Thursday, 29 April 2010

CCT ~ make your own: 'Sunshiney day'

Hello!  Hope you're all having a good week.  CCT theme this week is 'make your own'.  So for my card I have stamped my own backing paper and made my own paper flower to go with another Pure Innocence cutie.

The background is a fab Hero arts stamp I finally managed to find in the UK after seeing it on Alice's blog a few weeks ago and loving it.  I know you could get similar effect by cutting out cloud shape masks and then sponging over them but this is so much quicker and something about it just called out to me & I had to have it - ever get those?!

Then the flower I made was sooo much fun and it was after seeing this fab tutorial (I used slightly fewer number of punched out shapes as I was impatient but I think it still works.)  So easy, which is what I love, but the results are fab.  May be seeing a few more of these in the near future.

  • Stamps: 'sunshiney day' ~ Pure Innocence by MFT from Silly Monkey Crafts, Cloud background ~ Hero Arts design block stamp from Sir Stampalot
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: cloud background stamped with distress ink, rest is from my scrap pile
  • Tools: Peony Nesties, MS & EK Border punches, EK leaf punch and the flower made with EK Retro flower punches
  • Others: Self adhesive pearls, brown  waxed string, distress inks & stickles

    Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you all have a sunshiney day (not sure about here, mine's more like my cloud background!)  I'm going to try and play with my new Magnolias & LOTV before I head off to work again.  So until next week,

  • Monday, 26 April 2010

    Forever Friends

    Boo!  Bet you weren't expecting a post till Thursday :)  I got couple of cute CC Designs stamps land on my doorstep at the weekend and I just had to ink this cutie up.

  • Stamps:'Kiki with Puppy'~ CC Designs, from here.  Circle sentiment ~Autumn leaves set
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: MME 'Penny Lane' stack (this is still from the 1st sheet from the stack I've used and there's still another card's worth left - how am I ever going to get through the other 53 sheets in the stack and more importantly . .  why do I still buy more?! LOL)
  • Tools: Nellies mutli frame, scallop circle punch, MS ATP punch, EK success 'paw print' edger punch - so cute!
  • Others: ribbon, 8mm flat backed pearls

    Had a little splurge at the craft show in Aintree yesterday even though not as good as hoped! Mainly just fed my MS punches & nesties addiction (from Oyster crafts - have yet to find anyone else to match their prices) and lots of pearls & bling from Hobby House - best bit was getting some heart paper doilies that I've always wanted but could never find anywhere. Well, hope you all have a pleasant start to your week & I'll be back Thursday with my CCT card.

    Thanks for visiting.

  • Sunday, 25 April 2010

    It's official . . .

    . . . I'm no longer on the WoJ DT! I made the hard decision of stepping down a few weeks ago, what with my limited free time now and Katharina's officially announced it on her blog now which makes it all the more real :(

    I've had an amazing 2 years on the team and have seen the company grow right from the beginning and as I've already said to Katharina I am so thankful and priviledged to have been a part of it and also to be part of an amazing DT team. I may no longer be on the DT but I will continue to watch and support as a customer now. I shall leave you with a slideshow of most of my WoJ cards that I have made over the last couple of years (but not all as I could only fit 100 on the slide show & ran out of room!)

    Have a super sunday - think hubby has offered to take me down to the Aintree craft show, whoohoo ;)

    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    CCT ~ Andrea's sketch: zingy Hanglar

    Hello!  Hope it's been a good week for everyone and the whole ash saga hasn't affected you.  My brother & family are stuck in HK waiting for a flight home but at least they have their own place there and not having to find/pay for extra accomadation but it must be awful not being able to get back when you want.  Now that ban has been lifted I hope they manage to get back soon.

    I think for those reading about it abroad you'd think it was heavy ash or something major but no, everything here on the ground appears normal.  The only sign is our car looks dirtier - if you look up close, it's like a fine grey chalk dust but otherwise you wouldn't be any the wiser!

    Anyway, back to my card for the week.   CCT this week has a lovely sketch by Andrea, for you to use.  I've turned the sketch on it's side, found some scraps in my scrap box and inked up the cute Hanglar from the kit I got off ebay.  The colours are a bit on the zingy side - kinda remind me of ice cream sorbets mmmmm but I think it fits the nice bright sunshine we have been getting recently.
    I've coloured my Hanglar with Copics but it was done late at night and I was tired so it's not my best colour work and I'm not too happy with the hair but it'll do I think.  The pink card behind her has been cuttlebugged with  an embossing folder and white ink swiped over it.  I've used various border punches including a fab EK success one called 'bumpy road' which is the small uneven scalloped edges all around the pink piece and the white piece.  I love it, because it's uneven you can use it around all four sides without needing a corner punch to match up the ends.   Sentiment cut with stars Nesties then just added some flowers and sparkly brads to finish.  The apples were just cut out from the DP and I added bit of Sakura stardust pen to the edges and also  to the centre of the flowers.


  • Stamps: Hanglar from kit they are currently selling on Ebay UK to uk buyers only. Sentiment from Hero arts set.

