Wishing A Speedy Recovery!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

 Hi everyone,

I hope you're all well?  My Granny was taken into the hospital during Sunday night/Monday morning and is on antibiotics and oxygen at the moment.  I've heard that she's doing well and there's plenty of craic out of her, so hopefully she won't be in for too long.  I wanted to visit her myself yesterday evening but I have a bit of a cold and don't want to be adding more to her list of things to get over.

My title is not just aimed at her though!  We have a new challenge today at the Creative Card Crew and we have a new sponsor in the form of Imagine That
who are offering 3 digi's to one lucky winner

And we also have one of our fabulous regular sponsors - The Scrapping Center
With a $15 voucher for another very lucky winner!

Our challenge for this fortnight is...

Get Well!

So here is my card...

When I saw the images we were given by our sponsor, Imagine That, I knew I had to use this image!  In case you don't know, I am a huge Formula One fan so I couldn't bypass this image!  It's also very apt at the moment with the 7 time World Formula One Champion, Michael Schumacher, still recovering after his skiing accident - Michael Schumacher was my favourite driver when he was racing, particularly when he was at Ferrari, so I made the card Ferrari Red!  I used the following copics: R39,29,27. 100,N9,7,5. YR21. Plus a Gold Sakura metallic gellyroll pen.
I added the sentiment (also from Imagine That) onto the rear wing, which was easy cos of it being in PNG format!

I kept the layout fairly simple, the papers are by Carta Bella, Giddy Up (the male version) and I added some gold brads to the corners.  I gave the card interest by mounting the layers on foam pads so there's lots of dimension.

The inside has the same papers and layout with a Wild Rose Studio sentiment and I used nail heads instead of brads to keep it as flat as possible.

I do hope you can join us this fortnight at the Creative Card Crew, go and check out what the rest of the DT have been up to too!

Thanks for looking!

Lady's Day

Monday, 24 February 2014

 Good morning all!

I can't believe it's been over a week since my lovely day getting pampered with my mum and wee sister!  It won't be long til the next one though! ;P

We have a new challenge today at Seems A Little Sketchy and our sponsor for this fortnight is the very fabulous Lacy Sunshine!
They're offering 3 digi's to our winner!

The sketch for this challenge looks like this

And here is my card - I rotated the sketch once clockwise

The image is 1920's Winter Lizabeth, provided by our sponsor Lacy Sunshine and I coloured her with the following copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair & Fur;E49,47,44,43. Coat;E15,13,11. Dress;RV34,32. Surround;E33,31. Rubies;R39,29,E09. Plus a Sakura metallic gellyroll gold pen for the headband and brooch.

The papers I have used are First Edition Desert Blooms, the background one has a lovely shimmery embossed detail on it.  I used a diamante strip across the top and to tone down the silver, I wrapped it with gold thread.  I also used a red copic on the diamantes to make them rubies to match the image.  The Prima butterfly, feathers and swarovski's are from my stash.

I used the sketch again on the inside and just used the gold thread this time, instead of the diamante strip.

So that's my card, I hope you can join us this fortnight, please take a trip over to the Seems A Little Sketchy Blog to check out the rest of the DT's fab work!

Thanks for looking!

I've Been Framed!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

 Hello blogland!

I'm really looking forward to getting pampered today - Myself, my mum and my sister are heading off to the Slieve Donard to enjoy their lovely Spa facilities!  I've been looking forward to this for ages!

We have a new challenge for you today from Eclectic Ellapu - seems like ages since I did a post for EE, well it is!  We had a lovely long holiday over Christmas and then I missed the first Pinkies week back!  So a big hello to all the girlies over there!

Our challenge for you for this week is...

Anything But A Card!

I love altering items but seem to rarely do it - I have a collection of things that I want to do, but have never gotten around to doing them yet!  So here was an opportunity to sort out a couple of them!

I started off with 2 of these, cheapo picture frames outta Sainsbury's...

And I had planned on painting them black, but when I started using the paint I realised that it was quite watery and wouldn't coat the frame as well, but I actually loved the effect it made even better!

Here's some work in progress and you can see the difference the black paint made to the frame on the left

And after doing a few more bits and pieces, here's my finished frames.

The black paint is Pebeo paint (that I bought to have a go at Sheena Douglass' paint fusion and still haven't gotten around to doing!).  I also used Indigo Blu Flitter Flakes in Autumn Blaze.  The trinkets are a mixture of Tim Holtz and Prima and the "Say It In Crystals" swirl is also by Prima.  The studs are from my stash.  I used my Dynamo Label Maker for the wording which I dabbed some Antique Bronze Distress Paint over, that I also used around that corner.

And I think I have found how I'm gonna have more pictures of myself up in my house - I discovered the pixelate option on my photo editing software!  I look so much better in these photo's!  Lol!!

