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Friday, 21 November 2014

Dear Santa.....

Not the best photo, I seem to have had a relapse, and had a terrible night with no sleep, slept all morning then woke with no voice, apart from which I have been a little deaf for two days. Went back to bed for a few hours, and slept in a chair all evening so I probably won't sleep tonight now.

I did manage to colour this sweet stamped image yesterday, and die cut it. I've kept it CAS, just adding some ribbon (from Crafty Ribbons) and die cutting it, this could be more because I am ill than anything else.

I took the photo on an easel on the desk, don't feel up to getting the photo studio out tonight.

The stamp is from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps, and the image is by Rachel Anne Miller called A Letter to Santa, and when I spent my recently won voucher I had to add this one to my order because I fell in love with it. I know we don't have this sort of mail box over here, but it is so cute!

Crafty Ribbons - #107 Animals at Christmas time and ribbon (Thurs)
Open Minded Crafting Fun - fowl, or birds (Sat 22nd)
Christmas Card Challenges - colour challenge (Sun)
Glitter n Sparkle - cute (Sun)
Winter Wonderland challenge blog - Let's get Sentimental (Fri)
TTCRD - anything goes (Nov 24th)
Divas by Design - let it snow (Wed 26th)
Polkadoodles - CAS (28th Nov)
Rubberdance - red, gold and green (Nov)
Creative Fingers - #56 anything goes (a Friday sometime)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

WOYWW #285

It's Wednesday, I should be in bed, and will be soon but I thought I would post this now. Can't link it up to the wonderful Julia Dunnit's blog - The Stamping Ground, where us nosy crafters from all over the world go stamping (or stomping) round each other's desks to see what is occurring!

I know I owe comments to late commenters from last week, and I am sorry about that. There is a reason - I have had the dreaded lurgy since Saturday and still don't feel at all well. I haven't done any of the planned crafting at all. I have been coughing, eating frozen fruit with yogurt to try and soothe my throat, honey lemon and ginger drinks (well lime to begin with because I ran out of lemons), pain killers, slept all day Sunday, then couldn't sleep Sunday night, and it still continues and seems to morph into something worse as it goes. I am pretty sure I caught it from my little grandson, he wasn't well and gave me such a lovely kiss one day the previous weekend when he was here!

I did some more crochet last week, but I can't show you that yet.

What is on my very cluttered desk, well I won again - this time I won some stamps from Crafty Individuals, I spotted a giveaway on their blog on Monday night, or was it early Tuesday morning when I couldn't sleep? Anyway they showed a couple of pretty projects, the last one was made with one main stamp and we were asked if we could identify three stamps or sets that were used to add other elements. There were in fact 4, but I just couldn't find the bunny - which turned out to be a hare. The winner was the first one to email the correct answer  - and that was me! So I won 4 lovely stamps, two are sets - how lucky am I after last week's voucher win too! I was thrilled to bits especially as I thought I was getting three not four! The Inkylicious water drops stamp behind is one I bought recently. I wanted water drops and this was a cheaper alternative than the rubber sets I have seen previously.

Monday, 17 November 2014

It's a Quirky Mythical reminder.

I'm late posting this because I have slept all day, I have a virus I think from my little grandson who stayed last weekend and had a cold, and gave me a lovely kiss goodbye! 
This is Tiny Bubbles from our wonderful sponsor Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps. I love her because she is a modern fairy with zendoodled wings and a punk cat - well it is a punk cat now! She is coloured with Promarkers, and Stickles glitter glue. I die cut her with Spellbinders dies, and kept to my favourite purple and lime green colour combination, and gave her a pink shadow, having seen this somewhere else and liking it.
I am still on a Christmas theme, so I found some freebie paper with stars on it, then stamped and die cut the sentiment with Marianne stamps and dies, and punched some more poinsettias with a Nellie Snellen punch and embossing set, and added some green microbeads to the centre for stamens.
The glitter got a bit out of control due to a blocked nozzle, it was outputting just glue and no glitter at first.