  • Colouring: Copics

  • Paper: scraps, think it's DCWV 'sweet' stack plus some pink, green & yellow cardstock

  • Tools: lots of border punches, both EK & Martha stewart, star nesties, 'Argyle' cuttlebug embossing folder

  • Others: white gel pen for doodling, white inkpad for the embossing, prima flowers, glitter brads, stardust sakura clear pen for sparkly hightlights

    Well, think that's me for another week.  I've got some new Magnolias and LOTV on order so am looking forward to those coming and have also got some yummy paper pads I couldn't resist too.  Now I just need to find some time to use all this stuff!  Until next time,

  • Thursday, 15 April 2010

    CCT: touchy feely with Eric

    CCT this week wants you to get touchy feely . . with your card that is!  For mine I've used lots of embossing, tearing & distressing to create lots of texture in the cardstock and then I've added some velvet covered brads which are nice and fuzzy to the touch!  I'll be needing a birthday card for my nephew soon so thought I'd use this cool Eric stamp from the Greeting Farm and I wanted to use some of my fab new EK success border punches - how cool is that chain punch and also that zipper one (which has been punched twice & staggered against each other)?!

  • Stamps: 'Eric' wild sprouts ~The Greeting Farm (from here), 'happy birthday' ~Basic Grey mini stamp

  • Colouring: Copics

  • Paper: just black Coredinations cardstock, silver & tan cardstock

  • Tools: embossing folders ~ houndstooth, stars, distresser tool, EK border punches~ chain & zipper. ATB tape writer for the 'cool dude'.  Just sanded it after typing it out

  • Others: doodlebug velvet brads

    Sorry for the rather simple card but that's about all I can come up with at the moment.  Off to do see which ones of the new Magnolia stamps to get . . kicking myself for not getting the kit this time as I'm loving the fairytale/princess theme - oh well, will just have to get them seperately.

    Thanks for stopping by. Until next time,

  • Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    still here!

    Hello!  Just wanted to pop on and say that cards will be a bit thin on the ground for the next couple of weeks I think.  Adjusting to my new work schedule (6 evenings and 1 lunch) is seriously messing with the old craft mojo.  Well, plus playing with my new lap top may have something to do with it too.  We moved my old PC to the shop for work & (surfing :D) purposes when it wasn't busy i.e what I'm doing now >.< and rather than get another one to replace it I wanted a laptop instead so that I could use it around the house and in the garden when summer finally arrives ;D   Hopefully I will having something to show soon.

    Although you'll be pleased to know it hasn't affected my craft BUYING mojo LOL  I'm sooooo happy Hanglar are finally selling some of their stamps via ebay (here, but they haven't got any left for sale at the moment) and I was lucky enough to get a set last week and they arrived today - talk about quick service!  Sorry for the poor photo (taken with the webcam on my laptop!) it's this set here

    I shall be mounting these up later and hope that gets me in the mood for crafting again.  Right, it's nearly closing time now, so I best go help shut shop!
    Till next time,

    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    CCT mono mania ~ just peachy!

    Hello.  Hope you all had a lovely Easter and didn't overdose on choccy eggs too much!  CCT theme this week is 'Monomania' so just 1 shade of colour.

    I wanted to use some of my cute swiss pixie stamps (this one is my fave) and she just cried out peachy/earthy colours so that's what I did - just used the E numbers of my copics for colouring her and found a piece of peachy dp to go with her.  I've sponged around the edges with distress ink 'dried marigold' and I had to try out some of my new EK success & MS border punches ;)


  • Stamps: the pixie, watering can and butterflies are 3 stamps from the Swiss pixie spring kit from CC Designs. sentiment is Basice Grey stamp
  • Colouring: Copics, mainly E numbers may have snuck in a YR colour for her hair
  • Paper: Cosmo Cricket 'earth love' and some Kraft card
  • Tools: distresser tool, EK border punch 'bumpy road' around the edges of the image, MS 'woodland branch' around the page border punch (LOVE this one)
  • Others: flat backed pearls 4mm, 8mm, stickles on the flowers, butterflies and her wings

    Well, that's all from me for now, have a lovely day and thanks for popping by.

  • Sunday, 4 April 2010

    off to Andover for few days to see the inlaws.  Have a good one.

    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    CCT~ So egg-citing

    No prizes for guessing what CCT's theme is this week!  Yup, all things to do with Eggs and/or Easter :)  So first thing that popped to mind was this cute Emma stamp with her egg basket  . . fitted the bill 'eggs-actly' ;D

  • Stamps: SugarPlums 'Easter Emma' CC Designs (from here), easter egg sentiment from an old See D's set
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: old DCWV spring stack 
  • Tools: MS around the page 'doily lace' I think ( can never remember the right names for them - too many to remember :D), mini flower & leaf punches
  • Others: white & coloured gel pens for faux stitching/doodling, gems

    Really not much else to say about this one, kept it simple as I wanted to keep it light & fresh in keeping with the spring colours/theme.

    And on that note I think this is the perfect card to leave you with this week and wish you all a lovely Easter weekend.  I've got sister over from HK visiting and also hubby's Sis will be down south (coming from down under) so between here and there and work too,  won't be around much till end of next week I think.  Till then,

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