Saturday 28 September 2013

My Best for Him

Ack, I couldn't get a decent pic of this wee card ... the DP is more of a sage green than the sludge grey that's showing here!!  I've been humming this carol since I stamped that sentiment Haha

Image is an oldie from High Hopes: My Best for Him and Pa rum pa pum pum sentiment.  Coloured with pencils. I rediscovered a stash of gold stars, got a bit carried away with them I think!!

By the way, did you see that High Hopes are having a Guest DT call - the term runs from October to January, but you'll have to leave your name in the linky before Monday night ... Tick Tock, get a move on!!

Flowery Tilda

I started this card earlier in the week but couldn't get the enthusiasm to get it finished.  Had a really tough week in work - I said bye to 2 friends who I've worked with for over 24 years and then heard that some other colleagues are facing compulsory redundancy.  So it's been a very emotional few days :(

My card uses one of my unloved Tilda images ... I'm still tempted to draw in a smile LOL!  I coloured her to match my pretty DP and then pulled the usual trick of covering up most of it with other papers!

Image coloured with pencils.  Martha Stewart grass border punch.  Dienamics Mini tab.  Sentiment is an oldie from Elzybells.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

High Hopes Guest DT Call!

Would you like to be a Guest Designer for High Hopes Rubber Stamps?

We are currently holding a Guest DT Call!!

~ Create a card each week for the Tuesday Challenges using a High Hopes Stamp (we will take a few weeks off in December for a Christmas break)
~ Post comments on participant's entries
~ Term is from October through January
~ You must have a blog to be considered for the team

If you would like to be a guest, please add your name to the linky on the High Hopes blog. I

The call runs for 1 week ending at 7pm EST Monday, September 30th.

High Hopes Challenge #187

It's punches and dies this week at High Hopes, so a nice easy one!  Play along with your High Hopes stamps to win a new one of your choice :)

My card uses Downhill Snowy - you'll see from the link that the snowy image goes downhill, but I wanted him to go horizontal, so I just stamped him and then cut him out.  Popped up on dimensionals and glitter added to his hat and skis, and also to the little windows in the house border (I'm lovin this border die from Memory Box!)
Sentiment also from High Hopes - Warm Winter Wishes

Other challenges:
Merry Monday Christmas Card Club - snowmen
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #143 - stamp, stamp, stamp
Christmas Stampin All Year Long #34 - anything Christmas
Bunny Zoe's September challenge - something blue
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra challenge - September

Sunday 22 September 2013

Autumn coloured cutie

I think this is my favourite card I've made this weekend .. the old mojo is mucking about again!
I'd originally planned for her t-shirt to be red and white, but made an ooops with one of my red Promarkers and had to have a change of plan!

Fluttering By

Sunday evenings come round so fast!!  We've had a beautiful sunny weekend, definitely one where you should be outdoors!  Guilt got the better of me this afternoon so I've been out and emptied all my hanging baskets and lots of pruning and pulling done!  So we've a nice tidy garden at the minute ... just ready for the leaves to start falling and making a mess Ha.

I've no idea what colour my bunny is .. there's about 5 different pinks in him, I just kept adding layers until I got a shade that kinda matched my DP.
Image and sentiment from The Cats Pyjamas.

Saturday 21 September 2013


Heee, I love how this wee card turned out.  How cute are those little birdies (Alley Way Stamps).  I didn't quite manage to stamp them in a straight line, but hey, that's nothing new eh?
I glossed up their beaks and head feathers (?) and then the one on the right got some glitter treatment and googly eyes.

Challenges 4 Everybody #29 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #100 - winged things
Papertake Weekly - make it sparkle
Creative Inspirations #232 - CAS
Divas by Design - anything goes
ABC challenge - V for Very Cute
Sister Act #25 - anything goes

Butterfly Baby

My card stash is sooo low, so I thought I'd use one of my new Alley Way stamps to make a baby card.  I paper pieced my butterfly and glittered up the wee bits in the wings.  Die-namics Peek-a-Boo-Dots die; sentiment banner hand cut.

