Sunday, 30 January 2011

One card two challenges

I managed to combine the Friday Sketchers sketch for this week with Stampin' for the weekend challenge of the theme getting warmed up. I've used one of the stamps from the Papermania stamp set I bought at the craft show on Thursday - I just love sunflowers and as the name suggests gorgeous sunny days I thought it fitted in nicely with the theme. I've teamed it up with some Anna Griffin papers that I have had hanging around for far too long, coloured with Pro Markers and added a self adhesive Papermania border that also came with the stamp sets.

friday sketchers
Anna Griffin patterned papers
SU Soft Suede cardstock
Papermania stamps and border embellishment
Pro Markers
White card from stash

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Twisted Sketch #44

For this weeks Twisted sketch I have rotated the sketch 90 degrees - it worked better that way for the idea I had for the card. The added twist this week is Twine, anyway, anyhow. I have used some twine that I bought from Just Tracys last week and also used a play on words for the sentiment. Inside the card reads "with a love that binds" - a great way of using up my alphabet stickers!

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SU Sweet & Sour Speciality Papers
SU Rose Red Cardstock & Ink Pad
Martha Stewart Punch
Twine from Just Tracys
Nestie label
Embossing folder with hearts
Alphabet stickers and stitching thread from stash

Quick off the mark this week

with the Jingle Belles and CraftyHazelNuts challenges. On Jingle Belles this week there is a sketch to follow and when I saw it I knew I wanted to use some of the gorgeous grosgrain striped ribbon from Stampin' Up! as the 'flower' element, but I had to wait until this morning to find out what Hazel had planned for us to see if it would work. Hazel wants us to use a Father Christmas image so I have stamped out an image and made a tag out of him and added him just below the bow. Another very clean and simple card for me, but at least this way I can easily make several of the same designs - Christmas card tally now at 36!
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SU Whisper White, Ruby Red & Green Galore cardstock (retired)
Papermania backing paper
SU Real Red grosgrain ribbon
Ruby Red ink pad
SU Sparkly & Bright stamp set

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Christmas challenges and catch up.

This week I have managed to combine the Jingle Belles challenge and Craftyhazelnuts challenge so am really pleased. I've also managed to catch up on Hazels challenge from last week so it has meant I've made 12 Christmas cards this week so I'm even further ahead with my Christmas cardmaking!

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The challenge for Jingle Belles this week was to use light pink, dark pink and lime green. I've had these gorgeous Anna Griffin papers for over a year now and not used them so they worked perfectly for this challenge (and justified my buying of them). The challenge for Hazel was to add some bling, so I have added tiny little gems to the edge of the scalloped border.
SU Typeset Alphabet (now retired)
Anna Griffin papers and cardstock,
Gems and ribbon from stash
SU Scallop square punch and CM square punch
I want to try and do cards for both of these great challenges and was most frustrated that I didn't do one for Hazels last week, but as I've had this week off from work I have managed to catch up with her challenges. The challenge was to incorporate a tree in the design. I came across a Papermania double sided paper while looking for something else (as you do) and the whole page was covered in the circles with Partridges in Pear Trees - perfect. I'm trying to keep the designs simple so all I've done is cut out a decorative circle with a set of nesties I got for Christmas and then added the Merry Christmas stamp to the left of the design.
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Papermania double sided paper
Red foil card
SU Contempo Christmas greeting
Nesties and CM circle cutting system

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Twisted Sketch #43

Time has been very restricted this week for crafting and I had been asked by my friend Debbie to make a sympathy card so I have combined making the card with the Twisted Sketch for this week. The twist this week is bling, anyway, anyhow - now I wouldn't normally associate bling and sympathy together, but I've kept the colour scheme fairly simple so am hoping that it works and Debbie will be happy with the end result.

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SU Designer Papers (now retired)
SU Rich Razzleberry cardstock
SU Wild Wasabi ink pad
SU Close as a Memory (retired) and Baroque Motifs stamp sets
SU Rhinestones
SU 3 flower punch (retired), small heart from Heart to Heart punch and corner punch

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Art Journal 10th -12th January

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A few more entries of my art journal to share. I've used papers from My Minds Eye which I got down at the lovely art centre in Kelly Bray last year at a bargain price of £1.99 for a whole set of double sided papers and die cuts. The 10th January highlights food shopping (if you can call shopping a highlight), 11th January I was woken in the early hours by birds singing which is always a lovely sound - even if it was about 3.30 am! 12th January is Top Secret - can't reveal just yet what I was up to, but as soon as I can share it I will!!!

