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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Signing Off For A Few Weeks

Well I've been busy packing to go away but I have managed to do 1 challenge before I go. I had a go at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge which my daughter Chloe was lucky enough to win last week and I can confirm that the Tinker & Co, Gingerbread cookies download she won is delightful. (mmm need more printer ink!!!!)

This week the challenge was to use the sketch below to create a card as long as you include at least 1 Penny Black image. I decided to do another Christmas card to add to my box. I stamped the little mouse and water coloured him in. The backing papers are all DCWV. I punched snowflakes from metal foil and added ribbon from stash.

Just a reminder, if you haven't already joined Katharina's Blog candy give away, you still have time to join in. Katharina is celebrating 100,000 hits (wow) by giving away a set of Elisabeth Bell Guardian Angels plus another identical set so you can host your own blog candy giveaway. Click on the link above for more details of what to do. You have until 8pm on the 16th of August to enter.

Sorry this is just a quick post as I've still got lots to do ( don't want OH to be able to say that great line -"didn't YOU pack that" AAhhhhhh!

Will be AWOL for a few weeks until I catch up on the holiday washing when we get back and get little one settled into primary school but I'm sure the loft will be calling me - in fact I'm sure I can here the ink pads shouting my name even now.LOL.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you all soon.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Tilda & Co Blog Challenge

Decided to have a go at this weeks Tilda & Co Blog Challenge *Challenge 30* "Sketch This"
as above. It just had to include a Magnolia image and still resemble the original sketch when you had finished.
I used "Tilda Waiting" stamped in Versafine Smokey Grey and coloured her with watercolour pencils. The backing paper is all from a Little Sizzles pad, I used nestabilities for the central circles, prima flowers and Doodlebug Jewels for the flower centres. I'm quite pleased with the juicy,bright colours on this card.

Yellow and Blue Tilda !!

Thought I'd have a bit of a change colour wise as I'm a bit of a slave to pretty pinks and purples when I'm card making. So I went for this blue and yellow combo.

Stamped Tilda in versafine smokey grey and watercoloured her. Used yellow card as a base and DCWV paper pad for the blue circle. Used my nestabilities for the scalloped circle and punched little flowers our of red/pink card to match. I cut some flowers out of the blue backing paper to decorate the corner and added the sentiment plus some stickles here and there.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Card For My Brother

My Brothers Birthday is fast approaching and I still hadn't made a card. I know I kept putting it off because I can never think what to do for Men's cards. So yesterday after perusing UK Scrappers I went off to make a start.
I was inspired by something I saw on a lady called Debs Blog. What she had done was inked her cuttlebug embossing folder before placing the card inside and running it through. So I used pale blue card and used distress ink inside the folder and hey presto, I thought it was a really good effect. I then layered it all with a natural colour card. I cut letters with ellison dies and used nestabilities for the sentiment badge. The sentiment is by Stamps Away and stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia. The little button is a sissix sizzlit die and I added brads to finish.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Pretty Christmas

This round card is a "thankyou" and a homage to Chris and her blog, because I saw one similar that Chris had made and just had to have a go.

The card is made with a large nestabilities die, cut on the fold and then using a punch I made the little holes all around. The gingham backing paper is a free download from Chris , again on her blog.( Be sure to take a look because the paper is perfect for cute Christmas cards) The snowman is from the "winter season" Stampendous Perfectly Clear set, which I stamped in Versafine black ink and then watercoloured and Stickled. I layered him on to blue card and made the little sentiment tag from a PSX stamp and a punched silver heart. The ribbon and little snowflake button were from my stash.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Engagement and A Wedding

At last found some time on Sunday afternoon to get to my hidey hole and do some card making. Still couldn't go too mad as I had some rather sensible occasion cards to make. We are going away shortly so thought I'd better get done the cards we need for the Doos we have the week we come back.

So first off was the Engagement Card for a neighbours youngest daughter. I went for a silver/grey theme and used mirror card to cut the hearts with the Sizzix double heart die. I "tied"the two together with silver/grey ribbon and added bling. The backing paper was from a K and Co pad and the congratulations is from Hero Arts stamped in Versafine Smokey Grey. Added more ribbon and bling to finish. I will put "on your Engagement" on the card insert as I haven't put it on the front.
For the Wedding card I embossed the whole front of the card with the Swiss dots Cuttlebug folder. As the card is bigger than the folder it left a nice flat area to put the Sentiment - " Best Wishes On Your Wedding Day" - Hero Arts I think, will check later. Heat embossed the wedding cake( think its from Stampendous- will correct later if not) in gold, added some pastel colours with watercolour paints and added some stickles glue to decorate. Layered up on white glitter card (hasn't shown up on photo) and some K and Co backing paper. Added the little corner details and ribbon from stash.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Busy Doing Other Things

I really haven't done much card making at the moment as I've been busy doing other stuff like organising a family holiday,sorting out bedrooms and getting school uniforms etc ready for when we come back.

The only bit of crafting I have managed to fit in is making another RSVP card for a doo we've been invited to.

I used one of my Mum s new cuttlebug folders, (Thanks Mum) and embossed the whole thing as it's only a little card. I used Hero Arts Letter rubber stamps and heat embossed in gold which I cut out and mounted onto a piece of pale blue card to match the ribbon. I then punched little flowers out of the pale blue card to add to the front.

I must say a big "Thankyou" to my blog friend Chris and my daughter Chloe for sending me the Wylde Women Award. I don't feel worthy of this at the moment as I'm not doing alot but thankyou anyway.

Here are the rules:
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
2. Link back to this blogsite (http:// (so I can go visit all these wonderful women.
Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgement to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

I'm going to pass this award onto:-
Anne because everyone should know about her Magnolia creations-It's a treat for your eyes.
TaniaJ - because her blog is consistently great.