Thursday, 31 January 2008

"Just want to Slay. . ."

Right, got told of another challenge blog, this time for Sugar Nellies stamps, it's set up by UK Stampers but you don't have to be a member to take part. The challenge blog is here.

Challenge this week is to use a sugar nellie stamp and some form of checks in your card. I've not really used my nellie stamps that much so I thought this would be a good one to start doing! Used my Nellie Knight stamp as Lisa kindly stamped me some fab dragon images which suits him perfectly! Thanks Lisa :)

The layout started out as the one posted by Marlene, on her blog here which I loved but as usual, didn't end up that way! Oh well, I did try Marlene, honest :)

Materials:
  • Images: Knight Luca stamp from Funky Kits' Sugar Nellie range. Dragon is from Fun stamps both coloured with Prismas/sansodor. Scroll stamp from Magnolia with handwritten message
  • Papers: patterned paper from DCWV spring stack. Silver textured paper from Papermill shop
  • Others: brads from stash and ovals cut from nestibilities

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

I've been awarded . .

by Jo , but all I really did was help her spend more money :) Thanks anyway Jo, it's my first award and you have really cheered me up, so you can have it back! (Jo I will try and do tutorial for the scallop card some time, but keep getting side tracked, some people keep tagging me and dishing out awards :p)

O.K, I would like to pass this award on to all my SBS8 sisters :)
edited to say: I started to leave all my 'sisters' individual comments on their blog but there's soo many. So sorry if I haven't left you a personal comment, please don't take it the wrong way! You're here now, so please have this award :) you know who you are!
Fran x

Ismaki Challenge 4

Here is the sketch for this week's Ismaki's challenge plus the extra option of using green with butterflies.
Well as soon as I saw the option I had to use a sheet of patterned paper from one of (too many!) my new Dovecraft's pack. The rest of the card kinda just evolved round that 1 sheet of paper. Hope you like it.

Materials:
  • Image: 'SO07 Tuffa Tila' Magnolia stamps coloured with prismas/sansodor. Sentiment "Fluttering by to say 'Hi'" stamp from my stash, had it so long can't remember the make!
  • Paper: from Dovecraft's 'Retro Floral Prints' pack 6x6 version. Wanted to show off as much of the butterfly's as possible and the scallop oval (cut from my nestibilities) just happened to cover bits of the wings so I just cut round the edges and tucked the oval behind the wings. I really like this and will have to remember to try that more with other papers now. did the same with a leaf which hangs over the sentiment.
  • Others: just ribbon from my stash as the paper was busy enough.

O.K, think that's all the cards for today, I take way too long over them, must be my indecisiveness (hence I have so many stamps, 'can't decide?' . . buy them all LOL) Off to do a bit of blog surfing and might tackle the sugar nellie challange tomorrow.

Tilda & Co Challenge : Baby

This week's challenge bit harder for me as I don't have any obvious 'baby style' magnolia stamps which is what this week's challenge was . .."For this weeks challenge i would like to see you all make something "baby" related, Be it a card for a newborn baby, be it a album for baby photos? would about a scrapbook page about a baby? Anything goes once again so let you imagination take over on this one.".

There's quite a few challenges I want to do this week so wanted to stick to a card as in theory it should be quicker to make. However, I can start off with an idea and then change it as I go cos I don't like the look of it and it ends up taking me ages to finish lol. So here it is,
Materials:
  • Image: "JU07 Tilda med ballong" Magnolia stamp coloured with my prismas/sansodor. cut her and the balloon out seperately and used a plastic pearl trim ribbon thingy (don't know the proper name! but in the trims section of fabric store!) for the ballon string. 'girl' sentiment from Studio G's mini stamp sets. Ballon and Tilda stuck on with 3d foam
  • Card: cut from folded piece of cardstock with my largest square nestibilities die, just kept the folded part inside the die cut.
  • Paper: from papermania's 'love' paper pack
  • Others: Flower brad, ribbons and chipboard sticker from stash
It's not very babyish, is it, but it's the best I could do! The colours are more girly IRL. The whole thing was based round the paper which was left over from my last card and then I wanted to try using my scallop nestibilites for a card rather than just for layering. It hasn't ended up how I planned it in my head but then they never do!
Thinking about it this would also fit in with the papertake weekly challenge as there's hearts in it!

I got tagged!

Jo has tagged me with the Middle Name Game! These are the rules:-
  1. You must post the rules before you give your answers.

  2. You must list one fact about yourself for each letter of your middle name. Each fact must begin with that letter. If you don't have a middle name, just use your maiden name.

  3. After you've been tagged, you need to up-date your blog with your middle name and answers.

  4. At the end of your post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged and need to read your blog for details.)

Right then, my middle name is Pik-Yu, which is my chinese name. I love it in chinese but when pronounced like it is written in English I just hate!

Anyway, here goes:-

Puny. I'm only 5ft tall/short! Well, I am Chinese :)

I love stamps . . can you tell?!