For those followers who entered my blog candy giveaway - I redrew a winner at the beginning of the month (after waiting over a month for the first "winner" to contact me), and I will delete the second drawn winner in the next couple of days and redraw for the third time! So you better check if you entered or you might miss out.

I hope you will hop over to the Quirky blog and see the beautiful examples the rest of the team have made.

This card has twinkled its way into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Two or four legs (Tues)
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes (Wed)
Die Cut Divas - Holiday (Thurs)
Glitter and Sparkle - cute (Sun)
Fussy and Fancy - two of a kind - pair of wings, pair of poinsettias (Fri 28th)
ABC - x for xtra special (end Nov?)
Creative Fingers - #56 anything goes (Fri but which Fri?)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

WOYWW #284

 I've missed a couple of weeks, but it is Wednesday and I hear the call to show and tell at The Stamping Ground, where crafters from all over the world show off their work desks, or work, or something else entirely sometimes!

I've been crocheting madly, the WIP above is a finished Scarfati from a Moogly pattern, and one of two hand/wrist warmers, and a bit of the second. The scarfati caught my attention, you can make it from very little chunky yarn, it is apparently Italian in origin, and you wear one (like a necklace maybe) or two, or even three together, either long, knotted or looped over twice. It doesn't take long to make and I am thinking presents! I need to get more chunky yarn now.
Here is a bit of my work desk, and on it is some Happy Post which arrived today, I won a £20 voucher from That's Crafty for entering the challenge on their challenge blog, very nice and thank you "Mr Random" and Laura at That's Crafty. I decided to buy a Brusho starter set, I wanted to try it because I keep seeing amazing things done with it - I just need to work it out now. I also bought a clouds mask and a Tando printer tray clock kit, had to put £3ish towards it, but postage was free over £20 so it was better to get it along with the order.

 I don't know if I am going to carry on with this one, it is another Scrafati, or supposed to be but this time I used two strands of DK I have had under my desk for years. Many many years ago I fell in love with this yarn and bought some and a pattern and got my Mum to knit me a sweater. That sweater was worn over and over, but every time it was washed it stretched a little until it was like a tunic or dress, and I had to roll the sleeves up! Despite that when I saw a pack of it in a charity shop I snapped it up, and I was using the knitting machine at the time and had it in mind I could make a woven fabric with this on the machine, so it wouldn't stretch! Never happened, and here I am after struggling to use it, wondering what I ever saw in it! I might try a "normal" pattern with one strand to see if it improves!
One of the reasons I didn't post in the past two weeks was that MIL had a mini stroke the day after the last WOYWW where I posted. I have posted something about that previously so won't bore you with details. She is home now and practically back to normal. Before it happened I had bought this yarn to make a cuffed shawl for her. She gets so cold and has problems turning on her fire sometimes despite having a huge knob fitted to it, and she has problems getting her arms into sleeves - so when I saw this pattern it seemed perfect. I made it with shorter "sleeves" because she is short, so I can't model it, so Aunt Sally (well all that is left of her) is doing that job. I managed to find a big button that was the right size and goes with the cream, not fancy but it will do. I might add a crocheted flower brooch to it, haven't decided yet. 
They look lovely in the photos, on any size or body shape, and I was hoping to make myself one in a different colour mix yarn, maybe even the hooded version. It might come in handy when the weather gets really cold.

It is supposed to hang down in a point at the front and back, and you can see the cuffs here, no button in this photo. I found it was curling so blocked it - or rather over blocked it, but I don't think MIL will notice the flattened bits - and it still curls!

Monday, 10 November 2014

We've gone Quirky mythical - ladies!

