Sunday, 13 April 2014

Hooray for Weekends & Week's Off!

Yes this weekend is even more special cos we're on holiday next week & are having our 3 grandchildren to stay.  Can't wait both mine & hubby's work has been so stressful lately we need some FUN :o)  So no feeling of dread tonight at the end of the weekend & Monday morning looming ever closer lol.  As it is Sunday it is time for another Sentimental Sundays challenge & this week we want to see your "Embossing" (any sort & with a sentiment please, it is Sentimental Sundays after all ;o).  We are sponsored by The Cutting Cafe & the DT were given these fab "Rain Rain Go Away" images to use. I coloured my boots with ProMarkers, used a die cut umbrella & finished off with a flower, button, gems, brads, computer generated sentiment & an embossed panel.  

The challenges:
Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes
Emergency Crafters - Polka Dots
4 Crafty Chicks - Use Polka Dots
That's Crafty - You Spin me Right Round
Passion for ProMarkers - So Sentimental
Digi Galore - Flowers
Paper Creator - Spots & Dots

I hope you are having a lovely weekend & if you are crafting I hope you'll have time to join our challenge :o) xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

New Found Love...Mini Albums (**V**) (warning: lots of photos)

Today is my turn to choose the theme for this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge & I chose "Vintage/Steampunk" & I had in my head I wanted to make something with an Alice in Wonderland feel.  I had a wonderfully illustrated book when I was little & it was my fav.  I saw THIS printable album online & fell in love with it.  It took me ages to make but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I added a few other images I bought on Etsy & added some ribbons, charms, ink & liquid embossing.  I would love to make for mini albums but I really don't have much free time at the moment :o( (I did make a toilet paper roll album for a swap which I will blog at a later date but I don't like it as much as this one).  I haven't shown all the photos (but there are still lots lol), I hope you get the idea :o)

The challenges:
Papertake - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes 
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything but a Card
Digitally Sweet - Anything but a Card
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Funday Friday - Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun - Anything Goes
Fairies - Shabby Chic or Vintage
Seemacrafts - Vintage
Crafty Little Fairies - Vintage/Shabby Chic
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes (with ribbon)
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties - No Markers
Everybody Art - Watch
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Left of Centre - Ribbon &/or Flowers

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend & will find time to join our challenge :o)

Sunday, 30 March 2014

A Bit of Shrink Plastic...

I haven't had much time for crafting lately & things were starting to get on top of me a bit but I wanted to make something for this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge & I wanted it to be different but it also had to be quick - well this was the plan!  I spent hours yesterday fiddling about with shrink plastic, first it was the wrong dimensions (though in the end I had to go with this one), then it just didn't look right & finally when I thought I was nearly there the Modge podge was too thick & made all the ink run :o(  So I went back to the first attempt though it wasn't quite right - (the image was printed onto printable shrink plastic),  I coloured it with pencils, stamped on the back & punched a hole for the jump ring (this is done before shrinking). Then I covered it with Modge Podge & added a sprinkling of Glamour Dust.  Our challenge is "Add a Doodle to it" & we are sponsored by the wonderful Scribbles Designs & I used Flower Doodle 6.  I hope you can find time to join us.  Happy Mother's Day to all those who are celebrating today :o)  I'm spending the morning with youngest son & then at the MIL for dinner tonight.

The challenges:
Craft My Life - Anything But a Card
CMC - Sparkle It
My Sheri - Anything But a Card

Friday, 28 March 2014

For all the Mums & Special Ladies...

The Jellypark Friends new challenge is "Mothers Day/Special Lady".  I used this cute "Breakfast in Bed" digi stamp which is only £1.50 & all the money goes to a wonderful charity "The Willow Foundation".  I coloured my card with ProMarkers & paper pieced her dress, finishing off with lace, ribbon, flowers & a brad.  This card is going to my Mother-in-Law Joy who is a special lady.  Unfortunately I lost my Mum almost 30 years ago just before I got married & I still miss her.  I hope all of you that are Mums have a lovely day Sunday.

