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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?

I've entered the following challenges with this card:
Left of Centre - sketch or LOC, I did LOC (Fri)
The East Wind - the spooks come out at night
That's Crafty - spooky (31st Oct)
Crafts Galore - something scary/something sweet (Oct)
Paula Holifield - Boo! (Oct)
Pan Pastels - Halloween colours (1st Nov)

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 (Thurs)
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 NUMBER 4 Gio!

Congratulations Gio. 
Please email me with your address so I can post your candy.
Commiserations to everyone else.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

WOYWW #278

 It's Wednesday already, so time to go exploring other folks craft spaces at The Stamping Ground. This fine tradition was started by Julia Dunnit, and has become an institution all over the world as participants fight for first place lol!

On my desk today is the Cheery Lyn Crossover, I got it out to do some die cuts and thought I should use my new die, while the machine was still out. So I made a Christmas card that  you can see in the previous post, using the Creative Expressions angel die. As a result my desk is all about die cutting this week, well the Crossover takes up most of it!
Can you see Nicholas Cage on the TV? 

If you want to explore a few desks hop on over to The Stamping Ground, where I will not be first even though I blogged this long before the WOYWW post went up! I will be in bed and probably end up between numbers 40 to 70, unless I remember really early to log on and link!

Angelic

I bought this beautiful Creative Expressions angel die in a 40% off sale, well it would have been rude not to!
This is a white on white card or more accurately ivory pearlescent, I cut the wavy edge of the panel with Spellbinders dies, and the letters with Sizzix Bounce. I used the dove, harp and star which come with the angel, There is also a gift die which I didn't use. I added three flat back pearls, some clear gems and some silk ribbon, the bow was made with the Bowdabra. I dotted the drop out pieces from the die cuts rund the angel.
This is the first card with no stamping for a long time, and I am pleased with it.

Now it is October I need to draw my blog candy winner out, I will do that soon!

She has flown into the following challenges:
Simon Says - Anything goes (Wed)
Cute Card Thursdays - punches and dies 
My Time to Craft - white on white Christmas (Sat)
Christmas Card Challenges - #44 anything goes (Sat)
Incy Wincy Designs - something old (the Sizzlits and Spellbinders) something new (the angel) (Mon)
TTCRD - anything goes (Oct 6th)
Die Cutting Divas - anything goes (Tues)
Cards Galore - Trick or Treat, something scary or something sweet (Oct)
Crafting at the Weekend - anything goes (Oct)

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Thank you - 102 follower blog candy. Extended to 30th Sept.

My blog candy will end on Sept 30th - see the details at the bottom of this post and please enter if you want. This post is pinned to the top, please scroll down for newer posts.

I planned this card to fit in with the latest Marianne challenge, use your newest Marianne product, as well as numerous black and white challenges, however I can only find one of those now and that is Stampotique (oh and that has ended too - but luckily the bow lets me enter the newest challenge) - so I guess I missed the boat on the rest!
It is a lot different to any card I have made before, change is good.
My latest Marianne product was going to be just the stamp set (CS0858), which I bought recently, but then I spotted this chicken wire embossing folder and die set (DF3404) - ordered it and it arrived this week. 

I stamped the letter from the set and cut hexagons from it with the die, black ink and white card. These were mounted on the embossed hexagons of the black square. Then the negative of the hexagon die, expanded, was trimmed and used on the black embossed square. I stamped the postcard, frank, watch, quill and a stamp from the set, the stamps and quill were coloured with Graphit pen in turquoise, in fact I air brushed the large stamp using my little spritzer and the Graphit marker! The black panel was mounted on a square of glittered white card and attached with white brads. I had some b&w Papermania Designer paper that was just right for the larger panel, around which I tied black and white polka dot chiffon ribbon. I had some black and white Prima blooms that were perfect, and found some polka dot brads for the centres. The sentiment is stamped from a Fiskars set. Finally I added a bow and some black glitter paper hexagons, and two white buttons. I think you can put more clutter on a monotone card without it looking too trashy - I hope so anyway!
This is the inside of the card, same paper and panel cut with Spellbinders scalloped square.

