He Liked It So He Put A Ring On It!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

 Hi everyone!

I've had to redo my post as it was scheduled to go last Friday, it didn't happen and when I tried to fix it I somehow managed to delete it :(  I think I'm out of practice with Blogger!
I'm also running out of patience tonight!  I think I'm too hot, even if I am in Ireland!
I've been having a lot of trouble getting online over the past number of weeks (which isn't helping with the patience!) so I apologies for being a bit behind on my commenting - I will get caught up!

We started a new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge Blog (when this post was originally supposed to go live!) and it still has a week to run.  We're up to J and the challenge is...

J for Jewels

I made this card for my cousin when she got engaged - this is the couple I went to Australia with in 2012, they were just a brand new couple then!  So I wanted to make a special card for them to celebrate.  Here's what I did...


This is a large easel card at 8x8 inches.  I always find it hard to fill in the spaces on larger cards. I think it looks a bit bare in the photos, but it somehow looked better in real life.


I've lost my wee info sheet of what I used but I'll try to remember.  I used 2 of my Go Kreate XL circle dies to make the "ring" and I deliberately put the smaller one off centre to give an illusion of depth.  I used papers from a 12x12 American Crafts paper pad called Lucky Charm which I inked around and stamped with some accents stamps (sorry, I don't know who makes them) I also sprinkled some frantage powder over it before heating it up.  The base is covered with a paper that I had for forever and have no idea where it came from!  It is almost like fabric and has lots of glitter and texture on it.  The sentiment is computer generated using the font named Take A Pebble.  I then added a Doohickey swirl cut from peach glitter card.


 For the Jewels I used 3 Bevelled Window Panes from Stampin Up, 2 small and 1 large.  On the 2 smaller ones, I coated the under-side with glossy accents and then applied the fabric like paper and left to dry fully.  For the larger one I measured the dimension inside the bevelled part and printed out a photo of the happy couple - actually taken on the night they got engaged and used to announce the news! - to the same size.  I stuck it to the middle of the pane before adding the fabric paper and leaving to dry.  Once dry I then trimmed the excess paper from the edges and arranged on the card Ring base to (hopefully) resemble an engagement ring!  It was mighty hard, in fact impossible!, to get a good photo of the jewels.


The base was made using the same dies as before plus a Spellbinders circle die and an inverted scalloped circle die, raised on foam pads to act as the stopper for the easel.  The same font as before was used for the computer generated sentiment and lots and lots of gems were added.


I also added a small pocket to the inside where a gift could be inserted.


I was actually away over the weekend at Aishling's hen party, a merry night was had by everyone!

That's my card, I do hope you can join us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog for the rest of the challenge.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Create & Inspire: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Creative Fingers: Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: Anything Goes + Sketch
Fussy & Fancy: Fancy folds
ABC Challenges: M for Magnolia - Magnolia swirl die used
Corrosive Challenges: Leave a little sparkle

Thanks for looking!
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Handbags & Gladrags

Friday, 29 May 2015

 Hi lovelies!

There's a bit of golf fever spreading around over here!  The Irish Open is currently taking place in Newcastle, Co. Down (only a few miles up the road from me) and there has been so much buzz and excitement about it!  I'm not really into golf myself, but I'm enjoying the craic about it.  My cousin's wee boy was very excited to get Rory McIlroy's autograph the other day and there are photo's popping up all over Facebook of local people with the rich and famous!  Unfortunately the weather isn't playing ball (or golf!) as there have been a few showers, but it brightens up in between the showers, so hopefully people get a chance to dry off then.  It may be affecting the local hero though as Rory hasn't been playing so well, hopefully he will pick up a bit today as it would be good to see him compete.

I'm still trying to get the hang of being back at crafting and blogging again!  I've been trying to make changes to my craft room but there is so much stuff and it's only a small room, so it's a challenge!  I am going to get a bookcase to put on top of an existing bookcase to try to make more storage space.  I need a bigger house!!  Mostly so I can fit all my craft stuff in!
I bought a load of gorgeous fabric to make some aprons a while back but haven't gotten around to them yet as I don't have the space to lay out the fabric!  I'll figure something out though.

We have a new challenge today at the Alphabet Challenge Blog.  We're up to H again and the challenge for the next fortnight is...

