Friday, 30 September 2011

Artful Delights Tic Tac Toe challenge

I finally got to complete another of the Artful Delights Birthday Blog Hop challenges. The challenge was a great Tic, Tac, Toe option - details can be found here. I opted to go with Make a Card, Use at least 1 button and a Border Punch.

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I have used some retired SU papers - see I am using my stash! The main image is a Kanban stamp and I have coloured it in using SU inks and added some bling down the side. The border punch I used is a Martha Stewart punch. I've also used one of the stamps from an Inkylicious sentiment stamp set I bought at Westpoint and punched out using an SU punch. The cute purple button heart came from my ever increasing button stash. I think I will just be in time to enter this into their challenges.

I unfortunately haven't had time this week to complete their colour challenge which was pink, kraft and white, but I'm still going to do a project for it at some point over the weekend along with all the other 101 things I need to get done before the wedding.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Silentness

Today is the next challenge on the Crafty Purple Frog blog. This week the challenge should be nice and easy as all you need to do is use a Crafty Purple frog sheet in any way you like....we want you to show us lots of LAYERS on your creations. So yep decoupage/pyramage does count as lots of layers or you could uses lots of layers of different papers.

And here is what you could win this time...
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

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This week I have used one of soon to be released new decoupage images called The Silentness. I also wanted to play with all the new Spellbinders I bought at the craft show last Thursday. I also played around with my distress inks and the gorgeous butterfly embossing folder from SU. The cardstock is all retired SU colours which have been inked with Scattered Straw, Dusty Concord and Shabby Shutters I think - my memory is useless and after a five o'clock start this morning I'm too lazy to walk downstairs and then back up again to check!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Who would be a mermaid fair

Oops a little late posting my Queen Kat project for this week - been busy trying to sort out wedding bouquets and buying sugared almonds for the favours.

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I've used the Porcelain image again this week by Terra Bidlespacher to create a simple card. I've paper pieced parts of the image and coloured the rest in with my Promarkers. The background paper is retired SU designer papers which I think gave the impression of the mermaid sitting on branches of seaweed. I also managed to find this lovely quote by Lord Alfred Tennyson which I think went perfectly with the image. Finally I used a Martha Stewart punch to create a decorative border down the side.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Artful Delights Birthday Blog Hop Challenge 1

Yesterday I managed to put together a card for the first challenge on the Artful Delights Birthday Blog Hop challenge. The challenge was to use their sketch. I managed to create this card, all of the papers, stamps and embellishments came with their August card kit. The inks I used to create the fall colours are SU's Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke and More Mustard. I am also hoping to create a LO using the same sketch.

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It was also our daughters 24th birthday yesterday, so after I had finished work we went round to their new flat and had a chinese takeaway and a couple of drinks to celebrate. Tim, his friend Backy and Bryan had been busy taking down the pine panelling that was on the ceiling and putting up some new plasterboard on the ceiling - a task that took them all day.

A ten and a half hour day at work for me today so no time to craft today, but I am hoping that tomorrow I will be able to complete Day 2 and Day 3's challenges on the blog hop. My claim to fame today was that I served Tom Daley - those from the South West of the country will know that he is a local boy who is a diving champion - have to say if I was a young girl I would have found him quite a dish and probably asked for his autograph - he was a very polite young man too.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

ATC Challenge

It's been a while since I have taken part in one of the challenges on the ATC Challenge Blog, but I had the perfect image to go with the theme. You could either have anything goes or something that represents you. I opted to go with something that represents me.


I've used the Cheshire Cat Illusion image from Crafty Purple Frog - the invertage version as I feel my personality has lots of different layers but as people get to know me they get to see those different layers. The illusion is that I may appear as one character but there is more to me than first meets the eye. Will be interesting to see if those that know me agree with this!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Knitting for Elisha

Another project I finished while we had our mini break was this little cardigan for our grandaughter Elisha. Amazingly for me it only took about a month to complete - I say complete I still have the three buttons to stitch on but that job will get done over the weekend and then I'm not sure whether to put it away for Christmas or give it to her now. Will think on that one.


Unfortunately I am working the weekend so crafting time will be fairly limited, especially as it is Colette's birthday tomorrow and we have been invited round to theirs to celebrate the occasion. I am hoping though that I will get chance to take part in the challenges on the Artful Design Birthday blog. Fingers crossed I'll have those challenge done and ready to post during next week.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Target met

I managed to complete my Eeyore cross stitch while we were on our mini break last week all I've got to do now is get it framed and then I will give it to Colette to go in Logan's bedroom. They have finally got their own place not far from us which they are really excited about. They need to re-decorate most of the place and it requires carpets, but they will get there and it's somewhere they can call their own - I'm so pleased for them - it even has it's own garden space which will be a bonus as Logan grows up.


It's less than four weeks now until Colette and Tim's wedding - it's seems to have come around really quickly. There are still one or two things to sort out, but hopefully it will all come together and they will have a day to remember for all the right reasons. I've made a start on the wedding favours but ran out of cardstock which will hopefully arrive at the end of the week along with the ribbon I needed to wrap round the boxes. Tim's mum was supposed to be doing the wedding cake so I need to remember to ask Colette what is happening about that - could be a trip to M&S otherwise and a quick decoration by the pair of us! Just need to try and fit in getting my hair cut before the wedding and make sure the shoes I've got do actually go with the outfit I bought.