It seems appropriate that the card is a Thank You card.

Whoo hoo - I came in the top 3 at That's Crafty

That's Crafty - use stamps (Aug 22nd) - Top Three

I have entered the following challenges:
Marianne Design Diva's - use your newest Marianne stash (Wed 13th Aug)
Stampotique Designers Challenge - bows SDC159 (Wed)
We Do Doobadoo - shabby chic (Sat 23rd)
Pink Gem #125 - embossing (Sat)
Allsorts - #271 All sentimental (Sat)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes - optional torn paper (YAY I have torn paper!) (Tues)
Charisma Cardz - buttons and bows (Aug 20th)
Creative Fingers - #45 Anything goes (Fri 22nd Aug)
Stamping Sensations - anything goes (Aug)
Cards Galore - anything goes (Aug)
The Artistic Stamper - Anything goes (Aug)


102 follower Blog Candy.

Here is the first item in my 102 followers blog candy! I was thrilled to find I had got to 100, and even more thrilled that 102 people actually want to follow me, and combined with my recent birthday and several challenge wins myself this year, I decided I should give a little candy to my followers.
I will add some more bits to the candy, the winner will get this Tonic die and some other nice goodies, maybe stamps, ribbons, buttons, charms and more!
Here's a bit more candy, this is a useful set for Christmas.

Would you like to see a little more of what might be coming your way?

Here is some more candy!
 A few bits of lace.....
An assortment of charms......

and more goodies not shown here!

Here is the bag of goodies so far, looking good?

If you would like to win my candy please leave a comment, and add your link below.

I haven't decided on a closing date - I have set it to the end of August, maybe I will extend it - I will see how it goes!
My candy is ending on 30th September - whatever happens! You don't have to tell people on your blog, but it would be nice if you do!







Sunday, 28 September 2014

Is Summer Quirky over? That was quick!


For the past two weeks we have been remembering Summer days on the Quirky blog, but now the leaves are definitely falling, and despite the second summer which is making it very pleasant, it is getting dark earlier and earlier, and fruit is ripe in the hedgerows and gardens.
Monica has set us the challenge of falling leaves today, and we are sponsored by the wonderful Stitchy Bear Digital stamps who are generously giving three prizes to our top three entrys.
I used one of Ike's Art images called Fall Cat, with some lovely swirly paper which comes in a pack by Coosty Creations called Autumn Fruit Basket and paper pack. Fall Cat is coloured with Promarkers. I die cut panels of dark orange card and the swirly paper, stamped a sentiment with a Hero Arts stamp in bronze and heat embossed it, then die cut it and layered it up. 
The "ribbon" is from Lidls and has three strands, two of string and one of silver cord, threaded with wooden beads. I thought it would go perfectly with this card.
I decorated the inside with bronze paper and offcuts from the swirly paper.

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts to see some more great examples, and to join in the fun.

This cutie has rustled into the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas - fall is here (Tues)
Papertake Weekly - oh how cute (Tues)
Passion for Promarkers - Autumn Colours (Tues)
TTCRD - anything goes (30th Sept)
Cute Card Thursday - dies and punches (Thurs)
Moving along with the times - recipe (Thurs)
Daring Card Makers -  Autumnal forest (Fri)
Coffee, Chocolate and Cards - cats and dogs (Fri) 
Wags and Whiskers - furry friends (Oct 2nd)
Creative Card Crew - Twine (Oct 4th?)
Creative Fingers - #50 anything goes (Sat?)
Crafting at the weekend - anything goes (Oct)
Open Minded Crafting Fun - Fall (winners 18th Oct)


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Rupert the dragon with tomatoes


This card was made for a challenge on the Stamping Dragon facebook group. You use the page above and post something you created. I used Rupert with tomatoes in the center of the frame, which is cut out to give it a 3d effect. I coloured Rupert and the tomatoes with Promarkers, after flipping the image. I decoupaged the tomatoes a little so that they were outside of the frame not hidden in any way. The frame is popped up with foam tape, the tomatoes too.
I stamped a sentiment with a Fiskars stamp and heat embossed it with Docrafts red tinsel EP, but I can't find my antistatic bag anywhere so there is a bit of stray glitter.