H for Hats and/or Handbags

Here's what I did


This is actually a twisted easel card, here it is opened up



I knew the exact stamp I wanted to use for this one - it's one of the first stamps I ever bought and it was perfect for this challenge!  She is Dressing Up Maggie by Sugar Nellie and I coloured her with the following copics: Skin; E21,13,00,0000,R20,RV23. Dress; R39,29,RV29,25. Hat; RV29,25,23. Boa & Hat; B39,37,34. Beads & Gloves; 100,C9,6.  I also used a black prisma pencil and a graphik "snow" line painter to help with shading and highlights.


I used papers from the Rosarian pad by Prima along with cream and black card.  I love easel cards and twisted easel cards but I really love the shape of this one.  To shape it I used an XL circle die by Go Kreate, the largest one in the set, and hooked it over one corner of the card and passed it through my Grand Callibur.  It can be a little messy looking so the ribbon helps to hide the sins!


I used Spellbinder ovals and scalloped ovals as well as a border punch by Martha Stewart.  The sentiment was cut using the Alice & the Centurion alpha dies by X-Cut.  For the stopper I pulled the stalk out of an old earring and glued the base into place.  A wee tip - when I cut the edges of the ric-rac (which I did after the layers were stuck down, so couldn't tuck the ends in under) I applied some clear nail varnish to help avoid fraying.


A few diamantés here and there always finishes everything off nicely - that's my motto for life! lol!


 And that's my card, I do hope you can join us this fortnight at the Alphabet Challenge Blog, I'll keep an eye out for you there!


Thanks for looking!
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Tag A Mate!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Hello...Does this thing still work?!
Wow!  8 months since my last post, I didn't mean for that to happen!  I was dealing with a lot of pain so thought I would take a wee break for a while but I'm back and raring to go!  Sort of!  I still have the pain so I will be keeping things quite and calm from now on.  I have stepped down from all but 2 of my design teams, that was a tough and sad decision to make but it had to be done.  I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of all of those teams and have made lovely friends through them but hopefully blogland will bring us together again!

One of the teams I have stayed on is the Alphabet Challenge Blog.  I'm so happy to still be on this team as it's the first DT I ever got on!  We had a new challenge go live on Friday and I'm here to show you my card.  The theme is...

F for Friends/Friendship

And here is my card


I actually made 2 cards which are basically the same but with different colour schemes.  We are having a card swap on the Kraft Krazy forum with a challenge of using a die that you don't use very much and I have 2 friends to send to so I thought I'd make mine to suit it and the Alphabet Challenge.
Here's both cards together


The image I have used is Best Friend Selfie by Saturated Canary and I coloured it with the following copics: Skin; E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair; E29,27,25,23.E44,43,42,40,blender. Eyes; B06,04.YG17,13. Lips; RV29,25,23. Clothes etc on card A; RV09,06,04. BG49,45,11. Y26,23,21. C7,5,3. RV13,11,10. Clothes etc on card B; BV08,04,00. YR07,04,02. Y08,04,00. B26,24,21. RV19,09,06. Background; C1,BV0000,B000,R00,Y00,blender.


I then mounted the image onto a tag shaped piece of kraft card that I cut myself.
The papers on card A are from Prima set Anna Marie and on card B from Prima set Introspection.
Dies used are Memory Box precious heart (which I haven't used before) and Crafty Sentiments Designs Fancy Hearts border die (which I haven't used in a long time).


The sentiment is from the Film Strip Sentiments set by Whimsy Stamps, stamped with onyx black Versafine ink and then I went over it with a Sakura clear glitter pen.  I added a hashtag with a black fine-liner pen and then with the glitter pen.  I also added a few diamantes.  And of course, it is an easel card.


I added a die-cut circle to the inside for the message because "Just Because" is never an answer!  I heard that enough times when I was wee!


So that is my card and my return!  These are the first cards I've made this year that I am happyish with.  The only other one I made was a card for my wee sister in February, for her 18th birthday.  My card was terrible, I didn't even bother to take a photo of it, but I was out of time to make another!
I didn't totally stay away from crafting though.  I did some crocheting, knitting and sewing while I was "off" card making.  I will continue to do more of that and I have very recently had a chance to try jewellery making using wire, love it!  I will be doing more of that also!
Over the next while I will also hopefully update my blog with a few cards that I missed from before, including my few Christmas cards that I made and any other things that were noteworthy and I said at some point or other that I would blog about!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion Challenges; Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog; Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday; Use a sentiment
Eureka Stamps; Feminine cards
Papertake Weekly; Anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges; Anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything goes
ABC Challenges; I is for Inspire us
Top Tip Tuesday; Duo challenge - 2 in the image and 2 cards!
Whimsy Stamps Challenges; Colour an image

Thanks for looking!
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Tiny Treasures Tiny Canvas!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Hi everyone!

