Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Flower Challenge - Reminder - Your Favourite Flower

It's time for our halfway reminder post over at The Flower Challenge and we're celebrating our first birthday with some amazing prizes. Please read our special challenge rules ie include our theme cue card and tell us which prize you would like. We've had a few entries that we've had to disqualify for not following the rules, which really upsets us.
We've asked you to use your favourite flower this month and so I've continued with tree blossoms. I started off with a 6x6 card base. I die cut two consecutive sized Tattered Lace Pin Dot Squares in white card to add some dimension. I then used the Spellbinders Cherry Blossom die set which I've had in my stash for years, so it was good to use it again. I die cut the branches a couple of times and arranged them in the card, snipping them to fit at times. I then cut the smaller flowers multiple times and glued them in place. Once finished I added stickles to the centre of each flower. Originally the main branch ran diagonally from left to right on the card, but when I picked it up to stick it on the card after the stickles had dried, it was the other way round. I decided I preferred it that way!  I die cut the Memory Box Hello three times and layered it up to give more dimension before adding it to the card. I'm claiming that this is another card that looks better in real life, you can see the white colour more clearly and it doesn't look like it has a brown outline to the branches!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Sparkle and Shine

I can't believe that it's Saturday again, but that means it's time for our next challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this week we want to see you "Sparkle and Shine" which is the exact opposite of how my house looks at the moment!
I used Heartfelt Creations Tattered Blossoms which I stamped with black Stazon on Hunkdory mirridazzle card. I have the dies to match these stamps, but the plastic coating on the card makes it tricky to die cut, so I decided to settle down on the sofa and fussy cut them instead. I used Heartfelt Delicate Asters for the leaves and treated them in the same way but on silver mirri card this time.
I stamped the sentiment from Visible Image on a piece of card just under 6 inches square with black archival ink and mat and layered it with some more mirridazzle. I glued two of each sized flower together, offsetting the petals as I did so and added them to the card. I added a clear gem to the centre of each flower. Finally, I added a doodled corners with a fine liner pen.
This card was a swine to photograph with all the sparkle and shine, so I hope yours is easier! Just remember to include some stamping to be eligible for our top three x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Bucilla Nordic Gingerbread House Advent Calendar

I finally finished the Bucilla kit that I started back in January. I lost the will to live when I started making the 25 individual pieces that are attached the the house on a small piece of cord made from embroidery thread. These are designed to be added to the scene each day and hang from the red sequins dotted around the design. After an eight month break I was ready to attack them again! The hanging is about 24 inches high.

Technically it's not finished, as I still need to sew on the hanging cord on the back, but I'll sort that out when I'm ready to hang it. I've finished another much smaller kit since this one and am currently making different wall hanging. This one also has individual elements that you're supposed to hang on it, but I'm just sewing them in place this time!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Snowy Again

I have to confess that not much card making is going on at the moment as I've got back into making my Bucilia felt decorations again and sewing whilst watching telly stops me putting food in my mouth! I'll show you some pics of the finished projects if we actually get some daylight to take them in. Got a couple of design team cards to rustle up this week though so that might inspire the crafting mojo.  
I made this card a while ago using a watercoloured image of Snowy by Penny Black. I trimmed a card down to fit the leftover panel of a distress oxide ink background and glued it in place. I added some corners using a Polkadoodles die. I edged the panel with some faux stitching and then added some stickles to finish. The 'snow' stickles look less obvious in reality, more like the ones down the sides by Snowy. Simples!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Happy Stampers Haul

So, I ventured out to Happy Stampers at Port Sunlight yesterday. It's a lovely friendly show with lots of smaller exhibitors as well as the big names. The only downside is how hot it gets in there, not great when you have your own tropical moments going on already! 
I was a good girl and took cash and stuck to my budget. I could have spent it all at the PaperArtsy stand though, as it was over half my budget was spent there. I couldn't afford to take advantage of it, but they had a fab offer of buy any four stamps the same size and get a fifth free. I bumped into a few blog friends too and it was great to be able to say hi to them in person and catch up. 
Apologies that I haven't been able to visit all your blogs this week, my neck still isn't great after my procedure the other week and so typing has been problematic. Hopefully I'll manage to catch up with you all soon. Have a great week x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Flower Challenge is One!