Rupert has munched his way into the following challenges:
Incy Wincy - anything goes (Sun)
Papertake Weekly - oh how cute (Tues)
Passion for Promarkers - Autumn colours (Tues)
Fussy and Fancy - #123 mainly red (ends 2nd Oct)

WOYWW #277

On this most auspicious of days, the day we go round looking in wonder (or horror) at each other's working spaces, I haven't got just one horrific photo, but several!
I tried to do something clever with captions -and failed to save it in a suitable format! Fed up with that now, so no captions! 
You can see:
At front of photo: new dies arrived today, with some original Spellbinders dies I have got out to try, Coordinations wasn't invented when I bought these dies so I am deciding if I like them better now, or if they will go up for sale.
I have Banana Frog alphabets, two sets I bought in a mad bundle deal of used stuff in a 12"x12" Really Useful Box, and have only just looked at. One stamp set disintigrated when I handled it, these look good but they are all muddled up - oh boy!
Zebra striped fur jewellery making tool set, I fixed a couple of things, and have a bracelet I was going to finally fix but can I find the clasp bar- no! It has to be here somewhere!
Basket at back is full of finished or nearly finished cards, next to it is a box of adhesives in use (there is a RUB full elsewhere).
On the trimmer is a pack of glue dispensers just arrived, I have taken one out now I need to find where I put the Cosmic Shimmer that I want to put im them, the small one that has a wrecked nozzle.
Next to the adhesives are two boxes, one is full of Fresco paints, the one underneath is full of Distress inks, oh between the cards and adhesives is a basket full of paint bottles but you can't see it!
Next to the paints and inks is my ATG currently empty as I am making myself use up reels of DST before I refill it! It is hard, but has to be done.
Then another basket full of mediums, and it should have my antistatic bag in it but I can't find that and I need it!
On the floor (notice I vacuumed the rug - no - well I did and with the little hand held Dyson which I emptied first so I could check the contents for anything "valuable" that might have been on the floor!).
Also the purple tote bag has the Crossover in it.
Behind the desk is a stack of packaging, boxes etc that I have saved in case I need to post some of the stuff I am selling.
There is a lot more going on but I can't detail it all!

View from the other end, I have swept the desk a little, you can see woodgrain! The pink embellishements in the pot of stamps were those that I won with some Prima art doll stamps recently in Gayle's new craft room candy.

I thought I would sit in my chair and take a shot of what I see when crafting, although I am closer to it so don't really see this much if you see what I mean! The box full of offcuts needs seriously decluttering, I normally hand over a bag to the neighbour's who have children and are teachers so put it to good use. In the middle baskets of yarn and material. I can't do all my hobbies fast enough!
 The metal Tim Holtz box is full of ink pads, and is a bit of a sore point with me, I bought it second hand from someone on UK Scrappers, it had a bit of a dent in it but seemed fine at first, then the hinge kept coming apart! It must have been faulty when they sold it to me, and there was another one up for sale just afterwards that was brand new and cheaper, I so wish I had bought that one too, then I would have one that is good. Mine is held together with duct tape! Sorry if I have ranted about this before!

This is the other end under the desk, I have a blue bin for recycling bits, and two boxes full of paper pads, which don't include any 12"x12" and some other larger format pads which are in various organisers on the shelves (or floor), and Christmas papers are in an A4 RUB.
I have two of those Art Bin die totes, for smaller dies. I see you can get larger ones now, I have dies stored in so many different ways, the larger ones might be appealing but I can imagine they will be so heavy it might not really be practical for me. See one of my new die sets, a Creative Crafting Bow set, and if you look carefully on the zebra print jewellery tool case you can make out a lime green bow - my first cut with these dies.