So please pop over to Eclectic Ellapu and have a go yourself - there is so much amazing inspiration from the rest of the DT over there too!

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

4 Crafty Chicks; Use pearls
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge; Heart
Craft For The Craic; Heart
Oh La La Challenge Blog; Heart
Papertake Weekly; With a heart
Altered Eclectics; Anything goes

Thanks for looking!

I'm A Big Fan!

Friday, 14 February 2014

 Hi everyone!

2nd post today as I'm now up-to-date!  On the blog anyway, a few things to do "behind the scenes" so to speak!

We have a new challenge for you today at the Alphabet Challenge Blog from my lovely teamie Tammy!  We're back at the start of the alphabet and the theme Tammy has chosen is...

A for Always & Forever!

Great theme for today!  I hope you had a nice Valentines day whether you got a card today or not!

I made my card a while back for my auntie and uncle's 25th wedding anniversary.  On the day, instead of a bouquet, the bride, bridesmaids and flowergirls all carried fans!  Gotta love the style back then! lol!  So in homage to that I made my card like this...

And when it is opened up it is a twisted easel card

The stamps I used are ones I've had for ages from Elusive Images (they are now Chocolate Baroque) and are paisley peacock feathers.  I heat embossed the images in silver on white card and in white on silver card, cut each one out and alternated the colours to make a fan shape.  The sentiment is computer generated and the font is Laine Day.  I dry embossed a diamond shape on the background card, using my scoring board, to add a little bit of interest.

The inside has a smaller version of the stamp and the "25" is from a Pink Gem Design stamp set.  You can see the diamond embossed background better here.

I used Spellbinder circle and large scalloped circle dies and the gems are from my stash.

Please pop over to the Alphabet Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the DT have made and join in too!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion; 200th challenge special - #187 More than one fold
Crafty Hands Challenge Blog; Embossed background
Crafty Inspirations; Love
Cute Card Thursday; Clever Cutting
Divas By Design; With Love
Eureka Stamps; Love is in the air
Paper Crafting Journey; Love is in the air
Rhedd & Rosie's Challenge Blog; Love is in the air
Stamp & Create; Love is in the air
The Corrosive Challenge Blog; Feel the love

Thanks for looking!

Very Special Sister!

Hi everyone!

The last of my catch-ups now, this one is for the new challenge at the Creative Card Crew that started on Tuesday.

Our sponsors for this fortnight are...


Who are offering this fabulous prize to one lucky winner

 Who are offering 5 dig's to another lucky winner!

So to be able to try getting your hands on one of these fantastic prizes our challenge for you for the next fortnight is...

Keep It Simple & Sweet!

So, here's what I did...

The image was provided by our sponsor QKR Stampede and is called Ballet Shoes.  I coloured them with the following Copics: RV23,21,10,Y15 and I used a clear stardust pen on the stars before adding a little gem to each one.

I haven't used any design papers or dies on this one!  The sentiment was computer generated using the font Lainie Day and the ribbon, pearl (which isn't as bright in real life!) and diamante numbers are from my stash.

As the card is so simple (& sweet!) I thought I would use the image again on the inside but I decreased the opacity and coloured it with Blush Pink, Light Peach, White and Sand prisma pencils for a less bright look.

I made the card for my "little" sister who turned 17 on Monday!  Where has the time gone, it seems like no time since she was only a wee baby!
I hope you will be able to join us with this lovely challenge - check out what the rest of the DT have done on the Creative Card Crew blog!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks; Use pearls
Crafty Boots Challenges; Bingo - first line down:Pink, Glitter, Star.
Loves To Create Challenges; Use red or pink
Top Tip Tuesday; Girly

Thanks for looking!

Ready, Aim, Fire!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

 Evening everyone!

I hope you're all safe and warm away from the awful weather (if you're around the same part of the world as I am anyway!) the wind and rain and snow have been terrible all day today and yesterday.

I'm still in catch-up mode, but nearly there now, just a couple of days behind with this one as Seems A Little Sketchy have a new sketch up since Monday.  We are being sponsored for the next fortnight by Kenny K Designs!

Who are offering 3 digi's to our lucky winner!

Here's the sketch for this challenge


And here's what I did

The image is from our sponsor, Kenny K and is called Sexy Cupid.  I coloured her with the following Copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair;100,N9,7,5. Wings;RV23,21,10. Clothes;YR16,14,21,R39,29,27. Plus some YG23, BV31 & Blender.  I also used black and white prisma pencils.

The paper is Sugar Rush by Basic Grey and I used a Spellbinders Classic Heart die for the shape which I then coated with super sparkle holographic embossing powder and a layer of ultra thick embossing enamel.  The sentiment was computer generated using the font Juice.  I added a few diamantes here and there to finish it off.

The inside has the same papers, dies and font.

