Monday, 28 January 2013

Brooke's Birthday

Hi to all in blogland, I hope this post finds you all fit and well.

So, onto my card.


Flowers and Seam Binding - Wild Orchid Crafts

I must admit, I absolutely loved making this card, however, cutting into that First Edition Love Letters pad took some willpower.  I absolutely love pink.  If I could change the whole world pink I would - no hesitation.  I almost cried, the tension in the house was at an all time high, so, to ease the pressure, I ordered another one, lol. Using a paper pad to make a card is soooo much easier as all the papers compliment each other - well they do in this pad anyhow. I have got such an almighty stash of old stuff it's scary, and trying to match them up is a nightmare, but hubby said I could really do with getting them used up before buying more - I mean really...... he has absolutely no idea how difficult that is with all the lush stuff out there.

It's Brooke's 8th birthday in a few weeks, well a month actually, but I saw a lovely sketch on the Sketchy Challenge blog, and liked it so much (never followed a sketch before but it was a pretty simple one), I decided to get my rear into gear, follow the sketch and cross another birthday card off my list.  All our birthdays are March and April, and what with other family members asking me to make cards for them.....for us.....I thought I'd better get a shifty on.

I've got the biggie-ish 40th birthday coming up in April, but they do say 'life begins', so hey, bring it on.  I have, however, point blank refused to make my own birthday cards. You just have to take a stand on these things, lol.  Hubby even tried to con me with, "I need a 40th birthday card for someone - would you mind". Blimey, do I really look that gullible, rofl.

I'm entering this card into The Sketchy Challenges (Karens Sketch) and Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge 69 - Anything Goes.

Well that's all from me for now, take care and al be round as soon as I can to see what you've all been busy with.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Silly Soft Stuff

Just a coupla quick piccies from our garden - and it's still coming down.  This is just a sprinkling compared to what some people have had to endure, but this is why I ain't going anywhere tomorrow.

Book Card - Eventually

Woohoo, eventually managed to finish a book card which has been sitting on my table for, like an age.  I got the 'pages' made and the cover scored at the weekend and then it's just sat naked waiting to be finished but I hadn't a clue what to do with it.........then, my LOTV order arrived with my new stamps.  They were on offer at £3 a pop - bargain or what, so I treat myself and ordered five, hee hee.


Image - LOTV Emma Swing
Mediums - Prisma Pencils with Sansador to blend
Sentiment - LOTV Dreamy Days
Doily - Hobbycraft
DP's and Card - Craft Creations and The PaperMill
Ribbon, Lace, gems and pearls from my stash

I punched the flowers from a large and small EK Success flower punch and then with my embossing tool on my rubber shimmy mat thing, made circular movements on the petals so they curled up - just thought it added a bit of definition.

As you can see I need a little more practice with me camera, lol, but hopefully you get the idea, and I thinks I'm gonna enter this into the current LOTV Challenge which is Anything Goes and the current Deep Ocean Challenge of Anything But a Square.

That's all from me for today, but if this snow persists, I might have another card tomorrow.  I certainly ain't going out in that silly soft stuff, so I might just sit and colour a few more of my new stamps.

And before I forget, I had a massive amount of help from a certain Becky to sort out my bloggie issues - thanx chick.

Stay safe and warm you lovely people.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Need More Tilda's

Hullooooo, I hope everybody is keeping lovely and warm inside, and keeping away from the bitter cold outside.  I know I certainly am.  I'm very lucky to work from home in Partnership with my hubby who is a Bricklaying Contractor.  He does the hard manual labour and I do the easy paperwork from our home office, which is of course, fantastic.  As soon as I'm caught up with paperwork, I can sit and play around colouring images - that is after I've picked all the kids dirty washing up off the floor, made the beds, put the fire on, hoovered through, had my own breakfast etc, etc.  Honestly I don't know how I had the time to actually go out to full time work all those years ago - hats off to all those ladies that still manage to do it, in this busy day and age.