Kemly set the Quirky challenge this time and it is Mythical Ladies. Our generous sponsor is Stitchy Bear Digital stamps who are providing all three prizes, and provided the team with images to showcase too.
I used Yddris Yddris by Alipeeps, and coloured her with Promarkers. I didn't know what I was going to do with her until she was coloured and fussy cut, in fact her hair is decoupaged because I coloured her skin green and then decided it wasn't right but I didn't want to start the hair over again. I have tried to give her shiny purple hair using several shades of purple and light grey for the highlights, does it work or not really?
She very much reminds me of Lord of the Rings, and I knew I wanted to frame her somehow, this embossing stencil that was free with a magazine looked promising. So after embossing some Coordinations and standing it, I cut out the centre to make my frame. The snowflake cardstock behind the image was also free with possibly the same magazine. My card needed a little more, and the poinsettias seemed just right, made using my Nellie Snellen poinsettia punch and embossing sets (I still don't seem to have the middle size, must remember to try and buy them), and layers of embossed poinsettia leaves in the same dark metallic purple that I used for the card base, with some teal layers to tie in with the background. Microbeads came to mind for the stamens, and I found a pack I remembered having and - wow I found teal which was perfect! This was in a set called Art Accentz Jumbo Embellishment Palletz by Provo Craft, which included pots of microbeads, seed beads and glitter. Once I got the pot open, over a small tidy tray, I could hear the beads pinging everywhere! Trying to get them back in the pot afterwards (the ones I caught in the tray of course, I am not hunting the desk and floor for microbeads!), proved tricky because somehow they seemed to expand. So I ended up re-organising some other stuff to get them into a locking organiser and I will use a little spoon with them in future.
Finally the sentiment is stamped with a Marianne clear stamp set and die cut with a Marianne Anja Label die (LR0421 Anja Lables and CS0862 Clear stamps.)

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog to see some other gorgeous mythical ladies and to join in.

My mythical lady has been entered into the following challenges:
Through the craft room door - anything goes (Nov 4th to 10th)
Paper Take Weekly - anything goes (Tues 11th)
Christmas Card Challenges - faith based or anything Christmas (Sun)
One Stitch at a Time - #223 distressing (Sun)
Pile it on - add some sparkle (Sun)
Creative Card Crew - Christmas Joy  (Tues 18th)
Cards Galore - anything goes (Nov)
That Craft Place - anything goes (Nov)

Monday, 3 November 2014

Where is Santa Claus?

I made this card with the Marianne challenge in mind, and the challenge is black and white, or favourite colour combination.
I die cut the sleigh and reindeer, and village scene and adhered them to a panel of glitter card cut with a Spellbinders card creator die. I added Liquid Pearl reins and snow, with glitter on top for the snow.
I die cut the star borders and used some of the stars from that in the sky.
I stamped the sentiment onto a banner and heat embossed it with sparkly embossing powder, and finally I added some stickles glue to the star border.

I have used the following Marianne products:
LR0178 Sleigh
LR0178 Reindeer
LR0173 Village 2
LR0134 Christmas Star border
LR0421 Anja Lables
CS0862 Clear stamps

This card trotted into the following challenges:
We Do Doobadoo - enhance your die cuts (Sat)
Christmas Card Challenges - no embellishments (Sun)
Glitter n Sparkle - anything but square (Sun)
Crafty Card Makers - cut it out (Mon)
Pile it on #44 - Feeling chilly (Wed)
Bunny Zoe's - animals (10th Nov)
Marianne Design Diva's - black and white (Nov 13th?)
We Do Doobadoo - enhance your die cuts (??)
Cards Galore - anything goes (Nov)
Die Cut Divas - holiday (Nov)

Blog candy redrawn winner.

The previously drawn winner of my blog candy didn't contact me, and it is over a month ago so I have redrawn the winner.

The winner is number 3 Gayle. Congratulations Gayle, please contact me by 17th November with your address.  

