Monday, 31 March 2014

Time for me!

Hello everyone.

I'm on a roll for extra posts this week.  I've had some time off due to illness last week, and today is the last day of my Doctors note, but I am feeling much better, so today is some time for me.  Little one's at Nursery, and the housework can wait!

Looking back through my posts its been a while I posted just for the sake of it, I'm so busy with DT stuff and requests, I don't get much chance to play with other bits.

A couple of weeks ago I ordered the pick of the week from create and craft.  Its a CD Rom, with the matching stamps by Rachelle Ann Miller.  I hadn't even unwrapped it until today!  Here's my first creation using the CD.

I can't take credit for colouring this one - its just a topper.

The other equipment I'm testing out is a silhouette portrait, my hubby brought me as an early birthday present.  I've looking longingly at these for a while, and finally persuaded him I needed one. I made the frame with it... not bad for a first attempt, need to get used to blade adjustments and the software, but it seems like its going to be a good investment... Thanks Matt!

Topper - Rachelle Anne Miller CD ROM from crafters companion
Frame - Silhouette
Flower, gems and Lace from stash
Sentiment and Love stamps - Lili of the Valley
Paper - Pink Petticoat and Kraft Card
Distress inks on edges - Tea Dye
Butterflies from digi kit

I'd like to enter this into

Sketch Saturday  - Sketch 223 
Pile it on - Floral Fantasy
Fussy and Fancy - Shabby Chic

Thanks for stopping by - your comments mean a lot!


Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sentimental Sundays challenge 200

Hello everyone.

Almost the start of a new week. Booooo.  But on a positive note it is the official start of spring today and the weather we have had here has been gorgeous and springlike.  Hooray!

Sunday means another challenge from Sentimental Sundays.  This time entitles add a doodle.Sponsored by:

I used a design called heart doddles.  I've been meaning to have a go at Zentangle for a while, so add a doodle was the prefect opportunity to...well... doodle!

It was actually more difficult than I'd given credit for, I looked at a few ideas, but basically just went for it!  Coming up with different doodles and shapes did begin to get difficult but I persevered and this is the result of my efforts!

I thought it needed a splash of colour, so added the red with my promarkers and some washi tape.  the black spotty paper is from an old stack.  The sentiment is a computer generated one.

Hope you like it - please hop over to the Sentimental Sundays blog and check out the other DT's amazing work and give it a go!!

If you stop by, please leave me a comment!

I'd also like to enter this into

2 Sisters challenge - Sue black, white and one other colour
Sister act Card challenge - Anything goes
That's crafty Challenge - Use ink (pens for zentangle and promarker for red)
Crafters Cafe - Add a doodle

With love

Friday, 28 March 2014

Friday Sketch challenge #66

Hello everyone - Happy Friday (almost the weekend!!)

It's Friday Sketch challenge time! Sketch 66 done by the lovely Alison is this:

And our generous sponsors this week are Polkadoodles offering a £5 gift voucher to spend!

Here's my card:

Using the new release Gorjuss girls (I was sooo pleased to find these in 'The Range' at 3 sets for £10... I brought 6!) oops hope Hubby didn't read that last bit!

The backing papers are also from the Gorjuss girls last set.  I coloured her in promarkers (cool grey 2, 3,4 and 5 and black for the hair, blush, sunkissed pink and coral for the skin, lilac, amethyst and aubergine for the outer dress and ivory and vanilla for the inner dress),  finished with a white gel pen.  The sentiment and heart stamp are from Lili of the valley love set.  All finished with die cut leaves, some paper flowers and the obligatory glitter!

Hope you like her!

I'd like to enter this into:
4 Krafty Girlz - anything goes
Cute card Thursday - Floral delights
Southern Girls Challenge - Floral frenzy
Pennys Paper Crafty Challenge - Favourite colour combo ( with sparkles of course
Through the craft room door - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes

If you stop by - please leave me a comment as it make my day to ready them!


Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sentimental Sundays challenge 199 - Springtime flowers

Happy Sunday everyone!

Sunday means another Sentimental Sunday challenge, and one we've waited a long winter for!  Springtime flowers!!!  Hooray.  My garden is full of colour again, isn't it nice to look out of the window to see the happy yellow daffodils, purple crocus and tulips and all the fresh green leaves sprouting though.  We've even had the odd sunny day here in Dudley too!  Bring on the summer!!!!

Our sponsor is Dee Dee's digis

and they generously allowed us to play with some of their images.  I chose the cutest duck with his wellies on!
Here is my card.