Knight owl (I can spell, honest, but can't think of anything else!). Definately NOT a morning person :)

Youngest of 6 children. There's a 19 year age gap between me and my oldest brother and the smallest age gap is 7 years between me & my sister. Somehow don't think I was planned :)

Used to be a merchandiser for a home shopping catalogue (Freemans) buying womenswear. Gave that up to move back up north. Total change of lifestyle now, help out DH in our own take out business - which I love but I do miss 'dressing up' for work. It's just practical t-shirts and jeans now! Don't even get to wear all my lovely high heeled shoes, which I love almost as much as my stamps! :( . . that always used to add a good 3 inches to my height, so I really am puny now LOL

On that note I shall now have to tag 5 people, so I'll go for Marlene, Lisa, Debby, Sally, Gwen

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

PTW challenge & SU challenge UK

I'm a bit behind this week as all this bloggin & image swapping business sure does take up a lot of time, I don't know how you girls with kids do it! Right managed to finish one card tonight and it fits 2 challenges.

PTW this week is 'heart's desire' and it's to make a card with hearts or hearts on it and the other challenge is a new one set up by my SBS8 sister, Su. It's Stampin Up Challenge UK and is for using stamps from the Stampin up range only. At the moment, I only have 2 sets but as SU is now launched in the UK I'm sure I'll soon remedy that LOL
Materials:
  • Images & Sentiment: SU set 'loads of love' coloured with prismas/sansodor. Love this set as all the images come seperately so you can mix & match. I'm not very good with the whole masking/creating scenes but these simple ones are nice & easy to do. Added stickles to the hearts and sakura clear glaze pen on the windows and hub caps so they shine IRL
  • Paper: from Papermania's'love' paper pack (Marlene - it's your fault that I got them as you made them look too good lol)
  • Others: used square scallop nestibilities to mat & layer images and ribbon and adhesive gems from my stash

Off to do the other challenges, there's also a new sugar nellie one which I would like to do if I get the chance, so see you later and don't forget to enter my blog candy!

Monday, 28 January 2008

Card Folder

Here's what I made the other day that I couldn't show, but now that Annie has received it, I can!
It's a card folder so that you can put things inside (such as stamped images, photos, gift vouchers etc). It's a great idea which I got off Katharina's fantastic blog and the tutorial for this card. Katharina's ones are much more elaborate and detailed. Mine was for putting stamped images in to post out in a swap I wanted to keep the actual card light for posting, so it's made from a piece of 12x12 paper as opposed to cardstock.

Materials:
  • Image: Magnolia stamp 'HO07 Tilda med förkläde' coloured with prismas/sansodor 'enjoy' sentiment from one of studio G's mini clear stamp sets
  • Card: made from piece of 12x12 patterned paper cut to size. pick patterned paper from dovecraft's 'retro floral' paper pack
  • Other: organza ribbon from stash

My legs are killing me!

I'm back! Had a lovely day out yesterday although my legs will tell you differently lol.
My DH is really into his trekking and mountain walks. He got me to climb up Snowdon last spring but that was a one off as I'm just not cut out for that stuff, too much like hard work! I told him, don't mind walking and great scenery but the whole scrambling over rocks just isn't me!

So anyway, the walk up Catbells (in Keswick, Cumbria for those not from the UK!) looked much easier and the views are stunning but I forgot to factor in the fact I've not been working for the past 6 weeks or so (where I'm used to being on my feet all day, every day) and haven't been doing any excercise! Managed to get near the top but then it was a bit too windy so we didn't do the full 6km walk plus I don't think my legs would have let me lol. Here's a photo about half way up, and this is on an overcast day,(excuse the windswept look :))It is a beautiful area and I will go back and do the full walk but when the weather's nicer and I'm a bit fitter!

Need to try and get back into crafting mode, as got all the new challenges to do this week. Also, don't forget to have a go at my blog candy, no one's played yet :( It can be a card, just wanted to try and make it a bit more interesting but understand if it's too much work to make anything other than a card!






Saturday, 26 January 2008

Rubber Romance: Lulu

Haven't made much these last 2 days apart from something I did for a fellow blogger so I can't show you that yet as she may read this!

Not been in the mood to make anything but did put together this really quick card using a pile of images I'd already stamped out but not yet used. This is one of my rubber romance stamps which is great as doesn't require much colouring in. I thought she'd be good for just general 'hello'/'what are you up to' type of cards.



Materials:
  • Image: 'Lulu with curls' Rubber Romance stamp coloured with Prismas/sansodor. 'Hello' sentiment from studio G's mini clear stamp sets
  • Others: Mat & layered onto glittered pale blue cardstock using petite scallop circle nestibilites. Brads and ribbon from stash. Printed A6 card from Papermania 'all occasions' designer cards

Off for an earlier night tonight as early start tomorrow. DH and I are off to Keswick (Lake District) for the day. As it's so close (under 2 hours drive away) we thought we'd make the most of all this free time together before he needs to get stuck in with sorting out the new business. It's supposed to be nice weather tomorrow but I'll let you know!

Time for Sweeties!

OMG, how did that happen, I've had over 2500 hits already?! As Victor Meldrew would say, "I can't be-lieve it!" So as promised, to celebrate this milestone I've got some blog candy up for grabs.

