Sunday, October 30, 2011

Recycling is an art...

or is it just Art?
I love recycling and I was really pleased with this card for my dear Mum. I wonder if you can guess where the recycling comes into it....well the bow, button etc is from a handbag I have just thrown away!! It has also given me ideas for more decorations.

My Mum lives on her own in Cornwall and manages remarkably well considering she has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. She rings me every night and we have a wonderful relationship....she is a special lady and I am so blessed to have a Mum like her.

Card Supplies:
Card blank and layering- Stash.
Backing paper from Craft Creations and stash.
Flowers from WOC and The Range.
Half pearls from Papercellar.
Sentiment - Anita's.
Bows and button- recycled.
Corners - Bigshot and die.
Roses coloured using Pro Markers.

I would like to add this to the following challenges:
SSIC #113- Crimson, orange and gold.
Southern Girls #30 - Polka Dots and Stripes.
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes.
Dream Valley #19 - Anything Goes.
Catch the Bug - Photo Inspiration. I used the colours.
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Black and ribbon or pearl.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cute Christmas card.......

using a Kanban Birthday stamp...but I think it works.

I actually went to my local craft shop to pick up a large snowflake punch or die...but this was too cute to resist!!

Some cards really flow and are so enjoyable to make and this was one of those. I got the idea of the small flowers from Annie's blog, Ink 'n' Rubba. Her work is lovely.

Card Supplies:
Card, paper and ribbon- Ollie Doodles, Costa Blanca.
Holly and flowers - Woodware punches.
Small holly leaves-Die and Big Shot.
Image from Kanban, coloured using ProMarkers.
Stickles and Sakura pen.
Greeting computer generated.
Pearl circles - Papercellar.
Snowflakes - Woodware Craft.

I would like to enter the following Challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky - Crazy for colour.
I love ProMarkers- Autumnal Colours.
Passion for ProMarkers- Christmas Critters...hope my cute frog is eligible!!
Polka Doodles - Ribbon and Bows.
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Sparkle & Bling.
Wags 'n' Whiskers #67 - Fall Colours.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


the edges of this card for a change...and I like it!!!

I won this image, along with a few others ages ago,but have only just got round to putting it on a card. I was waiting for some lovely rich backing papers...and found them in a pack of beautiful papers by Tina Higgins-Papermania. They are gorgeous.

I kept wanting to add more to this card but I eventually refrained and I am pleased the paper is not hidden.

Card Supplies:
Card, greeting and ribbon from stash.
Half pearls and bling from Papercellar.
Backingpaper from Papermania.
Image from Digi Doodle Shop's Best.
Circle die cut using Big Shot and Marianne Creatable.
Image coloured using Pro Markers.

I would like to enter this card into:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best #77 Distressing.
Stamping Sisters in Christ- Anything Goes.

I have had a lovely week visiting lots of blogs through the Cupcake Craft Challenge...and I would like to welcome my new followers.

Have a brilliant week,

Friday, October 7, 2011

First time for..

using a die cut sheet and card blanks. I sent for these dies...with 16 FREE card blanks during the summer and am slowly getting to use them.
The blanks are A5 but I have cut most of them into a 14.5cm square...isn't it interesting how our preferences change over the years.

My dear Mum has asked me do make her some special cards for her to send to some of her friends...and I think this will be one for her box. I haven't really sorted out how many cards I need myself yet. Last year I am sorry to say I ended up sending bought cards because of the horrendous postage costs to send handmade cards from Spain to the UK. However this year I am traveling over on the 30th November so I can take the important ones with me.

The bow was my practice one I did on an old scrap piece of has been sitting on my desk for weeks and I just had to use it....waste not, want not, ha ha.

Card Supplies:
Card blank from Hunkydory Crafts.
Greeting from Anita's.
Ribbon and layering from stash.
Snowflakes made using Woodware punches.
Bling from stash.

I would like to enter the following Challenges:
Anything Goes- Die Cuts/Punches.
Ribbon Carousel Challenge #23- Anything Goes.
Fab 'n' Funky #93 Die Cuts/ Punches.
Ribbon Girl Challenge-Christmas.

Thank you for visiting my blog...I was so pleased to win a Top 3 at Paperplay Crafts this week for my calendar.It is always so encouraging when other crafters give feedback and leave me comments.

Have a great week,

Monday, October 3, 2011

Black and White again...

but for a special reason. My theme of Black and White Christmas Cards was chosen for this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenge.

I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful ideas and designs and visiting everyone's blog.

Card Supplies:
Card blank and matting: Stash.
Half pearls: Mark Richards.
Bling: Poundland....bargain!
Ribbon:Par Market, Cornwall.
Sentiment: Hunkydorycrafts.
Backing paper: stash.
I bought the image years ago from Ollie Doodles, Costa Blanca and have no idea of the design.It is still one of my favourites and comes out most Christmases.
I used Momento ink and then used my Sakura gel pen to put glitter on all the shady parts. Sorry this doesn't show very well in the photo. I find this really lifts a dark image like this one.

Thank you for visiting...please become a follower if you want to...I love visiting other blogs and any comments are much appreciated.

Have a special week.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Diamond Easel calendar....

with lots of blue butterflies!

Do you ever wish you hadn't started a project? This could have been one of those times..but thankfully it turned out better than I had hoped.

I had been planning on making an easel card as a sample for one of my card class lessons. I thought I would save one of the papers (not this one) so I could make another card for my Occasion box....wrong move. When I tried to print it my printer wouldn't print blue. I spent ages cleaning the heads, replacing cartridges because the ink then ran out etc etc...after about an hour I gave up. When Terry came home he also tried, cleaning the nozzles etc. He finally got the blue working after replacing more cartridges and then couldn't get the magenta to work!!!
After more head cleaning he suddenly realized he hadn't removed the little piece of tape over the breather hole!!

I did get to make this calendar though.

I have been making a lot of Black and White cards as well as gold and cream cards lately. It has been a joy to play with one of my favourite colours again.

Calendar Supplies:
Card from my stash.
Backing paper from a magazine...I have been saving it for a special project.
Calendars from Trago Mills, Newton Abbot.
Flourishes using Big Shot and Cheery Lynn die.
Butterflies: Marianne Creatables.
Frame cut using X Cut Dielicious.
Half pearls and flowers from The Range.
Feather from Trimits.

I would like to enter this calendar for the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew: Easel Card.
Catch the Bug: Anything Goes.
Crafts 4 Eternity: Anything Goes.
Dream Valley: Monochrome.
Paper Play: White + One.
Wags 'n' Whiskers: Handmade gift.

Thank you for taking the time to visit. I welcome any new followers and hope you all have a special week.