Friday 29 August 2014

Forgotten Funkies - Steam Funk

It's the last Friday of the month so its time for the Funky Hand Design Team to showcase a blast from the past and this month its the turn of the Steam Funk download.

There are lots of papers plus an alphabet and digi stamps and the papers work so well with Kraft card - as I've used on my card!

I've printed directly onto kraft cardstock and then layered the papers plus made a little house from scraps. The sentiment is handwritten and all the other embellishments are from my stash - the little heart pearls I've had for an absolute age and the cute bronze keys are a recent ebay purchase! A great versitile download - if you want to see more, just pop over to Get Funky and have a look at the rest of the Design Teams creations!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks: Something Old (heart pearls), Something New (key charms)
Aud Sentiments: Any Sentiment Except Birthday
Crafting For All Seasons: Monochromatic
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: Anything Goes

Wednesday 27 August 2014

From The Heart Stamps Monthly Progressive Freebie Challenge

Each month on From The Heart Stamps there is a freebie image to use - enter your link when you've made your creation and you then get the next monthly stamp for free!  For August its Pumpkin Pigwit and I've coloured him with Promarkers and used papers from Lori Whitlock - Fresh Air. 

I've again used an offcut of card, hence why some of it overhangs the top! Ribbon is from my stash along with the embroidery thread and I bought the sunflower charm from ebay (along with quite a few others too - all from China and bargains!)

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

A Random Fan Challenge: Anything Goes with a Handcoloured Image
Through The Craftroom Door: Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz: Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Crazy Challenge: Cute Little Animals

Tuesday 26 August 2014

On Your Retirement - Part 4

Here is the final part of the epic Retirement card! Parts 1, 2 and 3 have been shown on previous Tuesdays if you want a look back. This page features Bath Time Deirdery from Dr Digiand some equally electrifying papers - Echo Park, Summerdays.

And this is the front cover to the Retirement card - its also in our organisation colours!

So, that's it! I've handwritten the tag and used various dies - X Cut for the mirror and Sizzix for the letters and tag. It's received lots of giggles around the office as people were writing their well wishes on the reverse.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Come and Get It Challenges: Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Fairytale Stampers: Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes
A Gem of A Challenge: Stitching
Allsorts: Bright Sunshiny Colours

Monday 25 August 2014

From The Heart Stamps - Sketch #77

Continuing my time as a Guest Designer over at From The Heart Stamps, its time for another sketch challenge which also has a twist - flower power! The sketch is below and it can be rotated as you wish but you MUST use a From The Hearts Stamp.

I've used Birdbrain Needs Coffee digi stamp and coloured it with Promarkers. The sentiment also comes with the image and I printed it underneath the image before using an X Cut oval die to cut it all out. Papers are Echo Park Summerdays and I've used flowers, stick pins and half pearls that I had in my stash.

Good luck with the sketch challenge - it lasts for 2 weeks and make sure you use a FTHS!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Come and Get It Challenges: Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Allsorts: Bright Sunshiny Colours
Crazy 4 Challenges: Animal
Suzy Bee's Challenge: Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards: BINGO (Die Cut, Pearls, Yellow)

Tuesday 19 August 2014

On Your Retirement - Part 3

Another installment of the Retirement card! Here Green Fingers and Thumb Deirdrey from Dr Digi catches up on the gardening.

Looks like all the sun and rain of recent times has made the lawn sprout into an almost jungle - time for Derek to wheel out the mower....!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Paper Minutes: Die Cuts
Papertake Weekly: To Die For
Fairytale Stampers: Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room: Use Ribbon

Tuesday 12 August 2014

On Your Retirement - Part Two

So, you've gone for lots of long rambling walks and that has really invigorated you on your retirement, so what to do next?  Take up a new hobby of course!!

Here is Deirdery Wired For Sound from Dr Digi in her retro 80's outfit, slowly getting to grips with the roller boots, elbow and knee pads essential.

I used to have some rather similar roller boots. However they were butchered by my brother - his skateboards wheels were knackered, so next best thing were mine. And he tried to hide the evidence of his cunningness in the bottom of my wardrobe.

Nearly 30 years on and the memory still smarts somewhat.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with Optional Sights, Sounds, Smells and Tastes of Summer
Crafting When We Can: Bright Colours
Robyns Fetish: Anything Goes
My Time To Craft: Unusual Coloured Hair
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes

Monday 11 August 2014

From The Heart Stamps - Sketch #76

Here is the new sketch over at From The Heart Stamps - the challenge is open for two weeks and you must use a FTHS image and follow the sketch - the twist element is entirely upto you if you want to add it!

