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Thursday, 26 February 2015

MAWTT Be a Sport



Come and join us at Moving Along with the Times with our fun theme of Be a Sport. This week's theme was set by Susan.

I've used a small square card blank by Craft UK. The red card is by Papermill but I'm not sure where I got the turquoise pearlescent paper, I embossed that with a Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder before matting on to the red card. The image is a rubber stamp, Glideabella, by www.stampingbella.com and it's the first time I've used it, though I've had it for a few years now. I coloured her with my Promarkers and then cut out with an Xcut die before matting on to another die cut in beige. The beige plus the yellow swirl are diecuts that I got as a freebie when I ordered from 'dies to die for' and this is their usual practice. When you receive your order there's a small packet enclosed with half a dozen die cuts in and it's fun seeing what you get each time.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting for All Seasons - Dies and/or Punches
Scrapper's Delights - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Challenge - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers - Letters of the Alphabet - S for Sport and Skating

Friday, 20 February 2015

Fitztown 'Have a Heart'



Come and join us at Fitztown Challenge Blog for our theme this month of 'Have a Heart'. Of course, that means we want to see a heart somewhere on your card.

I've used the image Bridal Wedding Day 1 which I hope is still available in the Fitztown Etsy store. If anyone has a problem finding any of the images I use for Fitztown you can send an email to sales@Fitztown.com and someone will assist you in finding the image you want.

The card blank is by Joanna Sheen. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and a Sakura silver pen for the lace and head dress and then cut it into a rectangle. I used the Couture Creations 'Tied Together' embossing folder for the background paper and then matted it on to silver card. The heart and key are Spellbinder dies and I cut them in silver card from Papermill. The little heart and saying is from Tim Holtz - bought in Florida at Christmas and first time I've used them, so cute. I've used my new Sue Wilson bow dies again to make the bow at top left and, once again, put a rose in the centre. The flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons - Dies and/or Punches
Miriam's Crafting Blog - Romance
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Sweethearts and Roses
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a little Texture


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Guest Designer

Today I'm a Guest Designer for 613 Avenue Create using a Fitztown image of Floral 3 available here.


It's also a RAK day on 17 February so I've made this door hanger for a friend to hang on her craft room door. We all need a quiet time and what better than to have it in your craft room?

I coloured the image with my Promarkers and tore it out before using Distress Ink on the torn edges. The MDF plaque, which I bought from Joanna Sheen a few years ago, had already been painted with yellow emulsion paint before I added purple Cosmic Mist on top of it. The shimmer didn't show up very well but the colour works. The lilac lace with ribbon was from the local market and I lay that close to the bottom edge. I used a Spellbinders oval nestie and laid that at an angle to the left with a torn scrap of 'musical' paper, again edged with the Distress Ink. alongside it. I arranged the Floral image over the two. The sentiment is from Joanna Sheen. I was in a tearing frame of mind (lol) so I tore this out too and edged it with the Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, as before. I set this to the right and added three Mei Flower lilac pearls under the sentiment. I also added some of these to the oval nestie for added bling! To finish it off I added three Wild Orchid Craft flowers with some die cut swirls that a friend sent me, thanks Nataliya. Of course, it still needed a hanger so I used some of my new purple ribbon that I bought at Jo-Ann's when we were in Florida at Christmas. I fastened the ribbon on each side with a Dovecraft jewel brad.

I didn't expect to get this finished as my eyes have been really bad over the past few weeks. Roll on 18 March when I hope that an injection will sort them out for the next three or four months.

I'm entering this plaque into the following challenges:
City Crafter Challenge - You Matter
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Use some Flowers
Anything but a Card Challenge - Friendship
Catch the Bug Challenge - Anything Goes

Thank you all, once again, for visiting. I'm hoping that I can return the favour just as soon as my eye situation is resolved.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

MAWTT Inspired by your favourite TV programme


Come and join us at Moving Along with the Times with Hazel's theme of 'Inspired by your favourite TV programme'.  My programme was 'The Voice' which isn't my favourite programme but is pretty close. I couldn't think of what to do for 'Death in Paradise' - lol.