Open to all (changed my mind, don't think it'll be that heavy to post international and if it is, what the heck! :))

The Challenge:
I love my rubber stamps and am always amazed by all the different types of folding cards and other creations you can make with some ink and rubber! So I would love to see what you can make. It could be a simple bookmark, a doorhanger, a notebook, anything besides a traditional single fold card. As long as it uses a stamped image and is NOT a bog standard single fold square card (and hasn't been featured on your blog before).

Please leave a comment here so I can come see your entry. Challenge closes Sunday 3rd Feb 11pm. Winner will be chosen by my DH. Only 1 entry per person please.

The Candy:
It's all new, un-used sweeties from my own personal stash and I kinda just rummaged around so apologies if it's not very co-ordinated but I'm sure it'll be put to good use.



Candy:
  • 1xBella stamp 'cakeabella'
  • stack of assorted patterned papers, mainly 6"x6" but some 4.5"x6.5"
  • 2 sheets of vellum stickers by American Traditional Designs, 'Cats&dogs' and ''Faith'
  • 1 sheet Papermania rub-ons 'flower/pretty pots'
  • 1 pack of chipboard stickers 'baby boy'
  • handful of assorted metal brads
  • handful of mini decorative wooden pegs

Look forward to seeing your creations!

Frances x

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Oooooohhh!!!!!!!!

That e-mail I mentioned in my last post was an invite to be featured over on this blog 'Queen Kat Bloggers Club' as one of their 'bloggers of the week/day'! As if I'd turn them down!

I've had a look and the bloggers featured on there have some amazing work so I'm really chuffed that 1. they found me and 2. they would what to put me on there! I know it's just for fun but it's really made my day and I had to share it with you all (my DH just thinks I'm getting addicted to blogging as much as my stamping now :/, they just don't get it do they?!).

Don't know when I'll be featured but will keep a look out and it's another great way to 'meet' more fellow crafting bloggers out there, so thank you Tanis and everyone at Queen Kat's, you've made me very happy and pleased with myself LOL

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

PTW challenge: Violets are Blue

Over on Papertake Weekly Challenge blog, This weeks challenge - Yep you guessed it! It's..... Violets are Blue! We'd like to see Blues or Purples this week please!

So finally managed to take part and I went with pale blue. Thought I'd make a start on my spring/easter cards. . .

Front, when closed.

Open.

up close.

I've used a nip & tuck card which I saw over on Claudia's blog, her cards are amazing. She has a tutorial for this card as well as many others, you should check it out.

Materials:
  • Image: 'Sharing Spring' Penny Black stamp, coloured with Prismas/Sansodor. Edges inked with pale blue chalk ink. Mat & layered onto DCWV cardstock
  • Paper: 12x12 sheet from DCWV spring stack cut down to size & folded as per Claudia's tutorial. Have inked some of the edges with chalk ink in iris blue
  • Others: Front tab is cut from my square nestibilities plain & scallop set and stamped with sentiment from a HOTP sentiment set

Just got an e-mail which I need to reply to and then I can share the news with you all later, can't wait! Bye for now. x

Penny Black Stamps & Pen Pot for my Sis

As you may have gathered by now, I love my stamps and Penny Blacks are one of my favourites but they aren't exactly cheap if you live in the UK so I tend to buy from US.

My latest buy just arrived today (ordered 11 days ago so not bad turn around from US) and thought I'd share as the service was brilliant, shipping was reasonable and he's literally got the whole back catalogue, so great if you're after some of the older ones. Some of you probably already use him but for those that don't, try HM Stamps for your Penny Blacks. I'm not connected in any way but thought it's good to share. He also does House Mouse stamps but I'm not a fan and some others too. It's not a great site to navigate but it does the job. Out of the US sites I've used he's probably the best in terms of price Vs range/shipping time (think Perfect Stamp store is cheaper but you can end up waiting WEEKS for it to arrive and I don't think they've got as full a range although they do more of other ranges).

Haven't done this weeks PTW challenge yet, (will probably use one of my new stamps for that now :)) so the only thing I've got to show at the moment is a little pen pot I decorated for my sister. It was just a plain 99p wooden pot from WH Smith's and I've just covered it and decorated it. Probably not to everyone's taste, this is more collage/eclactic.The charm hanging off the front is a spoof romance novel cover. It's a stamp I have had for ages (part of a set) and is perfect for my sister as she loves all these historical romance books and this cover is hilarious. I've just stamped & coloured it on shrink plastic. the rest is just paper, stickers, ribbons and my fantastic cropodile to punch the holes in the pot. If you want to see close up of the stamp I used, try here

Off to do a bit of blog surfing now and see if I can stay away from ordering the new magnolias (been good so far!)

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Ismaki Challenge Wk3: Nellie 'With Love'


Here is this week's Ismaki sketch challenge, which I found much easier than last weeks, thank goodness! Tried to use the template as well but my poor brain's not quite up to the challenge of trying to do both and it didn't look right so just kept it simple! here it is . .


