A Baby Girl

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Hello to you all and Happy Christmas Eve!

What a rough night we had to bring in Christmas eve, the winds were mighty!  I've seen some snow falling but nothing lying here... yet!  I would hate to have to go to shops or anywhere today, it's much nicer staying in in that weather!

We have our last challenge of the year today at the Creative Card Crew and we are being sponsored by The Scrapping Center


The challenge we have for you to enjoy over the festive season is a really hard one, cos we really wanted to challenge you, it is...

Anything Goes!

Oh, no, that's not too difficult!!  Lol!  We have an extended challenge this time and it's lasting for 3 weeks, so plenty of time to enjoy Christmas and enter the challenge! ;)

So, here's my card which I made for my best friend after she had her first baby:

I made a circular easel card - and I made it with pearly card so it was a pain to photograph!

The image is by Sugar Nellie and I coloured it with the following copics: Skin; E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hat & blanket; R24,22,21,20. Background; E42,41,40.  I was always a bit intimidated by this image cos it's so realistic and I was afraid to colour it, I'm not sure if I did it justice, but at least I tried!

I used Spellbinders Grand Nestibilities Circles for the base of the card and an ordinary small one (although the biggest one in that set) to cut out the middle of the moon to make the crescent shape.  Other dies used are heart and scallop heart and labels 14 (all Spellbinders).
After I inked the edges with Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose distress inks, I used a Umount swirl stamp with super sparkle holographic embossing powder to add a bit of interest and that all-important bling!  I then added pink Frantage embossing powder around the edges and sprinkled some through the middle and heated from underneath so it didn't go everywhere!

The sentiments are all computer generated and the font is Lainie Day.  All the sentiment pieces got the same ink/frantage treatment as the base.  I used a couple of eyelets and jump rings to attach the heart to the moon.  I also added a wee diamante swirl on the base of the card where you can see through the crescent shape when the card is closed.

 The inside of the card got the same processes applied to it with space left for my greeting.

So please pop over to the Creative Card Crew blog to take part in our last challenge of the year and to see what the rest of our talented DT have made!

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

4 Crafty Chicks; Distressing
613 Avenue Create; Anything goes
Bearly Mine; Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity; Anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenges; Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday; Celebrations
Divas By Design; Anything goes
Drunkers Stampers; Embossing
A Gem Of A Challenge; Anything goes
One Stitch At A Time; Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday; Anything goes
Simon Says Challenges; Anything goes
Stamp & Create; Anything goes
Stamp N Doodle; Anything goes
Stamin' For The Weekend; Anything goes
The Pink Elephant; Anything goes
Twisted Tuesday Challenge; New Beginnings - new stuff: Pink Frantage

I'd like to wish you all the Very Merriest of Christmasses and if I don't see you before then a Wonderfully Happy New Year!

Thanks for looking!

First Christmas

Monday, 23 December 2013

Hello to everyone on this blustery Christmas Eve-Eve!
I hope you're all well and are ready for an even blusterier Christmas Eve!  That's what we're supposed to be getting anyway.
I was up until 4:30 this morning wrapping my presents - they cost a fortune, took ages to wrap nearly breaking my back in the process and now that it's all done it looks like nothing!  Ah well, at least it's all done now.

We have our last challenge of the year for you up today on Seems A Little Sketchy and our sponsor for this challenge - which lasts 3 weeks this time - is Di's Digi Downloads

Here's is the lovely festive sketch we have for you this time:

And here's what I did:

The image is a Bauble Baby by Mo's Digital Pencil and I coloured him with the following copics: Skin: E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair: E29,37,35. Clothes: B95,93,91. G16,14,12. C3,1. Holly: YG97,95,93. R29. Bauble: BG13,11,10.  And I used a gold gelly roll metallic pen also.

My papers are Santa's Workshop by Helz Cuppleditch and some of the little accessories match the papers too.  I used a Magnolia Doo Hickey for the swirl and Spellbinders Circle and Big Scallop Circles for the image.  I edged the image with a nice bobble-y ribbon by docrafts.  The bells, twine and nail heads are from my stash.  The sentiment in the bauble was computer generated and the font is Santa's Sleigh.  The other sentiment is a Wild Rose Studio stamp.

The inside is a lot more basic than the front!  The Merry Christmas die cut is by Couture Creations, Intricutz dies.