So aaanyhow, I bore you no more with my waffle, here is another card made using Tilda with Hellebores (again, lol).

It probably looks a little bit repetitive to the last card I made with this image apart from the colour but I'm saving hard to add to my embellishment and stamp collection, so hopefully down the line they will look completely different.

I'm still in the process of trying to decide which paper I like to use for my distress ink and which I like to use for Prisma Pencils.  I haven't got a full set of either the inks or pencils yet, but as soon as I have and I've decided which I prefer I'll update my preferences.

I'd coloured her hair with di's, along with the dress, but the colour on the dress just wasn't right for the paper so I re-coloured over it with Prisma's (and now the photie makes it look purple, lol, ah well, never mind). I've used Wild Orchid Crafts cherry blossoms in ivory and 15mm grey open roses.  The burgandy roses (large and small) are from Craft Creations from my very old, first starting out, stash.  Since then I discovered WOC so the majority of flower purchases are now from there.

I've used a dovecraft doilie which is actually cream but looks white, purchased from Hobbycraft.  The butterflies are a Joy Crafts die (had for ages), and the little round black gems were from ebay.  I've used a spellbinders floral oval and matted my image on the top.  I've had the paper for an age so not sure where I acquired it - but will try and locate, then update.

I'm hopefully going to start putting those little piccies on the bottom of my post with 'card ingredients', but I've not quite got the hang of it yet.  Becky has kindly blogged how to do it, so as soon as I get chance I'm gonna go through it stage by stage and hopefully be successful at the end, lol.

Well that's all from me for now my lovelies, whatever you're doing today, have a smashing day and stay safe.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Saturated Canary - Ava

Good Morning, and what a cold a frosty one it is here in Cumbria - brrrrrrrrrr.  The fire is blazing and I really don't want to go out today but my 7 year old daughter Brooke has got school swimming and I promised I would sit next to her on the bus!!!!!!

Aaaaanyhow, my New Year resolution has been slightly scuppered.  I promised myself I would post AT LEAST one card a week and we're now in our third week of January - my goodness where does the time go?? I did remember that I've posted 3 piccies so far on my blog so I might let myself off this time - but just this once, lol.

Today's card is for my friends daughter, whose birthday is tomorrow.  She's very girly and apart from the hair colour, looks alot like Ava.  The hair did start off blonde, but I haven't quite got the hang of blonde yet, so she ended up with brown!!!!!

Not the best photo I'm afraid - I'm no David Bailey and I haven't as yet got somewhere sorted out with decent light, so wherever there is a smidge-in of something resembling light in the house - that's where I take the piccy.

The gorgeous digital image is from Saturated Canary, and as the title suggests, is called Ava - what an Artist Krista is.  I've coloured her with Prisma Pencils and blended those with Sansador, then finished off with a good dousing of stickles star dust, as Ilana loves sparkle!!  The purple paper is from Craft Creations as are the cala lillies and the brown leaves underneath.

The Cherry Blossoms and pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The purple lavendar and roses (squished unfortunately) were found at the bottom of a box and were the only purple flowers I had to go with the card, so they got plopped on.  Mental note - must have a shop at WOC, lol.  The white decorative corner is a Marianne Design die, slathered with crystal glamour dust.

The white frilly stuff was off a Christmas cracker which I long stitched through the middle then gathered up.  I don't have funds as yet to spendie on all that gorgeous lace out there so I have to make do with what I can find.  Hey - I'm a recycler, rofl!!!!

Sentiment was computer generated over the top of some free gingham printables which Bev has kindly added to her blog.

Whatever you are doing today, have a good one, and I'll blog you all again soon.

Take care

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Loving Bridal Couple

As promised, here's a card I made for a one of my mum's friends, Grandson's wedding, phew - did you get all that, lol.

I love this image.  The card can be dressed up to the nines for a full blown wedding with all the trimmings or it can be kept very simple for a beach themed wedding.  I wasn't sure exactly what sort of wedding Kirsty and Adam were having so I tried to achieve the 'in-between' look, rofl.

