Monday, 29 September 2008

House Mouse Monday Challenge - Tags

One our our Estimators at work, Paul got married to his Fiancee Nina on Saturday and we had a lovely day. The sun shone and everything was perfect.

I had obviously already made this card and it fits perfectly for this week's House Mouse Challenge. The rose archway stamp is by Penny Black and the mice are, of course, by House Mouse Designs which were decoupaged to add a bit of depth. I just love them!! Everything was watercoloured with pencils but the bride's dress was watercoloured with a Sakura Stardust clear pen to add a touch of glamour. The noses were coloured with a Sakura black glaze pen to give them a healthy shine. I finally added a tag by K & Co with the sentiment again from Penny Black which was embossed with holographic powder. The heart clip and - gasp - the ribbon finished it off. Right off for a lie down .......

Sunday, 28 September 2008

A little bit of decoupage .......

My dad asked me to make a card for his sister and, as she is a big lover of flowers, I thought this would be ideal. I don't know who the decoupage is by but my wonderful friend Lyn gave it to me. It took me flippin' hours to cut it out and layer it with Pinflair glue, but I think the final result was worth it!! The card was an embossed frame card and I just added a piece of gold mirri card to the middle so that the decoupage would stand out. I chalked the embossed bits and added the sentiment by Craftwork Cards.

She phoned my dad to say how much she loved the card so the extra effort was definitely worth it. (Don't know whether I'd do it again in a hurry tho' ......)

Magnolia Blog Candy and a great cause

Magnolia will soon be releasing their Pink Collection of stamps and you can help to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and be in with a chance to win some of the gorgeous stamps if you visit the Magnolia Inspiration Blog and leave a comment. Magnolia are kindly donating 1 Skr for every comment which is left under the posting so please pop over here and leave a comment, with a bit of luck, you might win some gorgeous stamps.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Wow - An Award!!

Well, this was a lovely surprise and completely out of the blue. I was given this award from Dot Scraps and would love to pass it on to the the following amazing people who I have "met" since I started crafting at the beginning of the year. You should check out their blogs as they have some gorgeous creations .....

The rules are:
1. The winner can put the logo in her/his blog.
2. Put a link back to the person who gave you the award.
3. Nominate at least 5 persons with a blog, but first you have to tell why you want to give it to those persons.
4. Put a link to those you have nominated.
5. Visit the blogs to the nominees and tell them you gave them an award!

You are all truly inspirational, thank you

Wallet Card

After the last card, I just had to use another House Mouse image for this wallet card I have made for Pauline who I have met recently through the DoCrafts website, though it was somewhat late (sorry Pauline).

I have used a Penny Black sentiment and the good old border punch, and the Stardust pen and glossy accents for the ice cubes. The backing papers are by DCWV and the die cut flower is by Cratwork Cards. If only we had a summer to enjoy like these little meeces (I know what I'm trying to say, but not how to spell it!!)

Baby Shower

My daughter's best friend, Debbie and her partner, are due to have their first baby in a couple of weeks and we were invited to a baby shower last weekend. I thought this little House Mouse stamp was perfect. I coloured it using watercolour pencils but for the water used a blue sSakura stardust pen to watercolour with and finished by adding glossy accents. I used Laura Ashley backing papers and a border punch to get the lace effect and lettering using my trusty Cuttlebug. I finally added the always necessary flower and brad (need to stock up soon .....) and,wait for it, ribbon - phew!! We know she is having a little girl so I was justified in all of the pink :-)

A woman's work is never done .....

I made this card for the lovely lady who cleans our office. The decoupage is by Jolly Nation with the sentiment by Penny Black. As Kate is so young and vibrant, she had to have flowers, glitter and spangly earrings as embellishments!!

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Sorry I haven't been around .....

but I've had a rotten couple of weeks and haven't really wanted to do anything as a result.

I was taken ill around two weeks ago and have now been diagnosed as having epilepsy. This has meant I have had to surrender my driving licence and, because of the distance I work from home, have also had to hand my notice in at work and am due to finish at the end of October and leave a job and colleagues that I have loved working with for the last two years :-(

I must admit, it came as quite a shock but, now I have come to terms with the fact (and the realisation that I can craft as I am going to be without a job for a short while - woohoo!!) I am finally getting back on track. Trouble is, I can't drive myself to the craft shops anymore (maybe a good thing as I'm not going to be earning anything either - whoops)

So I would like to apologise to all my blogging friends, who I feel I have neglected, but I am back (I hope that's a good thing??!! ......) I will catch up with everyone and add some of the cards I have made over the last few days.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge and My First Magnolia!!