So that's my last Seems A Little Sketchy card of the year, if you get some crafting time over the holidays, please join us and make sure you check out the rest of the DT's work for some fab inspiration!

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

Cute Card Thursday; Celebrations
Dream Valley Challenges; Christmas
Here Come The Boys; Anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey; Christmas
Papertake Weekly; Christmas
Sentimental Sundays; Christmas
Southern Girls Challenge Blog; Christmas
Sweetpea Stampers Challenge Blog; Christmas
The Squirrel And The Fox; Christmas
Mo's Digital Challenge; Your favourite Mo card (this is a new one but I think it's my favourite so I hope it still counts!)

Thanks for looking!

Silver Anniversary

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Hello all!

I hope you're all well?  The wind is keeping us on our toes this week anyway, I could hardly walk up the street earlier today cos the wind was so strong!!

We have our last challenge of the year at the Alphabet Challenge Blog up today, brought to you by Roxx and it's everyone's favourite!

W for Whatever You Wish!

I'm sharing a card that I made a while back for my aunt and uncle for their 25th wedding anniversary - it's scary to think that I was one of their flower-girls 25 years ago!!  I remember bits and pieces about the day, including that it was very windy!

Here's my card:

The focal point on my card are wooden letters that I bought in a pack from Tesco which I heat embossed with silver embossing powder and I attached some swarovski crystals.  I framed it with a Heart Wreath stamp by Chloe which is also heat embossed with the silver embossing powder.

I didn't use any patterned papers on the card, instead I used a LOTV corner stamp with silver embossing powder on the base piece of the topper and added a bit of silver ribbon from my stash.  The sentiments are all computer generated using the font Kunstler Script.  I added a couple of lovely square clusters of gems from my stash.

The inside is the same basic layout and a smaller version of the stamp was added with yet more silver embossing powder!

I also made a box for the card to complete it for the special occasion!

There is loads more lovely inspiration from the rest of the DT over at the Alphabet Challenge Blog, go see for yourself!

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

Cute Card Thursday; Celebrate
Delightful Challenges; Celebrate
Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog; Celebrations

Thanks for looking!

An Emo Christmas

Monday, 16 December 2013

Good morning everyone, I hope you're all well?

I was just writing up the midway reminder post for PunkYouGirl when I counted up how many days there are until Christmas and I was shocked to see that there are only 9 days left, single digits!  Even more shocking is the fact that I am fairly well organised this year!  There's a first time for everything!  Although I know I'm probably speaking too soon and there'll be a mad panic over something that I've forgotten!

As I said, it's the midway reminder today at PunkYouGirl for our current challenge of...

Black Christmas!

We are being sponsored this month by the fabulous Teri from Delicious Doodles so I got another chance to work with her gorgeous images, only this time it's her darker images!

Here's what I did:

The image is An Emo Christmas by Delicious Doodles and I coloured her (to match the colour scheme on the challenge blog!) with the following copics: Skin: E21,13,00,0000,R20. Clothes: 100,C8,6,4,3,1, RV09,06,04,02, Eyes; G16,14,12.
I then fussy-cut the image out.

The papers I have used are from the Christmas multi stack by DCWV.  I used a Dymo label maker for the sentiment using some black tape.  I have lot's of fun with the label maker and hope to use it on a lot more cards!  I didn't add anything more to the card as the papers are quite busy and the colours are strong so I didn't think it needed anything else.

The inside uses the same papers and basic layout, and more label maker sentiments.

So please take a look at the rest of the inspiration from the fabulous design team at PunkYouGirl and have a wee go at our alternative festive challenge!

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

Crafts 4 Eternity; Christmas Chaos
Crafty Boots; Christmas
Creative Belli Blog; Candy
Cute Card Thursday; Christmas catch up
Dream Valley Challenges; Christmas
Just For Fun; Merry Christmas
Left Of Centre; Holidays
One Stitch At A Time; Anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey; It's Christmas time
Ruby's Rainbow; Christmas
Sentimental Sundays; Non traditional xmas colours
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog; Last minute Christmas
Totally Papercrafts; Non traditional Christmas colours

Thanks for looking!

She Might Get A Little Cold!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Morning all!

