Monday, 29 August 2011

Jack O Lantern

It's Queen Kat day for me and this is the last of the Halloween projects I have created using the new releases this month. I've used the Great Pumpkin stamp again to create a Halloween card using up the scraps for all the other projects. He's been coloured in using Promarkers and matted and layered onto nestie shapes.

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This weekend I have been working on the September releases - more feminine next month and the first show and tell will be next Monday - thanks for looking.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Non traditional Christmas colours

Where the last week went I do not know - I had very little time for crafting or blogging, but thankfully did manage to catch up with a couple of friends I haven't seen for a while.

I finally got chance to start to make something yesterday morning before going to work and finished it off yesterday evening. I made this Christmas card using the Sassy Lil' sketches from their August Week 1 sketch

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Most of the items I've used have come from the lovely Artful Designs August card kit with just a few additions from my stash. The kit is now sold out, but the new September kit will be fully revealed next week. In the kit came a lovely set of stamps from Inkadinkado called Garden Gate which I have used to stamp onto my base card using Tim Holtz Vintage Paper and then Wild Honey around the edges of the card. I also used the same stamp using Versamark onto one of the pieces of paper which come with the kit and then used gold embossing powder. The tree image is one of the Kanban Christmas stamps and the sentiment came from one of my other sentiment collections - not sure of the manufacturer but think it was Butterfly Kisses. I used SU punches for the sentiment. All the other items apart from the gems, a scrap of brown and blue card and gold elastic cord came with the kit, including the little chipboard bunting, ribbon and vintage button.

I did manage to get some knitting done during the week, although I also spent a lot of time unpicking it as well. I'd already done five pattern repeats without any problems, but the last five before it was divided for fronts and back just would not fall into place. Then to top it off I read the decrease row incorrectly - twice - before finally getting back on track with it - phew!!! All I've got to do now is try and find another stitch holder so that I can continue.

Eeyore also had a few stitches added to him during the week so my end of September deadline is looking promising, although I have a few DT projects that I must get completed over the next couple of days.

Work looks set to get busier as I am going to be trained up as a Team Leader so I could be working more hours each week so crafting time will be even more precious, but I'm oddly enough looking forward to the new challenge. Who knows it might even make me become a bit more organised!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Happy Halloween from QKD

This Monday I'm showing you a LO that I created and used the Candy Pleez stamp as an embellishment on the page, coloured in to co-ordinate with Elisha's outfit.

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I think this is why I love stamps so much as they don't just have to be for cards you can use them on almost any project and they will still look great. The paper, cardstock and alphabets are from my stash and I've coloured the image in using Promarkers.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Bee Amazed

At the end of July we visited The Malverns for the first time with our friends Phil and Jen and enjoyed several hours walking across them - the scenary was breathtaking and it was such a lovely sunny day too. We're going back there in September for a midweek break so hopefully the weather will be kind to us again.

I made this LO using one of the photos we took while walking along The Malverns - have to confess Ian took this one. I've used the sketch from Scrap with V and two papers from the August Scrapbook Circle kit which are from Echo Park's Country Drive range, they are gorgeous and suited the photo just right I think. Apart from the base card and the pink card everything came from the kit. I've used an Elusive Image (or Chocolate Baroque as they are known now) stamp set to stamp out the various sized flowers using SU's Soft Suede. The foliage die cut is also from SU and I toned down the bright pink card with the same ink. The large alphabets came from my stash but the mini alpahbet came with the set. The papers were double sided so I still have loads more paper left from the kit - all I need to do now is make some cards with the scraps from the LO.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Hot - red hot

That's the challenge this week on the Crafty Purple Frog challenge and here is what you could win:-

1st prize is a massive 5 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
2nd prize is 3 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
3rd prize is 2 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
4th prize is 1 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog

So we want you to show us anything hot!

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For my card I have used the lovely Fields of Poppy invertage, but again have kept the card fairly simple to show off the design. I've created a border of poppies using a Kanban stamp set and coloured them in using SU ink pads, the sentiment came from the same set. I hope you'll join in with the challenge - remember you don't have to use Crafty Purlple Frog images, but if you do you will be entered twice into the draw.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Everyday holds the possibility of a miracle.

A friend of a dear friend of mine is unfortunately battling against cancer and I made this card to send to my friend go give her some support while she supports her friend. As we don't live near to each other this is my only way of giving her some support.

I've used the sketch from Sassy Lil' card sketches and papers from and embellishments from the August Artful Delights card kit (now sold out). I've added a couple of pearl gems from my own stash to go with the gorgeous button from the kit and created the banner using the Storybook Cricut cartridge and the sentiment comes from a Unity kit which I thought suited my purpose perfectly. I also used a Fiskars corner punch and SU's Chocolate Chip ink pad.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Eeyore - another UFO

I'm trying hard this year to finish off some more of my cross stitch UFO's. The teddy sampler for Logan came back from the framers last week and I'm really pleased with the finished article, but in the meantime I have been trying to complete another project that has been in my cross stitch pile - Eeyore. All I have left to do is the Eeyore on the left of the cross stitch picture and a few little bees - I'm setting myself the challenge to have it completed by the end of September (that doesn't include getting it framed though).