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Singing a Quirky song - yes it's a reminder to come and play Quirky Charades

With a little help from my friends by John Lennon of course, and the quote comes with Pierre and Ernest, among other sentiments, from Paper Pretties and when I spotted it I knew I had to do it! We have two sponsors and three prizes, so come and play!
I coloured the image with Promarkers, die cut it with a Spellbinders label and the orange mat is cut with 5"x 7" card creator dies, the quote is cut with a Spellbinders nesting book die, the treble clef (musical note) is a Marianne die, and Thanks is from a new set by IO (Impression Obsession) which I bought as a bargain from Crafts U Love in their weekly bargain corner, I often find that the thing I would have bought was out of stock, but not this time.
I added some Tim Holtz paper string in black and white and orange and white (there is a definite orange and black theme going on here) and can you see the guitar charm tied to the twine?

Anyway hop on over to Quirky Crafts to play Charades or just to see the rest of the team playing!

This card has cycled into the following challenges:
Vintage Stamping - colour challenge (Mon) withdrawn due to no stamping,sorry I forgot when I entered this one, please discard.
Allsorts - Masculine (Sat)
My Time to Craft - charmed I'm sure (Sat)
Crafty Cardmakers - cut it out (Sun)
Bunny Zoe's - animals (10th Nov)
That's Crafty - hot and spicy (13th Nov?)
Wags and Whiskers - Let's be thankful (13 Nov)
Cards Galore - anything goes (Nov)
Crafty Boots - music (Nov)

Monday, 27 October 2014

Pretty Woman, walking down the street.....it's Quirky Charades

Here's my second attempt at playing Quirky Charades, this time my card is about a book and a song, Pretty Woman. Once again I was singing this song all the way through making my card!

I used Molly from Limited Runs, isn't she gorgeous!
I decided I wanted the film strip somewhere and it ruined her to have it over her, so I decided to put the street scene, using a Hero Arts stamp, behind her in the film - she is walking the streets after all!
I found the perfect papers in my 8"x8" DCWV Rockstar stack (discontinued), and I had looked at the smaller stack first, but it wasn't big enough. I was amazed to find that the larger stack had more foiled papers and more designs, and I hadn't noticed this beauty before and I am so glad I managed to find someone selling it. The pink seemed perfect for my theme, and I added the strip of stars which I also liked. Molly is coloured with Promarkers and Graph'it markers, I coloured her hair and did the shadow with Graph'its and the rest with Promarkers. The street scene is also coloured with a combination of the two. Molly was die cut with a Spellbinders die, the film strip is a Sizzix originals die. I added some black lace which seemed appropriate too.
I haven't added a sentiment yet.

Hop on over to Quirky crafts to play Charades and see what else the team has done!

My pretty woman is walking into the following challenges:
Die cutting Divas - Think Pink (Tues)
Ike's World - think pink - just for fun (Tues)
TTCRD - anything goes (Tues)
ABC - V for vibrant (Wed)
Chocolate coffee and cards - for the boys (well she was in the film lol) (Fri)
Vintage Stamping - colour challenge - red coat (Oct)
Pile it on - #43 create a scene (Sun)
Crafty Cardmakers - cut it out (Sun)
Crafty Boots - music (Monday 10th Nov)
Creative Fingers - #54 Anything goes (??)

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Let's play Quirky Charades!

The challenge is Charades - is it a book, film or song? Your project has to be based on one of these and you must tell us which.
My first card is a based on a song, Welcome Home by Peter's and Lee, which I have been singing all afternoon while making this.

The digital stamp is from Paper Pretties and is called Welcome, which comes with several sentiments including the one I used that is perfect for my song! I coloured the image with Promarkers, and the doorknob with Spica's in gold, adding a brad over the knob. The paper is from HOTP, I thought it looked like a stone house wall. All rectangles are cut with Spellbinders build a card dies. I added a bit of Mod Podge sparkle over the "glass" area to give it a shine and sparkle, then I had to dumb down the lights to get the detail of the flower!

By the time this posts I will be hospital visiting, but I do have another card in progress so check back later to see that one.