New Home

Hmmm, DP overload methinks!  That's what you get when you use up all your bits and pieces on the one card. Ha.
I also didn't plan out my sentiment properly and kinda ran out of room for it.  Oops.

Image/sentiment from Simon Says Stamp - Where the heart is - coloured with pencils and black glitter added to the window sills and hearts.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

High Hopes Challenge #186

This week's High Hopes challenge is
Orange and Purple
I've made a Halloween card, but you can make anything you want with your High Hopes stamps as long as you follow the colour theme.

My image is Boo Crew Border - coloured with pencils and some clear gloss added as accents to the bows.  And, GASP, I've actually managed to use a button Hahaha
Sentiment is Simply Halloween, also from High Hopes.  My starry embossing folder is an oldie from Sizzix

Sketch flipped from Sketchy Colors #178 (though I've just noticed that I scribbled their sketch down wrong and am missing the panel at the top)
Sister Act #24 - anything goes
Card Makin Mamas CMM74 - for the kids
Natalie and Amy #12 - embossing
Oozak #22 - Fall

Sunday 15 September 2013

Card for Uncle Derek

Wowee, it's been a bit of a draughtly day today, though we didn't get the lashing rain that had been forecast (excitable weathermen on telly as usual!)  LOTS of leaves down, hopefully the wind will leave some and let them change colour :(

Ah well, the crappy weather forecast meant I hadn't any plans for today, so had a lovely crafty day and got loads of washing out on the line to dry in between card making ... anyone fancy some ironing?

This card is for my Uncle and features Brutus from High Hopes, isn't he a sweetie!!  Coloured with pencils and some glitter added to his dog tag for a bit of bling.  Central panel popped up on dimensionals and then sentiment (Paper Smooches) also popped up again.

Layout from Freshly Made Sketches #103
Whimsy Inspiration Challenge #63 - masculine card
Tuesday Throwdown #164 - anything goes
Crafty Catz #198 - boys / men
Totally Papercrafts #184 - birthday boys
The Squirrel and the Fox #52 - it's raining men
A little bit crafty September challenge - CAS
My Mum's Craft Shop #9 - boys only

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Wot ... no bling??

Ha, I can't belive I've just made a card with no bling, no embellies or no twine!!  Unheard of!
Its just a quickie for the 10 minute craft dash colour challenge -  I'm a bit like a whirling dervish for this challenge and is the only time I actually plan my card properly before starting and don't faff about setting on and taking off embellishments!

10 minute craft dash #25 - colour combo - though I don't have any brown paper so had to go with kraft.  My card ... 9 minutes 22 secs.
Layout from Paper Smooches SPARKS designer drafts
Penny's challenge #144 - anything goes
Crafty Creations #239 get krafty
Sister Act #23 - anything goes

Tuesday 10 September 2013

High Hopes Challenge #185

This week's challenge at High Hopes is an easy one for some of you ....
Buttons and Bows
but when you're button-challenged like me it's a toughie!!  I've no idea why I find them such a difficult embellishment to use, so I was delighted to find this wee santa hat button in my stash that was a great match to my image ... Elegant Santa.

I didn't want to add even more height to my card (the button's quite bulky) and only had a smidgen of this ribbon left, so I just folded over the wee leftover bit to make a loop and then stuck the button down in the middle to give a bow effect.

I added some of this fluffy fibre stuff that I bought a year or two ago at the Belfast Craft Show to Santa's hat.  Wow, that stuff is magnetised to everything ... hands, face, jeans, papers, probably even the dog!
Red glitter added to the holly berries and clear sparkle to his bauble.  Memory Box border die.

Other Challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Child's Play
Totally Gorjuss #200 - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge #141 - at least 3 layers
Stamping Sensations September challenge - photo inspiration - I used the greens and red theme
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas extra - September

Monday 9 September 2013

Krafty New Home

I needed a new home card, so was delighted to see this week's Muse challenge (pic below) was the perfect inspiration!
My house wasn't as cute and sweet as Therese's, nor was my tag, so I added a bit of red glitter to brighten all that Kraft paper.

