Tuesday 30 September 2014

Hunkydory Nautical Card

Hi Crafters,
Phew I'm glad this past week is done and dusted, I have been so busy making cards and gifts I think I can do them in my sleep. My craft fair went very well at the school where they were fundraising for the Macmillan Cancer Charity and a tidy sum was raised thanks to everyone who attended.
I am also very excited to be able to announce that I will be having a monthly stall at the Thorpe Farmers Market which is held on the last Friday of every month at the Church Hall on Thunder Lane, Norwich.  I will be there on the 31st of October selling my handmade cards and gifts and then every month thereafter. So it's going to be a busy time ahead!.
Anyhow, back to today's card, which was one I made for my stall last week and it sold very quickly.
Hunkydory - It's A Man's World Collection
Bronze Sail Boat Charm
This is the first time I had used Hunkydory cardstock and now I know why everyone raves about it, it's luscious. I won this male themed card kit in a competition. It had plenty of background card and toppers to make lots of cards and I will be showing some of the other cards I made with it another time.
Country View Challenge - Sept. Challenge - Nautical
Scribble & Scrap - #28 Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - #38 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - #52 Use 3 Layers
Crafty Catz - #248 Happy Birthday
Hope you are enjoying your day and getting some crafting done along with the housework, of course :)


Sunday 21 September 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge #90

Hi Crafters,

***If you are looking for my Christmas Card Club entry please scroll down to the previous post, thanks.***
Two weeks have rolled by again and I am here with my DT inspiration for the challenge at 613 Avenue Create.
 I chose to create a picture in a frame.

5" x 7" Picture Frame
Image - Cupcakes & Candy Factory - Inky Impresssions
Sentiment Stamp - LOTV
Go Kreate large Oval Die
Embellishments from the grid
I printed this lovely image three times then cut out and paper pieced it for dimension after colouring with my Promarkers. I added glossy accents to the cherry and sweets and glitter to the swirling smoke from the chimney. I decided to die cut the image with a large Go Kreate Oval die and use the solid colour paper as the background in the frame. Although this is a 3d project it will fit in the frame with the glass to keep it clean but for photo taking purposes I have left the glass out.
Here's a full frontal...

...and a side view to show the layers...

Our challenge this time was to use this grid for the elements of our project .
I have circled the elements that I used, I'm sure this will give you all some ideas so you can play along with us.
Our crafty sponsors are -
Diva's By Design - Anything But a Card
Creative Fingers - #49 Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers - #265 Make It Digital
 As always there will be plenty of inspiration from the other design team members over on the blog so go and check them out and then get crafty!
See you soon,

Saturday 20 September 2014

Christmas Card Club Challenge #20 - Winter Wonderland

Hi Everyone,
Yay! It's Saturday, hope you all have a great weekend.
I'm sharing my card a day early for the CCC so as not to post twice in one day.
This time it was Christine's turn to choose a theme and she came up with a great one - 'Winter Wonderland.'
Now I have been watching Noreen from Flower Soft doing her stuff on Create and Craft recently and maybe a tiny little purchase took place :) so I had the Snow Globes CD-Rom to play with and this is what I made...

Side view of the lovely globe/ shaker card.
Snow Globe CD-Rom
Music Ribbon
Stampin' Up Decorative Label Punch
Flower Soft
Simples ! ... it was so easy and fun to make. The longest part was cutting out the layers of the decoupage but other than that, very straight forward. I think I will be making some more of these they are very effective and you even get a template for the matching printed box for the cards to fit in.
ABC Christmas Challenge - 'S' is for Something Festive
CHNC Christmas Extra - September Challenge
Sister Act - #75 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #49 Anything Goes
Please visit the other ladies in the CCC, their links are in the tab at the top of my blog but don't forget I'm a day early so they probably won't have their post until tomorrow. You will also find there the countdown for how many days there are left to the big DAY - scary, lol.
See you all soon,

Thursday 18 September 2014

Decorated Trinket Box

Hi Crafters,
Hope you are all well. It's very misty and murky here today, hope it brightens up soon.
Between making cards I have been trying my hand at decorating a wooden trinket box. With a couple of craft fairs coming up soon I decided to create a variety of projects for my stall, some of which I will share with you in the future.