Now hop over to Quirky Crafts to see some gorgeous examples and find out what everyone's song, book or film are.

I have entered the following challenges:
Through the craft room door - anything goes (27th Oct)
Bunny Zoe's - Animals (Nov 9th)

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Autumn in Paris.

Julie is my Son Richard's Girlfriend, and I wanted to make a card that tied in with her main present from him, a trip to Paris - lucky girl! I didn't have as much time as I wanted to make this, so it is done in a hurry and maybe not as good as I wanted it to be. The reason for this was that on Thursday my mother in law had a mini stroke, and luckily a concerned relative rang us, and we spent a few hours over at her house finding out what happened, calling the doctor, waiting for the doctor etc. Then we dashed home for a quick and very late lunch while the doctor consulted the practice doctors, before she rang us to say she needed to go to the RUH in Bath for a CT scan.
So we set back off to collect her, after feeding the poor confused dogs, and take her down arriving at 4:30. At 9pm she had undergone examinations, blood tests, ECG, BP checks and was being wheeled off for a chest xray, and still hadn't had the CT scan, and we went home exhausted. 
Yesterday wasn't much better, we spent the morning updating concerned friends and family, getting the shopping that we weren't able to do Thursday done, and after lunch we had to go to MIL's house and find her some clothes and toiletrys, and  a nightdress, and her medication - she was there with nothing at all. Then we went back to the hospital and sat with her for a couple of hours before dashing home for the plumber, and to cook dinner.
Then I made this card very quickly so that Richard could take it with him, and Julie's present is Euros for their trip, I really should have made the card to fit the Euros but when I realised I had started this and was too tired and short of time to change it.

I used a Stampendous Luggage Lables background stamp which has a Paris stamp at the top, stamped with Distress ink in Dusty Concord. I wrapped a piece of black lace round this and adhered it to a blue and white striped card blank, then added butterfly corners (Filigree corners, La La Land die which I won), and an Eiffel tower die cut from silver glitter card with a My Favorite Things Dienamics die. I popped a couple of  mother of pearl heart buttons on, then die cut some Mini Wavy Pennants, also with a Dienamics die, in white and stamped Happy Birthday on them to fly from the top of the tower.

I think I will be safe to post this - I don't want to spoil the surprise.
Happy Birthday Julie!

I found a couple of challenges to enter:
That Craft Place - girls but no pink (Sun)
Vintage Stamping - used purple (3rd Nov)

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WOYWW #281

You may think not a lot has changed since I posted two weeks ago, and you could be right - except I just did a frantic tidy up before I took this photo, I am sure you don't believe me!
The most exciting thing on the desk this time is the set of Kraftin Kimmie stamps (pink), I won a $25 voucher on facebook for showing my stash of KKS and I agonised over which set to buy, eventually settling on a Rachel Anne Miller set which will be good for little boy cards, and I just had to have one of her Christmas stamps and a white paint Sharpie pen! I had to pay for those and postage of course. 
The Crossover is still sitting there, and next to it (hiding next to the Promarkers) is the handle which fell off in my die cutting session a couple of weeks back. I have contacted Samuel Taylors who asked for photos (never been known to happen before - always me!) and have referred the matter to their supplier and I am waiting for the outcome of that.
It's disappointing that this should happen after very little use, and I did try putting the handle back on, can't get it the whole way so it falls off again. It might just need a tap with a hammer by someone with more strength than me!
Apart from that I have some Woodware glue bottles which have faulty pins that turn the glue brown, I contacted Woodware and they are sending me some new ones, and have asked me to test another one with some cheap glue, which I am doing and I can see the pin corroding even if the glue hasn't yet turned brown, so I think the pins are all untreated. Edited to say [Woodware told me there was a faulty batch a while back, but seemed surprised that  mine were faulty because I had bought them from Sir Stampalot and not a local shop (hence the request to test them again with cheap glue).]
The Promarkers are out because - 1, the pen organiser insert came out of the ArtBin again, so I need to take out all the browns, blacks, greys and purples and sort them back in and I haven't had the heart to do it yet, and the green ones are out because I am about to colour an image with them. There are still stamps and stencils out that need putting away and I am not showing you the view from the other end of the desk - I am too ashamed, it is depressing!
I have managed to shift quite a bit of stuff but it doesn't seem to make any difference - is it because I buy more to replace it I wonder?
Anyway in finding some cheap glue I found one bottle had dried up too much to be any use except to be put on with a trowel, so that went in the bin, and today while tidying I realised I have a whole drawer full of large bottles of glitter glue, glitter paint and 3d paints that could be up to 10 years old and maybe are not a lot of good either. If that is the case I can clear a whole drawer for something else to go away!
Why am I telling you all of this? If you really want to know hop on over to The Stamping Ground where the lovely Julia Dunnit will explain all!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Another angel.