Monday, 19 September 2011

True Beauty

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For my Queen Kat design this week I have used Lily Bloom again as my stamped image. I've coloured the image in using SU watercolour pencils to give her a softer look this time. The stamp is currently available to buy with 25% off from the Queen Kat shop. The papers and the sentiment came from a Prima paper pad and I got to play with my new Martha Stewart punch too! The ribbon came form last months card kit and the antique flower brads I found in an antique market type of place.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Round and Round

Back in August we were lucky enough to take our grandson Connor out for the day while his mum and dad took Elisha for a hospital check up. We took him to the Devon Railway where we had several rides on the trains they had there and looked around the model village. While we were there Connor wanted to have a go at driving the post vans and after a few stops and starts and a few bumps as he tried to negotiate the corners he soon got the hang of it and was whizzing round the little track they had there. It was great to see him having so much fun.

I thought these were the perfect photos to use for this months Artful Delight sketch challenge. The papers, die cut stickers and rub ons all come from a Creative Imaginations pack I picked up at Kelly Bray. I've also used SU's Night of Navy cardstock as the base and used a tyre track stamp which came from a Club Scrap kit to create a background and also a cruising tyre for an added embellishment.

Today I need to make a start on the wedding favours - can't believe it is less than four weeks now until Colette gets married. They have now been offered a two bedroom flat on the same estate we live on and will be getting the keys on Monday so we will have even less distance to travel to see them now and I'm sure we will be seeing even more of them once they have settled in.

While we were away on our trip I managed to complete a couple of crafting projects which I will post photos of - so many more to get done though!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Artful Delight Kits and Blog Hop

I have just recently bought a couple of card kits from Artful Delights and I have been delighted with them - I have to confess I love them so much as they have stamps with them! My September kit arrived while we were on our mini break in The Malverns and I'm hoping that tomorrow I can get to play with it.

Anyway Artful Delights owner Leeanne is celebrating her birthday (edited as I thought it was the sites birthday) next weekend with a Birthday Bash - for more details click on the link on the left hand side of my blog. I'm hoping to play along at some stage over the weekend - providing I don't have to work all of it.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Fall into Fall

This is the theme for this fortnights challenge over at the Crafty Purple Frog challenge blog.

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I have opted to use the lovely Sea Green Turtle decoupage sheet for my card. I just love the way the image fitted with the wording of the challenge as it really looks as if she is falling into fall. I've used some retired SU papers and stamps to create the background for the image. The image was mounted onto a lovely Nellie Snellen die cut. Ribbons and cardstock from my stash were used to co-ordinate with the colours of the image.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Pendant charm using QKD image Porcelain

It's Monday so it's another Queen Kat day for me. This week I've used the Porcelain image by artist Terri Bidlespacher.

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I decided to stamp the image onto shrink plastic and coloured in with sakura gel pens making sure I punched a hole in the image first so that I could thread my ribbon through. I then mounted it onto a pendant tag to create a small pendant charm which could be worn as a necklace or added as a charm to your bags, key ring holder or mobile phone.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Lily Bloom - QKD - Artist Samantha Nowak

It's Monday again and time for another Queen Kat new release. This month I have got to play with two sweet female images. The first of my cards is by the artist Samantha Nowak

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I've used papers from my August card kit and created a decorative embellishment to go at the top of the card to add to the ballroom feel of the image. Lily Bloom has been stamped onto SU's Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with a decorative nestie and the edges inked with Tim Holtz Wild Honey and Weathered Wood. I've paper pieced her dress with a scrap of the card kit papers and used some of the dictionary page papers that also came with the kit and then inked the edges before roughly pleating the paper to create a decorative strip across the card. Some glitter was added to the wings of the image although that doesn't really show up in the photo. Small gems added to the corners for some extra bling. The sentiment came from QKD Whimsical Ink monthly stamp kit - just one of many that come with the set. I've used the sketch from Sassy Lil' August Week 3 sketch which I'm really enjoying working with just lately.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Just Tracy's Challenge - Wings and things

Apologies for being a day late with my posting for the Just Tracy's challenge, unfortunately it clashed with The Crafty Purple Frog one yesterday. The theme this month for Just Tracy's is Wings & Things and this month Just Tracy's is sponsoring the challenge and has this wonderful prize for the lucky winner.


I've used some stamps from Avocado Arts, TPC and I think Kanban. The background was created using the aeroplane that came with the Avocado Arts set and three different SU ink pads. Strips of scrap paper to create the border for the sentiment which also came from Avocado Arts - the plane is from TPC and the Happy Birthday I think was a Kanban stamp. I hope you've enjoyed my interpretation of the theme and hope you'll enter this months challenge - I wish I could as I love those Kaiser papers, stamps and embellishments!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Crafty Purple Frog challenge

For this fortnights challenge on the Crafty Purple Frog challenge blog we want you to show us some BIRTHDAY cards or gifts.

And here is what you could win this time...
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


For my card I have used the lovely Carnation Fairy decoupage which I have added a couple of gems to her necklace and dress. The papers are from SU and I've cut two strips of 2.5 inch strips of paper and used a Fiskars border punch to give a fancy edge to my flower rosette. This has then been matted onto some more pretty SU paper with the addition of a few gems in the corner. Finally I used the SU mini tag punch and added the greeting and a tiny bow.

Thanks for looking and I hope you'll have a go at the challenge - remember you don't have to use Crafty Purple Frog images for your entry but if you do you'll be entered twice.