Muse challenge #34
CAS on Sunday #16 - welcome home
Totally Gorjuss #200 - anything goes
Penny's challenge #143 - spooled items
Papertake Weekly - anything goes

Sunday 8 September 2013

Anniversary card

Another special request for a Wedding Anniversary card - my wee LOTV bear was still knocking round my table so he got picked for some ink again!  I kinda wish I'd gone easier on his blusher though!  I hadn't planned on adding the butterflies until a fingerprint appeared where it shouldn't have, not the first time that's happened ;)

Layout based on Clean and Simple #257
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Totally Gorjuss #200 - anything goes
Allsorts #223 - butterflies
Crafty Little Fairies #1 - cute'n cuddly critter
Designed to Color #19 - anything goes
Ready Teddy Go #26 - summer days

Leaving card for Paul

Another leaving card for another work colleague ... this time a golfer!
I've used Retired Raymond from High Hopes - coloured with promarkers and paper pieced trousers ... why do golfers have such a rare taste in fashion???  No 'normal' folk would be seen dead in trousers like these!
I added some flower soft for grass.  I wish I'd reversed my green panels, but hadn't planned my card properly and the black sparkly peel off letters were a last-minute decision, and probably would have looked better on a lighter cardstock.

Sketch from A Die for a Sketch #16
My Mums Craft Shop #9 - Boys only
Totally Gorjuss #200 - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
The Squirrel and The Fox #52 - it's raining men

Saturday 7 September 2013

Leaving card for John

It's been a dark, damp day today, perfect for crafting :) Good job, as I've a load of cards I need to get made this weekend!  This one is for a friend that I've worked with for over 20 years but we've had some funding cuts so he's taking early retirement ... I reckon his wife will need a photo of him as he'll be out fishing 24/7!

My image is Dad's Catch from High Hopes.  Bought these DPs yesterday in a moment of weakness - from Forever Friends ... love it!  Letters popped up on dimensionals - I added in the faux stitching as they were a bit lost in my DP.

Layout from Penny Black and More September challenge
ABC Challenge - U for Unlimited
My Mum's Craft Shop #9 - boys only
Creatalicious challenge #54 - for the boys
Polkadoodles #36 - significant birthday or occasion
Totally Gorjuss #200 - anything goes
Divas by Design - water themed
Papertake Weekly - anything goes

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Paper Pieced Thanks

Mmmm, just spent a lovely hour watching the Great British Bake Off on telly ... lots of gorgeous looking cakes and biscuits yummmmmmm.  Only downside is that I always end up rooting through my larder for something 'nice' (preferably covered in chocolate LOL)!!

I've no mojo at the minute, the layout of this card was inspired by one I spotted in the freebie digital issue of Paper Crafts, I LOVE this mag!

All images and sentiment from various Paper Smooches sets. I paper pieced my tree canopy, butterflies and apple, and added some bling for good measure!  The green panel at the bottom is popped up on dimensionals.
I used my Cuttlebug to die cut the wee tag (Taylored Expressions Tag Stacklets), then decided it was a tad too big so trimmed it down the sides and at the bottom!
Sorry for the pants photo ... the dark evenings are here already :(

CASology #60 - apple
Top Tip Tuesday #109 - paper piecing
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania - back to nature
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes

Sunday 1 September 2013

Purple Donkey

Booo hooo Sunday evening and the end of my week off, back to the grindstone tomorrow :(

This card is based on this week's featured stamper at Splitcoast - here's Lee's original  Wouldn't the world be a fun place if donkeys were purple and horses blue!

My image is Brayden from High Hopes, coloured with pencils, and sentiment from Paper Smooches.  Image panel popped up on dimensionals.

Sweet Stampin - spots and stripes
A Gem of a Challenge #95 - use 2 different DPs
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes
Penny's Challenge #142 - from the list I used ribbon, eyelet, gems
Sister Act #22 - anything goes