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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Make Time

I've used the Faces of Time stamp from Queen Kat Designs again, but in a totally different way from the sympathy card shown a couple of weeks ago - just to show it's versatility as a stamp.

take time

This time I have used white embossing powder for the main image and have used a sentiment and musical notes from a Whimisical Ink monthly kit. All paper and embellishments are from my stash and the tiny butterflies are from a punch my friend Jacqueline has - aren't they sweet! I've highlighted the wings with stickles glitter glue.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Finished at last!

Yesterday I managed to put the final stitches on the sampler that I have been doing for Logan for the past 12 months. I had hoped to get it done for when he was born and then for the Christening but failed on both of those deadlines, but at least it's finished now. All I have to do is take it to be framed and I will now keep it back for his 1st birthday instead!


logan sampler


All I've got to do now is complete another one of my many stitching UFO's - but which one next I wonder.




The mystery knitting project is still ongoing, although I didn't manage to complete it before the next knitting magazine dropped through my letterbox. Although it's no longer a mystery to me for those of you that are interested I will keep it a mystery to give myself the motivation to get it completed to show and tell at a later date (hopefully not too much later). I did manage to get a few rows done before I went to work this morning - not much will get done in the evenings for the next two weeks as it's Wimbledon and I shall be glued to the telly most of the time.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Triple Tiara Tuesday at Queen Kat Designs

This week it's my turn along with Maria and Janie to host the Triple Tiara Tuesday challenge at Queen Kat Designs - it's your chance to win a prize - further details can be found here.

This week it is a colour inspiration challenge - we were given this picture to work with.
For my card I have used some SU designer papers from the Greenhouse Gala set. I've used the Dreamy Fairy by artist Marlon Teunissen which is available from Queen Kat Designs.
ttt june
I've coloured her in using a variety of ink pads from SU that co-ordinate with the papers and added some of the lovely seam binding also available from SU with a sweet brad from my stash. The fern embellishment is Anna Griffin and flower from stash. The sentiment is one that Vicki from QKD kindly sent to me as a present along with some other lovely stamps, papers and embellishments - how nice is that of her? I've used SU oval punches to punch out the sentiment to finish the card off.


Please check out what Maria and Janie have created using this picture for inspiration and why not create something yourself and join in the fun.




















Monday, 20 June 2011

Love Potion #9

This weeks card for Queen Kat Designs uses the Love Potion #9 stamp set. I've used different stamps from this set this time, using the potion, the winged heart and a sentiment - there really are a lot of stamps with this set to play with.


love potion #9


To create the background on the card I've stamped the winged heart randomly over the card and then added a piece of black colour core cardstock which I ran through the Cuttlebug with and embossing folder. The main image was stamped with Momentos black ink pad and then coloured in using SU Brush Marker pens. The sentiment was cut out using SU's Word Window Punch. Finally I punched out a small heart and added a gem for a little bit of sparkle.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day

We are fortunate that at the moment we are able to wish both our Father's a Happy Father's Day and this is the card I made for them to celebrate their day.



fathers day



I've used scraps of paper and card from my stash box so really pleased about that. The stamps are Hero Arts they were some of my bargains from my last visit to Kelly Bray and were inked up using Versafine Sepia ink pad. I stamped the hat twice and decoupaged it although that doesn't really show in this photo. The tickets are Tim Holtz and I came across them as I was searching for something else and just thought would add an extra element. The sentiment came from a Kanban set of stamps obtained from QVC.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Mass Production due to take place soon!

I think I may have mentioned that our daughter Colette has decided to bring her wedding forward to October of this year and initially her colour theme was going to be teal. Colette and her partner Tim went looking for ties/cravats and waistcoasts to go with the bridesmaids dresses and then they realised that they had differing views on what teal was - Tim thought it was an aqua blue colour, while Colette thought it was more of a petrol blue/green colour. The end result was they decided to change the colour completely and have gone for a deep red instead!

Fortunately I hadn't made a start on the wedding invitations (although I had bought card and ribbon but that will always get used at some point) - for those of you that know the SU colours they have opted for a Cherry Cobbler red and yesterday evening I put together a wedding invitation card for them to have a look at and thankfully they both like it so from the weekend there will be a production line going on in my house as I want to have them completed and sent out by the end of June.


wed inv




I have to go out and buy some 5 x 7 cards as the SU Very Vanilla isn't robust enough to make a card base out of, but I think I've got enough of the Cherry Cobbler. The image is SU's Wedding Wheels stamp from the current mini catalogue which I have stamped with Versamark and then used gold embossing powder. I've used a nesties rectangle and fancy rectangle for the main image and then used SU's Top Note die and then run it through the Cuttlebug with a fancy embossing folder. Not sure if it shows in the photo but I've used SU's Sanded background stamp on the Cherry Cobbler backing card as I thought it looked a bit plain. Gold brads added to the points of the Top Note for a bit of extra shine. The sentiment I have no idea who the manufacturer is or where I got it from and just happened to come across it while searching for a suitable invitation stamp. I couldn't find my Magnolia wedding invitation stamp (which I bought some time ago especially for their wedding invitations) and believe it or not amongst all my other numerous stamps I don't appear to have another one!!!


