Saturday, 29 December 2012

Cabinet Is On Order!

Following on from his surprise podium finish a few weeks ago, Samuel, last Sunday, was presented with the second place Cadet Championship trophy from his indoor season at Daytona Manchester at the Festival race.

Basically, there were 11 rounds (each counted) and Samuel had 9 podium finishes and therefore 9 trophies.  He also collected points for each round and following the final race in November, he finished the season in second place overall in the Cadet class.

He also came third in the Festival race (there was a parents race too but we had a substitute - Tom!) and was presented with a trophy for that too!

Here he is after just receiving his second place 2012 Cadet Championship trophy - it is rather large!

 And with Tom (he came second in the 'Parents' race) - three trophies between them!

So yes, the trophy cabinet is on order and will be home to the 12 trophies from 2012! Samuel will be more or less karting exclusively outdoors during 2013 and hopefully, his form will continue!

You can see a video of one of the heats in the Festival race and read in more detail on the boys' karting blog HERE!

Friday, 28 December 2012

Jellypark Challenge - Old and New

It's time for another Jellypark challenge and the theme this fortnight is:

Old and New 

You need to be clear on your entry what is old and what is new!  I've used the fab Couple Kissing Under Mistletoe digi stamp and coloured them with Promarkers, cut out and then added to the card base with foam pads.

I've used papers from Dovecraft Let It Snow 12x12 pad, glittered the edge and added a vellum circle.  All the ribbons are from my stash.

My something new was because the card was for one of my cousins who was spending his first Christmas with his girlfriend in their own house and I've added a little handwritten tag which is partly hidden with all the ribbon, but it says To You Both!  And the something old is the papers (at least 2 Christmasses old and the blue satin edged organza ribbon is around 6 years old!) Oh, and I've added some tiny half pearls for the mistletoe.

Good luck with the challenge and don't forget to look out for the two new digi stamp releases from Jellypark this fortnight - great for those teenage cards!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Creative Belli:  Christmas
Digi Stamps 4 Joy:  Something Magical About Christmas
I Love Promarkers:  Anything But Square
Top Tip Tuesday:  Anything Christmas
Try It On Tuesday:  Lucky Dip (Die Cuts, Ribbon, Sentiment, Pearls)

Image:  Jellypark, coloured with Promarkers
Dies:  Spellbinder circle, Sizzix small tag
Papers:  Dovecraft Let It Snow 12x12 pad
Everything else:  My stash

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Florist Shop

I'm a little late with blogging this card as it was one of two new release digi stamps from Jellypark almost two weeks ago!  However, in my defence I've had a rather busy two weeks - the last week of school had to be organised with military precision due to so much going on - plays, carol concerts, parties.  Then a Birthday party to go to, four days of karting (and three trophies!) then Christmas and now today, Boxing Day.

But here it is!  This one is called Flower Shop and its available to buy from the store for £1.25.  I've coloured it with Promarkers - the sky and grass are watercolour pencils but not wetted.  I printed the image quite large as I didn't want to add anything other than the three half pearls to it. The layers are bits of card I found in my stash.

Apologies if the photo is a bit blury - husband took the photo as I can't remember the last time I saw daylight!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Digital Tuesday Challenge:  Layers
Everybody Art:  Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge:  Anything Goes with a Digi

Image:  Jellypark, coloured with Promarkers
Everything else:  My stash

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Christmas!

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Fetch A Sketch Challenge 40

Good morning and Happy Christmas Eve!  It's time for a new Fetch A Sketch challenge and here is the sketch for this fortnight:

And I've made not one but two samples!  I bought some rather lovely felt Christmas tree decorations from Sainsburys when they first got all the Christmas stuff in - there are 16 different items and two of each and some can be used for other occasions so I just had to buy a pack!

All the papers are from Printable Heaven - Christmas Vintage set for £2.75 (38 papers!) and I've had the set for quite a few years and its always one I like to use!  I've added a faux running stitch around the edges and attempted a swish folding thing with the papers but didn't quite get it how I wanted on either card so I'll need to practice that a bit more!

I've added some chocolate brown ribbon across the centre and then some fancy gold braid which I got free with a magazine I think last year.  Two half pearls to the top of the card and one to each of the felt embellishments (hides the little hole where the string was!) and the cards are complete!