I've used Fishing Birdbrain and coloured it with Promarkers. The papers are Echo Park - Summerdays. I'm trying to use up all the offcuts of card I get when making a square card from an A4 sheet and I've managed to use one here - thats why some elements of the card fall off the edge!

Half pearls, embroidery thread and charm are all from my stash. Good luck with the challenge!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Kraftin' Kimmie: Outdoor Activities
Speedy Fox and Friends: Feathers
Animal Friends: Summer
Alphabet Challenge: M for Men

Sunday 10 August 2014

Simply Create Too - Old / Vintage Challenge

Woooops! I totally forgot to blog my card as part of the Old / Vintage challenge at Simply Create Too! I make lists of everything I have to do along with dates of when my projects are needed, and for this particular one, I'd crossed it off on my list and didn't schedule the blog post..... There is still time to enter the challenge but be quick!

I've used papers from Funky Hand - Wash It All Away and a fab topper from Cardmaker's Delights which is part of a pack of 8 in similar styles and they also now sell downloadable toppers!

The sentiment stamp is from Our Betty clear stamp set also from Funky Hand, and everything else is from my stash. Good luck with the challenge!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Kitty Bee Designs: Birthday Boy
Creatalicious Challenges: Monochrome
Patties Creations: Monochromatic
Wags n Whiskers: Birthdays

Tuesday 5 August 2014

On Your Retirement - Part 1

As I mentioned last week, I've been busy making cards for work colleagues who are leaving. This particular card is one of a kind and is for someone I've worked with for quite a number of years and there is nothing that she doesn't know - she's the typical go-to person in Finance!

So it can only be fitting that her retirement card is something to remember (and its already giving the office giggles when they are signing it!)

So I proudly present, What To Do On Your Retirement, Part 1 - Go For Long Rambling Walks....

Faldaree Deirdery from Dr Digi sets the tone perfectly! Come back next week, same time, same place for the second installment!

I've used Promarkers to colour plus Echo Park Summerday papers; a Sizzix die cut tag and a handwritten sentiment. I've also used an X Cut die and a Marianne Creatables for the grass.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Come And Get It Challenges: All About Dies
Crafting When We Can: Bright Colours
Crafty Calendar: Anything Goes
So Artful Challenges: Glasses / Spectacles
We Do Doobadoo Challenges: Celebrations

Monday 4 August 2014

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #75

As you'll probably know from my previous post, I'm one of two Guest Designers during August and September over on From The Heart Stamps! I was already a big fan of the digis so its a bit like Christmas - getting to play with my favourite toys!

The current challenge is a fab sketch and it has a twist - to use buttons. Normally, the sketch challenges last just a week but during the summer its a fortnight, so here I am with some extra inspiration - and here is the sketch:

I've used Sick Chick, colkoured using Promarkers and papers from Echo Park - Splash; the buttons are from my rather extensive collection. I treated myself to a We R Memory Keepers stitch tool from Amazon a few weeks ago - I'd bought one of the heads for £1 in Hobbycraft (partly becuase it was a bargain!) and needed the actual tool. I used the needle that came with it and in hindsight I should have used one of my own finer ones as it was a bit clunky.

Half pearls and embroidery thread from my stash - the sentiment comes with the digi - perfect! Good luck with the challenge - please make sure you only use FTHS but if you join in, you'll be emailed a code to use off your next purchase in the store and its worth $1 and you can combine them so you get a free stamp!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crafting When We Can: Bright Colours
Hobbycuz: Buttons Galore
Pile It On: Stitching
A Little Bit Crafty: Sew what?
Live and Love Crafts: Stitching

Friday 1 August 2014

From The Heart Stamps - August Blog Hop!

I'm so pleased to have been asked to be a Guest Designer over at From The Heart Stamps for August and September! I've been joining in with the weekly sketch challenge and also the monthly progressive challenge for some time and I love using Faith's stamps, so you can imagine how pleased I was when I was asked!

At the start of each month their is a blog hop which showcases the fantastic work of the Design Team and this is the first hop I'm joining in with. Our theme this month is “Summer and Sunshine”.

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of their choice from the FTHS store. And additionally, one commenter on the From the Heart Stamps blog will be selected to win a $15 gift voucher to the store!

If you have arrived from Joanna (who is the other Guest Designer for August and September!), you are in the right place, if not why start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

Here is my creation:

I've used Tropical Chick digi stamp, coloured with Promarkers and I've used a scalloped Nesties die for the base. The sentiment is part of the digi set as well.

Now head over to Angela and see what they have created. Thanks for hopping with us today! And don't forget to leave a comment! The hop will end on Monday 4 August at 6am, EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday 6 August. Good luck!