Tuesday 31 March 2009
Thank you to Lynsey for giving me the opportunity to show the world just how bonkers I am! Cute false teeth eh?!
Monday 30 March 2009
Myself, Jozza and Kath had arranged to meet up at The Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza on Sunday, held in Harrogate. Kath had some samples to drop off at the Craftwork Cards stand (slightly jealous that she gets to play with all the lovely stuff!) so it all worked out really well for a mini Funky Hand Design Gang meet!
We met up in the cafe area and had a good natter. Kath, to the surprise of Joz and I produced some wonderous packages out of her bag! Here are the ones meant for only me:
A beautiful little triangular box with a very cute birdy image on it (look at the ribbon!) and a lovely folder - all matching colours!
I am instantly recognising the Craftwork Cards card candy, plus papers and sentiments (forget love - fall in chocolate heheheheh!) And more stamped images! Penny Black again and some Daisy and Dandelion too!
I said earlier that these were the packages meant for me. I've not photographed the Easter finger making puppet sets or the tubes of Mini Eggs that Kath sent for the boys. Not that any of it has been eaten - just the light was fading fast and I wanted to get the photos taken!
Sunday 29 March 2009
The Creative Card Crew challenge is:
- Heart embellishment: Made by me
If you don't want to make a Mum card, then feel free to do it for a female occasion
As Mothers Day has passed and my Mum's Birthday isn't until October, I decided just to make a girly card. I used a sticker from I think the Celebrations triple pack which I mounted onto white card stock and then onto pale pink. I then used 3d foam pads to layer it onto some lovely pale pink pearlescent card and then some hot pink card. All edges have been rounded and inked.
The blue ribbon is from my stash and I used the left over bits on the side of the image.
- All card: From my stash
- Image: Forever Friends Celebration stickers
- Ribbon: From my stash
Saturday 28 March 2009
I used the image intended for last weeks Stampin' Chic challenge which I just did not get around to doing. I've coloured it with watercolours and a little bit of silver gel pen. All edges have been rounded and inked. The textured background is a sheet of card which is just the perfect colour!
- Textured background: From my stash
- Image: Clare Curd Signature Range coloured with watercolours
- Card Candy: Craftwork Cards
- Other embellishments: Scrap store
And I've inadvertently made one that looks like a cross between Homer and Lisa Simpson....
Ah well! I freehand drew the shape onto some lovely bright yellow slightly textured card, chalked it and drew a wobbly thin black line around the edges. The spikes and spots were made in the same way. And I dabbed a bit of glitter glue here and there for a bit of bling.
The teeth were cut from white card and also chalked.
Samuel has been invited to a joint Birthday party mid April so one card down, one to go!
- All components: From stash
Friday 27 March 2009
Just thought I'd let you know.
And because I get twitchy when I don't blog every day.
Yep. Cart me off now.......
Thursday 26 March 2009
This time I decided to try and make 5 similar cards but to use the holly leaf as the main focus. The holly is my own template cut from a lovely green card that has flecks in it. I've chalked it and then inked the edges in black. A little bit of glitter glue was added to the tips and also the centre of the leaves. The berries are card candy with a large dollop of red glitter glue!
I've doodled around the edges. I started using my trusty thin marker but that gave up on me so then used two black gel pens - one was glittery so there are subtle differences. And the ribbon is from my stash - it was wired but I took that out.
Wednesday 25 March 2009
The backing paper are strips from Funky Daze which have been rounded and inked. The sentiment I don't know the maker as it is not marked, and the chocolate organza ribbon is from my stash.
- Backing papers: Funky Daze from Funky Hand
- Image: Daisy and Dandelion decoupage
- Sentiment: Don't know
- Ribbon: From my stash
- Backing papers: Boys and Girls from Craft4Charity cd
- Image: Smirk, coloured with watercolour pencils and a bit of glitter glue
- Sentiment: Studio G acrylic stamp
- Dies: Flower from the Cuttlebug Baby Face alphabet set
- Brad: From my stash
Tuesday 24 March 2009
I also got a card with a chimp knitting on it (not sure of the connection there) and a box of chocolates. Which is now a part box of chocolates and I presumed that you really did not want to see those!
