Wednesday 28 November 2012

Blingy tree

Are you all getting the impression that I like this stamp??? LOL Talk about get your money's worth!
I made quite a few cards using different coloured inks, some are CAS like this one, others (like the one below) are a bit more fussy!

This was stamped onto bright white pearly card and then embossed using WOW Super Fine Black Puff Ultra High embossing powder. It dried to a real raised high glossy shine and I just added a few sparkly crystals here and there on the flourish branches.
Black satin ribbon and suitably blingy buckle from Imagine DIY.

Matted onto black pearl card and then onto the white pearl base card.
Sentiment is a Papermania stamp also embossed in black.

Challenges - 

Crafty Pad - Add some Glitter
Magic in the Air - Sparkle
Glitter n Sparkle - Ribbon
Crafty Bloggers - Anything Goes Christmas
Red Carpet Studio - Black and white
Allsorts - Bring on the Bling

The rain has finally stopped here and we're having a beautiful day - blue skies and only a few white fluffy clouds! makes such a change from grey and damp! 
It's a bit cold though - so it's a good excuse to sit here in the warm craft room and enjoy the sunshine ------ through the windows!!!!!

Monday 26 November 2012

Pearly tree

Made a mess on my nice tidy desk! And boy did I enjoy it!!!
But I have earned several brownie points from 'he who put up the shelves and organised' as I HAVE put most of the stuff I've finished with away!

Finished my wedding commission (thank goodness) - took me ages as I couldn't get out of Christmas mode at all and I also have a couple of other projects which I want to finish so the brain cells were wandering thinking of other things instead of the task in hand!

Still, made a couple of Christmas cards and this one I managed to get a decent pic of before what little light we had  disappeared altogether.

Papers are Foundations Spots and Stripes, Kanban Christmas tree stamp inked with Aqua pigment ink and clear embossed then matted onto some matching card stock from my stash. Punched out a couple of snowflakes and added some aqua ribbon then finished off the tree with these scrummy pearls which were a challenge win.

Challenges -
Crafty Cardmakers - Photo Inspiration
Sparkles Christmas - Contemporary Colour Combo
52 Christmas throwdown - Pearls
Crazy 4 Challenges - Put a Bow on it
OLLCB - Spots and Dots
MAWTT - Dotty 

The rain has not abated here all day but we're a lot better off than a lot of the UK - no floods thank goodness - hope your feet are dry wherever they rest tonight! x

Sunday 25 November 2012

Almost there!

Have finally sat at my (very) tidy desk! The shelves on top of the desk are done and my storage spaces are almost finished. There's still a little bit to do underneath the work surface - couple of shelves to separate 12" papers from other sizes etc needing fixing into the framework but overall 98% completed and my dearly beloved has worked his socks off!!
And I am one happy bunny!!!! 

Have been very good and stored all my stamps into folders - I took off most of the wood backs and the few that were left with the wooden backs fit neatly now into two drawers. I have longed for some ink rack storage for a while so treated myself to these two - one for distress ink pads and one for Adirondack/Versamark etc. - 
got all my promarkers into cases, my nesties also onto magnetic sheets and into cases, bought a case for all my embossing folders and so it went on!

Here's a pic now of the top of the craftie space (thought I'd take it now before I started making messy!!! LOL)

OH built me two shelves with removable 'drawers' to keep the embossing powders, mica powders and alco inks tidy and accesibile (they'd been stuffed in a jumble in drawers) and am thinking about what's the best storage for the Dewdrop and Versacolor ink pads... perhaps a small metal rack on the wall as I don't own lots will do the trick?

Still got the 'fabric bags' and the large wicker basket on the top shelf to sort and there's a couple of other boxes tucked away out of sight with lace and other bits in that I need to organise into the wicker baskets that are read and waiting underneath the work top - 

but .... I am seriously suffering withdrawal symptoms after being unable to craft for several days so without further ado am going to make a couple of CAS Christmas cards for my own stash... and I have a Wedding Card order to do too..