Materials:
  • Image: Nellie off 'Sugar Nellie Kit' from Funky Kits coloured with Prismas/Sansodor
  • Paper: 'Nostalgia Warm' papermania 8"x8" paper pack love this pack, it's all pale muted pinks/blues/beiges which is much better IRL
  • Others: tag cut from sizzix super scallop tag and covered in paper to match. Added faux stitching rub ons along the top of the pocket and across the tag and card. panel of taupe card embossed with cuttlebug's script folder with flower added to it with pearl brad. Die cut stickers and ribbon from stash
Oh, have you noticed my watermark on my photos?! I know it's not great (DH says it doesn't actually cover alot of the photo which I know is really the whole point, but I don't want it to, plus who's really going to want to 'lift' my photos anyway!) I'm quite pleased that I managed to do this as I don't have photoshop so the tutorial I've seen around for that was no good to me! I've just got some freebie software my DH downloaded (paint.net) and I seem to get on ok with that so just played around on that. May change it in the future but for now, it'll do.

On another note, I can't quite believe how high my little counter is spinning round and that I'm already over the 2000 hits. When I started in Oct I wasn't sure how if anybody was going to read my blog and just did it assuming I was talking to myself :) So thank you everyone!

I've noticed how blog candies seem to be quite popular and I think is fun so I'm going to have to see what I can do and maybe sort something out for when I reach 2500 as a little thank you. Will have to sleep on that.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Tilda & Co Challenge: Shiny Silver

I love the Tilda & Co challenge as it makes sure my little Tildas & Edwins get inked at least once a week and won't get neglected (well, I'll need to do a *few more* challenges before I'll get through them all :) )

O.K this weeks challenge is.....
Shiny Silver
This week's challenge i would like to see Shiny Silver, You be may wondering shiny silver?
Well it couldn't be simpler,
It could be some shiny mirror card in silver! or could be some metal work/wire, What about some little mirror tiles? or even sequins as long as there is some shiny Silver on your work,
Go on give your work that shine and show off your lovely Shiny silver with magnolia stamps.
Once again any form of work goes, be it a card, Scrapbook page, Altered art etc, Try & think outside the box!


Here is my entry, it's an Edwin bookclip . .
You might have to click on the photo and zoom in for a better look as he's so diddy. I happened to buy a box of giant paperclips today (they're about 7cm) and have been meaning to play with some shrink plastic for a while now (not done that in ages), so had a real Eureka moment when I read the challenge!
Here's a photo of the difference in sizes between stamped Edwin and after he's been shrunk . He's soo cute, might have to make him a few friends LOL

Materials:
* Image: Sitting Edwin & stack of books stamped twice behind him onto frosted shrink plastic. Coloured in with Prismas/Sansodor (wasn't sure if it worked on shrink plastic but was fine!) His Wings, star and bitsof books coloured with Sakura clear stardust pen so glitters IRL
* Others: This was then shrunk with my heatgun then just sandwiched the paperclip between him & a small circle chipboard piece(from my dovecraft masculine tin - perfect colour for it but not shown in photo) with silicone glue.

Rubber Romance - 'Babs in bath'

Here's my first card with my new Rubber Romance stamps, she's my favourite,maybe because I like my bubble baths too :)

Photo's not brill again, the bubbles are a light pink and glitter IRL and the chipboard letters have a pattern to them in a soft cream/beige colour
Materials:
  • Image: 'Babs in Bath' by Rubber Romance. Coloured with prismas/sansodor and stickles glue added to the bubbles. Edges chalked in pale pink and matted/layered onto cardstock
  • Paper: from Dovecraft's 'Retro Floral Prints' paper pack
  • Others: Ribbon from Hobbycraft's 99p selection. 'Relax' are chipboard letters from a Brenda Pinnick xmas kit and I've inked edges of letters with pink

In answer to where I got these stamps from, it was from a shop on Etsy.com called Burntcookie and the lady, Robin, is the owner of rubber romance stamps. I'm not familiar with this site but think it's like Ebay basically and I had no problem joining and buying off her.

Am off to try something different for this week's tilda challenge. See you soon.

Another Edwin & Rubber Romance

Here is another Edwin card I made with the same papers as my last one (wanted to use up the scraps) but I made him blonde this time and just changed the layout and added some different embellishments. Sorry about the photo, another dull day and the flash just zaps out the colour and I don't know my way round my photo program thingy to fix it up correctly!

Some more of the goodies that I ordered last week arrived yesterday and I'm so pleased with them. They are the rubber romance stamps that I've been wanting but could never get hold of over here in the UK (either sold out or mounted and expensive!) Anyway, I managed to buy direct, unmounted, and they arrived safe and sound plus the owner threw in a few free word and handbag stamps as well, how good was that?! I'll definately be back as they worked out to be under £3 each and then I just stick them to some EZ foam which I already have (Joanna Sheen UK is good source for that in the UK).
Just managed to squeeze them all on, lol and cut them out whilst watching QVC craft day last night (which didn't think much of to be honest). Have put picture of the stamped out images on the right of the photo for you to see - don't you just love em? Just need to colour them in and make them into cards now!

The images are alot larger than say the bellas, but it just means larger cards and also great for using on shrink plastic which I haven't done for a while.