I starting doing things to my computer the other night...ie. security scans, disc cleaning and defragmenting, to see if I can make it go a little bit quicker.  All I have left to do now is take a back-up.  Why do all these things take so flippin long?!!  Maybe if I didn't leave so long between doing them it wouldn't take so long.

Anyway, working on the computer delayed me in getting my post done for the new challenges that have started at Eclectic Ellapu.

The Pink teams challenge for this month is...

Hearts!

And not forgetting the Purple teams challenge is...

Lady's Birthday!

Here's what I did for the Pink teams challenge;


I wanted a little easel a while back and got this one but it had a tiny little canvas with it that I didn't really want so it has been floating around my craft room for quite a while, so I decided to do something with it.
My lovely cousin had a baby a few weeks ago so I thought I'd make a wee door/wall plaque for the new baby.
I started by painting the little canvas with 2 shades of pink pebeo paint and I tried to graduate the colour from one corner to the other.  I also used white paint to help with the process.
I had a packet of wooden heart outlines and I painted one of the hearts with some pearl paint and stuck some matching ribbon to the back of it.  I attached the heart to the canvas and filled it in with lots and lots of glue.  I placed three little vintage flowers in one side of the heart and then filled the rest with tiny pink and white beads.
Then I waited for it to dry.  That's another thing that takes flippin' ages!


I typed the baby's name and date of birth using the font "I'm bored" and cut the name with my guillotine and scissors and used an x-cut punch (one of a set of 3 that I won on a challenge blog!) for the dates.  I attached the dates to some pink wire which I also added some beads to and attached to the canvas with staples (which I painted to blend them in with the background colour) and I did the same with the wire (minus the date hearts) for a hanger at the top.  I shaped the name piece and stuck it to the canvas along with a wee diamanté heart buckle with a little bit of ribbon in it.


Please do join us over at Eclectic Ellapu for either of our challenges - we do spoil you don't we?!  Check out what the design teams have been up to as well, for a bit more spoiling!

Thanks for looking!
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Chalkboard or Blackboard??!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Hi everyone!

I hope you're all well.  Have you all managed to avoid being nominated yet?  For the ice bucket challenge?  I think I may have an imminent nomination heading my way, my sister has just been challenged but hopefully she'll take pity and vote elsewhere!!  I don't know how my pain and aches would cope with a bucket of icy water, the dip in the temperature weather-wise has been tough enough.  I'll wait with baited breath!

We have a new challenge up today at the Creative Card Crew blog and our sponsor for this fortnight is Die R Us
http://www.diesrus.com/
 They're offering a $10 voucher to our lucky winner!

The challenge we have set for you is...

Chalkboard!

I grew up calling it a blackboard and I think it's a whatever-side-of-the-Atlantic-you're-on thing!  It's a technique I haven't tried before and I'm not sure if I did it right but here it is anyway...


I used pearly black card and ran it through my printer which I had set at high quality so as the ink would stay wet for longer as I wanted to throw some white embossing powder at it!  I also pawed all over the card before I printed on it as I wanted some stray ep this time.  The font I used for the "Happy Birthday!" is called Bleeding Cowboy.  I added a frame around the writing on Powerpoint too.  I had crocheted some hearts and flowers and I thought they'd be a nice addition to my card in their nice bright colours.  (Sorry for the blurry pic, it looked OK til I enlarged it!)


The ribbons and Prima gem/pearl swirls are from my stash and match the colours of the crocheting nicely.


I put a modern school twist on the inside and made it into a whiteboard - you don't find many black-boards in schools these days! lol!  The sentiment is a stamp from the Whimsy Stamps Film Strip Sentiments set.