Good luck with the challenge - for more details, please pop over to Fetch A Sketch!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Dream Valley Challenges:  Christmas
Gingerloft:  Christmas or Winter
Pile It On:  Embellishments
Quirky Crafts:  Last Minute Christmas
The Squirrel and The Fox:  Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge:  Christmas
Craftymess:  Vintage Christmas
Winter Wonderland:  Wish Upon A Star

Papers:  Download from Printable Heaven
Felt Embellishment:  Christmas decoration set from Sainsburys
Everything else:  My stash 

Friday, 21 December 2012

Polkadoodle Challenge 51 - Happy New Year 2013!

It's time for a new Polkadoodle challenge and the theme this week is:

Happy New Year OR 2013

So you can make something that says Happy New Year or use the numbers 2013 (3 of something etc) and here is my creation!  I've used the fab cupcake template from Paper Boutique Vol 3 cd and printed off the A5 version, cut out all the elements and then layered up with foam pads.

I've glittered parts of the cupcake and around the edge of the star with a line of liquid pearl dots around the inner edge.  The stars have been cut with an X Cut die and the number 30 is a Sizzix die which I've added to some wire so they boing around!

The ribbon I found in my stash and it was a perfect colour match!  I made this for my cousin who was 30 over the weekend - which makes me feel really old as I remember her being born!!  And she is a real girly girl so will love this card!

Good luck with the challenge - for more details on how to enter and closing times pop over to Polkadoodles!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Diva's By Design:  Anything Goes
Fab n Funky:  Ribbon or Lace
Bearly Mine:  Winter Birthday
Digital Tuesday:  Layers
Bunny Zoes Crafts:  Celebration
Cupcake Craft:  Cupcakes

Template:  Polkadoodles - Paper Boutique Vol 3 cd
Dies:  X Cut stars, Sizzix Round A Bout alphabet
Everything else:  My stash

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Crimbo Crackers Challenge 31 - Sentiment As Focus

It's time for another Crimbo Crackers challenge and the theme this fortnight is:

Sentiment as Focal Point

I'm sponsored by Funky Hand but I forgot to take a photo of the prize so you'll just have to trust me on that one!!

I've used the fab Blue Christmas wordbook download - simply printed out the letters that I wanted and then printed one of the A4 papers on the reverse, laid it out so that the letters could be seen, trimmed it and then glued the pages together to form a book.

I've glittered around the edges of each letter - you just can't see it on the photo then added some pale blue gems to some of the letters.  Although its a bloke card, I had to add some ribbon but its partly covered by a manly silver snowflake.

I add a plain panel to the back of the wordbooks that I make so you can write a message - makes life a little easier with it!

Good luck with the challenge - its open until 12noon on Wednesday 2 January - pop over to Crimbo Crackers to link up your entry!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Celebrate The Occasion:  Christmas Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday:  Layers
Ladybug Crafts Ink:  Christmas Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday:  Anything Christmas
My Craft Spot:  Shaped Christmas Cards
Squigglefly:  Anything Goes with a Sentiment

Papers:  Blue Christmas wordbook download from Funky Hand
Everything else:  My stash

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

And I Wasn't There To See It.......!!

Samuel took part in his fourth outdoor race of the year on Sunday - he wasn't originally going to be there as the Daytona Manchester Inkart Festival should have been on the same day but its now this coming Sunday, so it meant Samuel could race at Hooton Park.

He had a really good test day the day before (so I was told - wasn't there either as Jacob had a football match but it was cancelled last minute due to illness!) and was feeling confident going into the qualifying round on Sunday.

He qualified with the third fastest time from 18 drivers so that placed him 3rd on the grid for heat 1.  He finished that in second place, so he was 2nd on the grid for the second and final heat.  And finished second in that too.  So he was second on the grid for the final race!

If you want to see some short videos of his three grid starts (heat 1, heat 2 and final) then click here to go to the boys' karting blog.

Anyway, I was kept upto date on his progress during the afternoon as Jacob had a Birthday party to attend and I decided to brave Asda and then popped to Staples as they were having a closing down sale.  I was in the middle of Staples when I got the call to say where he'd finished in the final race and must have looked like a right nutter!