Jingle Belles Challenge #3

Normally I try and combine the Jingle Belles challenge with Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge, but I just couldn't get what I wanted to work so I decided to go with this one for the Jingle Belles challenge and I'll do something different for Hazels challenge. The Jingle Belles challenge this week was to use acrylic paint. I've taken some plain cardstock and initially painted it in a deep purple, then coated it with some crackle glaze and finally added a coat of green paint to it. Unfortunately it didn't crackle as much as I had hoped it would, but after playing about for hours deciding what I was going to do for the challenge I didn't mind as I've used red as an accent colour so the purple wouldn't have gone anyway. Why didn't I use red in the first place, well that's because I only have a couple of colours in acrylic paints (do I need to remedy that?)

I tried to get it to crackle more by putting it through my paper crimper but that didn't make much difference, but I liked the effect and went with it, adding some Tim Holtz black soot distress ink to to edges. I love this traditional santa image which came with a QVC kit by Kanban, which I have inked the edges using peeled paint distress ink this time.

Anyway after lots of shuffling I finally managed to get six of them completed.
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Cream square card from stash
SU Real Red cardstock
Image and sentiment stamp by Kanban
Acrylic paints
Tim Holtz Peeled Paint and Black Soot distress ink pads
Ribbon and brads from stash.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Art Journal 7th - 9th January

3 more entries for the Art Journal. The 7th January I have journalled about Colette and Logan staying the night with us and the fact that I was itching to craft, but knew that spending time with them was more important - the poem about baby's growing so quick and housework can keep sprang to mind.

8th January was the first Plymouth crop of the year and I've journalled about friendship and sharing crafting time together. Had a great stamp with the recipe for friendship. Finally the 9th January I was working all day so had only a little time and energy left for crafting that day.

Although I've fallen a little behind with making the Art Journal I keep a note of what I want to enter for each day - I've got two days off from work tomorrow and Monday so I am hoping to bring it back up to date and share some more pages with you next week. I've bought myself the A4 binder - just need to decorate it!

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Saturday, 15 January 2011

This weeks Twisted Sketch had the added twist of diecut, anyhow, anyway. I have opted to used some lovely My Minds Eye papers from the Ooh La La range and I've also used a die cut border and sentiment tab from the same range. Hope you'll join in with the sketch this week.

I have stamped the Fancy pants flower image first in black Versafine ink and then in SU's Regal Rose ink twice and decoupaged the flower before adding one of SU's jumbo eyelets. I've used Tim Holtz Black Soot ink to distress the edges of the paper and diecut border. twisted 1501

MME Ooh La La papers and diecuts
Fancy Pants flower stamp, Personal Impressions sentiment stamp
SU Regal Rose ink pad
SU Jumbo Eyelet
Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Versafine ink pads

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Inchies/Twinchies and Recycle'Freebies

The Jingle Belles challenge this week was to use either Inchies or Twinchies on your card, while CraftyHazelnuts challenge wanted to use either a freebie or something recycled. I have used 1 inch squares of Papermania holly paper and backed them with some holographic squares that I cut out of a gift bag which had contained a lovely bottle of wine and some chocolates, which my dear friend Elaine had given me for Christmas.

I've arranged the inchies into the shape of what I hope resembles a Christmas Tree - loved both the challenges and the fact that I have another six cards ready for this years big event!

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Basic white square card (bought from QVC)
Papermania paper
Holographic gift bag
SU Always Artichoke ink pad
Clarity corner stamp & not sure of greeting stamp (but one from my small collection)
Scrap of Close to Cocoa paper put through the ribbler

Monday, 10 January 2011

4th - 6th January Art Journal

Here are the entries for the 4th - 6th January for my Art Journal. Still very simple. 4th January is all about VAT increasing to 20% - found out some useful/useless (depending on your viewpoint) facts about VAT - I enjoy finding out such trivia.

5th January hightlights the fact I was shown how to make some of the cakes that we sell in the cafe where I now work and the 6th January is really simple just about the World Wide Web with the questions Time Saver or Time Waster? Sometimes I can spend ages searching the web, either blog hopping, trivia or shopping so am I wasting my time or is it a valuable resource?