So join us, do, at the Creative Card Crew (that rhymes!) and let us see your idea of a chalk/black board, and make sure you check out what the rest of our clever design team did (including a guest designer this time!).  Let me know, too, if you call it a chalk-board or a black-board, just for my own amusement!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons Challenge; Celebrate with ribbon
Cute Card Thursday; Back to school (I hope a black-board counts?!)
Dream Valley Challenges; Flowers
Sweet Pea Stampers; Embossing
The Pink Elephant; Anything goes

Thanks for looking!
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Buzzing By To Say Hi!

Monday, 25 August 2014

 Hi Everyone!

One of the things I like to do is watch TV while I craft.  I bought the box set of The Sopranos ages ago and I struggled for a long time to get into it.  So many people raved about it when it was on.  But, I persevered and I have to say that now I'm quite enjoying it!  I'm just at the end of the first series, but I'm liking it now.

We have a new challenge up today at Seems A Little Sketchy and our sponsor for this week is Lacy Sunshine

http://lacysunshine.weebly.com/
 And they're offering 3 digi's to our winner.

We have a really cute sketch for you this time...

 http://seemsalittlesketchy.blogspot.co.uk/

Here's what I did..


The image is by Lacy Sunshine called Sweet Lil Bumblebee and I coloured her with the following Copics: Skin; E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair & Clothes; 100,C9,5. Clothes & flowers; Y17,15,13. Flowers; YG07,05,03,RV23,21. Sky; B00,0000. Blender.  I then cut the image out with Spellbinders circle dies.


The papers are Pink Petticoat - Honeycomb bees from the Isabelline set and Doodle in Goldenrod from the Spookie Doodles set.  I had little bumblebee buttons in my stash and I cut the loops off the back with pliers before attaching to ribbon from my stash.  The ribbon was black with white dots and I didn't like the white dots with the card, so here's a wee tip; I used a yellow Sharpie to colour the white dots yellow!  (They look kind of fluorescent in the pic but I think that's just from the light cos it doesn't look so bright really.) The gem stickers are also from my stash.


I used Powerpoint to make a bumblebee flight path and added a sentiment using the font AR Hermann.


So please pop over to the Seems A Little Sketchy blog to check out what the rest of the DT have done and don't forget to join in!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog; Warm, sunshiney colours
Bunny Zoe's Challenge Blog; Summer colours
Stamp & Create Challenges; Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge Blog; B unique - 3 B's= Bumblebees, black, bling.
Top Tip Tuesday; Anything goes

Thanks for looking!
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Noah's 1st Birthday!

Hi everyone!

It's been kind of a sad weekend, my neighbours of about 10 years moved away today.  I wouldn't say we were close friends but I've got to know them over the years and it was lovely to see their family grow beside me.  Hopefully we can keep in touch through Facebook.

The challenges at Eclectic Ellapu have been up since the start of the month and I shared my card for the Pink team then.  Cos I'm on the pink team!
I also included a card with the Purple teams inspiration and I've been keeping it to share later as a reminder (saying as our challenges have gone monthly!) and the time has come to share it!  There's a week left to enter and the challenges are...

The Pink teams...
Seaside or Nautical
You can see my card for this theme here.

And the Purple teams challenge is...
Anything Goes
With an option of using watercolours!

My card is one that I made for my wee nephew for when he turned 1 year old last month!
Here's my card


If you haven't guessed already, his name is Noah!  I printed the letters out - they're a font called Patchwork Letter and I coloured them with the following Copics: BV04,B95,24,G24,Y17.


I printed the papers directly onto my card-stock, on both sides.  The front is Dots paper from the Easton kit and the inside is Yellow cream dots from the A Boo-tiful Night kit - both from Summertime Designs.  I folded the card into a DL sized card and then measured and cut into a number "1".  I made paper springs and attached the letters on them so they sit out from the card base.  I also added some stick-on elements, pom-poms, buttons, charms and bells from my stash.


For the inside I used a Wild Rose Studio sentiment and made a message panel to match the patched letters.  I had another couple of stick on elements so I used them up too!  You can also see the paper springs that the letters are mounted onto the front with in this picture.


So you could say that this is a subtle reminder that there's 1 week left to enter the challenges at Eclectic Ellapu! lol!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

 4 Crafty Chicks; Lets get masculine
Crafty Girls Challenges; Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog; Anything goes
The East Wind Challenge Blog; For the kiddies
Fab N Funky Challenges; For the kids

Thanks for looking!
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