Saturday 28 February 2009

Basic Grey Challenge # 24 - Pockets

Hi all!

Great news to tell you all before I show you my card for this week's Basic Grey Challenge - My guest spot for January and February has now come to an end but Martine has asked me to become a permanent member of the Design Team. Woohoo! I am so pleased and would like to thank Martine for her invitation .......... you bet I accept, lol!

So this week we are asked to create a pocket of some sort and I know that you will get oodles of inspiration if you check out what the other girls have created. They are such a talented bunch and it's amazing to see how different the creations all are!

My card has been created to send images to blogging buddies, so I guess you could say it's a wallet card. After I'd made it I did think it looked a bit Autumnal, but never mind - it'll keep!

Image - Magnolia
Sentiment - Studio G
Papers - Basic Grey Mellow
Die - QuicKutz Vine
Punch - Leone Em Stamen
Colouring - ProMarkers
Flowers - Flora Doodles
Embellishments - Brads from my stash
Accents - Rangers Glossy Accents

Hope you have enjoyed your Saturday, I have been out shopping all day and now need to get a quick tea! Will be back a little later for a bloghop..... that's if I manage to finish my card for tomorrow's Colour Create Challenge! EEK!!

Friday 27 February 2009

First Gorjuss Creation!

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say this - I was so desperate to ink up one of these beauties! They are simply scrummy and an absolute pleasure to colour! In particular, the hair lends itself perfectly to shading, the results are really satisfying. This card is for my Sister-in-Law Jo who has a birthday early in April. You can hopefully see that I have die cut the letters on her name and added them to the top, right-hand corner of the card.

I decided that, for a change, I would rummage through my huge collection of 12x12 papers. I always seem to make a bee line for my small Basic Grey pads these days and it's a shame because I have accumulated some yummy papers over the past couple of years. The make of this one is Rico I think, never heard of them before but it's rather scrummy anyway, lol!

Image - Suzanne Woolcott - Gorjuss
Papers - Rico
Decorative Stamp - Karrs
Die - Nestabilities Scalloped and Plain Circles
Colouring - ProMarkers
Flowers - Prima
Embellishments - Ribbon, Mini Brads and Pearls from my stash
Accents - Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks

Before I go I would just like to thank Kathleen for this award. It goes right back to you Kathleen and I would also like to give it to everyone on the Colour Create Design Team.

Hope you all have a really lovely weekend. I'm looking forward to our new Colour Create challenge on Sunday - you will need to get your thinking caps on for this one... hee hee!!

Thursday 26 February 2009

A card for a friend....

Here is the card I made at the weekend for my lovely friend Judy; we agreed to do an image swap. I sent her some Penny Black and House Mouse and she sent me some gorgeous Hanglar images. I think it's lovely when you can share the things you have.

Image - Whiff of Joy
Sentiment - from stash
Papers - Basic Grey
Punch - Martha Stewart Arch Border, XCut Daisy
Die - BossKut Vine, Spellbinders Tag Trio, BossKut Krazy Daisy
Colouring - Polychromos
Embellishments - Ribbon from my stash
Accents - Rangers Distress Inks

I won't go into the details of how I made the card tonight as I have to go and tackle the ironing pile, yuk! I do just want to show you the amazing card I received from Judy though, it's so pretty! I will treasure it along with all the other card I've received from my blogging friends..... thank you Judy :o)

Here it is:

Right then, off to singe some shirts and I hope to be back later for a blog hop.

TTFN and TFL! xxx

Wednesday 25 February 2009

A card for Julie's Blog Candy!

I noticed yesterday that Julie is giving away some yummy candy to celebrate her first year of blogging and has set a card challenge for us all. How fast time flies Julie, well done for passing the first year milestone - you have the most amazing blog and your cards have inspired me on many occasions!

