Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Less is More Week 52 - Sketch challenge

Last night I was able to catch up on a few of the challenges I am trying to participate in on a regular basis. I managed to get the Less is More card completed and another six Christmas cards for the Jingle Belles challenge (which I will show later in the week). But for my Less is More card I knew I wanted to use ribbon as the band in the middle of the sketch. Looking through my ribbons I came across some lovely SU Bashful Blue stitched grosgrain ribbon and I picked a cute little baby image which came in the SU Very Punny stamp set (which I was kindly given) and was coloured in using Bashful Blue and Creamy Caramel . The image was punched out using the SU 1 3/8inch circle punch and then mounted onto a SU scallop circle punched piece of Bashful Blue cardstock. I added some white gel pen to the scallop circle to tie in with the stitching of the ribbon. Finally my sentiment came from an SU Hostess set.

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It's cold here and to make it even worse our central heating has broken down - we can still get hot water, but the heating system keeps tripping as the boiler is overheating. I don't think we can complain too much as the boiler is almost 18 years old, but it's an expense we could have done without. Thankfully we have got a gas fire in our lounge so and we have an oil-fired electric heater which I have on in the craft area. Hopefully it won't be too long before we can get a new one fitted, but no doubt the really cold weather will be over by then. Perhaps I should ask my friend Wynneth to quickly run up a couple of chunky knit jumpers for me.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Nuts About Sketches Week 196

I was working mainly afternoons last week and when I got home in the early evening I was distracted by the tennis so not a lot of crafting got done last week. I am hoping to make up for that this week though. I did manage to complete a LO for the Nuts about Sketches week 196 on Saturday evening and it's even got photos of me on it! The photos were taken last year when we went for a walk up the Dewerstone Rock ( I think Ian thought I was trying to kill him as we didn't take an easy route), it was hard going but well worth the effort as the views are amazing from there. We took the easier route on the way down following part of the old tramway line

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I've used papers that came with one of my Scrapbook Circle kits, the papers are from MME Love Me and Everyday Fun range. I've also used quite a few different stamps on this page, the lovely sentiment is from a set I bought at Westpoint last year and are from Inkylicious, the sun stamp which I have stamped out twice and decoupaged is a Unity stamp. The alphabet and the circles are from SU and I've used SU's Cherry Cobbler ink pad. The cloud embellishments came from an Artful Delights kit and I think help to frame the sentiment. I've got just about half a sheet of one of the papers left so my next task is to make some simple cards to use it up - again it is not going into the scraps box.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Valentine's Day/ Love is in the air

The challenge over on the Crafty Purple Frog challenge this fortnight is Valentine's Day/ Love is in the Air.

"Valentine's Day/Show us some love". Valentine's Day is 14 February and will soon be upon us. I realise not everyone sends Valentine's Day cards so there is the option to "show us some love".

For my DT card I have used the Red Hearts Pyramage from Crafty Purple Frog and matted the image onto three different sized hearts which I cut out using my Creative Memories cutting system. The card is from SU Cameo Coral, Ruby Red (both retired) and Basic Grey. I've used the SU En Francais background with Cameo Coral pad on one of the hearts and again on the base card using Basic Grey ink pad. The sentiment came from an Avacado Arts stamp set.

Don't forget if you enter the challenge you will have the chance of winning some of the lovely Crafty Purple Frog images for yourself.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

A beautiful thing - Less is More challenge 51

Yesterday evening I went and stayed at my friend Lisa's house for the night - it's been a long time since I've done that. It also meant it had been a long time since I had been spoilt and cooked a lovely English breakfast by her hubby Andy - delicious. This was then followed by a nice walk into Newton for a shopping trip. We picked up a couple of bargains in the craft sale section at Austin's and then went to the Craft Room where I picked up another flower punch and the Fall set of Tim Holtz distress inks. Once the shopping was over it was time for lunch before heading back to Lisa's for some 'playtime'.