Wow, can you believe it The Flower Challenge is one year old! We've had an fantastic first year thanks to my fabulous teamies and of course all the amazing support from all you wonderful bloggers out there. We now have over 160 followers and our success is beyond anything we could have imagined.
I have to send massive thanks to Aileen who decided to set up the challenge and invited me to be a part of it. I also have to say a big thank you to Viv who is our technical expert and who helps Aileen keep us all under control - not task for the faint hearted!
To thank you for all your support and to celebrate our first birthday we've been lucky enough to have some amazing sponsors and have not one, but nine amazing prizes up for grabs this month! 
Our theme this month is
                                 Use Your Favourite Flower
I'm not sure if this was an easy or hard challenge theme! I love lots of flowers, but in the end decided that one of my favourite things is when the spring blossom appears on the trees and so I went with that for my card. I have to confess that I'm sure I CASE'd this card from somewhere, but can't remember where - possibly a card by Faye Wynn-Jones. 
I used the blossom from the Clearly Besotted Beautiful Friend set (this is the one that also has the fuschia in it) and stamped it on tuxedo black memento ink on alcohol pen friendly card before colouring it in with my trusty copics and fussy cutting it. On a 6x6 card blank I stamped the image around the edges in memento London Fog. I die cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty friends three times out of pink card and stacked them up to give more definition and the glued the sentiment and image to the card. Simples!
We can't wait to see your fantastic creations, please remember to check out our rules to make sure that your entry is eligible to win one of our nine wonderful prizes and of course, have fun!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Hubby's birthday card

I almost forgot Hubby's birthday. When my parents came to take me for my hospital appointment last week, Mum handed me a card and said it was for Hubby. It took me a minute to work out why she had a card for him, then I remembered it was his birthday the next week! Phew, close shave there, although when I then asked Hubby what he wanted for his birthday, he said he didn't want anything and was hoping that I'd forgotten. You can't win!
Fortunately, I'd bought this Sue Wilson Stained Glass Bonsai tree earlier this year as Hubby loves bonsai trees. We have several buckets in the garden with stunted trees in them that were grazed down by sheep that Hubby "liberated" from a field. He claims that he will prune them down to turn them into bonsai trees, but has failed to add any timescales to his plans.
I simply die cut the image in black card and as the die doesn't have an outside cutting edge, I trimmed it down to add to a 6x6 card blank. I then cut it again in several different colours and inlaid the pieces. There were a few tiny bits, but it wasn't too fiddly to do. Simples.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Autumn

Happy Saturday! It's time for our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week we've gone all seasonal with a theme of "Autumn".
I used the Hobby Art Oak Tree stamp set and a Card-io bunny set to make my card and started by stamping the tree, bunnies and sentiment in black archival ink on a 6x6 card blank. I then watercoloured in the tree using distress inks. On a spare bit of card I stamped some leaves and acorns from the set in archival ink and again coloured them with distress inks before fussy cutting them. I ran a black marker round the edges from the back to get rid of any white lines on the edges. I assembled the card and added glossy accents to the acorns. To finish off, I drew in a border to link up the corners. 
I can't wait to see your autumnal creations, just remember to include some stamping on your card to be eligible for our top three. Have a great weekend crafting x

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Merry Christmas

Apologies for the rubbish photo, no matter what I do the lighting is terrible at the moment. I bought this Sizzix die in the sale this summer and finally took it out of the packaging this week. The die cut beautifully through some matt gold cardstock and as a bonus you can save the letters to use on another project. Great for batch making I simply placed the die cut on some coloured card and mounted it on a 5x7 card blank. I added some glossy accents to his nose and sprinkled on some red glitter before it dried. The stars fall out of the die and are shown on the packaging as being hung from the antlers, but I just added them randomly to the cards.
And now, gratuitous bunny photos. Willow is now 12 weeks old and a bit over 800g. I've never known such a cuddle bun. She will happily sit on your lap and be stroked for 20 minutes and then complain when you stop! She will groom you back and does a very thorough job of licking your hand. Parsley is more than happy to let Willow get all the fussing, he thinks humans are only good for bringing food.