To be in with the chance of winning the candy, here are the details of Julie's mini challenge in her own words:

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is make an elegant card that includes a flower you made yourself. I've asked my crafty but non cardmaking friend Teresa to judge the entries. The deadline for entering is Saturday 7 March. To make it easy for her to see your entry please put it in a post by itself and add a link directly to the post not just to your blog. Will mail anywhere so you don't need to be in the UK to enter. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Well I couldn't resist this one as I am flower mad and I jump at making anything with a spring theme at the moment so daisies came to mind. This is a little bit different from my normal style but then different is good right? And I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed creating this one. I used a scrap of paper from the Paper Adventures range as it had tiny daisies on it. For the flower I created my own petal templates in two sizes and then drew round them and cut them out several times. I embossed the larger petals with the Swiss Dots folder and the smaller petals with the Leaves folder, then I chalked the edges with shimmer chalks. For the centrepiece I cut out flowers with my new Woodware punches in two sizes and then drew in a stamen with a pink gel pen, adding tiny pink pearls to the ends. The leaves behind the flower were made using my trusty Sizzix leaf die, I hope this never breaks as I really would feel lost without it! Finally, I stamped out the little butterfly from my See D's 'Cute as a Bug' set and added the lemon colour with my ProMarkers.

Sentiment - Studio G
Butterfly - See D's
Papers - Paper Adventure
Punch - Woodware
Die - Sizzix Leaves
Embossing - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Leaves
Chalks - Dovecraft
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Pearls and Brads from my stash

Phew! Sorry for waffling on about this one but I thought you might have wondered what I did to create the flower. This was a great idea for a challenge Julie, thanks.

Hope you have all had a nice day? Mine was sweet as I had a rather nice delivery of some rather Gorjuss stamps today!!!

TTFN and TFL xxx

Monday 23 February 2009

Whiff of Joy Designer Call

Phew! What a shock to the system it is when we have to go back to school and work! That pesky alarm clock wasn't welcome this morning when it went off at 7am I can tell you! I really am a girl who needs her sleep!!

Anyway, enough waffle from me. I, like everyone else in the blogging world I think, was very excited to see Katharina's Guest Designer call on the Whiff of Joy Challenge blog last week! I'm sure the competition will be very fierce but you've got to give it a go me thinks....... and anyway, the sketch was so much fun to work with. What great timing with all the scrumptious new Springtime stamps just released too!

For my card I flipped the sketch sideways. I remember seeing something recently, it may have been in a magazine, where the image on a card was set in front of a backing paper scene. I've been wanting to have a go at this and Basic Grey papers are perfect as quite a few of them are a scene in themselves. I wanted to sit the beautiful Willow on a branch but I don't have any tree or branch stamps, so I drew one myself...... yes I really did draw it!! Maybe I'm not quite as lousy at sketching as I thought, hee hee! I was also able to play with my new Woodware flower punch, I bought it in two different sizes at the weekend but only used the smaller one for this card.

Image - Whiff of Joy
Sentiment - Aud's Designs
Border - Tapestry Peg Stamps
Papers - Basic Grey Urban Prairie
Punch - Woodware and Martha Stewart
Die - Sizzix Leaves
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Raffia Ribbon from my stash

You may notice that my Tapestry peg stamps came out to play again..... told you I'd be using them again!!

I'm off to cook tea now; a Thai green curry stir fry.... YUM!

Catch you a bit later friends ;o)

TTFN and TFL xxx

Sunday 22 February 2009

Colour Create Challenge #4 - Pink And Grey

Well it's week 4 of the Colour Create Challenge already and I'm loving every minute of it! I think this is my fave of all the colours we've chosen so far, actually it was my dd Georgia's idea. Funny but pink and grey reminds me very much of clothes I used to wear in the eighties growing up. I had a pale grey ra-ra skirt and a matching hoop-striped sweatshirt with bat wings and a crisscross back.......... with the matching pale pink obligatory legwarmers of course! Bring back any memories?

For this week's card I have used the gorgeous Hettie image from Pink Petticoat. I was really tempted to add the 'Does my Bum Look Big' sentiment, but that isn't really sticking to the cute and cuddly theme now, is it? Rather cheeky in fact..... get it, hee hee?

If you look closely you may be able to tell that I used gloss on the little grey flowers and there is lots of decoupage going on too! I'll keep this card for a newborn baby girl or maybe a little girl's birthday, always handy to have in stock methinks.