Crafty Sentiments - Mother's Day
I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes
Art Impressions - Getting Girly
Crafts for Eternity - Special Mums
Inky Chicks - Lace Up Your Cards
Ladybug Crafts Ink - For a Special Lady
Craft Your Passion - Mother's Day/For the Ladies
Cutie Pie - Cute One for Mum 

Now I'm back to work I don't have enough time for crafting & as it's been so busy, when I have had time I've been too tired :o(  I hope you can all fit in a little crafty time this weekend :o) xx

Monday, 17 March 2014

Cute & Cuddly at Sentimental Sundays

Yes this week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is cute & cuddly (+ a sentiment).  We are sponsored by MilkCoffee & I used this cute "Charlotte with Flower& Bird" digi which I coloured with ProMarkers, the papers are MME Howdy Doody (I love these) & I finished the card with flowers, pearls, doily & sentiment.  I'm back to work normal hours from today (I was on phased return for the last 2 weeks after breaking my wrist) & went on my bike for the first time, I was a bit apprehensive but it was fine (actually I felt better than I thought it would).  Please check out the other DT members creations for more inspiration & I hope you can join us :o)

The challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Girls, Girls, Girls
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes/option of 2d or 3d flowers
Oddball Art - Use a Digi
Crafts Galore - Use a Stamp or Digi
Bearly Mine - One for the Girls
Gem of a Challenge - Mother's Day/Female Birthday/Special Lady
Kitty B Designs - Things With Wings
One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi

 Have a great week xx

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

A Little Happiness Everyday :o)

Today I'm sharing a children's Filofax that I have altered.  I used various papers which I distressed, the 2 images are from Crafty Individuals Miniatures "People & Places" pad & I added some lace, flowers, doily & stamped twill tape. I'm using this Filofax to write everyday something that made me happy (it's very therapeutic) though I must admit some days are easier than others lol.   

Front & Back:

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Simon Says, Monday Challenge - D is for Distress
All Crafts - Not a Card
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Vintage
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Alter Something

I hope you're having a good week so far.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sentimental Sundays Challenge

This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Cards for Boy/Man" (or LO, tag, book, box etc + a sentiment).  We are sponsored by QKR Stampede & the DT were lucky enough to be able to choose an image.  I chose this "Painter" image which I love.  I coloured him with ProMarkers, it's the first time I've used them since breaking my wrist :o)  The papers are from Pink Petticoat & I added a stamped sentiment, button & twine.  We all need cards for those awkward men (this card will be perfect for my uncle who is an artist) so I hope you will join us.

The challenges:
The Sisterhood of Crafters - One for the Boys
Nutcrafters - Boys, Boys, Boys...
Crafty Little Fairies - Song or Film Title (The Artist, film)
Creative Corner - Button Up
Alphabet - Button & Bows
Paper Crafting Journey - Make it Manly/Boyish
Ladybug Crafts Ink -  One for the Boys
Divas by Design - Let's Hear it for the Boys
Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by a Song, Film or Book
Flat Friends - Cards for Men

Thanks for looking & enjoy the rest of the weekend xx

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Bits & Bobs...

Have you seen the fab new Jellypark Website?  There is lots of inspiration including this Button Inspiration Magazine, so if you haven't already why not check it out.  

This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is a sketch (+ a sentiment) & I hope you will be able to join us & there is the chance to win some Rick St Dennis goodies.

I'm having a craft room clear-out (I really need to downsize my stash) & have some goodies for sale on ebay if you're interested.

Last but not least I've been published again woohoo, this time it's in Digital Crafting Essentials (Vol 2).  I was hoping to have the mag so I could scan the pages in but it's not arrived yet :o(

I'm starting to get back to normal this week as I'm back to work (part-time), hope you're all having a lovely week.

Friday, 28 February 2014

I'm Getting There :o)

Well it's six weeks today since my op (to have metal plate put in my wrist) & I can manage to type with 2 hands for a few minutes :o)  I'm seeing the Doc today (who is also my boss!) about going back to work next week (phased return), so things are slowly getting back to normal.  

As it's time for a new challenge at Jellypark Friends I managed to make a card, well actually the card was already made I just changed the image & added some doilies which I cut on my Silhouette Portrait (a pressie to cheer me up lol).  The link to the cut file is HERE if you're interested.  I used one of my very favourite Jellypark images "Fairy Sitting in Grass" & coloured it with chalks, using Glamour Dust on the wings.  Jellypark has brand new shiny website & I hope you'll take a look & also join us for our challenge which is "Things With Wings".