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We decided to check out this week Less is More challenge and I even got Lisa to complete a card for the challenge. Our cards are similar, but Lisa added hearts to her card to make it a Valentine's card for her hubby, whereas mine is a more general card. We used the SU Four Frames stamp set and stamped once onto the base card and then second stamped it onto a spare piece of card. The second stamped image was cut out using the co-ordinating SU frame punch and then we cut the oval aperture out of the stamped image to create the aperture for our LIM card. I cut two slits on the image on the card to slide the ribbon through and added foam pads to raise the aperture frame on top. The sentiment stamp is from a retired SU set Lisa had which I can't remember the name of so if anyone knows could they let me know please. I've gone for the monochromatic look again this week but used SU's Poppy Parade ink, ribbon and a scrap of card which I have punched a butterfly out of.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Subtle 40th Brithday card

It's our friend Neil's 40th birthday on Saturday so I have made him this card. Rather than really emphasing the fact that he has now turned 40 - just in case it is a bit sensitive to him - I have used the bus image from one of the new Papermania urban stamp sets and added his age as if it was the No. of the bus. The bunting was created using one of the SU's Party This Way stamp set and a retired alphabet stamp set - I hand cut round them once stamped as I don't have the co-ordinating punch - yet! The other sentiment is also from SU and it was a hostess set.

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No early morning for me today, although I've got to go into work later today. So I wasn't able to catch any of the Andy Murray match this morning, although I've set up the TV to record the replay this afternoon and I can watch his victory later ( I know he won as I checked on text - couldn't wait to find out). Enjoy your day whatever you may be doing.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

3 Patterned Papers = 1 LO + 6 cards

Well I managed to stay awake yesterday evening and not only completed the LO for the Sketches in Thyme challenge, but also made six cards with the left over pieces of paper. I was determined that the left overs were not going to go in the scrap box.

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The papers are from We R Memory keepers, two of them were double sided and the other one was a sheet of different borders. I've used photos from our walk around Kit Hill on Saturday and I'm going to try and do a LO each month of the year when Ian and myself go out together. We even managed to get a silly photo of us, not the most flattering of looks but it was cold! The aim will be to try and somehow incorporate a photo of us each time too. The mini alphabets came with an Artful Delights kit I believe - love mini alphabets.

One of the border sheets had a lovely sentiment on which I decided to use to create my Valentines card for Ian this year - very non traditional colours but I think the sentiment was just perfect. I've also used the Happy Valentine stamp that came with one of my Avocado Arts stamp sets. This card also fits the challenge on Ruby's Rainbow challenge blog so am entering it for that.

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Finally with the remaining scraps I created five simple cards and used an SU stamp set called Love Ya Bunches another set I got from America a couple of years ago. I also had some matching embossed stickers which I have used on two of the cards. I also used a Creative Memories fancy square punch for two of the cards.


Now this evening I should be making a 40th birthday card for our friend Neil whose birthday is on Saturday - again this all depends on whether I can stay awake long enough.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Tudor Lady

Here is the Tudor Lady cross stitch picture that I picked up from being framed last week. It had been lying around on the back of a chair for quite a while after I had stitched it and I finally took it down to Kelly Bray before Christmas to get it framed. It's now taking up residence in our living room and being proudly displayed at long last. The trouble is I have a medieval lady cross stitch kit waiting to be started but I am trying to be very good and resist the temptation to do so. I need to complete some of those that I have already started first.

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I've been on early mornings so far this week - it felt really strange this morning being able to watch some tennis before going to work. I went to work not very happy as Andy Murray had just lost the first set, thankfully I was able to watch the repeat this afternoon and he won in four sets which I am very happy about.

Hopefully if I can stay awake long enough this evening I want to finish off a LO which I started yesterday evening for the Sketches in Time blog - it's been nice getting back into my scrapbooking, alternating it with my other craft projects - crafting is just so relaxing.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Jingle Belles Sketching through the snow!

This fortnight for the Jingle Belles challenge they have given us a sketch to work with - I love working with sketches. Again I have managed to complete six cards for the challenge and the design is another fairly clean and simple design - I think I might be getting the hang of these now.


I've used what I think is my favourite SU Christmas set Season of Joy, it's so versatile and not just for Christmas either. I've also combined it with an SU set I bought from America a couple of years ago called All Scallops. Ink colours I have used I am afraid are all retired SU colours (again I was too lazy to go downstairs and get the current ones) and they are Bordering Blue, Mellow Mose and Ruby Red. Cardstock was scraps of white and SU's Mellow Moss.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Less is More

Carrying on with the clean and simple cards it was suggested by my friend Wynneth that I have a look at the Less is More challenge blog. Their challenge this week is to create a one layer card (not something I do at all) and incorporate birds into the card as well.