I hope you're all fine and dandy?!  I went to visit my friend last night as I finally got around to sorting out her card and present!  Little Leah Rose is the cutest wee baby!  I could just snuggle her all night, although I think she got a little fed up of my snuggles and wanted food!  It's hard work being a baby!

We have another new challenge today at the Creative Card Crew, and speaking of babies I want to send out big congratulations to our DT buddy Yvonne on the birth of her beautiful daughter!

We are being sponsored by the fabulous Delicious Doodles (twice in two days - lucky me!)


Our challenge for you for this fortnight is...

Holly or Poinsettia!

A lovely festive challenge and I can't wait to see what everyone does!

Here's mine:

The image is Holly Fairy by Delicious Doodles and I coloured her with the following copics:  Skin; E21,13,00,0000,R20. Wings & Hair; E29,09,R59,39,37,00. Wings & Holly leaves; YG97,95,93,91. the rest of the wings; R22,21,20. Holly berries; R29. Background; E37,35,33,31,blender.

The papers are by Prima from the North Country collection.  I used a few Spellbinders dies for the main image - Circle, scalloped circle and inverted scalloped circle.  I used a Joanna Sheen Holly Berry die for the holly in the corner which I also glittered, glossy accented and gemed to death!
The sentiment is by Circa Design called Merry Little.  The ribbon is from my stash.

The inside matches the front except I didn't ruche the ribbon so it wouldn't interfere with closing the card.  This sentiment is by LOTV

So please join the Creative Card Crew for this festive challenge and go have a look at what the rest of the DT have done!
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe's Challenge; Wings
CRAFT Challenge; Christmas
Crafty Catz Challenge; Use 2 or more dies
Delicious Doodles; Christmas
Divas By Design; Feeling festive
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog; Make it sparkle Christmas challenge
One Stitch At A Time; Seeing red
Stamping for the weekend; Use some red
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog; Ribbons
The ABC Challenge Blog; A for Almost Christmas
The Ribbon Girl; Ho ho ho Christmas challenge

Thanks for looking!

Penguin Party!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Hello everyone!
I hope you're all keeping well?
I've been busy doing this and that and not really noticing what's being done - do you ever have days like that?

We have a new challenge for you today at Seems A Little Sketchy and our fab sponsor for this fortnight are Delicious Doodles!


Here's the sketch we would like you to follow this time, remember you can rotate or flip it as long as we can see the layout in your work.


So I seem to have had a thing for black and white this year, I've done a lot of cards in that theme and this one seemed to want to go along with that theme too!  Here's what I did...

The DT got to work with some of Teri's fab images from Delicious Doodles and I chose this one so I didn't even have to do any colouring!  It was a good thing as I'm back at physio for my shoulders so the pain is actually even worse from doing the exercises, hopefully it'll get me back to my old self though.
I love the sketchy look of this image!

The papers are Pink Petticoat; Large Nordic snowflakes and Pinstripes, printed in black.  The dies I have used are Joy Crafts/Noor Designs Winter wishes border and large snowflake.  The sentiment is from the Seasons Greetings set by Whiff of Joy and I used the matching fancy shape die to cut it out.  The ribbon, photo corners, Swarovski (the large one in the centre of the snowflake) and gems are from my stash.

The inside matches the front using the same set of sentiment stamps, just not cut out this time.

I hope you can join us with this fab sketch, check out the rest of the DT's fab work at Seems A Little Sketchy!

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

Bearly Mine Challenges; Christmas Sentiment
Bunny Zoe's Challenge; Wings
CRAFT Challenge; Christmas
Craft Your Passion; Let it snow
Crafty Catz Challenge; 2 or more dies
Crafty Ribbons Challenge; Spots or stripes
Creative Inspirations; Contemporary Christmas colours
Delightful Challenges; You're a gem
Fab n Funky Challenges; A touch of frost
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge; Let it snow
Just For Fun; Christmas
Kaboodles Doodles; Non traditional Christmas colours
My Time To Craft Challenge; Cute & cuddly Christmas animals
Patties Creations Challenge; Christmas
The ABC Challenge Blog; A for almost Christmas

Thanks for looking!

The Sweetest Thing!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Hi everyone!

I hope you're all keeping well - I thought I'd make it a hat-trick of song titles for post titles!  I love the U2 song and it actually came on the ipod (set on random) while I was making this card, so even more appropriate this time! lol!

