No Ordinary Anniversary!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Hi all :)

I had a lovely holiday away with my folks and sister - first time away with them in over a decade! We were in a lovely part of Germany called Ruhpolding, away up in the Alps!  We had a bit of a hairy landing as we arrived just in the middle of a thunder storm and it was quite turbulent!  Just as the wheels of the plane were about to hit the runway, the plane took a bit of a dive to the right - I could see that the wing must've been only inches from hitting the ground!  Thankfully the pilot managed to straighten up and we lived to tell the tale, but it was scary biscuits!  We then weren't allowed to disembark the plane until the storm passed as the ground crew weren't allowed out during it!
Ruhpolding is in the south of the country so we were able to spend a day in each of Munich (Germany) and Salzburg (Austria) - I absolutely loved Salzburg, such a beautiful city and it seemed really relaxed there.  It helped with the atmosphere that there was a "Busker" playing classical music in the middle of Mozart Square, and he was brilliant!  Loved it!  We also went to The Eagles Nest, even higher up in the Alps which is where Hitler used as a retreat and for entertaining visitors.  It was amazing up there too, even though it is very much a tourist attraction now, you still get an eerie vibe of the history of the place.  The views are spectacular though!

Anyway, it's that time again when we get to use another letter of the alphabet to challenge you through the power of The Alphabet Challenge Blog!  We're up to N already and the theme for the next 2 weeks is...

N for No Patterned/Designer Paper!

Great challenge as I love my papers!
We also have a DT call at the moment - until the 30th, so make sure you check that out and get your name in as it's a lovely place to be!

Here's my card:

I was asked to make a card for a priest who is a friend of the family and was about to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination.  I must admit that I felt a bit stumped!  What do you do for a priest?!!  I'm not a religious person at all, so I'm not up on bible quotes etc, but I do have a few stamps that could be classed as "Holy"!  So I got stuck in!
I decided that a black and white colour theme was the way to go and just used some plain black pearl card which I layered up onto a white and another black layer, which then went onto the white card base.  I made a square in Microsoft Powerpoint the same size as the top black layer would be and typed out and positioned the text where I wanted it.  I then printed it directly onto the black card - the fact that the card is pearlescent is important as it means the ink takes a while to dry and you therefore have time to use embossing powder on it!  You do still need to work quickly though!  You also need to make sure you use an embossing buddy over the card before you put it through the printer as white embossing powder on fingerprints on black card is not a good look!  After I heated it and allowed it to cool, I cut it to size and layerd it up.

I used a cross stamp from a Stampin' Up! set that I have called "Special Blessings" along with the same white detail embossing powder that I used for the printed sentiment onto black card.  Again, I layered the cross onto white card before adding it to the card base.

I used stamps from the same set as the cross for the sentiment on the inside and kept it really simple with just black and white card.

I die cut a couple of 2's and 5's for the front using Memory Box's "Typewriter Number" die set.  I also couldn't resist adding a few diamante's here and there!

I hope you can join us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog and don't forget to enter for the DT call!

Thanks for looking!

Rock Out At A Christening!

Friday, 24 July 2015

 Hi everyone, I hope!

I'm off on holidays at the moment and I thought I wasn't going to be able to get this posted as my internet/computer are doing my head in!  I'm not sure what the problem is but most of the time, when I log on, the browser won't open any pages for me.  The computer seems to be doing updates and things OK so I don't know what the problem is.  I tried 3 different browsers and they were all the same.  I had just about given up but decided to check one more time and it seems to be working now.  Typical when it's now 11:30pm, I'm heading off first thing in the morning, and I still need to pack!
So, owing to that, this scheduled post is going to be short and sweet!

We have a new challenge at the Alphabet Challenge Blog today and it is...

L for Lavender!

What do you do when your Rocker brother is having his son christened?  You make a Metallica themed Christening card of course!  Here's what I did:

I actually made this card a while back and for the life of me, I don't know what I did with the details for it, but I suppose that's a good thing as I haven't got time to write them out now! lol!
I know the image is by Mo's Digital Pencil and I coloured him with copics.

The papers are by Pink Petticoat, again, I'm not sure which colour pack they're from.  They look kinda blue til you see the blue guitar beside it, then they look kinda lavender!  I think they look blue-er in the photo's too :/
I used a selection of Spellbinder dies and some fonts that I got for free from the net.  I particularly like the Metallica font that I used to spell Noah!  I added a little cross cos it's a christening card, ie: it's holy and also in homage to the Master Of Puppets album by Metallica!

The inside just features some of the same papers as the front and a LOTV sentiment stamp.

That's my card, I hope you liked it!  I hope you can join us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog for this challenge sometime in the next couple of weeks!

Thanks for looking!

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!

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!

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!

Tiny Treasures Tiny Canvas!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Hi everyone!

I starting doing things to my computer the other 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...


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!

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
 They're offering a $10 voucher to our lucky winner!

The challenge we have set for you is...


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!