I like the way, on some blogs I follow, that there are 'ickle boxes at the end of the post with links directly to the ingredients used but I don't know how to do that yet, so I'm going to follow Fleurs example and list them with a link to save a lot of unnecessary waffle - us Cumbrians can talk y'know.

Ingredients (lol, love that expression):-

Image - Magnolia Loving Bridal Couple
Image Colour - DI's

Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts (as per)

Swirly thing and Heart - Spellbinders
Alphabet Stamps were from The Range I do believe but you can get these cheap enough from ebay and the like
Pearls, Glitter and Stickles from my stash

Well that's all for now - have a lovely evening and I'll see you again soon.

Delicious WOC Candy over at Bev's - now closed

Good morning all.  I was up with the Lark today - so many things to do before the kiddies go back to school on Monday - really I used to love them going back after the holidays, but I love their company so much I'd be happy for them to stay at home, lol.

Aaaanyhow, onto the reason for this mornings post, Bev is offering a Wild Orchid Craft voucher on her gorgeous blog - All the things I love, which you can find here. Pop yourselves along if you fancy entering but make sure to have a gander(Cumbrian word for 'a look' (heehee)) at her cards - they are beautiful, you won't be disappointed.

Hopefully see you all a little later with a card, although it may be quite late as we're off shopping to Carlisle.

Have a great day, whatever you may be doing.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Tilda with Hellebores

Hello there, just a quickie today, I actually made this card  for a friends birthday, and didn't think for one second that I would start blogging so didn't make a note of anything I used, therefore details may be a little vague.

It's a darling little Magnolia image called Tilda with Hellebores which you can purchase here.  She was coloured with di's.

All the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and they have been splattered with white acrylic paint and glamour dust.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the butterfly and a Marianne Design die for the key which also received a bit of the acrylic paint treatment.  I drew around one of my baking cutters for the heart and cut it out by hand. Sentiment is a Whimsy stamp and die cut.  If I've missed anything out just let me know.

I'm also going to try and enter this card into Wild Orchid Challenge 66 - Anything Goes - my very first challenge entry so wish me luck that I link up properly etc etc lol.

That's all for now folks - told you it was a quickie!!!!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Happy New Year

Good Morning to all and I hope a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year was had by all.

I must confess that my very first follower was my 13 year old son - he felt sorry for me!!!! however, I wish you could have all seen me when my first genuine follower Fleur appeared. OMW I was aghast.  Fleurs cards are some of the most amazing creations I have seen in blogland. Her unique style is positively breathtaking and I am in awe every time she posts a new card.  Hopefully, by the time this post is read, I will have linked Fleurs blog to her name so you can see for yourself.  Simply stunning - nuff said!!!!

So, onto my very first blogged card, which, may I add, was supposed to come 'alive' yesterday - part of my New Years Resolution, but it took me an age to work out how to import a piccy.  It was almost the middle of the night!!!!! A-hem, mental note to oneself - research, research and research some more.

Aaaaaanyhow, without further ado, here is my 'ickle card.

This was my very first purchase from LOTV and I soooo lurve her. I just love the way she's on her tippie toes so she can get a whiff of the flower - hence the name Fairies - On Tiptoe!!!! State the obvious Jo why don'tcha, teeheehee!!!!! Nuther note to oneself - work out how to link name of stamp to place purchased, lol.

The image was painted with distress inks refills, although I have purchased a few prisma pencils and have been messing with those for a couple of days.  The gingham paper is from Craft Creations and the other was a piece of Magnolia paper which I'd left on the window sill and it faded with the sun (oops) but it went quite well with the fairy colours and the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers (currently 10% off). Ribbon, lace, button and pearly flowery things from my stash and the sentiment is from LOTV.

Well I hope my first proper post on blogger is politically correct (!!) and I'd like to thank you soooo much for visiting with me.