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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Oops a day late - Twisted Sketch 41#

I'm a day late posting my card for this weeks Twisted Sketch - the twist this week is Ribbon, anyway, anyhow. I decided to use my ribbon to create a lattice effect to take away some of the boldness of the gorgeous Greenhouse Garden designer papers from Stampin' Up! I've used a lovely image and sentiment from a now retired SU stamp set - one of my favourite sets from a previous catalogue. After submitting the photo for the sketch I think I might add some tiny little flowers or butterflys to the lattice work.

SU Greenhouse Garden DS papers
SU Old Olive, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie cardstock
SU Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie ink pads
Martha Stewart border punch
SU retired stamps set & Flight of the Butterfly stamp set
SU Paper Daisies
SU Whisper White grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, 6 January 2011

When is a hernia not a hernia?

When Elisha was seen by the medical staff at Bristol childrens hospital! After having a couple of scans Bristol hospital decided Elisha didn't have a hernia, but a cyst. They believe there is no need to operate and that hopefully the cyst will go of it's own accord - let's hope so.

Elisha is back to her usual mischievous self while poor mum and dad are still recovering from 36 hours of worry and sleep deprivation!!!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Something Old, Something New and Anything Goes

Something Old, Something New was the first challenge for the Jingle Belles challenge blog and the theme Anything Goes was for the first challenge for Craftyhazlenuts Christmas challenge blog. I have used my the Christmas designer papers from SU from last year with the new ornament stamps I bought just before Christmas, but didn't get round to using.
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I'm trying to keep the cards simple so that I can achieve my target of making six of each design for each challenge.

SU Early Espresso, Old Olive & Whisper White cardstock
SU Ruby Red & Early Espresso ink pads
SU Ski Slope DS papers (retired)
SU Ornament punch, Border Punch, Oval Punch & Scallop Punch
SU Delightful Decorations stamp set
SU Chocolate Chip ribbon

This little monkey

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has managed to give herself a hernia! Don't know how, but it's not surprising as Elisha is into everything, always trying to climb up on things, lifting things, etc. Yesterday evening we spent a couple of hours at David's looking after Connor (who was asleep) and Marley (lively as ever) while David and Vicky waited to see what the hospital was going to do.

Unfortunately they couldn't push the hernia back in and it is too big apparently for them to operate on at Derriford hospital so Elisha has now been transferred to Bristol. Hopefully they will be operating today - so all we can do now is anxiously await news. Between the family we offered to look after Connor to save them having to take him with them, but they have decided to all go up.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Art Journal

The idea of an Art Journal was also gained from blog hopping - never having done one before I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to be doing. I've decided I'm just going to try and do it as a diary with little snippets of my life, whether it's things I've done or something that may have happened in the world which I'd like to go into my journal - to me it's going to be an anything goes journal - nothing too fancy at the moment though.

I've decided to use A4 card and divided it into three segments so that each entry isn't going to take me ages to fill each day - that way I might even be able to keep it going all through the year - yeah right I hear those of you that know me say! I'm going to pop the pages into pockets and put it into an A4 ring binder and decorate the binder at some stage.
Art Journal 1
I managed to crawl out from my bed this morning at 7 - great for me. It has meant that I have already been able to enjoy eating my breakfast while watching the news, create the 3rd entry for my Art Journal (didn't have the energy last night) and do the small amount of ironing I had in the basket as well as put this post up. Amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it - again not sure how long this new motivation I seem to have found will last, but hopefully for some time yet.
Time to go and fill the car up with some petrol and then go into work. Hope you all have a nice day whatever you may be doing.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Jingle Belles

On one of my many blog hopping adventures I came across this new challenge site Jingle Belles after visiting Amy's blog - Tsuruta Designs which I'd hopped to from someone else's. Isn't it amazing how one great blog can lead you to even more creativity and inspiration?

Anyway, along with everything else that I am planning on doing this year I thought I might follow Amy's idea in her post here. I'm hoping to be a bit more adventurous and do six of one design - should be achievable if I keep them fairly simple. I already have an idea for the first challenge on the Jingle Belles sight and fingers crossed I might be able to get them done before I go to work tomorrow.

First day back at work in the New Year and it was a long day - started at 8 and finished at 18.30 (actaully clocked in at 7.50 and clocked out at 18.45) so apart from a bit of knitting this evening and watching the darts final on TV I didn't do much else when I got home. Really pleased as I have already finished the back of the new jumper I am knitting for Logan and have already made a good start on the front.

Right off to get an early night as I'm now beginning to feel tired and I want to try and get up a bit earlier than I have been doing of late - the trouble is since we bought a new kingsize duvet which is oh so cosy I haven't been wanting to get out of my warm bed - especially with the weather being so cold outside. But I have to stop lazing about if I am to stand any chance of keeping up with all that I hope to achieve this year!