Image - Pink Petticoat Download
Sentiment - computer generated
Papers - DCWV Quote Stack
Punch - Martha Stewart ZigZag Border
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Sticky Gems and Ribbon from my stash
Accents - Rangers Glossy Accents

I really hope you can join in the challenge this week and also check out the cards made by the other DT members....... they're so pretty!

Well, it's back to school and work then tomorrow (big sigh). Still, I suppose if we didn't have to do the boring stuff then we wouldn't appreciate the nicer things in life, would we? Have a great week peeps!

TTFN and TFL xxx

Friday 20 February 2009

Basic Grey # 23 - Colour Challenge

Good morning peeps!

Here is my card for this week's Basic Grey Challenge which is a colour challenge, you can use either blue and brown, pink and brown or pink and green. Us DT gals were lucky enough to play with some wonderful 'All about Cupcakes' downloads as The Cutting Cafe, our latest sponsor, are giving away free downloads to two lucky winners at the end of this week's challenge! I certainly enjoyed putting this card together because I love cupcakes, especially those with yummy sweet icing swirled on the top. Got you all drooling now, haven't I? Why don't you drool some more whilst looking at the creations from the other DT members, scrumdidliumptious me thinks!!

Image - Cutting Cafe Download
Sentiment - Cutting Cafe Download
Papers - Basic Grey Eva
Embossong - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
Dies - Nestie Scalloped Circles
Colouring - ProMarkers
Punch - XCut Daisy
Embellishments - Ribbon and Brads from my stash
Accents - Stickles Glitter Glue, Stitching Border Stamp

I decoupaged the icing on the cake for added dimension and then added the little punched daisies. I thought I might be the only one opting for the pink and green combo from the DT because the pink/brown and blue/brown might be the more obvious choices for cupcakes (I'm thinking chocolate here) but I was wrong, you joined me Chris, YAY!

Have a brilliant weekend everyone!

TTFN and TFL xxx

Thursday 19 February 2009

Cute Card Thursday # 48 - Signs of Spring

What a lovely theme for a challenge on this grey and dreary day in February. As far as cardmaking goes I am thoroughly in the mood for Spring type cards so I dived in for this Cute Card Thursday challenge. When I saw one of Bev's recent cards I noticed she had used a set of Tapestry Peg stamps to create a border and it immediately reminded me that I had a set unopened in my stash. To be honest I'd been a bit scared of what to do with them! Nothing like a bit of inspiration from a fellow crafter to get the creative juices flowing so thanks Bev, you're a diamond! If you zoom in close you can get a better idea of how the stamps work.

As you can see I decided to create my border around the edge of the card and go nude in the middle! That is to say that I've left some of my card white again, something I wouldn't have dared to do until Sarita gave me the inspiration.... oh these peeps help me out so much!!!

Whilst I'm in the mood to acknowledge the help friends have given me I'll mention Tab too! This lovely lady first highlighted me to colouring with Polychromatic pencils and I have used them to colour my lovely Tilda this time, instead of my trusted ProMarkers. Does you good to get out of your comfort zone occasionally after all! Tab is most certainly the Polys queen I think!!

Image - Magnolia
Sentiment - Studio G Stamps
Dies - Bosscut Vine
Colouring - Polychromatic Pencils
Flowers - Prima, Flora Doodles
Embellishments - Ribbon and Brads from my stash
Accents - Liquid Pearls

Stop press! Have you noticed I haven't used any design papers..... no, not one! You see, it can be done, hee hee!

I'll apologise in advance because I have a feeling I might be using these Tapestry stamps again and again now that I've seen what can be achieved.

Have a lovely evening!

TTFN and TFL xxx

Monday 16 February 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge # 4

Good evening everyone!

I managed to squeeze in a card today, in between cleaning the house (boo) and taking the kids to the dentist. No fillings, YAY!

This card is for the Sugar Bowl challenge, where the brief this week is to use only one patterned paper. Well that can be trickier than you think when you enjoy mixing and matching, but that's why it's a challenge after all!

I even had a play with my Polys for the colouring and was fairly pleased with the results for a change!!