The challenges:
Creatalicious - Pearls & Glitter
Simon Says - Anything Goes with Pearls
The Corrosive Challenge - In Stitches
Robyns Fetish - Fairies, Elves, Sprite or Pixies
Everybody Art - Ribbon or Lace
The Paper Nest Dolls - Use a Punch or Die
Little Miss Muffet - Anything Goes 
Digistamps4Joy - Dies or Punches

Thank you for looking & have a fabulous weekend xx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

A Little Bit of Crafting...

I have soo missed crafting since breaking my wrist (& having an operation to have a metal plate put in) 4 weeks ago & can't wait to get back to normal (it's gonna take a while unfortunately).  I did manage to make these 2 ATCs more or less one-handed for this weeks Sentimental Sundays challenge which is "Pack a Punch" (with a sentiment).  The papers are Papermania Portobello Road & I used die cuts & stamps & finished them with a bow, brads & Glamour Dust.  I used a corner punch to round the corners.  I hope you can join us :o)  No challenges this time; it's taken me long enough to write this lol.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend & keeping safe in this horrendous weather we're having.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Out of Action :o(

Hello everyone hope all is well.  Unfortunately I'm gonna be out of crafty (& almost every other sort) action for a while as I've broken my left wrist.  I fell off my bike last Wednesday & had operation on Friday to have a metal plate put in.  Luckily I'm right handed so it could have been worse, I can manage to type & I'm trying to do as much as I can (slowly) but there's lots I can't do.  It is very frustrating as there's lots I want to do but I will have to save my ideas until my wrist is better & look online (eg.  at all your fab blogs) for lots of inspiration :o) xxx

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Sentimental Sundays Challenge...

This week the Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Its a BUGGY Bugs Life" (with a sentiment).  We are sponsored by The Doodle Garden so you have the chance to win some gorgeous images.  For my card though I went with a Jellypark coloured image from the "Butterfly Net" decoupage sheet.  I used to feel guilty using pre-coloured images & felt like I was cheating lol but I've come to realise that sometimes there just isn't enough time & you can still be creative even if you haven't coloured the image yourself :o)  I love this image & I inked the edges with Brilliance ink, used lace & punched a flower border.  The paper is from TPS & I finished off with some wooden embellishments & a computer generated sentiment.  I hope you will join us & don't forget there is the chance to win some fabulous images too.

The challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Fancy Border/Edges
Emerald Faeries - Things With Wings
Digi Galore - Girly
Feeling Crafty - Butterflies
Natalie & Amy - One for the Girlies
Delightful - Use Patterned Paper
Dragonfly Dreams - Thoughts of Summer

 I hope you're having a fabulous weekend & manage to fit some crafting in :o)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Make It New!

Today's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Make it New" ie. alter something (+ a sentiment) - I must admit I forgot the sentiment this time but I think I just got away with it with the "Lavender" words on the ribbon (fingers crossed lol).  Our fab sponsor is A Day For Daisies & I used their "Flowers in Bottle" digi which I coloured with chalk (I'm liking using chalk at the mo for a change).  I used an old baked beans tin & covered it with a bit of paper from stash, added the ribbon (which is also recycled as it was tied round some toiletries).  We have a huge DT now so there is lots & lots of inspiration :o)

The challenges:
Craft My Life - Anything Goes
A Day For Daisies - Anything Goes
Suzy Bees - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Free & Easy
Little Claire's - Make a Gift
Crafty Hands - Anything Goes
Fairy Tale - Recycling

Thanks for looking & enjoy rest of weekend & the week ahead :o)

Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone :o) I hope you've all had a wonderful start to the year.  I've started doing my exercises again although I've not managed every day yet (I'm breaking myself in gently lol), it has been hard cos work has been so busy & I've had lots going on at home too - it's a start though.  I'm not liking all the choccies & biscuits that are left from Christmas & that  keep trying to get me to eat them, I think I'm gonna have to hide them somewhere.