Once it's done I then have to decide which of the many other UFO's I work on to complete next! There are just one or two to choose from along with lots of other kits all screaming at me to make a start on them!!!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Treat Holder

Another Monday, another Queen Kat Design - this time I have made another treat holder from the instructions at Splitcoaststampers but have decorated it using the Great Pumpkin stamp from the Phantom Rose collection.

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I've used SU's Rich Razzleberry as the base card and stamped the Great Pumpkin image over the cardstock with Rich Razzleberry ink to create the background. I've then used a Martha Stewart punch to create the band round the middle of the treat holder. I stamped out another Great Pumpkin image onto Whisper White cardstock, coloured with Promarkers and then cut this out and added to the treat holder as an embellishment. Finally I used Word to create a banner and typed in the Happy Halloween sentiment and added this to the band. Bright orange ribbon from my stash to create the pull part of the treat holder which will reveal a lovely bar of chocolate.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Fun in the Sun

At the end of June this year, Bryan our youngest decided to have a BBQ. Both David and Colette were also at our house with their families - the only person missing was me :( I was at work all day! David brought Connor and Elisha's pool down for them to play in and while it was being filled up Elisha jumped straight in and started waving the hose around. David turned the hose off, which puzzled Elisha as to where the water had gone. Natural curiosity made her look down the hose and then David turned the hose back on so it squirted into Elisha's face - she loved it and obviously it gave everyone watching a good laugh too. Thankfully Ian took lots of photos so that I could capture the moment on a LO.

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I've used the August sketch from Artful Delight but instead of using just one large photo I have used 6 smaller photos to fill the same area so that the story could be captured better. The papers, cardstock and brads all came from a DCWV drawer kit I got from QVC a long time ago - very bright but captures the cheery atmosphere. The flowers and cord are from my stash and I've used a Hero Arts stitch border design around the edges of the cardstock using SU White Craft ink and also did some faux stitching around the patterned paper. The sticker which came with the same kit was matted and layered for the title and the paper already had a fantastic design on which enabled me to do my journalling.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Candy Pleez

Happy Halloween! Yes I know it's far too early but I was lucky enough to play with a couple of the new images which have been released this month from Queen Kat Designs and they are really fun Halloween images.

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The first project I'm showing you this month is made with the sweet little Candy Pleez image and I have made a Treat holder using SU's Pumpkin Pie cardstock and some patterned papers from my stash. I got the instructions for the treat holder from Splitcoaststampers although they have used a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock - I wanted a smaller treat holder so used a 9 x 9 piece and scored at 3 and 6 inches instead. The image was coloured in using Promarkers and matted onto a lovely Marianne die cut tag. The ribbon is from my stash and I think I will make another couple of these ready for when our grandchildren come Trick or Treating this year but of course theirs will be filled with lots of naughty sugary treats!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

1st Day at School

I've made this card for Connor as he is due to start school in September and once again I've used the scraps from my last LO. I thought I would offer to buy him his new school bag, lunch bag and drink holder and wrap it up for him with this card.

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The base card is Night of Navy again and I've used some of the alphabet paper (the reverse side of the blue dotty paper) as the background. The wording paper is the reverse side of the striped paper and I've matted this onto some of the blue dotty paper and then added a Whiff of Joy stamped owl onto this. The mini alphabets came from my alphabet stash (didn't realise I had so many until I sorted them out last week). I've nearly used up all the scraps from these papers so I will now allow myself to create something with different papers next week. I am determined at the moment to get that stash pile down!!!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Clean and simple

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I used one of my card sketch books for some inspiration on using the scraps from my last LO. These ones are very CAS, the base card is SU's Night of Navy and the strip of patterened paper has been matted onto Very Vanilla.

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The stamp is from a Clear and Simple set and I've stamped it three times onto patterened paper and layered it up to give extra dimension. The sentiments also came from the same set.


Friday, 5 August 2011

Stuck sketch

I found this great sketch site called Stuck - very appropriate for me as up until recently that is what I had been as far as scrapbooking was concerned. It has certainly helped me get back into the swing of scrapbooking and here is another LO that was in the thought process at Saturdays crop.


These photos of Logan were taken back in April when he discovered that he could lie on his stomach and hold his head up high and look at the world from a different angle. He's in his baby gym which we bought for him to play in when he is at our home and he loves it. Since these photos were taken he is now rolling backwards and forwards all the time, I don't think it will be much longer before he has outgrown his gym and will require new entertainment.