I have used a white card and used two SU stamp sets to create my one layer card. The sentiment is from a set called Heard from the Heart and the owl came from one of last years Sale-a-bration sets. They have both been stamped in SU's retired Close to Cocoa ink pad for no reason other than that was the nearest brown ink pad I had to hand - too lazy to go downstairs and look for a current SU ink pad!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Nuts about Sketches Week 195

I'm trying very hard to keep my 8 x8 albums of Logan up to date this year and so during the week I managed to complete a DLO of his 2nd Christmas. My aim is to make sure I get at least one LO of each month in the album and only to ever be working on the previous months pictures - fingers crossed.

I've used the sketch for week 195 over on Nuts about Sketches and used the same set of Christmas papers as my DT LO submission - My Minds Eye Lost & Found - they really are gorgeous.


I've kept fairly close to the sketch although I haven't used as many photos as on the sketch suggests. The vellum quote came from an Anna Griffin pack and I've used some gold peel off borders to attach it to the LO. I've also stamped and embossed some gold stars and also added some gold edged clear peel offs too. The journalling is about Logan's Christmas outfit, last year we dressed him up in a Santa outfit but this year it was Santa's No1 Helper - the jeans came with red braces and he looked so sweet. It also asks in the journalling just how many more years can I get away with buying him silly outfits for Christmas.

This morning we took Max for a lovely walk around Kit Hill - very fresh and overcast but it was nice to be out in the fresh air and the cold wind certainly blew away the cobwebs! This afternoon I have got the joy of going through some paperwork which must be done by the end of the month and then hopefully if I can get that out of the way quickly I can get to 'play' while Ian freezes watching Argyle play.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Clean and Simple

I decided to sign up for the online class for Clean & Simple cards which is being run by Kristina Werner, Jennifer Mcguire and Julie Ebersole and I have not been disappointed with their ideas each day. Clean and Simple is not something I normally do, but I wanted to try this as for those cards I need to post it will certainly help with costs.

Here is my first card using one of the ideas I was given on Day 1 of the class which started on Monday - lots of other crafting has been done this week so there is no surprise that I am already behind with the class. Having said that there is no rush to complete each day as you can download a PDF of each class for future reference.


I have used a card from a pack of Jenni Bowlin craft cards and envelopes and a couple of stamps from a Hero Arts set which co-ordinate with the Basic Grey Life of the Party collection - both of these came with my December Artful Delights card kit - love those kits! I've used SU Taken with Teal ink pad to stamp the spotty background and then the co-ordinating marker pen to create the dashed line border. The sentiment and the bunting came from the Hero Arts set and I've stamped the bunting onto the card and then again onto a scrap of card. The bunting was then cut out and decoupaged onto the card for a bit of dimension.

I've had a couple of early mornings this week and new hours - I started at 5am and finished at 9.30am - so just as my working day is ending most peoples is only just starting. Although it's not the best time to get up in the morning especially as I had to de-ice the car a little today but once I get going I really don't mind and it leaves me the rest of the day to do what I need/want to do. I have got the weekend off and I am hoping it will be dry so that I can go out and do some tidying up in the garden as well as give my car a good wash. Hope you have a good weekend whatever you may be doing.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Desk Calendar - Anything Goes at Crafty Purple Frog

The challenge over at Crafty Purple Frog this week is a nice easy one to start the New Year off - Anything Goes. I decided to make a desk top calender using the lovely Glowing Dazzle decoupage sheet from Crafty Purple Frog.


I've simply used a C6 card and covered one side with papers from my scrap box and then printed out a calendar using one that was available online and decorated this with photo corners and gems. Very simple but something nice to look at during the month of January.

Crafty Purple Frog are also going to be having a DT call so if you want to try out for the DT then check out the post later today to find out all the details.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Happy 1st Birthday

I've used the Artful Delights January sketch to create the 8 x 8 LO to start off Logan's 2nd album - I'm hoping to complete an album for every year, although it won't be entirely of Logan when their new baby arrives later in the year. Somehow I don't think I could keep two going, although I may well give it a try. I did flip the switch to make it work with the photos I wanted to use.