Hopefully have a play later and maybe be able to use them in some of the new rounds of the challenges.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Edwin

Here's the one card I made today, thought I'd do one for the boys, need to do more of these as I don't have enough cards for the guys. It's another kick stand card, they are really addictive as they're easy to do!
Materials:
  • Image: Standing Edwin, magnolia stamps. Paper pierced and coloured with prismas/sansodor except his wings, used clear sakura stardust pen for that. chalked round edges and added border by hand
  • Papers: from 'Masculine' Dovecraft paper pack
  • Others: 'Top Bloke' from 'masculine' chipboard tin which matches the papers. Brads from stash. Ribbon was one of the 99p ones from Hobbycraft

I really should do some more 'grown-up' cards but just can't seem to stay away from my 'cute' stamps at the moment. Think it's because they're the ones which need 'colouring in' the most and I am so enjoying reverting to my childhood pass time!

Rain, Rain Rain.

What's with the weather, glorious and sunny yesterday and today miserable as sin again. Only made 1 card today as we went out and I spent. . . again!

That's what happens when I've got too much time on my hands and then hubby OFFERS to take me to hobbycraft (I can technically drive as I do have a driver's license but haven't had to since I passed about 17yrs ago LOL. Think I drove my sister's car about twice not long after I passed then I was away at Uni so no access to car then and then moved down to London and didn't need car to travel round or else I had hubby by then! )

So anyway, had to share one of my purchases. I was 'clogging up the security tape' as my hubby puts it whilst browsing in Hobbycraft (I can spend ages in 1 store) and saw this. . .

They're wood letters that you can decorate and the great thing about this one is that you've got both the negative and positves of the letters.

I've seen a few of my fellow SBS sisters do some lovely things with wooden letters (like Gwen's here and Kim's bought these to do ) but this being UK, they aren't that easy to come by so when I saw this I had to get them.

They were only £3.49. The absurd thing is, they had a second set that spelled 'LOVE', slightly taller but obviously shorter as it's only 4 letters and I would have got those too until I saw the price, guess how much?! . . . same price, £1 or 2 more? No, it was £11.79. Yep, Love ain't free and if you want that in dollars it's about $23 LOL Needless to say I didn't get those!

Also got some more ribbon, only 99p a roll and they had some yummy colours and styles - you can never have too much ribbon!

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

PTW Challenge: Roses are Red

Oh my goodness, the sun is shining and it's not raining! Wonder how long that will last? Needed to make an oriental style card last night so decided to tie it in with the Papertake Weekly Challenge. This week's them is Roses are Red ..' is to use red on your card! Any shade or shades of red that you like from bright pillar box to deep burgandy!! Come on everyone lets paint the town RED!!(P.S. The next few challenges will have Valentines themed names but you do not have to make Valentines cards!! lol!!)

I went more towards the burgandy/raspberry end of the spectrum and this is it;

Materials:

  • Images: Main image is 'Oriental Lady' can't remember where from but it's a 'Creative Impressions' stamp. Coloured with my lovely Prismas & Sansodor then matted and layered with light green and gold card. Highlighted the chopstick in her hair and edges of her fan with clear sakura aqualip pen to make them glossy. Whole image stuck on with foam pads to give it more dimension. The chinese writing and seal in the corner are both stamped and clear heat embossed. The seal is from Hero Arts ('chinese seals') and the writing is a new year phrase which came unmounted but can't remember where from!
  • Paper: from last year's Dovecraft's paper pack 'Amethyst floral prints' some have a very oriental feel to them which is what I wanted. Matted onto gold card.
  • Others: Sticky blk/gold ribbon from stash.

I think I mentioned in a previous post somewhere that my DH sold our business (chinese take away) just before christmas, after 3 years, as we wanted a shop closer to home (it took 20mins each way on the motorway plus it was a good offer to sell). Hence why I've got so much free time at the moment as new place won't be ready for a while and even then I'll only be needed part time :)

Anyway, we had some wonderful customers at our old place and one lady in particular we have kept in touch with - she was our first ever customer on opening day! So I needed this card as we're going to visit her today and wanted a card to go with some of the gifts we bought her (various chinese teas etc).

Have just come back and glad to say, she loved the card and gifts. Not so great news about the business though. Very disheartening to hear standards haven't been maintained and that all our hard work is slowly being undone. I know I shouldn't get so sentimental about it, as it's business but I got to know so many of the customers and I'd hate to think of them being let down like that. Oh well 'C'est le vie'.

Another small downside to not having a food place is the need to go and do full week's food shop! Used to be at the shop so much that we'd just eat there and hardly needed to cook at home. But at least I can get to craft more and the sun is still shining! Hope it's been nice where you are, off to Tesco's now.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Whipper Snapper

Using some of the paper left from my last card, make a fairly simple birthday card. Well, compared to that last one it is, don't think I'm cut out for these complicated layouts, too much planning involved of what bits need to be stuck down first LOL.

Used my other Whipper Snapper stamp for this, think they are sooo cute. The brown dotty paper is from some of my new goodies which arrived today from Glitterpot. I love their service, soo speedy. Got some of the new dovecraft paperpacks as I think they are gorgeous and good value at £2.89 for 72 sheets of 6x6. Love the Masculine pack (which is where the brown dotty paper is from) as I really do need to do more cards suitable for guys. Maybe my next card as this one sure aint!
Materials:
  • Image: 'Cupcake Mouse' Whipper Snapper stamp. Coloured with Prismas/Sansodor
  • Papers: Dovecrafts new paper packs, 'retro florals' and 'masculine'
  • Others: Papermania dome stickers and ribbon. 'eat cake' coloured paper stickers from stash

Monday, 14 January 2008

Ismaki Challenge: wk 2

Another week, another challenge. This is Ismaki Challenge and this weeks choices are either this layout OR to use the colours red, blue & white only.