My large card blank is by Joanna Sheen. The image is Chanteuse Jazz Baby by Rick St Dennis and I've coloured her with my Promarkers. I cut her with a Spellbinders grand oval nestie and then matted it on to a yellow scalloped nestie. The yellow card and the burgundy card is from Papermill, the pink glitter card is by Create and Craft from years ago. I bought the Sue Wilson bow dies in September and this is the first time I've used one of them. The rose in the centre of the bow is by Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment is one I got free last week in a craft magazine. The whole sheet of stamps, by Clearly Besotted, has flowers, butterflies, a jar, a sweet and three sentiments. I only bought the magazine because of the stamps! The sentiment was coloured with my burgundy Promarker and then matted on to another Spellbinders oval die cut in burgundy.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Craft your Passion - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenge - Red, white and Pink
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Red and Pink
The Purple Haze Challenge - Use some flowers
Catch the Bug Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by, it's always good to see you and I love reading your comments.


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Inspiration Destination Challenge 19



This week at Inspiration Destination our sponsors are Sweet 7, Digital Delights and Doodle Pantry. I have used the image Raccoon Rascal from Doodle Pantry.

The card blank is by Joanna Sheen. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and after cutting into a rectangle I smudged the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. The backing paper is a printed sheet of leaves - sorry can't remember who made this paper but I've debossed it with a Crafter's Companion leaf embossing folder. I matted it on to black card as the base mat for the image. The 'Hi there' sentiment comes with the image but I generated 'remember me' on the computer and I matted them both on to black card before adding three Mei Flower pearls to the edge of each. Three die cut leaves have been added as extra embellishments.

When we were in Florida at Christmas I was in bed one night and heard scurrying on the roof. I listened for a while and then fell asleep. The next morning at breakfast I told my two sons and daughters in law that I'd heard a raccoon on the roof and had they heard it? They all fell about laughing, I'm deaf and I'm sure they thought I'd imagined it. Tim said "if anything, it was probably a possum" and I just kept quiet. A couple of days later guess what we saw in the garden? Yes, it was my raccoon. Mother was right again! Here he/she is:


Unfortunately this is going to be my last post as designer for Inspiration Destination. I've got a problem with my eyes which is making it increasingly difficult to keep up with the commitments and so I've had to retire gracefully. I'll certainly miss all the friends I've made with this group but I'm sure I'll eventually be able to catch up with them all again.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Moving Along with the Times Sketch


Here is Claire's sketch that we would like you to follow in this week's challenge at Moving Along with the Times. 


She has a prize of a large X cut die of a Birdcage so come and join us please. 

Here is my card:


I've used a large card blank by Joanna Sheen. This is the first time for months I've made a card and decided not to add any backing papers. I usually mat and layer like crazy. lol The red card is from Papermill and the die is a Spellbinders. Three red heart gems from Create and Craft in the top corner and the sentiment was generated on the computer. I've used some of my new ribbon that I bought at Jo-Ann's when I was in Florida at Christmas. I think it was 49 rolls of ribbon that I bought. My brain must have been telling me that I didn't have any in my craft room. Bigger LOL if you believe that!

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Pile it On Challenge - Hearts and/or Flowers
That Craft Place Challenge - Love/Valentine
Artbymiran Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Challenge - Love/Valentine's Day
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes with a twist of One Layer
Inky Chicks Challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet 7 Designs Challenge - Anything Goes with NEW - I used my new ribbon

I have no idea what has happened here - this huge gap arrived today and I can't delete it!










Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Inspiration Destination Challenge 18

This week at Inspiration Destination our sponsors are My Whimsical Little World and Bugaboo.

I chose Bugaboo's image of Stella Tidbits - Message, you can buy her here, and this is my card.


The card blank is by Craft UK. I used a sheet of My Mind's Eye paper as the backing sheet and wrote the notes of Stella's day in pencil. It's supposed to be a whiteboard in her office! lol The corners of the paper were rounded with a Carl's corner punch. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and fussy cut her, leaving the paper between her and the computer. The sentiment, which also comes from Bugaboo, was cut, corners rounded, and then edged with Distress Ink. I used Marianne dies for the swirl and the leaves. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Scrap and Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Artbymiran Challenge - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
That's Crafty Challenge - Tick Tock
The Stamping Boutique Challenge - Make your own background