Thursday, 27 October 2011

Sparkle with Crafty Purple Frog

This weeks theme on the Crafty Purple Frog challenge blog is Sparkle and I thought I would make a Christmas card using the Poinsettia Fairy Decoupage. This was such a gorgeous image to work with and I loved all the layers - it really does give the image such great depth.
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I've used some DCWV papers and some scraps from the scrap box to create the background. Marianne die cuts were used to create the poinsettias and they have been inked using Brilliance ink pads to give a bit of shimmer and also I added some ultra fine glitter for extra sparkle. I also added some glitter to certain areas of the main image too. Swirls came from a Sizzix die and the sentiment also came from the same DCWV set as the papers. I finished the card off with some ribbon from my stash.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Starting points by Shimelle Laine

I've recently enrolled on a couple of Shimelle Laines on-line classes and although I haven't completed them yet they are a constant source of inspiration as is her blog where I found this post called Starting Points. Something a little different and a great way of getting me back into my scrapbooking - especially as I have so many photos of events, places visited and grandchildren to catch up with. You start off with just a couple of pieces of paper and a few strips cut from one of the papers and then you go from there in whichever direction you want.

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I've used some My Minds Eye for the background paper and then a piece of paper that came from a huge K&Co paper pad that I shared with a friend. The pictures were taken when Colette, myself, Sarah and Laura went for a fish pedicure to start off her hen party celebrations. The various embellishments came from my forgotten stash as well as some elements from my Scrapbook Circle and Artful Delight kits so I have really mixed old stash with new stash to create a very simple LO, but one that captures an afternoon and evening of fun for us all.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Hello Friend

I wouldn't particularly say I am a fan of the colour purple, but I do think it looks great when teamed with black - always dramatic. I've used this colour combination for my second offering with Terri by Myka Jelina, one of my favourite artists at Queen Kat Designs.

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Everything came from my scrap boxes, I've had the purple glitter card years - it was one of the first things I ever bought from Create and Craft in the days when Alan and Barry were still around! The border punch is a Fiskars punch and the sentiment buttons I believe are 7Gypsie. The black cardstock is from SU. The image has been coloured in using shades of purple and grey with Promarkers.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Beware - Smeared Ink Challenge

With the wedding now over I've finally got some time to do some crafting for myself. With this in mind I wanted to try and start doing some challenges again. Today's offering is for Smudgy Antics the Smeared Ink challenge blog - something different to cute for a change. Their challenge this week which I am just about submitting in time is entitled Skull Time, it can be anything you want so long as there is an image of a skull there and you have used one of their images to complete the challenge.

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I've used some leftover Rusty Pickle scraps as my background to my card and then downloaded the Beware digi image from the Smeared Ink shop and coloured in using my Promarkers. I've also stamped out one of the images from the now retired SU Pirates Beware stamp set and cut out using a circle nestie. The edges have been inked using Tim Holtz distress inks and I've wrapped some net type ribbon around the circle which has helped to create a star or as Ian thought the points of a compass image - this was completely by chance.

Also today we had the pleasure of looking after Logan and we took him and Max for a lovely walk around Stover Country Park - the sun was shining and the wind had dropped so it really was a pleasant walk in the Autumn sunshine.


I love this time of year when the leaves are changing colour. We saw a couple of squirrels and lots of birds on the lake - not quite sure what Logan made of me making quacking noises every now and then, but it seemed to amuse him.


When we got back home we had lunch and then popped around to see both sets of great grandparents before taking him back home to mum and dad who had been busy putting up skirting boards, coving and painting a few walls in their lounge.

Lots of early starts for me this week, but we have a weekend away with our friends Karen and Phillip to look forward to at the end of it which will as usual be great fun.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Bridal Tresses

This is the first no doubt of many LO's featuring Colette and Tim's wedding day. This one is of Colette having her hair done for the big day and I've used the sketch over at Artful Delights blog.

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I've flipped the sketch 90 degrees to make it work for the photos I had. The papers are from the Anna Griffin Sierra range and seemed to tone in with Colette's vest top. The felt flowers, scalloped border and lettering came with the October Artful Delights card kit and the flowers with the hair pins are some that where left over after the bridemaids had had their hair done. The little pearls are from SU along with some Cajun Craze cardstock I used for the journalling around the edge.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Kuma Chan

Here is another card I made with the recently released Kuma Chan cat stamp from Queen Kat Designs. I've gone with the monochromatic look this time and used some oriental background papers and embellishments which I have had in my stash. I've also kept the colouring of the image very simple using pale blues and greys. The artist is Che Gilson.

