Friday, 14 November 2014

Stop the Press...

...I've made a card!  I know?!  I seem to have misplaced my Mojo lately - well, for cardmaking anyway!  I have been busy crocheting hats, creating Christmas decorations and glueing larch cones onto everything in sight, to make items to sell at our Christmas fair in December but I have had no inclination to sit and make a card!  So, to remedy this, I printed off some papers and image from the sewing design set of A Play on Words (not that I have a favourite, of course!) and set about making...
..I pasted the sewing machine .png in my graphics program and layered the sewing machine emboss image over the top, to get this coloured emboss effect, which I really like.  I made some handmade flowers using my punches, including the small star flower shape which I got in my order from The Works - allsorts of items ended up in my basket as there was 25% off including the sweet little bobbin and the pretty buttons, plus a few paper pads (about 6 in all), a mixed ribbon pack and some Christmas gift fillers.  There's 30% off if you spend over £30 this weekend, so I'd better not visit their website!...
...I inked all the edges of the layers with Walnut Stain DI and added some salmon pink, wide, satin ribbon and look!...I even managed to finish the inside with coordinating papers and a panel for writing on!...
...Now all that's left to do is make a box for it to go in...darn bobbin!
Well, that's it from me - a flying visit today - Mum's coming any time for us to plan cards for our workshop next weekend and I need to clear a 6 inch square to work on my crafty table! Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully, the sun may make an appearance!
Big crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Challenge #237 - It's Our Birthday until 18th
#45 Special Occasion until tomorrow
#1 Anything Goes / optional stitching until 16th
Anything goes / optional twist Celebration until 17th
Anything Goes / twist Ribbon until 17th
#90 Handmade flowers until 16th

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Passon for Promarkers - Lace...

Good morning, my lovelies!  Well, Tuesday's here again which means it's challenge time over at Passion for Promarkers!  It's Team 1 and the fabulous Julie in the hostess chair this week and she's chosen the theme 'Lace', so as long as you've used your Letraset pens and have some lace on your project, you're good to go!  We're being sponsored by the amazing Letraset this week who are offering one lucky winner the chance to get their mitts on a fantastic set of 6 Flexmarkers!...
Don't forget to be eligible to win the prize, you MUST use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.
...I went all pink and girly with my card, using a pretty pink polka dot card from my scraps drawer and sweet Abi Ballerina digistamp which is a freebie from All Dressed Up!...
...I kept the colours for Abi quite soft, with only a few colours in my list :
Skin : Blush, Dusky Pink, Coral
Hair : Buttercup, Campagne, Sandstone
Dress, ribbon and ballet slippers : Muted Pink, Tea Rose, Watermelon
Outline : Soft Aqua
I added lots of sparkle to her dress, hairband and slippers with crystal glitter and attached her using foam pads to 'pop' her off the page...
...I used a Marianne doily die behind Abi to create some focus and added some pretty lace and fine pink satin ribbon, and a lace bow tied with a small paper rose.  I made some bunting from scraps and used the small hearts from Memory Box Precious Hearts die between the pennants.  Some pearls and a simple sentiment finished the front...
...I added a printed insert using the black and white line image of Abi and 'Especially for you'.
I hope you like my girly creation and can find the time to join in with our pretty challenge this week!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my lovely teamies have made for your inspiration and I look forward to visiting and seeing what you create!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Money boxes and a mess!...

Good evening everyone and a Happy November to you all! Hope you had a good Halloween weekend and that the new month has started as you hope for it to go on!  I'm having a bit of a dilemma at the moment - now I know that women are supposed to be renowned for their multitasking skills and I will be the first to agree, but why is it then, that I can do nothing else when I am designing?!  I become surgically attached to my computer and find that hours fly by in a daze!  I am thoroughly enjoying it but find that I don't have very much that I am able to share with you...yet, anyway!
Because of this, I thought that I would share the projects that we made at our workshop on Saturday.  We decided to make a couple of items that the girls could enjoy themselves, so the first was a little advent calendar box...

