Thursday, 29 July 2010

CCT 'texy crazy' : crafty scribble pad

Hello and welcome to another Thursday CCT. The weeks are just flying by at the moment. This week the theme is 'text crazy' so we want to see main focus of your card/project to be text.

Well for mine it was perfect time for me to ink up this super fun set of  text I got from Elzybells a while ago.  It's a set full of sayings/phrases especially for crafters - all oh so true and funny!  So I used the big verse and also 1 of the sayings in the corner of my note pad (see photo below) - fits me to a T.  Seeing as it is supposed to be a challenge for all things cute, I had to add this 'I love stamping' Anya which went perfectly I thought :) Made an easel card then decided to add small pad of paper to turn it into a little scribble pad which I can keep on my desk
Kept the layout simple but kinda messy and eclectic - bit like my craft room!  Got some Viva pearl paint pen recently so had to give it a go and went a bit mad with it - but I love it!  It's not perfectly round like pearls but it's close enough I think and a lot quicker/cheaper then sticking lots of pearls on.


  • Stamps: verse & sentiment ~ Elzybells 'stamp & scrap sentiments' set (unfortunately they are closing down but have huge 50% sale on everything and think this set may still be available).  Stamping Anya ~ Greeting Farm

  • Colouring: Copics

  • Paper: October Afternoon - not sure which range as it was left over pieces

  • Tools: EK border punches

  • Others: Viva Decor pearl pen in 'chrome silver', gem brad

  • That's probably all I have to show you for this week, will try harder for next week. Until then, have a lovely weekend and thanks for dropping by.

    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    CCT sketch by Deb: all loved up

    Hello and a happy Thursday to you all.  Which means it's CCT time again.  This week we have a fabulous sketch by Deb.  I struggled with mine because I chose an image which was larger  and wasn't sure it was going to work.  But I pushed bits around until I was happy and ended up with a more collagey looking type of card.

    I love this Magnolia couple  from the wedding collection and just had to have it as I think they are so romantic and their attire isn't very obvious wedding so can be used for other lovey-dovey occasions I think.  I've coloured with my Copics (no surprise there) and  paper pierced her dress with papers from Pink Paislee's 'Queen Bee'.  The heart behind the image and the banner are also Magnolia stamps then it was just a case of adding roses, stickles, heart pin, bit of tulle and not forgetting some of my MS punches and job done.

    Think this one will be hubby's anniversary card (next month) even if it is a bit girly with the flowers but the colours are quite earthy/neutral so I don't think he'll mind.

    I shall leave you with close up of the cute couple.  Hope the weather's better where you are. It's been tipping with rain constantly for the past 2 days here, hoping summer will show it's face again soon.

    Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by, as always.


    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    CAS PI girl for the weekend

    Hiya, just a CAS (clean & simple) type of card from me today which I think works well with these cute Pure Innocence stamps.

    I've paper pierced her dress and then just cut her out and raised her on 3d foam.  Used a brown card base and made it smaller and rectangular for a change!  The papers are MME and are this month's freebie from one of the card mags (but to be honest, it's not really free as I only flick through the mag!). Stamped a Basic Grey birthday sentiment on, added some choc ribbon and pearls for a bit of colour contrast, present border made with MS punch and job done.  Oh and some stickles on the candles and filling in the cake :)

    I received my Magnolia summer kit and as luck would have it, I didn't really like it!  Luckily I managed to sell it to someone who did which means I can go buy some of the others in the Bon voyage collection that I do like (love the different nationality Tildas! and the shopping tilda with the boutique window look fab).  So, that's twice recently where I've got the kit and then not liked it but then when I don't buy it I've loved it!  They've been more hit & miss recently . . . so do I buy it for the next kit?!!! Hmmmm.  On the plus side I managed to get another fab Hanglar kit on ebay so can play with that tomorrow on my day off.  Can't wait, it's been a verrrry looooong week . . . I'm shattered!