Here is version 2 of the angel card using the Creative Expressions angel die with the Creative Expressions lattice bow die, and Spellbinders Edgeabilities. I added some pearls and gems, and a length of ribbon. This time I have rounded the corners and used the heart accessory for the angel to hold.

She has flown into the following challenges:
Moving along with the times - white only Christmas (Thurs)
ABC Christmas - U is for Uncoloured (Wed)

Any Quirky frame will do!

 My first card has a window frame on it, the image from Bugaboo is called Snow Friends Window. It is coloured with Promarkers and some Cosmic Shimmer glue on the light bulbs to make them shine. The paper I think is Papermania, and the Ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:
Little Miss Muffet - #96 anything goes with Bugaboo image (Wed)
Pile it on - Cheerful or uplifting message (Sun)
Crafty Little Fairies - one designer paper (Oct)

This image is also from Bugaboo and is called Make it Snappy - Skelekinz Merry Christmas. I coloured the image with Promarkers and added some black glitter glue by Papermania to the tree. The frame is built in to the image, and is coloured with blue Promarker and dots of Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint colour. The paper is from a Daisy and Dandelion pad by Papermania, and I bought the skull and crossbones ribbon from someone on facebook. Now who deserves this little card I wonder?

Left of Centre - sketch or LOC, I did LOC (Fri)

That's Crafty - spooky (31st Oct) WINNER

Pan Pastels - Halloween colours (1st Nov) WINNER

This must be a lucky card!

Here she is with lipstick on!

Finally an image from The East Wind called Kettle Mon Amour. She is coloured with Promarkers and gold roller ball pen, and I added some Polar White Flower Soft, the only Flower Soft I have ever bought, for snow and on her fur trims, I'm not sure you can see it in the photo.This time I die cut my frame with a Spellbinders die, well two of them because I cut out the centre so it would be a proper frame. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, even the Merry Christmas ribbon which I am not sure they do any longer.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes (Oct 20th)
Diva's by Design - texture (Wed)
I love Promarkers - snowflakes (Wed)
Creative Fingers - #53 anything goes (Fri)
That Craft Place - girls no pink (Sun 26th Oct)
Polkadoodles - Christmas (Fri 31st)
Crafting at the Weekend - anything goes (Oct)
Graphit Markers - backgrounds (31st Oct)

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts to see some more gorgeous examples and to join in with any sort of frame!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Let's Quirky Frame it.

It is my challenge this time, and I want to see frames, in the image, round the image, made frames - any type of frame will do.
 I always make cards back to front, that is I normally colour the image first then decide what to do with it, and I decided to make an arch card in black card using a Spellbinders die, I added the image, lace and mother of pearl buttons.
The image is coloured with Promarkers and Spica pens, and is called Lucy Loo Mirror Mirror from The East Wind, she is pretty special, and is emerging from a mirror frame.