So here he is on the podium - he took third place and his first ever outdoor trophy (he has 9 from indoors plus on Sunday he gets the second place Championship trophy too!)  The 4th and 5th placed drivers also got trophies too and first and second stood on the same step!  Samuel is the one in all black in the centre of the three stood together:

And here he is with Ryan who runs CKSUK team of which Samuel is part of with Samuel in second place on the grid.

I think it's sunk in now with Samuel that he's won a trophy for outdoor karting after collecting so many indoors as its not an easy transition; its cold and wet most of the time!!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Simple Tag

Sorry I'm a bit late with this - I've had one of those weekends (but more about that when I blog it!!)  Here is one of two new release digi stamps from Jellypark this fortnight - Tag With Ribbon.  I've simply printed it quite large, coloured it with Promarkers, cut it out and added foam pads to the reverse so it stands proud of the card base.

I've also added some stickles to the dots on the ribbon and also on the two little hearts in the corners.  The very glittery butterfly was sent to me as a prize from a recent challenge at the Crafting Boutique and I thought it was perfect for the card!

The card base is left over from my cousin's Wedding earlier this year (thanks Claire!) and I've rounded the corners and dotted a line of liquid pearls around the edge.

Photo styling by my husband as he saw daylight last week and I didn't so that's why it's not in its usual stand!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Catered Crop:  Tag - You're It
Crafting When We Can:  Bingo (Pearls, Girly, Clean and Simple)
Addicted to CAS:  Sweet
Hotshot Crafts:  Clean and Simple
Sweet and Sassy:  Tag - You're It

Image:  Jellypark, coloured with Promarkers and stickles
Butterfly:  The Crafting Boutique
Cardbase:  Donation from cousin
Everything else:  My stash  

Friday, 14 December 2012

Jellypark Challenge - Tag It!

It's time for a new Jellypark challenge and the theme this fortnight is:

Tag It

I've made these really cute little tags with the Toy Giraffe digital stamp which has been coloured with Aquamarkers and a tiny bit of stickles.  I've used my Nesties oval die to cut the shape and then layered it onto some offcuts of card I had and handcut round them (that's why its a bit wonky in places!)

I've added an eyelet to the top of the oval and then threaded some co-ordinating slim satin ribbon through - most of which I think is recycled from the inside of jumpers!!

Cute tags!  For more inspiration and to see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to, pop over to the challenge blog - good luck with the challenge!  I'll be back over the weekend with the two new releases!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons:  Tags
DRS Designs:  Ribbon
Creative Moments Bloggers Network:  Anything But A Card
Craft Room Challenge:  Tags

Image:  Jellypark, coloured with Aquamarkers
Dies:  Spellbinder Nestabilities
Everything else:  My stash

Monday, 10 December 2012

Fetch A Sketch Challenge 39

Time for another Fetch A Sketch challenge and this fortnight it's one that is perfect for this time of year:

The winner from this challenge will have the chance to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge!  Here is my take on the sketch:

I've used my own star shaped template, layered it with some rather lurid pink card and then layered a sheet of Pink Petticoat paper which I must have printed at least 5 years ago as its on photo paper (I've not printed on that for a long time!) and then added a very glittery and sparkly pink snowflake - from The Range last year and its a pack of tree decorations! 

And then the iridescent snowflakes have been glued to a strip of acetate and then added to the points of the star.  Its a lot more vibrant in real life - the photo doesn't really do it justice due to the naff winter weather we are having!

Good luck with the challenge!

I'd like to enter the following:

2 Sisters:  Snowflakes
My Time To Craft:  Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Crafty Catz:  Shaped Cards
Guylou's Inimitability:  Non Traditional Christmas Colours
CRAFT Challenges:  Christmas
Dutch Dare:  Non Traditional Christmas Colours

Template:  My own
Papers:  Printed - Pink Petticoat
Embellishment:  Christmas Tree decoration from The Range in 2011
Everything else:  My stash  

Friday, 7 December 2012

Polkadoodle Challenge 49 - Paper Piecing and Newspaper

It's time for a new Polkadoodles challenge and the theme this week is:

Paper Piecing and Newspaper

I've used the Studio 12 vol 1 Picknix Collection and selected the All Sewn Up collection on the cd, paper pieced the mannequin and then inked it once all cut out.  All the elements that you see with exception to the half pearls and newspaper (more about that later!) are from the cd and I've just added a bit of inking and some faux stitching!