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Later in the week I will share some wedding photos with you - thankfully the sun shone on Colette and Tim's wedding day and there was only one hiccup, otherwise the day went perfectly for them.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

White Peacock Dryad by Crafty Purple Frog

This weeks theme on the Crafty Purple Frog challenge blog is Thank You. I have made a little triangular treat holder using one of the images and some of the backing papers and sentiments that will soon be released by Amy at the Crafty Purple Frog shop.

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The instructions for making this treat holder can be found on Splitcoaststampers, although I adapted the size so that the gorgeous image would fit. The height of my treat holder is 5 inches and I also lined the top of the box with a piece of co-ordinating cardstock to give it extra strength. I matted and layered the image and sentiments onto SU's Perfect Plum cardstock and retired green cardstock and added some roses from my stash.

Monday, 10 October 2011

All the gold in the world

couldn't show you how much I care was one of the lovely sentiments that came with the September Myka monthly kit from QKD. I've combined the sentiment with one of the lovely new releases from QKD called Terri also by Myka Jelina.

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I've made an ATC this time using some SU Melon Mambo and Night of Navy cardstock. Again using one of the stamps that came with Septembers Myka monthly kit I've created a background of gold embossed coins. Terri is the gorgeous main image which I believe I coloured in with Promarkers and then cut out and added to the ATC along with the sweet sentiment.

Wedding not far away now still a few things to finish off but I'm sure it will all be wonderful on the day - just hoping we get a dry day if nothing else for them so they can have lots of photos taken in a nearby park.

Busy week ahead once again - only a couple of early mornings this week, but tomorrow I have to have my car serviced, drop off the wedding favours and seating plan to the wedding venue as well as picking up the dresses from the lady making the alterations at the end of the week. So I think this is going to be another week where there will not be much crafting for myself going on.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

All work and no play

that's how it feels at the moment. I've been on early mornings this week - 5am starts!(in fact 6 out of the last 8 days I've started at 5) Not much crafting getting done other than finishing off a few things for the wedding on the 15th of this month. It really seems to be coming round quick now and the bride to be is getting nervous, I'm feeling a little stressed out trying to sort out the seating arrangement which isn't easy when Colette forgot to mention a couple of people who had said they would be coming, but when I put the list together she'd forgotten to add them!

Rather than not posting at all I thought I would share a photo of Logan who is now 9 1/2 months old, crawling around like mad, pulling himself up on everything and the proud owner of two teeth. I took this photo last month while he was glued to the TV watching one of the children's channels - he's such a cutie.
I actually get a lie in tomorrow as I don't have to start work until 11.30, but it's back to 5 on Saturday and then I get a whole day off.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

A trip to see the Wizard of Oz is required I think....

... because if I only had a brain I would have remembered that I was supposed to have posted my Just Tracy's Challenge blog post on Saturday 1st October. I can only blame it perhaps being preoccupied with final wedding arrangements, extra hours and training at work and early mornings - lots of them! Too many things to remember with my ever decreasing brain cells as I get nearer to another milestone age bracket!!!!

Anyway I guess it's better to be late than never to post it at all so here is my DT card for the Just Tracys challenge blog which this month is being sponsored by Whoopsi Daisy. The prize this month is 4 sheets of digi images and the challenge is a nice easy one this month - Anything Goes (a bit like my memory then really - ha!)

I used this gorgeous little girl stamp which went perfectly with some chipboard shapes that came with a kit recently.

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The papers and the chipboard came from my September Artful Delights card kit. The image was coloured in using my Copics this time and placed onto nestie dies. The ribbon and brad came from my stash.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Oriental Delight

This is the first of four projects with the new Queen Kat Designs I got to work with this month. This image is called Kuma Chan by the artist Che Gilson and I have teamed it up with some lovely papers I bought from QVC a while ago. The backing cardstock is SU's Bravo Burgandy and I have coloured the image in using Promarkers. The flowers, ribbon and gems came from my stash.

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