Sunday, 26 July 2009

Going back in time

These pictures are the inspiration for this week's challenge over at the Corrosive Challenge Blog #22!

They really stumped me!I tried all sorts of things and eventually came up with this. I HATE it!!!
I just couldn't get my head around this challenge at all so decided to go with the rock theme. I think my mojo has left town!

Using a piece of my daughter's scrapbook paper - Thanks 'Tink' ;o) - with the rock chick on it I rounded off the corners and pop dotted it. I punched out a border in pink which I stuck underneath. I then matched up the colours of the rainbow with some chipboard letters to spell out 'You Rock' and added a couple of gems. At the bottom, above each of the holes I put alternate orange and pink legless brads, and a couple at the top to give a bit of balance. I love those brads, they add dimension with very little effort! Finally I added the sentiment using some little clips that I have had for years and never used, and a couple on the right hand side to add interest. Don't you just love it when you get around to using something that you've had for years. You feel like your halo is glistening, don't you?!!!

Dies: None! (Oh wow, that's a first for me lol!!)
Paper: Pinched from my daughter's scrapbook set. Sorry, no idea who makes it, pink Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: Swarowski Gems, Li'l Davis Designs Vintage Wood Alphabet, Legless Brads in 'Totally Tropical' and tag from Craftwork Cards, Martha Stewart hole punch

Hopefully next week the challenge will be a bit easier. I am sure you guys can come up with some fab creations for this one though, so get that mojo going and join in on this week's challenge, I'd love to see what you all make!

Enjoy the rest of your day. I'm hoping to get a bit of crafting done this week, and have some cards to show you. Now that Natasha is off school we can get creative together. Tomorrow is supposed to be pouring rain so what better excuse to stay in for a bit of crafting?!!

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Butterfly Kisses

Hi there everyone

Firstly, I should say sorry for being a bad blogger this week. I have been busy setting up a new business and just haven't had a minute to make cards :o( I really miss it when I can't get creative, it's my little bit of fun! By the way what do you all think of this font?? I thought I'd try something a bit different for a change.

Today's challenge over at the
Corrosive Challenge Blog is a sketch. Now as you all know I do like my sketches, and I really enjoyed this one!

I had seen the idea of splitting a piece of paper up on a card at a show I recently went to, so when this sketch came up I used it as an opportunity to play and cross another thing off my list. Do you all have a list of things you want to have a go at? My list seems to get longer and longer, but nothing gets done on it lol. Still, I'll have loads of ideas for a rainy day! It's summer holidays here soon so I will no doubt be creating lots of different things with my daughter. (I had just typed 'little girl' then and had to delete it. I realised she is no longer my little girl, she's nearly ten! My goodness, that makes me feel old!) As I'm sure all you Mums out there will agree, she will always be my little girl I'm sure!) She loves crafting so it's great when we have Mummy time together, I love it! She's very creative too, she often comes up with brilliant ideas when I get to that 'stuck place'.

As you can see from my interpretation of the sketch there's a bit of cheating going on when it comes to the embellishments, but I think I should just about get away with it ;o) What d'ya reckon?!!

I started by cutting out a piece of pink card. I cut a piece of patterned DP into 3 strips. Using my Nesties I cut a circle in white and the scallop in elephant Bazzill Bling (my name for it, not theirs!) I then cut out the butterfly, first in pink which I embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and inked all over with a charcoal inkpad, and then I cut the same butterfly in grey/cream dotty paper. I cut the body/antennae in elephant Bazzill Bling. I quite heavily pop dotted the butterfly because I really wanted it to be 3d so I'm not sure if you can see from the photo but the bottom butterfly is completely stuck down to the white circle, using pop dots. The pink butterfly is then stuck just down the middle with its wings folded up to give it some dimension. On the top right of the card I cut out a vine which I pop dotted to raise it and some flowers which I used as my stars on the sketch. Finally I added the little 'love' topper from DCWV, some more flowers and some bling on the body and flowers to give it a bit of a lift. I am quite pleased how this one turned out, but then I do really love this pad of Amy Butler papers, so I am a bit biased!

Dies: Sizzix 'Vine', 'Butterfly', 'Flower & Stems' & Cuttlebug 'Textile Texture', Circle and Scallop Nesties
Paper: Amy Butler 'Lotus' 12 x 12 pad, dark grey Bazzill Bling cardstock, pink Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: Swarowski Gems, DCWV 'La Crème' chipboard sticker

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, don't forget to enter the challenge yourself. I love the challenges Janet sets, they really get my creative juices flowing, just what I need! Don't forget to check out what the rest of the DT are making, they have been doing some gorgeous cards each week.

Thanks for popping by ♥

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Posh Paws :o)

Hi there. Hope you're all having a fantastic Sunday.

Guess what.. today is Corrosive Challenge day, Challenge #20! This week's theme is dogs. For my card I wanted to use a couple of things that I keep threatening to use :o)... my new paw print brads, a tag cutter that Ian bought me recently, my Martha Stewart punch and black. This is what I came up with;

Using my Basic Grey 'Urban Prairie' papers (my fave ones!) I cut out three random shapes and laid them across each other at angles. I then cut out some black cardstock using my Martha Stewart border punch. I cut out a Sizzix tag and added a pink/white gingham ribbon. I then popped out a Craftworks Card tag with the 'happy birthday' sentiment and added this to the tag. I attached the tag using pop dots.