Sunday, 2 January 2011


I have finished the first of many UFO's that I am hoping to complete this year. Ok I admit that I actually finished knitting this item a few months ago, but until this weekend I hadn't actually stitched it all up. I love knitting, but I hate the stitching up so it always takes me so much longer to actually get my knitting completed. Still it's nice to know that with only being two days into the year I've managed to carry on with my resolutions, a UFO completed, no money spent on new goodies and I've even managed to make a start on a yearly art journal today (it's actually got two entries in) - can't say how long I'll be able to keep it going, but I'll give it my best shot.
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Logan is going to look so cute in this little hoody! I've also made a start on a little jumper for him for when he's a bit older (the pattern states 6 - 12 months) so I should have enough time to complete it before he grows too big. Better still it's using some of the wool I sorted out from my stash yesterday so although I'm starting yet another project it is with stash I already had.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Twisted Sketch #40

This weeks Twisted Sketch included the twist of Hope, anyhow, anyway. I decided to go with making a New Year card seeing as it was New Years day and the sentiment is my Hope for everyone, everywhere this year. Not sure about the brads think I might try and find some rub ons and add the year to them as although they fit the sketch they don't really do much for the card at the moment - me thinks.

twisted hope


SU Whisper White & River Rock cardstock

SU River Rock ink pad

SU New Years Celebration stamp set

Ribbon & brads from stash


So one day into my New Years resolutions and I have managed to find some time to craft and to use up some of my stash and I haven't bought anything new - only another 364 days to stick with the resolutions!!!!!


I wish everyone a very Happy New Year - hoping it brings you lots of happiness.

Resolutions - do you make them? Do you keep them? I have to confess I always make them but have difficulty in keeping them, but not one to give up I keep trying every year. This year I'm going to set myself three crafting resolutions.

1. Make more time to craft and create a crafting routine around my new job/working hours - not just come home and veg in front of the TV!

2. Use lots of the stash I already have and try hard not to buy new stash just for the sake of it!!

3. Complete some of the many UFO's from previous years - I did manage to complete the Snow Leopard last year so I know it can be done!!!

A great start to the New Year as I have got the whole weekend off. New Years Eve was spent looking after Connor, Elisha and Marley while David and Vicky went out to celebrate. Connor and Elisha were no problem at all as they were already tucked up in bed and we didn't hear a murmur from them. Marley their dog on the other hand took a bit of settling down. Once he realised that we didn't want to be jumped all over, but were happy to play with his toy or have a cuddle on the sofa with him then it made for a very pleasant evening indeed. I don't believe you can beat the company of a dog.

Marley we have to admit, (although we both love dogs) we have our reservations about with David and Vicky having two young children. He's a cross between a Staffy and a Rottweiller - he's obviously very boisterous right now as he is a puppy, but I think providing they train him he will become a lovely dog. But you hear so many horror stories with those breeds ( I also know that they can be great big softies too) and Elisha shows no fear as far as dogs are concerned and that worries me more than anything. Connor has always been more cautious. Our dear little dog Max is very unsure of Elisha and does his utmost to avoid being near her - not that she has been cruel to him, but I think it's the uncertainty of not knowing what she might do that freaks him out. Those of you that know Max know what a little dear he is, but even I wouldn't trust him alone with Elisha. So I pray that all will be well with Marley.

This morning I have spent making a start (yet again) on sorting our house out! Today I decided it was the turn for our bedroom. I've sorted out the case full of wool which was under the bed - some of the unfinished projects I decided to scrap as I knew I would never wear them even if I completed them ( I started them mega years ago), some of the wool I have put by to have a go at crochet with and the rest of the projects are part of my resolutions to try and complete! I've sorted out my magazines which seem to pile up so quickly - keep saying I won't buy anymore other than the ones I have got subscriptions to, but there's always at least one project on the front cover that tempts me. Anyway I managed to get rid of two boxes from under the bed so now I've got space for any contraband should I need it, which I won't as I'm going to use what I've already got!!!!!!! (Keep telling myself that and it might just work)

I've now, hopefully got an hour or so spare to get a card completed for a challenge before heading down to the in-laws where we have been invited for our evening meal - roast beef and all the trimmings no doubt - will be delicious whatever it is as mother in law is a fantastic cook.

Enjoy your New Years day, whatever you may be doing and I look forward to seeing some of you very soon.