Monday, 30 May 2011

Pansy Girl ATC

I made this ATC with the Pansy Girl stamp by artist Mitzi Wiuff which is available to buy from Queen Kat Designs. There are several other stamps of a similar nature by the same artist - think they may drop into my cart one day and I'll make a series of ATC's with them. It would also make a great card topper too.

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The background of the ATC was some left over mountboard which had been embossed and then inked with a Brilliance ink pad. I stamped the Pansy Girl image using Momentos ink pad and then just added small amounts of colour to the image using SU ink pads and a blender pen. I then tore the edges to give a distressed look and then inked the edges. I've added some Kaiser lace ribbon to the top and bottom of the ATC and finished it of by adding the words Pansy Girl using a mini alphabet set and a small square punch.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Comment problem

Just wanted to say that for some reason blogger isn't allowing me to comment on some blogs - which is a great pity as I have enjoyed looking at my favourites and have wanted to share positive comments with you - hopefully it will be sorted out soon!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011



It's WOYWW and on my work desk today I have a few projects to show - the little gift boxes I made as little Thank You gifts and contain some yummy Hotel Chocolats inside - hopefully the ladies getting these will enjoy the contents. I've also got the baby sampler that is almost complete - just got a bit of back stitching to do and adding the name and date of birth. Also on the work desk are some stamps that dropped into my basket when I went down to Kelly Bray on Saturday - hopefully I will get chance to play with them at the weekend.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Birthday Blog Candy Winner

Thank you to all those people who entered my birthday blog candy - I've really enjoyed looking around so many new blogs of which I have tried to become a follower of your blogs too - if I haven't got to you yet I will very soon. I've been a bit quiet on the crafting front the past couple of weeks, but hopefully I will soon be able to get back to daily blogging again - so much I want to do and never enough time - a feeling probably shared by many of you.

So who was the lucky winner?

True Random Number Generator Result: 16 Powered by RANDOM.ORG which is

Anna if you could e-mail me with your full name and address I will get your candy sent to you as soon as possible.

I've got this week off work and we are hoping to make the most of the days by going out and enjoying the beautiful countryside and fresh air. Yesterday we were lucky enough to get out for a walk around Kit Hill before it started to rain. Today the weather was much better and we went to Parke National Trust near Bovey Tracey and enjoyed a lovely walk through the woods and by the river - Max as usual enjoyed his paddle in the water. We then went into Bovey Tracey and enjoyed a lovely pub lunch before I headed off to the wool shop there and bought some wool to make a mystery project in this months edition of Let's Knit. We then took Max for a walk around the local park and visited the small Heritage Centre which used to be the station building many years ago.

Tomorrow we are hoping to walk around the grounds of Powderham Castle with Colette and Logan - fingers crossed the weather will be kind to us again.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Twirl with me

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This week I've used the Stiff Ballerina by QKD on a card - last time she appeared on an ATC. I've gone for girly pink colours and have managed to used up just a bit more of my scrap papers - this time retired SU papers. I cut an aperture using the CM cutting system and suspended the stamped and coloured image from the aperture so that she twirls around. The sentiment was cut out using SU's Word Window punch - I use that one a lot!

Short and sweet today as I am going out for a nice walk with Ian and Max and then enjoying lunch somewhere to celebrate my birthday. I will announce the winner of my blog candy draw tomorrow.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Puppy Appeal - can you help?

I came across this appeal this evening - if you would like to help then the full details can be found on Kirsty Wisemans blog - here is jus a snippet. Along with the appeal for financial help there is the chance of winning a great raffle prize - do check it all out.

"The story.....A facebook friend of mine, Janey Pye (cool name, right?), wrote about an incident relating to her Jack Russell dog, Daisy, on the 17th May 2011 but today, 18th May 2011 she received the devastating news that she either find £1600 for vet bills or have her dog destroyed. I mean, you just can't comprehend anything like that, can you? In the cold light of day, being given that kind of alternative is gut wrenching. The fact that Janey has no pet insurance is of no consequence to me or indeed many of my friends, the positive in me see's to it that I and whoever else who is attached to Janey must do all they can to help her. I know its not something we all can afford but some of us go through our daily lives praying nothing happens to our pet to warrant such a huge expense."