I then cut out some black brackets and the Cuttlebug dog in black and white onto which I stamped dots using my 'Judith' wooden stamp. I inked all of the card edges prior to sticking them down and then doodled some faux stitching around the edges. I then added a black die cut flower in the corner and two paw print brads. Finally I added the dog using pop dots (I always call them pop dots but they are generically called foam pads so I hope you know what I mean!) I gave my little dog a swarowski crystal gem eye and coloured in his nose with a red gel pen.

Dies: Sizzix Dingbats #2 for the brackets, 'Tags, Happy' & Cuttlebug 'Dog',
: Basic Grey 'Urban Prairie', Bazzill cardstock in black
Accessories: Swarowski Gems, Craftwork Cards sentiment tag and 'Best of British' Die Cut Flower, Mei Flower gingham bow and paw print brads, Martha Stewart Scallop Edger Border Punch, 0.1 Copic pen for doodling

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday. I am hoping to make a few cards next week, I've got a list of orders so I need to get my act together lol. I also want to start entering some challenges again soon. Don't forget to to join in on this week's challenge over at the Corrosive Challenge Blog, I'd love to see your creations ♥

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Quick Man Card!

Hi everyone

I had set this post to go earlier this week, but mustn't have done it right! Have you all had a good day? My 'Sis' and her man are over, so I've not made any cards this weekend. (Yes, she is still talking to me after my comment on the royal card!)

Today's card is a quick male card. As you all know by now male cards aren't my forte. I always find mine look a bit naff somehow.

For this card I used my Basic Grey mat pad, cutting out two rectangles in different papers, then two squares, one larger than the other so that I could put '40' in it. I wrapped some dotty brown ribbon around the larger rectangle. As Heidi Van Laar puts it I 'fussy' cut the banner, once in cream and again larger in brown, which I then added the letters to. I love the way she says that because I hate cutting out small areas, so it always makes me giggle. Decoupage is one kind of card I would hate making, so hats off to all of you that have the patience for that! You should check out her blog, she does some amazing cards, I love them!

Dies: Sizzix 'Wango' Alphabet Set, 'Easy Peasy' Alphabet Set
Paper: Basic Grey 'Archaic' (I think!)
Accessories: Brown and white polka dot ribbon from stash

Soldiering on I will continue in my quest to make a great male card! I look to you all for inspiration :o)

Monday, 6 July 2009

Royal 30!

Hey there everyone. I know two posts in two days, amazing for me huh?!

I have a card that I'd like to share with you tonight. I've been meaning to put this on for AGES. I made it for my Swedish friend's 30th birthday. She loves crowns and black and white so it was perfect for her. She's fab, like a sister to me. I wanted to keep it quite simple but classy (a bit like her lol) Only joking Sis!! Hope she liked it :o) I'm going to be in SO much trouble if she reads this entry! ;o)

I cut out a piece of black/silver DP and using my *new* Martha Stewart hole punch I punched a strip of black bazzill which I stuck at the bottom of the card. I wrapped a piece of white ribbon around the top of the DP before matting it onto a piece of silver card. I then cut out a crown in silver, adding swarowski gems. I finished it all of with a '30th' sticker.

Dies: Crown - Cuttlebug 'Paper Dolls' Cartridge
: DCWV 'All Dressed Up', Bazzill cardstock in black, silver cardstock
Accessories: Swarowski Gems, 30th sticker and ribbon from stash, Martha Stewart punch

Have a great evening!

Ps.. What do you think of the bright pink background? That's the colour of one of my new studio's walls. I don't usually 'do' pink but I LOVE it!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Summer Fun

Hi everyone. How has your week been? It's been absolutely baking hot here this week. Now, for most people that would be fab, but for me I prefer all of the other seasons. I don't do muggy heat very well!

Today is Corrosive Challenge day over at the Corrosive Challenge Blog! Janet has come up with yet another great challenge for you all, the prize this week is a stamp from PMS.

I can't believe it's Sunday already. Where has this week gone? I'm sure the weeks are going by quicker and quicker, or is it just that I'm getting older and noticing?! Don't answer that one please!

The challenge for today was to create something with the theme of summer fun. I went to a craft show yesterday and picked up a few new bits and pieces, one of which was this paper with lots of summer messages on, perfect for the job in hand :o)

For this card I cut out a rectangle of my summer paper, then I added a strip of yellow and aqua glitter at the bottom of the card on an angle. To this I added the word 'Relax' and then using a little tag from Craftwork Cards I added the 'It's Your Birthday' sentiment. I added a couple of legless brads either side of the 'Relax' and another on the tag to add some interest. I then cut out a palm tree in green and brown, to which I added little coconuts. I doodled around the edges of the leaves.

I then set to work on my Hula girl. I used some K & Co 'Sola' stripey paper for her skirt and little legless brads for her bikini top, I thought she needed a bit of a boost, she was looking a bit flat-chested lol. Using my Nesties (yes, I have now FINALLY used them!) I cut out an oval for my Hula girl but it needed a little something extra so I added a bit more doodling.

To finish I added a few Prima flowers to follow on the Caribbean type theme.

Dies: Sizzix - Tree, Palm, Sizzix - Girl, Hula, Sizzix 'Easy Peasy' Alphabet Set
Paper: 'A Shore Thing - Cool Pool Chatter' by Imaginisce, glitter card, yellow Bazzill, K & Co 'Sola' paper from mat pad
Accessories: Tag from Craftwork Cards, Prima Flowers 'Essential 4 Dude' and 'Totally Tropical' legless brads by Craftwork Cards

Doesn't that Hula Girl just make you wish you were on a tropical island somewhere?! Well, as long as they have air conditioning for me, that is!

Enjoy the rest of your day x

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