Monday, 31 August 2009

Blog Awards

I am back from my hols, got back Saturday night a bit earlier than planned but weather was rubbish and my son has a stomache bug & still has, visit to the GP for him tomorrow!!!! Had a good time though apart from finding out caravan had been leaking in the bathroom & we were greated to a mouldy room with a ruined vanity unit!!!! Still waiting for the repair estimate................I feel an ouch coming on!!!!

Anyway onto blog awards this one is from sweet Grace, if you have not visited her blog yet please pop by and say hi, she is only 12 and really talented.

A condition of this award is to list 5 things you may not know about me so here goes:

1. I am a qualified mechanic

2. I am only 4ft 11"

3. I have a very obsessive personality.....LOL makes me sound like a nutta!!!!

4. I am either tidy or untidy there is no in between, show home or devastation, mainly the latter though.............especially my craft room

5. I buy craft stuff to stroke instead of use, drives hubby mad & me if I am honest but I just can't there such thing as crafters anonymous?????

I am passing the award on to all the girls at Passion for Promarkers as I love all their blogs, they always make me smile.

This one is from Natalie, thanks sweetie, I am passing this one onto Grace as she really deserves it, her blog is fab.


Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Passion for Promarkers

Hopefully this has scheduled successfully as I am in Cornwall on my holidays, although I do have my I-Phone with me so I can keep a beady eye on my blog................yes I am sad!!!!!

This week on Passion for Promarkers the lovely Sue has chosen the colours Lilac, Lavender, Amethyst & Aubergine, such lovely colours & they matched perfectly with Basic Grey's Wisteria papers (my fave BG papers so far).

I used my neglected Magnolia Tilda with Bike and coloured her with the following Promarkers

  • Hair & Basket: Cocoa, Cinnamon & Sandstone
  • Clothes : Ivory, Lilac, Lavender, Amethyst & Aubergine
  • Skin: Blush, Dusky Pink, Pastel Pink
  • Bike: Ivory, Lilac, Lavender, Amethyst & Aubergine, Ice grey 1 & 5

The Sentiment & cardstock is Stampin up, flower & butterly punch from Hobbycraft, leaves MS Frond Punch, pins & Tulle from Stampeezee along with Tilda, BG papers & MS punch.

I have used Milled Lavender distress Ink to create a subtle edg to Tilda & the papers & the whole card sprayed with glimmer mist

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.



Thursday, 20 August 2009

New Talent!!!!

Just wanted to mention.........................

Just recently there have been a lot of juniors creating blogs & personally I am wowed by their talent & this little lady is no exception, Grace is the daughter of Debbie, owner of Stampeezee & she is such a sweetie.

She has worked really hard today & created a lovely blog called Dancing Angel
I know she would be over the moon if you stopped by to say hi & commented on her first card, it's fantastic!!!!!



Marmite card

Hope everyone is well, sorry about my lack of visiting bu I have been manic the past couple of weeks, we go on our holidays to Cornwall tomorrow so I have been catching up on time at work, washing, cleaning & doing DT cards in advance that are due whilst I am away.

I found time to pop to Stampeezee last night however & take part in a distressing class that they were running, (click on the Stampeezee link to see the display cards) they have a new artist teaching some of the classes & I just love her style, she is a big Tim Holtz fan so we set to work using some of his products & this is what I created

You will either love or hate this card hence the post title 'Marmite', personally I love it, I made a real mess.............we all did actually, my hands are still green this morning after scrubbing them!!!!! the class was really relaxed as there were no mistakes with this type of card making...............everything goes, I really loved the way each person in the class produced something totally different by using different colour Distress inks, cosmic shimmer mists & masks.

Please give your honest opinion about this card, I really like it but hubby was not impressed, he prefers the Magnolia style cards...LOL, I won't be offended I am just really interested. Anyway off to work now then packing for my hols tonight, yay.

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.



Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Passion for Promarkers

This week at Passion For Promarkers it's my colour choice 'Pumpkin & Prussian' with a Halloween theme & we are kindly sponsered by Hot Shot Crafts who are offering a £10 voucher to spend on their fab site.

I have used my Magnolia Tilda with Pumpkin & K & Co papers. The brads are from my stash I got them in a sale in Stampeezee a while back.

I have used the following Promarkers to colour my image:

Skin: Blush, Dusky Pink

Hair & boots - warm grey's 1-5

Pumpkin & Dress - Pumpkin, Apricot & orange, Prussion, Navy.

I distressed around tilda with Milled lavender distress ink.

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.


Sunday, 16 August 2009

Class on 11/08/2009

Happy Sunday to everyone, I thought I would show you the project we made at my class on Tuesday. I cheated a little, well a lot actually as I have had just too much on to think about lately, I purchased A Rose is a Rose class plan from the talented Jenny Moors.

It's a slider box complete with 4 cards with instructions for all you see in the picture, Jenny has also included comprehensive instructions on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig, the 2 step stampin gives the most wonderful effect. I think the ladies enjoyed it as none of them had used any of the SU 2 step stamp sets & it this really is a beautiful project with so many possible adaptations.