The newspaper is not actually newspaper as I didn't have any - its part of an old car magazine from 1935!!

Good luck with the challenge!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Creative Moments:  Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty:  Anything Goes
Craft Room Challenge: Ohh La La
Ooh La La:  Spots and Dots
The Pink Elephant:  Make It Girly

All paperbased items:  Polkadoodles
Newspaper:  My stash
Everything else:  My stash 

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Crimbo Crackers Challenge 30 - Wooden

It's time for another Crimbo Crackers challenge! And the theme I've set for this fortnight is


I'm also joined by a Guest Designer who was a previous challenge winner so please pop over to Crimbo Crackers to have a look at what she's made!

I've used a kraft card blank which I've layered some red and white dotty paper (Polkadoodles Britannia download) and then more kraft card.  I've used a Nesties die for the layering shapes and I simply cut around a dark brown card layer for a thinner look.

The wooden bit is the reindeer which was a Tesco's tree decoration for the last few years - I bought a few packs of these (and other shapes!) 10 for £1 is a bargain!

I've added some flat backed pearls (they were not supposed to be that close together but I dabbed the glossy accents too close to each other!) and some bakers twine.  Oh, and some faux stitching too.

Good luck with the challenge!  For more details pop to Crimbo Crackers!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Christmas at Sweet Stamps:  Anything Goes
365 Day Cards:  Day 278 - Pick A Pattern - Polkadots
Deep Ocean Challenge:  Christmas
Die Cuttin' Diva's:  Holiday Spirit

Printed papers:  Polkadoodles, Britannia download
Decoration: Tesco
Dies:  Spellbinder Nestabilities
Eveything else:  My stash

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Very CAS!

I've been leaving all the Christmas cards that we'd received in a pile and earlier tonight I decided to open them with Jacob.

He'd added a card to the pile and here it is:

A rather clean and simple design don't you think?!  He said, very seriously that the card is green and that's Christmas enough!

And inside he's written this message all by himself

Not bad for a seven year old!  He's already written Santa's Christmas card (he found it really funny that it has a picture of Santa on the front too!) as we're going to see him on Sunday at the Football team's Christmas party!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

First Christmas

I've made a first Christmas card for my little niece Amy who was born at the end of February and I've used the Santa Baby wordbook download from Funky Hand and it's part of the Oh Come All Ye Crafters collection.  I printed on the reverse too and used the Santa Baby papers for that - so when you open the pages there is colour everywhere!

Really simple to make - print out the letters you want, glitter them (of course!) around the edges, layer up so you can read what you've printed then glue the 'pages' together!

I've added Sizzix Round-a-Bout die cut letters to spell out Christmas and added a rather large amount of fine glitter over the top!  I first coated the letters with glossy accents and then went a little mad with the glitter!  Same treatment on the Marianne Creatables snowflakes!

And to pretty up the spine, I've added some pink organza ribbon, tied into a bow and then a star charm which was actually donated to me by Amy's mum when she had a clear out!!

The left over parts from cutting the wordbook letters I used to make the die cuts so nothing went to waste!!

I'm actually in the process of making another of these as one of my cousins had a baby girl at the start of November, and well, the cards are so easy to make, it seems rude not to!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Creative Card Crew:  Star (its a bit tiny though!!)
Digital Tuesday Challenge:  Non Traditional Christmas
Die Cuttin' Diva's:  Holiday Spirit
Ribbon Carousel:  Holiday Spirit
ABC Challenges:  Holiday Cards with Bling
Top Tip Tuesday:  Christmas (My tip is to use glossy accents rather than glue when glittering as the glitter stays put a lot better and it has a nicer finish!)

All papers:  Santa Baby wordbook download from Funky Hand
Dies:  Marianne Creatables snowflakes and Sizzix Round-a-Bout alphabet
Everything else:  My stash (or donated!) 