I've gone with the sketch again this week, but using a kick stand card again, they are addictive but not sure this time. Think my mouse isn't big enough so it doesn't stand up too well, LOL. Oh well, live and learn! Also not too happy with the colours but it got to a stage where I was looking at it for so long that I couldn't tell anymore. That's what happens when I don't think through the whole card properly before I start making it.

Anyway, here it is (my sister needed a get well card for a friend so I thought this would be nice & cheerful). . .

materials:
  • Image: Whipper Snapper stamp 'mouse with flowers" coloured with prismas/sansodor
  • Paper: from lush new Dovecraft paper pack, "retro florals"
  • Others: Flower in centre is circle cut from nestibilities die and the petals are actually 5 heart shapes from cuttlebug die. Ribbons, prima flowers and brads from my stash. Sentiments are Pink Petticoat "Tiny Tags" printed off PC

Tilda & Co Challenge: Numbers

Had great fun making this card for the second Tilda & Co Challenge. They've had a great response to their first challenge, who knew there were so many Tilda addicts out there? It's been great looking at all the different tildas out there and how same stamps can look so different depending on the colour combo.

Anyway, this week is Numbers. "This week's challenge i would like to see Numbers, Be it just 1 number on your artwork or lot's of numbers." Here is mine;

It's my sister's birthday coming up soon so decided to make this for her, using her favourite colour combo. Tried a different card layout, it was a SCS card sketch challange, called a kick stand card (saw it on another blog - thanks Marlene :) ) and thought it'd be good for this card as it looks like she's perching on the edge of the card.
Do you like Tilda's patterned t-shirt, pocket and jeans? First time I've tried doing this, usually just colour the whole thing in but fancied some patterned clothes on her for a change lol

Materials:
  • Image: 'Tilda wearing Pinnie' Magnolia stamp. Paper pierced and coloured with prismas and sansodor. Date stamp is 'Calender year' from Hero Arts . Just circled my own date with sakura stardust pen. Edges of both images chalked
  • Paper: used for both background and tilda's clothes from DCWV stack
  • Embellishments: prima flowers, sticky gems, ribbon from my stash. 'enjoy your day' from peel off alphabet.


Sunday, 13 January 2008

Quick Sugar Nellie Card

O.K only got a quick card to show as haven't done much since my last post, been too busy just drooling over my pencils but not actually used them that much LOL I'm like that with new papers etc, anyone else like that or am I just weird?!

The 120 set of prismas are A-Mazing, I am so in love with all the different shades available, means I should be able to match my colouring to all my eclatic mix of papers I have (I know you can mix your own colours but I'm no good at that!). I just grabbed this Sugar Nellie I had ready stamped and just picked background paper for her and coloured her in to match. The colours are better IRL but the flash has washed out the colours in the photo (the lighting here today is absolutely awful, talk about wet and dreary!)


Materials:

  • Image: shopping Sugar Nellie from limited Sugar Nellie set coloured with Prismas & Sansodor

  • Paper: from 'All Occassions' paper pack from English Paper Co

  • Embellishments: sticky ribbon and brads from my 'stash'. 'sassy' is part of a stamping bella stamp. 'Girl' is from 1 of the cheap £1.49 clear 'Studio G' stamp sets.

  • Others: Corners cut using concave punch from EK Success

Will be trying out my prismas some more when the new batch of challenges start tonight and tomorrow. Someone made the comment (and so did my DH) that I could just sharpen the pencils that I needed but I'm a bit sad with things like this and like to have them all ready and arranged. Did anyone else think the order they came in are a bit funny? I rearranged them so they make more sense. Managed to not get a blister but thumb was a bit sore after all that sharpening!

I've been naughty and done some shopping on the web this weekend -can't even stay in and not end up spending anymore lol. Been after some Rubber Romance stamps for ages and finally got some, owner of Rubber Romance is actually selling them direct now, unmounted, which is what I was after and postage only $4 which I thought was fab. Then I made the mistake of going onto Glitterpot and ended up buying some more paper pads (like I need more :p), plus some Penny Black stamps from US, to add to my collection! Also got a couple of Fellas from stamping bellas as I don't have enough 'guy' stamps (any excuse). This is what happens when the £:dollar exchange rate is soo good (not if you're the other end of the pond obviously)

Thing is, there's a load of lovely new Magnolias coming out very shortly and I know I'll be wanting those too but have promised myself that that will be the next and LAST purchase for a while! You should check out their website or if you go over to UKS some of the DT girls have already made up some lovely cards. And on that note, of trying to make you join me on a spending splurge, I shall say 'au revoir', until next time!

Thursday, 10 January 2008

WooHoooooo. . .

. . . my set of prismas FINALLY got here AND I've finished my calender!

I ordered set of 120 prismacolors before christmas, and I knew they were sent 18th Dec but they've only just arrived today (it's 10th Jan :o) - that's our postal service for you. I know you've got to allow for increased mail etc, over christmas but I think 24 days is a bit much! Anyway, at least it's here now, was just concerned it was going to get 'lost' in transit. The freaky thing is, I ordered some more paper stumps last week and they happened to arrive today as well! So will go for a play later.