There are two baby rhinos, and here is one with its mummy (photo taken from one of the viewing platforms)
This lemur sat really still for me, but refused to look directly at me
I actually thought this was a statue until it blinked!
At least this parrot kept still long enough for me to take a photo (Samuel was by this point telling me which photos he wanted taking so he could take them into school to show his class)
Monday 23 March 2009
They were actually supposed to be blues and greens but decided to go with pinks, purples and reds, plus I've still got some left from the ones I made when I did the button swop last month.
These odd shaped ones are made without moulds and I've pushed seed beads into the fimo before baking. I think I should have been a little more forceful with the seed beads as some have worked their way loose.
The heart shaped buttons have been made with a shape cutter - I'd have never got them so uniform and straight without it!
Sunday 22 March 2009
NO PAPER - KEEP IT CLEAN
Now, before you all panic, it is easier than it sounds. We all love our designer papers, don't we? But you can also achieve some wonderful results when you don't use the papers. So why not give it a try? You just might amaze yourself.
The sentiment has been stamped in black ink with a mini Studio G alphabet set. I've a lot more of these stickers in the pack so you may see some more of them!
- Monster stickers: Pound shop
- Coloured card: All from my stash
- Sentiment: Studio G mini wooden alphabet set
And because I'd started this post and then saved it as draft I forgot about it until now when I had a look down my list.... Sorry Karen!! I was awarded it because Karen thinks my work is stunning and inspirational - wow eh?!
I am to list 7 things I love, which are:
- Being able to indulge in crafting
- Seabrook Prawn Cocktail Crisps
- No queues when shopping
- Kids that behave (ha!)
- A win on the Lottery (ok, this is a would love item!)
I am supposed to pass it onto a further 7 people, but I just cannot pick 7! So, feel free to take the award.
Thank you again Karen - you are a star! And go and have a look at her beautiful jewellery - I wish I'd have known you 9 years ago!
PS - Karen - I'm on with the article request just had a bad week with this and that...
Saturday 21 March 2009
For my card I have used one of the Holly and Madison downloads which I have coloured with watercolour pencils and have neatly cut round her too. All the backing papers are scraps from previous projects and are from Funky Daze. I've rounded and inked all the edges too with green and blue ink.
Although I've not put the three dots at the top right hand of the card (like the sketch) I thought that the dotty paper would suffice..... or not?!
Sentiment has been double stamped with blue (it didn't look strong enough on its own) and then with black ink, and it is a Studio G acrylic clear stamp. All the flowers are from Jozza, the heart embroidered button is from my recent button swop with Jacqui and the brads are Papermania. The scalloped border has been created with a Martha Stewart punch.
They are a bit rough and ready but I like the quirkiness of them plus I'd pushed some pink and silver seed beads into the fimo before I baked them.
The flower stems are a swirly flourish set of clear acrylic stamps from Studio G. And that's it! Really simple - and I do like cards that happen that way!
- Backing paper: Funky Daze from Funky Hand
- Buttons: Made by me
- Flower template: From Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine
- Stamps: Studio G acrylic stamp set
Friday 20 March 2009
It's week 40 of the challenges over on Penny Black, and this week it is a sketch
Admittedly, I am just about in time for this one but I did make it a few nights ago and then forgot to take a photo of it.
The image was sent to me by Kath and I've water coloured the image. The backing paper is a lovely lightly ribbed green thin card that I got in a kids pack some time ago from a book club thing at nursery. See how precise I am?! I've used a Martha Stewart punch on it and inked the edges. Oddments of ribbon have been added across the green card and I've used two colours of Prima Esprit flowers and brads and then cheated and used card candy on the edges!
For the first time ever, I've actually printed directly onto the card stock - I've used Pink Petticoat Big Mini Dots download (had to trim the card a little for the margins). And I did say that I'd be doing the cupcakes again! Made them the same way as before, but this time cut, what I hope will look like, bites out of the cake (although husband said it look like a rat had gnawed them....)
And I've added a co-ordinating strip of card to back the cupcakes onto and the obligatory brown satin ribbon.
I was thinking of adding a sentiment underneath but couldn't decide on what. So will leave it blank until I reach that decision!