Image - Leanne Ellis
Sentiment - Clear Choice Stamps
Papers - Basic Grey Granola
Embossong - Cuttlebug Borders
Dies - QuicKutz Leaf
Colouring - Polychromatic Pencils
Flowers - Prima
Embellishments - Lace, Pin and Roses from my stash
Accents - Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Rangers Glossy Accents

Hop over and have a look at this week's challenge if you get time, the prize they're giving away is AMAZING!!

TTFN xxx

Sunday 15 February 2009

Colour Create # 3 - Red, White and Blue.....

Happy Sunday to you all! Hope you have had a lovely, chilled day. I certainly have! My friend Sarah called around with her hubby and the kids earlier and I think they were only planning to stay for an hour, but numerous cups of tea and a long while later we were still sat gassing, lol! We also had a good nosey on some crafting websites and planned how to spend some secret money (you know, the kind you haven't really got but you'll find it from somewhere) on some yummy papers and Magnolia stamps. Have you seen on Sir Stampalot they have some new Easter Magnolias available for preorder....... these do look very nice indeed!

Anyhow, the upshot of all these goings on is that I've only just remembered to upload my card for Colour Create! I hope you get the chance to join in again this week, you might think the colours and theme are a bit tricky but I bet you'll enjoy the challenge. Hop over now and check out the cards made by the uber talented Design Team, they really are super duper and will hopefully inspire you to try something a bit different again.

I wasn't really sure what to use for my card but, as I have one or two male cards to make in the next few weeks, I thought a Snoopy image would be very useful. I really love this one where he's flying his plane and the colours seemed to be perfect. I have had so much use out of my Autumn Leaves Tickets stamps too, yet again they provided the perfect sentiment!

Image - Stampabilities
Sentiment - Autumn Leaves Tickets
Papers - from my stash
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Brads and Ribbon from my stash
Accents - Letraset Fineliner for doodling

There's nothing much more to it than that, quite a simple card but I'm pleased with how this one turned out!

I'm off to have a major blog hop now....... I so need to catch up!

TTFN xxx

Saturday 14 February 2009

Basic Grey Challenge # 22 Hearts

Yay, it's the weekend! Hope you're all having a nice one so far? We've actually managed to have the heating off today, that's a good sign that Spring might not be so far away!

Here is my card for this week's Basic Grey Challenge where the brief is to include hearts..... hmmmm, wonder why that is, lol? I hope you get chance to check out the creations made by my fellow DT members and to enter the challenge before this season of love passes us by.

I was wondering what image to use for my card and had a nosy through my Penny Black ones when I stumbled across the little mousie dangling from a Christmas ornament. Then a lightbulb pinged above my head and I thought 'I know, I'll change the ornament for a heart and Bob's your Uncle'! Okay, it wasn't quite like that but it makes the whole process seem a bit more dramatic doesn't it, hee hee!

As it happens this card came in quite useful because a colleague of my hubster phoned me with an SOS last night. He wanted to give his wife a handmade Valentines card and had forgotten to contact me about it. I said it's a good job I'm part of this wonderful blogging community and take part in lots of challenges because it means I've usually got spare cards at hand. I really hope his wife likes this one, she's been pleased with other cards I've made in the past. Apart from that she'll probably just be made up that her hubster has remembered, lol!

Image - Penny Black
Sentiment - Smirk (Studio G)
Papers - Basic Grey Infuse
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embossing - Cuttlebug Hearts
Embellishments - Heart Stickers, Ribbon and Gems from my stash
Accents - Distress Inks for card edges, Letraset Fineliner for faux stitching

I'll be back tomorrow with the Colour Create Challenge and my card, I really hope you can join in again as you have been doing already in your droves. I know I keep on but it really is deeply appreciated :o)

Before I go can I say a big thankyou to my dear friend Heather for this lovely award. It really means alot, I'll be back a bit later to pass it on....

TTFN xxx

Thursday 12 February 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge # 38 Doodle Doo

Sorry I haven't been around peeps, I really don't know where the time goes sometimes and I can't believe it's Thursday already!! I'm really looking forward to half term now, got a few days off with the kids and a few lie-ins to look forward to....YAY!

