage to make the cards for, but due to be wedding'ed out i've forgotten to post them! The challenge was a fab sketch from Heather. Well you know how much i love my sketches!

  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Pink Petticoat ~ Lottie, Dottie & Jack ~ Modern Princess
  • Image ~ Magnolia Fall Collection ~ her very first inking!
  • Flowers, Ribbon & Pearls~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Nesties, Woodware Leaf Punch, Whisper Strokes

We had a fab Wedding shopping day yesterday .... i enlisted the help of Scott (son-in-law, sort of lol) to help dress David (BIL) and Andy (DH) and oh my word did he do an excellent job! I think he enjoyed his task far to much though .... he might be looking for a career change as a personal shopper lol! We managed between us to get the girls sorted with shoes and head-dresses too, along with a tiara for the bride. I also finished all the button holes, so treated myself to a huge bar of fruit and nut whilst watching Strictly! I've given myself the day off today so that i can concentrate on cardmaking only, although i need to pop into town and just quickly change Andy's shirt ... we decided that he should have a slim fit shirt rather than the one he got yesterday. So its all good ... at the minute!

Friday, 2 October 2009

And another .....

This is another of the ... "here's one i made earlier" cards. Seems like an age ago when i made this and was one of my first attempts at shrink plastic charms ... still can't get to grasps with making the colour stay on them ... p'haps not using the right stuff! Anyhow, dunno if you can see it, but attached to the bow is a little Magnolia butterfly ... its the same as the one on the card.
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Summer Driggs
Image ~ RAK from my gorgeous buddy Tab ... thanks honey x
Gems, flowers, beadcap, ribbon and brad ~ Stash
Lace ~ RAK from my VBFBF Diane ... thanks to you too honey x
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Martha Stewart Flourish Punch available HERE, Woodware Leaf Punch