I can't believe that this time 4 weeks we'll be waiting for the big man to make his way down the chimney!  Is anyone else as ready for it as me??  ie. not. at. all.!!!  That's part of the fun of it for me though, the mad panic in the run up and the first half of the day itself and then being able to relax and enjoy the rest of the time!  Did anyone notice that I managed a whole paragraph about a particular subject without actually mentioning the subject?!  But I'm sure you all know what I'm going on about!  Lol!

So another challenge for you today at the Creative Card Crew and our fabulous sponsor for this fortnight is the Scrapping Center!

with a fab $15 dollar prize voucher for one lucky winner!

The challenge we have in store for you this fortnight is...

Sweet Treats!

So make us drool over all the sweets and chocolate and lollies and... oops, I got a bit distracted there!  Here's what I did:

My image is Creepy Cake Twist by The Greeting Farm and I coloured her with the following copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair;E49,47,44,43. Dress;G24,21,20, BG01,000,0000, Y17,15,13, R22,21,20, E07,04,33,31. Shadow;W5,3,1.  I wasn't totally happy with my colouring on this one but I was in such a hurry to get it done that it had to do!

The papers I have used are Basic Grey "Nook & Pantry" and the sentiment is computer generated using the font Penshurst.  The fabby yellow skull is a bead and came from my stash along with all the diamant├ęs, oodles of em!

The inside has been done to compliment the front.

And that's my card!  I hope you can join this sweet challenge at the Creative Card Crew - check out what the rest of the DT have done, especially all our newbies - give them a great big lovely welcome!

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

4 Crafty Chicks; Anything goes
Allsorts; Bring on the bling
Bearly Mine Challenges; Anything goes
Drunken Stampers Challenges; Diner
Moving Along With The Times; Music inspired - The Sweetest Thing by U2!
Oh La La Challenge Blog; Birthday
Paper Crafting Journey; Bling it up

Thanks for looking!

Blue Christmas

Monday, 25 November 2013

Hello everyone!

I hope you're all keeping well?  I have another song title for my post but again, it's a fitting one!  I was in Dublin again last night at a concert by The Darkness, another one of my favourite bands and definitely one of my favourite live bands, if not my absolute favourite!  I have seen them so many times and have never been disappointed.  Last night was the first time we were seated at one of their concerts and we were on the front row of the balcony so had a fantastic view and got to see all the funny things they do that I would've missed if I was on the floor (cos I'm a shortie!) and Justin Hawkins is such a fantastic singer as well as athlete/comedian/fashionista! lol!  I love that band!

Anyway, A new challenge has started again today at Seems A Little Sketchy and we have 2 sponsors in the form of Kenny K

Who are offering 3 digi's of winners choice

And Whoopsi Daisy

Who are offering 2 sheet's of winners choice.

Here's the sketch we are using this time

And here's what I did

I rotated the sketch and I used a Whoopsi Daisy image which I coloured with the following copics: BG01,000,0000,B39,37,34.E49,47,44.Y17.R02.

The papers are DCWV The Winter Matstack.  I used some new stuff that I recently got after a bit of a wait - my parcel got lost in the post and when I got in contact with the shop they said they would resend but the glue was out of stock so I had to wait until it arrived again, I was chomping at the bit to get using it!  I stamped some snowflakes along the top of the card and on the strip using flitter glu then I used "Manchester Tart" Megaflakes and a "scoochie" sponge to tidy it all up to make gilded snowflakes!  All the materials are available at Indigo Blu.  I can't wait to use it again sometime - it's lovely and messy! lol!
The twine, charm and gems are all from my stash and the sentiments were computer generated using the font simply named "Christmas".

The inside has been done to compliment the front.

And that's my card!  I hope you can join us at Seems A Little Sketchy, pop over to check out the fab inspiration for the rest of the lovely DT!

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

Allsorts; Bring on the bling
Charisma Cardz; Christmas
Crafty Creations Challenges; Ready for the holidays
Moving Along With The Times; Music inspired - Blue Christmas by Elvis
Paper Crafting Journey; Bling it up
The Paper Shelter; Christmas is coming
Sentimental Sundays; Winter wonderland
Stampin' For The Weekend; Feeling festive

Thanks for looking!