I nearly forgot - hop on over to The Stamping Ground to see lots more desks and join in!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Such Quirky Fun!

Here is my second make for the Quirky Crafts reminder, and for this card I combined  Bugaboo images: Summertime Peekers  - swimBeach Baby 2 and Beach Monkey Swim to create a scene that reminds me of watching children swimming in the sea this summer. I used some pale blue beach hut printed vellum behind the die cut scene, fixed with fish brads.
I also used glass ball gell medium for the sea foaming round the monkey, hard rock candy (got away with it on this image) on the sunglasses, and Cosmic Shimmer on the droplets round the girl, The scene is coloured with Promarkers and die cut with Spellbinders long rectangles and long scalloped rectangles.

These cuties have swum into the following challenges:
Little Miss Muffet - #94 anything goes with the right images (Wed 24?)
Sweet Pea stampers - All Creatures great and small (Thurs)
Creative Fingers - #49 anything goes (Sat)
Crafts Galore - make a card (Sept)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Some of us remember it being Quirky hot!

It is Quirky reminder time in case you haven't guessed by the title! This is not a finished project, I have decided it will make a lovely notebook but just don't have the time to finish it today, so I thought I would show you the panel as it is. The digis are all from Digital Delights, the little girl is Beach Babe Britt, and I added a coconut tree (which is part of the Jungle Buddies accessories set) and oysters (clams) with their trail of pearls, just like you would find on the average British beach (not), seriously it does remind me of the Torquay palm trees which grow in our hotel garden in Torquay, and there are lots of shells on the beach but no pearls! The scen is coloured with Promarkers, with Liquid pearl pearls, and Cosmic Shimmer decoupaged sunglass lenses (second attempt - note to self: do not use Rock Candy Stickles for glasses ever again!). Papers are freebies.
There is a little mark at the bottom of the panel, which was a tiny bit of the next image on the sheet, I intend to cover that with an embellishment or sentiment, or maybe the name of the little girl I think will like this as a notebook.

I am also working on a Bugaboo project, hope to show you soon!

Both Bugaboo and Digital Delights are sponsoring the Quirky Challenge which ends on Saturday 27th Sept at midday, so hop on over and show us your memories of summer.

I have entered the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers - make it digital (Tues)
Addicted to Stamps - #113 Holiday (Wed)
Sweet Pea Stampers - all creatures great and small (Thurs)
Creative fingers - #49 Anything goes (Sat)

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Thank you card for hubby

My hubby recently left his job of many years as carpenter handyman, to take a similar part time job and give himself a better work life balance. I made this card for him to say thank you for his generous leaving cheque and many cards and wishes.
I used Visible Image stamp sets inside and out to stamp the images. The letters were die cut with Sizzix dies, and I first stamped some kraft card with the wood grain stamp from the set, the other letters are cork. Behind the cork letters I stamped the metal manhole cover pattern, the wood stamps have a cork shadow. The drill, saw, hammer and paint roller are stamped, heat embossed and fussy cut, the paint, splodges (I like the splodges), lock, key, wrench and screwdriver are stamped directly onto the background.  They look quite sparkly I think, even with no glitter. I used brads on the letters, and made a mini post it note to go on the cork H like a notice board.

Inside the card the insert is stamped with more Visible Image stamps, and with Fiskars Thank You stamps. I added a piece of baker's twine to finish.
He just needs to deliver it now!

I have entered the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter - ribbon, twine or floss (Wed 24th Sept)
Darlene's NBUS - 25th Sept (my NBUS the Visible Image stamps, and the Fiskars stamps).
Creative Fingers - #49 anything goes (Fri 26th Sept closing)
Crafting at the weekend - #5 anything goes (Sat 27th)
We Do Doobadoo - something masculine (Sat)
Visible Image - make it sparkle  (Sept)
Cards Galore - make a card (Sept)