Willow and Parsley are still living together happily, but trying to get a photo of both of them in focus and  facing in the same direction is rather tricky, even with a bribe of strawberry leaves.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Less is More #347 - Sketch 21

Monday again, and it's wet and miserable here in Lancashire. Apologies for the rubbish phot, but it's so dark and dreary this morning.  I'm currently home recovering as on Thursday afternoon I had some radio frequency nerve lesioning to help ease my chronic neck and arm pain. It was a flippin' painful procedure and my neck is still very sore around the injection site. This time my consultant targeted the toothache type pain in my right forearm as well as my neck pain, and it seems to have really helped. My right arm feels much lighter and looser than my left now, but fortunately I don't feel too lopsided!
I felt like crafting yesterday but didn't feel up to doing too much, but when I saw the sketch over at Less is More with its three elements, I knew that I could easily make a card as I had three unicorns sat on my desk ready to go from the Gerda Steiner - Moody Unicorns stamp set. 
I covered a 6x6 card base with deep pink card and doodled a border with a fineliner pen. I stamped three of the sentiments from the unicorn set on white card and cut them out roughly, before drawing in a border on each. I assembled the cars using foam tape behind the unicorn and glue behind the sentiments. Simples!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

InkBuds Weekender - Day 2

Day two was spent making a book out of mount board and trying out lots of distress oxide techniques. My book had a minor malfunction as the holes on the front page didn't quite line up and so they repunched them to bind it, but as I managed to drop it on the floor the holes gave way! I will rescue it later by trimming it down and repunching the holes, but wanted to share it with you now as it'll probably take me ages to get round to sorting it. This is going to be a seriously picture heavy post, so grab a cuppa!

We stamped on acetate using black stazon and also a frosting glaze.

Monday, 18 September 2017

InkBuds Weekender

I spent a lovely weekend crafting with Hels and Pauline and lots of the other regular crafters, but I'm pooped now! Been trying to catch up on some of your blogs today, so if you could all stop posting for a few days it would be most helpful. Thanks!
This was the project we made on Saturday, lots of distress oxide inky goodness went into making the masterboard which we then cut into 9 and added to a backboard and embellished away. For some reason it tickled me to have washi tape with poison printed on it, along with words about friendship on my project.
I'll share Sunday's project with you soon, I didn't quite finish it in the workshop and so need to add the finishing touches before I blog it. In the meantime, I shall bore you with lots more pictures of this project! Happy crafting (but not blogging just yet...) x 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Use Your Favourite Stamp

Woohoo, the weekend is here and I'm off crafting with Hels Sheriden and Pauline Wheeler again. It also means that it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this week we want you to use your favourite stamp! Now, if you're anything like the design team, this could be a challenge to pick just one...
I really struggled to pick a stamp, but narrowed it down to one with bunnies on it and so went for my most recent purchase, this cute stamp from lili of the valley. I stamped it in black memento ink and whipped out my favourite copics to colour it. I used tattered lace pin dot rectangles to cut out the image and make a mat for it. On a 6x6 card blank I used some more of the purple card and some old lili of the valley patterened paper for the background. I used some lovely Polkadoodles dies to cut the corner flourishes (had these for ages and not used them before, but they cut like a dream and popped out easily) in blue card and added them to two corners. I used the same card to die cut the Hunkdory sentiment and backed it with white card before adding it on foam tape. To finish I added some stickles to her ears and to the centre of the flowers on the patterned paper. 
I can't wait to see what you pick for your favourite stamp, good luck choosing!

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Flower Challenge #12 - Halfway Reminder

It's the halfway point at The Flower Challenge and we have a tic tac toe grid for you to use for our challenge this month. We'd love you to play along and please join us for our first birthday celebrations next month, there might be some very good reasons to join us!