I've had this card on the go since Tuesday night and it has sat half finished until this evening. Finally managed to add the finishing touches to it and I'm entering it into this week's A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge. The brief is to include some doodling and you can either do this by hand or by stamping. I used a lovely little See D's Morsels stamp set to create a border around my image. I also dug out my Laura Ashley papers for a change, I've spent too long stroking this particular one and decided it was time to put it into use, lol!

Image - Sugar Nellie
Border - See D's Morsels
Sentiment - Clear Choice Stamps
Papers - Laura Ashley Traditional and Papermania Tones
Punch - XCut Daisy
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Ribbon, Brad and Flowers from my stash
Accents - Stickles Glitter Glue

Enjoy the rest of your evening folks, TTFN xxx

Monday 9 February 2009

Sketch Saturday meets Penny Black....

Good afternoon peeps!

I hope you are well and enjoying your day today! I'm at work being a naughty girl, blogging when I should be pen pushing..... I'll get back to it as soon as, promise!
Just wanted to upload the card I made for Sketch Saturday and Penny Black. I haven't managed to join either of these challenges for a few weeks, been busy setting up my new challenge as I'm sure you all know by now. It's been so much fun :o)
Anyway, I'm pleased I was able to play along with these two challenges this week, even if I have had to combine them. Oh and I hope you like the sentiment, I thought it up all by myself. 'Get you' I hear you cry!! Just humour me, won't you, lol?!

Image - Penny Black
Sentiment - Computer Generated
Flowers - Prima
Dies - Nestabilities Circle
Papers - Downloads from a blogging buddy
Colouring - ProMarkers
Stitching - Gel Pen
Embellishments - Brads, Buttons and String from my stash

I drew and cut out the hearts myself, just in case you were wondering....... you weren't? Oh, okay then, lol!

Don't know who I'm going to give this card to as I've already earmarked another one to give to my Chris. I'll just have to give it to my little man and then make another one for Georgia!

TFL xxx

Friday Sketchers # 38

I was so pleased when I saw Claudia's sketch over at Friday Sketchers this week. I really like it's simplicity. I thought I'd make a card using Sarita's brilliant technique of stamping a background, she does this so well and has really inspired me again! I took a Basic Grey stamp set which I recently bought in a sale and stamped out the two main flourishes in pink and blue. This has ended up as a real girlie card and I have to say I'm chuffed with the result. When I added the sentiment I actually thought it resembled a little clothing label like you'd find in the back of a shirt or blouse.

Now what do you think of my marvellous sewing heh? Well I've tried and tried to create stitching on a sewing machine and I'm simply pants at it, so it's faux stitching all the way from now on. I bought a selection of gel pens so I can try to fool you all that it's coloured thread. Just need to vary my stitches a bit now I think.

You may notice that I've used one of the Christmas Tildas for my image, but made sure I cut off the holly bits in her hair. I keep trying to fool you lot don't I? Really I should know better, I'm quite sure you don't miss a trick, lol!


Image - Magnolia
Sentiment - Studio G
Background Stamps - Basic Grey
Flowers - Flora Doodles and Prima
Large Brad - Doodlebug
Colouring - ProMarkers and Polychromos
Embellishments - Pearls and Ribbon from my stash

I'm giving this card to a friend's daughter for her birthday next week, she's quite a girlie girl so I'm hoping she'll be pleased with it!

TFL xxx

Saturday 7 February 2009

Colour Create Challenge Two - Peach and Aqua

Good morning all!

I'm delighted to be back with my second Design Team card for Colour Create. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us last week; what an amazing response :o)

Here are the details of this week's challenge then:

Please make your card using Peach and Aqua. You can also use cream/white for your cardstock and flesh colours for any images.

There is an extra option available which you can use if you wish, although this isn't compulsory. This week's option is 'DIY flowers', which means not using any pre made, bought flowers on your cards and projects. Here are some ideas which might help:

Stamp a flower onto card and cut it out

Punch and layer flowers

Die cut flowers

Doodle your own flowers

Stitch flowers

Peel and mount stickers to form a flower

Use shaped petals eg, hearts to form a flower

Make flowers from Nestie shapes

Make a ribbon flower

I'm sure there are lots more ways, please feel free to come up with your own! Don't forget that embossing, distressing, ink edging, etc will all add to the effect and you could add a stamen to the centre. Also glitter, glossy accents, liquid pearl drops might work well. Unusual materials might include tissue paper, vellum, acetate, chipboard...... just a few ideas.