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The colours of the papers which again are all from the scraps box are brighter than they are showing in the photo, unfortunately I had to take the picture this evening so the light isn't that brilliant and I'm too impatient to wait until tomorrow before posting it on my blog.

I now have two days off work so I am hoping to catch up on a few more projects as well as some of the dreaded housework!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Nuts About Sketches

Nuts About Sketches are having a DT call so last night I sat and created this LO and thought I'd submit it for the DT call. It also proves that I do have two other grandchildren other than just Logan. Unfortunately I don't get the opportunity to take photos of them as much as I do Logan. These photos of Connor and Elisha were taken on Christmas Day when we were lucky enough to see them open their presents from us and their Great Grandparents - it was lovely to see their excited faces.

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I've obviously used the Nuts About Sketches DT sketch for the LO format. The lovely papers are from MME Lost & Found Christmas collection which is absolutely gorgeous and was the monthly Scrapaholics kit in December. The three bauble embellishments were created using a variety of SU stamps that were stamped with Versamark ink and then sprinkled with twinkling red and gold embossing powders. I then cut them out and added them to the page and used gold stickles to create the threads from which they are hanging, but not sure how well that shows up in the photo.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

For You

It's been a very mixed week for me this week - life is full of ups and downs and I'm a great believer in everything happens for a reason, even if I don't always know what that reason is at the time. To take my mind of certain issues I spent an enjoyable evening in my craft area making this card which is based on Day 2 from the Card a Day book.

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Green is not one of my favourite colours, but I'm quite pleased with this card not only with the way it turned out but also because I used only papers and cards from the scraps box - it will be empty one day! I used a sentiment stamp from a retired SU Hostess set called Something to Celebrate to create my top border strip - I inked the stamp up with SU's Sahara Sand. The tag sentiment is SU's retired Welcoming Words set, the scallop circle is punched out after stamping one of the scalloped circle stamps from last years Sale-a-bration set called Punch Bunch. I also used one of their jumbo rollers called Friendly Words which is in their current catalogue. The soft coloured ribbon is from an Artful delights kit I believe, button, flower and pearl from stash.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

New Home card

My dear friend Karen's sister Louise moved into a new home at the end of last year so I thought I would make her a card and wish her happiness in their new home. Also at the end of last year I treated myself to a new book called A Card a Day which as you can imagine has a different card sample for each day of the year - a great source of inspiration and this is where I got the LO design for the New Home card.

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I'm hoping to work my way through the book, although I won't be able to make a card everyday, but it should keep me inspired for a couple of years! The papers for the card came from an Artful Delights card kit, the circle stamp is from Unity, the little house stamp came from a SU set called Good Neighbours and I used SU's More Mustard and Chocolate Chip to stamp them with. The border punch is a Martha Stewart punch and the ribbon also came from Artful Delights, twine from SU and button from stash. The mini alphabets came from a Scrapbook Circle kit.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year and Just Tracy's challenge

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year - I hope 2012 proves to be a good one for all of you. Not only is it a new year we are into a new month which means there is another challenge over on the Just Tracy's challenge blog.

Tracy is sponsoring the challenge each month which means the lucky winner of the challenge will get a £15 voucher to spend in Just Tracy's shop.

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The theme this month is Love is in the Air and can be interpreted in anyway you like using any form of crafting media. This month I have used one of Colette and Tim's wedding photos and created a 12 x 12 LO which I am going to get a nice frame for and give to them for the first wedding anniversary - how's that for forward planning!? I've used some lovely Anna Griffin paper as my main backing paper and cut out a heart shape with my Creative Memories cutting system. I've then cut some strips of dictionary pages which have had the edges inked and then ruffled them around the inside of the heart to create a 'frame' with the photo positioned behind. The flowers came from some that were left over from Colettes bridal bouquet and the alphabet is a Sizzlets which came out of hiding to be played with.

Do check out what the other DT members have come up with for this months challenge - some of our new DT members are playing along this month so give them a nice warm welcome.