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Triple Tiara Tuesday at Queen Kat Designs

Welcome to another Triple Tiara Tuesday for May! We invite you to get inspired and participate in this week's Sketch challenge. This week's challengers are: myself, Maria and Janie.
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Here are the rules of Triple Tiara Tuesday:- Each week 3 Royal Court Members will host a challenge on their blog.- You start at the QKD blog and visit the 3 challenge hosts on their personal blogs. (Leave us some love and a link to your project so we can return the favor. *wink*)- QKD will offer up a $25 stamp gift certificate for the players to compete for each month. So if people enter each week, they have 4 chances to win the monthly prize of $25.- The contestants will post their link to their card on the Inlinkz widget on the QKD blog. (There will be 1 per month).

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For my card I have rotated the sketch to suit my main stamped image, which is a lovely image from one of the lovely Myka monthly kits. I've stamped out the image using Momentos black ink pad onto a rectangle cut out using a Nestie die and this was then matted onto a piece of green patterned paper once the image had been coloured in using Copics. On a scrap of SU's Whisper White cardstock I have stamped out the paisley design that also came with the kit using SU's Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry to create my own background paper. The sentiment was also from the same kit and punched out using an SU oval punch and matted onto a scallop oval. All the patterned paper are retired SU papers. To finish off the card I have punched and embossed some flowers using one of the Nellie Snellen punches and a Martha Stewart frond punch.

Thanks for looking and I hope you'll have a go at the sketch and enter the Triple Tiara Tuesday challenge and give yourself a chance of winning this months prize.

Monday, 16 May 2011

More Cake Mouse - QKD

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Using the same Cake Mouse stamp from a couple of weeks ago I created a simpler card this time. I've use the papers from the same range Nook and Pantry but this is the other side of the paper. This time I've only used a strip across the centre of the card and used an X-Cut border punch and various SU cardstock to add some interest to the top and bottom. Next I've used one of the Nellie Snellen rectangles to cut out some SU Early Espresso cardstock and matted the Cake Mouse stamp which was coloured in using Copics onto SU's Certainly Celery and Blushing Bride cardstock. Finally I added one of the sentiments which come with Myka monthly kits available from QKD. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Twisted Sketch #59 Coffee and friends.

The Twisted Sketch is now up on their blog and this week's twist is "Friend" - any how, any way! Why not check out what the other DT members have come up with for this weeks sketch and join in the fun too.

I've opted to used up my scraps this week and found a lovely piece of swirly acetate which was from a Stampaholics kit a few years ago now. I've used a nestie to give it a bit of shape at the bottom - this was a bit tougher than I thought it would be but it did go through after several attempts. The stamps are both Unity stamps and have been stamped out using SU's Chocolate Chip ink pad. The buttons were an afterthought as I needed something to cover the adhesive I'd used to attach the acetate, but in my mind I'm thinking of them as coffee beans!


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Avocado Arts Stamp Club - can a girl have too many stamps?

I came across this very new Stamp Club while blog hopping the other week. I'm not sure how I ended up at Kimberley's blog (one of the Avocado Arts Pit Crew), but from there I got the link to the Avocado Arts stamp club and their blog which has lots of inspiration on how to use their stamps. Those that know me also know I just can't resist stamps, but what I particularly liked about these (apart from the fantastic communication and superb service from Michele) was the fact they have now provided me with the opportunity to use up some of my scraps.

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This is their first kit and includes lots of individual stamps which you can use to build up your own scene. They stamp out very crisp and are great to use directly onto your card to colour in or you can use them for paper piecing which is what I have done with my card. I've used up some scrap pink/red paper and stamped out the tulip image 10 times. I've cut out a circle from a scrap of pale yellow paper and stamped just one of the greetings onto it and then used one of the tiny circle shapes to build up a pattern on the circle using SU's Daffodil Delight ink pad. I've then inked the edges of the circle and added all the tulip shapes to create a larger flower. I might at the weekend make another card at the weekend but create more layers with the tulip stamp to give more depth to the design.

If you like the stamps find out more by clicking on the links above and if you decide to go for them please let them know I referred you to them as they also offer a referral draw giving you the chance to win a gift.

Monday, 9 May 2011

ATC challenge blog entry - with new release from QKD

I stumbled across this new ATC challenge blog and thought I'd use the recently created ATC I had made using the Stiff Ballerina stamp a new release this month from Queen Kat Designs. I used to be involved in ATC swaps many years ago and I've still got all of them stored away - I'd forgotten how much fun they could be to make.

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ATC's are a great way of using up some of those scrap pieces of card and paper. The papers were some Basic Grey and I've simply stamped the image and sentiments that come with the set using a Momentos ink pad. They've then been matted and layered onto the black cardstock. The theme for the first challenge was Anything Goes. After the first challenge which runs for 3 weeks they will then be issuing challenges on a fortnightly basis - so why not join in the fun and use up those scraps!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Cute Card Thursday challenge

This weeks challenge on the Cute Card Thursday blog was to create a card with a chocolate theme - well this was the ideal opportunity to finally stamp up the set of Dark Room Door stamps I'd bought at the Westpoint craft show in April.