And here is the last page of my 2008 calender!

My sister, over in Florida, bought me lots of cute stamps from 'Eat Cakes Graphics' for my christmas present, so decided to use some of them for this page. I love them all, so being indecisive I used 3 of them and did a collagey type scene. The girl swinging off the snowflake was stamped twice, the snowflake part straight onto the page and the actually girl on a seperate piece and stuck on with foam pads. All coloured with watercolours then added stickles glue to the snowflake. Finished off with various xmas embellishments from my stash.


Materials:
  • Images: 4 different stamps all from Eat Cakes Graphics (can't remember all the names)
  • Others: bottle cap embellishment, 'noel' & holly are decorative buttons and the rest are ready made 3d stickers

O.K off to sharpen 120 pencils so may be gone some time :) (also need to tend to DH who has case of 'man flu')

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Tilda & Co Challenge, Wk1 'Flowers'

There's a new challenge blog that started this Sunday, using Magnolia stamps only, you can find it here. Thought I'd start taking part as I have so many of the little darlings, it should make me use them more! This week's challenge is 'flowers', so any magnolia image plus the added element of flowers. Here is mine:Materials:
  • Image: Tilda with rose (will try and start to find out their proper swedish names in future, in case anyone wants to find it on their website) coloured with my prismacolor substitutes and Sansador - still haven't got my prismacolor purchase from US yet - to say our postal service is slow is an understatement, it left US 18 dec!!!!!!!!!!! The rose was watercoloured with deep red sakura stardust pen which makes it sparkle IRL
  • Papers: scraps from when I made the Aug page of my calender, think I said it was K & Co
  • Others: Card base is precut, pearlescent green A6 card. Image framed with DCWV cardstock cut with my oval scallop nestibilities set. Ribbon, flowers and pearl brad from my stash

On a side note, all this blogging is very addictive and time consuming to the point where I nearly burnt our dinner last night LOL . . . had a beef stew simmering away and was checking on it inbetween blogging but must have got too engrossed !! Managed to save it before I burnt the house down :)

PTW Challenge, Thanks a Bunch

This weeks PTW challenge, Thanks a bunch! is to make a Thank you card or notelet so here's mine (I needed a break from making my calender :)) photo's not that great as it's taken at night

Materials:

  • Paper: printed from Pink Petticoat's 'Lola's Boudoir' set (love their papers but never print them off/use them enough!). This has been matted onto pale blue glitter card, followed by plain brown cardstock
  • Letter: 'U' cut from sizzix Bigz die using pale blue glitter card but hard to see the glitter in photo and 'thank' letters from 'skittle de doo' alphabet extended cuts die strip
  • Others: 2 square 'bling' brads in corner and the ribbons are adapted from this '4 hounds ribbon blossom' on this website Indigo Studio. This lady has made some amazing ribbon bouquets and there is a tutorial for it. Mine is more like a bud as I didn't have enough of the right sort of colours plus I didn't want to overcook this card. Will try a full blown blossom on another occasion!

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

The end is in sight!

O.K this is the last of my creative output so far, think I need a break after this! This is November so it had to involve bonfire night:
Materials:
  • Images: 'Maggie with accessories' and 'Hamish with sledge' (only I cut that off!) from Funky Kits' sugar nellie range
  • Papers: from DCWV 'summer mat stack' plus some blue glitter card
  • '5th' cut from my sizzix 'from the heart' alphabet set.
  • Embellishments: various star brads. I googled the bonfire poem and printed off pc

Just got December to do now, but need a break first! There's also another new challenge site which uses just magnolia stamps so may try and incorporate that for that page as well!

New Challenge Site: ISMAKI Challenge

Saw this new challenge site over on the UKS forum, ISMAKI Challenge and this is their first week so I thought I'd have a go and incorporate it into my calender!

The challenges are based around a different sketch and template every Monday and it's up to you which of the 2 you choose to work with. I chose the sketch which you can see here and this is what I have come up with for the October page of my calender:Materials:
  • Images:Both main image and all the leaves, signpost & mushrooms are from Magnolia stamps. Main image mat & layered with nestibilities, rest just cut out and mounted onto 3d foam
  • Papers: from my stash, no particular make, just a scrapbooking set I got from 'Partners Stationers' shop long time ago

Calender . . nearly there!

Been busy last few days trying to finish my calender - it's been fun but if I ever do it again remind me to start mid year and not at the end! At the rate I'm going I'll not need Jan's page for that long :/

Have managed 5 more months, yippee, the end is in sight.

