Our village church in the mist

Our village church in the mist

Saturday, 31 August 2013

I love Paris

Here's a card I made for a friend, Phill Martin...he has his own craft shop, Honeypot Crafts, and is a regular guest on Create and Craft.  I've only met him once, at the GBCF this year,  but feel like I've known him for ages ! He had recently come back from Paris, so I thought he would like this design.  I used a Stampendous stamp, heat embossed on Creata kraft card, and mounted on Creata mirror card and backing paper, which I had distressed with ink around the edges, (Vintage Photo I think).  I used some jute twine to add a bit of texture and interest to the design.  Thanks for taking the time to look, I really do love Paris, we've been there three times, and I'd love to go back sometime !

Saturday, 24 August 2013

My Besties UK challenge

Here's my entry into the above challenge, where the theme this time is Circles.  Here's the link to the challenge  http://mybestiesuk.blogspot.co.uk/



Items Used
 
Creata backing papers
Creata mirror card
My Besties digi image
Prima flowers
X-cut scalloped dies
Leaf die
Woodware small circle punch
Pro and Flexmarkers
Gems
 
 









Thursday, 22 August 2013

4.55 am....

Well, I'm just not tired, and it's now almost 5 am...so I thought I'd have a look at my blog and see who has visited :o)  I am enjoying keeping this up to date, I did let it go for a while, but am getting involved in card challenges now, which is linked with blogging, so it's got me involved again.  Thanks to all of you who have visited me and become a follower, here's a card I made recently for a card swap, where the theme was travel.  I used a Kanban topper, She Art sun and papers from Making Cards magazine.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Meet Charley !

We have been feeding a stray cat for the past few weeks, he had been coming in and eating, which spooked our other four cats, so I started leaving a plate of food at the end of the garden.  Then one day he appeared behind me.  He's very friendly, a real chunky cat too, not been neutered, but he did have a collar on, but no tag.  I removed that as it was a bit tight and not the quick release kind so I was concerned he might get caught up.  We took him to our vets about 4 weeks ago to see if he had been micro chipped, but he hadn't, so we asked in the village and put 5 posters up, but have heard nothing.  He has gradually moved in, and is here 75% of the time.  He sits in an armchair in the conservatory.  We've wormed him as he was eating and eating, and I also put some Frontline on him over the weekend.  We wonder how old he is, but it's difficult to tell.  Our other cats are still wary, but they seem to be jogging along together.  Here's a couple of pics of him.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Creata Challenge # 8 - Circles

I made this card to enter into the above challenge.  I received some Creata festive papers in a prize I won recently so thought this was the ideal time to use one !  After colouring in the image I used a scrunched up tissue to dab some distress inks in the background, just to break things up a bit.  Here's the link to the challenge:-  http://creatachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/    




Items Used
 
Creata Kraft card
Creata backing paper
Creata flock rub-ons
Green mirror card die cut topper
Digistamp Dreams digi image
Flex and promarkers
Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans distress inks
Papermania gems
Peel Off sentiment
Silver and Gold Glamour dust

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Citrus challenge

I made this card today for the challenge being run by Michelle in the Creata group. The theme is Citrus, and for a while I wasn't sure what to do, but then I decided to colour in a Bestie digi of Carley, and went from there.  The backing paper and butterfly are from the Creata range, the flowers are ones I punched out from scraps of card, I keep them in a bag ready to use, and the ribbon and gems are from my stash.  I made the circular sentiment and used orange stickles for the butterfly trail to add a sense of movement.

Silly, daft and bonkers !

Recently Caroline, one of the DT members in the Creata group ran a challenge with the above theme, and this is what I came up with....using Creata kraft card, with a heat embossed stamped image, (Inkadinkadoo I think), and cakes and fruit cut from Creata backing papers, with a yellow ink distressed doily.  I was runner up in this challenge and Caroline sent me a lovely selection of goodies and one of her own cards, pics attached.



Holidays

I made this card for a challenge run by Michelle in the Creata Group.  The theme was holidays, and I used a Faye Whittaker decoupage design, with Creata blue checked card and kraft card, with some freebie papers from a magazine.  I was really pleased to hear I won the challenge, and my prize was a Hooch necklace and an angel charm, which I've put on my Pandora bracelet.  I've attached some pics so you can see.



