Sunday, 20 November 2011

Moody Blues

This pretty image is from Sylvia Zet's Wee Stamps range. This one is a digi image and she is lovely to colour in. Papers are My Minds Eye, very delish. I had a go at sewing on this one. I bought the basic Argos sewing machine earlier this year and I was very pleased with how easy it is to use though I still need to practice. I think the sentiment is from Lili of The valley.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges;

Sir Stampalot - Blue and Green
Just Some Lines - Tic Tac Toe
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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Holiday Homework

Well finally back at work and not enjoying it much I can tell you. I have had car trouble this week so been relying on shanks' pony and the train, not much fun.

When I was away I took some basic bits with me and managed to make this card using a Kenny K digi image. I wanted to try creating a shadow round the image which was my homework! I used warm grey Promarkers 4 and 2 and blended them out then went over with Warm Grey one and blended out using the blender pen and you get a really nice soft shadow. You can see a great tutorial on Jane's Lovely cards blog.There is a link on my blog list to take you there. The papers are very pretty and by Echo Park with some Stampin Up Perfect plum.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Birthday Sundaes - Birthday's

Alphabet Challenge Pretty Pastels

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Back from holiday

We had a lovely bank holiday break in Suffolk. We stayed in a really nice caravan park called Carlton Meres, very tranquil and pretty with a lovely fishing lake. The park was well situated about 7 miles from the seaside. My favourite place we visited was Southwold which has the most fantastic pier. You can see it in the picture here. All the shops on it were really tasteful and the cafe was just fabulous we had hot chocolate with marshmallows and a delicious chocolate peanut cake (well it was a British Summer's day so hot chocolate not so outlandish!)

Here is a picture of the kids and my husband sitting on the beach with the pier in the background.
The kids had a good time, the park has a small club house with a snooker table and gym so they had plenty to keep them busy.

We visited Framlingham Castle which was nearby and located in another gorgeous village of the same name.
There was a farmer's market in the village square so we bought some fresh fruit and crusty bread. It was all very English and civilised.

Finally a day out at Pleasure Wood Hills, the local theme park, small but with a couple of good rides.

We will definitely be visiting this part of the world again as only about 2 hours drive from home and such a pretty county.

Thanks for letting me ramble on, I will be back tomorrow with another card as I did smuggle some card making basics away and managed to finish one card!


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hello Boys!

You can tell I am on annual leave, the most posts I ever make is the month of August! Well into my second week now and not looking forward to going back to work boo hoo.

This fair charmer is a digi from Kenny K, called Showgirl, she looks a right minx. I have coloured her with copics and added lots of glitter and bling .

I have started decorating the inside of my cards not as fancy as some but simple enough to do every time.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges.

My Time to Craft - Here come the girls
An oldie but goodie - bling

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Monday, 22 August 2011

Another Sarah Kay

I saw the most amazing card over on Bev Rochester's beautiful blog and I just had to have a go myself. The image was a Sarah Kay, Fleur gathering flowers with Manon and Bev had chosen the most stunning blue/red colour scheme. This card was inspired by her fabulous work. I have used my own papers and layout and teamed it with stampin Up crumb cake but kept the blue/red colour scheme.

The little fence is very cute. It is in old Xcut die I have had for ages and never used, I added a little white craft ink and all the edges of the papers have been distressed with scissors.

I created the cloudy background with die cut clouds (Dyenamics I think borrowed from my sister!), but used them as a mask and stippled blue ink to create the sky.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:

Paper Creators Crafts - Red and Blue

Designed2Delight - Anything goes

Make it Monday - Anything goes

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Oh La La

This gorgeous Sarah Kay stamp inspired me to make something really girly. She is such a stylish lady she must be French ! hence the sentiment, Amour. The papers are from the pretty Papermania Pampered Pets range, lovely soft chalky colours.

The border is punched with an Xcut border punch, great value and very robust.

I have coloured in with copics and added flowers to finish off.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges.

Crafty Ann's - Scallops or fancy borders
The Corrosive Challenge - Girly

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There Be Pirates!

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the lovely sunshine. A beautiful day here in Kent and we have been out and had a lovely ploughman's lunch in a great pub in Wye called the Tickled Trout. The pub has a garden that has the River Stour running past, very picturesque.

Back to the card, I have had my LOTV pirate stamps for a while now and thought it was time to get some ink on it. I think the skull and crossbones papers are from the DCWV Rock Star paper pack but not sure. I distressed the edges and smudged some white craft ink around as well.

I punched out a small circle of the paper to fit in the star, hey presto a pirate embellishment.

