Saturday 30 April 2011


Had a busy week but have managed to squeeze in some crafting time!
I've a couple of things yet to finish before the packing needs to be done and this was one of those not quite finished so have sat this morning and completed it. Am going to sit out in the garden for a while this afternoon - the weather has been so good - makes me almost sorry we're off to even sunnier climes next weekend!!
Back to the card - please meet 'Poppy' !
Poppy is another image from Sugar Nellie - she's not a new image but I think she is so pretty!
I decided not to colour her in the traditional poppy red and opted for a softer pinkie/peachy colour to co ordinate with the papers.Poppy was coloured with promarkers and I dotted a bit of white ink here and there on her petals then added some 'Cotton Candy' stickles for a bit of sparkly!
I was tempted to sew the Nitwits papers but I'd packed the tiny machine away in an attempt to tidy up so didn't want to make the room untidy again - opted just instead for distressing the edges.
The circles cut with my new nesties and the sentiment is from TLC - I altered the font colour to tone in with the card - (pat on the back to self for getting clever with Serif Just looking at Poppy gives me 'happy thoughts' so it seemed to fit!
I used the same Stickles on the fabric flowers and then stuck them onto white petals coloured randomly with the same colour promarkers used on the image.
A couple of pale green pearls, some ribbon and a glass leaf spray finished the front.
As has become the norm for me just lately, this is another easel card - and left blank inside for an appropriate greeting.
Challenges -
Totally Gorjuss - 1, 2, 3
Just Add Ink - Add a Flower
Sew Many Challenges - Easel Card
Fairy Fun Fridays - Showers or Flowers
Fussy and Fancy - Springtime
Charisma Cards - Showers/Flowers

Tuesday 26 April 2011


The latest Sugar Nellie 'Adorables' range of stamps is called Melissa. I think this is possibly my favourite from this series so far.
I printed her out onto linen watercolour paper and coloured her with a mix of distress inks and promarkers.

I tried to tone in the colours with the papers which are from the My Mind's Eye Hattie pad. It is very rare that I like every single paper in a pad stack but this is one of those rare paper stacks pads where every single sheet is gorgeous.
I have got a bit of an 'easel' or different fold' thing going on at the moment. So Melissa is another in the easel category! I matted all the papers onto DCVW cardstock in cordinating colours and distressed some of the edges a bit.

The main image was dusted with Scattered Straw Distress ink and the flowers were a present from Maureen (think she made them whilst she was sitting with her sore ankle up!) and I popped a wee bit of stickles on them for a bit of sparkle! The pearls and ribbon are from my stash and the computer generated sentiment on the front ('I saw this flower') was cut out with a couple of nesties. I then printed out the 'and thought of you' onto the same linen paper and matted and layered it with the rest of the paper stack!
Challenges -
Craft Your Passion - Layers
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Friends (and I think this would be nice to send to a friend)
Creative Inspirations - Use a Digi
Paper Sundaes - use any two from Pearls, Die Cuts, Yellow and Sparkle (and I used them all!)  
Our Creative Corner - Easel Card

Friday 22 April 2011

Postcard from Asia

The Three Muses challenge this week is 'Mail Art'. It also by chance fitted in with the current April/May challenge at the Art N Soul Flickr group which was to create a postcard and incorporate metal.
This piece measures 6" x 4" and is based onto mountboard. It was a change for me to leave the 'cute/girly/CAS cardmaking behind for a while and get back to creating purely for creating sake rather than for selling for charity!
I really like the rich vibrant colours in washi papers and this is what I used for the background. The geisha images are from Somerset Studio and the chinese writing paper and letter from the College of Japan were from my stash. 
I tied the metal coin on the card using some metallic gold thread  and added a chipboard embellishment, a couple of tiny fabric butterflies and a large orange gem which is supposed to represent the 'rising sun'!
I gold embossed the outer edges of the card and chipboard piece and dabbed a few bits of gold powder randomly across the card. 
The back resembles a postcard complete with chinese stamp.
Job done!

Sunday 17 April 2011

Less is More 11

Cannot believe another week has gone by! 
We have had a beautiful few days here in the North of England and once again today the sun has beamed down some lovely warm rays!
Derpsite my outdoor season now being underway and the usual chaos that late April/May/June brings trying to fit in all the competitions I promised myself when I first took part in the LIM challenges that I would try and do the challenge every week - I am shortly going on holiday so will miss a couple of weeks but I am still going to try and keep to my resolution regarding the rest!

Not wishing to shy away from setting us hard projects, the two Chief LIMettes (lol) decided to task my poor little grey cells to the limit this week - and chose the theme - Acetate.

Not bad thought I when I saw it 'cos I know I've got some.... two hours later the craft room looks like the proverbial bomb site and I've found paper that hasn't seen the light of day for years, two sets of stamps still with the price on and unopened, a piece of old lace that I had been looking for last week, a bag of buttons would you believe a strap from a bra (Lord knows how that got in here) and a couple of bent paperclips......  but no acetate. By this time I am now having murderous thoughts about our 'Head Girls' and am trying to think up some acetate inclined torture for them both... but as I can't find the damn acetate I have to give up on that too............  