Here's July, which is birthday month for both me & DH (he's 5th, I'm 7th!):
Materials:
  • Image: 'partygirlabella' stamp from stamping bella (watercoloured with my sakura stardust pens)
  • Papers: background is DCWV cardstock from 'glitter stack'. Happy birthday is cut from Dovecraft's Birthday paper stack
  • Letters: sizzix 'In my heart' alphabet set. Added some heart gems and glitter

August, is our Anniversary month:Materials:

  • Image & Sentiment: from 'Every which way' Transparent Penny Black stamp set. Mat & layered using my square scallop nestibilities set
  • Background papers: from K&Co paper pad 'Classic K McKenna'
  • Embellishments: hearts cut from cuttlebug dies, added peel off number. Ribbon, 2 small pink heart gems, brads and fabric flowers just picked from my stash to match

September & I think of 'back to school' (even though I don't have kids!) plus I wanted to use my Sugar nellie stamp :) Materials:

  • Image: from a limited Sugar Nellie stamp kit they did at the end of last year. Mat and layered with my oval scallop nestibilities set
  • Papers: froman old 'little sizzles' paper pack and green one is from Papermania
  • Embellishments: ribbons tied through a star buckle brad. Wording printed off PC. pink stars are small brads and the pile of books is part of a bella stamp (bookwormabella)


Friday, 4 January 2008

Quick Birthday Card

Here's a quick card I made for my brother-in-law's birthday. Colour hasn't come out that great as it's a miserable, wet day here.

Just used a collage stamp from Hero arts, stamped in pearlescent crimson and beige ink. Cut and layered onto some DCWV cardstock using my rectangle nestibilities dies. Background paper from Papermania's spring paper pack and just some ribbon, brads and dome sticker added to finish.

Our cards to each other

Thought I'd post the Christmas cards me and my hubby made for each other before they get put away.

DH doesn't normally make me a card but as it was getting close to Xmas and he still hadn't bought me one I 'suggested' he make it instead! I gave him a pile of my prestamped images to choose from but apart from that he did the rest. I was very impressed with the result . . . IRL her face looks a little 'sunburnt' and the cookie tray looks like it's burnt (maybe he was saying something about my baking lol) but we had a good laugh and I love the effort he put into it.

My card to him was also using image from Magnolia's stamps (can you tell they are my newest 'toys'?!). I saw a sliding pop up card in a magazine I'd never tried before so gave it a go. Have shown it flat, opened up and the side view so you can see how it slides open . .


Card isn't that christmassy looking but DH has a green puffy gilet just like that so had to choose colours to match! If you're wondering what the title says its 'Tubs' & is what I sometimes call him - play on words as I jokingly say he's my tubby hubby (he may not look it in the photo on my blog but if you saw what he looked like when we first met all those years ago, you'd understand :) )

My ever changing craft room

After reading Sally's blog last night it reminded me to update you on my craft room. I know I only showed it back in Oct but I have since tweaked it again (just before Christmas) as I wasn't happy with my old desk. It was too high and I ended up standing up to craft most of the time, plus I didn't have enough desk space! Anyway, I found the perfect desk for me at Ikea and it was only £79 (I love that place) and so had a mini re-vamp!

It's only a small room, so I think it's about as full as it can get! This picture is as you walk into it, door is top left, desk is bottom right of room. My desk is now a nice, normal height, so I can sit and craft, plus it's nice and long but hollow underneath, so I can still 'hide' loads of stuff under the desk but the best bit is the pull out bit . . .see next picture.


This way, I can 'spread' out when I'm crafting (I'm sure you know what I mean, when half, if not all of your contents are out on your desk and all around and it looks like a bomb's hit it !) and still have a clear surface to work on but when I'm on my PC I can push it back in. On my desk is a rack with my collection of 'non christmas' Penny Black stamps, pots of pens, Paper tray with stamped images ready to colour and blank white card. Other stuff that I need to hand like scissors, stamp cleaner, glues etc are at the end of my desk on the right. Next to this along the right wall is my stack of ink pads, chalks etc. Underneath that is some cheap cube shelving from Argos which has all my 8x8 and smaller stacks of patterned papers and cards.

This is picture of right wall of room. These cupboards contain all my embellisments; brads, gems, ribbons, folders of peel-offs, stickers, chipboards etc. The dark brown cabinet in the corner has 2 drawers with suspension files, great for storing all my other various A4 papers like decoupage, vellums etc, and shelves have boxes of embossing powders, paints, glitter and other stuff I'm not using or need as often.

This is view of back wall, showing the same cabinet but you can see open shelf has my cuttlebug for easy access and behind this is wooden drawers with my dies. On top of the cabinet is my printer/scanner. Next to this is my little computer desk which is where I'm sat now typing away! (desktop picture on my PC is of my hubby on Mt Snowdon, think the rock he's standing on is called the cannon!)

Finally, this is the left of the room. Everything up to and including the white cabinet has all my other rubber stamps, (alot I know, but it is over 7 years worth, that's what I keep telling DH anyway!) The brown cabinet has my little hi fi and finished cards at the top. Open shelves has some books, A4 cardstock, mags and all my 12x12 papers. Then hidden away behind the doors are all my precut card blanks, punches and other bits & pieces.


So that's it! Hope you've enjoyed the little tour as I love looking at other people's rooms and craft areas (wish mine looked as pretty as Han's!).

But THE ultimate room I've seen so far has to be this lady's room, unbelievable! Came across it in a forum somewhere, thought it was a store at first, but no, it is actually someone's room. Just goes to show that no matter how much stash you think you have, there's always someone who has less/more than you! I think I was drooling at all her storage solutions and space and how lovely it was all set out more than the quantity! I showed my husband this so he can't say I've got too much :)

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