The LO is 8 x 8 and the papers came from the July Blast Off kit from The Scrapbook Circle - trying very hard to use up these papers before anymore find their way into my house! The paper ranges are Pink Paislee and Simple Stories - everything came with the kit. I've made a couple of cards from the scraps which I will hopefully post tomorrow if I get chance inbetween going to work and then babysitting in the evening.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

My first DT project for the Crafty Purple Frog challenge

Today sees another challenge over at the Crafty Purple Frog challenge blog and this is my first week as part of the DT. The challenge this week is Anything but a Card - now you don't have to use Crafty Purple Frog images to join in with the challenges, but if you do then you will be entered twice into the draw to win the challenge prize.

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I have opted to make a simple gift for the gardeners in this world. I've made a seed holder which will probably hold about three packets of seeds, although I only had the one packet to put inside mine. I've used the lovely Sunflower Mermaid decoupage sheet to decorate the outside of the seed holder. The cardstock is from SU and the main colour is Daffodil Delight. The image has been matted onto some retired SU designer papers and Tempting Turquoise cardstock. The edge of the card has been cut using an X Cut doily border punch and the sentiment is from Papermania.

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The sentiment shows up when either open or closed and I thought very appropriate for the gardeners of this world as all plants need sunshine to grow. A couple of brads keep the bottom of the holder in place so that the top can tuck inside.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

3 Little Monkeys and a card

Last night I got to finish off another LO I had started at the Exeter crop on Saturday. The LO is based on a sketch which I found on the Scrapbook Circle blog - I've also used some of the papers which came with their July Blast Off kit.

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I've rotated the sketch 90 degrees to fit my photos. I finally got round to using my spritzer which I bought from SU many months ago and added some blasts of colour to the white cardstock. All of the elements came from the kit apart from the stamped monkey images which come from the SU Fox & Friends stamp set.

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From the small amount of scrap paper left over I made this quick and simple card. This is the reverse side of the green paper - completely different. All I've done is added a ribbon along the centre of the card and stamped a greeting from a Whimsical sentiment set I have and cut it out using an SU oval punch and matted it onto a scalloped oval also from SU.

I'm taking a couple of friends up to the lovely wool shop in Bovey Tracy this afternoon - now the only thing I need to buy are some double pointed needles, I've made a note of the size I require so hopefully I shouldn't forget to purchase them. I need them to finish my mystery project, hopefully nothing else will drop in my basket as I have plenty to be getting on with as it is - a sentiment echoed by one of my crafting friends - we'll see if we can both resist!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Scrap Cards

Here are a couple of cards I put together using the scraps left over from the LO I did on Saturday. Usually I just put the papers in the scrap box but this time I made a determined effort to use them so that my scraps pile doesn't get any bigger. The base card is SU's River Rock.

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For the first card I made another one of the rosette flowers adding a button to the centre as well this time. Then used just a couple of strips of the paper, added some twine I bought from Just Tracy's a while back and stamped the Anna Griffin sentiment in the bottom right corner using SU's Bravo Burgandy ink pad.

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The second card is SU's River Rock again as the base card and I've used a Kanban decorative background stamp with River Rock ink pad to create a subtle pattern at the top of the card. Three strips of the My Minds Eye scraps across the bottom. I've then punched out a decorative label using an SU punch and added another Anna Griffin sentiment. The card was finished off with a Prima butterfly. Both quick and simple and all scraps of paper used up!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Sun Fairy - bright and cheery

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It's Monday again which also means another Queen Kat card to show. This is another card I made using the Sun Fairy by Monica N Galvin. I've kept the design fairly simple by stamping the image onto a circle and decorating the edges of the circle with triangles to give the appearance of the sun. The background came from one of the monthly Myka or WIS ink kits I subscribe to. The image was coloured in using Promarkers.

I've been working with some great stamps this month - getting ready for Halloween - nothing like starting early - I'll be showing them from next week.

New month, new challenge at Just Tracy's

The new month brings another new challenge over at Just Tracy's challenge blog. This month we are being sponsored by Ellaphantastic who will be giving this months winner 4 digi images of their choice. The theme for this months challenge is Happy Birthday - a nice easy one for you this time. You have until the 25th August to enter - have fun.

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I got to play with this cute bear image and was able to make this card for our grandaughter who obviously from the card will be two at the end of the month - can't believe where the time has gone. I've used scraps of paper from my scraps box and used Promarkers to colour Ralph in. The number came from a Thickers alphabet set and I used a mini alphabet to stamp the today with. A row of buttons from Papermania have been placed along the paper ric rac as another devorative element. A very simple card as the paper did most of the work for me.

Please check out what the rest of the DT have come up with and have fun playing along with this months challenge - I look forward to checking out what you have created.