Thursday, 15 August 2013

Little Claire Challenge

Here's my entry for the above challenge where the theme is Anniversary/Wedding.  I love all Little Claire products and have been meaning to have a go at one of their challenges for a while and have finally got around to it ! I curled the edges of the patterned paper, then stamped the image, cut the topper shape using the Spellbinder die, shaded around the edge with distress ink and coloured the image with Whisper pens.  Then I used the little butterfly to stamp in each of the corners.
Here's the link to the challenge:  http://littleclairesdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/little-claire-monthly-challenge-35_13.html


                                                                Items used

                                                          White card blank
                                                  Pink Papermania cardstock
          Black flower d/s card (from a swap I was sent, so I don't know the make !)
                                                           Spellbinder die
                                                    Spun Sugar distress ink
                                    "The Smile I Bring" Little Claire stamp set
                                                           Whisper pens
                                                  Black sentiment peel offs

Storage folder # 2

I made a folder recently to send as a swap gift in a group I belong to.  The idea came from a tutorial from one of the DT members of the Creata group, and this is the second one I've made.  I used Creata kraft card and vintage decoupage, red mirror card die cuts, sequin mesh, ribbon and glittery flourishes and dots.  Also used an EK Success scallop punch and a Martha Stewart flower border punch.  I added a few crafty bits and pieces, including two sections of matching kraft card wrapped around with Baker's twine and ribbons.



Monday, 12 August 2013

Visible Image "Anything Goes" Challenge

Here's my entry into the above August challenge.  I've only recently bought some of the Visible Image stamps, and this is my first use of them.  I stamped Isabella out using Versamark, them embossed her using Twilight embossing powder. They really are deeply etched stamps and produce a really crisp image, I can see I will be buying more !  The link to the challenge is
http://visibleimage.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/anything-goes-with-visible-image-stamps.html



                                                                  Items Used

                                            Visible Image Isabella Lost Love stamps
                                       Black Memento Ink Pad and Versamark Ink Pad
                                                      Twilight embossing powder
                                                  Creata red and black mirror card
                                                              Joy flower dies
                                                        Time Bloc backing paper
                                                               Whisper pens
                                                                     Gems

                                                                                 

Monday, 5 August 2013

Creata Challenge # 7 - Colour Inspiration

Here's my entry for the above challenge, and this is the link back to it http://creatachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/


 
Items Used
 
Blue patterned card blank
Creata Teal swirl backing paper
Creata decoupage bird and orange blooms
Craftwork Cards birdcage
Yellow strip of patterned paper
Gems
Peel offs
 
 

The view from our field

The view from our field

Decoupage Delights

Decoupage Delights

Moonflower

Moonflower

Faery Ink

Faery Ink

Lunagirl

Lunagirl

Digital Scrapworld

Digital Scrapworld

Nikki Burnette

Nikki Burnette

Lemon Shortbread

Lemon Shortbread

Julia Spiri Designs

Julia Spiri Designs

Paper Nest Dolls

Paper Nest Dolls

Polkadoodles

Polkadoodles

Sweet pea Designs

Sweet pea Designs

The East Wind

The East Wind

Lacy Sunshine

Lacy Sunshine

Art by Miran

Art by Miran

The Paper Shelter

The Paper Shelter

Toni Arthur logo

Toni Arthur logo

Monogram

Monogram

Tribe quote

Tribe quote

Vince

Vince

Great Challenges to be found here !

Great Challenges to be found here !

Shades

Shades

Awarded this for my Sewing Machine card

Awarded this for my Sewing Machine card

Lazy

Lazy

Ditzie Designs logo

Ditzie Designs  logo

KKK Christmas decoration badge

KKK Christmas decoration badge

My challenge entry got Top Pick rating !

My challenge entry got Top Pick rating !

Trimmies Rule !

My card featured on Little Claires Blog

My card featured on Little Claires Blog
Mr Darcys Christmas Post !

Another card featured on Little Claire's Blog

Another card featured on Little Claire's Blog
Embossed and distressed !

Used Lili of the Valley image sheet for this one

Used Lili of the Valley image sheet for this one
One for the cattery

More cute kitties

More cute kitties

Non-pyramage pyramage !

Non-pyramage pyramage !
What a cutie this little chap is !

Patchwork Kingdom rocker card

Patchwork Kingdom  rocker card
Made for Mollie on her first day at secondary school

My first shaker card

My first shaker card

A little book I made at a workshop !

A little book I made at a workshop !

Adjustable photo frames

Adjustable photo frames
Made using one sheet of 12 x 12 paper, some brads and a piece of ribbon