I have entered the following challenges:
Daring Card Makers - out of this world (Fri)
Creative Card Crew - black cardstock (21st Oct)
Crafty Boots - Autumn/Halloween (26th Oct)
One Sweet Challenge - Halloween (Oct)
Cards Galore - something scary (Oct)
Paula Holifield - Boo! (Oct)

This is a pretty simple card because I ran out of time on Friday as I was getting ready for my holiday, see the previous post for all I had to do!
This card uses an image complete with a frame, called Make it Snappy  - Hay There from Bugaboo, one of our two wonderful sponsors at Quirky Crafts this time.

So hop on over and see what the rest of the team have done, and join in.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes (Oct)
Crafty Little Fairies - one DPP (Oct)
Bunny Zoes - Animals (Oct - 10th Nov)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WOYWW #279

It's Wednesday the traditional day for sharing your spaces at The Stamping Ground. So here is my desk, looking almost tidy, the Crossover is still on it but in the folded position, and next to it I am working on another angel card. I cut out 4 angels and each card is going to be a little different, I will blog them if I can later (and if I finish the one I am working on) but I am very busy and only have a couple of days before we go away for a late holiday in Devon. 

I have to get the house ready for our house and dog sitters (my son and his girlfriend), get supplies in, make the bed, make lists for them etc, and I haven't begun packing yet. I also have a pile of ironing I need to do in order to pack some of it.  I also need to make some examples for my challenge this weekend at Quirky Crafts, because I suddenly realised it was my challenge and I won't be around! (Don't Panic - craft on). Whenever something like this happens I have plans and they always get hijacked in some way, leaving me up at silly o'clock the day before we leave trying blearily to finish stuff!

This afternoon I was on a diabetic annual refresher course, I did the whole course last year. It is interesting and useful for everyone, I wish I had been sent on it before I became diabetic.
If you want to know about WOYWW hop over to the Stamping Ground to find out what the fuss is about!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

It is getting Quirky colder, and those leaves are still falling.

 To make a change from Ike's Art lovely cats, here is an Ike's Art lovely dog image. He is called Leaf Pooch, and is such a happy Jack Russell that I thought the Hero Arts Sending Smiles stamp was perfect to go with him and it is stamped in brown Versacolor and heat embossed with clear EP. I cut all the panels out with Spellbinders card creator and rectangle dies. I found some Autumn Papermania ribbon with more leaves on it. The paper is HOTP Artsy Collage. I kept this card monotone in shades of brown, apart from the green in the ribbon, and pink tongue, and it is coloured with Graph'Its, and Promarkers which blend together beautifully.
This card is made in the same way, paper from the same pad, and same sentiment (and I used another dog image). I just thought this was such an amusing scene it would make someone smile too. The image is called Standing Guard by Gingerloft from Stitchy Bear Stamps, the ribbon is also from the same pack.
This image is coloured mostly with Promarkers, with a little Graph'Its brown for the soil, they blend together beautifully.

Our sponsor is Stitchy Bear, and the challenge is happening at Quirky Crafts now, you have until Saturday 11th October to join in.

I have entered the following challenges with a woof:
Die cutting Divas - anything goes (Tues)
Addicted to Stamps - photo inspiration (Wed)
Left of Center - 3 or more layers (Fri)
One Stitch at a time - colour orange (Sat)
Pile it on - Autumn colours (Sat)
ABC - U for Unique anything goes (Sept 15th)
Graphit Markers - autumn colours (17th Oct)
Pan Pastels - Autumn (18th Oct)
Crafty Little Faries - only one DP (6th November)

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Blog candy winner!

It is time I gave away that blog candy so..

....I printed out the names and number of the 7 who entered......

folded them up and put them in a little box......

...then asked Shaun to pick one out......(strange technique and face - but hey)....
...and the winner is redrawn, original removed to not upset anyone!

Congratulations xxx! 

To be redrawn due to not being claimed 29/10.
Please email me with your address so I can post your candy.
Commiserations to everyone else.