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I've used one of the two lovely images that come with the set and one of the sentiments from the same set. These have been inked using Versafine Sepia inkpad onto SU's Confetti White cardstock. The papers came free with a magazine I bought this week and are from a Nit Wits collection. I've matted and layered the main image using SU's Early Espresso and gold foil card from my stash and then framed it with one of the gorgeous new Nestie dies. I found some lovely rich chocolate brown ribbon in one of my ribbon boxes and used my bow maker so that it was nice and neat. Finally I added some roses which I'd made using the Marianne Creatables die.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Everyday Life

After working two very long and busy days Sunday and Monday I've been fortunate enough to have two days off to recover! Not much crafting has been done while I've been chilling out and recharging my batteries so I thought I would share some photos I've taken over the past couple of months.

The first one is of our three grandchildren. Colette and I had been to Church one Sunday morning and rather than going straight home we decided to take a walk along Plymouth Hoe and as we were walking along we saw David and his family fishing. I managed to grab the opportunity of getting a photo of all three of them together, something that doesn't happen often at the moment. Connor was a bit reluctant to have his photo taken so was covering his face and Elisha bless her copied!


Next up is Connor on his 4th birthday wearing the Spider Man pyjamas that his Auntie Letty bought him and riding the scooter mum and dad had bought him for his birthday. It's hard to believe this little man is four years old already and that he will be starting school in September.


We took this photo of Logan about a month ago so he was only four months old but as you can see he is holding his head up and cheerfully looking around at us while he was on his baby play mat. At the moment he is nearly always this cheerful (obviously doesn't take after the Harris side of the family!) - Colette has been very lucky with him and I hope he will always remain such a cheeky chappy.


At Easter Colette and I took a trip up to Buckfastleigh to see Logan's grandad playing at train dirvers - typically the train was late and by the time Ian got into the station we'd already had lunch and Logan had got bored and fell asleep. A rare photograph of me actually in a dress - well I had to make the most of the gorgeous sunshine.


Last Friday afternoon we met up with Keith and enjoyed an afternoon on the Barbican as it was part of the Jazz Festival. I have to confess we spent a vast majority of the time sat outside the Watering Hole enjoying the sounds.


We did get up and wander around occasionally and take in some of the other musicians and artists that were there. It was a bit windy at times, but these young muscians did really well not to lose their music sheets and they were fantastic to listen to.

Keith and I really enjoyed our little art discussion while watching this man create his own miniature work of art. We'd been looking at some of his other paintings and discussing which ones we liked and why. I gave a reason why I like a particular one and when I gave my reason why Keith could then see where I was coming from and vice versa - made for a fun afternoon.


Monday, 2 May 2011

Cake Mouse - New Release from QKD

The first Wednesday in each month sees the new release of stamps from Queen Kat Designs - now I know I'm a couple of days early but I thought I share with you one of the cards I've made using the cute Cake Mouse by Che Gilson which will be available to buy from Wednesday.

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I've used Basic Grey Nook & Pantry paper along with SU's Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Blushing Bride cardstock. The main image is stamped onto a Whisper White circle cut out using my CM cutting system and matted onto a Blushing Bride piece of cardstock. This was then matted onto Whisper White Nestie heart circle which was then matted onto Soft Suede and Cajun Craze Circles. I've used my Marianne punches to cut and emboss the little flowers, adding some gems from my stash. The image was coloured in using Promarkers and Copic pens and the sentiment comes from one of the Whimsical Ink monthly kits. The sentiment was cut out using SU's oval and scalloped oval punches. I've also used some lovely velvet ribbon from my stash to add to the finishing touch.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

New Month - New Challenge on Just Tracy's challenge blog

May has arrived and with it another new challenge is up on the Just Tracy's challenge blog. This month the challenge is "Its only Words" Small images are allowed but your main focus must be on the sentiment. The prize this month is 2 sentiment stamps and is being sponsored by Just Tracy's shop. Further details can be found here, along with all the DT's handiwork.

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For my card I kept it very simple and used an image of a flower, which already had a lovely little sentiment printed onto it - this came from a kit I purchased from QVC a very long time ago. The little flower border was self adhesive and came with the same kit, making it fully co-ordinated. I did add a cute little ladybug to one of the leaves for a little added interest and a little pink bow, made with my bow maker - makes life so much easier!