I chose to the use the bottom line on the grid this time - white, die cuts and blue. I used this lovely Docrafts X-cut die and die cut it three times in dark blue, light blue and white, so that I could inlay the pieces on a mat of pale gold card on my 6x6 card base. I added blue gems to the centre of the flowers. I added the die cut sentiment from a Hunkydory Moonstone die set which I inlaid again before adding on foam tape. Simples!
We're really looking forward to seeing all your fabulous makes from the tic tac toe grid, just remember to make flowers the focal point of your card, and remember to join us again next month for our birthday celebrations!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Warm Thoughts

Well, the wedding went well, it was held at Hazlewood Castle, a beautiful building,although I did feel slightly sorry for the Registrar. The groom is Dutch and had multiple hard to pronounce names and the ring was tied to the best man's collar as he was a dog! The bride walked down the aisle accompanied by their pet Jack Russell, Adora who had a floral garland over her collar to match the bride's bouquet. There were also several dogs as guests. They were mostly well behaved, although one of them had a very loud shake (as if drying itself off) just as the Registrar asked if anyone objected to the marriage.  She declared that she wouldn't take that as an objection though! The bride had to pick Adora up towards the end of the ceremony to stop her whining and so when the Registrar told the groom he could now kiss the bride, she added, "if you can get past Adora to do so!". Unfortunately, Hubby and I had to leave before the evening reception started as my pain levels were starting to get too bad and it was a two hour journey home.
Right, enough if the waffle and onto the purpose of this blog - card making! I had some bits of card on which I'd cleaned off my blending tools after using my distress oxides. They seem to stay wet for weeks on the foam otherwise, and so I decided to use them up.
I die cut the image from a Docrafts X-cut die set. It has an outside cutting edge and two tiny circle dies that you can position for the eye and I presume cheek. I didn't use these on my cards though. I trimmed down the first image with my guillotine to leave a thin border. I then simply glued this on a 6x6 card blank and stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment.
The other two images didn't have enough of a surround to create a frame and so I snipped them out of the frame and glued them onto 5x7 card bases. I stamped the same sentiment on them and drew in a border. Simples!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Happily Ever After

With a distinct lack of mojo present, I sat down to make a card for the wedding tomorrow. I used an Xcut die set, which come with the main die, a seperate cutting edge die to go round it, a seperate die of the sentiment and a couple of little heart dies. I cut the main die and the cutting edge out of soft gold card (I think it was from a Kanban offcut pack). I only used it because I couldn't get to my usual mirricard with all the honey stacked up, but I think I prefer the soft look to it in this case. 
I folded a piece of 300gsm quartz shimmer card (lLimetree Crafts from one of the shows) and made an  A5 card base. I then mat and layered up the gold and quartz card, before adding the gold die cut. I die cut the sentiment twice more and layered it up on the card to give some definition. I found a strip of double rows of pearls in the gem box and so added that to the card along with a pearl heart surrounded by diamant√© which I added with glue gel. I added a posh cream paper insert to the card and made an envelope out of some 12x12 paper I had lurking about. Apologies for the pictures, it was a swine to photograph!
I almost had a heart attack this afternoon. I realised on Sunday that I had nothing suitable to wear for the wedding and not wanting to spend much, had a look in the local supermarkets. They had nothing that was really what I wanted, but I found a dress online at Asda, in a style that I had had before and so  ordered it at the start of the week for collection from the store as soon as possible (today).
I picked it up no problem and went to try it on when I got home. At that point I realised that that there was a fault on the armhole seam, where the overlocker hadn't caught the edges correctly.
Arrggh, what to do? If I took it back to complain, there was no way that I would get a replacement in time and I knew there was nothing else that I would feel comfortable wearing in store. Only one thing for it, out with the needle and thread. Not the easiest of jobs these days as my fingers go numb when hand sewing, but in the end I was quite pleased with the result, even if I say so myself. Let's just hope everything else goes smoothly! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend x