Tuesday 29 June 2010

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Hello everyone, I'm here today with a very late entry for the current Ready Steady Stamp challenge which closes today having got rather behind due to DT work (will be back tomorrow to show you the samples made for Polka Doodles Nikky's TV show which was on Sunday and went really well with the brand new CD selling like hot cakes).
Here's the recipe to follow:
I've made a piece of artwork using a lovely house shaped shadow box which I bought at the Craft Barn extravaganza. They've got quite a lot of really useful blanks so it's well worth a look at the website as they're also very good value as this one cost me just £1.75 (an absolute bargain!!!). I was lucky enough to be able to meet up with my blogging friend Fiona and see some great demonstrators including Jean and Malcolm from Crafty Individuals, Kay Carley, Beatrice Neumeister, Leandra Franich, Lin Brown and of course Isabelle Norris of the RSS challenge.
Here's my artwork:
I painted the frame with turquoise and purple acrylic paint and then rubbed on white, turquoise and lime VersaColor inks to tone it down a little. I stamped flowers from the Inkadinkado Garden Delight clear set on in Memento Grape Jelly and white ink.
I then made the central rectangular panel by using direct to paper technique with the VersaColor lime ink on white card then stamped on flowers in the same lime together with turquoise and some grape.
I stamped the butterfly on white card with the grape ink and also on acetate in StazOn royal purple ink and cut them out when dry. I bent the acetate wings up slightly, stuck the butterflies together and glued them in the corner of the frame.
I stamped a Magenta heart image twice with the grape ink, cut out just the centre of one and inked with lime. I then did the bit I wasn't sure about which was to hand write all the text with a purple Promarker and a purple fine liner,  cut them into rectangles and ink the pieces with lime. I assembled the remaining pieces as shown in the photo.

Sunday 27 June 2010

Wings To Fly

Hello everyone, hope you've had a lovely weekend and aren't too upset by the abismal football result this afternoon. I didn't watch much of the match and was astounded to switch on the TV at around 4.30 and see the score so promptly switched off again!!!
We also had a bit more drama here a bit later on when I went to open the sun lounge door again having shut it to stop a huge bumble bee coming in the house. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw one of our 2 rabbits on the outer window sill of the sun lounge (about 4 feet off the ground!!!!) and rushed out to find that the upper door of the 2 storey cage was open and she had climbed out and somehow managed to get round to the back of the cage onto the sill.  Was my OH in trouble as he obviously didn't shut the door properly! It took me quite some time to calm down afterwards and poor Rosie was upset too.

I'm here today with a card which fits 2 challenges. The lovely bright summery colours are those from the current Play Date Cafe challenge 35 chosen by Sarah Anderson.
The second challenge is the Gingersnap Creations GC57 Chestnut Theme Challenge - Wings as my image stamp has wings.
I really loved working with these colours as they're perfect in the lovely sunshine we're having as the moment.
I made my background strips by tearing pieces of white card which I then sponged with Distress inks in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China (with some VersaColor Turquoise rubbed over the top). I then stamped on various images from the Inkadinkado Garden Delight 97623 clear set in the same inks except for one of the orange ones which I stamped with Vintage Photo DI.
I stamped the image Crafty Individuals CI-137 in VersaFine Vintage Sepia on My Minds Eye Pretty Please orange dot paper and cut her out. I then die cut some flourishes from old music score using the Sissix Fancy Flourishes 655675 set and inked these with the Vintage Photo ink.
I assembled the card as you see with a couple of contrast strips of old music score trimmed with the Martha Stewart Doiley Lace punch and a computer generated text panel.

Saturday 26 June 2010


Today my lovely hubby Andrew and I are celebrating our 28th Wedding Anniversary and I can't believe how the years have flown. I think they started to fly by after our 2 daughters were born. They're now 21 and 19 and sometimes it seems like only yesterday that they were toddlers.
I've made a card for the occasion which fits Hels Sheridan's current Sunday Stampers theme, Metal Guru.
As you can see, it's got quite a lot of metal. I actually used metal foil which I wrapped round thin squares of card and then embossed in the Cuttlebug using the Kimmy-luvs heart folder and the Sissix Tim Holtz Alterations Damask Texture Fades folder.
I rubbed Palette Belle Rose ink over the heart embossed squares to emphasize the pattern. I then stamped some hearts by Hampton Art in VersaFine Crimson Red ink on white card and embossed them with red pearl powder. I cut them out and stuck them on the damask squares.
I then cut a square of white card and stamped on a border design from the Impression Obsession Ornate Borders WP130 clear set in the red ink. I stuck this to a dark red card blank and then glued on the squares.
This evening my hubby and I are going out for a meal and then we're off to the movies to see a film. I'm really looking forward to this as we don't seem to get out as much these days. I think you get out of the habit once you have children but hopefully this will change in the autumn when we have 2 girls at uni.

Friday 25 June 2010

Polka Doodles Challenge - Card For A Boy

Hello all on this fine sunny day which is why I'm sneezing loads lol. It's time for the new challenge over at Polka Doodles and this week Brenda has chosen the theme which is to make a Card for a Boy .

Before I show you my card, I need to let you all know that on Sunday Nikky will be on Create and Craft TV with the brand new Polka Doodles CD which is being launched at 2pm (very lucky as the footie starts at 3pm so you can wrestle the remote off those footie fans to watch her!!!). Do watch if you can as there's some fabulous stuff on there which the DT have all been working on over the past week and I'm still covered in glitter (it seems to get everywhere!) so you can probably guess what the new CD's about.

Here's my card for the challenge which is very simple to show off the cute image I chose with my middle niece's little boy in mind as he will be 3 years old soon.
I just know he'll love this little fellow who reminds me of Brian from the Magic Roundabout which I still remember after so many years.
He's from the All Around & Everywhere CD (says she pausing to sneeze lol) and I printed him out quite large, cut him out and stuck him with foam tape to a card blank made from background paper from the Candy Doodles CD - don't you just love that dotty effect.
To finish off all I did was print out a piece of background paper from the Not So Plain Plains on the Not For Girls CD (these have a lovely linen texture print) and computer genetated my sentiment which I printed on the paper and punched out.

Don't forget to watch the show on Sunday and you will find all the details on the Polka Doodles website.

Saturday 19 June 2010

Age Is Just A Number

Hello everyone, hope you're having a lovely weekend with some good weather. It's sunny here although rather windy at the moment and I've been suffering with hayfever all week due to wind from the North blowing something off the South Downs.
I'm here today with an entry which fits 3 challenges, the first being Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper with the theme of Numbers as she's just celebrated a milestone birthday. The next is Gingersnap Creations GC56 Colour Theme, Burgundy, Ivory and Black which I've just managed to scrape into as it closes tomorrow. The last one is Hilda's Lots To Do Challenge with a theme of Quotes for which I've used one of my ever useful Penny Black stamps. I think along with Tim Holtz, they do some of the best quotes I've come across.
The card I've made was inspired by my very lively mother in law who is now in her 80s. She had an operation a couple of weeks ago to clear a blocked artiery. This took 3 hours during which time she was conscious and aware of what was happening, and it apparently took a long time because the surgeon said her artieries were looped like a roller coaster!!! She had a rest in bed the next day but I was astounded to hear that the day after this, less than 48 hours after the operation, she went out shopping with my father in law!!! The quote I've used here is perfect to describe her and I have great admiration for her determination to get on with life no matter what it throws at her.
The colour is a little washed out in the photo as my camera always struggles with yellowish tones so the ivory is really a little stronger than you can see here.
The card was quite simple to make. I embossed 2 ivory and 2 burgundy 7cm squares with the Sissix Tim Holtz Bingo folder numbers and rubbed burgundy ink over those on the ivory squares. I stamped Paperbag Studios Laugh PBS-004-1 in black on ivory card and layered it up on burgundy, ivory and black card. I stamped the quote, Penny Black's the Life 2709F in black on ivory card, cut it out and inked the edges with black.
I stuck the squares to a square of black card, stuck this to an ivory textured card blank and then glued on the remaining elements as shown.
All that remains is for me to say thank you to the Gingersnap Team who have been kind enough to give me 2 Ginger Gem awards in the last 2 weeks, a really great surprise and honour for which I can't thank you all enough.

Friday 18 June 2010

Polka Doodles Challenge - Fathers Day/Male Theme

Good morning folks, it's time for the next Polka Doodles challenge and this week's theme has been chosen by Dee. As it the day for all those dads on Sunday, Dee would like to see something for Fathers Day or male themed and what you make is up to you.
I've just realised that it's a week since I last blogged, unfortunately having been very busy with my work and no time for crafting! That will change over the weekend though as the new Polka Doodles CD comes out on 27 June on Create and Craft TV and Nikky has been working very hard to get all the new images over to the DT so that we can make samples for the show.
Anyway, back to this week's challenge and I've made a very vintage style card on a music theme.
I was inspired by a certain musical which came straight to mind when I saw these gorgeous grungy, vintage style papers on the Not For Girls CD in the Sounds Good section.
My card is very simple to make. I resized the music background paper and printed it on the right side of a piece of A4 card which I scored and folded in half to make my card blank. I then resized the jazz player twice and printed this out. I cut out the whole panel of the smaller on and matted this on dark red card with a wide border at the base. I added 3 tarnished silver star brads on one side. I then cut out the larger jazz player round the image and added him with foam tape. I assembled the card as you see with some cut out music notes from the instrument sheet and text printed with a Dymo.
You have until 12 noon on Sunday 27 June to upload your creations and good luck if you decide to enter. Don't forget to have a look at the other DT creations as there's some fabulous stuff there.

Friday 11 June 2010

Polka Doodles Challenge - Nursery Rhymes

It's Friday again so it's Polka Doodles time and this week the challenge has been set by Nettie who is looking forward to a very happy event and her chosen theme is Nursery Rhymes.
I chose to base my card on Mary, Mary Quite Contrary as my 2 girls really loved this particular one when they were little.
I picked Polly from the Sugar Birdies CD as my image as I think she looks a bit cheeky and naughty which is how I imagine Mary.
I've used one of the lovely shaped elements from the Back To Nature CD to make the card blank itself. I printed it out, cut it out and glued it to a folded card so that the shaped top remained scalloped.
The toadstools and butterflies are from the All Around & Everywhere CD and the flowers from the Paper Boutique CD, the Floral Bouquet collection.
As you can see, all the CDs work very well together, giving you even more projects to make if you have more than one CD.
You have until 12 noon on Sunday 20 June to upload your creations and please remember the rule that you can only combine your entry with 9 other challenges, making 10 in total. We get entries every week that we have to disqualify because they're entered in too many challenges which is a real shame.

Tuesday 8 June 2010

She's Got The Look

Hello folks and I hope you're all doing OK this week. I'm here with my finished entry for the latest Ready, Steady, Stamp challenge with the ingredient list below:

Some of you probably know that my younger daughter has been doing an Art Foundation course prior to her degree and she will be studying for a Fashion degree at Kingston in September. As I'm always surrounded by her works in progress and various fashion magazines, this particular challenge is right up my street so I hope you like what I've made.
I found a fascinating Good Housekeeping book about the 1950s a little while ago so my card was inspired by the fashion adverts in there. I've used a couple of them on the card as they fit my theme perfectly.
I made 2 background paper panels, the first being Tim Holtz's Old Paisley stamped in black on white card. The second uses Hampton Art's Scratch Pattern 2635J and was stamped repeatedly in Distress Crushed Olive and then black to make a plaid pattern. I glued these to my card blank.
I then added to 2 cut out images, some small fabric swatches and sequins. I added a text panel from the book and a Dymo text strip at the top.
I made my half flower embellishment by punching 2 black and 2 white hearts and sticking them together in an overlapping fashion to make the shape you see. I then embossed the piece with the Tim Holtz Alterations Sissix Damask folder and stuck a green sequin in the centre.

Saturday 5 June 2010

A Little Bird Told Me

Here's my second post with a card I've made for this week's Sunday Stampers Challenge and Hels' theme is Wings of A Dove so anything with wings goes.
I decided to stick with the birds and have made a card from bits and pieces in my experiment box. Happily I found a few using different techniques that I think work well together (I hope you do too!). Here's the card:
Here are the techniques used:
Diamond Paper - Twist on Resist Technique using an Impression Obsession border stamp, crystal embossing powder, Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmade Distress ink and Palette Landscape permanent ink.
Scroll Paper - simply hammered texture card rubbed with Olive VersaColor ink and stamped with Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz flourish.
Butterfly Paper - thick watercolour paper rubbed with Topaz VersaColor ink, stamped with a butterfly background in Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink and then sponged with Distress inks in Spiced Mamalade, Crushed Olive and Vintage Photo.
Tiny Border Strip - a small scrap of Watercolour Crayon Technique paper which was embossed and well as stamped on.
Flower Embossed Panel - simply cream card embossed with the flower scroll folder from the Sissix Floral Flourishes and Vines Set. This was then sponged with Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive and Scattered Straw Distress inks and swiped with Vintage Photo.
The bird stamp is Crafty Individuals CI-193 and was coloured with Prisma pencils and a little Distress ink to blend the colours.
The flower is by Crafty Notions and was painted with Twinkling H20 paint in Garnet.

A Man Of Words

Hello everyone, hope you're having gorgeous weather as we have here today. I woke up this morning to 20 degrees and the warmest day so far this year.
This is my first post today as I had stamping club this morning so managed to finish off a couple of cards. This one is for my father in law's birthday next month and has just scraped into the Gingersnap Creations GC54 Spicy Supply Challenge-Pencils as it uses the pencil stamp that I bought about a month ago. My father in law is the published author of a book about military defence in Sussex and has another one about to come out so the pencils were perfect for him.
I stamped the pencils, which are by Lost Coast Designs and from Happy Daze, in VersaFine Toffee ink on beige card and cut them out. I stamped the man (from Paper Artsy Man Of Numbers Plate 6) in black on beige card and trimmed to a panel.
I embossed some olive green card with my new Tim Holtz Sissix Alterations folder (Patchwork) and rubbed Umber and Atlantic VersaColor inks on.
I assembled the card as shown with the text made from Dymo printed on black tape and copper steel letter stickers.

Friday 4 June 2010

Polka Doodles Challenge - Modern/Retro Anniversary

Morning folks, it's Polka Doodles time again and the theme set by Lou is to make an Anniversary card with a Modern/ Retro style.
It's Lou and her hubby's anniversary so Happy Anniversary to both of you and hope you share lots more.
I've gone rather cute for mine as I couldn't resist the gorgeous owls on the Love & Cherish CD from The Twoo of Us collection.
I've chosen to make an easel shape card in shades of pink. mint green and chocolate brown (I'm thinking Neopolitan ice cream here lol). I made the card sections from pink Bazzill card and added a mint green panel to the front, embossed with the Cuttlebug Kimmy Luvs folder. I managed to emboss this on the whole of the panel by a bit of nifty lining up on the second go through the Cuttlebug and the slightly squished bit is hidden under the owl panel.
I added a second panel of owl paper and a border made with the Martha Stewart Doyley Lace double edge punch glued on to chocolate brown paper from the Not for Girls CD for contrast. I stuck the owl panel from the toppers section to more of the brown paper and trimmed the edges with deckle scissors. I added this to the card front and put pearls in the flower centres.
I finished off by adding another embossed green panel to the base, together with a pretty border from the topper sheet and a greeting cut out with the Nestabilities scalloped oval set and matted on brown.
I can also now tell you that we have 3 brand new Polka Doodlers from the recent DT call so welcome to:
Jenny, Lisa and Tracy
Looking forward to working with you ladies and seeing what you create with your Polka Doodles stash.