I got my hot glue gun out of hibernation and used my stash of lace, trims and flowers to create a pretty box for your bedroom dressing table.
Here's the inside...
After painting the bare wood I sprayed it with two shades of Perfect Pearls Pearlescent Shimmer, but unfortunately what looks like blotches on the inside in this picture is actually how the camera has picked up where the shimmer is :(  -even the white pearls have a creamy/peach tone here too :/ very frustrating, but in real life it is very pretty.
I lined the inside with matching paper to take away the plainness.
Hope you like my little box and I would like to enter it in to these challenges,

Scribble & Scrap - # 27 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Diva's By Design - Anything But a Card
Charisma Cardz  - Lace & Pearls
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon,

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Another Great Guy Card

Hi Crafters,
I was asked to make a birthday card showing a man on a ride-on mower as this was his dream to own one, so here is my offering...

I had a digital image from Karen's Doodles on my computer and I merged it with a garden picture in 'My Craft Studio', then set about colouring it with my Promarkers. The Happy Birthday is a Stampin' Up stamp which I mounted on top of two banners.
Addicted To Stamps - #87 For a Man or a Boy
Scribble & Scrap - #27 Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - #36 No Patterned Paper
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers - #265 Make It Digital
Diva's By Design - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - #51 Anything Goes/ Fall Colours
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
 Quirky Crafts Challenge - #19 Summer Memories
This is a short and sweet post today, I am frantically trying to make lots of cards and gifts for a stall I will be having on 26th September in aid of the Macmillan 'Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' charity event at a local school. Hopefully I will get done in time.
See you soon,

Sunday 14 September 2014

Addicted To Stamps Challenge #87

Hi Crafters,
Hope your weekend has gone well.
This card was made for my daughter's Fiancé for his birthday. As with all young people nowadays they are never very far away from their phones :/, so this image from Mo Manning seemed rather appropriate.

Image - Paul Texting by Mo Manning
Papers - Echo Park 'That's My Boy'
Xcut Star Die
I came across these papers in my box of 6 x 6 pads and thought this fitted perfectly, he also likes his games too. I added a little bit of faux stitching on the stars and job done :)
Addicted To Stamps - #87 For a Man or a Boy
Scribble & Scrap - #27 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Repeat, Repeat - (Stars and background)
Diva's by Design - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - #111 Celebration
Sister Act - #74 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #48 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #46 Anything Goes
CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge - September Challenge
A quick announcement about the contest on Facebook from 613 Avenue Create -
613 Avenue Create Facebook Contest Alert!!!!
Today we reveal our official Facebook Feature Badge.  In celebration, we will award one lucky Commenter the chance to work with Graphic / Digital Designer Kathyrne Elizabeth and develop their personal watermark. Best of all...We are footing the bill.
  Visit our Facebook Page and leave a comment.
Here is our new FB Feature Badge.  It will be awarded only on our FB page.

So go and check this out ladies.

See you soon,


Thursday 11 September 2014

'Cherry Kisses'

Hi Everyone,
I'm still enjoying making cards using the fabulous Hobby House toppers and this image is called 'Cherry Kisses' by Mo Manning.

Isn't she sweet? I think the ice cream and flip-flops weather has left us now but this image is a cute reminder of our past summer.
Cherry Kisses topper - Hobby House
Spellbinders Lacey and Oval die
Signature die - Butterfly Flourish (cut up)
Papers - Wild Rose Studio 'Vintage Rose'
Ruffled ribbon, pearls and lace doily from stash
Charizma Cards - Lace and Pearls
The Ribbon Girl - Add Ribbons
Sketch n Stash - #146 sketch #42

TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Repeat, repeat (Butterflies)
Diva's by Design - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe Challenge - Use Lace (doily)
CHNC Patterned paper challenge - September Challenge
Thanks for popping in to see me, hope you all enjoy your day whatever you are up too.

Monday 8 September 2014

Buttons and Bows

Hi Crafters,
I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely people who have left such encouraging comments on my last two posts, it is always nice to get positive feedback on our creations. After spending hours in my craft room wrestling with what papers to put with what embellishments and which colours to choose for an image, it is all worth while when a fellow crafter praises our efforts, so thank you again.
So, on to the business of todays card....

Image - Pre-coloured Topper from Hobby House
'When I Grow Up' by Mo Manning
Papers - Molly Bloom
Buttons and ribbon from stash
Sentiment - LOTV
Corner Bow Die - Memory Box
Faux Stitches Stamp
These pre-coloured toppers from Hobby House are a godsend when it comes to making a quick card, it's just a pity that I picked THE most complicated card fold and swing element to mat and layer that any time saved colouring was spent making the base. However I love it now that it's made. Here is a picture hopefully showing the folds....