Hope you're all warm and DRY wherever you are - particularly if you're in our country which is suffering some terrible flooding - thanks for dropping in and am sure dearly beloved would love to hear your comments on his handiwork! xx 

Wednesday 21 November 2012


Another 'Blue Peter' card because the craft desk has construction work going on on top of it!

After embossing a piece of pearlised card with a 'snowflake' folder, it was layered onto pink then layered onto the card base.

The 'trees' were just triangles cut from some pink paper which I think was free in a mag about 3 years ago!
I gave the trees liberal helpings of  Stickles to give them a bit of sparkle, then layered the paper (cos it was quite thin) onto the scraps of pearlised card.

The rest of the card was torn and layered onto the bottom and the little foam snowman slipped in between the two layers. More stickles liberally applied to make the snow on the ground sparkle!

I tied some pink and white twine round his neck for a scarf! (Won't keep him very warm will it???? LOL)

The sentiment was PC generated and secured with a sparkly snowflake button.

Challenges -
Craft Your Passion - Use your Scraps

Joanna Sheen - Cold and frosty
Crafty Catz - Let's Have Sparkle
TIOT - Christmas Sparkle

Am off to do some 'labouring' for the 'builder'.... OH assures me I'll be putting stuff back onto shelves in the next day or two... hope so- as I'm beginning to get 'Crafter's Withdrawal' symptoms....... 
have a great day and will visit you all later. x 

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Clearing still......

Still sorting - some stamps for sale on the other blog HERE

will be adding more in the next few days... if you're from overseas and are interested please contact me and I will check postage costs !
Off out to buy some storage units. Catch up with everyone later. x

Friday 16 November 2012

Thank you Blue Peter

I made a momentous decision three days ago - I decided to have a mass clear out and clean up of the craft room/office.
This seemed like a really good idea at the time - I have containers full of stuff that I have never used, baskets crammed with everything you can think off from fabric to metal pieces, canvases waiting for paint, shoe boxes containing embossing  folders that are so full the lids have to be tied up with string - oh and a complete mess of rubber stamps, embossing powders, inks etc etc etc dumped in drawers that are stacked 8 high on either end of the craft desk.
I am worn out and nowhere near finished! But - I CAN SEE THE TOP OF MY DESK - Yay!!!!!!! (Can't see the floor tho' - cos it's full of bin liners and carrier bags marked - 'sell?', 'charity bag', 'bin'.)
I have bought a variety of new things to house all my collections of  
'very important and can't live without ' 
 stash and I promise I will post a couple of pics once I am finished - this mightn't be for a while yet................... but I am absolutely determined to sort out this room!!! (Or at least my half of it - HIS half is exceptionally tidy... how sickening.....LOL)

Thought though I would post a 'Blue Peter' effort - made last week for my own stash -

Quick and simple - white linen cardstock ran through an embossing folder then matted onto blue card then white, scrap of blue card trimmed to fit the centre of the embossed area matted onto silver mirri card, a (very old) Christmas stamp, silver embossing powder and a couple of silver bells - and yes they do 'jingle'!!!!!

Challenges -
CASual Fridays- Winer Blues
Clearly Inspired - CAS
Crafts for Eternity - Marvellous Music

Thanks for looking - I am a bit behind catching up on your blogs this week - promised myself a day off from clearing and sorting tomorrow so will be visiting you soon. xx 

Tuesday 13 November 2012

The last few days have flown past and I am trying to catch up visiting everyone's blogs. I've been to a meeting a 2 hour drive away today and didn't feel like doing a lot when I arrived home!

I had cut out some shapes and stuff a while ago from some ivory linen textured card and I made a card earlier this year using some of them - the left overs have been 'resting' in an envelope!  Truth? I'd forgotten all about them and found them when I was looking for something else.............

So because I am always so whacked out and stiff as a board after driving for any distance the old brain cells won't cope with being too creative - hence the pieces were 'rescued' from the envelope.
First I embossed the front of the card with a trellis pattern embossing folder, then took another piece of card and cut out the centre using a Fleur De Lis nestie. After lightly dusting the edges with DI and embossing some lines I used 3d pads to place it on top of the card base.

The cut out rectangle was then put diagonally across the square 'window'.

A Marianne die was used for the flourishes and the leaves and the centre 'rose was made with a blossom nestie.

Two punched butterflies and a tiny pearl popped in the centre of the 'rose', a bit more dusting with DI and a sentiment stamped then cut out with the smallest of the Fleur De Lis rectangles.It was a nice change to make something using ivory card instead of white!

I think this design would also look good as a box and maybe will have a go at making one! (When the brain cells pick up a bit!)
 Challenges -
Glitter n Sparkle - Things with Wings
Pan Pastel - Make an Embellishment
One Stop Craft - Anything Goes
Craft Room Challenge- Punches and Dies
Card Mania - Embossing
Crafty Cardmakers - More than 1 die cut/punch
Papertake Weekly - Flowers
 Come and Get It - Flourishes/swirls

Just away to grab a coffee then settle down for a good old blog trawl! Thanks for calling in. x

Saturday 10 November 2012

Time for Tea

Has been a bright day here all day but in the last hour the rain has arrived! It's gone a bit cold too..... tomorrow is supposed to be a reasonably dry day so hopefully will be able to get outside and clear up some of the leaves. Fast as you clear they drop more but really need to keep on top of it!

Isn't this LOTV image yummy?! Love these 'big hats' girlies and so after all the recent CAS cards I decided to go a bit more fussy!
The backing papers are from TLC and I printed them onto linen textured card. they're a vibrant blue in real life!

Stitched and distressed all the edges and added some white lace from my stash.

I cut out a flower from some more lace and secured the blue paper flower onto it with a pearl brad, then popped it all onto a large white satin bow. Decorated it with a die cut flourish, some crystal leaf stems and two pearls in the top right.

The flower at the top is again pieced together using a pearl brad and to finish the whole thing I put on the pretty glass and silver metal teapot charm.
The inside is also decorated with the same papers.

Challenges - 
Lil's Little Fairies - Bright and Beautiful 
Crafty Ann's - Lace/Pearls/Charm
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Pearls and Flowers
Totally Papercrafts - Cute and Girly
Charisma Cardz- Felling Blue 

Thanks for visiting - hope you've all had a great day. x

Thursday 8 November 2012

White Space

Found a piece of white hammered cardstock which was an odd size in the 'ends of paper' drawer.
The drawer is crammed full of odd bits so have chucked a lot of it out - I keep the odd bits thinking I will use them up but never do so have been ruthless and emptied it - I bet now I'll be looking for little bits of paper and card!
I used up three additional bits of card in addition to the white piece to make this - yet another CAS Christmas card. 
The red was put through the 'crimping' machine - (another little tool that I've had for ever and used rarely!) and after punching out a border along one edge of the white, put the crimped red piece under it so that it made a more reasonable sized card.
I punched out lots of green ferny leaves and made them into a wreath/nest.
A scrap of gingham ribbon was stitched onto a button with some twine and stuck into the centre of the wreath/nest.
The red birdie got himself a sparkly black gem for an eye and he's popped onto the ferny leaves with a sticky dot.
Used up the rest of the gingham ribbon which just managed to make it across the front (lucky girl I am!) and stamped a greeting in Crimson Red Versamark.
Challenges -
That Craft Place - Ribbon, Punches and Buttons
Clear it Out - Anything goes - Use red stash
Papercraft Junkies - Things with Wings
Nutcrafters - Ribbon/Twine
Thanks to everyone who has sent get well wishes - am still coughing and going through the tissue boxes, sinus are still blocked but I am MILES better than I was!
Thanks too if you've been and voted for me and if you haven't why not???? LOL

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Vintage Bling and please VOTE!

Thanks to everyone for all your get well wishes - am feeling much better than I was - just need to eject Mr Hackin Coff from the house (he has definitely overstayed his welcome) and then can REALLY start to feel good!

Before I share todays make, please would you go here  and vote for me?
I've been selected in the top 10 for the people's choice winner again (with my Wedding Card which you can see properly here ) - and I keep coming close but never quite make it!!! There's some strong competition again though so I am not expecting the outcome of this vote to be any different from the last - but if you could pop across and vote that would be great (oh and ask all your mates to vote too.. I have no shame!!!!!!!!!)