The flowers are from a Kay Carly stamp set, and I used bright dewdrop ink pads to stamp them  I cut some out and put on foam pads for dimension.  The digi image was coloured with promarkers and cut out, stuck onto the edge of the card (which was cut slightly narrower than the back of the card)  finished with the digi sentiment that came with the duck.

I hope you like him - please hop over to Sentimental Sundays to enter and to check out the rest of the DT designs.

See you soon

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Challenge #198 Cute and cuddly

Hello everyone.

It is Sunday again, so its time for the weekly challenge from Sentimental Sundays.  A nice easy one this week - cute and cuddly, but remember it must have a sentiment!

Our kind sponsor is Milk and coffee - check out their etsy shop for some really cute digi stamps.

I saw this image and could see uses for birthdays, mothers day, thank you... all sorts and couldn't resist!

Layered using spotty paper from a digi kit, and layered with white.  a doodle around the edge and coloured with promarkers. (skin blush, sunkissed pink and coral, hair - sandstone, tan, caramel, henna, girl dress tan and warm grey 3 with white gel pen spots, mother's dress - poppy, ruby and warm grey 3) finished with a few flowers, bow, twine and a sentiment.

Hope you like it - please stop by at Sentimental Sundays for details of the challenge, and for inspiration from the other talented DT's

Thanks for stopping by - please leave me a comment if you do so I know whose been!


Friday, 14 March 2014

Friday Sketch Challenge #65

Hello everyone

It's time once again for the Friday Sketch Challenge - this time by Shirley

ooooo what a great sketch!

This weeks prize is a secret stash of crafting goodies - how exciting, to have a crafty parcel arrive and not know its contents!!

Here is my take on the sketch.

The papers are from Dovecraft called Curiosity corner.  (they were in the sale bit at The Range so a bargain!!)  The image is a Lili if the valley one that i haven't used in a long time. I coloured it in promarkers to match the backing papers (teddy - Vanilla, Tan and Sandstone, Flowers denim blue, sky blue and cadet blue, greenery - lime green, moss and Olive green)

the brown on the matting is actually promarker too as I've run out of brown card stock, and the faux stitching was with a gel pen.  The buttons are from a Docrafts paper capsule collection and finally the sentiment stamp is a postmark style also from LOTV.

Hope you like it - please hop over the FSC and check out the DT work, and also join in our challenge.

See you soon

PS only 7 days until the NEC Craft show eekkkk excited!!!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sentimental Sundays Challenge 197 - Card for a Man or Boy

Hello Everyone

Sentimental Sundays have a brand new weekly challenge.  The DT's have done an amazing job of showcasing our sponsor this week,
With our Challenge - for a Man or Boy.

Male cards are always tricky, but I saw him and couldn't resist!

the papers are from Etsy, cut to size, corners punched and Vintage photo and tea dye distress inks used to age it.  I painted my image using distress inks.  Not too bad I think as it was the first attempt at colouring with them!

The sentiment is a grungy Lili of the valley one I though was perfect for this card.

and here he is....

Isn't he cute!  please leave me a message if you stop here, and please check out the DT and our challenge at Sentimental Sundays

I want to enter this one into:
Anyone for Anya - Grungy/Masculine
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
One stitch at a time - For a boy
Allsorts - Sport (Fishing)
Alphabet Challenge - B is for button


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sentimental Sundays Challenge 196 - Sketch

Happy Sunday everyone, meaning its time for a new weekly challenge at Sentimental Sundays.

This week we have a sketch for you

Kindly sponsored by Rick St Dennis - wow his art work is incredible.

This was a challenge for me as its a totally different style.  I'm used to cute and girl, but this was so much more, and amazing to colour.

Shes called Moonlight Goddess in fog, so I thought she deserved a foggy background!  Done with distress inks and a circle of paper for the moon.  I've over stamped using a variety of stamps, the 'Believe' and the ivy is from Katy Sue designs, I have no idea where the others came from, they are so well used, they no longer stick to the block!!

The image is coloured in promarkers/flexmarkers (Chartreuse, lime green, forest green for her dress, blush and sunkissed pink for skin, amber, Ginger and henna for her hair and warm greys 2 to 4 for shadowing) - I was inspired to use green for a change.  I never use green and thought as I was challenging myself - I'd go all out!!

I hope you love her as much as I do.  Please hop over to see my fellow DT inspiration - they are an amazing team!

Oh and if you get here - leave me some love in a message so I know you've been!