Monday, 3 December 2012

You're A Star Bookmark

Here is the second of the two new releases from Jellypark.  And it's called You're A Star!  I've made it into a book mark as I fancied doing something a little different and I had a look through my plain card to see what colour I should go for.  And as I've got some sheets of lilac that I've had for ages, that was the colour I picked!

I've used an X Cut die for the digi shape which has been coloured with a mixture of Promarkers, liquid pearls, stickles and watercolour pencils.

I then layered it onto the lilac card and cut out round it so that it was layered.  The velvet brad and ribbon I've had in my stash for quite some time too - I have a feeling that the ribbon was a donation from someone at work - a hoop thing from inside a jumper (never say no to ribbon donations!) and the glass chunky bead is from a cheap bracelet from the poundshop.

I've got a mountain of books that are on my reading list just I never have enough time just to sit and read and I fall into bed exhausted each night.  My Mum suggested a Kindle (as she's got one) but it doesn't look the same nor feel the same.  And how would I use my bookmark?

Mind you, it would cut down, drastically on the dusting...!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

ABC Challenge:  C is for Clear It Out (card base, ribbon, brad, bead)
Anything But A Card:  Anything But A Card
Live and Love Crafts:  Anything But A Card
That Craft Place:  No Squares Allowed
Crafty Catz:  Recycle / Upcycle (ribbon from a jumper, bead from a bracelet)

Image:  Jellypark, coloured with Promarkers, watercolour pencils, stickles and liquid pearls
Dies:  X Cut star
Everything else:  My stash (or donated)

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Bear With Star

Here is the first of two new releases from Jellypark this fortnight - this one is called Bear with Star and he's yours to own for just £1.25!  I've coloured him with Promarkers and handwrote the sentiment as it was a special card.
The shaped panels are from an easel card kit from The Clip Art Fairy - I can't link to the actual product as the new store is not totally up and running yet but I changed the purpose of the shape to make this card.

The papers are also from the kit and I made the letters in wordart and then cut them out, adding stickles around the edges.  I also added a line of liquid pearls to the edge of the panels and then blue organza ribbon finished off with thin satin blue ribbon to hold everything in place.

As this was for the second grandson, I made it in a similar style to the first grandson's card - if you see what I mean!  Cute digi stamp isn't it?!  He comes with some sentiments but I've not used them.

The second new release will follow tomorrow!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Digi Galore:  Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts:  Anything Goes
Ready, Teddy, Go:  Clean and Simple
Corrosive Challenges:  Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen Challenge:  Anything Goes (Excluding Christmas)
Kenny K:  Frosty Hues

Image:  Jellypark, coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment:  Handwritten
Papers:  The Clip Art Fairy
Everything else:  My stash 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Get Funky and Craft - Jingle Bells!

I hope you're liking our new look at Get Funky and Craft; Anice started the ball rolling on Wednesday, and here I am with the weekend post.  Allison will be along on Wednesday with more papercrafting inspiration for you. Here is the card I've made for my brother and his girlfriend this Christmas:

I've used the wordbook download Christmas Tree and simply printed out the letters I wanted onto thick card (I think its 240gsm) and then put the card back into the printer and added one of the plain colours from the backing paper collection so that the 'pages' are not blank on the back.

I then cut round each letter and layered them up so that you can see each letter.  I then cut each page so that it lined up as a book would at the spine.  I used a corner rounder punch to keep it looking nice and then added red glitter glue around the edge of each letter (it's Christmas after all!) and finally simply glued each page together and when once dry, I scored so that each page can be opened.

The word 'bells' has been cut with a Sizzix alphabet die - Round-A-Bout and I've used some of the offcuts of card from the wordbook letters and then went to town with some green glitter glue!

And to finish it all off, I found some green satin ribbon in my stash but not enough to make a fancy bow, so I threaded some red, gold, and green jingling bells onto some thin red ribbon and tied it all together.

If you're wondering just how big this card is and if it will fit in a normal envelope, then wonder no more as you can buy wordbook envelopes to fit!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Lady Anne's:  Sentiment Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity:  Christmas Chaos
Emergency Crafters:  Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy:  I Love Christmas

PapersChristmas Tree wordbook download and backing paper collection from Funky Hand
Dies:  Sizzix Round-A-Bout alphabet
Everything else:  My stash