For my card I used a freebie stamp which came with a craft magazine this month. I created my DIY flowers by using a Sizzix Die for the outer layers and then stamping a smaller flower for the centre.


Image - Freebie Set
Sentiment - Scrappy Cat
Flowers Stamp - Freebie Set
Hearts Stamps - Magazine Freebies
Papers - Scraps from my stash
Dies - Sizzix Dhalia, Sizzix Leaves, Nestabilities Hearts
Embossing - Cuttlebug Hearts
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Pearls from my stash

I hope you can join us this week, these really are fun colours to work with and I know you'll enjoy creating your DIY flowers.

TFL xxx

Basic Grey Challenge # 21, Mix It Up!

Good morning!

Hope you are all well and surviving this cold, snowy snap still! Most of the snow has now gone where I am but there's more forcast for tomorrow! I think if we get another wintery day then we'll wrap up and go for a nice long walk.

Anyway, here is my card for Basic Grey where this week's challenges asks us to 'mix it up'. You have to use at least two ranges on your card, be it different papers or a mix of papers with embellishments. I've used my lovely new stamp sent to me in a RAK by Tara, you can see more of this below. This is one of those cards which is still growing on me, I think I like it but I'm not completely sure, lol! Maybe it's because the colours are a tad bright? Oh well, the image is certainly very adorable, isn't she?

Image - Stamping Bella
Sentiment - Studio G
Swirls Stamp - Kars
Papers - Basic Grey Mellow
Flowers - Prima and Flora Doodle
Dies - Wizard Tags Trio
Chip Stickers - Basic Grey Sultry
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Brads, Spacers, Eyelets and Raffia from my stash

Now onto my RAK...... as you can see I have been totally spoilt with all these goodies. Bet you're wondering why I received a Christmas card in February though? Well, Tara posted this parcel to me on 11th December and I think it went on a round the world trip before arriving at its destination! I'm so glad it finally arrived though, it would have been awful if these lovely things had disappeared!

Here is the beautiful card Tara made me.......

Fantastic, isn't it?

Now before I disappear to get a shower, I just want to thank Alex, Chrissie and Laura for passing awards on to me. I haven't uploaded them this time because I have also received them a little while back, but I just wanted to say a big thank you for thinking of me :o)

Enjoy your weekend and I shall be back for the next Colour Create Challenge in the morning!

TTFN xxx

Thursday 5 February 2009

WOJ Challenge # 17

I've entered this week's WOJ challenge with a card you might think is for Christmas. Well in fact I've made it for my work colleague Owen who is 24 tomorrow. I couldn't resist creating a snowy scene because of the weather we've been having over the past few days and, as know he usually keeps the cards I make for him, I thought this would always be a reminder that we had snow around his birthday this year. Although it isn't completely unheard of to get snow in February, it doesn't really happen that often anymore. I was lucky enough to be able to use Charlie with Snowballs for my image, as my dear friend and namesake Tara sent me a wonderful box of goodies over from Canada which included this little cutie! Bet you didn't think I'd be using this one yet, heh T? (I'll be back tomorrow with some piccies of the lovely stash I received).

As well as making Owen a card I also baked him a cake so we can all celebrate with him in the morning. Are you drooling yet, hee hee?

Image - Whiff of Joy
Background Image - received in a RAK
Sentiment - computer generated
Papers - Basic Grey Granola and Two Scoops
Punch - Large Snowflake Woodware, Small Snowflake XCut, Snowflake Border Woodware
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Sticky Gems from my stash
Accents - Stickles Glitter Glue

I'll let you know how the cake tasted tomorrow then! :o)

TFL xxx

Tuesday 3 February 2009

House Mouse Challenge # 12 - Valentines

Hello peeps and a very good evening to you all!