Bridesmaids dresses were ordered this afternoon and should hopefully arrive sometime next week so just need to arrange for them to be fitted and adjusted as needed. Another job to tick of the list.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Time Eases

This image from Queen Kat Designs is called Faces of Time by artist Katie Della Terza. I thought could it be used for many themes, but as I was rummaging through my stash I came across a sentiment sticker which I thought I could add to the image and turn this into a sympathy card.




time eases



I've used papers from one of my scraps pile which is slowly getting smaller, but somehow I don't think it will ever disappear though! The image has been coloured in using Copics and I've used flowers, pearls, lace and key from my stash along with the lovely Martha Stewart frond punch have been used for added decoration.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Happy Birthday Vicki

It's the Queen Kat - Vicki's birthday today and the DT for Queen Kat Designs have decided to do a birthday blog to celebrate her special day. I have made this card for Vicki using Jester rubber stamp by artist Diana Vick. Hope you like it Vicki and I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Hopefully you should have arrived here from Morags blog and your next stop will be Maria's blog. If you would like to start from the very beginning of the blog then head to the QKD blog


birthday vicki



The backing paper is from the lovely Fifi and Fido collection by Anna Griffin such a mixture of vibrant colours and patterns. I've coloured the main image in using my Copics and then used Nesties to matt and layer the image. The sentiments come from a WIS monthly kit and I've added a couple of star gems from my stash for a bit of bling.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Lottie, Lola and Chums

Yesterday I actually got to play with my Lottie, Lola and Chums stamp that I bought a while ago from the lovely girls at Rainbow Studios. What I like about this stamp is it's a nice large image - but what attracted me to it was the Jack Russell. I've made this stamp using the sketch from Stamp with Fun challenge. I've rotated the sketch to fit my design. The papers are all from the Dog Collection by Papermania and the image has been coloured in using Copics.

stamp with fun


Not sure how much 'free' crafting time I will have over the coming weeks as I will soon be very busy making wedding invitations. Our daughter Colette has decided to bring her wedding forward to October this year rather than June next year. The colour scheme has changed since last week so just as well I hadn't already made a start on them!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Love Yah!

I've been working with my monthly DT stamps from Queen Kat Designs - which have been great fun to play with. This card uses just a couple of the stamps that come with the Love Potion #9 set.


Love Yah!


I've used more of the free Nit Wit papers - this time I've cut out the patchwork square and one of the ribbon elements as my background - I'm amazed at how far these free papers have gone. Then I've stamped one of the hearts that come with the Love Potion #9 set into the centre of the patchwork papers and then stamped it twice more onto some pattern pieces. I've cut out the hearts and glued them to some cardstock so that I could add foam pads to raise them off the main image. Finally I've used one of the sentiments from the set and gone round the edge of the patchwork square.


love yah close up


Saturday, 4 June 2011

Mystery Project

In this months Let's Knit magazine there was a mystery project to knit. They gave you the quantity of yarn you needed and the instructions to make the first two parts of the mystery project. It seemed a bit different so I thought I would give it a go and also challenge myself to get the first two parts completed before I received my next copy of the magazine! Well so far I have managed to complete one part within a week so it's looking good for me to be ready to go with the final part next month. Looking at the shape of the first piece - which we need to make two of I'm beginning to think it might become a knitting needle holder/bag - what do you think?

mystery project

Friday, 3 June 2011

Mirror, Mirror

Last weekend I actually got to the Exeter Scrapaholics crop for the first time in what must be almost a year! I even managed to complete this 8 x 8 LO and almost completed a 12 x 12 one too! As I haven't been for so long, a lot of the time was spent catching up with all the lovely ladies there - so more chatting than cropping got done.

mirror mirroe

We bought Logan a baby gym to keep him entertained when he is down our house and it was so lovely to catch these photos of him catching sight of his reflection in the mirror on the baby gym. He has changed so much since we took these photos and it's hard to believe he will be 6 months old this month - the time really is flying by. It's his christening on Sunday so lots more photo opportunities - hopefully I will be able to get lots of photos of our two other grandchildren.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Just Tracy's June challenge.

It's the 1st of the month which means the new challenge is now up and running on the Just Tracy's challenge blog. This month the challenge is the theme Strawberries and Cream, which can be interpretted anyway you like. We are being sponsored this month by Crafty Sentiments who are offering the winner of the challenge 3 digi images of their choice. They were kind enough to give us some images to play with and I decided to go with this cute pair of bears.


just tracy june


All the papers came free from one of the many crafting magazines I buy - they are by Nit Wits and the collection is Cotton Candy I think. I've coloured the cute images in using Copics and have matted them onto a piece of SU Pretty in Pink cardstock which has been punched around the page with Martha Stewart punches and then inked using SU's Wild Wasabi. The little charm came from my stash and the sentiment I printed out using Word on my computer and have matted them onto Pretty in Pink and Wild Wasabi cardstock. I've added some twine to the buttons which I bought at Just Tracy's - hope you like it. Don't forget to pop along to the Just Tracy's challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with this month. Do join in the fun too!