    So until next week, have a lovely weekend and thanks for continuing to stop by/comment.

    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    CCT Christmas

    Hello and welcome!  It's time for another new CCT challenge and this week we want to see a christmas card.  I can't believe it's mid July already so it won't be long before we all start digging up the christmas stash and all the new ones are already starting to hit the shops so we've just given you a good excuse to start buying ;).

    My xmas papers are all buried at the bottom/back of my paper piles so I used the first thing I could pull out safely :D which was last years Basic Grey's 'Eskimo kisses' and teamed it with this cute Penny Black girl

    The papers were busy enough I thought so just added couple of flowers and pearls to finish.  We also have new DT members starting CCT this week so be sure to pop on over and give them all a warm welcome.

  • Stamps: 'winter swing' ~ PB, sentiment ~ Stampin up
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper:BG 'Eskimo kisses'
  • Tools: Marianne D circle die and flower die, centre of flowers are snowflake punches (MS & PMania)
  • Others: 8mm & 3mm  flatbacked pearls, stickles for bit of glitter (can't have xmas without bling!)

  • This is a scheduled post and I'm writing this at work as my pc at home got a stupid virus on it and for a minute I thought it was unfixable but managed to in the end, by deleting the hard drive and starting over but it's a long process getting everything back on there again!   So can't blab too long.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll hopefully have another card to share by the weekend.  Until then,

    Tuesday, 13 July 2010

    LOTV 57 sketch: flower girl thanks

    LOTV has a fab sketch this week so thought I'd play along for a change and made this the other day.  I adore this range and can't wait for the new christmas releases due out on Wed (14th).  I'm sooo in trouble as I'm loving all the sneek peeks so far and I know it's a big release so just hope I can control myself and not go too mad clicking them all into my basket LOL not to mention I've run out of EZ and need to get some more first.

    Anyway, here's my card.

     I've used one of the earlier stamps on my card (still got a fair few waiting for an inking :o) coloured with Copics, as per usual, and teamed her with some freebie MME papers off a mag, added a splash of black with the ribbon,  pearls and doodling just to tie in the colour of her hair (I colour hair black so often that I need refill for my W3 copic.  Wonder if I could use it to touch up my white hairs LOL and save me having to hit the dye bottle again).  Bit of bling courtesy of the diamante buckle, stickles and teeny tiny shimmery adhesive dots for the buttons on her jacket. Frilliness courtesy of a Martha border punch and job done. You might be able to see the cute shimmer dot buttons better on photo below

    Right, I'm off to go finish another card and relax a bit before bedtime (yup, it's gone midnight) as that's all the time I have at home at the moment.  We're short 1 chef at work, so me & hubby are having to slog it out till we train up a new one again - the joys of being your own boss eh?!

    Till next time,

    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    CCT School's out : 'sunshine'

    CCT theme this week is 'schools out for the summer'.  I was a bit stumped at first as I don't need any teacher's thank you card or anything like that but then I saw this amongst my stamps and thought she summed up school summer holidays perfectly and I can use it for any occasion :)

    The cute girl is one of the old style Penny Black stamps and it's a biggy - hence minimal embellishments.  Just lots of border punches used, piece of dp and some ribbon.  The top left corner lacked something so I cut out matching circle and curved it with embossing tool to make a matching brad.  That's pretty much all there is too it but any more and it would have looked too cluttered I think. Yes I've set everything off at an angle (I have tendency to do that - it always looks better to me like that, maybe I see things wonky LOL).

    I'm particularly pleased with my blue punched out border.  At first it was just the Martha stewart shells running along the top but I thought the straight bit under it didn't look right so I used an EK success wavy border punch along the bottom and love the result :)

  • Stamps: Girl (not sure of proper name) ~ Penny Black, 'sunshine' sentiment & dotty flourish ~ various mini clear stamps
  • Colouring: Copics with added glitter accents to her clothes etc using Sakura clear stardust pen and stickles on the waves
  • Paper: Pink Paislee '360 degrees'
  • Tools: lots of border punches and a circle punch for my faux brad & SU slot punch to thread the ribbon through image
  • Others:Ribbon

    Thanks for dropping  by.  Think that's all I've got time for this week so until next week  have a lovely weekend.

  • Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    Birthday Cheer

    Hello, it's birthday week in our household.  Hubby's was Monday and mine's today.  So for 2 whole days he gets himself a younger wife LOL (we're the same age).  It's just another day for me today as it'll be work as usual, but my sister and her family took us out for a yummy meal on Sunday.

    Here's the card I made hubby, just because the grin on the ant reminded me of a doodle he does sometimes when he signs cards and I knew he'd find it funny - which he did (although ever the critique, he did have to point out that the glass was bumpy . . cos I covered it in glossy accents and it didn't dry flat.  Trust him to pick up on it, honestly!  The man thinks he's a pro just because he knows all my crafting jargon and techniques *sigh*)

    I kept the layout simple and lighthearted by just adding a paper heart doily (for the drink :)) and a restaurant bill I made up!  As you can see I have a very juvenile mind so can't quite believe I'm only few years short of 40 now, eek! Although it always helps to be the youngest sibling, so I don't ever really feel that old hee hee :p

    Shall leave you with a close up of the image (a High Hopes stamp) so you can see the glazed finish over the glass (glossy accent with some diamond dust sprinkled on top) and I've also used clear glaze pen over the lemon rind and the ants to give them a shiny finish too.  I just love the expression on that bottom ant - that would be hubby if I tried to stand on him like that LOL

    Hopefully be back tomorrow with my CCT card if I can think of something for it and make it in time.

    Thursday, 1 July 2010

    Fruity CCT: '1 in a melon'

    Morning (although I'm probably still in bed as I'm scheduling this the night before, being the night owl that I am)!

    I'm back with my CCT card which has a fab 'fruity' theme so dig out those fruity stamps or papers. Thinking about it I could have used my card below for this, as she had a basket of apples but instead I've used this cute High Hopes girl eating one of my favourite fruits - watermelon (about time I used her after having her for about a year!) . . and I couldn't use her without adding a corny pun ;) ' . . one in a "melon" ' (instead of "million" for those who may not get it)

    She was crying out to be decoupaged and as I actually started this early for a change I gave it a go (don't have the patience to do it all the time). You might see all the different layers better in the 2 photos below.
    Think I stamped her out about 4 times and the melon and her feet are about 3 layers and other bits like her fringe and bunches are only the one layer.  I lost one of her hands at one stage but it didn't take long to cut and colour another one!  I used the last of my silicone glue so won't be doing any more fiddly decoupage until I get some more.

    Rather than waste the cut out bits I didn't use I cut and coloured 2 of the spare watermelons and used that behind my sentiment in the corner making sure I positioned the strip over the bits where her hand was :).  The rest of my card was nice and simple as I didn't think it needed much else so good old MS grass border punch and bit of ribbon to finish.

    Mmm, seeing that watermelon makes me want some, especially in this hot muggy weather.
  • Stamps: 'summer's sweetness' ~ High Hopes, 'the best' sentiment ~  one of those studio g 99p jobbies
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: Cosmo Cricket 'early bird'
  • Tools: besides my trusty fiskars scissors and silicone glue, MS grass border punch, Oval petite scallop nesties & ATB tape writer to type out my sentiment
  • Others: Ribbon, stickles in her hair ribbon

    Right, think that's all from me this week. Can't believe it's July and I'll be another year older this time next week. I've treated myself to the magnolia summer kit so I'm hoping it'll be a good one. Now I just need to think of something to get hubby seeing as he ages 2 days before me :o. Talking of which, I really should start on his card too, shouldn't I?! Till next time,

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