Here is my card for this week's House Mouse challenge. I haven't entered this particular challenge for ages so I thought I would this week, such a nice theme too! This is a slight departure from my normal style and I have to say that I was completely inspired for this one by Julie's card (18th Jan) and Sarita's card. Aren't they wonderful, I love the fact that there is quite a lot of the white cardstock left on show. Of course, me being me, I had to fight not to put more embellishments on, I think I've already overdone it as it is, lol! I sat for ages thinking some pink gems would look good in the top right corner but no, that isn't what it's about. Less is more in this instance I told myself........ yes, I do often mutter to myself, lol! Anyway, I'm so taken with this style I think there will be more to come like this!

Image - House Mouse Happy Hoppers
Sentiment - Studio G
Heart Stamps - Studio G and Scrappy Cat
Leaf Stamp - Kars
Papers - Basic Grey offcuts
Punch - Personal Impressions Daisy and Woodware Star Flower
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Pearl Stars from my stash

I'm off for a blog hop now and then an early night..... we have ofsted in at college this week and it's hectic to say the least!

TFL xxx

Some people are so kind hearted and always thinking of others!

I just want to say a huge thank you to my friend Sharon who, unbeknown to me, contacted Dawn at the Inspirational Blog and nominated me to appear there! Bless you Sharon, that really was such a kind and selfless thing to do and you really don't know how much it means to me! You made my day!! Hope you made it down to London okay today in all that snow ;O)

Monday 2 February 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge # 36

Evening folks!

I am totally in love with these images and I'm enjoying creating cards with them now that my friend Jo has kindly sent me some to play with!

This week's brief over at A Spoon Full of Sugar is 'Love is in the Air' and you are asked to make something for a loved one. I've made this card for my hubster for Valentine's Day. He was in the room when I was putting the finishing touched to it, but I'm sure he didn't notice what I was doing as he isn't really interested in cardmaking, lol!

I doodled around my image and had a go at faux stitching, I am quite pleased with how that turned out, looks quite real and it's a good job really because I really am so hopeless at sewing! You may also be able to pick up the glossy accents I added to the little dangling hearts, I love that stuff!!

Image - Leanne Ellis
Sentiment - my own writing (can't you tell, hee hee) and inside is Studio G
Papers - Pink Petticoat, Basic Grey Granola
Flowers - large black one recieved in a RAK, medium white one Prima, small red roses Hobbycraft
Dies - Sizzix Swirl, Sizzix Scalloped Heart, Sizzix Row of Hearts
Punch - Martha Stewart Doily Edge
Colouring - ProMarkers
Embellishments - Pearls, Ribbon, Chipboard Corner and Pin from my stash
Accents - Glossy Accents on image hearts, Black Letraset fineliner to create doodled edge and faux stitching.

Just a very simple design on the inside, I don't always bother but thought I'd best make the effort for the old hubster!

How are you managing in the snow? I've seen some great pictures today when I've been having a nosy at your blogs. I love the fact that kids can get outside and get some decent fresh air. When my son came in from the garden a short while ago his cheeks were bright red! He had a whale of a time out there but he was a bit chilly!!

Have a lovely evening, catch you later.

TTFN and TFL xxx

Sunday 1 February 2009

Colour Create Challenge #1

The very first Colour Create Challenge is underway, YAY! This week's colour combination is pink, green and brown and the optional extra is butterflies.

I thought I might push the boat out for my DT card so I've used acetate, something I've never really used before except for tiny embellishments. It certainly was slippery stuff to work with, lol! Also, it's quite unusual for me not to have an image on my card, but I thought this sentiment would be a nice substitute. I do love butterflies and so it was great to use my Sizzix set to create the one on my card.

Sentiment - Computer Generated
Papers - Basic Grey Eva, K&Co Roam
Punch - EK Success Medium Retro Flower
Dies - Sizzix Butterfly Set One, Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals
Embellishments - Pearls, Ribbon and Acetate from my stash

Sorry for my short post today, I wish I could be around more to check out how the challenge is doing but me and mine are off to brave the winds in Llandudno.

Back later, byeeeeeee! xxx