...The numbers are individual cards that can be removed and either placed in the box or at the back of the pile...
...Our second project was a wine glass lampshade complete with plastic crystal effect glass and led candle. I actually managed to bring one home and it looks so effective when lit on my mantelpiece!  The girls all said that they had to go and lie down in a darkened room after making them, but that's nothing compared to the state my table gets into when planning these things!...
...The signal to tidy up a bit is when things start dropping off the other side!
I have also made a start on some of the items for our village church Christmas fair, for which I try to do a craft stall every year.  The lovely Carole from our workshop has been collecting some powdered milk type tins for me (thanks again chicken!) and I've been altering them into money boxes...
...I've added a bag of Maltesers inside and even managed to stop myself from eating any! (Don't know how long that will last as it's one of the few chocolates that I love!)  I need to make a couple more and then it's onto wreaths made from larch cones and conkers and a rudolph made from logs and twigs...not sure yet how that one will go!?!
So, I hope you like my Christmassy makes and hope to be back soon with some more crafty inspiration!
I'd like to enter my altered money boxes into the following challenges :
Christmas until tomorrow
It's all about Christmas until 28th
Brads, buttons or Bows until 10th
(I've used buttons on the santa suit and top snowman eyes)
Anything Goes until tomorrow

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Passion for Promarkers - Add some Sparkle...

Good morning, lovely Bloggers!  My these shorter days seem to fly by - I feel like I'm only just getting up and it's time for bed again!  Had a busy weekend - workshop on Saturday, followed by a wonderful evening out with friends, only getting home at 1am! Then on Sunday, hubby and I had a bit of retail therapy at Dunelm (man, could I buy that whole shop!) and a Christmas factory outlet shop, which I managed to be very restrained at and only came home with some baubles that matched the cushions I'd bought! We had lunch out and it was nice to spend some time together, just the two of us (as we'd been abandoned by both children!).
Well, anyhow, it's Tuesday (again!) which means it's time for a fab new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers.  This week, it's the lovely Eileen in the hostess seat and she would like us to 'Add some sparkle'...a nice easy one for this time of year!  We are sponsored by the wonderful Polkadoodles who are offering a digi stamp called 'Miss Charlotte' to one lucky winner....
So, I decided to create a little Christmas wall hanging as my DT make, using the postbox and Christmas roses from 12 Cards of Christmas...
...It was a nightmare trying to photograph this as the light was just awful yesterday and trying to get the sparkle to show photography skills are not the greatest at the best of times, so this was a real challenge!
I used my Go Kreate Large Frilly Frame #2 dies to make the base for the hanging and covered it with the multi-lingual Christmas words paper from the Postbox design set, inking the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I cut the Marianne doily circle from gold linen and added an embossed circle inked with Weathered Wood...
...I coloured the flowers and postbox with my Pro/Flexmarkers and added lots of glitter to the flower centres and leaves, then added some extra foliage with All Occasions holly die cuts and Cheery Lynn leaf border and some red Liquid Pearls for the berries.  The small larch cones are real and were given to me by the lovely Carole who attends our workshop...thanks hunny!  I made the hanging sentiment in PS and attached to the base with sparkly, gold ribbon, which was also used for the hanging loop.
So there we have it!  I hope you can find the time to join in with our easy challenge this week and don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my wonderful teamies have been making for your inspiration!
Thanks for dropping by today,
I'd like to enter my hanging into the following challenges :
Christmas until 31st

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Vintage pram...