Right - on to today.

Another Christmas offering - this time a bit more fussy than the previous CAS ones. The image is printed onto Cotton Fabric. I used to use this a lot for printing vintage images as it gives a lovely textured 'soft' feel, and when you cut it, the edges take on a 'distressed' look without any effort! Found a small piece left in the drawer so used it!

The backing card has sparkly dots on it but it doesn't show up very well in the pic. Lots of bling on this one, white satin ribbon with blingy oval buckle, crystal flourishes and some crystal gems in the middle of the snowflakes.
The sentiment was PC generated.

Challenges -
Try It On Tuesday - Memories
Use Your Stuff - Christmas Theme
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Winter Holiday
That Craft Place - Bingo and I chose Gems, Sentiment and Ribbon
Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas Card

Thanks for stopping by - and if you've voted for me - an extra special THANK YOU!! x 

Saturday 3 November 2012

 Strike whilst the iron is hot!!! Or at least while the coughing has subsided a little...........
Camped out in the craftie space today 'cos it's one of the warmest places in the house!
Started on a couple of cards for my stash but sadly only managed to finish one as the marching band decided to leave the drummer boy on his own in my head - I wanted to shoot him at one stage but there again the noise from the gun would probably only have made the banging head worse.....
Subsided a little now - maybe his drumsticks have worn out (or someone has happily broken them down into matchsticks), and so am making the most of the respite and uploading the completed card - just in case drummer boy comes back and brings his annoying mates, Mr A.Choo and Mr Hackin Coff, with him. 

Pearlised white card embossed with the snowflakes folder and layered onto dark blue card. Before mounting onto the base cardstock, cut out a large circle with a nestie, stamped the snowflake image and embossed with WOW Bright White Super Fine embossing powder.
I then cut out a scalloped edged frame and used two smaller circles to form a 'rim', layering them on top of both cut out circle and the frame so the snowflake is in the recess.
Some navy blue ribbon threaded through a die cut with a greeting stamped with Versafine Majestic Blue ink and then all mounted onto white cardstock.
I added some 'Star Dust' stickles to the snowflake and put a large crystal gem in the centre.
Quite pleased with this considering I was battling with the box of kleenex during the assembly process................. so maybe a CAS Christmas is the way to go this year!

Alota Rubber Stamps - Blue and White
Ladybug Crafts - Mono/Tonal
WOW - Christmas
Crafty Catz - Texture
Delicious Doodles - Embossing
Stamp Man - Emboss It

Fuzzy head equals fuzzy stamping

Am beginning to get rather bored feeling sorry for myself! Have spent quite a lot of time in bed this week - actually this week appears to have passed by in a bit of a haze with a couple of lucid and alert moments dropped in between the headaches, coughs and sneezes.....

I feel better than I did on Tuesday (could I have felt any worse I ask myself - LOL) but am still not 100% back on my feet - I must be ill 'cos I'm currently laying in second position in our Winter Frostbite league and couldn't raise any energy to go to the green today - so I have sat here and wished bad games today on everyone around me in the league table.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a bit of a novelty me being anywhere near the top and sadly it's going to be short lived!

The other thing you should not do whilst your head is fuzzy is stamp directly onto an almost finished card and expect it to be straight and unsmudged....................
Which is why there is a sentiment attached to this card with a spellbinders tag.
I was so mad! But then being mad made my head ache even more so I settled in hiding the mistake instead of consigning the card to the bin!

The image is a peony from Beccy's, coloured with watercolours and framed with another piece of card which has had most of a circle removed from the bottom corner with a nestie.

I embossed two lines down the right hand side and glued on a couple of pink pearls to finish.
Am dipping this into the Less Is More waters this week, which has a challenge of Pink, hoping that it has enough of the colour on it to stop it from sinking!
Updated - Just noticed that Beccy's Blog has a challenge where you can enter any project using a Beccy's image this month so have submitted my pink peony!

Quick question - is anyone else having bother uploading their pics to Blogger? Have had this problem for a while - they load eventually after lots of 'Server returned invalid response' attempts - but if anyone knows why this keeps happening would appreciate knowing how to fix?