The image is coloured with copics which I am struggling to master and finished with pencils.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:

Sparkles - For the Boys

CES - Bunting, Banners and Flags

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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Summer Roses

I hope you have all enjoyed the sunshine recently, it is now gone and has been pouring with rain all day here in Kent, hopefully tomorrow will be better.

A lovely challenge at Lili of the Valley Challenge blog this week, a nice easy one, Roses.

I used some pretty blooms from Wild Orchid crafts and am still learning with the Copic Pens.

I used some magazine freebies for the rest of the Card, My Minds Eye papers and one of the Lili of the Valley images with last months Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine.

I also tried distressing the edges a bit. Hope you like the card and back soon with another.

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Friday, 3 June 2011

Lili of the Valley

Well folks we made it to Friday, hip hooray for the week-end. I am demoing tomorrow at the Range in Romford, please stop in to say hello if you are around.

I recently went to the fantastic Lili of the Valley colouring masterclass in Ashford. Jaqui and Bev were so lovely and as you can see the results they helped us achieve with colouring were fab.

I would like to enter this in the Lili of the Valley Challenge - Punch It up, I used my circle punch for the sentiment and a Xcut Impress die for the star.

Have a great week end and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Nice Mice

Back again, like a bus, you wait months for a posting then three come at once! May is sooo busy with Birthday's just a couple more this month. Here is the card I made for my lovely mother in law. Just love this Penny Black stamp so cute and my first go at colouring on my own with my new copics. The flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts sprayed with pearl glimmer mist - lush.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:

Fab N Funky - Cute and Cuddly
Ladybug Crafts - Animals

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Best Friends

Thank you all for visiting and leaving such lovely comments about my new craft room. I knew like minded peeps would understand why I love it so much! I did tidy it up for the photo's but I do try and keep it sort of tidy as I am so thrilled with it (novelty might ware off though)

Just back to load up a card I made for the May friendship swap over at Docrafts. Best Friends from Lili of the Valley. Pretty and girly. Used my new butterfly punch for the first time, it cuts and embosses and looks very 3D in real life.

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Welcome, come on in

to my lovely craft room. Finally managed to take some pictures of my craft room created from the back part of our Garage. Took a lot of work by my husband, a new window, new door, fully insulated, new lighting, plastering etc. Here is a quick tour, the room is about 9ft x 10ft so I have packed loads in.

This is my main work area I have all my flowers and pretty embellishments in jars on the window cill and and my Promarkers in the plastic tower of drawers.

My Bigshot lives in this corner and the tower unit has all my Stampin Up stored away.

More storage, we arranged the cupboards in an L shape to make the most of the space and I can get loads of stash inside. The middle on has a few shelves where I keep more of my flowers in pretty bottles (I do like dinky storage!). The paper shelf I bought from a shop that closed down and store all my 12 x 12 papers nice and tidy.

This old K&Co scrapbook kit box makes a super storage unit. There are spaces in the back where I can store my paper cutter, cutting mat and ruler. The top holds all my glitter, Stickles and spritzer sprays and the drawers are perfect for my stash of flowers.

I hope you have enjoyed your little tour round my craft retreat. I would just like to say a big thank you to my husband for all his hard work making this fab room for me.


Monday, 28 March 2011

Boy oh Boy!

My gorgeous son Oliver was 15 this month and this is the card I made for him. He is xbox mad so this Mo Manning digi image was perfect for him. He has the same expression on his face!

I used a Lili of the Valley calender stamp for the date of his birthday. In all my stash (mountains of it) I could not find a large star punch, so hand cut one and finished off with buttons and brads.

I am going to try and post a bit more often I am now working nearly full time again so time is a precious commodity at the moment and I have not felt like doing much crafting. But my lovely hubby finished a project he has been working on for 18 months, converting part of our garage into a work room for me.

It is now finished and it is fab so I hope to get lots of inspiration looking over my garden. I will post some pictures shortly so be prepared!

Hope you like the card

I am entering this card in the CES challenge - diecuts.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Sweet Sixteen

Not me! my lovely daughter Amy turned 16 just after Christmas. I wanted to make a really special card for her. She is a brilliant dancer so I had to use this Whiff of Joy stamp. I made it into an easel card and finished it with a fab jewel flourish I brought at Alexendra Palace.

My apologies for the long break in posts but I had flu just after Christmas and have been a bit down in the dumps, but hopefully back to normal(ish) now.

I have demos coming up this month so will be posting samples. If you are in Clacton on 15th January I will be at The Range on Valleybridge Road between 10 am and 4pm, pop in if you can
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