I hope you can join us with this fab sketch at Seems A Little Sketchy!

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

Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge; Hearts/Love
Crafts 4 Eternity; With love
Crafts For The Craic; Heart
Creative Inspirations; Love
Diva's By Design; With love
Fab N Funky Challenges; Love/Valentine
Fussy & Fancy Challenges; Be my valentine
Incy Wincy Designs; Sassy & sexy
Papertake Weekly; With a heart
Kenny K's Krafty Krew; Love

Thanks for looking!

Let's Have Some Fun!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

 As Dr Nick (From The Simpsons) would say... Hello Everybody!

Me again!  My Second post of the evening/morning (it's quite late here!) in my vain attempt at catching up!  This time I have my card for the PunkYouGirl February challenge which started last Friday.  We also have a DT Call at the moment, so if you like making slightly alternative cards or other things then you should defo go over and put your name down!

We have a fabulous sponsor for this challenge in the form of Stitchy Bear Designs!

They're offering our winner $10 to send in their store!

So our challenge for you for February is...

Hearts & Harlequins!

Here's what I did...

The image is Clowning Around by BB Kakes and I coloured her with the following Copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Clothes;100,N9,7,5,RV06,04,02,BG18,15,13. Hair; C2,1. Eyes;YG23. Background;N5,BV31

One of the papers is also from our sponsor - Panda Bear Designs; Love Day Patterned Paper and I've teamed it up with a Basic Grey paper from the Out of print pad.  The black roses, charm, ribbons and gems are from my stash.  The sentiment is computer generated using the font Mistral.

The inside uses the same papers and font and a Spellbinder heart die.

So pop over to the PunkYouGirl blog to check out what the rest of team 1 have done for inspiration and remember to check back next week to see team 2's efforts!  And don't forget the DT call too!

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

Allsorts Challenge Blog; colours beginning with B - Black
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge; Hearts/love
Crafts 4 Eternity; With love
Crafts For The Craic; Heart
Crafty Catz; Love is in the air
Fussy & Fancy Challenge Blog; Be my valentine
Incy Wincy Designs; Sassy & sexy
Papertake weekly; With a heart
The ABC Challenge Blog; E for Embellish
One Stitch At A Time; With love

Thanks for looking!

How Late Is Too Late?!

 Hello everyone!

I'm still here!  After everything going on in January I really needed a bit of time away from things, the craft desk and the computer.  I even managed to get a couple of days away with friends which really helped to lift my spirits so I'm hoping they can stay lifted and I can get on with things!
First of all though, I have a bit of catching up to do...

This was my card for a challenge on the Alphabet Challenge Blog a few weeks ago - I got it uploaded for the DT bit but I never got around to doing my own post for it so I must apologise to Shaz and all the other ladies over there.  We have a different challenge running at the minute for Z for Zesty colours which still has about a day left and then we have a new challenge up on Friday, so I hope you can join us to make up for my not-being-around-ness!  I also need to apologise for not visiting or commenting either, but I'm hoping to get round everyone ASAP.

Here's my card from the Y for Young card for a little one which I made for my wee niece Holly when she turned 5!

The image is Magnolia Happy Easter Tilda (though it's not very Easter-y so I thought it would be OK for a winter birthday!).  I coloured her with the following Copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair;E47,44,43,42. Clothes;E04,RV34,32,G21,20.

The papers I used are a 12x12 sheet I've had for ages and the name on it was Me & My Big Ideas.  The dies used are Spellbinders Circle, Scallop Circle, Grand Decorative Circles 1 and Sizzix "Tina Thinks You're Cute" alphabet dies.  I used a Papermania "5" stamp and filled it in with glue and glitter over stamped and coloured Magnolia balloons.

I tried to be clever with this card but it ended up being a bit of a disaster!  I wanted to make Tilda look like she was jumping for joy so I did a bit of engineering with some lolly sticks, brads, pearls, ribbon and a cropodile and this is what a mess it looks like from behind...

You can move the image up and down and the pearls are to stop it from going too far.  My workings made the card a little too heavy and it wouldn't stand up so I threaded some ribbon through the pattern on the die at the front of the card and looped it over a brad on the back.  It's a little bit of a mend-it job but it kind of works and it stays standing up!  Here's the front again with Tilda jumping this time!

So there you go.  One totally out-of-date card!  I hope you'll be able to join us for our new challenge at the Alphabet Challenge Blog on Friday, if not, before!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Craft For The Craic; Heart
Craft Your Passion; 200th challenge special - 172 Happy Birthday
Crafty Boots; Bingo - Diagonal line = Pink, Stamp, Die cut
Oh La La Challenges; Use a heart
Papertake Weekly; With a heart
Simon Says; Have a heart
Top Tip Tuesday; Girly
Magnolia Down Under; Hearts & Flowers

Thanks for looking!