Well, it's all downhill from her as I have finally succumbed and bought some Magnolia Stamps ...... I have been itching to use them and this is my very first and, I expect, one of many. The theme on the Cute Card Thursday Challenge for this week is Pretty in Pink and I don't find it hard to use pink at any time (even my little dogs go out in matching pink collars and leads - must to my dad's embarrassment when he walks them!!) Anyway, back to the matter in hand - I watercoloured Tilda with pencils and used a Sakura stardust pen for her wings. The frame is by Craftwork cards and I coloured the flowers in Twinkling H2O's and added a bit of glitter (can't beat a bit of glitter) and finally coloured the frame in pink with glitter chalks to finish my shimmer theme. The wonderful Julie sent me a roll of ribbon yesterday (thanks again Julie - still can't cut that one) but I felt I was able to part with a bit from my stash to celebrate. Ooh, nearly forgot, the sentiment was from Craftwork Cards too!!

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - 13

For my next project, the challenge this week was "One for the Girls" and this image just had to be the one. I coloured in Sakura Stardust pens and added glitter. I then decoupaged it and added glitter (girls always need a bit of bling! The background papers are by DCWV and K & Co and the flourish is from a clear stamp set from Kars (cheap and cheeful but lovely) which, along with the Prisma flowers wouldn't let me leave the craft shop yesterday and begged to come with with me - honest!! I added a couple of pearly brads and the seentiment, which is by Penny Black was embossed in brown. Can you see what I mean about brown embossing with this paper? Looks better than the pink on the earlier mixed up baby card don't you think??!!

House Mouse Challenge No 4

Well, after being so disorganised and un-crafty for the last couple of weeks, I thought I might have a challenging weekend and so have made cards to enter in various challenges.
My first is for the House Mouse Challenge. I just love these House Mouse Stamps so was thrilled that a challenge blog started a couple of weeks ago but, what with one thing and another, this is the first opportunity that I've had to enter. The image was watercoloured and edged with glimmer chalk with the background papers all by K & Co and the sentiment is from Penny Black. Isn't he just gorgeous!!??

Thursday, 4 September 2008

New Baby

This lovely Little Cotton Rabit image was kindly sent to me by me wonderful mate Sarn and is part of another collection "I need". I was asked to make the card by by friend but discovered, when she came to collect it, I'd had a blonde day and the baby's name was actually Emily!! I blame the weather ..... Actually, it worked out quite well because I wasn't 100% happy with the card but when I changed the name, I embossed it in brown which looked much better. I didn't get chance to photograph the new version as the card had to go in the post!!

Phew, think that's my blogging finally up to date - now I can get back on track :-)

Another Wedding Card

My brother asked me to make a card for Denise and Jon and, at 4.00am on the morning of the wedding, this was my offering. I still haven't found the toppers I wanted to use so they must be in a really safe place!!

Denise's Wedding

I feel I should apologise for my blogging absence for the last couple of weeks. I have been on holiday from work so have been gardening like a mad woman (when the weather allowed) plus, my sister got married on Sunday 24th August and I was busy putting together a scrapbook for her fiance to present to her on the day, full of momentoes of the time since they met. Yes, she cried her eyes out but so did everyone else and I don't think we actually have any phots of her with the book that aren't blurred!!

The top card here is the card I made to put the gift card my daugbhters and I gave to them and the other card is my card to them both. The stamped image is by Aspects of Design and was coloured usine Twinkling H2O's and the sentiment is by Penny Black.

My First Ever Christmas Card

As I only started crafting at the beginning of the year, this was my first attempt at a Christmas Card. No, I'm not that organised that I've started to knock 'em out in plenty of time for Christmas but was the result of a challenge to make a Christmas card with no tree in sight and to use glitter and, brace yourself, ribbon (am still in recovery .....) The lovely image is by House Mouse and I also got to use gems, the Cuttlebug, chalks and my Crop a Dile too!!

Another 18th Birthday Card

This is the card I made for my sister for Becca's birthday. The image is by Penny Black and was chosen because it reminded us of a pony we had when the girls were younger. The front of the card is a plasma tag by Craftwork Cards that I put through the Cuttlebug and the background papers are by K & Co

My Daughter's 18th Birthday!!

My daughter, Becca was 18 last month and this is the birdthday card I made for her with an image kindly sent to me by Fae - a big thank you to one of my wonderful "Blogging Buddies" as this was a Penny Black stamp I don't have (yet ....) but really wanted it for this particular card. I also made a little box for the ring I gave her in the matching papers, which are by DCWV. She was thrilled both the card and the pressie and went out to celebrate as only an 18 year old can - dressed in 80's gear!! How gorgeous is she??