In The Pink - Buttons and Bows
Fussy and Fancy - #122 More Than One Fold
The Ribbon Girl - Add Ribbons
Well that's all from me tonight, it's quite late so I'm off to bed.
See you soon,

Sunday 7 September 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge # 88

***If you are looking for my Christmas Card Club entry please scroll down to the previous post, thanks***

Hi Crafters,
This week on 613 Avenue Create we are having a Create Your Own Colour Challenge.
Here's my DT card for this challenge to give you some inspiration and ideas so you can enter the challenge yourself - there are some fab prizes from two great companies - go on, this challenge is an easy one.
Can you believe it, it's the first time I have ever made a shaped easel card! I've made a couple of square ones in my time but never from a shaped base. These are fun!...
Image - Fred She Said Digi - Tulip Bouquet
SB Die - Labels 25
Joy Crafts Die - Frames 6002/0029
Stampin' Up Butterfly Punch (sml)
Stampin Up Papillon Potpourri stamp set
Sentiment Stamp - Tim Holtz Urban Chic Set
Glitter, ribbon and gems from stash
We have two great sponsors for this challenge,
All you have to do is create a new project using a combination of colours from this grid - see, easy!
If you'd like even more inspiration then head over to the blog and check out the list of other DT members, they will all have some fab projects to look at.
I'd like to enter my card in to these challenges:
Sister Act - #73 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #47 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #45 Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies - Sparkle & Bling
Bye for now

Saturday 6 September 2014

Christmas Card Club Challenge #19 - Something Beginning with 'S'

Hi Everyone,
It's Saturday! Yay! Hope you all enjoy your weekend.
Today is our friendly Christmas card challenge and it was Hazel's turn to choose a theme.
'Something beginning with 'S'
I used a Snowman and Snowflakes on my card.
7 x 7 inch card blank
Image - Tiddly Inks 'Winter Wryn and Snowman'
Coloured with Promarkers
Papers - LOTV paper pads - Up, Up and Away Pastel Dreams and Shabby Shack
Kraft cardstock for matting
Various snowflake dies
Marianne Designs die LR0283 - Tree line
Seam binding, ribbon, brad, gems from stash
Links to the rest of the ladies blogs are in the tab at the top of the page if you would like to visit them tomorrow (Sunday) they will have their C.C.C. entries, I'm having to post mine a day early to make way for my DT post from 613 Avenue Create. It is a must to start creating your Christmas cards now peeps as I believe it is only 109 days until the 'Big Day'.
Addicted To Stamps - #86 Pastel/soft colours
Sketch n Stash - #146 sketch 42 - (Unused item, Seam binding. New item Wryn digital stamp)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - #85 Something Sweet
A Creative Romance - A Touch of Kraft
Sister Act - #73 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #47 Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies - Sparkle & Bling
CHNC Christmas Challenge Extra - September challenge
Completely Christmas - #28 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #45 Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop - #21 Dies/Punches
Thanks for joining me today, I'm off to a local craft fair this afternoon for a browse.
See you tomorrow,

Thursday 4 September 2014

Elegant and Majestic...

Hi Everyone,
... those are the names of two of the dies I used on this card - Majestic Labels 25 and Elegant Labels 4, together with Cheery Lynn's Fanciful Flourish and an MFT rolled rose die. I haven't made rolled roses in such a long time, I had forgotten how relaxing it is to make your own flowers, whether rolled or otherwise. It also allows you to match your flowers to your project by choosing your papers to compliment. I also used my Print Magic embossing powder in Midnight Blue by Debbie Moore for the first time and was pleasantly surprised with the result. It has been hiding away in my drawer and been overlooked for too long. It has a wonderful sparkle to it, you can just see it in this photo I think.

Scribble & Scrap - #26 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #44 Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop - #21 Dies & Punches
Thank you for all your Birthday wishes for my Mum yesterday, she had a lovely day.
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Happy Birthday Mum !

Hi Everyone,
Today is my Mum's 83rd Birthday,
Happy Birthday Mum!
She won't mind me sharing her age, plus she doesn't 'do' the internet so I'm safe, lol.
Here is the card I made for her....

Her favourite colour is blue, so that's was the theme and she loves flowers, so that was easy.
SB dies- Fancy Lattice, Dec. Labels 28 and Elegant Labels 4.
Papertrey Ink lacey edge die
Go Kreate large oval dies
Glitter paper
Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
Prima pearl swirls
Hobby House Ribbon
Papermania word stamp
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Scribble & Scrap - Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Diva's By Design - Happy Birthday
Creative Moments - Anything Goes #50
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes #109
Sister Act - Anything Goes #72
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - Anything Goes #44
My Mum's Craft Shop - #21 Dies or Punches
I will share another of my Mum's cards tomorrow that was made for my daughter to send her.

Thanks for joining me today, hope the weather holds out for the rest of the week for you all.