If you would like to order any of the materials used in this class, please do not hesitate to contact me, there are free ribbons for customers spending £45 or over in 1 transaction, click here for details.
You can get your own copy of the Rose is a Rose class plan from Jenny's blog here for only £2.50, she also has lots of other fantastic plans available.
Anyway, hope you all have a great Sunday, I have 3 DT cards to make in advance as we go on our hols to Cornwall on Friday so I will be a tad busy, I also have to look after my very tired hubby as he returns from doing the 3 peaks challenge today, he has had to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, travel to the lakes, climb Scarfell Pike, travel to Wales & climb Snowdon & get back down, all in 24hrs for charity, he will be 1 tired man when he gets back!!!!
Anyway, I am offto craft, thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.


Friday, 14 August 2009

Blog Awards

Phew, what a busy week I have had, I am so tired and not had a chance to get near the computer!!! My son, Jonathan came home from Scotland on Tuesday, I ran my card class on Tuesday night, he turned 13 the following day so we went to Thorpe Park as a treat.............some fab rides there I can tell you but mega busy & I was slightly put off by the need for all the security guards wearing Anti-stab vests!!!! They were needed though as we saw 2 lots of trouble!!!! It's not what you want at a family theme park.................think I will stick to Alton Towers & Drayton Manor next time!!!!!!!

I have been busy working the rest of the week & cleaning & cooking time to craft/blog hop/leave comments etc, this is my first chance to sit down & have a nose at what you have all been up to.

Anyway, I have been a blog award twice once by the lovely Tracey & also by Tracey's lovely son Scott. Both blogs are well worth a visit & the very talented Scott has designed some new characters for Daisy & Dandelion, how cool is that, he is only 13!!!!!

Oh by the way, I saw the man at work that I did the Art Deco comission for today & his wife loved the card & is even going to frame it so I feel much better eh!!!

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.



Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Passion for Promarkers & Basic Grey

Another week has flown by & time for another PFP challenge which this week is sponsered by who are offering a £10 voucher to spend on their site.

Onto this weeks challenge, Natalie has chosen the yummy colours Cocoa & Rose Pink.

I have used a sweet Sugar Nellie Stamp called 'Reflective', which I have had months and never used ............yes I know it's criminal!!!! She has been coloured with Promarkers as follows:

Blush, Dusky Pink, Blossom, Rose Pink, Cocoa, Umber, Sandstone Grass & apple,

I followed the fab sketch from the revived Basic Grey challenge blog, and used my Sultry papers to qualify for the challenge. The Brown cardstock is SU & the Pink is Papermill. Iused my MS Doily lace punch for the Pink strip & the flower was created with the small and medium retro flower punches.
The sentiment is from the Stampin up 'Best Yet' hostess set & was punched out with the small SU Tag punch & layered on to the large, the ribbon & brads are from my stash.
By the way, I gave the man at work the card for his wife & I am not sure he liked it, it took him a while to say anything about it then about said it was OK, I ended up giving it him for nothing as I felt a bit cheeky charging for it........................needless to say after all the stress it caused me over the weekend & the cost I will not be doing anymore unless it is something they have already seen & liked!!!!!!
Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.



Monday, 10 August 2009

Art Deco Commission

Something very different from me.................this card has caused me a small headache!!! A man at work asked.....well sort of told me he wanted me to make a card for his wife who is 50!!!! I don't really do commissions but found my self saying yes, when I asked what she liked, he replied to my horror 'Art Deco'.

I looked everywhere for something suitable, the lovely Lynne from Rainbow Ribbons & Crafts lent me an Art Deco CD but I did not like how the images were printing out so I gave it back. I know now I was using the wrong paper!!!

I eventually saw an Art Deco calender on a colleagues desk at work, i begged to borrow it, took it home & photo copied 1 of the images onto photo paper. I matted & layered it onto red mirri board (emergency trip to Hobbycraft yesterday), used my computer to print the sentiment in the closest looking Art Deco font I could find which I then cut out with a nestie tag. The organza ribbon is also from yesterdays visit to Hobbycraft & the gems are from my stash.

This card is really not the type of thing I make so I was well out of my comfort zone, it seems a little basic but I think anymore would have ruined it, I hope his wife likes it!!!

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.


Sunday, 9 August 2009

Crafts for Eternity

I can't believe the weekend is nearly over already, I haven't done half the stuff I wanted to do!!! Anyway it's C4E sketch time again and this is my last post as a DT member. I am struggling to fit everything in at the moment as life is not quite going to plan & I have also started running my own card making classes...........sooooooo busy. I hope to come back in the future but for now I will join in where I can.

So for my last DT card I have used one of my Ketto's, coloured with Promarkers, MME Bloom & Grow papers, nesties to create the shapes & a MS Punch, all available from Stampeezee.

The swirls are by Inkadinkado & covered in Stickles, the sentiment is Penny Black & the flowers & bling dots are from my stash

Hope you all have a nice relaxing Sunday

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.