Anyway as it is New Year our first challenge of the year at Jellypark Friends is "New Beginnings".  I chose this wonderful Wedding Car Couple digital stamp & coloured it with chalk & Prismacolor pencils.  The paper is from Papermania (I think) & I finished the card with pearls, ribbon, punched heart & a flower.   So whether you make a new job, new house, new baby... etc creation we would love to see it :o)

The challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Pink & Ribbon
Creative Romance - Something New
Totally Papercrafts - New Beginnings
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - New Beginnings
Sweet Stamps - Something New
Simon Says - Something New
Little Red Wagon - New Beginnings
Crafty Little Fairies - Starting Over

Have a fantastic weekend whatever you're up to.  We're going kitchen shopping today & I must get the decorations put away at some point.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Last Challenge of the Year at Sentimental Sundays...

For the last challenge of the year at Sentimental Sundays Calypso our wonderful leader has chosen some of her favorite challenges & creations.  There are 19, yes 19 (if I've counted right lol) to choose from so there's no excuse not to join us (unless of course you're very busy & don't have time - then we will let you off).  

I hope you WILL be able to join us & check out the other DT members wonderful creations.  Here are my cards that Calypso chose:

Challenge #144: Fairies with Wings

Challenge #150: Tag You're It

Challenge #171: Something Tweet

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas :o) I did although it did seem rather quick as I worked til 5.30 pm on Christmas eve & was back in again on 27th at 7.45 am.  I can't believe that is another year nearly over.  Now to think about those New Years Resolutions...

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

We Wish You A...

I hope you all have a fabulous time :o) 
Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year too!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

More Christmas...

Another last minute Christmas card (I'm still not finished lol), luckily this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Non-traditional Christmas Colours" (with a sentiment) & we are sponsored by Simply Betty Stamps & lucky enough to choose one of their fab images.  I chose "Rio & Frosty" & coloured it with chalk (& a bit of Prismacolor pencil too) for a change & edged the image with Glamour Dust.  I adore these papers "Twenty Five Days of Joy" which are digital & from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  I finished the card with a punched snowflake, tag sentiment, ribbon & gems.  

The challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut - Whatever is Urgent to Make
Simon Says - Let It Snow
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Christmas Sparkle
Milk Coffee - Christmas in Non-traditional Colours
ABC - Y = You Make Your Own Embellishments
Digitally Sweet - Frosty the Snowman 
Digi Haven - Merry Christmas
Crafty Hands - Season's Greeting/Winter Theme 
Brown Sugar - Christmas
Di's Digi Challenge - Christmas in Non-traditional Colours
Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe - Christmas with Chalk
Pan Pastels - Snowflakes

I hope you're having a great weekend, why do they go soo quickly... I still have loads to do lol

Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas Month Reminder :o)

Wow! This is such a busy time for me (it is so annoying that I have to go to work lol) & it is a struggle to fit everything in.  But I did manage to make another couple of cards for the Jellypark Friends Christmas month long challenge.  The first image I coloured with ProMarkers, I used scraps of paper & punched a big flower, scrunched it up, covered it with Glamour Dust & added a button with twine.  I finished the card with a sentiment, pearl & some sequins (ooh & added a  If you've got any Christmas cards still to make (I have!) - or if you're starting for next year ;o) I hope you will join us.

The challenges:
ABC - Y = You  Make Your Own Embellishments
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Passion For ProMarkers - Mega Christmas Challenge - include a sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Christmas Catch Up
Papercrafting Journey - Christmas Time
In The Pink - Pink Christmas
Milk Coffee - Christmas in Non-traditional Colours
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Christmas Sparkle
Inky Chicks - Christmas
Bunny Zoe's - Wings
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Parade Your Crafts - Christmas
Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas Using Non-traditional Colours

My 2nd card uses "Penguin Christmas Tag" digital stamp which is also coloured with ProMarkers, I used glitter for the snow, a pompom for his hat & a brad & star.  The chipboard Christmas tree was inked & gems added.  The papers are MME & I finished the card with ribbon, twine & charm.

The challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Cold & Frosty
Papertake - Christmas Creatures
My Mums Craft Shop - Winter/Christmas
Crafty Little Fairies - Let It Snow
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes (with ribbon)
Sassy Studio - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Let It Snow

Well I don't know about you but I absolutely love everything about the build up to Christmas - the decorations, trees & lights, choosing presents for loved ones, Christmas movies & of course Christmas crafting :o)  Thanks for looking & have a fab weekend! xx