Good morning, dear Blogger friends and I hope you're all coping with the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo who is marching his way across the British isles last night and today!  I was up at 4.20am after being woken by a crashing sound - my beautiful copper lantern being blown over in our lean to!  After lying listening for a few minutes, I decided to go down and rescue the second one before Gonzalo could do any more damage and to recover my washing which was blowing around like rags!  Thankfully, in the daylight I discovered that somehow my lantern, despite being completely blown over, base and all, had remained unscathed apart from a slight dent in the base!  It's much quieter now, so I'm hoping we're over the worst!
It's little man's Harvest service in school today, so I'll be off there later, but thought I would pop in to share a card that I made for friends who have recently had their second little girl.  It's very similar in layout to the baby card that I did for last weeks Passion for Promarkers DT...
...I used the pink pram image and paper from the September design set of A Year in Cards and a pretty pink polka dot that I made in PS...
...I love using my flower puches at the moment - partly because of the amazing inspiration that Norma shares over at From My Craft Room, if you haven't visited her blog, her cards are awesome!
Right, best go and tackle the pile of ironing with my name on it and maybe get a bit of design work in later!  Have a terrific Tuesday!
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Embossing until 24th
(there is an embossed panel behind the pram image)
Anything Goes until 24th
Fave fibre and why until tomorrow
My favourite has to be ribbon and it's very rare that I create a project without it!  It comes in so many colours, textures and widths and is so versatile - I could be a ribbon-oholic if finances would allow!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Colouring on Weetabix!...

My card came in the Top 7 over at Aud Sentiments Challenge! Thanks ladies!

Good morning, lovely peeps from a sunny (at the moment) North Wales!...Bet that title got you curious!...Of course, I haven't actually coloured onto Weetabix - that would just be wrong! - but I have coloured onto the card from a Weetabix box!...

It's quite similar to Kraft card, I suppose, a bit more fibrous, but actually quite easy to colour on!...
...I did wonder if it might bleed a lot, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it doesn't and blends quite well, too!  I have never coloured on anything other than white card, so this was a nice change and turned out okay, even if I do say so myself!  The papers and image are all from 12 Cards of Christmas CD-Rom and the sentiment was made in PS using Serif's Holiday Springs font...
...I had allsorts of stuff on this card at one time or another and ended up discarding it all and keeping to a clean style with just a bit of ribbon and some wooden snowflakes.  I haven't done anything to the inside yet, but will probably end up decorating it with some coordinating papers and a sentiment panel...when I can be bothered!  I really don't do Christmas until the first week in December, but feel that I should at least be trying to get a head start!?!
Well, that's it - short and sweet from me today!  I hope you like my Krafty creation and next time you empty that cereal box, think twice before you put it in the recycle bin!
Have a wonderful Thursday,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Christmas until 28th
(my image and papers are 2 years old and my snowflakes have been in my stash forever!)
Christmas until 21st
Christmas in October until 19th
Snowflakes until 21st
Aud Sentiments Challenge
Anything Goes until 21st

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Harvest Thanksgiving...

Good afternoon, lovely Bloggers!  Autumn has really set in now, here in North Wales - the leaves are dropping at an alarming rate and those that are left are hues of gold and bronze!  I have been out for a walk this morning to pick some larch cones in preparation for Christmas projects for our church fair and had to arm myself with scarf, boots and gloves!

It's our Harvest Thanksgiving service this evening (a week earlier than usual!)and the children from the after school club that I help run on a Monday afternoon have been making a frieze and other projects to decorate the church....
...This is the scarecrow that I made with the 7-11 year olds and the paper sunflowers that each of the children made using a large daisy punch, circular punch and real sunflower seeds.  It's surprising how much time and preparation goes into entertaining 15 children for an hour!
Last night, my MIL, myself and the vicar went to arrange flowers for the windows - I love flowers and flowers arranging, so am quite happy to while away a couple of hours playing with nature's treasures!  Hubby came along too, to help set up a projector screen for the service and my little man was a sweetheart on tea and tidying up duties!  Here's a couple of pics of some of the arrangements I did...

...We'll be looking forward to the homemade leek and potato soup, cheese and rolls, followed by apple pie and fresh cream, after the service...yum!  The children are also donating harvest boxes filled with tins and packet foods to go to a local charity - something I remember doing as a child!
I just thought I would let you in on a few of the other crafty things that I like to do and what else I get up to when I'm not cardmaking and blogging!  Hope you have a wonderful Harvestime with family and friends and I'l be back again tomorrow with another paper creation!