Saturday, 8 August 2009

Tab's blog candy

The lovely Tab is offering 2 lots of blog candy, hop over to her blog to find out how you can be in with a chance of winning before it closes on the 22/08/2009


Friday, 7 August 2009

Triple Blog award

My lovely friend Alex has given me this triple blog award, thank you for thinking of me hunni. If you have never visited Alex's blog, pop over and say hi, she is super talented & such a sweetie

I am going to pass this onto my mother-in-law Fiona, she has recently started her own blog after months of persuading her that her cards are good enough to share, she has posted daily since her blog started and her creations are fantastic. Pop over & say hi if you get a chance.
I am also going to pass this onto my son Jonathan who has been posting frequently on his blog this past week, he is such a talented little card marker. He has been in Scotland with his nan & grandad the past couple of weeks and I miss him terribly, he is back on Tuesday though and I cannot wait, things sure have been quiet around here without him.
and finally to my friend Andie, she has supported my blog from more or less the beggining & she has just got a DT position on Crafts for Eternity, her cards are fab, she would love you to pop by to say hi.
Anyway I am off to bed now, I have had a very long day at work and I am exhausted.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Stampin Up August Offer

Look at this fab Ribbon Bundle Offer from Stampin Up

For the month of August only, if you spend over £45 in 1 transaction with Stampin Up you will qualify for 2 free reels of ribbon

Here is what you get:

certainly celery 5/8" (1.59 cm) poly-twill ribbon (9.144 metres)
So Saffron 5/8" (1.59 cm) grosgrain ribbon (9.144 metres)

These ribbons are not available in the current catalogue so don't miss your chance to get hold of them!!!!

My offer for the month of August is spend over £50 with me in 1 transaction & qualify for free postage & packaging, feel free to e-mail me for details.



Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Passion for Promarkers, Just Magnolia & Simon says stamp

Yay it's PFP time again and this week Michelle has designed a fabby sketch for us to follow and allowed the use of any colour Promarkers, I have just adopted Magnolia Gloria the hippo from Stampeezee and was itching to use her, i teamed her up with MME Asparagus papers which I have inked & distressed to qualify for the Just Magnolia & Simon Says Stamp challenges.

The sentiment is Penny Black........again and the flowers are from Papriloftet and my stash. The leaves were created with my Martha Stewart Frond punch available from Stampeezee , talking of which they have just taken delivery of Magnolia designer paper, it is lovely check it out here. I treated gloria & the flowers to some crystal stickles, not sure if you can see it clearly in the pic.

I hope you can play along this week, this week we are sponsered by Wendy of Secret Crafter, 1 lucky winner will get 6 promarkers of their choice. If you have never visited Secret crafter before it is well worth a visit, click here to be taken to shopping paradise

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.



Sunday, 2 August 2009

C4E Sketch Challenge, Just Magnolia & Simon Says Stamp

Sunday already, where has the weekend gone??? Well I was working yesterday so lost half of it really, better make the most today crafting, got loads to do, inluding playing with my new birthday stash, woo hoo.
Anyway, onto this weeks card, over at C4E we have another sketch for you, got to say this one challenged the old grey matter somewhat, not sure I have done it justice to be honest!!!!

There is also an additional theme this week which is 'Holiday' I thought my new Beach Tilda & Bathing ring would be perfect!!! I used the masking technique to sit Tilda on her ring, Isn't she cute??? Stampeezee have both items in stock here at the moment

The papers are Imaginisce getting hotter, need water & a shore thing sun ripe stripe, the border punch is Martha Stewart & the sentiment is by Unity Stamps - Mix up of cuteness collection, all these items are available at Stampeezee. The flourishes are Inkadinkado stamped in SU Night of Navy & glittered with stickles

Tilda was coloured in with Promarkers & highlighted with a white pen, I distressed all the edges of the elements with SU Pixie pink ink so I am also entering this card into Just Magnolia & Simon Says Stamp, both challenges are to include distressing on your card.

Pop over to the C4E blog to see that fab inspiration on offer, Andie & Suzette have their first DT cards to show you and you won't be dissapointed, big welcome to you both girls.

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.



More Blog candy & new challenge blog alert

More blog candy on offer, this time for a new challenge blog called Bizzy Becs Creatalicious challenges, hop over to see what you have to do to win by clicking here



Saturday, 1 August 2009

My Birthday cards

I just had to show you my lovely birthday cards, they are still on my fireplace even though my birthday was July 23rd, I cannot stop looking at them..................I love them all!!!!!

The pic below shows cards from my PFP sisters Caryn, Gina & Ida, so jealous as Gina has Manga's ...................that reminds me they are back in stock at Funky kits!!!

The second pick shows cards from my SU Pal Deb & my PFP sis Suzanne & the book in the middle is from my lovely mother- in- law Fiona who incidently has just started a blog after loads of nagging from me, her cards are lovely but she always thinks they are never good enough!!!! They are of course, her blog is here if you would like to pop over with a few words of encouragement.

Oh by the way my little boy has a cardmaking blog, he has asked me to spread the word, you can visit him here

These lovely cards are from PFP sis Debbi, C4E sis Andie, & PFP sisters Maria & Denise

Are they all fab or what??? When I eventually prize them off my fire place they will be on permenant display in my craft room.

Thanks for looking