I sat looking at the mess then the little light bulb went on over my head and I remembered the set of place mats bought at the beginning of the week - off I duly trotted to the recycle bin (situated outside the office door) and after rummaging about in there for 10 minutes, got to the bottom and found the acetate packaging. Saved!!!!!!!

So after all that exhausting thinking and ferreting about in dusty drawers (so to speak) I then sat and thought - 'what the hell am I going to do'????????????

I was on my third cup of coffee when I just decided to stamp onto it and then think about making it up later!
Brown Stazon and Viva Decor stamps (which I'm not particularly fond of but they look OK), the butterfly from Inkadinkadoo and some Coredinations whitewash paper in a teal blue colour on the back were all laying about on the desk (once I could see underneath the bra strap, pile of dusty paper etc etc) and I just decided to use it up in an attempt to put some order back into the desk!
I used MS punches for the scallops and the blue piece is the reverse of the Whitewash paper. The main background of the card I sanded to allow some of the blue to show through. A couple of eyelets and some spotty ribbon and voila - recycled placemat container!

So making it was the easy bit.... (lol) - I then spent two hours trying to photograph/scan it so I could blog it!!!!

Please Mandi and Chrissie - can we have something a bit less taxing next week - I am exhausted and now I've got to find the bra that belongs to the strap......................... 

Saturday 16 April 2011

Well! I thought the easel card was hard to photograph..... this was even worse!!
However, I am sitting here feeling rather smug with myself cos this is the very first time I have attempted a stepper card!! I know, I know, everyone else has been making these for ages and as usual I am twelve years behind everyone else... but I did it!!!

So less of the patting on the back and onto the card - the image is a delish one from the lovely Mo Manning. And the best bit about these scrummylicious cupcakes is they are calorie free!

I coloured it with distress inks and some promarkers and dusted a wee bit of stickles and glitter for a bit of sparkle. The K and Co paper that frames it was cut out with one of my newer nestie buys!
The stripey paper was a free gift in a magazine and is from Craftwork Cards.
The cupcakes on the 'steps' and the paper strips were cut from the Basic Grey 'Nook and Pantry' paper stack.
The card candy as usual was coloured with a promarker to match the paper and I finished with a huge spotty bow from my stash!

Challenges -
Crafts and Me - Ribbons
Cardmadfairy - 1 digi, 2 papers and 3 embellies (and I hope my cut out cupcakes qualify!)
ABC - Sugar and Spice
DP2 - Something new - (and my try at one of these cards is deffo new!!)  

Thursday 14 April 2011

Can someone tell me.....

how to take better pics of easel cards?????????!!!!! LOL
I have fiddled about with this and took zillions and am still not happy with the pic of the one that shows off the easel bit!

Never mind, am sure you'll get the general idea and as always this will end up in the 'pink stash' I think!

So here is the delectable 'Tatty Button'. For those of you who don't know Tatty is the creation of my blogger buddy Ange. How delicious to have your work made into stamps and CD's etc - (I knew her when she had nothing.....LOL). Seriously, she must have got a huge buzz when she first saw all her lovely drawings made into stamps, so Congrats again Ange!

This stamp is called 'Lazy Day' and is one of a few I now posess - all of them are fab and I love her to bits! (Tatty that is not Ange.... although she's an OK sort of person  
I coloured her with promarkers and added a bit of Cosmic Shimmer Violet Frost over her dress. I like lilac and green together and thought these Dovecraft 'Back to Basics' papers went well. I cut out the circle freehand so had to distress the edges a bit! I dusted the 'block' paper and the edges of the circle with some Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, and layered it onto the background paper using 3d pads. The spotty semi circle was also layered with 3d dots and Tatty was placed 'lazing about' on the top.
The green spotty ribbon matched the paper perfectly and I had the lilac ribbon and brads that co ordinated with the papers and I added some lilac flowers with card candy centres (which I coloured with a Meadow Green Promarker).
The sentiments are computer generated and cut out with nesties and finally of course, I had to add a couple of little lilac buttons with some tatty cotton!

Challenges -
Fab N Funky - Spotty and Dotty
Digital Tuesday - Little Women
Papertake Weekly - Truly Dimensional
My Time to Craft - On the Spot
Pixie Cottage - Special Lady
Freshly Brewed - Cute and Sweet

Monday 11 April 2011

Less is More 10

This week's challenge was a clean and simple card with the focus on the sentiment.
My sentiment is from TLC Creations and I think it is quite evocative and thought provoking.

So often after we lose someone close we feel pressured to 'pull ourselves together' and 'get back to normal' when this is sadly so very difficult to do - you feel OK then simple things like a song, a special day or just maybe like me when I was in a changing room at a store and someone in another cubicle shouted 'Mum, come and look and see if this dress looks OK', the bereft and lonely feeling comes back to you.
I think this quote reminds us that we are all different and we will cope in different ways and definitely 'in our own time'.

I coloured the butterflies with Cosmic Shimmers - Golden Pear, Pink Ultra,Tropic Blue, Violet Frost and used wax pastels on the two flowers.
I added a co ordinating coloured pearl to each of the butterflies and remebered this really pretty rainbow shoestring organza ribbon in my stash. I was cosidering just doing two simle lines of embossing but decided the ribbon was the better option.

Please go visit the fabby Less is More blog set up by Chrissie and Mandi  - there are some gorgeous entries this week as always - and if you're not normally a CAS person why not give it a go?

Friday 8 April 2011

I only realised a short time ago that I haven't posted anything since Sunday. Bad Blogger!!!
I made this card earlier this week using a digi from Phindy O'Neill.
The papers are from The Creative Cottage and I matched them with some plain pinky/red papers from my stash for layering. I used one of my MS punches on the right hand side and the image and surround was cut out with my nesties.
I coloured the image with promarkers and used some Liquid Pearls on the 'frosting' of the cake.
The sentiment was a freebie from TLC and after I'd cut it out I thought there was too much white space (hope those at Less Is More don't read that I said 'too much white space!! lol) - so I cut out a couple of strawberries and a flower from the paper and stuck them on the sentiment.
The flower was coloured with a matching promarker and a centre of card candy coloured the same to finish. 
Challenges -
C.R.A.F.T - Animals/Pets
Stamp Something - Circles
Paper Play - Critters Galore
Crafty Ann's - Raise a Smile

Day out!

So here's a couple of pics from our recent day out with Maureen and Roy.
We drove South, they drove North, we met in the middle and had a lovely day in glorious sunshine at Trentham Gardens. The spring tulips and daffs were in full bloom and we've promised another visit in mid Summer when I'm sure the gardens will be just as beautiful. The other half too the bottom pic which shows Maureen roy and I having a discussion about which way to go next!
Oh and I made another friend - Jemima Puddleduck was extremely disappointed when after waddling up to me she and her friends realised I didn't have any food for them!

Sunday 3 April 2011

April Showers

No rain here! Actually it's another beautiful day - am getting a bit bothered cos that's a few we've had just lately - and traditionally we have a few nice days then a few weeks of terrible ones!
Made a fairly quick card yesterday - not a lot of flowers or frills just a card with a basic sentiment for the 'Pink' stash.

The image was a digi freebie from NanaVic - I think the two little ducklings are real sweeties sheltering from the rain under the brolly!

Coloured with promarkers and then cut out and layered with nesties. The papers are from Papermania, and I used the largest two scallopped circles and simply cut them across the middle!
The sentiment(s) were PC generated.
I added a wee bit of glitter onto the raindrops to give sparkly water effect!
Challenges -
Sentimental Sunday - Lets Get Wet
Crafty Catz - April Showers
Raise the Bar- April Showers
Corrosive Creations - Use Pastel Colours
2 Sisters - Get Well

Saturday 2 April 2011

Less is More 7 (again!)

I had laready posted my entry for this weeks Less is More challenge when I remembered this card that I had made for a friends wedding anniversary recently.

Although this card is not 'one layer' like my previous submission I think this also fits the 'Touch of Red' challenge.
I used white pearlised card and the cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. 
I cut the white card and a piece of red cardstock on the Grand Calibur using  a large labels nestie.
The two little red metallic hearts I have had for years and I just stuck them onto a small layered red and white square.
The sentiment was printed on the PC - I actually managed to position it in the right place first time! 

Less is More 7

The Less is More challenge has become one of the things I look forward to - cos it does exactly that - challenge! I don't know if I'll be able to manage them all during the summer bowling season (which starts officially next week), but am determined to try! 
So here is todays offering for the challenge - 'A Touch of Red'.
Poppies are always associated with remembrance and I originally hadn't planned to make this into a sympathy card.... but.... once it was stamped the condolence sentiment jumped onto the page! (well not literally but you know what I mean!!)
I may add a single line of embossing down the left hand side as I'm not sure if the finished article is too 'flat'.
I still find it really scary stamping direct onto the card - the sentiment isn't as defined as it should be but I think it looks OK - at least the poppy stamp behaved itself and turned out reasonable!
The stamp is from Elusive Images and I coloured it with watercolour pastels.

My blogging buddy Clarky currently has an appeal for donating poppy themed cards which are to be sold at a Charity event later this year so this will (eventually) be heading over to her. All proceeds from the sale of the cards will be going to the Poppy Appeal 2011.
If you would like to help the details are here.  

Cheeky Cherry!

Meet Cherry! She's another lovely image from the uber talented Mo Manning. 
I finished this last night and took the pic in artificial light so maybe the image isn't the best.
The stripey background paper is from the Forever Friends Springtime pack. The Cherry paper was a digi freebie - from Bearly Mine.

Cherry is coloured with a mix of watercolour pastels and promarkers. The sentiment is from Sentiments 4 U and I added the cherry image using GCF. A sparing dab or two of glitter on Cherry's hair ribbon and the cherries, a bit of ric rac, couple of fabric flowers, a few pearls and a gathering of lemon organza finished it off.
Challenges --
Crafts and Me - Use Yellow
Wags and Whiskers - Ri bbons and Pearls
Stamp Something - April Digi Day
By the Cute and Girly - Cute and Girly